Principal's Weekly Letter

Principal's Weekly Letter

December 6, 2018


Dear Beresford Families,


Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements,

we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It’s time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. You can help us convey that message. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.



Friday, December 7th, 6-8pm                             Movie Night- $5 per student


Wednesday, December 12 at 11am                   Great Shake Out- District Wide

Earthquake Drill


Wednesday, December 12 at 12pm                  International Presentations K-5th


Wednesday, December 12 at 5-7:30                 International Feast and Talent Show


PTA Update

Thank you to all the students and families who sold See’s Candy! We sold $21,500 worth of candy with a profit of $6,000! All the money we earned, for 4th and 5th graders go towards their Sierra Outdoor School overnight field trip in March. For K-3rd graders, their profits go toward school wide field trips. All students go on three field trips a year sponsored by the PTA funds. Thank you again for helping to contribute to our mission of creating a well rounded education for every child.


Link to Learning

Students should be reading a “just right book” every night. Just right books mean:

  • Have your child choose a book she would like to read.
  • Then have your child look at a page in the middle.
  • Tell her to put one finger down for every word she can't read or doesn't understand. If she has five fingers down, she will need to try different reading levels.
  • If she has fewer than five fingers down, the book is "just right" and she can read it!

Last week we had 65% of your students complete their reading logs. Thank you for making that a routine with your child.

If you are looking for book titles for the winter please click on these links for suggestions:

This week’s reminders are: Handouts for December 6, 2018 

Disaster Drill Letter- Dec. 12 at 11am
Beresford Movie Night- Dec. 7 from 6-8pm
International Feast- Sign up, Dec. 12 from 5-7:30pm
When is stick too sick for school?

Have a great week- using the Lifelong Guideline of Active Listening.

Active listening means to listen with the intention of understanding what the speaker intends to communicate.



Amy Snow