Mustang Message 01/24/2021

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Dear BMP Families,

FCPS continues to be on pause for all in-person instruction due to state and local increases of Covid-19 cases. More information is expected to be coming out shortly, and we look forward to sharing updated with you!

Monday is a holiday for students because it is a teacher workday.  No school work will be assigned for students. School resumes on Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m.

We invite families to pick up school supplies for their child this week, any day between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

The Many Faces of BMP

 

Mr. Simmons is originally from Atlanta, GA.  He studied French Literature at the University of Paris and received a BA in French from the University of Virginia.  He taught high school French in Atlanta and English in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  After receiving a Masters in Education, he became a 5th grade teacher and later an ESOL teacher.  When not pondering old adventures, Mr. Simmons enjoys planning new ones.

 

For Parents of Grade 5 Students

As we begin the new year, the process for orienting your child to begin preparing to transition to middle school is quickly approaching.  Please note the following important dates for parents of families with children in grade 5.  More detail will come as the date approaches.

Holmes Middle School Transition Events for 2021

  • January 27 (6:45PM-8PM) – Hybrid Curriculum Night
  • January 28  (9-10AM) – Curriculum Night Q’s and A’s
  • February 26 – Deadline for all students completing Google Form to select classes.

Should you have any questions, please contact school counselor, Jessie Lanier.

 

Virtual Reading Buddies

For families who are interested in having their child practice reading skills with high school volunteers, on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., the Fairfax County Public Library hosts Virtual Reading Buddy events.  Please click on the link for more information: https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/7256742

 

Specialist Spotlight Music Spotlight

Ms. Millett and Ms. Gore would like to thank everyone who came to the Virtual Winter Sing Along in December. 😊

 

Strings classes are meeting every other week during specials, and on Mondays when we have small group & club activities. 4th graders are starting to use their bows and learning notes on the D and A strings. 5th graders are working on bow skills with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Variations. There are opportunities every other week for tuning and instrument help at Annandale High School on Mondays 4:30-5:30 (the next one is scheduled for January 25). Please contact Mr. Johnson (bmjohnson1@fcps.edu) for more information.

Band classes are meeting every other week and on Mondays at 3:30 on alternate weeks. Since we have only 30 minutes, it would be helpful for all students to have their instruments assembled before logging on. Students have an online book called “Band Fit”. Each page they achieve, they receive a virtual badge that I bring to color so they can keep up with each level that they achieve. Some students have downloaded videos on flip grid. I would like to see more students use this resource if they have permission. They can always email me a video as well. It has been a pleasure to teach your students a band instrument in this virtual setting. Please reach out by email if you have any questions.

 

Laptop Swap for Students in Grades 3 & 4

On Monday, February 8th from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m., we are hosting a Laptop Swap for students in grades 3 and 4.  Each student in these grade levels will have the opportunity to get a brand-new laptop

The Laptop Swap will be a drive-thru distribution structure.  Students in grades 3 and 4 wanting to pick up a brand-new laptop will need to return their current FCPS laptop. No appointment needed.  Families will drive around the BMP bus loop to return the current FCPS laptop and pick up the prepared new student laptop without having to leave the comfort of the car.  Students do not need to be present to sign in.  Those who walk to the school may also return their current FCPS laptop and pick up a new one. More information to come soon.

 

Upcoming Webinars to support you and your family From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

How are YOU doing?  Really, how are you?

Trying to lead a family during these times can be exceedingly difficult. Children's mental health is declining, and parents are concerned about their own mental health. 

  • Are you feeling helpless and overwhelmed by the uncertainty and fear surrounding your child’s future and the impact this time is having on their ability to learn?  
  • Are you worried about increased anxiety and stress leaving you feeling depleted and overwhelmed? 

Learn practical tools that can be applied IMMEDIATELY to restore your sense of calm and focus so you have the energy and confidence you need to cultivate joy and connection in your family.

Presented by Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional.

Friday, February 12, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

                                                                                         

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21:Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
    • Parents/guardians will be provided an overview of instructional control
    • Parents/guardians will review strategies to support their students with following directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Thursday February 18, 2021, 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Register for Teaching Your Child to Follow Directions

 

Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

Social and emotional learning starts at home. Parents and families are critical partners in helping their children develop social and emotional know-how. They can model the kinds of skills, attitudes, and behaviors we want all students to master. 

This webinar will highlight:

  • What is social-emotional learning?
  • Strategies to use our children’s behavior and emotion as forms of communication.
  • Strategies to create emotional safety.
  • Strategies to recognizing and supporting personal and family strengths.

Join FCPS Social Worker, Jeanne Veraska & FCPS School Psychologist, Lisa Phifer for this important webinar.

February 17, 2021 6:30 - 8 p.m. or February 19, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

 

Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families

Join licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Lisa Bateman for a webinar focused on parenting strategies to help children cope with the challenges of the pandemic. 

Strategies include: 

  • Coping with general stress, changes in daily life/routine, uncertainty about the future, loss of regular activities and social interaction, virtual school, etc.
  • Executive functioning to assist with the challenges of virtual school
  • Managing anxiety about health and safety
  • Building resilience in children to reduce risk of separation anxiety, social anxiety, etc. once the pandemic ends

Friday, February 26, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families               

 

Spirit Week Sponsored by SCA of Bren Mar Park January 26-29

 

Tuesday: Favorite Color Day – Wear your favorite color and change your screen background to match

Wednesday:  Crazy Sock Day – Wear the silliest, craziest, most colorful socks you can find

Thursday:  Thankful Thursday – Hold up a sign in class with a special thank you message for one of your teachers or all of them!

Friday:  Bake off Day – Take a picture of a traditional family food you enjoy or have made and share with your class.

 

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

 

January 25       Student Holiday:  Teacher Workday   (no student work)

February 4       BMP Family Market, 4:30 p.m.

February 4       Progress Reports will be mailed home

February 8       Laptop Swap for students in grades 3 & 4

February 10     6:30 p.m. Parent Information Session for Return to In-Person

February 12     6:30 p.m.  Family Dance Night

February 15     Holiday:  Presidents' Day   (no student work)

 

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Mustang Message 01/17/2021

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Dear BMP Families,

FCPS continues to be on pause for all in-person instruction due to state and local increases of Covid-19 cases. Virtual instruction will continue until the further notice, including for our PAC and Early Childhood preschool programs.  There will be no in-person instruction until further notice.  Details for in-person return to school will be shared soon.  We will also continue with our current bell schedule until further notice, meaning that classes continue to begin at 9:15 a.m. each morning.  Attendance continues to be required and monitored.  

Monday is a holiday for staff and students in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  No school work will be assigned for students. It is also MLK Day of Service.  While we cannot host a Day of Service project in the school building as we did last school year, this is a wonderful opportunity to have your child do something or volunteer in a way to improve the community!  For more information, you are welcomed to visit this website.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

The Many Faces of BMP

 

Mrs. Shirali - Deo has volunteered with young children while she was in college in India. She has done her graduate work in the US and has taught in Mississippi, California, and Washington state. She has presented at local, state and national early childhood conferences. She has been a Parent Educator, and a Developmental Specialist. 

Mrs. Shirali-Deo  is very excited to be at Bren Mar Park. She loves music, dance, nature and more recently gardening.

 

For Parents of Grade 5 Students

As we begin the new year, the process for orienting your child to begin preparing to transition to middle school is quickly approaching.  Please note the following important dates for parents of families with children in grade 5.  More detail will come as the date approaches.

Holmes Middle School Transition Events for 2021

  • January 27 (6:45PM-8PM) – Hybrid Curriculum Night
  • January 28  (9-10AM) – Curriculum Night Q’s and A’s
  • February 26 – Deadline for all students completing Google Form to select classes.

Should you have any questions, please contact school counselor, Jessie Lanier.

 

Student Holiday Grab & Go Meals Not Available

Grab & Go meals at BMP will not be available on January 18th, 20th or 25th.  Additional meals will be offered in advance to ensure students have access to meals. 

 

Virtual Reading Buddies

For families who are interested in having their child practice reading skills with high school volunteers, on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., the Fairfax County Public Library hosts Virtual Reading Buddy events.  Please click on the link for more information: https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/7256742

 

Specialist Spotlight Library Spotlight

Due to the Inauguration Day holiday on Wednesday, January 20, curbside library checkout has been moved.  Curbside checkout for this week only will be on Thursday, January 21 from 11:30-12:30 and from 5:00-6:00.  Books will also be delivered to bus stops on Thursday, January 21 during student lunch times.  Check the library website for bus stop locations and times.  If you do not see the book carts outside of the school during the evening hours, please come to the front lobby.  During the winter months when it is cold and gets dark early, we will be handing out books from the front lobby.  Happy Reading!

