Volume XVIII Issue II
A Note from the Principal
Welcome to October everyone! This
month is one of my favorite months. The
weather is changing, there are all kinds of
sporting events to watch (Braves, Bulldogs, etc.), and
the hope of family events such as Thanksgiving and
Christmas are right around the corner.
Speaking of hope, I am hopeful that you are enjoying
your time here at BPS. We have been working hard
at being the best school we can be, for your child.
One thing that helps us in this endeavor is the federal
program known as Title I. As you know from our Title
I parent nights, this program allows us to employ
additional personnel and purchase additional items to
assist your children as they learn. If you ever have
any comments, ideas, or suggestions concerning
Title I, please do not hesitate to contact me or drop a
note in the Title I box located in the main office.
We also have two major events happening this
month. The first one is Grandparents’ Day. This is a
huge event, as far as the number of guests that we
will have in the school building. The day is filled with
fun with grandparents meeting the teachers, going to
the book fair, and maybe even getting their picture
taken. As far as parking logistics go for that day,
please be patient with one another.
The other major event is our APEX fundraiser!!! If you
are a first or second grade parent, you know about
APEX. Kindergarten parents, your kids are in for a
treat! APEX is a two-week fundraiser that culminates
with a race day your child will hopefully never forget.
Truthfully, it is one of the best times of our school
Finally, allow me to say THANK YOU to all of you
who supported our school during the PTO cookie
dough fundraiser! The money from this fundraiser,
the APEX fun run, and Title I are what keep this
school being the best it can be. That
is it for now. I’ll see you in the
Happy Fall Ya’ll
Visit our website at http://www.bps.catoosa.k12.ga.us
Sept. 30– Oct. 3 Book Fair
Oct. 1 Picture Day
Oct. 3 Grandparents Day 10:00-11:30
Oct. 3 PTO Spirit Night at Moe’s– Ft. Oglethorpe
Oct. 10 APEX Fun Run Event
Oct. 14-16 Fall Break NO SCHOOL!
Oct. 25 Report Cards go home
Oct. 28 1/2 1st Grade to Apple Orchard
Oct. 29 1/2 1st Grade to Apple Orchard
Oct. 28-Nov. 1 Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 31 LSGT meeting at 9:00
Oct. 31 Super/Pixar/Princess Costume Day
(Dress up like your favorite Super Hero,
Pixar, Disney Princess or Star Wars)
Nov. 4 Picture Retakes
Nov. 4 Krispy Kreme Fundraiser Starts
Chick-fil-A biscuits on sale
every Thursday morning in
the car-rider line.
~ Mr. Rhodes
Cubs ’ Corner Sp ir i t Shop
wi l l be open on
Fr iday , Oc tober 1 8 th 7 : 15— 8 :00 .
Pr i ce Range: $ . 25 -$3 . 00
( BP S water bo tt l es , wr is t bands , p enc i l s & more ! )
WELCOME TO MOE’S!
Join us Thursday, October 3rd for
dinner at Moe’s Spirit Night
Volume XVIII Issue II
It’s October again and mixed in
with the images of ghosts, goblins and
witches is another scary subject: the flu.
It is a good idea for most children to re-
ceive the flu vaccine. If your child has a
chronic medical condition, he or she
might require the flu vaccine to prevent becoming seri-
ously ill. Your child’s pediatrician will be able to make
specific recommendations. Listed below are some im-
portant facts to remember about the flu and the flu vac-
Children who have never before had a
flu vaccine will require 2 doses, one
Signs and symptoms of the flu include: fever, head-
ache, extreme tiredness, sore throat, cough, stuffy/
runny nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and
diarrhea. (The last 3 are especially common in chil-
dren. If these symptoms occur, take your child to the
Frequent hand washing, sneezing or coughing into
the elbow, and avoiding sick people are all excellent
ways to prevent getting sick this winter. (Information
from the Center for Disease Control)
If your child does become
please follow these guide-
A child may return to school
when he or she:
does not have a temperature (100.0 degrees or
greater) for 24 hours without the use of fever reduc-
has been on an antibiotic (if prescribed) for more
than 24 hours, has been vomit and / or diarrhea free
for more than 24 hours.
