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  • December 4

    Posted by Frank Bogden on 12/4/2022

    Good Afternoon, Bison Families!     I’m delighted to share that three events are happening in our school this week. The first two are the Hour of Code recognition and Unity in our Community week. Students will enjoy several spirit days and be working on classroom activities. For the third event, all  families are invited to join us for our big multicultural celebration on Wednesday evening. This year’s event will truly be amazing, so don't miss it!     Thank you to all the room parents who attended the virtual meeting with me last week! It was so wonderful to touch base with everyone and share more about connections and events in the school this year. We are still in need of room parent liaisons for several classrooms. If your teacher reaches out this week, please consider helping out, at least for the winter parties. We need parent volunteers to help make sure the event is a big success for the class. Thank you in advance for your help.     Please note the Brief will be in two parts this week to cover all the news and information for December. Today, you can find the dates and times for events along with information about Wednesday’s big celebration. Tomorrow afternoon, you can find school news and more information about the month. 

    Sincerely,Mrs. RogalinerPrincipal

    THIS WEEK ON THE TRAILDec 5-9 – Hour of Code Week with scheduled classroom activities. Unity in our Community Week with schoolwide themes and classroom activities.MON- Dec 5Theme: How do you say, “Friend?”  Wear BTES colors today.TUES- Dec 6Theme: “Kindness is my Superpower!” Dress as a superhero with school appropriate clothing. (No props please.) Also TUES – Dec 6 – PTA shares a family Gift of Time with the meeting canceled. – Meetings will resume in January 2023.WED- Dec 7 – Theme: “All together!”  Wear  all your favorite colors today. Remember, BTES Multicultural Celebration is this evening!THURS- Dec 8 – Theme: “Thoughtful Thoughts.” . Wear your PJ s today.FRI- Dec 9– Theme: Inclusive Literacy connections. School spirit day and conclusion of this week's special activities in class.

    SAVE THE DATESDec 14 – Winter game day party for grades 3, 4, and 5. Times to be shared by teachers.Dec 15 – Winter game day parties for grades k, 1, and 2. Times to be shared by teachers.Dec 16 – Last school day before Winter Break – student winter assemblies.Dec 17- January 2- Winter Break. School closedJan 3, 2023- School resumes for students

    SCHOOL NEWS - Part 1 of 2

    Wednesday’s Multicultural Night: You Mean the World to Us!We are looking forward to seeing everyone at this very special event.Here is the schedule for the evening:5:00 p.m. -  Community Connection time.  Join in for dinner or holiday shopping. Funds raised will support future school events. (Specific spaces will be open to begin the evening. Classrooms will be closed until 6 p.m.)• Food Trucks open for dinner purchase – Seating available in Cafeteria• PTA Holiday Shop in the Makerspace- items for purchase.• Photobooth and 5th grade’s Bison Décor booth in Library- both for purchase.6:00-6:40 p.m. - Multicultural Night Activities Begin! Remaining events are free.• Pick up student passport and visit designated classrooms for interactive activities.• Visit family cultural displays throughout the hallways on both floors.     Note: Students turn in passports on Thursday to get a treat from the teacher.6:50-7:50 p.m. - Cultural Performances• Come to the gym to watch individual student performances• Participate in grades K-2 and grades 3-5 whole group dance for everyone.7:55-8:00 - Cultural Clothing Walk• Each and every student wearing cultural attire is welcomed to join our school parade to walk across the stage as we wrap up the event!8:00 p.m. Final recognitions from the Administration.  This is the closing event.

    It’s going to be a great night!! We all hope to see you then.

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONSLook for information in Bison Brief – part 2- tomorrow afternoon.

    Thank you for reading the Bison Brief and have a great week!

