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FACEtime Newsletter, Home Edition 9/13/2021

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BCPS Transition to High School

Helpful information for 8th graders and their families!

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Magnet Application Information Meetings

A link to the virtual meeting will be posted on the Magnet Programs site the day of the event.
Parents may pre-register to receive an email invitation with the event link.

Saturday, September 18, 2021 @ 1:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 11:00 a.m. (Multilingual)
Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. (Multilingual)

Family College Night - Fall 2021

Join Stephanie Campbell, a Baltimore County Public Schools college counselor, for a virtual information session to assist Grade 12 students and their parents/caregivers in preparing for the college application process. The session will explore how to research colleges, application types and deadlines, essay writing, and testing. Campbell will also discuss how the pandemic has changed the college admissions process now and for the foreseeable future. Online registration is required. This session is offered by the BCPS Parent University.
BCPS College and Career Readiness

Information about colleges, careers, and military opportunities.

Focus & Schoology Access for Parents/Caregivers

BCPS uses two systems to let you engage with your student’s learning: Focus & Schoology.

Focus is the BCPS Student Information System, or SIS. It stores data about our students, like attendance, final grades, demographics, and report cards. BCPS has opened parent access to Focus for the 2021-2022 school year and instructions for parents to sign up can be found HERE. Once parents log in, they can see their student’s report cards and attendance. In addition, BCPS will be using Focus’s Parent Portal to distribute forms that will assist parents in keeping their information up to date.

Inside of the Parent Portal, parents will find a link to the second system, Schoology, which is BCPS’s Learning Management System, or LMS. Schoology is where parents will see their student’s class assignments and assignment grades. Parents and teachers can use Schoology to communicate back and forth. Together these two tools give parents a great view into their student’s progress in BCPS.

For additional assistance, please contact your child's school.

Resources For Entrepreneurs

Do you have a great idea for a small business but don’t know how to launch it? Already started a business but unsure about taking it to the next level? Interested in being your own boss? Join the Entrepreneur Academy, where you’ll learn marketing research and business strategies, financial recordkeeping and taxes, and how to develop your business plan.

Presented in partnership with the Small Business Development Center and CASH Campaign of Maryland, during this multi-part series you’ll be able to take advantage of legal, financial, insurance, and accounting advisors, networking, and extensive library and business resources. This program was created in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Learn about upcoming sessions!

BCPL Grab & Go Meals

Ten branches provide free meals for children under 18 each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meal packages include two cold suppers and two afternoon snacks. Branches distributing meals include:

  • Arbutus
  • Essex
  • Lansdowne
  • Loch Raven
  • Randallstown
  • Reisterstown (beginning Wednesday, September 15)
  • Rosedale
  • Sollers Point
  • White Marsh
  • Woodlawn
Degrees and Certificates at CCBC

CCBC has more than 275 associate degree and certificate programs to choose from!

CCBC ESOL Family Literacy - Fall 2021

For more information on the Family Literacy ESOL Program contact: 443-840-3456 or email:

CCBC Offering Students $100 Vaccine Incentive

CCBC students who are registered for Fall 2021 classes and who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct. 30, 2021 can receive a $100 CCBC Cares Vaccine Incentive. Full- and part-time students as well as Continuing Education students are eligible for this incentive. Proof of vaccination is required.

The incentive funds will be applied to student OneCard accounts, which can be used for purchases in campus bookstores and cafes, at select vending machines, and for printing. The funds are non-transferrable, non-refundable, and must be used by Dec. 31, 2021.

Students must complete the vaccine verification form and submit the required documentation by Oct. 30, 2021.

For more information, contact the CCBC College Life office at 443.840.2123 or

Apply for the $100 CCBC Cares Vaccine Incentive »

What is The Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County?

Community Mediation for Adults. Staff help guide people and communities who have experienced anything from major crimes to civil disputes toward peaceful solutions.

Call: 443-297-7897

Special Education Resource Center

The Resource Center supports parents of children with disabilities, ages birth to 21. Its mission is to promote positive, effective partnerships within the school community. The center activities include but are not limited to the following services:

  • Maintains a lending library of articles, newsletters, books, and DVDs on a wide range of special education topics such as special education law, types of disabilities, support groups and recreational opportunities.
  • Seeks ways to encourage and strengthen communication between parents and school personnel
  • Teams with educators to teach free workshops
  • Makes community presentations to both parent groups and school staff
  • Represents special education issues and concerns of parents and students with special needs
  • Directs parents to available community resources
  • Establishes a family-to-family support network
  • Offers support to parents who need someone to talk to on an individual basis in a confidential, supportive atmosphere
  • Coordinates the PTA Special Education Liaison Project

For more information or to join their newsletter list click here!

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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