I hope those of you who had a summer vacation enjoyed it. (I'm only a little jealous.)
The Opening Day Festivities will be on Tuesday, August 9 at Arend Arts Center. Looking forward to seeing you all then. Don't forget to visit the Teacher Fair and get some free stuff.
Today is National Coloring Book Day. Help the BHS DECA collect 1,000 coloring books for Arkansas Children's Hospital and enter to win an official Nike BHS pullover. Donations can be dropped at the DECA Table at BHS.
Wednesday, August 3, is National Watermelon Day.
Thursday, August 4, is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.
Friday is Back to School First Friday in Downtown Bentonville. We'll be on Main Street in front of Walton's 5 & 10.
Certainly in honor of Dr. Sterling Ming, Saturday, August 6, is National Root Beer Float Day!
Sunday, August 7, is National Kids' Day, National Friendship Day, and National Sister's Day. Be nice to your kid sister and buy her a root beer float.
This weekend is also Tax Free Weekend in Arkansas.
@bpscommunityIf you're not following @Bentonville_PS on Twitter and @BentonvillePublicSchools on Facebook, start now.
In case you've been living under a rock, here's some news. Bentonville's new high school opened officially last Friday. Bentonville West Principal Jonathon Guthrie and his staff put on an excellent event attended by more than 1,000 people. It was the first standing room only crowd in the BWHS performing arts center.
Celebrate magazine did a great story on Bentonville West this month.
Ignite is catchin' fire in Northwest Arkansas! If get a hold of this month's CitiScapes magazine, read the article.
Anyone missing #bpseduchat? If the demand is there, I'd love to bring it back with a twist, maybe it turns into a digital book study, I know y'all have some excellent libraries. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Grants and PD
I'm guessing that PD is probably something that doesn't need to be discussed this week.
Here is a Google Form (It's all about Google this year) for you to use to submit grant and donation requests for pre-approval. The purpose of pre-approval is simple: First, Dr. Schwanhausser needs to make sure there are no on-going expenses for the District as the result of the grant or donation being awarded. Second, you building principal has to know that a request is being made and be prepared to answer Dr. Schwanhausser's questions. Third, Mr. Rice (Technology Director) needs to make sure that if technology is part of the request that it is compatible with the District network and that it can be supported. Finally, I need to record the amounts of grants and donations to share with the Board of Education to celebrate what you are doing to support innovation and student learning.
I've included a link to this tool in the email.
Video of the Week
I know some of you attended Jo Boaler's talk this summer at BHS, but it's worth sharing with everyone.
Anything you'd like to see in this blog? Or are you just plain sick of the same ol', same ol'. Leave a comment below.
Have a great week.