Mustang Message - July 4, 2021

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Happy Independence Day!

July 4th is Independence Day!  In recognition of the holiday, all FCPS schools will be closed to the public on Monday, July 5th.  The front office will be closed.  There will be no summer school on this day.  Have a safe and fun long weekend!

 

Resources to Support Your Child's Learning This Summer
  • ST Math - Practice and improve flexibility with math skills
  • Imagine Learning -  Practice and improve fluency on letter sounds and word reading through phonics practice activities
  • MyOn - Listen to and read fiction and non-fiction text online
  • PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next! - Listen to and read online articles and non-fiction text.  Available in Spanish, too!
  • Fairfax County Public Libraries - The Richard Byrd Library is closest to our Bren Mar Park community and offers in-person, curbside services, and online resources for book checkout.  Late and lost book fees apply to hard copy materials.  Apply for a library card HERE.
  • BMP Library Website - Accessible only from students' Google Accounts.  This database links your child to a variety of online resources that will be available throughout the summer.
  • FCPS Summer Practice Books - FCPS is providing summer Practice Books for the continuity of learning.  Books are being mailed home. Families who have opted out of paper mailings will only receive digital copies.
Ways You Can Help at Home

Fine motor skills are important because they involve small muscles in the fingers, hands and thumb.  They are the same muscles children use for writing, coloring and doing other tasks.  You can help your child develop strength and dexterity which will be important when he/she returns to the classroom in the fall.  Our BMP Occupational Therapist, Sharon Mazurowski, shares some activities that can help your child improve fine motor skills for handwriting:

  • Use a clothespin to do finger "push-ups". Use the pads of the thumb and index finger to open a clothespin and count the repetitions.
  • Pin clothespins to the side of a container. You can write letters on the side of the clothespins and use them to make words.
  • Use clothespins to pick up small pieces of crumbled paper.
  • Squeeze clothespins or paper clips on index cards, matching written numbers.

 

BMP Front Office Summer Hours

The front office is open to the public on adjusted hours during the summer.  BMP summer front office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

August 20            Open House 

August 21            PTA-Sponsored Primary Playground Playdates

August 23            First Day of School, 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

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

Mustang Message en espanol - June 27, 2021

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Recursos para apoyar el aprendizaje de su hijo este verano
  • ST Math - Practique y mejore la flexibilidad con habilidades matemáticas
  • Imagine Learning - Practique y mejore la fluidez en los sonidos de las letras y la lectura de palabras a través de actividades de práctica de fonética
  • MyOn - Escuche y lea textos de ficción y no ficción en línea
  • PebbleGo y PebbleGo Next! - Escuchar y leer artículos online y textos de no ficción. ¡Disponible también en español!
  • Bibliotecas públicas del condado de Fairfax : La biblioteca Richard Byrd es la más cercana a nuestra comunidad de Bren Mar Park y ofrece servicios en persona, en la acera y recursos en línea para retirar libros. Se aplican tarifas por libros perdidos y atrasados ​​a los materiales impresos. Solicite una tarjeta de biblioteca AQUÍ.
  • Sitio web de la biblioteca BMP: accesible solo desde cuentas de Google de los estudiantes. Esta base de datos vincula a su hijo con una variedad de recursos en línea que estarán disponibles durante todo el verano.
  • Libros de práctica de verano de FCPS : FCPS proporciona libros de práctica de verano para la continuidad del aprendizaje. Los libros se están enviando a casa. Las familias que han optado por no recibir correos en papel solo recibirán copias digitales.
¿No regresará a BMP el próximo año?

Si su familia se ha mudado y su hijo no asistirá a la escuela con nosotros el próximo año escolar, háganoslo saber poniéndose en contacto con el registrador Dorian Esteban al 703-914-7203 o por correo electrónico a dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Horario de verano de la oficina principal de BMP

La oficina principal está abierta al público en horarios ajustados durante el verano. El horario de verano de la oficina principal de BMP es de 9:00 a.m. a 1 p.m.

 

Próximas fechas / eventos importantes:

20 de agosto      Sesiones informativas para padres de puertas abiertas y regreso a clases

21 de agosto      Reunión en el parque para la primaria patrocinado por la PTA

23 de agosto      Primer día de clases, 9:15 am - 4:00 pm

 

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Mustang Message - June 27, 2021

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Resources to Support Your Child's Learning This Summer
  • ST Math - Practice and improve flexibility with math skills
  • Imagine Learning -  Practice and improve fluency on letter sounds and word reading through phonics practice activities
  • MyOn - Listen to and read fiction and non-fiction text online
  • PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next! - Listen to and read online articles and non-fiction text.  Available in Spanish, too!
  • Fairfax County Public Libraries - The Richard Byrd Library is closest to our Bren Mar Park community and offers in-person, curbside services, and online resources for book checkout.  Late and lost book fees apply to hard copy materials.  Apply for a library card HERE.
  • BMP Library Website - Accessible only from students' Google Accounts.  This database links your child to a variety of online resources that will be available throughout the summer.
  • FCPS Summer Practice Books - FCPS is providing summer Practice Books for the continuity of learning.  Books are being mailed home. Families who have opted out of paper mailings will only receive digital copies.
Not Returning to BMP Next Year?

