The Official Parent News Publication of Bayou View Elementary School

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VOLUME 21, ISSUE 29: March 13-March 17, 2023

Our Theme This Year Is GAME ON!

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Each week, Ms. Billings creates a video that is shown in the cafeteria during lunchtime throughout the week. Enjoy this week's edition of BVE TV!

We can help you wish your child a happy birthday with a special message in our weekly video! The cost for a special slide in the video is $5.00. We can design the slide for you, or you may design it yourself. We can also display a Happy Birthday message for your child on our BVE PTA sign post in the front or back car line. The cost for this service is also $5.00.

Submissions are due the week prior to your child's birthday week. Birthday messages cannot be added to signs and/or videos the week of their birthday. Please complete this Google form for either service.

The money raised for the birthday messages will help us provide enrichment curriculum for our Quest program, along with rewards for our Positive Behavior Incentive System (PBIS). This would not be possible without you! THANK YOU for your support!

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DCA Week: March 13-16

PBIS-Off Campus Lunch Reward: Monday, March 13

Spring Pictures During Activity: Tuesday, March 14

Spring Intersession Invitation Forms Due: Tuesday, March 14 (Late forms will not be accepted.)

Last Day for Peanut Butter Donations: Wednesday, March 15

AR Goal Deadline: Thursday, March 16

BVE Field Day & St. Patrick's Day: Friday, March 17

Spring Break: Monday-Friday, March 20-24

Spring Intersession: Monday-Thursday, March 27-30---By Invitation Only

Term 4 Begins: Monday, April 3

3rd Term Report Cards Issued: Wednesday, April 5

AR Glow Party: Wednesday, April 5

Easter Holiday: Friday-Monday, April 7-10. NO SCHOOL

Last Day for Yearbook Orders: April 10

Career Fair for Grades 3-5: Thursday, May 18

We are stepping into a busy season at school. Your attendance will help to ensure that you are prepared for your activities and assessments. #AttendanceMatters #GameOn

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3rd Grade Musical

This was a wonderful night of singing for these students and their families! The show got rave reviews! Thank you, Mrs. Boudreaux, for putting together another entertaining musical. It was a night enjoyed by all!!
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Find your child's grade-level test/subject in the calendars below. It is essential that your child be on time (PRIOR TO 7:28) for school each day of testing to give him/her the best start to his/her day. Please get them to school early, and let us provide them breakfast!

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MAAP Practice Items for 3rd-5th Graders

Access this link for MAAP practice assessments and test items.

Writing Assessment Resources for Grades 3rd-5th Graders

Access this link to view resources to help support and prepare 3rd graders-5th graders with their MAAP Writing Assessments.

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3rd Grade Parents, Please Read. Help prepare your child for the Reading Gateway.

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3rd Grade Reading Activities

Children can be silly and learn at the same time! Educators say working with sounds helps young students improve their reading skills. In preparation for this year’s 3rd grade reading assessment administered April 3-21, The Name Game is a fun activity for the whole family.

Visit for more activities.

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Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Practice

This is a great resource for practice in preparation for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.

K-5th Grade Resources for Families

This site contains learning activities and digital resources that are aligned with the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards to continue and reinforce your child's education.

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A visit from Mississippi's First Lady

It was an honor to have our state's First Lady, Mrs. Elee Reeves, visit our students to read her new children's book Mississppi's Fred the Turtle. Each student in attendance received a copy of her book as well. THANK YOU, Mrs. Reeves!

Yearbooks Are Now ON SALE! The sale ends on April 10th!

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It's already that time of year!!! This applies to parents with children whom they want to follow the teacher of their child's older sibling. If there is a teacher in the next grade level who taught your child's older sibling, your younger child may follow that teacher. We do our best to accommodate verified requests. Follow the link below to complete the google form. Forms are due no later than April 30th.

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THANK YOU to all of the vendors who volunteered their time and shared their expertise with our young students. You made our Career Day a HUGE SUCCESS!! We appreciate your support!


Please click on the link to sign up for an event/station on Field Day. THANK YOU!!!!

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PeaNUT! Peanut BUTTER!

Our BVE Student Council will be collecting peanut butter! Please see the attached flyer for the March of the Mayor's peanut butter collection in Gulfport. The Gulfport School District will collect peanut butter through March 15. Bayou View Elementary's pick up will be made on March 16th and be delivered to the downtown Gulfport fire station.

The year before last, Gulfport School District made the largest donation in the city. We encourage you to participate! Thank you for supporting this community event!

