Mustang Message - December 4, 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!

 

Outside of school small group programs allow students and teachers to connect in unique ways.

BMP Coffee and Conversation

Our next BMP Coffee and Conversation topic is “Helping your Child Respond to Interpersonal Conflict and Prevent Bullying”  on Friday, December 9th at 9:30 a.m. in the library. In this session, our BMP School Counselors will explain what is bullying, how to prevent and respond to potential bullying. We will learn ways to support your child when they have a conflict at home or at school.

We will also provide a Zoom link just prior for those who are unable to join us in person. 

 

Family Life Education

Family Life Education (FLE) includes Human Growth & Development lessons for students in grades 4 and 5.  Families may review lesson topics and complete opt out forms.  All students will participate unless an opt out form is received by school staff.

Parents/guardians can review the complete family life curricula. Instructional materials may be viewed in Parent View in Schoology.

 

Specialist Spotlight

This month we have been focusing on the critical and creative skill Plus, Minus, Interesting.  Plus, Minus, Interesting is a critical thinking strategy that encourages students to develop the habit of looking beyond the polarity of “yes or no,” “wrong or right,” or “my answer or your answer” to a more nuanced consideration.  The goal of PMI is to develop independent thinkers who consider a range of ideas and/or possibilities and see beyond the obvious.  The “interesting” category can also include questions.  At home you could think about something you are passionate about and consider all of the different sides of the idea

The Many Faces of BMP Portrait of a Graduate

Portrait of a Graduate (POG) acknowledges that in our changing world, education needs to fulfill our mission of supporting student success in school and in life. POG prioritizes skills that empower students to be productive citizens of a global community and successful in the future workforce. 

One POG attribute is collaborator.  Students who are strong in this attribute:

  • Respect different thinking and engage others in thoughtful discussion.
  • Work interdependently to promote learning, increase productivity, and achieve common goals.
  • Analyze and construct arguments, examining different viewpoints.
  • Seek and use feedback to adapt ideas; persist in accomplishing difficult tasks.

To support your child as a collaborator, you can ask:

  • How were you a collaborator today?
  • How did you help your team finish the [activity, project, assignment]?
  • Were there moments when your team struggled? How did you handle that?
  • Did you have a chance to see things from a different side? What did you learn when you did that?

Learn more at https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/portrait-graduate

 

Bren Mar Park ESSER Updates

ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds have been allocated to FCPS and BMP to to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on schools across the United States.  Each week we will highlight one way ESSER funds support the children our school community.

Wellness Strategy 1 - Identified students will receive structured before/after-school teaching and practice opportunities for SEL small groups focused on self-management skills and building positive relationships.

 

Advanced Academics Information

If you are interested in having your 2nd through 5th grader screened for Full-Time (Level IV) services, please submit all documents no later than the deadline, December 15, 2022. The Level IV Referral Form is required and is linked below. The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is optional, however it is highly recommended that you submit this as well. You may also submit up to two digital pages of work samples. Please email all documents to our AART, Cathy Trope, at [email protected]  on or before December 15, 2022. Please reach out to Mrs. Trope with any questions.

Level IV Referral Form

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

If you missed the AAP Parent information night on September 27, the slides from the presentation can be found on the BMP website

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

December 19 - January 2              No School:  Winter Break

January 16                 No School:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

                                   PTA Sponsored:  Day of Service, 10:00 - 12:00

January 19                 Celebrating Cultural Stories Family Night, 6:30 p.m.         

February 17               Family Dance Night, 6:30 p.m.

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Mustang Message - November 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!

 

Students move around the classroom to collaborate and solve math problems.

We are grateful!

Many thanks to from Ken Savittiere from the K12 Athletics Foundation who donated over $1,000 to our PE department.  He came by on Tuesday to see the gymnastics set up which his donation helped support!  

 

Covid Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

 

School Counseling Spotlight

Our School Counselors, Mrs. Kramer and Ms. Cate have been teaching students about friendship, conflict resolution, and bullying prevention. Bullying is defined as an ongoing and intentional behavior to harm someone else, either verbally, physically, socially or online. Not all behaviors are bullying, rather some behaviors may need some conflict resolution skills. As a parent or guardian, if your child tells you about bullying or a concern at school there are ways for you to support them. We teach students to be an upstander by standing up for themselves and their peers respectfully and being a friend to someone being victimized, and seeking a trusted adult for help. If there is an issue that your child needs help with at school, please contact their teacher or counselor, and encourage your child to tell an adult at school. At home, you can have conversations with your child about what they should do if someone is bothering them and about what qualities they look for in a friend. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, we will be holding a Parent Coffee & Conversation on Friday, December 9th at 9:30am.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Annandale High School on Tuesday, November 29th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

 

Annual Techstravaganza

TJ Techstravaganza, is a free STEM activity fair that provides fun, hands-on labs and demonstrations for K-8 students.

We will be holding the 19th annual Techstravaganza on May 13, 2023 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA.

Admission is free, food will be for sale. To register, please use this link:: https://tinyurl.com/techstrav2023tix.

This year, we are providing free transportation to elementary and middle schools in the area to make the event more accessible to students. If you are interested in attending and/or getting transportation to the event, please email ([email protected]) as soon as possible. More information about the event can be found on our website at tjtechstrav.org.

TJ Techstravaganza Organizers.

 

The Many Faces of BMP Portrait of a Graduate

Portrait of a Graduate (POG) acknowledges that in our changing world, education needs to fulfill our mission of supporting student success in school and in life. POG prioritizes skills that empower students to be productive citizens of a global community and successful in the future workforce. 

One POG attribute is communicator.  Students who are strong in this attribute:

  • Apply reading skills to acquire knowledge and broaden perspectives.
  • Actively listen strategies to advance understanding.
  • Speak in a purposeful manner to inform, influence, motivate, or entertain.
  • Incorporate writing skills for various purposes and audiences. 
  • Use technological skills and digital tools to explore and exchange ideas.

To support your child as a communicator, you can ask:

  • How were you a communicator today?
  • What were some ways you shared your ideas today?
  • When did you respectfully listen to the ideas of others?

Learn more at https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/portrait-graduate

 

Bren Mar Park ESSER Updates

ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds have been allocated to FCPS and BMP to to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on schools across the United States.  Each week we will highlight one way ESSER funds support the children our school community.

English Language Arts Strategy 1 - Students will engage in daily, systematic, explicit instruction in foundational skills (print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics, word recognition, and fluency) during the core language arts block.

Students in grades K - 5 engage in 20 minutes of word study, focusing students on reading and spelling instruction that is not memorization.  It focuses on alphabetic, patterns, and orthography. ESSER funds allowed the school to purchase materials for hands on word study learning and intervention.

 

Advanced Academics Information

If you are interested in having your 2nd through 5th grader screened for Full-Time (Level IV) services, please submit all documents no later than the deadline, December 15, 2022. The Level IV Referral Form is required and is linked below. The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is optional, however it is highly recommended that you submit this as well. You may also submit up to two digital pages of work samples. Please email all documents to our AART, Cathy Trope, at [email protected]  on or before December 15, 2022. Please reach out to Mrs. Trope with any questions.

