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Parents & Guardians, Monday is approaching and we are excited! It is our goal to not only take very good care of your children, but keep you informed as well. We want our parents to trust us and be comfortable as we approach our first day of school. I know there are many changes this year so I wanted to make this list of quick notes that I hope will help you as we begin our school year. I truly want you to feel comfortable sending your children to school, we are following all guidelines and the bottom line is we LOVE your children and will treat and protect them just as we would our own. You now have your teacher’s email and please don’t hesitate to contact her but I am still here and totally available for your emails or phone calls. Please remember that the following notes are for your children's safety and well being. Your children are in the hands of professionals but more importantly they are in the hands of parents as well, you children are in the hands of someone that loves them.  Please call 501-865-3616 if you need any assistance from any of us. We are here for you.

We love and protect your children first: then we teach them!


  • Parents may not exit cars during the Morning Car Line.

  • Parents may not exit cars during the Afternoon Car Line.

  • Car Tags are REQUIRED for Car Line Pick Up.

  • Students must have masks on before exiting the car.

  • Before students exit cars in the morning line you will be asked the 4 COVID questions.

  • If you have medicine to give to Nurse D, call her first to let her know you are coming.

  • If you have Guidance Counseling needs, call Ms. Roberts.

  • Parents will not eat lunch in the cafeteria with their children during this time. 

  • In order to limit exposure to our students and staff, all essential business will be conducted initially from the elementary foyer area. Please call 501-865-3616 and we are happy to assist you.

  • It is VERY IMPORTANT that we have at least two phone numbers so we can reach you.

  • Grab & Go Breakfasts are available. Your child will have the opportunity to eat one. If you DO NOT want your child to have a Grab & Go it is very important that you let his or her teacher know. 

Bismarck Elementary School

2020 Virtual Open House


Mrs. Kissire – Superintendent –

Mrs. Hughes - Principal - 

1st Grade Teachers –

     Mrs. Falco, Mrs. Ledbetter, Mrs. Nelson, and Mrs. Corley

2nd Grade Teachers - 

    Mrs. Clement, Mrs. Amanda and Mrs. Norris

3rd Grade Teachers - 

    Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Allsup and Mrs. Cooper

4th Grade Teachers - 

    Mrs. White, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Mann and Mrs. Neel

Special Education Teachers - 

    Mrs. Cusher, Mrs. Brown and Ms. Hall

Coach Smith - PE  

Mrs. Thornton - Art


August 9, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Revised from July 27, 2020                

Dear Parents and Families,

If you are not receiving text messages from Bismarck Elementary please visit the above link and sign up for our messages. These messages contain information of interest and importance. 

I have updated the letter/message sent on July 27 with current information. 

Since then, we have been working very hard creating a foundation for a great year. We have had updated guidance and recommendations from the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the ADH (Arkansas Department of Health), and DESE (Division of Elementary and Secondary Education). I want to pass this along to you.

Keeping parents informed is very important. Even though this is a year that will look different, be assured we are providing all precautions for safety as well as providing a focused education for your children. I feel confident we can do both successfully.

I am graciously requesting that our parents, families, and community be patient with us as we navigate through this year. We understand that change can sometimes be difficult. Our promise to you is that we will hold your child’s needs at the forefront of all our decisions. 

Homerooms and Pods:

Update: In order to reduce the spread of illnesses, our Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recommends each homeroom class to have a seating chart. This seating chart will be followed throughout the day as they attend their general ed classes and encore classes as well as in the cafeteria and at recess. Within the homeroom, students will have their own ‘POD’ of approximately 10 children. These students will stay together during the day. 

Pod defined: a group of students with the classroom that stay together throughout the school day to minimize exposure for students across the school environment.

Water and Hydration:

Please put your child’s name on water bottles. 

BES requests that you send a water bottle with your child each day. 




We will have two brand new Water Bottle Filling Stations, one in “A” building and one in “C” building. We will not use the regular drinking fountains. We ask that you send a clean water bottle with your child each morning. This may be a commercial water bottle (please try to find one that is non-spillable) or a disposable bottle that can be thrown away at the end of the day.

School Supplies:

For both Onsite and Virtual students. Onsite students will bring their supplies when they return to campus August 24. 

Virtual students will use theirs while completing virtual assignments.

