Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bear News - April 16, 2018

Howdy Partners!
Spring has sprung... and things are really taking off at Bear. There's A LOT going on, and we need all our parents saddled up and ready to ride this week.

ART SHOW
The Bear Art Show is this WEDNESDAY, April 18! Please come to the Art Show and check out all of the fabulous pieces that our little artists have worked on all year. It is truly amazing the work that Mrs. Bonikowski does with our kids. Support the Art Room by purchasing your child’s artwork and making a GOOD donation to the arts at Bear. Don’t forget to purchase raffle tickets for the class projects.

EARTH DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Bear will celebrate Earth Day with an Extravaganza, on Friday, April 20. Each child will be able to plant a flower in honor of Earth Day. We have five large flower beds to fill up, so we are asking each child to bring one potted plant or flower by Wednesday, April 18.

Perennials are preferred as they are the gift that keeps on giving, but annuals are still awesome! Full sun plants will work best in our garden, and most of the beds get 4 to 8 hours of full sun. If you have any questions, please email Ashleigh Livingston at ajoyliving@gmail.com.

SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT
This month’s Specialist Spotlight is our Technology teacher, Mrs. Lanier. We want our Tech teacher to have the very best. Mrs. Lanier has requested INK - gift cards for ink (e.g., Amazon, Walmart, Office Depot) or HP63 ink cartridges (black or multicolored). She also would like silver Sharpie pens, colored paper, and Lysol wipes.

Thank you to everyone who brought in gifts for Mrs. Fell: Walter Collier, McKenzie Kim, Jillian Anderson, Addison Sexton, Carson French, Stewart Roy, Amelia Johnson and Lulu Gunnels.

The winner of the door prize is Amelia Johnson! Congratulations, Amelia!

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
Donations Needed!

Every year we show our teachers how much we love them during Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW). This year we are celebrating April 30 – May 4. The PTA plans something special for the teachers every day in the workroom. On Thursday of TAW we serve them a beautiful luncheon in the Library. We would love for each teacher to be able to leave with a door prize – even small gift cards are much-appreciated. We request that students bring in new gifts or gift cards to be used as door prizes at the luncheon. Many businesses will donate if asked.

Please send new gifts or gift cards to school with your child labelled PTA – TEACHER APPRECIATION.

Please send in your donation by Friday, April 27th. We thank you for all your support and for making this week EXTRA special for our EXTRA special teachers!

Be on the Lookout – The PTA will be sending home a sheet soon with how children can honor their teachers daily during Teacher Appreciation Week!

SPIRIT NIGHT
Thursday, April 19, 2018
3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
3011 Carter Hill Road
Montgomery, AL 36111 

FIELD DAY
Field Day is Thursday, May 10. Parent volunteers are always welcome, so mark your calendars now!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Bear News - March 26, 2018

**PTA MEETING REMINDER**
Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Bear Lunchroom

Some of the cool events planned for the PTA Meeting:
  • Kumon: What it is and its benefits
  • Performances by the Bear Jump Rope Team and Honor Chorus
  • FREE Hot Dog Supper (All-beef hot dogs, chips and sodas will be served.)

NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The nominating committee submits the following slate of names for the 2018-2019 PTA Officers:

                President – Edris Davis
                1st Vice President – Jill Sexton
                2nd Vice President – Traci Schell
                Treasurer – Victoria Little
                Secretary – Kelly Stanton
                Communications Coordinator – Lisa Stevens 

PTA officer elections will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. Any further nominations will be accepted at that time. 

THANK YOU FROM THE LIBRARY
Thank you to all the students who donated items to Mrs. Houlditch and our Library:  McKenzie Pickett, Kaylee Taite, Dakota Hernandez, Carson Shambray, McKenzie Kim, Korey Thomas, Bryson Lazenby, Rhett Lazenby, Olivia Patrick, Luke Jones-Collum, Robert M., Andy and Millie DeLoach. The winner of the drawing was Kaylee Taite. Congrats, Kaylee! 

SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT - MS. FELL
Don’t forget that you can bring in items for Ms. Fell through April 13. Ms. Fell has requested Amazon Gift Cards, Hand sanitizer, Incentives for Treasure Box (CANDY!), Blank CD/DVD-RWs, CD sleeves, Stage tape/electrical tape, and Swiffer Sweeper for keyboards. 

