Principal's Weekly Letter

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October 3, 2019


Dear Beresford Families!


The cool air and pumpkin spice lattes are a sign we are in the fall season! Thank you to all the students and families for supporting our school wide effort on raising student achievement, creating a safe and welcoming community, and increasing family engagement. We want reading to be like eating chocolate and we want to encourage all students to read independently every day over break. Families, please encourage your students to select books they enjoy, are able to read and understand. Thank you for working together and stressing the importance of LIFESKILLS and academic success. Also please use our online subscriptions PTA has purchased: (k-5) and (k-2). 

All students in all grades are encouraged to complete the FALL LITERACY CHALLENGE!

Fall Literacy Challenge (click here for a copy)

complete 4 boxes in a row, 
get parent signature in each of the 4 boxes you choose
hand into your classroom teacher when we get back from break.
All FALL CHALLENGES are due no later than October 23rd. 
All students who complete it will earn extra recess with Mrs. Hernandez and Mrs. Snow on Oct. 25th. 

Review of the Week and Thank You’s

It was an amazing day yesterday learning some of the LIFESKILLS and Life Long Guidelines with all the teachers and students. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered in each classroom to ensure students went to the correct classroom and completed their Home and School examples of using the skills! Please ask your student about each activity and how they can incorporate LIFESKILLS into their lives!


PTA Update

A huge thank you to Sue-Ellen Atkinson for organizing this year's Walk to School Day!  

And thank you to all the staff for organizing and all the volunteers for keeping the students moving smoothly through our LIFESKILLS Day.  Wednesday was a packed day, but all those smiling faces made it so worthwhile!

Don't forget to add to those faces on Friday -- it's a Spirit Day - Mustache or Whiskers Day!



One of our Site Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) goals is our Family Engagement goal: 

Teachers will engage and empower families to make decisions, support, encourage, monitor, and advocate on behalf of their student. 

Our goal is to have 75% of families attend our school wide events and to have 75% of students complete their weekly reading logs. PLEASE see the corrected percentages: 

We have had the following data to show:

Reading Logs - Percent completed:

School Wide





Also, we have monthly teacher newsletters sent out the first Thursday of the month. Please look in your student’s backpack for a copy. Please reach out to your classroom teacher if you have any questions around the Student Achievement, Social Emotional or Family Engagement sections. 


We support all the LIFESKILLS in school. You can also reinforce them at home and give out examples of them as your child is at the home. Here are some book titles to read with your student at home around the themes of LIFESKILLS:


Hungry Mr. Gator by Julie Mclaughlin

Evie and Margie by Bernard Waber

One Smile by Cindy McKinley

The Spyglass by Richard Paul Evans

Michael's Golden Rule by Deloris Jordan with Roslyn Jordan

The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Wanda's Roses by Pat Brisson

The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau

Weslandia by Paul Fleischman

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud

Only One You by Linda Kranz

Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

Unstoppable Me! by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer with Kristina Tracy

How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer

Mr. Gator Hits the Beach by Julie McLaughlin

Thank you and have a great fall break with your family and friends. See you back at school Monday, October 21st at 8:20am!

Here are the handouts for this week: Thursday, October 3, 2019



Mrs. Snow