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Happy Fall Bedford Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family settled into the school year and ready to tackle the second quarter with gusto!  I am excited to announce that a committee of teachers along with our PTA has agreed upon a criteria for Honor Roll in grades 3-5 which will start at the end of the 2nd quarter.  There will be 2 levels of Honor Roll…. Principal’s Honor Roll (All A’s) and Academic Honor Roll (No more than 2 B’s).  We will be recognizing students quarterly at our new Quarterly Recognition Assemblies for reaching Honor Roll as well as recognizing our Citizens of the Month.  We are excited to bring an Honor Roll to Bedford and hope that many students reach this goal.

As we continue to work through the changes to BCPS’s Grading and Reporting Policy, I want to make sure everyone is aware that there is now a guideline for grading that will help to ensure fair grading for students.  Each student’s grade should be made up of 1/3 Major Summative assignments such as tests, large projects, etc. and 2/3 Minor Summative assignments such as classwork, quizzes, exit tickets, etc. Our teachers have worked at the start of the quarter to ensure that this balance in planned for and that there will be no surprises at the end of the quarter.  You can continue to monitor your student’s grades on BCPSOne.  If you are unsure how to log on, please contact us and we will assist you.

We have quite a few events coming up including our Reading Night on 11/22, Mr. Thomas will be conducting a study skills parent workshop on 12/5, our Winter Concert will be on 12/13, as well as the PTA Craft Event on 12/16 and Penguin Patch Shop the week of 11/28.  More information will be forthcoming on all of these events, but we hope you can plan to participate in some or all of these activities.           

As always, please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.  Please also contact us if you are not receiving Blackboard Connect messages from me on a regular basis.  This is the main way we keep parents informed of upcoming events and news from the school and may need to verify that we have the correct email address for you. 

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Mrs. Christina Connolly,



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