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BES Railroader Express Family Newsletter

April 12, 2021

Contents Include:

– Important Dates

– PK, Kindergarten, & New Student Registration Information

– FCPS Parent Preferences Survey

– Spring Pictures Information

2021 FCPS Virtual School Summer Session

FCPS Frederick County Virtual School (FCVS)
provides online courses for high school credit during the summer

Virtual School Summer Session (VSS)

  • VSS is a five week program designed for independent and self-motivated learners.
  • Students enroll in an online course and attend weekly Google Meets with their teacher.
  • Students will need to commit to 15-20 hours/week of independent work.
  • Students will need reliable and consistent access to a device and high-speed internet.
  • Students must be enrolled with FCPS and entering 9th-12th grade in the fall of 2021.

Click here for registration information. To access the correct registration packet:

  • See “High School Students” or “8th Grade Students” (based on your current level) to access the correct pre-registration packet.

Deadline to pre-register: completed forms must be turned in to your school counselor by 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 17. Do not delay! Enrollment is limited.

Online registration is underway for students new to FCPS

Online enrollment is open for students NEW to Frederick County Public Schools!

Please note, parents/guardians of existing FCPS students who will be changing schools within the county for next school year may begin to process in-county transfers using the online portal AFTER July 1st.  

Parents may enroll their child in FCPS by creating an account here in English or here in Spanish.

Additional information is online at

All new enrollments, including pre-kindergarten (pre-k) and kindergarten, occur online in a secure virtual environment.

Those enrolling a child also upload required documents and photo identification online.

Required enrollment documents are as follows:

For immunization and health records, provide BOTH of the following:

For proof of date of birth, provide ONE of the following:

  • birth certificate
  • physician’s certificate
  • hospital certificate
  • baptismal or church certificate
  • parent’s affidavit
  • passport/visa

For proof of residency, provide ONE of the following:

  • current property tax bill
  • current rental bill
  • current utility bill for water, gas, or electric

Also provide the parent/guardian photo ID.


The FCPS pre-kindergarten program is a state-funded program for 4-year-old children who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Child must be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year
  • Child must reside in Frederick County

Children whose families qualify under the Free and Reduced-Price Meals income guidelines and children who are homeless or in foster care receive automatic placement into the pre-kindergarten program. Enrollment is still required; please use the links here for English or here for Spanish.

Otherwise, applying for an FCPS public pre-kindergarten program, regardless of the time of year, DOES NOT automatically guarantee enrollment. Every attempt is made to provide space for as many children as possible, but because of funding restrictions, spaces are limited. In order for an application to be considered, all appropriate information must be completed and accompanied by ALL required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be processed and may affect a child’s placement.

For more information about eligibility and applications for prekindergarten, please visit

Inclusive Pre-K Peer Applications

FCPS offers a unique pre-kindergarten program in inclusive special education classes. These classes are available at 14 FCPS locations and educate all students using pre-academic standards while implementing Individualized Education Plans for eligible children who have been identified with a disability.

Inclusive Pre-K classes are available for 3- and 4-year old students who will attend half-day sessions. Students must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, and transportation is not provided. Students may attend any school location, regardless of residence.

The application process is open, and students will be selected via an FCPS lottery process. Please visit for details. Please visit our website where specific details are explained: This program is offered at 15 select schools.

Families that speak a language other than English or who have children that speak a language other than English:

Please call the FCPS International Office at 240-236-8761 (or for Spanish 240-236-8762) to be directed to the appropriate person for registration.

Early Entrance to Kindergarten

Families interested in learning more about the process of applying for early entrance to kindergarten:

Please see updates and application information at

For more information about enrolling students, please visit

Reminder: FCPS Transition Fair for High School Students

The 25th annual FCPS “Life After High School” Transition Fair starts on April 19 and registration is now underway. This free, virtual event is for high school students who have an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or a 504 plan. The fair is for those who plan to attend college as well as students who will go directly into the workforce after graduating from high school.

For more information and to register please click here for English or here for Spanish.

BES PTO Fundraiser- Hershey Park Tickets

Looking to bring the fun back for 2021? BES PTO is selling Hershey Park tickets.

Hershey Park reopened this weekend and is welcoming people back to for a bigger than ever safe fun family experience.

The BES PTO is selling discounted tickets that will be (new this year) good for the entire 2021 season! From once we get tickets until 1/2/2022.

Tickets are $40, that’s a discount of over $34 off the gate price.

Tickets will be available for pick up around 5/17/2021

To purchase, click HERE.

Any questions please contact


Jim Castle

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