Parent University

FACEtime Newsletter, Home Edition 4/23/21

Parent University Presents the BCPS InfoCenter

The Baltimore County Public Schools Reopening Plan has been updated to include information on Phases 3 & 4. Parent University has created a BCPS InfoCenter where families can easily navigate the information.


Take a moment to visit our InfoCenter and check out the family choice information.

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

Announcements

Register for 2021-2022 School Year

It's that time of year! Contact your child's home school to register. Not sure what school is? Click here to search. For additional information visit the Pupil Personnel webpage.
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BCPS Launches New Spanish Facebook Page!

Baltimore County Public Schools has launched a new Spanish Facebook page to better connect with the Spanish-speaking community. The page will feature translated press releases, translated day-to-day content, and other resources for Spanish speakers.


Be sure to share in your community!

Third Quarter Instruction Survey for Families

Baltimore County Public Schools’ students and parents/caregivers are invited to complete an online survey about their experiences with hybrid and virtual instruction during the third quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.


The anonymous survey is open now through Friday, Apr. 30. Parents/caregivers and students can take the survey in English as well as Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, and Yoruba. Those needing assistance with taking the survey are asked to call the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Office at 443-809-1759.

Xfinity Internet Offer Extended

The issuance of Comcast/Xfinity Internet Essentials promotional codes has been extended to Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Families who are eligible to receive Comcast/Xfinity Internet Essentials may request a promotional code through the guidance department of their student’s home school.


The promotional codes will cover the monthly cost of the Comcast/Xfinity Internet Essentials until Friday, June 30, 2021, and maybe extended based upon available grant funding.

Event Highlights

Special Education Citizen's Advisory Committee May Meeting

You can access this meeting via Google: No registration required.


Monday, May 3, 2021

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Google Meeting Link


If you need to participate by phone, please email egalvez@bcps.org for assistance.

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Photography Challenge: Black and White in Color

​​​​Longtime photographer and retired Baltimore County Public School art teacher Eric DeVille guides this informal program for amateur photographers who want to explore ideas, techniques and to learn from each other. There is a photography challenge each week and an opportunity for photographers to share images. This week, take a color photo that subtly appears black and white​. ​​​Open to anyone interested in photography as a form of artistic communication and expression.


Thursday, May 6, 2021

11:00 AM

Virtual


Register Today!

Author Meet & Greet with Sonia Manzano, Maria from Sesame Street

Sonia Manzano, best known from her time as Maria on Sesame Street, discusses her time on the show and reads a selection from her published children's books. At the end of the program, Sonia answers questions from the audience. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

7:00 PM

Virtual


Register Today!

Resource Highlights

Racial Justice

Available resources to develop children’s understanding, curiosity, resilience, and empathy—and to prepare for the task of building a better world by standing up, standing tall, and standing together.


Visit Sesame Street In Communities for more videos and activities like this one below!

Talking About Race: The Preston Foster Ogletrees
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Summer Camps and Classes for Children & Youth

  • Kids @ CCBC enables kids to tap their creativity, explore careers, expand their computer interests, hone academic skills, and make new friends.
  • Baltimore’s Child provides a listing of camps, summer programs, and activities organized by county.
  • Y of Central Maryland offers affordable camp options and activities for children, including day and overnight camp, specialty camps, and more.
  • Baltimore County Therapeutic Recreation Services operates multiple summer day camps for young people with disabilities throughout the county in cooperation with local community recreation councils. Nature, crafts,
  • Baltimore County Department Of Recreation & Parks offers a variety of activities, including field trips, swimming, athletics, environmental education, nature study, hikes, animal talks, arts and crafts, cookouts, and more.

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.

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.

Like What You See?!

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.

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.