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PWCS News
 
Divisionwide Announcements
Volunteers Needed for "Devlin Road" Elementary School Boundary Planning Committee
See the Web Announcement for details. 

Se necesitan voluntarios para formar el Comité de Planeamiento para los Límites de la Escuela Primaria "Devlin Road" (más información)


School Announcements
Panther Press for the week of October 20th
Parental Overview of FITNESSGRAM Assessment
Please access the Parental Overview of FITNESSGRAM Assessment under communications on the Bristow Run Webpage or on my SchoolFusion page for more detailed information.

Note: Fitnessgram Assessment results (Pass/Fail) are not used in determining your child's Physical Education grade.
Bike Rodeo
Bristow Run Elementary is sponsoring a cycling skills clinic designed to teach bicyclists the skills needed to be safe cyclists. Bicyclists will be taught skills and defensive riding techniques to help them become safe riders to enhance their enjoyment of bicycling.

The cycling skills clinic will be held Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm on the outdoor basketball courts. Bicyclists grades KG-5 are invited to attend. This event is made up of a series of exercises and stations that teach important aspects of safe cycling. Participants will have their bicycles inspected, and learn and practice bicycle-handling skills. Parents are invited to participate, too.  Helmets and proper footwear are required.  Note:  Although all ages are welcome, some aspects of the course may prove challenging to our more novice riders.

For more information, contact Tim Stott at stotttm@pwcs.edu .
Box Tops Monthly Contest
What a busy time of year it is!  School is in full swing.  After school activities are in high gear.  We are all settling into our new schedules.  So now it is time to think about supporting our students and school throughout the year to make 2014-15 the best year yet!  Box Tops for Education can help make that happen!
Since our contests in the past have been such a huge success, we decided that it might be fun to offer various contests throughout the school year.  Each month, we will provide you with information regarding the contest for the month and a collection sheet.  Additionally, you may find a collection sheet on the PTO website.
We will begin our monthly contests in October and run them through the school year, ending with a Back to School contest in September 2015.  Specific dates will be provided in future newsletters.  Our first contest will culminate in conjunction with our Costume Bingo on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 6 p.m.  Fill up the collection sheet, bring it to costume Bingo and receive a free Bingo card.
Stay tuned for future contests!  We look forward to a fabulous school year!!!
This year’s Box Tops for Education Goal: $3,000    Let’s see if we can beat it!!!
Box Tops Coordinators:
Kirsten Birge kirstenbirge@comcast.net
Lisa Lugent   lugent1@comcast.net

 
Walk for Autism
Over the course of the last decade, we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that was returned to the community in the form scholarships and mini-grants.  Hundreds of families throughout Northern Virginia have benefited from the generosity of our many donors and supporters.

Join us for the 10th Anniversary of the Walk for Autism-Virginia!  
SATURDAY October 25, 2014 at the Prince William County Fairgrounds
Student Enrichment Program Sign Up
The Bristow Run PTO is proud to offer another exciting series of Student Enrichment Programs this fall. Click HERE to link to the SEP page to learn more about the classes being offered and for the registration form.
ATTENDANCE AWARENESS Month!
"Your students miss out on learning when they are absent, and we miss them when they are not at school."
    
Be a supporter of school attendance.  Check your student's attendance on PARENT PORTAL.  FIVE or more UAB (unexcused absences) or a total of 10 absences may result in an attendance referral to the Attendance Officer.  Be aware of school attendance rules and regulations. Click here to review Prince William County School Regulation 724-1 Attendance and Excuses.
"MAKE THE CONNECTION"

Regular Attendance = Academic Success
Constitution Day
On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. This document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms that "We the People" enjoy today.

WHAT IS CONSTITUTION DAY?

Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about our founding document. Senator Byrd once said, "Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world."
Omega Man
Omega Man came to Bristow Run on Thursday, September 25th to tackle the issues of bullying, drugs, alcohol, violence, peer pressure, obesity and much more to motivate our youth toward exercising positive habits early in life. From elementary to high school, young people all over the nation have been challenged to "Be​ The H.E.R.O. in YOU! Helping Everyone Respect Others​ ​!​

 
Pawing our way to fitness
Bristow Run Families: Stay active at home by completing this workout. Return the paw and have it displayed at school!
Complete at least one activity from each of the four sections. Color in the corresponding toe on the panther paw to track your fitness. Remember to follow the repetition guideline that you learned in PE. K & 1st grade should follow the lowest number. 2nd & 3rd grade should follow the middle number. 4th & 5th grade should follow the highest number. Once you have completed each paw, fill it out completely and turn it in to your teacher!
Parent Directions: Please save this paper so that your student will know which exercises to complete. After this, only blank paws will be sent home to complete.

