Douglas Road Elementary School (DRE)

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WELCOME TO DOUGLAS ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! 

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Volunteers NeededNeed Book Fair Volunteers!

BOOK FAIR: MARCH 4-7
Reading helps your MIND BLOOM! Our PTO SPRING Book Fair is almost here! The fair is running March 4th through March 7th (No school March 8th)!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We need volunteers to help set up and help our students shop during the fair! Set up is on Friday, 3/1 and Monday- Thursday, the fair is open from 8:30am to 3:30pm! Students attend with their classes or at other times with teacher permission.

Sign Up Genius link for volunteering at the upcoming book fair

FAMILY NIGHT
Family Night is Tuesday, 3/5 from 5-7. Please sign up where you are able. Volunteers get a deal on books and our undying gratitude!


Pennies for Patients

Tuesday 20th - Friday 23rd

Bedford High School Student, Katie Virost, is a candidate for Student Visionaries of the Year which is a part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She is helping raise money to go to research and families struggling with this deadly cancer with a Pennies for Patients Challenge.

Pennies will be worth 1 point, nickels, -5 points, dimes -10 points, and quarters -25 points. Students will put their pennies in their own containers and then put their silver coins in the containers of other grade levels.

The class with the most points will earn a pizza party.


Lindsay BonillaDRE WELCOMES AUTHOR MARCH 4th

Thumbnail of book coverDouglas Road Elementary School is excited to welcome author Mrs. Lindsay Bonilla!

On March 4th, author and storyteller Lindsay Bonilla will visit Douglas Road Elementary to share her book, The Note Who Faced the Music.

Please click on this link below to learn more about Mrs. Bonilla.


New signs being installedNEW SIGNAGE AROUND THE DISTRICT

You may notice some new signs being installed around our district. These new signs are meant to reinforce to district visitors that our grounds and facilities are closed to the general public when school is in session. This is not a new policy (9150 - SCHOOL VISITORS), however, we are stepping up our enforcement of these rules to help ensure the safety of students and staff. Anyone that has school related business during published school hours, is welcome to enter through each building's main entrance and check in as a visitor.

This same School Visitor Policy also addresses animals on our school grounds: “Except as set forth in District policy, canines brought on the premises by law enforcement personnel for law enforcement purposes, or in the case of "service animals" required for use by a person with a disability, no other animals may be on school premises at any time.”


NEW CONCERT DATES

Thursday, February 29th: 5th Grade Concert

Thursday, March 21st: Kindergarten Concert


Students of the monthDRE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH PROGRAM

JANUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH!

Hats off to these students! Their teachers have nominated them for exemplifying the character trait of kindness. They exhibit qualities such as considering all perspectives before deciding, consistently ensuring equal opportunities for everyone by taking turns, sharing with their peers, and maintaining a non-judgmental attitude, refraining from blaming others without cause. January's Students of the Month include Eleanor S., Ella S., Aurora W., Conrad S., Deegan C., Mateo S., David W., Evelyn S., Tanner B., Leo S., Lena S., Mirabelle V., Ethan S., Garrett S., Jack S., Jordon M., Cora B., Logan M., Jace R., Neil M., Chloe K., Aiden C., Eliza D., Lilah L., Griffin B., Lena S., Claire Y., and Colton K. Way to go! 

 As part of this award, the students of the month will receive the following incentives:

  • Student of the month certificate
  • Group picture posted on the marquee in front of DRE, on Schoology and on the PBIS bulletin board.
  • $10 in Mule Money
  • Lunch with the principals (Students will eat their own lunch but in a fun location with the principals and other student of the month winners!)

Kid-Heart-Challenge-logoKids Heart Challenge

Our school is working in partnership with the American Heart Association to fight Heart disease. Students in physical education classes will be starting a jump rope unit which culminates with an event known as the KID Heart Challenge.
We officially kicked off this year's challenge on February 5th.

Register your students here: http://www2.heart.org/goto/DouglasRoad

Thumbnail image of flyerFREE UT STEM EVENT FOR STUDENTS

The University of Toledo Engineering Council presents:

“Spring Into STEM”
Tuesday, March 19th from
6-8 pm
University of Toledo College of Engineering in Nitschke Hall located at 1610 North Westwood Ave.


This event will be open to all the children in grades K-8 to come and get a hands-on introductory experience with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a collegiate setting. The purpose of the event is to educate primary school students about STEM. We will have 10+ student organizations within the UT College of Engineering putting on interactive experiments, demonstrations, or take-home projects to educate students on various STEM topics. Toledo's Formula SAE Car will also be on display!

