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INCOMING KINDERGARTEN/YOUNG FIVES OPEN HOUSE ON APRIL 15th

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MUSTANGS AND MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2032!

Monroe Road Elementary will be hosting an Incoming Kindergarten Open House on Monday, April 15th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. There will be a short presentation followed by a chance to explore the building and see a kindergarten classroom. We hope you can join us!

3 Fire Tablet boxesThe office will be open to accept new registrations or to accept any outstanding registration documentation left from the Kindergarten Registration Expo. Complete your registration to enter to Win An Amazon Fire HD8 Tablet for Kids! One winner at each school! But you must have all of your registration materials complete and submitted by April 22, 2019!

Kindergarten T-shirt thumbnail imageAll 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.

AGE REQUIREMENTS:
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:
     Monroe Road Elementary: 734-850-6800

Posted: March 4, 2019


MRE M-STEP SCHEDULE

5th Grade:
      April 9: English/Language Arts
      April 10: English/Language Arts
      April 11: Math
      April 16: Science
      April 17: Social Studies

4th Grade:
     April 30: English/Language Arts
     May 2: English/Language Arts
     May 7: Math

3rd Grade:
     April 30: English/Language Arts
     May 1: English/Language Arts
     May 2: English/Language Arts

Posted: March 18, 2019


Farewell, Mrs. Micham

Mrs. Micham, a beloved 1st grade teacher here at MRE, is moving to the Netherlands. While we're excited for her new adventure, we'll miss her very much. We wish her the very best and will stay in communication.

Mrs. Yoder, our Exploratory teacher will finish the year in Mrs. Micham's 1st grade class. Mrs. Sevilla has assumed the teaching responsibilities in our Exploratory class, and will finish the school year in that position.

Posted: March 15, 2019


Baseball/Softball Day at MRE – Thursday, March 28th

We love baseball and softball here at Monroe Road Elementary! We'd like to send positive vibes to the all of the teams as they begin their new season. The regular season for Major League Baseball begins on Thursday, March 28th, and we'd like to recognize this day as Baseball/Softball Day at MRE! MRE staff and students are encouraged to wear gear from their favorite team. Students can wear even wear hats! Students can wear apparel from any baseball/softball team!

Posted: March 15, 2019


MRE Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our 2019 Spelling Bee Winners!

Champion: Jaylee Bernath
Runner-Up: Sophia Sass

Jaylee will represent MRE at the Monroe County Spelling Bee in May.

Posted: March 11, 2019


PTO STEM Night on March 21st

Please join us for our annual STEM Night on Thursday, March 21 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the MRE gymnasium and cafeteria. We need volunteers to work the experiment tables. Please sign-up to volunteer by visiting the Sign-Up Genius link.

This is a free family event! Funding is provided by the MRE PTO.

Posted: March 11, 2019


YMCA Pajama Day: Friday, March 29

We're hosting a Pajama Day for donations ($1 or more) on Friday, March 29 at MRE! All donations will be given to the Francis Family YMCA to support their annual fundraising campaign.

Posted: March 11, 2019


April 12 New End of Third Quarter

Due to the number of days off due to the weather and road conditions, the end of 3rd quarter has been adjusted. Third quarter will now conclude on April 12th.

Posted: March 4, 2019


INTERNET SAFETY LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT

February 28, 2019

Dear Parents:

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.

Sincerely,
Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent
Bedford Public Schools


Red Cross Blood Drive – Rescheduled for April 22

Our PTO Red Cross blood drive has been rescheduled for Monday, April 22, 2019 from 2:00-7:00 pm. More information will be distributed as we get closer to the event.

Posted March 1, 2019


UPDATE ON INCLEMENT WEATHER DAYS FROM SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Bedford Public Schools Community Members,

I know that many of you (as am I) are concerned about the number of inclement weather days that the district has utilized this winter. I can only share with you that this winter has been very unique in the weather patterns that we have experienced in our area. The extreme temperature conditions along with the high levels of ice on our roadways have made my job as superintendent much more difficult over the past month or so. In addition, instances such as today when forecasts show a wide array of dangerous conditions landing at various times throughout the day make the decisions even more difficult. As I have stated in previous communications, our district goal is to hold school every day that we are scheduled. We absolutely understand the burden that changes to the schedule place on families and also our ability to teach effectively. With this in mind, we will continue to make the best decisions with the information that we have at our disposal. I can assure everyone that it is much easier and safer for the district to cancel classes for the day than it is for us to be forced into potentially dangerous dismissals if the weather lands as predicted throughout the day.

As of today, Bedford Public Schools has utilized eleven inclement weather days. The State of Michigan provides six days up front and allows for an appeal for up to three additional days if needed. In addition, Bedford Public Schools has one additional day built-in to our 2018-2019 school calendar. In total, if the district receives our appeal, we would have ten available days bringing our current situation to needing one make-up day at the end of the year (as of today). There is currently legislation in both chambers of the State of Michigan Legislature that would make any missed days of school during a State-level emergency period such as this month's polar vortex automatically forgiven and not counted toward the required number of days/hours. If this legislation passes, BPS would not need to make up the current one-day deficit. This is a long and detailed letter but should help to answer any questions that may exist. I will keep the community posted on any further information as it becomes available. The accompanying graphic shows the district's current position in regards to inclement weather.

Bar chart depiction of snow day totals as explained in accompanying article text

Sincerely,

Dr. Carl Shultz
Carl Shultz, PhD
Bedford Public Schools

Posted: February 20, 2019


Junior Achievement at MRE

We're currently seeking volunteers for our Junior Achievement program. We need a few more local business leaders from the Bedford community to assist with this program.

Volunteers will be assigned a classroom, and work with the teacher to schedule five lessons to teach MRE students about entrepreneurship. The curriculum and lessons are all provided. This is a great opportunity for local business leaders to positively influence MRE students.

For more information, please see the document located in the "Attachments" folder or contact Steffany Sass.

Posted: February 15, 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: mark.french@mybedford.us · Phone: 734-850-6025.

Posted: February 1, 2019


Girls on the Run at MRE!
3rd - 5th grade

Girls on the Run offers a 10 week, 20 lesson program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Throughout the program, the girls train together to walk or run a community wide 5K.

Practices are Monday and Wednesday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm at MRE. The season runs until May 15th. The 5K event is Saturday, May 11th at 1:30 pm at Rolling Hills Park

Posted January 14, 2019


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.

Resources:

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Carl Shultz


DRESS FOR THE WEATHER
Coats, Gloves, and Hats!

MRE students go outside daily for recess and fresh air breaks. Please send your child to school with a winter coat, gloves, and a hat on a daily basis. We also encourage students to wear winter snow boots once the snow arrives.

Posted December 5, 2018


MRE & BPS Hype Socks

We have custom MRE and BPS Hype Socks available for only $5 in the office. We have a variety of sizes available.

Posted December 5, 2018


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


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


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, May 16th
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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January - April 2019 Brochure

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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


Bond Progress image with BPS logo; preserve our schools, Protect our students

Thank you to Bedford Voters for supporting our schools! Follow our progress on Bond projects at: www.mybedford.us/bond.html