Broad Ford

Elementary School
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Broad Ford Elementary
Home Of The Bobcats
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Mrs. Flanigan
Google Classroom
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Mr. Trautwein
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Play Dough Piano
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Pumpkin Bongos
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Mrs. Savopoulos
Coding w/Angry Birds
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Mr. Ack
LEGO Education

Bobcat Bulletin 2016-2017

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey
Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services have been mailed the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.
Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it in the postage paid envelope by May 1, 2017 The Survey may also be completed online. Your feedback will help guide efforts to improve special education and related services Garrett County Public Schools. Your voice
can make a real difference! To learn more, please visit
Schools will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.  Classes will resume at regular time on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
Students will be dismissed at 12:10 on January 19, 2016 for a Professional Day.  Please note that this is the 91st day of the school year and it will “float” in the event of inclement weather. On January 29, 2016 students will be dismissed at 12:10 for Staff Development.  
    On school delays the students will not be served breakfast.  Be sure to make sure they eat at home on those mornings.  
    Our Orff students will be performing during half-time at the Southern High School vs. Northern High School basketball game on February 10, 2017.  The game begins at 7:30 pm and will take place at Southern High School.  This will give you an opportunity to experience the amazing sound of our Orff Ensemble!  
       December 2016
December 5 – Title I – Math Parent Night (5:30-7:30)
December 6 – Early Dismissal for Staff Development (12:10)
December 19 – Christmas Parties for grades Pre-k through 2 (2:30-3:00)
December 20 – Christmas Parties for grades 3 through 5 (2:30-3:00)
December 22 – Christmas Concert at Broad Ford (7:00)
December 23 – 3 Hour Early Dismissal – Merry Christmas!
January 2 – Return to School- Happy New Year!

Students will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6 for a Professional Day. 
You and your family are invited to attend a special math night that will be held at Broad Ford Elementary on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 5:30-7:30.  Our county adopted a new math series and we would like to familiarize you with the curriculum.  We hope that you are able to join us. 
SNOW DAYS & DELAYS/EARLY OUTS                                 
With the weather changing we are asking you to listen closely to our local radio stations or check the Garrett County Board of Education website.  Please be cautious as the weather changes.  We don’t want any child left out in the cold. Please remind your child to dress warm for outside recess and for waiting on the bus.  The snow is starting to fall and we want them to be safe and warm. 
CHRISTMAS BAND/CHORUS CONCERT                                  
Broad Ford School will hold their Christmas concert on December 22, 2016 at 7:00 in the cafeteria.  We hope that you will join us that evening!
CHRISTMAS PARTIES                                  
The classroom Christmas parties are scheduled with the dates and times. Grades Pre-k through 2nd will be held on December 19, 2016 from 2:30-3:00.  Grades 3-5 will be held on December 20, 2016 from 2:30-3:00. Please check your child’s classroom newsletters for more details.    
            The Lost and Found box and coat rack in the cafeteria at Broad Ford are full-to-overflowing.  If you and/or your child are missing any items, particularly clothing, please stop by the cafeteria to check it out.  Any items not claimed will be donated to a local charity.  Thank you!                                 
Students will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 for Thanksgiving, through November 27, 2016.  School will resume the regular schedule on Monday, November 28, 2016.  Happy Thanksgiving!
The Pumpkin Festival will be held on Friday, November 4th from 5:30-8:30.  There will be various games, food, photo booth, bounce houses, and prizes.  We look forward for staff and families to join together and have fun. 
We believe that good communication between the home and school is essential to maximize student achievement.  It is our goal to meet with at least one parent for every child in our school.  Everyone should have a set time to meet on November 7, 2016.  If for some reason you are unable to come in on the scheduled date, we will do our best to accommodate you with alternative times during a school day.  Fifteen minute meetings are planned for each child between the times of 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
There will be NO SCHOOL on November 8, 2016 due to Election Day.  Schools will resume to regular schedule on November 9, 2016. 
The Lost and Found box and coat rack in the cafeteria at Broad Ford are full-to-overflowing.  If you and/or your child are missing any items, particularly clothing, please stop by the cafeteria to check it out.  Any items not claimed will be donated to a local charity.  Thank you!                                 
BOOK FAIR                                  
We would like remind everyone about our upcoming Book Fair.  It will take place November 1, 2016 – November 7, 2016.   
State and Federal laws require that the Garrett County Board of Education provide free and appropriate education programs for all children with disabilities living in Garrett County.
Services which can be provided by the Board of Education include evaluation and direct services in speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, developmental skills for preschools and academic help for children of school age.  These services are provided through the Special Education programs to all students who qualify.
If you know of any individuals with a disability ages birth through twenty-one years of age who are not receiving educational programs, please contact:
Mrs. Heather Raybold
Supervisor of Special Education
Garrett County Board of Education
    We are off to a great start at Broad Ford Elementary.  We have many new students, staff, and parents.  Everyone is working together to bring out the best in each child.  Many volunteers are showing up and working with our staff to make a difference.  I know this is going to be a great year with many more to come!
    There will be a three hour early dismissal on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 due to staff development.    
    Parents, we want to thank each of you for your help, understanding, and support with our entry system.  We have rules in place to protect our students and staff.  Parents are not permitted to drop off or park in the front bus lane.  Please use the back parking lot when dropping your child off in the morning.  You will find the drop off loop runs smoothly in the back lot.  Students who are dropped off in the morning are adjusting well to walking in by themselves.  No parent/visitor is allowed past the double doors to the classroom hallways in the mornings or at dismissal time.  We have found that student’s transition better if the parents don’t walk them to their classroom.  We also do this for security reasons.    
Just a friendly reminder, that your child will be marked tardy if they are dropped off after 8:30.  If your child is tardy, you must sign them in at the office. The doors are locked after 8:40.  During pick up time please remember to come in the back door after 3:00. Students are dismissed at 3:10 for parent pick up. We have sign out sheets in the cafeteria. After you sign your child out, they will meet you in the cafeteria for pickup.  Please do NOT come in the front doors.  The front doors are only an exit for students at that time.  Any time you come to our school please report to the office.  We want a safe and happy environment for our students.  Thank you!
    It is the policy of the Garrett County Board of Education to prohibit bullying, harassment, or intimidation of any person on school property or at school sponsored functions, or by the use of electronic technology at a public school.  Further, this policy prohibits reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report acts of bullying, harassment, or intimidation, including those who are victims, witnesses, bystanders, or others with reliable information concerning such incidents.  Reports of bullying, harassment, or intimidation may be made through the use of the MSDE Reporting Form in accordance with the Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2005.  The report is made to the school principal for investigation and subsequent action.  Anyone needing to report this type of incident may pick up the reporting form in the Main Office or from Mrs. Dawna Ashby.

Broad Ford - Be the Change You Want to See in the World

"Be the Change You Want to See in the World" projects were on display at Broad Ford Elementary School's cafeteria on May 11.

May 12, 2017 at 4:12pm, Broad Ford Elementary School

Broad Ford Elementary School's 5K Color Run

On Saturday, April 29th, Broad Ford Elementary School had its first 5K Color Run/Walk to benefit the school's Wellness Team.

May 8, 2017 at 3:01pm, Broad Ford Elementary School

Broad Ford Elementary School Participates in Relay for Life

Broad Ford Elementary School raised $2,285.43 during the last two weeks of April for Relay for Life!

May 2, 2016 at 11:26am, Broad Ford Elementary School