If your family has moved and your child will not be attending school with us for next school year, please let us know by contacting registrar Dorian Esteban at 703-914-7203 or by email at dsesteban@fcps.edu .

 

BMP Front Office Summer Hours

The front office is open to the public on adjusted hours during the summer.  BMP summer front office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

August 20            Open House & Back to School Parent Information Sessions

August 21            PTA-Sponsored Primary Playground Playdates

August 23            First Day of School, 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

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

Mustang Message en espanol - June 20, 2021

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Recursos para apoyar el aprendizaje de su hijo este verano
  • ST Math - Practique y mejore la flexibilidad con habilidades matemáticas
  • Imagine Learning - Practique y mejore la fluidez en los sonidos de las letras y la lectura de palabras a través de actividades de práctica de fonética
  • MyOn - Escuche y lea textos de ficción y no ficción en línea
  • PebbleGo y PebbleGo Next! - Escuchar y leer artículos online y textos de no ficción. ¡Disponible también en español!
  • Bibliotecas públicas del condado de Fairfax : La biblioteca Richard Byrd es la más cercana a nuestra comunidad de Bren Mar Park y ofrece servicios en persona, en la acera y recursos en línea para retirar libros. Se aplican tarifas por libros perdidos y atrasados ​​a los materiales impresos. Solicite una tarjeta de biblioteca AQUÍ.
  • Sitio web de la biblioteca BMP: accesible solo desde cuentas de Google de los estudiantes. Esta base de datos vincula a su hijo con una variedad de recursos en línea que estarán disponibles durante todo el verano.
  • Libros de práctica de verano de FCPS : FCPS proporciona libros de práctica de verano para la continuidad del aprendizaje. Los libros se están enviando a casa. Las familias que han optado por no recibir correos en papel solo recibirán copias digitales.
¿No regresará a BMP el próximo año?

Si su familia se ha mudado y su hijo no asistirá a la escuela con nosotros el próximo año escolar, háganoslo saber poniéndose en contacto con el registrador Dorian Esteban al 703-914-7203 o por correo electrónico a dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Horario de verano de la oficina principal de BMP

La oficina principal está abierta al público en horarios ajustados durante el verano. El horario de verano de la oficina principal de BMP es de 9:00 a.m. a 1 p.m.

 

Próximas fechas / eventos importantes:

20 de agosto      Sesiones informativas para padres de puertas abiertas y regreso a clases

21 de agosto      Reunión en el parque para la primaria patrocinado por la PTA

23 de agosto      Primer día de clases, 9:15 am - 4:00 pm

 

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

Mustang Message - June 20, 2021

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Resources to Support Your Child's Learning This Summer
  • ST Math - Practice and improve flexibility with math skills
  • Imagine Learning -  Practice and improve fluency on letter sounds and word reading through phonics practice activities
  • MyOn - Listen to and read fiction and non-fiction text online
  • PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next! - Listen to and read online articles and non-fiction text.  Available in Spanish, too!
  • Fairfax County Public Libraries - The Richard Byrd Library is closest to our Bren Mar Park community and offers in-person, curbside services, and online resources for book checkout.  Late and lost book fees apply to hard copy materials.  Apply for a library card HERE.
  • BMP Library Website - Accessible only from students' Google Accounts.  This database links your child to a variety of online resources that will be available throughout the summer.
  • FCPS Summer Practice Books - FCPS is providing summer Practice Books for the continuity of learning.  Books are being mailed home. Families who have opted out of paper mailings will only receive digital copies.
Not Returning to BMP Next Year?

If your family has moved and your child will not be attending school with us for next school year, please let us know by contacting registrar Dorian Esteban at 703-914-7203 or by email at dsesteban@fcps.edu .

 

BMP Front Office Summer Hours

The front office is open to the public on adjusted hours during the summer.  BMP summer front office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

August 20            Open House & Back to School Parent Information Sessions

August 21            PTA-Sponsored Primary Playground Playdates

August 23            First Day of School, 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

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

Mustang Message - June 13, 2021

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BMP families and staff come together in-person for the 5th grade promotion ceremony held on Monday, June 7, in the Bren Mar Park gym.

 

Resources to Support Your Child's Learning This Summer
  • ST Math - Practice and improve flexibility with math skills
  • Imagine Learning -  Practice and improve fluency on letter sounds and word reading through phonics practice activities
  • MyOn - Listen to and read fiction and non-fiction text online
  • PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next! - Listen to and read online articles and non-fiction text.  Available in Spanish, too!
  • Fairfax County Public Libraries - The Richard Byrd Library is closest to our Bren Mar Park community and offers in-person, curbside services, and online resources for book checkout.  Late and lost book fees apply to hard copy materials.  Apply for a library card HERE.
  • BMP Library Website - Accessible only from students' Google Accounts.  This database links your child to a variety of online resources that will be available throughout the summer.
  • FCPS Summer Practice Books - FCPS is providing summer Practice Books for the continuity of learning.  Books are being mailed home. Families who have opted out of paper mailings will only receive digital copies.
Laptop Return

Tomorrow is the last day to return checked out BMP technology items, including laptops, chargers, protective sleeves and MiFis, This allows us to prepare these items for summer programming as well as return to in-person learning in the Fall.

