Some helpful terminology to get you started on the right foot at Bridge Point Elementary (BPE)!
Arts Days Held over three half days in October and coinciding with parent-teacher conferences, this cultural extravaganza includes live performances, hands-on workshops and special projects. Generally, the hands-on day is the second day, and this is when we will need parent volunteers. Funded by the Booster Club.
Appointments - Student arriving at school after 9:45 am (TBC) will be counted absent, unless they have a doctor's note to excuse the absence. Likewise, children who leave after 10:00am (TBC) will not be counted absent. To sign your child out of school, you will fill out a form in the office and the office staff will call your child to the office. If your child is in Kindergarten, you will have to sign in and go get your child. (see also Attendance, Tardy and Travel)
Attendance - If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please email the office (Nikki Thakkar at firstname.lastname@example.org) EVERY DAY that your child is out. If you know your child will be out for a certain number of days, you can include a date range. Copy your child's teacher on the e-mail. If your child is contagious (strep, flu, pink eye, lice, etc.) please also copy the school nurse, Leslie Boldrick at email@example.com. All names will be kept confidential, but this helps to keep us all aware and healthy! (see also Appointments, Tardy and Travel)
Back to School Days/Night - This is an opportunity for parents to meet your child's teacher in the beginning of the school year and learn about classroom expectations, policies, etc.
Birthdays - Student birthdays are recognized in Morning Assembly on the day of their birthday. Birthday treats are not permitted in the classroom. Some parents choose to bring a special lunch to their child on his/her birthday.
Bobcat Bingo - A community event for the entire student body and their families, Bingo is a great way to fellowship and maybe even win BINGO! Food is available for purchase.
Bobcat Fest - Our Spring Carnival, Bobcat Fest, is our primary Bridge Point Booster Club fundraiser! Students look forward to a day of games, rides, cake walks, bounce house, silent auction and more!
Bobcat Welcome - Generally held on the Friday before the first day of school, this event gives BPE families an opportunity to meet their child's teachers, sign up for volunteer opportunities, purchase BPE Spirit Wear and kick off the new school year!
Booster Club - The Bridge Point Booster Club is an organization of parent volunteers committed to making BPE a special place for our children by supporting the school via our No Hassle Fundraising campaign and our time. All BPE parents are encouraged to join the Booster Club. Members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend Booster Club general meetings (called Parent Connect Coffees.)
BPE - BPE is our abbreviation for Bridge Point Elementary.
Cut-Ups - Also known as the Teacher Workroom. Each classroom is assigned a specific month to help out in Cut Ups, where teachers are able to leave projects in an Inbox to be completed by parent volunteers. It is fun and easy! Activities include making die cuts, laminating, collating, etc. The Cut-Ups Coordinator will offer a quick training session in the beginning of the year. Feel free to stop by any time you are able to help out for a few minutes!
Drop-Off - If you are driving your children to school, you may pull into either the Upper or Lower BPE parking lots and wait in the carpool lanes to drop off. These carpool lanes are staffed with 5th grade leaders who will help your child out of the car. You may also park at Riverbend and walk your child to morning assembly.
EEF - EEF is the abbreviation for Eanes Education Foundation. EEF is the fundraising arm of the Eanes Independent School District (EISD) with the primary purpose of funding teacher and staff positions on every EISD school campus.
Enrichment - The Eanes school district offers great enrichment courses for students, many of which are held at BPE after school. To explore course offerings, go to the BPE website, select "Community Education" from the left-hand column, then Enrichment Classes >> Register for Classes >> Courses >> Bridge Point. Offerings include everything from Spanish Lunch Bunch to Kuk Sool Won to Chess!
Fall Picnic - A community event for the BPE students and families, the picnic is held on the soccer field in the beginning of the school year. Food is available for purchase on site. This is a great way to meet new families and see old friends! The picnic also kicks off our BPE No Hassle Fundraising capital campaign.
FIT - Focused Instructional Time. Helps to target students by individual needs based on assessments. Students receive this focused instruction time daily. Students rotate FIT assignments throughout the year. In addition to kids getting the additional practice they need in specific areas, this is a nice way for them to get to know other teachers and children in their grade.
Fitness - Daily time for students to burn off excess energy by walking or running on the soccer field, the black top or the Fitness Trail, depending on the weather.
Fundraising - There is often confusion between EEF and the Booster Club. Families wonder why they are asked to write two checks each year? In short, the Booster Club and EEF are different fundraising entities. Booster Club No Hassle donations stay within our school. EEF is the fundraising arm of Eanes ISD donations support the entire district. Due to the current economic reality, there is not enough state funding available to adequately provide for the high the level of educational excellence we require. We hope that families will consider giving to both causes!
Kite Day - Parents are invited to come fly a kite with your child during PE for one day in the spring! Kites are provided by the Booster Club.
Leader of the Pack - The PE teachers select one student at the end of each PE class who exhibited Life Skills to be a Leader of the Pack. That student receives a certificate and is recognized in Morning Assembly the following morning. Parents often attend that assembly to applaud their child. This is a really big deal to the kids!
