Gearing up for a great new school year!

July 2019

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Hello, Bayard Rustin Elementary Community!

I hope that summer has been both enriching and relaxing for your family. Our inaugural year of 2018-19 as a school was a great success with lots of enthusiasm, participation and many wonderful opportunities for students, staff and families to get to know each other. The start of school is just around the corner and the BRES PTA is glad to welcome returning and new students to the Bayard Rustin Elementary School (BRES) community. The PTA's mission is to “make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.”

Every year, the PTA helps fulfill the needs of our wonderful school. Our job is to provide BRES with funds, programs, and resources to enrich the educational experience of every child. We must all work together to ensure the best for our children. We anticipate our community coming together and supporting our great school as the PTA sponsors programs and events.  Here’s what you can do to support the PTA and your school:  

  • BE A MEMBER: Membership dues are $20 per individual per year or $40 per family per year. The dues are used to support PTA-sponsored events and enhance resources for our students and staff.

  • VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER: The PTA is nothing without volunteers and we appreciate you all!! There are many opportunities to find something that interests you.

  • ATTEND PTA MEETINGS & EVENTS: Participate! A preliminary BRES calendar will be coming home with this mailing. Here’s what is happening soon: 

    • Wednesday, August 21st: Incoming Kindergartener Playdate at BRES

    • Friday, August 30th: Open House 

    • Friday, September 6th: Back to School Picnic

    • Tuesday, October 1st: 1st PTA meeting of the school year

In order to better serve the BRES community, the PTA is in the process of creating a new website with more user friendly options and ways to get information for busy parents/guardians. The website will be live starting on August 1st at brespta.org.

During the school year, be sure to check out our website and Facebook page (search for “Bayard Rustin Elementary School PTA”) where we will post about school activities, events, dine-outs, and e-newsletters! Feel free to share your thoughts/questions/concerns with your 2019-20 PTA Board of Directors (information available on the website).

I am looking forward to a fox-tab-u-lous year! Keep your eyes out for an announcement for our first PTA meeting in October. 

Sincerely,

Trang Duong

PTA President, 2019-2020


End of School Year Thank You to All our BRES Families!

Dear BRES parents,

It has been a whirlwind inaugural year at Bayard Rustin Elementary School. We appreciate all the support from families and parent volunteers in supporting the PTA and school in launching our new school!

We wish you all a wonderful and relaxing summer!

Just a few final end-of-year updates:

After-school activities: Thank you all who have responded to the after school activities survey. We are collating responses and will see how the PTA board can facilitate activities of interest for next year.

  • If you have any questions or additional suggestions, please email us at info@brespta.org


Petition to Restore 1 FTE World Language Chinese Instructor: If you have not yet responded to our online petition to ask MCPS and Board of Education to support restoring a full World Language instructor, instead of cutting the staff allocation in half, please do so soon!

  • Sign our online petition to restore the World Language instructor to 1 FTE

  • We will continue to share updates via email on this issue.

  • We still have an opening on the board for a MCC-PTA delegate. As you can see, it is important for us to keep abreast of MCPS developments and advocate for our children's needs.

Best wishes from the 2018-2019 BRES PTA Board