BPES Newsletter

Week of November 18th

Mark Your Calendar

  • Sunday, November 17th - Charleston Wrap Pick-Up 4:00 - 6:00 PM

  • Monday, November 18th - Charleston Wrap Pick-Up 4:00 - 6:00 PM

  • Monday, November 18th - Make Up Picture Money Due

  • Monday, November 18th - Friday, November 22nd - Book Fair

  • Tuesday, November 19th - 2nd Grade Field Trip to American Village

  • Wednesday, November 20th - Thanksgiving Lunch

  • Thursday, November 21st - Thanksgiving Lunch

  • Monday, November 25th - Friday, November 29th - Thanksgiving Break; No School

  • Thursday, December 5th - PTO Meeting 9:30 AM

  • Friday, December 6th - 4th Grade House Meeting

  • Friday, December 13th - 5th Grade House Meeting

  • Saturday, December 14th - Santa's Breakfast

  • Friday, December 20th - Last Day of 2nd Nine Weeks and 2nd Semester

  • Monday, December 23rd - Friday, January 3rd - Winter Break; No School

  • Monday, January 6th - Students Return to School

Thanksgiving Lunch

We would like to formally invite all parents, guardians, and guests to our first annual Thanksgiving Lunch! Click here for an invite to learn more!

Book Fair - Don't Forget about Holiday Gifting Options!

Our fall Book Fair will be held in the BPES library media center November 18th-22nd. Students will come to the book fair during their library time that week. Parents are welcome to shop anytime during school hours. If you are interested in volunteering during the book fair, we would greatly appreciate it! (especially during the afternoons with the little students)


Click here to hear from Mrs. Dolan!

The Bluff Park House Store is a Great Holiday Gifting Option!

The House Store is now open for business! The House Store will open every Thursday morning at 7:10 a.m. until 7:35 a.m. in the cafeteria. Kindergarten friends will have a special day and time to purchase items from the store.

Students can purchase the following items:

  • White tube socks with the following colored stripes:

Red, green, blue, purple, black, or pink - $5.00

  • Baseball caps in the house colors - $5.00

  • Sparkly pom poms in the house colors - $4.00

  • Shoelaces in the following colors:

Red, red-orange, orange, yellow, green, blue, light blue, turquoise, purple, pink, magenta, hot pink, white, and black. - $3.00

  • Bandanas in the house colors - $2.00

All sales are final. Cash only, please.

Santa's Breakfast

December is almost here, and that means it's time to get ready for Santa's Breakfast! Our annual show will be Saturday, December 14th, in the lunchroom. Come celebrate the holidays with us at Bluff Park with chicken biscuits, hot cocoa, and music performed by K - 3rd grade students! Second and third grade will perform at 8:30, and kindergarten and first grade will perform at 9:30. There will be extra parking at Shades Crest Baptist Church, with a shuttle running from there to the school. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mr. Keyton

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Bluff Park Digital Citizenship Ambassador Survey

Hello Parents,

We are the BPDCA (Bluff Park Digital Citizenship Ambassadors) and we are tasked with helping to educate your child about safety when using the internet. The way we do this is through the use of Common Sense Education! We have studied the HCS Acceptable Use Policy, and met with The Chief Technology Officer, Bryan Phillips. We are now ready to help your child be safe online! Please help us by completing this survey. Digital Ambassador Survey It will help us get a better idea on how we can help educate you.

Your Friends,

The BPDCA (Bluff Park Digital Citizen Ambassadors)


Common Sense Education!

HCSELI Policy!

FERPA Law! Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

COPPA Law! Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule ("COPPA")



Digital Passport By Common Sense Education.

