Academy of the Arts at Bransom

March 19-23, 2018 (School Days 124-128)

A Note From Your Principal

Welcome Back, Academy of the Arts Families!

What an amazing time of renewal and rest we've had during Spring Break. Now, it's time to spring into an incredible time of the school year. There is so much to anticipate - weather changes, student performances, field trips, continued learning, and assessment of the years' progress. What an great time and great place to learn and grow.

Below, you will find some pics from events in the past few weeks as well as announcements of important events coming up. If you have been keeping up with Facebook and Twitter since my last newsletter, you may have already seen the pics and are already aware of the upcoming events. But enjoy again!

I want to also encourage each of you this week to join the PTO at Burleson Spring Creek on Tuesday night. I promise you great food and great fellowship. This Thursday night is our annual Talent Show. I promise you great talent and great entertainment. The Talent Show will take place in the school gym at 6:00 and we encourage each of you to join us.

Reminder for 1st-5th graders: We are all so excited about a field trip to the University of Texas at Arlington this Wednesday to see "Shrek Jr. the Musical." All students in 1st-5th grades should remember to bring a sack lunch for the trip. This stage production could be what it takes to encourage our students to be confident performers in life. Fees and permission slips must be turned in by Tuesday morning for final arrangements.

FYI: Do you have Garage Sale items but no time to have a garage sale? The Relay for Life would love to take those items off your hands. Next Saturday morning, the Team will hold their annual garage sale from the school cafeteria and the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. You may want to give our office a call for the best times to drop your items off.

In closing, I'd like to tell you about something I was reminded of this weekend from the 2006 movie "Facing the Giants." Each one of us must give our very best every time we engage in our work, whatever our work. We must not quit but keep going when the road gets tough. In the struggle we will probably find that we are better equipped to be successful than we realize. We are counting on you to encourage and instruct your child so that they are prepared for all that lies ahead. Don't lose focus or the will to do your work right and with courage. Parenting can be tough but we have THE BEST around and we know it!

I know that each of you have choices in your child's education and I am extremely proud that you have chosen the Academy of the Arts at Bransom.

Thanks again for ALL you do,

Mrs. Burchfield

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Congratulations, Kindergarten families. Your attendance was the best on our campus the week before the break at 98.35%. Wow! Our overall attendance was at 97.18%! We are so glad to see the 97 percentages again. We are so glad to see so many back on the road to good health. Let's stay there!

Calling All 5th Graders and their Families

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Math Tip of the Week from Mrs. Blair

Show your kids math at work in their world. It is important for students to see how math relates to "real-life" situations. Let your children work out some puzzles themselves. For example:

  • Let them measure when you bake.

  • Ask them to figure out how long of a hose you need to reach from the faucet on the side of the house to the garden.

  • Let your child figure out how many miles you’ll be driving on your next trip by using the information on a map.

  • Sort silverware by knives, forks, and spoons. Sort cards by suit or numbers.

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A.M.P. CAMP Presents...

...Ms. Davenport who shares her love of ballet.
The experience was new for many students but their participation was great.
We appreciate the coordination of the experience by AMP teachers.


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Successful Open House

Pride shows through in the Servant's Hearts of the Relay for Life Team, the classroom/hallway work of our students, the dedication of volunteers from the Scholastic Book Fair, and the magnificent student artwork.

We are so thankful for the
volunteers, and
the awesome students
who made the night a success.

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PTO Invites you to...

... a fun night of fellowship on Tuesday night at Burleson's SPRING CREEK Barbeque. You'll see teachers, administrators, classmates, and other PTO members. Join the crowd anytime between 5:00 and 9:00.

1st National Bank Easter Coloring Contest Entries are Due

Before Spring Break, students were provided with an official coloring sheet from the 1st National Bank of Burleson. The school with the largest number of participants will receive a significant monetary reward. Along with a colored picture, parents information including a signature on the back of the sheet is required. The signature also allows the creation to be entered in the contest AND displayed in the bank next week. Please encourage your child to complete the coloring, you sign the back, and turn it in by Thursday AM. Thanks!