 

Laptop Swap for Students in Grades 3 & 4

On Monday, February 8th from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m., we are hosting a Laptop Swap for students in grades 3 and 4.  Each student in these grade levels will have the opportunity to get a brand-new laptop

The Laptop Swap will be a drive-thru distribution structure.  Students in grades 3 and 4 wanting to pick up a brand-new laptop will need to return their current FCPS laptop. No appointment needed.  Families will drive around the BMP bus loop to return the current FCPS laptop and pick up the prepared new student laptop without having to leave the comfort of the car.  Students do not need to be present to sign in.  Those who walk to the school may also return their current FCPS laptop and pick up a new one. More information to come soon.

 

Upcoming Webinars to support you and your family From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

How are YOU doing?  Really, how are you?

Trying to lead a family during these times can be exceedingly difficult. Children's mental health is declining, and parents are concerned about their own mental health. 

  • Are you feeling helpless and overwhelmed by the uncertainty and fear surrounding your child’s future and the impact this time is having on their ability to learn?  
  • Are you worried about increased anxiety and stress leaving you feeling depleted and overwhelmed? 

Learn practical tools that can be applied IMMEDIATELY to restore your sense of calm and focus so you have the energy and confidence you need to cultivate joy and connection in your family.

Presented by Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional.

Friday, February 12, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

                                                                                         

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21:Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
    • Parents/guardians will be provided an overview of instructional control
    • Parents/guardians will review strategies to support their students with following directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Thursday February 18, 2021, 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Register for Teaching Your Child to Follow Directions

 

Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

Social and emotional learning starts at home. Parents and families are critical partners in helping their children develop social and emotional know-how. They can model the kinds of skills, attitudes, and behaviors we want all students to master. 

This webinar will highlight:

  • What is social-emotional learning?
  • Strategies to use our children’s behavior and emotion as forms of communication.
  • Strategies to create emotional safety.
  • Strategies to recognizing and supporting personal and family strengths.

Join FCPS Social Worker, Jeanne Veraska & FCPS School Psychologist, Lisa Phifer for this important webinar.

February 17, 2021 6:30 - 8 p.m. or February 19, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

 

Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families

Join licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Lisa Bateman for a webinar focused on parenting strategies to help children cope with the challenges of the pandemic. 

Strategies include: 

  • Coping with general stress, changes in daily life/routine, uncertainty about the future, loss of regular activities and social interaction, virtual school, etc.
  • Executive functioning to assist with the challenges of virtual school
  • Managing anxiety about health and safety
  • Building resilience in children to reduce risk of separation anxiety, social anxiety, etc. once the pandemic ends

Friday, February 26, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families               

 

BMP PTA PTA General Meeting

The PTA welcomes any members from our school to attend the upcoming General Meeting on Thursday, January 21st at 6:00 p.m.  It will be a virtual meeting.  To attend please use the following link: 

https://meet.google.com/obt-rvcp-yyc

 

Spirit Week Sponsored by SCA of Bren Mar Park January 26-29

 

Tuesday: Favorite Color Day – Wear your favorite color and change your screen background to match

Wednesday:  Crazy Sock Day – Wear the silliest, craziest, most colorful socks you can find

Thursday:  Thankful Thursday – Hold up a sign in class with a special thank you message for one of your teachers or all of them!

Friday:  Bake off Day – Take a picture of a traditional family food you enjoy or have made and share with your class.

 

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

January 18       Holiday:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no student work)

January 20       Holiday: Inauguration Day   (no student work)

January 21       PTA Meeting, 6 p.m.

January 22       2 hour early release - No in-person instruction; virtual only

January 25       Student Holiday:  Teacher Workday  (no student work)

February 4        BMP Family Market 4:30 p.m.

February 8       Laptop Swap for students in grades 3 & 4

 

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FCPS & BMP Job Opportunities

FCPS schools, including Bren Mar Park ES, continue to seek qualified staff for hourly positions to provide additional supports for in-person return to school.  These positions include:

Classroom Monitor - Provides materials preparation, cleaning and supervision; Tuesdays through Fridays;  training is provided; apply at the link

Substitute Teacher- Provides in-person or virtual instruction when a classroom teacher or instructional assistant is absent; flexible schedule; training is provided; apply at the link

Dining room Hostess - Provides supervision and help during lunch and/or recess; Tuesdays through Fridays, approximately 3 hours per day; at Bren Mar Park; apply by emailing your resume/work experience to Elizabeth Williams

 

The Many Faces of BMP

Madison Scharlat is from McLean, Virginia. She is a graduate of Christopher Newport University where she earned Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Political Science. She will be an Instructional Assistant in the ID classroom. This is Madison’s first year working in a school and she is excited to be able to do so at Bren Mar. Before FCPS she was in a Federal IT Sales position. In her free time she enjoys shopping, reading and going to D.C. with friends. 

Need Technology help?

We remind families that there are a variety of resources available for you to use to support you in fixing technology issues that do not require you to make an appointment to come into the school.  First, we have the technology support for families website available through FCPS which has video tutorials to help fix problems such as mics or cameras not working.  Second, our School Based Technology Specialist, Mrs. Jess Russell, has put together a technology assistance flowchart that walks you through step-by-step guides.  As you move through the flowchart, you will also communicate everything that you have already done so that our technology team can better support you should you need to make an appointment.

 

BMP PTA PTA General Meeting

The PTA welcomes any members from our school to attend the upcoming General Meeting on Thursday, January 21st at 6:00 p.m.  It will be a virtual meeting.  To attend please use the following link: 

https://meet.google.com/obt-rvcp-yyc

 

Specialist Spotlight

Bren Mar Park Artists have been doing  an amazing job with virtual art thusfar.  The whole school completed collage units before Winter Break.  Grades K/1 students learned how to use scissors safely while cutting basic shapes to make a dream house. Grades 2/3 learned how to use layering techniques to create an animal in its habitat.  Grades 4/5 looked at world architecture and designed their own building that fused different styles.  Multiage artists are continuing their alphabet projects and are spending each class making a project with that letter.  Now, we are starting some new drawing units and even a printmaking project for grades 4 and 5. 

I really appreciate our parent support as we make art at home.  I have been encouraging students to use their supplies wisely and clean up their space.  This knowledge will be important as some students phase back into the building.  Thank you artists for being good citizens while making art!

 

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

 

January 11       Teacher Preparation Day (student work assigned)\

                         Online Morning Meeting at 9:15 a.m.

January 18       Holiday:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no student work)

January 20       Holiday: Inauguration Day   (no student work)

January 21       PTA Meeting, 6 p.m.

January 22       2 hour early release - No in-person instruction; virtual only

January 25       Student Holiday:  Teacher Workday  (no student work)

 

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Return to School Update

Yesterday the FCPS School Board voted to pause in-person return to school instruction due to state and local increases of Covid-19 cases. Virtual instruction will continue until the further notice, including for our PAC and Early Childhood preschool programs.  There will be no in-person instruction until further notice.  Details for in-person return to school will be shared soon.

Due to the pause on in-person return, the decision has been made to not change our bell schedule starting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.  Therefore, our virtual instructional day will continue to begin at 9:15 a.m.

 

Have You Restarted Your FCPS Laptop Lately?

A reminder that it is important to regularly shut down or restart your FCPS issued laptop in order to allow it to receive updates in order to work more effectively.  It is strongly recommended that laptops are restarted at least one time per week.

 

Important Upcoming Dates

January 11       Teacher Preparation Day (student work assigned)

January 18       Holiday:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no student work)

January 20       Holiday: Inauguration Day   (no student work)

January 21       PTA Meeting, 6 p.m.

January 22       2 hour early release - No in-person instruction; virtual only

January 25       Student Holiday:  Teacher Workday  (no student work)

 

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Special Edition - Curbside Library Checkout - Today 5:00 p.m.

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REMINDER: Curbside Checkout This Evening at 5:00 p.m.

 

Ms. Watson, Bren Mar Park librarian, will be located in the BMP lobby this evening from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. so families can pick up books placed on hold for students.  Please arrive at Door 1, the main entrance, to pick up your book.  Please remember, as always, to wear a face mask during your visit for the safety of our staff as well as other community members.

