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Berthoud El February Eagle

Berthoud El February Eagle

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Published by Rebekah Beckett
Monthly newsletter from Berthoud Elementary School
Monthly newsletter from Berthoud Elementary School

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 Berthoud Eagle
 
February 2013
Principal to Parent
Dear Families, At the end of this month we will begin testing our third grade students with the reading TCAP and in March wewill test 3
rd
, 4
th
and 5
th
grade students in reading, math and writing (3
rd
grade will be just math and writing, andscience for 5
th
only). It is so important for students to show what they know on these assessments as manykinds of decisions about programming, interventions, curriculum and even funding and accreditation depend oneach of us doing our best. For more information you can access the website:http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeassess/parents_guide.html This month we have a couple of important opportunities for our families. First, on February 11
th
the BerthoudFeeder System (all four Berthoud Schools) will meet for a joint SAC (School Advisory Committee) meeting atBerthoud High School. Each year we learn much from each other and enjoy great open dialog. We will meet inthe BHS library from 4:15-5:30. The second opportunity will be a community forum on safety here at Berthoudelementary on February 19
th
. Dr. Sheer, our new superintendant, Rick Frei, our district safety officer, and MikeJones, our assistant superintendant of operations will be sharing what is in place and what is coming aroundschool safety. We will meet in our gym at 6:00PM. I hope you will be able to join us for one or both of thesegatherings.Berthoud schools have a wonderful partner in the Berthoud Education Foundation! This not for profit groupdoes an outstanding job raising funds for our schools through a super fun event called the Berthoud Bash. Thisyear it will be held on March 23, 2013 you can find a save the date flier near the end of this newsletter. Eachyear they host a dinner at the Embassy Suites that includes a silent and live auction. It is a great time for theadults to socialize and support our schools in a very generous way. Classrooms and students have benefittedfrom Promethean boards, iPads, our subscription to Accelerated Reader (AR), after school clubs and manymore items and services that would not be possible without the extra funds.Please find a copy of the calendar for 2013-2014 on our website and the end of this newsletter, to aid inplanning family vacations during the set vacation days.
It looks like we will also continue the two testingdays at the beginning of the new school year, and in April/May.
Mrs. LoJeske 
After-School Clubs
Please remind your students when they have a club and be sure to tell them the plans for getting home after! We will announce the clubs each day over the intercom to remind studentsto attend. Students will be released in to the front hall at the end of clubs at 4:50p, so please bethere to pick them up if that is the transportation plan! Also make sure siblings know how theyare to get home after school when another sibling is in club.Remember the office staff leaves at 4p and there will not be anyone to answer the phones after that so it is crucial that the students know the plan for getting home safely.Thank you and we look forward to another successful year of fun and bonding with our students during Clubs!.
Healthy Tip
 No obstacle: For some fun exercise, help your child build an obstacle course. Use empty cereal boxes to scootaround, a table to crawl under, a large cardboard box to wiggle through, and a pile of pillows to dive into. Justbe sure to create obstacles for your child to go over, under, through and around.
 
