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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

March Updates

March 10, 2017
By Sharon Newman

Dear Friends,

There are times in life when “Thank You” is all there is to say.  For my family and for me, this is one of those times.  Thank you for your prayers, love, care and concern for our family during this time of unimaginable loss and sadness.  Thank you for understanding my need for time and space as I attempt to navigate this unfamiliar and painful journey.  Thank you to the faculty and staff who have taken care of my every need during the past month.  Thank you to the students who wave, smile, and blow a kiss from afar. 

Gary was healthy, happy, and full of life until his last breath on the morning of February 11th.  He had an unexpected heart attack on February 6th and tests showed a blockage in one artery.  The procedure to correct the problem was successful and he was released from the hospital on February 8th.  He resumed normal activity on February 9th and 10th.  On the evening on February 10th he begin to experience numbness in his left arm so I took him back to the hospital.  Sadly and unbelievably, he died from a blood clot that occurred during the procedure to determine if there was another blockage. 

Gary and I lived an immensely blessed life together for 40 years and those memories will last a lifetime.  His big heart and joyful spirit will live on in the lives of our beautiful children, our extended family, and our dear friends.  Our days are difficult as we come to terms with the reality of this situation, and the magnitude of our loss.   We are thankful for God’s grace and the love of our dear friends and family as we begin our lives without our beloved husband and father.  We are committed to living an abundant, joyful and grateful life.  We know that this time of profound grief is a process that we must go through.

I am back at work to the greatest degree possible.  I am trying to take care of myself and give myself permission to excuse myself as the need arises.  I am still committed to your children, our fantastic staff, and to the success of the school.  Thank you to those of you who have registered your children for the 2017-18 school year.  Please let someone know if you need help with the registration.

Certainly, life brings many unexpected events and we get to choose how we respond to these events.  As a family, we choose to honor Gary’s precious life by loving deeply,  taking time for others, living everyday to the fullest, and striving to bring Glory to God in all that we do.

I pray God will bless you and your family.  Please know that I am thankful for you and the precious BFSMS family.

With love and gratitude,

Sharon Newman
Head of School
Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs

February News

February 05, 2017
By Sharon Newman

I want to update you on the February calendar and other pertinent information.  

  •  February 9:   SMART Night from 6:00-7:00 for students in grades PK grade.  Please join us for a family night of science, math, and art.  
  • February 14:  Valentine's parties at 2:30. The students will wear the school uniform that day
  • February 14:  Middle School Field trip to Fredericksburg.
  • February 16:  Duds' Day and the theme is Red, White & Blue.  The children will donate $1.00, and the funds will go to our student council.  They will purchase a new flag for our flag pole.
  • February 17:  Noon Dismissal
  • February 20:  Holiday to celebrate Presidents' Day
  • February 23:  Rodeo Dress Up Day
  • February 24:  Gala - All families who register their students for the 2017-18 school year by February 17th will receive two free tickets to the gala.
  • February 28:  Spring Pictures
  • Navy sweatshirts with the SMS logo are available at Parker Uniforms for $27.95 Youth sizes & $29.95 Adult sizes.
  • Spring sports season registration ends Feb. 11th!  We are offering softball, baseball, t-ball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, and lacrosse in partnership with the YMCA.  The YMCA has agreed to give us the early bird price until February 11th.  Please bring registration forms and checks to Griselda in the office so she can make sure our students are enrolled together.  If you'd like to volunteer to coach, the forms are also available in the office.  



Sharon Newman

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