Bear Bulletin

January 18, 2021

Thank You, SBMS PTA, for UpGrading Our Newsletter!

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Enjoy a Lovely Day, Bears! See You, Tuesday!

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Topics Included in this Newsletter

  • Note from Mrs. Spencer
  • Transition Activities for 8th Graders!
  • SBMS Lost and Found
  • SWHS Student Council Project: Woods' Goods!
  • SBMS Yearbook Purchase Deadline Extended!
  • 8th Grade Study Skills Initiative
  • 2019-2020 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), School Report Card (SRC), and Federal Report Cards for SBMS
  • Reminder related to the SBISD Health Screener- Please complete DAILY.
  • Safety Information and Expectations for SBMS Students and Families

Great Start, SBMS Bears!

Dear SBMS Bears,


Thank you for a great first two weeks of the spring semester. It is so nice to have students back in the building, playing basketball and making the physical, intellectual and social emotional gains that middle schoolers make in these busy three years. While I know we all want COVID precautions to no be longer necessary, they are. Wearing masks and socially distancing at school enables us all to be at school, healthy and well, and focus on the business of school. As time has gone by, more and more students and I have talked about the why and I hope they know these practices are a sign of how much we care about them.


As we begin this week, if you note that any of your children at home have any jackets or shoes that are in good condition but no longer fit them, we would be glad to take them. Simply launder them (or spruce them up if they are shoes or the like) and have your child deliver them to the front office. Our PTA initiative of Bears for Bears has created a Bears for Bears closet where students in need can stop by for hygiene items, jackets, shoes, school supplies and warm weather gear. We would love this to be a place where students can come, no questions asked, and get what they need so they can focus on school and only school. We are so lucky to be part of a community that takes care of one another, particularly in as difficult times as these are for many families.


A few arrival and dismissal requests/reminders:

  1. School Arrival Time: Please note that our doors for bus riders open at 8:10 a.m. each morning and 8:15 a.m. for car riders. Students who attend a Zero Hour class are able to arrive earlier and report to class. Please do not drop your children off in advance of this time frame. There are no adults on duty to monitor student safety and we do not want students waiting in inclement or cold weather.
  2. Safe Car Loading: Please do not ask your child to cross a street in a place along Piney Point other than the area monitored by our crossing guard. While our children are more grown up than their elementary aged peers, their brains are in such development at this time, they can easily be distracted or make poor judgment calls when crossing the street. We are all busy and it is easy to fall prey to rushing our students to meet us in a destination that makes pick up easier, but I also know that your child's safety is more important than getting through traffic congestion. Do not ask students to cross Piney Point outside of the crossing guard area, please.


As always, here are a few reminders in the hopes of keeping everyone healthy, safe, in school and a focus on student learning is maintained at SBMS:


