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August 1, 2018


Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with your children this year at BES. It is our goal to make a positive impact on the students we teach. We realize that it takes a "team" approach to provide the best education possible for students today. We look forward to working together with you to accomplish this goal. Communication between a parent, a student, and the student's teacher is one of the most important tools that enable children to be successful. We invite you to call or email us if you have questions or concerns: The phone number to the front office is: 742-2118. Our school's website is We also have a Facebook Page @BESreddevils. Listed on our FB and website you will find email addresses for staff as well as periodic updates for the school year.
We will hold our first "Back To School Literacy Bash" for Bradford Elementary Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30. There will be a PTO meeting prior to this event that will begin at 6:00 in the BES Cafeteria.
This year we will continue with our "Parent Portal" for grades 1-6. You will be able to view your child's grades, attendance, and discipline from the portal.
Beginning next week we will expect students to enter the building without parents. We have provided the opportunity to you as parents this week to bring your child to class in order to get familiar with the environment and ease the transition for your child. We will have adults stationed at the drop- off line, elementary gym door, and various other locations throughout the school to ensure that your child gets to their designated location. The gym door will be open for students from 7:20 - 7:45. If you need earlier hours, our Before and After School Program is available. You will need to contact Mrs. Buni Wendt, the Program Director, for an application and more information. Students are expected to be in their classrooms at 7:45. Therefore, if you arrive after 7:45, you will need to take your child to the main entrance and sign in on the tardy sheet.
Please refer to your child's student handbook throughout the year for information regarding attendance, discipline, student dress code, etc. There are two additions to the 18-19 student handbook. First, there was a printing omission error in the Headwear Category. The following statement was omitted - (Traditional hair color and hair style; no mohawks, etc.) Please note that this is board policy and is in effect for the 18-19 school year just as it was last year. The current school board policy 6.310 can be viewed on-line from our district web-site @ bradford and is also updated on our school web-site under the handbook category. Second, there are now tier levels assigned regarding student attendance and truancy. Additional absences and beyond those addressed in the attendance area of the handbook will be referred to Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions per school board policy 6.200. This policy can also be viewed on the district web-site
Thank you for doing a great job so far this year with the car line. Traffic seems to be flowing smoothly. Students will continue to be dismissed to cars at 2:45 for grades K-6. We will have adults stationed at the drop-off each day.
We are very excited about the new school year and look forward to working with you and your child. Feel free to contact me throughout the year as needed if you have concerns, ideas, or thoughts regarding your children and their environment at BES.


Kelly Knott
Bradford Elementary School Principal