February 2, 2018

Bridge Point Elementary



Dear BPE Families,


Valentine's Day is around the corner and I have received many inquiries from parents, students, and teachers alike regarding the parameters of the celebration. Classroom parties will take place on Wednesday, February 14th in your child's classroom. Thank you to the gracious parent volunteers for coordinating these exciting events for our students! To foster friendships and kindness, students are invited to bring valentines to ALL students in their homeroom class. If children would like to exchange valentines with friends outside their homeroom, they are welcome to do so outside of the school day.  In the next few days, teachers will be sending a class list home with your child. Valentine bags will be provided and created at school for collection of valentine cards. Valentines will be exchanged at the end of the school day and opened at home. Any food items sent to school for distribution must be store-bought and include an ingredient list.


The flu continues to hit hard throughout the nation.Thankfully, BPE has not been effected to the extent that some in Central Texas have experienced over the past several weeks. With that being said, I think it is important for me to pass along the message below from Nurse Boldrick.


Stay well,

Heather Meek 



News From The Nurse


Bridge Point Flu and Illness Information

There is a lot of information in our media concerning a heavy and widespread flu season this year! We have been monitoring reports of positive flu tests and have seen an increase of confirmed, positive cases of the flu at Bridge Point. We are experiencing lots of absences for illness across all grades, both confirmed flu, "flu like" symptoms, and confirmed strep throat. In the Nurse's Clinic, we have seen stomachaches with some vomiting and diarrhea, congestion, sore throat, cough, headache, fatigue, body aches, low grade fevers and some with a significant fever. Some students report "I just don't feel well." We are sending ill students home.

If your child has a fever (100 degrees or higher) or vomiting in the evening or morning before school, he/she should NOT come to school that day. This policy supports the ill child and prevents unnecessary exposure of other students to illnesses. Students can return to school when they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Please report communicable diseases such as strep and flu to the front office at (512) 732-9200 or me at (512) 732-9205 because we would like to continue to track our illnesses/absences. Any absences also need to be in writing to the front office staff.  

Please remind your students to wash hands frequently. Cover all coughs and sneezes with hands/elbows or tissues and then dispose of tissues in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs are spread this way too. Also remind them to disinfect/clean iPads, phones and other tech equipment to lower the risk of infection.

For more information, please see the attached informative brochure or check out the CDC website concerning flu.  Thanks for all you do at home to keep our students as healthy as possible and in school!

Leslie Boldrick RN, BSN

Counselor's Corner


January has been a busy month learning about empathy and practicing empathy.  Students have a few more days to add a heart to the lifeskills board before we introduce our February Life Skill of Integrity.  Second grade students will be presenting during Assembly on Wednesday and students will begin to earn a Sheriff's Badge for times they show Integrity.  

We are looking forward to a fast and busy month in February. We are excited to introduce our final No Place for Hate activity: Project Kindness…. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information!



Addie Edwards and Amy Ashorn


The Shelf Life: Library Updates


Next week will be the grand opening of our new LEGO Wall, paid for with the help of the BPE Booster Club! We currently have a small collection of LEGOS, but additional bricks would enable more students to play at once. If you have any gently used LEGOS or DUPLOS at home that you no longer want, please consider donating them to the BPE library. You can drop off donations at the circulation desk.

The 2018 BookSpring Read-A-Thon has almost come to a close. It will end on Sunday, February 4th. I've been so impressed with the enthusiasm I've seen from students participating this year. While we're currently in second place, there's still a good chance we could pull into the lead once all of the cash and check donations have been added up. Please remind your child to turn in their donation envelope by Friday, February 9th. Thanks so much for supporting this very worthy cause!


Kate Ricter


Wednesday - February 7, 2018
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Friday - February 9, 2018
9:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Thursday - February 15, 2018
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday - February 16, 2018
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Monday - February 19, 2018
All day
Wednesday - February 21, 2018
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Friday - February 23, 2018
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM


Easily notify campus staff of dismissal changes, absences, early dismissals and late arrivals - all online! Every parent must set up their elementary child's dismissal instructions so teachers will know where to take your child at the end of the day.

Eanes ISD will use February 19, 2018 as a student and staff weather make-up day for the January 16 inclement weather cancellation.

Social-Awareness and caring for others is the EISD SEL focus for the third nine weeks. Empathy is being able to understand and value someone else's perspective. It's having compassion for others even when they are different.

There are many ways parents can support their children in learning how to be empathic and caring. Our children are watching our behaviors and paying attention to how we are treating others. One way is to teach our children acceptance and respect is to model empathetic, caring behavior. "Take an interest in helping others through community outreach [and] bring your kids when appropriate. Get involved in programs that promote diversity" and expose your children "to a wide range of people and cultures". Talk to your kids about your involvements and let them know tolerance and acceptance are important to you. "Open and honest communication is the best jumping off point for teaching kids about tolerance and empathy."

To learn other ways on how to teach your child tolerance and empathy, read "6 Great Ways to Foster Tolerance and Empathy in Your Children".

Another article that addresses the importance of modeling empathetic behavior is "Cultivating Empathy" by Harvard Graduate School of Education, Making Caring Common Project.



EEF Gala


6401 Cedar Street, Austin, Texas 78746


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