Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.A Message from the Principal
Beginning tomorrow, October 19th, Monday schedules will change from the schedules that we started in the beginning of the year. Up until now, Mondays have been used by classroom teachers to build relationships with and between students in small groups, as well as to complete assessments with individual and small groups of students. Starting tomorrow, students will be joining their teachers at 9:15 a.m. for a Morning Meeting or check-in for the school day, and then will be assigned asynchronous work to complete. Only students identified for extra time with the teacher will be participating in small group instruction.
And, did you know that even while most students continue in distance learning, the Bren Mar Park PTA continues to be hard at work!?! So, far this school year, the BMP PTA has donated the BMP cinch bags that held the school supplies provided at the beginning of the school year, put together a grab and go icee treat for children and their families, and this week will host the annual BINGOween event (virtually this year). We do hope that you will join us on Friday evening for this fun, social opportunity! They continue to look for those who want to help. If you're interested, please contact email@example.com.
Free & Reduced Meals Applications
Meals may be free to students right now, however, applications need to be completed for free and reduced price meals. The application is here. The form is available in a variety of languages. The prices for paid breakfast and lunch and often allows families opportunities for free and reduced-price services outside of the school, such as after-school clubs.
Grab N' Go Breakfast & Lunch
Grab N' Go Breakfast & Lunch continues to available at Bren Mar Park for ALL families, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Food is free for children under age 18 and $2 for adults.
Face Covering Requirements While on School Property
Any person over the age of 2 is expected to wear a face covering, such as a face mask, while in the school building or while on school property, including outside of the school building. This applies to events such as school supply pick up or food distribution. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the front office. Thank you for your support in helping us keep everyone as safe as possible during these times!
Student Health & Safety Guidance Avoid close contact...
- Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick
Ways to Help Your Child at Home How to create a Parent SIS Account...
FCPS has created some student friendly 'how to' videos for distance learning. We will share this series of videos here. Our next video goes over how to create a parent SIS account. Having this account is helpful to see academic updates for you student and to complete important online documents. Please take a moment to watch this video with your Mustang.
Parent Technology Help
The Parent Technology Help Desk is available at 1-833-921-3277, open from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English, interpreters are available and FCPS also has parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages.
The online portal allows older students and parents/guardians to request help directly. Please use this to submit help request tickets to help you faster!
Limited BMP Technology Team support is available by appointment only and only on select days and times. We ask that you submit a ticket first, however if you feel you need an in-person appointment, please call the BMP front office during regular school hours to schedule an appointment.
A Note from the PTA President
Our BMP PTA Membership Drive is underway! I encourage you to start or renew your membership for only $10 per person. Your membership gives you a vote and a voice at meetings. Most importantly, you will be a part of one of the oldest child advocacy organizations in the United States. Please find membership forms in English and in Spanish.
I am so proud of our students for showing up and working hard! Thank you for showing up for your children and letting them know that they can do hard things with diligence and perseverance.
Our focus in counseling lessons has been Social Emotional Learning is naming our emotions. Why is it important to know what we are feeling and to be able to put a name to that feeling? When we are able to name our emotion, we can then begin to deal with it. We talked about being good managers of our emotions. Once we know what we are feeling then we can successfully manage those feelings. Then we learned about different strategies for managing emotions. What can we do when we are feeling angry, disappointed, frustrated, sad, excited, etc.? Students gave ideas such as go for a bike ride, play games with my family, and talk to my mom. In grades 4 and 5, we explored emotional thermostats, we need to manage that emotion. They learned the idiom, “blow your lid off,” losing control of our emotions like a pot of boiling water that causes the lid to blow off when the heat is too intense.
My goal for your children is that they become star managers of their emotions. Your support is vital in modelling strategies for dealing with emotions and talking with them about the emotions they experience during the day. If you have any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Upcoming Dates/Events
October 29 VIRTUAL: PTA-Sponsored BINGOween
October 31 End of Q1 - All Student Work to be Completed for Q1 Grades
November 2 Student Holiday: Professional Development
November 3 Student Holiday: Teacher Workday
November 5 Family Market
November 12 VIRTUAL: Family Literacy Night
November 25, 26 & 27 Holiday: Thanksgiving Break