SPIRIT NIGHT
Mark your calendars for our next Spirit Night on April 19 at Bruster’s on Carter Hill Road.

YEARBOOKS
Buy your Bear Exploration Center yearbook online for only $22.00! Order by March 31, 2018.
To purchase your yearbook go to: www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and use order number: 1875.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
The Pre-Paid School Supplies order form will be sent home in April. PTA Volunteers carefully shop all year-long and use discounts so that every student and teacher has everything they need on the first day of school at the lowest possible cost. Awesome job, School Supply Team! We appreciate you!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bear PTA News - March 19, 2018

Welcome back to school! It’s time to get to work on the last quarter of the school year!

GEM DAY - GARDEN EDUCATION MAINTENANCE
Spring has sprung, and it is a great time to get to get DIRT-y in our garden. Come hang out with Ashleigh Livingston this Saturday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. as she gives a brief educational talk for the kids on SOIL! Then we will spend a little time working in the garden. We really need our Papa Bears to help us install a new greenhouse. The hours are 9:30 - 11 a.m.

PTA MEETING
Join us for our next PTA Meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bear Cafeteria. We will be showcasing some of the great activities at Bear and serving a yummy hot dog supper! Reservations aren’t required but would be helpful. A notice will be coming home later this week.

BLACKTOP
The PTA recently paid to have the blacktop resurfaced on the basketball court. It looks awesome and is a much-improved space for our children to play. Be sure to check it out!

SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT – MS. FELL
The Specialist Spotlight this month is our musically magnificent Ms. Fell! Ms. Fell has requested Amazon Gift Cards, Hand sanitizer, Incentives for Treasure Box (CANDY!), Blank CD/DVD-RWs, CD sleeves, Stage tape/electrical tape, and Swiffer Sweeper for keyboards. The deadline to get things to Ms. Fell is April 13th. Be sure to have your child sign the log so that we can put his or her name into a drawing for a prize!

SPIRIT NIGHT
Mark your calendars for our next Spirit Night on April 19 at Bruster’s on Carter Hill Road.

YEARBOOKS
Buy your Bear Exploration Center yearbook online for only $22.00! Order by March 31, 2018. To purchase your yearbook go to: www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and use order number: 1875.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
The Pre-Paid School Supplies order form will be sent home in April. PTA Volunteers carefully shop all year-long and use discounts so that every student and teacher has everything they need on the first day of school at the lowest possible cost. Awesome job, School Supply Team! We appreciate you!

REFLECTIONS
We are so proud of all of the children who participated in the Reflections Art contest. Bear had THREE students who were recognized at the state level. Congratulations, Olivia, Melody and Chandler! We had a large number of our students who were recognized at the county competition too.

State Reflections Winners

Visual Arts – Intermediate
3rd – Olivia Hoit

Photography – Intermediate
1st – Melody Noriega Leon

Dance – Intermediate
3rd – Chandler Davis

Montgomery County Council Reflections Winners

Visual Arts – Primary (Grades K-2)
1st – Sarah Cate Gulsby
2nd – Audrey Kim

Visual Arts – Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
1st – Jennifer Stanton

Photography – Primary
2nd – Jackson Sexton

Photography – Intermediate
1st – Melody Noriega Leon
3rd (tie) – Ellis O’Connor
3rd (tie) – Hannah Morris

Literature – Intermediate
1st – Ana Clark
3rd – Mason Hatch

Dance – Intermediate
1st – Anna Gleason
2nd – Cameron Norred
3rd – Chandler Davis

Film – Intermediate
2nd (tie) – Lily Baker

Music – Intermediate
1st - Grace Jackson
2nd (tie) – Jayden Whiting
2nd (tie) – Ariyana Simon


Monday, February 5, 2018

Bear News - February 5, 2018

Happy February, Bear Parents!

PAPER DRIVE – THIS WEEK
It’s that time of year when paper supply starts to dwindle… let’s get those teachers and specialists stocked up again. Which class will bring in the most? Remember that colored reams count double.

SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT
Thank you to all the students who brought in school supplies for Mrs. Sealy: Noah Costa, Donavon Patton, Bryson Lazenby, Rhett Lazenby, Dakota Hernandez, Walter Collier, McKenzie Craymer, Matthew Craymer, Dylan Hines, Apollo Avezzano, Carson Shambray, Natalie Ulmet, Olivia Patrick, Jackson Sexton, Addison Sexton, Korey Thomas, McKenzie Kim, Madison Preston, and Daliah Crow. You guys are ROCK STARS!

The winner of the drawing for January is OLIVIA PATRICK! She won a Bear Buck and Nancy’s Italian Ice.

The Specialist Spotlight for February is our school librarian, MRS. HOULDITCH. Mrs. Houlditch has lots of goodies on her wish list for you to choose from. If your child brings in one of these items, make sure that he or she signs the log so that they will eligible for the drawing at the end of the month: 
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Crayons
  • Books
  • Swiffer Duster
  • Tape 

FAMILY DANCE
The Family Dance is this Friday night from 6-8 p.m. You can purchase tickets in advance or at the door. Please turn in ticket requests as soon as possible. We’re going to have a YEE-HAW good time! Family Dance tip – It gets mighty HOT in the cafeteria. Dress yourself and the little buckaroos accordingly!

BEAR BUCKS – FREE MONEY
For every 50 Box Tops a child turns in, he or she can earn a Bear Buck (value - $1) at the school supply cart or the Book Fair. Turn in your Box Tops by Friday, February 16 to get your Bear Buck before the Book Fair.

COPY CATS
One of the most helpful volunteer opportunities that we have as PTA parents is making copies for our teachers. When teachers are freed from the copy machine, they can spend more time in the classroom. We need additional helpers to get us to the end of the year. Do you have 2-3 hours to donate to our teachers once or twice a month? Please contact Aimee Bentley.

BOOK FAIR
The Book Fair will be held February, 26-March 2 in the Library. Pastries for Parents will be held Tuesday, February 27 from 7:30 – 8:30. Come for the books… stay for the G&S Doughnuts! If you're interested in volunteering, contact Shana Mosby.
Upcoming Dates
Paper Drive – February 5-9
Family Dance – Friday, February 9
Science Night – Thursday, February 22
Book Fair – February 26 – March 2
Pastries for Parents – February 27
G.LO.W. (Lunch for Teachers) – February 28
Spirit Night – March 2

Monday, January 29, 2018

Bear News - January 29, 2018


Boot, Scoot & Boogie
Join us for the Family Dance on Friday, February 9 from 6-8 in the Bear Cafeteria. Tickets are $4 - $12 max per family. Send cash or check in to school or pay online at the Bear PTA online storeWe ask that parents/grandparents will consider sending single-serving desserts or small bottled waters. 

Paper Drive
The PTA is holding our annual Paper Drive February 5-9. Which class will bring in the most paper? Paper Drive details will be sent home soon.

Book Fair
Bear will host a Book Fair the week of February 26 – March 2. The Book Fair introduces kids to new books and raises money for our library.  “Pastries for Parents” will be on Tuesday, February 27 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Don’t forget… Bear Bucks can be used at the Book Fair!

Spirit Night
Come out and support Bear on Friday, February 2 at Cici’s Pizza Buffet on Ann Street from 4:00-9:00 p.m.

Specialist Spotlight
Don’t forget about Mrs. Sealy – our January Specialist Spotlight.

You can help Mrs. Sealy maintain her classroom by bringing in the following supplies:
  • Gift certificates to pet stores
  • Paper plates
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Large or small rubber bands
  • Aluminum foil
  • Resealable bags - sandwich, pint (freezer), quart(freezer)
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Large or small paper clips

If your child brings in an item for Mrs. Sealy, please have him or her sign the log. All children who bring in items by January 31 will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Yearbooks
Yearbooks will be available online. Hopefully, your family received a postcard with instructions on how to order. Their website is currently under maintenance but hopefully will be up and running soon. yearbookordercenter.com – school code 1875

Science Night
Mark your calendars for Science Night – Thursday, February 22!

Magnet Tours
The last public tours will be given at Bear this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (February 1).

Polite Reminder
Parents – please do not park in the parking spots that are marked “RESERVED” in front of the school. These two highly desirable parking spots were “purchased” in an auction that raised money for the PTA. Please make sure that these parking spaces are available to these “highest bidders” at all times for the rest of the school year.

