Parent University

FACEtime Newsletter, Home Edition 11/4/2020

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Gearing Up for American Education Week 2020

American Education Week is headed our way. This year it may look a little different but AEW continues to be an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate our amazing educators and to check in with your child's school.


Parent University is offering workshops for families throughout the week. See our Workshop Highlight section below to find out more and register! Some schools are hosting their own events, such as a Reading/Math Showcase, virtual talent shows, classroom drop-ins for parents/caregivers, and online book fairs. Do you know what your school is doing to celebrate American Education Week?

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Workshop Highlights

Writing Readiness: Preparing Early Childhood Students for Writing Success

Get your students starting on the path to becoming confident and creative writers. In this session, we will focus on preparing young children for writing instruction through the use of multi-sensory activities. Participants will also learn about the developmental stages of writing and engaging activities for children that can help to strengthen fine motor skills needed for writing.


Two dates are being offered:


  • Monday, November 16, 2020 - 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 1:30 PM


Register Today!

Could It Be Grief? Why Are We Feeling This Way?

Grief is a normal response to loss, change, and transition. Typically expected after the death of a loved one, grief can be a surprise when it shows up at other times. Join us for this presentation from Gilchrist about balancing the necessary grief process while taking care of day-to-day life.

All BCPS Parents/Caregivers are invited to attend.


Two dates are being offered:


  • Monday, November 9, 2020 - 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 7:00 PM.



Register Today! Want to see what other workshops Parent U is offering? Check our Schedule of Events!

Internet Crimes Against Children

Parents will have a better understanding of social media, online communities, issues of security, and the pitfalls of what can be encountered online. A representative from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will share new and old trends involving computer and cell phone applications and will present examples from cases the detective has been a part of.


Two dates are being offered:


  • Tuesday, November 17 2020 - 6:00 PM


Register Today!

Policy 1270 Review Meeting

Baltimore County Public Schools would like to invite parents/caregivers to join us for the annual review of Policy and Rule 1270 titled Parent and Family Engagement. This annual review is an opportunity for you to provide input regarding the parent and family involvement policy. You are invited to attend any of the virtual meetings listed below. You can review the Policy and Rule prior to the meeting by visiting the Web links Policy 1270 - Rule 1270.


Please join us for one of the following meetings:


Monday, November 16, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 3:00 PM


Participants are asked to register online at Eventbrite or RSVP to ParentU@bcps.org.

Calendar Reminders

November 13, 2020- First Marking Period Ends


This day marks the end of the 1st quarter. Have you had a chance to check in with your child's teacher on their progress?

Text Tips on Healthy Media Habits for Your Family

During the next few weeks, Common Sense Media will be sending tips (and links!) on how families can use media to celebrate indigenous cultures, be good digital citizens, pick the right scary movie by age, and more! Sign up to receive texts in English or Spanish

BCPL Opens Doors for Computer Use by Appointment

In its next step toward restoring library services to the community, Baltimore County Public Library branches (with the exception of Reisterstown, which is under construction) will offer computer sessions by appointment only beginning Wednesday, November 4, at 10 a.m. This will be the first time branches will be providing limited, inside service since closing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Read more...

Mask Wearing Guidelines and Tips

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers tips on how to safely and effectively wear a mask. Masks are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.

Special Education Resource Center

Check out the Fall Hand In Hand newsletter from the Special Education Resource Center. Updates and news on workshops, advisory groups, and more!



For more information or to join their newsletter list, email serc@bcps.org.

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Math Homework Helpers is Back In Action

How-to-Hotline - Grade 5 (November)

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What is Parent University?

Parent University is offered through the BCPS Office of Family and Community Engagement, which we affectionately call FACE! We provide tools and resources to BPCS families to support learning at home. In the past, before social-distancing, one of the ways we offered these resources was through in-person workshops hosted by community members and schools. We also have a large collection of online resources that are available as we navigate through this incredibly unique time in our lives. We hope you enjoy what we have to share.