May 14 Newsletter

Family Update 

Dear Families - 


The work produced by our Bexley elementary students was evident this past Thursday. Thank you to all who helped to make our Art Nights a success. The appreciation was also felt throughout the halls, in classrooms and the community during Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you for all of your acts of kindness. 


We are eager to begin implementing our school district’s newly adopted strategic plan and work with families across the district to champion our school district’s future.  Championing Our Future, Bexley Schools’ 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, is the result of a year-long collaborative process and it shows in the thoughtfulness and careful construction of each word, goal, objective and priority. We are committed to living these ideals of our mission in every action, every decision, every lesson, and every interaction. 


Looking forward to a great week, 


Jeannine Hetzler, Cassingham

Nyesha Clayton, Montrose 

Rachel Niswander, Maryland



Important Dates

May 8-26 MAP testing in Reading & Math for students K-5 

May 16th- Montrose Family Breakfast, 7:30 

May 17th - Elementary-wide, 5th Grade Field Trip to Huntington Park

May 18th - One Bexley Public Workshop at Bexley Library from 6:30 - 8:00

May 18-20 Elementary Theater Circus Olympus, Cassingham Theater

May 25th-Fun Day (K-2 am, 3-5 pm) 

May 26th-Fun Run and Dash 

May 29th - Memorial Day, No School 

May 31st-  5th Grade Rising-Up Ceremony, 9:30

June 1st- Last Day of School for Students, 5th Grade to the pool


Warm Weather Safety Reminders 

We anticipate that this week’s weather forecast will encourage more children to walk or ride their bikes to school; be on the lookout as you’re driving.  Additionally, it is helpful to talk with  your child about why we expect them to cross streets at crosswalks and follow the safety rules they learned during Safety Town and Physical Education classes. 

Additionally, every staff member expects (and reminds!) children to honor the after-school plans you had for them when they arrived at school.  Pleasant weather sparks the desire for impromptu playdates!  Teachers do not supervise our playgrounds after school; they have professional obligations from 3-4PM each day.  Therefore, children may not remain on school yards without an adult supervisor.  Thank you for working with us to ensure each child’s safety!


MAP Assessments

Student’s spring Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are scheduled between Monday, May 8- Friday, May 26th. All elementary students will participate this spring. 

Kindergarten students will have their first MAP experience 

1st-  5th grades are assessed in reading and math. 

MAP is a computerized assessment that adapts to each student by giving items that are more or less difficult based upon the student’s performance within the assessment. Classroom teachers will share results from MAP with families as part of your child’s end of year materials. 

Please be sure students bring their device charged and ready to use everyday and particularly for MAP days.   


Music Fundraiser

Bexley Schools Musicians 



Friend of Montrose Award 

Montrose is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2023 Friend of Montrose Award-The Juanita DeLong 40 Developmental Assets AwardPrevious recipients have been volunteers in the community and/or school, which build relationships with children who support the attainment of the 40 Developmental Assets.


Do you know a person that exemplifies the 40 Developmental Assets, and you would like to nominate them for the Friend of Montrose Award?  To help us get a true understanding of the impact of your nominee, you may have additional people, nominate the same person.   


The recipient will be honored at our End of the Year Assembly on June 1 at 9:00 am.


Please complete this application form by May 25, 3:00 pm. 


Please join us this week for Montrose Family Breakfast




Fun Day News from Mr. Strait

We are in need of enthusiastic parent volunteers that are willing to donate their time to allow our students to have a fun and enjoyable end of school year experience.  This year we are going back to our old format of having all grades participate on the same day.  This year's Fun Day will take place on Thursday, May 25th.  Our Rain Date is scheduled for Friday, May 26th.

The K-2 Fun Day will take place in the morning from 8am-11:30am.  The 3-5 Fun Day will take place in the afternoon from 12pm-3:30pm.  There is also an All Day option if you wish to volunteer for both time slots.

If you are interested in volunteering please select the desired grade level Fun Day and time slot.  Also, with volunteering for the event, parents are required to fill out a Level 2 Parent Volunteer Form located in the Volunteer Handbook.  All forms must be signed by Mrs. Clayton.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. The volunteer sign up link is below.


Difference Makers Series: Chief Gary Lewis, BPD 


This Friday, May 19th,  Montrose will host the second Difference Makers lunch-and-learn event, featuring our Chief of Police, Gary Lewis.  This event is an optional experience for 4th and 5th grade students who can sign up to attend in their Google classroom. They will bring their lunch to the library and hear from Ms. Heideman as they eat; they will not miss recess, and the PTO will provide dessert. Should be a great event!


Attendance Information 

Attendance Correspondence/Email: [email protected]. All attendance information should be sent to this email address (especially since our attendance line and voicemails are down). Parents need to email the attendance email as well as their child's teacher with absences, early release, tardies, vacations, change in after school pick up etc.


Driver's License: Bring your driver's license when you visit school. This is required for any visitor additionally, we'll take your picture and  print it on your VISITOR ID badge when they are in the building.