Parent University

FACEtime Newsletter, Home Edition 12/21/2020

Parent University Has A New Home!

Due to the recent ransomware attack, Parent University is currently working to shift our online resources, schedule, and other information to our Office of Family and Community Engagement webpage. We will also continue to share information via social media and newsletter.


This may be a temporary change but at this time we do not have any more information to share. We thank you for your continued support and ask that you please visit the site often to check out our workshop offerings!

Student Member of the Board Applications Are Open!

Every year our secondary students elect their representative on the Baltimore County Public Schools Board of Education. This Student Member of the Board (SMOB) represents more than 114,200 students for one year. Current sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply to serve on the board for the 2021-2022 school year.



Only two applications will be accepted from each high school. Students interested in the position are encouraged to contact their school principal as soon as possible. To apply, students must be current sophomores or juniors in good academic standing. Online applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Applications must include five letters of recommendations along with a resume and a short essay. More information can be found on the SMOB application website.

ESOL Liaison Virtual Office Hours

Starting Monday, November 23rd, ESOL Family School Liaisons will hold daily drop-in office hours for English learner families. These office hours are meant to provide families with a point person who can answer general questions about community resources and communications from BCPS. Specific academic inquiries will be directed to the appropriate ESOL teacher, DC, or school. Please help us spread the word about these office hours to your EL families. The schedule is as follows below.


The Google Meet (which is the same for each day), is ESOLFamilySupport.


  • Monday: 12-1
  • Tuesday: 12 – 1 and 6 - 7
  • Wednesday: 12 – 1
  • Thursday: 12 – 1
  • Friday: 12 – 1


Thank you for helping us support our English learners and their families

How To Make A Laptop Kid Safe!

National Council for Safety, Protection, and Wellness has provided this helpful guide on creating a safe place for students to access information.
Winter Science Activities
Registration Information

Families that need to register students can now access FOCUS Parent Portal.

Baltimore County PTA Council Needs You!

Are you interested in joining the PTA Council board and serving at the County level? Please contact Frances Craig at nominationne@bcptacouncil.org.

Special Education Resource Center

All local school systems within the state of Maryland are required to receive feedback at least annually from their stakeholder groups on their jurisdiction’s Special Education Staffing Plan. In order to obtain feedback from stakeholders, the Department of Special Education (DSE) has created a Staffing Plan Survey. The Special Education Staffing Plan as well as the survey can be found on the Department of Special Education’s public internet site. The survey can also be accessed on through this Smartsheet link. Thank you for your feedback!


For more information or to join their newsletter list, email serc@bcps.org.

BCPS Virtual Calming Room is Open!

BCPS is here to help. The new BCPS Virtual Calming Room offers an online lifeline for those times when students, teachers, and parents and caregivers need a little break from the stresses and strains of our new coronavirus-infected world.

If there is a topic you'd like us to discuss, please send your ideas to parentu@bcps.org!

What is Parent University?

Parent University is offered through the BCPS Office of Family and Community Engagement, which we affectionately call FACE! We provide tools and resources to BPCS families to support learning at home. In the past, before social-distancing, one of the ways we offered these resources was through in-person workshops hosted by community members and schools. We also have a large collection of online resources that are available as we navigate through this incredibly unique time in our lives. We hope you enjoy what we have to share.

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Give us a "like" or a "follow" to let us know that you are enjoying this content! Wanna see more or have an idea on what we should share? Email us at parentu@bcps.org.