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After-School Activities Canceled for Friday, December 7th

HISD canceling after-school activities due to inclement weather forecast

Due to impending inclement weather and the potential for hazardous road conditions, the Houston Independent School District is canceling all after-school activities for Friday, Dec. 7.

http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2018/12/07/hisd-cancelling-after-school-activities-due-to-inclement-weather-forecast/

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Newsletter_Issue 9

Click on the links to see our 9th issue of the PTO newsletter:

20181205 Newsletter

20181205 Newsletter_Spanish

Our monthly PTO meeting is tonight Wednesday December 5 6-7:30pm. Please come and learn how you can help improve our school:

  • Open PTO positions include chairpersons for:
    • Fundraising and
    • Volunteer Coordination.
  • We also need help with:
    • Promoting after school enrichment programs around the beginning of each semester,
    • Collecting and recording fundraising dollars in the lobby before and after school, and
    • Answering prospective parents’ questions during monthly guided tours of our school.
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Parent Information Meeting Video: November 29

Parent Information Meeting on Facebook Live

Thursday morning we broadcast the Parent Information Meeting on Facebook Live. If you’d like to watch it, the meeting video will remain on our Facebook page for the next week.

You can watch it on Facebook, even if you don’t have a Facebook account. Go to our page and look for the video pinned toward the top of the page: www.facebook.com/bcspto. Click “Not Now” when Facebook asks you to create an account, scroll down until you see the video, and click on play.

In this month’s meeting video:

  • 0:00 Video begins, skip ahead to the 3:30 mark when the meeting begins.
  • 3:30 Meeting begins
  • 4:45 Mr. Heinze introduces Pam Morris, our math specialist
  • 5:15 Pam Morris’s math presentation, including a card game kids of any age can play-Target The Number
  • 10:50 Target The Number game prep
  • 12:00 Target The Number game begins
  • 19:30 Math wrap up
  • 22:50 Mr. Heinze talks about attendance, sibling enrollment forms, BCS and magnet school applications, fundraising, Family Game Night Friday November 30th 6-8pm, doors open at 5:30, and our Winter Holiday Program.

If you do have a Facebook account, please like our page to stay informed.

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This Week at BCS: December 3

This Week:

  • Monday 9am:  Elementary spelling bee—parents and non-competing students are welcome to attend.
  • Monday 2:05pm:  Middle School spelling bee—parents are welcome. This event is not open to non-competing students.
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:  5th Grade Parents Exhibition Meeting.
  • Wednesday 6-7:30pm:  Monthly PTO Meeting—please come learn what’s happening at school and how you can help improve BCS.
  • Friday:  Applications/forms due:
    • Sibling enrollment form
    • GT (Gifted & Talented) testing application for students other than K or 5th Grade who are not yet identified as GT (K and 5th are tested annually)
    • BCS Middle School application
    • HISD Magnet application.
  • Saturday 10am-12noonMiddle School community service—all sign up spots are filled for St. Martin’s Church.

Please see the PTO Website Calendar and Livingtree Calendar for further details. You can subscribe to both.

Information from recent morning announcements:

  • Volleyball uniforms are due back to Coach Z.
  • Footballs are not allowed at school. All other athletic balls are allowed. Please direct any questions to Mr. Heinze.
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This Week at BCS: November 26

This Week:

  • Tuesday 4-9pm:  Family Night Out fundraiser at Luna Pizzeria (7705 Westheimer location). 20% of proceeds go to BCS when you mention Briarmeadow when ordering.
  • Thursday 7:45-8:20am:  Monthly Parent Information Meeting with Mr. Heinze. We plan to live-stream on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/BCSPTO.
  • Friday 6-8pm:  Family Game Night fundraiser for the 8th Grade DC Trip. Please come to school and enjoy dinner, bingo, raffles, silent auctions, spin & win games, soda ring toss, and much more.
  • Saturday 10am-12noon:  Fun with Teachers Fundraiser Weird Science—Our Science Enrichment teacher Mrs. Carlson is looking for lab assistants for some fun experiments. One spot remains open:  $25 per student. All grade levels are welcome. Please sign-up and support our teachers’ fundraising.
  • Please see the PTO Website Calendar and Livingtree Calendar for further details. You can subscribe to both.
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This Week at BCS: November 12

