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Eagle November 2012

Eagle November 2012

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 Berthoud Eagle
November 2012
Principal to ParentHappy November! We have had a very busy first trimester starting with our literacy testing, ParentInformation Nights, Fall Fundraiser, Tipi Week, Field Day, great Parent/Teacher Conferences, FallCarnival and Red Ribbon Week! Thank you for your continued support of Berthoud Elementary. Our ongoing partnership is vital to all that we do.Each fall the staff and members of the School Accountability Committee (SAC) review our SchoolImprovement Plan (SIP) and set goals for the coming year. Goal setting is a great process for our school. We take information and data from various qualitative and quantitative sources to help us setreasonable targets and develop an action plan to meet those goals.The SIP is a document that is part of the district and state accountability process; it lists data from lastyear, and goals we have set and work to accomplish each year. The following are the goals for thecoming three years: to reduce any performance gap in reading for special needs, and free or reducedmeals students by half, increase the number of students who have an advanced proficiency level inwriting, and generally move all students forward in writing for a variety of purposes. Additionally, we willfocus on the development of math vocabulary for all students and research how the brain acquires
mathematical concepts in order to increase our students’ growth in math. We will continue to use the
acronym for remem
bering student’s expectations: SOAR –
Safe, On-task and responsible, Achievingyour best and Respect as part of our Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) program. You
may also have heard your student refer to “bucket filling” which is a way to be
respectful and kind toothers.Our ultimate goal is to provide the best possible educational experience for your children. We feel wehave had great successes in the past to build upon, and are always learning and looking for new or different ways to accomplish our goals. Beyond our formal goals are our additional aspirations that your children love learning, see school as valuable, enjoy being part of our learning community, and feelsafe and cared for.With the holiday season starting this month, I want to wish you a peaceful, fun and relaxing time with
family and friends. We have much to be thankful for and great things to celebrate: A special Veteran’sDay celebration and recognition, Visitor’s Day, and Thanksgiving are a few of the opportunities w
e havethis month. Have a great month!Thank you to Ann Yuska for chairing a very successful Fall Carnival. Many thanks, to Suzanne Caveyfor chairing the carnival dinner, Cecilia Jamieson for chairing the raffle/silent auction, Amie Burrows -cake walk, Suzy Bullet/Kari Holden- ticket sales and the many volunteers who participated. Manythanks to the Carnival Committee who worked every Friday morning in the VITAL room to make it allhappen. Thanks to all of our families that attended! What a great annual night of fun!! The raffle andauction brought an air of anticipation and high hopes to all who participated! An amazing amount of work went into providing the dinner, games, prizes, auction items and raffle. I am amazed atthe efforts of our volunteers (both adults and students) and the generosity of our communityin providing items for the raffle and auction.
Mrs. LoJeske
Our Thanks…
 To Linda Pennock, Lisa Beard and those who participated in the management and support of our FallFundraiser prizes and items being delivered. Thanks to Toni Cox and all parent volunteers who provided adelicious meal and treats during Parent/Teacher Conferences and classified staff recognition. And to all of our kind and supportive parents and family members who give their time and energy every day! Thanks toour counselor Melissa Stapleton for organizing our Red Ribbon Week in October, to those families thatparticipated in the spirit days, and our staff for encouraging anti-bully and drug free messages to our students in various ways. If anybody has any photos from the first day of school, Fall Carnival, or Field Daythey want to submit for the memory book, please contact Julie Bunch at 532-1082 or bunchmania@gmail.com.
Report CardsThis is a reminder that report cards this year will be going out electronically through parent portal eachtrimester. If you have not yet signed up for parent portal you will be receiving your authorization code byNovember 1
; please make sure a parent will be able to access parent portal for this vital information.You will receive a parent portal message when the report cards are available to view and print; this willalso be posted on Facebook.Volunteer Sign-InVolunteers please sign-in with your barcode card electronically in the Vital Room each time you cometo help out. It is not necessary to sign-in in the front office. The log in the Vital Room to keep track of the hours that you are volunteering is now done online. Please make sure to keep track of your hoursand sign in and out each time you volunteer when you are helping in the school and keep a paper log of the time spent helping from home. Thank you for all that you do!From the LunchroomWe are starting a new incentive for our students and their health; to-go breakfasts. This incentive is for all students that are running late or from the bus that do not have time to sit down in the cafeteria for aschool breakfast; these kids will be given their breakfast in a sack to take to class and eat. If you arerunning late or ride the bus and have not had breakfast, please stop by the kitchen before 8:48a to graba to-go breakfast. The cost is as follows: $1.35 for all grades, families on Free/Reduced breakfast isfree. If you have any questions please call the kitchen at 613-7508.Wellness Tip
A Good Start:
Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of your child’s day? It provides
nutrients and energy he/she needs to concentrate in school. Research even shows that kids who eatbreakfast get better grades, pay more attention in class, and behave better. Help your youngster begintheir day on the right foot.Visitor 
DayPlease join us for lunch on Tuesday, November 13
for our annual Visitors’ Day.
This event provides our parents, families, friends and community members with an opportunity to share a Thanksgiving lunch withour students. Our menu will include: Pot Roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, fruit and milk or a PBJsandwich. The cost of lunch is $3.60. More information will be sent home in the very near future. We hopeyou will be able to join us!Read Aloud DayRead Aloud Day is November 13. Sign up to read in an elementary school today! Get the form tosubmit your name by going to the district webpage at www.thompsonschools.org 
 Inclement Weather 
Please make certain that your child/children dress appropriately for the changing temperatures 
and snow. We want students to be able to go outside, as the weather permits,but they must be dressed warmly enough for them to be safe and comfortable. If thetemperature is 15 degrees or less (including the wind chill) then students will be let in to their classroom at 8:40 am. They will also spend recess inside if the temperature is lower than 15°Spirit DaysThis month on Friday, November 9
we will wear blue or a BES shirt to celebrate school spirit. Also wear red, white and blue on Monday, November 12
, (Veteran’s Day
is Sunday 11
) to honor the courage andsacrifice of our veterans. Please encourage your child to wear these patriotic colors.Box Tops UpdateGreat job everyone! We have now collected over 6,027 box tops in only two months! Remember our goal for the year is 20,000 box tops. With your help, we can reach our goal and use the money topurchase much needed items for our school. Keep the Box Tops coming in! See the November collection sheet at the end of this newsletter. Please send all clipped Box Tops and finished collectionsheets back to school in your child's folder, or drop them off in the VITAL room. Thank you for your support!!! - Jessica & MelissaCoin Drive November 26
December 7
 Berthoud Elementary will be raising money for Christmas in Berthoud which is a communitycharity drive to provide for families in need this Christmas. Families will receive food,
clothing,toys and gift cards to help them have a Christmas. Students may bring loose change in to their classroom which will be deposited in to a larger container.
Original Works is back!You have the opportunity to have your child
s art work put onto things like T-shirts, mugs andmuch, much more. All proceeds will be used to get new supplies for the art room. Forms are dueback by November 2
and art will be here in time for holiday gifts on December 6
. Pleasecontact Michael Willy at 613-7568 if you have any questions.End of Day Messages for StudentsIf you have a student who has a change in their regular after-school transportation plan, pleasediscuss the change with them prior to them arriving at school. It may also be helpful to put areminder in their agenda or send a note to their teacher if they happen to be a younger student.If an emergency situation arises, please feel free to contact the office 613-7500 and we will get a
 note to your child. A signed note from a parent must accompany your child in order for them tohave permission to ride on a bus with another child. The note should be turned in to the office sothat we can provide a bus pass for your child.

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