BETHKE BISON BULLETIN

November 12, 2017

Thanksgiving Break is Coming!

As a reminder, we are out of school all week next week for the Thanksgiving Break! We hope you have the chance to relax, and have some fun with your families!

THE BOND PASSES!

Thanks to our community the 2017 Bond Referendum Passed! This will allow 6 additional schools to be built to meet the growing needs of our school district. In addtion, older schools, such as Fielder Elem, will receive major improvements. As you may have noticed, Bethke has gained over 350 students since this time last year! We will, no doubt, continue to see tremendous growth.

Is your student GT?

Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 can be referred for screening for the 2018-2019 gifted and talented program. Parents must complete a Parent Checklist which can be obtained from the student's school or from the Katy ISD website.

The deadline for completing and returning the Parent Checklist is December 6, 2017. Checklists which are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2018-2019 school year. The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which includes observations and standardized tests. The program for elementary students consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.

Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or G/T facilitators if they have additional questions. They can visit the Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage for more information. ​​

https://youtu.be/oSkk6jopPJo GT Parent Awareness 2017-18 (English)

https://youtu.be/uWaO9HTx1JE GT Parent Awareness 2017 18 (Spanish)

**** SERIOUS SAFETY CONCERN****

I need your help with some very serious safety concerns that seem to have gotten worse recently. It is our number one priority to be sure your children are safe at school, but in order for us to ensure that, we need EVERYONE to follow our arrival and dismissal procedures.


* DO NOT DROP STUDENTS IN ANY PARKING LOT--students are to be dropped off only in the parent pick up line. Students should never be dropped in the parking lot. This is a very dangerous situation of students walking around moving cars.


*STUDENTS MAY NOT BE DROPPED OFF BEFORE 7:55 am. There are not staff members available to monitor students before 7:55. Please do not drop students at the door to stand on the porch until the doors open. This is a safety risk.


*ARRIVAL AFTER 8:20. The front doors automatically lock at 8:20 and students are tardy after that time. Any student arriving after 8:20 must have an adult with them to come to the office and get a tardy slip.


*NO CELL PHONE USE IN THE PARENT LINE. It is illegal to be on your cell phone while driving, especially when in a school zone. Please stay alert and off of your phone when in our school zone.


These are small things that will make a huge difference for our arrival and dismissal! We appreciate your compliance.

****TARDIES****

We have noticed that we are having more students tardy lately. Remember that students must be in the building by 8:20 to avoid being tardy. Beginning after the Winter Break, we will begin assigning early morning detention for students who are tardy multiple times. We ask for your help in getting students to school on time.


Also, our doors automatically lock at 8:20, so you must walk your student in if they are arriving after that time.

Upcoming Events!


11/15 Fall Fundraiser Pick-Up (4:30-6:30)

11/16 Kinder Feast (2:00) (Visitors will need a RAPTOR badge) Fall Pictures (Make-up Day) Progress Reports Go Home

11/17 First Grade JA in a Day

11/20-11/24 THANKSGIVING BREAK--NO SCHOOL

12/4 Principal Coffee @ 9:00

12/5 Bethke Spelling Bee

12/6 Core Essential--Generosity--wear green!

12/7 Choir Concert 5:30

"The strength of the Bison is the Herd, and the strength of the Herd is the Bison! "