2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
Tues. 08/27 – Back to School packets available for pick-up in BES Office – 8:00 AM-3:00 PM – includes teacher assignment & back to school paperwork
Wed. 08/28 – Back to School Ice Cream Social for Grades Pro-5, Kindergarten & 1st…6:30-7:30 PM in classroom (meet teacher, bring in school supplies, verify transportation & enjoy an icy treat!)
Thurs. 08/29 – Back to School Ice Cream Social for Grades 2-3-4……6:30-7:30 PM in classroom (meet teacher, bring in school supplies, verify transportation & enjoy an icy treat!)
Tues. 09/03 – 1st Day of School – Half Day – dismissal at 11:10 AM
Th. 09/12 – BES Picture Day – bring order form, $$ & your smile! Visit https://inter-state.com/kiosk and sign up to receive helpful email reminders from Inter-State Studio.
2019-2020 NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT
Enrollment packets for new students in all grades are available in the Elementary School office. Please return completed information within 2 business days. The Elementary Office will closed for the summer from June 21 until August 16. Enrollment packets can be picked up at the Administration Office during that time.
Students enrolling in Progressive 5’s or Kindergarten should be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 to attend either program. A Readiness Screening date for new Kindergarten and Pro-5 student placement will take place in August (date to be determined).
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
**Current report card (from previous school) – for students enrolling in Grades 1-4
**Pro-5 / Kindergarten students: Proof of hearing/vision screening (if done since child’s 3rd birthday) – or child may attend one of the free Berrien County Health Dept. screening clinics held locally.
Call (269) 466-0241 or (269) 466-0258 with any questions.
Remember – ALL volunteers need to satisfactorily complete a yearly background check with Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) in order to:
**assist with chaperoning field trips
**eat lunch 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.
2019-2020 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. Dates for the 2019-2020 school year are:
September 19, 2019
October 31, 2019
November 14, 2019
January 16, 2020
February 20, 2020
March 19, 2020
April 23, 2020
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.