Bee Cave Beehive
As we move through this week and into our last week next week, the energy in the air is strong and exciting! The end of each school year is always bittersweet ... as we are all very proud of the students and their accomplishments, it is so hard to see them walk out the door on that last day. We all look forward to the summer break and we all are eager to get back in the fall.
We will move through this last week with continued diligence in following our daily COVID protocols that help ensure that everyone stays healthy. Thank you for continuing to contact us when your child (BCE student) or family member becomes COVID positive so we can help guide you through the quarantine or isolation period timeline, protocols to follow before returning to school, and a plan for continued instruction during this period.
Later in the summer, I will send more detailed information regarding the beginning of the year, including what it will look like coming back to school in the fall.
Please make sure that you read this Beehive in its entirety because it has a lot of information in it to cover things for the rest of this year and new things going into the 21-22 school year.
Take care and stay well,
5/19/21....................5th grade Reading STAAR
5/20/21....................5th grade Science STAAR
5/28/21....................Last day of School (Early Release 1pm)
8/17/21...................Meet the Teacher
8/18/21...................1st Day of School 2021-2022
A few things to wrap up the year from Nurse Hicks:
First, thank you all for being a truly wonderful community! It is an understatement to say this has been an unusual year, but our amazing children have come through the other side with the love and support of their families and teachers.
Now, for some housekeeping:
Medication pick up- All medication must be picked up by an adult, on or before June 1st; this includes inhalers, epipens, daily prescriptions, and over the counter items left with me. I can not send the items home with students. Medication will not be kept over the summer.
Health Conditions update- If your child has a new health condition or diagnosis, please let me know in writing if you have not already done so. If you have any questions regarding a medical 504 feel free to contact me.
Emergency Plans- If your child has an emergency care plan on file from their doctor (ex: allergy, asthma, seizure), please use the summer to get those updated so they can be submitted for the new school year.
Immunization records- I will be notifying the families that need updated records, so if you do not hear from me, you are OK. For children who are on a catch up schedule or have vaccine exemptions I will let you know what needs to be updated for the new year.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Have a safe and happy summer, don't forget to wear sunscreen and drink water!
April Hicks, RN
Bee Cave Elementary
Calling for all Borrowed Campus and District Materials
Remote and In-person Learners - Please return ALL borrowed Campus & District Materials
* library books, etc.
to our front office by the end of the day on the last day, Friday, May 28th, 2021.
A Message from our Food and Nutrition Department...
Bee Cave Elementary thanks you, LTEF!
A HUGE thank you to our BCE PTO!
* snacks for our teachers
* luncheons for our teachers
* ongoing support for instructional materials
* cut and do for teachers
* organizing parent pick up for fundraiser and other items
* coffee for teachers
* pies for teachers
* holiday bfast
* holiday cookie grab
* keeping our marquee up to date
* organized the spirit nights with vendors
* Bobcats Cook
* support with the One Community, One School, One Book
* organization and support the Book Writers Contest
* organization and management of The BCE Talent Show
* organization and preparation of the daily treats for Teacher Appreciation week
* organization and finalizing of the outdoor classroom fence
* our fall fundraiser that raised money towards our new sound system in the gym. (The sound system is installed and ready to go for the fall. Sound absorption panels are on the way for the gym as well!), and
AND SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much more!
WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Parent Input for Classroom Placement 21-22
Part of our planning process is to seek input from parents. This process is designed to gain input from parents, however it is not a requirement for placement. Requests for specific teachers will not be considered. If you choose to provide input, please do so by completing the BCE Parent Input Form 2021-2022 before the end of the day on Friday, May 21st, 2021. The form will be deactivated at midnight.
Updated 2021-2022 LTISD Instructional Calendar
Early Ordering starts NOW through JUNE 1st..........................(Late Ordering JUNE 2nd through June 22nd) School ID: BEE010
Welcome to Kindergarten ..........COMING SOON
Meet the Teacher: Tuesday, 8.17.21
Join us at BCE on Tuesday, August 17th to meet your teacher for the new school year! Please bring your pre-ordered school supplies to the classroom on Meet the Teacher. Students will visit the classroom and meet the teacher at the designated grade level times. Please honor the time selected for each grade level at their specific time in order to be respectful of those who are preparing their rooms for their meeting times.
Doors will open at 8:50 for our Kindergarten students.
We will have a variety of stations for you to visit to help create a smooth transition on the first day of school. Plan to visit the following stations:
- SMARTtag: Designate your child's dismissal routine for the first day of school, first week, and rest of the year.
- Raptor: All visitors to campus are required to check in through the front office and obtain a visitor's badge through our Raptor system (not required to come through on Meet the Teacher).
- Car Riders: Visit our car rider table to obtain your sign to display on the dash of your car for an efficient pickup.
- PTO Volunteer Opportunities: Meet our PTO Board and committee chairs who need your help this year! Sign up to assist with volunteer opportunities such as Membership, Communications (marquee), Fundraising, Staff Appreciation, Night in Old Bee Cave, Dance, Kickball, Talent Show, Family Science Night, Outdoor Garden, and so much more. We could not do all of this without you!
