September 1, 2017

Bridge Point Elementary



Dear BPE Families,


This week has been especially difficult for our Texas neighbors, friends and family members in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Our BPE family is a generous and caring community, especially in times of need. Heartbreaking stories from the Texas Gulf Coast since August 25 are prompting expressions of support among students, parents, and residents who want to help displaced families. Many have asked me if our school will be collecting contributions or organizing other relief efforts. We want to be compassionate, although no formal drives are being planned by Eanes ISD; however, the Austin area and various credible organizations offer many ways to be involved. As you can imagine, there is no way to organize one school wide relief effort for all the charitable organizations we, as individuals, hold dear to our hearts. With that being said, I do feel it is important for us to help students feel like they are contributing in some way. BPE has set up 2 ways students can help in response to the needs of others:  

Book Donations: Parent volunteers are collecting gently used books for evacuees that will be delivered to various shelters next weekend.

Coins for Cleanup: From today through Thursday, September 7, students may bring in spare change to fill water jugs located throughout our building. Donations will be evenly distributed to the American Red Cross and Greater Houston Community Foundation.

These contribution opportunities are completely optional and there will be no incentives or contest prizes to promote donations.  In looking for other ways to offer help, the most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary, or charitable organizations. Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs.

Whether money or goods, always donate through a trusted organization, such as the Austin Disaster Relief Network or the American Red Cross. At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. The Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) also has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations accepting donations for Hurricane Harvey survivors. Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.


Thank you for considering these ways to ease the suffering of our Texas neighbors.


Heather Meek


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September 6 @ 6:00PM. Find out more about the benefits of DI and this year's challenges. Learn about how teams are formed on your campus, student workshops, and team manager training.


Library Announcements

BPE library is currently hosting a book drive to benefit Libraries of Love. This Austin-based nonprofit builds school libraries in Uganda. Please bring new or gently used hardback books to the library by Friday, September 29th. For more information, check out the flyer at the bottom of the newsletter.


BPE students are also encouraged to participate in the Unusual Reading Spot Contest. Participants can submit a photo taken while they are reading in an unusual place or pose. All photos will be posted on a library bulletin board throughout the school year. For more information, please refer to the flyer at the end of the newsletter.


Lastly, Ms. Ricter will be teaching an after school Maker Club this fall. Participants will explore, problem solve, and create various STEAM-focused projects each week. All activities will be student-driven and will revolve around the concept of "making." To register, scroll to the "Flyer" section of the newsletter.


Counselors' Corner

This afternoon, our new students in 1st-5th grades spent time getting to know their BPE ambassador.  At the beginning of each school year, we pair new students to BPE with a veteran student to help ease the transition and stress of starting at a new school.  This afternoon we played some "Getting to Know You" games and learned a little bit more about what it is like to be a BPE Bobcat.


This week in 5th grade, students learned about the BPE Leadership Program.  We are excited to start seeing them help out around campus.  Student have started signing up for leadership jobs.  When 5th graders have successfully completed at least four leadership jobs, they are recognized in Morning Assembly and given a special leadership pin to show our appreciation for all their work.


During Morning Assembly on Wednesday, a few 5th graders from each class will introduce our first life skill--respect. Beginning Thursday, students who earn a bobcat head for demonstrating respect will be honored during Morning Assembly.  Students write their name on their bobcat head and pin it up on the Wirht Wall of Fame located right behind the computer lab.


Monday - September 4, 2017
All day
Wednesday - September 6, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday - September 14, 2017
All day
Friday - September 15, 2017
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM



6401 Cedar Street, Austin, Texas 78746

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