All flood gates except Texas Street are now closed. For the time being, parents will be allowed to turn left onto Texas if they are coming from Second or Third Street. Also, starting tomorrow, Second Street car riders will be picked up on Texas Street in the afternoon. Please be patient and drive with caution so we can keep our children safe. Thank you.
B. E. S. will soon host its seventh annual family picnic. Parents and grandparents are invited to have lunch with their child/children on the selected day. In hopes of good weather, we have chosen two dates:
Thursday, March 21stor Tuesday, March 26th
The date will be chosen based on the weather and the probability of being able to picnic outside. You will receive a school-wide message as soon as we know the date. The schedule for the picnic is as follows:
Group #1:11:00-12:00 K, 1 and 2 will picnic with their class and parents on the playground.
Prek will picnic with their class and parents in their play area.
Group #2: 12:30-1:30 3, 4, and 5 will picnic with their class and parents on the playground.
Upon your arrival at school, which should be no earlier than 10:45 or 12:15, you must wait for your children on the playground. The teachers will have signs with their names to make it easier to find your group.
*Family members who are attending the picnic must bring their own lunch. If you have more than one child in the two different groups, you must picnic at one time with all children. Children will not be allowed to attend both sessions, so be sure they know when you will be here. Please fill out the bottom portion of this form completely. If your children are in the same group but different classes, you will all be allowed to sit together. Please bring a blanket or sheet for yourself and your children.
PLEASE FILL OUT THE BOTTOM PORTION OF THE FORM THAT WENT HOME WITH YOUR CHILD COMPLETELY; RETURN IT TO SCHOOL BY March 15th.
A digital copy of the form can be viewed and printed here.
A Spanish copy of the form can be viewed and printed here.
Due to the rising waters, the town of Berwick has had to close some of the flood gates. Currently, the Mound Street gate, which is used for afternoon dismissal on Second Street, is still open. If this gate closes, an electronic text will be sent to parents, and those car riders who are normally picked up on Second Street will be picked up on Texas Street near the main building.
This year we are excited to announce that we are hosting a Vocabulary Celebration in honor of Literacy Week in the month of February. All students are invited to participate, but this is not mandatory. On Thursday, February 28th, 2019, students will be allowed to dress like a unique vocabulary word. We are encouraging words that students will have to look for the meaning in the dictionary such as abundance, ponderous, vaporize, illuminate and so forth. Please try to be creative as possible because prizes will be awarded. Costumes and materials have to be school appropriate. The word and definition should be displayed big enough for others to see somewhere on the student. We are excited and look forward to seeing what the students create.
In order to be considered for a prize, this sheet (download and print here) must be completed and turned in to your teacher by February 28th, 2019.
The St. Mary Parish Student Art Show, which targets students who are creative and love to sketch, paint, or sculpt, is a wonderful opportunity to share visual art talents with people across St. Mary Parish as well as individuals visiting the district for the Mardi Gras season. Artwork will remain on display for public viewing throughout the month of March at the Artists Guild Unlimited of Morgan City.
Winners will be chosen and honored at an Awards Reception to be held at the close of the show.
All St. Mary students (public and non-public) are invited to enter artwork. Students may pick up an entry form with additional details in the front office of any district school. Copies of the form and more information can be viewed and printed here.
This site gives parents access to your child's AR account to view books read, AR quizzes taken, and how many points students have earned. Parents can also sign up to receive emails each time your child takes an AR quiz.
Quarterfest will be held February 7th at the Berwick Civic Center (5:30-7:30). To help offset the cost of hosting the carnival (prizes, food, games, etc.) we are having a $2 jeans and school-appropriate shirt of choice day on Monday, January 28th. If your child would like to participate, please send $2 (per child) to school on Monday. If you would like to donate more than $2, it would be much appreciated. Students who wear boots MUST bring tennis shoes for PE.
Quarterfest presale tickets will be sold January 29th - February 4th. Tickets will also be sold at the door the night of Quarterfest if you miss the presale.
B. E. S. will celebrate the 100th day of school on Thursday, January 24th. Students may decorate a shirt with 100 school-appropriate items of choice and wear it to school with uniform bottoms on this day.
Sample items you can use to decorate your shirt are listed below. Please note that these are just examples and is not an all-inclusive list. Examples: Kittens, puppies, numbers 1-100, race cars, crayons, cotton balls, basketballs, footballs, shoes, pencils, books, crowns.
Online crooks have been exploiting our fear of computer hacking for quite some time. Through a phone call or pop-up warning on your computer, the scammers make you believe that your computer is compromised. They often claim to be from Microsoft or Apple, and they can spoof phone numbers so that the calls appear to be genuine.
Here's the scam: The crooks convince people to hand over remote access to their computers and then proceed to "troubleshoot." Then, they ask for credit card information to cover the cost of repairs that didn't really happen. At the same time, the crooks can and download all files and email messages while they have access to the computer. They can also install spyware that lets them gather information in the future.
Last year, people reported losing $55 million to tech support scams. Credit cards were used most often for payment, and that's good--credit card companies can reverse fraudulent charges. However, some crooks tricked victims into giving them the PIN numbers on the back of iTunes or Google Play gift cards--and that money is simply gone.
People over 60 were five times more likely to report losing money to these scams. Help your family understand how to avoid these scams:
Do not click any links or call a phone number that pops up on your computer screen warning of a problem.
Hang up on unexpected calls from anyone who claims to be tech support.
Don't believe your Caller ID--phone numbers can easily be spoofed.
Never give control of your computer or share passwords with anyone who contacts you.
Keep your security software up-to-date.
If you need help, contact a family member or a computer technician that you trust. Don't rely on a web search.
If you've already been scammed, change any passwords you've shared and scan your computer for malware. If you gave out a credit card number, call the credit card company, and check your statement for unexpected charges.
Finally, if you get a new call about a supposed refund for computer-support scam victims, it's just more scam--hang up immediately.