Principal's Weekly Letter

Principal's Weekly Letter


April 18, 2019

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.

General PTA Meeting- Wednesday, April 24th, 6-7:30 in the LGI

(dinner and babysitting will be provided)

Site Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) Meeting for Beresford

We want to hear from all parents about their ideas for the next school year! Please join us to discuss our test scores, what is working well and what improvements you feel we can make for 2019-2020. This is a way to be involved in supporting student achievement and making school-wide decisions around math, literacy and wellness!

A well-developed SPSA can ensure that students are better equipped to meet the Common Core State Standards in English and math. A SPSA directs resources where they will most directly improve student academic achievement. It ensures that all resources are aligned to serve identified students' needs.

 Student Led Conferences/Art Show

  • Kinder- May 29th, please sign up with your teacher
  • 1st-5th- May 30th, 2-6pm in your student’s classroom
  • Art Show- May 30th, 2-6:00 in the LGI
  • Bus from North Central (15 S. Humboldt Ave) picks up at 3:30 and then the returning bus leaves school at 5:30

A student-led conference is a meeting with a student and his or her family and teachers during which the student shares his or her portfolio of work and discusses progress with family members. The student facilitates the meeting from start to finish. Please come to monitor and encourage your student in their learning! Please look for more details from your teacher, and save the date to attend both your child’s classroom and the art show in the LGI.

Link to Learning

Spring is an excellent time to reevaluate 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.

Parking Lot

For the safety of all children and to keep everyone’s morning calm, please follow the traffic laws and protocols of the street and parking lots. Please drop your student off in the white zone, or park in parking spots, or park in the neighborhood. Please don’t stop traffic to let your student out in the middle of the parking lot or in the street. We want all students arriving safely. Thank you for modeling the LIFESKILLS of patience, and cooperation for your children and following our safety guidelines.  

PTA Update

Beresford Blue Fun Run-Wednesday, May 8th

Please check out the flyer about he Fun Run and all the information of how to get involved! Our goal is to have 100% of students get pledges. If all students participate with bringing in a pledge- there will be a Slime Mrs. Snow party!


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:

  • Site Plan for Student Achievement - PTA General Meeting, Wednesday, April 24th, 6-7:30 in the LGI (dinner and babysitting will be provided)
  • Fifth Grade Music Concert- Tuesday, May 28th at 11:10am
  • Celebrate Teachers and Staff with the Education Foundation
  • Fun Run- information, registration, sponsorship, incentives
  • Bayside Incoming Parent Information

Have a great spring break and please continue to use B.E.A.R. reading at home and at school,

 Amy Snow