Granger School Weekly Newsletter

May 1-5, 2017

Wear Green Thursday!

May is Children's Mental Health Awareness month. Intervention services are encouraging schools to wear GREEN on Thursday, May 4th to raise awareness and reduce stigma regarding mental illness so people can get the help they need.

Stop the Stigma. Go GREEN

Mother's Day Cake Decorating Fundraiser Event Money Due Friday!

STAAR Testing Next Week! Get your rest THIS weekend.

Senior Walk

Last Wednesday the Seniors donned their caps and gowns for a group picture in front of the school, then walked the halls. No pass needed!


Want to go on senior field trips? Get your diploma? Keep up your grades and take care of obligations. Such as: Turned in laptop, laptop charger, calculator, library books, text books, athletic equipment. Pay off lunch dues, organization dues, laptop insurance​, broken or lost equipment/electronic charges, and ​return items borrowed from your teachers.

PARENTS: Please see if your student has checked their obligations. They are about to be thrown into the real world, but one last helpful reminder is wonderful! Thank you for your understanding.

Mental Health Fact: Children & Teens: 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness

Hard statistic to read, isn't it? Almost didn't put it in the newsletter, but we must be aware. No more stigma, no more bullying.

Questions, if you will please...

You hear words like cancer or Parkinson's, sympathy and understanding come to mind. You hear mental illness and you think excuses. Drug use. Poor character. Why? Is it the media, doing a wonderful job of educating negative stereotypes? Has it bloomed from the unknown, which has put mental illness in an unfair light?

What if you heard the term brain disease instead? Does this help? Feel more compassion?

What if you heard someone had an illness which effects a major vital organ?

Look at it this way: without mental health, there is no health. It leads to many roads, taking passengers with it.

Please, get informed. It has been shown one in five children will have it. The odds of it not impacting your life, at any given time, do not look good.

Mental Health Fact: Parents Can Help

Talk with pediatrician.

Get a referral to a mental health specialist.

Work with the school.

Connect with other families.

Know you are not alone.

I don't know what to do or who to call

The local mental health authority for Williamson County is Bluebonnet Trails Community Services.

Main Line: 844-309-6385

24hr Hotline: 800-841-1255


National Suicide Hotline is 1-800- 273-TALK (8255)

Little Library Lions Leading

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Not just about reading...

Mrs. Vanek's class has set a wonderful example about accepting personal responsibility, taking care of something borrowed, and being timely. Often these students have had the entire class remember to return books on their library day. Checking out a book encourages the love of reading, however it is also one of the first steps taught in school about being proactive. Thank you to these wonderful kindergartners (and their parents!) for a job well done.

Quick Tips For Test Anxiety

1. Allow yourself plenty of time to do the things you need to do before the test.

2. Avoid overthinking. Don't cram just before the test.

3. Get a good night's sleep.

4. Eat small breakfast, but no heavy meal. (Let your brain work on test questions, not digestion.)

5. Approach the exam with confidence - you got this!

During the test:

1. Read directions carefully.

2. Don't worry if students start finishing the test before you. There is no reward for being first, and no one is going to remember how long it took you. Take your time.

3. If you go blank, skip question and come back later.

4. Don't think about/dwell on the fear. Pause and focus on next step. Keep on task.

5. If taking an essay and you go blank, pick a question and start writing. It can trigger answers.

Source and more information:

Word of the Week


1. visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work

2. visual images collectively.

3. visual symbolism.

In literature, you know it is good writing if you can make these connections: see, smell, feel, hear, and taste the story. Makes sense, right?

Teacher Appreciation Week


Massage therapist for a quick shoulder massage


Student Council will providing sandwiches, chips, water, and cookies in boardroom


Student Council will be serving root beer floats starting at 1:30


Student Council will deliver a sweet treat to the staff


PTO will cater a fajita lunch in the boardroom

Shout Out!

Lori Klaus has faithfully served the Granger PTO as President for the past three years and has been a member for more. She has given much of her time, energy, and money to ensure any needs requested were met. She has been dauntless in her dedication to the students and teachers. Words can not express how thankful we are. We see you Lori!

PTO NEWS: Lori is stepping down as President, however she will be there when needed. We have her word, and we know it is good. At the meeting on April 24th Britni Nunn was nominated to be the next PTO President and has graciously accepted. Thank you Britni! We see you too!

Do you really take care of yourself?

No, your not being selfish if you seek knowledge on your mental and physical health.

Self care assessment: Answer honestly and thoughtfully, you might be surprised:

How to plan on it:

Challenge: Read 4+ books this summer to prevent summer slide.

Start now finding reading level material to last through the summer. Visit garage sales, thrift stores, and Half Price Books for a good deal. Local town libraries are free, or a small membership fee for out of towners. Book stores, of course, are always fun. Unfortunately, the school library is closed. For ideas, titles below have been a hit with the students.

