By Emilie Allensworth, BGES Principal
Thanks for a great start to the 13/14 school year!
It’s hard to believe another school year is underway at Bowling Green Elementary. We have had a wonderful start and look forward to a great rest of the year! There have been many positives that have contributed to this great start. We are completely dedicated to and focused on our new Leader in Me program, our parking lot is proving to be a much safer option than it previously was, and the staff and students are eager to enter the building each day. The 13/14 school year may prove to be the best year yet!
Communication is always a goal of ours and any suggestions for making it better are always accepted. At this time we are unable to send group messages like our previous SchoolReach system allowed so please be sure to watch for notes and newsletters that come home with students. Also remember you can stay up-to-date on the latest happenings at our school by checking out our website or clicking ‘Like’ on our Facebook page.
Have you considered being active in our PTO?
PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) was established to promote a positive working relationship between parents and school faculty through meetings, volunteer programs and support systems. This is a great opportunity for parents to show their support of the school and its teachers. There is no fee to join and you are not required to attend every meeting.
As a support system for teachers and parents PTO finds Room Parents to help with classroom parties, promotes Teacher Appreciation Week, organizes community projects, and hosts activities to promote education and character. PTO has at least one fundraiser per school year. Funds have been used to purchase playground equipment, fencing, Smartboards, books and supplies for classrooms, incentive prizes for participation and teacher appreciation gifts and much more. PTO funded the school field trips last year so students could enjoy a fun day outside of the classroom!
Meetings are typically the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the BGE Library. However, the Sept. meeting is Tuesday the 17th at 7 p.m. It’s a very relaxed, kid-friendly atmosphere and all are welcome to attend!
New BGE Parking Lot Design
Thank you all so much for your patience as we have been working out the kinks of using our new parking lot design! It has proven safer for both morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
I also want to take a minute to remind families how our pick-up process works. First of all we ask that all parents wait in our car-lines and allow us to deliver students safely to you. You have probably all noticed that our tiny parking lot would not even come close to allowing everyone to park and come to the door to get their students. Also, please have your hang tag on your mirror with the number visible to those collecting numbers. If you need a hang tag, please come by our office to fill out the proper documents.
Our staff starts delivering students to those waiting in cars at 3:10 p.m. each day. We collect the numbers earlier so we can organize the students for dismissal. We have well over 100 students each day in our pick-up line so your patience is greatly appreciated!
Thanks again for your patience and understanding with our process for getting our kids home safely!
Attendance and Tardies closely watched this year
All students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time for classes in order to benefit the most from the instructional program. This will also aid in the development of habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. Parents/guardians have the responsibility to ensure regular attendance of their child(ren). I will monitor the attendance of students and notify parents of excessive absences/tardies. Excessive absences/tardies may result in retention or referral to the Division of Family Services and the Juvenile Court. Student tardies are assigned when arrival to class is after 8:10 a.m. Parent participation is a critical element in encouraging good student attendance. Parents are encouraged to call school prior to the start of the school day when their child is absent. If verification of an absence is not received, school personnel will attempt to contact the parent to verify the absence. If it is not possible to call, the parent should send a note with the child the day he/she returns to school following an absence. The note should include the date of absence, the reason for absence as well as the parent’s signature. If the child was seen by a doctor/dentist he/she should bring verification from that office.
Please see the 13/14 Student Handbook located in the student’s planners or on our website for the steps we use to notify families.
Background Checks and Parent Volunteers
At Bowling Green Elementary, we truly love and appreciate the help we receive from our volunteers. In fact, without this help many of our events would be nowhere near as successful. If you are interested in volunteering in our school or attending your child’s end-of-the-year field trip, please be sure to complete a background check form, available in our office. Your completed form along with $10 can be turned into our office and in a matter of four to six weeks your results are given to us allowing you to come in if all is clear.
As the safety of our students is our top priority our Board adopted this background check requirement years ago. Background checks are required if helping in classrooms, attending field trips, etc…
Please do not hesitate to call our office with any questions you may have and we look forward to seeing our volunteers.