 

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A Message from the Principal

Dear BMP Families,

FCPS continues to receive updates regarding return to in-person instruction for families who have selected this option. See the following important information:

Monday, January 4, 2021 - Teacher Readiness Day for Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 Staff; Students will participate in the morning meeting and complete the independent work

Tuesday, January 5 - Friday, January 8, 2021 - In-person classes are only virtual

Monday, January 11, 2021 - Return of identified classes for in-person instruction

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - Return of identified classes for in-person instruction

 

Please note that the return of all groups to school is subject to change based on community health conditions.

We will continue to keep you informed.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Williams

BMP Principal

 

FCPS & BMP Job Opportunities

FCPS schools, including Bren Mar Park ES, continue to seek qualified staff for hourly positions to provide additional supports for in-person return to school.  These positions include:

Classroom Monitor - Provides materials preparation, cleaning and supervision; Tuesdays through Fridays;  training is provided; apply at the link

Substitute Teacher- Provides in-person or virtual instruction when a classroom teacher or instructional assistant is absent; flexible schedule; training is provided; apply at the link

Dining room Hostess - Provides supervision and help during lunch and/or recess; Tuesdays through Fridays, approximately 3 hours per day; at Bren Mar Park; apply by emailing your resume/work experience to Elizabeth Williams

 

The Many Faces of BMP

 

Ms. Jay Park was born in Korea and came to the United States when she was in fourth grade. Ms. Davis, her fifth grade teacher inspired her to become a teacher and she followed her dream ever since! Ms. Park recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at George Mason University and she is very excited to be at Bren Mar Park and teach for her very first year!

Need Technology help?

We remind families that there are a variety of resources available for you to use to support you in fixing technology issues that do not require you to make an appointment to come into the school.  First, we have the technology support for families website available through FCPS which has video tutorials to help fix problems such as mics or cameras not working.  Second, our School Based Technology Specialist, Mrs. Jess Russell, has put together a technology assistance flowchart that walks you through step-by-step guides.  As you move through the flowchart, you will also communicate everything that you have already done so that our technology team can better support you should you need to make an appointment.

 

Congratulations!

We are so thrilled to congratulate the following employees on their nominations for

Bren Mar Park Outstanding Employee!

  Katie Ambrosio

Emily Baer

Ellen Cosier

Karen Duncan

Erin Lear

Sarah Maro

Jen McGough

Houria Rayasse

Josh Ruccio

Dawn Shaw

Carly Voeller

 

Specialists Spotlight Spotlight on Advanced Academics

This month we have been focusing on the critical and creative skill Questioning.  Questioning is the process of actively clarifying, exploring, challenging, and assess the understanding of ideas.  Using questioning when reading a book helps us to better understand what we are reading.   Students thought about questions like: What would it be like if…? What would happen if…? Which is better ____ or ____? 

At home connection

At home you could think about something you are passionate about and think about some questions for your topic:

Questions to think about....

What is the purpose of...?

What would change if...?

What would happen if...?

How would it be different if...?

Extension Idea...

Research some of your own wonderings to see if you can find an answer.

 

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

January 4         Return to Instruction: Teacher Planning Day for grades 1,2,3, and 4. Asynchronous work assigned. 

January 7         Family Market 4 -5:30 p.m.

January 4-8      All classes are virtual, including PAC, ECCB, ID/IDS. 

January 12       Identified classes return to in-person instruction

January 18       Holiday:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 20       Holiday: Inauguration Day

January 25       Student Holiday:  Teacher Workday

 

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Bren Mar Park families,

Many thanks to our fabulous Student Council Association (SCA) student leadership who have planned for this week's Spirit Week!  Students worked alongside our school counselor to brainstorm, decide and plan for each theme day.  We will be ending the week with a virtual competition between classrooms for the most "Festive Classroom," with each student encouraged to showcase and highlight their family's cultural traditions in a way that can be captured on camera in an online "class picture."

During the winter break, we will be pausing our weekly school newsletter.  It will resume again on Sunday, January 3.  We look forward to seeing your child online again on Monday, January 4, 2021!

We hope that you have a wonderful winter break! 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

FCPS & BMP Job Opportunities

FCPS schools, including Bren Mar Park ES, continue to seek qualified staff for hourly positions to provide additional supports for in-person return to school.  These positions include:

Classroom Monitor - Provides materials preparation, cleaning and supervision; Tuesdays through Fridays;  training is provided; apply at the link

Substitute Teacher- Provides in-person or virtual instruction when a classroom teacher or instructional assistant is absent; flexible schedule; training is provided; apply at the link

Dining room Hostess - Provides supervision and help during lunch and/or recess; Tuesdays through Fridays, approximately 3 hours per day; at Bren Mar Park; apply by emailing your resume/work experience to Elizabeth Williams

 

BMP Front Office Closed during Winter Break

For the health and wellness of our staff, the Bren Mar Park front office will be closed to in-person appointments during Winter Break.  Front office staff will be available to answer questions/concerns via email on December 21 - 23 and on December 28 - 30.  

 

Cultural Stories Family Event - Cancelled

The Cultural Stories Family Event has been cancelled.  Sadly, we weren't able to get enough volunteers to share stories for the event.  We will look for an opportunity to have this event after the new year.

 

The Many Faces of BMP

 

Mary-Colleen Howell (yes she goes by the full name) is from Damascus, Maryland.  She is a graduate of James Madison University, where she received both her undergrad and masters.  She is coming from Freedom Hill Elementary where she taught 2nd grade for 6 years and 1st for 4 years.   In her free time she likes to hang out with her husband and one year old daughter.  She also loves to hike, take pictures and bake. 

 

 

Need Technology Help?

We remind families that there are a variety of resources available for you to use to support you in fixing technology issues that do not require you to make an appointment to come into the school.  First, we have the technology support for families website available through FCPS which has video tutorials to help fix problems such as mics or cameras not working.  Second, our School Based Technology Specialist, Mrs. Jess Russell, has put together a technology assistance flowchart that walks you through step-by-step guides.  As you move through the flowchart, you will also communicate everything that you have already done so that our technology team can better support you should you need to make an appointment.

 

Congratulations!

We are so thrilled to congratulate the following employees on their nominations for

Bren Mar Park Outstanding Employee!

Katie Ambrosio

Emily Baer

Ellen Cosier

Karen Duncan

Erin Lear

Sarah Maro

Jen McGough

Houria Rayasse

Josh Ruccio

Dawn Shaw

Carly Voeller

 

SCA Spirit Week - December 14 – 18

Monday:            Game Day:  Play a game during Morning Meeting.

Tuesday:           Holiday Hat/Sweater Day:  Dress in your festive clothes.

Wednesday:      Positive Day:  Compliment 3 people today.

Thursday:          Pajama Day:  Wear your PJs to virtual school.

Friday:               Tradition Day: Share your favorite cultural tradition.

 

Specialist Spotlight Spotlight on P.E.

We have continued to have fun and get the students up and moving during PE. Our goal is to maximize activity time and have the kids dancing/exercising 25 minutes each class. We have continued to do Zumba style dances and Tabata workouts. During breaks from activities we are discussing the importance of daily physical activity and the cardiorespiratory system. On our google classroom, we have posted all the activities. Students are encouraged to do the dances/workouts 3 to 4 times a week. The variety of activities we offer have been positive for students as they get to try a lot of fun new ways to be active! During our clubs on Mondays we are doing yoga stories with the younger grades and kick boxing workouts with the upper grades. We are looking forward to keeping the kids active in a safe and fun way during virtual learning!

 

From the BMP PTA Board

The BMP PTA will be holding a food and coat drive, and we need your help!  You can help by:

Donating items.  Here is a list of needed food items.

cooking oil

bags of rice/beans

flour

sugar

pancake mix

mac n cheese

cans of soup

jelly or peanut butter

pasta

pasta sauce

fruit cups/cans of fruit

canned veggies

cookie/brownie prepackaged mix

 

We are also collection coats size 7/8 and 8/10 YOUTH for our BMP community.  You can bring them to the bin at the BMP front office or to any of the other addresses shared in the recent PTA messages. If your child is in need of a winter coat, contact BMP Parent Liaison, Sandra Chetelat.

Volunteer. You can volunteer to distribute food at the school the week before Winter Break.  To sign up, please click volunteersignup.org/RP7MM.

 

Help get the word out to our community!  Families can pick up items Wednesday, December 16th – Friday, December 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the school.  To make sure everyone stays safe, we are reminding everyone to only touch what they plan to take!  

It's been a challenging year but we can continue to get through it together, as a strong community!

Thank you in advance for all of your support!

Food Drive Items Needed

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

December 14                             Virtual Winter-Sing-A-Long, 9:45 a.m.

