Bauder Elementary Family Bulletin for March, 2023

Principal's Message

The Bauder Vision is preparing all students for on or above grade level work in middle school & beyond by collaborating as educators and a community.

Bauder Families,

Thank you for your support for our Pop4Kids fundraiser. We met our goal of raising $30,000 to be used for PE equipment and Recess equipment. We will be celebrating with a Day of Awesomeness on Tuesday, March 7. Your children will be celebrating by playing on blow up slides and obstacle courses, dancing to a DJ and engaging in games. Pop4Kids is our partner company and they are requesting that we have students wear just socks when they are on the blow up activities. On this day, please ensure your student wears socks with shoes so they can participate safely and slide their shoes off during these fun activities!

This week begins our Read Across America Week. Our Student Council is sponsoring the week and the flyer below shares the daily spirit wear to support Reading Across America!

Spring Break is right around the corner and our students' last day before break will be Friday, March 10. Please remember that Monday, March 20 is now a student day as it was determined by the Pinellas School Board to be the Hurricane Make-up day. We look forward to seeing our students back from Spring Break on this day.

Yours in Education,

Mrs. Jodi Leichman, Principal

Mr. Chris Baker, Assistant Principal

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In the month of March, PreK3 students will be finishing up their “Animals of the Jungle” unit, where they learned all about the fascinating animals that live in the jungle environment, and then after Spring Break, they will begin their “Authors and Illustrators” unit of study.

In Language & Literacy, students are working on identifying letters and words in their environment and beginning to make the connection that print they see in their environment conveys meaning.

In Math, students are learning how to count sets constructed by the teacher five and beyond, compare items based on weight, length, and/or size, and group sorting and data collection (ex. how many boys/girls are in our class).

In Science & Social Studies, students are learning how to explore the needs of living things and beginning to learn the difference between “needs” and “wants”.


In VPK, we are closing out our “Growing Up Healthy” unit and moving on to our next unit of study, “Nature All Around Us.”

In Language and Literacy, students continue to practice breaking words down into syllables and then we start learning how to delete a syllable from a word. Also, students will be learning how to combine onset and rime to form a familiar one-syllable word with and without picture support (e.g., when shown several pictures an adult says “/c/” + “at,” child can select the picture of the cats.

In Alphabet and Print Knowledge students are learning about the attributes of letters. Letters are made up of shapes -circles, humps, sticks (short, tall, and slanted), tails and dots. Students are beginning to practice sorting letters by attributes to show understanding of what lines are used to form a letter. In addition, students will be working on letter sounds, being able to name most letters in the alphabet and name writing.

In Math, students are using joining and separating stories to explore quantities of objects (up to eight) by using real world joining(adding) and separating (take away) problems.

In Science, students are learning about the different properties of water including the changes in the state of water- liquid, solid and gas, categorizing items found in nature (such as rocks and shell are hard, or twigs and leaves come from trees), and they will begin to explore and discuss simple observations of the clouds, sun, moon and stars, along with the daytime and nighttime cycles.

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Kindergartners will be busy as they move into March! We will be working with non-fiction texts as we read, learn from, and discuss informational books. Our young readers will focus on non-fiction text features such as diagrams, labels, and the table of contents, to name a few. As our kindergartners study informational books, they will use what they learn to see what good authors include in these types of books. Using our super writing powers, we will become strong “All About” writers by writing true facts and information about their chosen topics. Our little mathematicians will be exploring numbers 11-19. In Science, we are diving into Life Science where we will learn about plants and animals. We will explore plants and animals in fiction and in real life. Our “first-graders-in-training” continue to amaze us with how much they have grown!

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Hello first grade families,

Happy March! Our first graders will be wrapping up our reading module on how people can keep their minds and bodies healthy through exploration in various kinds in informational texts. Writers are completing researching information in all about books, how-to books, and a brochure to answer questions about a single topic. We will then begin a new module where we will study how the experiences of others help them to preserver through challenges. We will learn this concept by authoring stories of characters who think, and act like them.

