BV News & Notes
Our Mid-Month School Announcements
APRIL 15, 2016
Student Placement for 2016-2017
Yesterday, a letter was sent home inviting you to share your ideas regarding your child's placement for the 2016-2017 school year. A copy of this letter appears below:
Over the next few months, we will begin the process of assigning students to an appropriate class for next year. In putting together our roster of classes, we will take into consideration many factors including: girl/boy ratio, academic ability, behavioral characteristics, talents, personalities, needs, and learning styles. Our goal is to ensure that each child is in a class that has an appropriate balance of students with the proper teacher. We will assess each child using the data collected from the present classroom teacher(s) and the input of the Student Support Counselors, Reading Specialists, Assistant Principal, and Principal.
Class placement is made after reviewing considerable data. If you feel that we would benefit from additional information, please send the attached form in an envelope addressed to Mrs. Virgulti in the Bridge Valley office. You SHOULD NOT name a specific teacher! District staffing is not complete until June and teaching assignments may change. This form is designed to speak to your child’s areas of strength and need, and not to a specific teacher preference. Please note: Requests for specific teachers will not be considered and will be returned to parents with a new parent input form.
Much time and attention goes into creating well-balanced class groupings that consider the social, academic, and emotional needs of our students, as well as any input which is shared by parents on the Class Placement Input Form. We ask all parents to respect the amount of hard work and thought that the principal, assistant principal, school counselors, reading specialists, classroom teachers, and special education teachers put into this process and not request changes to your child’s placement.
Moving even one child from a class could upset the balance of a classroom, and have an impact that extends far beyond your child. Your son may not have gotten his “first” choice of teacher. Your daughter may not be with all of her friends from last year. You may be disappointed because you’ve heard through the grapevine that Mr. “A” isn’t as “warm and fuzzy” as Mrs. “B”. All of our teachers are caring, capable, and highly-qualified educators, and our job as adults is to support students and to help them develop confidence and a positive outlook as they begin the new school year, encouraging them to look forward to the challenges and excitement that accompany making new friends and getting to know a new teacher. Thank you for your cooperation in not requesting changes and for your understanding, trust, and support.
For your convenience, the placement form is also provided on the Bridge Valley website. You are not required to fill out this form. Student Information forms must be returned by Friday, May 6, 2016. Parents will learn of class placement via Parent Portal in August. Forms not submitted by the return date may not be able to be considered.
Kevin Cochran and Kelly Carter
Students shared Quest projects at our recent Home & School Meeting.
Congratulations to all of our teams for their hard work.
Healthy Eating Initiative
6th grade students tried Arugula to promote a healthy eating lifestyle.
Sixth Grade Promotion
TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
Every Teacher Deserves An Apple, but BVE Faculty and Staff Deserve the BIG Apple! Please join us in celebrating the STELLAR PERFORMANCE of our BVE Teacher and Staff on MONDAY, May 2nd.
Our bigger than BROADWAY plans include, NYC Gourmet Deli Menu with an intimate Manhattan Venue to dine in. We are looking to create an event that reflects our sincere appreciation in a BIG way.
Please help make this event a success by volunteering your time or donations.
BOOMERANG AWARD WINNERS
Our February Boomerang Winners were a group of sixth graders that are peer mentors to our kindergarten and first grade students. The winners were Keira McClellan, Ella Kearns, Emma Sexauer, Ashley Volans, Taylor Jericho, Abby Rockovich, Lindsay Hilman, and Ben Kerskey. They were nominated by our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Rick. She wrote, “This group of students volunteers their time every morning to work with our kindergarten and first grade students that need a little help in reading and/or math. They work with students individually or in small groups to help younger students read and write sight words, increase their fluency, and work on comprehension skills. Other skills they work on are counting money, learning shapes, and writing letters. Our kindergarten and first grade students have shown wonderful growth this year because these young men and women have dedicated so much time to helping them succeed every day. Due to their assistance the young students have a better chance to be successful readers, writers, and mathematicians.”
Our March Boomerang Winner for Asset # 17 Creative Activities was Destiny Michael from Mrs. Chaplin’s third grade class. She was nominated by Mrs. Tolis, her dance instructor. She wrote, “Destiny dedicates time and energy into the creative and performing arts. She applies herself to the fullest while studying various dance styles and theater classes. Destiny is committed to the arts, both in study and performance. She spent multiple hours sharing her tales with family, friends, and local residents of nursing and rehabilitation facilities.”