December 14 - 18                      SCA Spirit Week

December 17 (Cancelled)         Celebrating Cultural Stories Family Event 

December 21 - January 1          Holiday:  Winter Break

January 4                                   Return to Instruction

January 18                                 Holiday:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 25                                 Student Holiday:  Teacher Workday

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Bren Mar Park - Counselor Office Hours

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Ms. Jessie Lanier and Ms. Ruth Dalrymple, the Bren Mar Park school counselors, remind families that they continue to be available to work with families to support in helping their children around challenges that may be coming from social distancing or virtual learning, such as:

  • Social – Emotional Challenges, such as feeling anxious or withdrawn
  • Making & Keeping Connections with Others
  • Creating & Maintaining Routines
  • Organization & Time Management
  • Staying Focused & Paying Attention

 

Counseling virtual office hours are available to students or their families on Wednesdays and Fridays:

 

Please note that virtual office hours are not a private space, and they are available to everyone.  Should you have a private matter to discuss, you may also email Ms. Jessie Lanier or Ms. Ruth Dalrymple directly or call the Bren Mar Park front office at 703-914-7200 to schedule a phone appointment.

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Mustang Message - 12/6/2020

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Bren Mar Park families,

As you likely know, the health metrics in Fairfax County do not support the start to any new in-person instructional programs.  This means that FECEP, Kindergarten, grades 1 and 2 will not be able to return to Bren Mar Park right now.  We are looking forward to seeing your child back with us and hope that your family continues to stay healthy and well during this time!  Fairfax County Public Schools continues to closely monitor health metrics, and we will keep you updated as new information is published.  We appreciate your continued patience and support during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

Need Technology Help?

We remind families that there are a variety of resources available for you to use to support you in fixing technology issues that do not require you to make an appointment to come into the school.  First, we have the technology support for families website available through FCPS which has video tutorials to help fix problems such as mics or cameras not working.  Second, our School Based Technology Specialist, Mrs. Jess Russell, has put together a technology assistance flowchart that walks you through step-by-step guides.  As you move through the flowchart, you will also communicate everything that you have already done so that our technology team can better support you should you need to make an appointment.

 

The Many Faces of BMP

 

 

d’Andrea Hinkle is originally from the Outer Banks of NC. She taught band for a couple of years in NC until 1994 when her husband won a job in The US Army Band as a trumpeter.  She has been an elementary band teacher in FCPS schools for 25 years.  She is excited to be returning to Bren Mar Park and taught there in 1998-1999.  She has 2 daughters and a maltipoo named Penny. She loves to travel, spend time with family, play her clarinet, and exercise.

 

 

SCA Spirit Week - December 14 – 18

Monday:            Game Day:  Play a game during Morning Meeting.

Tuesday:           Holiday Hat/Sweater Day:  Dress in your festive clothes.

Wednesday:      Positive Day:  Compliment 3 people today.

Thursday:          Pajama Day:  Wear your PJs to virtual school.

Friday:               Tradition Day: Share your favorite cultural tradition.

 

Specialist Spotlight Counseling Spotlight

I am proud of our students’ hard work and resilient spirits.  They amaze me with their insight during guidance lessons and small group.  Our Social Emotional topics for grades 3 - 5 have shifted from identifying feelings and controlling emotions to the feeling of anxiety.  Students are not alone in experiencing anxiety, and they don’t have to give in to those feelings.  We talked about the importance of telling ourselves the truth when we are feeling anxious or fearful.  For example, if your child is feeling anxious about a test or a performance, you can remind them that they have prepared, and they can relax knowing that. 

And, we welcome our new counselor, Mrs. Dalrymple.  She is leading the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade lessons and small groups. She shares:

We continued with our theme of Social Emotional Learning and identify what different feelings look like and how we can recognize these feelings.  By watching clips from the movie ”Inside Out”, students saw how people show feelings such as happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, and fear.  We identified how these feelings are expressed in look on a person’s face or body.  Students talked about the question “Why it is important to know how someone is feeling?”

Thank you for continuing to be a vital part of your child’s overall learning during this time.  Please know that we are here to support you!    

Ms. Lanier and Mrs.Dalrymple

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

December 14                             Virtual Winter-Sing-A-Long, 9:45 a.m.

December 14 - 18                      SCA Spirit Week

December 17                             Celebrating Cultural Stories Family Event

December 21 - January 1          Holiday:  Winter Break

January 7            Parent Information Session:  Grades 3, 4 & 5, 5:00 p.m.

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Mustang Message - 11/29/2020

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Bren Mar Park families,

We hope that you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend!  Please remember that tomorrow is a school day, including independent work and small group instruction with classroom teachers.  Your child's teacher has the specific schedule for your child.  If you and your family need some flexibility in schedules, please remember that work can be completed asynchronously!

We look forward to seeing your child online tomorrow.  

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

Outstanding Employee Nominations

Every year, each FCPS school seeks to recognize and celebrate employee success.  If you know an amazing Bren Mar Park staff member who you believe deserves to be recognized for their great work, you may nominate an employee in one or more categories.  Just share with us a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work! Here are the categories:

Outstanding Teacher – a teacher/librarian with 3 or more years of experience

Outstanding New Teacher – a teacher with less than 3 years of experience

Outstanding Leader – a school-based employee with at least one year of experience in the position – these positions could include Assistant Principal

Outstanding Professional Employee – a  school-based employee – these positions include School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialists, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, and Counselor 

Outstanding Operational Employee – a school-based employee – these positions include administrative and office staff, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants, and parent liaisons

Outstanding New Principal – a building principal with less than 3 years of experience

The deadline to submit a name for nomination is Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  Contact BMP Outstanding Employee coordinator, Rebecca Harrison at rnharrison@fcps.edu, with your staff nomination or for more information.

 

Returning to In-Person Instruction

Updates and more information continue to be found on the FCPS Return to School Family Guide website.

UPDATED:  Group 5 - FECEP, Kindergarten, and Some Special Education

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Paused due to Health Metrics, more information to come

 

UPDATED:  Group 6 - Grades 1 and 2

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 12/8/2020

 

UPDATED: Group 7 - Grades 3, 4 and 5

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 1/12/2021

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:   To Be Determined

 

The Many Faces of BMP

 

Radhika Gore is a musician, dancer and arts educator based in the DMV area. She just graduated from the University of Miami where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. This will be her first year teaching! Some of her favorite shows are Avatar: The Last Airbender, Greys Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and Chopped. Radhika loves to spend time with family, sit in nature, grow plants, and go for long drives! 

 

 

Parent Information Sessions on Return to In-Person

We hope that you will join us for Parent Information Sessions on Returning to In-Person Instruction at Bren Mar Park Elementary School.  While they are divided up by grade levels in order to allow for smaller groups and more opportunity for grade-level specific questions, all families will receive the link to participate in any of the upcoming parent information sessions. All sessions begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be held virtually. 

     UPDATED:  Grades 1 & 2 -  Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

     UPDATED:  Grades 3, 4 & 5 -  Tuesday, January 7, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

December 1       Parent Information Session:  Grades 1 & 2, 5:00 p.m.

December 3       BMP Family Market, 4:30 p.m.

December 14      Virtual Winter-Sing-A-Long

December 17      Celebrating Cultural Stories Family Event

December 21 - January 1          Holiday:  Winter Break

January 7            Parent Information Session:  Grades 3, 4 & 5, 5:00 p.m.

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Mustang Message - 11/22/2020

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Bren Mar Park families,

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I want to thank our families for their continued partnership with our instructional staff during this very different year.  And, as we prepare to celebrate the holiday, I encourage our students, families, and staff to disconnect from school and technology during the break.  While some students may have assignments or work they would like to catch up on, there will be time after the holiday.  Projects and learning programs do not replace the importance of connecting with family, engaging in conversations, and doing hands-on activities alongside family members this time of year.

We hope that everyone can decompress, relax and reenergize during the long weekend.  A healthy balance is critical to everyone’s well-being.  I ask both students and staff to disconnect during the break. For many of us, the holidays will look different this year, and we hope that you enjoy your time together.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

Bren Mar Park Front Office Closed

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Bren Mar Park front office will be closed to the public on Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27th.  We will be available again on Monday, November 30th starting at 8:30 a.m.