All Students: Monday, June 14th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Items not returned will incur a replacement fee.  Please contact Mrs. Jess Russell with any questions you might have.

 

Not Returning to BMP Next Year?

If your family has moved and your child will not be attending school with us for next school year, please let us know by contacting registrar Dorian Esteban at 703-914-7203 or by email at dsesteban@fcps.edu .

 

Parent Perspectives Feedback

The BMP Equity Team is seeking perspectives from our families and guardians to support their working in increasing home-school partnerships to help students thrive in their academic and social-emotional learning.

We invite families to provide their perspectives, thinking and feedback by completing the End of Year Family Equity Survey . 

 

BMP Front Office Summer Hours

The front office is open to the public on adjusted hours during the summer.  BMP summer front office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

A Note from the PTA

Dear Bren Mar Park Family,

As my term as the Bren Mar Park PTA President comes to a close, I can't help but reflect on how grateful I am for your steadfast engagement and support over the past 2 years. You were gracious as I learned the "PTA" ropes and remained supportive of initiatives to support our students. You challenged me to keep the PTA values of Collaboration, Commitment, Diversity, Respect and Accountability at the forefront in every PTA initiative. You provided me with great feedback and innovative ideas we were able to implement including adding foreign languages to our after-school enrichment programs, providing scholarships so more students could be included in enrichment activities, and expanding Restaurant Night options to offer BMP family favorites.

Even though the past year was unprecedented, you still put the needs of our children first by supporting our "FUNraisers" to keep the sense of community alive. I want to thank the PTA Executive Board, committee members, and most importantly our staff and parent volunteers who gave their time and support. 

As our board transitions this year, I am super excited about the rockstar team on deck for next year! Help me welcome the new Bren Mar Park Exec. Board:

  • President - Kristin Melita
  • Vice President of Community Engagement/Enrichment - Treffaney Lowe
  • Treasurer - Katie Hollier
  • Secretary - Vacant

The 2021-22 PTA still needs a Secretary to serve on the Executive Board.  The PTA also needs committee members who can champion initiatives including Restaurant Nights, Fundraising, Events, Outreach and Marketing, Budget, and Fairfax County PTA and Title I representatives.  Please reach out to bmp.pta@gmail.com to volunteer.

Again, thank you for the honor of serving as the Bren Mar Park PTA president. Remember the PTA's mission in everything you do for Bren Mar Park Mustangs - "...to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children."

Sincerely,

Barbara Alston (Joey's Mom) - 2019-2021 PTA President

 

Specialist Spotlight on Counseling

As this year wraps up, Ruth and I would like to express our gratitude for working with us this year to support our students.  Your children have shown resiliency and have surprised us many times with their ability to adapt whether that was to online learning or back in the physical classroom.  Our hope is that they will take the lessons they have learned to help them build confidence both academically and socially as they continue their academic career. 

All our best to our 5th graders moving onto middle school!  It has been our pleasure and joy working with you and getting to know you.  Again, thanks for the opportunity to work with your children.  Enjoy the summer and the memories yet to be made!

Jessie Lanier and Ruth Dalrymple

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

August 20            Open House & Back to School Parent Information Sessions

August 21            PTA-Sponsored Primary Playground Playdates

August 23            First Day of School, 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

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

Mustang Message - June 6, 2021

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Dear Bren Mar Park Families,

Can you believe it?  We are in June, and the last few weeks of the school year!  This week we celebrate our promoting 5th grade students and conclude the 2020-21 school year.  We wish you and your family well over the summer months!

And, here at Bren Mar Park, the summer work will continue to prepare for the in-person return and 5 days per week for all students.  We will be deep cleaning classrooms and common areas, reallocating instructional materials back into all classrooms, and hosting a variety of summer programs including Rec-PAC for members of our community.  

You may also continue to support your child during the summer months to best prepare for the upcoming school year.  Each Mustang would benefit from some time each week spend on activities to continue ongoing academic growth, including and not limited to:

  • ST Math - Practice and improve flexibility with math skills
  • Imagine Learning -  Practice and improve fluency on letter sounds and word reading through phonics practice activities
  • MyOn - Listen to and read fiction and non-fiction text online
  • PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next! - Listen to and read online articles and non-fiction text.  Available in Spanish, too!
  • Fairfax County Public Libraries - The Richard Byrd Library is closest to our Bren Mar Park community and offers in-person, curbside services, and online resources for book checkout.  Late and lost book fees apply to hard copy materials.  Apply for a library card HERE.
  • BMP Library Website - Accessible only from students' Google Accounts.  This database links your child to a variety of online resources that will be available throughout the summer.

In addition, FCPS will be sending home academic packets to support ongoing summer practice for all students.  Families who have not selected Paper Opt Out will receive a hard copy of the packets for your child's use.  

The Bren Mar Park staff wish you a safe and wonderful summer!