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  • November 27

    Posted by Frank Bogden on 11/27/2022

    Hello, Bison Families!Monday begins a full week of school, so be sure students get plenty of sleep tonight to start on time tomorrow!Please also remember, December is an abbreviated month of school. Attendance is important because there are still lots of activities filling the school day.  Please be sure to read through all four sections of the Brief to stay in tune to happenings on the Trail.  We also encourage you to visit our website.  The BTES homepage is the landing page for lots of information and connections to events and activities.  Be sure to check regularly for school updates.Sincerely,Mrs. RogalinerPrincipalTHIS WEEK ON THE TRAILMON- Nov 28- School Spirit Day. TUES- Nov 29- Regular School Day.WED- Nov 30- Regular School DayTHURS- Dec 1 – Room Parent Information Session.  Virtual meeting. 9:00 a.m.  The meeting link will be shared via email. Additional information is below in School News.FRI- Dec 2 – Regular School Day.SAVE THE DATESDec 5-9 – Hour of Code Week  shared in classroom activities, Unity in our Community Week (see attached flyer)Dec 5- How do you say, “Friend?” Day, School spirit dayDec 6 – PTA Meeting, “Kindness is my Superpower” dayDec 7 – International Night, “All together!” dayDec 8 –“Thoughtful Thoughts” day, a PJ dayDec 9 – Inclusive Literacy connections, School spirit dayDec 14 – Winter game day party for grades 3, 4, and 5. Times to be shared by teachers.Dec 15 – Winter game day parties for grades k, 1, and 2. Times to be shared by teachers.Dec 16 – Last school day before Winter Break – student winter assembliesDec 19- January 2- Winter Break. School closedJan 3, 2023- School resumes for studentsSCHOOL NEWS1. Room Parent Information Session – An information session will be provided to parent volunteers who have offered to serve as the room parent from each homeroom  class on December 1, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be online.   A number of topics will be covered including guidelines for school parties and events.  The meeting log-in will be provided via email from your classroom teacher later in the week. Several classes still have openings for this position. Please check with your homeroom teacher if you are available to help.2. Holiday Gift Drive - Bison families: would you like to help families in need in our community during this holiday season? Consider donating a new, unwrapped toy to our Toys for Tots gift drive! You may drop off toys in the marked box near our main office or simply pick a toy from our Amazon wish list: at Amazon.com. We are accepting toys from Nov. 28th until Dec. 8th. Thank you for your generous spirit! A flyer is attached for additional information. 3.  Multicultural Night: You Mean the World to Us! – We are looking forward to seeing everyone at this very special event. Here is the schedule for the evening:•    5:00 Food Trucks/Dinning in Cafeteria, PTA Holiday Shop in the Maker Space & Photobooth in Library (classrooms will be closed)•    6:00-6:40 Multicultural Night Activities Begin!  Activities Around the World (Visit certain classrooms for interactive activities and hallways to see family cultural displays)•    6:50-7:50 Cultural Performances (Come to the gym to watch individual student performances & K-2/3-5 whole group dance for all students!)•    7:55-8:00 Cultural Clothing Walk (Any student wearing cultural attire is welcomed to walk across the stage as we wrap up the event!)4. Inclusion in our Community Week – Please see the attached document to learn more about feature events to highlight inclusion in our school community.5.  Hour of Code and STEAM activities – be sure to check in with your student and his/her classroom newsletter to learn more about special events taking place throughout our building this week.COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS1. MSAAC News- Please visit our school webpage for updates and information this week.2. SEAC News- SEAC information is also available on our website.3. LEAF News- LEAF also invites you to visit our ever changing – information filled website. You will find a variety of resources, as well as help available through our school and LCPS. Our monthly meeting was held on Monday, 11/21: Dr. Ryan Tyler, Director, Research, Assessment and School Improvement, presented NWEA measures of Academic Progress through MAP assessments.) A review of Growth Assessments taught LEAF members how to engage with and locate assessment data on the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth Assessments.Thank you for reading the Bison Brief and have a great week!

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  • November 20

    Posted by Frank Bogden on 11/21/2022

    Thanksgiving Bison Brief for November 20, 2022

    Happy Sunday, Bison Families!This week is a shortened school week with classes on Monday and Tuesday only. School will be closed for Thanksgiving holidays from Nov 23-25.Everyone on the Trail is thankful to be part of this great learning team. The administration, staff and I wish each and everyone one in our Buffalo Trail Community a wonderful, restful time.Sincerely,Mrs. RogalinerPrincipal

    THIS WEEK ON THE TRAILMON- Nov 21- School Spirit Day. LEAF meeting tonight in Ashburn.TUES- Nov 22- School Spirit Day. Gather your belongings day- Students should bring home all personal items today.WED- Nov 23 - FRI- Nov 25 – Thanksgiving Holidays

    SAVE THE DATESDec 5-9 – Hour of Code Week, Unity in our Community WeekDec 6 – PTA MeetingDec 7 – International NightDec 14 – Winter game day party for grades 3, 4, and 5. Times to be shared by teachers.Dec 15 – Winter game day parties for grades k, 1, and 2. Times to be shared by teachers.Dec 16 – Last school day before Winter Break – student winter assembliesDec 19- January 2- Winter Break. School closedJan 3, 2023- School resumes for students