 

Outstanding Employee Nominations

Every year, each FCPS school seeks to recognize and celebrate employee success.  If you know an amazing Bren Mar Park staff member who you believe deserves to be recognized for their great work, you may nominate an employee in one or more categories.  Just share with us a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work! Here are the categories:

Outstanding Teacher – a teacher/librarian with 3 or more years of experience

Outstanding New Teacher – a teacher with less than 3 years of experience

Outstanding Leader – a school-based employee with at least one year of experience in the position – these positions could include Assistant Principal

Outstanding Professional Employee – a  school-based employee – these positions include School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialists, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, and Counselor 

Outstanding Operational Employee – a school-based employee – these positions include administrative and office staff, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants, and parent liaisons

Outstanding New Principal – a building principal with less than 3 years of experience

The deadline to submit a name for nomination is December 1, 2020.  Contact BMP Outstanding Employee coordinator, Rebecca Harrison at rnharrison@fcps.edu, with your staff nomination or for more information.

 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Referral

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their students is screened for AAP in the coming screening cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form to our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Cathy Trope (cjtrope@fcps.edu ) by December 1.  Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

 

Returning to In-Person Instruction

Updates and more information continue to be found on the FCPS Return to School Family Guide website.

UPDATED:  Group 5 - FECEP, Kindergarten, and Some Special Education

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 12/1/2020

 

UPDATED:  Group 6 - Grades 1 and 2

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 12/8/2020

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:  

                                                      Monday, 11/23

                                                      Tuesday, 11/24

UPDATED: Group 7 - Grades 3, 4 and 5

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 1/12/2021

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:   To Be Determined

 

The Many Faces of BMP

Cherly Escoto-Ruiz, FECEP Instructional Assistant, was born in Honduras and came to the United States when she was in fifth grade. Cherly is getting her Pre-K to third grade teaching licensure at George Mason University. After changing her major from business to ECE, she has being working with young children since 2015. This is her first year with FCPS and one of our new staff at BMP. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, working out, binge watching shows and napping. 

 

Parent Information Sessions on Return to In-Person

We hope that you will join us for Parent Information Sessions on Returning to In-Person Instruction at Bren Mar Park Elementary School.  While they are divided up by grade levels in order to allow for smaller groups and more opportunity for grade-level specific questions, all families will receive the link to participate in any of the upcoming parent information sessions. All sessions begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be held virtually. 

     UPDATED:  Grades 1 & 2 -  Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

     UPDATED:  Grades 3, 4 & 5 -  Tuesday, January 7, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

 

Specialist Spotlight Library Spotlight.....

Hi Families,

This is your librarian, Mrs. Watson!  I want to remind you that the library has lots of great resources for your child.  Please go to the Library Website (https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/bmpeslibrary/home) and bookmark the page. From here, you can get to the library catalog, find how-to videos, access fun websites, listen to read-alouds and more!  You can also find information about Curbside Checkout.  Every other week, your child can put 5 library books on hold. You can pick them up in front of the school on Wednesday or from your bus stop on Thursday.  Check the Curbside Checkout page to find the bus schedule and a calendar to help you know exactly when to do things.  Just a reminder - there is NO Curbside Checkout next week because of the Thanksgiving Break.

Your child can also check out ebooks to read on his or her laptop or tablet.  To do this, go to the Library Website and watch the video on How to Find eBooks Using MackinVia.  Then go to Destiny (https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/103149) and log in.  You get to MackinVia by clicking on the icon in the Learning Links ribbon.  Your child can borrow up to 5 ebooks from MackinVia at a time.  And the best part?  No lost library books!  You can also install the MackinVia app on a tablet or a phone, so he/she can read the books on a different device.  This is super helpful when you want a book right away!  As always, if you have questions, you can reach me at clwatson@fcps.edu.  Happy Reading!

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

 

November 25, 26 & 27               Holiday:  Thanksgiving Break

December 1       Parent Information Session:  Grades 1 & 2, 5:00 p.m.

December 14      Virtual Winter-Sing-A-Long

December 17      Celebrating Cultural Stories Family Event

December 21 - January 1          Holiday:  Winter Break

January 7            Parent Information Session:  Grades 3, 4 & 5, 5:00 p.m.

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Mustang Message - 11/15/2020

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A Message from the Principal

I want to thank everyone for continuing to monitor school communication and for responding with any requested changes for learning this school year (in-person or online).  As you know, changes to class rosters and schedules were anticipated. Some students will be assigned new teachers, and placement changes will not start until the first day of in-person instruction.  Our Bren Mar Park staff is exceptional, and they’ll work to establish great relationships with new students and build joyful, welcoming new classroom cultures.  Our teachers are members of a grade level team, and they work together to plan lessons, solve problems, and advocate for high-quality instruction.  I am confident that a new teacher, should your child have one, will continue the great work her/his teammate started this fall.

Changes to classes are necessary due to the many factors involved in shifting to in-person or online instruction among our students.  We must honor all parent choices, and I must protect staff members with health conditions or other circumstances that make working from home necessary.  I appreciate your understanding, patience and flexibility..

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

Recognize a BMP Staff Member

Have you noticed and appreciated a BMP staff member and his/her work recently?  FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Acknowledge a staff member today!

 

Deadline Information for Level IV Advanced Academics program

If you are interested in having your child go through the screening process for Level IV Advanced Academics, the Referral Packets for FCPS students in grades 2-5 are due to Bren Mar Park Elementary by December 1, 2020 by 4:00 PM.  You must complete the Level IV Advanced Academic Referral form . You may also complete the Parent/Guardian Questionnaire.

These documents must be submitted to Cathy Trope, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, at cjtrope@fcps.edu.  Please visit the FCPS Advanced Academics site for more information.

 

Returning to In-Person Instruction

We continue phasing students to in-person instruction. As was shared in Dr. Brabrand's message last Friday, students will be involved in independent work on planning days as we prepare for in-person students to return to the classroom. Be on the lookout for more details soon, and more information can be found on the FCPS Return to School Family Guide website.

Group 5 - FECEP, Kindergarten and Intensive Support Needs

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 11/17/2020

 

Group 6 - Grades 1 and 2

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 12/1/2020

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:  Monday, 11/16

                                                                               Friday, 11/20

                                                                               Monday, 11/24

                                                                              Tuesday, 11/25

Group 7 - Grades 3, 4 and 5

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 1/4/2021

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:   To Be Determined

 

Parent Information Sessions on Return to In-Person Instruction

We hope that you will join us for Parent Information Sessions on Returning to In-Person Instruction at Bren Mar Park Elementary School.  While they are divided up by grade levels in order to allow for smaller groups and more opportunity for grade-level specific questions, all families will receive the link to participate in any of the upcoming parent information sessions. All sessions begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be held virtually. 

     Grades 1 & 2 -  Monday, November 23, 2020

     Grades 3, 4 & 5 -  Tuesday, December 8, 2020

 

PTA sponsors a Virtual Turkey Trot 2020

PTA is sponsoring the annual Bren Mar Park Elementary Virtual Turkey Trot  on Saturday, November 21st from 10am -12p.m.

We can’t run in the school this year but that won’t stop us from running! Please join us for this VIRTUAL FUNdraiser. This year, we are raising money for a water bottle filling station to place in the school in light of safety concerns with using conventional water fountains.

What: Jog/run/walk for 30 minutes

When: Saturday November 21, 2020 between 10am-12pm

Where: ANYWHERE YOU WANT (just make sure you’re in a safe place)

How: Have someone take a video of your run or walk and post on Facebook at @brenmarpark and on Twitter @BrenMarPark_ES to celebrate YOU!

Why: To raise money for a water bottle fill station in our school.

**This year the Turkey Trot: Run for Water is FREE to enter!  However, if you would like to get some sponsors for your race, please have friends/family click here  or go to

https://bmpmustangs.memberhub.store/shopping/items/102326

to donate in your name!

 

The Many Faces of BMP

Get to know our new BMP team member, Tonya Edlow, PAC Teacher.

Tonya Edlow was born at Loring AFB in Maine and grew up in New York.  She started her teaching career working as a special education paraprofessional and substitute teacher in NJ.  She later taught preschool and 1st grade.  Before coming to FCPS, she worked as an ABA Therapist, doing clinical work at a private practice in Loudoun County.  She has a BS in early childhood education and an M.Ed in education.  She loves to bake, spend time with family, and go on nature hikes with her dog.

 

Celebrating Cultural Stories

Cultural Literacy Night has been renamed to "Celebrating Cultural Stories."  We hosted this event for the first time last year, and were thrilled to have so many parents willing to be a part of this opportunity to share stories from home cultures and backgrounds!

Even though this evening will be hosted virtually, we are seeking parents or guardians who might be willing to read aloud a children's story in a home language or from a home county.  Parents are welcome to provide their own book, or our fabulous librarian, Mrs. Watson, has great connections through the International Children's Digital Library to support families in finding an electronic book in a variety of languages and from a variety of cultures.  