Take care,

Mrs. Williams

Proud BMP Principal

 

June 8 is an Online Learning Day

Due to elections scheduled to take place on June 8, 2021, there will be no in-person learning held on this day.  All Bren Mar Park students will participate in virtual only learning.  Students should log in to their assigned classrooms using the BBCU link in their Google email account at the start of the school day, 9:45 a.m. 

 

Strings or Band Rental Return

If your child rented a strings or band instrument from Bren Mar Park, the instrument will need to be turned in at the end of the school year.

During the following dates and times, you may return instruments (band or strings) to Mr. Johnson at Bren Mar Park.

Monday, June 7th – 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, please check in at the front door of the school

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions: Ms. Hinkle (band) – dfhinkle@fcps.edu; Mr. Johnson (strings) – bmjohnson1@fcps.edu

 

Laptop Return

BMP is collecting back all laptops, chargers, protective sleeves and MiFis, as were checked out to students.  This allows us to prepare these items for summer programming as well as return to in-person learning in the Fall.

5th Grade ONLY: Friday, June 11th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

PreK-5: Monday, June 14th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Items not returned will incur a replacement fee.  Please contact Mrs. Jess Russell with any questions you might have.

 

Parent Perspectives Feedback

The BMP Equity Team is seeking perspectives from our families and guardians to support their working in increasing home-school partnerships to help students thrive in their academic and social-emotional learning.

We invite families to provide their perspectives, thinking and feedback by completing the End of Year Family Equity Survey . 

 

Summer Principal Chat

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: Envisioning the Year

 

Specialist Spotlight Spotlight on Library

Hi Families!

Wow, summer is here!  Time to relax, go to the pool or beach, get outside to play, and to read.  Read?  Yes, read!!  It is SO important for kids to keep reading over the summer.  Have you heard of the summer slide?  Kids can lose some of the important reading skills they’ve developed over the past year.  How can we prevent it?  By getting kids to read lots and lots of books, of course! 

To help you find great resources over the summer, go to the library website’s Summer Reading page.  Here you will find the following information:

  • How to find great articles and books in the Destiny catalog’s Learning Links ribbon
  • How to get to the library website’s Reading Fun page with links to awesome reading sites
  • How to find eBooks in the Destiny catalog’s Collection ribbon
  • How to use Mackin Via to find terrific eBooks that your child can read on a laptop or tablet
  • Learn about the Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program called Tails and Tales and learn about the LEAP program where FCPS students can borrow 3 public library books at a time without a public library card
  • Learn about WETA’s ‘Start With a Book’ Summer Reading Program and see lists of great books and activities to keep your kids busy all summer long
  • Learn about the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program and how kids can earn a free book

 The truly best way to get kids to read over the summer is to give them lots of choices.  This is a great time for your child to read those light-hearted, silly books and for you and your child to read some good books together.  Make reading fun and you’ll help prevent the summer slide AND turn your child into a lifelong reader!!  Have a great summer!  Happy reading!  Mrs. Watson

 

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 dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Important Contact Information Attendance 703-914-7272 Brenmarparkesattendance@fcps.edu Clinic 703-914-7210 mlbest@fcps.edu Counselor 703-914-7246 jblanier@fcps.edu Parent Liaison  703-914-7227 stchetelat@fcps.edu Registration 703-914-7203 dsesteban@fcps.edu  Transportation 703-446-2050  

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

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, 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

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

Mustang Message - International Night Tonight

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BMP International Night - Tonight at 6:30 p.m.

We are excited to host the annual Bren Mar Park International Night this evening. This virtual experience begins at 6:30 PM at this link (this link has been corrected):  

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/6fca6955680d4f55836b2006ac45cc07

 

We hope that you will join us for this amazing experience, celebrating the diverse cultures and traditions represented in our school community.

We look forward to seeing you later tonight.

 

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BMP International Night - Tonight at 6:30 p.m.

We are excited to host the annual Bren Mar Park International Night this evening. This virtual experience begins at 6:30 PM at this link:  

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/6fca6955680d4f55836b2006ac45cc07

We hope that you will join us for this amazing experience, celebrating the diverse cultures and traditions represented in our school community.

We look forward to seeing you later tonight.

 

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

Mustang Message - Special Edition

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BMP International Night - Tonight at 6:30 p.m.

We are excited to host the annual Bren Mar Park International Night this evening. This virtual experience begins at 6:30 PM at this link:  

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/6fca6955680d4f55836b2006ac45cc07

We hope that you will join us for this amazing experience, celebrating the diverts cultures and traditions represented in our school community.

We look forward to seeing you later tonight.

 

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

Mustang Message - May 30, 2021

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Dear Bren Mar Park Families,

We hope that you enjoy a day of rest with tomorrow's Memorial Day holiday!  Please remember that, because it is a holiday, there will be no morning meetings or work assigned to your child.  We encourage you and your family to enjoy time together as a family, getting outside, and taking care of yourselves.

We look forward to seeing your child online or in-person again on Tuesday, June 1.  

