A "Bunche" of Information

Bi- Monthly Parent Newsletter 9/15/22

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Attendance Everyday Spanish
September Family Engagement Calendar

See upcoming activities for September 2022

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Thank you!

Welcome Charger Family to our second newsletter! Thank you for reading our first newsletter! We have so much information and opportunities to share with you! Bunche Middle School's Family Engagement goals are to:

  1. Improve communication with ALL families by creating and implementing a bi-monthly newsletter that will focus on ways parents can assist their scholars at home.
  2. Provide multiple (monthly) opportunities for parents to acquire information and hands on practice to support their scholars' education at home and at school.
  3. Implement monthly surveys, where families will be asked if our school is providing an affirming learning environment.

Bunche Middle School wants to be the connecting bridge between home and school. Our mission, here at BMS is Family Engagement. We are here to help parents and families with two-way communication and information, and to support as well as nurture our scholars' academic and social success.

Again, I am here to support you in any way that I can. If you should have any further questions, please feel free to call Ms. J. Floyd (Parent Liaison) at: 404. 802. 6713 Between 9am-4:00pm or email me at: Janika.Floyd@apsk12.org. Please allow me 24-48 to return your call or email. I am located in the "NEW" Parent Resource Center that will re-open on September 28, 2022.

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Bunche Middle School would like to send a HUGE "Shout Out" and "Thank You", to our parents that came out for our first Coffee & Conversation with Principal Whitfield and our Securly App presentation! We truly enjoyed and appreciated your participation in this Family Engagement event! We look forward to seeing you at our other events this month and throughout this year!

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Come Join Our Team!

Hey Everyone! The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (Reading Competition) is approaching fast and we are looking for some amazing readers to join our competitive reading team. Atlanta Public Schools starts their competition in January.

If you have a scholar that loves to read and loves to compete, this is the activity for them. Students will participate in a book club after school with fun activities to prepare for the competition. Please contact our Awesome Media Specialist- Ms. Ross in the Media Center for details. Her contact information is:

Valerie Ross



Happy Reading and we hope to see you join our team!

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5- Facts about National Hispanic Heritage Month

1. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15

2. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America

3. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson

4. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period

5. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988

BMS Student Activities in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

On Friday September 23rd we are celebrating Jersey day. You may wear any t-shirt or jersey from any Hispanic country or Hispanic player from any team and any sport with your Kahki or Black Bottoms (i.e. Paul Gasol L.A. Lakers, Acuna Jr Atlanta Braves, Josef Martinez – Atlanta United).

On September 30th we will have a traditional Hispanic dress-up day. Show off your creativity. Bright colors and flowers are perfect (No jeans)!

Hispanic Heritage Month for Kids! | Hispanic Heritage History | September Celebrations | Twinkl

Being able to contact you in case of an emergency is critically important. Even if you recently completed a form, please take the time to follow these instructions to update your information in Infinite Campus.

Progress Reports

Progress reports are posted in the parent portal. If you do not have your information to access Infinite Campus, please email me at Jankia.Floyd@apsk12.org and I will send it home with your scholar.

Census Verification Report

On Wednesday, we sent home a Census Verification Report. Please take the time to review, sign and return it. You can send it with your student or you can scan and email it to Debriel.Amos@apsk12.org

Thank you to all the parents that have sent them back and completed the Teams form.

Registration & Records

6th Grade Parents: APS requires all 6th grade students to register in the OLR system each year. This year we still have 81 parents that have not completed the OLR. If it is not completed by November 18th. All students will be withdrawn from Bunche Middle School. Please contact Mrs. Amos at 404.802.6736 to see if your name is on the list.

7th & 8th Grade Parents: Some information in your personal records may be out dated or incomplete. We must bring everything into compliance by October 31st. Missing document letters will be going home with students all month. Please be sure when you receive the letter that you return the required information within 10 days. If you need more time, please call or email the person on the letter.

Bus Safety

Please talk to your scholars about bus safety. We are still having too many issues on the bus. Out of seats, fighting, screaming, loud music are all distractions for drivers. We understand they are just getting out of school or excited about coming to school and just want to unwind, they just have to do it in their seats and a little quieter. We do not want to inconvenience parents by suspending students off the bus however if your scholar is causing safety issues, we will have no other choice.

Here Comes the Bus app is a tool you can use to track the bus real time. You can update your information via the app if it shows the wrong bus info. (You may have to delete, then re-add your scholar).

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2018 School Bus Safety Video
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Dual Enrollment/ High School Credit Parent Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 4:45-5:45pm

1925 Niskey Lake Road Southwest

Atlanta, GA

All Families are invited to hear information about Dual Enrollment and High School Credit during the Middle School years. Does your scholar have an interest in advancing academically? Do you want to know about credits and how they work? Just have questions about Dual Enrollment and how it can benefit your scholar? Come to this exciting meeting and get your questions answered! *Snacks will be available for all guests.
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Parent C.A.F.E.

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 5:30-6:30pm

225 James P Brawley Drive Northwest

Atlanta, GA

Topic: Planning for Your Child’s Future and Guardianship

Presenter: Chris Brannen

Join Us in Person*


P.A.P.A.C. at Hollis Innovations Academy (downstairs; back parking lot)

225 James P. Brawley Dr. NW

Atlanta, GA 30314

*For Parents who are interested in joining virtually click here ParentCAFE

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Bunche Middle School Annual Title I Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 5:45-7pm

1925 Niskey Lake Road Southwest

Atlanta, GA

All parents, staff, community members, and stakeholders are invited to attend the Title I Annual Parent Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to:

Share information about The Title I Program, Family Engagement Goals, Parent Family Engagement Plan, Understand the Title I School-Parent Compact for Student Achievement, and Learn about state standards, curriculum and assessment.

We welcome you to join us in the BMS auditorium for this presentation!

*Dinner will be provided by one of amazing school partners!

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3 Quick Parental Tips

Here are 3 Quick Tips for Parents in September:

  1. Stay Engaged.
  2. Ask open-ended questions to encourage interaction.
  3. Check Infinite Campus. (Attendance and Grades are always available in real time)

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Picture Day 2022 w/ Lifetouch

Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 9:30am-2pm

1925 Niskey Lake Road Southwest

Atlanta, GA

We have our official picture day at Bunche Middle School on October 19, 2022 in the BMS Gymnasium! This picture day will be for our students and teachers!

Information about picture day will be coming home soon! Prior to the information packages coming home, parents and students should be aware that:

  • There will be NO retakes
  • All students must wear their school uniform shirt
  • No head scarfs, wraps, hats, or hoodies (some students are exempt due to religious beliefs)
  • No funny glasses or shades are permitted

Please save the date for October 19, 2022 for picture day!

After All-Stars Program info

ASAS Week # 3 Updates

Monday, September 19th – Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Enrichment Classes:

Coming Soon!

Arts & Crafts, Coding/Debating, Drama, E-Gaming, & Nutrition enrichment classes will begin November 2022.

We will stop accepting ASAS applications on October 1st, 2022, please encourage students to apply before the deadline.

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