The Brunswick Herald Wishes Those Students Returning To The Classroom Today Much Love and Well Wishes.

Frederick County Public Schools will begin the hybrid learning model Tuesday, February 16. We are excited to welcome back students into buildings and continue providing excellent virtual instruction to families who chose that option.

Last week, we asked FCPS employees to share their thoughts on the hybrid return. We have posted their feedback on our FCPS Maryland YouTube page.

A Message from Dr. Terry Alban

After nearly a year of diligent planning, we are just a few days away from a significant milestone in Frederick County. Next week, many students will be returning to school buildings as part of the Frederick County Public Schools hybrid learning model.

For some of our youngest learners, Tuesday, February 16, will be their first day in a classroom. Some of our sixth and ninth grade students will experience their first days in their new school buildings. We are confident in our hybrid learning plan, which also gives families the option of an all-virtual learning model.

Understandably, we have received many questions about hybrid learning logistics.  Many of these questions were answered in detail by school principals at the Wednesday, February 10, Board of Education meeting. The discussion is worth your time and can be viewed online. Principals presented at the beginning of the meeting. Additionally, our website is updated with everything from face-covering guidance to community health metrics.

This learning model is new for everyone, and I am so proud of how diligently our staff have prepared for students returning.

As we begin the next chapter in the pandemic story, we know there will be challenges and we will need to adapt. This has been our reality for nearly a year, and the perseverance of our staff, students and families has been remarkable. We will continue to move forward together. You won’t be able to see our smiles as we greet students from behind masks. But trust me: They will be there.


Tuesday, February 16:
First Scheduled Day for FCPS Hybrid Learning

Monday, March 1:
2-Hour Early Dismissal for Students: Teacher Work Session


Please enjoy the newest FCPS In a Minute video:

* FCPS middle and high school students are encouraged to register soon for the upcoming Science and Engineering Fair.
* We all lost a “friend” recently at the FCPS Earth and Space Science lab.
* FCPS was rocking the red in support of American Heart Month.

Know someone who would enjoy FCPS video links to In a Minute? FindOutFirst sends them to subscribers selecting the FCPS Television, YouTube Videos news group at

BES- Change in Homeroom Teacher Impact on Schoology

Dear Brunswick Elementary Families,

As we prepare for our in-person and virtual cohorts, some schedule/teacher changes may need to occur in order to support intent decisions.  During this transition time, students will remain with their current teachers.

If a teacher/schedule change is to occur for your student(s), please be aware of the following:

  • New teachers/courses in Schoology will be visible sometime between February 13 and 16.
  • If a student moves to a new teacher/courses in Schoology, Term 1 and Term 2 grades and assignments will no longer be visible in the student or parent account.  Note:  All teachers save a copy of their gradebook to ensure student learning, grades, and growth are available.

Please know that if your student is not changing homeroom teachers, this message does not of impact to your or your student.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepare to welcome students back to Brunswick Elementary.

FCPS Partners with AARCH

FCPS is pleased to finalize our partnership with the African American Resource, Cultural Heritage Society (AARCH).

For details please see the news release and photo:

BES Railroader Express Family Newsletter

BES Railroader Express Family Newsletter

February 11, 2021

Note:  The BES Parent-Student Hybrid Handbook is included inside this newsletter.

FCPS Free Meals Program Resumes February 16

The FCPS free meals program will resume Tuesday, February 16, for all students in school buildings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All meals will be individually wrapped or compartmentalized. Free breakfasts and lunches will be available to children in cohort A on Mondays and Tuesdays and to children in cohort B on Thursdays and Fridays. On days when students are learning in a school building, they may also take a free, to-go meal for supper that same day.

Also, FCPS encourages families who want meals for the days when students are not in school buildings (virtual days, weekends, holidays) to pick up additional food at the child’s school on a day when they are learning in the building, or visit one of the open community sites listed below on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This outreach will begin Wednesday, February 17, at the following schools:

Elementary Schools: Ballenger Creek, Brunswick, Butterfly Ridge, Centerville, Deer Crossing, Emmitsburg, Hillcrest, Liberty, Lincoln, Monocacy, Myersville, New Market, Oakdale, Spring Ridge, Sugarloaf, Twin Ridge, Waverley, Whittier

Middle Schools: Thurmont, Windsor Knolls

High Schools: Gov. Thomas Johnson, Middletown, Walkersville

*Note: Children do not need to be present to pick up meals on Wednesdays and Fridays. A parent or other adult may pick up these meals for them. Also, the child does not have to be enrolled at the school.

BHS Theater Fundraiser

Support the theater program at Brunswick High by purchasing a very “punny” sweatshirt to celebrate Theater in Our Schools Month this March. Orders due by February 19th (Cash, check, and paypal accepted). See order form for all details!

Know a Great Teacher?

FCPS seeks nominations for the 2021 Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award (by Friday, March 19).

Please see the news release for details:

FCPS Opens Nominations for Support Employee of the Year

FCPS seeks nominations for the 2021 Support Employee of the Year (by Friday, March 26).

Please see the news release for details:


Jim Castle

Posted by: Jim Castle

The community news source for the Brunswick, Maryland area