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Here is the number 1 way you can help your child at school

This is not one of those trick adds. This is absolutely true. Whether you want them to become valedictorian and attend the finest university or you merely do not want them to struggle, this advice holds true. If you want your child to be successful in elementary school and beyond, reading must become a part of their daily life. They must build a love for reading well beyond sticker charts and bribes. Below are a few recommendations that you should consider:

  • While books and other texts can be found on nearly every device, your child should put down the tablet or computer and pick up a book. Research shows that we read much more deeply when reading on paper.
  • Read together. A child’s listening vocabulary is bigger than their reading vocabulary. This helps them to understand and enjoy books even above their reading level. This is also a great way to connect.
  • Make reading a part of the daily routine.
  • Let them choose books they enjoy, even ones that are slightly above their reading level. Even more important, talk to them about what they are reading. Show interest in the books they read and the stories they share. Show excitement in seeing them turn the pages. Show them that it truly matters to you.

You will often hear teachers or other professionals recommend that a child read for 20 minutes per night. 20 minutes should absolutely be a minimum but the graphic below might help to make the point.

What book is your child reading now?
In case you missed it.

Earlier this week, BMES students participated in a mock election. Click here if you haven’t seen the pictures and election results.

We will be honoring our veterans all November long with a Veterans Wall of Honor. We are hoping to cover an entire wall in our cafeteria to honor these heroes. Please talk to your child about a veteran in their life and send them in with a picture or a poster to add to our wall. We will keep the pictures up for the entire month of November. We will also add a picture to our newsletter of your child with the picture of the veteran they are honoring.

It was Egypt Day in 1st grade! This is always such a fun experience for our kids!!!

Below are some pics from Drama this week where students learned about lighting design in theatre and using gels to project color :)

  • 11/9-11/13 During the week of November 9-13, 2020 schools throughout the United States will celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. This year's theme is "The Power of Possibility." The word "possibility" implies hope, growth, resilience and renewal. Possibility suggests that even something as small as a seed can grow into something magnificent. The word "power" implies that things can and will happen. When we focus on what is possible, we have hope that students will grow, thrive and bloom. During this week, we would love for you to send a thank you note to Dr. Trueblood (dtrueblood@ccusd93.net) and Susan Nelson (snelson@ccusd93.net), BMES psychologists and two of CCUSD’s best.
  • 11/11 Veterans Day Observed - No School
  • 11/18 PTO General Meeting at 6:00 pm
  • 11/25-11/27 No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/1 Kindergarten Registration officially opens for the 2021-2022.
  • 12/5 2nd Annual Community Give Back Day
  • 12/18 Early Release - Students dismissed at 11:50 am
  • 12/18 End of 2nd Quarter
  • 12/21-1/1 Winter Break


  • 1/4 School resumes
  • 1/18 No School in observance of MLK Jr.
  • 1/27 Early Release - Students dismissed at 11:50 am
  • 1/29 Bobcat Family Science Night
  • 2/15 No School - Presidents Day
  • 2/16 No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
  • 3/8 BMES Excellence Awards at the CCUSD Board Meeting
  • 3/12 - End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/18 & 3/19 Early Release for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 3/22-3/26 Spring Break
  • 4/2 No School -Spring Recess
  • 4/5-4/23 State Testing Window for students in 3-6
  • 4/7 Early Release - Students dismissed at 11:50 am
  • 4/27-4/29 5th Grade AzSci Field Test
  • 4/28 Early Release - Students dismissed at 11:50 am
  • 5/3-5/7 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/20 Move Up Day (All BMES students visit the grade level they will be entering next year
  • 5/20 Early Release - Last Day of School

We are THRILLED to announce that our CCUSD Quarantine Cookbook is now available for purchase! FOR YOU and BY YOU, the cookbook contains approx 60 recipes submitted by our Cave Creek Unified School District community. You will have a fresh new batch of recipes to share with your family and liven up your weekly rotation, right at your fingertips!

Cookbooks are $20 each and if you order by 11/20, they will be delivered in time for the holidays! (Gift idea for that foodie in your life??)

And the best part.....proceeds go right back to our CCUSD Classrooms though our annual CCUEF Grant Program!

So what are you waiting for? Order yours...and some for holiday gifts... today!

The Superintendent's Student Cadre is holding a Sock & Mask drive for the homeless senior citizens that frequent the Justa Center in Phoenix. Collection bins will be in the front offices of each school, at the District Office and in the ECS office. The drive begins on November 9 and ends on December 9.

Save the date for our next PTO General Meeting! If you are a parent or guardian of a BMES Bobcat, YOU are a member of the PTO and we want you to have your voice heard! Come hear the latest in school and district updates directly from Mr. Owsley! Our next general meeting is Wednesday 11/18/20 @ 6pm and will be held via Zoom! Watch for Zoom link coming soon!

Get excited! Bobcat Birthday Blast (or "The Triple B" as the kids call it these days....just kidding....they call it the "How COOL are my parents for putting my name in lights for my Bday?!?!?" Blast) is back!!

That's right, for just $10, you can wish your Bobcat(s) a very Happy Birthday with their name on lights for all to see - or at least anyone who drives down 60th Street during their birthday week!

So excited to share that the world famous Bobcat Spirit Store is now ONLINE!!! Now your whole pack can get outfitted in the latest spirit wear supporting your BMES Bobcats!!

Place an order by noon on Thursday, and your order will be delivered to your child's teacher on Friday to be sent home with them! Yep, this means even grandma and grandpa can place orders from afar and your Bobcat will be stylin within just a few days!

Online order minimum is $10 due to credit card processing fees, but check back often for new merchandise and clearance deals!! Let the shopping begin!!

Calendar found at https://www.arizona.vote/

Governing Board:

  • Kathryn Hill, President
  • James Rich, Vice President
  • Scott Brown, Member
  • Janet Busbee, Member
  • Beth Hatcher, Member


Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent; Matt Owsley, Principal
Created By
Matt Owsley