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.
2016-2017 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 20, 2017
2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
FREE tickets for “Fractured Fairy Tales” (performed by Great Works Theatre) now available in the BES Office.
Performance is on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the BHS Performing Arts Center @ 1:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by Harvey & Virginia Kimmel.
Friday, March 24 – End of 3rd Marking Period
March 27-28-29: Kindergarten/Pro-5 Readiness Screening (by appointment only)
April 3-7: Spring Break – NO SCHOOL
Mon. Apr. 10 – School Resumes
Fri. Apr. 14 – 1/2 Day of School – Dismissal @ 11:10 am
Thurs. Apr. 20 – Pro-5’s/Kindergarten Open House (for new 2017-2018 students) – 6:00-7:00 p.m. Meet teachers, review curriculum, ask questions & tour the school – parents & students invited to attend
Fri. Apr. 21 – 1/2 Day of School – Dismissal @ 11:10 am – Professional Development Day
BES MARCH READING MONTH ACTIVITIES (all dress up days are optional)
March 24 – Mix & Match Day -mix up your clothes!
March 29 – Beach Day – wear some beach attire (school dress code applies) or a Hawaiian shirt & bring a beach towel to sit on at lunch
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
ALL new Kdg/Pro-5 students will be readiness screened in March 2017
Sign up for screening date/time when picking up enrollment packet
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.
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.