Please reach out to our parent liaison, Sandra Chetelat, should you be willing to be a part of this celebration of cultural stories family engagement night!

 

Has Your Child Restarted the FCPS Laptop Lately?

One of the best ways you can do to trouble-shoot and present technology problems is to be sure that your child restarts the FCPS laptop at least one time per week.  Haven't done it recently?  Now is the perfect opportunity!

 

Holiday Travel Plans

Even during a time of virtual learning, school attendance and participation continues to be expected and monitored.

For families who have selected in-person instruction, we encourage you to follow guidance in accordance with the Virginia Department of Health around any travel quarantine requirement for people arriving in the Commonwealth from other U.S. or international locations. 

In addition, we continue to encourage families to practice measures to remain healthy when choosing to travel: 

  • When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) 
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick (use the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire)
Specialist Spotlight Music Spotlight:

Hello everyone! Ms. Gore and I really enjoyed meeting all our students in first quarter and we are excited to be starting second quarter. Our next unit of study is called “Culture and Careers”. We will be learning about patriotic music from many different cultures, and also discussing the many careers in music. We hope everyone continues to do a great job participating in music class, turning on their cameras to dance with us, and raising their hands to answer questions or sing one at a time! 😊

I am also happy to announce that the annual BMP Winter Sing Along WILL HAPPEN THIS YEAR! It will be held virtually, over BBCU, on Monday December 14th, time TBD. I will post songs in each grade level Google Classroom so kids can practice ahead of time as much as they want. 😊Stay tuned for more information!

 

Mrs. Millett

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

November 17      FECEP & Kindergarten In-Person Instruction Begins

November 23      Parent Information Session:  Grades 1 & 2, 5:00 p.m.

November 25, 26 & 27      Holiday:  Thanksgiving Break

December 8        Parent Information Session:  Grades 3, 4 & 5, 5:00 p.m.

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A Message from the Principal

I want to thank everyone for continuing to monitor school communication and for responding with any requested changes for learning this school year (in-person or online).  Across the school, 50% of our families selected in-person and 50% selected online.  This percentage varies between different grade levels.

All families should have received an email and phone message on Thursday November 5, 2020 with next steps and information about upcoming Parent Information Sessions.  FECEP and Kindergarten families should have received a second email from the school with additional, more specific information about the upcoming phase in for in-person instruction.  Families of students in grades 1 & 2 will receive their email in the upcoming weeks.  As you know, changes to class rosters and schedules were anticipated. Some students will be assigned new teachers, and placement changes will not start until the first day of in-person instruction.  Our Bren Mar Park staff is exceptional, and they’ll work to establish great relationships with new students and build joyful, welcoming new classroom cultures.  Our teachers are members of a grade level team, and they work together to plan lessons, solve problems, and advocate for high-quality instruction.  I am confident that a new teacher, should your child have one, will continue the great work her/his teammate started this fall.

Changes to classes are necessary due to the many factors involved in shifting to in-person or online instruction among our students.  We must honor all parent choices, and I must protect staff members with health conditions or other circumstances that make working from home necessary.  I appreciate your understanding, patience and flexibility..

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

2-Hr Early Release on Wednesday, November 11

In honor of Veteran's Day, Wednesday, November 11, is a 2 hour early dismissal.  Students will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.

 

Family Literacy Night Thursday, November 12, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Families Engaged In Literacy Night

Thursday, November 12, 2020

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Join us for a virtual family literacy night! Read the sessions below and choose 2 that your family will attend. The link to the virtual event will be sent 2 hours prior to the start time.

 

Grades

Topic

All Grades

Writing: Book Creator

Come and learn how to make an awesome digital book using Book Creator.

All Grades

Reading: Navigating Pioneer Valley Literacy Footprints

Pioneer Valley is a useful tool used for guided reading. In this session, you will learn how to navigate through Pioneer Valley to find books that best suit your child’s needs, how to access their assigned books, and how to find books in their book bag.

FECEP-2nd

Fluency: Poetry and Rhyme

Come and enjoy the rhythm and movement of words.

FECEP-2nd

Comprehension: Interactive Read Aloud and Discussion

Come enjoy a rich and interesting text through a read aloud. Engage in a discussion as we talk about the book and reflect on the meaning of the story.

3rd-5th

Comprehension: Interactive Read Aloud and Discussion

Come enjoy a rich and interesting text through a read aloud. Engage in a discussion as we talk about the book and reflect on the meaning of the story.

3rd-5th

Reading: Flipping for Reading

Curious to see what other students are reading? Come and hear from peers about their favorite book and leave with new titles you might want to explore.

 

Deadline Information for Level IV Advanced Academics program

If you are interested in having your child go through the screening process for Level IV Advanced Academics, the Referral Packets for FCPS students in grades 2-5 are due to Bren Mar Park Elementary by December 1, 2020 by 4:00 PM.  You must complete the Level IV Advanced Academic Referral form . You may also complete the Parent/Guardian Questionnaire.

These documents must be submitted to Cathy Trope, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, at cjtrope@fcps.edu.  Please visit the FCPS Advanced Academics site for more information.

 

Has Your Child Restarted the FCPS Laptop Lately?

One of the best ways you can do to trouble-shoot and present technology problems is to be sure that your child restarts the FCPS laptop at least one time per week.  Haven't done it recently?  Now is the perfect opportunity!

 

Returning to In-Person Instruction

We continue phasing students to in-person instruction. As was shared in Dr. Brabrand's message last Friday, students will be involved in independent work on planning days as we prepare for in-person students to return to the classroom. Be on the lookout for more details soon, and more information can be found on the FCPS Return to School Family Guide website.

Group 5 - FECEP, Kindergarten and Intensive Support Needs

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 11/17/2020

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:  Monday, 11/9

                                                                               Thursday, 11/12

                                                                               Friday, 11/13

 

Group 6 - Grades 1 and 2

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 12/1/2020

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:  Monday, 11/16

                                                                               Friday, 11/20

                                                                               Monday, 11/24

                                                                              Tuesday, 11/25

Group 7 - Grades 3, 4 and 5

ExpectedReturn to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 1/4/2021

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:   To Be Determined

 

Parent Information Sessions on Return to In-Person Instruction

We hope that you will join us for Parent Information Sessions on Returning to In-Person Instruction at Bren Mar Park Elementary School.  While they are divided up by grade levels in order to allow for smaller groups and more opportunity for grade-level specific questions, all families will receive the link to participate in any of the upcoming parent information sessions. All sessions begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be held virtually. 

     HeadStart & Kindergarten -  Tuesday, November 10, 2020

     Grades 1 & 2 -  Monday, November 23, 2020

     Grades 3, 4 & 5 -  Tuesday, December 8, 2020

 

Student Health & Safety Guidance Clean and Disinfect....
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.....Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

 

Specialist Spotlight Art Spotlight:

Mustangs have been keeping busy in art class in all grades.  Students are impressing me with their amazing creativity and wonderful attitude.  I enjoy seeing them in art each week.  So far, students have done a drawing, a painting, and are now working on a clay project.  Our 4th and 5th grade artists are learning about medieval art and gargoyles and creating a modern clay gargoyle design.  Our 2nd and 3rd grade artists are learning to make clay animals and the habitats they live in.  Our K and 1st grade artists are learning how to make forms with clay and will learn to make a clay pinch pot with a lid. 

Our next task will be to create a scrap paper box (all grades).  You can start now by reusing an old shoe box and saving any papers of different colors you get in the mail or find around the house.  Students can also add construction paper.  We will use this several times in class to make various collage project.  Thank you so much for all your help!

Ms. Springfield

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

November 10      Parent Information Session:  HeadStart & Kindergarten, 5:00

November 11      2 hr Early Release (School day ends at 2:00 p.m.)

November 12      VIRTUAL:  Family Literacy Night, 5:30 p.m. - 7p.m.

November 17      FECEP & Kindergarten In-Person Instruction Begins

November 23      Parent Information Session:  Grades 1 & 2, 5:00 p.m.

November 25, 26 & 27      Holiday:  Thanksgiving Break

December 8        Parent Information Session:  Grades 3, 4 & 5, 5:00 p.m.

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Mustang Message - 11/1/2020

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A Message from the Principal

What an amazing week!  We are so excited to have small cohorts of staff and students returning to our school building. 

Tomorrow and Tuesday are student holidays, which means no asynchronous work or teaching will take place.  Teachers will be involved in professional development, collaborative planning and virtually connecting with some families.

