Burtonsville Beat (November 12, 2023)

November 12, 2023

Good evening, Burtonsville families!

Mark your November calendars…

  •  13th-17th - Wellness Week
  • 15th - Grade 2 Trip to Strathmore
  • 17th - Harvest Parties
  • 20th - Early Release Day
  • 21st - Early Release Day
  • 22nd - Schools & Offices Closed
  • 23rd - Thanksgiving, Schools/Offices Closed
  • 24th - Schools & Offices Closed
  • 28th - Picture Retake Day

School & Community News…

Burtonsville staff and students will engage in a variety of activities this week, Monday, November 13th - Friday, November 17th, for Wellness Week including fun runs, shape breathing exercises, nature scavenger hunts, mindful coloring, and much more.  Each day, everyone is encouraged to wear different colors to represent/express different moods:

  • Monday - blue (calm)
  • Tuesday - orange (positivity/confidence)
  • Wednesday - purple (strength/creativity)
  • Thursday green (nutrition/health)
  • Friday - rainbow (hope)

In accordance with Maryland State Law students in Montgomery County Public Schools are screened for possible vision and hearing problems.  Trained hearing and vision screeners will be screening students new to MCPS, students in Grades K, 1st, and students referred by teachers because of possible signs of hearing or vision problems.  Screeners will return to BES this week on Monday, November 13th, and Tuesday, November 14th.   

Children who do not see clearly or are unable to hear what their teacher and classmates are saying have a harder time learning at school. Families will receive a referral form, via US mail, to take to their child’s doctor if they fail the screening.  If your child is already under care for a hearing or vision problem, or you do not wish your child to be screened at school because of conflicts with your religious beliefs, please notify the school nurse in writing.  If your child wears glasses or contacts they should wear them every day and bring them to the screening.School-based vision screenings may not detect every vision problem.  To learn more about possible vision problems and symptoms or health conditions that may require additional evaluation go to Montgomery County Government’s website at this link:https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/PHS/SchoolHealth/HearingVision.html

Contact the school’s nurse if you have questions about your child’s screening.240-740-5701

Our friends at James Hubert Blake High School, are excited to invite you to an unforgettable evening of entertainment as Blake Stage Company presents "Shrek the Musical." Get ready to embark on a fun magical journey filled with laughter, love, and community!  “Shrek the Musical.” Read here for upcoming dates and ticket information.  You can purchase your tickets in advance by visiting our website at https://tinyurl.com/BlakeShrek.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023, is Picture Retake Day for new students, students who were absent on the original picture day, and any student whose parents are requesting a retake. 

If you are interested in having your child(ren) retake their picture, the student should bring the original photo package, including the original envelope and all picture products, to turn in to the photographer when they come to sit for a new picture.  They do not need to fill out a new order form. 

Personal Body Safety Lessons - During the months of November and December, our school counselors will be presenting lessons on the topic of child abuse and neglect. A letter with more information about the lessons can be found here

A Message from our PTA…

A HUGE thank you to all the families for participating in our Beautification Day.  We had an amazing time and hope you did too.

Explore our PTA Amazon Wishlist! Your purchases directly support the PTA, contributing to staff and student support, community events, beautification days, and more. Please take a moment to visit http://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/191TWIFS1NU29?type=wishlist to show your support for the amazing staff at BES.

We are looking for school event photos to be featured in the 2023-2024 yearbook.  Please share your photos for the yearbook using the photo sharing link with code on the attached flier: https://images.jostens.com/04vcaBJucKb-wfDXtKh-6Nw.

The Burtonsville Yearbook for 2023-2024 is now available for purchase! Ensure your copy by ordering online at https://shop.memorybook.com using the School Code: 165015M. (First-time users need to register on the site.) Buy the yearbook at the exclusive pre-sale price of $22 (plus a $0.99 service fee & tax) through March 1st. After March 1st, the price will increase to $25 (plus service fee & tax). Don't miss out on this special offer! Keep a look out for the flier for further details.

County News…

MCPS -  5 Things to Know

Yours In Service,

Kimberly Lloyd, Principal

Terry Gobourne, Assistant Principal