Bruneau Elementary Newsletter

April 2021

Upcoming Events: BES Spring Music Concert Tuesday at Rimrock

  1. Date and time: The concert is on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:00 pm on the Rimrock Jr/Sr High School football field (39678 State Highway 78, Bruneau, ID 83604).

  2. Call time for students is 5:30 pm. This is for a final sound check and brief run-through of the performance in a new space.

  3. While there are no costumes for the program, this is an event students are expected to dress up for. To match the ocean theme, students may dress in any shade of blue, green, purple, black, white or silver they’d like. In order to see everyone’s faces clearly, please no hats.

  4. In case of bad weather, the performance date will be moved to Thursday, May 13 at the same time and place. Good weather is expected for both the Bruneau and Grand View concerts, so this date is set as a just-in-case.

  5. If you are interested in bringing snacks (cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cheese and crackers, veggie tray, etc.) please email me at

Your students have come so far in learning their songs, instrument parts and speaking parts, and we are looking forward to a great show! See you then!

Miranda Brim

Music Teacher- Bruneau Elementary School

A Note From The Principal

Dear BGV Families,

Brene Brown, a researcher and author on the topic of resilience, shared the following about vulnerability, a requirement of courage:

“While vulnerability is the birthplace of many of the fulfilling experiences we long for — love, belonging, joy, creativity, and trust, to name a few — the process of regaining our emotional footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives; it’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are.”

We’ve spent the year discussing ‘grit’. Discovering that grit requires us to have a healthy understanding that we are going to fail. That we can learn from mistakes. That with a growth mindset, we know we are not there yet, but we can be with the courage to move forward. And finally, I wanted to share with you this thought. Having the courage to fail and to move forward requires us to be vulnerable enough to share our emotions and thoughts when we fail and to lean into the discomfort we feel when we fall down.

Brene used this phrase when talking to her own child about grit. Grit requires giving “effort and taking a chance”. As we are approaching the end of another year of school, we get the opportunity to reflect back on our successes and failures and recognize when we truly put forth effort and took a chance, even when we were certain we would fail.

This year has been largely a great year. Your students have grown in resilience, empathy, academic pursuits, and as positive young members of the community. This success is possible because of what you do for them every day. Keep being vulnerable to show them your own learning. Keep modeling how to get up again when you fall and keep on going. Thank you for your involvement. Our students would not be the same without your help.

Thank you,

Alex Meyers

Upcoming Events

May 3rd & 4th - 3rd, 4th, 5th Math ISAT Tests

May 4th - Spring Concert at Rimrock Football Field

May 10th - 5th Grade Science ISAT Test

May 11th - Board Meeting at Rimrock

May 24th - Field Trip to Sand Dunes

May 27th - Kindergarten & 5th Grade Graduation/Last Day of School for Students

May 28th - Last Day of School for Teachers

May 29th - Rimrock Graduation

K/1 Miss Wampler

Kindergarten and first grade have been learning about plants. We did a fun experiment to see how plants absorb water by putting celery in food coloring and watching it change color. We are currently learning about the life cycles of butterflies and ladybugs, while raising some in our classroom. In math we are working on measurement and reviewing our math facts.

2/3 Mrs. Graham

Happy end-of-April, everyone!

ISATs have started! 3rd grade has been working hard to get ready for this test and I have no doubt that they are going to rock it. We will be testing for the next 2 weeks in the mornings. Please make sure the kiddos are getting plenty of rest as they are definitely going to need it! As I’ve stated before, I have no doubt that they are going to rock their ISAT. If you or your child have any questions or concerns about the ISAT, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

2nd grade is working hard on reading longer stories and answering questions. They are also working on learning their shapes and being introduced to fractions. Both grades have been doing some mini research projects as well! They finished doing research on the animal of their choice and they are moving on to researching one of the 50 states.

By the time you read this, we will only have a few weeks of school left! How crazy is that?! Since this is going to be one of my last letters, I wanted to take the time to thank you all for your support, both with your student and with me. These last 4 years have been such a blessing. I couldn’t have imagined a better school to start at as a first-year teacher. Your kiddos have taught me so many things that I will carry with me for the rest of my career. Bruneau Elementary will always have a special place in my heart.

4/5 Mrs. Pearson

What a busy month it’s been! We have been working very hard in reading and math, reviewing and preparing so that we can do our best on the ISAT tests! In April, we finished our study of Africa and the students created biome models which included unique vegetation and animal species found within different African ecosystems. Enjoyable afternoons have included some great art sessions with Brooklyn Kunsky, (thank you Brooklyn, for being a wonderful art mom!), kite flying, a funeral for our bear beetle (our class pet for a short amount of time), American president plays, and finishing our last novels of the year.
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April Cape Run

Each month, we select students from each grade level that have shown outstanding growth on our Istation reading or math assessment to participate in our cape run.

April's students are: Roan Folkman, Brylee Folkman, Jaylee Glidden, and Lillie Bachman

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April Students of The Month

Our April students of the month were chosen for listening to understand at BES.

April Awesomeness at BES

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