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2018 School Bond Image Collage of school buildings, students, BPS logo, Preserve Our Schools; Protect Our Students, Vote November 6, 2018, More info at www.mybedford.us/html.usThank you to Bedford Voters
for supporting our school!
Follow our progress on
MRE Bond projects at: www.mybedford.us/bond.html




MRE Parent Survey 2018-19

In an effort to improve system practices, Monroe Road Elementary is conducting our annual Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this very short survey.

Posted: November 19, 2018


Pajama Day for Donations – Wednesday, November 21

One of our longtime MRE families was dealt a heavy blow this week when their husband/father was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The family is dealing with the shock of the diagnosis, and would like to remain anonymous at this time.

We're collecting monetary donations from MRE families on Wednesday, November 21. Students and staff can wear pajamas to school and make monetary donations to their teacher and/or the office. We'll be accepting donations in the office all day on Wednesday if anyone would like to drop-off a donation. The office will be open from 8:00 am to noon.

Our school community does an excellent job of coming together to support each other during times of need. Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause.

Posted: November 19, 2018


Michigan VS Ohio State Annual Food Drive

Show your support of your favorite team while helping out the Goodfellows and those in need in the Bedford community. Please make donations between Monday November 12th and Monday November 19th.

Bring in non-perishable or canned food items and students will be able to place their donated items on the Michigan or Ohio State side. The team with the most donated goods will be predicted to win the big game on November 24th!

Posted: November 14, 2018


Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is overflowing! Please visit the tables located near the office during next week's Parent Teacher Conferences to reclaim any items your child has lost. All items that remain after next week will be donated to a local charity.

Posted: November 19, 2018


D.A.D.S. Day – March 1, 2019

Mark your calendar for our annual MRE DADS Day on Friday, March 1st. More information will be distributed as we get closer to the date.

Posted: November 19, 2018


Holiday Assistance Letter

Please see the following letter from Mrs. Vancena regarding local resources available for those in need during the holiday season.

Posted: November 14, 2018


Family Holiday Photo Sessions

The PTO has teamed-up with Photos by Yvonne to create an opportunity for MRE families. 25% of Sales will go to the Monroe Road Elementary School PTO. More information is available using this Photos by Yvonne link.

Posted: November 14, 2018


Cold Weather/Temperatures - Coats and Jackets for Recess

The weather is beginning to get colder and our students go outside daily for recess, specials, and fresh air breaks. Please send your child to school in a warm coat, with access to a hat and gloves. Please label all of their items with their name to keep them out of the Lost & Found!

If your child is in need of a nice winter coat, please call 734-850-6812 or email Tara.Vancena@mybedford.us to contact our Student Support Coordinator, Tara Vancena. We can provide coats and winter gear for MRE students in need.

Posted: October 23, 2018


SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES

School pictures directly from the Lifetouch website by using Picture Day ID: LM758018Y0 should've received them via email from Lifetouch.

Posted October 15, 2018


Group photo of MRE Quiz Bowl TeamMRE 5th Grade Quiz Bowl Team

I'm pleased to announce the 2018 MRE Quiz Bowl team:

Nathan M., Griffin B., James E., Jaylee B., Brady M., and Veda V.

The team was selected from the results of a screening test that was given to all students last week. The team will represent MRE at the Monroe County Quiz Bowl competition on Monday, November 26th at the Monroe County ISD.

Posted October 2, 2018


LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ON
ELECTRONIC DELIVERY DEVICES FOR NICOTINE...

Dear Bedford Public Schools Parents,

In recent years there has been an emerging trend in the use of various nicotine and cannabis/THC based products and electronic delivery devices among school age children. As a parent and educator, I have witnessed countless incidents that have resulted in ill students or law enforcement intervention related to these types of products. Bedford Public Schools, like every other district in the country, is affected by this epidemic and we continue to search for better ways to keep our students safe both while in school and out in the community. The first step in ensuring our students safety is to educate and inform our community on the existence and dangers of nicotine and cannabis/THC related products and devices. National and regional authorities are also working to intensify the education and prevention programs associated with electronic nicotine devices by addressing the root source. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent out warnings to producers and retailers regarding the penalties for targeting minors through advertising and retail displays. One of the true dangers with these products is the packaging and design which are made to resemble everyday objects, such as USB flash drives, credit cards, and writing pens. Device designs can make it very difficult for school leaders and parents to easily identify prohibited devices.