 

Take care,

Mrs. Williams

Proud BMP Principal

 

June 8 is an Asynchronous Learning Day

Due to elections scheduled to take place on June 8, 2021, there will be no in-person learning held on this day.  All Bren Mar Park students will participate in virtual only learning.  Students should log in to their assigned classrooms using the BBCU link in their Google email account at the start of the school day, 9:15 a.m. 

 

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.  

 

Parent Perspectives Feedback

The BMP Equity Team is seeking perspectives from our families and guardians to support their working in increasing home-school partnerships to help students thrive in their academic and social-emotional learning.

We invite families to provide their perspectives, thinking and feedback by completing the End of Year Family Equity Survey . 

 

Summer Principal Chat

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

 

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.

Webinar Highlights:

  • 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.

          June 7, 2021 10-10:45 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Parents/guardians can register HERE.

 

Message from Your PTA

Thank you to the volunteers that made Teacher Appreciation Week special! 

The BMP PTA hopes to see you at the next PTA Meeting, Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 6pm. A BBCU link will be provided 2 hours before the meeting.  

From our last meeting, congratulations to the following new PTA board members:

  • Kristen Melita, incoming PTA President
  • Katie Hollier, current and incoming Treasurer
  • Treffaney Lowe, incoming VP of Community Engagement

We are still in need of a Secretary to have a PTA next year!  If you are interested or would like nominate someone, use this link to submit a name or email the bmp.pta@gmail

The PTA is also seeking additional volunteers to help with: 

  • June 6 - Assist the PTA Treasurer, Katie Hollier, to review financial records and compliance documents. The Financial Review is a great way to understand the PTA functions.
  • June 9 (Rain date, June 10) - Assist Mrs. Williams in celebrating our BMP staff at an End of Year Staff BBQ. We are looking for:
    • Provide a Grill – let BMP borrow a grill for cooking
    • Set Up/Clean Up – help set up/clean up tables and food items
    • Grill Masters – volunteer time to grill hamburgers and hot dogs, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Please contact the BMP PTA if you can help with either at bmp.pta@gmail.

 

International Night

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.

Specialist Spotlight Spotlight on Art

We are staying busy in art right up until the end of school.  4th and 5th grade artists have been hard at work learning about perspective in art.  We have learned basic one-point perspective and have been creating a cityscape with details.  2nd and 3rd grade artists have been learning about patterns in landscapes and how to make things look far away by making objects smaller.  Kindergarten and first grade artists learned about cicadas (“COOL!” or “EWWW!” depending on who you ask) and we also completed a still life unit to learn about how artists draw things in front of other things.  Multiage artists are finishing up their alphabet unit where we have made art based on all the letters in the alphabet.

 

I have truly enjoyed teaching all of your children at Bren Mar Park this year.  It is amazing to watch them learn and grow, and I am so proud of all they have done.  I am looking forward to hearing all about their summer adventures when we return in the fall.  I hope that everyone keeps up the amazing artwork!

 

Ms. Springfield

Art Specialist

 

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 dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Important Contact Information Attendance 703-914-7272 Brenmarparkesattendance@fcps.edu Clinic 703-914-7210 mlbest@fcps.edu Counselor 703-914-7246 jblanier@fcps.edu Parent Liaison  703-914-7227 stchetelat@fcps.edu Registration 703-914-7203 dsesteban@fcps.edu  Transportation 703-446-2050  

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

May 31                 Holiday - Memorial Day (no school)

June 1                  PTA Meeting

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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Parent Perspectives Feedback

The BMP Equity Team is seeking perspectives from our families and guardians to support their work in increasing home-school partnerships to help students thrive in their academic and social-emotional learning.

We invite families to provide their perspectives, thinking and feedback by completing the End of Year Family Equity Survey . 

 

Message from Your PTA

 

Congratulations to the following new PTA board members:

  • Kristen Melita, incoming PTA President
  • Katie Hollier, current and incoming Treasurer
  • Treffaney Lowe, incoming VP of Community Engagement

The PTA is still in need of a secretary next year!  If you are interested, please email the bmp.pta@gmail.com

The PTA is also seeking additional volunteers to help with: 

  • June 6 - Assist the PTA Treasurer, Katie Hollier, to review financial records and compliance documents. The Financial Review is a great way to understand the PTA functions.
  • June 9 (Rain date, June 10) - Assist Mrs. Williams in celebrating our BMP staff at an End of Year Staff BBQ. We are looking for:
    • Provide a Grill – let BMP borrow a grill for cooking
    • Set Up/Clean Up – help set up/clean up tables and food items
    • Grill Masters – volunteer time to grill hamburgers and hot dogs, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Please contact the BMP PTA if you can help with either at bmp.pta@gmail.com

 

International Night Flyer - All information in the flyer is stated above.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

May 31                 Holiday - Memorial Day (no school)

June 1                  Virtual PTA Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

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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

Take care,

Mrs. Williams

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.

Webinar Highlights:

  • 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.

