Mrs. Newman's Blog
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! 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Head of School
Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs
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 email@example.com 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,