Mustang Message - May 1, 2022

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BMP Kindergarten Orientation

Bren Mar Park kindergarten teachers worked hard to create a welcome presentation for this week's Kindergarten Orientation.


Teacher Appreciation Week

The week we celebrate the instructional staff at Bren Mar Park Elementary School as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.  There are many staff who work to help students do their best learning throughout the school year, including classroom, Special Education, and specials (art, music, PE) teachers as well as content specialists (Advanced Academics, ESOL, math, reading) and Instructional Assistants.  

TODAY at 2:00 p.m., everyone is invited to meet the PTA at the school parking lot for the sidewalk chalk event! Let’s welcome staff with sweet messages!

On Wednesday, May 4th, the PTA encourages all students to bring your teacher a token of appreciation.  A note, drawing, gift - it can be anything!

On Friday, May 6th, families are invited to bring your favorite sweet treat to the BMP front office so that it can be shared with staff as a special thank you.  For those that have allergies, we do ask that a list of ingredients be shared, too.


BMP Health & Safety Reminders

As we begin the last quarter of the school year, we remind families:

  - For the safety of all children, please be sure to bring a photo ID when picking up your child from school; only individuals on the emergency care card with photo ID may check a child out from school

  - For the safety of children with allergies, please consider non-food items such as pencils, small gift items, or a book donation to the classroom; food-based birthday treats are not to be brought to school

  - For the health and safety of all children, please leave animals at home when walking to school or keep any pets on public sidewalks; dogs may not be brought onto school grounds

  - For the safe flow of traffic, families who drive to school should use the Kiss & Ride lanes and follow the traffic patterns; please do not drive around cars or use handicap or other parking spaces as pick up/drop off locations

We appreciate your support in helping Bren Mar Park be a safe and respectful place for all of our students and community members!


News from the PTA


Save the date for the 2022 Bren Mar Park Spring Carnival. The students have worked hard all year and now it’s time to have some fun. There will be carnival games, music, cotton candy, face painting and Teacher vs Students (3rd – 5th graders) basketball games. Oh, and how can I forget…PRIZES. The carnival is free to BMP families.

We are looking for volunteers to help make this event a success. Please sign up to volunteer (Bren Mar Park Spring Carnival) for either 4:30-5:45 pm or 5:45-7:30 pm or both. The following volunteers are needed:

  • Face Painting: If you have art skills and even if you don’t (we may have templates), we need a few volunteers to face paint.
  • Carnival Games: There will be at least 8 games rented from the carnival vendor. We will need volunteers to run the games and keep the lines in order.
  • Prizes: Volunteers to pass out prizes
  • Concessions: We may sell pizza or some food and will need someone to handle sells. In addition, we will give out cotton candy and popcorn. The vendor will show us how to operate the machine and we will need volunteers to make and distribute the cotton candy and popcorn.
  • Basketball Games: We will need referees for the Teachers vs Students games


Hey Bren Mar Park Students and Families, join us for the FCPS District Night on May 7 to watch the Black-and-Red (DC United) take on the Houston Dynamo at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at just $27. Just click on this link and you will be seated next to your friends and family!


Ways to Help Your Child at Home

With the end of the school year quickly approaching everyone is excited to take advantage of outside activities and  extra hours of sunlight.  Vitamin D is healthy and so is a good night sleep. 

To help your child be successful at school and do their best on spring assessments:

  • Stick to routines or schedules
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat healthy
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Boost their confidence (remind them of the things they do well)
  • Practice some relaxation techniques (deep breathing, stretching)
  • Arriving to school on time- Sets the day off on a positive note.

Reading is critical for success on tests . To succeed, they need to be able to read and understand the test directions and questions.  Ways to help your child:

Read books together:  This will help expand their vocabulary and having conversations about what you read will help their comprehension.

Provide opportunities for your child to write: Reading and writing go hand-in-hand, so look for ways to encourage your child to write. To provide chances for your child to practice writing:

  • Leave notes for each other.
  • Give your child a calendar on which to record special events and activities.
  • Spend time together writing in journals.
  • Encourage your child to write letters and cards to friends and relatives.

Millie Left,

Early Childhood Literacy Coach


Specialist Spotlight: Art

Our Mustang artists have been busy and spring fever is setting in….which is why we are starting the relaxing activity of learning how to weave.  Third graders are making a decorative weaving using yarn for the first time.  Fourth and Fifth graders are making useful pouches on a double sided loom.  It was a bit of a challenge at first but they are very interested in it.  After we work for a bit, I will allow them to work on it at home if they would like.  Our K-2 artists have done different paper weavings in anticipation of starting yarn weaving as they get older.  Second graders are working on a ceramic animal and a 3D paper habitat.  Kindergarten and first grade artists earned their first “free art day” and had stations such as puppets, bracelets, and painting.  It was such a fun celebration of their hard work and good behavior!

A hearty congratulations to all of our artists in the Annandale Pyramid Art Show this month.  Everyone was so proud of your hard work! 

Ms. Springfield

Art Teacher


Attendance Matters!

Every day counts when it comes to student attendance.  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 study 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.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to your child's teacher, our school counselor Ms. Kramer.
  • 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 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 school holidays, such as Spring, Summer or Winter breaks.  Every school day is important for teaching and learning.  

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

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

May 5                   Family Market 5 p.m.

May 7                   DC United FCPS Night

May 15 - 21         Glory Days Restaurant Week Fundraiser

May 18 or 20       PTA Volunteer Appreciation Meeting (Glory Days)

May 23                Domino's Doug-raiser Restaurant Night 

May 30                Memorial Day Holiday     

June 10                Last Day of School

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