The Patriot Parent Newsletter

Brooklyn Park Elementary March 2020

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Our Mission and Vision at BPES:

Mission: Rigorous instruction, engaging experiences, positive relationships, no exceptions.

Vision: With the collaborative support of our families, staff and community, Brooklyn Park Elementary will be a school of excellence focused on the academic and social needs of ALL students.

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Mr. Walker's Message

Happy March BPES Community,

The school year is moving very quickly. We are a month away from Spring Break and it seems like we missed the cold weather and snow for the year. As we move into March, I have a few reminders:

3rd Quarter/Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th. Please communicate with your child's teacher to schedule a time.

Interim Reports

Interim Reports will be sent home on Monday, March 9th. The interim will highlight your child's progress at the mid-way point of the 3rd Quarter.

Bus Rider Reminders

1.The only way we can send a student on a different bus is with a parent note and confirmation from Mr. Walker…. Please send a written note, instead of calling or Dojo.

2. Safety continues to be a major focus . Please talk with your children about maintaining safe behaviors on the bus and bus stop.

3. The bus run follows a tiered system. This means that the bus picks up kids from an earlier dismissal school, comes to BPES for drop off and may go to a later school for pickup. For the most part they follow a strict schedule. In the event that bus is late, we will communicate that with you.


1. Please don't drop off students on 14th Avenue at arrival. This is a safety concern. Use the arrival lane or drop off on Marshall.

2. PTA Meeting is March 31st @6:00pm

3. As we move into summer, start thinking about Summer Camps and enrichment. I know camps can be expensive. Consider camps to be an investment in your child's future.


One of my college professors used to say "that 85% of success is showing up". Although I understand that illness, family celebrations, vacations and other life commitments can impact attendance, we need our kids in school. Please see below about how to improve your child's attendance.

Thank you for all your love and support. Have a wonderful Women's History Month...

Mr. Walker




1 Harry Truman Parkway Suite105 Annapolis MD 21401

Phone (410-222-7856) Fax (410-222-4478)



2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Brooklyn Park AM Program

AM Program: Operates from 7:00 am – until the beginning of the school day

Fee Structure – 1st child: $165/month, Additional child, same family: $140/month. Vouchers are accepted.

Arlington Echo Camp!

Early Birds Camp - July 6-9

Learn to Swim - June 29- July 2, July 6-9

Friendship Camp - July 13-16

Planet Earth Camp - August 10-14

Echo Adventure Camp - July 20-26

High Adventure Camp - July 12-18

Download the attachment below for more information.

Mrs. Chisholm's News!

March PBIS News

In like a lion, out like a lamb. This saying seems to apply to the entire winter season. It has gone from cold to warm and back again all winter. It has been so wonderful to have the consistency and dependability of school every day, without the unpredictability of snow. Your children have grown so much since September! It has been wonderful to see them grow and learn and I am sure this spring will provide opportunities for them to blossom.


Upcoming celebrations/events:

Women’s History Month

March 2-5 Social Worker Recognition Week

March 2nd Read Across America Day

March 9th DEAR -Bring a towel and flashlight to read with the lights off

March 17th St. Patrick’s Day Wear green

March 19th First Day of Spring-wear pastels

March 20th National Happiness Day Write 5 things that make you happy

March 23rd Bring a stuffed Animal day

March 24th Kindness Day-wear orange

(If you are able to help with an event, please contact me at or call school at 410 222 6590.)

Testing updates

MISA for 5th graders only will occur on March 23rd and 30th. Please remember that students need a good night’s sleep to be ready for testing.

MCAP is coming in May.

Attendance matters.

Please bring your child to school every day! If your child is sick, please send him/ her back to school with a note. If your child is out for 3 consecutive days, he/she needs a note from a doctor.

• Key academic concepts are being covered everyday.

• Time on task on a daily basis is needed to learn coursework.

• One missed day of school = as many as three days of catch up for a student to learn all the missed information and skills.

Please bring your child to school every day! If your child is sick, please send him/ her back to school with a note. If your child is out for 3 consecutive days, he/she needs a note from a doctor.

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Employee of the Month!

Ms. Latorre is BPES Employee of the Month for March! Ms. Latorre does so much to support students and staff at BPES including making us all laugh! She is a kind soul with a great attitude and always wants the best for everyone. She works well beyond her hours to ensure she is doing the best she can to meet her students’ needs. She shows up with a smile on her face and, regardless of the day she had, leaves with a smile too. She is a one-of-a-kind person and BPES is very lucky to have her on our team! Thank you, Ms. Latorre, for being you and putting our students first.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss!

March 2 Cozy up with a book! Today is wear your pajamas!

March 3 Cat in the Hat Day! Wear a silly hat!

March 4 Fox in Socks Day! Silly Socks Day!

March 5 Oh the Places You Will Go! College Spirit Day!

