The Patriot Parent Newsletter

October 2021, Brooklyn Park Elementary School

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A Message from Mr. Walker

Dear BPES Community,

Halloween/Fall Fest

Due to the pandemic, we will not have the Halloween Parade. I know this has been a Brooklyn Park Elementary tradition, but we must adjust based on Covid restrictions. Additionally, the PTA will not have the annual Halloween Dance. The students and staff will celebrate the season by wearing costumes on Friday, October 29, 2021, and we will have an "indoor, student and staff parade". Unfortunately that means no families or visitors are permitted. We will continue our tradition of students coming to school in their Halloween costumes and enjoying classroom activities. Please see the following restrictions:

  • There are no weapons or play weapons with their costumes.
  • Costume face masks can be worn during the parade, but not in class or recess.
  • Remember it is a regular instructional day. This may include P.E/Gym, Art and Music. Please plan accordingly.
  • Information about classroom parties will be provided later in the month. Thank you for your support and only students and staff can participate in the indoor parade.
  • If your child does not celebrate Halloween, please contact the teacher so they can participate in fall activities.

Attendance/Early Dismissal/Tardiness

We understand that “things happen” and we have family situations, but we must improve our attendance. As a principal, you have entrusted me to educate your student. My teachers cannot teach if our students are not present. We lost almost two years of in-class instruction because of the pandemic, we cannot lose another second of instruction. Please send your child to school, on time, and we need them to stay the entire instructional day.

Teacher Communication

Things happen in schools and at times you may have a question about an incident. Please reach out to your child’s teacher to ensure the teacher can address your concern quickly. I am always available to support.


The traditional progress report or interim report process has been changed. Students' grades can now be accessed by the Parent Student Portal. On October 15th, the digital interim will be available for your review. This is the same platform that is used to check student grades. If you don't have access to Parent Student Portal, please contact the main office for assistance with the program or request a printed interim to be mailed to your home. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 21st, the teachers will be in contact.

The first month of school has been a success. Students have completed multiple assessments to determine how we can best support any learning loss. I appreciate your dedication and love for our school. YOU are truly amazing and I’m blessed to be your principal. Have a wonderful month of October and reach out if you need me.

E. Rodney Walker


Brooklyn Park Elementary

Picture Day, October 13th, has been CANCELLED!

Lifetouch has decided to postpone our school's picture date in order to protect the safety of the students, school staff and their families.

Classroom News!


We are settling into our routines and showing great progress thus far in Pre-K! In the month of October, we will be focusing on the theme; Exploring the Changing Me. We will focus on what makes us special, how families are the same and different, how our senses help us, how we can keep ourselves safe, and using our 5 senses to describe objects. We have been learning about the letter Nn and it's sound. This month, we will learn the letters Ww, Pp, Hh, Mm, and Aa, as well as the sounds they make. We will be learning the words; we, I, like, to, and am. In our literacy small groups we will focus on book handling skills, recognizing letters/words, and identifying/spelling our names. In math, we will focus on counting objects using 1:1 correspondence (pointing to each object as we count). Please continue to check your child's folder daily for important newsletters, notes, etc. If you not already signed up for class dojo, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information. More information regarding parent teacher conferences towards the end of the month!

-Pre-K Team


Hi Kindergarten families! We have had an awesome first few weeks of Kindergarten! In the classroom, we have been spending a lot of time getting to know your children and building strong relationships with them through our community building circles. During literacy times, we have been learning about print awareness, how to identify rhyming words, and recognizing uppercase and lowercase letters. We have also been working on increasing our writing stamina during Writer’s Workshop. In math, we have been working on counting and cardinality. We also finished our iReady diagnostic! The data from this diagnostic will be used to create math small groups. Finally, in science and social studies we have been learning about the five senses and the habits that keep us healthy! Please make sure you are checking your child’s take-home folder every day. As always, if you need anything, please feel free to reach out to the Kindergarten team! We are so excited to have students back in our classrooms! Thank you for all your support!

First Grade

Wow! This first month of school has flown by! Students have done such a great job with our first -grade routines. We are having so much fun. Students are working on addition and subtraction to 20 in math and recognizing the relationship between both. We are beginning to write about “small moments” during Writer’s Workshop. In Reading, students are focusing on formation of letters, letter sounds and using the sounds to write words. In Science, we are studying Monarch Butterflies. Our caterpillars have arrived, and we are so excited to watch them grow and change. Homework is given out each Monday and is due back the following Monday. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting parents during conferences.

Second Grade

Second grade is well under way. We are all off to a great start and have put in a lot of hard work at school and at home with learning the school and grade level routines and expectations. We finished our first unit in math. During Writing we are working on Personal Narratives. In Math our focus is adding and subtracting within 20. Class dojo has been working great. Most families have signed up and will probably agree it makes communicating with the teacher so much easier than phone calls and emails. If you have not been able to sign in, please contact your grade level teacher by sending a note in with your child or sending them an email . As always thank you for your support at home, we are a family at BPES and we all are doing great things for our children!