Level IV Referral Form

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

If you missed the AAP Parent information night on September 27, the slides from the presentation can be found on the BMP website

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

November 29             Superintendent Community Conversation, 6:30 p.m.

December 1               Family Market, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

December 9               BMP Coffee and Conversation, 9:30 a.m.

December 19 - January 2              No School:  Winter Break

January 16                 No School:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

                                   PTA Sponsored:  Day of Service, 10:00 - 12:00

January 19                 Celebrating Cultural Stories Family Night, 6:30 p.m.         

February 17               Family Dance Night, 6:30 p.m.

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Mustang Message - November 20, 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!

 

Thank you to all of the families who joined us for our Technology Night.

 

No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

There is no school for staff or students on Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  The front office is closed to the public during these days.

 

Stay Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick.

For more tips, visit our Return to School website

 

Human Growth and Development Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6). Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.

We will be holding a Family Preview session on Wednesday, November 30th at 9:15am, in the cafeteria, for families. This is an opportunity for families to see the resources and ask questions.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

 

Specialist Spotlight

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is an important topic at Bren Mar Park.  Every student has a laptop or iPad, which opens up so many opportunities for learning, but also brings a lot of responsibility to be a good digital citizen.  We just wrapped up Digital Citizenship Week, which took place from October 17th - 21st. Students learned how to use their devices in appropriate and responsible ways to engage in learning.  Throughout their time in elementary school, FCPS students learn about the six core components of digital citizenship through the Common Sense curriculum, which are:

  • Media Balance: How can we balance technology with other activities?
  • Privacy and Security: How can we stay safe online?
  • Digital Footprint and Identity: How can we be mindful of the information we are leaving behind when we go online?
  • Relationships and Communication: How can we interact with people respectfully while online?
  • Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech: How can we stand up for others while online?
  • News and Media Literacy: How can we be critical consumers?

There are many ways you can reinforce digital citizenship at home.  On Common Sense’s parent page, you can find family conversation starters and activities to support each core component of digital citizenship.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kristin Kurtz at [email protected].

 

The Many Faces of BMP Building a Brighter Future Together: Renovation Updates

The planning process for the renovations of the Bren Mar Park school building continue!  We have had a variety of architects and structural engineers visit our school as part of this phase.  The community feedback committee met with the lead design team on Wednesday, November 2nd to review and share thinking on the latest aspects of the proposals.  

All families and community members may come to the Bren Mar Park front office to view hard copies of the latest information and design proposals.

 

FCPS Strategic Plan - Your Voice

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Employees, parents/caregivers, students, and our FCPS community must share the same purpose in order to recognize how we can move forward together. 

We are all much more motivated, and successful, when we share clear end goals. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage

 

ESSER funds allows teachers to engage in collaborative professional learning.

 

Bren Mar Park ESSER Updates

ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds have been allocated to FCPS and BMP to to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on schools across the United States.  Each week we will highlight one way ESSER funds support the children our school community.

Math Strategy 1 - Students will engage in overt representations of strategies so that teachers can use this information to inform in-the-moment feedback and future Tier 1 instruction.

This week, K - 5 teachers engaged in professional development called Labsite visits.  Teachers work together to gain a better understanding for identifying and resolving challenges that students may have in math by anticipating student thinking and framing questions to deepen and advanced thinking when monitoring student work.  Teams learn together, implement lessons with students, collaborate to problem-solve, and reflect on the impact.  ESSER funds allowed the school to pay substitute teachers to cover classroom teacher duties so they could participate.

 

Advanced Academics Information

If you are interested in having your 2nd through 5th grader screened for Full-Time (Level IV) services, please submit all documents no later than the deadline, December 15, 2022. The Level IV Referral Form is required and is linked below. The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is optional, however it is highly recommended that you submit this as well. You may also submit up to two digital pages of work samples. Please email all documents to our AART, Cathy Trope, at [email protected]  on or before December 15, 2022. Please reach out to Mrs. Trope with any questions.

Level IV Referral Form

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

If you missed the AAP Parent information night on September 27, the slides from the presentation can be found on the BMP website.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

November 21             Picture Re-take Day

November 23-25        No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

December 19 - January 2             No School:  Winter Break

January 16                 No School:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

                                   PTA Sponsored:  Day of Service, 10:00 - 12:00

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Food Truck Cancellation

Due to a shortage of pre-orders for the food truck, the food truck vendor has cancelled.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

Families are still welcome to join us for Thanksgiving lunch tomorrow, however please bring something with you to enjoy.  Due to staff shortages, we are unable to sell Thanksgiving meals to non-students.

 

Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule Tackling Technology Together Family Night

Join our School-Based Technology Specialist, Mrs. Feathers, to explore and enjoy technology-based programs that support educational standards on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bren Mar Park cafeteria.  Pizza will be served for those interested beginning at 6:00 p.m.

 

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Tackling Technology Together Family Night

Join our School-Based Technology Specialist, Mrs. Feathers, to explore and enjoy technology-based programs that support educational standards on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bren Mar Park cafeteria.  Pizza will be served for those interested beginning at 6:00 p.m.

 

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Thanksgiving Luncheon and Turkey Trot

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November 17 BMP Thanksgiving Luncheon

On Thursday, November 17, families are invited to join their children for Thanksgiving lunch here at Bren Mar Park during their lunch time!  We are not able to sell Thanksgiving school lunches to families due to staff shortages, and we invite families to bring their own lunch as together we celebrate all the things for which we are thankful! 

The PTA is coordinating two food trucks to be on site for families that may wish to purchase a meal and then come and eat in the school. Be sure the lunch schedule for November 17.

Teacher

Grade

Lunch Start

Lunch End

Birkenstock

K

11:00

11:35 AM

Phythyon

K

11:00

11:35 AM

Ambrosio

K

11:05

11:40 AM

Albers

K

11:05

11:40 AM

Chu

1

11:35

12:10 PM

Howell

1

11:35

12:10 PM

Maro

1

11:35

12:10 PM

Harding

3

12:10

12:45 PM

Shampang

3

12:10

12:45 PM

Clock

3

12:10

12:45 PM

Brady

2

12:30

1:05 PM

Klioze

2

12:30

1:05 PM

Park

2

12:35

1:10 PM

Robinson

2

12:35

1:10 PM

Donohoe

4

12:45

1:20 PM

Jennings

4

12:45

1:20 PM

Perry

4

12:45

1:20 PM

SS

K-5

1:00

1:35 PM

CW

K-5

1:00

1:35 PM

Bell

5

1:15

1:50 PM

Jenkins

5

1:15

1:50 PM

Ruccio

5

1:15

1:50 PM

 

 

8th Annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 19 from 10 - 11:30 am

Please join the Bren Mar Park PTA for our 8th Annual Turkey Trot! Students will have the opportunity to race around the school, with prizes for the students in each grade/class who race the most laps. The race will start promptly at 10am, and the registration for each child is $10. Signup details were included in last week’s Thursday packets. 

