May's Byrd Notes
The administration of PARCC, the statewide standardized test of academic knowledge and achievement is almost finished. As we enter the month of May, only the third and fourth grade students have the End of the Year Assessment to complete. I am not sure when the state will send us the results but shortly after they are received in the district they will be mailed home.
The final assessment, for fourth graders only, is the New Jersey ASK test in Science, which will be administered on May 27th. This assessment is the same as the ones taken in previous years. It is a paper and pencil test in which the students answer questions from a test booklet by bubbling in circles on an answer grid.
Overall, the students who participated in the PARCC assessment had sufficient time to complete each section and most seemed to take the test in stride. Technology worked well so there were minimal interruptions to students during the testing sessions.
We’ve been busy at Byrd over the past several months. Some of our activities culminated in the spectacular Art and Music extravaganza that Mrs. Cipolli and Mrs. Sattler produced. This year’s theme, Under the Sea, was evident throughout the building and in the song selection sung by the Morning Chorus and the entire 4th and 5th grade student body. On May 29th, the Kindergarten through third grade students will enthrall you with their Spring Concert. The performance will begin at 2:00 on that Friday afternoon.
Over the next month, many grades will be going on their field trips. Please be sure that your child arrives to school on time as the bus will leave at its designated time to ensure that we arrive at our destination on time. Additionally, lunches should be packed in clear plastic bags and plainly marked with your child’s name. If the field trip is going to be outdoors, please be sure your child has sunscreen on and brings a hat.
Within the next couple of weeks, the district will be surveying students, staff and parents on a variety of topics such as school climate, emotional and social well-being, physical health, behaviors and attitudes linked to student success. The survey for all participants will be anonymous. Parental consent must be obtained prior to any student taking the survey. You will be receiving an E mail as well as a hard copy in your child’s backpack with the information as well as a Username and Password so that you can preview the student survey questions. Our School Climate Committee will review the results and use the data to help make Byrd School even better than it is. I hope you will consider allowing your child to participate and sign/return the consent form to your child’s teacher once it is sent home.
And, finally, I look forward to seeing all of you on Saturday afternoon, May 16th, for Byrd’s 100th Byrthday Bash celebration! The committees have been working tirelessly to plan a wonderful event for everyone. Tickets must be pre-paid as there will be no tickets sold on the day of the party so please, if you are planning to attend, send in your money.
Dr. Linda Weber
School Security Drills
NJ State Law requires schools to conduct school security drills of some variety once per month. This is in addition to the fire drills, we have been practicing each month for a number of years now. A school security drill is defined as an exercise to practice procedures that respond to an emergency situation including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or shelter situation. We will holding school security drills monthly throughout the school year. If you observe these drills taking place, please do not be alarmed. In the event of an actual emergency, we will notify you through our Honeywell, reverse 911 system.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
Click here for an excellent article on "Strategies for Managing Your Child's Resistant Behavior" by John W. Maag.
Aggregated scores for Grades 3-5
Power Point presentations on Bullying
This folder contains strategies that you can help your child adopt when dealing with others who aren't nice to them.
Excellent article sent by the Community School in Paramus
Use these forms to report an alleged incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying
Article for parents on the NJ CCS
Information about the PARCC
Please take the time to read both handbooks.
A brief article from Allan L. Beane, Ph.D. that might be of interest to you.
For parents and teachers
Similarities and Differences between Rough-and-Tumble Play, Real Fighting, and Bullying