Friday Features


Welcome Back from the PTO

On behalf of our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), we want to welcome all of our Bears, whether you're new or returning, to BGS. Our PTO truly is a partnership across the school community to help make BGS a great place to learn. You'll hear from us weekly to keep you posted on upcoming PTO events.

Our PTO provides opportunities to students and teachers alike. For students, we provide assemblies featuring authors and scientists, build on character education, and we subsidize class trips when they are allowed to occur. For teachers, we help enrich the classroom via our mini-grant program; past grants have included flexible seating, math games, science stations, and weekly magazines.

The PTO also spearheads larger investments. In the summer of 2019, we undertook a Teachers' Lounge Renovation. You can also view a virtual tour of the updated room here. Your child(ren) is likely also enjoying the Gaga Ball Pit which was installed over the summer of 2019.

Lastly, the PTO helps create a sense of school community. From activities like the Halloween Hoot to the Color Run, we provide family fun that brings students, parents, and teachers together beyond the classroom. We are working hard to re-invent some of these activities to make them COVID-safe.

We encourage you to join the PTO to help us create lasting memories for our Bears. Membership is purchased annually ($25 for families and teachers, $15 for BGS Aides). Membership grants you free electronic access to our Student Directory, making it easy to schedule playdates. You can purchase membership via PtBoard

We hope you'll join us for our first VIRTUAL PTO meeting of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 PM via Zoom. We promise, we keep our meetings to only an hour, so you'll get in and out fast! Zoom meeting info will be sent via email a few days prior.

Have a wonderful school year!

Sally Bartlett & Melinda Harz, PTO Co-Presidents

2021-2022 PTO Signup Instructions

Click here for detailed instructions on how to get signed up

Volunteer to Be a Homeroom Parent

Kids love to see their parents involved at school. Consider volunteering to become a Homeroom Parent. Homeroom parents help with collecting class funds, working with your teacher to organize class parties, and communicating important info with your class,

Read our Homeroom Parent flyer below to learn more. If you'd like to volunteer, let us know by completing our interest form: by Monday, September 27th.

In Case You Missed It

Win an Amazon Gift Card!

You're entered for a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card each time you complete one of the following Back to School activities:

  • Signup for PtBoard (our new home for all things PTO)
  • Purchase a PTO Membership in PtBoard

We've decided to up the ante! For every 25 PTO Memberships we receive, we will raffle off an additional Amazon gift card! Remember PTO memberships help fund school improvements, assemblies, and events for our students and are vital to our ability to continue to provide these things to our BGS Bears.

We'll pick a lucky winner in mid-October!

The PTO Has Moved to PtBoard - Sign Up Today!

We heard your feedback! Our PTO has moved everything you need for the PTO to a simpler, more user friendly tool called PtBoard. This one-stop-shop is available via your web browser. In case you missed last week's announcement about PtBoard, detailed instructions can be found in the button below.

  • Go to and click on “Sign Up” in the upper right corner
  • When asked, use school code XHAUPP
  • While you're there, make sure to purchase your PTO membership and donate to our BGS Staff Flood Relief Fund
PtBoard Signup Instructions

Click here to see step by step instructions for signing up

Help BGS Staff Recover from the Floods

Mrs. Heffernan (Miss Whalen), a 4th grade teacher, and Ms. Finnegan, a pre-school aide, both suffered catastrophic losses due to the recent floods. The PTO has setup a fund in PtBoard to directly help them. Please consider donating a small amount to help them get back on their feet. Feel free to share the link! You do not have to have a PtBoard login to donate!

Funds will be distributed directly to both staff members. The PTO will include additional staff members impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida as we become aware of them.

Last Chance for the Book Fair!

Our Fall Book Fair ends today, Sept 17th! Forget to send in funds? Your cihild(ren) want to purchase more? No problem!

The book fair will be setup outside the school building all day and at dismissal/pickup today. Feel free to stop by anytime for last minute shopping!

Dates to Remember

Sept. 27 - Final Day for Room Parent Sign-ups

Sept. 29 - 6:30 - 7:15 - VIRTUAL Room Parent Info Session (Zoom info to follow)

Sept. 29 - 7:30 - 8:30 - VIRTUAL PTO Meeting (Zoom info to follow)

Sept. 30 - Room Parent Lottery

Sept. 30 - 6:15 VIRTUAL Back to School Night (details to follow)

Stay in Touch

Bradley Gardens PTO

Sally Bartlett, Co-President

Melinda Harz, Co-President