 

International Night

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 Specialist Spotlight 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 dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Important Contact Information Attendance 703-914-7272 Brenmarparkesattendance@fcps.edu Clinic 703-914-7210 mlbest@fcps.edu Counselor 703-914-7246 jblanier@fcps.edu Parent Liaison  703-914-7227 stchetelat@fcps.edu Registration 703-914-7203 dsesteban@fcps.edu  Transportation 703-446-2050  

 

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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Dear Bren Mar Park Families,

It is hard to believe that it is the middle of May.  SOL testing is almost complete.  Summer is almost here.  And the end of the 2021-22 school year is in sight!

Summer programming is being planned now.  Bren Mar Park will be hosting Rec PAC for interested families this summer. Several of our teachers will be teaching the Summer program, including Bridge to K and 1, Young Scholars, and SOAR for current grades 1-5.  Due to limited availability, these programs are by invitation only.  Should an opportunity arise for your child to be invited to participate, a member of the front office team will reach out to you.  For all families, Summer Practice Books will be mailed home in early June and should arrive prior to the last day of school.

Take care,

Mrs. Williams

Proud BMP Principal

 

Front Office Closed

The Bren Mar Park front office will be closed to the public on Monday, May 17, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. for professional learning.  Email communication to a member of the front office may be delayed as well.

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.  

 

Message from Your PTA

Thank you to the volunteers that made Teacher Appreciation Week special! 

The BMP PTA hopes to see you at the next PTA Meeting, Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 6pm. A BBCU link will be provided 2 hours before the meeting.  

From our last meeting, congratulations to the following new PTA board members:

  • Kristen Melita, incoming PTA President
  • Katie Hollier, current and incoming Treasurer
  • Treffaney Lowe, incoming VP of Community Engagement

We are still in need of a Secretary to have a PTA next year!  If you are interested or would like nominate someone, use this link to submit a name or email the bmp.pta@gmail

The PTA is also seeking additional volunteers to help with: 

  • June 6 - Assist the PTA Treasurer, Katie Hollier, to review financial records and compliance documents. The Financial Review is a great way to understand the PTA functions.
  • June 9 (Rain date, June 10) - Assist Mrs. Williams in celebrating our BMP staff at an End of Year Staff BBQ. We are looking for:
    • Provide a Grill – let BMP borrow a grill for cooking
    • Set Up/Clean Up – help set up/clean up tables and food items
    • Grill Masters – volunteer time to grill hamburgers and hot dogs, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Please contact the BMP PTA if you can help with either at bmp.pta@gmail

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.

 

International Night

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
  • All SOL tests are taken in-person at school. SOL tests are not available for remote delivery from home. 
  • For any SOL assessments this spring, you have the right to refuse testing for your student. The Right to Refuse Assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/34277) offers information and considerations. If you choose to refuse the SOL tests, please complete this online Google form. Contact Sandra Chetelat, Parent Liaison at 703-914-7253 if you need help.

 

Yearbook & School Photos This Year

Due to the delayed start of in-person school, and based on feedback around the concern that many of our families have had about coming into the school building, Bren Mar Park will not have a yearbook for this school year.  Instead, staff will create and develop a memory activity or product with and for the students in their grade levels.  Photos will be made available to classroom communities.

Fall school pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

 

Specialist Spotlight Spotlight on P.E.

We are truly enjoying seeing a lot more students for in-person for PE.  We are continuing doing basketball skills for the upper grades. This includes dribbling skills, layups and shooting drills.  We maintain 6 ft distance between students and every student has their own basketball. Students at home are working on Zumba dances and fitness and cardio workouts.  Lower grade level students are working on catching with self and drippling skills with soft balls.  We are playing noodle tag maintaining social distancing with all grade levels to work on chasing and fleeing skills and the cardiorespiratory system. Since we are no longer required to wear mask outside if students maintain 10ft of separation, we will be starting soccer skills next week outside on the field with all in-school students. Students will work on dribbling, passing with partner and shooting skills.

 

Thanks, Dave & Joe

 

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 dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Important Contact Information Attendance 703-914-7272 Brenmarparkesattendance@fcps.edu Clinic 703-914-7210 mlbest@fcps.edu Counselor 703-914-7246 jblanier@fcps.edu Parent Liaison  703-914-7227 stchetelat@fcps.edu Registration 703-914-7203 dsesteban@fcps.edu  Transportation 703-446-2050  

 

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 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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Dear Bren Mar Park Families,

Thank you for helping us celebrate our teachers and staff this week during Teacher Appreciate Week!  The kind words and special treats were very much appreciated.

 

 

Take care,

Mrs. Williams

Proud BMP Principal

 

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.

Please contact the front office if you have any questions.

 

International Night

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
  • All SOL tests are taken in-person at school. SOL tests are not available for remote delivery from home. 
  • For any SOL assessments this spring, you have the right to refuse testing for your student. The Right to Refuse Assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/34277) offers information and considerations. If you choose to refuse the SOL tests, please complete this online Google form. Contact Sandra Chetelat, Parent Liaison at 703-914-7253 if you need help.

 

PTA is Seeking Volunteers for Next School Year

It's time to elect new PTA officers for the 2021-2022 school year and we are in need of new volunteers to step up to serve on the PTA. To have a PTA requires a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer at the minimum but we know that additional hands are needed for a thriving, active PTA!

