BHS Parents’ Group President’s Message
Welcome all new and returning families, teachers, and staff to the 2016-17 school year! I look forward to serving as your Parents' Group President this year, and hope you take an active role in your student's life at Burlingame High School. The purpose of the BHS Parents’ Group is to:
- Facilitate communication between parents and the BHS administration
- Fund programs that will enrich all BHS students’ educational experience
- Provide grants for department & classroom supplies and technology
Who we are:
The BHS Parents' Group is an active, all-volunteer parent group with a 17-person Executive Board, plus dozens of committee chairs and program liaisons. This doesn’t include all of the volunteers (including you) who step up during the year!
What we do:
We are a crucial resource to the administration and a key communication link between home and school. We assist the administration by:
- Raising money through the BHS Excellence Fund to support critical programs that benefit students, parents, teachers and administrators
- Planning and executing an annual fundraising event, Toast of The Town
- Keeping parents informed with weekly emails and monthly newsletters
- Creating the Buzz Book (student directory)
- Showing appreciation for teachers and staff through events and gifts
- Volunteering at events, and in the computer lab and library
- Helping coordinate graduation logistics and a grad night event for seniors
- Offering an informative parent education program, and so much more!
What we fund:
The BHS Excellence Fund was established in 1982 when public school funding began to decline and parents were asked to make monetary donations to supplement the school budget. With your donations, the Parents’ Group has been able to provide the following to our students:
- Resources for the classroom through teacher grants and professional development for 21st century learning and Common Core implementation
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) programs for materials such as laptops, instructional hardware and software to augment classroom learning, support for Common Core standards, and robotics classes
- Free after-school and evening tutoring through the Academic Center
- College and career counseling resources in the College & Career Center, including Naviance, a software program that assists your student and school administration with the college planning and application process
- Job shadowing opportunities through the Exploring Pathways Learning Opportunities Real Experiences (EXPLORE) Program
- Community service opportunities through the People, Action, Work and Service Community Service (PAWS) Program
- Freshman advisory program (BUDDIES) to ease the transition process into high school, and student planners for everyone
- Advanced placement exam preparation and additional AP class sections to create availability to more students
- Technology and website support for the school
- Senior awards and grants
What you can do to help:
- Register for SCHOOLLOOP on the BHS website: www.bhs.schoolloop.com
- Read the BHS Parents’ Group forms and information online: www.bhs.schoolloop.com/pghandbook
- Sign-up for email NewsAlerts by clicking on the sign-up button on BHS homepage OR emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Come to our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in the BHS library
- Volunteer your time whenever it suits your schedule. Click here for the volunteer sign up form.
- Give to the BHS Excellence Fund HERE
- Join eScrip by completing the form at www.escrip.com. It's FREE money for the school.
Thank you for all that you do!
All the best this school year,
BHS Parents’ Group