The event is completely free, both entry and parking. Parents and guardians will park in Lot Area 20 E.

Please fill out this Spring Into STEM Interest/Registration Form to save your spot! (You will get a follow-up email containing confirmation details before March 19th.)

View the Spring Into STEM Flyer

If you have any questions, reach out to: [email protected]


Mr. Peace presents for parentsMR. PEACE PARENT SESSION

Mr. Peace's Parent Session on Cyberbullying and Social Media

Did you miss Mr. Peace’s Cyberbullying & Social Media Parent Presentation? He did an excellent job relaying a LOT of information. Even if you were there, you may wish to go through some of the materials at a more leisurely pace! Mr. Peace was kind enough to share a Google folder with all of his presentations, resources and videos from the evening.

For more information on National Youth Speaker Kevin “Mr. Peace” Szawala (and links to his social media, etc.) visit: mrpeace.org


Come to K-DAY, Y5/K Registration Day, April 13COME TO K-DAY!

YOUNG FIVES & KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Saturday, April 13, 2024

All sessions will be at the BPS Administration Offices
in Smith Road Elementary School, 1135 Smith Road

     9:00 am - 10:30 am: For new Monroe Road Elementary students
     11:00 am - 12:30 pm: For new Jackman Road Elementary students
     1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: For new Douglas Road Elementary students

This event is for parents to complete registration paperwork and it is not necessary to bring your student with you. Use this link for details on what to bring with you: https://www.bedford.k12.mi.us/our_schools_programs/register_a_new_student

Free tshirt

Completed registrants will receive a swag bag which includes a FREE t-shirt...while supplies last!

(If you have a current Young Fives student, you do not need to register again for Kindergarten next year. They are automatically scheduled for the next grade for Fall.)

Registration appointments can also be scheduled by calling the school office after April 15, 2024: 
   Douglas Road Elementary: 734-850-6700
   Jackman Road Elementary: 734-850-6600
   Monroe Road Elementary: 734-850-6800

The Difference between Young Fives and Kindergarten

This video on YouTube helps explain the differences between Young Fives and Kindergarten at Bedford.


Order Yearbook Deadline April 26Order Your 2024 DRE Yearbook!

Place your order online for Lifetouch's 2023-2024 Douglas Road Elementary Year at: ybpay.com
Use Yearbook ID Code: 10431824
Order deadline: April 26, 2024

 
TWO FLL CHALLENGE TEAMS WENT TO STATES!

We have students on two First Lego League Challenge teams (4th - 5th graders) that went to states at Saline on Dec 16. Team #2877, The Lego Buddys, and Team #10396, The Bobs (an all girl team), both competed there. Both teams are made up of students from all 3 of Bedford's elementary schools.  

The Lego Buddys and The Bobs FLL Challenge Teams


STAFF RECOGNIZED WITH ABOVE & BEYOND AWARDS

Mr. Chapman, our Executive Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, has spent some time  visiting the schools and departments across the district to recognize staff nominated by the building principals, department heads and central administration for going above and beyond. Congratulations to the following staff who were recognized with the First Quarter’s Above & Beyond Awards we see daily at DRE: Michelle Miller and Denise Welch!

Mrs. Miller with students

Mrs. Welch with students


Douglas Road Elementary PTO with MuleDRE PTO NEWS 

WELCOME TO DOUGLAS ROAD ELEMENTARY PTO!
Welcome to Douglas Road Elementary! The DRE PTO is excited to welcome you here and we can't wait to get to know you. 

FOLLOW THE DRE PTO ON FACEBOOK!
We utilize our Facebook page to share information and to provide many exciting opportunities for involvement.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR MEETINGS!
Our PTO meetings will be on the dates listed below at 3:45 pm in the Library and available through Facebook live. We encourage you to contribute your thoughts and ideas in person or from home! We happily provide childcare during meetings and the kids have a ton of fun playing with the other Douglas Road kiddos.

March 14, 2024
April 11, 2024
May 16, 2024

OTHER FUN PTO EVENTS TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

March 4-7, 2024: Book Fair
March 6, 2024: Book Fair/Family Night, 5-7 pm
April 25, 2024: Donuts with Dudes
May 3, 2024: DRE in the Dark (sales start March 6th)
May 6-10, 2024: Staff Appreciation Week
May 17, 2024: Mini Mule Mini Marathon
May 31, 2024: 5th Grade Recognition
June 3, 2024: Kindergarten Recognition

DRE Online Spirit Shop with Mule

DRE ONLINE SPIRIT SHOP

DRE Online Spirit Shop will be open August 30 - September 13th.
Please allow 3 weeks after the store closes to receive your order. 

