Mustang Message - April 10, 2022

We are a community of learners thriving in a diverse world!

We are a family.

We are capable.

We are caring.

We all belong!


Attendance Counts

Student attendance matters.  We ask families for their partnership in helping teachers teach and students learn!


Attendance Matters!

Every day counts when it comes to student attendance.  We are eager to welcome your children back in school tomorrow, April 11 at 9:00 a.m.  Your child's attendance is very important!  Teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. 

  • Studies have shown that just 2 absences per month can cause students to fall behind and start to struggle. Let’s finish this school year strong!
  • According to a recent student of elementary and middle schools, there’s a 5.8% difference between April and June attendance rates.  And, in some schools, the attendance drop is nearly twice that.  Let's work together to end the school year with success.



  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Complaints of a stomachache or headache may be a sign of anxiety and not necessarily a reason to stay home, especially if your child has not been exposed to Covid-19.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to your child's teacher, our school counselor Ms. Kramer, or other parents/guardians for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school, and we are here to help!
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.  Contact our Family Liaison, Mrs. Chetelat, if you might need support with this.
  • We ask that family trips and extended vacations be limited to scheduled school holidays, such as Spring and Summer breaks.  Every school day is important for teaching and learning.  The last day of this school year is Friday, June 10th.

Thank you for your partnership!


Specialist Spotlight:

In April, we will be celebrating the Month of the Military Child to recognize the military-connected students at BMP.  Below are some opportunities to participate:   

  • Picture of your family:  Send in a picture of your military-connected family to be featured on the BMP news show.  Pictures may be emailed to by April 18th.
  • Spirit Week: All students are invited to participate in an all FCPS spirit week, April 18-22: Monday-Pajama Day, Tuesday-Crazy Camo Day, Wednesday-Purple Up day, Thursday-Career Day, Friday-Red Friday (Remember Everyone Deployed).
  • Donuts with Dependents: We invite you to share a donut with your child on April 20th at 8:30-9:15 am in the Bren Mar Park library.  Connect with other military families over coffee and donuts. Please RSVP to

We look forward to seeing everybody Purple Up! in April.   


Ways to Help Your Child at Home

Talking with your child helps to develop oral language skills, build background knowledge, develop vocabulary, and also inspire a curiosity about the world - all of which helps with learning to read and write! One fun way to encourage conversation with your child is by playing conversation games. Try some of these classic conversation games the next time you’re driving in the car, waiting in line at the grocery store, or at mealtimes.

Name 10: One person states a category such as “sports” and the other players must come up with 10 examples of that category. The next player states a new category and you keep playing.

I Spy: One person starts by saying, “I spy with my little eye something…” and then adds one descriptor (that is blue, is a circle, bigger than a shoe). The other players take turns trying to guess what the item is. The person who guesses correctly then gets to be the “spy” and go next.

Fact or Fiction?: Each person takes turns telling two things that are true about themselves and one thing that is not. The other players guess what is fact and what is fiction.


Kindergarten Orientation

We invite families of rising Kindergarten students to join us for Kindergarten Orientation to learn more about Bren Mar Park and a typical school day.


Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

In-Person and Virtual Participation Options


Lunch Meal Information

Ms. Lee, our cafeteria manager, reminds families that one lunch meal per child continues to be free for every student in our building.  Students are to take the full meal and not just one item.  Should a child want an extra serving, those items will be charged to the child’s lunch account at the following prices:

Extra Meal                                        $4.50

One Side Dish (like fries)                 $2.75

Milk                                                   $0.60

Families can pay 3 ways:  MySchoolBucks, check or cash.  Families may also choose to apply for free- or reduced-meals through the online application here.   Free- or reduced-meal qualifications may also allow families to access reduced fees for other programs, including some summer programs.


Important Upcoming Dates/Events

April 14                 Family Market, 5:00 p.m.   

April 20                 Donuts with Dependents, 8:30-9:15 a.m.

April 20                 BMP Band/Chorus/Strings Concert, 7:00 p.m.

April 20                 PTA-Sponsored Restaurant Night:  Chipotle, Springfield Mall

April 21                 Family Literacy Night, 6:30 p.m. (In-Person); pizza at 6:00

April 27                 Kindergarten Orientation, 4:30 p.m.

April 28                 Parent Coffee, 9:30 a.m., virtual and in person

April 28                 PTA General Body Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

May 2 - 6              Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2 - June 3     SOL Testing for students in grades 3-5     

June 10                Last Day of School

August 22             First Day of the 2022-23 School Year, Grades K-5