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PROUD OF OUR ROBOTICS KIDS!

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Sign-up information for next year's teams will be sent to parents in February.

Posted: December 10, 2019


Winter Recess & Dressing for the Weather Reminder

Students need to run and play, even in the winter. It is district policy that all elementary students go outside for recess if it is 16 degrees or higher. Children do not have the option of staying inside, so please send appropriate clothing to school everyday. It is not unusual for two or three students to leave their coats at home, especially if they were dropped off in the morning. Please make sure they have gloves/mittens, hats, and boots.

Posted: December 10, 2019


 

PARENT SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE

We invite you to take the opportunity to provide feedback to Bedford Public Schools' teachers, counselors, and administrators. Your ideas, opinions, and suggestions will provide information critical to our Continuous Improvement Planning. Your responses will also help the Bedford staff make adjustments for the 2019-2020 school year.

The survey should take about 10-15 minutes. Please know we highly value your time, and that all responses will be given full consideration. Your participation will be anonymous, so please respond to the questions thoughtfully and honestly.

BEDFORD PARENT SURVEY

Survey will be available until Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Posted: November 25, 2019


SNOWFLAKE SHOP

Thank you to Katie Zander and her team of volunteers for all you did to make the Snowflake Shop a success! We could not do it without the wonderful parent support you provide. We had some serious shoppers!

Updated: December 10, 2019


FOOD DRIVE

DRE is collecting any non-perishable food until December 18th when it will be picked up by the Bedford Goodfellows and distributed to local families this holiday season.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from a Christmas food basket, applications will be sent home or can be picked up at the Bedford Library, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, DHS, Bedford Senior Activity Center and the Adult Education Office on Sterns Road. Please return all applications by Dec. 13th.


Digital Empowerment Project:
Empowering Teens. Educating Parents.
January 28, 2020 at 7 pm

The Bedford Junior High School PTO is hosting a Digital Empowerment Project parent meeting in the Bedford High School Auditorium on January 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm. This is a parent only event, and open to all Bedford families.

Presenter: Captain Scott Frank

"After an amazing 36-year career in law enforcement, I retired to follow my passion to EMPOWER
TEENS to make safe and healthy choices online and to EDUCATE PARENTS so they can support
and guide their teens. As a former Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator my role was to
traverse the internet posing as a child. The world I found myself in for over ten years was almost
beyond descriptive words. I knew that my investigations were important, and they were making a
difference - one predator at a time."

Some of the topics to be covered:

Understanding a Teen’s Digital World.
Real Teens. Real Stories.

Digital Think-Abouts:
-- The Power of One.
-- Protecting your Privacy.
-- App Permissions / Location Services.
-- Online Relationships.
-- Sexting/Pornography.
-- Cyber Respect.
-- Trust an Adult. Tell an Adult.

This event will not be livestreamed. You must attend in person.

Posted: November 25, 2019


SUPERINTENDENT'S NOVEMBER LETTER TO PARENTS

November 19, 2019

Dear BPS Parent/Guardian,

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for the wonderful start to the school year. We truly do have a lot to be thankful for this year as a district. Our community, with the support and efforts by our staff and parents, passed a much-needed bond just one year ago this month. District leadership has been working closely with our bond partners to finalize the plans for phase 1 of the bond projects that will begin in June 2020. Phase 1 includes the completion of all projects slated for Jackman Road Elementary and Bedford Senior High School, as well as the site-work (parking lots and drop-off/pick-up loop) for Bedford Junior High School. The remaining buildings will be completed as part of Phase 2 in the summer of 2021. While this is exciting, my favorite news to share is that our Bedford students continue to perform exceptionally well across the state in an array of academic, athletic, and performing arts competitions. Finally, the district has for the first time in over a decade ended a school year with a positive fund balance above the State of Michigan’s minimum threshold of five percent (2019 audited general fund balance is 7.2%). All of these wonderful accomplishments are the product of hard work and dedication by BPS staff and our families.

It appears that since the state of Michigan has once again decided to skip over fall this year as we have already been forced to deal with severe weather in the area. As a reminder, please make sure to contact the building secretary for your child’s school if you have made any changes to your personal contact information (phone, email, or home address) to ensure that you will receive the district’s Honeywell Emergency Alerts. This is the best way to keep up to date on any delays or cancellations due to inclement weather. The district continues to take the safety of our students and staff members very seriously and will always use the best information possible when making any changes due to existing or future weather. The process for making decisions based on the weather is contingent upon many factors and is rarely ever going to make sense to everyone. I will simply remind everyone that not all families have 4x4 vehicles, live on easily passable roads, or are completely comfortable driving/walking in severe conditions. Keeping these factors in mind, we do the best that we can with the always-changing weather forecasts and conditions in the area. Bedford Public Schools utilizes a variety of different options for dealing with extreme weather: 1) cancellation, 2) two-hour delay, 3) two-hour delay that converts to a cancellation if conditions fail to improve, and 4) early release from school if conditions become dangerous. Each of the available options can be difficult for families due to the change in normal scheduling and we will always try our best to ensure that decisions are made allowing the most time for parents to make arrangements as possible. As superintendent, I will always err on the side of caution as the most important part of my position is to keep our students, staff, and families safe.

