Bayside News

January 6th

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • 1/16 - Schools Closed for MLK Jr. Holiday
  • 1/23 & 1/24 - Schools Closed for Professional Development
  • 2/10 - STEAM Night @BES (see details below)
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QACPS Safety and Security Information

Informational webpage with links for anonymous tips regarding school safety and security. See something? Say something!

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Click here to access the link to RSVP!

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Let's get ready for the BES Talent Show!

The annual BES Talent Show will be held on Friday, March 24th, but preparations are starting soon! Please see the link below for more information as well as the parent permission document. Parent permission forms are due to Mrs. White no later than Friday, January 20th. Paper copies will also be available in the front office.
BES Talent Show Permission Form

Click here to access the electronic version of the parent permission form.

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2023 Annual Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition

Several BES students have been recognized in the 2023 Annual Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition began on December 15th and will run through January 11th at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Congratulations to the following BES students and thank you to Mrs. Podraza for facilitating the entries!

Lucy Deaver

Briella Dryer

Jade Felton

Eleanor Jenkins

Elena Rosier

Sarah Shallue

Emma Helfenbein

Laine Malone

Nora Tate

Elshaday Aesafa

Ella Harris

Brenden Nguyen

Chelsea Porter

Jennavieve Sherbert

Esabella Torres

Way to go Bayside artists!

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Annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest

The Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) observes Conflict Resolution Day, the third Thursday in October, by hosting a bookmark design contest for Maryland students in grades K-8. The contest provides teachers, parents, and students the opportunity to learn about and share important conflict resolution skills, such as: listening; working together to solve problems; talking to each other instead of fighting; being inclusive; and appreciating and respecting our differences. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to use their artistic skills to illustrate their own creative ideas. The awards ceremony was held on December 5th. Out of thousands of entries from across the state, our very own Ella H. won 1st place! Trinity B. and Nora T. won Honorable Mention! Congratulations to these students as well as Mrs. Sharon Murdoch, our media specialist who helped our students to create and enter their bookmarks.

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Pets on Wheels Teams up with Character Counts!

This month, several classes will have some special visitors as part of their Character Counts lesson. Canine companion dog, Disney, along with his volunteer handler visited this week with one of our Character Counts coaches to teach a lesson on this month's character pillar of CARING. Students and staff members were very excited to have Disney and his handler join us this week. AND, it happened to be on our Disney Spirit day!, We hope to expand the Pets on Wheels visits to more classrooms to support our Character Counts program.
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Green School Update- Jeans Recycling Project- Keep those jeans coming in!

The Green Team is a group of 5th graders working with Ms. Crim to help lead our school in efforts to stay green. Did you know that denim jeans can be recycled into new items? Denim can be used to make products like rugs, coasters and purses, as well as other items. We would like to help keep jeans out of our trash and not end up in landfills. We are going to start collecting used denim jeans here at Bayside. If there are any old jeans that you are planning to throw away, please send them in to school for our jeans recycling project. The jeans may be stained or ripped. There will be a collection box in the school lobby labeled Recycling Jeans Project. We will continue this project through the school year. Let’s see how many jeans we can keep out of the landfills!

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BES Lost and Found

Parents, please take a look at the clothing items shown in these photos

Let us know if anything looks familiar!

BES Lost and Found Items

Transportation Reminders

  • AM Parent Drop-Off- Please note the following:

  1. If you are dropping your student off in the front loop, please be sure to remember to pull all the way forward around the loop in order to allow as many students to unload as possible.
  2. For the safely of our students and staff, please remain in a single file line and do NOT pass other cars in the line.

  • Bus Assignments- Parents are reminded that students must ride their assigned bus. Vacations, temporary work assignments, social events, riding to a friend’s home, or other foreseen events will not be approved for change in bus assignment.

  • Early Dismissal Days- Please send us a note in writing if your child's transportation home will be changed on our 1 PM dismissal days. Thanks so much for your help with this!

  • IF you need to pick your child up early for an appointment, we ask that you please do so NO LATER THAN 3:00PM (* or 12:00 PM on an early dismissal day). We will not be able to release students after 3:00 PM (or 12:00PM on an early dismissal day) as the office staff is preparing for regular dismissal. This will also ensure that you are able to get your child and exit the school property prior to parents lining up for regular dismissal. Please send a note with your child to let the teacher and the front office know if you need to pick up your child early for an appointment.

  • Afternoon Parent Pick-Ups- Please note the following:

  1. Please STOP prior to any intersections for the bus loops at BES and KIES so that they are not blocked. Please remember that the buses are pretty large vehicles and need more space than the average vehicle to safely move through a line of traffic. Blocking the intersections will only delay our dismissal as well as you receiving your child. We appreciate your patience and your assistance with this !
  2. We also ask that parents please take turns entering the school driveway to allow both directions of traffic access. This will help to alleviate back-ups in either direction.
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Check out our website!

As part of the QACPS initiative to update and improve our websites, BES was the the very first elementary school's to be updated. The new website can be found here. Be sure to visit our website and hit the "Subscribe" button at the top of the page. This feature keeps parents and family members updated by pushing out a message to you anytime we have new information added to our website.

Online Meal Payment System Option

QACPS will continue to use MySchoolBucks as our online meal payment system for meals. MySchoolBucks is updated and now accepting payment for the new school year. Families may set up or add money to their account by using the following link :

Parent Volunteer Training for 2022/2023

Parent Volunteer training must be completed each school year. You can access the online training through the link below or from the link on our website. Please note that you must have completed the training for the current school year in order to be considered as a chaperone for a field trip or to volunteer in any capacity within the school. The completion of the volunteer training also includes having your driver's license scanned by our front office staff. You may schedule an appointment to have your license scanned by contacting Mrs. Mary Jo Perticone here at school.

BES Parent Volunteer Training 2022/2023

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