Please nominate yourself or someone using the PTA Executive Board Nomination Form Nominating someone does not mean they automatically get put on the ballot for elections- it means they will be aware that someone (not specific) nominated them and asking if they would be interesting and willing to be put on the electronic ballot. Executive Board positions votes will be completed and tallied during our May 11th General PTA meeting. 

If you are interested and would like more information to volunteer or to nominate someone, please reach out to the Bren Mar Park PTA at  bmp.pta@gmail.com or call Barbara Alston at (314) 922-1455.

 

Yearbook & School Photos This Year

Due to the delayed start of in-person school, and based on feedback around the concern that many of our families have had about coming into the school building, Bren Mar Park will not have a yearbook for this school year.  Instead, staff will create and develop a memory activity or product with and for the students in their grade levels.  Photos will be made available to classroom communities.

2021-22 Fall school pictures are scheduled for early in September.

 

Specialist Spotlight Spotlight on Counseling

We hope you are able to take advantage of the beautiful weather we are having this Spring.  It has been so nice to be able to see many of our students enjoying the nice weather during recess.  We have been busy with transitioning students into the building as well as maintaining relationships with those online.  Students have been learning about careers and exploring interests.  It has been neat hearing what they want to do when they grow up and helping them tie their interests into a career choice.  It’s never too early to discuss career interests with your children!  We are also working on transitioning our 5th graders to middle school.  Time flies and it is hard to believe that those students who were 1st graders when I first started at BMP are now moving on to middle school!  As we approach the final 6 weeks of school, we are reminding students to finish strong.  Please join us in encouraging our students to do their very best all the way up until the final day!

Jessie Lanier and Ruth Dalrymple

 

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 dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Important Contact Information Attendance 703-914-7272 Brenmarparkesattendance@fcps.edu Clinic 703-914-7210 mlbest@fcps.edu Counselor 703-914-7246 jblanier@fcps.edu Parent Liaison  703-914-7227 stchetelat@fcps.edu Registration 703-914-7203 dsesteban@fcps.edu  Transportation 703-446-2050  

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

May 11                 PTA General Meeting...link will be sent 2 hours before the                                   meeting

May 31                 Holiday - Memorial Day (no school)

June 3                  Family Market, 5 p.m.

June 4                  International Night, 6:30 p.m.

June 8                  Virtual Synchronous School Day, No In-Person Instruction

June 11                Last Day of School - Early Dismissal at 2:15 p.m.

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Dear Bren Mar Park Families,

We are excited to welcome back more students into the building for 4 days per week!  This has been a major initiative, involving many moving parts.  Many thanks to our families, staff and the FCPS transportation department for their flexibility in helping us to make this happen for the children in our community!  Students will notice more students in the room, with 3 feet of social distancing between children during instructional times.  In order to maintain the required 6 feet of social distancing during times when students eat, some students may be eating in different locations throughout the school building.

For our virtual only families, we are looking forward to seeing your child back with us for 5 days of instruction per week back in the school building for next year!

And, a friendly reminder, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  We invite you to take a moment to reach out to your child's teachers (classroom, P.E., music, etc.) to share some kind words or thank yous!

Take care,

Mrs. Williams

Proud BMP Principal

 

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 dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Specialist Spotlight Spotlight on Library

Hi Families,

Welcome from the library!  Do you know what a database is?  A database looks just like a website, but it’s created by experts.  You have to pay to use databases, but we’re lucky because FCPS buys around 100 different databases for students to use!  There are databases available for kids from preschool through high school.  I teach the kids that databases are the first place to go to when they start research, because databases are trustworthy!

You can get to all of the terrific databases FCPS offers from the library catalog.  In the Learning LInks ribbon, simply click on the link labeled ‘FCPS Online Databases and eBooks’.  This will take you to the databases for ALL of the grade levels.

If you want to get to the databases that are best for elementary age students, go to the library website.  From the home page, choose the ‘Research Resources’ page.  I’ve organized the databases for elementary students on this page.  Simply choose the database you want and click on the link to access it.  The usernames and passwords also appear on this page.

I hope you have fun exploring the amazing databases!  As always, if you have any questions, you can reach me at clwatson@fcps.edu.  Happy Reading!

 

SOL Testing Calendar
  • All SOL tests are taken in-person at school. SOL tests are not available for remote delivery from home. Our staff will schedule specific SOL testing dates for your student. In some cases, it may be necessary for us to schedule an SOL testing appointment on a day when your student is not normally attending at school. For example, certain tests may need to be scheduled on a Monday. If this is the case, bus transportation will be provided to school, as needed. 
  • For any SOL assessments this spring, you have the right to refuse testing for your student. The Right to Refuse Assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/34277) offers information and considerations as you make this decision. If you choose to refuse the SOL tests, please complete this online Google form. Contact Sandra Chetelat, Parent Liaison at 703-914-7253 if you need help accessing or completing the form.
  • Virtual students will be sent an SOL testing appointment invitation for the day they will test.