    SCHOOL NEWS(This week’s news is in a condensed format. Look for details on December celebrations in next Sunday’s edition. )1. Thank you, students, staff, and volunteers:• Balloons over Buffalo Trail was an awesome celebration hosted by our first-grade students and teachers!• Volunteers were so helpful in getting students through picture day. The yearbook pictures will be wonderful!• Staff are working on several celebrations to come. Look for information on our Inclusion Week, Toys for Tots campaign, Computer literacy activities and other events in next week’s brief.• Students submitted wonderful videos to audition for the International Night celebration.• Families responded well to our request for family cultural displays. We are looking forward to this wonderful experience on December 7.2. Congratulations to Second Grade – They are the winners for our spirit day contest last week hosted by PTA!3. Buffalo Trail Facebook Page- Our Facebook page is open for families of registered students in our school. It houses a wonderful collection of student work and pictures of school events. Please be sure to check it out! (Note: Please make sure you choose Aldie, VA, as your location. There is also a BTES in Colorado. That’s not us!)4. Student and Staff Health – With the shortened week, please keep sick students at home. No one wants to be sick or feel badly over the holidays, and we certainly don’t want that for your children or our staff. Please give your children time to get better before sending them in to school. Stay home, get better and then return to school.

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS1. MSAAC News- Minutes from the November 16 meeting will be posted in the next edition.  Happy Holidays from MSAAC.2. SEAC News- SEAC wishes everyone a wonderful holiday.3. LEAF News- The November meeting is scheduled for November 21, 2022 in Ashburn. LEAF wishes the best for our families this holiday.

    Thank you for reading the Bison Brief and have a great week!

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  • November 13 Bison Brief

    Posted by Frank Bogden on 11/14/2022

    Bison Brief for November 13, 2022Happy Sunday, Bison Families!We have a full week of school this week will lots of extra activities to keep us in the spirit of Thankfulness as we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday.  From fall pictures and spirit day to our First Grade “Balloons over Buffalo Trail “ parade, there is so much to enjoy and appreciate. Make sure to ask your child about their school week and all the activities that support learning in their classroom.I’d also like to offer up gratitude to all our military guests and their families who attended our Veteran’s Day Celebration. We are all honored to share in thanks for your dedication and service.Sincerely,Mrs. RogalinerPrincipalTHIS WEEK ON THE TRAILMON- Nov 14- School Spirit Day. Student Audition Videos due for International Night performance.TUES- Nov 15- Virtual PTA Meeting for all families and members.WED- Nov 16 - School Yearbook Picture Day- Students will have their pictures made for the yearbook. Families are welcome to purchase picture packets as noted on picture day envelopes.Nov 16- MSAAC Meeting in AshburnTHURS- Nov 17 - PTA Grade level Spirit Competition – Make sure you wear your BTES Spirit wear or show your school colors!!! We are taking spirit day to the next level as we look to see which grade level will show the most school spirit. PTA will provide prizes for the grade with the most student representation!!!FRI- Nov 18– Balloons Over BTES Parade for 1st GradeSAVE THE DATESNov 23-25- Thanksgiving Holidays- school closed.Dec 5-9 – Hour of Code WeekDec 6 – PTA MeetingDec 7 – International NightDec 14 – Winter game day party for grades 3, 4, and 5. Times to be shared by teachers.Dec 15 – Winter game day parties for grades k, 1, and 2. Times to be shared by teachers.Dec 16 – Last school day before Winter Break – student winter assembliesDec 19- January 2- Winter Break.  School closedJan 3, 2023- School resumes for studentsSCHOOL NEWS1. Thank you,  students and staff for the wonderful Veteran’s Day Celebration.