Mustang Message - July 3, 2022

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We are a community of learners thriving in a diverse world!

We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

Mrs. Williams shared one of her favorite stories from elementary school in this week's Tuesday Tales virtual read aloud.

 

School Supply Kits

These are the last weeks to order school supply kits for the 2022-23 school year!  Orders can be made online by July 15th at

https://www.campussurvivalkits.com/brenmarpark

Children's personal supplies will be delivered in a custom Bren Mar Park drawstring backpack!  Community items will be provided to the classroom teachers.  Delivery will be made to the school before Open House.

Checks may also be delivered to the school office between 9:00 - 1:00 each weekday.

 

Summer Meal Kits

Bren Mar Park has been selected as an open meal distribution site. Summer meals (breakfast and lunch) can be picked up at no charge for children ages 18 and younger. 

Breakfast and lunch meals can be picked up Monday to Friday, June 27 - August, 4 between 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Food is for pick-up only.  Please check the FCPS webpage for more information. https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

 

BMP Summer Office Hours

Bren Mar Park front office is open to the public between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  on most work days.  The front office will be closed on the following holidays:

                       Monday, July 4               In honor of 4th of July

                       Tuesday, July 5              Staff holidays

 

BMP Tuesday Tales

Join us virtually each Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. for a story read by a Bren Mar Park staff member. 

These will occur every Tuesday evening, June 28 - Tuesday, August 2.  The link will open 5 minutes before 7:00 at this link.

 

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

 

Job Opportunities for BMP Families

To help us meet these critical needs, here is a reminder of some job opportunities that we have a available at Bren Mar Park and FCPS:

  • Bus drivers
  • Full-time front office assistant - responsibilities include welcoming and helping BMP families, managing staff Time & Attendance, providing back up health/medical needs, and organization/management of other office tasks; please email questions or resume to Mrs. Williams 
  • School Health Aide (SHA) - responsible for managing the school clinic and supporting the school community with medical care, including administration of regular and emergency medications and managing documents of medical needs
  • Substitutes (short- and long-term) 

If you or someone you know is looking for work and may be a good fit for one or more of these positions, I encourage you or them to apply!  

 

Volunteer Opportunities at BMP

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is always looking for people to volunteer in a variety of fun ways!  Please email [email protected] for more information.

Bren Mar Park is seeking a Title 1 Parent Advisory Committee Representative (TPAC) for next school year.  There are monthly meetings in which you would learn more and share about the great things going on in FCPS Title 1 schools.  Please email [email protected] if interested.

 

Back to School Immunizations

In order for your child to begin school at the start of the 2022-23 school year, documentation of compliant school entrance requirements (immunizations and physical examinations) must be received on or before August 22, 2022.

Please click the below links for information regarding immunization guidelines and requirements. 

School entrance immunizations can be accessed through a number of resources to include your healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD), and Inova Cares Clinics. Get more information about FCHD and Inova clinic locations and dates.

 

Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

  1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level.  This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
  2. Directly to students in middle or high school.  This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes.  Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

August 6            Rising Kindergarten Playground Playdates (9:00 - 10:00)

August 6            Rising Grade 1 & 2 Playground Playdates (10:15 - 11:15)

August 6            Rising Grade 3 - 5 Playground Playdates (11:30 - 12:30)

August 13          Rain Date for Playground Playdates

August 19          Back to School Open House  (10:30)

August 22          First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

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Mustang Message - June 26, 2022

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We are a community of learners thriving in a diverse world!

We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

Our Bren Mar Park parking lot got a fresh coat of paint this summer.  This is one of the many things we do during summer months to get ready for the new school year!

 

School Supply Kits

These are the last weeks to order school supply kits for the 2022-23 school year!  Orders can be made online by July 15th at

https://www.campussurvivalkits.com/brenmarpark

Children's personal supplies will be delivered in a custom Bren Mar Park drawstring backpack!  Community items will be provided to the classroom teachers.  Delivery will be made to the school before Open House.

Checks may also be delivered to the school office between 9:00 - 1:00 each weekday.

 

Summer Meal Kits

Bren Mar Park has been selected as an open meal distribution site. Summer meals (breakfast and lunch) can be picked up at no charge for children ages 18 and younger. 

 

Meals can be picked up Monday to Friday, June 27 - August, 4:

Breakfast from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Food is for pick-up only.  Please check the FCPS webpage for more information. https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

 

BMP Summer Office Hours

Bren Mar Park front office is open to the public between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  on most work days.  The front office will be closed on the following holidays:

                       Monday, July 4               In honor of 4th of July

                       Tuesday, July 5              Staff holidays

 

BMP Tuesday Tales

Join us virtually each Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. for a story read by a Bren Mar Park staff member. 

These will occur every Tuesday evening, June 28 - Tuesday, August 2.  The link will open 5 minutes before 7:00 at this link.

 

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

 

Job Opportunities for BMP Families

To help us meet these critical needs, here is a reminder of some job opportunities that we have a available at Bren Mar Park and FCPS:

  • Substitutes (short- and long-term) - School Board just approved an increase in pay for short- and long-term substitutes!

If you or someone you know is looking for work and may be a good fit for one or more of these positions, I encourage you or them to apply!  

 

Back to School Immunizations

In order for your child to begin school at the start of the 2022-23 school year, documentation of compliant school entrance requirements (immunizations and physical examinations) must be received on or before August 22, 2022.

Please click the below links for information regarding immunization guidelines and requirements. 

School entrance immunizations can be accessed through a number of resources to include your healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD), and Inova Cares Clinics. Get more information about FCHD and Inova clinic locations and dates.

 

Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

  1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level.  This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
  2. Directly to students in middle or high school.  This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes.  Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520Click to edit this placeholder text.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

August 6            Rising Kindergarten Playground Playdates (9:00 - 10:00)

August 6            Rising Grade 1 & 2 Playground Playdates (10:15 - 11:15)

August 6            Rising Grade 3 - 5 Playground Playdates (11:30 - 12:30)

August 13          Rain Date for Playground Playdates

August 19          Back to School Open House  (10:30)

August 22          First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

6344 Beryl Road, Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main Office: 703-914-7200
Attendance: 703-914-7272 | Web | Twitter

Mustang Message - June 19, 2022

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We are a community of learners thriving in a diverse world!

We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

Congratulations to our promoting 5th graders!

BMP Summer Office Hours

Bren Mar Park front office is open to the public between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  on most work days.  The front office will be closed on the following holidays:

                        Monday, June 20           In honor of Juneteenth

                       Tuesday, June 21 - Friday, June 24      Staff Holidays

                       Monday, July 4               In honor of 4th of July

 

BMP Tuesday Tales

Join us virtually each Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. for a story read by a Bren Mar Park staff member. 

DATE CHANGE:  These will occur every Tuesday evening, June 28 - Tuesday, August 2.  The link will open 5 minutes before 7:00 at this link.

 

Immunizations Before Back to School

In order for your child to begin school at the start of the 2022-23 school year, documentation of compliant school entrance requirements (immunizations and physical examinations) must be received on or before August 22, 2022.

Please click the below links for information regarding immunization guidelines and requirements. 

School entrance immunizations can be accessed through a number of resources to include your healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD), and Inova Cares Clinics. Get more information about FCHD and Inova clinic locations and dates.

 

Free and Reduced Meals

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

 

Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

  1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level.  This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
  2. Directly to students in middle or high school.  This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes.  Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520Click to edit this placeholder text.

 

Job Opportunities for BMP Families

To help us meet these critical needs, here is a reminder of some job opportunities that we have a available at Bren Mar Park and FCPS:

  • Substitutes (short- and long-term) - School Board just approved an increase in pay for short- and long-term substitutes!

If you or someone you know is looking for work and may be a good fit for one or more of these positions, I encourage you or them to apply!  

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

August 6            Rising Kindergarten Playground Playdates (9:00 - 10:00)

August 6            Rising Grade 1 & 2 Playground Playdates (10:15 - 11:15)

August 6            Rising Grade 3 - 5 Playground Playdates (12:00 - 1:00)

August 13          Rain Date for Playground Playdates

August 19          Back to School Open House  (10:30)

August 22          First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

6344 Beryl Road, Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main Office: 703-914-7200
Attendance: 703-914-7272 | Web | Twitter

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We are a community of learners thriving in a diverse world!

We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

Mrs. Lear (left) and Mrs. Williams (right) wish our Bren Mar Park students and families a wonderful summer break!

