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FACEtime Newsletter, Home Edition 8/9/2021

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The 2021-2022 school year begins on August 30, 2021, and we are gearing up for an amazing year. We invite you to join in the excitement by sharing photos and memories of your favorite BCPS moments!

From Sunday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 29, Team BCPS stakeholders are asked to post photos on social media using hashtag #Back2BCPS and include messages about their favorite BCPS classes, schools, teachers, field trips, and more. Photos also can be emailed to

Need help registering your child?

Parents/caregivers can submit an online application through the Focus Parent Portal. Learn more about using the Focus Parent Portal by viewing an informational video. The password for the video is “Baltimore.”

After entering information online, parents/caregivers will be contacted by their child’s school to finalize enrollment. Additional assistance is available by emailing or contacting a school.

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.
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Dive into Summer Reading

Library Media Specialist from all over Baltimore County have created a series of summer reading lists students of all ages!

Click on the link below to check out the reading list for Weeks 5 - 7!

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Summer Learning Hike Is Back

The Summer Learning Hike (SLH) ends on August 20, 2021!

To access the SLH platforms, use student login at

  • Students entering Grades 1 – 5: Raz-Plus (reading) and First in Math
  • Students entering Grades 6 – 12: Apex Tutorials (reading and math)

If you or your child need assistance, teachers will be available for help on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. To meet with teachers for assistance head to Google Meets using the student login and sing in with Meets Code: slhbcps

  • 9 – 11:30 am: Students entering Grades 1 – 5
  • 12:30 – 3 pm: Students entering Grades 6 – 12

ESOL Classes - CCBC Fall 2021

Registrations are beginning on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, for the Fall 2021 CCBC ESOL classes. Check the flyer for registration times and more information.
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Teen Summer Bash in the Courtyard

Join us outside the Towson branch to challenge library staff at giant Connect 4, yard bowling, craft competitions and more! Snacks provided, while supplies last.

Friday, August 13, 2021

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Story Time at Northwest Regional Park

Join librarians from the Owings Mills Branch at Northwest Regional Park to enjoy stories, songs and rhymes at this outdoor story time for the whole family. First come, first served with limited space for your blankets and chairs. In the event of adverse weather, this program may be cancelled.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Need Help Paying for Child Care?

The Child Care Scholarship (CCS) (formerly known as Child Care Subsidy) Program provides financial assistance with childcare costs to eligible working families in Maryland. The program is managed through a centralized vendor -- Child Care Subsidy Central (CCS Central). Click here for more information.

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!

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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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