 

PTA Information

IIt's time to elect new PTA officers for the 2021-2022 school year and we are in need of new volunteers to step up to serve on the PTA. To have a PTA requires a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer at the minimum but we know that additional hands are needed for a thriving, active PTA!

Please nominate yourself or someone using the PTA Executive Board Nomination Form Nominating someone does not mean they automatically get put on the ballot for elections- it means they will be aware that someone (not specific) nominated them and asking if they would be interesting and willing to be put on the electronic ballot. Executive Board positions votes will be completed and tallied during our May 11th General PTA meeting. 

If you are interested and would like more information to volunteer or to nominate someone, please reach out to the Bren Mar Park PTA at  bmp.pta@gmail.com or call Barbara Alston at (314) 922-1455.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

May 6                   Family Market, 5 p.m.

May 31                 Holiday - Memorial Day (no school)

June 4                  International Night, 6:30 p.m.

June 8                   Virtual Synchronous School Day, No In-Person Instruction

June 11                 Last Day of School

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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 dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

For families who are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year, our kindergarten team and specialists will be hosting a virtual kindergarten orientation to provide families an opportunity to learn more about a 5 day/week kindergarten experience for their child as well as to learn about ways a family could support their child in being better prepared to start kindergarten.  In addition, our registrar will be available to answer registration requirement questions.

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation Link

Monday, April 19, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

April 22                 PTA General Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

June 11                 Last Day of School

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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 dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

For families who are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year, our kindergarten team and specialists will be hosting a virtual kindergarten orientation to provide families an opportunity to learn more about a 5 day/week kindergarten experience for their child as well as to learn about ways a family could support their child in being better prepared to start kindergarten.  In addition, our registrar will be available to answer registration requirement questions.

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation Link

Monday, April 19, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

April 22                 PTA General Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

June 11                 Last Day of School

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Dear Bren Mar Park Families,

We are excited to announce the welcoming back of more students into the building for 4 days/week!  Communication is coming to families who currently have students participating in in-person instruction.  Please read your email for the latest updates.  

Many thanks to the staff, students and families who joined us for Family Math Night on Thursday.  The virtual event was filled with fun scavenger hunts, story books and interactive, online activities.  

Take care,

Mrs. Williams

Proud BMP Principal

 

Virtual Students - Computer Restarts Needed

As FCPS continues to push forward technology updates in order to prepare for testing, such as Standards of Learning (SOL) tests, it is important that all students restart computers on the FCPS network.  In-person students will do this as part of the scheduled in-person school day.  For virtual only students, we invite families to walk or drive to the school at a convenient time for you and allow your child to bring his/her computer close to the front door of the school building in order to connect to the FCPS wifi.  Once connected, please have your child restart his or her computer.  This will greatly support efficiency of the laptop and ensure that it is up-to-date with current technology requirements.

 

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 dsesteban@fcps.edu.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

For families who are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year, our kindergarten team and specialists will be hosting a virtual kindergarten orientation to provide families an opportunity to learn more about a 5 day/week kindergarten experience for their child as well as to learn about ways a family could support their child in being better prepared to start kindergarten.  In addition, our registrar will be available to answer registration requirement questions.

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation Link

Monday, April 19, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 

Specialist Spotlight Spotlight on Music

We have been having a fun time in music classes again this quarter! Grades 3-5 have been learning about musical and cultural celebrations all over the world, and have also enjoyed playing “Rhythm impostor”.  In kindergarten we are developing our singing voices very nicely even though our friends at home have to go one at a time- they are being very brave and singing all by themselves and Mrs. Millett is SO PROUD of them! 1st graders have been enjoying our movement activities and they are also getting really good at reading their rhythms! 2nd grade finished up Peter and the Wolf and moved on to learning the instrument families of the orchestra.

 

Our next two units are called “Move It!” and “Share What You Know”. We will tell you more about them next time!

 

Ms. Millett and Ms. Gore

 

SOL Testing Calendar
  • All SOL tests are taken in-person at school. SOL tests are not available for remote delivery from home. Our staff will schedule specific SOL testing dates for your student. In some cases, it may be necessary for us to schedule an SOL testing appointment on a day when your student is not normally attending at school. For example, certain tests may need to be scheduled on a Monday. If this is the case, bus transportation will be provided to school, as needed. 
  • For any SOL assessments this spring, you have the right to refuse testing for your student. The Right to Refuse Assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/34277) offers information and considerations as you make this decision. If you choose to refuse the SOL tests, please complete this online Google form. Contact Sandra Chetelat, Parent Liaison at 703-914-7253 if you need help accessing or completing the form.
  • Virtual students will be sent an SOL testing appointment invitation for the day they will test.

 

PTA Information

The BMP PTA will have our next Virtual meeting on Thursday, April 22nd at 6pm. All are welcome to attend. We are still taking volunteers and nominations for the 2021-2022 PTA Executive Board. We will vote during our May PTA meeting.

 

Important Upcoming Dates/Events:

April 19                 Kindergarten Orientation for SY2021-22, 4:00 p.m.

April 22                 PTA General Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

June 11                 Last Day of School

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Attendance: 703-914-7272 | Web | Twitter

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