Upcoming Dates
Spirit Night – Friday, February 2
Paper Drive – February 5-9
Family Dance – Friday, February 9
Science Night – Thursday, February 22
Book Fair – February 26 – March 2

Friday, January 5, 2018

Bear News - January 5, 2018

Happy New Year, Parents and Teachers!


PTA Meeting
Join us for our first 2018 PTA Meeting this Tuesday, January 9 at 6:00 p.m. The topic will be “The Middle School Experience: Perspectives from Pupils and Parents.” Are you and your student curious about the magnet middle school experience? We will hear from former Bear students who have attended Floyd and Baldwin and from their parents. Also, children who won awards in the Reflections art contest will be recognized and receive their cash prizes at this meeting.

January Spirit Night
Friday, January 12 from 3:30pm-9:00pm at Schlotzsky’s located at 5055 Carmichael Road.

Specialist Spotlight
One of our specialists who ALWAYS needs extra love to make her classroom the most interesting is Mrs. Sealy, our Science Lab specialist. Students have fun learning among the fish, worms, rabbits, chinchilla, a colorful parrot, and so on!

You can help Mrs. Sealy maintain her classroom by bringing in the following supplies:
  • Gift certificates to pet stores
  • Paper plates
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Large or small rubber bands
  • Aluminum foil
  • Resealable bags - sandwich, pint (freezer), quart(freezer)
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Large or small paper clips

If your child brings in an item for Mrs. Sealy, please have him or her sign the log. All children who bring in items in January for Mrs. Sealy will be entered into a drawing for a small prize.

Magnet Tours
Public tours will be given at Bear every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from January 9 through February 1. Please encourage your friends who are interested in Bear to come tour our school. As parents, we are the best ambassadors for our school.

Upcoming Dates
PTA Meeting – Tuesday, January 9
Spirit Night – Friday, January 12
Family Dance – Friday, February 9
Science Night – Thursday, February 22


Monday, November 6, 2017

Bear News - Nov. 6, 2017

PTA Meeting - November
The next PTA Meeting is Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. Please make plans to join us!

Immediately following the PTA Meeting is the Book Swap and Character Costume Parade. The Book Swap is so much FUN! Use the form that was sent home to turn in up to 5 books. For every book that your child turns in, he or she can receive a book from the Swap. Fifth Graders swap five minutes before the other grades. Tickets will be sent home the day of the Book Swap. Deadline for turning in books is Monday, November 13. No preschool or activity books – books for ages 6-12 please.

All inventory of Bear Wear will be available for purchase at the PTA meeting. Come with your cash, check or charge!

Free Money
Way to GO, Partners!  We collected over 15,000 Box Tops from August to October.  The top classes for the month of October were:

Kindergarten -  Mrs. Barton
First Grade -  Mrs. Roy
Second Grade - Mrs. Scoggan
Third Grade  - Ms. Francis
Fourth Grade - Mrs. Marshall
Fifth Grade -  Ms. Forster

Bear Bucks for the months of November, December, and January will be distributed on January 11, 2017.

Specialist Spotlight
This month’s Specialist Spotlight is Mrs. Bonikowski, our talented art teacher. Mrs. Bonikowski has requested colored markers, electric pencil sharpeners (2 or 3), and black sharpies.  Mrs. Bonikowski can also use baby wipes, AA batteries and flash drives. The box to collect the items and the sign-in sheet for students is located in Mrs. Bonikowski’s room.

Special Thanks
Our first month of Specialist Spotlight was a big success for Mrs. Harrison. Thank you to the following students who brought in school supplies for our reading specialist… Jack Leathers, Natalie Ulmet, Zane ??, Sullivan Gamble, Kenneth Laneaux, and Fritz Peifer. The winner of the drawing - a Nancy’s Italian ice and a Bear Buck - is Zane! Unfortunately, we are not sure which Zane this is, but as soon as we figure it out, he will get his reward!

Spirit Night – November
Our next Spirit Night will be at Chappy’s - Peppertree location on Thursday, November 16 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
 
Reflections Art Contest

Reflections entries are due Thursday, November 16. The theme is Within Reach - that is very important when entries are judged. For more information, visit Alabama PTA Reflections. For questions, email Mrs. Bonikowski or Kelley Phelps.

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