Shetland Express

2601 Shady Brook Dr. Bedford, TX 76021

"Celebrating Superheroes!"

February 12, 2016

Shady Brook Vision Statement:

Knowledge Informs and Determines Success for Students

Shady Brook Mission Statement:

The mission of Shady Brook Elementary is to educate all students for success today and tomorrow.

A Note from the Principal's Desk. . .

We have had some wonderful events on campus this past week!

The Talent Show reminded us once again of what amazing, talented young people we get to work with each day! Thank you to Mr. Hodges for working with the students to prepare this wonderful show! Also, The Valentine's Day parties were this afternoon, and as I walked around I saw a lot of excited and smiling faces! Thank you to our volunteers and teachers who work together to put on these wonderful parties for our students! We appreciate you!

The next few weeks are going to be quite busy as well. On February 19 please join us for our "Dance Your Heart Out Event". Watch for more information to come home about this and please note that all students must be accompanied by an adult. Finally, on February 26 all students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. If you have a K - 2 student that rides the bus, please remember that someone must be there to meet the bus when it arrives. Thank you for your help with this!

This year is moving along so quickly and as I reflect upon the first semester of school I am just amazed at the growth that we have seen in the students. Thank you, once again, for sharing your children with us each and every day! Have a wonderful weekend!


Shannon Gauntt


Shady Brook Elementary

Shannon Gauntt, Principal, Shady Brook Elementary

Please feel free to contact me at any time. Thank you for your support!

Clarence Scott, Assistant Principal, Shady Brook Elementary

Please feel free to contact me at any time. Thank you for your support!

Important Dates. . .

2/14 - Valentine's Day

2/17 - February Birthday celebration for students during lunch

2/19 - "Dance Your Heart Out" at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria; students must have a parent/guardian chaperone attending

2/25 - Hat Day - Help support buses for field trips by donating to wear a hat to school

2/26 - End of the 4th Six Weeks of school

2/26 - Students dismissed at 12 noon; Extended Day is in session for those students enrolled in the program; buses will run at noon

2/26 - Next Parent Newsletter goes out

2/29 - Last day to apply for a transfer and/or apply for Suzuki Strings

3/1 - PTA Spirit Night at Texas Roadhouse from 3 - 10 p.m. Have a great meal and help support Shady Brook at the same time

3/1 - PTA Board Meeting in the library at 6:30 p.m.

Transfer Window

2016 - 2017 Transfer Window Open January 4 - February 29

Forms are available in the front office

Schools of Choice Application Window

Date: January 04, 2016 – February 29, 2016

Applications for our Schools of Choice programs must be submitted during the Transfer Window (January 4 - February 29, 2016).

If you are applying for a SOC program at a campus other than your home campus, a Transfer Application must also be completed for that campus.

Shady Brook is one of HEB ISD’s Schools of Choice offering the Suzuki Strings Program in Kindergarten through 6th grade to prepare students for the secondary orchestra program. If you are interested in this program, please see Mrs. Campbell in the office for an application.

The Suzuki Method is an internationally renowned method for teaching young children to play an instrument. It is modeled on the Mother Tongue approach of language acquisition, and parents are integral to the process. For students to participate, a parent (or grandparent) must be available to attend a weekly lesson during the school day (during the FA/PE time) and practice daily with the child at home.

HEBISD Family Support Services

Are you in a transitional living situation due to financial hardship or loss of housing?

  • Doubled-up with friends or family

  • Living in a hotel or motel

  • Living in a shelter

  • Living in a car or unsheltered

There are services to help you! Call HEBISD Family Support Services 817-399-3470!

Counselor's Corner....Lisa Evans

Angry Kids

"Why does my child always have an attitude? She's often disruptive, disrespectful, or picking on other children. She's always the one with a chip on her shoulder." This frustrated parent expresses the feelings of many–Why is my child angry, and how do I deal with it?

A child who acts out may be expressing other emotions through anger. A youngster may be experiencing a loss, a divorce, or a move. A child may be trying to let the world know that his/her life is not what it ought to be. Regardless of the reason, it looks the same. But how can we deal with this angry attitude without being a psychologist?

A Parent's Job is to Understand, Not to Fix Things

Listening for understanding is impossible when a child is angry. Never reason with an angry child. Instead say, "It sounds like you're really mad. I want to listen and understand. I will listen when your voice is as calm as mine. Come back then." If you can't make the child leave, you leave. Be prepared to repeat your calm statement if the child is determined to yell out the anger without leaving. "Don't worry about it now. We'll talk when you're calm. "You may need to say this several times. Be prepared to play "broken record" with, what did I say? Use these phrases instead of reasoning. Reasoning will only fuel the anger.

"Thanks for Sharing That"

Once the child is able to discuss the anger, listen without reasoning. Try to avoid telling the child why he/she should not be angry. Avoid telling them that things will be okay and how to make it better. Your job is to prove that you understand – "It sounds like you get mad when I tell you it's time to do your chores. Thanks for sharing that with me. I'll give it some thought. If you think of a better way for me to remind you, let me know."

Parents Can Make It Worse

Parents who do not treat their children with respect send a message that says, "You're not worthy." These parents often communicate with a lot of yelling. This encourages the child to yell and scream back while the parents retaliate by getting madder. It's a vicious cycle that breeds chronic anger in the child.

In place of anger, parents should work on listening to their children in a non–threatening, honest, and open manner. Most children will talk openly only after they truly believe their parents are interested in what they have to say and recognize their feelings.

--from Love & Logic


Join your friends and “Dance Your Heart Out” at Shady Brook on February 19th from 6:30-8:30!

Cost is $5 per student; pre-sale on Feb. 16-19 before and after school.

Rule: For the safety of all, one chaperone must stay to be responsible for you or a group of your friends! Students cannot be dropped off without a chaperone.

Nachos, chips, water, slushy drinks, and candy will be available for purchase too.

Notes from our Nurse...

Happy Heart Month!!

Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. To do that, it’s important to do the things that make you less likely to develop diseases and to know how to get better if you get sick. Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most important ways to make sure you are feeling your very best. As a young person, if you start doing small things every day that keep your body healthy, you have a better chance of living a longer, happier and healthier life.

How the Heart Works

Did you know your heart is a muscle? It is! It’s about the size of your fist and it sits in the middle of your chest slightly tilted to the left. The one difference between your heart and other muscles is that it never gets to rest. When the heart pumps (or beats), it pushes blood through the body to pick up waste and deliver oxygen. This process is called circulation.

How Do I Know if My Heart is Healthy?

Figuring out whether your heart is healthy begins with knowing where you stand in relation to seven simple aspects of heart health. The American Heart Association calls these things Life’s Simple 7. They are:

  1. Avoid smoking and using tobacco products

  2. Be physically active every day

  3. Eat a heart-healthy diet

  4. Keep a healthy weight

  5. Keep your blood pressure healthy

  6. Keep your total cholesterol healthy

  7. Keep your blood sugar healthy

For this information and more, please visit the American Heart Association at


Something to think about...

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.

Ralph Marston


February 25 is National Chili Day.