Principal’s Weekly Email

Dear Bronco Families,

We had another excellent week here at Bret Harte. I enjoyed seeing a large turnout for our Fall Concert on Wednesday and was impressed by our students’ poise and talent. The Project Cornerstone ceremony on Thursday recognized another group of fantastic Bret Harte students.

Veterans’ Day Holiday
Remember that there is no school on Monday, November 12, in recognition of the Veterans’ Day Holiday.
The next SELAC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at Washington Elementary School (100 Oak Street, San Jose). All 2018-2019 SELAC meetings for Bret will be held at Washington Elementary.

Minimum Day on 11/21
Wednesday November 21 is a district-wide minimum day. School will release at 1:00 p.m. There will be an optional lunch period from 1:00-1:20. Buses will depart at 1:20.
Thanksgiving Holiday
Remember that there is no school on Thursday, November 22, 2018 and Friday, November 23, 2018 to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Run, Turkey, Run
Run Turkey Run 2018 is fast approaching! This event raises funds benefiting all Bret Harte students thru the Bret Harte Booster Club which supports over 20 Athletic teams and Clubs and the Physical Education department. Early Bird registration discounts have been extended thru November 5th. So come join us for a fun family friendly event to work off those Thanksgiving calories before you put them on! For more information or to Register or Volunteer visit the Booster Club website at If you are interested in Sponsorships email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Academic Counseling Parent Night
Would you like to learn how to strengthen your child’s thinking, motivation, and approach to challenges?

The Bret Harte Academic Counselors will be holding a “Growth Mindset” Parent Night presentation at Bret Harte on Wednesday, November 28th from 6pm-7pm in the Staff Dining Room. Join us for an informational meeting and learn more about the impact of your student embracing a growth mindset.

An informational flyer is attached to this message. We look forward to you joining us for this event.

Bret Harte Community Club (BHCC)
Donation Drive - We Need Your Support!
The Community Club Donation Drive is still in progress and we need your support!
We are up to 19% school-wide participation but know that we can do better!
The Community Club supports our students and staff by providing staff lunches, equipment, and supplies for classrooms, student dances, student recognition, anti-bullying programs as well as our Request For Funding Program.  Please see a quote below from one of our 2017-2018 RFF recipients.  Though we have asked for $250 per student any amount is appreciated.  You are able to contribute by downloading the form here or contribute using PayPalvia the link found on the Bret Harte website.
Quote from instructor Jennifer Schweitzer-
My biggest pride is the wonderful equipment the BHC and RFF donations that have been gifted to my News Room.  Most of the outdated equipment has been replaced over the years, bringing us up to speed with newer technology.  I have also been very fortunate to have had a laptop purchased as well for me to edit movies that are for the News Show and for school-wide assemblies.  RFF has been very generous to my classroom and I am very thankful for their support.

Parent Speakers Series - Sign Up Now!
Bret Harte Community Club is proud to present Communicating With Teens from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 in Bret Harte Cafeteria.
Are your kids ignoring you?  Would rather be with their friends than you? Do they yell and argue with you all the time? Do they drain your energy?  Do you get sassy back-talk? Do they need nagging to get them to do anything?
Come to get some practical skills you can use NOW! Admission is free. Please sign up here.
BHCC Facebook Page
Good news! BHCC Facebook Page is back and running. We look forward to connecting with you. Remember to like us and share our page.
New BHCC Website
Here comes a brand new BHCC website. Please stop by and look forward to hearing your comments and perspective.

BHCC Newsletter
October Issue
September Issue
August Issue

Student Leadership Donation Drive:
Starting this week, Mon, Nov 5th – Mon, Nov 19th we will be starting our annual gift drive
to support Gifts for Teens. Gifts for Teens makes and delivers holiday bags for homeless teenagers. This year Bret Harte will be collecting winter hats and gloves. Your 1st period teacher will receive a flyer with more information about the drive and and a reusable bag to collect donations. There will be a contest between first period classes. We will count how much each first period class donates and the class who donates the most will win a pizza party!
Hey Broncos, are you interested in playing any sports at Bret Harte? If so, please have your parents go online at * and get register as soon as possible! The process is two parts and may take a few weeks to complete since a physician’s approval and signature is required before any student athlete may try-out for a sport at Bret Harte. And, all athletes must be completely registered by the deadlines below in order to be able to tryout. If the deadlines are not met, student athletes will not be able to tryout or practice with that team this season.
8th GradeBOYS BASKETBALL will have tryouts beginning Dec 3rd, 4th & 5th from 5pm to 7pm.
Dec 3, 2018 @ 2:30pm – Boys Basketball/Girls Soccer
Feb 4, 2019 @ 2:30pm – Boys & Girls Volleyball/Coed Roller Hockey Mar 1, 2019 @ 3pm – Tennis
Mar 4, 2019 @ 4pm – Golf/Track & Field
Apr 22, 2019 @ 2:30pm – Cheer (2019 – 2020 school year)
*Instructions to Register My Athlete
BEFORE tryouts (and by the deadline written above), an athlete’s parent/guardian must complete the following items in order to participate in any BHMS athletic tryout process/athletic practice:
Register athlete online at
2. Athlete’s physician must fill out an Athletic Medical Exam Screening Form and upload this completed form to registermyathlete.comor bring the hard copy to Sylvia in Student Services. 3. Athlete’s parent/guardian must fill out a Medical History Form and upload this completed form to or bring the hard copy to Sylvia Orlowicz in Student Services.
*The forms mentioned above are available in Student Services at BHMS, on the Bret Harte page, and on the Bret Harte website under Athletics and Clubs - Booster Club Forms. If you need assistance with the register my athlete online process, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) call 435-213-1601. If you have questions about Bret Harte sports, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Important Upcoming Dates:
Monday, November 12— No School, Veterans’ Day Holiday
Tuesday, November 19— 9 a.m., BHCC Board meeting, SDR
Wednesday, November 21—District-wide minimum day
Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23—No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
Tuesday, November 27—3 p.m. -4 p.m., School Site Council, SDR
Wednesday, November 28— 6 p.m. -7 p.m., Growth Mindset Parent Engagement Night, SDR

Alanna Callaway-Wilson
Bret Harte Middle School

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