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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.

Merry Christmas

December 21, 2017
By Sharon Newman

Dear Parents,

Merry Christmas!  I trust this finds your heart and your home prepared for the magic and miracle of Christmas.  It really is the most wonderful time of year, and I hope you take the time to embrace all of the blessings of the season.  

We have had a busy and fun December complete with a beautiful snowfall. Thank you to Melissa Hartshorn and our talented students for blessing us with a spectacular Christmas show.  Thank you, parents, for helping with the Christmas parties, teacher luncheon, and all of the other activities that were sprinkled throughout the month.  

We are sad to say good-bye to our outstanding middle school English teacher, Cookie Clements.  Cookie is moving out of town, and she will be greatly missed by everyone at BFSMS.  She is a beloved member of our staff, and she is loved and respected by her students.  Thankfully, we have a new English teacher, Faye Costley, and I know our middle school parents and students will support her during this time of transition.

We are thankful to welcome 14 new students and their families to our school.  These students are in pre k, lower, and upper school.  After the holidays, we will feature these students on our Facebook page as we welcome them to the BFSMS family.  Please continue to spread the word about the outstanding educational opportunities we offer at BFSMS.

I pray you and your family will be richly blessed during this season of Christmas, and throughout the New Year.  Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you to provide your child with an extraordinary education, and for the many things you do to make BFSMS a wonderful place for children to learn and for teachers to teach.  

Merry Christmas,

Sharon Newman

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BFSMS Fall Activities, Veteran's Day, and Charter Status

November 04, 2017
By Sharon Newman

Dear Parents,

I trust this finds you doing well, and enjoying the many activities that happen in the fall.  Read Around the School was a great success for our students in Pre K and elementary school.  Our middle school students spent Halloween at Natural Bridge Caverns, and our high school students found out that they were once again selected to support the wounded warriors at the Fischer House, so it has been a great week for everyone at BFSMS. 

We are looking forward to our Veteran’s Day ceremony on November 10th at 8:15 in the worship center.  Please send a picture of you and your veteran to by Friday, Nov. 3rd.  This is always a special day for our families, and I hope to see you at the ceremony.  Our Thanksgiving family dinner is on November 16th at 6:00.  We will meet in the worship center for a short program and then move to the gym to enjoy a delicious potluck dinner.  A Sign-Up Genius will be sent out soon so that you can RSVP for dinner, and sign up to bring a favorite family dish.  Please save these important dates on your calendar.

As you know, we are in the process of completing the application to obtain charter school status.  If successful, we will become a charter school in the fall of 2019.  Our curriculum will remain the same, and many of the things we all love about BFSMS will not change.  Christian Education will take place before and after school.  We will be able to maintain our small class size, and at the same time grow our school.  Please invite your family, friends, and neighbors to our information meeting on November 12th at 2:00.  As a reminder, all things will remain the same until at least August 2019. 

I continue to be thankful for the opportunity to work with your precious children and our exceptional staff.  Thank you for choosing BFSMS to partner with your family to provide your child with an outstanding education. 


Sharon Newman
Head of School
Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs

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