 

BMP Summer Office Hours

Bren Mar Park front office is open to the public between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  on most work days.  The front office will be closed on the following holidays:

                       Wednesday, June 15     Professional Development

                       Monday, June 20           In honor of Juneteenth

                       Tuesday, June 21 - Friday, June 24      Staff Holidays

                       Monday, July 4               In honor of 4th of July

 

BMP Tuesday Tales

Join us virtually each Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. for a story read by a Bren Mar Park staff member. 

These will occur every Tuesday evening, June 21 - Tuesday, August 2.  The link will open 5 minutes before 7:00 at this link.

 

Free and Reduced Meals

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

 

Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

  1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level.  This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
  2. Directly to students in middle or high school.  This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes.  Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520Click to edit this placeholder text.

Job Opportunities for BMP Families

To help us meet these critical needs, here is a reminder of some job opportunities that we have a available at Bren Mar Park and FCPS:

  • Substitutes (short- and long-term) - School Board just approved an increase in pay for short- and long-term substitutes!

If you or someone you know is looking for work and may be a good fit for one or more of these positions, I encourage you or them to apply!  

 

Annandale Summer Sports Camps

Looking for fun activities for your child this summer? Annandale High School is offering various summer sports camps for rising 2nd graders through rising 9th graders led by Annandale coaches. 

Camps run each day from 8:30am to 3:00pm. The cost of the five-day camps is only $125 (Olympics Camp is 4 days for $100). Credit cards or checks are accepted. Checks should be made out to “Annandale Athletic Boosters”. Payment is due on the first day of camp. Campers can bring their lunch or purchase lunch at camp, and they should bring a snack and a water bottle. 

Click HERE to register for any or all of these camps.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

Summer Playground Play Dates:

August 6            Rising Kindergarten Playground Playdates (9:00 - 10:00)

August 6            Rising Grade 1 & 2 Playground Playdates (10:15 - 11:15)

August 6            Rising Grade 3 - 5 Playground Playdates (12:00 - 1:00)

August 13          Rain Date for Playground Playdates

August 19          Back to School Open House  (10:30)

August 22          First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

6344 Beryl Road, Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main Office: 703-914-7200
Attendance: 703-914-7272 | Web | Twitter

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¡Somos una comunidad de estudiantes que prospera en un mundo diverso!

Somos una familia.

Somos capaces.

Nos cuidamos los unos a los otros.

¡Todos pertenecemos!

Mrs. Lear (left) and Mrs. Williams (right) wish our students and families a wonderful Summer break!

 

Horario de la oficina de BMP este verano

Bren Mar Park está abierta al público de 9:00 am a 1:00 pm la mayoría de los días laborales. La oficina principal estará cerrada los siguientes días festivos:

                       Miércoles 15 de junio Desarrollo profesional

                       Lunes 20 de junio En honor a Juneteenth

                       Martes 21 de junio - Viernes 24 de junio Días festivos del personal

                       Lunes 4 de julio  en honor al 4 de julio

 

Cuentos los Martes

Unanse virtualmente todos los martes por la noche a las 7:00 p.m. para una historia leída por un miembro del personal de Bren Mar Park.

Estos ocurrirán todos los martes por la noche, del 21 de junio al martes 2 de agosto. El enlace se abrirá 5 minutos antes de las 7:00 a.m. Este es el enlace

 

Comidas gratuitas y a precio reducido

Durante los últimos dos años, el gobierno federal ha proporcionado comidas sin costo a todos los estudiantes de las escuelas públicas sin la necesidad de completar la solicitud anual de comidas gratis y a precio reducido. Se espera que la extensión del beneficio de comidas sin costo para todos los estudiantes expire al final de este año escolar, lo que significa que las familias deben presentar una solicitud y ser aprobadas para ser elegibles para recibir comidas gratis o a precio reducido para el año escolar 2022-23.

Se alienta a las familias elegibles a enviar la solicitud de comidas gratis y a precio reducido antes del primer día del año escolar 2022-23. La solicitud en línea estará disponible más adelante este verano y se podrá acceder a ella a través de la página de inicio de FCPS.

Los estudiantes aprobados para comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido pueden calificar para beneficios adicionales, como tarifas exentas o reducidas para instrumentos, uniformes, excursiones, tarifas de clase de FCPS y Parktakes .  

 

Consultas de bienestar mental

Este verano, la Oficina de Servicios de Intervención y Prevención de FCPS ofrecerá consultas virtuales de bienestar mental desde el 21 de junio de 2022 hasta el 5 de agosto de 2022. Los padres y los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de programar una consulta de 45 minutos con un psicólogo escolar o trabajador social escolar por teléfono o videoconferencia. Las consultas se ofrecerán de dos maneras:

  1. Directamente a los padres de los estudiantes en cualquier nivel de grado.  Esta consulta brinda una oportunidad para que los padres reciban orientación sobre cómo apoyar el éxito social, emocional, conductual y académico de sus hijos. También se proporcionará información sobre los recursos de la comunidad.
  2. Directamente a estudiantes de secundaria o preparatoria.  Esta consulta brinda una oportunidad para que los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria reciban orientación y apoyo para las inquietudes relacionadas con la ansiedad, el estado de ánimo, el comportamiento, las interacciones con compañeros o familiares, o las transiciones y cambios escolares. También se pueden proporcionar estrategias y herramientas para abordar desafíos académicos como la organización y la gestión del tiempo.

Se anima a todos los padres y estudiantes de secundaria a aprovechar este servicio haciendo clic aquí para solicitar una consulta. También puede dejarnos un mensaje al 703-503-2520Haga clic para editar este texto de marcador de posición.

 

Oportunidades de trabajo para familias de BMP

Para ayudarnos a satisfacer estas necesidades críticas, aquí hay un recordatorio de algunas oportunidades de trabajo que tenemos disponibles en BMP  y en todo FCPS:

  • Suplentes (a corto y largo plazo) - ¡La Junta Escolar acaba de aprobar un aumento en el pago de los sustitutos a corto y largo plazo!

Si usted o alguien que conoce está buscando trabajo y puede ser una buena opción para uno o más de estos puestos, ¡lo animo a usted oa ellos a postularse! 

 

Campamentos deportivos de verano de Annandale

Buscando actividades divertidas para su hijo este verano? Annandale High School está ofreciendo varios campamentos deportivos para los estudiantes de 2do grado en ascenso hasta los de 9o grado dirigidos por entrenadores de Annandale. 

Los campamentos se realizan todos los días de 8:30 am a 3:00 pm. El costo de los campamentos de cinco días es de solo $125 (el campamento olímpico es de 4 días por $100). Se aceptan tarjetas de crédito o cheques. Los cheques deben hacerse a nombre de “Annandale Athletic Boosters”. El pago vence el primer día de campamento. Los campistas pueden traer su almuerzo o comprarlo en el campamento, y deben traer un refrigerio y una botella de agua todos los días. 

Haga clic AQUÍ para registrarse en cualquiera o todos estos campamentos.

 

Próximas fechas importantes

Días de Recreo en el Verano:

6 de agosto Fechas de juego en el patio de recreo de Kínder (9:00 - 10:00)

6 de agosto Fechas de juego en el patio de recreo de los grados 1 y 2 (10:15 - 11:15)

6 de agosto Fechas de juego en el patio de recreo de los grados 3 - 5 Playdates (12:00 - 1:00)

13 de agosto Fecha de lluvia para los Días de Recreo en el Verano

19 de agosto Casa abierta/Regreso a la escuela (10:30)

22 de agosto Primer día del año escolar 2022-23, grados K-5  

     

6344 Beryl Road, Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main Office: 703-914-7200
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We are a community of learners thriving in a diverse world!

We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

Bren Mar Park students celebrated former students (and members of our own staff) as 2022 graduates during this year's Grad Walk!  

 

Specialist Spotlight: Strings

Thanks for a great year of strings! After the concert, we have continued to play and learn notes on all 4 of our strings. We are also preparing for next year by registering all 3rd and 4th graders for their music class options for next year.

In 5th grade, students have the opportunity to participate in band, strings, and chorus. These programs are held during the school day and provide free weekly classes. Please talk about these programs with your child and submit this form by Tuesday, June 7th, 2022. We would like for ALL families to respond regardless of whether you plan to sign up for these classes so that we can generate your child’s schedule for the 2022-2023 school year.

https://forms.gle/VP2Li9S6WbVcFaHG6  

 

End of the Year Medication Pick-up

The school health room reminds parents/guardians that all medication must be picked up by the last day of school, no later than the time the children are dismissed: 

June 10, 2022 at 2pm

Medication left in the school health room after this time will be discarded.  It is against school policy to leave medicine in the health room during the summer.  It is a school policy that medication is to be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with the child.