Please put your child’s name on school supplies before bringing them to school.

School Supplies for Kindergarten may be brought during Open House. 

School Supplies for grades 1st through 4th may be brought to school by students on the first day of school. 

Extra Clothing for Students:

To lessen the spread of germs BES will not have extra clothes for students that may have accidents and need a change of clothing. Please put an extra set of clothing in your child’s backpack. This will save parents a trip to bring clothes to school.

Face Coverings/Cloth Masks:

Masks will be required for Elementary students. Please put your child’s name on the mask when sending a personal mask from home.

(Bismarck School District directs that all students under the age of 10 wear a mask during transition times and any other time deemed necessary for the safety of the student by a Bismarck School District staff member or their representative. All students K- 12 are required to wear a mask on the school bus at all times, as is the bus driver. Board approved August 3).

Bismarck School District will provide each student a washable mask every 3 weeks. The following link is The American Academy of Pediatrics frequently asked questions regarding face coverings.

Prior to school each morning:

Check your child each morning for signs of illness.

If your child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, they should not come to school.

Make sure your child does not have a sore throat or other signs of illness, like cough, diarrhea, severe headache, vomiting, or body aches.

If your child has had close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, they should not come to school. 

Cleaning and Sanitizing:

The district has ordered electromagnetic machines that will be used to disinfect classrooms periodically. They can be used every 60-90 days. 

Daily sanitizing procedures will also be utilized.

We are prepared with sanitizer stations that are distributed throughout the school. 

We will have clear dividers in classrooms to decrease germ spread.

CDC (Center of Disease Control) recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing are being followed.

Drop Off and Pick Up for Car Riders: MORNING

Morning Drop-Off begins at 7:35:

With the importance of social distancing in mind, student drop off will begin at 7:35 each morning. 

Students may not exit their cars until COVID-19 questions are answered. 

Kindergarten and 1st grade will be dropped off in front of “A” building from 7:35-7:45. 


Kindergarten will have a staggered schedule the first 3 days of school. Kindergarten parents please find this information on another document provided to you. 

7:35: NEW: Grades 2, 3, and 4 will be dropped off in front of the Gym. 


If you have children in both drop off lines, you may let them both off in front of “A” building. Absolutely no Kinder or 1st graders may be dropped off at the Gym.

7:55: Pre-K Students - Parents do not get out of the car. Teachers will assist your child. No Pre-K child may get out of the car until assisted by a teacher.

AFTERNOON Pick-up:    NEW!  

2:45: Pre-K:

Pre-K car rider line will enter on the drive just past Finch Road on Highway 84 in front of “A” building. Teachers will deliver your Pre-K student to you. 

2:55 to 3:08: Kindergarten

Kindergarten car rider line will enter from FINCH road. Do not move past the playground line until all Pre-K students have been safely delivered to their car.

3:05 to 3:13: First Grade

First grade car rider line will enter campus ONLY AFTER KINDERGARTEN is finished. 

Enter from FINCH Road. DO NOT proceed in front of the Kinder line. First grade may enter from 3:05 to 3:13.

3:10: Second, Third, and Fourth Grade

To be picked up at the gym parking lot. Cars will line up and circle back out the same GYM entrance. Please be patient with this process the first few days. We will be there to assist. 

Open House:


  • Kindergarten Open House will be face to face. 

  • Please bring school supplies at this time. 

  • Only two adults per Kinder student.

  • No other children allowed.

  • Face coverings are required.

We will strictly adhere to the following schedule:

  • Last names A - H begins promptly at 4:30 in the classrooms. 

  • Exit at 5:15 to allow for cleaning and sanitizing.

  • Last names I - Z begins promptly at 5:30 in the classrooms. 

  • Exit at 6:15.


We will have recorded virtual Open Houses for grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. These will be posted on our website for your viewing. Please take the time to watch with your child and help your child become familiar with his school home. Teacher emails will be posted for any questions you may have. Post date to be announced.

Updates come often. Please check our website and our Elementary Facebook page for these updates. Please use the link at the beginning of this document to sign up for important text messages. Our goal is to keep you informed. If you have any comments or questions please do not hesitate to email me.



Bismarck Elementary is very pleased to be serving your virtual needs. The following will give you a preview of our planning. 

