Bear Bulletin

October 24, 2021

'Stros are World Series Bound!!!!!! Let's Go, H-Town!

Topics Included in this Newsletter

  • Note from Mrs. Spencer
  • Mark Your Calendars, Bears!
  • Information for 8th Grade Parents: 4 Year Plans and Course Selection
  • Red Ribbon Week Information
  • Mental Health Supports
  • Secondary Parent U Opportunity
  • PTA Reflections Contest
  • SBISD COVID Vaccine Saturdays
  • SBISD-Houston Health Department COVID Testing
  • Skyward Family Access Information
  • Information from Nurse Mulvey for 6th Grade Parents
  • SBMS Yearbook Information
  • SBMS PTA Information for 2021-2022

Message from Mrs. Spencer


Happy Sunday, Bears!


Thank you so much for the Kroger, HEB and StarBucks gift cards! We are all set! We are so thankful for your contributions! I have received them and we are ready to support families who need the assistance and celebrate teachers. Please know that I personally called each family to say thank you for their contribution, save one kind family! I collected the gift cards and inadvertently tossed the envelope without calling! Please know, whoever that kind soul is, I appreciate you and meant to thank you. I try to pull off multi-tasking every once in a while and soon realize I cannot do it well. :)


Next week is a busy week as we take time to honor and celebrate student achievement through our Honors Assembly and celebrate Red Ribbon Week. A few things:


  • Lunch Deliveries: Please refrain from dropping off lunches during the day to students outside of the Championship Hallway. Not only does this place students in a position where they could be locked out of the building, but visitors approaching doors other than the front door poses security issues for our campus. We need every stakeholder at SBMS to be sticking to our regular practices so that we can maintain a calm school environment and focus on the work of teaching, learning, and supporting our students. When drop offs like these occur, staff are notified, concerned and then must redirect their attention to this rather than our regular work duties. Please drop off lunches for students through the front office. As a reminder, no delivery services will be accepted for students.
  • Tardies, Cell Phones and Hallway Passes: Our kids are doing an awesome job this year and I sincerely appreciate the conversations you are having with your students each time I send out a request- I see an immediate improvement when I do! Please remind your students that they need to report to class in a timely manner, have a hallway bathroom pass (most are yellow or pink depending on the frequency of their use) with them and cell phones should remain in the classroom for the entirety of the class periods. The only students excused from this expectation are those using their devices to track diabetic management or cardiac arrhythmias. Please note that hallway passes are on card stock and can be folded up and placed in pockets to keep students from having to place them on the floor in restrooms.
  • See Something, Say Something: Please remind your students that if they see something (or even experience something) that is unsafe or unkind, to say something. We are a school community and we need to take care of each other! They are welcome to report issues to their classroom teachers, counselors, or administrators. We are here to help!
  • No More Clothing Donations to the SBMS Bear Closet, Please: We are so grateful to our SBMS Bear Families for their generosity. At this time, we are at capacity for gently used clothing items. Once our awesome Bears4Bears Committee and NJHS Volunteers sort through all of the items, we will send out a signupgenius to indicate our needs for clothing and food staples. Again, at this time, we are at capacity for clothing donations.


Stefanie Spencer, Principal

Stefanie.spencer@springbranchisd.com

Mark Your Calendars, Bears!

Mark your calendars for a few events, Bears:


  • October 26th: 8th Graders continue their High School Course and Endorsement Selection process during Math classes.
  • October 26th-28th at 8:40 a.m.: Grade Level Honors Assemblies. Students receiving awards will be notified ahead of the assemblies. 6th Grade is October 26th, Grade is October 27th and 8th Grade is October 28th. Assemblies will be held at 8:40 a.m. in the SBMS Auditorium.


Additional calendar tools:


  • SBMS Google Calendars: SBMS uses a few calendars to help parents stay informed on events at school. The SBMS Public Calendar covers all academic and band/fine arts activities. The SBMS Athletics Activities Calendar covers the different athletic games we offer throughout the year. Please note neither calendar is up to date as of yet. Once game schedules are set by the district and other dates finalized by SBMS in relationship to Fine Arts, we will post these to the calendar.
  • SBISD Calendar: English/Spanish

SBMS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week!

