Dear BES Families,
We had an amazing holiday season at BES filled with celebrations, fantastic musical programs, and learning! We were thrilled to have the Brenham High School Band lead us in a sing-a-long and Santa even made a visit! We know our families enjoyed the nice, long break, and we were excited to return for the Spring semester and get back to the business of learning and growing.
Our teachers returned the day before our students and participated in a variety of activities to help them learn and grow as well. We started the day off with breakfast provided by Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union. Pastor Charles Johnson shared the passion he has for public schools, and many of our staff shared their knowledge with their peers through our EduConference. We also selected our One Word vision for the year to help keep our focus on why we do what we do every day - our students, families, and community! Our Core Value this month is Commitment which we are learning means making a plan and putting it into practice. We are committed to making this the best semester yet for our Cubs!
Our first week back with students was amazing, and we are really looking forward to a great semester. We had our Math and Literacy Family Night January 30 from 5:00 - 7:00 in the evening. We had a great turnout and many parents and students enjoyed activities together in the cafe, had a yummy pizza dinner, and our Book Fair was packed that evening for late shopping hours! We are so thrilled to see so many BES students with a love for reading!
On February 16, our 4th graders will enjoy our annual trip to Washington on the Brazos where they will experience the unparalleled history of the Republic of Texas. This is a unique opportunity for our students to connect with the past during their visit to the Birthplace of Texas.
February is recognized as Black History Month. Our students will learn about a different person each week who has made a significant contribution to our country and world. This special month will culminate with our annual Black History Program on February 23 at 1:30 PM.
We hope to see our families and volunteers on campus for some of these amazing events, and, as always, are so thankful for the many ways our community helps us make Brenham Elementary a wonderful place for students and staff!
We had an outstanding 2nd six weeks at Brenham Elementary. In October, we had had lots of themed dress-up days as we celebrated Homecoming Week for Brenham High School and Red Ribbon Week later in the month where we learned about how to keep our minds and bodies healthy so we can be our best versions of ourselves! Our BES Homecoming Float took 2nd place so that was very exciting! Our 2nd graders took a Field Trip to the Oil Ranch and had a wonderful day exploring together. Many students and parents joined our staff at the BISD Block Party on October 21 and we had a wonderful time playing Yard Games and making memories together. We also had so much fun during Fall Follies where our students and staff dressed up as favorite storybook characters and paraded through the school. This event was attended by many of our parents and was a great opportunity to celebrate our love for reading! That same afternoon, we had a celebration of awesome behavior at our Monster Bashes - students danced and played, and we even raffled off some fun prizes! It has been such a pleasure getting to know all the students we have at Brenham Elementary this year, and with our amazing staff and the fun we have had already, we are looking forward to a banner year!
In November, we honored our wonderful Veterans with a special program. We know that all the freedoms and pleasures we enjoy are not possible without those who have been willing to fight for us to have them, so we are so excited to have a special day to honor them. Our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students also enjoyed Track and Field Day at Cub Stadium, and on November 15 our cafeteria served Thanksgiving lunch. Many of our families again joined us for this special lunch with their children and we were thrilled to have our families in the building! We also learned about our Core Value of Gratitude. and we learned that Gratitude means letting others know that you see how they have helped you. All BES students participated in a special Gratitude Project by writing notes of thanks to some of the very special groups in our community to show them we recognize the ways they help us! We are so lucky to have our CARS mentors, our Bluebonnet Garden Club, our Firefighters, and so many other groups that help us in so many ways.
In the midst of all this excellence, we are also LEARNING! Students are reading, experimenting, writing, problem solving, creating and teaching us so much as we teach them! We are so proud of the learning happening at our school, and we hope you will follow us on Twitter and Facebook @BrenhamElem to get a inside glimpse at our daily happenings!
We have so many opportunities for families to be involved at Brenham Elementary. First, touch base with your child’s classroom teacher - ask how you can help your student at home or how you can contribute to the classroom - there are so many opportunities to help at home, or to give time at school if you have time to share. Our Brenham Elementary PTO is such a blessing to our campus and would love to have your help! If you aren’t able to help at school during the day, just making sure that your child gets a good night’s rest, is at school every day from 8:00 until 3:30 is a great place to start! Next, get connected to our campus - make sure you have shared your current contact information including an e-mail address if you have one with the school so you receive our parent newsletters and special announcements. Find our Facebook and Twitter pages to get reminders and an inside glimpse at what happens daily at our campus. Finally, there are many opportunities to volunteer at Brenham Elementary. Our CARS program is a great place to help some of our struggling readers - contact the school and talk to Mrs. Wheaton if you are interested. We provide the training, so you just have to come to the school ready to support and care for kids!
We look forward to an amazing holiday season with our Cubs! We are so thankful for the support of this outstanding community and the many ways they help us make Brenham Elementary a fantastic place for students and staff!
We have had quite a start to our school year! With a solar eclipse and then Hurricane Harvey in the first two weeks, our students, staff, and families have had to be flexible and resilient! I have been so proud to see how each of these groups has responded and never more proud as I see the generous donations rolling in this week for our School Supply Drive to benefit Refugio Elementary. Refugio is a small town near Rockport, Texas that was heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and through connections with our staff to this community, we were made aware of a need. The Brenham Elementary community has brought an overwhelming response in the first few days, and we look forward to sharing the final results with you after the drive completes on Friday, September 15.
We have had lots of amazing learning going on at BES as well - the teachers have been working diligently in weekly planning with Instructional and Content Specialists to plan engaging and relevant lessons that meet the needs of our 21st Century learners! We hope you are following the learning and fun happening on our campus on Facebook and Twitter - you can find both Brenham Elementary accounts by clicking on these links:
Brenham Elementary Facebook Page Link
Brenham Elementary Twitter Page Link
We have also begun a variety of behavior and character based incentives, and we hope your children have come home to tell you about Pawbucks, Vest VIPs, and our Core Essential values we have been learning about: Respect and Friendship. We will soon be adding our new "It's a Great Day to be a Cub!" ribbons to recognize significant academic achievement and growth.
Thank you for your partnership with us - we believe it takes our whole village to ensure our students are positive and productive members of our community!
Dear Cub Families,
Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 school year! We are so excited to begin what we are certain will be the best year yet at Brenham Elementary! Our theme this year is "Alone, we are one drop, but TOGETHER, we are an ocean!" We believe that we are truly better together.
Our goal daily is to provide a safe environment conducive to high quality, relevant, engaging learning for our students. When we make decisions, you can feel confident that we have student safety and achievement at the heart of these decisions. We are thankful for the trust you place in us daily to not only educate your children, but to provide for their safety and well-being.
We are also thankful for your partnership with us to help provide this high quality education for your student. We strive, as educators, to be lifelong learners and continue to find ways to meet the individual needs of every child. We know that a strong parent-family partnership is critical in this endeavor. We hope you will join us for family events or to volunteer in our school. Your involvement and example have a great impact on our students.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your student. We look forward to an amazing school year!
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