  • Virtual instruction will be 4-6 hours per day and you must have access to reliable internet. 

  • Make certain the school has updated and accurate contact information. Call 501-865-3616.

  • Log in no later than 7:55 each morning. Tardies will be noted.

  • Follow the daily schedule provided to you.

  • Be ON TIME to all Live sessions and/or all Google Meet sessions.

  • All recorded sessions must be viewed before the end of each school day at 3:15.

  • All assignments are due by 8:00 a.m. the morning following the assignment date unless otherwise noted by the teacher.

  • Technology questions contact  

  • Students will be allowed to check out a Chrome Book. 

  • Attend all assigned classes every day.

  • Participate in discussions.

  • Students are expected to adhere to all handbook rules including dress code for live meetings. Ex. No pajamas

  • Complete all assignments and submit on time 

  • 7:35 AM to 3:30 PM is considered a teacher’s official workday and during these hours all instruction, questions, and assistance will take place. 

  • It is very important that teachers have their personal family and home time, please contact them only during the work day hours.

  • Students will log in each morning by 7:50. 7:55 is considered Tardy.

  • Virtual students will have ‘Live’ sessions with a staff member to check on their progress and needs. 

  • Teachers will provide lessons, live and recorded, of new academic material daily.

  • Virtual students will have structured time schedules to maintain.

  • Important! Deadlines and due dates will be very important to follow so that our virtual students can be in unison with our onsite students in academic assignments and learning.

  • Send an email to your teacher every day letting them know your successes and your needs.

  • We will use Google Classroom in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade.

  • We will use SeeSaw as our platform in Kindergarten and 1st grade.                             

We Recommend:

  • That you create a schedule with your child and make a commitment to stick with it. 

  • Structure and routine for the virtual student can greatly help your child from falling behind with assignments. 

  • A family calendar or other visuals can be useful for keeping track of deadlines and assignments.

  • Find a space for school work that is free of distractions and noise for assignments and learning.

  • The elementary student is young and will need a lot of encouragement and assistance. We are committed to this as educators and we know you as parents are as well.

  • You can be a role model for your child by practicing self-care such as taking breaks, getting plenty of sleep, exercising, eating well, and staying socially connected. 

We are certainly in this together!

Of course we will have more information to come as plans are solidified. 

To all of our parents and caregivers, whether you are onsite or virtual, Bismarck Elementary is committed to serving all of your academic needs to their fullest. We also are committed to serving other needs as they arise.  Please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Lana Hughes

Bismarck Elementary Principal





SUPPLY LIST 2020/2021

***If you need assistance with purchasing school supplies, please call or email Ms. Roberts, BES counselor, for assistance. 501-865-3616 or


***If you would like to donate extra school supplies, please bring them by the office. Any donations are GREATLY appreciated!

Kindergarten Supply List

1-Plastic School Box

1-12 Ct Boxes Ticonderoga pencils

2- 24 Count Crayola Crayons

3- Jumbo ELMER’S Glue Stick

Scissors-Fiskar brand-child size-   NON-pointed

3- Boxes Kleenex

1- Complete Set of Extra Clothes


Non-Rolling Backpack

1 - Disinfectant Wipes

1 - Disinfectant Spray


 1st Grade Supply List

1- Plastic Crayon Box

1-12 Ct Boxes Ticonderoga pencils

2 - 24 Count Crayola Crayons

3 - Jumbo ELMER’S Glue Sticks

Scissors-Fiskar brand-child size-POINTED

2 Highlighters - yellow

2 Composition Notebooks

2- Pink erasers-hand held

2- Boxes Kleenex

Girls -  Quart Baggies

Boys - Gallon Baggies

Non-Rolling Backpack

1 - Disinfectant Wipes

1 - Disinfectant Spray

 2nd Grade Supply List

1 - Zippered Pencil Pouch

2-12 Ct Boxes Ticonderoga pencils

2 - 24 Count Crayola Crayons

3 - Jumbo ELMER’S Glue Sticks

Scissors-7 inch-Fiskar or Academic

3 - 1 subject spiral notebooks

2- Pink erasers-hand held

1 - Package of cap erasers

2- Boxes Kleenex

1 - Personal set of earbuds

Non-Rolling Backpack

1 - Disinfectant Wipes

1 - Disinfectant Spray


 3rd Grade Supply List

1- Zippered Pencil Pouch

2-12 Ct Boxes Ticonderoga pencils

1 - 24 Count Crayola Crayons

2 -Jumbo ELMER’S Glue Stick

1- pack of ink pens (any color)

