The Bulldog Bulletin

Issue 6 - April 2016

From the Desk of Mrs. Rangel

Dear Parents,

On April 29th, we will be conducting our campus "Bulldog Run." This is very similar to the Fun Run fundraising event we have done in the past, but this year, we have chosen to manage the fundraiser at the campus level versus going through a company. Our reasoning behind this is that our students work very hard to collect pledges and when a campus goes through a 3rd party company, they receive a portion of the proceeds. After holding dialogue with parents and hearing their feedback on this, we began planning how we could conduct our own run so that the students benefit from 100% of what is collected. We opted to host only one school fundraiser this year, so we are hopeful for great participation and success! With the funds raised from our Bulldog Run, we plan to continue our goal of increasing instructional technology within the classrooms. It is our hope that each grade level have a cart of 25 devices for student use. Through our partnership with PTA, we have already purchased 50 devices collectively. We will be kicking off our event on Tuesday, April 19th, so please be looking for your child's pledge card to come home that afternoon. We hope you will come out during your child's run time and cheer them on! Grade levels will be advertising specific times in their individual parent communication. We are very excited to host our first Bulldog Run and we know that the students will be very excited, as well.

Counselor's Corner

Dear Stephens Parents/Guardians:

We would like to invite you to participate in our annual Career Day on Friday, May 27st, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. As a presenter, you will have the opportunity to speak with students about your educational and career journey. Our goal is to assist students in making the connection between school and careers, while exposing them to a variety of occupations, and to increase college and work readiness skills. If you or someone you know is interested in presenting, please respond to me no later than Friday, April 29th. Thanks!

Kasie Owens

(940) 369-0804

News From Our Nurse

Spring In To Health ~ April 2016

Autism Awareness

Put on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America. Show your support by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon. Stephens Elementary is home to students with Autism. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.


Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft bristle tooth brush~ Cleaning teeth and gums removes a sticky film of plaque. Plaque contains harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

  • Floss your teeth everyday
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months
  • See your dentist twice a year~ taking care of your teeth now means a brighter smile and healthier mouth for your future!

Remember: Teaching children good oral hygiene habits early can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Get an EDGE on an AWESOME school day!!!!

E- eat breakfast

D- dress for the weather

G- get enough sleep

E- exercise daily

World Health Organization

Immunizations: Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus. Texas Law found here for further information:

World Health Day

Beat Diabetes: Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar, gives us the energy that we need to live. There are 2 main forms of the diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes typically make none of their own insulin and therefore require insulin injections to survive. People with type 2 diabetes, the form that comprises some 90% of cases, usually produce their own insulin, but not enough or they are unable to use it properly. People with type 2 diabetes are typically overweight and sedentary, 2 conditions that raise a person’s insulin needs. Over time, high blood sugar can seriously compromise every major organ system in the body, causing heart attacks, strokes, nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness, impotence and infections that can lead to amputations. Diabetes is treatable. See your doctor if you have questions.

Upcoming Stephens Events - April 2016

15th - No School (Weather Make-Up Day)

20th - Report Cards Go Home

28th - New Kindergarten Information Meeting for Parents (students enrolling in August)

29th - Bulldog Run

29th - Crazy Socks Day

PTA Sponsored Events for April

8th -- Spring Fling from 5:30 - 7:30 (behind the school)

12th -- Subway Spirit Day

19th and 20th -- Tredway's BBQ Spirit Days

21st -- Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day