Principal's Weekly Letter

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Dear Beresford Families,                                                                               


Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope everyone had a great time with their friends and family. It is now the last trimester for the school year and it is extremely important for students to focus on their reading and math skills before the school year is finished.


Spring is an excellent time to re evaluate where your student is academically, you could review their report card with them and set some end of the year goals. By setting goals, students can improve their academic performance, increase their motivation to achieve, increase pride and satisfaction in performance, and improve their self-confidence. Here is an article to help create goals together.


Basics of Effective Goal Setting
Express goals positively: “To improve my spelling” is a much better goal than “Don’t spell with so many mistakes.”

Be accurate: If students set an accurate goal, putting in dates, times and amounts so that achievement can be measured and can be satisfied at achieving it.

Set Priorities: When students have several goals, give each a priority. This helps them avoid feeling overwhelmed and helps their attention to the more important ones.

Write goals down to make them more meaningful.

Keep Goals Small: Urge students to keep their immediate goals small and achievable.

Set Goals Students Have Control Over: There is nothing worse than failing to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond the students’ control.

Set specific measurable goals: If students consistently fail to meet a measurable goal, then they can adjust it or analyze the reason for failure and take appropriate action.



PTA Update

Beresford Blue Fun Run

Total Raised: $11,546.64, 58% of our total goal

Students with pledges: 41%

Number of superstars (raised over $250): 16


There are two classrooms with the highest % of students that returned pledges, Room 1 and Room 8!!!! They will both receive an ice cream party, date to be confirmed.


The winner of the PS4 will be drawn and announced on Wednesday, and all other incentive prizes will also be distributed this week.


Thank you to everyone that helped make the event such a fun morning and to everyone that helped us raise much needed funds for art, field trips, classroom support and so much more.


Staff Appreciation Week

A flyer will be going home in backpacks today outlining all the fun plans for the week (April 30th to May 4th) we show our staff we love them. There are many ways to get involved, so please take a look and take part.


Talent Show

The biggest night of the Beresford calendar is fast approaching, the Talent Show on May 9th! To ensure the evening is a complete success we need some parent volunteers to help out. Please take a look at the sign up to see how you can get involved.

It takes a village!


Founder's Day, Wednesday May 9th at 6pm.

We need students and parents to submit the volunteer that has gone "above and beyond" making Beresford the best neighborhood school. We announce our service awards before the talent show


Read-A-Thon Results Are In!

The 2018 SMFC Ed Foundation Read-A-Thon was a great success with over 870,000 minutes read and $64,000 raised for our TK-5th Grade Elementary Music programs!  That’s $26,000 more than last year!


An enormous thank you to the 12 participating elementary schools and to a generous local bank for matching the fundraising efforts of Foster City Elementary students.


Special acknowledgement to the top five inspirational readers who gathered the highest sponsorships:  Colten S. (Meadow Heights), Jocelyn S. (Highlands), Jaxson S. (Foster City Elem.), Quinn W. (George Hall), and Aeon V. (Beresford).


Last but not least, the Read-A-Thon would not be possible if not for our amazing teachers.  Kudos to our top five classes, each raising well over $1000, from College Park: Ms. Tong, Ms. Jackson, Ms. Shi & Ms. Hiraga; and, from Meadow Heights: Ms. Andrews. 


Thank you for turning pages into dollars!




This month’s LIFESKILLS are Problem Solving, Initiative, Responsibility, Common Sense.


●       Common Sense- to use good judgment


●       You should use common sense when you are working on _________________.


●       “Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.”

-C.E.Stowe was an American scholar who helped spread public education in the United States, and the husband and literary agent of Harriet Beecher Stowe.


This week’s reminders are:

●       Founder’s Day/Talent Show Information

●       Information on the School Emergency Preparedness Information Night

●       Information on the San Mateo Public Library La Biblioteca Publica

●       SMFCSD presents “Marijuana and the Adolescent Brain” symposium


Enjoy your weekend!


Amy Snow