In This Update:

  • This Week
  • November Highlights
  • Fun with Teachers Fundraisers

 

This Week:

  • Monday 7:45-10:45am:  Flu shots, for students with completed forms.
  • Monday 8:30am:  5th Grade IOWA Gifted & Talented (GT) test.
  • Tuesday 8:30am:  5th Grade IOWA GT test.
  • Wednesday 8:30am:  5th Grade IOWA GT test.
  • Wednesday 4-5pm:  Boys’ basketball try outs.
  • Thursday 10:45am-1:45pm:  Join your student for Thanksgiving Lunch in the cafeteria.
  • Thursday 4-5pm:  Boys’ basketball try outs.
  • Thursday 4:00-5:30pm:  Fun with Teachers Fundraiser 4th Grade Karaoke & Cupcakes—Join our 4th Grade teachers for a fun event after school. Our 4th Grade teachers are seeking singers for Karaoke & Cupcakes. Limited to the first six students who sign up:  $25 per student. Please sign-up and support our teachers’ fundraising. Four spots remain.
  • Thursday:  8th GradeDC Trip Deadline to register and pay deposit for Washington D.C. trip.
  • Friday:  Free Dress for Box Top Contest Winners—Ms. Pham’s Class
  • Friday 9:30-11:00am:  PK Thanksgiving Workshop.
  • Friday 1:15-1:45pm:  6th-8th Grades Fun Food Friday lunch.
  • Friday:  PK report cards and Middle School progress reports go home.
  • Saturday 2-4pm:  Fun with Teachers Fundraiser PreK Teachers Puppy Play Date—The PreK teachers are bringing their dogs for a fantastic play date with their current and former students. Limited to the first six students who sign up:  $20 per student. All grade levels may sign up. Please sign-up and support our teachers’ fundraising. Two spots remain open.
  • Please see PTO Website Calendar and Livingtree Calendar for further details. You can subscribe to both.

 

November Highlights:

  • Monday-Friday November 19-23:  No school during Thanksgiving holidays.
  • Tuesday November 27 4-9pm:  Family Night Out fundraiser at Luna Pizzeria (7705 Westheimer location). 20% of proceeds go to BCS when you mention Briarmeadow when ordering.

 

Fun with Teachers Fundraisers:

  • This year our teachers are volunteering their time to plan & host fun events for our students to help raise funds for our school. Please support their fundraisers by signing up your student.
  • You can see photos of the first fundraiser:  (1) Farmer for a Day on Mrs. Andress’s Youtube page.

 

  • When:    Thursday November 15 4:00-5:30pm
  • What:     A fun time with singing and sweet treats
  • Who:      Hosted by our 4th Grade teachers:  Mrs. Rebullida, Ms. Pham, & Ms. Perrotti
  • Where:  Cluster D
  • Cost:      $25

 

  • When:   Saturday November 17 2:00-4:00pm
  • What:    A play date with the teachers’ puppies
  • Who:     Hosted by our PreK Grade teachers:  Mrs. Andress & Mrs. Ramos
  • Where:  School playground
  • Cost:      $20

 

  • When:    Saturday December 1 10:00am-12:00 noon
  • What:     Be a lab assistant and do fun science experiments
  • Who:      Hosted by our Science Enrichment teacher:  Mrs. Carlson
  • Where:   Cluster D
  • Cost:       $25
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Newsletter_Issue 8

Click on the links to see our 8th issue of the PTO newsletter:

20181107 Newsletter

20181107 Newsletter_Spanish

Our monthly PTO meeting is tonight Wednesday November 7 6-7:30pm. Please come and learn how you can help improve our school:

  • Open PTO positions include chairpersons for:
    • Fundraising and
    • Volunteer Coordination.
  • We also need help with:
    • Promoting after school enrichment programs around the beginning of each semester and
    • Collecting and recording fundraising dollars in the lobby before and after school.

Middle School Game Night is tomorrow Thursday November 8 4-6pm.