If you have any questions, please call the school office at 703-914-7200 or the school health room at 703-914-7210.

Bren Mar Park Elementary School Clinic Staff

Free and Reduced Meals

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

Next Year Placement Considerations

Families are welcome to share information about their child(ren) in preparation for classroom placement considerations for next school year.  Please know that we cannot accept placement requests by teacher name, rather characteristics of a teacher that may be a best fit.  We will take this information into consideration as class placements are determined.  We cannot guarantee a teacher request.

Yearbooks for Sale

Yearbooks are now available for purchase in the front office. The price is $15 per yearbook.  CASH ONLY will be accepted. We have limited quantities so get yours while supplies last.

 

BMP International Night was a huge success!  Thanks to all of the families who joined us.

 

Annandale Summer Sports Camps

Looking for fun activities for your child this summer? Annandale High School is offering various summer sports camps for rising 2nd graders through rising 9th graders led by Annandale coaches. 

Camps run each day from 8:30am to 3:00pm. The cost of the five-day camps is only $125 (Olympics Camp is 4 days for $100). Credit cards or checks are accepted. Checks should be made out to “Annandale Athletic Boosters”. Payment is due on the first day of camp. Campers can bring their lunch or purchase lunch at camp, and they should bring a snack and a water bottle. 

Click HERE to register for any or all of these camps.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

June 10               5th Grade Graduation

June 10               Last Day of School; 2 hour early dismissal

Summer Playground Play Dates:

August 6            Rising Kindergarten Playground Playdates (9:00 - 10:00)

August 6            Rising Grade 1 & 2 Playground Playdates (10:15 - 11:15)

August 6            Rising Grade 3 - 5 Playground Playdates (12:00 - 1:00)

August 13          Rain Date for Playground Playdates

August 19          Back to School Open House  (10:30)

August 22           First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

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We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

Kindergarten students practice Portrait of a Graduate: Communicator skills by speaking in a purposeful way and active listening strategies during mornings news presentations.

 

No School Tomorrow - Memorial Day

In recognition of Memorial Day, there is no school for staff or students on Monday, May 30th.  We wish you a safe and happy holiday!

 

Specialist Spotlight: P.E.

Physical Education Classes

Our mustangs have been very busy the past few weeks getting ready for our annual end-of-year events. Students have been practicing activities they will be participating in during our Field Day and they have been running in practice relay races in preparation for our BMP Relay Races. Please see below for more information about these events to make sure your child is prepared to participate.

Field Day (K-5th)    - Wednesday, June 1st

Field Day (Multi-Age)    - Friday, June 3rd

During Field Day the students will be participating in a variety of physical activities both in the gym and outside. All students must wear sneakers and bring a water bottle to Field Day in order to safely participate. Please also consider having your child wear the following items: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lightweight athletic clothing. 

BMP Relay Races      - Friday, June 3rd

Each year we take the two fastest girls and the two fastest boys from each class to form a class relay team. The teams then compete against other teams in their division in a relay race in front of the whole school. We also form some teacher relay teams to race against their students. Students competing in the relay races should wear sneakers and athletic clothing for this event.

The divisions for this event are listed below.

  • Multi-Age Division
  • Kindergarten Division
  • 1st Grade Division
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade Division
  • 4th & 5th Grade Division

Summer Activities

Our Adapted PE teacher, Mr. Barker has put together some resources for parents wishing to get their child involved in adapted sports and/or special needs athletic programs. Please check out the links below if interested.

Adapted Sports and Recreation Guide: https://padlet.com/prc9/adaptedrec

Special Needs Summer Camp Guide: https://padlet.com/prc9/SNsummercamp

 

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Domingo & Mr. Hill

PE Teachers

 

Next Year Placement Considerations

Families are welcome to share information about their child(ren) in preparation for classroom placement considerations for next school year.  Please know that we cannot accept placement requests by teacher name, rather characteristics of a teacher that may be a best fit.  We will take this information into consideration as class placements are determined.  We cannot guarantee a teacher request.

 

Yearbooks for Sale

Yearbooks are now available for purchase in the front office. The price is $15 per yearbook.  CASH ONLY will be accepted. We have limited quantities so get yours while supplies last.

 

Attendance matters and every day in school counts! 

 

International Night is Back!

Join us from 6:00 - 7:30pm on Friday June 3 to celebrate the amazing diversity of Bren Mar Park!  We would love for you to bring art, artifacts, and FOOD from your country/culture/state to share with others and your child can participate in a fashion show to showcase their beautiful clothing from around the world.  Information will be going home soon, so let us know if you would like to be a part of this amazing event!    If you have a student or know of a group who is interested in performing a dance or song at International Night please email our music teacher Ms. Millett at [email protected].  We can’t wait to see you!

 

Annandale Summer Sports Camps

Looking for fun activities for your child this summer? Annandale High School is offering various summer sports camps for rising 2nd graders through rising 9th graders led by Annandale coaches. 

Camps run each day from 8:30am to 3:00pm. The cost of the five-day camps is only $125 (Olympics Camp is 4 days for $100). Credit cards or checks are accepted. Checks should be made out to “Annandale Athletic Boosters”. Payment is due on the first day of camp. Campers can bring their lunch or purchase lunch at camp, and they should bring a snack and a water bottle. 

Click HERE to register for any or all of these camps.

 

Class of 2022 Graduating Seniors

Bren Mar Park Elementary is hosting a Grad Walk this year and invites our former students who are graduating seniors in the Class of 2022 to participate.

Come back to where it all began, walk the halls of Bren Mar Park one last time and let the little Mustangs cheer you onto your next adventure! (Also, a nice photo opportunity in your Cap and Gown. Parents are welcome.)

Grad Walk will take place on Wednesday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Please RSVP with this Google Form RSVP. If you have any additional questions, email our Family Liaison, Sandra Chetelat, [email protected]

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

June 2                 Family Market, 5:00 p.m.

June 6                 International Night, 6:00 p.m.

June 10               5th Grade Graduation and Last Day of School

August 22            First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

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Attendance matters and every day in school counts! 

 

Attendance Matters!

Please remember the importance of late-year attendance for school success.  While we acknowledge that we are approaching the end of the year, it is important that all students need to be in school.  On time.  Everyday.

The last day of the school year is Friday, June 10th. We expect all students to be in school until the last day.  Please plan for your child to be with us through the last day of the school year.

Next school year begins on Monday, August 22nd.  All students should be in school on the first day of school.  Please plan any trips to allow for your child to be back with us starting the first day of school!

 

Yearbooks for Sale

Yearbooks are now available for purchase in the front office. The price is $15 per yearbook.  CASH ONLY will be accepted. We have limited quantities so get yours while supplies last.

 

No School on Monday, May 30

There is no school for staff or students on Monday, May 30th in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.  We look forward to seeing your child back at school at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

 

International Night is Back!

Join us from 6:00 - 7:30pm on Friday June 3 to celebrate the amazing diversity of Bren Mar Park!  We would love for you to bring art, artifacts, and FOOD from your country/culture/state to share with others and your child can participate in a fashion show to showcase their beautiful clothing from around the world.  Information will be going home soon, so let us know if you would like to be a part of this amazing event!    If you have a student or know of a group who is interested in performing a dance or song at International Night please email our music teacher Ms. Millett at [email protected].  We can’t wait to see you!

 

Specialist Spotlight: Library

Hello from the library!  The library continues to be a busy place!  We’ve wrapped up our Virginia Reads unit and voted for our favorite book.  Kindergarten - 2nd grade’s favorite book was a biography of a man named Fauja Singh.  He was the oldest man to ever run a complete marathon at the age of 100!  Our older students voted and chose a great chapter book called Amari and the Night Brothers.  It’s sort of reminiscent of Harry Potter as Amari discovers a world full of magic.

Right now, Kindergarten is learning that research is just wondering about something and trying to find answers to questions we may have.  They’re learning to look at books and databases like Pebble Go and MyON to find answers.  First grade is doing an author study right now.  Classes are learning about and listening to stories by either Leo Lionni or Tomie dePaola.  Second and third graders are talking about book series and reviewing genres.  I’m booktalking and reading the first chapter of some great series to encourage kids to try something new.  Fourth and fifth graders are in the middle of a research project.  Fourth graders are researching the sun, moon, and planets and fifth graders are researching ancient civilizations.  Like I said, there’s lots going on in the library!

