Notice of Board of Education Vacancy
Bedford Public Schools is seeking applications for the current vacant position on the board of education. An individual will be appointed to fill the vacant position through December 31, 2020, and will be replaced by the individual elected to the position (based upon the November 3, 2020, election results) on January 1, 2021.
An individual who meets the following criteria is eligible for a position on the board:
• At least 18 years old;
• A registered voter in the school district where he or she is a candidate;
• A citizen of the United States;
• A resident of the state of Michigan for at least 30 days; and
• A resident of the school district.
The term “residence” is defined as the “place at which a person habitually sleeps, keeps his or her personal effects, and has a regular place of lodging. If a person has more than 1 residence, or if a person has a residence separate from that of his or her spouse, that place at which the person resides the greater part of the time shall be his or her official residence.” MCL 168.11(1).
Property ownership is not a requirement for candidacy.
A person is ineligible for a board position if he or she was convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of the public trust within the preceding 20 years, and the conviction was related to the person’s official capacity while holding any elective office or position of employment in local, state, or federal government.
All those interested in submitting their name for the Board seat should indicate by written application to:
Mr. Ronald Koch, Board Secretary
Bedford Public Schools Board of Education
1623 West Sterns Road
Temperance, Michigan 48182
Interested persons must submit applications which include the following:
(1) A resume, which includes the Applicant’s address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if applicable), and
(2) A letter expressing interest in the board position and their qualifications for the position.
Applications must be received at the Board Office address listed above no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
Following a review of the submitted materials, the board will schedule interviews with selected candidates. Not all candidates for the board vacancy will be interviewed. If you have any questions concerning the role of the board of education and the responsibilities of a board member, please contact Dr. Carl Shultz, Superintendent of Bedford Public Schools, at 734-850-6001.
Thank You, Jenna Biggs, for Your Service
This vacancy is due to a resignation from the board. Jenna Biggs had served as a trustee on the board for the past 3 years. She has accepted a new position outside of the Bedford Township area. We wish her all the best in the future and with her new career. We appreciate the time she has shared with us over the last few years in service to the Board of Education, our staff, and our students and families.
Posted: January 21, 2020
Learn how to empower your child to make safe and healthy choices online.
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 the public. (Babysitting will be provided by BJHS NJHS.) This event will not be livestreamed. You must attend in person.
Some of the topics to be covered:
CURRENT TRENDS: Dark Web, Popular Teen Apps, App Functionality, Covert Apps & Hidden Features
ONLINE RISKS: Establishing Cyber-Balance, Cyber-Respect Online Relationships, Pornography/Sexting
EMPOWERMENT: Understanding Risk Factors, Smart Empowerment Strategy, Invest/Inspire/Impact, Resources for Parents
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."
Learn More: https://digitalempowermentproject.com/
Updated: January 14, 2020
Daddy Daughter Dance
Tickets on Sale January 6th - 31st
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Bedford High School Gym
Tickets are $15 each and are available in the Community Ed Office, 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182
Office Hours for Ticket Sales: 8:00 am-Noon and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
Tickets on sale from January 6th-31st. No ticket sales will be available after January 31st. Tickets are NOT available at the door.
Or, you can order online at https://bedford.ce.eleyo.com/course/29/winter-2020/daddy-daughter-dance but be sure to print out your online registration receipt because that will become your ticket to get in the door!
NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET OR ONLINE REGISTRATION RECEIPT!
Posted: January 3, 2020
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR MARCH 13th!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FUNdraiser Events for New Restrooms at Bedford Community Stadium
Visit www.mulemuscle.org for details on the:
ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT/REVERSE RAFFLE
MEGA 50/50 RAFFLE
Event will be held at Forest View Lanes beginning at 5:30 pm.
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 27th at Sidelines (in the Basement) at 7:00 PM.
Updated: January 14, 2020
SCHOOL STORE GRAND OPENING!
The 5th grade Student Council officers and representatives are proud to announce the grand opening of JJ's Stop N' Shop, a school store, on January 10th! The store will be open the first Friday of each month before school starts. It will be located in the lobby. Everything from pencils, erasers, pens, and sharpeners will be available for purchase. Low prices, high quality! Get your super cool school supplies at JJ's Stop N' Shop!
Posted: January 6, 2020
Hearts for Animals
It is once again time for our annual “Hearts for Animals” community service project in which the staff raffles off new stuffed animals to the students during the Valentine’s Day Parties. We sell tickets the first week of February for this event. All proceeds from this project benefit the Monroe County Humane Society. As a school we raised over $1,000.00 last year. We would greatly appreciate any donations of new stuffed animals if you are able to help out. Please send any stuffed animals to the office by January 31st. Thank you so much for all of your generosity.
Posted: January 3, 2020
JRE PTO American Red Cross Blood Drive
The blood drive will be held on Friday, February 14th from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Use this Sign-Up Genius link to volunteer.
Posted: January 3, 2020
The second quarter AR reading acknowledgement is Monday, January 27th. Students who make their AR/reading goal and percentage for the quarter earn time in the bounce houses. Use this Sign-Up Genius Link if you are able to volunteer on this day. Any help is appreciated.
Posted: January 3, 2020
Community Ed Online Registration Changes
In January 2020, BEDFORD COMMUNITY EDUCATION is moving to a new convenient, mobile‐friendly, online tool to register from any device, including your smartphone or tablet. You will need to create a new account profile the first time you use this new service before registering for any classes, activities or leagues. Our Account Profile Help Sheet has further instructions on how to do so.
The online registration link has changed to https://bedford.ce.eleyo.com/. Please update your saved links/bookmarks!
Latchkey users only need to fill this new form out for Community Education programs. Latchkey remains under the current system and will run separately from the new system.
Posted: January 2, 2020
A Reminder from Our Nurses:
This is the time of year when we start to see the typical seasonal increase in the number of viral illnesses reported. All of our schools are taking extra precautions to help minimize the spread of those germs that commonly appear now. Extra cleaning is being performed and all hard surfaces are being disinfected.
You can help, too! Remind your student to practice good hand hygiene and cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Please be vigilant in watching your student for signs and symptoms of illness, including fever, rash, nausea/vomiting, sore throat, etc. As always, seek the guidance of a health care professional if necessary. It's also not too late to get a flu shot!
As we head into winter break, this would also be a great time to remind your child to bring gym clothes, and any other extra clothing items stashed away in their lockers, home to launder.
Here's to a happy and HEALTHY holiday season!
Posted: December 19, 2019
CANNED FOOD DRIVE
The Student Council's annual canned food drive for the Bedford Goodfellows brought in over 3,000 items for people in our community. The 5th grade brought in the most donations and 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.
Updated: December 16, 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
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
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 store will be open again from March 1-13, 2020. Items ordered are delivered approximately 2-3 weeks after the store closes.
Updated: January 3, 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
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.