2 Highlighters - yellow

1- box Crayola markers

2- Pink erasers-hand held

1 - 1 subject spiral notebooks

1- composition notebook

2- two pocket folders no brads - plastic - any color

2- boxes Kleenex

1 - Personal set of earbuds

Non-Rolling Backpack

1 - Disinfectant Wipes

1 - Disinfectant Spray


4th Grade Supply List

1- Pencil Pouch

2-12 Ct Boxes Ticonderoga pencils

1 - 24 Count Crayola Crayons

2 -Jumbo ELMER’S Glue Stick

1 - Crayola Colored Pencils

2 Highlighters - yellow

1 - box Crayola markers

2- Pink erasers-hand held

2 - 1 subject spiral notebooks  

2 only EXPO dry erase markers

2- folders with brads (plastic)

2 - boxes Kleenex (girls)

1- box Gallon ziploc bags (boys)

1 - Personal set of earbuds

Non-Rolling Backpack

1 - Disinfectant Wipes

1 - Disinfectant Spray



Art Supply List


Kindergarten: Baby Wipes


1st Grade: Crayola Watercolor Paint


2nd  Grade: 1 package glue sticks


3rd Grade: 1 package Crayola Markers


4th Grade: 1 package colored pencils


Click here to download a printable copy of the BES Supply List for 2020-21 school year.

We’re honored to be named an #ESEADistinguishedSchool for 2019! Congratulations to our students, teachers, staff, & parents for earning this recognition.

ESEA Distinguished School badge



Celebrating Success at Bismarck Elementary School

State Rankings from our State Assessment May 2019

Thank you teachers, students & parents. 

There are 487 Elementary Schools in the state.

READING 3rd Grade

TOP 5% of schools in the state

MATH 3rd Grade

TOP 3% of schools in the state

SCIENCE 3rd Grade

TOP 10% of schools in the state

ENGLISH 3rd Grade

TOP 5% of schools in the state

READING 4th Grade

TOP 10% of schools in the state

MATH 4th Grade

TOP 1% of schools in the state

SCIENCE 4th Grade

TOP 9% of schools in the state

ENGLISH 4th Grade

TOP 5% of schools in the state

Contact Information

Bismarck School District
11636 Hwy 84
Bismarck, Arkansas 71929

District Office Hours

 Monday - Friday

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Phone: 501-865-4888

BES Mission Statement

BES Mission Statement

Statement of Purpose

To provide a safe and engaging learning environment with challenging and high expectations. To enrich the social, physical, emotional and academic well-being of each student.

Statement of Strategy

Developmentally appropriate and engaging instruction that allows for individual difference in learning strategies.

Statement of Value

We believe that all children are capable of learning and through the achievement of the students the entire community benefits as well. 

Notification Center

E-Note Notification Center

Encore Information

Encore Schedules for Art, Library, Music, Physical Activity, and Technology will be at the following times:

Kindergarten – 11:30

First Grade – 12:30

Second Grade - 10:10

Third Grade - 2:20

Fourth Grade - 1:25

Please call the office for further information.

Elementary School Calendar

This Week's Events


No Cost Meals to Students!

No Cost Meals to Students!

The (USDA) has announced the extension of meals served at no cost to students through December 31, 2020.  The purpose of the extension is to assure that children have access to nutritious meals while the nation recovers from COVID-19.   During the pandemic, USDA has continued to provide flexibilities for the purpose of assisting families and assuring that children are fed whether they attend school in a classroom environment or as virtual students.

It is the intent of USDA, and the ADE, DESE, Child Nutrition Unit (CNU) to assure that Arkansas children have access to the meals they need while maintaining the integrity of the Child Nutrition Programs. 

Although students will receive meals at no charge through December 31, 2020, it is imperative that parents continue to work with our school district in completing and submitting free and reduced meal applications.  State and federal funds received by each district are determined by the free and reduced percentages collectively from meal applications.  Families who have not completed a meal applications are strongly encouraged to do so.

Thank you and we continue to look forward to a great year!

Susan Kissire



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