Annual Kite Day…..March 28
Students will be able to fly their kites during physical education classes on March 28, 2013. What is a kite? Students will be introduced to lessons on the history and the science of flying kites. Join us…..up up and away on March 28.
Coffee and College
We will begin an informational parent series, Coffee and College, on March 9th, 2013 at 8:00 am. The discussion will center on the non academic skills that are so important for new college students in order to succeed both academically and socially. Coffee and College will address these issues and begin conversations related to the different parent responsibilities and strategies for college success.
Parents the STAAR TEST is fast approaching. The writing STAAR will be held on Tuesday April 2nd and Wednesday April 3rd.
The Reading STAAR (for both 3rd and 4th grade) will be held on Tuesday April 23rd and the Math STAAR will take place the following day, Wednesday April 24th. We are preparing the students for success on the test. Thank you for your support by sending your children to tutoring after school and on Saturdays. We appreciate your help! Below you can download the list of test taking strategies here.
February RE Enrollment and Sibling Enrollment
Please pickup your re enrollment packet from the front office and be sure to return it before the end of February if you want to avoid the lottery. Beginning March 1st, enrollment will be open to all new families and returning students will have to compete for spaces in the lottery. If you have a sibling who is eligible to attend HBES next year, you may submit a full enrollment packet in February as well. Remember to consider paying your $30 Community Supplies fee when you turn in the packets.
A/B Honor Roll
According to our Principal, Ms. Audrey Shetty, making the A/B Honor Roll has just gotten harder. No longer will students’ grades be the only qualifier, but attendance, behavior, and citizenship will factor into the selection process. Many of the students did not mind the added challenges. They are ready to meet the raised bar. So parents, it’s now up to you to bring them on time, reinforce the three core values, and keep them well and in school: A tough order, but worth striving for.
In early February HBES invited well known piano teacher and accompanist, Ms. Elena Castaneda, to begin offering private piano lessons on campus after school. Many parents jumped at the opportunity and all the slots were filled in one day. It is our attempt to bring more of the arts to the children and accommodate parents’ busy schedules.
Our current written parent involvement policy is available in the Information tab under the School Policies subject. Also, please check out our newly revised Student-Parent Handbook that now includes the School-Parent-Student Compact.
If you would like to submit feedback to help evaluate our written Parental Involvement Policy please complete the survey available on the Parents page of our website. The survey is available in both English and Spanish. You can turn in the completed survey to your child’s school front office. The district will compile the results of the surveys and share them with you.
Your time and effort is greatly appreciated.”
What is a free lending library?
A trendy fad spinning like wild fire “free lending libraries” is a refreshing novelty for readers all over the world, one that includes the City of El Paso and soon to ignite Burnham Wood Charter School District schools. Howard Burnham and DaVinci School for Science and the Arts will become one of many in and around the city to display these beautiful wooden boxes. The book lending philosophy is on an honor system, you leave a book and take a book and return the book for others to read. It began as a project in a small town driven by literacy efforts and has flourished throughout the globe.
At Burnham Wood Charter schools our joint venture is a little different. Our vision or focus is to acquire donations from our community for our students to read about permaculture. This project is currently taking shape at both schools with a mission for students to gain and appreciate growing their own. Parents and students are asked to borrow a book and bring it back for others to enjoy. And, if possible donate a book about plants, growing fruits, vegetable, trees and other topics along those lines.
Two free lending libraries will be displayed outside each school when ready. Students from Mr. Westman’s high school and middle school classes are currently creating nifty art designs and painting the boxes. For further information about free lending libraries visit their web site @ http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/; and, for book donations send an email to the school Librarian, Miss Martha Holguin at email@example.com.
Newly Created Library Portal
Greetings from the Library! Burnham Wood Charter School District parents and families of children in our schools as an effort to create an extension of support for student success, the school library has created a “Library Portal.” The newly created web presence can be found if you link to the school’s main web page, select and click on any of the three schools listed, and scroll down to “Library Information Center”. Once you are connected to the library portal, parents and students may access information links arranged in subject order for homework assistance, biographies, science fair projects and many other links of interest. The portal also includes: a “Reading List”; Dewey4Kids; “Book of the Month”; “Writing” and, an “Internet Safety” link. The reading list link contains a selection of books according to age or grade appropriate books for students; the writing link consist of a display of writing samples of student work; and, the link on Internet Safety provides information for parents as an awareness update on internet safety.
Free Saturday Parent Sessions
Parents you are cordially invited to attend a series of mini parent sessions on topics of interest for information, awareness and participation in the growth and development of your child(s) educational success. Topics of interest range from: learning how to access the library portal, to assist students with homework; understanding the ramifications of cyber bullying; legal consequences of sexting; and, helping students with summer reading activities. Please join us on Saturday, February 9th for a session on Sexting; April 20th for a session on Cyber bullying; and, on May 11th for a session on summer reading activities. All three sessions are from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the DaVinci School Library. For information please contact Miss Martha Holguin at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Parent Educators,
The April Parental Involvement newsletter is now available in English and Spanish at the following website – www.esc16.net
Please join us for the following parent training sessions
on the following dates and time listed below:
Saturday, January 12th
Saturday, February 9th
Saturday, April 20th
Saturday, May 11th
Summer Reading Activities/Ideas for Parents
Da Vinci School for Science & the Arts
785 Southwestern Drive
El Paso, Texas 79912
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Martha Holguin – K-12th Librarian
Parents from all three schools are invited to attend.