PTO EXECUTIVE BOARD: 
President: Julianne Pickard
Vice-President: Tara Coakley
Secretary: Kaitlyn Pisanti
Treasurer: Maria Zapp
Teacher Liaisons: Nicole Hite and Laura Burgermeister

SUPPORTING DRE PTO WHILE YOU SHOP

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BOXTOPS ARE NOW EVEN EASIER!
Simply make an account at this link and scan your receipts after you shop. The app does all the work and you get to help Douglas Road!

SUPPORT DRE PTO WITH KROGER REWARDS AND AMAZON SMILE


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COMMUNTY EDUCATION NEWS

You can see our full list of Community Education programs and register online at HTTPS://BEDFORD.CE.ELEYO.COM/

 

Winter/Spring 2024 Brochure Cover ThumbnailWINTER/SPRING 2024 BROCHURE IS HERE!

The 2024 Winter Brochure is out. Look for some new and old programs and activities including basketball, volleyball, driver's ed classes, art, fitness and tech programs for youth and adults. Some of the Spring leagues are included in this brochure as well.

SEARCH PROGRAMS & REGISTER ONLINE AT:
HTTPS://BEDFORD.CE.ELEYO.COM.

Families can also stop in at our offices, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:00 pm, at 1135 Smith Road (Smith Road School). Questions? Give us a call at 734-850-6036.

  

Adult enrichment classes are also offered. Check out the adult fitness classes: cardio & tone, karate, line dancing, and yoga as well as art classes and more. Ed2Go offers a full array of online Career Training programs in multiple fields. Go to www.ed2go.com/bedfordae for a complete list

Don't see a class that you would be interested in? Email us your interests - [email protected] or call our office 734-850-6036.

Follow Community Ed on Facebook for updates on their new programs and activities: facebook.com/bedfordcommunityeducation


School Pictures, photo equipmentSPRING PICTURE DAY

FEBRUARY 13
Pre-order online at mylifetouch.com and use Picture Day ID: EVTKPMD6S


GENERAL INFORMATION

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL TRAFFIC FLOW MAP 
Please review the Arrival/Dismissal Traffic Flow Map to help things flow smoothly from Day 1! 

LATCHKEY IS AVAILABLE
Latchkey is available before and after school. You can learn more on the Latchkey website or by calling 734-850-6004 to speak with Latchkey Director, Amber Brushaber.

MEDICATION AUTHORIZATION FORM
Parents can drop off any medication that will be given at school in the health room. A Medication Authorization Form, signed by a physician, must accompany the medication. This includes many common over-the-counter medications, such as cough drops.

UNIVERSAL SCHOOL MEALS ARE BACK!
FREE & REDUCED SCHOOL MEALS APPLICATION STILL WORTH FILLING OUT!

We encourage families in need to fill out a Free and Reduced School Meals Application. Other programs that may benefit families may also require this form to be completed in order to be considered such as potentially waived or discounted Chromebook Fees. Family participation in the program may also qualify the school to receive additional funding to support our students. This form can be filled out online: https://bedfordps.familyportal.cloud/.

BUS ROUTE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON TRAVERSA RIDE 360 MOBILE APP

Ride 360 App Icon

Link to detailed instructions on how to access and use the Traversa Ride 360 app and website
The “Where’s the Bus?” link on our website also links to these instructions.

Please note that the staff is continuing to make adjustments to the routes as last minute student registrations come in. Please double check before the first day of school. Times will fluctuate at the start of a new school year until everyone settles down into a routine. 

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BPS MOBILE APP AVAILABLE
-- APP STORE LINK
-- GOOGLE PLAY STORE LINK

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2023-2024 DISTRICT SCHOOL-YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE CALENDAR

Note: Easter Sunday is March 31, 2024. It is the last day of Spring Break.

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2023 NEWS & VIEWS NEWSLETTER

The BPS District Back-to-School Newsletter is a great resource to use year round!

 


Sign Up for Text Message Alerts with Infinite CampusHOW TO REQUEST TEXT MESSAGE ALERTS AND MANAGE YOUR CONTACT PREFERENCES IN INFINITE CAMPUS

Bedford Public Schools uses Infinite Campus' ability to send out Emergency Notifications. You can manage your contact preferences within your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. (If you have not set up your Parent Portal Account yet, please check you email for an activation key code.)

You can choose how you want to receive our messages: email, phone calls, and now text messages. The default setting is email and phone options. If you wish to add text messages, you will have to add that as an option in your Parent Portal Settings. Please use this link for Instructions on How to Set Your Contact Preferences and to Receive Text Message Alerts

You can edit your phone numbers within the portal, but if you need to change your email, you will need to contact the school office.

