Making progress on the new FEMA storm safe building at Frankford Elementary! The students are excited and they enjoy watching the construction process!
Tomorrow is Frankford Elementary's BOGO (Buy One Get One) Book Fair! It will be tomorrow ONLY so be sure to send money tomorrow with your student!
Parent Club meeting Wednesday, April 13 @ 5:30 in the Library. Hope to see you there!!
Kindergarten screenings for the 2022-2023 school year will be held May 24th. Please read the flyer for more information about scheduling your soon-to-be-kindergartener for the screening.
Our Spring Title Night is just 2 days away! Come join us for a fun night and go home with a newly adopted stuffed puppy!!
It’s hard to believe we are starting the fourth quarter already! That means Summer School is right around the corner! There will be a couple changes to summer school for Frankford Elementary this year. Due to the construction that will be taking place, FE students will be attending summer school at BGE. Another change this year is the addition of transportation services for all students within the BG R-1 District! Bus routes and times will be determined after the April 13th enrollment deadline. We are also embarking on the Summer Journey program this year. This program is geared toward each grade level for academics and enrichment opportunities for incoming K-5 students.Packets are going home today with more information. You can sign your child up for Summer Journey by using this link: https://forms.gle/KfMJ7f6uHW84TMwD9
. A video about the summer program can be viewed by clicking on this link: https://catapultmissouri.com/
We look forward to seeing you at summer school and can’t wait to share this exciting experience with our students!!
At our February 24th Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved our 2022-2023 school calendar. After several months working with our calendar committee, we have developed a calendar that honors many requests and follows expectations by our Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and State Statute. Below is a summary of important dates for your planning purposes.
August 1-12 New Teacher In-service Days
August 15-19-Inservice Days
August 22-First day of student attendance
September 5th Labor Day/No School
September 12-PD/PLC Day
September 23-Full Day/Homecoming
PD/PLC Day-October 3
October 21 - End of First Quarter
October 27-Parent Teacher conferences/ 1 p.m.-7p.m. (No School)
October 28 - No School
November 7- PD/PLC Day
November 23rd-25th- No School
December 22nd-End of Semester
December 23rd-January 5th Winter Break
January 6th-Teacher Record Day
January 9th - Beginning of Second Semester
January 16th- No School- MLK day
February 6th-PD/PLC Day
February 20th- No School- Presidents day
March 6th-PD/PLC Day
March 16th-End of Third Quarter
March 17th-20th Spring Break
April 7th-10th Spring Holiday
April 17th-PD/PLC Day
May 19th- Graduation- 7 p.m.
May 19th-Half day/Last Day of Students/Teacher Records Afternoon
Matt Frederickson, PhD
The Bright Futures VIP Dance is still ON for tomorrow, 2pm-4pm at BGHS Auditorium. What a great way for students to spend some time with someone special to them!
Tomorrow is "Twosday" 2-22-22! Join in the fun!
Wear a tie, a tutu, a tiara, something tie-dye, or find a friend and dress like twins!
This is a week for us to show appreciation to our counselors and social worker. Please help us in thanking them for all they do for our students every day, especially through this time of unique needs our students have. We have a tremendous student services team! #bgbobcatpride
As most of you know, construction on the new Tornado Safe Room at Frankford will begin soon. Over Christmas break, they will be doing utility work that involves the playground. We know some children use the playground when school is not in session and are glad they have a safe place to play. However, due to the utility work over break, the playground at Frankford Elementary will be closed to the public. We appreciate your cooperation as we begin this process.
Frankford Elementary held the ground breaking ceremony for the new FEMA Tornado Safe room that will provide additional classroom space and will be available for the community in the event of a tornado or severe storm threat. We were also presented with banners and a plaque for our US News Best Elementary School recognition we received this fall! #bgbobcatpride
Reminder - tomorrow is an All School PJ Day for students and staff!!! Looking forward to a comfy day for everyone!
