From the Nest

Brushy Creek Community Newsletter

September 19, 2016

Feather Our Nest

Instead of selling products and supporting time-intensive fundraisers, we are continuing with a simple check writing campaign. Please support this important fundraising effort as we work towards our goals of raising $20,000 and 100% participation. These funds are critical for PTA’s continuing support of BCE’s students and teachers.

All donations are tax deductible You can even double your donation if your employer has a matching program! Information about Feather Our Nest can always be found on our web page: fon.brushycreekpta.com. This site provides access to donation forms, instructions, and employer matching links.


Bright Yellow envelopes came home this week with detailed information about Feather Our Nest. There will be INCENTIVES for those that participate along the way....stay tuned! Your support is greatly appreciated!

3rd Grade Musical

We are so excited about our upcoming 3rd grade musical, “History’s Got Talent!”. We will be celebrating music from some of the most famous composers in history as the composers themselves compete to decide who has the most talent. The performance will be Thursday, October 13th at 6:30 PM in the Brushy Creek Cafeteria and will last about 30 minutes. Doors will open at 6:00.

Anonymous Alerts

The Anonymous Alerts program allows students or parents to anonymously submit any sensitive or urgent student issues quickly to school officials. Students or parents can submit reports such as bullying, cyberbullying, depression, dating violence, drug or alcohol use, threats against the school, weapons on campus and more. All messages submitted remain completely anonymous. Please visit roundrockisd.org/anonymousalerts/ for more details.

Education Connection- Literacy Partners

This is our 3rd year to be a part of this Literacy program. By volunteering 30 minutes a week, reading with 2 students, you will help them grow in confidence, self-esteem, and improved academic skills. To find out more, go to education-connection.org or contact Amy Feser, our Literacy Partner Coordinator, at maldfeser@gmail.com


Join us in seeing every child reading by the end of 3rd grade, impacting the next generation in our school!

Middle School Boundaries

Round Rock ISD hosted its first meeting concerning the attendance area changes for middle school with the opening of Pearson Ranch Middle School in August 2017. We have sent you this notice because you have a student(s) in grades pre-K - 7.


September 15, 2016, regular meeting of our Board of Trustees was the first step in a process outlined in policy [http://goo.gl/Nv5qHT].


The District will continue our process by limiting consideration to schools to relieve overcrowding at Cedar Valley and Walsh middle schools, which could also include Chisholm Trail Middle School. We will not be considering changes that impact Canyon Vista, C.D. Fulkes, Grisham, Hernandez, or Hopewell middle schools. We will continue to consider a change to Deerpark Middle School to align the Joe Lee Johnson STEAM and Wells Branch Arts Integration Academies.


Our public hearings to discuss possible changes at Cedar Valley, Chisholm Trail, and Walsh are 7:30 p.m. in the following cafeterias:


  • September 21 at Cedar Valley;

  • September 28 at Chisholm Trail; and

  • September 29 at Walsh.


Please know the decision timeline is purposeful and allows for opportunities to collect community feedback.


Changes to attendance areas will be limited to middle schools and will not include elementary or high schools. Students will continue to attend their assigned elementary and high schools as currently zoned.


We encourage all community members, including current and future middle school families, to participate in our public review. The public review period will be open from September 16 - October 13 online at roundrockisd.org/msattendancearea16/.


After collecting public feedback on the demographer's proposal, the District will present its administrative recommendation at the October 20 regular meeting before the Board votes on that recommendation at its November 17 regular meeting.


As the District continues to plan for a possible bond election in May 2017, it will consider a 12th middle school for property to alleviate overcrowding in its eastside middle schools.


PTA Reflections Contest

It's time for students to start thinking and creating their Reflections entry for

this year - the theme is "What Is Your Story?" This National PTA program encourages students to express themselves through art by entering pieces in the categories of: original dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. This program is free to enter and entries from all grades and all abilities are welcome, no experience is necessary. All entries should be handed in by October 21st 2016. A Reflections collections box will be located in the library from the 10th - 21st of October. Please visit the BCE PTA website (hyperlink?) for entry forms and more information or contact Tracey Evans (bcereflections@gmail.com), BCE Reflections Chair. Get creating and tell us your interpretation of, "What Is Your Story?"

Tardy Bell

Just a reminder, students are counted tardy if they are not in the classroom at 7:40.

School Spirit Day

Show your school spirit by wearing your Brushy Creek t-shirt on Monday, or the first day of school when there is no school on Monday. If you do not have a Brushy Creek shirt, you can purchase one through PTA. Brushy Creek PTA

Destination Imagination Information Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 29th, 6pm

Library

Destination Imagination (DI) isn’t just an educational program; it’s one that changes students’ lives. Each year, our volunteer educators and industry experts develop seven new academic Challenges that incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and social entrepreneurship. Our Challenges are designed to inspire young people to engage their innate curiosity while learning about structural engineering, science, automotive design, theatrical techniques, improvisation, social entrepreneurship and more. In solving one of our Challenges, students become better at collaboration, creative and critical thinking, and problem solving, and learn the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. Please join us September 29, 2016 to learn more about Destination Imagination at Brushy Creek.



For more information, please visit:

https://www.destinationimagination.org

https://www.texasdi.org

https://hearttx.txdi.org

Changes to Transportation

Only temporary changes in transportation should be reported to the office. Change requests made after 2:00 may not get processed by the end of the day. Please make changes before 2:00. Permanent changes should be made by contacting the teacher.

This Week

9/20 Progress Reports Home

9/21 Brushy Creek Night at PDQ

9/22 Watch DOGS Kick-Off, cafeteria, 6:30-7:30

Upcoming Dates


9/28 Early Release, 12:00

9/29 and 9/30 OLSAT Testing- 2nd Grade Only

9/29 Destination Imagination Meeting

10/4 Flu Vaccination Clinic 8-10 AM

10/4 Pet Clinic 5-7 PM

10/7 Author Visit, 4th & 5th Grade

10/13 3rd Grade Musical, cafeteria, 6:30-7:00

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