NEW TO INFINITE CAMPUS?
Each parent who is listed as a student guardian in Infinite Campus will receive an email on Monday. This email will include their personal parent activation key (a long string of letters and numbers) that will connect the parent to all of the students in their household that attend BPS. A parent will use that special key to set up their Infinite Campus parent account.


Mobile phones displaying app screens, confetti

BPS MOBILE APP AVAILABLE

APP STORE LINK
GOOGLE PLAY STORE LINK

BPS PARENT NEWS FOR 1:1 STUDENTS INFO FOR CURRENT 1ST THRU 11TH GR FAMILIES FOR 2023-24TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT UPDATES

Please see the latest Tech Department Newsletter with information for current 1st-11th grade families as we wrap up the 2022-23 school year and get ready for 2023-24!

It includes details on:

  • End of Year Chromebook & Charger Collection
  • 2023-24 Chromebook Insurance for 2nd-12th Grade
  • Optional Protective Chromebook Messenger Bag Available
  • Chromebook Distribution for 2023-24
  • Google Drive & Gmail Summer Access for Students
  • Like the Bedford Ed Tech Facebook Page

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Parents Guide: How to View Child Information on Schoology & Infinite Campus
Infinite Campus: Resources for Parents to Get Started


Community AssistanceCOMMUNITY ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR BEDFORD FAMILIES

Find details with this Community Assistance Opportunities for Bedford Families Link including information about food assistance programs, Eye Exams/Glasses, Parent Support Group and more. New information will be added to that document as it comes in. Some programs are seasonal but past details are included for future reference.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY  

Link to Mobile Food Pantry dates/locations in Monroe County 


SOLIANT NAMES BEST INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUNDS IN AMERICA

DRE MAKES THE LIST!

10 Best Inclusive Playground

When the Gandee family decided to do the CP Swagger to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy, they did not imagine their efforts would spark an outpouring of support and donations for an inclusive playground. Those donations, and many hours of volunteer work from community members, launched the C.P. Swagger Playground. These inspirational efforts caught the attention of Soliant as they sought to celebrate the ten best inclusive playgrounds in the United States.

Soliant reviewed outstanding school playgrounds across the country based on several factors, including the utilization of inclusive playground design core principles, quantity, and quality of play features offered, and any unique inspirations or stories behind the development, funding, or name of the playground. These selected playgrounds go beyond minimum accessibility to offer play experiences for a wide variety of needs—for example, by offering braille features for students who are visually impaired and sensory-rich structures for students with developmental disabilities.

“We were absolutely blown away at the number and variety of inclusive playgrounds in schools nationwide, so much so that it felt nearly impossible to pick just ten. Here at Soliant, we feel grateful for this opportunity to spotlight ten playgrounds with incredible design and stories. Additionally, we extend our acclamation to the school educators and support staff who help push inclusivity further into education systems and continuously work to benefit the experience for all children—regardless of abilities,” Soliant Senior Vice President of Education Lesley Slaughter said.

Use this link to see "The 10 Best Inclusive School Playgrounds in America” released by Soliant. Douglas Road Elementary School’s C.P. Swagger Shipyard is the second entry on the list and it is the only one located in Michigan.

“The opportunity to be able to offer an inclusive educational environment both in and outside of the classroom is extremely important for our students,” said Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carl Shultz. “The Douglas Road Elementary community came together to purchase and install an amazing play structure that would benefit all students equally. This is another amazing example of what can happen when caring people come together for the benefit of all.”

See 13abc’s related story: “Lambertville playground highlighted for inclusive playground design“


Douglas Road Elementary Vision and Mission Statement

OUR VISION:

D -- Developing thoughtful minds
R -- Relationship driven
E -- Establishing successful students

OUR MISSION:
Inspiring emotional and academic growth for a successful future.

DOUGLAS ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
6875 DOUGLAS ROAD, LAMBERTVILLE, MI 48144
PHONE: 734-850-6700, ATTENDANCE: 734-850-6720, FAX: 734-850-6799


Now hiring, jobs at BPS, see website for details

BPS is hiring!

Among the available openings are several Parapro positions. These are great for people looking for part time work that fits within the same times as their child’s school days!

Use the “Jobs at BPS” link to see what is available and for details on applying.

A variety of substitute positions are also available. Substitute bus drivers are in demand. (If you are interested in being a bus driver, please call Transportation Director, Cari Dupree, at 734-850-6071 to ask about paid training if needed.)
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