Principal's Pen

Jack Funkhouser, Principal Braun Station Elementary

October, 2021, Phone Number: 210-397-1550 Office

BSE website: www.nisd.net/braunstation

Wagon Wheel Day!

Please join us for our BSE Fall Festival April 30, 2022. Yes, that is right! This year, we will have Wagon Wheel Day, but not until April. Hopefully, by April vaccines will be available for elementary age students and many of our Bobcats will be protected by then. We look forward getting back to the games and fun of our annual festival.

School Advisory Team

2021-22 School Advisory Team Meetings

Your School Advisory Team (SAT) representatives will be meeting with the principal four times during the school year. Meetings will be held at 6 PM via Zoom Meetings on the following dates: October 7, December 9, February 10, May 5.

Topics can include review of goals, performance objectives, and major classroom instructional programs. Other SAT meeting topics may include discussions on planning, budgeting, curriculum, staffing patterns, staff development and school organization. Thank you to all our parent, community/business, campus and central office staff representatives for participating in Braun Station's School Advisory Team.


Remember, Bobcat Cat Pride is Deep Inside.

Jack Funkhouser

Principal, Braun Station Elementary

Bobcat Patrols

Our Bobcat Patrols have been doing an awesome job in the morning welcoming our Bobcats and in the afternoon sending them home.


When pulling up to the front of the school, please come close to the sidewalk. This will enable our Patrols to open and close the vehicle doors, as they are not allowed to go into the street.


We ask all drivers to be very careful during pick up and drop-off. Please make sure that all kids are away from your vehicle before driving away. Sometimes students are grabbing the door handle and drivers decides to move forward. We will remind patrols not to open car doors before the car has come to a complete stop. We need everyone's cooperation to keep students safe.


Our Patrols are doing their best to help all of our Bobcats come to school safely and leave for home safely. We appreciate your help and cooperation.

StoryBook Pumpkins

Join in on our Pumpkin Decorating display! You and your child are invited to decorate (but not carve) a pumpkin to show off in the Braun Station Library. The pumpkin should be decorated as a children’s storybook character (ex: The Cat in the Hat, Elephant and Piggie, Fly Guy, or any other). The pumpkin can be painted or otherwise decorated, but not carved. Please do not use spray paint, as this may cause the pumpkin to rot faster.


We will display the pumpkins in the library for all to see and enjoy. The students will be asked to fill out an index card with their name, teacher’s name and the name of their book character/book that will be posted by their pumpkin.


Pumpkins should be brought beginning October 18th and will be sent back home with the students on October 29th.

Counselor’s Corner

October is National Bully Prevention Month!


October 4th is World Day of Bullying Prevention! On this day, students all over the world go blue together against bullying. We wear blue shirts to use our voices to send a message to be heard all around the world in preventing bullying and encouraging respect. Tweet pics with the hashtag #BlueUP.


October 8th is our Decision of Respect Signing Day. Students and staff across Northside ISD will sign certificates to demonstrate respect for themselves and all others through their interactions at school.


October 18-29 we will hold our “Socktober” sock drive to benefit NISD students through the NISD threads program. The Threads program is in great need of new sock donations in all sizes from elementary through high school aged children and youth. Donations will be collected in a bin outside the counselors office.


October 25-29, 2021 we will celebrate Red Ribbon Week. This week is dedicated to teaching kids about the danger of drugs and the importance of healthy choices.

Contact Information:

Phone Number: (210) 397-1550 ext. 71576

Email: layla.putrus@nisd.net

I look forward to serving as your school counselor and supporting your children. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Your counselor,

Miss Layla Putrus

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Reader’s Corner

We are happy to announce that Braun Station will be participating in a Reading Initiative that will promote reading. All grade levels will participate in a book challenge. Classes who read the most picture books will be rewarded. We will showcase the books read by having a class graph, located outside of each classroom. We look forward to hearing about the wonderful books that our students will be reading. Please encourage your child to read at least twenty minutes a day. By reading daily, increases comprehension as well as vocabulary. Keep reading and growing!


Kevia Bell
Braun Station

Reading Specialist

Math Expressions...