Links:

October 15-26 Fall Fundraiser (chocolates & cookie dough) details

Register with VIPS to volunteer at school (required annually for ALL volunteers)

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Sports Announcements

Congratulations to our volleyball teams for a great season!
Volleyball B Team, please return your uniforms to Coach Z.
Basketball tryouts for boys are next Wednesday and Thursday, November 14th & 15th.
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This Week at BCS: November 5

This Week:

  • Monday:  K-5 report cards go home.
  • Tuesday 8am-4pm6th Grade field trip to Renaissance Festival.
  • Tuesday:  5th Grade families—applications for BCS Middle School are available.
  • Wednesday:  School picture day (yearbook photos). Students should wear uniforms (NOT Briarmeadow T-shirts).
  • Wednesday:  5th Grade CogAT Gifted & Talented testing.
  • Wednesday 6-7:30pm:  Monthly PTO meeting.
  • Thursday 4-6pm:  Middle School Game Night $5 at the door.
  • Friday:  Fun Food Friday for Grades 5-8.
  • Friday:  Early Dismissal—PK at 12:45pm; K–4 at 1:00pm; 5–8 at 1:15pm.
  • Please see PTO Website Calendar and Livingtree Calendar for further details. You can subscribe to both.

 

Next Week Highlight:

  • Monday November 12:  Flu shots, for students with completed forms. Forms were sent home the first two weeks of school. Parents are welcome to sign-in and accompany your student to the shot.

 

Current & upcoming PTO auctions with teachers donating their time and planning fun events for students:

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Fall Festival Tips

Please see the attached Fall Festival Tips with more information about t-shirts and tickets going home today and about the Festival tomorrow.

http://briarmeadowpto.digitalpto.com/files/2018/11/Fall-Festival-Tips.pdf

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Fall Festival Volunteer Needs & Ticket Sales

Hello, Broncos!

In this post:

  • Fall Festival Volunteers Needed (31 Slots)
  • Fall Festival Early Bird Pricing Ends Today
  • Fall Fundraiser Buy-out Payments are Due Today
  • Fall Festival Volunteer Count
  • Register with VIPS Now

 

Fall Festival Volunteers Needed (31 Slots)

Our Fall Festival is in three days on Saturday November 3rd 10am-2pm. Thank you so much to the families and classrooms that have filled their 8 one-hour volunteer sign-up slots. Those classrooms have earned a popsicle party for the students! Pre-K and Kinder are receiving their popsicles today.

31 slots remain open in First – Fifth grades. Please see below for the class count. We need these slots filled to make the Fall Festival a success. Classrooms that are full by Friday will earn a popsicle party. If your classroom is not full, please sign-up to help. If your classroom is full and you can help, please sign up for any open slot.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f44aaac2daaff2-fall6

If you cannot sign-up on your own, please email us your name, teacher name, and what hour you’re available and we can add you to the sign-up.

 

Fall Festival Early Bird Pricing Ends Today

Wednesday October 31 is the last day to order Fall Festival Bronco Bracelets at the $30 early bird price ($35 regular price). Please order your bracelets, tickets, and meal tickets. They will be delivered to your student on Friday and you won’t have to wait in line at the Festival.

https://squareup.com/store/briarmeadow-charter-school-pto/

 

Fall Fundraiser Buy-out Payments are Due Today

Fall Fundraiser buy-out payments are due Wednesday October 31. The buy-out form is attached. PTO representatives are in the lobby before and after school this week accepting payment.

https://squareup.com/store/briarmeadow-charter-school-pto/

 

Fall Festival Volunteer Count:

PK Andress FULL
PK Ramos FULL
K Preston FULL
K Reichert FULL
K Lam FULL
1 Stewart FULL
1 Loan FULL
1 Spradley 2 slots open
2 Jackson 2 slots open
2 Brown FULL
2 Loomis 3 slots open
3 Lucas 1 slot open
3 Pacheco 2 slots open
3 Williamson 3 slots open
4 Rebullida 4 slots open
4 Pham 1 slot open
4 Perotti 1 slot open
5 Dede 2 slots open
5 Russo 6 slots open
5 Bender 4 slots open
Total 31 slots open

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f44aaac2daaff2-fall6

 

Register with VIPS Now

Register as a Volunteer in Public Schools (VIPS)

  • Every year all parents and caregivers need to register with VIPS for a background check.
  • To Register:
    1. Register online (no paper form this year):

www.houstonisd.org/vips

    1. AND present photo ID at the Front Desk to scan into the Raptor system.
  • You may use the school lobby computers.
  • We need everyone to register now.
  • You cannot help at school or field trips without VIPS.
  • Don’t know if you’re in VIPS? Ask the Front Desk.
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BCS Affinity Programs

Don’t forget about our affinity programs. You can help fundraise for our school just by doing what you are already doing whether it’s grocery shopping or ordering through Amazon!