Each year, schools across the United States celebrate Red Ribbon Week to honor the daily decisions students need to make to live a life free from drugs and alcohol. We know that as they mature through secondary and beyond, these decisions become more complicated and more difficult. Your child may not want to dress up with others this next week, but it might be prudent for you to take time as a family to talk through how your child feels about facing those pressures. During that conversation, you can discuss expectations and supports you as a family have as they make those decisions. If you need support in this work, please reach out to your child's guidance counselor. Additionally, below are a few resources you may find helpful in those conversations:


Spring Branch Middle School Red Ribbon Week plans are as follows:

Monday, October 25th: Sock It to Drugs! (Crazy Sock Day)

Tuesday, October 26th: Team Up Against Drugs (Wear Sports Gear)

Wednesday, October 27th: Independence from Drugs (Red, White and Blue)

Thursday, October 28th: Too Smart for Drugs (College Gear)

Friday, October 29th: Put Drugs to Sleep (Wear Pajamas and Regular Shoes)


October 29th/Halloween Fun:

Only staff may wear Halloween costumes. We will have pictures for all staff who dress up to allow students to vote for their favorite sometime that day. Kids may dress up according to Red Ribbon Week. Messaging has gone home this week indicating that they must wear regular shoes and pajamas must be appropriate.

SBISD Mental Health Resources and Supports

Our Student Support Department has begun publishing a newsletter. This month's newsletter covered the topic of managing stress. Emerging adolescence can bring accompanying stress on the developing child and their family and our current context of the pandemic and other stressors only compounds things. You may access the information provided by this department by clicking here. Additionally, there is a Mental Health Resource Guide for those interested available through this link, as well.
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Join us for a fun evening of rhyming, blending, and manipulating sounds to build phonological awareness with our young readers. We will share plenty of family-friendly ideas and tips to support and engage your young and striving readers at home. This will be conducted via Zoom on November 16th and presented by SBISD’s Humanities, Dyslexia and Multilingual Departments. Register online through these links: English/Spanish.

9th Grade Course and Endorsement Selection Process

The below information was sent out via Skyward email messaging on October 8th. Just in case you overlooked the email, the content is below. Please note that each week, they will select different courses within different contents.


Dear Parents of 8th Grade Students,


In 7th Grade, students began to explore career and college options. SBMS students took an interest inventory that outlined some possible careers and did some preliminary college research. They were also introduced to endorsements.


Using their data, students in 8th grade will begin the process of choosing courses for High School over the next 4 weeks. Starting Friday, Oct. 15, students will start by selecting their endorsement and pathway during their Science class. They will also select their Science courses for High School as well during this time. This allows open conversation with students and teachers regarding levels and opportunities. Within the weeks following, students will be able to select other core courses and electives through other classes in order to complete their 4 year plan.


Please take time to review this endorsement presentation, as well as log into Naviance to explore their recent assessments. Parents log-in codes were sent out earlier this week. If you have questions, please reach out to your grade-level Counselor. This will allow them to be placed in the appropriate courses in high school.


Thanks,

SBMS Counseling Team

PTA Reflections Art Contest Is Open Until October 27th at 4 p.m.!

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It is that time of year – the launch of the PTA Reflections 2021-2022 Contest. This year’s theme is “I Will Change the World By…


Here are the current details:

  • Launch date: October 6, 2021
  • Deadline: October 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm
  • Eligibility and participation rules are available to all at the following website http://www.txpta.org/reflections-participation. Please note that at least one member of the household must be an active PTA member.


Questions: Contact our PTA Reflections Chair, Emily Sperandio: emily.sperandio@genlp.com

A Word from the SBMS Library

Overdue Library Books

Please remind your students to turn in overdue library books. They receive an email notice each week with a list of overdue books. There is a cart located outside the library entrance for book returns.


Spelling Bee

The classroom spelling bee will be held on Wednesday, November 10th during Bear Pride Time for all students who are interested in participating. Copies of the spelling bee word list are available via email from the librarian, Mrs. Silva (aaryn.silva@springbranchisd.com) and are also available on ItLearning on the SBMS Library News page; hard copies may be picked up from the library. The top spellers will advance to the school spelling bee on Tuesday, December 7.


Aaryn Silva

Librarian

Spring Branch Middle School

SBISD COVID Vaccine Saturdays!

Spring Branch ISD will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics every Saturday in October, beginning Oct. 2, for community members and students ages 12 and up.

The events will be held in partnership with the Harris County Health Department, which is scheduled to provide the vaccines and the staff to administer them to community members and eligible students free of charge. All the clinics will be held in the school cafeterias.

Here is the schedule and locations for the remaining clinics. Persons will need to need to return for their second shots as noted in the schedule:


Fourth Clinic: 1st dose Saturday, October 23, and 2nd dose Saturday, November 13.