It is getting close to the end of the school year, though, and that means it’s time for kids to find and return all their lost books.  ALL books must be returned to the library by Friday, May 27.  Please help your child find his or her books - check under couches, in the car, under the bed.  You never know where books can be hiding.  Students who return or pay for lost books will be able to enter a raffle for books and posters. Thanks for your help with finding those lost books!Notes

 

Christine Watson

Librarian

 

Specialist Spotlight: Music

3rd and 4th Grade Mustangs have been learning all about their musical opportunities for next year! Current 3rd grade students are invited to join Chorus and Orchestra as 4th graders. Current 4th grade students are invited to join Chorus, as well as either Band or Orchestra. Be on the lookout for sign-ups!

All of our students have been working towards becoming Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful musicians. Older students are working on decoding melodies into syllables as a part of our music literacy work. They are wrapping up the year by working on some challenging pieces using our classroom instruments. Students in all grades continue to learn folk songs and games from around the world. Some classes have even been able to take their musical learning outside and play singing games on the blacktop!

It has been our pleasure to make music with our Mustangs IN PERSON all year long! Please continue the music making over the summer by singing, dancing, and playing games together as a family!

 

 

 

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Pizza anyone? Join BMP for another Doughraiser on Monday, May 23. Just order from your local Domino's Pizza and use the code DN3 and 20% of all sales will go to Bren Mar Park.

 

Annandale Summer Sports Camps

Looking for fun activities for your child this summer? Annandale High School is offering various summer sports camps for rising 2nd graders through rising 9th graders led by Annandale coaches. 

Camps run each day from 8:30am to 3:00pm. The cost of the five-day camps is only $125 (Olympics Camp is 4 days for $100). Credit cards or checks are accepted. Checks should be made out to “Annandale Athletic Boosters”. Payment is due on the first day of camp. Campers can bring their lunch or purchase lunch at camp, and they should bring a snack and a water bottle each day. 

Click HERE to register for any or all of these camps. More information can be found at AnnandaleAtoms.net. See descriptions of the various camps below. 

If you have any questions, please email John Ellenberger, Director of Student Activities, at [email protected]

Here is a direct link to the information: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/bulletins/3172ccf.

 

Summer Events at Bren Mar Park ES

Rec-PAC - This structured recreation program for elementary-aged children will be hosted at Bren Mar Park this summer.  Please visit the Park Authority website for more information and to register.

Playground Playdates - Summer playdates provide an opportunity for children and families to meet on the Bren Mar Park playground to meet and connect with one another.  These are offered by grade level groups.  Summer playdates are scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2022, with a rain date of Saturday, August 13th.  Siblings may attend sessions; parents/guardians must stay with their children the whole time.

             Rising Kindergarten          9:00 - 10:00 a.m.        

             Rising Grade 1, & 2         10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

             Rising Grades 3, 4 & 5     12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Back to School Open House/Curriculum Information Session - These sessions welcome children and families back to school and provide parents/guardians the opportunity to learn about their child's upcoming school year.  Open House will be held on Friday, August 19, 2022 beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Multiple sessions will be held in order to allow families to visit classrooms for different children.

 

Class of 2022 Graduating Seniors

Bren Mar Park Elementary is hosting a Grad Walk this year and invites our former students who are graduating seniors in the Class of 2022 to participate.

Come back to where it all began, walk the halls of Bren Mar Park one last time and let the little Mustangs cheer you onto your next adventure! (Also, a nice photo opportunity in your Cap and Gown. Parents are welcome.)

Grad Walk will take place on Wednesday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Please RSVP with this Google Form RSVP. If you have any additional questions, email our Family Liaison, Sandra Chetelat, [email protected]

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

May 23                Domino's Doug-raiser Restaurant Night 

May 27                ALL books must be returned the library

May 30                NO SCHOOL:  Memorial Day Holiday 

June 2                 Family Market, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

June 6                 International Night, 6 p.m.

June 10               Last Day of School

August 22            First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

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We are caring.

We all belong!

Thanks to all volunteers who made the BMP Spring Carnival a huge success!  

 

International Night is Back!

Join us from 6:00 -7:30pm on Friday June 3 to celebrate the amazing diversity of Bren Mar Park!  We would love for you to bring art, artifacts, and FOOD from your country/culture/state to share with others and your child can participate in a fashion show to showcase their beautiful clothing from around the world.  Information will be going home soon, so let us know if you would like to be a part of this amazing event!    If you have a student or know of a group who is interested in performing a dance or song at International Night please email our music teacher Ms. Millett at [email protected].  We can’t wait to see you!

 

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is overflowing with items. We will be setting all items out in the front lobby hallway this week, Wednesday-Friday. Please encourage your children to come see if any of their belongings are there. Parents are welcome to stop by and check as well. Any items that are not collected at the end of the week will be donated. 

 

Ways to Help Your Child at Home: Learning Together Over the Summer

Summer vacation will be starting soon, but that doesn’t mean that your child’s learning has to stop.  There are so many fun activities you can do to keep your child learning, even on vacation! 

  • Read books in your home language or English with your child on a daily basis and talk about the stories
  • Play rhyming games and sing songs 
  • Cook together and talk about ingredients and measurements
  • Encourage your child to write about their day, a book, or a fun topic
  • Take summer field trips (outside or indoors). Go on a hike or watch a video about a nonfiction topic (ex: volcanoes, planets, etc) and talk about it.
  • Expand your child’s vocabulary by teaching him/her new words in any language
  • Visit the public library regularly to check out books and other resources

The Bren Mar Park ESOL Team

 

Specialist Spotlight: Counseling

Our mustangs are learning so much this month! Our older students learned important words this month… Integrity and core values. We learned that it is very important to do the right thing even when nobody is watching. We also talked about how our Core Values are not the same as our friends’ core values, but we learned that even though our values may not be all the same, that we need to respect other people core values. We also talked about Kindness and how hard it can be to be kind to others specially when we are feeling angry or frustrated with someone. We learned strategies for practicing kindness even when we are upset or angry. After talking about kindness, students wrote a kind note to their teachers for teachers appreciation week. 

Our little mustangs continue to learn different types of breathing exercises every time we meet. We learned the hot cocoa, the rainbow breathing and much more. We are also learning about the colors or zones of that we all experience. We are taking a deep dive and learning more in depth about the Zones of Regulation. We talked about the red and yellow zone. We are learning about how our body feels when we are feeling “red” and/or “yellow”, we are also reading very fun books about it and then we all talk about what students are able to do to feel better.  

Our mustangs are doing great on learning new important words and also learning on how to navigate all these emotions that we all experience.  

Michelle Kramer, school counselor

 

Message from BMP PTA

Bren Mar Park PTA would like you to join us at our IN-PERSON May General Body PTA Meeting. We will welcome the new officers for the 2022-23 school year and thank all the volunteers for this school. Please make plans to attend Friday, May 20 at 6:00 pm. Glory Days Grill, 3141 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Bring the whole family as we prepare to close out this year while still raising money for the school.

 

$$ The PTA presents Dining for Dollars Fundraiser $$

WHAT: A Great-Tasting Fundraising Event

WHEN: Sunday, May 15 - Saturday, May 21

WHERE: Glory Days Grill located at 3141 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314

WHY: When you dine at a Glory Days Grill on the designated days, 10% of the food and beverages purchased will be contributed to Bren Mar Park Elementary. So bring your friends, family and neighbors; ask for an itemized copy of your guest check (not the charge card receipt) and turn the guest check in to you child's teacher by Wednesday, May 25.

 

Pizza anyone? Join BMP for another Doughraiser on Monday, May 23. Just order from your local Domino's Pizza and use the code DN3 and 20% of all sales will go to Bren Mar Park.

 

BMP staff thank our PTA and community members for an amazing Teacher Appreciation Week.  We are so grateful to work in a wonderful community.

 

Summer Events at Bren Mar Park ES

Rec-PAC - This structured recreation program for elementary-aged children will be hosted at Bren Mar Park this summer.  Please visit the Park Authority website for more information and to register.

Playground Playdates - Summer playdates provide an opportunity for children and families to meet on the Bren Mar Park playground to meet and connect with one another.  These are offered by grade level groups.  Summer playdates are scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2022, with a rain date of Saturday, August 13th.  Siblings may attend sessions; parents/guardians must stay with their children the whole time.

