February 4, 2016

posted Feb 4, 2016, 1:15 PM by Kurt Gergler

Dear Families,

The process to pass a school budget for next school year is moving along. The School Budget Hearing will be taking place this coming Monday, February 8th at 6PM in the BHS Auditorium. This is an important meeting to hear about and offer input on the budget before it goes to the Annual District Meeting. Babysitting is available, organized through Student Senate from BHS. They will keep track of and entertain the children after parents register them in the library.  No charge for the childcare service, but donations are appreciated which helps the Student Senate in their charity donation goals.

The Annual District Meeting will be held on Friday, March 11, also at BHS, and will also have childcare. This is when the budget is set by the voters for next year.

Attending these meetings is vital if you want your voice heard. We would love to see a strong BES family presence to be sure you weigh in on what you want for your children in Bow schools. The budget is still in process, but at this point the budget is slightly up and the tax rate looks like it will go slightly down. Here at BES we ready to cut some supplies, we are reducing two support positions, are hoping to maintain our programs and are hoping to add a third grade teacher to support the current second grade moving up next year.

Are you feeling healthy? Has it now been long enough since the holidays to feel yourself again? Do you sense that spring is approaching and you and your body are ready to take on warm weather activities? We at BES are interested in being healthy and are making healthy plans. Some parents and staff members met the other night and focused on three projects: an outdoor vegetable garden, an indoor hydroponic garden and hiking activities. Right out of the box the third grade teachers will take on the hydroponic garden idea as it fits into their curriculum. We have two parents interested in leading hikes, one after school and one on the weekend. All at the meeting were interested in helping with an outdoor garden.

We are looking for some family help:

  1. We would love more people to respond to the wellness survey. If you have not yet, please respond to this short survey: https://surveyplanet.com/5698ff8e1fb2579657bf3f03

  2. We are looking for people to join the garden committee. Please email me if interested in meeting about one time a month to plan and/or helping with legwork or garden work: kgergler@bownet.org

  3. We are looking for one or two people willing to hike with children. We have leaders, but need some more adults to help keep the children on the trail. These hikes will be randomly scheduled depending on interest. This is not a big commitment! Please email me if interested: kgergler@bownet.org

Final Call! The collection of winter coats and boots is winding down. Please look in your closets again and bring in what you can donate to fill the box in the hall.

Final Call, too! The collections for a school in Costa Rica is winding down. Please bring in school supplies, art supplies and thinking type board games to fill the other box in the hall. See more information below.

The PTO movie night next Friday is coming together nicely. The PTO will welcome families to the cafeteria at 5:00 PM for food - the pre-order forms for pizza are due Friday http://bes.bownet.org/about/Home/ptomovienight  - but some food may be available that night if you do not pre-order. Around 5:30 I will invite parents into the music room for a showing of Most Likely To Succeed, a movie about school change, followed by a discussion. Around 5:45 the movie will start for the children. We are ready to supervise the children of those adults joining the education movie, but please understand that this is a family event and we need all children in attendance to have a connected adult at one or the other movie.

Keep in touch,

Kurt Gergler

BES Read Across America Celebration

February 15th - 19th

In recognition of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, during the week of February 15-19, we will celebrate by having Read Across America Week at BES. We have some exciting activities planned, including theme dress days, Dr. Seuss read alouds by guest readers, Dr. Seuss trivia raffle for a chance to win a new book, and guess the book quotes trivia.  Students can help celebrate by dressing in the following Dr. Seuss theme clothing on the following days:

Monday: Mixed Up Monday (Hooray For Diffendoofer Day!)  

Tuesday: Comfy Cozy Day (Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book)

Wednesday: Green Day (Green Eggs and Ham)

Thursday: Sports Day-Three Cheers for Reading and Dr. Seuss!!

Friday: Hat Day (The Cat in the Hat)

Thank you!

COSTA RICA DONATIONS! Deadline for donations is February 15th.

During February break, our family will be visiting a school in an undeveloped area of Costa Rica. Our second grader, Maddux, and kindergartener, Dylan, are collecting donations to bring with us. Please consider sending in item(s) if you can help. We hope to bring back pictures of the school and children we are helping to share with BES students. Any questions, please contact me, Sheri Oosterveen at oosterveen76@gmail.com

We need the items by Monday, February 15th and there is a box in the BES entryway. Please check the link below for more information: