|January/February School Letter|
Dear Beasley Families,
Well, we finally celebrated the 100th day of school last month and the end of the term 4 is Friday, February 21. While the school year is zooming by, we still have a great deal of work to accomplish. We have much learning and many exciting activities.
Remember, we are focusing on our students helping others in the community. Don’t forget to complete a Paw Power form when a community service is completed.
At the end of this month, February 24-28, we will celebrate Read Across America Week. Our book fair, Seussical assembly, family fun literacy night with a local author, book review challenge, visit from the NEA Cat in the Hat, daily themes and activities will all be a part of this educational and fun week. Look for more information in this newsletter.
At home, you can support the value of reading by completing the book reviews together and making reading a regular part of your family life. Read for fun and read to learn. Read to yourself and read to each other. Read the funny papers, the sports pages, the movie reviews or the weather reports. Read text in books, poetry, magazines or on the internet.
Keep a bag of books in the car to occupy young minds as you're running errands or shuttling siblings. An extra 10-15 minutes of reading every day will help build fluency, vocabulary and comprehension for children of every age.
In January, Beasley started a new cross age character concept titled “Beasley Character Families”. We have met two times and will continue to meet in these groups each month. All students have been placed in a “Beasley Character Family” that consists of students in grades K-5 as well as at least one adult staff member. Older students and younger students working together form friendships and caring relationships outside their own classroom. We have spent some time getting to know our family members as well as celebrating each other’s “Spark”. Each “family” will agree on a family name. We will be completing many character activities together. Be sure to ask your child about his/her Character Family and the activities we are doing together.
In December, I talked about the concept of SPARKS in the newsletter and our students have written about their Spark for the district “Light the Spark” essay contest. Here is a little bit more about sparks and why they’re so important to your child’s successful development. “A person’s spark is what they are really passionate about, an activity or quality or talent that unleashes their energy and joy, one they can imagine doing for a long time, one that may allow them to make a unique contribution to the world. You can watch our Beasley Spark video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTdBINxIMQo&list=FLQbHlL6p2CRiyVWNNp8hTCA&index=13
Another general spark video
As always, I am grateful to be part of such an amazing community. Continue to share and explore your Sparks! Thanks for your support!
CHARACTER WORD FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH: DETERMINATION