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NEWS TO KNOW


COMMUNITY FORUMS SCHEDULED FOR A PROPOSED NOVEMBER BOND

Dr. Carl Shultz, Superintendent of Bedford Public Schools, is excited to announce that, as a district, we have the opportunity this November to ask our community for support in updating our aging facilities and in ensuring that our students and staff have the safest possible learning environment. The district has been working tirelessly to construct a list of immediate facility needs that we need to upgrade. In addition, through surveys, building evaluations, and research, we have identified a number of safety concerns that we also would like to address.

The next step in the process is to engage our community in an open dialogue to determine if we have missed anything and to share where we are currently. To accomplish this step, the district will be holding two forums to outline our plan and to gather additional information from stakeholders. Please feel free to attend one of the two forums that will be located inside the Bedford High School Auditorium on the following dates:

Forum 1:
Tuesday, May 29th
6:00-8:00 pm
Bedford High School Auditorium

Forum 2:
Thursday, May 31st
3:00-5:00 pm
Bedford High School Auditorium

The Board of Education will also be discussing the proposal as an agenda item at their Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on Thursday, May 31st at 7 pm in the BHS Media Center. All board meetings, including COW meetings, are open to the public to attend.

Posted May 16, 2018


LUAU FAMILY FUN NIGHT

June 7th
5-8:30
Green Hills Pool and park
$10 per family
Concessions available for purchase

Swimming (Lifegaurds on duty!), baseball, basketball, sand volleyball and Dunk Tank* (*extra cost)

Bring your lawn chairs and sports equipment!

Please return your RSVP and pament to your oldest child's teacher by May 31st! All RSVPs received by that date will be entered in a drawing to win 2 tickets to King's Island!

Posted May 23, 2018


FOURTH GRADE WRITING BUDDIES

Fourth grade students in Mrs. Hite's class traveled to Bedford High School to meet with their writing buddies. They alternate which class writes a part of the story each day, and the high school students provide mentorship & suggestions.

Group picture of DRE and BHS Writing Buddies

Posted May 15, 2018


DRE STUDENT 13th IN MONROE COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Congratulations to Dylan Jenkins for placing 13th in the Monroe County Spelling Bee. How impressive, especially when you consider he was competing against 7th and8th graders! Way to go Dylan!

Posted May 15, 2018


LEARNING ABOUT NATURE

DRE students learned about nature during a field trip to the Knabusch Math and Science Center.

DRE students at Knabusch by water

Posted May 1, 2018


DRE Students Participated in Monroe County Special Olympics

DRE participated in Special Olympics

Posted May 1, 2018


IT ALL ADDS UP!

DRE collected 320 pounds of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House! This is equivalent to 360,960 pop tabs! The Ronald McDonald House receives between $.40 and $.50 per pound of tabs.

Students weighing boxes full of pop can tabs

Posted May 1, 2018


NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL!

Click on our "Registering a New Student" tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page to see what you need to bring with you.

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Newly registered Kindergarten students get a Free T-shirt!

We are looking forward to meeting all of our future Dolphins!

Posted April 23, 2018


DRE NAMED A UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOL

DRE has been designated a Unified Champion School. The designation includes a grant from Special Olympics of Michigan for peer modeling. Students went bowling on Monday, April 23rd.

3 students bowling

Posted April 24, 2018


Family Reading Night at the Indian Creek Zoo

When: May 24th
Time: 6:00-7:30

The Indian Creek Zoo will be open exclusively for DRE families!
Wander around the Indian Creek Zoo and take in a story or two!

DRE staff will be stationed near various zoo residents to read their stories. Look for them in the following places:

     Giraffe- Carol Perz
     Owl- Sandy Lee
     Capybara-Carole Davies
     Wallabies - Sandy Wuwert
     Donkeys - Cailaen Dinwoody
     Peacocks - Emily Herr
     Sloth - Bridget Fleshman
     Wolves - Bobbie McMullen
     Alpacas, goat, sheep - Jeanne Kearney
     Bunnies - Jillian Salas
     Lemurs - Becky Johnson
     Monkey - Michelle Gossard
     Zebra - Kim Johnson
     Macaws - Laura Burgermeister
     Snake - Wendy Steinman
     Emus - Carolyn Obey
     Camel- Nicole Hite

A parent/adult must be present at all times with their children.
Additional Parking and Shuttle Service via a Bedford bus to and from White Park.

Posted April 24, 2018


Swim Lessons

We will once again be offering swim lessons for all our students. Lessons will be held at Green Hills, dependent on weather, from May 29th-June 12th.

Please return the signed swim lesson waiver to school.

Bathing suits should be appropriate for school swim lessons. Please call us if you have any questions.

Swim lessons are made possible due to the Auction and Dolphin Dash. Thank you!

Posted April 24, 2018


DRE Honored with Monroe County Gold Award

This is the top honor given to Monroe County Schools for promoting and supporting healthy choices that help student achieve their academic potential.

