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March Byrd Notes
On March 2, the National Education Association celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by calling for every child to read with or to an adult. This year at Byrd School we are fortunate to have the help of Byrd School grandparents who have volunteered to me read to a class or two.
Mrs. Jakobsen and Mrs. Lachenauer coordinated our activities for this day of celebration and Mrs. Stansel was in charge of ordering and picking up the penguin bagels that each child received. Because of the weather Sunday night, we postponed our Grandparents Read, but the day was still a hit on Tuesday.
The goal of Read Across America is to encourage everyone to slow down from the busy paces of our lives to enjoy a book with a child. In so doing, here are proven techniques you can use to teach your child that reading is valuable and enjoyable, and that promote reading for all children:
  • Set a good example as a reader - let kids see you reading every day.
  • Get a subscription in his or her name to an age-appropriate magazine for your child. When relatives and others ask for gift ideas, suggest magazine subscriptions, books, or a book store gift certificate.
  • Make reading fun - a time that you and your children look forward to spending together.
  • Don't fret if "Captain Underpants" has captivated your child rather than Robinson Crusoe. The important thing: she/he's reading! Encourage it and she/he's likely to move on to more sophisticated titles as he gets older.
I hope that you take some time to enjoy a book or two with your child not only on Read Across America Day, but as often as you can!!!
Some March News for you!!!

We had an awesome Health Fair on February 26th, which was coordinated and run by Mrs. Xylas, our Certified School Nurse. The focus of the fair was health and nutrition. During the morning all grades cycled through the 9 different stations that were set up in the gym, Learning Center and front hall. Children experienced a bit of karate, yoga, and aerobic exercise as well as attending stations that focused on sun safety, healthy eating, and sugared drinks. In the afternoon, we had Jump with Jill, an assembly that emphasized the importance of diet and exercise through active participation with Jill and DJ Jeffrey.

As is customary at Byrd, we held our annual Book Fair during the week of Read Across America. With the help of teachers, teaching assistants and parent volunteers the gym was transformed to an exciting room full of all different kinds of books and activities for the children to peruse. Many, many thanks to everyone who coordinated, set up, attended and helped pack up the books at the end of the fair.

During the month of March the fifth grade will learn the art of felt-making and the third grade will attend a workshop on storytelling through art. Additionally, at the end of the month the whole school will be divided into small groups of mixed grades who will participate in a school team-building activity.

And, as the month comes to a close I am looking forward to Byrd Broadway’s production of Peter Pan. I have had the opportunity to peek in on many of the rehearsals to see the children working hard on their lines and songs. This promises to be a wonderful evening for all who attend.

REMEMBER…we turn our clocks ahead Saturday March 7th one hour.

Enjoy the month and let’s hope for an early spring!!!
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.
 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
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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