Happy Fall Bobcat Mathematicians!

I am SO excited to see our Bobcats working hard on ST Math and in class. If you want to ensure that your Bobcat covers all of the concepts for his/her grade level, ST Math recommends a weekly puzzle completion rate. ST Math recommends Kinder - 1st grade students complete 40-60 puzzles and 2nd-5th grade students complete 60-70 puzzles each week. Every puzzle helps your Bobcat understand math concepts using spatial conceptual reasoning. There is NO language in this program so that EVERY Bobcat can work through the puzzles and continue their learning. Congratulations to Ms. Olvera and Ms. Safoutin's class for being the first classes in the school to earn a reward... Pajama Day! Ms. Malloy, Mrs. Walker, and Mrs. Heronimus's classes are next to earn their first class reward! Keep working hard, Bobcats!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me!

I am here to support your Bobcat!


-Alisha Thomas, MSD & Instructional Coach

alisha.thomas@nisd.net

New at Braun Station S.T.E.M.

Calling all creators, makers and curious minds of all kinds! Our FALLing for STEM Night is October 14. We want to invite you to check out what our newest Discovery program at Braun Station offers all of our learners. Join us from 6:00pm-7:00 pm for some unbe-LEAF-able STEM rotation stations. Sign up by scanning the QR code to reserve your spot! We cannot wait for you to FALL in love with our STEM program.


S.T.E.M. Teacher

Rose Gonzales

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Gym Shorts

Hello Bobcat families! It’s October and this means it’s Bike Rodeo time!! Start getting your bikes ready for some riding fun here at Braun Station. Parents are welcome to come see their student ride in the front of the school. It will be Friday, October 22, 2021.


The times for each grade level for the Bike Rodeo are as follows:

ECC, ECSE AM & 4th Grade 8:15-8:45

5th Grade 8:45-9:30

Kinder 9:30-10:15

1st Grade 10:15-11:00

2nd Grade 11:00-11:45

ECSE PM & 3rd Grade 11:55-12:30


Awards at 2:15 p.m. through intercom announcement.

Be looking out for the Bike Rodeo permission slip and information. Can’t wait to see everyone again! Don’t forget to mask up! Keep on moving Bobcats!


Your PE teacher,

Coach Perez

Silencio Bruno!!

Join us Saturday, November 6th at 7PM for our fall outdoor movie night featuring Disney's Luca!! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and vespa for a night full of fun!! We will have the movie, some fun activities, food trucks, and that night the top 10 families from Bobcat Bucks Donation Drive will be soaking Mr. Funkhouser and Ms. Robinson! YAY! So mark your calendars now and to make sure you don't miss out!! More details to come!!

Tasha Eichorn

BSE PTA President

School Nurse

The weather is beginning to change and causing allergies to be on the rise. Even those without allergies are experiencing allergy symptoms such as headaches, sore throats, coughing and sneezing. Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will help thin the mucous that causes the sore throat feeling. Some reminders students are not able to carry/consume cough drops, cough medicine or throat lozenges in the classrooms, all medications even over-the-counter remedies must have a Doctors order accompany them. Don’t forget to get your flu shots.


Thank you Nurse Jennifer Espinosa

From Your Associate Principal

We often hear the proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child". That cannot be more true during this time. As previously shared, my philosophy is that a good learning experience is built on a cooperative effort and positive relationship between parent, child, and school personnel. As we navigate through establishing "normalcy" we are asking for your support with reinforcing campus and classroom expectations. Harry Wong reminds us that, "One of the greatest gifts a caring teacher can contribute to children is to help them learn to sit when they feel like running, to raise their hand when they feel like talking, to be polite to their neighbor, to stand in line without pushing, and to do their homework when they feel like playing. By introducing procedures in the classroom, you are also introducing procedures as a way of living a happy and successful life." We need your help. Please help us help our Bobcats be successful by asking them about the PBIS and CHAMPS expectations across the campus- inside and out of the classroom by reinforcing these expectations at home.


We greatly appreciate your support!

LaShanda Robinson, M. Ed.

Associate Principal

Braun Station Elementary