First Day of School of 2021 - 2022
Front doors will open at 7:20am.
Parent drop off for 1st through 5th grade, parents will park in the front lot, walk up the stairs to the building, and say "have a great day" at the front door or right inside the foyer. Kinder parents will receive information about the 1st day drop off closer to that time.
BCE School Hours
Class Start Time: 7:40am
Dismissal Time: 3:00pm
Arrival & Departure Routines
How am I getting home ???
Parents please park in front lot and walk to the gate by gym for your child to be called. Students will walk out and meet their parent(s).
Parents take the second entrance to the school (entrance furthest from HWY71) and drive straight to the back parking lot where they will wait in line for their child. You must have a car-rider tag. If you do not have a car rider tag (either you are a new student or you lost your tag) please fill out this form so we can assign and deliver a tag to you on August 18th. Your child will be called to come outside when you drive up to the cones.
Bus riders will enter and exit the back of the building. ALL bus riders must have a Smart Tag to ride the bus. For more LTISD Bus rider information see below.
The primary goal of Lake Travis Independent School District's Transportation Department is transport student to and from school safely and efficiently.
Bus Transportation Information
Students currently enrolled for transportation services have been provided with a SMART tag ID badge. Bus riders will receive their SMART tag ID badge in their homeroom on the first day of school. Please note, a SMART tag ID badge is required each time your child enters and exits the bus. However, rest assured, our drivers will not deny any student of transportation services if the student does not have his/her badge present at boarding time. Information on how to obtain a replacement badge is detailed in our 'Frequently Asked Questions' posted under the 'SMART tag' section on the district’s transportation site.
The SMART tag system also offers parents a bus tracking feature through a secure Parent Portal. Parents can register to receive ‘SMART Alert’ text messages notifying them their child is 10-15 minutes from his/her bus stop. The portal may be accessed from any device with a web browser. Parents can also add or remove guardians authorized to pick up their child at school through the Parent Portal.
Parents or a designee must be at the bus stop to receive K thru 2nd grade students. If no one is there to receive the student, the student will be returned to the campus. It is the responsibility of the parent to see that the students who are returned to the school are picked up. Students returned more than three times a semester will have their riding privileges suspended.
We know you will have questions about the SMART tag system. Should you have any questions or concerns about the SMART tag system not addressed on our website, please contact the Lake Travis ISD Transportation Department at 512-533-6070, or via email at email@example.com.
Extended Care for 2021 - 2022
Helpful 5th to 6th Grade Transition Information for Parents & Students
District updates Return to School Protocols for COVID-19, reviews new CDC guidelines for quarantine
As conditions surrounding the pandemic continue to evolve, Lake Travis ISD officials have evaluated and updated the Return to School Protocols for COVID-19. Specific changes can be found in the document as outlined below:
- Self-screening Protocols for Staff and Students (p. 12)
- Close Contact (p. 14)
- Protocols for Re-entry After Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (p. 14-15)
- Protocols for Re-entry After Coming into Close Contact with an Individual Test-Confirmed to Have COVID-19 (p. 15-16)
Additionally, District officials are aware of new guidelines issued December 3rd by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which reduce the number of days close contacts should quarantine following exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. Austin-area school district officials and local health authorities participated in a conference call December 4th to review and discuss the CDC's guidelines. Given the importance of contact tracing and quarantining in our schools, Lake Travis ISD will continue its review of these guidelines and will make a final determination shortly.
"The health and safety of our school community is of utmost importance," said Paul Norton, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools. "Our plans will remain flexible to accommodate potential changes, and guidelines may be further modified as needed. In the interim, we urge our school community to continue the consistent practice of personal hygiene and social distancing."
LTISD Protocols for Screening
***Please remember to screen your children each morning before school.***
If your child has any ONE of the symptoms on the screening list, they should stay home.
★ Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
★ Loss of taste or smell
★ Difficulty breathing
★ Shortness of breath
★ Sore throat
★ Shaking or exaggerated shivering
★ Muscle or body aches
★ Congestion or runny nose
★ Nausea or vomiting
Please know that children who come to school with symptoms will be sent home.
It is important that everyone become familiar with the re-entry protocol
Re-entry protocol applies to students who experience symptoms at home OR if they are sent home from school.
● at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
● the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
● at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
The 10 days must be observed even if symptoms only last a short while and the child did not have fever.
If your student wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, you must either:
● obtain a medical professional’s note (with date) clearing the student for the return based on an alternative diagnosis; or
● obtain an acute infection test (at a physician’s office, approved testing location found at tdem.texas.govc/covid19/, or another site) that comes back negative for COVID-19.
We Are Not Admitting Visitors At This Time
From Our Amazing PTO
The BCE PTO newsletter is automatically sent out to everyone who has an active account on our PTO website, bcepto.com. If you haven't yet registered or need to update your information, please do! You won't want to miss out on all the important updates for PTO meetings, volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, and more!
TEA on Minimum Standard Health Protocols on Visits to Schools During Campus Closureshttps://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/covid/minimum-standard-health-protocols-for-school-employees-in-school-building-during-campus-closures