This marks the end of the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year.  It is hard to believe how quickly it has gone by!  Progress reports will be printed and mailed home to families on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

Returning to In-Person Instruction

We continue phasing students to in-person instruction. As was shared in Dr. Brabrand's message last Friday, students will be involved in independent work on planning days as we prepare for in-person students to return to the classroom. Be on the lookout for more details soon, and more information can be found on the FCPS Return to School Family Guide website.

Group 5 - FECEP, Kindergarten and Intensive Support Needs

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 11/17/2020

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:  Monday, 11/9

                                                                               Thursday, 11/12

                                                                               Friday, 11/13

 

Group 6 - Grades 1 and 2

Expected Return to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 12/1/2020

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:  Monday, 11/16

                                                                               Friday, 11/20

                                                                               Monday, 11/24

                                                                              Tuesday, 11/25

Group 7 - Grades 3, 4 and 5

ExpectedReturn to In-Person Date:  Tuesday, 1/4/2021

Independent Workdays for Teacher Preparation:   To Be Determined

 

Parent Information Sessions on Return to In-Person Instruction

We hope that you will join us for Parent Information Sessions on Returning to In-Person Instruction at Bren Mar Park Elementary School.  While they are divided up by grade levels in order to allow for smaller groups and more opportunity for grade-level specific questions, all families will receive the link to participate in any of the upcoming parent information sessions. All sessions begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be held virtually. 

     HeadStart & Kindergarten -  Tuesday, November 10, 2020

     Grades 1 & 2 -  Monday, November 23, 2020

     Grades 3, 4 & 5 -  Tuesday, December 8, 2020

 

Family Market - Nov. 5 , 4:30 p.m. Our next Family Market is Thursday, November 5th.

The Capitol Area Food Bank will hold our next Family Market here at Bren Mar Park Elementary this Thursday, November 5th from 4:30-6p.m.

Family Markets are monthly no-cost, market style grocery distributions  of dry goods and produce at our school. All BMP  families are welcome.

This year food will be distributed in a drive-up/walk-up model following all safety guidelines including masks which must be worn at all times and distancing 6 feet apart. Families will grab a prepackaged bag or box of shelf stable items and produce to take home.  Please note: these boxes are heavy, and might possibly be too heavy to carry if you have a long walk home.

Please share and let your BMP neighbors know of this valuable resource.

Student Health & Safety Guidance Cover coughs and sneezes...
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

Ways to Help Your Child at Home Virtual Learning Tech Tips: Connecting to a Bluetooth device

FCPS has created some student friendly 'how to' videos for distance learning.  We will share this series of videos here.  Our next video goes over how to connect to a bluetooth device.  Please take a moment to watch this video with your Mustang.

 

Parent Technology Help

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available at 1-833-921-3277, open from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week.  Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English, interpreters are available and FCPS also has parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages.

The online portal allows older students and parents/guardians to request help directly. Please use this to submit help request tickets to help you faster!

Limited BMP Technology Team support is available by appointment only and only on select days and times.  We ask that you submit a ticket first, however if you feel you need an in-person appointment, please call the BMP front office during regular school hours to schedule an appointment.

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

 

Specialist Spotlights Advanced Academic Spotlight:

As we finished up the quarter we continued to think about the critical and creative skill, visualization.  Students across the school also focused on using AAP resources including: Jacob Ladder, Socratic Seminar and Project Clarion Science lessons.   At the beginning of second quarter, we will be focusing on the critical and creative skill, questioning.  Questioning leads students to deeper understanding of a concept.  Active learners are always questioning.  Students who take responsibility for asking their own questions become more productive and engaged in their learning.  

 

At home connection: Have students make a list of questions they are thinking about.  Think about ways we can learn more to find answers to our questions.  Create a poster of the new knowledge you learned from looking for an answer to your question.  Write the original question on the top of the poster.  After completing the poster, snap a picture and tag @Mrs_TropeAART #BMPaap or share it with my at cjtrope@fcps.edu.  I can’t wait to see your creations!

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

November 2        Student Holiday:  Professional Development

November 3        Student Holiday:  Teacher Workday

November 5        Family Market, 4:30 p.m.

November 10      Parent Information Session:  HeadStart & Kindergarten, 5:00

November 11      2 hr Early Release (School day ends at 2:00 p.m.)

November 12      VIRTUAL:  Family Literacy Night 

November 17      FECEP & Kindergarten In-Person Instruction Begins

November 23      Parent Information Session:  Grades 1 & 2, 5:00 p.m.

November 25, 26 & 27      Holiday:  Thanksgiving Break

December 8        Parent Information Session:  Grades 3, 4 & 5, 5:00 p.m.

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Mustang Message - 10/25/2020

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A Message from the Principal

We are sad to announce the departure of our very own, Mrs. Jenny Lim, student information attendant.  She will be moving to another state with her family, and she will continue to be with us through Friday, October 30, 2020.  We wish her the best on her new adventure and she will forever be a valued part of our Bren Mar Park school community. 

And, starting Monday, November 2, 2020, we are excited to welcome our new student information attendant, Dorian Esteban.  She comes with office experience in an FCPS middle school, is committed to supporting students and families, and is bilingual in both English and Spanish.  Please help us welcome her as she joins the Bren Mar Park team!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

PTA-Sponsored BINGOween on Thursday, October 29th, 6:30 p.m.

Join the Bren Mar Park ES PTA and Staff on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m. for our first Virtual Bingoween! Bingoween is a Mustang tradition where students, teachers, and families have fun playing bingo together. Costumes are encouraged but are not necessary. PTA members can participate in a virtual raffle to win gift card prizes this year! If you haven't already, join the BMP PTA using this Member Hub link to have your name included in the raffle for you or your family to win! 

Look out for a BlackBoard Collaborate link just prior to the event. Electronic and paper copies of the bingo cards will be available. Contact bmp.pta@gmail.com with questions. 

 

Bingoween Flier - Join the Bren Mar Park ES PTA and Staff on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m. for our first Virtual Bingoween!Costumes are encouraged but are not necessary.Look out for a BlackBoard Collaborate link just prior to the event. Electronic and paper copies of the bingo cards will be available.

Parent Information Session: Title 1 & Roundtable Discussion

Bren Mar Park is a Title 1 school.  Title 1 funds pass from the federal government through the state and school district to reach individual schools.  Bren Mar Park uses Title 1 funding to improve services through professional development for effective instruction, purchasing high quality instructional materials, providing opportunities for home connections and school readiness, as well support interventions and enrichments for our students.  Come and join a Parent Information Session to learn more about Bren Mar Park as a Title 1 school on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  The guest link will be shared in an email to parents just prior to the start of the session.

 

Face Covering Requirements While on School Property

Any person over the age of 2 is expected to wear a face covering, such as a face mask, while in the school building or while on school property, including outside of the school building.  This applies to events such as school supply pick up or food distribution.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the front office.   Thank you for your support in helping us keep everyone as safe as possible during these times!

 

Student Health & Safety Guidance Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others...
    • COVID-19 can be spread to others even if you do not feel sick.
    • A face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    • Everyone should wear a face mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Masks, along with social distancing, should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
    • Face masks  should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
    • Continue to keep feet between yourself and others. A face mask  is not a substitute for social distancing

 

Ways to Help Your Child at Home Virtual Learning Tech Tips: Accessing 24-7 Learning: Parent View

FCPS has created some student friendly 'how to' videos for distance learning.  We will share this series of videos here.  Our next video goes over how to access your parent SIS account once you have created your log-in.  Having this account is helpful to see academic updates for you student and to complete important online documents. Please take a moment to watch this video with your Mustang.

 

Parent Technology Help

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available at 1-833-921-3277, open from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week.  Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English, interpreters are available and FCPS also has parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages.

The online portal allows older students and parents/guardians to request help directly. Please use this to submit help request tickets to help you faster!

Limited BMP Technology Team support is available by appointment only and only on select days and times.  We ask that you submit a ticket first, however if you feel you need an in-person appointment, please call the BMP front office during regular school hours to schedule an appointment.

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

 

Specialist Spotlights PE Spotlight:

It has been a busy month in PE class! Students have been up and moving for at least 25 minutes each class period. This week we are beginning to incorporate more Zumba style activities to pair with a number of different dances. This variety has been a positive for students as they get to try a lot of fun new ways to be active!  The “Cha-Cha Slide” and “Follow the Leader” dances have been the favorites for students. Between PE class and PE clubs, students have gotten the chance to dance, perform various circuit workouts, learn some Zumba, Yoga, as well as Tabata style workouts. We are looking forward to keeping the kids active in a safe and fun way during virtual learning!

