Principal's Weekly Letter
January 16, 2020
Dear Beresford Families,
I hope all of your families are staying healthy during the winter months. Please remember to keep your child home at the first sign of illness and/or if they have a fever of 100 degrees and higher. Children must be fever free, no diarrhea and/or vomiting for 24 hours before they can return to school. Thank you for ensuring all students at Beresford remain healthy and safe.
Friday, January 17th Kindergarten Informational Tours 9-10am
For families with incoming Kinders 2020-2021
Monday, January 20th No School Day - Martin Luther King Holiday
Wednesday, January 22nd PTA General Meeting in the LGI from 6-7:30pm
Jeremy Packman - Principal of Abbott Presentation 6:00-6:30
Facilities Master Plan: Overview of Development Process and School Engagement Presentation 6:30-7:30
Friday, January 24th Inspire Your Heart with Art - in the LGI during the school day
Monday, January 27th Readathon Ed Foundation Fundraiser Begins
Tuesday, January 28th Input for the New Beresford Principal- in the LGI 6-7pm
We would also like to provide the community with an opportunity to share the qualities and/or experiences they would like to see in the next principal.
Tuesday, January 28th ELAC Meeting at College Park from 6-7:30pm
Thursday, January 30th Work It Out Soul Shoppe School Presentation- during the school day
Facilities Master Plan- January 22, 6:30-7:30 in the LGI
What’s the purpose of the school community meeting?
To provide a brief overview of Facilities Master Plans and what they are and their purpose; to educate your school community about FMP projects completed at your school in the last decade, to review the kinds of projects already identified for your school and, most importantly, to get input about facility needs and priorities which will be reviewed by your School FMP in making recommendations to the District.
Hiring a New Principal For Beresford- Input Meeting - Jan 28, 6-7pm LGI
The District is beginning the process of hiring a new principal for Beresford Elementary School. We would like to meet with you to inform you about the interview and selection process. We would also like to provide the community with an opportunity to share the qualities and/or experiences they would like to see in the next principal. We hope that you will be able to join us for the meeting on January 28 from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm in the Beresford LGI. We look forward to meeting with you.
Inspire Your Heart with Art- Friday, January 24th, 2020
It is a day to ponder and celebrate how art affects your heart. Art is valued and appreciated for all sorts of reasons. The title does suggest that you inspire “your” heart, however, that day may also be used to inspire another person’s heart.
Mrs. Gleit will be with us on Friday to inspire the hearts of all Beresford students - planning, leading and overseeing art activities for the entire day. Grade level projects are scheduled for all students to partake in this national holiday.
Mrs. Gleit, the art teacher in room 5, is looking for some parents to help with our all day art event! If you can volunteer on Friday any time, please visit the classrooms doors or email Mrs. Gleit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed Foundation- Read a Thon - January 25th, 2020
Did you receive a Readathon email? If so, your student can begin seeking pledges from family and friends to support the upcoming Readathon. If not, please visit smfcedfund.org/readathon for login instructions. Though our Readathon doesn’t officially begin until January 25th, pledges can be made now. Two students from each school will be invited to a reception with a reading by a guest author.
As schools read together, we hope our broad and diverse community will experience unity and, in the process, raise educational funding for every student in our district. Our goal is to raise $25 per student and $100,000 as a whole. Thank you for your support!
Link to Learning
How to support reading fluently at home
We ask all families to please monitor your students reading. Listen to them read aloud and think about does it sound like running water or more of a drip, drip, drip?
If reading is a dripping, and/or a chopping sound, then your student may need a different book closer to their independent reading level and some support on fluency. With the help of parents and teachers, kids can learn strategies to cope with fluency issues that affect his or her reading. Here is a link to the full article: http://www.readingrockets.org/helping/target/fluency
Below are some tips and specific things to do.
What kids can do to help themselves
Track the words with your finger as a parent or teacher reads a passage aloud. Then you read it.
Have a parent or teacher read aloud to you. Then, match your voice to theirs.
Read your favorite books and poems over and over again. Practice getting smoother and reading with expression.
What parents can do to help at home
Support and encourage your child. Realize that he or she is likely frustrated by reading.
Check with your child's teachers to find out their assessment of your child's word decoding skills.
If your child can decode words well, help him or her build speed and accuracy by:
Reading aloud and having your child match his voice to yours
Having your child practice reading the same list of words, phrase, or short passages several times
Reminding your child to pause between sentences and phrases
Read aloud to your child to provide an example of how fluent reading sounds.
Give your child books with predictable vocabulary and clear rhythmic patterns so the child can "hear" the sound of fluent reading as he or she reads the book aloud.
Use books on tapes; have the child follow along in the print copy.
This month’s LIFESKILLS are resourcefulness and creativity. The Lifelong Guidelines are trustworthiness and truthfulness.
Creativity means the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work
I used creativity to express my ideas when I _______________________.
Have a great week,