BPES Newsletter

Week of December 2nd

Mark Your Calendar

  • 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 Family and Friends Lunch

Thank you to all those that came and enjoyed Thanksgiving Lunch with us! We are also sending out a big THANK YOU to our amazing CNP staff! They did an incredible job and served SO many parents and guests. Everyone enjoyed spending time with one another and making wonderful memories with all!
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Thank You!

Thank you so much to our PTO and parents for today’s faculty and staff tailgate! We greatly appreciate you volunteering your time in order for us to enjoy each other’s company! It was such a beautiful day and an event that was loved by all!

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


Here is the sign up genius if you would like to send it to your parents one more time: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094daca72da7f49-winter

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

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.
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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 has a Feliz Dia de Accion de Gracias. In honor of this American holiday, my 3rd, 4th and 5th grade amigos listened to a story about thanks (Gracias Sr. Panda) and learned some ways to say that something is tasty in Spanish. My 1st and 2nd grade amigos also listened to Gracias Sr. Panda and watched a video about a pavo (turkey) and a granjero (farmer) who have a duel of guitarras. My Kindergarten amigos listened to the same story, but we also practiced passing each other ‘food’ at the table in Spanish with a Thanksgiving poem entitled ‘La cena’ (dinner).

I have been introducing a ‘frase de semana’ to my 1st - 5th grade amigos in class. I encourage them to use their Spanish whenever they are able to outside of class. Last week we had ‘Me encanta’ [may-en-cahn-tah] which is ‘I love it.’ This week is ‘Claro que si’ [klah-roh-kay-see] which is ‘Of course.’

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at mgaines@hoover.k12.al.us.

Gracias for all you do,

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.

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