I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and are as enthusiastic about the start of school as I. The summer has been busy at Byrd and I am looking forward to seeing all of you on September 3rd! This year, the first day of school is a one-session day, which means that all students in grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 12:33. They should bring a healthy, peanut-free snack to school that day. Kindergarten children will follow the one-session day schedule: K-AM arrives at 8:33 and is dismissed at 10:25. K-PM arrives at 10:40 and is dismissed at 12:33. Kindergarten children will not have a snack while they are in school.
This past March, for a second year in a row, Byrd School was identified as a “Reward School.” We are one of the more than 50 public schools in New Jersey to receive such a distinction, which is the result of our student’s high overall performance or progress on state tests. There were ten schools in Bergen County to earn this accolade.
The New Jersey Department of Education lists Reward Schools annually. This year’s list was generated from the results of the 2012-2013 state tests. Reward Schools either showed high achievement levels overall or the greatest progress as indicated by the state’s new system of “student growth percentiles” (SGP). High performing, of which Byrd was one, are identified as: Schools in which proficiency levels for every category of students is in the top 10 percent of the state and overall proficiency rate is greater than 90 percent (95 percent for high schools). The overall graduation rate for high schools must also be greater than 90 percent.
We are excited about our Byrd School faculty family this fall. Mrs. Keri Holmgren is returning and will teach first grade; Mrs. Ofeer Kearns is also returning, and will teach second grade. Mrs. Nicole Vaccaro will be joining our faculty as the English as a Second Language teacher. Mrs. Vaccaro earned her B.A. and M.Ed. from William Paterson University, and has been teaching in the New Milford School District for the past fourteen years. Ms. Kristen McCarthy is returning to Byrd as Mrs. Marco as she and Mr. Todd Marco were married this summer!
We have a few changes to our teaching assistant faculty. Mr. Tracey Walston, Ms. Rachel Tracy and Ms. Alison Culvert are joining us.
Please take some time to review both the Parent and Student Handbooks that are posted on Byrd School’s School Fusion website. Both handbooks have been revised. It is important that you review the Student Handbook with your child as there is new information contained in it. At the back of each handbook you will find a sign off sheet that you need to complete and return to your child’s teacher.
Students should line up by 8:30 at the doors marked with their teacher’s name. At the sound of the bell at 8:33 they will be escorted into the building by their teacher. I ask that all good-byes are said before the children enter the building with the exception of parents of children entering kindergarten who may enter the building with their child when Ms. Costello escorts the class in. Kindergarten parents may take photographs and say your final good-byes in the classroom, but please be brief so that we may begin our orientation. In the event of rain, students should line up outside their classroom doors.
On that first day, the Home and School Association will be sponsoring a coffee on the front lawn for our families once school has commenced. If it rains, the coffee will be held downstairs in the small lunchroom.
The first Home and School Association meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday, September 15th at 8:45 A.M. in the Learning Center. Membership forms are on-line at www.byrdhsa.com
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT is Wednesday September 17th, at 7:00 P.M. If you haven’t done so by Back-To-School-Night, you will be able to join the H.S.A that evening. Your membership entitles you to a copy of the Glen Rock H.S.A. Handbook, which is a directory of student/parent names, addresses and phone numbers for the entire district. I encourage you to become involved in the Byrd Home and School Association as it is the single best way to learn about our school, make important friendships, and provide meaningful services to our school.
I am eager to begin another year in the pursuit of the best possible education for all of our young scholars at Byrd and I look forward to working with our wonderful students. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may ever be of personal assistance to you.
Happy School Days,
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
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