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2023-2024 Follow-the-Family Scheduling Requests

Please complete the form if you have a Follow-the-Family Request for scheduling for the 2023-2024 School Year. The deadline is April 30th. Please know we DO NOT take requests for teachers.

The sharing book box at the BVE park is slim pickings! If you have any books at home to donate or share, please send them with your child! We will put them in the box so others can enjoy them!

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Students in grades 3-12 can join the MAAP Math Missions Madness Contest with PAPER and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) happening March 1-31 to help prepare for Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) state assessment this spring.

To enter the contest, students should log on to PAPER, select “practice math games,” and then complete as many mission activities as possible between March 1-31. If a student gets stuck while working on a problem, he or she can take a screenshot of the problem(s) and share the screenshot(s) in a chat session with a live tutor for assistance. Eighteen prize boxes of PAPER swag will be given to students across the state who complete the most mission activities.

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Don't forget to take advantage of FREE homework help for your child in Grades 3-5, 24/7 with PAPER, an online tutoring program.

If you ever need help with your school work, there’s a live tutor available to help you 24/7 on Paper, if your child is enrolled in grades 3-5.

Available anytime, anywhere, no matter what you’re working on, you’ll be able to connect with an expert tutor instantly. These are real people who are friendly, approachable, and want to help you succeed. To learn more about Paper and how you can get started, visit the MDE + Paper Website and check out the student resources.

To get started with a tutoring session all you have to do is log in, ask your question, and they’ll give you a helping hand. To login:

  1. Visit PAPER’s student login page

  2. Type your school’s name

  3. Log in via Google using your school credentials

Once you let a tutor know what you’re working on, you can expect them to ask you questions about what you’ve tried, what you understand, what you don’t understand, and from there they’ll talk you through the steps. Paper is a place for you to improve, and that doesn’t happen when you just look up answers.

If you have any questions about your account, please ask your teacher.

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Summer Camp Information!

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Need Resources to Help Your Child with Anxiety & Stress? Check out the resources below!

Social-Emotional Learning At-Home Resources

Does your child need help managing his/her emotions? This site contains a curated list of resources and activities to support families.

Resources to Calm Anxiety and Stress in Children

Does your child have anxiety and stress? This site has many resources to help support you and your child.

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The BVMS Student Council is hosting its 3rd Annual Spring Fling 5k and 1 mile Color Fun Run on Saturday, April 22, 2023. The 1 mile run will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m., and the 5k will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Early registration will be open March 1-March 17 and is $25 for the 5k and $15 for the 1 mile color run. Early registration will include a t-shirt.

Late registration will be $30 for the 5k and $20 for the 1 mile color run. Extra t-shirts will be available for purchase the day of the race; however, there will be limited sizes and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This is a family event, so there will be a bounce house/slide for children to jump on and enjoy until 12:00 p.m. that afternoon.

On the registration form, please check if you are interested in purchasing food from the event, so the BVMS Student Council can plan accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you there! See the link below for the registration form!

2023-2024 GSD Academic School Calendar

The GSD academic school calendar for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year has been approved by the Board of Trustees. Please use this calendar for planning family trips and vacations.


The best place for our students to be is in class. We have instructional gaps to close and need our students present, more than ever before. Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time each day. Try to keep check-outs to a minimal. If your child is absent, do your best to help them get caught up on missed work. Good attendance is crucial to student success! We strive for 97% attendance every month. Please review the school district attendance policy. If you have further questions/concerns, call the office for assistance.
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THIS WEEK'S MENUS. Daily menus are subject to change when there are supply/delivery issues. We appreciate your understanding!

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Child Nutrition Wants Your Feedback!

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We are excited to offer these snacks to students throughout the week. They especially love ice cream days. Students must pay with cash or have funds available in their lunch accounts. It is extremely helpful to our cafeteria cashier if students have exact change to pay for these snacks. To add funds to your child's account, visit

We thank you for your help with this!

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As a reminder, BVE's pre-k program is operated by the United Way, not GSD. Completion of pre-registration is not a guarantee of acceptance to the program; therefore, United Way encourages families to have a backup plan for preschool. Also, after-school care is NOT provided for pre-K students at BVE.

For more information about the program, please visit

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Interested in Virtual Academy for Your Child Next Year?

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Parents, please check your child's clothing before sending him/her to school in the morning. If a student's clothing is deemed inappropriate, you will be asked to bring a change of clothing to the school. Please pay attention to the length of your child's shorts...shorts cannot be any shorter than fingertip length when their arms are by their sides. Also, students are not allowed to have holes in their jeans/pants any higher than knee-level. We need your help with this!


Please review our handbook online regarding dress code. Thank you!

