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  • Monday, Nov. 22-Friday, Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Break- No school for staff or students
  • Friday, Dec. 2: Early Dismissal for Students (12:48) for staff development meetings
  • Friday, Dec. 16- Tuesday, Jan. 3: Winter Break. 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4: Students return; 1st day of Quarter 3 (Semester 2)


Message from Principal Hall-Swope


With Thanksgiving break happening next week, I want to share just how thankful I am for each of you trusting Brays Oaks to educate your students. We do not take the job lightly and are committed to giving every student the best education possible. Unfortunately, it has been a tough few weeks with recent vandalism in our restrooms, especially our boys restrooms. Students are ripping soap dispensers from walls, clogging toilets, and writing vulgar messages on the wall. As a result, we are often having to close restrooms and our custodial staff is working overtime to clean up the mess created by students. Please help us by reminding your students of the following:

  1. This is everyone's school. We need to treat our building with respect.
  2. If you see something, say something to an adult. We want to keep everyone safe and keep our building fully operational.
  3. If you are caught vandalizing restrooms, there will be consequences including suspension. We want kids in classes every day, not in suspension because of a bad choice to destroy our restrooms.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep Brays Oaks a safe place for learning and growing for all students!

-Principal Hall-Swope



Thanksgiving Break: Monday, Nov. 21-Friday, Nov. 25

Early Dismissal: Friday, Dec. 2 (12:48)

Winter Break: Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 - Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.   Classes will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023



Daily attendance is critical for student learning and socialization. Research shows that students who are chronically absent- missing 10% or more of school days due to absence for any reason (excused, unexcused, suspensions) - can lead to difficulty learning to read by the 3rd grade, achieving academically in middle school, and graduating from high school. We know that you care deeply about your child’s academic and social well-being and the best place for them to learn and grow is at school. Every day your child is absent, they fall behind in their classes and it requires work to catch up. They also miss out on all the opportunities to enjoy school with their peers and their teachers. 

If you or your child are struggling with being at school, we can help. Click here to learn how.

La asistencia diaria es fundamental para el aprendizaje y la socialización de los estudiantes. Las investigaciones muestran que los estudiantes que se ausentan crónicamente, faltando el 10% o más de los días escolares debido a ausencias por cualquier motivo (justificadas, injustificadas, suspensiones), pueden tener dificultades para aprender a leer en el tercer grado, lograr logros académicos en la escuela secundaria (grados 6-8) y graduarse de la preparatoria. Sabemos que usted se preocupa profundamente por el bienestar académico y social de su hijo/a y que el mejor lugar para que aprenda y crezca es en la escuela. Cada día que su hijo/a está ausente, se atrasa en sus clases y requiere trabajo para ponerse al día. También pierden todas las oportunidades de disfrutar la escuela con sus compañeros y sus maestros. 

Si usted o su hijo/a tienen dificultades para estar en la escuela, podemos ayudarlo. Haga clic a continuación para aprender cómo.



Apply TODAY for the 2023-24 school year for all SIBLINGS to receive priority application status and the best chance to get a seat at YES Prep next school year! To apply, visit www.yesprep.schoolmint.com. Families DO NOT need to apply for CURRENT YES students. Current YES students are automatically re-enrolled. Our application system for the 2023-24 application has moved to SchoolMint ENROLL and will require all families to create a new account to apply for any siblings. Continue your family's YES Prep legacy and apply today! If you need help, please email lottery@yesprep.org.

If you know of a family looking for a quality education for their child, please share with them your experience with YES Prep and invite them to one of our upcoming School Tours or to apply!


REMINDER: You can find this year's school calendar here.

If you don't follow us on Instagram, please do! We share a lot of information on there.  You can find us @ypbraysoaks


Winter Sports


Varsity Boys:

Friday, 12/2 v. Fifth Ward; 6:15pm at Brays Oaks Gym

Saturday/Sunday, 12/3-12/4 TNBA Boys Charter Showcase; Time TBD at KIPP Northeast

Tuesday, 12/6 v. KIPP East End; 5:00pm at KIPP East End

Friday, 12/9 v. YES North Forest; 7:30pm at Brays Oaks Gym

Friday, 12/16 v. YES Southwest; 6:15pm at YES Southwest


Varsity Girls:

Friday/Saturday, 11/18-11/19 GCA Shootout Tournament

Tuesday, 11/29, v. CHSA; 6:15pm at Brays Oaks Gym

Friday, 12/3 v. YES Fifth Ward; 5:00pm at Brays Oaks Gym

Tuesday, 12/6 v. YES Prep Hobby; 5:00pm at Hobby

Friday, 12/9 v. YES North Forest; 6:15pm at Brays Oaks Gym

Saturday, 12/10: TNBA Charter Showcase; 9am-9pm at KIPP Northwest


Junior Varsity Boys:

Tuesday, 11/29 v. CHSA; 5:00pm at Brays Oaks Gym

Friday, 12/9 v. Harmony HSA; 5:00pm at Brays Oaks Gym

Tuesday, 12/13 v. Harmony Ingenuity; 5:00pm at Harmony Ingenuity


Middle School Girls & Boys

Tuesday, 12/6 v. CHSA; 5:00 (Girls) & 6:00 (Boys) at Brays Oaks Gym

Thursday, 12/15 v. Harmony Fine Arts MS; 5:00 (Girls) & 6:00 (Boys) at Brays Oaks Gym


Photos from Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament on Friday, Nov. 18th!

If you aren't following our Athletics Instagram page, you should!



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