NOW REGISTERING FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR!
We are accepting new student registrations for the 2019-2020 school year. Stop in the office today!
NEW KINDERGARTEN STUDENT?
All newly registered Kindergarten students get a FREE T-Shirt!
WHAT TO BRING WHEN YOU REGISTER:
-- Bedford Public Schools Registration Form
-- Health Appraisal Form
-- Proof of Residency which must include:
-- Proof of homeownership (Property tax, deed) or rental/lease agreement
-- Current utility bill (water, gas, electric) or homeowner's insurance policy
-- Valid Michigan Driver's License or Michigan State ID
with current Bedford address
-- Certified Birth Certificate *
-- Accurate Immunization Records
-- Hearing & Vision Screening Records (due 8/23/2019)
-- Custody/Guardianship Papers (if applicable)
-- Recommended: Your calendar to schedule a screening date in June
* If parent's name is different than what is listed on the child's birth certificate, additional documentation will be required.
New Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by September 1st of the enrollment school year.
ALL DAY YOUNG FIVES PROGRAM:
A full day program is available for children who qualify based on June screening results. June screening appointments are set when registering.
For more information, please call 734-850-6028, or school office:
Douglas Road Elementary: 734-850-6700
Updated: April 29, 2019
IT'S DOLPHIN DASH TIME!
Friday, May 17th, 2019
Pledge checks should be made out to DRE PTO.
Posted: May 14, 2019
We are very happy to offer water safety/swim lessons to all our students. Each student is scheduled for four lessons. Thank you to the Green Hills Board and residents for partnering with Douglas Road so our students can have this opportunity! Permission slips are going home with students today, Monday, May 6th. Please sign and return the permission slip to school by Monday, May 12th. Please remember that all swim attire must be appropriate for elementary school swim lessons. Please call school if you have any questions.
Posted: May 6, 2019
LAST DAY FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR TO REMAIN JUNE 11th.
Michigan House and Senate have approved legislation to excuse four additional emergency days (this year). The Bill has been sent to the Governor for her signature. As long as she signs it, which is widely believed that she will do, this means no adjustments will be needed to the end of this school year's calendar. The last day of school will be a half day on June 11th as originally planned. Thank you Bedford for your patience and support.
Posted: May 2, 2019
"Supplying Our Future" Backpacks for Kids in Monroe County
This is program run by a group of caring people and our friends at the Salvation Army and the United Way of Monroe County who are working to make sure every child K-12 has the school supplies necessary to start school. It is that time of year again we are seeking applicants to receive backpacks and school supplies in August to make sure they start next school year off on the right track. Deadline to return the Backpack Referral Form is July 19th.
Backpack Pick Up date is Friday, August 9th from 4-6 pm at the Francis Family YMCA at 2000 W. Dean Road, Temperance Michigan 48182. Students can bring swimsuits and enjoy the YMCA pool, too, but parents MUST swim with their children!
Posted: April 29, 2019
BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH FAIR
Saturday, August 17, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Monroe County Health Department has scheduled their annual Back to School Health Fair at 2353 South Custer Road, Monroe, MI 48161. Free services for children ages 5-19 will be offered there! Limited appointments are available. Please call 734-240-7800 for more information.
-- Hearing & Vision Screenings
-- School/Sports Physicals
-- Nutrition Education
-- Recycling Education
-- Medication Takeback
--And Family Fun & Games!
Posted: May 15, 2019
Bedford Community Education Announcements
Mothers and Sons are encouraged to join us for a fun night of glow bowling and pizza at Forest View Lanes on June 7. Tickets are on sale in the Community Education Office until June 3rd.
**Every year, these tickets sell out and people scramble to find tickets after they're sold out. Please purchase early if you plan on attending these events!
CAMPS & CLASSES
Check out the Spring/Summer Community Education Info (use the link in the navigation bar above to visit their website or click on the current brochure link to the left)! There really is something for everyone, any age and any skill level.
Posted: April 29, 2019
DRE IS A GOLD APPLE HEALTHY SCHOOL!
