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BFSMS Update Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive

September 01, 2017
By Lindsay McGrath

Dear Parents, 

Thank you all for your generous donations to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund!  All of the Animal Care items were transported this morning!

Due to the issues with gas availability, we have decided to extend the donation drop off until early next week.  If you would like to bring any additional Food Bank items, you may do so through Tuesday morning.  

We are still in need of drivers to transport the items down to The Food Bank off of Highway 151.  Please email me directly at and let us know if you are willing and able to help.

Please review/print our flyer for the needed items.

Thank you so much,

Lindsay McGrath
Director of Development
The Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs

BFSMS Welcome Letter 2017

August 21, 2017
By Sharon Newman

Dear Parents,

We are busy preparing for the 2017-18 school year as we attempt to survive the heat in our beautiful city. We are looking forward to an outstanding school year, and we are most thankful that you have chosen to send your child to the School at Mission Springs where we are committed to rigorous academics and Christian training.

We are excited for our students, parents, and teachers to meet each other. On Tuesday, August 22nd, from 3:30 – 5:00, you are invited to visit the classrooms to meet the teachers, and to drop off the school supplies. The Parent Teacher Club will host an ice cream social on the deck at 5:00. During this time you will also be able to sign up for after school activities and volunteer opportunities.

Our first day of school is Thursday, August 24th, and we will begin this special day in the worship center at 8:00. Your children will sit with you while we introduce all staff members. At the end of the service the children will go to the classrooms with their teachers. Thank you for joining us as we kick off the school year.

Please mark your calendars for the classroom orientations because this is your time to get to know the teacher, and to learn about the expectations for the year.

August 24: 5:30 Fifth Grade Orientation
August 24: 6:30 Fifth – Eighth Grade Orientation
August 28: 6:30 Kinder & First Grade Orientation
August 29: 6:30 Second Grade Orientation
August 30: 6:30 Third and Fourth Grade Orientation
August 23: 6:30 Second Grade Orientation
August 24: 6:30 Third & Fourth Grade Orientation

Our hot lunch program begins on September 1, and you should have received an email regarding the procedures for ordering lunch. All students will bring a sack lunch and drink from August 18 - August 31.

As we prepare for the beginning of school, please keep the teachers in your prayers, and know that we desire to bring glory to God through our work with your children. We take our jobs very seriously, and we are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to spend a school year with bright, curious, loving, and hard working children. Certainly, children are a gift, and we believe that it is our privilege to teach them.

On a personal note, most of you know that my husband passed away in February, and I was diagnosed with cancer in July. This has definitely been an unexpected and sad journey, but please know that I am committed to your precious children, our great teachers, and to the success of the school both now and in the future. During a time of great sadness, I am reminded of God’s sustaining grace and the importance of my relationships with friends and family. My treatment ends this week so I will be in and out of school for the remainder of the week, but I plan to be at school full time next week. Please let me know if I can do anything to help you or your child. I hope you know that my door and my heart are always open.


Sharon Newman
Head of School
Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

BFSMS Back to School & Upcoming Dates Information

August 04, 2017
By Sharon Newman

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year. The first day of school is almost here and we have some information we would like to share with you.

You can find the 2017-2018 school calendar at

For the school Supply List visit or for easy online purchase and home delivery.

Our website got a facelift, check it out at!

For Before/After School Care information go to

     We’ve made some modifications to the requirements to our backpacks, school lunch boxes and tennis shoes:

     Backpacks: You may now choose any solid color backpack (no designs/no characters/caricatures) OR our school plaid (sold at Parker Uniforms) with your child’s name, initials, monogram or luggage tag. The school logo is optional, but not required.

     Lunch boxes can be any color or design (ex. butterflies, flowers, camo, airplanes, etc., but no skulls, no characters, no caricatures). They do not have to be monogrammed, but they must be marked with the student’s name.

     Tennis shoes can be any brand as long as they’re black or white (black or white shoe laces only).

Important Dates:

Wednesday, Aug. 9th 8:30 am-1:00 pm – Free Uniform Swap in the cafeteria, for new and existing families.

Monday, August 21st 6:00-7:00 pm – PreK3 & PreK4 Parent Orientation in their classrooms.

Tuesday, August 22nd 3:30-5:00 pm– Meet your Teacher in your classroom (don’t forget your school supplies), then join us on the deck for an Ice Cream Social, Volunteer and After School Enrichment Program Expo. Our new spirit t-shirts will be available for purchase ($12 kids and $15 adult sizes).

Wednesday, August 23rd – Meet us at the Movies! Join us at Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak. Movie TBA. Admission is FREE for all BFSMS families, but you will have to rsvp via Signupgenius (email coming soon). *An adult must be present with all students. There will be a 20% Gratuity added to ALL food orders.

Thursday, August 24th 8:00 am - First Day of School! Please wear formal uniform. Meet us in the Fellowship of San Antonio Sanctuary. This is a school wide chapel, including parents. Students will be dismissed with their teachers and a brief Parent Orientation will follow.

Thursday, August 24th 5:30 -6:30 pm – 5th Grade Orientation (5th gr. procedures) in Ms. Rocio’s Spanish classroom.

Thursday, August 24th 6:30-7:30 pm – 5th - 8th Grade Orientation (MS policies, events, sign-ups) in Ms. Rocio’s Spanish classroom.

Monday, August 28th 6:30-7:30 pm – Kindergarten & 1st Grade Parent Orientation in their classrooms.

Tuesday, August 29th 6:30-7:30 pm – 2nd Grade Parent Orientation in their classroom.

Wednesday, August 30th 6:30-7:30 pm – 3rd & 4th Grade Parent Orientation in their classrooms.

Saying Good Bye

May 22, 2017
By Sharon Newman

I hope you are enjoying this unseasonably cool May weather.  I cannot recall needing a jacket/sweater this late in the school year, but it is certainly a nice change.  I am confident that summer will make its appearance very soon.

The end of the school year always brings with it many changes.  I wish the students and families who are leaving continued happiness and success at your new school.  To our 8th grade and high school graduates, congratulations on a job well done, and continue to work hard and dream big dreams.  I pray that God will richly bless you in all of your future endeavors.

We are saying good bye to Julia Gray and to her beautiful girls.  Julia is getting married and moving to the other side of San Antonio, so she will not be able to be with us next year.  Julia did an excellent job with her students this year and we will miss her, and pray God will bless her and her family as she begins the next chapter in her life.

Also, we are saying good bye to sweet Roxanne.  Roxanne is the first friendly face you see when you walk in the office, and she always has a kind word or a warm hug for everyone.  Roxanne does so many things for so many people, and she will be greatly missed.  We are recognizing her at the elementary award ceremony on Wednesday morning, so please take the time to say good bye between now and Wednesday.

Thank you for your love, prayers, and support throughout the school year. Enjoy every moment of the summer with your friends and family.


Sharon Newman
Head of School
Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs

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