Bulldog Bulletin

November 2023

We want to extend our gratitude to our AES students and families for a successful first quarter. We thank you for your continued support as we travel together on the "Road to Success."

We are happy to continue to share our new newsletter tool, Smore! It will include all important updates and information and families can translate our newsletters into 100+ languages, including Myanmar (Burmese), in just one click!

Look for our next Bulldog Bulletin on December 4, 2023!

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Counselor's Corner

Congratulations to our 2023-2024 Student Council members! Twenty-two 5th graders applied and campaigned to be on the Student Council. All of them did a great job and are to be commended for their courage and desire to be a leader in our school. All of the 4th and 5th graders watched campaign videos and read campaign posters before voting for who they think would be great leaders. Based on the votes from all 4th and 5th graders, here are the members of this year's Student Council:

Samuel R.

Andrew R.

Kaleb C.

Christopher B.

Makayla R.

Shiphrah C.

Listed below are the counseling lessons for each grade for the month of November:

Pre-K Counseling Lesson.pdf

Kindergarten Counseling Lesson.pdf

1st Grade Counseling Lesson.pdf

2nd Grade Counseling Lesson.pdf

3rd Grade Counseling Lesson.pdf

4th Grade Counseling Lesson.pdf

5th Grade Counseling Lesson.pdf

Mrs. Susanne Olsen

School Counselor

Arbutus Elementary School

Direct line: 443-809-8116

School: 443-809-1400

Notes from the Nurse

Students in PreK, Grade 1, and Grade 4 will participate in a hearing and vision screening conducted by the Health Department on November 14th through November 17th. In addition, Kindergarten students not screened the previous year in Pre-K, and students new to Baltimore County Public Schools will also be screened. If your child wears glasses, and is in one of the grades participating, please make sure they wear them during that time period.

Mary K. Graham, RN

Arbutus Elementary School

School Nurse

443-809-1489 (Nurse's Line)

443-809-8113 (Nurse's Fax)

Attendance Matters

Establishing good attendance habits early can set the tone for a positive learning experience for your child. As we transition into the second quarter, please take time to reflect on the number of absences and latenesses your child has accumulated. If you find there is a need for improvement, please click the button below for helpful pointers.
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Our annual Food Drive is from November 6th through November 16th! We will be "Spreading Kindness One Can at a Time" for families in need. Each class hopes to come out on top for bringing in the most food. Students can view the results of their kindness each day by looking at the bulletin board near the Office. Of course, there are only winners in this Food Drive; the lesson students learn from helping others, and the families that will benefit from the kindness of others. For more information on the types of food needed, please click on the Food Drive Flyer button below. Thank you for all your support!

Turkey Trot Time!

On Friday, November 17, 2023, we will be participating in our 7th annual AES Turkey Trot (weather permitting)! Students will race their peers in hopes of winning one of our spectacular prizes. Third place finisher will win a can of cranberry sauce. Second place finisher will win a pie. First place finisher will win a TURKEY! We invite parents and guardians to watch this great tradition during their child's special area time. On the day of the event, all visitors are required to visit the Office for a visitor's badge.

  • 4th grade- 9:20-10:15
  • 5th grade- 10:20-11:15
  • 3rd grade & Pre-K- 11:20-12:15
  • Kindergarten- 12:50-1:45
  • 1st grade- 1:50-2:45
  • 2nd grade- 2:50-3:45

Katie Henry

Arbutus Elementary

Physical Education Teacher

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BCPS Student Handbook

Save the Dates!

For the full BCPS '23-'24 calendar visit: https://www.bcps.org/

Nov. 6 - 16: Annual Food Drive

Nov. 9: Picture Makeup Day (Lifetouch)

Nov. 13: Professional Development Day, Schools Closed for Students, Teachers on Duty

Nov. 14 -17: American Education Week (Please See Flyer Above for Details)

Nov. 14 - 17: Hearing and Vision Testing (PreK, Grades 1 and 4 - See Notes from the Nurse)

Nov 14: Report Cards Distributed

Nov. 17: Turkey Trot

Nov. 20: Pre-K Conference Day – No School for Pre-K Students – Teachers on Duty

Nov. 21: Pre-K through Grade 5 Conference Day – Schools Closed for Elementary Students- Teachers on Duty

Nov. 22 - Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Holiday - Schools and Offices Closed

Dec. 9: Winterfest 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Arbutus Elementary

3/11/24-5/3/24: PTA Spring Before/After School Clubs (more info to come)

Important Reminders

  • Arrival time is 9-9:15 and dismissal time is 4-4:15.
  • AES Arrival Dismissal Procedures.pdf
  • Walkers in grades PK-2 (and older siblings) will dismiss from the library door

  • 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 '23-'24.pdf Car tags will be distributed at Peek at Your Seat and during the first week of school.

  • Please keep your child home if they have a fever or sign of illness.

  • Label lunch boxes, water bottles, bookbags, jackets, and coats with your child’s name.

  • We are a cash only school, no checks or credit will be accepted.

  • 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.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe, positive, and effective educational environment that is student centered and focused on individual growth and achievement to prepare our students for college and career opportunities in a multicultural, technologically advanced, global society.