COMMUNITY FORUMS SCHEDULED FOR A PROPOSED NOVEMBER BOND
Dr. Carl Shultz, Superintendent of Bedford Public Schools, is excited to announce that, as a district, we have the opportunity this November to ask our community for support in updating our aging facilities and in ensuring that our students and staff have the safest possible learning environment. The district has been working tirelessly to construct a list of immediate facility needs that we need to upgrade. In addition, through surveys, building evaluations, and research, we have identified a number of safety concerns that we also would like to address.
The next step in the process is to engage our community in an open dialogue to determine if we have missed anything and to share where we are currently. To accomplish this step, the district will be holding two forums to outline our plan and to gather additional information from stakeholders. Please feel free to attend one of the two forums that will be located inside the Bedford High School Auditorium on the following dates:
Tuesday, May 29th
Bedford High School Auditorium
Thursday, May 31st
Bedford High School Auditorium
The Board of Education will also be discussing the proposal as an agenda item at their Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on Thursday, May 31st at 7 pm in the BHS Media Center. All board meetings, including COW meetings, are open to the public to attend.
Posted May 16, 2018
NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL!
Click on our "Registering a New Student" tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page to see what you need to bring with you.
Newly registered Kindergarten students get a Free T-shirt!
We are looking forward to meeting all of our future Mustangs!
Posted April 23, 2018
CHESS CLUB PARTIES
Mr. Wiitala is hosting end of the year pizza parties for students that participated in Chess Club. Please see the party schedule below:
Chess Masters – Monday, May 21 in Library
Checkmates – Wednesday, May 23 in Mrs. Stanley's Room
Kings & Queens – Friday, May 25 in Mrs. Scroggs' Room
Posted May 21, 2018
SNO CONE SOCIAL
Thursday, May 31st from 6-8 PM
The PTA Sno-Cone Social is scheduled for Thursday, May 31st from 6-8pm here at MRE! This is one of our most popular evening events. We'll have two Kona Ice trucks on-site, as well as bounce houses from Simpson's Moonwalks. This is a free family event, funded and organized by the MRE PTA. This year's event will take place in back of our campus, near our large playground and field. Please park in the front lot and field.
Heavenly Ever After (a local charitable organization) will have Princesses available for students to take photographs with during the event. Donations will be accepted in exchange for a photo with a Princess! All donations accepted will be given to the Nadolny family to assist with their expenses. Sarah Nadolny, mother to a MRE 1st grade student, has been bravely fighting a battle with breast cancer.
We'll have our Cars 4 Classrooms event set-up in the Clegg Road lot. Please take a moment to test drive a new Chrysler vehicle. Our PTA will receive a donation from Chrysler if enough MRE parents test-drive a vehicle!
Posted May 14, 2018
PTA PHOTO BOOTH
June 11 & 12
Our wonderful PTA is providing a photo-booth on June 11& 12 to allow MRE students to capture their final memories of the 2017/18 school year.
Posted May 7, 2018
Mud Hens Game – National Anthem
The Toledo Mud Hens invited MRE students to sing the National Anthem at our upcoming 5th grade field trip to the day game on Tuesday, May 8th. Ms. Hagadon allowed students to audition, and selected eight students to participate. Congratulations to the following students that will sing the National Anthem before the game: Kaylee B., Kennedy N., Ava B., Kira T., Nyah M., Jovie W., Lacy S., and Alyssa K.
Posted May 7, 2018
All Children Exercising Simultaneously (ACES)
MRE students participated in the All Children Exercising Simultaneously (ACES) program on Wednesday. The program was sponsored by local Farm Bureau insurance agent and MRE parent, Jessica Thompson. The Jessica Thompson Agency donated $250 to purchase new physical education equipment for MRE students. Our students had a great time dancing and exercising to the Cupid Shuffle and the Cha Cha Slide!
Posted May 7, 2018
MRE PTO Fun Run - THANK YOU!
Our PTO Fun Run is a very successful annual fundraiser. Our PTO redistributes the funds back to MRE through a variety of events and programs. I wanted share a short list of some of the ways our PTO redistributes the Fun Run money back to MRE: Mustang Bucks ($100 annually per teacher for supplies), Student Assemblies and Enrichment Programs, Teacher Grants, Playground Equipment, Fun Run Prizes, Off the Chart Program, Field Trips and Busing Fees, Campus Beautification, Fifth Grade Camp Scholarships, Fifth Grade Recognition and DARE Receptions, Fifth Grade Breakfast, Trunk or Treat, Family Science Night, Mid-Year Bounce House Reward Party, Sno-Cone Social, Bedford High School Scholarships (2 at $500 for former MRE students), Staff Appreciation Week, Bus Driver Appreciation Week, Family Bingo Night, Snowflake Shoppe, Book Fair, Kindergarten Recognition T-Shirts, Birthday Book Club, MRE Author Visit, One District: One Book, Family Reading Night, Open Houses, and Community Outreach
Posted May 7, 2018
NOTE FROM ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT ON M-STEP AND MME TESTING AT BPS
April 2, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This is the important time of year when our students take the M-STEP (Elementary and Junior High) and Michigan Merit Exam (High School) and we wanted to take a moment to thank you for all you do to support your children and their education.
During this time, please encourage your children to do their best on these tests, to take their time, and to take this opportunity to show what they have learned. We want their testing experience to be as positive as possible, and your support will be so helpful to them.
The M-STEP and Michigan Merit Exam provide our schools with valuable information on student knowledge and their ability to be college and career ready upon graduation. Teachers and school leaders use the test results to support curriculum design and continuous school improvement efforts.
Our Bedford community is very supportive of its K-12 students and this has shown in their strong record of performance in past years on these tests. In addition to your encouragement, here are some practical things you can do to help your children do their best:
-- Make sure your child's Chromebook is fully charged and with them at school.
-- Make sure your child has earbuds ready and in working order.
-- Ensure your child has a good night's rest.
-- Have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home or in the cafeteria at school.
-- Make sure your child arrives at school on time in order to minimize your child's testing anxiety. Once a testing session has begun, a student may not enter the classroom and will have to take a make-up test at a later date.
-- Please avoid scheduling appointments/vacations during your child's testing window.
For more information on the M-STEP and MME, please access this brief Michigan Department of Education video: Parents/Students/Educators Video.
I hope you have a wonderful and restful Easter Holiday and Spring Break and we are looking forward to seeing you on Monday, April 9.
Mark W. French, Ed.D.
Mark W. French, Assistant Superintendent
SPIRITWEAR STORE SALE UNTIL 5/28!
MRE families can take advantage of our biggest sale of the year. We're offering 20% off EVERYTHING when you use the coupon code SUNNY20. This "limited time" offer and will expire on May 28th.
Check out our new Monroe Road Elementary spirit wear store using the link below! It's stocked with tons of newly designed MRE shirts, hoodies, pants, shorts, and even pajamas! Items are purchased online and shipped directly to your home.
Monroe Road Elementary Spirit Wear Link
DISTRICT CALENDAR FOR 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR NOW AVAILABLE
Click on the link on the left to view the calendar for next school year. Please take note of the dates for NEXT YEAR'S Spring Break below. These dates deviate from what you may be used to seeing. Easter is NOT included in the spring break for next year, however, Good Friday is a day off.
SCHOOL YEAR : 2018-2019
Spring Break Begins: April 1st
School Resumes: April 8th
(Easter is April 21st and is NOT a part of the break)
Winter and Spring Break dates through 2020-21 can be found on our website on the District's Calendar page. look in the column on the left side of the page.
Posted May 14, 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.
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 community 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 documents using the Parent Update Folder link on the left or contact Steffany Sass.
Food Service News
Bedford Public Schools has been fortunate to have a donor pay off all students' negative food service balances through January 22, 2018. Inspired by this person's generosity, accounts have been set up at each school to receive donations from anyone else interested in ensuring that our students can enjoy a healthy meal every day at school. Stop by the school office if you wish to make a similar donation.
Please be sure to check your student's account via My MealTime (use the link on the left) on a weekly basis so we can prevent further excessive charging. (Tip: Set a low balance alert in your profile!)
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.
State Unveils New Parent Dashboard
Parents now have their own online dashboard that shows the performance of all K-12 public schools in Michigan and represents a new, improved level of transparency
The Parent Dashboard for School Transparency, available at https://www.mischooldata.org/ParentDashboard, is a combined effort of MDE and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) – based on significant parent feedback on its planning, content, and design.
The dashboard allows deeper dives into the performance of various groups of students, such as gender, race, subject, and services to students.
You can always find the direct link for Monroe Road Elementary School's information on the left under "School Data" for the "MI Parent Dashboard for School Transparency."
Our PTA is transitioning to a PTO for next school year.
Our newly elected 2018-19 PTO Executive Board:
Sarah Albring – President
Steffany Sass – Treasurer
Laura Atkins – Secretary
Heather Strong – VP of Parent Involvement
Karlee Kwiatkowski – Staff Representative
Parent Volunteers Needed
Please sign up to volunteer in the school print shop. Parents that volunteer for the print shop will be copying, cutting, or laminating materials for teachers that have left projects on the day you have volunteered.
COLLEGE CRAZY MONDAYS
MRE students and staff are encouraged to wear college/university/military gear each Monday throughout the school year. The classroom with the most "College Crazy" kids will keep Spirit, our mascot for the entire week!
Lost & Found
Help the lost items become found items! Please mark your clothing, lunch boxes, etc., with names on the inside.
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!
Purchasing School Pictures Online
Parents can also purchase school pictures online at Life Touch Our Picture Day ID is LM757012Y0