We will be going to BGHS again Monday, December 13 to practice for the music program. Buses will leave at 8:50 and return to FE about 11:15. If your child will be arriving after 8:50 or if you need to pick your child up before 11:15, call the office to make arrangements. Have a great weekend!
NOTICE OF FILING FOR TWO BOARD OF EDUCATION DIRECTORSHIPS
The Bowling Green R-I School District encourages qualified persons
interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a
candidate in the April 5, 2022 election. There are two positions available with three-year terms. Interested persons may file at the superintendent's office located at 700 W. Adams St., Bowling Green, MO 63334. For more information, contact the superintendent's office at 573-324-5441. Filing will begin on December 7, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. Filing will end on December 28, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. and will continue during the district's regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Candidates may obtain the official candidate filing packet of forms and instructions in advance from the superintendent's office. Except for the first and last day of filing, filing will not occur on days that the school district's central office is closed due to inclement weather or health-related reasons. Filing will also not occur on the following holidays and breaks when the school district is not in session: December 24 and December 27. The names of the qualified candidates will be placed on the ballot in order of filing.
As a follow-up to my communication yesterday, I find that a need for an additional update is needed in light of continued anxiety and rumors. To reiterate, there has been no threat uncovered of any sort or type of shooting and no list with any names on it and no date identified for anything like this to take place. What has been fabricated from a simple “hitting” type of communication between two students has been augmented and changed and passed around creating anxiety. We have gotten permission from the family to share this information (since we typically do not share information related to student discipline). But we need our families to help stop the spread of these rumors and refrain for posting them on social media. This continued focus causes anxiety in our students and staff and disrupts the educational process. People speculating at every little item they notice and turning these into something they are not is not helpful for any of us.
Safety has and continues to be one of our district’s top priorities. Over the last five years, we have taken many important steps to help further safeguard our school community and ensure a safe learning environment for our students, staff, and visitors. Some of these improvements have been the addition of card readers and airphone/buzzing in system at school entrances, safety film added to exterior glass, a School Resource Officer, and two new guidance positions (and we are planning to add another counseling position for next year paid for by a grant we recently were awarded). We have also increased the availability of counseling services through partnering agencies.
The BGR-1 Schools regularly participates in drill exercises and advanced training to ensure everyone is able to respond swiftly and
appropriately if an incident occurs. Table-top simulations with local first responders, reunification plans, unified threat-response plans, and ALICE (Active Shooter Civilian Response) trained expert led training have been a very important part of our prevention plan. While we hope we will never need to deal with the worst imaginable situation, we train in hopes of minimizing or even preventing incidents.
One of the common threads of recent national and state safety audit reports for schools points out that “A risk assessment can identify
vulnerabilities and enable the development of a strategy to address any security gaps,” and that “effective security plans use a layered approach across all three areas of a school: entry points, the building envelope, and the classroom.” Both reports go on to emphasize the need for school resource officers, additional counseling resources, and training.
Many have noticed new entrances we built with Prop S funding and buzzing in capability at every entrance. These entrances are monitored by staff to ensure only those who are supposed to be in the building enter. We have enclosed our courtyards, so students have places to experience them without exposure outside. Additionally, our classroom doors that were still hollow core type doors were replaced with intruder prevention approved solid doors and locking systems. These and other improvements mentioned before, and most importantly, training have been instrumental in our prevention.
We do and have shared real threats when we unconsider them to be viable with our community. We do not, however, share every little discipline event where there might be a physical altercation event or suspision of one with our public. After hearing that this had grown into something unrecognizable from its orgin by Tuesday night, we had messages to our community the next morning. This update is another attempt to ask for help in squelching the misinformation. Being vigilant, while very important, is very different from expanding and sharing ideas that are not founded in truth. We teach students to think critically about every claim or counter claim, and we ask for your help to make sure this is an area of focus.
Matthew L. Frederickson, PhD
Bowling Green R-1 School District
700 West Adams Street
Bowling Green, MO 63334
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On Monday morning we will be going to BGHS for our music program practice. Buses will be leaving FE at 8:20, please be sure your child arrives to school on time so they won't miss practice.