Academy of the Arts at Bransom

March 5-9, 2018 (School Days 119-123)

A Note From Your Principal

Academy of the Arts Families,

Welcome back to a super week at the Academy of the Arts at Bransom. There are several activities to participate in this week largely in part to it being "Texas Public Schools Week." Since 1950, schools in Texas have been celebrating opportunities of choice in public education in Texas. We are excited to continue the celebration of public schools in Texas. The celebration began as a correlating event with Texas Independence Day on March 2.

Note: During this Texas Public School Week, registered voters have the right to let their voice be heard in an election. If you haven't already voted as an early voter, Tuesday is the official Election Day.

Today in BISD, we continue the celebration of the MANY choices offered to the students of our community. We are excited that our School of Choice application time falls within this special week. It is a reminder that public schools in Burleson ISD offer more choices than ever before. We would appreciate every effort to encourage families outside our attendance zone to apply for a spot on our campus if the ARTS is a passion of their children. (See below for additional application information.)


  • This week is also our special time to share with our families the great things happening throughout our campus at Open House. We are gearing up for a great turn out of our families to visit Homeroom Classrooms and Enrichment Classrooms.
  • Please visit the annual Art Show in the gym. Mrs. Dietz will have an enormous display of student artwork to view and purchase.
  • During this fun night, we will be providing a Hot Dog supper for those who want to support the Relay for Life Team. All proceeds from the supper goes to the American Cancer Society.
  • Last but surely not least I want to invite everyone to the Scholastic Book Fair. This week-long celebration of books and reading will spill into the Open House festivities. Of course, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open each day for purchases as well.

It is hard to believe that it is already time for Open House but it's even harder to believe that Spring Break is just a week away. March 12-16 (plus the weekends) is going to be a time of refreshment and rejuvenation. When we return on March 19th, it will be a crucial time of refocus of the last stretch of the year. STAAR is just around the corner for several and we want to be ready so start planning today for ways to incorporate learning and ways to maintain learning while enjoying your well deserved break.

As I mentioned the last stretch of the year has almost started. Please keep an eye on the calendar dates for assessments, programs, and fun celebrations during the upcoming months. No one wants to miss a single thing.

We know you have a choice in your child's education and we are thrilled you've chosen our public school. Thanks!

Thanks again for ALL you do,

Mrs. Burchfield

BISD School of Choice Applications are Open

Spread the word to friends and family who live outside the Bransom attendance zone. AND if you currently are a School of Choice family and you have another child you want to be considered for enrollment next year, please apply now.

Got questions? Go to

Ready to apply? Go to

Current students, need not apply.


Congratulations, 4th Grade families. Your attendance was the best on our campus this last week at 97.98%. Wow! Our overall attendance was at 96.62%! It's on the rise.

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Your child's attire on Tuesday is your family's choice. Most parents send their children in their "Sunday Best" so their school pictures are great for gift giving and the like. But the choice is yours. There are several suggestions on the flier below that can make the best picture.

Remember that no money is due on Tuesday. You can make decisions on the picture package you want after your see the proofs in a couple of weeks.

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We need more to serve. Your willingness to help on campus may
make all the difference in the world for some student.
Call 817-245-3600 and talk to Valerie Martin.

We are thankful for last week's WatchD.O.G.S. Brian Bailey for his service to our school! Arianna was a good sport to share her grandfather!


Last Wednesday, a group of teachers/UIL coaches took a group of 51 UIL competitors to Centennial High School for an amazing competition. Our Academy of the Arts at Bransom Bobcats were fantastic. I was so proud of their hard work to prepare for the day as well as their performance on the stressful day. The reality is our students were great. Not only did we receive many awards for the work done well, our students were great sportsmen regardless of the outcomes. Their behavior was great throughout the long day and they represented us so well.

I really appreciate the parents who joined us sometime during the day to show support and encouragement. Check out our Facebook page to see pictures from the exciting day of competition.




Have your child listen to audio books and read along in the book. Research shows that the act of reading while listening can help improve skills and comprehension. You can listen in the car while on the road or at home.


Every moment is a reading moment. When you are eating a bowl of cereal ask your child to read you what is on the cereal box. While watching a movie turn on the subtitles or close captioning. Read road signs. The best way to become a better reader is to read! Make your home a reading friendly zone!

Have Reading Delivered

Consider buying your child a magazine subscription that is age appropriate and in a subject area that interests them. The act of receiving mail is exciting to kids and they will love to sit down and read it. All reading is reading practice.


Make sure there are always reading materials in the home, including some that the child owns themselves. This reinforces the value in reading and in books. Make visiting the library a part of your regular routine. Again, you are setting up a reading lifestyle.

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This Week:
Monday through Friday: Spring Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday: Spring Pictures in parent determined, school appropriate apparel; Election Day

Wednesday: 1st National Bank Coloring Contest Sheet goes home

Thursday: Relay for Life Hot Dog Supper @5:00-6:30; Open House @ 5:30-7:00; Campus Art Show @ 5:30-7:00

Friday: Kinder to Zoo; LID Classes to Target

Upcoming Calendar:

March 11: Daylight Savings Time begins

March 12-16: Spring Break

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

March 20: First Day of Spring; PTO Spring Creek Spirit Night

March 21: Shrek Jr. field trip at Texas Hall for 1st-5th Grades

March 22: Talent Show

March 23: Final Day to turn in 1st National bank Coloring Contest entries

March 24: Relay for Life Garage Sale in school cafeteria 6:00AM-12:00PM

March 26-30: 1st National Bank Coloring Contest Entries Display Week

March 26: BISD School Board Meeting

March 28: 1st National Bank Coloring Contest Judging

March 30: Good Friday Holiday

April 1: Easter

April 4: National School Librarian Day and Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

April 6: End of the 5th 6-Weeks Grading Period

April 9: 6th 6-Weeks Grading period begins; School Board Meeting (6:30)

April 10: 4th Grade Writing for New Students; 5th Grade Math STAAR

April 11: 5th Grade Reading STAAR

April 12: 4th Grade to Botanic Gardens

April 16: Texas Reads One Book Kick-Off for all students and staff (The Mouse and the Motorcycle)

April 18: 4th & 5th Grade Field Day

April 19: Bobcat Pride Breakfast; "Summer Camp" 4th & 5th Grade Drama at CHS @ 6:00

April 20: Bad Weather Make-Up Day

April 23-27: 2nd Grade Poetry Celebration

April 24: Kindergarten Round-Up 2:00-6:00 in the cafeteria

April 25: Kindergarten to Casa Manana to see "Beauty and the Beast" (9:15-12:15)

May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 9: National School Nurse Day

May 13: Mothers' Day

May 14: 3rd & 4th Grade Math STAAR; 5th Grade Math Retake if Necessary

May 15: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading STAAR; 5th Grade Reading Retake if Necessary

May 16: 5th Grade Science STAAR

May 17: 5th Grade Splash Station

May 18: 2nd Grade "Kids Who Care - Earth and Soul" Field Trip 9:00-2:00; Bluebonnet Reward Field Trip 10:00-1:30

May 23: Bobcat Pride Breakfast; 5th Grade Awards at CHS; 5th Grade Dance at AAB

May 24: Bransom Field Day for Kinder-3rd Grade

May 25: End of 6th -Weeks Grading Period; Last Day of School: Early Dismissal (11:45)

May 28: Memorial Day

May 29: Potential Bad Weather Make-Up Day

Remember to stay in contact with your child's teacher for grade level/class events.