             Rising Kindergarten          9:00 - 10:00 a.m.        

             Rising Grade 1, & 2         10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

             Rising Grades 3, 4 & 5     12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Back to School Open House/Curriculum Information Session - These sessions welcome children and families back to school and provide parents/guardians the opportunity to learn about their child's upcoming school year.  Open House will be held on Friday, August 19, 2022 beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Multiple sessions will be held in order to allow families to visit classrooms for different children.

 

Class of 2022 Graduating Seniors

Bren Mar Park Elementary is hosting a Grad Walk this year and invites our former students who are graduating seniors in the Class of 2022 to participate.

Come back to where it all began, walk the halls of Bren Mar Park one last time and let the little Mustangs cheer you onto your next adventure! (Also, a nice photo opportunity in your Cap and Gown. Parents are welcome.)

Grad Walk will take place on Wednesday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Please RSVP with this Google Form RSVP. If you have any additional questions, email our Family Liaison, Sandra Chetelat, [email protected]

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

May 15 - 21         Glory Days Restaurant Week Fundraiser

May 20                PTA Volunteer Appreciation Meeting (Glory Days)

May 23                Domino's Doug-raiser Restaurant Night 

May 27                ALL books must be returned to the library

May 30                Memorial Day Holiday 

June 2                 Family Market, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

June 6                 International Night, 6 p.m.

June 10               Last Day of School

August 22            First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

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We are a community of learners thriving in a diverse world!

We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

 

Now accepting applications for school year 2022-2023. Classrooms fill quickly. Apply today.

For more information: English: 703-208-7900; Spanish: 703-208-7901; Email: [email protected] 

 

Class of 2022 Graduating Seniors

Bren Mar Park Elementary is hosting a Grad Walk this year and invites our former students who are graduating seniors in the Class of 2022 to participate.

Come back to where it all began, walk the halls of Bren Mar Park one last time and let the little Mustangs cheer you onto your next adventure! (Also, a nice photo opportunity in your Cap and Gown. Parents are welcome.)

Grad Walk will take place on Wednesday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Please RSVP with this Google Form RSVP. If you have any additional questions, email our Family Liaison, Sandra Chetelat, [email protected]

 

BMP Health & Safety Reminders

As we begin the last quarter of the school year, we remind families:

  - For the safety of all children, please be sure to bring a photo ID when picking up your child from school; only individuals on the emergency care card with photo ID may check a child out from school

  - For the safety of children with allergies, please consider non-food items such as pencils, small gift items, or a book donation to the classroom; food-based birthday treats are not to be brought to school

  - For the health and safety of all children, please leave animals at home when walking to school or keep any pets on public sidewalks; dogs may not be brought onto school grounds

  - For the safe flow of traffic, families who drive to school should use the Kiss & Ride lanes and follow the traffic patterns; please do not drive around cars or use handicap or other parking spaces as pick up/drop off locations

We appreciate your support in helping Bren Mar Park be a safe and respectful place for all of our students and community members!

 

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

All kids experience big feelings at one time or another. They may look to the adults in their lives for comfort and help with working through those feelings. If you’re looking for some alternatives to the phrase “Calm down”, here are some ideas to try!

  • Let’s take a deep breath together. 
  • I see that you’re having a difficult time, let me help you!
  • If you are feeling sad, you can tell me about it. 
  • That can be so frustrating, let’s figure this out together!
  • Want to squeeze my hand?

Katerina Fabian

School Psychologist

 

Specialist Spotlight: BAND

Bren Mar Park Band students have been very busy.  We had our first live concert in three years on April 20 and the students did an amazing job.  A special thank you to Mrs. Williams playing an amazing Aunt Rhodie in “Aunt Rhodie’s Appetite” , Ms. Clarke playing the Old Gray Goose, and Yedidya Abraham, 5th grade student, playing the French Chef.  It was a fun way to play all the popular beginning band songs in our book and put it to a skit.

A special congratulations to Brett Patterson, flute student, who achieved a superior rating on his solo “Springtime Waltz” at the District Solo and Ensemble Festival at Holmes Middle School on April 30th.

Current fourth grade students and parents, want to be a part of the band next year?  Watch out for a sign up link coming soon.

Thank you!

d’Andrea F. Hinkle

Band Director

Summer Events at Bren Mar Park ES

Rec-PAC - This structured recreation program for elementary-aged children will be hosted at Bren Mar Park this summer.  Please visit the Park Authority website for more information and to register.

Playground Playdates - Summer playdates provide an opportunity for children and families to meet on the Bren Mar Park playground to meet and connect with one another.  These are offered by grade level groups.  Summer playdates are scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2022, with a rain date of Saturday, August 13th.  Siblings may attend sessions; parents/guardians must stay with their children the whole time.

             Rising Kindergarten          9:00 - 10:00 a.m.        

             Rising Grade 1, & 2         10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

             Rising Grades 3, 4 & 5     12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Back to School Open House/Curriculum Information Session - These sessions welcome children and families back to school and provide parents/guardians the opportunity to learn about their child's upcoming school year.  Open House will be held on Friday, August 19, 2022 beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Multiple sessions will be held in order to allow families to visit classrooms for different children.

 

Bren Mar Park's Little Free Library

How Does This Library Work? 

Our Bren Mar Park Little Free Library has recently been restocked. We wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone  how it works and invite our community members to use it. 

The BMP Little Free Library offers a way to share books to read at no cost to our community. All of us can help by keeping the Little Free Library stocked with reading material. 

Whose Library is this? It belongs to everybody! Anyone can use it. That’s why we want to take care of it.

1. Take a book. If you see something you’d like to read, take it.

2. Share a book. After you’ve read it,  bring it back here, or bring another book you no longer need to add to our little free library.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

May 15 - 21         Glory Days Restaurant Week Fundraiser

May 18 or 20       PTA Volunteer Appreciation Meeting (Glory Days)

May 23                Domino's Doug-raiser Restaurant Night 

May 30                Memorial Day Holiday 

June 10                Last Day of School

August 22            First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

6344 Beryl Road, Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main Office: 703-914-7200
Attendance: 703-914-7272 | Web | Twitter

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We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

 

Bren Mar Park kindergarten teachers worked hard to create a welcome presentation for this week's Kindergarten Orientation.

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

The week we celebrate the instructional staff at Bren Mar Park Elementary School as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.  There are many staff who work to help students do their best learning throughout the school year, including classroom, Special Education, and specials (art, music, PE) teachers as well as content specialists (Advanced Academics, ESOL, math, reading) and Instructional Assistants.  

TODAY at 2:00 p.m., everyone is invited to meet the PTA at the school parking lot for the sidewalk chalk event! Let’s welcome staff with sweet messages!

On Wednesday, May 4th, the PTA encourages all students to bring your teacher a token of appreciation.  A note, drawing, gift - it can be anything!

On Friday, May 6th, families are invited to bring your favorite sweet treat to the BMP front office so that it can be shared with staff as a special thank you.  For those that have allergies, we do ask that a list of ingredients be shared, too.

 

BMP Health & Safety Reminders

As we begin the last quarter of the school year, we remind families:

  - For the safety of all children, please be sure to bring a photo ID when picking up your child from school; only individuals on the emergency care card with photo ID may check a child out from school

  - For the safety of children with allergies, please consider non-food items such as pencils, small gift items, or a book donation to the classroom; food-based birthday treats are not to be brought to school

  - For the health and safety of all children, please leave animals at home when walking to school or keep any pets on public sidewalks; dogs may not be brought onto school grounds

  - For the safe flow of traffic, families who drive to school should use the Kiss & Ride lanes and follow the traffic patterns; please do not drive around cars or use handicap or other parking spaces as pick up/drop off locations

We appreciate your support in helping Bren Mar Park be a safe and respectful place for all of our students and community members!

 

News from the PTA

CARNIVAL

Save the date for the 2022 Bren Mar Park Spring Carnival. The students have worked hard all year and now it’s time to have some fun. There will be carnival games, music, cotton candy, face painting and Teacher vs Students (3rd – 5th graders) basketball games. Oh, and how can I forget…PRIZES. The carnival is free to BMP families.