We are also looking for volunteers for the event to help direct runners and/or donate snacks for the event. Please email [email protected] and [email protected] if you have any questions about the event or if you are available to volunteer. Thank you!

 

 

November 23 - 25 No School: Thanksgiving Break

There is no school for staff or students from Wednesday, November 23 – Friday, November 25th.  We look forward to seeing all students back in the building on Monday, November 28th   Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

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Mustang Message - November 13, 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 kindergarteners sang a Veteran’s Day song to Mrs. Birkenstock’s father via FaceTime. They were so excited to show their patriotism!

 

Thanksgiving Lunch at School

On Thursday, November 17, families are invited to join their children for Thanksgiving lunch here at Bren Mar Park during their lunch time!  We are not able to sell Thanksgiving school lunches to families due to staff shortages, and we invite families to bring their own lunch as together we celebrate all the things for which we are thankful! 

The PTA is coordinating two food trucks to be on site for families that may wish to purchase a meal and then come and eat in the school. Be sure to check with your child's teacher or the front office if you are unsure of their lunch time. 

 

8th Annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 19 from 10 - 11:30 am

Please join the Bren Mar Park PTA for our 8th Annual Turkey Trot! Students will have the opportunity to race around the school, with prizes for the students in each grade/class who race the most laps. The race will start promptly at 10am, and the registration for each child is $10. Signup details will be provided shortly and included in next week's Thursday packets. 

We are also looking for volunteers for the event to help direct runners and/or donate snacks for the event. Please email [email protected] and [email protected] if you have any questions about the event or if you are available to volunteer. Thank you!

 

BMP Coffee and Conversation

This month's Coffee and Conversation topic will be "Introducing New Technology Devices to Your Children" offered virtually on Friday, November 18th at 9:30 a.m.

This time of year often means introducing new devices into our homes and into our children’s hands. What should parents be thinking about before giving their children these new products?  Our School Based Technology Specialist, Kristin Kurtz, will offer resources to support parents in learning about products and ways to keep their children safe.

The zoom link will be sent out just prior to the coffee.

 

Specialist Spotlight

Physical Education Classes

There has been a lot of excitement down in the gym recently as our mustangs have begun our gymnastics unit. During the next few weeks, students will be working to develop a variety of skills including rolling, balancing, tumbling, and jumping and landing. Thanks in part to our partnership with K12 Athletics Foundation, we have a large amount of gymnastics equipment for our students to use to help improve their skills, including springboards, vaulting blocks, tumbling mats, pit mats, and balance beams. If you’re interested in supporting this great local organization, you can visit the K12 Athletics Foundation website listed below.

https://www.k12athleticsfoundation.org/

Gymnastics Club

We are sponsoring a morning gymnastics club for students in 4th & 5th grade and for students in the morning SACC program. The club meets at 8:30am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from November 14th until December 14th. Students interested in participating can get a permission form from Mrs. Domingo and Mr. Hill during PE class.

Sneaker Reminder

In order for students to safely participate in all our PE activities and to perform to the best of their abilities, we need them to wear sneakers to PE class. Please have your child wear sneakers to school on their PE days or have them bring a pair of sneakers in their backpacks to change into for PE class. A list of class PE days can be found on our BMP PE Twitter page.

Stay Connected

Follow us on Twitter @BMP_PE to see some of the great things students are doing down in the gym during PE classes and clubs.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Michelle Domingo & Dave Hill

Physical Education Teachers

[email protected]

[email protected]

 

 

Tutor.com is available to all students.

 

Call Out for MentorWorks Support

Bren Mar Park is seeking individuals or partnerships with businesses to support some students with strong mentorship connections.  The mission of the MentorWorks program is to ensure that every student has an adult to whom they can talk.  Mentors are caring, responsible volunteers who give one-on-one time to students while encouraging them to develop their strengths and capabilities. Mentoring is not tutoring and is not grounded in academic support.

You can learn more at https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/volunteer-fcps/volunteer-opportunities/become-mentor or contact school counselor Michelle Kramer at [email protected]

 

Stay Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick.

For more tips, visit our Return to School website

 

The Many Faces of BMP Advanced Academics Information

If you are interested in having your 2nd through 5th grader screened for Full-Time (Level IV) services, please submit all documents no later than the deadline, December 15, 2022. The Level IV Referral Form is required and is linked below. The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is optional, however it is highly recommended that you submit this as well. You may also submit up to two digital pages of work samples. Please email all documents to our AART, Cathy Trope, at [email protected]  on or before December 15, 2022. Please reach out to Mrs. Trope with any questions.

Level IV Referral Form

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

If you missed the AAP Parent information night on September 27, the slides from the presentation can be found on the BMP website  

 

Building a Brighter Future Together: Renovation Updates

The planning process for the renovations of the Bren Mar Park school building continue!  We have had a variety of architects and structural engineers visit our school as part of this phase.  The community feedback committee met with the lead design team on Wednesday, November 2nd to review and share thinking on the latest aspects of the proposals.  

All families and community members may come to the Bren Mar Park front office to view hard copies of the latest information and design proposals.

 

FCPS Strategic Plan - Your Voice

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Employees, parents/caregivers, students, and our FCPS community must share the same purpose in order to recognize how we can move forward together. 

We are all much more motivated, and successful, when we share clear end goals. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

November 17          Thanksgiving Lunch at School

November 17          Technology Night, 6:30 p.m.

November 18          BMP Coffee and Conversation, 9:30 a.m., via zoom

November 19          Annual Turkey Trot 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

November 21          Picture Re-take Day

November 23 - 25      No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

December 19 - 30      No School:  Winter Break

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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 Fifth graders use technology to engage in learning. 

 

No School on Tuesday or Friday

There is no school for students on the following days:

      Tuesday, November 8 - Election Day

      Friday, November 11 - Veterans' Day

 

Message from BMP PTA

The kids don't have school on November 8th. After you have cast your vote, join us at Chuck E Cheese (6301 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria) any time from 12-8. 20% of the proceeds will go to BMP PTA. The PTA will be using the funds to help pay for the students' field trips. Bring the flier from the Thursday folder for 10 free play points. We hope to see you there!

 

8th Annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 19 from 10 - 11:30 am

Please join the Bren Mar Park PTA for our 8th Annual Turkey Trot! Students will have the opportunity to race around the school, with prizes for the students in each grade/class who race the most laps. The race will start promptly at 10am, and the registration for each child is $10. Signup details will be provided shortly and included in next week's Thursday packets. 

We are also looking for volunteers for the event to help direct runners and/or donate snacks for the event. Please email [email protected] and [email protected] if you have any questions about the event or if you are available to volunteer. Thank you!

 

Thank you to our BMP Veterans!

Join us in honoring our Veterans by dressing in red, white and blue on Thursday, November 10th. Thank you to all those in our community who have served. 

