News and Announcements
Important Phone Numbers
Office Phone - 901-765-4613
2012 2013 Yearbook
In order to be along side our middle school and high school, this year's year book will be given out at the beginning of the next school year instead of in May.
One of the most important gifts you can give to your child is the "love of reading." The summer months are a perfect time to have some relaxing time set aside to read books. Be creative! Providing a "reading hammock" or poolside umbrella chair for reading will encourage children to imagine, dream, and be entertained by the books they are reading! Children love to curl up with a good book on rainy days - how about reading in a tent with a flashlight! Encourage your children to find a shady spot in the yard to read. Trips to your local library or bookstore keep them entertained and motivated to read during the summer. Reading comprehension is the most important skill that a child can develop in the elementary years. It impacts their ability to succeed in every subject. Parents, ask your children about the books they are reading. Show interest in their books. Let them see you reading. They will learn how important reading is to their family. Make sure that your children keep a reading log in the summer. A spiral notebook with the title, author, illustrator, adn a paragraph or a sentence or two about the book helps children recall stories and books that they like. Younger children should be encouraged to draw a picture of their favorite part of the book. Make reading count in the life of your child. they will reap the rewards!
Sodexo Lunch Money
Parents, please go online to check your child's Sodexo lunch balance. There are several students who have overdue balances and these MUST be taken care of before school is out. Next Monday, May 20, is the last day for the cafeteria to be open. Report cards will be held for any negative balances.
To Parents of upcoming Kindergartners:
All 2013-2014 Kindergartners, Please turn in TN immunization form as soon as you can on or prior to first day of classes Monday 8/12. Required to attend school. Fax or email form to Nurse Ellis, Ahellis@briarcrest.com or 901-765-4614.
I love taking care of your children and their teachers! Enjoy your Summer Break!! Please call me with any questions at 765-4630. Thank you, Nurse Ellis
Important Dates to Save
Deadline for Library Book Return
|Tuesday, May 14
Sr. K Recognition Program
|Friday, May 17 @ 8:30 am in the gym
Half Day Dismissals
Tuesday, May 21, Wednesday, May 22, Thursday, May 23
Lower @ 11:45 am; Upper at 12:00
Uniform Swap Drop off in Cafeteria
Tuesday, May 21 11:30 am—7:00 pm
|Uniform Swap in cafeteria
Wednesday, May 22 2:00 am- 7:00 pm
Elementary Fun Day (Grades K-1)
Thursdazy, May 23
Help Us Help Our School
Did you know there's an easy way to help us raise money for our school -- for books, band uniforms, reading programs and anything else that can use extra funding? It's called Take Charge of Education, and it's helping our school right now.
Here's how it works: Visit Target.com/tcoe or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate our school, then use your REDcard whenever you shop. When you use your REDcard, Target Credit Card, Target Debit Card or Target Visa Credit Card, Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to the eligible K-12 school of your choice.
Learn more at Target.com/redcard or stop in a Target store to apply.
Grandparents, alumni, friends and neighbors are all welcome to participate in the program. The more people we involve, the harder the program works for our school.If you're already participating, thank you! Check out our school's progress anytime at Target.com/tcoe.
WBCS, "The Station by Kids for Kids" is Briarcrest's weekly in-house video production featuring the latest elementary school news brought to eager listeners by 5th Grade co-anchors. The program includes the pledges led by various classes, the morning announcements, and the weekly Brag Board. In addition to the AR Wall of Fame and photographs of classroom and schoo-wide events, WBCS delights students with the "Minute for Manners" segment, which provides timely answers to manners questions. WBCS also features "The Book Nook," where children review and rate books available for check-out in the elementary library.
Begun during the 2006-07 school year, WBCS is in its 6th season of keeping students informed and entertained, reminding them each week as the broadcast signs off that "It's always GREAT to be a Saint!"
WBCS #25 (must type in password)
Please remember to notify your child's teacher AND the school office if they will be absent or late to school. It is very important that your child be at school on time (8:05); however, we do realize that doctor and dentist appointments often cause them to check in late. Thank you for stressing to your child the importance of being at hool and on time.
Field Trip Safety
During the school year, your child may take several field trips with his/her class. While these trips add an exciting culmination to a course of study or provide a new experience for your child, we want to be sure that all safety precautions are taken in transporting students to and from their destination. Briarcrest follows the state laws relative to children riding in vehicles on field trips.
Forty-seven states require booster seats for children who have outgrown their child safety seats but are still too small to use an adult seat belt safely. The only states lacking booster seat laws are Arizona, Florida and South Dakota. Tennessee law states that children between the ages of 4 and 8 (and under 4'9" in height must be placed in booster seats. We know that sometimes this is inconvenient for parents when booster seats are forgotten.Please help by reminding your child to bring a booster seat on field trip days.Your child's safety is of the utmost importance to your child's teacher and principal.
