2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
Mon. May 29 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day Holiday
Th. June 8 – BES Field Day @ BES Soccer Field / during individual grade levels Specials time (no rain date)
Fr. June 9 – Last Day of School – 1/2 Day – Dismissal @ 11:10 a.m. End of year report cards (including 2017-2018 supply lists) will be mailed home the following week
* * * PLANNING AHEAD: * * *
BES Office will be closed June 26-August 18, 2017. Please visit the Administrative Office for new student enrollment packets during those dates.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2017:
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m……Back to School Packets for ALL elementary grades available for pickup (by student or legal parent/guardian or relative) in BES Office. Packet includes teacher assignment.
6:30-7:30 p.m.……Progressive 5’s, Kindergarten & 1st Grades only – Back to School Ice Cream Social – in student’s classroom. Meet your teacher, bring school supplies to classroom, verify transportation, see your friends & have an icy treat!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017:
6:30-7:30 p.m…….Grades 2, 3, 4 only – Back to School Ice Cream Social – in student’s classroom. Meet your teacher, bring school supplies to classroom, verify transportation, see your friends & have an icy treat!
2017-2018 KINDERGARTEN/PROGRESSIVE 5’S ENROLLMENT
Enrollment packets are available in the school office.
Students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017 to attend either Kindergarten or Progressive 5’s
Bring the following items when picking up an enrollment packet:
**Original birth certificate (court-house issued)
**Up to date Immunization Card
**Proof of Residency – deed, building permit, rental agreement, tax statement or voter registration card
**Proof of hearing/vision screening (if done since 3rd birthday)
**Custody papers, if applicable
Current students do NOT re-enroll
Enrollment packets are also available for new students in Grades 1-4 for the 2017-2018 school year.
GREAT START READINESS PROGRAM PRESCHOOL
Free Great Start Readiness Program preschool enrollment is in progress. Students must be 4 by September 1, 2017
Please contact Mrs. Liz Naudi (Bridgman GSRP Director) at (269) 465-6031, Extension 109 for additional information.
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 in a Ziplock sandwich-sized baggie, 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 put both the student’s & teacher’s name on the outside of the baggie, to ensure their class gets credit. The class with the most box tops collected each semester will win a special lunch.
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.
2017-2018 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:
September 21, 2017
October 19, 2017
November 16, 2017
January 18, 2018
February 15, 2018
March 15, 2018
April 19, 2018
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.”
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.