SGE Family Newsletter

October 9, 2023

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Looking Ahead...

Sept 15 - Oct 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

Oct 9 - BCISD Dyslexia Parent Information Night (see flyer below)

Oct 9 - No School / Parent Teacher Conferences

Oct 10-13 - Fire Prevention Week

Oct 11 - Kinder Trip (Backus, Marvin, Neely, Hebert)

Oct 12 - Kinder Trip (Lastly, Kelly, Poerner, Courtney)

Oct 12 - Burnet CISD Community Forum (see flyer below)

Oct 16-20 - School Bus Safety Week

Oct 23-27 - Red Ribbon Week (Flyer with dress-up themes below)

Oct 27 - 1st Grade Marley Halloween

Oct 31 - Book Character Dress Up Day

Nov 1 - Picture Retakes

Nov 3 - End of the 2nd Six Weeks

Nov 3 - No School / Professional Development Day for Teachers

Nov 7 - 1st Grade Trip (Medrano, White, Lusinger, McGinty)

Nov 11 - Veterans Day

Nov 11 - Turkey Trot & Fall Carnival

Nov 15 - 1st Grade Trip (Ray, Vaughn, Sanchez, Fowler)

Nov 16 - 2nd Grade Trip

Nov 20-24 - Thanksgiving Break

Nov 27 - No School / Professional Development Day for Teachers

Nov 29 - 2nd Grade UIL Meet in Lampasas

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Battle of the Cans!

The Battle of the Cans concludes this Wednesday!! The district with the most food collected will be announced at Friday's game between the Bulldogs and the Mustangs! Let's all pitch in to a very worthy cause!

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Big Kahuna Fundraiser

Dear Shady Grove families,

Shady Grove's BIG KAHUNA fundraiser kicked-off today and will run through October 20th!! Students will be bringing home their packets.

This kick-off video explains the process, prizes, and how to earn prizes!

Important Information:

  • School ID - 9616
  • Two ways to sell: in-person and online (registration directions on back of envelope)!
  • Cash, checks (payable to Shady Grove Elem.), and money orders are accepted!
  • Brochure order forms and money are due back to school on Friday, October 20th.
  • Online sales website closes at midnight on Friday, October 27th.
  • Products and prizes will be delivered 3-5 weeks after the sale ends.
  • Turn your money in WITH your order form when you are done selling. Please do not send money without the order form.
  • Sell 15 items to win the MONSTER PARTY LIMO experience!
  • Family Plan - sell 20 items and all siblings that attend SGE will get to experience the limo! To qualify, all orders must be placed on 1 order form, and individual prizes must be shared by siblings within the Family Plan.
  • Questions? Contact the local rep at

The money raised in SGE's ONE fundraiser of the year will go toward campus activities such as grade level projects and supplies for family nights, educational materials, student enrichment, student incentives and staff appreciation!

Thanks for supporting our learning and fun at SGE!

Abby O'Hair

Leaders of the Pack!

Introducing five new Leaders of the Pack! Check out the the ways the seven habits are manifesting in our students' behavior!

These students demonstrated leadership by:

-being proactive and choosing to sit in a place where distractions were limited.

-helping two fellow classmates who were in a disagreement over a chair by finding another chair for them. Way to think, "Win-Win!"

-helping a student who was having a hard time to make proactive choices.

-helping a classmate who was struggling by suggesting the "calming corner."

-helping a classmate pick up a basket of pencils off of the floor.

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Bulldog Store - Field Trip Shirts

Click here to access the Bulldog Store for field trip t-shirts!

UIL Opportunity for 2nd Graders!

Our 2nd graders have an upcoming opportunity to participate in the 2023-2024 UIL Meet that will take place in Lampasas on November 29, 2023.

What is UIL?

UIL created “academic” contests for students in grades 2 - 8 to compete in. The competitions are FREE for students to participate in and are designed to not only help prepare students for the larger competitions in high school, but to also give them an opportunity to showcase their talents now!

From the A+ Academics UIL website:

“A+ Academics includes 20 different events for grades 2-8. These events span the curriculum - they are designed to complement and expand upon what students learn in the classroom, both through learning specific subject knowledge, and through learning skills that are valuable in many disciplines. Approximately 3,000 Texas schools participate in A+ Academics, competing in more than 300 district meets each year.”

This year we will compete with other schools in our UIL district on Wednesday, November 29th at Hanna Springs Elementary in Lampasas.


We will be sending home “sign-up” information soon. Note: All tryouts and practices will take place after school. Students will first try out for their chosen event(s). If a student is chosen as a team member (Contestant), he/she will participate in practices after school and may be given additional study material for home.

Below are the events in which 2nd graders have the opportunity to participate:

Music Memory The focus of the music memory contest is an in depth study of fine pieces of music literature taken from a wide spectrum of music genres to expose students to great composers, their lives, and their music. Students will hear short clips of music from a provided list and identify the selection, major work (if applicable), and composer for each song.

Creative Writing The contest is designed to promote creativity in an academic format and to encourage writing skills at an early grade level. Through preparation for the contest, students in second grade will be able to evaluate their own writing and the writing of others. Contestants will be given a prompt with several captioned pictures. From these pictures, the students will create an original story based on their selections in 30 minutes. The stories must contain at least one of the pictured items, but it is not required that all items on the page be included.Students in this event do not travel to the competition. The event will be held prior to the meet.

Storytelling To tell a story, the participant must develop skills in listening, thinking and speaking. This contest also allows for the development of creative expression, something being given more attention in the professional world. For practice, teachers can use stories from any good children's books or magazines. Contestants in the second and third grades shall listen to a storyteller read a brief story (between 600 and 1100 words long) only once, and then retell that story in their own words before a judge or judges. There are no time restrictions on the length of the story the student creates.

Chess Puzzles Chess puzzle competition is very different from tournament chess play. Contestants in a chess puzzle contest receive a paper-and-pencil test that includes a series of chess boards with pieces in particular positions. Questions are based on analysis of material or possible moves in each given diagram.

Creative Art (various categories) Students will work with their coach to create a piece to place in the competition. Students in these events do not travel to the competition. Their art pieces are taken to the contest site and judged without students present.

Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-27!

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SGE Attendance Tracking

SGE's ADA for this past week was 94.35%.

ADA stands for Average Daily Attendance and is defined as the total days of student attendance divided by the total days of instruction. "98 IS Great!", so 98% is our goal!

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Be sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures from behind the scenes at SGE! "Shady Grove Elementary School - BCISD"

BCISD Transportation Department and Information

Click this link to view transportation contact information, bus service registration, and an FAQ regarding bus transportation.

Viewing Progress Reports & Report Cards

An important piece in the family-school partnership is staying aware of student performance. It is requested that parents view and electronically sign progress reports and report cards. See the directions below, and be sure to get those signatures in! In addition, parents are encouraged to regularly view grades in Skyward.
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How do I request a change in transportation?

Submit an email on the same day as the transportation change request by 1:30 p.m. to

Include the following details in the email:

  • Student’s full name
  • Student’s grade level
  • Student’s homeroom teacher
  • The transportation change you want made for today (bus rider to car rider or car rider to bus rider)

Requests made after 1:30pm will not be processed. Notes, phone calls, text messages and emails sent to any other email will not be processed.

News & Notes from the PTO!

Click here for helpful links shared by the Shady Grove PTO!

Shady Grove Elementary School

7:15am Office Opens

7:15am Student Drop Off/Breakfast

7:40am School Begins

7:45am Tardy Bell

9:00am Students not in attendance are marked absent

1:30pm Transportation changes due, please email:

3:20pm Student Dismissal

4:00pm Office/School Closes