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Instruction: i-Ready at Home Resources!

If you are looking for a way to support your children with the ready curriculum, check out the

parent letters, tutorials, and extra practice offered from Curriculum Associates, the parent

company of Ready and i-Ready.

To Access the Tutoring Support Packs:

1 Go to the Tutoring Support site.

2 Enter the following password: TSp89TC.

3 Download the relevant subject and grade-level ZIP files for your


4 Upload the files to your learning management system.

To Access the At-Home Learning Resources:

1 Go to the At-Home Learning Resources site.

2 Enter the following password: AHrs54.

3 Download the relevant subject and grade-level files.

4 Make materials available to students by printing or uploading to your learning management system.

School Hours & Arrival/Departure Times

School is in session from 7:28 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

ARRIVAL: The earliest students may begin arriving on campus is 7:00 a.m.; once on campus, students will go to the cafeteria to get breakfast or report directly to the classroom. This year, there will be a charge for breakfasts and lunches to students. Please complete an application for Free/Reduced Lunch. We will send these forms home with students. We encourage you to have your child get a breakfast since breakfast is such an important meal for our students. Our cafeteria crew provides a delicious breakfast!

IMPORTANT: All outside building doors are shut and locked at 7:28 a.m.; after this time, a student MUST be signed into the front office by an adult.

Announcements will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Students are tardy if they are not in the building by 7:28 a.m. AND seated in their respective classrooms by 7:30 a.m. We strongly encourage all students to be seated and ready to learn by 7:30 a.m. so as not to miss important information during announcements and not to disrupt others from listening as well.


We dismiss kindergarten and first-grade car riders (those who do not have older siblings) to the front porch shortly before 2:30 p.m. If a student is not picked up by 2:45 p.m., he/she will be escorted by staff to School Plus, our after-school program. There is a charge for School Plus.

Transportation Changes & Student Checkouts--Here Are the Procedures to Follow--

If you have any transportation changes to make for your child or children, please notify the office staff via e-mail by 12:00 p.m. Please e-mail Mrs. Leah McClain (Records Clerk) at OR Mrs. Alicia Lawrence (Secretary/Bookkeeper) at Transportation changes must be made and documented by the front office staff, not with the classroom teacher. We do not take transportation changes after 12:00 p.m., nor do we take them over the phone.

We do not allow student checkouts after 2:00 p.m. Please understand that parents who enter the office after 2:00 p.m. requesting to check out their child or children will be asked to get back into the carline for student pick-up. We also do not take checkouts over the phone to have students waiting for the parent to arrive in the office. Students are called to the office for checkouts only if an approved adult is present in the office BEFORE 2:00 p.m. to check them out. We thank you for your cooperation in helping us protect instructional time.

Rainy Day Dismissal Procedures!

If it is raining at 2:15 p.m., all park-walkers will be considered car-riders and need to be picked up in their respective car-rider lines. We will send a message via School Status if this occurs. We appreciate your cooperation keeping students safe AND dry.
Gulfport School District 2022-2023 School Calendar

Are you ready to plan and schedule your upcoming vacations? Please use our GSD calendar to help you plan effectively. Click the link above to view our district's calendar.

Important Information:

PARENTS, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD HAS A CHANGE OF CLOTHES AT SCHOOL. Bathroom accidents are not the only spills that happen here at school. Although we do have a clothes closet, with gently used clothes, it is for emergencies. In the event that your child’s clothes get soiled here at school and he/she does not have a change of clothes, we will let them borrow clothes from the closet (if available). If you do not wish for your child to borrow clothes from the closet, please have a change of clothes at school and send a note to your child’s teacher stating that you do not wish for your child to borrow clothes from the closet.

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Students across the grades use computers throughout the week to complete classwork and are familiar with the keyboard. You can help your child become more comfortable with typing! Students can practice at home with All they have to do is sign up and practice! It is a fun and engaging way to learn the correct way to type!

Help the PTA by Collecting Box Tops & Coke Bottle Tops! It's easy to do!

Bayou View Elementary School PTA Officers 2022-2023

President: Paula Pettis

Vice President: Elizabeth Wise

Secretary: Beth Thomas

Treasurer: Yvonne McCabe

Our 2022-2023 Schedule for District Common Assessments

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Thank You to Our Business Friends of BVE!

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Bayou View Elementary School

Tess Lawrence, Ed.S., NBCT, Principal

Christine Salminen, Ed.S, NBCT, Assistant Principal

Paula Pettis, PTA President

The mission of the Gulfport School District is to inspire each student to become a problem solver, lifelong learner, and productive member of society.

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