Bulldog Bulletin

January 2023

We hope our AES families had a wonderful Holiday Season and are off to a wonderful 2023. Our students continue to make us proud as we begin the new year. We look forward to more of their amazing accomplishments in the Third Quarter, which is just around the corner. Thank you parents and guardians for your continued support!

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Title I

Arbutus Elementary School participates in a schoolwide Title I program. Title I is a Federal grant that focuses on improving the academic achievement of disadvantaged children. The grant provides funds to Title I schools to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and state academic assessments.

Schoolwide Title I Fact Sheet

AES Home School Compact 22-23

AES Family Engagement Plan 22-23

AES SPP Snapshot SY 22-23


Policy 1270 Community Involvement

Winter Concert (Date Change)

Due to a conflict in scheduling, the Winter Concert will be rescheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2023. The Concert will feature the Fifth Grade Band, Strings, and Chorus, as well as the Fourth Grade singing with Mr. Lawrence, our Spanish Teacher. We understand that any changes in scheduling or plans require adjustments. We appreciate your understanding. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Ms. Blough at cblough@bcps.org

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Please Mark Your Calendar

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held February 21, 2023, through February 24, 2023 in the Gymnasium. Students will shop during the school day with their class.

Join us for our Family Events

  • Families of PreK-2: Feb. 21st @ 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Families of Grades 3-5: Feb. 22nd @ 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Families with students in both categories may choose from one of the dates above.

Rain Date: Feb. 23rd @ 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - only if one or both evening sessions are cancelled due to inclement weather.

Additional information will be shared soon. Thank you for supporting the Book Fair!


Donna Eaton

Book Fair Chairperson/School Librarian

Counselor's Corner

As I talk with students, I've noticed that many of them spend a lot of time on a tablet, computer, phone, and TV. Here is an article about the negative effects of too much screen time and another article giving parents/guardians ideas to help them limit their children's screen time.

● 20/20 Special: ScreenTime, Diane Sawyer:https://6abc.com/technology/abc-special-challenges-families-to-rethink-screen-time/5282005/

● Scholastic Article: How to set smart screen time rules: https://www.scholastic.com/parents/family-life/parent-child/how-to-set-smart-screen-time-rules.html

Susanne Olsen NCC, NCSC
School Counselor

Attendance Matters

Attendance has an impact on a student’s ability to succeed in school. If a student is not in school, they cannot learn. Of course, there are valid reasons for students being absent or late, but it is important for them to be in school as much as possible. MSDE and BCPS require students to have a 94% attendance rate; therefore, as we approach the end of the Second Quarter, please take time to reflect on the number of absences and latenesses your child has accumulated. If you find a need for improvement, please click the button below for helpful pointers.

Thank you AES Families for making our Clothes Drive a success! Our community will greatly benefit from your kindness!

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PTA Membership

Partnerships between parents, educators, and children enhance children's success. We know that children learn more and have better lives when everyone in the school community works together to share thoughts and information and work on projects to benefit children. If you have not done so already, please join the PTA today to make a difference in the education, health, and welfare of our children. 2022-2023 PTA Membership Form or go directly to https://arbutusespta.memberhub.com/store

Save the Dates!

January 10, 17, 24, 31: Team Color Tuesdays

January 12 (Thu) - January 19 (Thu) - Hearing and Vision Screening - PreK, Grade 1, Grade 4, and Students not Previously Screened

January 16 (Mon): Dr. Martin Luther King Day - Schools and Offices Closed

January 17 (Tue): Second Marking Period Ends - Schools Close 3 Hours Early for Students - Teachers on Duty

January 18 (Wed): Hybrid PTA meeting (Library/Google Meet Code: AESPTA) at 6:30pm

January 23 (Mon): Systemwide Professional Development Day - School Closed for Students - Teachers on Duty

January 25 (Wed): Report Cards Distributed

January 26 (Thu): Kindergarten Field Trip

January 27 (Fri): Grade 1 Field Trip

January 31 (Tue): Family Math Night - 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

February 7 (Tue): Winter Concert in the Cafeteria (See Winter Concert Section Above)

For the full BCPS '22-'23 calendar visit: https://www.bcps.org/

Important Reminders

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Arrival time is 9-9:15 a.m. and dismissal time is 4-4:15 p.m.
  • AES Arrival Dismissal Procedures.pdf
  • Walkers in grades PK-2 (and older siblings) will dismiss from the Library door and walkers in grades 3-5 will dismiss from the Breezeway doors. All walkers must be checked out with the teacher on duty by their authorized pick-up person.

  • AES Carline Diagram '22-'23.pdf Car tags were distributed at Peek at Your Seat and during the first week of school. If you need a car tag, ask Mrs. Shumway in the Carline.


  • Breakfast and lunch are provided to all students at no cost (no application needed). Students may bring lunch from home. Meal Information.pdf
  • Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. To add funds to your child's account, visit https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/getmain?requestAction=home.
  • If you choose to send in birthday treats, please send non-food items only, such as stickers, pencils, etc.



  • All chaperones must be 21 or older and complete the volunteer application and training.
  • To volunteer: go to the Community tab for Volunteers at https://www.bcps.org and follow the steps. All potential volunteers must complete this process annually.

Please Note: We are a cash only school, no checks or credit cards will be accepted.

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Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide a safe, positive, and effective educational environment that is student centered and focused on individual growth and achievement to prepare our students for college and career opportunities in a multicultural, technologically advanced, global society.