BMES Family Weekly Update

Week of May 29, 2022

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Message from Principal Wagner

May 29, 2022


Good evening BMES Families,


Just a reminder that on Monday, May 30, our school will be closed in honor of Memorial Day. Please enjoy this time with family and remembering all the veterans how have served our county!


As you know the end of the school is quickly approaching and we will collect YCSD 1:1 devices on Monday, June 6, that were issued to students for the school year. If your student will be attending Summer Academy/Summer Enrichment programs, they will not turn their devices in until later in the summer. BMES staff will still check in those devices but immediately check them back out to ensure they are in working order. Per the YCSD 1:1 Technology device agreement signed before issue, parents may be charged for defacement and/or damages to the device. Before the time comes to turn it in, please inspect the device carefully. Here are some tips for a successful return of your student(s)’ device(s):


Use the following checklist to ensure that your student’s device is ready to be turned in, so that you are aware of any potential charges:


  • The case or shell of the device is not cracked or damaged.
  • There are no stickers, tape, gummy residue, or writing on the device (except the bar code). There are products that might remove adhesive, however, make sure the device is not damaged by such a product.
  • There is no damage to the ports (nothing broken off in ports) – check to be sure you have removed headphones, thumb drives, USB dongles, or any other external tools.
  • There are no screen cracks/damage when powered on or off.
  • There are no missing or stuck keys on keyboard.
  • The correct power adapter and cable for the device is included and is not crushed, bent, frayed, or damaged.


On the day that the devices are returned, a receipt will be issued to your child indicating any noted damages (if any). A picture will be taken of the device at the time it is turned in.


Field Day (June 7) Volunteer Update: We are all set with volunteers for our morning session. Thank you to all that have returned a form and committed your time that day. We have seen an increase in afternoon volunteers but are still in need, so if you can lend yourself from 12:45-2:45 to help make this a great experience for our kids, that would be greatly appreciated.


Due to the number of volunteers expected, if you are planning to volunteer, please try to make plans to walk to BMES that day as our parking lot will not hold the number of cars for every volunteer that has returned a form.


Thanks for all that you do. If you can volunteer and haven't returned the volunteer form yet, please let Mr. Carel know at jcarel@ycsd.york.va.us.


Have a wonderful evening,

Mrs. Wagner

Upcoming Events

May 30

Memorial Day- All schools and Offices will be closed.

June 6

Device collection for all iPads, Chomebook tablets, and Chromebooks.


Use the following checklist to ensure that your student’s device is ready to be turned in, so that you are aware of any potential charges:


  • The case or shell of the device is not cracked or damaged.
  • There are no stickers, tape, gummy residue, or writing on the device (except the bar code). There are products that might remove adhesive, however, make sure the device is not damaged by such a product.
  • There is no damage to the ports (nothing broken off in ports) – check to be sure you have removed headphones, thumb drives, USB dongles, or any other external tools.
  • There are no screen cracks/damage when powered on or off.
  • There are no missing or stuck keys on keyboard.
  • The correct power adapter and cable for the device is included and is not crushed, bent, frayed, or damaged.

June 7- FIELD DAY

  • K-2 @ 9AM-11AM
  • 3RD-5TH @ 12:45-2:45PM

Thank you to all of the Field Day volunteers that have already turned in a form. We have received a lot of volunteer forms for the K-2 session in the morning and are still in need of volunteers for the afternoon 3-5 session. As a reminder, if you are volunteering please make plans for any non-school aged children to not attend, as I will need our volunteer’s attention focused solely on our students/activities. If you are in need of a volunteer form, there are more available in the front office. Be on the lookout for more information coming home with your child as our event gets closer. Thanks again for all that you do.

June 9 and June 10

Early Dismissal Days

June 10

Our 5th Grades were will celebrating in their 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9am. All parents of current 5th graders are welcome to attend!

June 10

Last Day of School!

June 16

Final Report Card will be sent to families via email or mail

Parent Resources

Barnes and Noble- Summer Reading

Participation is a fun and easy way for kids to earn free books. They simply read a designated number of books – library books, books borrowed from friends or books bought at Barnes & Noble – write about their favorite part in our Reading Journal, and bring a completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Children then choose their free book from the books listed on the Reading Journal and collect their free book from a store near them during July and August. The Summer Journal is linked below.

Free Summer Early Learning Opportunity Available for Rising Kindergarten Students

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow is encouraging parents of children entering kindergarten this fall to take advantage of a free online summer learning program provided by Waterford.org, a Utah-based nonprofit specializing in early learning.


The program provides 20-25 minutes of daily age-appropriate reading, mathematics and science instruction and includes all necessary software and technology — including home internet access, if needed — at no cost to participating families.


Balow encourages parents of rising kindergartners to register as soon as possible as online instruction begins June 6. Parents may register online or by phone at (888) 982-9898.

Waterford.org is making its Upstart Summer Learning Path program available to Virginia families at no cost through a partnership with the Overdeck Family Foundation.


In addition to technology and software, participating families will receive weekly support from a literacy and school readiness coach, with coaching services available in more than 20 languages.


Waterford.org will also provide software licenses to all children in participating homes, including early learners not participating directly but in need of instructional support in reading, math and science.


As an added bonus, families of rising kindergartners who successfully complete the Upstart Summer Learning Program may keep their laptops.

YCSD Summer Enrichment camps

If you wish to have your student engage in the YCSD Summer Enrichment camps, these camps are available for short periods of time throughout this summer at Yorktown Elementary. These enrichment camps include things like ABC Easy as 123, Chess Club, Rising 6th Grade Math Prep, Young Authors Camp, Readers Theater, STEM Enrichment Camp. More information can be found at this link along with the camp request form: YCSD Summer Academy Program.

Food Services Update

For the past two school years, meals have been provided to all YCSD students at no cost through a waiver provided by the USDA. This waiver will not be reissued. Instead, breakfast and lunch meals will return to a paid status, with no charges allowed, beginning this summer. Free or reduced price meals will be available (upon application and approval) to students whose family income falls within federally established guidelines. Families with students participating in Summer Academy programs who would like to take advantage of free or reduced price meal options are asked to submit applications by Wednesday, June 1, 2022, if applications have not already been submitted. Please go to myschoolapps.com to access the application. This application period will cover families until October 31, 2022.


Paper Applications are also available in all school offices so feel free to ask your child's teacher for a copy if needed.


Additional information regarding free or reduced price meal applications for the 2022-23 school year will be provided before the start of the year. If you have questions, please call 757-898-0468 or 757-898-0485 or visit the Let’s Talk – Ask YCSD platform.

YCSD Breakfast and Lunch Menus

York County School Division contracts with Sodexo to manage the Food Service Program, which includes breakfast and lunch in all our schools.

YCSD 2022-2023 School Calendar

2022-23 School Year Calendar

The School Board has approved the 2022-23 school year calendar. The first day of school will be Monday, August 29, 2022. Under state law, the Friday before Labor Day must be a student holiday, creating a 4-day weekend. Next year's calendar is available on the division website.

Clinic News You Can Use

Please see the following information below regarding your child’s healthcare needs at school. I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) to ensure that they have a safe, healthy environment to learn in. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions that you may have along the way.

Upcoming Absence

Please send an email to bmeattendance@ycsd.york.va.us sharing your child's name, date of absence, and the reason for the absence.

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