2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
03/21 – PTO Book Bingo – win a book or a game at this FREE Family Event – 6-7 PM in BES Cafeteria (RSVP to email@example.com or Bridgman Elementary School PTO on Facebook)
03/22 – End 3rd Marking Period / final day to submit American Heart Association Hoops for Hearts $$ donations
03/22 – 4th Grade Wax Museum…parents invited from 12:45-1:30 PM
04/01 thru 04/05 – SPRING BREAK / No School
04/12 – 1/2 day – dismissal at 11:10 AM (Staff Professional Development)
04/18 – Kindergarten/Pro-5 Open House for parents & new students – starts in BES Cafeteria at 6 PM
04/18 – Classroom Group Pictures. Parents can order online at inter-state.com/order
04/19 – 1/2 day – dismissal at 11:10 AM (Good Friday Holiday)
MARCH IS READING MONTH – Special Activities planned for this month! (all dress up days are optional)
03/22 – Orange & Blue Day – Go BEES!
03/25 – Teacher/Student Mix-Up Day…teachers dress like students & students dress like teachers
03/27 – Class Color Day…grade levels wear your assigned color:
03/29 – Beach Day – wear some beach attire (school dress code applies) or a Hawaiian shirt & bring your beach towel. We’ll be sitting on our towels during lunch
2019-2020 NEW KINDERGARTEN/PROGRESSIVE 5’s STUDENT ENROLLMENT
Enrollment packets are now available in Elementary School office. Please return completed information within 2 business days. A Readiness Screening date for Kindergarten and Pro-5 student placement will take place this summer (date to be determined).
Students should be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 to attend either program.
Bring the following items when picking up an enrollment packet:
**Original Birth Certificate (courthouse issued)
**Custody papers, if applicable
**Proof of Residency – rental agreement, property tax statement, building permit, deed, or voter registration card
**Proof of hearing/vision screening (if done since child’s 3rd birthday) – or child may attend free clinic at BES on May 3, 2019
This enrollment round-up is for registration paperwork only. A Pro-5/Kindergarten Open House for new students & parents/guardians will be held on 04/18/19. Call (269) 466-0241 or (269) 466-0258 with any questions.
Remember – ALL volunteers need to satisfactorily complete a background check with Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) in order to:
**assist with chaperoning field trips
**sharing lunches with students in the lunch room
**be a classroom party volunteer
**helping with other activities in the classroom
**helping with PTO-sponsored activities/events
See link on Bridgman Public Schools main web page to sign up (can take 5-10 business days to process)
PRE-SALE ATHLETIC TICKETS
Student tickets are available for $2 each for home sporting events, and may be purchased in the school office.
These are valid for BCS school games only – which includes Berrien Springs, Brandywine, Bridgman, Buchanan, Comstock, Countryside Academy, Covert, Grace Christian, Howardsville Christian, LMC, Michigan Lutheran, New Buffalo, Parchment & River Valley. They are not valid for post-season games.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
The PTO collects Box Tops for Education as an ongoing school fundraiser. Whenever a student brings in a total of 50 neatly trimmed box tops attached to our special monthly form, they will receive a prize! In order for General Mills to award 10 cents per label, please make sure they are neatly cut out. Please identify the form with the teacher’s name – to ensure their class gets credit. The class with the most box tops collected each semester will win a special lunch or treat.
IMPORTANT REMINDER TO PARENTS
Elementary Parents — Remember when you pick up your child in a vehicle you must use the parking lot pick-up process. Students using the “walker door” should live in the neighborhoods surrounding the elementary school and walk (not catch a ride to avoid the pickup lane) to their homes at the end of the school day. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.
2018-2019 PARENTS AS TEACHERS PLAYGROUPS
Berrien RESA will be sponsoring the free Parents as Teachers “Read, Play & Learn” playgroups for children 0-4 years old in the Bridgman Elementary MPR from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the following Thursdays:
April 18, 2019
CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM IN BERRIEN COUNTY
In November 2014, the Bridgman Board of Education passed the following definition of chronic absenteeism…”as a student who misses ten percent (10%) or more of the enrolled school days in a school year, whether absenteeism is due to unexcused, excused or disciplinary absences.” Students who are displaying signs of chronic absenteesim will be notified via a letter from the school, identifying how much education is missed due to excessive tardies, as well as the percentage of days missed due to absences. Truancy will be notified if the trend continues.
Days Missed in September with % of students who go on to become Chronically Absent:
2-4 days absent………..49.5%
> 4 days absent…………87.8%
Click here to view an informative 2-minute video.