Fall is Here! October Updates

posted Oct 5, 2012, 12:44 PM by Catrina Dinapoli



5/6 Chorus performs a fun number at the September assembly!

 Thank you to the many families who came to Open House last night!  We had an incredible turnout with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles – I even saw a puppy!  It was great to see so many BES graduates come back to say hello, too!  I’ve been chatting with folks in the BES Family Connection (formerly the “Parent Advisory Group”), staff and people from other school communities about our Open House format and am convinced that this informal showcase with the kids as tour guides is such a positive experience!  The enthusiasm they have leading their guests around the room, the school, from corner to corner is just so great to watch.  

Thanks again for coming!  

Happenings:

With the first 6 weeks of school firmly under our feet, programs are beginning to get into full swing.  Our older students have been practicing for the NECAP assessment which will start next week and are being encouraged to take the activity seriously by being rested, on time for school and well nourished - key ingredients to effective test preparation.  We try to keep the experience light, provide snacks and breaks with a “show what you know” attitude. 

 Points of Pride:

 ·        Speaking of NECAPS, our Science NECAP scores from the spring of 2012 show incredible growth!  These are percentages of 4th grade students who met or exceeded the standard overtime:

'08 = 33%

'09 = 39%

'10 = 58%

'11 = 55%

'12 = 66%!!!!

Hooray for our young scientists and congratulations to our teachers!

 ·         Thank you to Moira Garrity for working as a guest teacher for the first part of Michaela Wisell’s maternity leave!  Teaching health class to grades K-6 and Kindergarten PE, Moira has been a wonderful addition to our staff and we always appreciate her energy and commitment!  We know she’ll still be around, but we’ll miss her!

 

 Upcoming Events:

 

10/8:  Bristol School Board meeting, 5:30 in the library

10/9-10/18:  NECAP testing window for grades 3-6

10/11:  PICTURE DAY!

10/19:  ANESU In-service Day for Faculty and Staff – no school for students

10/26:  Celebration of Learning Assembly, 8:30 in the gym

10/20-11/9:  Parent Conference window

11/2:  Support Staff In-service and Parent Conferences – no school for students

11/9:  PTO Sponsored Coffee with the Principal, 8:30 in the Art Room

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