  • Report of Exposure: Please report any direct, prolonged exposure your child has had with family members or friends who have been recently diagnosed. This will help Ms. Mulvey determine next steps and lessen the spread of COVID-19. You may do so by calling 713-251-4400 or emailing Ms. Mulvey at mercedes.mulvey@springbranchisd.com.
  • SBISD Health Screener: Within every edition of this newsletter every Sunday is a reminder to complete the SBISD Health Screener. Please help us keep everyone healthy, well and in school by completing that screener and refraining from sending any child to school who is demonstrating those symptoms or has exposure to someone who the family believes needs to be COVID tested. If you are unsure whether or not your child should report to school, please reach out to me, Mr. Barry, and Ms. Mulvey and we can try to help you.
  • Bringing Items to SBMS: SBMS will only allow the drop off of the following: chromebooks, assignments, books for Language Arts or medicine for the school nurse. Unfortunately, we are seeing too many families dropping off items to the front office that are unrelated to these things. The LearnSBISD plan indicates no drop off of items should be occurring and that visitors to the campus are restricted. As we watch numbers of parents dropping off items to our office and numbers of COVID cases tick upwards, we are tightening up our practices to make clearer what is of necessity and what is not. To ensure that your child has a back up plan for lunch, please visit SBISD Child Nutrition and put money on their account so they can purchase a lunch: https://www.springbranchisd.com/about/departments/finance/child-nutrition-services/payments-and-refunds.
  • Health and Safety Reminder: One of the many unfortunate issues related to COVID-19 is that the signs and symptoms for COVID-19 can mirror other illnesses. Our LearnSBISD plan requires parents to complete a Health Screener for their students each morning and indicates that students must not report to school with symptoms delineated within that screener to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. When a child visits with Ms. Mulvey, our SBMS Nurse, and presents symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 she must follow a protocol that involves presenting the symptoms and context for the child (duration of symptoms, if a parent has tested positive or exposure to someone else has occurred) to the SBISD Intake Nurse and then work with the family to send the child home for a period of time. We fully recognize how stressful the "here and now" is for all families, but ask that your interactions with our nurse are kind and patient. We are happy to ask questions on your behalf and answer any questions you may have, but please know the health and safety of all students, their families and our staff are at the forefront of all that we do at SBMS. This is a very difficult year to serve as a school nurse and we are so grateful that Ms. Mulvey chose this as her life's work.
  • SBISD Mask Policy: SBISD requires all school-aged students and staff to wear masks covering their noses and mouths all of the school day, except for when eating or drinking. Gaiters are allowed, but please be sure that students are able to wear them consistently and cover both their noses and mouths. Some students are having to hold their necks forward to keep their gaiters up and over their noses and mouths, so parents may wish to ask their children to wear masks if they prove easier and more comfortable for your child in that regard. Students not consistent in wearing their mask over their noses and mouths may face disciplinary consequences up to and including changing their learning model.

Sincerely,

Stefanie Spencer

SBMS Lost and Found: See Anything of Yours, Bears?

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Please encourage your students to visit the SBMS Lost and Found in the 6th and 7th Grade Offices. We have several water bottles, cleats, books and other items. Missing something? It is worth a second of your Bears time to stop by and see if any item is one of theirs. As a reminder, please make sure your water bottles and other items have a name on them. When these items are labeled clearly, we call students down to pick them up.

SBMS Yearbook Purchase Deadline- EXTENDED!

Parents: the deadline has been extended to buy an ad/tribute to your child in the yearbook to JANUARY 18! Buy an ad at tinyurl.com/sbmsyearbook and email sara.boyle@springbranchisd.com if you have any questions. I will begin proofreading the ads on Wednesday, Jan. 20 so keep an eye out for an email from me if there are any issues with your photos that need to be corrected.

SWHS Student Council Project: Woods' Goods!

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    The Student Council at Spring Woods High School has built their very own food pantry for SWHS students. Every Friday at 3:00, students will be able to take what they need from The Woods’ Goods. No questions asked. To start this project, they are asking for donations of nonperishable foods items and toiletries. Please see the list below.

    If you are able to donate, please bring your goods to SWHS, you can drop off at their reception 2045 Gessner. You may also reach out to Mrs. Spencer to partner with her on sending supplies to SWHS on behalf of SBMS. We are a feeder school to SWHS, so it is an extension of the support we give at our very own school.

    Food
    Canned Goods
    Rice
    Beans
    Peanut Butter
    Cereal
    Toiletries
    Deodorant
    Toothbrushes
    Toothpaste
    Feminine Hygiene Products
    Shampoo
    Conditioner



Middle to High School Transition Events for SBMS

The Memorial High School counselors and Spring Woods High School counselors will be coming to our campus on Tuesday, January 19th to help students complete their Four Year Plan document. The following week, students will enter the four-year planning information into Naviance Course Planner.

  • Course selection sheets were sent home this week
  • SBMS counselors will be helping students enter their selections into Naviance on January 25
  • SBMS counselors will help students enter course selections for 9th grade into Skyward on February 3
  • Changes can be made by parents and students in Skyward from home from Feb. 5th – March 12th

Please refer to the district course catalog here for detailed information about electives.

  • If your student is zoned to MHS and you missed the parent meeting that took place this week, all the information you need can be found here - Future Mustangs

  • If your student is zoned for SWHS, the parent meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30PM through Zoom. See attached flyers.

Naviance

Students are familiar with Naviance as they completed the Career Cluster Finder before the break. Parent Naviance codes were emailed on December 15, 2020. If you haven’t received your Naviance parent code, please contact Marissa Richie by email at Marissa.Richie@springbranchisd.com.

