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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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.
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 email@example.com
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!
Book Fair Chairperson/School Librarian
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
Thank you AES Families for making our Clothes Drive a success! Our community will greatly benefit from your kindness!
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/
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.
- BCPS-issued Chromebook and chargers are to remain in school all year.
- New AES students will be issued Chromebooks as soon as possible.
- Tech Support: https://www.bcps.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=2828&pageId=66765365
- School Supply List 2022-2023.pdf
- 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.