Elementary News

April News


We are in the home stretch for the 2023-2024 school year and will have a busy end.  We have some important test dates coming along that were included in the last newsletter, please be sure your students are present for their grade level testing—This includes      M-STEP, NWEA, and AIMSweb.  

BES will also be hosting several school events in the closing months.  Mr. Vanderberg is preparing for the start of Mileage Club upon our return from Spring Break (weather permitting), along with preparation for Field Day on May 31st (make-up day schedule for June 3).  The BES Family Planning committee is hard at work for an entertaining STEAM Night on April 19th, information was included in the April newsletter that went home before Spring Break.  Lastly, the Safe Routes To School committee is hosting an art contest with a military/1st responders theme.  BES PTA will be hosting two more popcorn days!  Be sure to send students with $1 to take advantage of the popcorn!

Lastly, be sure to order your yearbook today at www.ybpay.com, our special yearbook ID is 14570924.  The order deadline is April 29th, so be sure to get your order in quickly and don't miss out.  Yearbook prices start at $13.00, but you can order personalization, autograph inserts, stickers, etc...  Be sure to check out all the options.  April is YEARBOOK month!

Jeannine Brown
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Jerod Koen
Assistant Principal
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End of Day Communication

As we continue to improve the operations of BES, we ask that any changes in after school plans be communicated to the BES office.  BES administration is instructing staff to place students in line to go home the way parents have previously instructed, and will no longer accept verbal instructions from students.  We are asking parents/guardians to call the BES office at 517-641-6771 to inform staff of changes for after school plans.  Once the office staff is made aware of these changes, notes will be sent to the classroom teacher.  

It is advised to try to keep your child's after school plans for pick up/busing consistent, it is less confusing for them and the school, thus assuring they get to where they need to be safely.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter!


All volunteers (parents attending school parties, chaperones, book fair, etc.) must have a current ICHAT on file each school year. If you would like to volunteer please click the link below and follow the directions.  
Please note that there is normally a two week turn around for ICHATS to be completed.

Attendance Letters

Clinton County RESA provides each Clinton County school district with their attendance policy guidelines.  These guidelines state that once a student accumulates 5 and 10 absences, an attendance letter must be sent to parents/guardians of the student.  These letters are meant to serve as a notification and to encourage regular attendance.
With these letters comes many resources that may be provided to help and encourage regular attendance for students and families.  These resources may include a meeting with the building administrative team, counseling/mentoring during the school day, or alternative agencies that the county can provide.

Please note, these attendance letters are meant to provide support to our families.  We understand that illness has been all around us.  We also trust the judgment of our parents—Please continue to use your best judgement when your child is sick.  
Due to the amount of illness going around, we encourage our families to avoid taking vacations during the school year and trying to schedule appointments outside of the school day (when possible).

Bus Alerts

There has been an unfortunate increase in motorists driving through the school bus “stop” lights and signs.  Bath Elementary School wants to remind motorists what steps and laws have been taken to protect our student bus riders.
Those who pass stopped school buses may be charged with civil infractions carrying a fine between $100 and $500. Violators may also be required to perform up to 100 hours of community service at a school.

School bus safety tips
-Prepare to stop when you see a school bus's yellow lights flashing.
-Stop at least 20 feet away from a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing.
-Do not resume driving until the school bus’s red lights have stopped flashing and you are certain that there are no children milling around the bus and in or near the traffic lane where you will be driving.
-Slow down in and near school and residential areas.
-Always observe and comply with the school zone speed limits.
-Refrain from distractions such as texting, using a cell phone, eating or grooming while waiting for a stopped school bus – pay attention to your surroundings to ensure that there are no children in/near the road where you will be driving.


If you have students that will be absent from school, will be tardy, or have an appointment, please be sure to call the attendance hotline at 641-6771 and follow the prompts to report the absence. We will document the absence and reason each day.  The attendance line is available 24 hours a day, 517-641-6771 option 1.
Please note:
3 tardies equate to 1 absence;
For students that are absent for 5 days and 10 days, an attendance letter will be sent home.
If you have difficulties and/or concerns in getting your child(ren) to school, please contact Mrs. Brown or Mr. Koen to provide assistance.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

If your student will be late to school or absent, please call the BES office at 641-6771 to give us a heads up and we will mark the tardy or absence as "excused".
If your child is being picked up early from school, please inform the office ahead of time, if possible, we will call your child to the office and do our best to have them ready. We also ask that the adult picking up the student has their ID ready to be checked.
When dropping off and picking up, please pull all the way forward maintaining a single lane to ensure student and staff safety.

Bath PTA

“Our mission is to link parents, teachers and school leaders.  Together we are so strong.  GO BEES!"

Rebekah Perales, PTA President
      email- [email protected]


Bell Schedule

Bell Schedule
Tardy Bell: 8:40AM
Full Day: 8:45—3:45
Half days: 8:45AM—12:05PM

Important Dates

April 1st- Mileage Club Starts
April 10th-11th- Kindergarten Round-Up
April 10th- Popcorn Day
April 18th &19th- Science Fair & Family Night
May 1st- Half Day
May 8th- Popcorn Day
May 15th & 16th- Mobile Dentist
May 24th- 4th-5th Grade Music Performance @2:45pm
May 27th- No School
May 31st- Field Day 1st-5th

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found, located in the cafeteria, is getting overwhelmed with clothing, water bottles and lunch boxes. If your child has lost items, please encourage them to take a look for these items at our lost and found during lunch/recess.
All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of each trimester.

Parents are welcomed to stop in and look for items after school between 3:45pm-4:30pm.  

Weather & Clothing

As the weather continues to change, it is important that our students are dressed appropriately for Drop-off, Recess, and Pick-up. Please make sure the weather is checked and student attire is appropriate before leaving for school. BES will not have coats and other clothing to allow students to borrow for cold days. Students will be going outside for recess unless it is raining or the temperature is 0 degrees (with Windchill).
All students will go outside for recess unless otherwise stated by their teacher or a doctor's note.

As the snow continues to fall, we would like to send a friendly reminder to parents to send your children to school with their snow gear; snow pants, winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots.  Students who have do not have boots and/or snowpants will need to stay on the asphalt to keep them from getting too wet.

BES unfortunately, does not have enough snow gear to supply students each day.  If you are in need of assistance purchasing snow gear, please contact Mrs. Brown, Mr. Koen, or Ms. Reik.

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