Additional copies will be available in the office of the Academy of the Arts.

Interesting County Recognition for the Academy of the Arts at Bransom

I truly appreciate all that the teachers and staff do to help our school run like a well-oiled machine. But it also takes great parents and students to really make it all happen. Thanks to everyone involved in our school. We feel especially honored to receive this rating. Congratulations also goes to other BISD schools who received top honors.


Our Kitchen was awarded the "Kitchen of the Month." We are so proud of our kitchen but even more proud of our Cafeteria Ladies who provide so much for our students and staff everyday. Thank you and congratulations!
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WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)

We are always looking for more dads and granddads to join us as WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students). If you are interested, call 817-245-3600 and talk to Valerie Martin.

We are thankful for WatchD.O.G.S. Jason Briscoe for his service to our school before Spring Break! Betsy was a good sport to share her dad!

A Few UIL Pics You May Have Missed

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This Week:

Monday: Incoming Parent Night at Kerr Middle School
Tuesday: First Day of Spring; PTO Spring Creek Spirit Night

Wednesday: Shrek Jr. Musical field trip at Texas Hall for 1st-5th Grades; Talent Show Dress Rehearsal

Thursday: Talent Show in The Academy of the Arts gym at 6:00

Friday: Final Day to turn in 1st National bank Coloring Contest entries

Saturday: Relay for Life Garage Sale in school cafeteria 6:00AM-12:00PM

Upcoming Calendar:

March 26-30: 1st National Bank Coloring Contest Entries Display Week

March 26: BISD School Board Meeting - Spelling Bee Winners will be recognized - Yea, Madison Possin.

March 28: 1st National Bank Coloring Contest Judging

March 30: Good Friday Holiday

April 1: Easter

April 4: National School Librarian Day and Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

April 6: End of the 5th 6-Weeks Grading Period; PTO Popcorn Day

April 9: 6th 6-Weeks Grading period begins; School Board Meeting (6:30)

April 10: 4th Grade Writing for New Students; 5th Grade Math STAAR

April 11: 5th Grade Reading STAAR

April 12: 4th Grade to Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens

April 16: Texas Reads One Book Kick-Off for all students and staff (The Mouse and the Motorcycle)

April 17: PTO Villa Diana Fundraiser
April 18: 4th & 5th Grade Field Day

April 19: Bobcat Pride Breakfast; "Summer Camp" 4th & 5th Grade Drama at CHS @ 6:00

April 20: Bad Weather Make-Up Day

April 23-27: 2nd Grade Poetry Celebration

April 24: Kindergarten Round-Up 2:00-6:00 in the cafeteria

April 25: Kindergarten to Casa Manana to see "Beauty and the Beast" (9:15-12:15)

May 3: BISD Ranger Texas Night

May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 9: National School Nurse Day

May 13: Mothers' Day

May 14: 3rd & 4th Grade Math STAAR; 5th Grade Math Retake if Necessary

May 15: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading STAAR; 5th Grade Reading Retake if Necessary

May 16: 5th Grade Science STAAR

May 17: 5th Grade Splash Station

May 18: 2nd Grade "Kids Who Care - Earth and Soul" Field Trip 9:00-2:00; Bluebonnet Reward Field Trip 10:00-1:30

May 22: Math Bee Competition @8:30
May 23: Bobcat Pride Breakfast; 5th Grade Awards at CHS; 5th Grade Dance at AAB

May 24: Bransom Field Day for Kinder-3rd Grade

May 25: End of 6th -Weeks Grading Period; Last Day of School: Early Dismissal (11:45)

May 28: Memorial Day

May 29: Potential Bad Weather Make-Up Day; Teacher Workday

June 11: School Board Meeting

June 21: 1st Day of Summer
June 26: 5th Grade Math STAAR Retake (if necessary)

June 27: 5th Grade Reading STAAR Retake (if necessary)

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