 

School Attendance

Parents have a huge influence on students when it comes to attendance.  Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help students do well in high school, college, and at work.

During the school year:

  • Maintain regular bed time and morning routinesto help your child develop a habit of on-time attendance.  
  • Talk to your child about why going to school everyday is important unless they are sick.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick.
  • If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him feel comfortable and excited about learning. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Reach out to your child’s teacher or school counselor if you are experiencing tough times such as unstable housing, transportation or health problems.  
Thank you, Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue!

Throughout the year, we are able to support many student needs through the generous donations from a non-profit organization called Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue. They provide support with school supplies, backpacks, coats, toys and other items. In order to continue to provide such support to the community, they are asking for support with monetary donations. Any amount can help tremendously. Please consider supporting this organization by submitting donations to: www.operationwarm.org/firefighterandfriends. Thank you

https://www.ffandfriends2therescue.org/ 

 

AAP Planning Community Meeting

Thank you to all of the families who joined us for Tuesday's Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Planning Community meeting.  Mrs. Williams, principal, and Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Mrs. Trope, shared the exciting proposal of working towards provided AAP Local Level IV services here at Bren Mar Park.  This would provided families of those students eligible for level IV services the opportunity to choose to stay at Bren Mar Park rather than go to the local AAP center.  In addition, the learning and structures would provide many children access and opportunities to the rich resources that this opportunity provides.  

The family feedback survey links are:

                 English

                 Spanish 

 

School Picture Re-take Thanksgiving Lunch at School

On Thursday, November 17, families are invited to join their children for Thanksgiving lunch here at Bren Mar Park!  We are not able to sell Thanksgiving school lunches to families due to staff shortages, and we invite families to bring their own lunch as together we celebrate all the things for which we are thankful!

 

Operation Warm Coats

Thanks to donations from the Fire Fighters and Friends organization we have received some winter coats. As the weather grows colder, if you find your student is in need of a coat, please reach out to Sandra Chetelat, [email protected].

We are extremely grateful to the Fire Fighters and Friends organization for their ongoing support to our BMP community with donations of backpacks, school supplies and coats.

 

Specialist Spotlight

MUSIC

Music teachers, Mrs. Millett and Mr. Pearce, and students in grades 3-5 are very excited to begin learning how to play the recorder! We were unable to play recorders for the last two years! Our recorders have arrived, and we are beginning to play them this week!  

In grades K-2, we are becoming better singers every day and improving at keeping a steady beat.  Students are taking turns to learn how to play some of the fun percussion instruments that we have in our music classrooms.

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that we will be having our Winter Sing Along this year! It will be on Friday, December 16th, the time has not yet been decided, so stay tuned!

 

The Many Faces of BMP Natalie Albers, Kindergarten

This will be my first full year of teaching. I graduated in December from George Mason University and interned in the fall at BMP! I was the AART from January to the end of the school year and am excited to start in Kindergarten this year!

I have a 1 year old Australian Shepherd named Ozzy. He’s wild and likes to go on walks with me or play fetch for hours. He keeps me busy!

Building a Brighter Future Together: Renovation Updates

The planning process for the renovations of the Bren Mar Park school building continue!  We have had a variety of architects and structural engineers visit our school as part of this phase.  The community feedback committee met with the lead design team on Wednesday, November 2nd to review and share thinking on the latest aspects of the proposals.  

All families and community members may come to the Bren Mar Park front office to view hard copies of the latest information and design proposals.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

November 8            No School:  Election Day

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 17          Thanksgiving Lunch at School

November 17          Technology Night

November 21          Picture Re-take Day

November 23-25     No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

 

Our staff and students had fun participating in the Storybook Character dress up on Friday!

 

No School Tomorrow

There is no school tomorrow, Monday October 31, 2022 - student holiday.

The Bren Mar Park office will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

AAP Planning Community Meeting

Thank you to all of the families who joined us for Tuesday's Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Planning Community meeting.  Mrs. Williams, principal, and Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Mrs. Trope, shared the exciting proposal of working towards provided AAP Local Level IV services here at Bren Mar Park.  This would provided families of those students eligible for level IV services the opportunity to choose to stay at Bren Mar Park rather than go to the local AAP center.  In addition, the learning and structures would provide many children access and opportunities to the rich resources that this opportunity provides.  

The family feedback survey links are:

                 English

                 Spanish

 

School Picture Re-take Outstanding Employee Nominations Are Open!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Bren Mar Park Outstanding Employee, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/WT8VwFHbUWMQg5118. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a few sentences about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The Google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, November 6.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen McGough at [email protected].

 

Impact Aid Forms

Beginning October 18, FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Watch the video to learn more about this process.

 

Thanksgiving Lunch at School

On Thursday, November 17, families are invited to join their children for Thanksgiving lunch here at Bren Mar Park!  We are not able to provide Thanksgiving school lunches to families due to staff shortages, and we invite families to bring their own lunch as together we celebrate all the things for which we are thankful!

 

Operation Warm Coats

Thanks to donations from the Fire Fighters and Friends organization we have received some winter coats. As the weather grows colder, if you find your student is in need of a coat, please reach out to Sandra Chetelat, [email protected].

We are extremely grateful to the Fire Fighters and Friends organization for their ongoing support to our BMP community with donations of backpacks, school supplies and coats.

 

Families Reunite

 

Did you come to the United States, in pursuit of a better life, but had to separate from your children for one year or more?

Have you reunited with your children but find the situation to be stressful?

Join other parents in learning ways to cope and improve your relationship with your children.

Virtual Free classes: November 1st, 8th, and 15th
From: 6pm to 8:30pm

To register fill out this form https://forms.gle/oHUZf9iLUxZQS11p7 

If you are in the process of reunification with your child or children and are interested in participating in this free class, please contact Sussy Tomer at 703-204-4342 or [email protected]

 

Specialist Spotlight

 Using ST Math at Home

Your child has been using ST Math games during math workshop and should continue to practice at home.  The ideal time is between 20-30 minutes each session.  This will allow students to master concepts and persevere.

 In ST Math, the game puzzles start off simple and then get more challenging as the student progresses. When a student reaches a challenging problem, she/he may ask for your help.  

As a parent, you might ask questions like: 

  • What do you notice about the puzzle?
  • What things can you click on?
  • What question is this puzzle asking?
  • Describe the strategy that you are going to use.
  • Describe what you see after you try your strategy?  What did you learn?
  • What will you do now?
  • If your child continues to be stuck and does not know what to do, have them play a previous level. Ask, “What did you learn from the previous level that can help you in this new level?”
  • Students access ST Math through their Schoology account or Student Links on Bren Mar Park website.

Phuong Hoang~ Math Resource Teacher

 

The Many Faces of BMP

Sachi Roberts, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

Sachi Roberts joined the Bren Mar Park team in 2019.  

