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Good Afternoon, 

Below are updates related to next week's instructional days and the revised BCPS Calendar that reflects the last week of school. 

Week of April 12-16, 2021

Monday and Tuesday:  Cohort A In-person Learning and Cohorts B and C synchronous virtual instruction 

Wednesday:  Asynchronous Virtual Instruction for Cohorts A, B and C 

Thursday: Cohort B In-person Learning and Cohorts A and C synchronous virtual instruction

Friday: 3 hour Early Dismissal for all students. 3rd marking period ends.

           Cohort B In-person learning with dismissal/pick-up at 12:20 PM

           Cohort A and C synchronous virtual instruction with instructional day concluding no later than 12:20 PM

Revised BCPS Calendar

The revised calendar reflects that three emergency closure days were used during the 2020-2021 school year. The following is the schedule for the last three days of the school year, which are all assessment days:

Friday, June 18 Elementary, middle, and high schools in session full day; last day of classes for Preschool-3 and PreKindergarten

Monday, June 21 Elementary and middle schools close 3 hours early for students; high schools in session full day

Tuesday, June 22 Last day of classes – elementary and middle schools close 3 hours early for students; high schools in session full day; last day for teachers

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year has begun! All registrations will be completed virtually. Please visit Division of School Climate and Safety webpage for more information.

Wishing you well and sending love your way,
Captain Cunningham

February 19, 2021

Good afternoon Gunpowder families.
In planning to safely return to in-person learning, every student and staff member must undergo a daily health screening for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to school. Please see the linked form below and complete on your child's first day of attending school and the first day of every month thereafter.  Remember to complete the form for each child attending a BCPS school.  

If you have any questions regarding your health services in school, please feel free to email me at kneer@bcps.org. 
Thank you.  
Kristin Neer, RN
School Nurse
Gunpowder Elementary

Covid Health Screening Parent Form.pdf

February 11, 2021 

Good Afternoon Gunpowder Family, 

Report cards are available to view online beginning at 4 PM today. Please use the below links to access these reports.  The previous message sent by BCPS has links that are not working properly.  Please see full message below with working links:  

Starting February 11, 2021 at 4 p.m., report cards for the first and second quarter will be in our Focus system. Students and families can log in to Focus using the student’s login information in the student portal.  Directions are available and the process can be viewed in a video with words or without words.  Parents may also request a paper copy of the report card mailed to their home by contacting their child’s school. 

Wishing you well today and sending love your way, 

Wendy Cunningham

Dear Gunpowder Family,  

As stated in the BCPS Reopening plan, families who have selected virtual learning or not responded to the return to school survey, will have ongoing opportunities to update their choices and choose in-person hybrid learning. Our staff will be able to accommodate requests, make necessary arrangements and work with transportation (if applicable) to ensure a smooth transition back to school. The schedule below is in alignment with the phased re-entry to school. If you would like to return to hybrid in-person learning, please submit your request at: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=3cPDSRs_g0GOdLONSDpa_Y4caWRYnNVGosmHLIkPUupUMzdDQUc5WkZWODFRWEZONzY3RE9BWVVETy4u

Please use the schedule below to identify request date windows and hybrid learning start dates for students.  The specific start dates will be cohort dependent (Cohort A- Mondays and Cohort B- Thursdays). Families will receive a cohort assignment message before the first day of school.



Request Date Window

(Window closes at 5:00 pm on Fridays)

Start Dates 

(Start dates applicable to the start day of the individual phases)

Phase 1 - Public Separate Day Schools and

Phase 2- Pre- School through

Grade 2

Survey window- February 5

Week of March 1 

February 6- February 19

Week of March 8

February 20 – March 5

Week of March 22

March 6 – March 12

Week of April 6

Phase 3 – OGE Special Education programs Grades 3 - 12 and Select CTE programs

Survey window- February 12

Week of March 15

February 13- February 26

Week of March 22

February 27 – March 12

Week of April 6

Phase 4- Grades 3 through 12

Survey window – March 12

Week of March 22 (Grades 6 & 9 only)

Week of April 6



March 13 – March 26

Week of April 19

March 27- April 9

Week of May 3

April 10 – April 23

Week of May 17

April 24 – May 7

Week of May 31

Families must fill out a separate form for each student returning to hybrid learning using the school-specific form. Return to learning form links can be found on school websites. A member of our staff will contact you if we have any questions. Thank you and we look forward to your return!


Anchored in Love,

Wendy Cunningham



GES Vision Statement:

We believe our students at Gunpowder Elementary should learn in a rigorous, responsive, and safe learning environment where culture and diversity are recognized, accommodated, valued, and respected.  Our teaching staff will demonstrate high expectations for all learners.  We will promote a learning environment that is driven by interest, ability, and learning style to meet the strengths and needs of our learners.  Families are recognized as partners in the learning process.  We embrace communication between and among staff and community as we work to create the best learning opportunities for all students. 

GES Mission Statement:

Our Gunpowder Family strives each day to inspire one another to become more virtuous and conscious, honoring each other's dignity, anchored in love, and guided by hope for our children's future.  Ensuring that each member of our family feels safe and loved will allow adults and students to develop into creative and critical thinkers, effective communicators, peaceful problem solvers, and confident, authentic human beings.

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