We are looking for volunteers to help make this event a success. Please sign up to volunteer (Bren Mar Park Spring Carnival) for either 4:30-5:45 pm or 5:45-7:30 pm or both. The following volunteers are needed:

  • Face Painting: If you have art skills and even if you don’t (we may have templates), we need a few volunteers to face paint.
  • Carnival Games: There will be at least 8 games rented from the carnival vendor. We will need volunteers to run the games and keep the lines in order.
  • Prizes: Volunteers to pass out prizes
  • Concessions: We may sell pizza or some food and will need someone to handle sells. In addition, we will give out cotton candy and popcorn. The vendor will show us how to operate the machine and we will need volunteers to make and distribute the cotton candy and popcorn.
  • Basketball Games: We will need referees for the Teachers vs Students games

SOCCER ANYONE

Hey Bren Mar Park Students and Families, join us for the FCPS District Night on May 7 to watch the Black-and-Red (DC United) take on the Houston Dynamo at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at just $27. Just click on this link https://fevo.me/fcpsdcunight and you will be seated next to your friends and family!

 

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

With the end of the school year quickly approaching everyone is excited to take advantage of outside activities and  extra hours of sunlight.  Vitamin D is healthy and so is a good night sleep. 

To help your child be successful at school and do their best on spring assessments:

  • Stick to routines or schedules
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat healthy
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Boost their confidence (remind them of the things they do well)
  • Practice some relaxation techniques (deep breathing, stretching)
  • Arriving to school on time- Sets the day off on a positive note.

Reading is critical for success on tests . To succeed, they need to be able to read and understand the test directions and questions.  Ways to help your child:

Read books together:  This will help expand their vocabulary and having conversations about what you read will help their comprehension.

Provide opportunities for your child to write: Reading and writing go hand-in-hand, so look for ways to encourage your child to write. To provide chances for your child to practice writing:

  • Leave notes for each other.
  • Give your child a calendar on which to record special events and activities.
  • Spend time together writing in journals.
  • Encourage your child to write letters and cards to friends and relatives.

Millie Left,

Early Childhood Literacy Coach

 

Specialist Spotlight: Art

Our Mustang artists have been busy and spring fever is setting in….which is why we are starting the relaxing activity of learning how to weave.  Third graders are making a decorative weaving using yarn for the first time.  Fourth and Fifth graders are making useful pouches on a double sided loom.  It was a bit of a challenge at first but they are very interested in it.  After we work for a bit, I will allow them to work on it at home if they would like.  Our K-2 artists have done different paper weavings in anticipation of starting yarn weaving as they get older.  Second graders are working on a ceramic animal and a 3D paper habitat.  Kindergarten and first grade artists earned their first “free art day” and had stations such as puppets, bracelets, and painting.  It was such a fun celebration of their hard work and good behavior!

A hearty congratulations to all of our artists in the Annandale Pyramid Art Show this month.  Everyone was so proud of your hard work! 

Ms. Springfield

Art Teacher

 

Attendance Matters!

Every day counts when it comes to student attendance.  Your child's attendance is very important!  Teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. 

  • Studies have shown that just 2 absences per month can cause students to fall behind and start to struggle. Let’s finish this school year strong!
  • According to a recent study of elementary and middle schools, there’s a 5.8% difference between April and June attendance rates.  And, in some schools, the attendance drop is nearly twice that.  Let's work together to end the school year with success.

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Complaints of a stomachache or headache may be a sign of anxiety and not necessarily a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to your child's teacher, our school counselor Ms. Kramer.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school, and we are here to help!
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.  Contact our Family Liaison, Mrs. Chetelat, if you might need support with this.
  • We ask that family trips and extended vacations be limited to school holidays, such as Spring, Summer or Winter breaks.  Every school day is important for teaching and learning.  
Important Upcoming Dates/Events

May 2 - June 3     SOL Testing for students in grades 3-5

May 5                   Family Market 5 p.m.

May 7                   DC United FCPS Night

May 15 - 21         Glory Days Restaurant Week Fundraiser

May 18 or 20       PTA Volunteer Appreciation Meeting (Glory Days)

May 23                Domino's Doug-raiser Restaurant Night 

May 30                Memorial Day Holiday     

June 10                Last Day of School

August 22            First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

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We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

 

Our military connected students enjoyed donuts with their parents as we recognize Military Children in FCPS this month.

 

News from the PTA

The next general PTA meeting will be held on April 28, virtually at 6pm.  The link will be sent out closer to the event.  

Also, teacher appreciation week is coming! 

All next week, April 25th - 29th, bring in an item from your teacher’s wish list (email [email protected] for ideas) to the front office for the PTA to distribute during teacher appreciation week.

On Sunday, May 1st, everyone is invited to meet us at the school at 2:00 pm for chalk the sidewalk event! Let’s welcome teachers on Monday with sweet messages!

On Wednesday, May 4th, bring your teacher a token appreciation. A note, drawing, gift - it can be anything!

On Friday the 6th, bring your favorite sweet treat to share!

 

CARNIVAL

Save the date for the 2022 Bren Mar Park Spring Carnival. The students have worked hard all year and now it’s time to have some fun. There will be carnival games, music, cotton candy, face painting and Teacher vs Students (3rd – 5th graders) basketball games. Oh, and how can I forget…PRIZES. The carnival is free to BMP families.

We are looking for volunteers to help make this event a success. Please sign up to volunteer (Bren Mar Park Spring Carnival) for either 4:30-5:45 pm or 5:45-7:30 pm or both. The following volunteers are needed:

  • Face Painting: If you have art skills and even if you don’t (we may have templates), we need a few volunteers to face paint.
  • Carnival Games: There will be at least 8 games rented from the carnival vendor. We will need volunteers to run the games and keep the lines in order.
  • Prizes: Volunteers to pass out prizes
  • Concessions: We may sell pizza or some food and will need someone to handle sells. In addition, we will give out cotton candy and popcorn. The vendor will show us how to operate the machine and we will need volunteers to make and distribute the cotton candy and popcorn.
  • Basketball Games: We will need referees for the Teachers vs Students games

SOCCER ANYONE

Hey Bren Mar Park Students and Families, join us for the FCPS District Night on May 7 to watch the Black-and-Red (DC United) take on the Houston Dynamo at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at just $27. Just click on this link https://fevo.me/fcpsdcunight and you will be seated next to your friends and family!

 

Parent Coffee and Conversation Thursday, April 28th

Join us for this month’s Parent Coffee and Conversation on Thursday, April 28th at 9:30 a.m., offered virtually and in person. The Topic will be “Ways  Parents Can Prepare Their Preschool Children for Success in School as Their Child’s First Teacher” presented by Elizabeth Bruzon from H.I.P.P.Y, in English and Spanish.

 

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

In our primary grades, students are learning to use standard of units of time, and this takes daily practice.  When your child can relate length of time to personal events, he/she will begin to understand the math concept and words including:

  • Longer and shorter
  • Faster and slower
  • First and last
  • Before and after

Use cues to let your child know the passage of time (for example, “It took us only two minutes to tidy up your toys”).

Tell your child the time in the context of daily activities (for example, “It will be 7 p.m. in ten minutes and time for your bath”).

Use a clock, with your child, to know how much time it takes to get to school, eat meals, get ready for bed or play a game.

Perhaps your child can help organize personal and family events on a calendar.   

Practice writing on the calendar some favorite “away from home” activities (such as playing a sport, going to the library or visiting a friend) and what time the activity will take place (for example, soccer 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Practice with these online tools  Clock and Interactive Clock

Phuong Hoang ~ Math Resource Teacher

 

Summer Events

Bren Mar Park will be hosting Rec-PAC in our school building this year.  For more information, please visit the Park Authority website.

 

Health & Safety Reminders

As we begin the last quarter of the school year, we remind families:

  - For the safety of all children, please be sure to bring a photo ID when picking up your child from school; only individuals on the emergency care card with photo ID may check a child out from school

  - For the safety of children with allergies, please consider non-food items such as pencils, small gift items, or a book donation to the classroom; food-based birthday treats are not to be brought to school

  - For the health and safety of all children, please leave animals at home when walking to school or keep any pets on public sidewalks; dogs may not be brought onto school grounds

  - For the safe flow of traffic, families who drive to school should use the Kiss & Ride lanes and follow the traffic patterns; please do not drive around cars or use handicap or other parking spaces as pick up/drop off locations

We appreciate your support in helping Bren Mar Park be a safe and respectful place for all of our students and community members!