BPS Teacher of the Year!
Mrs. Hannah Sprayberry!!!!
Mrs. Sprayberry has been a teacher at BPS
for 4 years and is currently teaching first grade. We
are HONORED to have such a star teacher at our
school! If you see her in the halls, make sure you con-
gratulate her! ~ WE LOVE YOU MRS. SPRAYBERRY
Need to change your child’s
You can do this the following ways:
1. Write it on the orange transportation form located in your
2. Come to the school and make the transportation change
in person. ID will be required.
3. Fax (706-861-5798) in a note giving the change of trans-
portation along with a phone number so that we can call
For the safety of your child, we DO NOT allow transpor-
tation changes to be made over the telephone. Ex-
ceptions may be made with the approval of an Administrator.
Scholastic Book Fair
Sept. 30-Oct. 3
Open 7:30-3:00 Monday-Wednesday
and during Grandparent’s Day on
*On Thursday, Grandparents’ Day, the
book fair will be set up in the gym.
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The Character trait of focus
October is loyalty.
To be Loyal is to:
Be faithful to a person, an
organization, or to your country;
or to take pride in doing your best.
We celebrate Red Ribbon Week during the month of Oc-
tober. During this time, we emphasize the importance
of being loyal to oneself by living a safe, drug free, and
healthy life, as well as, the importance of showing kind-
ness to one another.
In your child’s folder, you will receive more
information about special events during
National Red Ribbon Week October 28-November 1.
What is PBIS?? We are excited about our new school year as we continue to implement our PBIS System.
(Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) It is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and
social culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional and academic success.
THE CUB WAY is our school wide expectation of being respectful, responsible, and safe problem-solvers. We hope
you will join us in celebrating our awesome students as we continue to grow and learn throughout the school year!
My name is Courtney Tillman, and
I am a newer member of the BPS
family! I work for Georgia HOPE.
I provide counseling for students
and have an office in the school to
provide accessible services. It has
been a wonderful meeting with
kids one-on-one on a weekly basis.
If you believe your child would
benefit from this service, please
speak with Angel McPeters for
~ Courtney Tillman, MSW, Georgia HOPE Therapist
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PTO October Events
Pictures are 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.
(Discount for PERKS members = 1 for $2 or 2 for $4)
10/3—Last Day to order BPS apparel online from Spirit shop:
10/3—Moe’s Spirit Night
10/4—Last Day to sign up for PTO
OH! Those sight words!...
Sight words making you CRAZY?! You’re not alone. Many students, and par-
ents struggle with learning sight words.
Why are sight words important? They are important because without learn-
ing sight words students won’t be able to put words together to read. Many of
the sight words are words that are not easily sounded out. That’s why they
are called SIGHT WORDS. We learn them by sight alone.
Here are a few FUN WAYS to help your students learn the dreaded sight word
1. Make flash cards.
2. Write them in shaving cream with their finger on a table.
3. Try writing them with sidewalk chalk.
4. Try spelling them with letter magnets.
5. Try associating the words with pictures. As an example, for “brown”
draw a brown crayon or picture.
6. Play sight word bingo.
7. Set the words to music. Ex., “Hickety Pickety Bumblebee…Will you say the
word with me? (red)...Say it (red)...Clap it (one clap)...Spell it (r e d)...Let’s
shout it (RED)...Let’s whisper it (red)”
8. Play sight word musical chairs.
9. Play sight word water balloon pop.
10. Play “Go-Fish” using sight word cards.
BPS Parent Involvement
Fall Book Fair:
Monday, Sept. 30–
Thursday, Oct. 3
Thurs., Oct. 3
APEX Fun Run: