• Brookhollow Update: Feb. 22

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 2/22/2021

    Greetings Bobcat Families,

    Taking a deep sigh of some relief - the sun is shinning and although many are still struggling... every little bit of hope counts as we gain strength to move forward. It has not been easy as you know; with leadership comes the trepidation of those you spend the majority of you day with that would be the students, parents, and staff of the Brookhollow Family community!

    I was able to be in touch via text with the BES Leadership team of teachers Monday night as we began to check in on one another. Let me say, such admirable leaders! Along with the teachers, the leaders were keeping lines of communication open with their teams and  departments as well as the school community. With no water, internet and power...you just hope that all are at least safe. There was no doubt we were in survival mode the last few days, doesn't matter where you were in the state. My mother lives alone in Katy, Texas, so the concern of our elderly runs close to home - a blessing, rescued and with family still. I've heard many of you used your fireplace and gas stoves to stay warm, cars for small generators and of course the mounds of snow for water the first four days. Mr. Harris had to drive me during the peak of the storm, Monday, outside the neighborhood to find wifi to begin communication via phone. It has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least.

    As we are happily preparing to get back to teaching our students; while configuring how to fix the roof in our homes, pipes in our attics, and locate clean water, much thanks goes out to our PfISD cabinet and Area Executive Directors who continue to keep us informed offering flexibility and has worked around the clock. As much as we want to be in school virtually or in-person ready to learn, we must consider everyone's circumstances before such decisions are made. Brookhollow sits strong as a 25+ year school; as of today we have little to no damage to our building structure and pipes, very grateful. Some areas of the building are being reviewed as we speak but looking positive for reopening this week once we get the green light.

    We also know our families and staff members need time to recover personally from the continuing fallout of last week’s winter storm. 

    As we begin to move forward...​​​​​​​

    • Assignments "grace and flexibility":  work assigned the week of Feb. 15th  will be the same for the week of Feb. 22nd and no new work will be given (as applicable on individual basis) please use the time to catch up on these assignments if able once we are back to remote learning Tuesday, Feb. 23. Reach out to your child's teacher for assistance or questions beginning tomorrow Feb. 23rd. 
    • Absences: Waiting for guidance, moreover, we continue to give flexibility for turning in assignments and supporting every situation related to last week
    • Checking In: teachers were asked on February 18 to reach out, if able to our students. If you know of anyone who is in need or may not be able to receive this email,  please don't hesitate to reach out to me or the classroom teacher so we can work as a Bobcat family to assist those in need. 
      • Our students' social and emotional needs continue to be a priority. We also recognize that some of your families have incurred damage to your homes or other hardships as a result of the winter weather we experienced last week. Please reach out to our campus counselor or myself should your family need assistance. We continue to monitor our students well being and are here for them.  
    • Updates and changes to BES school wide event calendar as of today, Feb. 22.
      • We understand that are students need to have their celebrations and memorable moments especially those leaving us in May- 5th grade, moreover teachers want to continue the Valentine's class event...look for their email for when this will take place this week. 
      • BES Virtual Diversity Fair is cancelled for this week and is moving to an alternate date more information to come this week
      • More updates for events and programs will come that are being rescheduled from last and this week

    Last, as students and staff return to our school buildings soon, please join me in thanking the hundreds of PfISD employees across all our operational areas who have done amazing work around the clock to make sure our schools are ready to receive students this week. Many have put district needs ahead of taking care of their own homes that incurred damage last week. We are so grateful to each of these members of the PfISD Family for their Collaborative Spirit and Collective Greatness. 

    We can’t wait to greet our students in person or virtually soon!  

    Mrs. Harris, M.Ed.
    Principal

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  • Bobcat News: Feb. 2

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/3/2021 7:00:00 AM

     

    Greetings Bobcat Families,
     

    In the depths of winter, you and your child may be looking at the calendar of observances for opportunities for special activities. Besides Valentine's Day and Black History Month, there are days devoted to emotional health, physical activities, and wellness challenges—all of which provide opportunities to expand understanding while having fun learning. Your local community centers, health organizations, and of course Brookhollow Elementary may have events in coordination with some of these special days and observances. Note that Leap Day occurred in February of 2020, but there is no Leap Day or Leap Year in 2021.

    We also celebrate our school counselor, Mrs. Jennifer Cunningham this month.  Mrs. Cunningham, you have sacrificed your  time and efforts to make a difference in our lives. Thank you for your commitment to the potential of students everywhere. Thank you for the dedicated nudging, and the reminders. You inspire us to help, to push and to nudge each other — and we’re grateful.  "And maybe, just maybe, we all have the potential to embody the spirit of a counselor. Maybe we can all embrace that role and help those around us. Yes, even you."

    -Brookhkollow Elementary Family

    February Bobcat News 

     

     

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  • Bobcat News: 1/8

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 1/11/2021

    Greetings Bobcat Families,

    I hope each of you had a restful and meaningful time with your family and friends during the winter break. As they returned to school this week in person or virtual, the atmosphere was very positive.

    As educators at Brookhollow Elementary, we are thankful for all opportunities to impact young lives. Our students are the reason we’re here. My observation these first few days made for some early celebrations; foundations for great learning and behavior was observed throughout. Awesome job, BES staff and students!

    Read and view more about our last few weeks in 2020 and upcoming events in January 2021 in our Bobcat News.