Reminders:

  • Parents and students will be able to log in to Naviance to review their child’s plan
  • Resources will be posted in our SBMS Bear Bulletin and Student BPT ItsLearning pages. Resources will include videos, links, power points etc. with information for parents and students to review and refer back to
  • Resources for MHS can be accessed here
  • Resources for SWHS can be accessed here
  • Students will always have the opportunity to change their minds and meet with their high school counselor throughout their high school career to make changes to their plans

Elementary to Middle School Transition Events for SBMS

Middle School campuses are finalizing dates for our transition meetings and supports for our students who will be incoming 6th graders next school year. We expect the specifics of these activities to be finalized this week. As of now, this the timeline for our work:


  • Week of February 15th: Students and Families will be given an opportunity to view videos of a tour of their feeder middle school. A zoom session for families will be hosted by administrators and counselors that week to present course selection options and present information about their schools.
  • Week of March 1st: Course selection forms will be due and entered into our scheduling program.


More to come on specific dates for SBMS. We are awaiting different schedules for basketball to set our date to then publicize through distribution of a flyer to all feeder elementary schools thereafter. We hope the information above helps a bit as we prepare for this exciting time!

SBMS Study Skills Initiative for 8th Graders

Through the generous support of our PTA, our 8th Graders will be learning about the brain, self regulation and study skills content as they prepare for the high school transition once a week during Bear Pride Time. This content and curriculum is being provided by a local company called, Academic Independence. A parent meeting is slated for January 27th at two different times: 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to share more about this initiative. Links to this Zoom presentation have been shared by the PTA to 8th Grade parents.


In the meantime, important content has been shared about how the brain sees interruptions like a lack of sleep or multi-tasking of text messages and social media accounts while learning as threats to memory and full attention and dopamine boosters students can use to re-engage in the work: drinking water, optimism, humor, or drawing. You may wish to stop and talk through what your student believes their personal threats to their attention or learning may be and if they are not coming up with as many as you may see as potential threats, a healthy conversation around that may prove helpful! Sometimes we think we truly can multi-task those things or allow those interruptions, but it might simply be that we can not.

2019-2020 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), School Report Card (SRC), and Federal Report Card for SBMS

The 2019-2020 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), School Report Card (SRC), and Federal Report Card are available for viewing by accessing our campus website at https://sbm.springbranchisd.com/about/campus-plans-reports. If you have any questions, please reach out to Stefanie Spencer, Principal: stefanie.spencer@springbranchisd.com or 713-251-4400.


Explanatory Materials can be found here:

SBISD Health Screener for In-Person Learners

Prior to the start of the school year, all families completed the SBISD Health & Safety Protocol Parent Acknowledgement Form. Included in these protocols is ensuring that every child coming to campus has a completed SBISD Health Screener every morning.


As a reminder, the health screener can be accessed via the district website (there is a blue box on the homepage titled ‘HEALTH SCREENER’ or by clicking here.) High school students may complete their own screener, but not those of their siblings.


Parents, it is critical that you report to your child's school if your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has had prolonged (15 or more minutes) direct exposure to someone who is COVID-19 positive, or is displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Please do not send your child to school. Please do complete the health screener and report to your school attendance office or nurse immediately. Please be sure to provide your contact information including a daytime telephone number where you can be reached.


View this video to see how to turn the screener into an icon (like an app) on your phone or tablet home screen for easier access:

https://vimeo.com/456287227

SBMS Safety Presentation- Please Review with Your SBMS Bear!

Please go through the following presentation with your SBMS Bear to ensure he or she understands what will take place when he or she returns to in-person learning and their own responsibilities within those practices. The intent of these procedures is to ensure that students are as socially distanced as possible and to keep the focus of our work on learning. As Dr Blaine indicated, we cannot emphasize enough our collective responsibility to do our individual parts to keep our community and our schools safe from COVID-19. Please help us by abiding by public health best practice protocols. Wear your masks whenever out or among individuals beyond your immediate family, keep social distance, wash your hands often, and avoid large gatherings. Most importantly, please self-isolate away from others, even your family members, if you think you are ill or show symptoms of COVID-19.

See you soon! Stay tuned for messaging every Friday from SBISD!