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A quarter of the school year has gone by and the holiday season stares us all straight in the face... A wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends and to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for!

Byrd School has much to be thankful for during this Holiday Season! Our dedicated and outstanding teachers and staff give our students the gift of a high-quality education. We have committed and engaged families, who generously give our school the gift of their time and talents. And, most of all, we have our amazing students, whose presence reminds us every day of what really matters! They give us the gift of perspective.

As the principal of Byrd School I wish all of you a joyous holiday season, and hope that you find time to relax and enjoy the spirit of the season.

Warmest regards,
Linda Weber, Ed. D.

Looking ahead to what’s to come!

Beginning in March 2015, students in grades 3 – 5 will be taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. This is a rigorous, online standardized assessment which will be administered over a five-day period for each of the three grades. To help prepare students for success on the PARCC and in other academic areas, we are committed to teaching young learners the skill of touch typing on a computer keyboard.

Students are given typing instruction using our laptop computers to learn the proper technique to use for finger reaches. Exercises are used to promote finger dexterity, while typing drills and various activities are designed to increase students’ words per minute speed and decrease the number of errors. As students’ progress throughout their school career, touch typing will be a vital skill for them to be able to use proficiently.

To make the most significant strides, it is imperative that the skills learned in school be carried over at home whenever possible. At Byrd School the students use Typing Agent, and they are encouraged to use the program outside of school to reinforce their typing skills and techniques. Each student has their own student login, which they can use at home to access the website, http://typingagent.com/

Computer technology is a vital part of today’s world, and touch typing is a skill that will benefit students throughout their lives. Please emphasize the importance of proper keyboarding skills with your child, so that he/she will be well-prepared for the future.

And, finally, warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season to you and your family.
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.
Managing Behavior
Click here for an excellent article on "Strategies for Managing Your Child's Resistant Behavior" by John W. Maag.
Files
 2014 NJ ASK Scores
Aggregated scores for Grades 3-5
 Bullying Information
Power Point presentations on Bullying
 Empowerment Tools
This folder contains strategies that you can help your child adopt when dealing with others who aren't nice to them.
 Executive Functioning
Excellent article sent by the Community School in Paramus
 HIB Reporting Forms
Use these forms to report an alleged incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying
 New Jersey Common Core Standards
Article for parents on the NJ CCS
 PARCC
Information about the PARCC
 Parent and Student Handbooks
Please take the time to read both handbooks.
 Talking to your Child About Bullying
A brief article from Allan L. Beane, Ph.D. that might be of interest to you.
 Teaching online safety
For parents and teachers
 Olweus Bully doc0001.pdf
Similarities and Differences between Rough-and-Tumble Play, Real Fighting, and Bullying
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