She was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan.  She first came to America as a foreign exchange student to attend high school in Mississippi.  Afterwards, she earned a degree in hospitality.  After marrying her husband who was in the US Navy, they lived in several different places and now he’s retired from the Navy and they settled in Northern Virginia.

She has three children and is very active in their soccer, basketball and marching band activities. 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

October 31             No School: Professional Workday

November 8            No School:  Election Day

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 17          Thanksgiving Lunch at School

November 23-25     No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

 

No School Tomorrow

There is no school tomorrow in honor of Diwali. The Bren Mar Park office will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Outstanding Employee Nominations Are Open!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Bren Mar Park Outstanding Employee, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/WT8VwFHbUWMQg5118. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a few sentences about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The Google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, November 6.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen McGough at [email protected].

 

AAP Planning Community Night

Be a part of future planning!  Join us in-person or online for BMP's Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Planning Community Night to learn more about level IV services, local level IV programs, and how local level IV might look at Bren Mar Park.  This will be a chance for families to share feedback and have questions answered. 

Join via Zoom at this link:  https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97355124805?pwd=TzZBNHRTY1FNMzBZaVlLZGRoTEZkUT09&from=addon

 

BMP’s Coffee (or tea) and Conversation

Bren Mar Park’s Coffee and Conversation are an informal, interactive opportunity to learn and discuss a topic of interest to our families. Presenters share resources and information on a variety of topics and parents are invited to engage in questions and conversation. Most will be held concurrently, some online and others in-person.

Our next topic will be “Building Bilingual Vocabulary through Everyday Activities” on Friday, October 28th at 9:30 a.m. in the SACC room. We invite our families to come and learn ways to continue developing their home languages. Due to the interactive nature of this presentation, we will be offering it in person. Contact our Family Liaison, Sandra Chetelat, [email protected], with any questions.

 

Impact Aid Forms

Beginning October 18, FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Watch the video to learn more about this process.

 

Storybook Character Day

We invite students and staff to join us in Storybook Character Day.  Students are welcome to dress up or create a costume as a character from a book on Friday, October 28th.  Students should highlight the book from which they are dressing up!  Any costumes/dress up must follow school guidelines, which include no masks or weapons of any kind.  

 

Thanksgiving Lunch at School

On Thursday, November 17, families are invited to join their children for Thanksgiving lunch here at Bren Mar Park!  We are not able to provide Thanksgiving school lunches to families due to staff shortages, and we invite families to bring their own lunch as together we celebrate all the things for which we are thankful!

 

Operation Warm Coats

Thanks to donations from the Fire Fighters and Friends organization we have received some winter coats. As the weather grows colder, if you find your student is in need of a coat, please reach out to Sandra Chetelat, [email protected].

We are extremely grateful to the Fire Fighters and Friends organization for their ongoing support to our BMP community with donations of backpacks, school supplies and coats.

 

Families Reunite

 

Did you come to the United States, in pursuit of a better life, but had to separate from your children for one year or more?

Have you reunited with your children but find the situation to be stressful?

Join other parents in learning ways to cope and improve your relationship with your children.

Virtual Free classes: November 1st, 8th, and 15th
From: 6pm to 8:30pm

To register fill out this form https://forms.gle/oHUZf9iLUxZQS11p7 

If you are in the process of reunification with your child or children and are interested in participating in this free class, please contact Sussy Tomer at 703-204-4342 or [email protected]

 

Specialist Spotlight

The Science of Reading

Many of you have been hearing conversations about The Science of Reading.   In the BMP  newsletter we will start learning about the five main domains (Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension) and the goal of the SoR. 

The Goal:   To teach students a method of decoding that they can use for new or unfamiliar words.

                The first domain that we will focus on is Phonological Awareness:

  • Phonological awareness is the ability to notice the sound structure of spoken words.
  • Phonological awareness is the ability to identify, isolate and manipulate language at the individual sound level.
  • Basic phonological awareness skills include phoneme blending and segmentation.
  • Advanced phonological awareness skills involve manipulating phonemes including, deleting, substituting, or reversing phonemes within words.

Phonological awareness is essential for skilled reading and is needed for sight- word learning. 

Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency and Vocabulary all lead to

COMPREHENSION

Reading aloud to your child builds the foundation of literacy learning.  Listening comprehension comes before reading comprehension.

Enjoy reading some good books and next time we will learn about the second domain(phonics).

 

The Many Faces of BMP Important Upcoming Dates/Events

October 24             No School: Diwali

October 25             Advanced Academics Planning Community Night, 5:30 p.m.

October 27             PTA-Sponsored BINGOween, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

October 28            2 Hour Early Release; Storybook Character Day;  Coffee & Conversation: Building Bilingual Vocabulary in Everyday Activities, 9:30 a.m.  

October 31             No School: Professional Workday

November 8            No School:  Election Day

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 17          Thanksgiving Lunch at School

November 23-25     No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

 

Students show different ways of thinking. 

Spirit Week Dates

Help us welcome our kindergarteners with the first spirit week of the year - Color Spirit Week!

Monday - Blue

Tuesday - Purple

Wednesday - Brown

Thursday - Black

Friday - BMP Blue 

 

Storybook Character Day

We invite students and staff to join us in Storybook Character Day.  Students are welcome to dress up or create a costume as a character from a book on Friday, October 28th.  Students should highlight the book from which they are dressing up!  Any costumes/dress up must follow school guidelines, which include no masks or weapons of any kind.  

 

Families Reunite

 

Did you come to the United States, in pursuit of a better life, but had to separate from your children for one year or more?

Have you reunited with your children but find the situation to be stressful?

Join other parents in learning ways to cope and improve your relationship with your children.

Virtual Free classes: November 1st, 8th, and 15th
From: 6pm to 8:30pm

To register fill out this form https://forms.gle/oHUZf9iLUxZQS11p7 

If you are in the process of reunification with your child or children and are interested in participating in this free class, please contact Sussy Tomer at 703-204-4342 or [email protected]

 

Portrait of a Graduate

Portrait Of a Graduate (POG) acknowledges that in a rapidly changing world, education needs to evolve to fulfill our mission of supporting student success in school and in life.  POG outlines 5 attributes that students we work to develop in our students:

Communicator,  Collaborator,  Ethical & Global Citizen, 

Creative & Critical Thinker,  and  Goal-Directed & Resilient

Learn more at https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/portrait-graduate/resources

 

Specialist Spotlight

Hello Families!  This is your librarian, Mrs. Watson!  It’s October, and you know what that means…Book Fair is coming!  Click here to go to the book fair website.  Our book fair will be held from Friday, October 21st to Friday, October 28th in the library.  I am always on the lookout for volunteers to help with this!  Click here to go to a volunteer sign up sheet.  We will be setting up the fair on Thursday, October 20th from 11:30 to 1:30 and I could definitely use help with that!  Friday, October 21st will be a preview day for the students to browse and make a wish list.  Kids will be able to shop from Tuesday, October 25th to Friday, October 28th.  I am always happy to have volunteers help kids find books and keep the book fair tidy during shopping times!   The book fair will stay open after school on Tuesday and Wednesday until 5:30 for family shopping.  The book fair will also be open after school and will stay open during Bingoween on Thursday, October 27th until 8 p.m. One last thing - this year we have been told we have to charge tax.  When you send in money for books, please make sure you have enough to cover the tax.  I hope to see you at the book fair!  Happy reading! 

