Bulldog Bulletin

September 2022

Growing Together Begins!

The educational growth and achievement of Arbutus Elementary Students is off to a wonderful start! Our Educators have enjoyed getting to know their students during the last few weeks, and are very excited about the 2022-23 school year!

Be sure to check out Grade Level Updates below.

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Look for our next Bulldog Bulletin in early October!

AES 2022-2023 Enthusiastic Educators

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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

Grade Level Spotlights


  • Please be reminded that computers will be staying in the classroom this year.
  • Don’t forget to fill out your volunteer application and complete the training before our potential field trip in the fall.


  • We want to begin by letting you know that everyone is doing great. Your children are rock stars!
  • We have sent home several important papers in your child's folders. Please remember to check folders every day.
  • Behavior Handbooks are to stay at home. Please sign the paper showing you received it and return it to school.
  • Thank all of you for the school supplies. You were very generous to our class!
  • We are planning a possible field trip for the fall! More information will be coming home with your child. Make sure you complete volunteer training by going to the Community tab for Volunteers at https://www.bcps.org. All potential volunteers must complete this process annually.

First Grade

Welcome to first grade! We are so excited to get started with this school year. Please remember to send in your child's computer and charger to school. These will both stay at school all year. All important information will come home in their folder or be sent by email so please check both daily. We have already begun practicing first grade procedures and expectations. In math, we will begin the year by exploring math manipulatives, practicing writing our numbers up to 100, and reviewing basic math concepts. In phonics, we will review the alphabet, including letter formation and letter sounds. In reading, we will begin the year by reading our Conscious Discipline books about how to treat others and writing about the morals in each story. We can't wait to have a fun and successful year!

Second Grade

Our second graders have been working hard these past few weeks. Students completed and presented an "All About Me" poster that helped build our classroom community. We also worked to create Beetle Glyphs that detailed information about ourselves. Then, as a second-grade team and family, we came together as a whole grade community to share information about ourselves. More information will be forthcoming about homework and switching classes for Phonics and Math in October, so be on the lookout for this information! We are looking forward to continuing a great year in 2nd grade!"

Third Grade

Welcome to 3rd Grade! We have enjoyed getting to know your children over the first few weeks. You should have received our first 3rd Grade Newsletter in your child's Take Home Folder last week. This folder will be where all communications will be sent home. Please make sure to review the folder nightly and empty items from the Take Home (left) side of the folder. The right side of the folder is where you can return items to school.

In ELA, we began our first unit, A Delicate Balance, reading about helping manatees. In Math, our first unit focuses on reviewing addition and strategies learned in Second Grade. Lastly, in Content we began our first health unit, Conscious Discipline.

Please make sure your child brings their Home Folder and pencil bag to school daily. If they have not brought their computer, charger, and computer bag to school, please make sure they do so promptly. These will remain in school this year.

Fourth Grade

We are off to a fantastic fourth-grade start!

  • In ELA, we are focusing on the unit "We are the Stories We Tell." The big idea of the unit is to explore the stories people tell by comparing and contrasting first and second-hand accounts of the same events or topics by asking the essential questions: "What makes a person memorable?" and "How do journeys shape a person's identity?"

  • In Grade 4 Math, we are developing the "big ideas" of multiplication as comparisons, identifying a whole number and each of its factors, decomposing/composing numbers to solve problems, recalling basic multiplication facts, using known facts to reason about unknown facts, using models and strategies to represent and solve multiplication and division problems efficiently, strategies for multiplicative reasoning to solve multiplication, multiplication/division are inverse operations, and so much more!

  • In Grade 4 Advanced Math, we are developing the "big ideas" of multiplication and division as inverse operations, using different models and strategies for multiplication and division, using estimation to support reasonableness, algebraic expressions and equations to represent real-life situations, using a formula to find the volume of a prism, and so much more!

  • In Health, we have been focusing on the principles of Conscious Discipline which supports self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making in order to enhance our personal wellness. Ask your child to show you the mindfulness and breathing exercises we practice in class! We will begin our first unit of Social Studies-Geography and Economics in the United States following the culmination of our Health unit.

Thank you for your continued support! 😄

Fifth Grade

Welcome to 5th Grade! We have had a fantastic start to the school year! A few reminders: please make sure to check your child’s Take Home Folder every night. Important papers are coming home daily to be returned to the school. Also, please make sure your child has returned their computer and charger to their homeroom teacher. We will be keeping computers in school for the first marking period. If your child does not have a charger, please reach out to their homeroom teacher as soon as possible. The 5th graders have been very busy these last 2 weeks getting to know their teachers and their classmates. This school year is going to be filled with amazing opportunities for our 5th graders to learn and grow as a school family.

Notes from the Nurse

Please continue to send in updated immunization records for your child. I will add them to their Electronic Record as I receive them. The yellow Discretionary Medication form was sent home with students in their take home folders. ​​​​Please complete your child's form and return it in their backpack.

Mary K. Graham, RN

School Nurse

443-809-1489 (Nurse's Line)

443-809-8113 (Nurse's Fax)

Team Color Tuesdays

Beginning this year, grade levels will wear a class color on special event days like Team Color Tuesdays, Field Day, and other days designated by your child's teacher. The class color will stay the same each year through enrollment at Arbutus Elementary. PreK's color will always be white and when they start Kindergarten, they will take the color of the previous year's 5th grade.

  • PreK - White
  • Kindergarten/Class of 2028-Red
  • 1st Grade/Class of 2027 - Orange
  • 2nd Grade/Class of 2026 - Yellow
  • 3rd Grade/Class of 2025 - Green
  • 4th Grade/Class of 2024 - Blue
  • 5th Grade/Class of 2023 - Purple


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. 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

Car Line

Thank you everyone for adhering to our new "No Parking" signs in Car Line. Your cooperation helps to keep our students safe and arrivals/dismissals smooth.

In addition, during Car Line arrival, if the doors are shut and no staff is in sight, please bring your child to the front entrance of AES.

Save the Dates!

September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th: Purple Fridays

September 13th, 20th, 27th: Team Color Tuesdays

September 14th - 6pm to 6:45pm: Google Meet - Parent Question Night for 5th Graders considering taking Instrument Lessons (Google Meet Code: AESMusic)

September 14th - 4pm to 9pm: AES PTA Ledo's Pizza Night

September 21st: Hybrid PTA meeting (Library/Google Meet Code: AESPTA) at 6:30pm

September 26th: School Closed for students (Rosh Hashanah)

October 5th: School Closed for students (Yom Kippur)

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

Important Reminders

  • Arrival time is 9-9:15 and dismissal time is 4-4:15.
  • AES Arrival Dismissal Procedures.pdf
  • *New-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 carline.

  • If you received notice from Nurse Graham about missing vaccinations, please attend to it as soon as possible. This will avoid your child being withdrawn from classes.
  • Continue to report any student cases of COVID to Nurse Graham and she will guide you with how long your child will need to remain home.
  • Please keep your child home if they have a fever or sign of illness.

  • 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.

  • If you purchased a '21-'22 yearbook, you can pick it up in the school office Monday-Friday between 9am-3pm.

  • We are a cash only school, no checks or credit will be accepted.

  • 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.

A Big Thank You!

AES is very grateful for their partnership with Toyota. In the spirit of giving, they delivered a tremendous amount of supplies that will definitely come in handy throughout the school year. Thank you Toyota for your generosity!

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.