Monday, January 14, 2019

This Week at BCHMCPS

Today your children took part in an evacuation drill at school. We practiced how to leave the building and where we would go in case of an emergency in the school that would cause us to need to leave. 
The children did a great job! You will want to take this opportunity to speak with your child/ren about the drill today. We will be practicing again sometime this year.
A special thanks to Sergeant Perry and Officer Shaw from the Barnstable Police Department who assisted us with this drill. Please feel free to contact me (Dr. Kukstis) with any questions or concerns.

The monthly Principal Coffee will be held tomorrow morning, Tuesday January 15th,  from 9-9:30. An informational update on the status of the Innovation School planning will be part of the monthly Principal Coffee.  

This Thursday, January 17th, at 6:00 a general PTO meeting will be held at the school. Please join the PTO as they plan for important upcoming events. Your input and support are always needed and appreciated.

BCHMCPS families are invited to join us on Friday, January 18th for a very special performance by Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts, Music, and Dance! As a result of a generous grant from the Barnstable Education Foundation and out Title I federal grant funding, we are pleased to bring this exciting, interactive experience to our students at  BCHMCPS. We will host back-to-back performances. Both will be held in the Gym, with Grades 2 & 3 attending from 9:30-10:15 and Kindergarten and Grade 1 from  10:30-11:15. 

About Capoeira: From the streets of Brazil comes Capoeira: a unique hybrid of martial arts and dance in which partners pair off and spar in graceful, fluid motions, incorporating acrobatic flips and tumbles, all to the lively rhythms of Afro-Brazilian drumming. Using traditional costumes, colorful maps, live music, Portuguese language, and direct student engagement, the Afro-Brazilian Ensemble brings this unique movement form to life within its cultural context. In addition to Capoeira, two other important dance styles, the Maculele and the Samba, are introduced. Student volunteers will be called upon to get up and try out some moves.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Welcome 2019

Happy 2019! Last week we welcomed everyone back from the holiday break with the gift of a short week to get back to a school schedule after the vacation.

This week is a full week with an early dismissal on Wednesday. This is a 12:00 dismissal with NO afterschool daycare. Please make sure to make arrangements for afterschool if you are an afterschool daycare family.

This week's January Principal Coffee is postponed until next Tuesday January 15th.

Other reminders:
Monday January 21- No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Friday January 25- Enrichment Clusters begin

Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Holidays

Warmest wishes for happy holidays and a joyous new year from everyone at BCHMCPS to all our BCHMCPS family and friends . We look forward to seeing all of you back on January 2nd to start 2019!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Family Night Reminder

A reminder that tomorrow night is the Family Night with pizza, storytelling for students and "Screens Off/Minds On" presentation for parents/guardians. Please note that families MUST have sent back their pizza order by now to enjoy the free pizza. All pizza has been ordered.

Monday, December 10, 2018

This week at BCHMCPS - December 10-14

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday December 11th, from 4-8 please stop by Chipotle on Iyannough Road to get a great dinner and support the BCHMCPS school garden at the same time! As a reminder, below is the flier that students brought home earlier. 

Reminder that tomorrow from 9-9:30 is the December Principal Coffee. This month Grade 1 teacher Mrs. Burnett will be discussing literacy strategies to encourage and help the growing reader. We look forward to seeing you for this important discussion.

Thank you to everyone who has responded for Wednesday night's family night and pizza. Just a reminder that this
Screens Off/Minds On evening starts at 5:30. Pizza has been ordered for all families who have sent back their forms for pizza. We look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday night. The Book Fair will be open for the evening as well. 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

This Week at BCHMCPS

Happy December! This is a busy but shorter month so is packed with school and family events. We kick off this week with the teacher conferences on Tuesday and Thursday (December 4 & 6). Please remember that on both of these days there will be a 12:00 dismissal and NO afterschool daycare.
Morning drop off and afternoon pick up continue to go well and the BCHMCPS staff is so grateful to all families who follow the protocols set up to ensure student safety and an efficient drop off and pick up. A reminder that ALL cars should have a placard with the family name and student grades displayed in the front window. These placards are made by the school and, for the safety and security of students, cannot be made by others outside the school. If you need new or more signs for your car, or anyone else authorized to pick up your child/ren, we will have new signs available at teacher conferences. If you let us know ahead of time, we will have them ready for you. Thank you!

BCHMCPS has been so fortunate to have such wonderful administrative assistants in our school. Ms. Erica Aceto has been here at BCHMCPS for almost six years. Ms. Aceto has recently accepted a position at Barnstable High School starting December 12th. I am so sad to see her go but happy that she is moving into a position that will continue to allow her to use all the amazing skills that she brings to her job every day.
Please join us on Friday December 7th from 8:45-9:30 am in the cafeteria for coffee and pastry and to wish Ms. Aceto well.

Reminder- Book Fair all this week. Thank you PTO!!

BCHMCPS is sponsoring a Canned Food Drive to benefit Independence House. Boxes are available at school to drop off your donation. Thank you in advance.

December 4th & 6th- Teacher conferences

December 7th- Morning coffee event for Ms. Aceto

December 11th-Principal Coffee- Grade 1 teacher Mrs. Burnett will be speaking about how to encourage and help the growing reader. This is a great topic for all families!

December 12th- As a reminder- On December 12th, we are hosting the family event "Screens Off/Minds On". This is a fun night for the whole family! Pizza will be served, so you don't even need to think about dinner. If you have not returned your pizza order form, please do so as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to come in pajamas if they would like and they will have stories read to them as parents/guardians attend the "Screens Off/Minds On" workshop. The Book Fair will be open for the evening as well. Reservations are needed so we can know how much pizza to order. We hope to see you there!

December 20th- PTO General Meeting

December 21st- All School Community Meeting

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Week of November 19

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, please allow me to extend my warm wishes for a happy Thanksgiving to all of our BCHMCPS families and friends. When I count my blessings, I count all of you among those blessings. Thank you for all you do!

Calendar Reminders:
  • Picture Retake Day is Tuesday November 27th
  • PTO General Meeting is Wednesday November 28th 
  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be held December 4th. Thank you to all families who have signed up for the conferences. This is an important time to meet with your child's teacher and we encourage all families to attend. 
  • Book Fair- December 2-6 
  • Screens Off/Minds On family Night- December 12th

PTO News

The PTO will be holding the BCHMCPS Scholastic Book Fair December 2-6. Please watch for book fliers to come home next week! This great fundraiser not only supports our school, encourages student reading (yay!!) but also helps with your holiday shopping. Books make a great gift for all ages. The Book Fair will be open during parent conferences on December 4th; this is a great time to browse and shop the selection of books. Please remember to support the PTO Book Fair.

You can easily support our school while doing your in other ways while doing your holiday shopping. Here are some ways to easily do this :

1. You can sign up with Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon smile purchase to our school. If you use your phone or tablet for shopping you’ll have to go to your web browser and go through when you check out.
And choose: Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School PTO Inc
Remember to go to every time you shop.

2. Our Yankee Candle online store will remain open until January 9th 2019.
And type in our group number: 999987808

Thank you for supporting our PTO.

On December 12th, we are hosting the family event- "Screens Off/Minds On". Attached are fliers in English, Portuguese and Spanish. These fliers will also be sent home in your child's backpack. This is a fun night for the whole family! Pizza will be served, so you don't even need to think about dinner. Students are encouraged to come in pajamas if they would like and they will have stories read to them as parents/guardians attend the "Screens Off/Minds On" workshop. The Book fair will be open for the evening as well. Reservations are needed so we can know how much pizza to order. We hope to see you there!

Notes from Nurse Melley

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