Do you need to know what is for lunch? •Access the BCS web site. •Go to Houston Levee Upper or Lower. •Click on "Menus" •Click first listing on Sodexo page. •Click on "Menu/Calendar" (left side of the page). •See the monthly menu.
Did you know?
Our new math series (SK - 5th Grade) is MATH IN FOCUS, The Singapore Approach. The sequence of topics emphasizes: 1.Number sense, basic facts and computation 2.Fractions and proportional reasoning 3.Problem solving
Students in all grades are given a coherent sequence of topics in order to master foundational principles. MATH IN FOCUS addresses fewer topics in each level for greater depth and develops concepts and model solutions. Success and confidence are built by using a scaffold approach to solving word problems, focusing on model drawings.
BRIARCREST HAS A TUTORIAL PROGRAM!! Our program offers students academic assistance in core subjects, assists with homework, grade improvement and other needed areas. Any BCS student is eligible to participate. This is our third year to offer tutoring services to students in SK-Grade 12. Fees vary according to individual or group tutoring. Please contact your child's teacher before applying to this program. For further information, our Elementary Guidance Counselor Mrs. Eady can assist you at 765-6421.
Saints' Victory Garden
You may have noticed recent work being done in our Victory Garden! Fifth graders have been planting cabbage, kale, cauliflower, lettuce and spinach! We anticipate adding a couple of "garden benches" and, of course, a butterfly garden around the birdbath in the spring. If you would like to donate spring bulbs, students will begin planting those as the weather gets colder. We are so excited to give our students the opportunity to learn some life skills through our science program. The operation and maintenance of our garden will be enhanced through gifts to our Annual Fund. Please help our garden GROW!
Briarcrest Cares is program run by Parent volunteers that seeks to be the hands and feet of Christ to our Briarcrest families. We pray for, prepare meals, and help out in numerous ways to BCS families in crisis. If you know of a current Briarcrest family, teacher, or administrator that needs prayer or attention due to a death, illness, or crisis...please contact the division heads listed below. Also, if you would like to volunteer to pray or help, please contact Brooke Sparks at Bsparks831@aol.com.
High School : Farrow Herbert email@example.com
Middle School : Carolyn Benoit firstname.lastname@example.org Houston Levee Elementary : Lisa Vanderwerf Van.email@example.com
Elementary Dress Code for 2012-2013
Uniforms are required for all students. The designated vendor for BCS is Dennis of Memphis at 6935 Appling Farms Parkway. 386-4231/Uniforms are labeled with a BCS logo.
1. All students are required to wear the green knit uniform shirt for all school field trips.
2. Any item of outerwear may be worn to school, but any such item entering the classroom must be from Dennis Uniforms or the NCS bookstore (Saint Shop).
3. Shirts for boys must be worn tucked-in, and belts must be worn. (Grades 2-5)
4. Visible socks are required for boys. Colors for socks must be solid white, tan, navy, or black.
5. Shoes must be: low heel, closed toe, and closed heel. Boots are not permitted. Shoes must be black or brown leather, suede, or athletic shoes with white, grey, or black as the primary color. Oxfords are acceptable for boys and girls. Students are not permitted to write on their shoes.
6/ Any garment worn under a shirt must be a BCS uniform item or a white undershirt.
7. Girls's shirts must fit in a modest manner. No oversized or tight fitting shirts are acceptable.
8. Skorts may be no higher than 3 inches above the knee.
9. Skirts may be no higher than 2 inches above the knee.
9. Girl's tights, leggings, or socks must be a solid white, black, or navy without lace or other adornments.
10. Boy's hair cut must be above the eyebrow, off the middle of ears and off the shirt collar. No extreme hair cuts or color for boys or girls are allowed.
11. On Fridays, it is acceptable to wear an approved Briarcrest T-shirt with uniform bottoms.
12. Boys are not allowed to wear jewelry of any type, including necklaces and bracelets, and girls' earrings and piercings are limited to the lower lobe of the ear.
13. Boy's uniform pants and shorts may be purchased at The Gap, Lands End, Target, Walmart, and Dennis/Larose. The pants or shorts must be medium khaki (not too light or too dark) or navy and be flat-fronted or pleated. They must be all-cotton classic styles consistent with style and color purchased from Dennis/Larose. No cargo pants, corduroy, or jeans-style pants are to be worn. No holes in pants or frayed hems allowed.
14. The dress standards apply to school events, unless otherwise indicated by the administration.