Bear Creek Elementary Newsletter
September 19, 2016
Monday, September 19th - Wear brown for Core Essential of Responsibility; Read-Deed-Run Parent Information Meeting (4th & 5th Grade Students Only) 5:30pm; WatchDOGS Orientation 6:30-7:30PM
Wednesday, September 21st - 1st Grading Period Progress Reports Go Home
Friday, September 23rd - PTA Fall Family Sock Hop - 6-8PM (see below)
Monday, September 26th - Wear brown for Core Essential of Responsibility; Destination Imagination Team Manager Meeting @ 5pm (see information below)
Wednesday, September 28th - Spring Creek Barbeque Spirit Night - 5-9PM (see below)
Thursday, September 29th - PTA Meeting, Title I Meeting and Technology for Parents Presentation - 6-7PM
WatchDOGS Kick-off (Dads of Great Students)
PTA Fall Family Dance
Support Bear Creek With BoxTops for Education
There is a new way to earn money for BCE - through the BoxTops for Education App - see below for more ways to support BCE!
Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety Presentation - Thursday, September 29th
Please join BCE for a very informative parent training session regarding Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety
Jay Sonnenberg, KISD Digital Learning Manager
and Detective Shannon Taylor, KISD Police Dept.
Who? All BCE parents and community members
When? Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time? 6-7 PM after brief 5:30 PTA & Title I Parent Meetings
Where? BCE GymWhy? For our children’s safety! You DON’T want to miss this!
Gifted & Talented Program Screening
5th Grade: GT screening information for Junior High School was sent home with all 5th grade students in their take-home folders the week of September 12th. Secondary GT Parent Checklists are available to parents online at http://www.katyisd.org/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx. If you would like your child screened for the Junior High GT program, the Secondary Checklist will be due by 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 29th. No late checklists will be accepted.
Kindergarten: GT information packets will be sent home with all Kindergarten students in their take-home folders the week of September 19th. If you would like your child screened for the Elementary GT program, the Kinder GT Parent Checklist from the packet will be due by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, October 11th. No late checklists will be accepted.
1st-4th Grade: Information about 1st-4th Grade screening for the Katy ISD Gifted and Talented program will be sent home at the end of November.
Save the Date - Spring Creek Barbeque Spirit Night - Wednesday, September 28th
Mad Science - Sign up Today!
Safety Concern at Drop-Off and Dismissal
Nominate a Star Teacher!
Say Thank You to a teacher that has made an impact on you in the classroom!
Nominate your teacher to show your appreciation for everything that they do in the classroom. Simply fill out the form here before October 31st to be entered.
Ten (10) exceptional teachers will be selected from all entries.
Student Success Initiative for 5th Grade Students
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements apply to enrolled grades 5 and 8 students who take the STAAR reading and mathematics tests at grades 5 and 8. It was enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009.
As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests or by unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction.
The goal of the SSI is to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. A parent brochure about SSI requirements for 5th Grade students is located here.
BCE is looking for Destination Imagination Team Managers!
What is Destination Imagination (DI)?
The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.
Who is involved?
Parents (team managers), interested students in grades 3 -5 (teams of 5-7), and school sponsor (Mrs. Abbey).
Team managers guide students and hold practice/prep sessions at their homes. Commitment from the team manager, other parents and students is a must!
What are this year’s challenges?
There are 7 challenges to choose from: Technical, Scientific, Structural, Fine Arts, Improvisational, and Service Learning/Project Outreach. In addition, all teams compete in an Instant Challenge round.
To see more about each challenge, check out this link: https://www.destinationimagination.org/
What is the time frame?
Team must be formed, named, and registered by October 25th.
Practice sessions continue weekly or biweekly until the tournament on Saturday, March 4th at Seven Lakes High School. This is an all-day event.
Teams selected to go on to state will continue practicing and perform in state tournaments later in the spring.
Where can I learn more about DI?
There will be an informational meeting on Monday, September 26 at 5pm in the school’s library. This will be a time to sign up as a Team Manager.
Thank you!!! Mrs. Katie Abbey
DestiNation Imagination Sponsor/BCE
- Electronic Devices - Katy ISD has negotiated with CDW-G to extend discount pricing to all district parents wishing to purchase electronic devices. For more information on taking advantage of savings visit Katy Parent Buy Program.
- Affordable Home Internet - If you have at least one child receiving free or reduced price school lunches, your family may qualify for an affordable home internet service with Internet Essentials from Comcast. For more information, call 1-855-846-8376 or visit www.internetessentials.com.
Students in the district also have access to free and reduced pricing for software.
- Software – Microsoft Office 365 – Learn how families can install Microsoft Office for free on personal computers and devices. https://katyisd.instructure.com/courses/82971/pages/back-to-school
- Other Software Options - Parent portal – technology tab – “student software purchases.” http://www.katyisd.org/parents/Pages/default.aspx