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Principal's Weekly Letter

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August 17, 2017


Dear Beresford Families!


Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am very excited to be your principal! We had a very successful first day of school! Some of the students looked taller, some had lost some teeth, but all of them were excited to meet their teachers and start a new year.


Review of the Week and Thank You’s

It was a wonderful turnout for our Opening Night by the PTA the night before school. Thank you to all the PTA board members for your organization and welcoming parents back to school.


PTA BOARD

President:  Carrie Macker     

Secretary:  Lena Torgerson

Treasurer: Monica Ramos

Auditor:  Angel Viloria

Hospitality:  Lauri Bowser

Parliamentarian: Ali Beynon

Room parent coordinator:  Jennifer Kirkorian

Membership: Claire Weinberg

Teacher/Parent Liaison:  Leah Pason

ELAC Parent Enrichment:  Jenn Holthaus


I would also like to thank Jenna Carson and Tara Nightengale and all the other parents who helped throughout the night. Last year the Beresford PTA raised enough money for a new computer lab- 32 Chromebooks and wireless mice! Therefore, on Opening Night we were able to give away the 32 desktop computers to any family that wanted to take one home.


Thank you to Mrs. Bottani, Mrs. Fried, and Mrs. Brogdon for an informative Kindergarten Back to School Night. It was a great opportunity to meet the new parents and meet all the incoming students.


LIFESKILLS

Beresford is a school focused on HET(Highly Effective Teaching).  A major component of this philosophy is teaching the LIFESKILLS. They provide the basis for three important functions of a body-brain-compatible learning environment: LIFESKILLS are the agreed-upon behaviors for all;  they provide a safe environment for creating and maintaining a sense of community; and they describe the behaviors that are the foundation for citizenship. Beresford focus' on monthly LIFESKILLS and Lifelong Guidelines to equip students with how to thrive in the classroom and in the world beyond.


This month our focus is Friendship, Caring and No Put Downs.


Please check our website for more information and ways to incorporate the LIFESKILLS into our daily routines at school and at home.

http://beresford.smfcsd.net/about/lifeskills.html

http://beresford.smfcsd.net/about/lifeskills-of-the-month.html


Upcoming Events

Total Eclipse of the Heart- August 21st

We are very excited about the solar eclipse happening on Monday, August 21st at 10:15am. We are very fortunate to have Erika and Dana Fong donate 275 eclipse protective glasses for the whole school to participate and witness the event safely. Thank you to the Fong family for this generous donation.

Please talk to your student about following the safety procedures on how to properly wear the glasses. Teacher will follow safety measures and monitor students. But students must wear the glasses the whole time looking up at the sun.

 

Here are some resources you can explore with your children at home:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/watch-eclipse-safely.html
https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/downloads
https://mysteryscience.com/astronomy/mystery-11/solar-eclipse-2017/126#slide-id-0
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/balloon-observations
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
https://eclipsemega.movie/simulator

Back to School Night- August 22nd

We encourage all parents/guardians to come to Back to School Night! I know many of you have been at Beresford for many year, but it is still important to attend. Some reasons why you should attend are:


It’s important to get to know your child’s teacher.
You’ll get to see the school’s resources and your child’s classroom.
You’ll hold the school accountable.
You’ll send a message to your child that school is important.
What to expect:

When? Tuesday, August 22, 2017
6:00-6:30 Grades 1-2
6:30-7:00 LGI Presentation
7:00-7:30 Grade 3-5
Who? You’ll be able to meet your child’s teachers, the principal, and other staff members, and of course your fellow parents.
Where? You’ll separate into groups and spend the evening with your child’s teacher(s). Then you will meet in the LGI for a whole school presentation.
What? The event gives you a glimpse of your child’s daily life at school and an opportunity to learn about the curriculum. You can also sign up to join the PTA or volunteer opportunities.
Why? Research shows that parent involvement in schools helps students achieve more and schools thrive. And joining the PTA is a great way to have a voice in school issues and decisions.

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Snow

 

 

Principal's Weekly Letter