    Happy New Year!
    Principal Harris

    Bobcat News

     

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  • Bobcat News: 12/3

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 12/3/2020

    Greetings Bobcat Families,

    We are approaching our next deadline for parents/guardians to update or change their child's instruction method for the third 9-weeks grading period that begins January 6. If you would like to change how your child is receiving instruction, you must contact Mrs. Mitchell by December 9 or complete the brief 1-minute survey using the link below.

    If your child is currently learning virtually, this is your chance to indicate you would like your child to return to on-campus learning beginning in January. Conversely, this also is another opportunity for you to switch your child from in-person learning to virtual. 

    Click the link to the December Bobcat News below for more information about Change in Method of Instruction for Third 9-Weeks and more.

    Principal Harris, #Together!#Bobcat Pride...Continuously Improving!

    Bobcat News 

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  • Bobcat News: 11/8

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 11/8/2020

    Greetings Bobcat Families!

    Brookhollow Elementary was busy through the month of October and here we are already in November! It is finally starting to feel like fall outside (although this week is questionable:). I have included below the highlights from October and our November reminders in the latest Bobcat News.

    Please click the link or read below to get the full version of the newsletter.

    Principal Harris

    Bobcat News 

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  • Bobcat News: 10/21

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 10/21/2020

    The smell of wood-burning smoke on crisp fall mornings (anticipating), the colors of fall leaves on the trees, assortments of pumpkins in the neighborhood, the excitement in children’s voices as they talk about their Fall costumes . . . all make this one of my favorite parts of the school year!

    We are off to a great year of learning! It’s hard to believe that September is behind us and we are soaring into October. I’d like to update our school community on what our phase 3 has been like so far. Click the link or read below for the latest Bobcat News.

    Bobcat News

    Principal Harris
    #BESTogetherAlways! 

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  • Bobcat News: 9/10/20

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 9/10/2020

    Greetings Bobcat Families!

    To reiterate Dr. Killian's recent message, I am looking forward to welcoming our students back to campus on Monday, September 14. Although we cannot welcome back every student who has indicated they wish to return, we ask for our parents’ patience at this time.

    For our students who will continue learning remotely, I am confident that our grade level team will do everything they can to ensure all our students receive the instruction they need to keep learning moving forward during this time.

    As you know Reduced Percentage of Students is part of our Phase 2 Return to Learn plan as a district ... When we are able to have students return to campus for in-person learning and instruction, we will reduce the number of students on campus as provided in the TEA Transition Waiver. For the first two weeks during the transition period, we will allow up to 25% of students to return to their campuses.

    This means leveling classes for all to reflect district/state guidelines. Moreover, you should expect communication from your child’s grade level teacher by this Friday afternoon if not sooner regarding if there was a change in teacher assignment due to program needs. If there is a change, systems were in place to support the move into Phase 2 teaching and learning. This is nothing new for our grade level teachers; working closely together as a Professional Learning Community is what we are accustom to daily!

    As we embrace this perceptible adjustment please know our Brookhollow Elementary staff and teachers have committed to making this next phase in the best interest of all.

    Our teachers and staff will work with you to provide support, as well as continuity and consistency for the students. We will keep you informed and notified of any additional changes.

    Principal Harris
    Go Bobcats!

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  • Bobcat News: 9/4/20

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 9/4/2020

    Greetings Bobcat Families,

    Student success is attributed to the partnership and the relationships we build within our community and this is MOST important now more than ever. It truly does take a village and at Brookhollow Elementary we value teamwork and collaboration! Education is a joint venture and Team Brookhollow greatly appreciates the support you provide for your children at home and at school to help them meet their learning goals.  Without the support of parent contributions through our extraordinary PTO and parent volunteers, we would not have many of the programs that make Brookhollow Elementary so unique and successful. Please consider contributing and assisting in this year's programs and events so that we can continue to maintain our reputation for excellence.

    Happy September! Please find updates in the Bobcat News below or with the link.

    Mrs. Harris,
    Principal Brookhollow Elementary

    September Bobcat News

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  • Bobcat News: Superhoes 8/17/20

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 8/17/2020

    Greetings Bobcat Families,

    The first week of school flew by! We’ve been very busy meeting new friends, learning procedures about our new virtual classroom, and reviewing daily routines. If there is one thing that is very important to the Brookhollow school community it’s routine.

    The kids are doing a great job revisiting prior learning from Quick Writes, "How Do You Feel About..." to Number Talks. We will continue to work on all areas of need as time goes on. This is an overview for some students and an introduction for others. It’s one of the things I love about a new school year... they all start out in different places (and finish in different places too). 

    We look forward to seeing all of our Bobcats!

    By the way, if you missed our Drive-by and Wave event this week, our BES staff would like to extend a Superhero welcome to all our students: BES Superheroes - #Together

    See you virtually soon!

    Mrs. Harris, Principal

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  • Bobcat News Welcome Back! 8/7/20

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 8/7/2020

    Welcome back, Bobcats!

    Principal Harris has lots of information on the upcoming school year in this week's blog post. 

    Please click the link below to read all about Virtual Meet the Teacher Night, online orientations, school supply lists and more.

    We can't wait to teach you so many wonder new things this year and hope you've some fun this summer!

    Bobcat News: Welcome Back!

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