Building Bridges BBES Community Newsletter 5/04/22
Important Upcoming Dates
Ongoing- Kindergarten & PreK Registration Is Open for 22/23 SY May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5 - Children’s Mental Health Matters Day! WEAR GREEN
Kindergarten Field Trip to the Baltimore Zoo May 6 - PTA Coffee Cart
May 10 - PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm
May 12 - 5th Grade Middle School Visit @ PVMS
May 18 - Half Day for Students ~ Dismissal at 12:05 pm
No Half Day PreK/RECC Culture Fest 6-8 pm
May 19 - BBES Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
May 24 - 5th Grade Simulated Congressional Hearing May 26- FIELD DAY
May 30 - Schools Closed for Memorial Day
News from the Front Office
Dear Bollman Bridge Families,
Please continue to send your children to school each day and please assure on time arrival. We have a great deal of grade level content to cover during the 4th quarter that will not be taught in your child’s grade level next school year! Assuring that your children are coming to school is important to their understanding of responsibility for their own learning. If your child has allergies but not COVID, please send your child to school. If your child has COVID like symptoms, you are welcome to contact the BBES health room for advice.
Connie Fowlkes, Principal
Kindergarten & New 1st Grader Registration
Parents/guardians of a child who will be ve years old on or before September 1, 2022, must complete an online registration to enroll their child in Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year.
Please make certain you are on the screen for 2022-2023 to register for next school year. It is recommended that you work on a laptop or desktop to complete registration. For details about registration and enrollment, visit https://www.hcpss.org/enroll/
**Note: Parents/guardians without access to a computer or with questions should contact the BBES front office at 410-880-5920 for assistance in completing the registration.
Pre-K Registration is Now Open
Registration for 2022-23 prekindergarten is now open. The HCPSS pre-K curriculum, taught by certi ed staff, supports early learning and school readiness and provides experiences that foster children’s academic, social, emotional and physical development. Children must be four-years-old by Sept. 1, 2022, to be considered for enrollment. Additional information about the pre-K program, eligibility, and the application process is available online.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
It's easy to know your child needs help dealing with a fever or broken bone, but mental health problems can be harder to identify. You may be surprised to learn that:
● During the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 4 children, compared to pre-pandemic incidents of 1 in 5, experience a mental, emotional or behavioral health problem before age 18. These children are experiencing a surge of depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, suicidality, and substance use that will have lasting impacts on them, their families, and their communities. (CDC)
● About half of the estimated 7.7 million children in the United States who had a treatable mental health disorder in 2016 did not receive adequate treatment (US national and state-level prevalence of mental health disorders and disparities of mental health care use in children.
○ JAMA Pediatrics, 173(4), 389-391. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.5399
The tricky part of parenting is knowing the kinds of behaviors and moods that are usual for the stage of development your child is in and when your child needs help. If you are concerned, ask for support from your pediatrician, school counselor, or others in your network. More information can be found in this resource about When to Seek Help.
Visit www.ChildrensMentalHealthMatters.org to learn what to do if your child needs help, where to go for help, how to access children's mental health resources, and how to participate in upcoming events
Thursday, May 5th is Children’s Mental Health Day! Wear green to raise awareness about children’s mental health!
Battle of the Books
Please join in congratulating the BBES 5th Grade Battle of the Books Teams who competed to share their knowledge of 10 books last Friday at Merriweather Post Pavilion. We are so proud of each of these students and their volunteer coaches for their efforts to read books that were selected by the Howard County Library System and to work together to create a community of competitive readers!
The Amazing Page Turners, Coach~ Tori Hughes~Students~Chloe L. Ryan L., Deanna B., Kevin J.V., Andrew B.,
The Chapter Raptors~ Coach~ Jen Macomber~ Students~Garrett C., Evan S., Colin M., Justin S., Benjamin A.,
The Book Olympians~Coach Amanda Williams~ Camila G., Hailey F., Tara W., Kinley C., Dayo O.
5th Grade SCH Ceremony
We are inviting members of the BBES Community who work with the government to participate in the BBES Virtual Simulated Congressional Hearings on Tuesday, May 24th. We will begin with an opening ceremony at 10 AM followed by speeches from our 5th grade students. They will be sharing how much they have learned about how democracy relies on people's participation and the implication of how we can participate in protecting our democracy and our government. Please use the attached link to sign up for the BBES SCH.
SCH Judge Sign Up If you have any questions, you may email the 5th Grade SCH Rep, Melinda Taylor: firstname.lastname@example.org