BISD Family Connects

E-Newsletter for Families and Staff ~ December 9, 2022

Red Rock Elementary RISE Students Prepare for Blast Off

Red Rock Elementary astronauts prepared for launch as they began their journey to Mars! Check out this short video to see what the RISE program is all about.


Did you know that students who meet regularly with a mentor make better choices in school and in life? Help make a difference in a child's life by becoming a mentor today! Visit for more information.

Interested in working for BISD, SSC, Aramark or GST?

Bastrop ISD and its three partners (Aramark, SSC and GoldStar Transit) are HIRING! Come join a team of dedicated individuals in a career that meets your job skills and interests. Visit each company to see current opportunities at Bastrop ISD, SSC, Aramark, and GoldStar Transit.
Big picture

Social Emotional Learning

December's Self Care Tip: Gratitude

‘Tis the reason for the season. Studies have consistently shown that practicing gratitude increases happiness, decreases depression, promotes better sleep, and improves heart health. Instead of a holiday wish list, try making a list of things you already have that you’re grateful for. Show gratitude to others with acts of kindness or by simply taking the time to say, “thank you.” Start a gratitude journal by jotting down three things you’re grateful for every day, from your morning coffee to compassionate friends.

What are students learning?

After an extended break, there is always time dedicated for teachers to reconnect with their students and reteach or review school-wide expectations. Once those expectations have been reviewed, students and teachers will pick back up with the same SEL units they began during November. Elementary students will continue learning about empathy, while Intermediate students will continue learning about ways to identify and cope with difficult emotions. Middle school students will continue to learn about Recognizing Bullying and Harassment while High School students will continue to learn about values and reflect on what their own values are.

Families looking to engage their students around these topics can ask questions like:

- What are you learning during SEL time this week?

- What is one way you can demonstrate empathy to someone having a rough day?

- What are some things you value? How do your values inform your decision making?

Genesis Students Plan for Life Beyond High School

Genesis High School hosted their very first Transition Planning Summit to help students take their next steps after high school. Check out the video here.

Need help with food?

Come out to one of the mobile pantry distributions for FREE food this December. You can also now find our mobile pantry calendars on our website at

Please note a few changes to the regular schedule, as well as holiday closures.

December Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Bastrop ISD, in partnership with Aramark Student Nutrition, is committed to providing a quality food service program and recognizes the vital relationship between nutrition and education.

View the December Breakfast and Lunch Menus.

Volunteers Wanted

Coming Up!

Winter Blast is December 17

Bastrop ISD is excited to announce that an in-person Winter Blast will be held this year on December 17 at Cedar Creek High School.

See the flyer for more information. This event is for Bastrop ISD students and families.

Vato Claus Toys & Food Basket Outreach Schedule

Click the image to the right to view the outreach schedule for December 25. Children must be present to receive presents and parent(s) must be present to receive food baskets.

Free Mini Camp for Ages 7-12

Sign up for three fun-filled days on December 27, 28 & 29 of discovering, uncovering and inspiring the best and brightest sides of each individual through creativity, movement, play and games.

View the flyer and register at

Monthly Autism Support Training

Join Bastrop ISD and McDade ISD Autism Support Teams in collaboration with STAR® for monthly training sessions. All sessions are free of charge and will be held virtually from 6-7:30 pm.

Click here to learn more about the monthly trainings or visit

December 13: BISD Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:30, PAC

December 13: Holiday Open House, Immediately following BISD Board Meeting, PAC

December 15: Early Release, HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

December 16: Early Release - All schools

December 19 - January 2: Staff & Student Holiday

January 3-4: Student Holiday & Staff Development Day

Big picture

Contact Us

Relationships with our students, parents, and staff are what make this a great place to learn, teach, and work. In Bastrop Independent School District ... THEIR future is OUR focus!