Academy of the Arts at Bransom

April 9-13, 2018 (School Days 138-142)

A Note From Your Principal

Good morning, Families and Friends of the Academy of the Art at Bransom.

It is great to be back on campus this morning ready for all that the week has to offer. It is going to be a pretty exciting week.

STAAR - Tuesday and Wednesday is a targeted time for assessment especially for our 5th graders. Each of them will be taking the 1st round of STAAR. The Math and Reading Assessments will take place primarily in the morning hours each day. Due to the security of the assessment and focus of all administrators and students, our campus will be closed to all visitors. If you need to drop off a lunch, please do so in the office. Thanks!

A free breakfast will be prepared for all testers each morning beginning at 7:15AM. Testers can come straight to the cafeteria when they arrive at school.

Field Trips - We have two trips planned for the week for 4th graders and 5th graders. Make sure to touch base with your child's teacher to see if there are any last minute details for your child or you to be aware of. We hope you know that learning happens all throughout our day whether on campus or off and field trip destinations are selected carefully and with purpose.

We want everyone to know that the next few weeks of school may be tough but so rewarding for our students. Projects are finishing up and you will begin to see the fruits of our labor. Our artwork is showing up around the community so please checkout the Photography Club's work in local banks. Also, preparations are being made for a final musical/dramatic performance of the year. Please make plans to attend "Summer Camp" at CHS on April 19th. I have seen snippets of the rehearsals and I am so excited for the students AND the audience. Please check out the calendar below for the latest updates on events and adventures.

In closing, I have to give a huge shout out to our PTO Executive Board, This year they have worked tirelessly in front of and behind the scenes to support our efforts at the Academy of the Arts at Bransom. Whether it was a check writing campaign, popcorn popping for our students, luncheons for our staff, or purchasing outdoor musical instruments for our students, they got the job done and the job was done well! As the year begins to wrap up, the PTO Executive Board also wraps up their duties. They are in the nominating stage of preparing for a new board for next year. Please contact any member or our front office if you are interested in being a mover and shaker on next year's board. We are always looking for energetic individuals who can commit to our student body's best well-being. Again, thank you, Ladies, for all of your hard work! You're the greatest!

Always grateful,

Mrs. Burchfield

Photography Club's Photo Displays: Check it Out!

Mark Your Calendar for "Summer Camp"

Rehearsal Times are Fun and Productive!

We Appreciate the Hard Work of our fun-loving ParaProfessionals

presenting... our employees of the year

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Congratulations, Kindergarten families. Again, your attendance was the best on our campus last week at 98.35%. Wow! Our overall attendance was at 96.58%! Thanks for all you do to get your child to school each and on time. It matters to us all.

Closed Campus to Visitors during STAAR

Due to the potential distractions to students, adjustments to the lunch schedule, and the test security that is required for the administration of the assessments, our campus will be closed to visitors. Lunches may be dropped off if necessary but please do not plan to stay and eat on campus.

Our students have worked hard this year and in years prior to prepare to "share what they know" with the state. We are excited to have our students share their knowledge. All of us need to be accountable for our work. Therefore, we are asking that appointments be avoided on the following days to insure all students' hard work is counted in our accountability. We do not want our students' absences during S.T.A.A.R. to reflect negatively on our school. By the way, attendance in general is accounted for in our school's accountability. So, thanks for being here!

Tuesday, April 10 - 4th Grade Writing STAAR (New students only)

April 10 - 5th Grade Math STAAR

April 11 - 5th Grade Reading STAAR


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This Week:

Monday: 6th 6-Weeks Grading period begins; School Board Meeting (6:30)

Tuesday: 4th Grade Writing for New Students; 5th Grade Math STAAR

Wednesday: 5th Grade Reading STAAR

Thursday: 4th Grade to Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens

Friday: 5th Grade to Civil War Museum

Upcoming Calendar:

April 16: Texas Reads One Book Kick-Off for all students and staff (The Mouse and the Motorcycle)

April 17: PTO Villa D'anna Fundraiser
April 18: 4th & 5th Grade Field Day

April 19: 5th Graders visited by STEAM personnel; "Summer Camp" 4th & 5th Grade Drama at CHS @ 6:00

April 20: Bobcat Pride Breakfast; Bad Weather Make-Up Day

April 21: Be Healthy Burleson 5K/10K/Fun Walk

April 23-27: 2nd Grade Poetry Celebration; HEB Plastic Bag Recycling Week

April 24: Kindergarten Round-Up 2:00-6:00 in the cafeteria

April 25: Kindergarten to Casa Manana to see "Beauty and the Beast" (9:15-12:15)

May 3: BISD Ranger Texas Night

May 4: Volunteer Breakfast

May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 9: National School Nurse Day

May 13: Mothers' Day

May 14: 3rd & 4th Grade Math STAAR; 5th Grade Math Retake if Necessary

May 15: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading STAAR; 5th Grade Reading Retake if Necessary

May 16: 5th Grade Science STAAR

May 17: 5th Grade Splash Station

May 18: 2nd Grade "Kids Who Care - Earth and Soul" Field Trip 9:00-2:00; Bluebonnet Reward Field Trip 10:00-1:30

May 19: Citywide Character March

May 21: 2nd Grade Awards @ 8:15AM; 4th Grade Awards @ 1:00

May 22: Math Bee Competition @8:30
May 23: Bobcat Pride Breakfast; 1st Grade Awards @ 8:15 AM; 5th Grade Awards at CHS; 5th Grade Dance at AAB

May 24: Bransom Field Day for Kinder-3rd Grade

May 25: End of 6th -Weeks Grading Period; Last Day of School: Early Dismissal (11:45)

May 28: Memorial Day

May 29: Teacher Workday; BHS Graduation

May 30: CHS Graduation

May 31: Crossroads Graduation

June 11: School Board Meeting

June 21: 1st Day of Summer
June 26: 5th Grade Math STAAR Retake (if necessary)

June 27: 5th Grade Reading STAAR Retake (if necessary)

Remember to stay in contact with your child's teacher for grade level/class events.

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