Principal's Weekly Letter

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December 12, 2019

Dear Beresford Families,

All the teachers and staff at Beresford are creating a Culture of Reading with our B.E.A.R. time in class and at home so students are actively reading! I love the quote: “When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.” 

― Mem Fox, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever 

At Beresford, we all want students to enjoy and love reading. I know it is the season of gift giving, and this season you might want to think about giving your child a book as a gift. Here is a list of Best Children’s Books of 2019, the best in picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, selected by the children’s books editor of The New York Times Book Review.


Friday, December 13, 9-10am New Kinder Information Meeting

Friday, December 20, 11:30-12:30am Learning in a Winter Wonderland

Come to your student’s classroom

Friday, December 20, 12:40pm Minimum Day- 12:40 Dismissal for k-5 

December 22-January 7 School is Closed for Winter Break

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Back to School at 8:20am


Link to Learning

How do you motivate your students to read? Check out this article for tips on encouraging your child to read:

1."Read me a story!" -Whether snuggled under the covers with peanut-butter sandwiches, or following along with a book on tape while on a road trip, reading together is a powerful tool in motivating your child to read.

2. Beyond books -Reading material comes in many different shapes and sizes, some of which may be more accessible to a new reader. Suggestions include playing board games that involve written instructions, corresponding with a pen pal, and turning on the closed captioning on your television. 
3. Keep it fun, for everyone- The experience has to be enjoyable. As you read with your children, keep them involved by asking questions about the story, and let them fill in the blanks. 
4. "Look at what I did!"-Another successful approach to motivating your child is to use some sort of visible record of achievement. A chart or graph that marks the number of books a child has read gives him or her a sense of accomplishment. 
5. "I want that one!"-Reading should be a choice, not a chore. Make sure there are a variety of books, magazines, and other materials available for your child to choose from, wherever your child may be. 
6. Something to talk about-Reading doesn't have to stop when you put the book down. Talk to your child about books you've read and books you think he or she might enjoy. 
7. Hey, kids! What time is it?-Carve time out of the busy day and dedicate it to reading, both together and on your own. 
Last week we had 75% of your students complete their reading logs. Thank you for making that a routine with your child.

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

I will actively listen when __________ and try to understand ___________.


Amy Snow