October Parent & Family Newsletter
Message from our Principal
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for an exciting and rewarding first six weeks of school. Our scholars have been doing an amazing job both in the classrooms and in extracurriculars. From Athletics to Band to UIL Academics, we are off to a STRONG start, and the drive and dedication that our scholars are bringing to the field is a driving factor. These first weeks, we were able to kick off many of our student clubs and organizations: NJHS, Student Council, Robotics, HOSA, Chess, Speech and Debate, and many more. In the classrooms, our teachers have been and continue to work diligently to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our scholars. After-school tutorials and morning labs are now up and going. Many great things are happening! All of which could not be possible without our partnership!
Parents, once more, thank you for your continued support. By continuously working together, we will continue to make the 2022-2023 school year another great year for our scholars, continuing our tradition of excellence at B.L. Gray Junior High.
Please select image to view our September Recap
Calender of Events
Enjoy our decorated halls by our wonderful "Partners in Education"
as you Trick'O'Treat through our campus.
We invite our community to join us!!!!
October 27, 2022
For more information, contact 956-580-5333
Halloween Candy Challenge
The Second period class with the most candies per pound will win a pizza party!
Challenge Ends October 21st
Winner will be announced during announcements
Our PINK OUT game on October 13th at 5:30 will be in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
We would like to invite those who are currently battling breast cancer or are survivors.
B.L. Gray Rattler Band Fundraiser starts today!!!
Ends October 9th
Connect with authors as a family
October 27-31at the McAllen Public Library
Learn more at Southtexasbookfestival.com
Capturing Kids Hearts
October is Self-Direction Month
If your student is absent, please let our campus know
After an absence, students MUST submit a written excuse from a parent/guardian and/or a doctors note to our attendance office within 3 days of the absence. Unexcused absences will be subject to truancy court once a student reaches 10 or more.
Note: The district is not required to excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence, unless the absence is an exemption under compulsory attendance laws.
To see more information on attendance, please refer to Parent/ Student Handbook pages 26-30
If a student has a fever of 100.0 F or 37.7 C, they must stay home for 24 hours and may return if fever free without the use of any fever reducing medications.
Do not send students to school with medications. A parent/guardian must bring medications to our campus Nurse, Mrs. Rowland.
For questions please call 956-580-5333
Teacher Feature of the Month
We having an amazing family here at B.L. Gray and what better way to show that off than feature one of our teachers on our Newsletter. Whenever the opportunity arises, Mr. Bewley always spoils us with his infamous desserts. So, we asked him to share one of his delicious and easy recipes with our community that you and your family can try at home.
Thanks for inviting me to include a recipe.
I love the holiday season. It is the time to break out the cookbook for something new or different or indulge in favorites that there is never any time for during the week.
It seems we are always either stressed for time or thinking of being on a diet or eating healthy.
My mother was the force behind big dinners. It was a rule to make sure that there was enough, to much in fact. It comes from being below being dirt poor living in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee when she grew up. I freak out still to this day thinking there will not be enough to go around or that someone left hungry.
I am not a gourmet cook, but I am also not afraid to try something new. Good, bad or indifferent, when I am cooking there is a good chance that I am winging it as I go. Nothing is written down. So there is just as good a chance that I can't make the dish again if it is good, and little fear of duplicating it again if it bad. My family are the Guinea pigs. My wife has to tell me if what I cook qualifies as "human food", meaning it is good enough to fix again and serve to others.
But I guess the upside is, I am relegated to making deserts. People seem to like it when I get a sweet tooth and start whipping up things. There is nothing amazing about what I fix. To be honest, I look for the simplest things that I like and go from there. Here is something I put together in 15 minutes that allows me to have an OINK fest when it is ready.
Coconut Cream Pie, the easy way (only way)
- 2 small packages of Vanilla Instant Pudding. Jell-O Brand is best, but the others work well if you want to make several.
-Two cups of cold milk. It is a treat so whole milk adds base, but 2% works as well and is healthier
- Small tub of cool whip
- 1 cup of flaked coconut separate into two piles, one for the pie itself and the other to brown as a topping.
-1 premade graham cracker pie crust. ( I told you I like it simple)
1. Mix together the pudding and milk for 2 minutes, stir in half the tub of cool whip and half the coconut. When blended pour into pie crust. You are using half as much milk. That is the secret to get to a pie filling density. Don't follow the pudding instructions.
2. Let pie set up in refrigerator for 4 hours, after it is firm, use the rest of the cool whip as a topping and sprinkle the rest of coconut on top of that.
- If you want the coconut toasted, heat oven to 250, spread coconut in shallow pan and bake for 7-10 minutes stirring frequently until golden brown.
Fall Family Activities
Donna Corn Maze
Pumpkins Patches in McAllen
Parental and Family Engagement
B.L. Gray Junior High School is dedicated to providing a quality education for every student in our district. To accomplish this objective, the district will develop and maintain partnerships with parents/caregivers, patrons, and community members. Through this united effort, students become successful and productive citizens. Parents and staff will work to design and implement the Parent Involvement Policy. B.L Gray Junior High School will publicize the policy via the school district’s website, copies will be available upon request. Select the image to view our website.