Bertha Buzz

May 5th, 2021

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Flower Sale

Flower Sale orders can be picked up and paid for at Farmer's Garden in Corunna between May 7-9. From the PTAC and Bertha Neal, thank you for helping to support our school!

Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

Bertha Neal Elementary and Durand Area Schools are calling all incoming preschool and kindergarten students! Call our office to register your child today! To help save time, we have packets ready to go so you can stop by Bertha Neal to pick those up if desired. You can then bring the completed packets and other needed items and drop them in our secure drop box outside of the main entrance. Come aboard for your learning adventure!

Kindergarten Report Card Testing for Virtual Students

Virtual kindergarten student families should schedule an appointment with their child's teacher for either May 14th or 21st from 9:00 to 12:00. Students will report for one of those sessions to complete individual testing with their teacher. Parents will need to bring their child to school and leave their contact number with the front office. A staff member will call you upon conclusion of the testing. Please do reach out if you have any questions.

PTAC Board Positions

It is with sad news that we will be losing our wonderful PTAC board for next year. This group has done a marvelous job in the years they have served our school, staff and students. However, with this change comes a new opportunity. Please take a moment to think about nominating yourself to be a part of a wonderful group that has a passion for supporting the wonderful happenings at BN. If you would be interested in serving as President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary, you can request a nomination form from the main office. All nominations must be submitted back to BN. Our next PTAC meeting will be May 19th, at 6:00pm. It will be virtual. At this meeting we will vote on our new board positions. Please reach out to if you have any questions.

FCC Family Assistance

The FCC is rolling out a program to assist low income families or families who have experienced substantial loss of income due to Job loss / furlough since February 29, 2020. Starting May 12th, this program would provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband services for eligible households, with a device purchasing kick back as well.

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting: For a list of approved providers please visit

Tank Says Thank You Dr. Wax for his Teacher Appreciation Gift!

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Preschool Prepares for Kindergarten

Kids Read Now Introduction

All preschool students will be able to participate in our use of Kids Read Now all summer long. The video below is a great introduction for how the program will work. It is highly encouraged all preschool families watch it.
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Please see information regarding Pandemic EBT below:

Lost and Found: Is This Yours?

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Technology Class Learns About Collecting Data and Creating Graphs and Tables!

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BN Continues its Focus on Bucket Filling and Positive Behaviors!

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Important Dates

Last Day of Preschool: May 20th (ECSE Continues Until June 3rd)
Theme Day: May 27th is Beach Day!
Device Turn In: June 1st for in person students and June 3rd for virtual students
Last Day of School: June 3rd (Half Days of School on June 2nd and 3rd)