2019-2020 School Year Calendar:

For the 2019-2020 school year, we will be starting after Labor Day, with a first day of school for students in grades 1-8 on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. 

We had originally planned an open house on September 4th starting at 9:30. However, in order to alleviate parking lot congestion we are changing the schedule for Wednesday, September 4th. As a reminder, a parent must attend the September 4th open house with the student, this is not a drop off event. Please find revised times for the open house on September 4th.

  • 9:30 – 11 am: Students assigned to Mrs. Jumes and Mrs. Burns classes 
  • 12:00 – 1:30: Students assigned to Mrs. Tagen and Mrs. DiNapoli’s classes 

The first day of school for Kindergarten will be Thursday, September 5th with an early release at noon. Students will also attend on Friday, September 6th with an early release at noon.  On both of these Kindergarten early release days students must be picked up by a parent/guardian at the school at noon; mid-day bus service is not available and BFCCPS’s after school program will not be available. General arrival and dismissal procedures will be shared with the entire school community very soon.  Please note that during early Kindergarten dismissal on September 5 and 6 we will ask parents to park along the front “loop” of the driveway, park and walk up to pick up your child. We will have BFCCPS staff on hand to direct traffic. This is an atypical dismissal method that will only be used for this event. 

The first full day of school for students in Kindergarten will be Monday, September 9th. Bus service and after school care will be available if you have registered for those services.

We apologize for the change to the timing for September 4th and look forward to seeing you soon! 

Tuesday, September 3- Friday, September 6 are full days for our students in grades 1-8. 

Approved Calendar 2019-2020.  Please take note of all school closures and early release days.  Tentative days for the last day of school are marked for both Kindergarten and the rest of the school; these dates are subject to change based on any unforeseen school closures.


School Start Times:

The school day begins at 8:15 for students in Grades 6-8. Parents who drop their children at school may do so beginning at 8:00 am unless their child is participating in before school Chorus, Band or Morning Care in which case they may arrive as early as 7:30 am. Please note that students in Grades 6-8 who are not in their classroom by 8:20 am will be marked tardy. Any students who are tardy must sign into the office to obtain a tardy pass.

 

The school day begins at 9:00 for students in Grades K-5. Parents who drop their children off at school may do so beginning at 8:45 am. Please note that students who are not in their classroom by 9:00 am will be marked tardy. If you need childcare coverage before 8:45 am, morning care is available for a fee beginning at 7:30 am.

Arrival Dismissal:

Please visit this page for driving directions as well as arrival/dismissal information.


Summer Reading:

The summer months provide an opportune time to read, enjoy stories and learn new information from books. When parents and children read together, they are building language and new knowledge. They also create wonderful memories and experiences, which stay with children for many years. Our staff have put together summer reading lists and projects designed to foster enjoyment of reading, to expose students to a variety of genres, and to encourage independent reading. It is intended to help students maintain reading proficiencies acquired during the school year.
Summer reading assignments for the 2019-2020 school year are tied to the BFCCPS Four Virtues; you can learn more about Fortitude, Justice, Prudence and Temperance here on our website.
Kindergarten through Grade Five:  All students in Kindergarten through Grade Five have reading lists and assignments posted. Please visit this google folder to download your child’s summer reading list and assignment.
Grades 6-8: This year we will be using a new model of summer reading assignments for students in grades 6-8 that we’re calling Summer Book Clubs. Students will be assigned one of their five choices before leaving for summer vacation and receive a general list of questions for reflection as they read. Note that there is no written assignment associated with Book Clubs. At the start of next school year students will meet will their Book Clubs, other students and a faculty member that read the same book, to discuss their books, including character connections. Please email Kelsey Kolic at kkolic@bfccps.org with any questions about Summer Book Clubs.

 

Summer Math Enrichment:

Kids and adults alike enjoy playing games that are fun and motivating. Games give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games can also encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts. Further, they afford opportunities for students to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning. Providing repeated opportunities for students to play games, allows mathematical ideas to emerge as students notice new patterns, relationships, and strategies.

This summer, try playing some of the games below with your child for a chance to build some valuable math skills and some family fun. Game on!

