BFES Weekly Message
Laura Swerdzewski, Principal
As we begin the summer months after this whirlwind of a school year I wanted to thank each of you for your support and understanding as we navigated an ever changing landscape. Over the next few months I hope your family has time to relax and rejuvenate!
We are also aware that many of you will be looking for additional practice and activities for children during these months. If you click the button below we have created a summer practice website to support BFES students and provide you with additional resources. We wish everyone the best and look forward to meeting back in person on August 30th!
2021 Summer Resources
MCPS staff have developed a guidance document of resources and activities for families wanting students to remain engaged in content, but are not participating in MCPS summer programming options. Students can engage independently with these materials and explore/study the contents at their pace. View the resource document here.
MCPS is offering a Virtual Academy that will provide a full-time virtual learning program for students in kindergarten to Grade 12. Students interested in the program are required to apply for admission and must be approved to participate. The deadline to apply is July 2. More information, including Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the Virtual Academy webpage https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/virtualacademy/ .
Summer Read and Learning Program Starts June 16
Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is holding its Summer Read and Learning Program from June 16–August 31.
The Summer Read and Learn program offers kids and teens a chance to fill the summer with great books and fun activities. Read books, do fun learning activities, and attend virtual events all summer long.
Summer Meals for MCPS Students
The Division of Food and Nutrition Services will continue to provide meals to MCPS students this summer. Information on bulk boxes meal distribution through June 30, 2021, is now posted on the MCPS Meals webpage: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/reopening/meals/.
Board of Education Adopts Final Operating Budget
On June 10, the Montgomery County Board of Education adopted a $2.78 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This is an increase of $24.3 million (0.9 percent) from the current FY 2021 budget. The budget will allow Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to provide a continuation of key services and reflects the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on operating costs. Learn more about the Board’s adopted budget here.