From now until November 2nd, Amazon will donate 5% of your purchases (at no additional charge to you) to our school. That is 10X more than their usual donation so now is the time to make that order! To date, Amazon has donated over $212 to us. Make sure you use the smile.amazon link and set your organization to Briarmeadow Charter School Parent-Teacher Organization.

Amazon Smile Information

To find out about our other affinity programs, click on the link below.

http://briarmeadowpto.digitalpto.com/fundraising/affinity-programs/

Let’s make the most of these programs but we need your help Bronco families!

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Fall Festival Volunteers: Sign-up Today for Popsicle Party Deadline

Good morning, Broncos! Today Tuesday is the day!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f44aaac2daaff2-fall6
On Wednesday the PTO will deliver popsicles to classrooms with full Fall Festival volunteer sign-ups. Please check your class and sign-up today for any open spots. 37 spots remain. Each Elementary classroom has two spots for each hour (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm). Click all the way through until your sign-up is confirmed. Keep scrolling to get a class count update below.

Wednesday is the last day to order Fall Festival Bronco Bracelets at the $30 early bird price ($35 regular price).
https://squareup.com/store/briarmeadow-charter-school-pto/

As of Monday mid-day, these are the class counts:
FULL
Andress
Preston
Lam
Reichert
Stewart

1 Left
Loan
Pham

2 left
Ramos
Spradley
Brown

3 Left
Jackson
Loomis
Lucas
Williamson
Perotti
Dede

4 left
Bender
Rebullida

5 Left
Pacheco

7 Left
Russo

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This Week at BCS: October 28

  • Fall Festival Volunteer Sign-up:  45 (30%) of our volunteer spots are unfilled. We need your help please! Each classroom has a booth/activity to staff with eight volunteers for one hour each on Saturday. Please check the sign-up to see your classroom’s booth/activity and sign-up for a volunteer shift. Your classroom appears four times (10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm) and all slots must be filled. Click all the way through until your sign-up is confirmed. Classrooms who fill their eight spots by Wednesday earn a popsicle party for the students!

 

  • All Week:  Fall Festival Bronco Bracelets and tickets are on sale in the lobby before and after school and online in the PTO Website Store. After Wednesday, the Bronco Bracelet price increases from $30 to $35. Buy now and avoid the long line on Saturday.

 

 

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Parent Information Meeting Video

Parent Information Meeting on Facebook Live

This morning we broadcast most of the Parent Information Meeting on Facebook Live, but missed the beginning. Hopefully next time we’ll get the whole meeting.  The first part of the meeting is about dyslexia; the second part is about our Fall Festival; at the end we circle back to dyslexia and constructivist learning. If you’d like to watch it, the meeting video will remain on our Facebook page for the next week.

You can watch it on Facebook, even if you don’t have a Facebook account. Go to our page and look for the video pinned toward the top of the page: www.facebook.com/bcspto. Click “Not Now” when Facebook asks you to create an account, scroll down until you see the video, and click on play.

If you do have a Facebook account, please like our page to stay informed.

Fall Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser ends tomorrow Friday October 26.  Chocolate sales dollars are due. Cookie dough orders are due. http://briarmeadowpto.digitalpto.com/fundraising/

Fall Festival Volunteers Needed

Our Fall Festival is in 8 days on November 3. We need 8 adults from each Elementary classroom to sign-up to volunteer at our Fall Festival for 1 hour at 10am, 11am, 12pm, or 1pm. Please sign-up now; don’t put it off. 68 spots are still open. Classrooms that fill all their volunteer spots earn a popsicle party for the students. Thank you, Broncos! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f44aaac2daaff2-fall6

 

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Newsletter_Issue 7

Click on the links to see our 7th issue of the PTO newsletter:

20181024 Newsletter

20181024 Newsletter_Spanish

New Fall Fundraiser details posted Tuesday morning to the PTO Website and Facebook that did not fit onto this newsletter are:

  • The PTO is allowing partial Fall buy-out payments. (Partial boxes of chocolates are NOT allowed.) Buy-out levels are now $30, $60, $90 or $120 depending on how many boxes of chocolates you’ve sold.
    • For example—if you have one student at the school and you sell one box of chocolates, your buy-out payment would be $30 to meet the minimum.
    • If you have two or more students at the school and you sell one box of chocolates, your buy-out payment would be $90 to meet the minimum.
  • Payments for boxes of chocolates are being accepted in cash or credit card.

