INCOMING KINDERGARTEN/YOUNG FIVES OPEN HOUSE ON APRIL 15th
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST JAGUARS AND MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2032!
Jackman 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!
The 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!
All 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.
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 any school office:
Jackman Road Elementary: 734-850-6600
Posted: March 4, 2019
MUSICAL MASTERPIECE PERFORMANCE RESCHEDULED
The Tuesday, March 12th performance of Musical Masterpieces will be rescheduled for Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 PM.
Posted: March 13, 2019
ALL FUN NIGHT SPOTS ARE NOW FILLED!
JRE Fun Night on March 22nd
If you did not sign up online, please make sure to send in your check (made out to JRE PTO) along with the student's name, grade, and a phone number you can be reached at during the time of the event, and send it in with your student by Wednesday, March 20th at 4:00 p.m. Please email Sherry Farnan with any questions you may have.
WHO: ANY JRE STUDENT
WHERE: WE ARE TAKING OVER JRE!
WHEN: FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019
6:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M.
COST: $25.00 PER STUDENT--THIS INCLUDES A PIZZA DINNER
This evening will include flashlight lollipop hunt, pizza, scooters, basketball, sidewalk chalk, crafts, a photo booth, nail salon, face painting, games in the gym, dancing, movies, and more unlimited fun!
WHAT TO BRING:
Flashlight with your child's name on it.
Dress for the weather. We will be going outside.
A great attitude and ready to have a blast.
No electronics please.
Updated: March 20, 2019
JRE PTO Executive Board Interest Survey
JRE is in the process of nominating officers for the 2019-2020 school year. Please fill out and return this form to the JRE office or Sherry Farnan by Friday, March 15, 2019 if you would consider a position. If you have any questions please contact Meghan Dusseau or Sherry Farnan at 734-850-6601. We also have a lot of other positions in which volunteers are needed. We truly value working cooperatively with families to provide an amazing educational experience for our students. Thank you!
Posted: March 4, 2019
M-STEP Testing Dates for 2019
April 15, 2019: Math
April 16, 2019: Math
April 17, 2019: Social Studies
April 22, 2019: English/Language Arts
April 23, 2019: English/Language Arts
April 24, 2019: Science
May 7, 2019: Math
May 9, 2019: English/Language Arts
May 7, 2019: Math
May 9, 2019: English/Language Arts
Posted: March 4, 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
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.
Dr. Carl Shultz
Bedford Public Schools
S.O.S. (Students for Other Students) a Success at JRE!
JRE is fortunate to have the S.O.S. (Students for Other Students) Program. This is a peer tutoring program in which BHS students come to work with our Jaguars!
Posted: February 25, 2019
Hearts for Animals
Thank you to everyone supported Hearts for Animals. JRE raised $1,142.55 for the Monroe County Humane Society!
Posted: February 25, 2019
JRE PTO American Red Cross Blood Drive A Success
Thank you to everyone who supported our American Red Cross Blood Drive! We collected 34 units!
Posted: February 25, 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.
Dr. Carl Shultz
Carl Shultz, PhD
Bedford Public Schools
Posted: February 20, 2019
BEDFORD JUNIOR HIGH OPEN HOUSE
Attention Fifth Grade Families!
Fifth grade students and families are invited to an Open House at Bedford Junior High School on March 13th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. We look forward to welcoming our newest Broncos as 6th graders in September. This is a great opportunity for you to begin to familiarize yourself with the school and learn about everything BJHS has to offer!
Posted February 6, 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: email@example.com · Phone: 734-850-6025.
Posted: February 1, 2019
JRE Career Day March 19th
JRE is looking forward to career day which will be held on Tuesday, March 19th from 1:30 p.m.-3:05 p.m. Please click here is you are interested in being a presenter on this day or know someone who would be interested in presenting. (You can also fill out this Presenter Google Form to sign up.) Please contact Mrs. Farnan with any questions you may have.
Posted January 22, 2019
Girls on the Run--Starts Soon!
Our ten week program will begin on March 4th and will run through May 15th! JRE sessions will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00.
If you have ANY questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Rachko.
Posted February 25, 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
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.
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
Dr. Carl Shultz
Way to go JRE Quiz Bowl Team
The JRE Quiz Bowl team competed at the Monroe County ISD. They were third in the county! #jreproud
Posted December 10, 2018
School Improvement Parent Surveys
JRE would love to have your input on our school improvement parent survey.
We would also love to have parents join our school improvement team. We typically meet the third Wednesday of every month. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: November 6, 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. Thank you JRE Student Council for collecting and counting our Box Tops this year. There are also classroom prizes that can be won!
BOX TOP AWARDS
Box tops are due on the dates listed below. The class that averages the most box tops for that month will receive the prize listed.
March 29: $25.00 to purchase books for your classroom
April 30: "Mystery Prize"
May 31: Popsicle for each student
Posted: October 23, 2018
Physical Education & Exploratory Classes Outside
Physical education will be going outside. They stay outside until late fall weather permitting. Exploratory classes may also be going outside. Be prepared with appropriate outerwear and accessories for the weather forecast!
Updated October 22, 2018
JRE to be a COLORCYCLE school!
We are partnering with Crayola to recycle markers. We will be collecting ALL markers that would go in the trash and they will recycle them for us. (Even those that are NOT Crayola!) ALL markers!! Student Council students made collection bins to go in classrooms for collection of the used markers and will be helping with this project throughout the year.
Posted September 7, 2018
To order online: Go to mylifetouch.com
Enter the Picture Day ID: LM758021Y0
Picture Retake Day ID: LM758021Y1
Check out our Jackman Road Elementary spirit wear store! It's stocked with tons of newly designed JRE apparel.
Next Sale: March 1-10. Orders are delivered 2-3 weeks after the store closing date.
Posted November 14, 2018
Fresh is Best Snacks Reminder
This is a reminder that JRE has a "fresh is best" snack policy. The staff also does this for snack time. In addition, I wanted to address some of the questions that came about as a result of this change. Please understand that this is just not about allergies and keeping all of our students safe. "Fresh is best" simplified snack time and increased instructional time because teachers weren't reading labels, opening snacks, sending students to the lunchroom for sporks or napkins, and calling Mrs. Juliana for clean-ups. The ten minutes or so a day we are gaining back can add up to an additional week of instruction. Thank you for your help in this matter.
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
INTRODUCING SCHOOLOGY FOR 3rd-5th GRADE STUDENTS & FAMILIES
New this year for 3rd-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:
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
JRE School Garden Project
JRE was recently awarded 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.
We began a composting program during lunch hours for grades 4 and 5 at the beginning of this school year. Exploratory students will plant the first seeds and plants in the garden beds in the spring.
YOU can help. We are also counting on support through donations (expertise, volunteer time, supplies, money, etc.) to make this successful. We will need help over the summers to keep up with weeding, watering, and harvesting. You can email Mrs. Schalmo or Mrs. Neboyskey at email@example.com and let us know how you would like to help.
SCHOOL GARDEN WISH LIST:
Trowels, Plastic Watering Cans, Garden Gloves (small adult and child size), Tomato cages, Hand rakes and yard rakes, Bamboo stakes, Hand pruners, Fan sprayer (hose nozzle), Turning composter, Trellis, Large pots for herb garden, Hose, Shovels, 6 ft. tall bamboo or straight tree branches for bean teepee , Twine or garden wire, 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.
Join us for our next PTO meeting on Monday, April 15th @3:30 p.m. in the JRE Media Center.
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.