Birdville Education Foundation Grant Applications are Now Available!

Grant Season

Dear Birdville ISD Staff, 

We continue to be in awe of your work and passion for all our students in Birdville ISD. We are humbled by your grace, fortitude, and resilience and continue to be inspired by you in so many ways. These are strange and uncertain times and we are all navigating the changes on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Realizing what you are faced with, the Education Foundation Board of Directors has shifted the Innovative Teacher Grant application process to allow you to focus on your evolving roles and students/families. This will also provide additional time to creatively think about new needs that you may have in the upcoming school year. 

The new grant application process for the 2021–22 school year is open November 15,2020 to February 1, 2021. The grants will be awarded in April 2021. 

Access to the Innovative Teacher Grant Application online is available via our website at https://www.birdvilleschools.net/Page/66592

The Education Foundation Board continues to communicate with District leadership on the fluid situation within our District and learning environment. We are committed to providing you with resources and fulfilling our mission to enhancing innovative learning and supporting the educational excellence of Birdville ISD. You are that excellence! 

Please know that you are loved, appreciated, and inspiring. You are made for this! #BestForBirdville #BISDShines 

Thank you for all you do in our Birdville ISD community. 

BCTAL Blooms Arrangement of the Month Club Returns

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BCTAL Blooms is excited to announce the return of our Arrangement of the Month Club. Leading the charge is an extraordinary group of Advanced Floral and Practicum students, who have made it their mission to outshine this pandemic and put their floral skills to the test! 

Our Arrangement of the Month Club is a service offered in which members receive one arrangement per month that will be themed to the time of the year, season, or holiday! These arrangements will be available for members to pick-up from the BCTAL campus on pre-scheduled days each month in a drive-through manner. Members will select their desired pick-up time slot and our students will be there waiting with their arrangement packaged and ready to go. To ensure the safety of our members and students, each packaged arrangement will be sanitized and all CDC, BISD, and BCTAL COVID protocols will be followed. 

This year, we are offering the three membership options below. Each option provides members one top-quality floral arrangement per month, for the average price of $25 each. I can promise you this is an incredible deal for what these students have planned for you!  

  • Annual Membership – $200 Annual members will receive one seasonally-themed arrangement per month from October to May. 
  • Fall Membership – $100  Fall members will receive one seasonally-themed arrangement for the months of October, November, December and January. 
  • Spring Membership – $100  Spring members will receive one seasonally-themed arrangement for the months of February, March, April and May. 

To join the club and begin your membership, please complete the registration form at the link below. Registration for membership into the 2020–21 Club will close on Oct. 15, so join today!  

2020–21 BCTAL Blooms Arrangement of the Month Club Membership Registration Link 

This Club is used as a teaching and learning tool that provides our students with incredible real-world, hands-on, and industry-simulated experiences. Students are tasked with every aspect of executing these arrangements from the initial planning to handing the finished product to the customer, all of which is made possible by the generous and continued support from all of our BISD Family! If you have any questions, need additional information, or would like to discuss BCTAL Blooms helping with any other floral needs, please reach out to us at BCTAL.Blooms@Birdvilleschools.net.  

Thank you and we look forward to serving you!  

BCTAL Blooms 
Tyler McCoy 
FFA Advisor 
BCTAL Blooms Facilitator  
817-547-3889 
Center of Technology and Advanced Learning  
Birdville ISD 

Employee Benefits Annual Enrollment Closes Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Attention Full-time Staff: 

This is the last week to complete your Employee Benefits Annual Enrollment changes! Annual Enrollment closes Tuesday, August 11, 2020. No changes to benefits will be accepted after August 11 without a qualifying event.  

It’s still not too late to get assistance:  

Virtual One-on-One Appointments:  Just like in-person, but through your computer or phone! The Virtual Appointment scheduler is open now. Last Appointments for Birdville ISD are tomorrow, August 5. Other days may be available. These are first come first serve, so schedule yours now! Click here for scheduling instructions, enrollment checklist, and FAQs. Assistance is available in English and Spanish. 

Telephone Assistance: If you don’t have access to a computer or internet on your phone, or would prefer to speak with someone on the phone, the FBS Call Center is available Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Assistance is available in English and Spanish.  

For information on Employee Benefits Annual Enrollment, the 2020–21 plans and Enrollment Guide, and for assistance options, please visit the Birdville ISD Benefits website under the “For Staff” section, then “Benefits,” or visit birdvilleschools.net/benefitsenrollment.  

It is important all eligible employees log into THEbenefitsHUB. Even if you don’t intend to make changes to your benefits elections, you must make sure your dependent information is complete (including social security numbers) and you have selected beneficiaries for the Districtpaid life insurance.  

We look forward to another successful Annual Enrollment and thank you for your time. 

2020–21 Benefits Open Enrollment: July 15 – Aug. 11

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It is that time of year again, Employee Benefit Review and Open Enrollment announcement. 

  • Open Enrollment will be July 15 – Aug. 11 this year. All returning staff will have to complete their open enrollment process before Aug. 11. Specific plan information and available assistance will be sent out via email and standard mail closer to the enrollment month. 
  • Benefit Website. All information related to Employee Benefit Open Enrollment can be found on the District’s website: https://www.birdvilleschools.net/Page/65659. Information is limited at this time but does include the new Medical plans and rates. More information is coming in June, so keep an eye out! 
  • Benefit Review video. An enrollment video is being put together for you and will be posted to the website for your use. This should be available sometime in June. 
  • Mobile Link.  https://fbsmobileapps.com/birdville-isd/ has to be opened via a mobile device. Benefits and enrollment information will be able to be accessed on your mobile device using this new app. It is currently loaded with 20192020 plan year information and will be updated before open enrollment with the new benefit information as available

Should you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out via email to Susan Dippolito

Important Health Information

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 Dear Birdville ISD Family, 

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness and the United States has confirmed a handful of coronavirus cases related to travel. I want to assure you that our school district is keeping track of this situation through proven and trustworthy sources: our local health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time. 

Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The most recent information about coronavirus in Texas may be found at: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus. Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

The 2019 novel coronavirus is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. At this time, persons considered at risk are those with travel to China, or those in close contact with persons infected with novel coronavirus. 

While a new type of illness can be scary, we can protect our students, teachers, and the broader community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses. Our teachers, school nurses, and staff are working carefully to encourage these simple and effective habits of frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently. This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but to help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to student illness and absences. 

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Darrell G. Brown Signature

Darrell G. Brown, Ph.D.
Superintendent