Popular books in our school library:

1st Grade:

Fly Guy series

Pete the Cat series

Piggie and Elephant series by Mo Willems

2nd Grade:

Any Robert Munsch Books

Magic Treehouse series

Goosebumps series

Bad Kitty series

3rd Grade:

Graphic Novels

Captain Underpants series

Dork Diaries series

Dairy of a Wimpy Kid series

4th Grade:

James Patterson series: Middle School, Treasure Island

Franny K. Stein series

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series

Origami Yoda Books

The Terrible Two series

5th Grade:

Charlie Joe Jackson series

Dead City series

The Last Dogs series

Across the board: Popular Graphic Novel Series: Bone, Amulet, Hazardous Tales, Olympians, and Max Axiom, Super Scientist

For secondary: Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Twilight (these have more mature content and are based off the books, which the library also has.)

Repeats Repeated

Look below this text for more of the same you have seen!

Quick Reminders

Mon. May 1 FFA Banquet 6:00 pm

Tues. May 2 MADD Presentation for Jrs. & Seniors @ 1:00 pm

Wed. May 3 Sport Banquet 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (EOC US History the next morning!)

Friday May 5 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Tues. May 9 Jr. High Award Ceremony 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Tues. May 9 High School Award Ceremony 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Wed. May 10 Mother's Day Cake Decorating Event

Thurs. May 11 Kindergarten Graduation

Thurs. May 11 Spring Band Concert 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Friday, May 12 Field Day - Group Picture at 8:20. Please be to school on time!

Friday, May 12 All library books due back to library

Sat. May 13 Granger Lakefest

Yearbook Sales

Hardcover $40

Softcover $28

Digital $5

Turn in order forms to Ms. Guerra in the Art Room. Yearbooks will be available to pick up the second week in May. A link to digital copy will be emailed by May 8th.

Happy Birthday!


Chaston Kubacak 2

Dottie Reyna 6

Kody Kuhl 7

Kurt Shelman 17

Lisa Vanek 17

Becky Kubacak 22

Sherrie Lee 22


Kristen Chapman 2

Debbie Hughes 5

Mary Buenrostro 12

Nicki Krueger 13

Jeff Price 19

Fundraiser Awareness

Student Council Fundraiser at Lakefest

Rolling Video Game Trailer

*Proceeds to send students to Summer Leadership Camp*

The class of 2018 will host a Kona Ice fundraiser on:

Fri. May 12th and at Lakefest Sat. May 13th

FCCLA Dunking Booth at Lakefest!




May 2nd- EOC Alg I (Don't forget your calculator!)

May 3rd- EOC Bio

May 4th- EOC US History

STAAR in May

Mon. 8th Staar Math Grades 3, 4, 6, 7 (5, 8 retakes)

Tues. 9th Staar Reading Grades 3, 4,6,7 (5, 8 retakes)

Wed. 10th Staar Science Grades 5, 8

Thurs. 11th Staar Social Studies Grade 8

Track and Field

High School - Girls and Boys

Thurs.-Sat. May 12-13 State (UT Austin)

Spring Semester Exam Schedule


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

8-8:50 2nd period review

8:54-9:44 8th period review

9:48-10:38 3rd period review

10:42-11"32 5th period review

12:06-1:50 3rd period EXAM

1:54-3:38 5th period EXAM

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

8-9:44 2nd period EXAM

9:48-10:38 4th period review

10:42-11:32 4th period EXAM

12:06-12:56 4th period EXAM continued

1:00-1:50 1st period review

1:54-3:38 8th period EXAM

Thursday, May 18, 2017

8-9:44 1st period EXAM

9:48-10:38 7th period review

10:42-11:32 7th period EXAM

12:06-12:56 7th period EXAM continued

1:00-1:50 6th period review

1:54-3:38 6th period EXAM

High School Spring Exam Schedule

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

8-8:50 2nd period review

8:54-9:44 8th period review

9:48-10:38 3rd period review

10:42-12:26 3rd period EXAM

1:00-1:50 5th period review

1:54-3:38 5th period EXAM

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

8-9:44 2nd period EXAM

9:48-10:38 4th period review

10:42-12:26 4th period EXAM

1:00-1:50 1st period review

1:54-3:38 8th period EXAM

Thursday, May 18, 2017

8-9:44 1st period EXAM

9:48-10:38 7th period review

10:42-12:26 7th period EXAM

1:00-1:50 6th period review

1:54-3:38 6th period EXAM

Don't forget to check the school calendar for more details and schedule changes!

And still some will say they never knew...

Friendly Reminder: The end of the school year is quickly approaching. Don't let obligations surprise you. Has your student paid the lunch bill? Laptop insurance? Any other outstanding fines? Turned in or renewed library books? Given the teacher back what was borrowed? Ask your student to check with cafeteria, library, office, and teachers to make sure! Thank you for your understanding.

STUDENTS: Do not loan out your calculators, chargers, or laptops. You are responsible for their care and return. If you forgot yours, do not ask a classmate to borrow theirs. Remember yours. *TEST DATES: Remember your calculator. There are no extras in the library to borrow another one!

Dude. be nice

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