Mustang Message - May 15, 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!

BMP Spring Carnival

Thanks to all volunteers who made the BMP Spring Carnival a huge success!  


International Night is Back!

Join us from 6:00 -7:30pm on Friday June 3 to celebrate the amazing diversity of Bren Mar Park!  We would love for you to bring art, artifacts, and FOOD from your country/culture/state to share with others and your child can participate in a fashion show to showcase their beautiful clothing from around the world.  Information will be going home soon, so let us know if you would like to be a part of this amazing event!    If you have a student or know of a group who is interested in performing a dance or song at International Night please email our music teacher Ms. Millett at  We can’t wait to see you!


Lost and Found

Lost and Found is overflowing with items. We will be setting all items out in the front lobby hallway this week, Wednesday-Friday. Please encourage your children to come see if any of their belongings are there. Parents are welcome to stop by and check as well. Any items that are not collected at the end of the week will be donated. 


Ways to Help Your Child at Home: Learning Together Over the Summer

Summer vacation will be starting soon, but that doesn’t mean that your child’s learning has to stop.  There are so many fun activities you can do to keep your child learning, even on vacation! 

  • Read books in your home language or English with your child on a daily basis and talk about the stories
  • Play rhyming games and sing songs 
  • Cook together and talk about ingredients and measurements
  • Encourage your child to write about their day, a book, or a fun topic
  • Take summer field trips (outside or indoors). Go on a hike or watch a video about a nonfiction topic (ex: volcanoes, planets, etc) and talk about it.
  • Expand your child’s vocabulary by teaching him/her new words in any language
  • Visit the public library regularly to check out books and other resources

The Bren Mar Park ESOL Team


Specialist Spotlight: Counseling

Our mustangs are learning so much this month! Our older students learned important words this month… Integrity and core values. We learned that it is very important to do the right thing even when nobody is watching. We also talked about how our Core Values are not the same as our friends’ core values, but we learned that even though our values may not be all the same, that we need to respect other people core values. We also talked about Kindness and how hard it can be to be kind to others specially when we are feeling angry or frustrated with someone. We learned strategies for practicing kindness even when we are upset or angry. After talking about kindness, students wrote a kind note to their teachers for teachers appreciation week. 

Our little mustangs continue to learn different types of breathing exercises every time we meet. We learned the hot cocoa, the rainbow breathing and much more. We are also learning about the colors or zones of that we all experience. We are taking a deep dive and learning more in depth about the Zones of Regulation. We talked about the red and yellow zone. We are learning about how our body feels when we are feeling “red” and/or “yellow”, we are also reading very fun books about it and then we all talk about what students are able to do to feel better.  

Our mustangs are doing great on learning new important words and also learning on how to navigate all these emotions that we all experience.  

Michelle Kramer, school counselor


Message from BMP PTA

Bren Mar Park PTA would like you to join us at our IN-PERSON May General Body PTA Meeting. We will welcome the new officers for the 2022-23 school year and thank all the volunteers for this school. Please make plans to attend Friday, May 20 at 6:00 pm. Glory Days Grill, 3141 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Bring the whole family as we prepare to close out this year while still raising money for the school.


$$ The PTA presents Dining for Dollars Fundraiser $$

WHAT: A Great-Tasting Fundraising Event

WHEN: Sunday, May 15 - Saturday, May 21

WHERE: Glory Days Grill located at 3141 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314

WHY: When you dine at a Glory Days Grill on the designated days, 10% of the food and beverages purchased will be contributed to Bren Mar Park Elementary. So bring your friends, family and neighbors; ask for an itemized copy of your guest check (not the charge card receipt) and turn the guest check in to you child's teacher by Wednesday, May 25.


Pizza anyone? Join BMP for another Doughraiser on Monday, May 23. Just order from your local Domino's Pizza and use the code DN3 and 20% of all sales will go to Bren Mar Park.


BMP Staff Appreciation

BMP staff thank our PTA and community members for an amazing Teacher Appreciation Week.  We are so grateful to work in a wonderful community.


Summer Events at Bren Mar Park ES

Rec-PAC - This structured recreation program for elementary-aged children will be hosted at Bren Mar Park this summer.  Please visit the Park Authority website for more information and to register.

Playground Playdates - Summer playdates provide an opportunity for children and families to meet on the Bren Mar Park playground to meet and connect with one another.  These are offered by grade level groups.  Summer playdates are scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2022, with a rain date of Saturday, August 13th.  Siblings may attend sessions; parents/guardians must stay with their children the whole time.

             Rising Kindergarten          9:00 - 10:00 a.m.        

             Rising Grade 1, & 2         10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

             Rising Grades 3, 4 & 5     12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Back to School Open House/Curriculum Information Session - These sessions welcome children and families back to school and provide parents/guardians the opportunity to learn about their child's upcoming school year.  Open House will be held on Friday, August 19, 2022 beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Multiple sessions will be held in order to allow families to visit classrooms for different children.


Class of 2022 Graduating Seniors

Bren Mar Park Elementary is hosting a Grad Walk this year and invites our former students who are graduating seniors in the Class of 2022 to participate.

Come back to where it all began, walk the halls of Bren Mar Park one last time and let the little Mustangs cheer you onto your next adventure! (Also, a nice photo opportunity in your Cap and Gown. Parents are welcome.)

Grad Walk will take place on Wednesday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Please RSVP with this Google Form RSVP. If you have any additional questions, email our Family Liaison, Sandra Chetelat,


Important Upcoming Dates/Events

May 15 - 21         Glory Days Restaurant Week Fundraiser

May 20                PTA Volunteer Appreciation Meeting (Glory Days)

May 23                Domino's Doug-raiser Restaurant Night 

May 27                ALL books must be returned to the library

May 30                Memorial Day Holiday 

June 2                 Family Market, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

June 6                 International Night, 6 p.m.

June 10               Last Day of School

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