Academy of the Arts at Bransom

January 22-26, 2018 (School Days 91-95)

A Note From Your Principal

Academy of the Arts Families,

It is great to begin another week at the Academy of the Arts at Bransom. Last week was a pretty crazy with a holiday, extreme weather, schedule changes, and M.A.P. assessments beginning. This week looks like a great week for more learning and plenty of growth assessment.

This week, I hope that you will take any opportunity you have to share your appreciation with our BISD School Board Members. January is Board Appreciation Month. The artwork of several of our students will represent our campus in our efforts to show our appreciation for the Board's hard work at Monday night's School Board meeting. Check out the BISD Facebook page this week for pics.

Also this week, more classes will continue the M.A.P. assessments. Remember to encourage your child to do their very best everyday on everything they do. Whether a campus-wide assessment is being administered or your child is showing what they know in class discussions or on daily work, teachers need to know what they really know so that they can assist in areas of need.

This week we will also have an opportunity for teachers, parents, and business folks to meet together as the Academy of the Arts C.E.I.C. This group provides support, guidance, and insight for the school administration. If you have an interest in learning more about this committee, please feel free to contact me this week.

In closing, I want to let you know that we have extended the collection of donations for the fire fighters and victims of the California wildfires and now landslides. I know we have advertised the collection for over a month, but we have not collected adequate supplies for those in need. Please consider sending your family's donations this week. Image, if every child sent just one item, we would have a donation of 565 items. That should be our minimum. Please do what you can do ASAP. Thanks again for all you do and will do.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you this week because you matter.


Mrs. Burchfield


Parents, beginning Monday morning the master schedule will be adjusted to match the trial schedule that was used during the past few days. We found that there was more continuity in the instructional time for our students with the alternate schedule. As you know, our students receive more arts enrichment than many other elementary schools and we have to be very intentional with every minute of our day. This new schedule reduces transition times during instruction which gives just a bit more time to dedicate to academic learning.

I have attached the lunch schedule once again for your reference. However, we are still working to make adjustments on the 3rd grade lunch/recess times to move them back just a bit. We love for parents and families to join their students at lunch so please make note and share the information with family members who need to know. (Third grade parents, please call before joining us for lunch just to make sure. Thanks!)

Once again thanks for your flexibility during this transition. Teachers will be sharing their new schedules with families asap.

Parent Tip of the Week from Math Interventionist, Mrs. Blair

Play Games!
Math consists of many facts and figures to memorize and apply to math problems. At an early age children learn that math is something that requires work. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun! Instill the idea that math can be pleasurable by playing games with your children. One game worth considering is Chutes and Ladders. A 2009 study conducted by Carnegie Mellon and the University of Maryland found that preschoolers who played the game improved math skills compared to those who did not play the game.


We are so glad to announce that the winning grade level with the highest average attendance for the week is .... 1st grade with 96.95%. The overall campus attendance rate is 95.05%. In the last several weeks, we have dropped a bit in our attendance due to several being sick. We can make up the difference when students are well and back in their seats.


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This Week:

January 22: BISD School Board Meeting @ 6:30 (Board Appreciation Night)

January 25: CEIC Meeting @ 4PM; Alphabet Pals Performance 6PM Bransom Cafeteria; Crossroads High School Graduation @ Burleson Church of Christ (1150 NW John Jones Dr.)

Upcoming Calendar:

February 2: PTO El Fenix Spirit Night 5-8PM

February 5: Western Day - All students and staff are invited to dress in their western attire.

February 7: 5th Grade to Camp Grady Spruce; 2nd Grade to Bass Hall

February 9: 5th Grade returns from Camp Grady Spruce

February 13: TAG Field Trip to Casa Manana/Trinity Park

February 14: Class Valentines Parties

February 15: Popcorn for kids from PTO; BISD Choice Night at CHS

February 16: End of 4th Six Weeks/Student Early Release @ 11:45AM

February 19: Presidents' Day - Student Holiday and Professional Development for Teachers

February 20: First Day of 5th Grading Period

February 22: Prospective Parent Night - Please share this date with families that may be interested in joining us at the Academy of the Arts at Bransom next year

February 23: Bobcat Pride At 7:15AM; Kinder Zoo Field Trip; Talent Show Auditions @ 3:00-4:00PM

February 28: Elementary UIL at CHS

March 5-9: Spring Book Fair

March 6: Spring Pictures

March 8: Relay for Life Hot Dog Supper; Open House

March 12-16: Spring Break

Remember to stay in contact with your child's teacher for grade level/class events.


For more information on schools and programs of choice, application information and FAQs, visit:

Remember, if your child is returning to the Academy of the Arts at Bransom, you do not need to do anything. However, if you have an entering kindergartner, you must apply for their enrollment.


The district will be presenting information about educational/extracurricular choices provided to students and families throughout the district from elementary to high school. Our school will be fully participating in the event to support and highlight our unique opportunities.
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Academy of the Arts at Bransom Families, we have a unique opportunity through January 31 to donate to a very important cause. We need your help to support our efforts for the folks of California. Let's show our students and our community that we know how to be compassionate to others in need. Let's make a difference.

Check the front page of the Burleson Star from Thursday, January 18. An article about our collection was presented along with pics taken on campus.


Parents of 2nd-4th grade students, the window for accepting GT referrals is now officially open. If you feel that your child is academically gifted in the area(s) of language arts and/or math, this is your opportunity to complete the proper forms. Relative assessments will be considered as well as referrals, so it is vitally important to make sure the paperwork is turned in no later than January 25 to be considered.

Please pick up the referral paperwork from the office at any time. Thanks for helping us properly identify these students with unique gifts and needs.

Referral Notice

Gifted and Talented Parent Referral

Gifted and Talented Parent Referral (Spanish)