 

Thanks!

Mr. Doherty and Mr. Hill

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

October 26         Parent Information Session: Title 1 & Roundtable, 6:00 p.m.

October 29         PTA-Sponsored BINGOween, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

October 30          No In-Person Instruction at Bren Mar Park ES

                            2 hour Early Release for all virtual learning

October 31          End of Q1 - All Student Work to be Completed for Q1 Grades

November 2        Student Holiday:  Professional Development

November 3        Student Holiday:  Teacher Workday

November 5        Family Market

November 12      VIRTUAL:  Family Literacy Night

November 25, 26 & 27      Holiday:  Thanksgiving Break

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Mustang Message - 10/18/2020

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A Message from the Principal

Beginning tomorrow, October 19th, Monday schedules will change from the schedules that we started in the beginning of the year.  Up until now, Mondays have been used by classroom teachers to build relationships with and between students in small groups, as well as to complete assessments with individual and small groups of students.  Starting tomorrow, students will be joining their teachers at 9:15 a.m. for a Morning Meeting or check-in for the school day, and then will be assigned asynchronous work to complete. Only students identified for extra time with the teacher will be participating in small group instruction.

And, did you know that even while most students continue in distance learning, the Bren Mar Park PTA continues to be hard at work!?!  So, far this school year, the BMP PTA has donated the BMP cinch bags that held the school supplies provided at the beginning of the school year, put together a grab and go icee treat for children and their families, and this week will host the annual BINGOween event (virtually this year).  We do hope that you will join us on Friday evening for this fun, social opportunity!  They continue to look for those who want to help.  If you're interested, please contact bmp.pta@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

Free & Reduced Meals Applications

Meals may be free to students right now, however, applications need to be completed for free and reduced price meals.  The application is here The form is available in a variety of languages.  The prices for paid breakfast and lunch and often allows families opportunities for free and reduced-price services outside of the school, such as after-school clubs.  

 

Grab N' Go Breakfast & Lunch

Grab N' Go Breakfast & Lunch continues to available at Bren Mar Park for ALL families, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Food is free for children under age 18 and $2 for adults.

 

Face Covering Requirements While on School Property

Any person over the age of 2 is expected to wear a face covering, such as a face mask, while in the school building or while on school property, including outside of the school building.  This applies to events such as school supply pick up or food distribution.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the front office.   Thank you for your support in helping us keep everyone as safe as possible during these times!

 

Student Health & Safety Guidance Avoid close contact...

 

Ways to Help Your Child at Home How to create a Parent SIS Account...

FCPS has created some student friendly 'how to' videos for distance learning.  We will share this series of videos here.  Our next video goes over how to create a parent SIS account.  Having this account is helpful to see academic updates for you student and to complete important online documents. Please take a moment to watch this video with your Mustang.

 

Parent Technology Help

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available at 1-833-921-3277, open from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week.  Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English, interpreters are available and FCPS also has parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages.

The online portal allows older students and parents/guardians to request help directly. Please use this to submit help request tickets to help you faster!

Limited BMP Technology Team support is available by appointment only and only on select days and times.  We ask that you submit a ticket first, however if you feel you need an in-person appointment, please call the BMP front office during regular school hours to schedule an appointment.

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

 

A Note from the PTA President

Our BMP PTA Membership Drive is underway! I encourage you to start or renew your membership for only $10 per person. Your membership gives you a vote and a voice at meetings. Most importantly, you will be a part of one of the oldest child advocacy organizations in the United States. Please find membership forms in English and in Spanish.

 

Specialist Spotlights

I am so proud of our students for showing up and working hard!  Thank you for showing up for your children and letting them know that they can do hard things with diligence and perseverance.

Our focus in counseling lessons has been Social Emotional Learning is naming our emotions.  Why is it important to know what we are feeling and to be able to put a name to that feeling?  When we are able to name our emotion, we can then begin to deal with it.  We talked about being good managers of our emotions. Once we know what we are feeling then we can successfully manage those feelings.  Then we learned about different strategies for managing emotions.  What can we do when we are feeling angry, disappointed, frustrated, sad, excited, etc.?  Students gave ideas such as go for a bike ride, play games with my family, and talk to my mom.  In grades 4 and 5, we explored emotional thermostats, we need to manage that emotion.  They learned the idiom, “blow your lid off,” losing control of our emotions like a pot of boiling water that causes the lid to blow off when the heat is too intense.  

My goal for your children is that they become star managers of their emotions.  Your support is vital in modelling strategies for dealing with emotions and talking with them about the emotions they experience during the day.  If you have any questions, you can reach me at jblanier@fcps.edu

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

October 29         VIRTUAL:  PTA-Sponsored BINGOween

October 31          End of Q1 - All Student Work to be Completed for Q1 Grades

November 2        Student Holiday:  Professional Development

November 3        Student Holiday:  Teacher Workday

November 5        Family Market

November 12      VIRTUAL:  Family Literacy Night

November 25, 26 & 27      Holiday:  Thanksgiving Break

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Mustang Message - 10/11/2020

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A Message from the Principal

This is an important reminder that there is no school tomorrow, Monday, October 12, 2020 in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day.  Our fantastic teachers, instructional assistants and other members of the Bren Mar Park staff will be involved in school planning, focusing on refining instructional practices and designing intervention in a virtual platform.  Starting on Monday, October 19, 2020, students involved in small group instruction will be doing so in order to receive intervention, or additional learning and practice, on Mondays in small group.  Even if your child is not assigned small group instruction, she/he will have assigned tasks as part of the school day.  Please don't hesitate to ask your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

 

Free & Reduced Meals Applications

Meals may be free to students right now, however, applications need to be completed for free and reduced price meals.  The application is here The form is available in a variety of languages.  The prices for paid breakfast and lunch and often allows families opportunities for free and reduced-price services outside of the school, such as after-school clubs.  

 

Grab N' Go Breakfast & Lunch

Grab N' Go Breakfast & Lunch continues to available at Bren Mar Park for ALL families, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Food is free for children under age 18 and $2 for adults.

 

Student Health & Safety Guidance Wash your hands often...
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

 

Ways to Help Your Child at Home Flipgrid Basics

FCPS has created some student friendly 'how to' videos for distance learning.  We will share this series of videos here.  Our next video goes over the basics of flipgrid.   Please take a moment to watch this video with your Mustang.

 

Parent Technology Help

The Parent Technology Help Desk is available at 1-833-921-3277, open from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week.  Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English, interpreters are available and FCPS also has parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages.

The online portal allows older students and parents/guardians to request help directly. Please use this to submit help request tickets to help you faster!

Limited BMP Technology Team support is available by appointment only and only on select days and times.  We ask that you submit a ticket first, however if you feel you need an in-person appointment, please call the BMP front office during regular school hours to schedule an appointment.

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

 

A Note from the PTA President

Our BMP PTA Membership Drive is underway! I encourage you to start or renew your membership for only $10 per person. Your membership gives you a vote and a voice at meetings. Most importantly, you will be a part of one of the oldest child advocacy organizations in the United States. Please find membership forms in English and in Spanish.

 

Specialist Spotlights

Hi Families,

This is your librarian, Mrs. Watson!  I’m excited to welcome you back to the school library!  Even though we are learning virtually, the library has a wealth of resources for your child.  To begin, please go to the Library Website and bookmark this page:  https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/bmpeslibrary/home  From this page, your child can access the library catalog, find how-to videos to help you get print materials and ebooks, and there are learning sites, read alouds and oodles of other resources!  This website is constantly being updated, so please check back often.

Even though we have lots of virtual resources, sometimes you just want to hold a book in your hand.  We have started Curbside Checkout so that your child can borrow print materials from our library.  Every other week, your child can put 5 books on hold and pick them up in front of our school on Wednesday or from your bus stop on Thursday.  Check the Library Website’s Curbside Checkout page for more information.  There is a document there with more details, a bus schedule, and a calendar to help you know exactly when to do things.  And, as always, you can reach me at clwatson@fcps.edu if you have questions.  Happy Reading!

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

October 12          Student Holiday:  School Planning Day  

October 15          Q1 Interims will be sent home

October 31          End of Q1 - All Student Work to be Completed for Q1 Grades

November 2        Student Holiday:

November 3        Student Holiday:  

November 12      VIRTUAL:  Family Literacy Night

November 25, 26 & 27      Holiday:  Thanksgiving Break

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