Beacon News

Week of 05.08.2022

Happy Mother's Day

Here's wishing you a Mother's Day

That's filled with every pleasure,

And a future that's as happy

As the memories you treasure!

~ Anon.

Thank you to our Ballentine Community and PTA

Thank you for making Teacher Appreciation week a success at BES. We appreciate the notes, snacks, breakfast, lunch and acts of appreciation. Having a supportive community makes this job rewarding. We are blessed to have a supportive community.

Field Day

Tracks 2, 4 May 9 (May 10 rain date)

Tracks 1,2 May 18 (May 19 rain date)

Time: Grades 3-5: 9:45-11:15, Grades K-2: 1:30-3:00

  • Parent spectators are allowed, however should be encouraged to volunteer if they are a registered volunteer.
  • Both parent volunteers and spectators will sign in outside at a sign in table. Spectators will not be allowed in the building.
  • Students must bring their own water. There may be a water bottle refill station.
  • 5th Grade students will be running stations for the K-2 Field day.
  • Freeze pops will not be provided at the end of field day.
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Cultural Spotlight

Quarter 3

K - In Kindergarten we learned how Ruby Bridges, her family and her teacher, helped change the course of history in our country. These lessons taught our students how to explain how various events have shaped history and to understand change over time.

1 - In First Grade we learned about 10 African American Heroes that have helped make a difference in our country. We honored and celebrated these leaders by reading books, learning songs, and creating drawings that represented their contributions.

2 - In Second Grade we learned about different African American men and women who have made a difference in our country and within our state during the civil rights movement. Our students gave presentations on these leaders after researching and creating slides or posters. Some of our students also made posters and participated in our school’s International Fair.

3 - In the third quarter, 3rd grade researched the history of North Carolina over time. The students learned about the contributions from the civil rights movement as well as the women’s suffrage movement. The students focused on the Greensboro 4 and how the “sit-ins” helped inspire civil rights discussions and changes throughout the country.

4 - In third quarter, 4th grade focused on North Carolina history and how Indigenous people, women, and African Americans made an impact on our history. Many of our students participated in the International Fair and shared about their cultures with their classes.

5 - In the third quarter, 5th grade focused on reading about different athletes who were leaders in social change in EL. We read different points of view to determine the factors that were most important to Jackie Robinson’s success in leading social change.


School wide collaboration of Black History Month Quilt

International Fair

Cultural Spotlight - link with all 3 quarters, or the section is pasted below for Q3

May/June at a Glance


  • Monday, May 9th: Field Day for Tracks 2 & 4, Rain date: May 10th
  • Wednesday, May 18th: Field Day for Tracks 1 & 3, Rain date: May 19th
  • Friday, May 20th: Firefly Festival


  • Thursday, June 2nd: Spring Concert 6:30-7:30 pm

EOG Dates

Track 1:

  • ELA: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
  • Math: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
  • Science: Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Tracks 2-4: (Grade 3 Only)

  • ELA: Thursday, June 16th, 2022
  • Math: Friday, June 17th, 2022

Tracks 2-4: (Grades 4 & 5 Only)

  • ELA: Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
  • Math: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022
  • Science:Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Meet the Teacher (Please Review Date Changes)

  • June 6th: Track 1, 5:00-6:oo pm
  • June 29th: Tracks 2-4, 5:00-6:00 pm