Download the forms here.
Join Us Online

Did you know that you can keep up with Bristow Run Elementary School using our Twitter account and Facebook page? All school wide announcements are automatically mirrored to these services, and we hope to add more in the future.
 
Twitter: Facebook:
@BristowRunES Bristow Run Elementary




 
PWCS Mental Health Expo
October 20 PWCS Expo Offers Help for Student/Family Concerns
 
Ever worry about a child with anxiety and fears, or who is facing a tough family situation? Concerned about Attention Deficit Disorder, specific behaviors, depression, stress, or school problems?
You are not alone. And Prince William County Public Schools can help.

Come to a free PWCS Mental Health Expo on Monday, October 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center in Manassas to discover a wealth of resources to help your student thrive. Meet with school counselors, learn about free services for students and families, or simply check out what the School Division offers your family and community.

Nearly one in four children will experience depression in his or her lifetime. Others may show serious warning signs, or simply need help getting through tough times.

Whatever challenges students may face, protecting their mental health is just another part of caring for your family. Do not miss a special opportunity to discover what good mental health means, and the resources that can help your schools help you.

PWCS Mental Health Expo
Monday, October 20, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kelly Leadership Center
14715 Bristow Road
Manassas, VA 20112

 
Bucket Fillers
"Bucket Fillers" are those who help without being asked, give compliments, and generally spread kindness and good feelings to others. "Bucket Dippers" rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing cruel things. Our mission is to create a school of bucket fillers!  See the attached information to learn more about Bucket Filling at Bristow Run and how you can recognize your child! 
Help our P.E. Department By Donating P.E. Equipment
Why: To replace equipment for P.E.

How: D
onate P.E. equipment in the box outside the gym or make a check donation
MADE PAYABLE to: BRES PTO in the box in the main office.

What: J
ump ropes, youth size 5 basketballs, TISSUES, bean bags, electric basketball pump, playground balls, 5 LARGE NET bags, 2 small net bags, xx large net bag, and double dutch ropes. The PE department is also looking for higher quality equipment that will withstand the demand of heavy usage. any monetary donations towards this are appreciated!
Participation is voluntary!
All items will be presented at the 5th grade promotion ceremony however the deadline to donate has been extended past this ceremony.

Vulcan Materials continues to support Bristow Run
Vulcan Materials Company, with the help of Chris Carroll, has been a partner of Bristow Run Elementary School for some time now. They have assisted in projects, educating our children, donation of goods and services, and much more. This year, like last year, they are donating not only labor to help revitalize our Global Garden, but many items such as mulch, hoses, timers, a rain gauge, and more! We are very appreciative of all this help as we continue to strive to make our Global Garden yet another learning environment for our students. Thank you Vulcan Quarry!


2014–15 Student Accident Insurance—Enrollment Opens July 1
Student accident insurance is becoming more and more important to families due to lack of other insurance for their children, or having major medical plans with ever increasing deductibles and co-insurance requirements. Student accident insurance will be available July 1 for parents to enroll their students for the next year. Markel (PWCS student accident insurance provider) has an electronic enrollment process through the Markel Web site or by calling

877.444.5014.

This Web site allows parents to:

• View all of the coverage and premium options;
• Review a “Frequently Asked Questions” section; and
• Purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of what they purchased.

Application for free and reduced meal prices
Dear Parent or Guardian:

Meals are available for free or reduced prices for eligible students in Prince William County Public Schools. In order to receive these benefits, you must apply for meal assistance every year. Applications filed last year are only good for the first few days of school. Children from households that meet Federal Income Guidelines shown in the attached letter are eligible for a minimum of reduced price meals.

In prior years, this application packet was mailed to your home. This year in an effort to make the application process more efficient, application information has been attached to this email to any parent or guardian who has an email address on file with the child’s school.

For the fastest way to apply for free and reduced price meal benefits for your child, you can apply online by http://pwcs.menus.schoolfusion.us/. Online applications are typically processed within 48 hours of submission. If you prefer, you can print out the attached application and return it to:

School Food and Nutrition Services

P.O. Box 389

Manassas, VA 20108

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