March 6 Green Eggs and Ham Day! Wear Green!

March Important Dates

9 Interims to go home

10 School Closed for Students

13 Marching into Spring Open House from 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. (flyer coming home)

17 Happy St. Patrick's Day! Wear Green!

24 Two-hour early dismissal

PTA Happenings!

March 3rd Bubbas in Glen Burinie 3:00 p.m. to close

March 19th Chick-fil-A in Glen Burnie 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

March 31st PTA meeting 6:00 p.m. at BPES

On April 25, 2020, the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs is holding its annual event for Founders Day from 10:00-3:00. This year there is a Family Fun Day at Old Mill High School. There will be food trucks, fire trucks, reading room, performances, DJ, escape room mobile, Md Food Bank, Dept of health for our health and Wellness area, yoga instruction, Gold's Gym, and much more.

The goal for the day is to raise funds for the scholarships AACCPTA gives to two county seniors.

This is going to be a fun day for the families around AA County.

Download the below attachments for more information.

Physical Education News!

Students in all grades participated in the Kids Heart Challenge in February. Students practiced short jump rope skills, long jump rope skills, and a variety of other fun jumping, hopping, and leaping activities while learning ways to keep their hearts healthy and strong. Their culminating activity was a week of jumping rotations where they could take their pulse, time how fast they could leap over hurdles, measure how far they could jump, and try many other fun activities designed to improve their aerobic fitness. They also learned about famous African America athletes to celebrate Black History Month in addition to National Heart Month. As a school, we have raised $4,902 through the Kids Heart Challenge to help the American Heart Association fight heart disease and stroke. Thank you to everyone who has participated!

Coming up in March, students will be participating in a striking skills unit. Students will practice their volleyball and tennis skills and intermediate students will apply those skills to small-sided games. Later in the month, students will participate in a bowling unit.

Classroom News!


Happy March! We have many exciting happenings this month. We have started our unit on Living Things. We will continue to learn about what animals and plants need to grow and survive and how living things grow and change. With your help, we have an exciting in-house field trip opportunity with ecoadventures, where our students will be able to interact with a variety of animals, learn where they live, and how they grow and change over time. Additionally, we will have many other hands-on experiences for our students to learn more about living things through small group instruction, various books/technology, and experiments. Stay tuned! Towards the end of the month, we will begin our next unit on Science. In math, we are working on addition to 5 and recognizing sets of objects (without counting with our fingers) up to 5. By the end of the month we will move on to learning about 3D shapes (sphere, cylinder, cone, cube). We will learn the letters Ii, Vv, Ll, and Uu. Please note that March 10th is a conference day. Your child's teacher will reach out to you if they would like to schedule a parent-teacher conference. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress, please reach out to their teacher to schedule a conference on that day. We appreciate your continued support!


February sure flew by! We are excited for March and all that it has in store for us. This month we will travel to the Maryland Science Center on Friday, March 20th. Please send in your child's permission slip, if you have not already. In March we will look at the world around us, by taking a close look at weather patterns. In reading, we will continue to learn new sight words and spelling patterns. Math will have us exploring addition, subtraction and word problems. We will write our own "How To" books so that we can teach others during our Writers Workshop. Please continue to complete homework and turn it in weekly. Do not forget to complete your BOOK-IT calendars, so that you can get a FREE personal pizza at Pizza Hut! Thank you for your support at home!

First Grade

It's hard to believe it is already March! We had so much fun watching the Pout Pout Fish performance. Thank you to our chaperones! This month we will be working on adding 2 digit numbers together using different strategies. Students will explore with light and shadows in science. In writing students are stating an opinion and supporting it with reasons. Students are working on expanding on their ideas and using correct conventions--spelling, punctuation, and capital letters. We will hold conferences in March. You will be contacted by your child's teacher if they would like to meet to discuss your child's progress. Please continue reading at home and turning in homework each Monday! We are preparing students for second grade and it is important that students are completing all of their work and turning assignments in on time. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns!

Second Grade

As we move into the second half of third quarter we are changing the units of study that we are focusing on in our curriculum. We are now focusing on being Storytellers.

We understand that math is very different now from the way we learned as children. Be on the lookout for the math newsletters that are sent home at the beginning of each topic. These newsletters provide information for you as parents to better help you understand what you child is doing in class. Feel free to send your child’s teacher any questions you have via class dojo if you have not signed up or send in a note with your child to school. Even though we have moved on from counting money, please still practice this life skill with your child whenever the opportunity presents itself.

We will also will have parent teacher conferences on March 10th. Your child's teacher will be in contact with you to set up a conference if they feel it is necessary. If you would like to schedule a conference please contact your child's teacher.

Third Grade

Math: Math homework should be completed on a weekly basis. The homework is a reinforcement of that was covered in the classroom as well as what could be on the County Assessments. Multiplication facts should also be practiced daily/practiced. In the month of March we will be will begin seeing patterns and making generalizations about multiplication and how it connects to properties of multiplication. We will also be going back to finding the area of figures.

