Principal's Weekly Letter

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February 13, 2020

Dear Beresford Families,


Tomorrow is our Family Engagement event, “I LOVE Learning!” We hope all families are able to attend inside your child’s classroom from 8:30-9:30am. 


We hope you continue the love of books and reading every night and monitor, support and encourage your student to complete their reading logs every night.


Thank You’s

Thank you to Tina Ceja and all the parent volunteers for organizing the VIP Dance!


Thank you to Joelle Yee and Beth Keefer for organizing our annual auction. And thank you to all of those families you bid and donated to our school! 


Updates

Feb. 14th- Valentine’s Day- I Love Learning-Families are invited into the classroom 8:30-9:30am to participate in the learning.

Feb. 24- Literacy Week Kick Off- Morning Meeting- LGI 8:20am
Major of San Mateo, Joe Goethals- School Wide Read Aloud
Certificate of Achievement- English Language Development Awards
School Literacy Week Music Video

Feb. 24- Principal Coffee Chat/General PTA Meeting 8:30-9:30 in the LGI

Feb. 24-Feb. 28- Literacy Week/Book Fair
Here is the link to sign up to volunteer for the Book Fair:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084BAFA929AAF58-spring


Feb. 26- Literacy Night/Book Fair Family Night in the LGI from 6-7:30pm. 
Literacy night theme- Camp Out With a Good Book!
Book Fair- In the library from 6-7:30
Free pizza and a free book!


The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)-Parent Survey is available February 18-February 28 

We have been administering the CHKS for over 10 years and have longitudinal data on how students, staff and families are feeling about school and about overall school climate-thanks to the students, families and their teachers for creating time to complete the survey.  We are hoping for at least 70% participation on the survey this year to yield substantive results. You will receive the link in an email from the school district. 


Link to Learning

How can adults monitor, support and encourage students to read at home? Here are some suggestions:


Monitor:


Be present at school. ...
Get to know your child's teacher. ...
Express your interest at home. ...
Inspect the backpack. ...
Establish a homework routine. ...
Get organized. ...
Know the grades. ...
Network with other parents.
Support:

Talk to your kids (a lot). ...
Read to your kids. ...
Have them tell you a “story.” ...
Teach phonemic awareness. ...
Teach phonics (letter names and their sounds). ...
Listen to your child read.
Encourage:

Create a reading area.
Encourage reading at home and everywhere in between.
Set an example.
Make connections between reading and real life.
Keep reading materials in the house.
Visit your local library.
Talk about what your child is reading.

LIFESKILLS

This month’s LIFESKILLS are courage, integrity, and pride. 


Courage means- to act according to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences.
“All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them.”
 – Walt Disney
Books that encourage kids to use courage:

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/book-list/life-experiences-values/books-build-courage


TV Shows that promote courage: https://api.commonsensemedia.org/lists/tv-that-inspires-courage

 


Amy Snow

http://beresford.smfcsd.net/