Winter Wonderland Transformation Room

BPES teachers are doing a school wide ROOM TRANSFORMATION! Every grade level, K-5, will be working together to create a WINTER WONDERLAND room. Every grade level will be doing innovative lessons in this space. In order for it to all come together we need your help! We are in need of the following items:

Blanket Snow

20 white table cloths

4 light blue table cloths

white string lights

white fleece

white sheets

Fake fireplace or red and white brick bulletin board paper that we can be found at the parent teacher store

200 small Styrofoam cups

silver or white tinsel


Please send any of these items to AVERY LIESKE or GERI EVANS by no later than DECEMBER 2! Thank you so much!

Sweets for soldiers

We had an overwhelming amount of candy donated this past week that will be sent to soldiers overseas. Thank you so much for your support!

Hivo - 49.8 pounds - earning 50 house points

Ohana - 40.2 pounds - earning 40 house points

Azim - 38.4 pounds - earning 30 house points

Trua - 35 pounds - earning 20 house points

Stima - 28.2 pounds - earning 10 house points

Flu Season

We are approaching flu season. Currently our school is not seeing many cases of the flu.However, we have started monitoring numbers daily. Please partner with us, as you monitor your children when they have symptoms of illness, to be sure that they do not attend school while they have fever. Common flu symptoms include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills.(Temp of 100.0 or above)

  • Cough.

  • Sore throat.

  • Runny or stuffy nose.

  • Muscle or body aches.

  • Headaches.

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.


The Alabama Department of Public Health urges the general public to follow these actions to avoid getting and spreading the flu:

* Stay at home if you have a fever, and for at least 24 hours post fever without fever-reducing

* Wash your hands often
* Cover your cough and sneeze
* Clean and disinfect your environment
* Consider getting the flu vaccine

Parents, please notify the school nurse if your child has been diagnosed by a physician with the flu. You may call the Health Room at 439-2830 or email Nurse Melanie at mjourdan@hoover.k12.al.us to report any cases.

Protect Against Flu Season

We are looking to add humidifiers to classrooms in hope to help protect against the flu. If you have an extra humidifier at home that you are willing to donate to the school, please bring it to the front office. Click here to read more about the background on this topic.

BPES Website

A big thanks to those who responded to our recently-administered HCS Elementary Website Survey. Your results guided several changes which we hope you will find helpful as you navigate our sites.

We have placed Calendars, Staff Listings, and Menus in more prominent locations. We have disabled pages that were not heavily utilized. We have also worked to remove dead links and adjust contrast issues.

We realize some of you are strictly on desktops; others seek out websites via mobile devices. We continuously work toward ensuring our platforms are responsive on all devices.

Please know that this will always be a work in progress and we welcome your suggestions as we enhance the ways in which we communicate with you. Attached below are videos to help you easily access the website on a desktop or a mobile device.

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School Digital Citizenship

K-5 Family Tips for Internet Safety. Click HERE for tips on how to help boost kids' safety, privacy, and security when using the internet.

From the Counselor

This last month, we spent time learning about bullying and how it is different from a conflict. We also talked about the power of being a bystander and helping someone out who is feeling left out of being made fun of. I gave all the teachers home links that were put in their newsletters. This will reinforce the topics discussed in guidance over the last month.

For the next couple of months, students in Guidance will be learning about the Zones of Regulation. The students will be associating their emotions and feelings to a color (described below). We will learn how to move from the red zone to the green zone by utilizing calm down strategies that we have been learning. Some of the strategies have been; deep breathing, relaxation, journaling, walking away, drawing.

Some common language:

What zone are you in?

What will help you move to the green zone?

What calm down strategy helps you the most


The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.

Spanish with Senora Gaines

Hola mi familia de Bluff Park! I hope everyone is doing well. My Kindergarten amigos reviewed colors by describing a color they were wearing and we read a story ‘La gallina que busca a su pollito’ and they brought home a pop up book as well that describes the animals colors as she looks for her chick. My 1st and 2nd grade amigos listened to ‘A mi burro’ and we read ‘Mi burro esta enfermo’ that goes along with the song. We also read a mini book of ‘Que le duele’ and identified what each person needed. My 3rd, 4th and 5th grade amigos practiced numbers 0-30 and played a game and participated in an activity ‘huelo con mi nariz’ where they identified some smells and said if they liked or did not like them (me gusta/no me gusta).