Library - Students visit the library once per week. Grades K-2 have story time and book checkout, and grades 3-5 have book checkout and independent reading. Kinder student may check out one book at a time. Grades 1-4 can check out 2 books and Grade 5 may check out 3 books. Student backpacks are a perfect place to keep library books when they are not reading them. That way, they don't have to worry about forgetting their books on Library day. If your child loses a library book, you will receive a form called an IOU. Once you sign and return the form, the student may check out books while you look for the book. Most lost books show up eventually, so parents are encouraged to wait until the end of the school year to pay for lost and/or damaged books.
Life Skills - Each month, our school focuses on a different character trait that helps us to be better citizens. Examples are perseverance, integrity, caring and compassion, healthy choices, conservation, etc. Children caught exhibiting the current month's life skill will get to put their name on the Life Skills Board and will stand at Morning Assembly the next day!
Logo Contests - For Science Day and Bobcat Fest, students are invited to submit a logo for the events. The winning designs are featured on all event materials including t-shirts, bags, cups, etc.
Lunch - Parents, grandparents or caregivers are always invited to attend lunch with your child in the cafeteria. It is a fun time to be with them and meet their friends. You may want to bring them a special lunch or just pop in to say hello. Either way, you will brighten their day.
May Madness - Our version of a Field Day, May Madness is coordinated by our PE Teachers and staffed by parent volunteers. Think relay races, dunking booths, contests and lots of laughter!
Morning Assembly - We begin each day together as a community of learners in the BPE cafeteria. We have announcements, flag pledges and songs on Fridays. Parents are always invited to attend and it is a great glimpse into what is going on at school!
Music - Our amazing music teachers provide an awesome curriculum for all grades. However, there are a few grade-specific events that the kids really look forward to! They include the 2nd Grade Spring Musical, 3rd Grade Veteran's Day Assembly, 5th Grade Fall Musical and the 5th Grade Talent Show! Students begin playing recorders in 3rd grade. Students who play an instrument are welcome to perform for their class at any time!
No Hassle Fundraiser - Our annual fundraising campaign. Dollars raised go to support things like Science Day, Arts Days, teacher supplies, playground enhancements, staff development, etc. All money raised through the campaign is dedicated to the Bridge Point campus. The campaign kicks off with our Picnic in the fall, but donations can be made on the website any time of the year.
Open House - In February, parents are invited to come to your child's classroom to see what they have been working on throughout the year. Your kids are your “tour guides" and will take you all around the school!
Parent Connect Coffees - The Booster Club sponsors six Parent Connect Coffees annually. The coffees include updates from our Principal, Superintendent and our Booster Club as well as speakers who will touch on a variety of district and educational topics that are of interest to parents of elementary students. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
PE - Our kids are very active in PE! They do everything from gymnastics to climbing ropes. Please wear appropriate clothing! That means comfortable shorts or pants, a comfortable shirt and athletic shoes. Please no crocs, sandals, Toms, Sperrys, boots roller shoes or flip-flops. If your child is unable to participate due to illness or injury, please email Nurse Boldrick and the PE Teachers, Linda Rose and Kathy Dean. Students participate in Jump Rope for Heart beginning in 3rd grade. Fitness testing is conducted annually beginning in 3rd grade as required by the state.
PE Parties - Did you know that you can host your child's birthday party after school in the BPE gym? The PE teachers will lead the kids in games and activities of their choice. You simply provide the cake and party favors! These parties are very popular and fill up quickly, so email the PE teachers early regarding date availability!
Pick Up - Pickup begins at 2:45 pm for Kindergarten. All other students are released by grade at 2:50pm. It is recommended that you park at Riverbend and walk over to get your children. There is only one carpool line in the Upper Parking lot in the afternoon. The line is long and forms early. Pickup is a busy and chaotic time. For that reason, please keep your children with you at all times. Pets are not allowed at pickup, as they create a distraction.
Recess - Grades K-2 have a first and second recess on the upper playground. Grades 3-5 have one recess on the lower playground.
Science Day - Held in late January, this is an entire day of science-related workshops taught by community leaders, UT professionals, physicians, Westlake students and more. The day is funded by the Booster Club and is run entirely by parent volunteers! Students will register for workshops in the fall.
Specials - Specials in the BPE curriculum refer to Art, Music and PE. Students rotate every third day. Remember to wear appropriate clothing and tennis shoes on PE days!
Spirit Wear - Items such as t-shirts and cups designed to show our school spirit. Spirit Wear is typically sold at Bobcat Welcome and other events throughout the year. We do sell out, so get yours early!
Tardy - The first bell rings at 7:33am. The second bell rings at 7:40am. Students arriving after the second bell must enter through the office and will receive a Tardy Slip to be given to their teacher. Students receive a Tardy Slip even if the Tardy is excused due to a doctor appointment. (also see Appointments, Attendance and Travel)
Travel - If your child will miss school due to family travel, there is an an EISD Family Travel Advance Notification Form that should be submitted to the office at least five days prior to the travel.Travel is not considered an excused absence. (also see Appointments, Attendance and Tardy)
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