 

Specialist Spotlight: Strings

We are looking forward to presenting a great spring concert along with our school band and chorus. Strings students have been working on three musical selections, and we are continuing to develop skills and practice good posture and position. Our evening performance will be held in the gym on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 PM.

3rd grade students will be invited to a special concert during school on April 20. 3rd and 4th grade students should start thinking about taking strings class during the next school year. Most of our 5th graders will continue to play their string instruments at Holmes Middle School, and we look forward to seeing them continue to make music.

Mr. Calvin Zubaly, from George Mason University, has joined our classes over the past few weeks as a student teacher. He will assist with the concert and will continue to teach parts of our strings classes until May 4.

Thank you to our strings parents for your support and encouragement.

- Mr. Johnson, Strings Teacher

 

Attendance Matters!

Every day counts when it comes to student attendance.  Your child's attendance is very important!  Teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. 

  • Studies have shown that just 2 absences per month can cause students to fall behind and start to struggle. Let’s finish this school year strong!
  • According to a recent study of elementary and middle schools, there’s a 5.8% difference between April and June attendance rates.  And, in some schools, the attendance drop is nearly twice that.  Let's work together to end the school year with success.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Complaints of a stomachache or headache may be a sign of anxiety and not necessarily a reason to stay home, especially if your child has not been exposed to Covid-19.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to your child's teacher, our school counselor Ms. Kramer, or other parents/guardians for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school, and we are here to help!
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.  Contact our Family Liaison, Mrs. Chetelat, if you might need support with this.
  • We ask that family trips and extended vacations be limited to scheduled school holidays, such as Spring and Summer breaks.  Every school day is important for teaching and learning.  The last day of this school year is Friday, June 10th.

Thank you for your partnership!

 

Kindergarten Orientation

We invite families of rising Kindergarten students to join us for Kindergarten Orientation to learn more about Bren Mar Park and a typical school day.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

In-Person and Virtual Participation Options

 

Lunch Meal Information

Ms. Lee, our cafeteria manager, reminds families that one lunch meal per child continues to be free for every student in our building.  Students are to take the full meal and not just one item.  Should a child want an extra serving, those items will be charged to the child’s lunch account at the following prices:

Extra Meal                                        $4.50

One Side Dish (like fries)                 $2.75

Milk                                                   $0.60

Families can pay 3 ways:  MySchoolBucks, check or cash.  Families may also choose to apply for free- or reduced-meals through the online application here.   Free- or reduced-meal qualifications may also allow families to access reduced fees for other programs, including some summer programs.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

April 27                 Kindergarten Orientation, 4:30 p.m.

April 28                 Parent Coffee, 9:30 a.m., virtual and in person

April 28                 PTA General Body Meeting: ELECTIONS (6:00 pm) Virtual

May 2 - 6              Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

May 2 - June 3     SOL Testing for students in grades 3-5

May 5                   Family Market 5 p.m.

May 6                   Spring Carnival

May 7                   DC United FCPS Night

May 15 - 21         Glory Days Restaurant Week Fundraiser

May 18 or 20       PTA Volunteer Appreciation Meeting (Glory Days)

May 23                Domino's Doug-raiser Restaurant Night 

May 30                Memorial Day Holiday     

June 10                Last Day of School

August 22             First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

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We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

 

BMP students jump right back into school after Spring Break.  Kindergarten Instructional Assistants help students practice their math and counting in creative and fun ways!

 

Health & Safety Reminders

As we begin the last quarter of the school year, we remind families:

  - For the safety of all children, please be sure to bring a photo ID when picking up your child from school; only individuals on the emergency care card with photo ID may check a child out from school

  - For the safety of children with allergies, please consider non-food items such as pencils, small gift items, or a book donation to the classroom; food-based birthday treats are not to be brought to school

  - For the health and safety of all children, please leave animals at home when walking to school or keep any pets on public sidewalks; dogs may not be brought onto school grounds

  - For the safe flow of traffic, families who drive to school should use the Kiss & Ride lanes and follow the traffic patterns; please do not drive around cars or use handicap or other parking spaces as pick up/drop off locations

We appreciate your support in helping Bren Mar Park be a safe and respectful place for all of our students and community members!

 

Specialist Spotlight: Strings

We are looking forward to presenting a great spring concert along with our school band and chorus. Strings students have been working on three musical selections, and we are continuing to develop skills and practice good posture and position. Our evening performance will be held in the gym on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 PM.

3rd grade students will be invited to a special concert during school on April 20. 3rd and 4th grade students should start thinking about taking strings class during the next school year. Most of our 5th graders will continue to play their string instruments at Holmes Middle School, and we look forward to seeing them continue to make music.

Mr. Calvin Zubaly, from George Mason University, has joined our classes over the past few weeks as a student teacher. He will assist with the concert and will continue to teach parts of our strings classes until May 4.

Thank you to our strings parents for your support and encouragement.

- Mr. Johnson, Strings Teacher

 

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

Self Regulation -

Several studies have linked self-control to long term success in life. The ability to control your emotions and impulses to make an informed decision based on reason is an essential life skill. When a child has self-control he/she can: delay gratification, control emotions when provoked, they think before speaking or acting and is able to consider possibilities before making decisions.  

Here are some ideas to help them: 1) Coach the through it. When your child loses control, respond empathetically. Recognize and name their emotions without approving their negative action. Ask what are some other things that they could have done differently Or what they will try next time?2) Model it. Children are like sponges, if they see it and they more liked to pick up on it. 3) Practice. It has been shown that self-control can be practiced and improved. Play games like “red light, green light” or “freeze dance” with them.  

Here are some Books about self control: 1) No, David! By David Shannon, 2) My mouth is a volcano by Julie Cook, 3) If you are angry and you know it by Cecily Kaiser, 4) Interrupting chicken by David Ezra Stein.  

-Ms. Kramer, School Counselor

 

Bren Mar Park students work with our Responsive Classroom coach to provide insights, feedback and suggestions for improving the cafeteria experience.

 

The Spring Book Fair is Coming!

The book fair is coming the week of April 18-22nd!  Students may shop at the book fair during the school day.  Families may come shop during school hours or you may come after school from 4:15-5:30 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (April 18, 19, 20).  On Literacy Night, the book fair will be open from 4:15-6:30 so that you can shop before Literacy Night activities begin.  What better way to support your child’s literacy than with a new book?

Attendance Matters!

Every day counts when it comes to student attendance.  We are eager to welcome your children back in school tomorrow, April 11 at 9:00 a.m.  Your child's attendance is very important!  Teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. 

  • Studies have shown that just 2 absences per month can cause students to fall behind and start to struggle. Let’s finish this school year strong!
  • According to a recent student of elementary and middle schools, there’s a 5.8% difference between April and June attendance rates.  And, in some schools, the attendance drop is nearly twice that.  Let's work together to end the school year with success.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Complaints of a stomachache or headache may be a sign of anxiety and not necessarily a reason to stay home, especially if your child has not been exposed to Covid-19.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to your child's teacher, our school counselor Ms. Kramer, or other parents/guardians for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school, and we are here to help!
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.  Contact our Family Liaison, Mrs. Chetelat, if you might need support with this.
  • We ask that family trips and extended vacations be limited to scheduled school holidays, such as Spring and Summer breaks.  Every school day is important for teaching and learning.  The last day of this school year is Friday, June 10th.

Thank you for your partnership!

 

Kindergarten Orientation

We invite families of rising Kindergarten students to join us for Kindergarten Orientation to learn more about Bren Mar Park and a typical school day.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

In-Person and Virtual Participation Options

 

Lunch Meal Information

Ms. Lee, our cafeteria manager, reminds families that one lunch meal per child continues to be free for every student in our building.  Students are to take the full meal and not just one item.  Should a child want an extra serving, those items will be charged to the child’s lunch account at the following prices:

Extra Meal                                        $4.50

One Side Dish (like fries)                 $2.75

Milk                                                   $0.60

Families can pay 3 ways:  MySchoolBucks, check or cash.  Families may also choose to apply for free- or reduced-meals through the online application here.   Free- or reduced-meal qualifications may also allow families to access reduced fees for other programs, including some summer programs.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

April 20                 Donuts with Dependents (Military), 8:30-9:15 a.m.

April 20                 BMP Band/Chorus/Strings Concert, 7:00 p.m.

April 20                 PTA-Sponsored Restaurant Night:  Chipotle, Springfield Mall

April 21                 Family Literacy Night, 6:30 p.m. (In-Person); pizza at 6:00

April 27                 Kindergarten Orientation, 4:30 p.m.

