2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Th. 10/18 – 1/2 Day of School – dismissal at 11:10 AM
Fr. 10/19 – 1/2 Day of School – dismissal at 11:10 AM
Wed. 10/31 – Halloween parties in student’s classroom / times will vary depending on grade level/teacher
PICTURE RETAKE DAY is on Thursday 11/08/18. Students should bring original picture packet for retakes. Order Forms are available in BES Office for those students who were absent on picture day.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR — BES LIBRARY
Wed. 10/17: 11-1 PM
Th. 10/18: 11-12 PM
Fr. 10/19: 11-12 PM
RED RIBBON WEEK ACTIVITIES:
This year’s Red Ribbon Week will focus on the national theme of “Life’s a Journey: Travel Drug Free!” Teachers, students and parents will work together to spread the message about the dangers of drug use. Our special theme days are:
Mon. 10/22 – Run Away from Drugs – wear your favorite workout gear to school
Tues. 10/23 – Pair up against Drugs – Twin Day / dress alike with your friends
Wed. 10/24 – Save the World from Drugs – dress like your favorite super hero
Th. 10/25 – Drugs are Old School – dress in clothes from the 80’s or 90’s
Fr. 10/26 – Travel Drug Free – dress like a tacky tourist
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
**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 (will 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:
October 18, 2018
November 15, 2018
January 17, 2019
February 21, 2019
March 21, 2019
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.