BPES Newsletter

Week of October 28th

Mark Your Calendar

  • Tuesday, October 29th - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Aquarium

  • Thursday, October 31st - Dress Like a Book Character Day

  • Friday, November 1st - 4th Grade House Meeting

  • Friday, Novermber 1st - Kindergarten Field Trip to Old Baker Farm

  • Monday, November 4th - 4th Grade Folklore Center Field Trip

  • Monday, November 4th - PTO Spirit Night - Oak Mountain Lanes - 4:00 - 6:00 PM

  • Friday, November 8th - 5th Grade House Meeting

  • Friday, November 8th - Veteran's Day Program at 9:00 AM

  • Monday, November 11th - Veteran's Day (No School for Students)

Dress Like a Book Character Day

On Thursday, October 31st we would like to encourage students to dress like a book character! Outfits must be school appropriate. No toy weapons permitted.

Mercedes Marathon

The annual Kids Mercedes Marathon will be held on February 15th, 2020. Registration for this wonderful event is already underway. You can find all the information about this event HERE. We have had 200+ students from our school to participate in each of the past three years. Students that participate will collect all the needed mileage for this race during their PE classes. You can register for this optional event until November 15th for $20. Late registration is held November 15-30 for $40. You register online using THIS LINK.

Morning Carpool

We believe it is important for children to develop good habits at an early age and to learn that school is important. Parents, please help us by having your child here on time. Every minute counts! This is a reminder that students not in their seats by 7:50 a.m will be counted tardy. Our academic schedule begins at 7:50 a.m., and therefore, we need all students and staff members ready to go at 7:50 a.m. The first bell rings at 7:40 a.m., and safety patrol is alerted that they will need to go in for the second bell at 7:45 a.m. The tardy bell(third bell) will ring at 7:50 a.m. If the “your child is now late” sign is out, you will need to park and check your child in at the front desk. For the past week, we have closely monitored carpool and from 7:00 a.m.-7:42 a.m. there is little to no line. If the line is backed up to the road, it takes approximately four minutes for the car at the turn-in to make it to the unloading location. If weather or other extenuating circumstances slow down the carpool process, we will make an exception. Also, please be sure to only drop students off at the designated area. Thank you for your support.

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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.

Riding a Bike or Scooter to School

Please be sure that your child wears a helmet each day if they are riding a bike or scooter to school. This is a safety concern and is a daily requirement for students.

CBS Segment for Walk to School Day

Check out CBS this weekend on Saturday or Sunday (6:00 - 7:00 AM) or Tuesday and Wednesday (midday) to see the segment on Bluff Park's Walk to School Day.

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 Counseling Feedback

Ms. Kellman is continually striving to improve the school counseling program. In order to do so, we would love to get you feedback. Please click here to complete a school counseling survey.

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.

Spanish with Senora Gaines

Hola Bluff Park. We have been busy again in Spanish. My 3rd, 4th and 5th grade amigos watched a video on making an ‘ofrenda’ or ‘altar’ for Dia de los Muertos. They did a great job of listening for comprehension and identifying what was happening in the video. My 1st and 2nd grade amigos helped me count up to 30 (treinta) in Spanish and watched ‘Cinco Calabazas’ to review emotions. My Kindergarten amigos identified different emotions by reading ‘La Catrina’ with me and watching ‘Cinco Calabazas’ as well. We also discussed the migration of the mariposa monarca (Monarch butterfly) because that happens this time of year.

Gracias for all you do. Always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at mgaines@hoover.k12.al.us

**If you are interested in learning more about ‘Dia de los Muertos’, Coco is a great movie that really shows the culture and there is a festival at Pepper Place in Birmingham on November 2 for Dia de los Muertos.

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 Fundraiser Update

THANK YOU students and parents for making our fundraiser a success! We have SURPASSED our school-wide goal and can continue to enhance BPE with all that we do through PTO.

  • All packet sales will be shipped to school mid-November so be on the look out for pick up dates.
  • There will be prize days in November for those who sold 15+ items!
  • If you have multiple kids that sold, fill out a Family Rewards Form and send in for them to participate.
  • Thank you again for your efforts!!

PTO Box Tops

Box Tops: We want your Box Tops! Turn collection sheets in to the Box Tops bin and put extras in a baggie (counted and labeled). DUE BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th. House points will be awarded for participation!

November Spirit Night

Our next Spirit Night will be Monday, November 4th, from 4-8pm at Oak Mountain Lanes! This will be a fun family event. Grab a group and join us for laser tag, bowling, arcade games, and/or dinner at the snack bar. Note: bowling lanes will not be available until 5pm due to high school leagues practicing. 10% of ALL proceeds will go directly to our school, and house points will be awarded for participation. Mark your calendars and lace up your bowling shoes!

PTO Fundraisers

Details and instructions on all of the available fundraisers for the year, including Charleston Wrap, Panther Prowl Color Run, Planet Fundraiser, Box Tops, Spirit Nights, and Publix Partners, can be found on our PTO website (*please link https://bpespto.weebly.com/fundraisers.html). Thank you for your support!

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