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October Fun, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Stanford Scores & More

October 16, 2018
By Sharon Newman

Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it shall be given to you…..”.  My goodness, we asked for cooler weather and rain, and we have received it beyond our wildest imagination.  We are thankful for the respite from the drought, heat and humidity.  

Thank you for your support of our fall festival.  I hope everyone had a wonderful evening with friends and family.  Many thanks to Griselda and Lindsay for organizing the festival.  Thank you to the parents and teachers who worked to make it a fun event for our BFSMS family and community.

We are looking forward to decorating our campus with pumpkins.   As a reminder, the pumpkins can be dropped off on October 22-24, and the judging will be at noon on the 24th. Winners will be announced on October 26th.  

I trust you have scheduled your fall conference with your child’s teacher.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the great work your child is doing at school, as well as to hear about areas where growth is a possibility.   Please come with questions, concerns, comments and feel free to share whatever is on your mind related to your child’s success at school.  

Our fall musical is the evening of October 25th.  Pizza, salad, and dessert will be served at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:30.   Additionally, Mrs. Leroy will have student art displayed and I am sure you will be impressed with the work our students do in art and music.  

October 31st is a field trip for middle school students and Read Around the School for our pre-k and elementary students.  The pre-k and elementary students may wear costumes that are related to their favorite book.  Thank you for not allowing your children to wear scary costumes on this fun and special day for our students.  You are welcomed to join us at 2:00 for Read Around the school.

I am sure that the reaction to the end of the charter school opportunity ranged from disappointment to elation.  I regret that the process was so drawn out, and most of us are totally surprised by the outcome.  The final outcome was completely out of the hands of the school and I am truly sorry for those of you who are disappointed.  The faculty and staff are committed to working together to increase our enrollment and our presence in Stone Oak and surrounding areas.  We believe the saying that when God closes a door he opens a window, and we confident that our prayers for increased enrollment will be answered.

I am attaching our test scores from the 2017-18 school year, so that you can see that our rigorous academics result in excellent test scores.  Somewhere between San Antonio and Austin the test for most of the 8th graders were lost, so you will not see the grade equivalent scores for 8th grade.

Stanford Test
Grade Equivalent Scores

                        READING             MATH

1st:                      2.7                     2.7

 2nd:                     5.5                     4.5

 3rd:                      6.8                     6.8

 4th:                      7.9                     9.0

 5th:                    10.4                   12.1

   6th:                     10.3                   10.5 

7th:                     11                      11

Please know that my door and my heart are always open to you and to your children.  I am available to talk to you about anything that is on your heart related to our sweet school.

October Events

September 25, 2018
By Sharon Newman

I trust this finds you doing well and surviving this unusually wet September.  I have lived in San Antonio long enough to know that I have to enjoy and be thankful for the rain because it definitely comes to an end.  Our students have done a great job of navigating our open campus during the rain.  

The Lands’ End sale ends tomorrow, September 26th.  We have gently used uniforms as well as some new uniforms for a discounted price, and those will be available on Thursday, September 27, from 2:00-3:00 in the classroom next to Mrs. Scott’s kindergarten classroom.  Please make sure that your child is in compliance with the student dress code.  The dress code can be found in our student handbook on our website.  

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

            October 8        Columbus Day Holiday
            October 12      Fall Festival from 5:00-7:00
            October 15      Fall Picture Retakes
            October 15      Speech & Language Screening
            October 17      Occupational Therapy Screening
            October 22      Noon Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
            October 23      Noon Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
            October 24      Noon Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
            October 25      Fall Musical at 6:30
            October 31      Read Around the School

Pre K 4 and elementary parents, I hope your child is sharing with you all of the important lessons he/she is learning in chapel this year.  Mrs. Clements and Mrs. Baker are doing a great job of leading our chapel and they give the students a challenge on Monday that we follow up with on Friday.  Please ask your child about the challenge so that we can work together to reinforce the important life lessons that are taught in chapel each week.  You are always invited to join us on Monday and Friday from 8:00-8:30 for chapel.

I continue to be thankful for the opportunity to work with the precious children, dedicated teachers, and supportive parents at our very special school.  We are off to a great start and we are looking forward to continued growth and much success.


