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Dear Bren Mar Park Families,
I want to take a moment and say THANK YOU for your support this school year. You have partnered with us in your child's learning as well as bringing your child to the school building so that they can participate in a variety of end of year assessments. Your partnership, help and support is very much appreciated by the Bren Mar Park staff.
This year has been difficult for many, with worries, changes and challenges. As we prepare to begin our summer season, I will be inviting parents to join me in Principal Chats to share perspectives, ask questions, and suggest ideas about how we can continue to work together as return strong in the Fall with 5 days per week of in-person instruction. These will be virtual only to allow for increased access and participation, and I do hope that you will find a time to join at least one. Upcoming dates for these are:
- Monday, June 28, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. - Sharing Hopes for Our Students
- Monday, July 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.- Sharing Our Stories
- Monday, August 8, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. - Partnership: Reflection on the Year
Proud BMP Principal
All Library Books Due on May 28
The end of the year is coming soon! Please return ALL library books by Friday, May 28, 2021.
Virtual students can return library books to the office anytime during the school day. In-person students can return library books to the classroom teacher.
To see what library books your student still has out, please follow these steps:
- Open up the library catalog: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/103149
- Click ‘Log In’ at the top right.
- Click on the blue box on the left that says ‘Fairfax County Public Schools’.
- Type in your child’s ID and Password that he or she uses to get into the computer each morning.
- Click on your child’s name at the top right (where it used to say ‘Log In’).
- Click on ‘Checkouts’ – it’s the first choice in the list – and you can see the covers of the books your child still has checked out.
You will need to follow all of these steps for each child you have to see each of your children’s individual accounts. I will send home a paper listing any remaining checked out books on Thursday, June 3rd.
Please help us find as many of these books as possible!! The books (and I) appreciate your help! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Watson, BMP Librarian.
Student Check Out Process
For parents/guardians who are checking out students from the school building, please remember that you are required to bring a government-issued photo identification, such as a passport or drivers license, so that we can ensure the safety of your child.
Fall Return to 5 Days Per Week
Our staff is so excited to offer 5 days of in-person instruction to all students this fall! Our administrative team, teachers, and support staff are committed to continuing to provide a safe place for your students to learn in our school.
We understand that there may be unique and personal reasons for students to remain virtual. There will be an opportunity for virtual enrollment this fall, however it will be very limited. Should you find yourself in this situation, please understand that there is an application process, and eligibility will be determined based on a health/medical certification.
All initial applications for virtual instruction based upon medical need is due no later than May 28, 2021.
SY 2021-22 Bell Schedule
Bren Mar Park's bell schedule for next school year has been published!
PAC, PreK - Grade 5 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ECCB AM 9:15 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
ECCB PM 12:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The doors will open to students at 9:00 a.m. Students should be at their classrooms no later than 9:15 a.m. each morning.
Parent Information Session: ST Math
Every student has the potential to deeply understand and truly love math. This belief helps ST Math become a powerful tool many students are using in FCPS. Students develop their math knowledge through challenging puzzles, non-routine problem solving, and informative feedback.
Join us for this important webinar to learn how families can use ST Math with their children to help them develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics.
- Discover how learning occurs in ST Math
- Support students working in the program from home
- Uncover how to view student progress
- Locate additional resources for ST Math use at home
Presented by Jim deBerjeois, and Vivian Doughty, Professional Learning Specialists at MIND Research Unit.
May 24, 2021 10-10:45 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m. AND
June 7, 2021 10-10:45 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Parents/guardians can register HERE.
Join us as we celebrate the amazing diversity of Bren Mar Park at this year’s (virtual) International Night! Your family can share many things from your country/culture: a musical performance, dance, reading a poem in your language, modeling some beautiful clothing, showing some delicious foods, or talking about art/artifacts.
If your family would like to participate, please use this flipgrid link for your performance: https://flipgrid.com/1b3a4b1d
Performances will be shared the night of the event.
International Night Flyer - All information in the flyer is stated above.
SOL Testing Calendar
Spotlight on Advanced Academics
This month we have been focusing on the critical and creative thinking skill: Point of View and Decisions and Outcomes.
Point of View helps broaden students’ thinking and demonstrates that an idea should be examined from many points of view before an opinion is formed. Exploring alternative points of view is critical to understanding history and problem solving in the present and future. Students were analyzing how different people might look at the same idea or situation.
At home you can use point of view to analyze how different people might view topics:
Questions to think about: 1.) How would _____ view this?
2.) If ______ were a ______, how would they feel?
3.) How would this look to a _____?
4.) What would someone with the opposite opinion think?
At Home Ideas: Research one of the following frog species. Create a short story or comic from the point of view of:
A Pickerel Frog
A Clawed Frog
A Chorus Frog
A Poison Dart Frog
Decision and Outcomes is a structure for understanding cause and effect relationships. It also helps students to recognize the importance of examining the outcomes of multiple decision options before embarking on a course of action.
At home you can use decisions and outcomes to help students think about the possible outcomes of multiple decisions before acting:
Questions to think about:
1.) If _____ occurred, what would happen next?
2.) What would happen if there were no ______?
3.) What if everyone did something?
4.) What would happen if it were true that_____?
At Home Ideas: Think about what decisions you can make to help improve pollution in your community? What possible outcomes will result from your decision?
Please Spread the Word! - Kindergarten Registration
Will your child be 5 years old on or by September 30th? Then it is time to register your child for kindergarten! Learn more about the registration process HERE! The parent information form is HERE. Once you have collected and completed the required documents, you may make an in-person appointment with our student registrar, Ms. Dorian Esteban by calling 703-914-7203 or emailing email@example.com.
Important Contact Information
Important Upcoming Dates/Events:
May 28 Applications for Virtual Learning due to Medical Need are due
May 31 Holiday - Memorial Day (no school)
June 3 Family Market, 5 p.m.
June 4 International Night, 6:30 p.m.
June 7 BMP Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony, 10:00 a.m.
June 8 Virtual Synchronous School Day, No In-Person Instruction
June 11 Last Day of School - Early Dismissal at 2:15 p.m.
August 20 Open House & Back to School Parent Information Sessions
August 21 PTA-Sponsored Primary Playground Playdates
August 23 First Day of School
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