Elementary News

December News

It is crazy to believe we are sending out December news! Our students and staff have been digging deep into curriculum and building the foundation for the next grade level!
As we enter into the 2nd trimester, please look over the report cards sent home on November 17th, contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns, and develop a plan on how to address weaknesseswhile building on your child’s strengths.

During the week of December 4th, students will be taking the AIMSweb assessment. This assessment helps show the growth students have made since last taking it in September. Scores will also be used to determine intervention placements and student needs.

Update on our attendance goal for the school year: BES has an attendance rate of 93.4%. To help us accomplish our goal of 95% school wide attendance, please avoid scheduling vacations and trips during school days and contact the school if you have concerns with getting your child to school.

The month of December includes a jam-packed schedule in a short amount of time. BES will have 1/2 days on the 20th and 21st, and Winter Break beginning on the 22nd. Students will return to school on January 9th! The week of giving takes place December 11th-15th, BES Multicultural Day takes place on December 15th, and holiday parties will
take place on December 20th at 10:00—11:30. Please be on the lookout from your child’s teacher for more information.

Jeannine Brown
[email protected]

Jerod Koen
Assistant Principal
[email protected]

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

December 11th- Build the Hive t-shirt orders due
December 13th- Popcorn Day
December 19th- 3rd Grade Music Program 
December 20th & 21st- 1/2day
Dec 22nd- Jan 8th- Winter Break
January 9th- School Resumes
January 10th- Popcorn Day
January 15th- No School

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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