Card/Dice Games:

Math War

https://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/seasonal/card-games-for-kids4.htm

Pig

https://www.youcubed.org/tasks/pig/

Two-Fisted Pennies

http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/about/understanding-em/games/two-fisted-pennies-game.html

Nim-7

https://nrich.maths.org/1204

Nim

https://nrich.maths.org/402

Acing Math Card Games

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ynv-nj0U3xjnbFopdtc4ALEyubMDyIUn/view?usp=sharing

Online Games:

Deep Sea Duel https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Deep-Sea-Duel/

Turtle Pond

https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Turtle-Pond/

Factor Game https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Factor-Game/

Factorize

https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Factorize/

Product Game

https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Product-Game/

Board Games:

Tiny Polka Dot

https://tinypolkadot.com/

Prime Climb

https://primeclimbgame.com/

Set

https://www.setgame.com/set

Mancala


Dress Code:

The BFCCPS dress code is central to maintain a, safe and respectful school environment that is conducive to learning.  Please read all the details in the full policy approved by the Board of Trustees.


School Supply Lists:

We have gathered supply lists for each grade to eliminate the guess work of what will be needed for the school year.  As you begin to purchase supplies, make sure to keep this checklist handy to make your back-to-school shopping as easy as 1, 2, 3!  School supply lists for all grades can be found in this Google Drive Folder.


Bus Transportation:

Morning Care:

Registration for the program is now closed. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please complete this google form or contact Mrs. Cifizzari at lcifizzari@bfccps.org.



After-School Care:

We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2019-2020 After-School Care program is now available. 300 spaces will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Students must be picked up by no later than 6pm. Registration will be for particular days of the week for the duration of the school year, i.e., every Monday or every Wednesday.  

Students must be pre-registered, no drop in services are available. After-School Care tuition is paid monthly, over the ten (10) month period from August through May, and has been divided into ten equal payments. (Payment in full is also welcome.)

PLEASE NOTE: Our teachers and after school providers will participate in professional development on early release days. With this in mind, we will not be able to offer After-School Care on our early release and full-day professional development days. If you need care on vacation and professional development days, we encourage you to contact local providers that offer drop in services or local camps.

Click here to Register for After-School Care


FamilyID:

We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration through FamilyID
FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to sign school policies, such as handbook agreements, media releases, and responsible use policies, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through Family ID, the system keeps track of your information in your Family ID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.
A number of online forms and registrations will take place using FamilyID over the next few months so you might want to register for FamilyID at this time to streamline future registrations and online forms that are shared.
To register for programs with our FamilyID software you will need your student’s “StudentID”; we will be using their Locally Assigned Student Identification/LASID. All parents should have received their child(ren)’s LASID by email just now; please be sure to sure to save this code for future reference.  Please note that forms that are filled out with a missing or incorrect LASID will be marked as incomplete, you can find your student’s LASID on the SchoolBrains Parent Portal.  


Parent Technology Suite:

BFCCPS uses several applications BFCCPS to provide a nearly paperless experience for our families. These programs allow us to streamline communications and offer a level of convenience for families throughout the school  year. However, in the event that your family does not have internet access at home please contact the main office at 508-541-3434 so that we can make alternate arrangements.  

Please click here for information about FamilyID, SchoolBrains, SNAP and School Dismissal Manager


Volunteering:

BFCCPS Parents have many opportunities to volunteer in the school including Kindergarten lunch volunteers, field trip chaperones, art and library volunteers and “mystery reading” in the K-4 classrooms.  All volunteers must complete a CORI check at least two days in advance of their volunteer day.  Once approved, a CORI is valid for three years.

Please note that an appointment is required in advance and that CORI processing can not be accommodated during arrival, dismissal or lunch-time. Office hours will be posted in mid-August. 


Breakfast and Lunch Ordering:

We are incredibly excited to launch our new breakfast and lunch program! BFCCPS is partnering with Revolution Foods to provide fresh, healthy offerings to our students and staff every day. This new program will offer an increased variety as well as increased flexibility with ordering deadlines.

Breakfast is priced at $2.25 and will be available for students attending our Morning Care program.  Lunch is priced at $3.25. Students who bring lunch from home may purchase milk on an a la carte basis from week to week.  Visit this page for details.


Classical Enrichment Block Classes – Grades Six through Eight Only:

We are pleased to announce the Classical Enrichment Block classes for the 2019-2020 school year.  Classical Enrichment Block classes are offered by trimester and cover a multitude of topics across all content areas.  These unique classes touch on many aspects of our school’s Classical Education pillar and will be a great way to start off the week; this year’s schedule moves Classical Enrichment to the first class of the day each Monday.

Please visit this page on our website for course listings and registration information.  The signup form will be sent to Grade 6-8 parents on Friday, August 16.  Sign-ups must be completed by Monday, September 2.