Reading- Just like jumping rope makes our heart stronger, reading makes our brain stronger! Please encourage your child to select books from the school library. Your child visits the media center each week and has the opportunity to select books of their choice to read for enjoyment and practice the reading skills they are learning during their Guided Reading lessons. Reading books before bedtime is a wonderful way to spend some quiet time with your child. They can read to you, you can read to them, or you can take turns reading to each other. This is a great opportunity for your child to practice reacting to a text. They can verbally share with you what they thought was interesting in the text, what was funny, what was confusing, what they loved, what surprised them, or what shocked them. The more they read, the stronger their brain muscle will get!

Social Studies- Students will continue to identify the natural, capital and human resources used in the production of various products like pencils and ice cream. They will then "travel" to find where the materials needed originate from. The culminating project of this unit is to create their own good or service using cardboard. Please begin to save various forms of cardboard at home.

Writing- Students continue to express their opinion during writing class. We continue to work on expanding our vocabulary with types of transitions words used. Continue to work with your child on using capital letters at the beginning of every sentence, using punctuation at the end, and using the text to help them spell.

Fourth Grade

March is here!! Hopefully that means some warm weather is coming our way (and will stay!)

Don't forget that conferences are 3/10 and interim reports will be coming home 3/9.

In math this month we will be continuing our studying of angles and measurements. We will be moving into multiplication of fractions. Please continue to work on multiplication with your child. These facts are a struggle for a lot of students and once they have mastered them the upcoming skills will come much easier. Practicing these every night with flash cards are a perfect way to help your child become fluent. Also, express to your child that completing their homework will help them with the skills that we are working on in class. After our unit on multiplication of fractions we will begin comparing fractions and decimals and understanding their relationships. As of right now our MP3 Math assessment is scheduled for 4/1 @ 1pm. Please make sure your child is present so they can take the assessment with their classmates.

In Language Arts this month we will be be really digging deep into texts to interpret things like mood, character motivations, word meaning, main ideas and creating thesis statements. We will be working on opinion writing where we will be analyzing different controversial issues and your student will be taking a stance and supporting their stance with evidence and elaboration. An excellent way to practice this at home is encouraging them to give you strong reasons and evidence on their opinions for everything at home. This encourages them to be thinkers in more than just school related topics, and let's face it I am sure they are all very good at arguing for their way We will be reading "The One and Only Ivan" in IRA this month. Our Language Arts assessment is currently scheduled for 3/25 @ 9am. Again, please be sure your child is at school on time so they can take the assessment with their peers.

As the weather warms up please make sure your child is equipped for the weather - we will be sending more reminders home but remind them that tank tops and flip flops are not allowed and they need to have sneakers on gym days. We have two upcoming field trips this year. In April we will be going to the Chesapeake Arts Center to see a performance. We will be walking via 14th Ave. to behind the middle school. We will be taking 6 teachers from school so chaperones will not be needed on this trip. We will going to Annapolis in May. This field trip will be $20 for students and chaperones and we will be looking for chaperones later in March. If you're interested please reach out to Ms. Nauman so we can get in touch when we are ready to start planning groups and chaperones. Due to cost we wanted to give parents the heads up beginning in this newsletter.

We look forward to the rest of this year with your child and as always if you need anything please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher.

Fifth Grade

On April 2nd fifth grade has a field trip to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Keep an eye out for permission slips being sent home next week. Students will complete their Science projects this month which are due prior to the school science fair on March 25th.

First Grade Celebrated 100 Days of School!

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Mrs. Wells News!

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services

Brooklyn Park Public Library

1 East 11th Ave., Brooklyn Park, MD 21225

Onsite service to assist parents in achieving or maintaining economic self-support and self-sufficiency.

Wednesdays 9:00-5:00- P.M. Referral & Linkage Services Community Outreach

4th Wednesdays at the Library 12:00-1:30 Free Lunch

For information, please call Takiya Green, MSW Casework Specialist (410) 421-8481.


Financial Assistance with Court Ordered Evictions

Utility Assistance

1st Month's Rent

Life Sustaining Prescriptions

Burial Assistance

Food Stamps

Benefits (Temporary Cash Assistance)

Referral & Linkage Services for Food, Furniture, Clothing, Substance Abuse Disorder & Shelter

BP Public Library Cafe':

Wednesdays 12:00-1:30 PM Free Lunch

February 26: Maryland Coalition of Families

March 25: Energy Assistance Programs-Fuel Fund & Community Action Agency

April 25: Arundel Community Development Services

May 27: 2nd Annual Community Resource Fair Cookout

June 22: RCDC/H20 Recovery Center Community Outreach

July 22: Brooklyn Park Plaza Community Outreach