Sharon Newman
Head of School
Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs

SMART Night, 2018 Gala & Traffic Flow Map

February 09, 2018
By Sharon Newman

I hope a good time was had by all at SMART night last night.  I appreciate the teachers for making this a fun learning opportunity for students of all ages.  I know evenings can be a bit hectic, so please know how much I appreciate you for taking the time to bring your child back to school for SMART night.

We are looking forward to the Valentine’s Day parties on February 14th in PK - 4th grade.  The parties will begin at 2:30, and students will have a uniform free day.  We will also have a uniform free day on February 28th, and the students are encouraged to wear their western wear in celebration of the rodeo.

Please see the traffic flow map for your review because we have had some problems with drivers driving the wrong way as they enter and exit the parking lot.  Of course, this is very dangerous and I ask that you share this map with whomever picks up and/or drops off your child.  As a reminder, cell phone use is prohibited in the parking lot for the safety of both children and adults.  Safety is our number 1 priority so please follow all safety precautions in the parking lot. 

I hope you are planning to attend our annual gala on February 23rd at 6:30 at Canyon Springs.  The committee has a very fun evening planned for you with live music, games, a delicious dinner, and fantastic auction items.  Each classroom has created a special art project, and you are sure to be impressed with their work.  Tickets can be purchased in the office or on our website.  Please join us as we celebrate all that we love about our school community.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sharon Newman
Head of School
Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs

Happy New Year

January 07, 2018
By Sharon Newman

Happy New Year!  I hope your holidays were joyful, warm, and free from illness.  I am looking forward to seeing the students and staff tomorrow as we kick off 2018 at BFSMS.  We welcome six new students, and I know that they and their families will feel welcomed and a part of our school family.  We are thankful to have Faye Costley join our staff as our middle school English teacher. 

You may have seen on the news that Parker Uniform abruptly went out of business in Texas.  We do not have any information about the closing, but I do hope that none of our families have outstanding orders.  We have some recycled uniforms, and you may continue to order from Lands End.  We will be very flexible with the uniform policy during this time of transition.  

Unfortunately, there are many sick people in our beautiful city.  One of our terrific parents, Dr. Amy Weikle, shared the following information with me, and with her permission I am sharing it with you.  I wanted to give you guys a heads up on something that's got all area physicians on high alert and concerned right now. Over the last month, we've seen a steady exponential incline in the numbers of flu positive patients in the hospitals in San Antonio areas as well as all over the US.  The numbers are staggering...2 weeks ago, they estimated that this year, there has been a 78% increase in flu numbers and it is expected that those numbers have drastically increased.  Every physician is doing epidemiological counts right now...Geoff alone has admitted hundreds of flu patients in Stone Oak in the month of December and his numbers are up by 120% from last year.  In particular, children have been susceptible, partially due to the unfortunate fact that many parents are not vaccinating their children as recommended.  Methodist health systems has issued an advisory to all physicians.  The epidemiologists have surveyed and found that this season, the most virulent strain going around is H3N2, which is a bit different the H1N1 subtype (influenza A).  It appears to be much more aggressive than what we've seen in several years.  As of New Year's Eve, many of the hospitals in San Antonio were at capacity with some systems having to go on "full diversion", meaning they were turning away ambulances to divert to other facilities due to the fact that there was no room for any additional critical patients. As we prepare for school to start back, everyone is on high alert because we anticipate to start seeing flu trends rise quickly amongst the pediatric population.   I want to warn everyone re: infection risks, the grave situation all of us are faced with for the next few weeks to months (it is predicted that this flu season will last until well into April).  The sooner the infected child can be quarantined and treated, the easier it is to contain and prevent spread.  We need to educate parents and encourage them to keep children who are ill at home, to not mask fever or other symptoms with pain/fever relievers like Tylenol or ibuprofen, then sending them to school.  This is, unfortunately, the quickest way the virus spreads because even though they may look asymptomatic, the virus still sheds and lives on surfaces for up to days.  And of course, good hand washing and sanitizing!   Thank you for keeping your child at home if they are ill, and please remind them to wash their hands with soap throughout the day.  

We are looking forward to our spelling bee this Friday, Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, January 15th, Pastries for Parents on January 24th, and our open house on Sunday, January 28th at 3:00.  Please join us for these activities as your schedule allows.  

I pray you and your family will be richly blessed during 2018.

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