My Letter to Byrd School Students
My dear Byrd Students,
Who can believe that this school year is almost over??? Time seems to have flown by so fast! I hope you had a wonderful year and I will miss all of you during the summer months. You have all flourished during this school year, which has been delightful to watch. New friends were made, friendships were strengthened and we as the Byrd School community continued to thrive as a community of learners.
I wish you all a relaxing, fabulous, fun-filled summer and hope that you will include reading as part of your summer activities. Publishing the list of books that I read during the school year has become a tradition that I am continuing in this letter. Below is that list. Maybe there’s one or two that you would like to read? If you do, I would love for you to E-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know what you thought about the book(s).
As you play, swim, bike, read and do lots of other fun things Mrs. Jones, Mr. Patrick, Ms. Fiona and I will be here getting the school ready for your return in September.
That Is Not a Good Idea! Mo Willems
The Dark Lemony Snicket
High Fives and A Big Heart Jeffrey and his 4th Grade Friends
Each Kindness Jacqueline Woodson
Room on the Broom Julia Donaldson
Kensuke’s Kingdom Michael Morpurgo
A Crooked Kind of Perfect Linda Urban
Dumpling Days Grace Lin
Toilet How It Works David Macaulay
Hold Fast Blue Balliet
Too Perfect Trudy Ludwig
The Invisible Boy Trudy Ludwig
Trouble Talk Trudy Ludwig
Weird Erin Frankel
Dare Erin Frankel
Tough Erin Frankel
Battle Bunny Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
Mr. Peabody’s Apples Madonna
The Boy on the Porch Sharon Creech
The Boy on the Wooden Box Leon Leyson
One Came Home Amy Timberlake
Sophia’s War Avi
Flora and Ulysses Kate DiCamilla
True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp Kathi Appelt
Doll Bones Holly Black
Hold Fast Blue Balliet
Hard Luck Jeff Kinney
Small Steps The Year I got Polio Peg Kehret
Inside and Out Thanha Lai
Sisters Grimm Michael Buckley
Bully Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The Day the Crayons Quit Drew Daywalt
Journey Aaron Becker (the Byrdecott winner!)
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Peter Brown
I Am a Frog Mo Willems
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.
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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
The aggregated scores for the 2012 NJ ASK test for your review.
Please take the time to read both handbooks.
A brief article from Allan L. Beane, Ph.D. that might be of interest to you.
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