- A special shout out goes to: Dr. Foggarty, Mrs. Boerhauer, and Ms Yoo from our music team for their leadership in this event; Mr. Bogden for all his behind the scenes work; Mrs. Brown-Berry, Mr. Lemp and Mr. Gintert for helping hands and ideas throughout the event, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. O’Neal for the artwork, Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Segerson and Mrs. Gilbert for support with the communications team, all the fifth grade students in our CAMPS program, all our student participants, classroom teachers,  the administration team for their leadership and our custodial team for the set up and keeping our facilities welcoming for all.2. Creativity and Collaboration are part of the learning at Buffalo Trail . Here are a few ways students are working together with technology:•    Fifth Grade Communication Camps has been using Canva, Google Slides, We Video and a variety of other tools to create features for our News Show.  Book Talks, What’s Up Buffalo Trail, Kids Got Talent, Veterans Day interviews and commercial, and the flyers on the Monitor in the hall were all created by our fifth graders.•    Fifth graders also performed readers theater in front of the green screen.  They created backgrounds and read their scripts to create a video of the performance.•    Fourth and Fifth Grade Fusion classes are using a variety of tools and robots for their Assembly Line project.•    Second graders used Blue Bots and Ozobots to learn about the life cycles of plants and animals. They are using Brain Pop’s coding exercises to learn to code.•    First grade students created a wonderful deeper learning experience around commerce, supply and demand. They made items they “sold” to the News Crew for their broadcast.  They also created videos with Fifth Grade to share on the news show.3. Calling all Families:   You are invited to share a display representing your families culture and heritage.  Tables will be provided free of charge. Feel free to bring in cultural artifacts, clothing, books, and decorations that you would feel comfortable displaying for children & families.  (Please do not bring highly valuable/delicate items to display.  To ensure the safety of our students, food items are prohibited.)RSVPs are due by by Monday, November 21st.  To reserve a space, here is the link to copy and paste - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXyreK9UIbAHhrkCS7bHYSVY4SHf4-069q9Nlg5FsZZA3K0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link4. Get your student audition video by Monday! There are five performance spots available on International Night, so, get your videos turned in!Here’s how to do it: a) Record a 2 minute (or less) video using your school laptop or home device (you can use WeVideo, Canva or any recording app on your Chromebook).b) Email your video to BuffaloTrail14290@gmail.com  (If that doesn’t work, upload your video to a google doc or google slide & share it with BuffaloTrail14290@gmail.com.c) Any questions about submitting videos can also be emailed to  BuffaloTrail14290@gmail.com.  A teacher or staff member will respond.Requirements: The selected performances must: stay at or under 2 minutes, be authentic and represent your family’s heritage, have all costumes and music appropriate for school, and show your creativity, talents, and personal voice.  The five representatives will be notified by the end of November.5. Cold and flu Season – It’s that time when illness is going around and we are seeing both stomach aches and head colds multiply.  One way to prevent this from being shared is to keep sick students home to rest and take medication there.  Sending a sick child to school will guarantee that several other families will be facing the same situation as you at that moment.  Stay home, get better and then return to school.COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS1. MSAAC News- The November meeting is scheduled for November 16, 2022.2. SEAC News- The first half of the attached document is the summary of the results and recommendations for SEAC's 2020-2021 Annual Report. It will be presented to the school board at their December 13th meeting.3. LEAF News- The November meeting is scheduled for November 21, 2022 in Ashburn.Thank you for reading the Bison Brief and have a great week!