Brought to you by Nutrition Nuggets 2007 Resources for Education, a division of Aspen Publishers, Inc.
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Conferences will be held in the evenings in February. Wednesday the 6
th
2:30p-6:30p, Thursdaythe 7
th
4:00p-6:00p, Tuesday the 12
th
4:00p-6:00p and Wednesday the 13
th
2:30p-6:30p. This is agreat time to communicate about student progress and expectations for our third trimester.
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)
Our third, fourth and fifth grade students will be tested in reading, writing and math, and fifth grade will also betested in science. The testing window will be from March 11
th
through March 29
th
. Third grade will also betesting in Reading February 27
th
and February 28
th
. As you can see, it will be a very busy time and weappreciate your efforts to schedule any appointments or trips outside of the testing time.
Spirit Days
Our Spirit Day this month will be on Friday the 8
th
when we wear neon colors!
Milk Caps
 Thank you for bringing in your Morning Fresh Dairy caps, the school has raised $100 in proceeds sofar this year!
Box Tops Update
Great job, everyone! On January 7, 2013, we received a check from Box Tops For Education®for $1,113.80.We can use this money to buy whatever our school needs. This year we plan to help with additional classroommaterials. Our goal for the year is $2,000
.00, so we’re doing great! Keep the Box Tops coming in as we will be
submitting again March 1st and receive a second check in April. Many thanks to all who are participating.
Together we’re ensuring our kids’ success! Look for the Box Tops collection work 
sheet at the end of thisNewsletter to print. Remember to send all clipped Box Tops and finished collection sheets back to school inyour child's folder or drop them off in the VITAL Room.Thank you for all your support with earning money for our school! Jessica Mazzei & Melissa Tychsen
Summer Bridge Workbooks
We will have order forms available at conferences for parents who would like to purchase Summer Bridgeworkbooks. These are a wonderful tool to help students work on their math and writing skills during thesummer break.
How About This Weather!
Wow!! We have had quite variable weather this winter! Please make certain that your child/children dressappropriately for the changing temperatures and snow. We want students to be able to go outside, as theweather permits, but they must be dressed warmly enough for them to be safe and comfortable.
Reporting Absences
Just a reminder to call our attendance line 613-
7590 to report your child’s absence. You can call this
number to leave a message any time during the day or night. We need a message each day that your child is out andthe reason for the absence. Also, if your child will be tardy and would like a hot lunch, please call and leave amessage on the attendance line before 9:00am. Thank you!!
District Spelling Bee
Berthoud Elementary will be represented on February 2, 2013 at the Thompson School DistrictElementary Bee by the following students: Adrian Reghitto, Gunnar Hudson, Calli Taylor, SaquoraGlasser, Ellie Yuska, Jeromiah Lewis, Alana Hymel, Chloe Lowery, Issy Condon, Sierra Wallace,Taylor Whittet, Sarah Kouns, and Emily Cavey. They earned the highest scores on a written test inorder to qualify and will complete a 50 words written test to begin the bee. Those who qualify will move on toan oral round later that morning. The Bee will be held at Walt Clark Middle School.
 
Thank You
Thank you to Battle of the Books for sponsoring our Family Movie Night in January. Many thanks, to SteveSchmidt for setting up the movie screen and audio/video equipment for movie night.
Library News
 
I would like to encourage all students to enter a “haiku” poem to be considered for 
publication in the
Young American Poetry Digest 
. Use this link, youngpoets.org,for entry guidelines and submission form. Please print
and fill out the submission form, attach it to your child’s poetry and send to th
e library by Monday, March 11.Good Luck and Happy Writing! ~ Mrs. Kouns
The Scholastic Book Fair
 –
 
Story Laboratory: Reading Gives You Super Power!
 We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides familiesthe opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can leadbetter lives.Our Scholastic Book Fair theme
 – 
Story Laboratory: Reading Gives You Super Power!
 – 
is part of an incredibleenergy source for reading that brings to school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable bookskids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books willmotivate them to read more. And like most acquired
skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.Reading is vital to every child’s success, and raising kids as readers’
 
means getting involved while they’reyoung. Now is the time. Since there will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s
education, please make plans to visit our Book Fair. Hope to see you there!Book fair hours are:
 
Feb 6 2p-7p
 
Feb 7 3p-7p
 
Feb 12 8a-7p
 
Feb 13 2p-7p
If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week (or just want to keep
shopping), be sure to visit the Book Faironline at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/berthoudelementary The online Book Fair is available for an extended time from 1/31to 2/20. Find an expanded selection of books for the whole family
 — 
preschool toadults. Share your Book Fair with family and friends by sending wish lists or eCards. All orders ship to schoolfor FREE and each purchase benefits our schoolAny questions please contact Suzy Bullett at 978 337 2515 or Kari Holden at 970 990 1831
 Memory Book Orders
Information on Memory Book pre-orders will be coming home with your child this month. Keep your eyes openfor a flyer to order early to save money! The Memory Book comm
ittee is also looking for ads for this year’s
memory book. The cost is $25 for a business card size ad (personal or business). If you have any photos youwant to share (with the exception of Fall Carnival and Field Day - we have plenty of those), please contact JulieBunch at bunchmania@gmail.com or 532-1082.
Messages for Students
Families may not be aware of how many phone calls occur each afternoon to convey messages tostudents. As we do not have a receptionist, our secretary and health aide find themselves takingbetween 15 and 20 phone calls each afternoon. These calls then require a trip to classrooms or aninterruption over the intercom which takes them away from the front office duties (which areextensive) or away from children in the health office. Understandably, there are emergencysituations that do require students to be given alternate information, but overall these calls are not of that nature. Please keep in mind that arranging end of day plans before school is the best plan andallowing students the responsibility of remembering these plans without additional prompts gives themconfidence in their own abilities.

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