Brook Park Memorial PTA News

December 2015


Raffle tickets for a new Chevy Cruze must be turned in by December 8, so get them while you can! For ticket info, please contact Caryn at 440-552-8929 or

Parents' Night Out

Friday, Dec. 11th, 6-9pm


Be on the lookout for the information coming home with your student! Get your holiday shopping done or enjoy a dinner without the kids!

Cost: $10 per student, up to $20 max per family

Who: all BPM students from preschool to 4th and any 5th or 6th grade siblings, attending Ford

What: a movie, games, crafts

Food: drinks and popcorn during the movie

We need volunteers to help with Family Night. If you're available or know some high school/college students who need volunteer credits, please reply to this email!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Reflections Deadline and Creating Sessions

BPM PTA is proud to bring the Reflections Program to our school. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art for PTA's Reflections program. This year's Reflections theme is Let Your Imagination Fly! (video)

Reflections submissions are due at the BPM school office on December 18. Click the links for complete entry rules for Visual Arts entries and Literature entries.

For information about Reflections awards and recognition, click here.

Is your student not sure how to get started with his or her work of art? Join us at the Brook Park Public Library for a Creating Session. Art supplies will be available and volunteers will be on hand to assist, inspire, and encourage Visual Arts and Literature entries. Creating Sessions will be at the following times:

Sunday, December 6, 1-3 PM

Sunday, December 13, 1-3 PM

Please reply to this email to RSVP for a spot in either session... or both!

Holiday Sing-Along & Class Parties: December 18

BPM's Holiday Sing-Along will be on Friday, December 18 at 2:30 in the BPM auditorium. The Sing-Along is a students-only event!

Class parties will follow at 3 PM. All visitors must sign in at the lobby. If you are volunteering at a class party, please arrive to sign in at 2:45.

Please remember that in the Berea City School District, activities during the school day may not use homemade food and must follow the Food Guidelines required under the food service license for the cafeteria. Food safety tips are available on the Nutrition Service page on the district website- An ingredient label must be available for all foods provided.

The school district encourages us to focus parties on games, music, stories, and fun instead of food and send any treats home with students in treat bags.

Mindfulness in the Schools / PTA Winter Social

Monday, Dec. 14th, 6:30-8:30pm

BPM school library

Learn more about mindfulness in the schools. This presentation is for adults only. Family events will take place in the spring.

RSVP by Friday, Dec. 11 at or by calling 216-433-1350.

PTA Winter Social:

The mindfulness presentation will be directly followed by a PTA Social for our members to get to know each other a little better. Please bring a snack or cookies to share!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Every Student Succeeds Act

Congress will vote on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB). Please urge your members of Congress to vote “yes” on this important and historic piece of legislation. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation will improve family engagement provisions, provide flexibility to states and districts to effectively address the needs of schools and students, and increase opportunities for a well-rounded education.

Thanks to your efforts and those of members across the country, National PTA is pleased to share that the family engagement provisions we have been advocating for—the Statewide Family Engagement Centers program and improvements to parts of Title I which require school districts to establish family engagement plans and conduct family engagement activities—are included in the final bill. This is a huge achievement and testament to the power of our collective voice.

But we are not done yet! Both the U.S. House and Senate still need to vote on final passage of the bill! The House is expected to vote Thursday, December 3, and the Senate during the week of December 7.

We ask that you take action by emailing your representative and senator TODAY and encouraging them to vote "YES" on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

BPM Titans Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear will be sent home with students on Friday, December 18!
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