Busy Day for our Bees!
Greetings Parents and Community Members!
We’ve been busy around the Hive since we last spoke! Brandon students returned to field trips, visiting places like the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the Cobb Youth Museum, the Tellus Museum, and the Georgia Aquarium. We kicked off the 2022 Read-a-Thon with visiting author and children’s book illustrator Bethan Woolvin. She joined us via Zoom all the way from Northern England where she read us stories and taught us all how to draw. It was so cool! I love seeing our students reading everywhere I look, with the goal of acquiring 400 minutes of reading this week. The love of literacy at Brandon is alive and well! Ask your student what Mr. Hutson and I have to do when we reach our school-wide goal!
We continue to host school tours full of parents interested in learning more about our neighborhood school. Increasing student enrollment has a direct impact on our operating budget, and we love to see such great interest in our school. I look forward to finalizing our budget with a majority vote at our next GO Team meeting on Thursday, March 17.
We are in the final days of our second administration of the BASC-3/BESS social emotional screener, and we need your help! In order to triage the data (parent, student, and teacher feedback) to best support our students’ needs, we need you to complete the short questionnaire about your child. Please use your student’s ID number (found in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal) and THIS direct link to complete the survey.
I also want to give a BIG Brandon shout out to Kate Kurban (Digital Game Design) and Billie Black (Device Modification) who both finished 2nd place in their respective categories during the 2022 APS Technology Innovation Competition. Way to go!
As you most likely are aware, masks are now optional for students and staff in APS, including on school buses. We respect the decisions that students and families will make in regard to mask wearing, but I want to remind you to please send your child to school knowing whether or not they will wear a mask while indoors. With so many students, it is difficult for teachers to reinforce at-home expectations in regard to mask wearing, and we respectfully ask that you establish this expectation with your child(ren).
I look forward to what is to come in the next few months! Spring MAP testing and DLI STAMP testing are right around the corner, and we have lots of fun PTA events on the horizon, including the Auction and the Tall and Small Ball!
Can’t wait to see you there!