Finally, I hope that everyone has an incredibly safe and happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for our strong community of students and families, dedicated staff, and for the support of our community as we continuously strive to be the best district in the state. We have so many incredible accomplishments taking place across the district and I hope that everyone gets involved as we continue to shape our community’s future!

Sincerely,
Dr. Carl Shultz,
Superintendent of Schools
Bedford Public Schools


Eyeglasses Assistance

The Monroe Exchange Club can provide eyeglasses to Monroe County students of parents that do not have insurance or are unable to provide their children with eyeglasses due to financial hardship. An eyeglass assistance application is available online or if you need a printed application form, please contact our office at 734-850-6701 and we'll send one home with your child.

Posted: November 5, 2019


BOX TOPS GO HIGH TECH!

Clipped box top design switching to scanned box top receipt

Redeeming Box Tops is now available using a free app that scans your receipt (within 14 days of purchase) and automatically applies the 10 cents per participating item to the school you choose. Look for the new Box Tops scan logo on the package. More information on this new app for box tops can be found at btfe.com.

If you see the familiar, traditional Box Tops logo as the packaging is being phased out of production, you may continue to clip and send them to school before the expiration date printed on the box top. During the transition, you can actually double dip by clipping and scanning the receipt so the school will get 20 cents per item during that time!

Friends and family, near and far, can also participate using the app and selecting their preferred Bedford Public School building to support. School selection can be changed in the app settings if you need to share the wealth between an elementary school for the first semester and the junior high for the second semester, for example.

This is a great way to provide your favorite school with additional resources without any additional expense to you! We appreciate your time in supporting our schools in this manner! Thank you!

Posted: September 30, 2019


RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 13th!Royal Flush logo

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FUNdraiser Events for New Restrooms at Bedford Community Stadium
Visit mulemuscle.org for details on the:

ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT/REVERSE RAFFLE
MEGA 50/50 RAFFLE
ADOPT-AN-ENVELOPE
SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

All proceeds will go towards the purchase of new, permanent restrooms in the stadium. All tickets and sponsorships are available online at their website. For more information, you can email dumbell@mulemuscle.org or call Michelle German at 419-215-7600.

Next Planning Meeting: Sunday, January 12th at Sidelines at 7:00 PM.

Updated: November 5, 2019


Online DRE Spirit Shop

Store will be open Nov. 17th - Dec. 2nd and Mar. 1st - Mar. 14th

Orders will be delivered 2-3 weeks after online store closes.

Updated: September 30, 2019


Schoology logoINTRODUCING SCHOOLOGY FOR STUDENTS & FAMILIES

A link has been added in the Quick Links section on the left.

For the students, teachers use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.

For the parents, the Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:
-- The classes your child is enrolled in.
-- Your child's upcoming assignments/events.
-- School and class announcements.
-- Grades and attendance information.

You will need a Parent Access Code that you can get from your child's teacher to create your account. You can choose to set up notifications to come to your email and opt to receive additional notifications when a child has an overdue assignment.

Use these links to find out more information about signing up and getting started in Schoology:

          ​-- SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
​          -- GETTING STARTED GUIDE FOR PARENTS

Schoology is also available as an app for your mobile devices.

Posted August 22, 2018


FOOD SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Free & Reduced Meal Applications for 2019-20 School Year

Applications for free/reduced meals for 2019-2020 are available online, on the Food Service webpage, in all the school offices, or can be printed here.

This form must be filled our annually as benefits will expire on October 11, 2019 if a new application is not submitted. Families can also apply for Free and Reduced School Meals at any time during the school year.

Participation is confidential and anonymous to use. All student transactions at the cafeteria cash register appear identical regardless of whether students are paying full price, receiving reduced prices, or free meals, to protect the confidentiality of program participation. It's a win-win situation: the students benefit from the healthy food at breakfast and lunch with families keeping more of their hard earned money, and schools can benefit from federal funding and programs that become available based on family participation in the school meal program.

Food Service Donations Accepted

In the past, Bedford Public Schools has been fortunate to have received donations to help pay off students' negative food service balances. Accounts have been set up at each school to receive donations from anyone else interested in ensuring that all of our students can enjoy a healthy meal every day at school. Stop by the school office if you wish to make a similar donation.

Posted July 29,2019


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DRE CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

​* Note: Dismissal time on any half days is at 12:00 pm (noon).

ADDITIONAL CALENDAR LINKS

District Facilities Calendar

(ML Schedules is a searchable calendar for events at all Bedford Public Schools' facilities)

2019-2020 District Student
School-Year-At-a Glance​ Calendar

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Note: Easter is the last day of Spring Break (April 12, 2020).


COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Community & Adult Education programs, classes, leagues, and events for the current season.

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September-December 2019 Brochure

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STUDENT HANDBOOK

Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy


OK2SAY

If you see or hear something that doesn't seem right, you can submit a confidential tip to OK2SAY. OK2SAY allows anyone to confidentially report tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at Michigan students, school employees, or schools.

TEXT: 652729 (OK2SAY)
PHONE: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)
EMAIL: OK2Say
ONLINE: www.ok2say.com

App available for iPhone and Android devices


Bond Progress image with BPS logo; preserve our schools, Protect our students

Thank you to Bedford Voters for supporting our schools! Follow our progress on Bond projects at: www.mybedford.us/bond.html