Bulldog Bulletin

May 2023

Happy Spring everyone! It's hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the end of the school year. Our students are navigating their way through MCAP and MAP testing this month. We are proud of their hard work and determination!

Since the end of a school year can be a busy time, please make sure you review the entire Bulldog Bulletin for important information and dates. We are very excited for our students and all that's in store for the rest of the year.

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Title I

Arbutus Elementary School participates in a schoolwide Title I program. Title I is a Federal grant that focuses on improving the academic achievement of disadvantaged children. The grant provides funds to Title I schools to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and state academic assessments.

Schoolwide Title I Fact Sheet

AES Home School Compact 22-23

AES Family Engagement Plan 22-23

AES SPP Snapshot SY 22-23


Policy 1270 Community Involvement

Physical Education

Mark your calendars! Field Day will be on Friday, May 26th (rain date - June 2nd). We are in need of volunteers to lead our stations. Volunteers MUST complete the BCPS Volunteer Training and be approved by May 12th.

If you have not completed the Volunteer Training for the 2022-23 school year, please click on the link below. Once you have completed the training, please send all completed documents to your child's teacher.

BCPS Volunteer Training

If you are an approved volunteer for the 2022-2023 school year, and are willing to help, please use the link below to sign up. Thank you!


Katie Henry

Physical Education Teacher


It's that time of year already! We need all library books returned to the School Library by May 26th. Thank you for your support!

Donna Eaton

Library Media Specialist & Technology Liaison
Arbutus Elementary School

Technology Corner

ALL returning BCPS students, regardless of their school building, KEEP their device at home over the Summer. Therefore, 5th graders will keep their device over the summer and bring it with them to middle school. However, any student who is withdrawing from the BCPS school system must return their device and charger.

Counselor's Corner

This month's Counseling Lesson for students focuses on Careers. For more information on this lesson, please click the red link button below.

Susanne Olsen NCC, NCSC
School Counselor

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Notes from the nurse

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

Our future 6th Graders will be bringing home a letter with attached physical forms. Please schedule a doctor's appointment to get these forms filled out during summer break. They should be given to your child's Middle School Nurse. Please note, only one of the Physical Forms needs to be filled out. Please read the letter to determine which form is appropriate for your child.

Mary K. Graham, RN

Arbutus Elementary School

School Nurse

443-809-1489 (Nurse's Line)

443-809-8113 (Nurse's Fax)

Grade Level Spotlights


Dear Parents,

Listed below are some helpful reminders as our Kindergarteners approach the end of the school year:

  • The week of May 1st will be the last week of homework for Kindergarten students.
  • Field Day T-Shirt orders are due by Friday, May 5th.
  • The Plant Sale is on Friday, May 12th.
  • We will be having our Moving Up Ceremony on June 6th at 9:45 a.m. There will be more information coming home.

Thank you for your continued support! The Kindergarten Teachers

Grade 4

Grade 4 Field Trip!

We will be visiting the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on Thursday, May 4th, leaving promptly at 9:25 a.m. Please make sure you send in the permission form and money with your child if you have not done so already. Additionally, please have your child wear weather-appropriate clothing and walking shoes for the trip.

What We Have Been Learning-

In ELA, students have been identifying the main idea and key details of informational and narrative texts.

In Math, students have been multiplying whole numbers and decimals using arrays, partial products, and standard algorithm.

In Advanced 4 Math, students have been multiplying and dividing fractions.

Lastly, in Science, students have been learning about Marine Biology focusing on sea turtles.

Attention Parents of Bus Riders

In order to stay informed of bus delays, we have provided a link below for parents. This link will list all daily BCPS bus delays. Please note that it is updated in the morning, and in the afternoon. Since it is in alphabetical order, Arbutus Elementary is always listed first, which is quite convenient!