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  • November 6, 2022

    Posted by Frank Bogden on 11/7/2022

    Bison Brief for November 6, 2022Hello Bison Families!   Today we moved from Daylight Savings Time to Standard time for the fall by rolling our clocks back one hour.  The morning will be brighter when we get up, but the sun will set at an earlier time. Many people wonder why we do this.  According to a Google search, Daylight Savings time gives us more sunlight during summer evenings, while moving clocks back one hour in the fall provides us more daylight for winter mornings. The history of both Standard time and DST is very interesting and could be fun to look up with your family.   I hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep last night!    A special congratulations goes out to the BTES Students for raising $4,915 toward the kindergarten playground! Team 2nd Grade won with the most participation and most funds raised and earned a grade level PJ day! Team 4th Grade was 2nd place and Team 1st Grade was 3rd with most funds raised.Huge congratulations go to Claire L. for the top fundraiser position. Thank you so much to Claire and her family for contributing so supportively to this legacy gift. We hope to have enough funds this year to complete the project before summer.Sincerely,Mrs. RogalinerPrincipalTHIS WEEK ON THE TRAILSUN -Nov 6- Clocks fall back one hour. End of Daylight Savings Time.MON- Nov 7- School Spirit Day TUES- Nov 8—School Holiday – Election Day. Student report cards available via ParentVUE in the afternoon.WED- Nov 9- Regular School Day. THURS- Nov 10 - Regular School Day.FRI- Nov 11– Veteran’s Day Celebration.  Information on the event will go home with students.SAVE THE DATESNov 15- Virtual PTA Meeting for all families and members.Nov 16- School / Yearbook Picture Day- Students will have their pictures made for the yearbook. Families are welcome to purchase picture packets. Information will go home with students.Nov 16- MSAAC Meeting in AshburnNov 17-  NEW DATE -PTA Spirit day- Grade level competition – We are taking spirit day to the next level. PTA will provide prizes for the grade with the most student representation!!! Make sure you wear your BTES Spirit wear or show your school colors!!!Nov 18 - Balloons Over BTES Parade for 1st GradeNov 21- LEAF Meeting in AshburnNov 23-25- Thanksgiving Holidays- school closed.SCHOOL NEWS1. Thank you students and families – for participating in the conferences with your teachers to share about your learning in first quarter.  Students in grades 2-5 participated in student-led conferences and did a great job sharing about their school experiences and future goals with their families.  Your teachers are looking forward to many great things for you in second quarter!2. Fifth Graders will have their classroom  level  spelling bees to begin the journey for the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year.  The winners of the classroom bees will move on to the school-wide bee in December to determine our school representative.  That student will go on to represent BTES in the LCPS Division Bee in the spring and a winner will represent LCPS in the state bee, then on to the national level.  The Scripps Spelling Bee is an annual event. The winners at the state and national levels are eligible for some fantastic prizes and even scholarships to college. For more information you may visit the link at  https://spellingbee.com   Start studying now!3. Second Grade enjoyed their field trip last week to Great Country Farms.  The weather was nice and we appreciate all the parent volunteers who supported our students and teachers through this fun experience!4. Audition videos are coming in.  Be sure that you get yours in by November 14 to be considered as a school representative at our International Night Event!There are five performance spots available, so, get your videos turned in as soon as possible!Here’s how to do it: a) Record a 2 minute (or less) video using your school laptop or home device (you can use WeVideo, Canva or any recording app on your Chromebook).b) Email your video to BuffaloTrail14290@gmail.com  (If that doesn’t work, upload your video to a google doc or google slide & share it with BuffaloTrail14290@gmail.com.c) Any questions about submitting videos can also be emailed to  BuffaloTrail14290@gmail.com.  A teacher or staff member will respond.Requirements: The selected performances must: stay at or under 2 minutes, be authentic and represent your family’s heritage, have all costumes and music appropriate for school, and show your creativity, talents, and personal voice.  The five representatives will be notified by the end of November.COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS1. MSAAC News- The November meeting is scheduled for November 16, 2022.2. SEAC News- The Annual Report for the 2020-2021 school year is being approved for publication. Those results and recommendations will be presented to the School Board at the December 15th meeting. (Analysis was delayed due to budget.)Subcommittee meetings are being scheduled for the year, and they are open to the public for anyone interested in Policy & Compliance, Transition, Specialized Reading, or Meaningful Inclusion.The Policy & Compliance committee reviewed LCPS Policy 5055 regarding instructional materials with sexually explicit materials, and while no changes were recommended, there was a concern, particularly for elementary schools. Parents of students in special education classes would like to be notified of what books and content are being discussed in their child's general education inclusion classrooms because students may not appear on the general education homeroom roster for all notifications. If this is a concern for you, please reach out to your student's teachers!Finally, on November 16, there is a strategy-based workshop for parents to learn how to help your students with specialized reading and math at home. See attached flyer for more information.Our next SEAC meeting is December 7, with a presentation on Diploma Options & Alternative Assessments followed by the business meeting (see attached flyer).3. LEAF News- The November meeting is scheduled for November 21, 2022 in Ashburn.4. Lightridge Cluster News - The Lightridge Mini-THON club will be sponsoring a FREE family movie night on Friday, November 11 at 7pm in the Lightridge High School Auditorium to watch Jumanji (2017 version- rating is PG13). Admission is free, and concessions such as popcorn, cookies, water, Capri-Sun, etc. will be sold for $1 (cash only). All proceeds will benefit the Mini-THON club’s mission of supporting families affected by pediatric cancer. Come out and join us for an evening of fun For The Kids!Thank you for reading the Bison Brief and have a great week!

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  • Bison Brief 10/31

    Posted by Frank Bogden on 10/31/2022

    Good afternoon, Bison Families,     Making connections and having fun learning together will continue to be the theme as we move from October to November this year.  From Friday’s Book Character Day and Friday night’s family movie night through student-led conferences and Family Book Fair Day on Monday, we will continue to be busy on the Trail this week!  Be sure to read through the Brief to find lots of ways your family and students can continue to make those important connections for learning and fun.A huge thank you goes out to our PTA and all the volunteers who made our family movie night a lot of fun for all ages!  Special shout outs go to Alyssa Shrader as the event chair and our teachers Frank Bogden and Megan Caton who kept the movie going and popcorn flowing all night long!  To Ms. Bagwell and Mr. Stelly and team, thank you for all you do to keep these activities going strong, too.Thank you,Mrs. RogalinerPrincipalTHIS WEEK ON THE TRAILMON- Oct 31- School Conferences – Family Book Fair Day from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon – Food Truck Lunch Fest from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Student Holiday TUES- Nov 1-- School Conference Day -Student Holiday-Book Fair closed for fall.WED- Nov 2- Regular School Day.  SEAC Meeting in Ashburn 6-7pmTHURS- Nov 3 - Regular School Day.FRI- Nov 4– Regular School Day.