 

The Many Faces of BMP AAP Planning Community Night

Be a part of future planning!  Join us in-person for online for BMP's Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Community to learn more about current services provided at Bren Mar Park and share perspectives and ideas for next steps in AAP services to be made available at Bren Mar Park in the upcoming years.

Join via Zoom at this link:  https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97355124805?pwd=TzZBNHRTY1FNMzBZaVlLZGRoTEZkUT09&from=addon

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

October 20             PTA-Sponsored Playdate, starting at 5:00 p.m.

October 24             No School: Diwali

October 25             Advanced Academics Planning Community Night, 5:30 p.m.

October 27             PTA-Sponsored BINGOween, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

October 28             End of 1st Quarter; Storybook Character Day

October 28             Coffee and Conversation: Building Bilingual Vocabulary in Everyday Activities, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

October 31             No School: Professional Workday

November 8            No School:  Election Day

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 23-25     No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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Low-Cost Internet

Low-cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.

Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply. 

ESSER III

Share Feedback on In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding helps FCPS maintain safe school environments and address the impact of COVID-19 on students. We want to hear from you about our work to provide in-person instruction and continuity of services to all FCPS students and families. Visit our website to learn more about FCPS’ plan to use ESSER III funding to support students and share feedback via an online form. The online form will be available through October 10Click to edit this placeholder text.

Spirit Week Dates

Help us welcome our kindergarteners with the first spirit week of the year - Color Spirit Week!.

Storybook Character Day

We invite students and staff to join us in Storybook Character Day.  Students are welcome to dress up or create a costume as a character from a book on Friday, October 28th.  Students should highlight the book from which they are dressing up!  Any costumes/dress up must follow school guidelines, which include no masks or weapons of any kind.  

 

Portrait of a Graduate

Portrait Of a Graduate (POG) acknowledges that in a rapidly changing world, education needs to evolve to fulfill our mission of supporting student success in school and in life.  POG outlines 5 attributes that students we work to develop in our students:

Communicator,  Collaborator,  Ethical & Global Citizen, 

Creative & Critical Thinker,  and  Goal-Directed & Resilient

Learn more at https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/portrait-graduate/resources

 

Specialist Spotlight

We had a variety of counseling lessons this month at BMP. We focused on reminding our students our school expectations. We talked about habits and interest, leadership and celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month. We use the example of important Hispanic people to talk about leadership and diversity.

It is very important to talk to your child about diversity and inclusion. Talking to your child positively about inclusion can help them better understand themselves and those around them, it can also increase their confidence and kindness. Diversity and inclusion help children learn to empathize with people who are different from them, it can make all kids better learners, allowing them to understand various subjects from multiple points of view. It can be fun to explore different cultures and learn more about them. Read books that talk about diversity or books that show different cultures. 

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The Many Faces of BMP Volunteer Opportunities In Classroom Opportunities

In-person volunteers are once again welcomed back into classrooms. Teachers may ask for support for special events, such as field trips or projects, or regular volunteers to support with classroom needs.  Regular volunteers, per FCPS regulation, are to complete a background check prior to regular volunteering.  Please connect with your child's teacher if you are interested.

  Library or Cafeteria Opportunities

We welcome family members to support students by shelving books in the library or helping with lunch supervision in the cafeteria.  Please contact Sandra Chetelat if you are interested!

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

October 10             No School: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 24             No School: Diwali

October 28             End of 1st Quarter; Storybook Character Day

October 31             No School: Professional Workday

November 8            No School:  Election Day

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 23-25     No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!

Thanks to the partnership with Alexandria soccer, forty-eight Bren Mar Park students are staying healthy and having fun with free soccer clubs.  More opportunities will be available in the spring.

 

Spirit Week Dates

Help us welcome our kindergarteners with the first spirit week of the year - Color Spirit Week!.

PTA Fundraisers No School on Wednesday

There is no school on Wednesday, October 5, in honor of Yom Kippur, a religious fasting holiday for our Jewish community members and the final day of Rosh Hashanah.

Attendance Matters!

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.

Specialist Spotlight

Advanced Academics

This quarter our critical and creative thinking lessons have focus on Visualization.  This skill focuses on consciously forming a mental image of something that is not actually present.  Students use sensory information to stimulate their imagination.  This skill can be used to help students set goals by allowing them to visualize a plan to achieve their goals.  Visualization can also be used in reading to help deepen comprehension and empathy.  It can also be used in mathematics to visualize the problem and help solve it. 

At Home Connection: Have students set a goal and create a poster about it.  Visualize the elements that they need to reach their goal.  What steps will they take to get to their goal?  Include these steps on the poster.  After completing the poster, snap a picture and tag @Mrs_TropeAART, #BMPaap or share it with me at [email protected].  I can’t wait to see your creations!

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Review Challenged Materials

Hi Families!  Every year, each school must have a committee of parents and teachers who are willing to review challenged materials.  When a book is challenged, part of the process involves parents and teachers reading the book and sharing their recommendations about the book with FCPS.  We are looking for one or two parents who are NOT FCPS employees, who would be available to be part of this committee.  If interested, please email Christine Watson at [email protected].  We appreciate your support!

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

 

Volunteer Opportunities Lights, Camera, Smile Mustangs!

BMP is seeking 2 more parent volunteers to assist with Fall Picture Day on Tuesday, October 4th. 

Volunteers will receive a Basic Photo Package voucher.

What to expect: The afternoon shift is still available (12:30 p.m.-3:30p.m.) Volunteers will assist with passing cards to students, keeping class lines organized, and encouraging students to smile and look their best.

Ready to lend a hand? Contact Mariela Eberhardt, [email protected]

 

Family Market 

We are in need of volunteers for our monthly BMP Family Markets. Volunteer needs include help setting up, distributing and cleaning up for the Family Markets. Volunteer times are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  You can help for part or all of the time. This is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to earn required service hours!  Contact Sandra Chetelat if you are able to help at one or more Family Markets.

The next Family Market is Thursday, October 6th

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

October 5               No School:  Yom Kippur

October 6               Family Market, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

October 10             No School: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 24             No School: Diwali

October 28             End of 1st Quarter

October 31             No School: Professional Workday

November 8            No School:  Election Day

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 23-25         No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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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!

Preschool students practice recognizing and naming emotions in their Social and Emotional Learning.

 

No School Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a teacher workday for all staff.  There is no school for students.  We look forward to seeing your child again on Tuesday, September 27 at 9:00.

 

Attendance Matters!

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.