You can also access this list by doing the following:

  • Go to the BCPS Homepage
  • Scroll down to Team BCPS Spotlights and click Learn More under Bus Information
  • Once you are on a new page, click the option on the left titled Transportation Status


Click on the PTA red buttons below to stay informed of all PTA events and news. Students are looking forward to visiting the Plant Sale on May 12th! If you would like to preorder some plants, please click on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/AESPlantSale

In addition, mark your calendars for the PTA Restaurant Night taking place at Rita's on Frederick Road on May 17th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mr. Setzer will be the Guest Scooper, so don't miss out!

Partnerships between parents, educators, and children enhance children's success. We know that children learn more and have better lives when everyone in the school community works together to share thoughts and information and work on projects to benefit children. If you have not done so already, please join the PTA today to make a difference in the education, health, and welfare of our children. 2022-2023 PTA Membership Form or go directly to https://arbutusespta.memberhub.com/store

Save the Dates!

May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th: Team Color Days

May 3rd: Kindergarten Field Trip

May 4th: Grade 4 Field Trip

May 5th: Wear Orange/Orioles Spirit Wear/Any Baseball Team (i.e. Little League)

May 7th: Field Day Shirt Orders are Due by Midnight - Link for T-Shirt

Orders: https://spirithero.com/collections/arbutus?sort_by=price-ascending

May 9th: PreK Field Trip

May 12th: AES Plant Sale (Refer to the PTA Website for more information)

May 12th: Wear Your Favorite Color Day

May 16th: AES Spring Concert - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

May 17th: PTA Restaurant Night at Rita's in Catonsville (Frederick Road)

from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Mr. Setzer will be the Guest Scooper!

May 19th: Schools and Offices Close Three Hours Early

May 19th: Wear Red/AES Spirit Wear

May 22nd: Wear Workout Clothes (Spirit Week)

May 23rd: Wear Sports Teams Attire (Spirit Week)

May 24th: Decade Day - Wear Clothes from your Favorite Decade (Spirit Week)

May 25th: Wear Sports Hats (Spirit Week)

May 25th: Kindergarten Field Trip

May 26th: Field Day - Wear your Grade Color (Rain Date is June 2nd)

May 29th: Memorial Day Observed - Schools and Offices Closed

June 6th: Kindergarten Moving Up Celebration at 9:45 a.m.

June 7th: PreK Moving Up Celebration (AM Students at 9:45 a.m. and PM Students at 1:45 p.m.)

June 8th: Grade 5 Farewell Celebration at 10:00 a.m. (By Ticket Only)

June 9th: Last Day of Classes for PreK Only

June 12th: All Schools Close 3 Hours Early for Students – Teachers on Duty

June 13th: Last Day of Classes – Schools Close 3 Hours Early for Students - Teachers on


For the full BCPS '22-'23 calendar visit: https://www.bcps.org/

Important Reminders

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Arrival time is 9-9:15 a.m. and dismissal time is 4-4:15 p.m.
  • AES Arrival Dismissal Procedures.pdf
  • Walkers in grades PK-2 (and older siblings) will dismiss from the Library door and walkers in grades 3-5 will dismiss from the Breezeway doors. All walkers must be checked out with the teacher on duty by their authorized pick-up person.

  • AES Carline Diagram '22-'23.pdf Car tags were distributed at Peek at Your Seat and during the first week of school. If you need a car tag, ask Mrs. Shumway in the Carline.


  • Breakfast and lunch are provided to all students at no cost (no application needed). Students may bring lunch from home. Meal Information.pdf
  • Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. To add funds to your child's account, visit https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/getmain?requestAction=home.
  • If you choose to send in birthday treats, please send non-food items only, such as stickers, pencils, etc.



  • All chaperones must be 21 or older and complete the volunteer application and training.
  • To volunteer: go to the Community tab for Volunteers at https://www.bcps.org and follow the steps. All potential volunteers must complete this process annually.

Please Note: We are a cash only school, no checks or credit cards will be accepted.

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Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide a safe, positive, and effective educational environment that is student centered and focused on individual growth and achievement to prepare our students for college and career opportunities in a multicultural, technologically advanced, global society.