April 28                 Parent Coffee, 9:30 a.m., virtual and in person

April 28                 PTA General Body Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

May 2 - 6              Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2 - June 3     SOL Testing for students in grades 3-5     

June 10                Last Day of School

August 22             First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

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We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

 

Student attendance matters.  We ask families for their partnership in helping teachers teach and students learn!

 

Attendance Matters!

Every day counts when it comes to student attendance.  We are eager to welcome your children back in school tomorrow, April 11 at 9:00 a.m.  Your child's attendance is very important!  Teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. 

  • Studies have shown that just 2 absences per month can cause students to fall behind and start to struggle. Let’s finish this school year strong!
  • According to a recent student of elementary and middle schools, there’s a 5.8% difference between April and June attendance rates.  And, in some schools, the attendance drop is nearly twice that.  Let's work together to end the school year with success.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Complaints of a stomachache or headache may be a sign of anxiety and not necessarily a reason to stay home, especially if your child has not been exposed to Covid-19.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to your child's teacher, our school counselor Ms. Kramer, or other parents/guardians for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school, and we are here to help!
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.  Contact our Family Liaison, Mrs. Chetelat, if you might need support with this.
  • We ask that family trips and extended vacations be limited to scheduled school holidays, such as Spring and Summer breaks.  Every school day is important for teaching and learning.  The last day of this school year is Friday, June 10th.

Thank you for your partnership!

 

Specialist Spotlight:

In April, we will be celebrating the Month of the Military Child to recognize the military-connected students at BMP.  Below are some opportunities to participate:   

  • Picture of your family:  Send in a picture of your military-connected family to be featured on the BMP news show.  Pictures may be emailed to [email protected] by April 18th.
  • Spirit Week: All students are invited to participate in an all FCPS spirit week, April 18-22: Monday-Pajama Day, Tuesday-Crazy Camo Day, Wednesday-Purple Up day, Thursday-Career Day, Friday-Red Friday (Remember Everyone Deployed).
  • Donuts with Dependents: We invite you to share a donut with your child on April 20th at 8:30-9:15 am in the Bren Mar Park library.  Connect with other military families over coffee and donuts. Please RSVP to [email protected].

We look forward to seeing everybody Purple Up! in April.   

 

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

Talking with your child helps to develop oral language skills, build background knowledge, develop vocabulary, and also inspire a curiosity about the world - all of which helps with learning to read and write! One fun way to encourage conversation with your child is by playing conversation games. Try some of these classic conversation games the next time you’re driving in the car, waiting in line at the grocery store, or at mealtimes.

Name 10: One person states a category such as “sports” and the other players must come up with 10 examples of that category. The next player states a new category and you keep playing.

I Spy: One person starts by saying, “I spy with my little eye something…” and then adds one descriptor (that is blue, is a circle, bigger than a shoe). The other players take turns trying to guess what the item is. The person who guesses correctly then gets to be the “spy” and go next.

Fact or Fiction?: Each person takes turns telling two things that are true about themselves and one thing that is not. The other players guess what is fact and what is fiction.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

We invite families of rising Kindergarten students to join us for Kindergarten Orientation to learn more about Bren Mar Park and a typical school day.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

In-Person and Virtual Participation Options

 

Lunch Meal Information

Ms. Lee, our cafeteria manager, reminds families that one lunch meal per child continues to be free for every student in our building.  Students are to take the full meal and not just one item.  Should a child want an extra serving, those items will be charged to the child’s lunch account at the following prices:

Extra Meal                                        $4.50

One Side Dish (like fries)                 $2.75

Milk                                                   $0.60

Families can pay 3 ways:  MySchoolBucks, check or cash.  Families may also choose to apply for free- or reduced-meals through the online application here.   Free- or reduced-meal qualifications may also allow families to access reduced fees for other programs, including some summer programs.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

April 14                 Family Market, 5:00 p.m.   

April 20                 Donuts with Dependents, 8:30-9:15 a.m.

April 20                 BMP Band/Chorus/Strings Concert, 7:00 p.m.

April 20                 PTA-Sponsored Restaurant Night:  Chipotle, Springfield Mall

April 21                 Family Literacy Night, 6:30 p.m. (In-Person); pizza at 6:00

April 27                 Kindergarten Orientation, 4:30 p.m.

April 28                 Parent Coffee, 9:30 a.m., virtual and in person

April 28                 PTA General Body Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

May 2 - 6              Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2 - June 3     SOL Testing for students in grades 3-5     

June 10                Last Day of School

August 22             First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

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Mustang Message - March 27, 2022

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We are a community of learners thriving in a diverse world!

We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

 

We are Bren Mar Park!

 

SY 22-23 Kindergarten Orientation

We invite families of rising Kindergarten students to join us for Kindergarten Orientation to learn more about Bren Mar Park and a typical school day.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

In-Person and Virtual Participation Options

 

Lunch Meal Information

Ms. Lee, our cafeteria manager, reminds families that one lunch meal per child continues to be free for every student in our building.  Students are to take the full meal and not just one item.  Should a child want an extra serving, those items will be charged to the child’s lunch account at the following prices:

Extra Meal                                        $4.50

One Side Dish (like fries)                 $2.75

Milk                                                   $0.60

Families can pay 3 ways:  MySchoolBucks, check or cash.  Families may also choose to apply for free- or reduced-meals through the online application here.   Free- or reduced-meal qualifications may also allow families to access reduced fees for other programs, including some summer programs.

 

Middle School Configuration

In February 2021, the Fairfax County School Board agreed to evaluate the grade level arrangement, including grade 6, of middle schools in the Mason District.  Please visit the website for more information.  This impacts students who would go to Glasgow, Holmes, and Poe.

The survey is live from March 25 - April 15. It will be available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Please contact our Family Liaison, Sandra Chetelat, for assistance.

 

Specialist Spotlight: Music

In Music class, our younger Mustangs have been working to become Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful. They are singing folk songs, keeping the beat to music from around the world, and moving to music artistically. We are focusing on students accessing their singing voices and participating musically. Our older Mustangs are getting back into using classroom instruments and creating music as an ensemble. They are also progressing into new topics in music literacy, including new rhythms and pitches.

We are also excited to support our Chorus, Band, and Orchestra students as they prepare for their first concert! These students will be performing on Wednesday, April 20th. Please be on the lookout for communication from your child’s music teacher (if your child is in a performing ensemble) for more details such as arrival time and attire expectations.

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

Knowledge of vocabulary is a high indicator of reading comprehension.  However, the importance of vocabulary doesn’t just stop at reading.  Vocabulary is needed in all content areas such as math and science to learn new concepts.  It’s not just important to students to know individual words, but also how to take apart words.  For example, reread is made up of the prefix re - which means again or repeat and the root word read. Understanding parts of words will help students to figure out the meaning of new and more complex words.  Teachers teach new vocabulary and vocabulary strategies at school.  Here are a few tips for how you can help support vocabulary learning at home. 

1. First, tell them a simple, kid-friendly definition for the new word.

Enormous means that something is really, really, big.

2. Second, give some examples of the word that would make sense in their daily life.  You can also take the time to teach any parts of the word or explain if it is a word with more than one meaning (ex. Spring, light, check, etc.).

Remember that really big watermelon we got at the grocery store?  That was an enormous watermelon!

3. Third, encourage your child to develop their own definition or examples.

What enormous thing can you think of?  Can you think of something really big that you saw today?  That’s right! The bulldozer near the park was enormous!  Those tires were huge.

4. Lastly, keep your new words active within your house by using them in conversation.

 

Family Engagement Survey

Our Family Engagement Survey is coming to your email this afternoon Sunday, March 13. Please participate—your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey, and it will be available in eight languages. For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage. Your voice matters!

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

March 31              Two hour Early Release

April 1                   No School:  Teacher Workday

April 4 - 8              No School:  Spring Break Holidays

April 14                 Family Market 5:00 p.m.

April 20                 PTA-Sponsored Restaurant Night:  Chipotle, Springfield Mall

April 21                 Family Literacy Night, 6:30 p.m. (In-Person); pizza at 6:00

April 27                 Kindergarten Orientation

April 28                 PTA General Body Meeting 6:00 pm

May 2 - 6              Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2 - June 3      SOL Testing for students in grades 3-5     

June 10                 Last Day of School

August 22              First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5       

6344 Beryl Road, Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main Office: 703-914-7200
Attendance: 703-914-7272 | Web | Twitter

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