Posted April 16, 2018


NOTE FROM ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT ON M-STEP AND MME TESTING AT BPS

April 2, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is the important time of year when our students take the M-STEP (Elementary and Junior High) and Michigan Merit Exam (High School) and we wanted to take a moment to thank you for all you do to support your children and their education.

During this time, please encourage your children to do their best on these tests, to take their time, and to take this opportunity to show what they have learned. We want their testing experience to be as positive as possible, and your support will be so helpful to them.

The M-STEP and Michigan Merit Exam provide our schools with valuable information on student knowledge and their ability to be college and career ready upon graduation. Teachers and school leaders use the test results to support curriculum design and continuous school improvement efforts.

Our Bedford community is very supportive of its K-12 students and this has shown in their strong record of performance in past years on these tests. In addition to your encouragement, here are some practical things you can do to help your children do their best:

-- Make sure your child's Chromebook is fully charged and with them at school.
-- Make sure your child has earbuds ready and in working order.
-- Ensure your child has a good night's rest.
-- Have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home or in the cafeteria at school.
-- Make sure your child arrives at school on time in order to minimize your child's testing anxiety. Once a testing session has begun, a student may not enter the classroom and will have to take a make-up test at a later date.
-- Please avoid scheduling appointments/vacations during your child's testing window.

For more information on the M-STEP and MME, please access this brief Michigan Department of Education video: Parents/Students/Educators Video.

I hope you have a wonderful and restful Easter Holiday and Spring Break and we are looking forward to seeing you on Monday, April 9.

Sincerely,
Mark W. French, Ed.D.
Mark W. French, Assistant Superintendent


DISTRICT CALENDAR FOR 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR NOW AVAILABLE

Click on the link on the left to view the calendar for next school year. Please take note of the dates for NEXT YEAR'S Spring Break below. These dates deviate from what you may be used to seeing. Easter is NOT included in the spring break for next year, however, Good Friday is a day off.

     SCHOOL YEAR : 2018-2019
     Spring Break Begins: April 1st
     School Resumes: April 8th
     (Easter is April 21st and is NOT a part of the break)

Winter and Spring Break dates through 2020-21 can be found on our website on the District's Calendar page. look in the column on the left side of the page.

Posted May 14, 2018


Getting Your School Closing/Delay and Emergency Alerts?

Keep your phone numbers/email current by contacting the school office if any changes are needed to the contact information that appears in HAC. It is important that this information is up-to-date so you can be reached if necessary. It is used by our Honeywell Instant Alert system which is the official means of communication with families in the event of an emergency.


DOLPHIN DISCO

Thanks to the parent volunteers and PTA for putting on the Dolphin Disco at DRE! The kids all had a great time!

Students dance at Dolphin Disco


State Unveils New Parent Dashboard

Michigan Parent Dashboard for School Transparency; Your Window to Important School Information and Facts logo

Parents now have their own online dashboard that shows the performance of all K-12 public schools in Michigan and represents a new, improved level of transparency

The Parent Dashboard for School Transparency, available at https://www.mischooldata.org/ParentDashboard, is a combined effort of MDE and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) – based on significant parent feedback on its planning, content, and design.

The dashboard allows deeper dives into the performance of various groups of students, such as gender, race, subject, and services to students.

You can always find the direct link for Douglas Road Elementary School's information on the left under "School Data" for the "MI Parent Dashboard for School Transparency."

Posted: 1-23-2018


Outdoor Recess

Recess is provided for our students each day. Students should dress appropriately for all weather conditions. At the discretion of the principal, recess may be held indoors if the weather is too inclement or if the temperature/wind chill is at or below 15° F.


​Student Leadership Team Grant

Exciting News! Last year our student leadership team investigated ways to increase physical activity and healthy eating at DRE. Their grant from Fuel up to Play 60 and the Michigan Dairy Council was approved! Be on the lookout for new stencils in the back parking lot (extending learning and physical activity outside of the classroom) and opportunities for healthy food taste tests to continue this year.


Parent Pickup Reminders

For student safety, the gates to the playground are closed until 3:15 pm. Please wait until after 3:15 pm to line up for parent pickup.​


Lost & Found

Help the lost items become found items! Please mark your clothing, lunch boxes, etc., with names on the inside.


Substitutes Needed

Para Professional, Lunchroom, Secretarial, Bus Driver and Playground Substitutes Needed

​Applications are available at the Administration Building at 1623 W. Sterns.


Getting the Parent Update?

Please email Mrs. Perz to be added to list.

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)

2017-2018 District
School-Year-At-a Glance​ Calendar

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2018-2019 District
School-Year-At-a Glance​ Calendar

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Note: Spring Break week in the 2018-19 school year does not include Easter. Good Friday is a day off.


Community Education FlyerCOMMUNITY EDUCATION

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

January - April 2018 Brochure
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Elementary School Handbook

Updated Elementary Attendance Policy for 2018


Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy


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