We will speak a little of thankfulness next week and learn about traditions around Navidad in different Spanish speaking countries during December classes.

Gracias for all you do. Contact me at mgaines@hoover.k12.al.us if you have any questions or concerns.

Profesora Melany Gaines

Connect with PTO

Check out our newly updated PTO website at https://bpespto.weebly.com for information on ways to get involved, this semester’s calendar of events, teacher fun fact sheets, details on this year’s initiatives, board meeting minutes, and more. Additionally, join our Facebook page — search “BPES PTO” — to stay in the loop and get regular updates on school and PTO activities.

If you have questions about PTO or have an area in which you’d like to get involved, feel free to reach out to bluffparkpto@gmail.com.

Charleston Wrap Update and Pick-Up

Thank you to everyone who sold items for our largest fundraiser! We surpassed previous sales and are very grateful for your support! Prizes from CW will be given to your child after delivery. PTO prizes for families who sold 15+ items will be in the next few weeks!

If you sold packet sales, please make note of picking up your box of items at one of these times by the lower gym doors.

  • 11/17 4-6 pm - Charleston Wrap Pick-Up
  • 11/18 4-6 pm - Charleston Wrap Pick-Up

Teacher Tailgate

Our 4th Annual Teacher Tailgate event is next Friday, November 22. The teachers will be able to leave their classrooms to enjoy an hour of food and fellowship with one another. PTO is providing barbecue and sides from Jim 'N Nick's and Hospitality sent out a sign-up earlier this week asking for a few appetizers, desserts and drinks. Most of the spots filled up so quickly and we are grateful! The big thing that we need now are VOLUNTEERS TO COVER CLASSROOMS next Friday from 11:15 -12:40 so that our teachers have the chance to freely enjoy this special event. Please look for an email from your child's room mom that will give more details. If you are available to help cover a classroom, please sign up using the link below.


Santa's Breakfast

Santa’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 14th. 2nd and 3rd grade will perform at 8:30 and K and 1st grade will perform at 9:30. Doors open at 7:45. More details coming soon!

PTO November Newsletter

Our November Newsletter went out earlier this week; if you didn’t see it in your email, here’s a link: https://conta.cc/2JTHAP9! It contains a great recap of all the PTO events and initiatives during the last month.

Equal Educational Opportunities

(Notice of Nondiscrimination for all Mass-Distributed Publications/Mass Communications)
Updated 2018


(Board policy, 6.6) No student will be unlawfully excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the Board on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, disability, creed, national origin, sex, immigrant or migrant status, non-English speaking ability, or homeless status. All career and technical education opportunities are offered to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. The district also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Mrs. Claire Jones-Moore, IDEA Coordinator
Mrs. Anna Whitney, Section 504 Coordinator
Dr. Debra Walker Smith, Title I Coordinator
Dr. Autumm Jeter, Title II Coordinator
Dr. Debra Walker Smith, Title III Coordinator
Dr. Tera Simmons, Title IX Coordinator

Hoover City Schools
2810 Metropolitan Way
Hoover, AL 35243
(205) 439-1000


(Board policy, 5.14.1) The Board is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel actions and decisions will be made without regard to factors or considerations prohibited by federal or state law (as such laws may from time to time be amended), including but not limited to race, gender, age, disability, national origin, citizenship, and religious preference. Subject to the limitations set forth in 4.6.2, the general complaint (grievance) policy (4.6.1) may be used to present any complaint alleging unlawful discrimination or harassment. Inquiries regarding compliance and complaint procedures can be directed to:

Mary Veal, Equal Opportunity Employment Coordinator
Hoover City Schools
2810 Metropolitan Way
Hoover, AL 35243
(205) 439-1000