 

Specialist Spotlight

Our School Counselors, Mrs. Kramer and Ms. Cate teach classroom counseling lessons to all students. During these lessons, students learn different skills like how to prevent bullying, emotional regulation, conflict resolution, growth mindset, and empathy. Counselors also hold small groups for students to work on specific skills like making friends, social skills, or managing anxiety. Counselors can also meet with students individually, as needed. There are many ways for families to connect our lessons at home, such as having open conversations about how your child is feeling, perhaps asking how they helped someone at school today, or having a conversation about their strengths. Reinforce and model positive self-talk and growth mindset with your child, for example what they can tell themselves when they feel stressed? Additionally, you could ask about a goal they have for themselves, what they want to be when they grow up and how they can work towards that goal. It is also a great idea to play games with your child to help them learn problem solving and fairness.

 

Review Challenged Materials

Hi Families!  Every year, each school must have a committee of parents and teachers who are willing to review challenged materials.  When a book is challenged, part of the process involves parents and teachers reading the book and sharing their recommendations about the book with FCPS.  We are looking for one or two parents who are NOT FCPS employees, who would be available to be part of this committee.  If interested, please email Christine Watson at [email protected].  We appreciate your support!

 

Advanced Academics Information Session

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Mrs. Cathy Trope, will be hosting an Information Session on Tuesday, September 27 at 5:30 p.m.  This session will be concurrent, meaning families are welcome to come to the library or participate virtually.

The link for families who want to participate virtually is HERE.

To learn more about FCPS Advanced Academics, you may also visit the AAP website.

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

 

The Many Faces of BMP Volunteer Opportunities Lights, Camera, Smile Mustangs!

BMP is seeking 4 parent volunteers to assist with Fall Picture Day on Tuesday, October 4th. 

Volunteers will receive a Basic Photo Package voucher.

What to expect: Two shifts are available (9:15 a.m.-12 p.m. & 12:30 p.m.-3:30p.m.) Volunteers will assist with passing cards to students, keeping class lines organized, and encouraging students to smile and look their best.

Ready to lend a hand? Contact Mariela Eberhardt, [email protected]

 

Family Market 

We are in need of volunteers for our monthly BMP Family Markets. Volunteer needs include help setting up, distributing and cleaning up for the Family Markets. Volunteer times are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  You can help for part or all of the time. This is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to earn required service hours!  Contact Sandra Chetelat if you are able to help at one or more Family Markets.

The next Family Market is Thursday, October 6th

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

September 26        No School: Rosh Hashanah

September 27        Advanced Academics Information Session, 5:30 p.m.

September 30        Coffee and Conversation, 9:30 a.m. 

October 5               No School:  Yom Kippur

October 6               Family Market, 4:30 p.m.

October 10             No School: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 24             No School: Diwali

October 28             End of 1st Quarter

October 31             No School: Professional Workday

November 8            No School:  Election Day

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 23-25         No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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Mustang Message - September 18, 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!

Thank you to all of the parents who joined us in person and virtually for Friday's Coffee & Conversations.  These are monthly events hosted by our Family Liaison, Sandra Chetelat, and the administrative team.

 

Attendance Matters!

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.  

 

Specialist Spotlight

Our Mustang artists have been doing a great job so far learning art room routines and creating in different ways.  Multi-age artists have spent time learning routines and painting school bus collages.  Our Kindergarten and 1st grade artists have been spending time painting over the last few weeks.  We have used famous artists as inspiration and made a variety of paintings to learn how to use the paint stations, care for our paintbrushes, keep the area neat, and what to do when we are finished.  2nd grade artists are creating large community farm paintings.  We learned that artists make plans before painting to get their ideas together.  3rd grade artists are learning to blend paint and create a sense of near and far in a painting showing what they like to do for fun outside.  4th grade artists learned about narrative art and how we can use art to tell a story.  They created their own story using a storyboard and are creating a 3-part collage to tell their story.  5th graders are learning about contour line drawings.  We are creating a large-scale contour line drawing of an object of their choice, making compositional choices and adding a background design.  Ultimately, they will paint the background.  They are learning brush control and painting routines as well.

We can always use donations in the art room. Right now, we really need baby wipes (for hands) and can always use donations of yarn or beads.  Thank you so much for your help!

 

Mrs. Springfield, Art teacher

 

Annual Title I meeting

The FCPS Title 1 Town Hall will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 20th from 7:00-8:15 p.m. on the zoom link: 

Zoom Link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/s/92517569120

All Bren Mar Park families are welcome to attend!

 

Forms due to be returned to the front office no later than Wed., Sept. 21.  Participating students will be selected by lottery.

 

Review Challenged Materials

Hi Families!  Every year, each school must have a committee of parents and teachers who are willing to review challenged materials.  When a book is challenged, part of the process involves parents and teachers reading the book and sharing their recommendations about the book with FCPS.  We are looking for one or two parents who are NOT FCPS employees, who would be available to be part of this committee.  If interested, please email Christine Watson at [email protected].  We appreciate your support!

 

Opt Out & Other Forms

There are a variety of forms for families to review, sign and return to the school at the beginning of the year.  Please help us out by ensuring these are returned to your child's classroom teacher as soon as possible!

                          Update the Emergency Care Forms

                          Review the Students Rights & Responsibilities

                                  - Complete the Signature Sheet

                                  - Complete the signature on ParentVue

                          Complete any selected Opt Out forms

                                   - School Counseling

                                   - Online Tutoring

                                   - SEL Screener

                                   - Student photographs or video images

                                   - Family Life Education (FLE)

 

Bren Mar Park Elementary School and many classroom teachers use Twitter and newsletters with photographs to share great student learning with our school and class communities!

 

Advanced Academics Information Session

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Mrs. Cathy Trope, will be hosting an Information Session on Tuesday, September 27 at 5:30 p.m.  This session will be concurrent, meaning families are welcome to come to the library or participate virtually.

The link for families who want to participate virtually is HERE.

To learn more about FCPS Advanced Academics, you may also visit the AAP website.

 

The Many Faces of BMP Volunteer Opportunities

We are in need of volunteers for our monthly BMP Family Markets. Volunteer needs include help setting up, distributing and cleaning up for the Family Markets. Volunteer times are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to earn required service hours!  Contact Sandra Chetelat if you are able to help at one or more Family Markets

Thursday, October 6th

Thursday, November 3rd

Thursday, December 1st

Thursday, January 5th

Thursday, February 2nd

Thursday, March 2nd

Thursday, April 13th

Thursday, May 4th

Thursday, June 8th

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

September 20        Title 1 Virtual Town Hall Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

September 26        No School: Rosh Hashanah

September 27        Advanced Academics Information Session, 5:30 p.m.

September 30        Coffee and Conversation, 9:30 a.m.

October 5               No School:  Yom Kippur

October 10             No School: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 24             No School: Diwali

October 28             End of 1st Quarter

October 31             No School: Professional Workday

November 8            No School:  Election Day

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 23-25         No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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

CORRECTED: Mustang Message - September 11, 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!

Students are leaders in the daily news show here at Bren Mar Park.

