Brock's Gap is now a Common Sense School!Posted by Emily Fogleman on 1/4/2019
Digital media and technology are evolving at a dizzying pace, both unlocking extraordinary opportunities and posing real risks for young people. Students are using the immense power of the Internet and mobile technology to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined, both in and out of the classroom. But issues that emerge from this 24/7 "connected culture," such as cyberbullying, privacy lapses, and uncertainty about which information to trust online, are surfacing both in schools and at home.
Brock's Gap sees these as teachable moments. We believe that digital citizenship skills have become essential for students in the 21st century, especially in schools like ours that are using technology to transform learning. That's why we are committed to teaching our students how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly. Brock's Gap has just been approved as a Common School, an honor that recognizes our efforts in teaching digital citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion. The recognition acknowledges our schools commitment to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.
This honor is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
We are one of the more than 50,000 schools across the country that use Common Sense Education's groundbreaking education resources. As a result, our students are better equipped to navigate the digital world and use devices for learning. We hope you will encourage other schools in our district to take advantage of them. If 75 percent of schools in the district become Common Sense Schools, we can earn recognition as a Common Sense District.
To learn more about Common Sense Education, visit www.commonsense.org/education.
Career Day Volunteers NeededPosted by Emily Fogleman on 9/13/2018
We are planning a Career Day for our fifth grade students on Friday, February 1, 2019, 1:00-2:45 and the main attraction will be guest speakers from various careers who have volunteered to tell the students about their jobs. We are currently looking for these volunteers! Would YOU (or a friend or family member) be willing to speak to our students about your profession? If so, please click on the link to complete a quick form. The deadline to complete the form is Nov. 2nd.
Presentations will need to be 10-15 minutes long, allowing enough time for questions at the end of each presentation. A speaker will do the same presentation several times for different groups of children.
Thank you very much for your willingness to be part of this fun and educational day!
First Day of School!Posted by Emily Fogleman on 8/7/2018
The first day of the 2018-2019 school year is Wednesday, August 8th. Our school hours are 8AM to 3PM.
Below are a few reminders about student arrival and dismissal at Brock's Gap.
Drop Off Times: All drop off is in the morning carpool line (directions below) anytime after 7am. School starts promptly at 8am and any student not in their class ready to begin the day is considered tardy. We advise getting on campus before 7:40am to ensure plenty of time to find the class and get settled.
Morning Procedures for Students: All students will be directed to the lunchroom in the morning. They can purchase and eat breakfast starting at 7:20am or they can wait for the class to get together to move to the gym.
Afternoon Procedures for Students: All students will go home on the bus, carpool, walkers, YMCA After School Care, or by private daycare van/bus. Our walkers and bus riders are dismissed first to get to their spots. We then dismiss our carpool students and all after school daycare student. Private daycare providers come on campus through our carpool line.
Bus Reminders: Students must have a yellow transportation form on file in order to ride a BGIS bus in the afternoon. If you didn’t turn one of these in we have called to verify and will ask you to sign the original when the teacher sends it home through backpack mail tomorrow. As a reminder we are splitting buses with SSC students and are expecting delays in the afternoon route. This extra time is to ensure all students get safely on the bus and to their home in the afternoon. Don’t be surprised if your child is 20-30 minutes later than the listed drop off time in the morning. We advise that you arrive at your morning pick up bus stop 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up time.
Morning: All morning carpool students (3rd, 4th, & 5th graders) are dropped off under the white awning on the side of the building. When you arrive on campus you will see signs directing you to the path. Have your student with backpacks ready to get out as you pull up to one of our carpool spots. Safety patrol volunteers will help students out of the car and then you will exit campus avoiding the bus lane. Safety patrol volunteers will be 5th grade students later in the fall, but we will have adults helping in that role to begin the year.
Afternoon: We have two afternoon carpool lanes.
Parents of 5th graders will take the left carpool lane when arriving on campus (follow the signs) and will be directed to pick up students under the white awning on the side of the building after buses have cleared the lane. No carpool number is required for these students, but we must have a yellow transportation form on file.
Parents of 3rd/4th graders will take the right carpool lane when arriving on campus (follow the signs) and will be directed to pick up students in the front of the school outside of the lunchroom. A staff worker will take carpool numbers as you come by and call them into the radio for students to hear in the lunchroom. They will meet you at a carpool spot supervised by adults and safety volunteers to get in the car. Please pull all of the way down as directed by our workers.
*Note for any families with multiple students being picked up the students will go to one carpool line based on the youngest child.
BGIS Meet the TeacherPosted by Emily Fogleman on 7/12/2018
We can't wait for the 2018-2019 school year and are so excited to have you and your family be a part of our school community. We hope you will be able to join us for Meet the Teacher on Tuesday, August 7th. On this day you will be able to meet your child's teacher, explore the classroom, and bring any school supplies that you have purchased for your child.
Last names A-L will be from 10:00-10:45 AM
Last Names M-Z will be from 10:45-11:30 AM
Class placement will be made known to parents on Friday, August 3rd between 11:00am and 1:00pm via confidential email from the school. If you do not receive an email, please call the office to update your information at 205.439.1600.
Summer Reading CelebrationPosted by Emily Fogleman on 7/4/2018
Are you a student attending Brock’s Gap next year and are participating in the Hoover Public Library Summer Reading Program?
If you are then come celebrate with us at the Brock’s Gap Library, July 12th from 10:30-11:15. We will have a Dance Party, Karaoke Time, a photo booth and other fun activities. We will also talk about some of the great books you have been reading this summer. Come join us for all the fun!
It’s not too late to sign up for the summer reading program at the Hoover Public Library. Sign up will continue until July 13th.
Moved or Moving this Summer?Posted by Emily Fogleman on 6/6/2018
If you are moving out of Hoover this summer, please call registrar Jennifer Cole at 439-1615 NOW to schedule an appointment to withdraw your student for the 2018-19 school year.
If you have moved or are moving within Hoover, please forward a copy of your new lease or deed AND a current utility bill or start up notice to email@example.com or by fax 439-1601.