~ The Second Grade Team

Third Grade


Congratulations to those students who have completed all their reading homework the past two weeks! Keep up the great work! Parents, please continue to encourage your child to read every night for at least 15 minutes and complete the iReady Reading individual pathway lessons. The iReady lessons can be located by following this pathway: Classlink, iReady icon, Reading, My Path/Next Lesson.


Please encourage your student to start every sentence they write with a capital letter and end every sentence with a form of punctuation: period, question mark, or exclamation mark. They have also learned that the pronoun I is always capitalized and students need to be capitalizing it in their writing.


We are ready for our Mathematicians to jump into multiplication and division. This month we will explore the meaning of multiplication and division. We will build on what they have learned about arrays and repeated addition to make the connection to multiplication. In division, we will investigate the idea that you can separate objects into smaller, equal sized groups. Look out for the math parent newsletters for examples of how to support your child at home. As we begin our unit on multiplication, please have your child practice the basic multiplication facts regularly. They can use First in Math to help them practice multiplication fact fluency. This is a very important skill in 3rd grade. Thank you for your support.

Social Studies

We've spent the past few weeks identifying positive behavior choices that can help us be Safe, A Team, Accepting, Respectful and Responsible. Now, we're ready to build upon that knowledge as we discover more about our communities and our responsibilities as members of those communities. We'll view multiple perspectives to identify values of individuals and being to examine ways in which we can take action.


We will continue to explore forces and motion, experimenting with mass, gravity, friction, and patterns of motion. We'll also explore ways in which objects interact with each other and continue to form and test hypotheses in order to gather information and collect data. We'll end the month with some exploration of magnetism! Great scientists will be coming to you soon!

Fourth Grade

Hello 4th Grade Families!

We are steadily making progress and getting used to a whole new normal! BUT...we are having a blast doing it! Here is what is on the agenda for the next few weeks...

Language Arts - We are analyzing characters in stories and understanding how their actions/reactions affect the story.

Writing - We will slowly begin to put together our own realistic fiction story! We can't wait to show you a finished product!

Math- We are finishing Unit 1 with prime and composite numbers and number patterns. We will take a unit test and move onto Unit 2 which focuses on place value with addition and subtraction - we will be getting into standard algorithm - so please help this skill at home!!

Science - We will continue to work on investigating the human and animal bodies and structures for survival.

Social Studies- We will be focusing a lot on the American Indian tribes and begin to see the turmoil in the clash of cultures when the Europeans began to arrive in the Americas.

Few reminders -

* Please be on the lookout for their weekly word work homework. This is 5 words with 4 activities that they are to do throughout the week, and it is checked on Fridays. These words are good words that every 4th grader should know and be able to use correctly.

* Spirit Wear order form is due October 8. Please contact us if you have not received it.

* Please be sending your child with extra masks, hand-sanitizer, and a reusable water bottle (with water only) to school each day.

Thank you and as always if you need any assistance, please reach out to us!

Ms. Nauman, Mr. Sheehan and Ms. Dacus

Fifth Grade

Hello 5th Grade Families,

We had an exciting start to the school year with seeing students settling into the school year. We have some exciting news. Looking forward, we have a field trip on November 9th. Parents that would like to attend must complete the AACPS Commercial Background. For math, we are moving multiplication and division using multiple strategies. Please encourage your students to practice their multiplication and division facts. In Social Studies we will start focusing on the characteristics of the 13 colonies. In Writing, we will continue to work on personal narratives. Students will work on drafting, editing, revising, and editing their work. In Science, we are developing our understanding around ecosystem through the flow of energy.

Tracy Burke, P.E.

Physical Education:

It has been great to have students back in the gym for physical education class! Younger students have been working on locomotor skills and moving safely through personal and general space. Older students participated in a variety of cooperative activities including the parachute and castle ball. In October, all students will participate in a soccer skills unit where they will practice their dribbling, kicking, passing, and receiving skills. Older students will practice offensive and defensive strategies that they can incorporate into games.

Please remind your students to wear sneakers on the days that they have PE class so that they can safely participate in activities and assessments. Students without sneakers may borrow a pair for the lesson (if they are wearing socks) or they will be given an alternate assignment to complete. Students may also bring a water bottle (with their name on it) to PE class.

Rachel Israel, Instrumental Music

Hello BPES Band&Strings Families!

Signing up for instrumental music is paperless and very easy this year! Visit and click "Sign-up for Band or Strings!" in the upper right corner. 3rd Grade students may choose from Violin, Viola, Cello or Bass, and 4th&5th Grade students may choose from any String or Band instrument. You can explore all these instruments on my website. I still have many instruments left to borrow if your child would like to sign-up! Feel free to email me at or send me a message on Dojo.

Mrs. Israel

Kelly Nolan, Library Media Specialist

Hello everyone! At this time, I believe all interested fifth graders have signed up to be an anchor for morning announcements. If your child expresses interest, please don't hesitate to email me at or reach out on Dojo. I've also had a lot of requests from students about ordering Anime and Manga. At this time, I don't have a list of books that are approved; however, they are available at the local library. If anyone needs help obtaining a public library card, please reach out to me. Happy reading!