 

Annual Title I meeting

The FCPS Title 1 Town Hall will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 20th from 7:00-8:15 p.m. on the zoom link: 

Zoom Link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/s/92517569120

All Bren Mar Park families are welcome to attend!

 

Advanced Academics Information Session

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Mrs. Cathy Trope, will be hosting an Information Session on Tuesday, September 27 at 5:30 p.m.  This session will be concurrent, meaning families are welcome to come to the library or participate virtually.

The link for families who want to participate virtually is HERE.

To learn more about FCPS Advanced Academics, you may also visit the AAP website.

 

The Many Faces of BMP Volunteer Opportunities

We are in need of volunteers for our monthly BMP Family Markets. Volunteer needs include help setting up, distributing and cleaning up for the Family Markets. Volunteer times are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to earn required service hours!  Contact Sandra Chetelat if you are able to help at one or more Family Markets

Thursday, October 6th

Thursday, November 3rd

Thursday, December 1st

Thursday, January 5th

Thursday, February 2nd

Thursday, March 2nd

Thursday, April 13th

Thursday, May 4th

Thursday, June 8th

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

September 16        BMP Coffee and Conversation, "Getting to know BMP and One Another", 9:30 a.m., Virtual and in-person

September 20        Title 1 Virtual Town Hall Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

September 26        No School: Rosh Hashanah

September 27        Advanced Academics Information Session, 5:30 p.m.

October 5               No School:  Yom Kippur

October 10             No School: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 24             No School: Diwali

October 28             End of 1st Quarter

October 31             No School: Professional Workday

November 8            No School:  Election Day

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 23-25         No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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

Mustang Message - September 11, 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!

Students are leaders in the daily news show here at Bren Mar Park.

 

Annual Title I meeting

The FCPS Title 1 Town Hall will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 20th from 7:00-8:15 p.m. on the zoom link: 

Zoom Link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/s/92517569120

All Bren Mar Park families are welcome to attend!

 

Advanced Academics Information Session

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Mrs. Cathy Trope, will be hosting an Information Session on Tuesday, September 27 at 5:30 p.m.  This session will be concurrent, meaning families are welcome to come to the library or participate virtually.

The link for families who want to participate virtually is HERE.

To learn more about FCPS Advanced Academics, you may also visit the AAP website.

 

The Many Faces of BMP Volunteer Opportunities

We are in need of volunteers for our monthly BMP Family Markets. Volunteer needs include help setting up, distributing and cleaning up for the Family Markets. Volunteer times are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to earn required service hours!  Contact Sandra Chetelat if you are able to help at one or more Family Markets

Thursday, October 6th

Thursday, November 3rd

Thursday, December 1st

Thursday, January 5th

Thursday, February 2nd

Thursday, March 2nd

Thursday, April 13th

Thursday, May 4th

Thursday, June 8th

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

September 16        BMP Coffee and Conversation, "Getting to know BMP and One Another", 9:30 a.m., Virtual and in-person

September 20        Title 1 Virtual Town Hall Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

September 26        No School: Rosh Hashanah

September 27        Advanced Academics Information Session, 5:30 p.m.

October 5               No School:  Yom Kippur

October 10             No School: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 24             No School: Diwali

October 28             End of 1st Quarter

October 31             No School: Professional Workday

November 8            No School:  Election Day

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 23-25         No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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

Mustang Message - September 4, 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!

Students lead the way in supporting one another!

 

No School Tomorrow - Labor Day

There is no school on Monday, September 5th.  All staff and students are on holiday.  School resumes on Tuesday, September 6.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

 

Title 1 Town Hall Meeting

The FCPS Title 1 Town Hall will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 20th from 7:00-8:15 p.m. on the zoom link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92984867641?pwd=Yi9PRFVQeU5aZC9CbjIyUEFHY3NQdz09&from=addon 

All Bren Mar Park families are welcome to attend!

 

Kiss & Ride Procedures

In order to help a more safe and efficient Kiss & Ride process, we ask that ask families please:

    - Have the Kiss & Ride card visible to staff members before entering the loop

    - Stay in your car; staff will bring children to the vehicle

    - Be prepared for your child(ren) to enter the passenger side of the vehicle.

    - Please wait; do not go in reverse or around other cars 

 

Beginning of the Year Forms

There are a variety of forms for families to review, sign and return to the school at the beginning of the year.  Please help us out by ensuring these are returned to your child's classroom teacher as soon as possible!

                          Update the Emergency Care Forms

                          Review the Students Rights & Responsibilities

                                  - Complete the Signature Sheet

                                  - Complete the signature on ParentVue

                          Complete any selected Opt Out forms

                                   - School Counseling

                                   - Online Tutoring

                                   - SEL Screener

                                   - Student photographs or video images

                                   - Family Life Education (FLE)

 

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.

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.  

 

The Many Faces of BMP BMP Volunteer Opportunities

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

The first Thursday of every month, Bren Mar Park hosts a Family Market for community members in need.  We need volunteers to help set up between 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and to help check in and help families between 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  This is also a great opportunity for high schoolers to earn volunteer service hours!  Contact Sandra Chetelat if interested.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

September 26        No School: Rosh Hashanah

October 5               No School:  Yom Kippur

October 10             No School: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 24             No School: Diwali

October 28             End of 1st Quarter

October 31             No School: Professional Workday

November 11          No School: Veterans Day

November 23-25         No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

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

Mustang Message - August 28, 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!

The first day of school was a great success!

 

No School on Friday - Labor Day

There is no school on Friday, September 2 in honor of the Labor Day weekend.  There is also no school on Monday, September 5th.  All staff and students are on holiday.  School resumes on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

 

School Supply Donations

This year we have a shortage of donated pencil boxes, which are best for our younger learners.  If you are willing to donate pencil boxes for students who might need them, they would be happily accepted in the Bren Mar Park front office.  Contact Sandra Chetelat, Family Liaison, with any questions.

 

Beginning of the Year Forms

There are a variety of forms for families to review, sign and return to the school at the beginning of the year.  Please help us out by ensuring these are returned to your child's classroom teacher as soon as possible!

                          Update the Emergency Care Forms

                          Review the Students Rights & Responsibilities

                                  - Complete the Signature Sheet

                                  - Complete the signature on ParentVue

                          Complete any selected Opt Out forms

                                   - School Counseling

                                   - Online Tutoring

                                   - SEL Screener

                                   - Student photographs or video images

                                   - Family Life Education (FLE)

 

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.

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.  

 

The Many Faces of BMP BMP Volunteer Opportunities

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

The first Thursday of every month, Bren Mar Park hosts a Family Market for community members in need.  We need volunteers to help set up between 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and to help check in and help families between 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  This is also a great opportunity for high schoolers to earn volunteer service hours!  Contact Sandra Chetelat if interested.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

August 29          First Day of School for PreK and Early Childhood Classrooms

September 2 - 5     No School:  Labor Day Holidays

September 26        No School: Rosh Hashanah  (Teacher Workday)

 

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

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