Congratulations DRE on being awarded the Gold Apple Healthy School Award from the Monroe County Building Healthy Communities Coalition!
Posted: April 16, 2019
INTERNET SAFETY LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT
February 28, 2019
A recent social media challenge targeting children and young adults called the "Momo Challenge," has created concern throughout the country due to its disturbing nature. The purpose of this letter is to make you aware of this challenge, provide you with information about it, and urge you to monitor your children's use of social media and the Internet. The "Momo Challenge," a game reportedly found on Facebook, YouTube, Kids Tube, WhatsApp, and various other games and apps features a frightening avatar who asks its viewers to perform various tasks and provide photos as proof. The "Momo" threatens those who do not perform the tasks. Technology companies have released statements pointing out that there is no evidence supporting claims that the challenge actually exists within their sites. These companies believe that the word of mouth and viral images being passed around are perpetuating the concerns across the nation. Nevertheless, we are taking a proactive approach by asking parents to please be vigilant in monitoring your child's social media and internet interactions.
It's important that children know that they should not be trying to contact strangers online, regardless of the method. Setting privacy systems on devices with your child is a great way to have this conversation and agree on automatic precautions. Fostering an atmosphere of openness and transparency about online activity ensures that children can thrive. If you do notice them switching screens on their devices when approached or new numbers or email addresses on their devices, it's worth checking in with them.
We send this letter with caution because talking about the Challenge can cause alarm and fear in more students than those actually exposed. However, because many students are aware and discussing this at school, we wanted to address the issue. Thank you and we appreciate your continued partnership in ensuring a safe and protected learning experience. There are several prominent media sources that have completed reports on the topic of "Momo" and can easily be found by parents looking for further information on the topic. Please reach out to your child's principal if you have any questions or information to share.
Dr. Carl Shultz
Bedford Public Schools
DRE SPELLING BEE
Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Champion Kellen and Runner Up Landon!
Great job DRE classroom champs: Kamyrn, Cole, Kara, Domonic, Lucie, Maddie, Aaron, Landon, Kellen, Max, Kyera, Nick, Logan
Posted: February 27, 2019
DRE Young Authors Visit Monroe ISD
Posted: February 27, 2019
FINAL RECOMMENDATION ON SMITH ROAD ELEMENTARY REOPENING PROPOSAL
Bedford Public Schools considered reopening Smith Road Elementary School (SRE) for the 2019-2020 school year. Current enrollment numbers are resulting in larger class sizes within our three elementary schools that lack the space to expand the number of grade level classrooms to reduce class sizes. Bedford is proposed reopening Smith Road Elementary School as an early learning center which would house the Great Start Readiness Program, Young 5s, and Kindergarten.
In December 2018, several Community Forums were held and the SRE Reopening Proposal Presentation was followed with an opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions, make comments, and share concerns.
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been created based on the forum and other discussions.
A Final Presentation and Recommendation was shared with the Board of Education on January 31, 2019.
The final recommendation from district administration was to NOT move forward at this time with re-opening SRE as an Early Childhood Center as proposed. The main determining factors were: declining enrollment projections over the next five years, budgetary constraints due to state and federal educational funding levels, and not being able to solidify answers to some of the logistical concerns. We have been able to use some creativity this year to keep our class sizes at a respectable number. We will continue to look for creative ways to provide flexibility within our existing spaces to meet the needs of our students and staff.
Thank you to all parents and staff members that have put in the time to assist us as we have gone through this very thorough process.
For more information about this proposal, please contact Dr. Mark French, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Student Services. E-mail: email@example.com · Phone: 734-850-6025.
Posted: February 1, 2019
Healthy Kids Club Session #2
It's time for the second session of the DRE Healthy Kids Club. If you signed your child up for this session, please return the HKC contract that was sent home in December. DRE kids are happy, healthy, kind, high achieving students! Thank you to Mrs. McMullen and our teacher volunteers for giving students the opportunity to participate in the Healthy Kids Club!
Posted January 8, 2019
SHOW YOUR SPIRIT ON FRIDAYS!
Beginning Friday, and every Friday going forward, classrooms will be competing for the DRE Spirit Award. Award each week will be determined by the percentage of students wearing a DRE shirt or colors. The winning classroom will be given an award from "Dougie" to post on their classroom door.
Posted January 8, 2019
PBIS (Positive Behavioral Supports) Update
We started a new behavior support system for students that encourages positive behaviors and learning. For short we call this system PBIS. Classes can earn "big tickets" for positive behavior in the hallways and other common areas. Individual students can earn small tickets, which go into a bucket for a prize drawing.
On the flip side, if students are not learning from the positive incentives and encouragement, parents are notified and the student could receive a consequence. Click here to see the DRE Behavior/Consequences Rubric.
Posted January 8, 2019
We have been asked by several parents if they can send in headphones for their child. Absolutely! Just make sure your child's name is on the headphones so we know it is for his/her use only.
Posted December 17, 2018
Thank you to the Kiwanis Club...
...for giving our third grade students their own personal dictionary!
Posted December 17, 2018
Letter from the Superintendent
and Related Resources
Dear Bedford Public Schools Parents,
As you may or may not be aware, our district has recently experienced the loss of a recent graduate which has deeply impacted us as a community. We have implemented our school's Emergency Response Plan in an effort to provide appropriate support to staff and students within our buildings. Students and staff will react in different ways to crises of this nature, so it will be important to continue to have support available to assist individuals in need. Counselors and mental health professionals, along with building administration, are available in the school setting to assist students as they express their feelings related to loss. In addition, we have worked with the Monroe County Intermediate School District (MCISD) to provide additional on-site social workers for Bedford High School as needed.
The Bedford Public Schools plan is also designed to provide assistance to our students and their families when deemed necessary outside of the traditional school day. Please observe your child closely over the next several days and weeks to watch for signs of distress, which may indicate a need for additional support and guidance. I have included a list of references for available resources to help you recognize possible reactions you may observe in your child. Children that have advanced stages of grief or who suffer from severe depression may already be exhibiting warning signs for potential self-risk including withdrawal, substance abuse, or suicidal thoughts. If you feel your child is in need of special assistance or is having a great deal of difficulty coping with their emotions, please do not hesitate to call or reach out to district staff or one of the professional resources listed. While it is important to deal with grief, loss, anger and fear reactions, we believe it is essential to resume as normal a routine as possible regarding home and school activities. Also, utilize frequent and honest conversations with your child to let them know that we all need assistance at some point. Please feel free to contact one of our district staff members or myself if you have any concerns or questions regarding your child, or the steps being taken by the school. I cannot stress enough the importance of working collaboratively to ensure the safety and proper care of our families and students.
1) National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): Addressing Grief - http://tinyw.in/dvZ3
2) National Alliance for Grieving Children: About Childhood Grief - http://tinyw.in/oYsF
3) Oakland County Health Department (Parent Toolkit) - http://tinyw.in/9Dx2
4) Monroe County Mental Health Resources Guide (Promedica Health) - http://tinyw.in/t4jD
Dr. Carl Shultz
The online store is closed until next school year. Thank you for your support of DRE!
Updated: April 16, 2019
INTRODUCING SCHOOLOGY FOR 4th & 5th GRADE STUDENTS & FAMILIES
New this year for 4th and 5th grade students and their families is Schoology. 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:
Schoology is also available as an app for your mobile devices.
Posted August 22, 2018
FOOD SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Free & Reduced Meal Applications Now Available for 2018-19 School Year
Applications for free/reduced meals for 2018-2019 are available online, on the Food Service webpage, and in all the school offices.
This form must be filled our annually as benefits will expire on October 12, 2018 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.
This program provides the obvious benefit of providing nutritious meals as well as qualifying the school for additional benefits and access to additional resources based upon the level of participation. We encourage all eligible families to fill out the application regardless of whether or not you intend to use them. A win-win all the way around!
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.
Families can also apply for Free and Reduced School Meals at any time during the school year. Online applications can be completed through MyMealtime, and paper forms are available in each school office, or can be printed here. 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.
Posted July 10, 2018
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