As a district, we have addressed the possession, use, and distribution of these types of products in our Board of Education Bylaws and Polices (5512) and our student handbook. The consequences for violating the policy can be severe and include up to, and including, expulsion from school. In accordance with State of Michigan Law, BPS follows restorative practices when determining student consequences and works to ensure that students have an opportunity to participate in county-wide assistance programs to help families better understand the dangers of recreational and additive use. We have been able to accomplish this goal, while maintaining the necessary privacy for students and their families as required by state law, and, more importantly, do the right thing to ensure assistance programs are followed.

The best way for Bedford Public Schools to combat this rising epidemic is to partner with our parents and community resource providers to ensure a well-rounded prevention model. BPS will continue to present information regarding trends and available resources. Informed parents know what to look for and can be prepared to take appropriate action if the need arises. Parents can be the eyes and ears when our students are outside of our buildings. Together, we can keep our students safe. Please, take the time to speak to your children about the dangers of electronic nicotine and cannabis/THC use. Share the available resources with them and keep an eye out for possession of the types of devices that are becoming increasingly popular. Below are some links to available resources that parents can use to become better educated on this topic: including facts on JUUL, the most popular product currently being sold in the country; and images of some examples of electronic nicotine/THC devices.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: A Primer on Emerging Tobacco Products

10 Things to Know About JUUL

Google Images of Examples of Electronic Nicotine Devices

Carl Shultz, PhD
Dr. Carl Shultz
Bedford Public Superintendent


Print Shop Volunteers

We need volunteers to work in the print shop at MRE. If you're interested in copying, collating, laminating, etc, please sign up! I know the teachers and staff will appreciate this just as we appreciate their hard work and patience!

Posted September 17, 2018


Schoology logoINTRODUCING 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:

          ​-- 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 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


SPIRITWEAR STORE

Check out our Monroe Road Elementary spirit wear store using the link below! It's stocked with tons of MRE shirts, hoodies, pants, shorts, and even pajamas! Items are purchased online and shipped directly to your home.

Monroe Road Elementary Spirit Wear Link


Student Support Services

Monroe Road Elementary has a full-time Student Support Coordinator on site daily. Mrs. Vancena offers services for children that are dealing with issues like having a bad day, divorce, grief, anger management, stress/anxiety and friendship problems just to name a few. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Tara Vancena at 734-850-6812.


PTO AT MRE
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 10th
at 3:40 pm in the Media Center.

The PTO theme for this year is "Start Your Adventure at MRE!"

Please "Like" the PTO Facebook page!

Our 2018-19 PTO Executive Board:

Sarah Albring – President
Steffany Sass – Treasurer
Laura Atkins – Secretary
Heather Strong – VP of Parent Involvement
Karlee Kwiatkowski – Staff Representative


COLLEGE CRAZY MONDAYS

We encourage Monroe Road Elementary students and staff to wear their favorite college or university shirt each Monday throughout the school year. We believe that wearing a college/university shirt on Monday will start the week off the right way, and create an atmosphere of college readiness across our campus. Students are encouraged to wear a shirt from any college, university, or military branch.

Posted August 24, 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.


Lost & Found

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


Substitutes Needed

​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.


Kroger Community Rewards

MRE's PTA benefits every time you shop at Kroger by simply swiping your Kroger card. All you have to do is enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards program and select our organization to receive the benefits and each time you shop a percentage of your purchase is sent back to MRE. Please note that the benefits expire every year on April 30th. Use this link to re-enroll if you haven't already done so:

      Kroger Community Rewards

Click on the Ohio (Columbus) button (you'll notice next to the Ohio tab it specifies Michigan (Lambertville). Enter Monroe Road Elementary PTA or our organization number: 81700 and click the button in the front. ​Thank you for your support!

MRE 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)

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

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

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September-December 2018 Brochure

Register Online!

Latchkey


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