May's Byrd Notes
As we enter the final seven weeks of this school year there is a lot for me to tell you.
With great pleasure I announce that Mrs. Andrea Groszew, one of Byrd’s first grade teachers, was selected for the honor of Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Groszew has been a teacher at Byrd School since 2008. She began her teaching career as a third grade long-term substitute and has made her mark here teaching first graders. Mrs. Groszew holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Montclair State University and is an active member of our school community. Co-advisor to Student Council and faculty advisor for our Computer Club keep Mrs. Groszew busy during lunch and after school. She represents Byrd on several district curriculum committees and is a member of the district Professional Development Committee.
Our Byrd Broadway thespians will be performing The Wizard of Oz on Saturday, May 7th at 4:00 PM in the Middle/High School Auditorium. From watching rehearsals, I know that this promises to be a fantastic performance.
We are very excited about the National Circus Project workshops that every student in the school will participate in during the week of May 9th. The National Circus Project is an innovative cultural arts organization that promotes student participation in cultural arts and physical education activities using "circus" as its theme. The Project sends teams of professional circus performer/instructors to schools, where they present exciting assembly performances, teach basic circus skills to students as part of their physical education program (skills like juggling, plate-spinning, balancing, "devil stick" and “diabolo” manipulation) and produce in-school student circus performances. Our fourth grade students will present the culminating activity on Friday night in the High School gymnasium. Thanks so much to the H.S.A. for funding this activity!
Tuesday evening, May 10th at 7:00 the Glen Rock School District will be presenting a workshop on Cyber and Internet Security in the Middle/High School Auditorium. I had a preview of this compelling presentation several weeks ago, and fervently urge you to make time to attend.
Wednesday, May 18th will be our final Homework Free Night for this year. This initiative coincides with Dr. Denise Pope’s “Race to Nowhere,” which she discussed during meetings with students, parents, faculty/staff last spring. The objective of our homework free evenings is to give families time to enjoy being together doing something fun and relaxing.
Our Annual Art/Music Show will be Tuesday evening, May 24th. The art exhibit will open at 6:00 PM and the concert will begin at 7:00. To insure everyone’s safety, please be sure your children remain with you as you browse the art work and enjoy the concert.
Wednesday, May 25th will be our final foray into statewide standardized testing this year. Students in fourth grade will take the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge in Science. This is a paper and pencil assessment. Testing will begin promptly at 9:00 and takes about an hour.
This is the time of year when the teachers and I sit together to develop class lists for next year. Class assignments are one of the most important and complicated responsibilities we face. Not an endeavor to be trusted to a computer, the selection demands a great deal of thought, discussion and compromise. No amount of experience can turn the art of class placement into a science. Creating balanced classes at each grade level is a complex process that requires judicious thought and time. Each child’s assignment is carefully considered. Factors such as behavior, social/emotional growth, academic performance, personality, special program assignments and teaching/learning styles are contemplated.
Therefore, the teachers and I request that you leave this process to us and refrain from asking that your child be placed/not placed with a specific teacher or student.
Once classes are final, please know that no changes will be made.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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.
Please take the time to read both documents.
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
A brief article from Allan L. Beane, Ph.D. that might be of interest to you.
For parents and teachers
Compulsive Texting Takes Toll on Teenagers- Read article by Roni Caryn Rabin
Similarities and Differences between Rough-and-Tumble Play, Real Fighting, and Bullying
Parents and Teachers Need to Work Together- Please read this interesting article.
This is an excerpt from Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg’s website: fosteringresilience.com Dr. Ginsburg spoke to Glen Rock parents and faculty in late March and his message was well received.