Principal's Weekly Letter

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June 11, 2020

Dear Beresford Families,                                                                           

Thank you to everyone for staying strong our last few days of school!  And thank you to all the students and staff members making the last few days of school fun, engaging and keeping the learning going till the end! 

Thank you to Ms. Dickinson and Ms. Khoury for keeping our Beresford traditions alive! Here is our first ever- Virtual Dance Party/Talent Show! Enjoy and see if you can find some familiar faces! 

Beresford Bears -Virtual Dance Party/Talent Show

Here's a link to the virtual art show I built to showcase some of the student art created this year. Please check it out and share it with your students. We want to Thank Shoshana Gleit for all her hard work and time over the past two years at Beresford. The students have loved creating and exploring art concepts with her. We will miss the Guerrilla Art Studio!


Virtual Art Show



Next week is our last week of school.

Wednesday, June 17th- last day of school, report cards will be emailed.

Wednesday, June 17th at 11am - 5th grade promotion Watch on live stream:

To all the graduates out there I think Barack Obama wrote a beautiful graduation speech. You can find the full transcript here:


Free Groceries

Please share the information from this flier with families who may need food resources about a free drive-thru community market at the College of San Mateo every Friday from 11 - 1 (or when supplies run out) through the month of July. 


If you are wondering how to approach race, racism, the recent protests and explaining to children the importance of Black Lives Matter, please check out some resources. You can watch together and have discussions around the issues.  

San Mateo Foster City School DIstrict has created a website providing recourses for families and students:
Supporting Social Justice web page with extensive resources, including how to talk to children about race. The link is also posted at

CNN's Van Jones and Erica Hill partner with "Sesame Street" for Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, a town hall for kids and families. Watch the town hall in its entirety below:
How to talk to your child about racism- Sesame Street CNN Town Hall


Make Some Noise TOMORROW NIGHT for our 5th and 8th Graders! 

Please join your neighbors in MAKING SOME NOISE for our grads. Step outside your front door on Friday, June 12 between 7-7:15 pm to whoop and holler, applaud, yell, stomp your feet, bang a pot, whistle, sing, play an instrument...all in honor of our students!  



This month’s LIFESKILLS sense of humor.

Sense of humor- to laugh and be playful without harming others

Having a sense of humor about ______ can make you feel _________________.

An article I read to promote a good sense of humor is found at The article states:

A good sense of humor is a tool that kids can rely on throughout life to help them:

see things from many perspectives other than the most obvious
be spontaneous
grasp unconventional ideas or ways of thinking
see beyond the surface of things
enjoy and participate in the playful aspects of life
not take themselves too seriously
Kids with a well-developed sense of humor are happier and more optimistic, have higher self-esteem, and can handle differences (their own and others') well. Kids who can appreciate and share humor are better liked by their peers and more able to handle the adversities of childhood — from moving to a new town, to teasing, to torment by playground bullies.

What else can you do to encourage your child's sense of humor?

Be a humor model. One of the best things you can do to develop your child's sense of humor is to use your own. Make jokes. Tell funny stories. Laugh out loud. Deal lightly with small catastrophes like spilt milk.

Take kids' humor seriously. Encourage your child's attempts at humor, whether it's reading (potentially unfunny) jokes from a book or drawing "funny" pictures of the family dog. Praise your child for trying to be funny and be open to surprise — the first time your child makes you laugh is one of life's great pleasures.

Teach kids that adults are funny — and that they can be too. Make humor a part of your day-to-day interactions with your kids and encourage them to share funny observations or reactions, even when you're around other adults.

Create a humor-rich environment. Surround your kids with funny books — for toddlers and preschoolers these include picture books or nonsense rhymes; older kids will love joke books and comics. Also check out funny TV shows, movies, and websites for all age groups — help your child make good choices and then enjoy them too.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can clarify further. 

Amy Snow