Tiger Times

December 2021

MESSAGE FROM ADMINISTRATION

We can't believe we are heading into December! Our students and staff are coming to the end of their well-deserved Thanksgiving break and we look forward to welcoming everyone back! We will continue to focus on instruction and engaging and purposeful learning experiences as we come to the end of the fall. As we always have our efforts focused on instruction, we also want to place a continued emphasis on health and safety. Parents can do their part by ensuring students come to school each day with a mask (and a back-up mask) and make sure to keep your child home if they are showing any Covid-like symptoms. Please feel free to call the school with any questions or concerns.

All students received their 1st Marking Period report cards at the end of the school day on Monday, November 22nd. Please sign and return the report card envelope to confirm that you have received the report card from your child. Students should return the signed envelope to school on Monday, November 29th. Parents and guardians will also be able to view the report cards electronically on their Focus parent portal.

We look forward to welcoming students back this week!

Mrs. Whisner and Dr. D

MBES VIRTUE WALL of FAME INDUCTEES

Important Dates


  • 12/1 - Texas Roadhouse PTA Fundraiser - 3:00-10:00 at White Marsh location
  • 12/7 and 12/21 Instrumental Music After School Club - Group A
  • 11/30 and 12/14 Instrumental Music After School Club - Group B
  • Wednesdays After School - Art Club
  • 12/7 - Ident-a-kid at Martin Boulevard
  • 12/10 - Interim (half-way) for Marking Period 2
  • 12/14 - LifeTouch - Picture Make-up Day
  • 12/16 - SweetFrog PTA Fundraiser at Golden Ring location
  • 12/23 - 3 Hr. Early Dismissal - students will be dismissed at 12:45
  • 12/24 - 1/2 - Schools Closed for Winter Break



For the updated 2021-2022 BCPS calendar, please visit https://www.bcps.org/calendars

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Free School Meals for All Students

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will offer free school meals, including breakfast and lunch for the school year 2021-2022, effective August 30, 2021, through June 30, 2022, to all students enrolled and attending Baltimore County Public Schools in-person. Breakfast meals will be offered upon student entry to the school and consumed in classrooms. Students will go through the cafeteria line for lunch meal service and choose an entrée, fruit and vegetable side options, and milk. Menus are posted on the Office of Food and Nutrition Services Web site, Food and Nutrition Services - Division of Business Services (bcps.org).

Community Food Pantries

There are numerous food pantries in the area that are fully accessible to MBES families. Please click the picture on the right to access the most current food pantry list that includes pickup information and contact information. In addition, below are 2 local programs that are open to the MBES community as well.


BCPL

Starting Wednesday, September 8th, the Essex branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will begin offering meals to all children under the age of 18 on select days. On Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays between 2:30 - 4:30 pm parents/caregivers can stop by the Essex branch ( 1110 Eastern Blvd, Essex, MD 21221) to pick up snack & supper. For more information, please visit www.bcpl.info.


Kenwood Food Pantry

Kenwood High School has a food pantry open to families in the community. Please contact the Kenwood High School Social Worker, Dana Reaves, at 443-809-0153, to schedule an appointment.

Language Line Available for Parents to Call BCPS School Offices

The Language Line is now available for parents/caregivers to use when they need to contact BCPS schools and offices. If you have additional questions and need assistance in a language other than English, please use the Language Line Phone Interpreting Service. Please follow the steps below:

1. Dial 1-866-874-3972.
2. Provide Client ID 530771
3. Indicate the language you need assistance in.
4. Provide Access Code 505171.
5. Give the interpreter the BCPS phone number that you would like to call.

BCPS Student Accounts

BCPS Parent University

Parent University offers resources, videos, workshops, and system updates to support the needs of your family. Our program goals align with the BCPS Compass: Our Pathway to Excellence - Focus Area 4 - Community Engagement and Partnerships. Visit bcps.org/parentu for more information.

MBES Family Lending Library - Coming Soon!

Good news, the Martin Boulevard Family Lending Library will be reopening soon! There are brand new multi-player games that are perfect for fun family game nights! And don't worry your favorite games from past years are still included. More information about how students and families can check out games will be forthcoming. Can't wait for everyone to get their game on!

BCPS Device - Tech Help

Please call the help desk at 443-809-4672 or enter a ticket on BCPS.org to report an issue with your device or your password as soon as possible. Issues to report include damage, won’t start up, missing charger, etc. These issues could also include a forgotten or non-working BCPS password. The start of the school year is a very busy time for the BCPS Tech Support Team and there may be significant delays if you wait to request help or report an issue.

Act now if you need tech support so the start of the new school year can be a smooth one.

Face Masks

In compliance with BCPS requirements, students, staff, and visitors will need to begin the year wearing masks while indoors. Currently, we will not be required to wear masks outdoors. For the latest BCPS COVID information, please visit https://www.bcps.org/covid19

How Do I Stay Connected?

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martin.boulevard.925


Follow us on our school website: https://martines.bcps.org/


Parent Access to Focus and Schoology


Starting on August 23, 2021, parents will be able to log in to Focus, BCPS’ Student Information System, and Schoology, BCPS Learning Management System. Parents will need to create a parent account with the same e-mail address they provided to their school to sign up. Parents must be marked in Focus as having educational access to gain access to their student’s information. It will take up to 30 minutes to gain access to Focus and up to 48 hours to access Schoology. There is a link within Focus that will take parents directly to Schoology. If a parent clicks the Schoology link before the connection is established, the parent will receive an error message. Parents can contact their child’s school to resolve any issues with this process.

The Creating a Parent Account in B2C document can be found online.