Tomorrow Thursday October 25 is the last day to send in Box Tops for the Box Tops Contest.

Links:

October 15-26 Fall Fundraiser (chocolates & cookie dough) details

Register with VIPS to volunteer at school (required annually for ALL volunteers)

Elementary Fall Festival Volunteer Sign-Up (look for your teacher’s name at 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm)

November 3 Fall Festival details

Pre-K & Kinder Puppy Play Date (PTO auction for Pre-K & Kinder families)

4th Grade Karaoke & Cupcakes (PTO auction for 4th Grade families)

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Happy Birthday Signs

Wondering how to get the outdoor birthday signs for your student? Turn in the form and payment to the Front Desk. You can get the form at the Front Desk or from the PTO Website –> http://briarmeadowpto.digitalpto.com/files/2018/09/Birthday-Application-2018-19.pdf

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Fall Fundraiser Update

Good morning, Broncos!

Three things today in the second and final week of our Fall Fundraiser:

(1) Please join us tonight Tuesday October 23rd at Los Tios Restaurant. Eat with your friends. 20% goes back to BCS. The flier is on the PTO Calendar.

(2) The PTO is allowing partial Fall buy-out payments. (Partial boxes of chocolates are NOT allowed.) Buy-out levels are now $30, $60, $90 or $120 depending on how many boxes of chocolates you’ve sold. 2018_2019_FF_Buyout_Form.pdf

For example—if you have one student at the school and you sell one box of chocolates, your buy-out payment would be $30 to meet the minimum. If you have two or more students at the school and you sell one box of chocolates, your buy-out payment would be $90 to meet the minimum.

(3) Payments for boxes of chocolates are being accepted in cash or credit card.

Come and get your chocolates if you haven’t already.

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This Week at BCS: October 22

  • All Week:  Our Fall Fundraiser continues through Friday. Chocolate distribution (Elementary) is in the lobby before and after school. The Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough (Middle School) online school code is BRIA28.
  • All Week:  Fall Festival Bronco Bracelets and tickets are on sale in the lobby before and after school and online in the PTO Website Store.

 

 

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Volunteering

Register as a Volunteer in Public Schools (VIPS)

  1. Register online  at houstonisd.org/vips (Last year it was a paper form.) AND
  2. Present your photo ID at the Front Desk to scan into the Raptor system.
  • If you don’t have access to a computer or smartphone, you may use the computers in the school lobby when you’re here (drop off, lunch time, pick up, etc.).
  • We need everyone to register now please to allow time for your background checks—especially volunteers at the Fall Festival on November 3.
  • You cannot help in the classroom, volunteer, or chaperone field trips unless you’re registered with VIPS and your annual background check has been completed.
  • If you’re unsure if you are cleared in VIPS, please check with the Front Desk.
  • Thank you for helping make Briarmeadow a great school for our kids!

Fall Festival Volunteer Sign-Up

  • It is time to sign-up to help at the Fall Festival.
  • Each elementary classroom has a booth/activity to staff with volunteers on November 3.
  • It’s our biggest event of the year and we need all classes to participate.
  • Please check the sign-up to see your classroom’s booth/activity and sign-up for a volunteer shift. 
  • Your classroom appears four times—under each hourly shift (10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm) and all slots must be filled. 
  • Be sure to click all the way through until your sign-up is confirmed.
  • Volunteer responsibilities generally include:
    • Managing the kids in line (no cutting ahead of people),
    • Counting and taking tickets or checking for wristbands,
    • Telling people where they can buy tickets (if they don’t have them), and
    • Supervising and enforcing safety.
  • If you would like more information about the Fall Festival, please check the PTO website.

Thank you, Broncos!