Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary

February Newsletter Volume 1 ; Issue 4

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School Family,

Happy February! I will keep my message brief since our newsletter is packed with LOTS of empowering information!

I want to thank all of our families who participated in last month's Unplug and Read Initiative. Please continue to Unplug and Read since reading is such a critical part of your child's academic career.

Happy Reading,
Katrina W. Granger

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune

Black History Month is a celebration in which we honor the achievements and recognize the critical roles African Americans played in U.S History. Our school is named after one of the most prominent educators and civil and human rights leader, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.

Mary McLeod was born on a farm in South Carolina and her parents were former slaves. Since an early age, Mary had a passion to learn to read and enrolled in school at the age of 10. She continued her educational journey by becoming a teacher and founded a Literary and Training School for girls; which years later would be named Bethune-Cookman University.

Dr. Bethune was a civil rights activist and she was dedicated to ensuring social justice and positive change for all. She fought against school segregation and inadequate healthcare for children. She served on the Commission on Child Welfare, the Commission on Home Building and Home Ownership, organized 2 national conferences on the problem of black Americans, and was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored people (NAACP).

We are honored to start Black History month recognizing Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and highlighting her passionate story with our students, families, and community members. It is an honor to have our students and staff walk through the hallways that bear her name.
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IB Learner Profile and Attitude Spotlight

Love and Literacy

Environmental Club

Calling all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students...Are you interested in joining a fun, interactive, and planet changing club? Then come participate in the Environmental Club hosted by our Suncoast Community Highschool MSE Sophomores, Mr. Gao and Mr. Ebersole.

Scholars will learn about waste management, recycling, transportation, and energy use; while at the same time engaging in a hands-on community service project.

The Environmental Club will meet each Friday from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. beginning February 5 - April 22. Parent permission slips must be signed and returned to school by Tuesday, February 2.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Riviera Beach Family Resource Center

Have you visited the Riviera Beach Family Resource Center? If not, now is the time! The teacher, from each grade level, with the highest number of families who attend the Resource Center will receive a $50.00 gift card from Target!

On Tuesday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. the Resource Center is hosting a brunch for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade parents and caregivers. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn strategies on how to help your child at home, listen to a guest speaker from Bridges on positive parenting and check out materials from the center.

The Riviera Beach Family Resource Center is located at the site of John F. Kennedy Middle School, 1901 Avenue S, Riviera Beach.

February Challenge

This month we challenge you to a memory alphabet game called "I packed my grandmother's trunk". The game can be played with 2 or more people anywhere. The directions are below!

  • Each player starts off by saying the same sentence "I packed my grandmother's trunk and in it I put ______." The player completes the sentence with a word that begins with the letter A. For example, "I packed my grandmother's trunk and in it I put an alligator."
  • The next player repeats the previous sentence and must add a B word. "I packed my grandmother's trunk and in it I put an alligator and a banana." In turn, each player has to remember what the past players have said and add an item that starts with the next letter of the alphabet.

How far will you be able to make it in the alphabet? The goal is to make it all the way from A to Z!

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary

We are a World Class International Baccalaureate School and Green School of Quality dedicated to our belief that all students will learn at their highest potential in order to bloom into International Baccalaureate Scholars.