  • Spring Branch Elementary School, 1700 Campbell Road, Houston, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Meadow Wood Elementary School, 14230 Memorial Drive, Houston, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Northbrook Middle School, 3030 Rosefield Drive, Houston, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SBISD-Houston Health Department COVID Testing

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Harris County Public Health to provide a mobile Covid-19 testing pilot program.


Here are details:

Location: Darrell Tully Stadium (north side of stadium)

Hours: Wednesdays only, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Duration: Pilot will run for the next 4-6 weeks

Type of Test: PCR Test – results typically in 36-48 hours


The mobile testing site is open to SBISD students, staff and families.

Individuals wishing to test at this site should register in advance at this link. Individuals may register in person, depending on availability.


Parents/guardians of minors must complete the attached Informed Consent Form. Copies of the form will also be available at the testing site.


Questions may be directed Harris County Public Health’s Testing Center at 832.927.7575.

SBMS 2021-22 Yearbook!

Yearbooks are now on sale for $60! Buy one here or go to tinyurl.com/sbmsyearbook

Tributes/ads for students are also on sale! When buying your yearbook, make sure you scroll to the bottom of the site and you can order a half page, ¼ page, or shoutout ad for your child. Make sure you order and finish designing this ad by JANUARY 31!


The yearbook staff would love your help gathering photos related to the following topics/events for inclusion:

-Bear Camp

-First day/week of school

-Fine arts concerts/shows (band, orchestra, choir, theatre)

-Dance Club

-Football

-Volleyball

-Halloween

-Summer activities/vacations (with your child in the pic)

-Unusual pets


You can upload photos for the yearbook staff using the Balfour Imageshare app on your phone. Note: the project number is 209143 and there is NO upload code. You may also send any photos for the yearbook staff to Sara Boyle, sara.boyle@springbranchisd.com. Contact Sara Boyle, sara.boyle@springbranchisd.com with any other questions about the yearbook!


Upcoming dates:

January 1, 2022: Yearbook price increases to $65

January 31, 2022: Last day to buy and complete an AD/TRIBUTE for your student

March 4, 2022: Last day to PERSONALIZE yearbook (name stamp, activity icon)

March 15, 2022: Last day to send in yearbook photos for inclusion in the book

Skyward Family Access: A Helpful Tool for Secondary Students and Families!

Skyward (Family Access) is a password-protected site that provides both parents and students access to course grades, homework, attendance,and other data. Parents and students can login to the Family Access Portal from their schools website or from the homepage of the SBISD District website. There is also an app currently available through the Apple, Amazon and Google app stores and is compatible with Apple and Android mobile devices. Click here for several videos and guides on how to utilize this tool.

6th Grade Parents: A Word From Nurse Mulvey

6th grade Parents:


If your child gets any new vaccines this school year please turn in a copy to the nurse. This will help prevent any delay in enrollment for 7th grade.

Mercedes.mulvey@springbranchisd.com

All volunteers must register online through the SBISD website every year and pass a criminal background check. Volunteers approved during the previous school year may volunteer through September 30 of the current school year. At that time, the system will reset and all volunteers must re-register before being allowed on campus. We strongly encourage all volunteers to register between July 1 and September 30.


Please allow 8-10 days for the criminal background check process to occur. Volunteers who provide a valid email address on their application will receive an automatic notification if approved to begin your service. Once you receive this e-mail, please either contact the program or campus where you want to provide support. A list of those contacts can be found here.

All volunteers must bring a valid, government issued photo ID when they visit or volunteer on campus to have it scanned into the Raptor6 system. Each time you are on campus thereafter, SBISD requires volunteers and visitors to check-in at the front office and wear a Raptor6 issued name badge.


Thank you for recognizing that the safety of our schools, our students and our volunteers is of the utmost importance!


By applying to be an SBISD volunteer, you agree to abide by the SBISD Volunteer Ethics and Guidelines.

A Word from the SBMS PTA

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The PTA raises money to support the students & staff at SBMS and we couldn’t do any of it without all of our fantastic volunteers and donors. The beginning of school has been busy with socials, school lunches & book fair just to name a few! There are so many things planned for the rest of the school year, please go to our website www.sbmspta.com and check out all the ways to donate or participate. Check back often as we are updating regularly. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook at Spring Branch Middle School PTA.


If you have any questions or want to get involved, below are the PTA Executive Board contact details: