CANNED FOOD DRIVE
The Student Council will be holding their annual canned food drive for the Bedford Goodfellows the week of December 9-13th. The grade level that brings in the most donations gets to throw pies at the Grouch, Cindy Lou Who, and more! The Grouch and Cindy Lou will be here on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
Posted: December 10, 2019
JRE PTO Auction March 6th
The JRE PTO Auction will be held on Friday, March 6th. This is an important fundraiser for our school as it is the biggest fundraiser that helps pay for so many of our great programs.
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.
Survey will be available until Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
Posted: November 25, 2019
JRE WINS QUIZ BOWL TOURNAMENT!
It was Quiz Bowl week at the Monroe County ISD. Jackman Road Elementary brought home the trophy as the undefeated 5th grade champions! Congratulations to Rylee, Brady, Riley, Anna, Eli, Sawyer and Coach Ortiz!
Posted: November 22, 2019
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.
-- The Power of One.
-- Protecting your Privacy.
-- App Permissions / Location Services.
-- Online Relationships.
-- 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!
Dr. Carl Shultz,
Superintendent of Schools
Bedford Public Schools
JRE Jaggs and Grandparents Bingo Night
Please join us for our student/grandparent (or special guest) bingo night on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the JRE gymnasium. We hope you are able to join us for the fun!
Posted: November 18, 2019
LOST & FOUND...
...is overflowing! Please check for any missing items! Help us promptly return forgotten items by putting your child's name in everything!
Posted: November 18, 2019
The JRE Spirit Wear Shop is open until November 30th. Items ordered will be delivered approximately 2-3 weeks after the store closes.
The store will be open again from March 1-13, 2020.
Updated: November 18, 2019
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 734-850-6601 and we'll send one home with your child.
Posted: November 5, 2019
BOX TOPS GO HIGH TECH!
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
ORDER SCHOOL PICTURES ONLINE
To order online: Go to mylifetouch.com
Use Picture Day ID: LM759023Y0
Updated: October 10, 2019
DROP-OFF/PICK UP TIPS
-- Pull your vehicle up as far as possible when in the line. This will help to prevent traffic backups on Jackman Road.
-- Make sure your student has their backpack and is ready to exit the vehicle on the right side immediately upon stopping.
-- Make sure your tag is hanging from the rear view mirror during pick-up.
-- Pull off the road as far as possible when waiting on Jackman Road in both directions. This will help non-school traffic pull through.
-- Please consider putting your child on the bus. We have approximately one hundred students that do not have the bus available and encourage everyone else to take advantage of BPS transportation.
-- Please note that students are expected to be in their seats ready to learn by 8:30 a.m.
Posted: September 10, 2019
Schoology Learning Management System--Grades K-5
BPS is proud to inform you that we are using Schoology in all grades this year. 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.
To Learn More About Using Schoology:
Schoology is also available as an app for your mobile devices.
If you have questions or need help with Schoology, you can contact the helpdesk or call 734-850-6095.
Posted: September 9, 2019
MARKER RECYCLING AT JRE
We will again be recycling markers at JRE for the 2019-2020 school year. Students can also bring in markers from home if they want. It can be ANY type of marker (but not pens). Any brand, any style. The Student Council placed containers in each classroom. There is also a purple "giant marker" outside Mrs. Schalmo's room to put the markers in. Last year we were able to collect almost 4,000 markers to recycle through Crayola! Thanks for all your help!
Posted: August 14, 2019
RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 13th
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michelle German at 419-215-7600.
Next Planning Meeting: Sunday, January 12th at Sidelines at 7:00 PM.
Updated: December 10, 2019
JRE PTO Executive Board For 2019-2020
Thank you to those who have volunteered to lead our PTO for the 2019-2020 school year!
President: Alicia Wachowiak
First Vice-President: Jamie Rego
Second Vice-President: Sherry Farnan
Third Vice-President: Jayme Dia
Past President: Meghan Dusseau
Secretary: Michele Kwiatkowski
Treasurer: Melissa Eley
Membership: Tiffany Duran, Katie Henderson
Teacher Liaisons: Betsy Schalmo, Brittany Kaczmarski
Posted: April 15, 2019
Medication at School
We wanted to remind our families that we need to have a "Medical Authorization Form" filled out by a physician to give medication at school. This includes cough drops.
Posted December 17, 2018
DID YOU KNOW?
JRE can earn up to $20,000.00 per year by clipping Box Tops!
Please place Box Tops in an envelope or plastic bag in groups of 50. We cannot use expired box tops, so they will not count. Please include student's name, teacher, and number of Box Tops on the bag or envelope.
Posted: October 23, 2018
Fresh is Best Snacks Reminder
JRE Snack Policy: The classroom snack policy is "Fresh is Best". Students may bring a fresh fruit or vegetable if they choose to have a classroom snack. This policy supports the BPS Wellness Policy.
BIRTHDAY TREATS: Please refer to the BPS Elementary Handbook in regard to birthday treats. If families choose to send in a treat it must be non-food. Suggestions include pencils, stickers, a class book, etc.
Posted September 4, 2018
Picking Up at the End of the Day
If your student will be picked up during the day, or there is a change to their normal routine, please provide a note to the office. We only release students to their parents/guardians unless prior arrangements have been made. Please note that picture identification is required to pick up a student. Thank you for helping to keep our students safe.
Posted September 4, 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
JRE School Garden Project
It started with a $3,700.00 grant from Lowes to begin our school garden. The first phase of the school garden included constructing 5 raised cedar garden beds and filling them with dirt, laying gravel around the beds, installing a wooden fence with a gate around the garden, and assembling a shed to house the garden tools and supplies.
A composting program began during lunch hours for grades 4 and 5.. Exploratory students planted the first seeds and plants in the garden beds in the spring and volunteers helped out on Weeding Wednesdays over the summer.
YOU can help. We are also counting on support through donations (expertise, volunteer time, supplies, money, etc.) to make this successful. You can email Mrs. Schalmo or Mrs. Neboyskey at and let us know how you would like to help.
SCHOOL GARDEN WISH LIST: We could use items to help with our butterfly and bird areas. Garden benches, birdbaths, bird feeders and seed and still tomato cages and trellises floor beans and tomatoes. We can always use books with a garden or flower theme for kids! Garden books from Amazon wishlist. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/7mwDeY8
Please make sure all pre-used items donated are clean and in good condition. No rusty or broken items please.
Updated: September 17, 2019
Did you know you can help the JRE PTO when you shop on Amazon? Thank you to anyone who can help with this!
When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Jackman Road Elementary PTO Inc. Bookmark this Amazon Smile link and support us every time you shop!
Lost & Found
Help the lost items become found items! Please mark your clothing, lunch boxes, etc., with names on the inside.
Drop Off/Pick Up Safety
We would like to remind all parents to follow our procedures during morning drop off and afternoon pick up. Two areas of concern:
Parents creating their own parking spots in the fire lane.
Students exiting on the driver’s side of the car.
We appreciate everyone taking the time to follow the rules and keep our students and staff safe. Drivers not following procedures will be reported to the district liaison officer. We encourage everyone to ride the bus if it is available.
Bedford Public Schools has substitute teaching opportunities for those with 90+ credit hours from a four-year accredited college or university. Substitute teachers have the opportunity to choose the grade levels or subjects they prefer to teach and even how often you would like to work. If you are interested in this opportunity, our substitute teachers also referred to as “Guest Teachers” are hired through EDUStaff. Start your application today..
Para Professional, Lunchroom, Secretarial, Bus Driver and Playground Substitutes Also Needed
Applications are available at the Administration Building at 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182.