September 22, 2018



Dear BPE Families,


Tuesday, September 25 is our first early release day of the school year. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 AM and lunch will not be served.  This year, all early releases will be the same dismissal time, exactly three hours early.   As a reminder, Community Ed does not hold after school activities on Early Release Day.  Please be sure to update Smart Tag before Tuesday if your child is going home a different way on the Early Release Day. 


Last week, during the Booster Club Meeting, I shared details regarding an exciting opportunity for parents to learn and connect with each other and me. Over the next few months I will be hosting a parent book study covering topics from the book Unselfie by Michele Borba. While attending a principal conference last summer, l was able to hear Borba speak about something called the "Empathy Advantage." As a mom trying to raise 2 boys, I was immediately intrigued and wanted learn more about how to cultivate empathy in my own sons. Unselfie explains how developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key factor in our kids thriving and succeeding in the future. All parents are invited to join me on this journey. A flyer with all of the dates, times and topics is below. I hope to see you there.


On Thursday, October 4, there will be a Destination Imagination meeting for parents at 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 AM in the BPE Library.  Please join us to learn about the program and form teams!


There is no school on Monday, October 8 in observance of Columbus Day. 



All my best,

Heather Meek




Counselor's Corner


This week we had nearly 60 fourth and fifth graders apply to serve on our No Place for Hate Student Council. We were blown away by the enormous interest of students in helping BPE further our mission of becoming a No Place for Hate campus again.  As part of the application process, students were tasked with explaining why they would like to serve on the NPFH Student Council and also presenting ideas they have for how to make BPE a more kind, respectful and accepting school.  A committee of administrators, counselors and fourth and fifth grade teachers are in the process of going through all of the applications to select eight fourth grade students and twelve fifth grade students to be a part of our No Place for Hate Student Council.  With so many impressive applicants, it is a truly challenging process for us! We look forward to announcing our selections next week.



Addie Edwards and Jennifer Cheatham



Tuesday - September 25, 2018
11:50 AM - 2:50 PM


Does talking about our differences make you anxious? Are you afraid of saying the wrong thing, or offending someone else? If we have trouble talking about diversity as grown-ups, how can we help our children to navigate the diverse world they are inheriting? Join Eanes ISD parent and author, Carolyn Helsel, for a three-part discussion series on the Gifts of Diversity: Understanding our Differences through the Lens of Gratitude.

Superintendent Message: Conversations about school emergencies, and in particular school shootings, are not easy. While I do not enjoy these discussions, unfortunately, they are necessary. My hope is none of us will ever experience such a...

All schools release exactly 3 hours early. Bus routes run exactly 3 hours early.

Elementary Parent Reminders: Lunch will not be served; Remember to make any necessary changes in Campus Dismissal Manager.

Calling all Dancers!! Kindergarten through 5th grade!!  If you want to dance on the field with the award winning Westlake Hyline then register now for their Youth Dance clinic which takes place at Westlake High school on October 8th from 9am-1pm!  Participants will then perform at the Westlake Freshman Football Game on October 11th. All dance levels are welcome! Visit the Hyline website, to register.



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