Our mathematicians are beginning Unit 11 on” Subtraction within 100”. Our focus will be on using strategies to help subtract 2-digit numbers. Please continue to practice using mental math to find 1 and 10 more/less to build automaticity. Our students will then begin to look at measurement. We will recognize all the tools used to measure such as rulers, clocks and, coins.

Our scientists are studying our Life Science unit “Using Your Senses” where they will explore all the ways to use their five senses to investigate the world around them. Following we will continue to the unit “Living and Nonliving.” This unit will allow students to study what makes an object living and nonliving.

In Social Studies, our students are wrapping up Geography. We have found places on a map, understood what is on a map, created maps and, discovered how location, weather, and our environment affect how we live in our community When we return from Spring break, we will begin our last study in Economics. We will begin by learning what money is. This is a fantastic opportunity to practice using money in your community.

Thank you for all your support and dedication as we S.O.A.R like Seahawks!

The First-grade team

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ELA: In reading, students will explore the role storytelling plays in cultures throughout the world as they expand their knowledge of the world around them. Students begin defining what is meant by a traditional tale and then move into fairy tales. Students will work on their reading skills while reading and analyzing traditional tales and retelling the story to their classmates. Further, students explore how authors use traditional tales as inspiration as they read fractured fairy tales and explore how culture, characters, setting, and author’s purpose influence the events and themes of the story. They will also learn about folktales as a type of traditional tale and how these tales attempt to explain the origin of different elements in our world. In addition, students explore how and why characters—such as the trickster Anansi—appear in multiple stories. Ask your children all about your class read-alouds. Have your child retell the story including the characters, setting, problem and solution.

Math: 2nd grade students will be using graphs the month of March. They will be making and reading picture graphs, tally graphs and bar graphs.

Science: 2nd grade scientist have begun to explore how can magnets move objects without touching them. Students will understand that magnets have a force that pulls certain metal objects toward it. The pull between an object and a magnet is a force.
This force is called magnetism. Magnetism works even when the magnet is not touching the object.

Students will also begin to study the effects of gravity. Gravity is a universal attraction between any two objects with mass. Every object in the universe is affected by the force of gravity. The two factors that affect the magnitude of the force of gravity are the mass of the attracted objects and the distance between them.

Social Studies: We are continuing our work in geography, learning how maps help us learn more about places that are important to us (neighborhood, town, city, state, country).

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We are flying through this school year! This March in third grade we are exploring how we can turn dreams into reality by immersing ourselves in informational texts that explore space, flight, and the lifelong journeys of American historical figures. Through hard work and determination, the distinguished men and women of space and the sky turned their dreams of becoming pilots, astronauts, and guides of spacecrafts into reality!

Reading instruction in Module F will cycle back to practice with central idea, author’s purpose, and investigating an author’s claim. New to students this module is the text structure of chronology. Students will examine facts, events, and details in the order in which they happened to understand the lifespan of influential men and women.

Word study for this unit will include studying prefixes (such as dis-, and under-) and examining figurative language (such as personification, hyperbole, simile, and metaphone). Lastly, students will learn techniques to enhance their fluency and rate of reading.

“One small step for man, one giant leap for third grade!”

Math: Students have been working hard finishing up our unit on Perimeter and Area. In March, students will discover the Associative and Distributive Property of Multiplication. Students can use previously-learned place-value concepts to help them multiply larger numbers. Students will discover how to solve word problems involving any of the four operations, using representations, such as bar diagrams and equations, to solve the problem. Students will solve one equation at a time and use a letter (variable) to represent the unknown in each equation. Finally, students will explore numerical patterns. They will describe the pattern in a sequence of numbers and use it to find other numbers in the pattern.

Science: In Science this month, students will begin exploring concepts in Life Science. Students will learn the parts of plants and classify plants into Flowering and Non-flowering plants. They will notice the physical characteristics of plants and how they produce new plants. We will also begin planning a model- simulation project that they will be completing in April.

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In Reading, we will again focus on informational text specific to the state of Florida. Picking up where Module D ended, Module E looks intently at the historical events and inspirational people who have contributed to modern-day Florida. Both Reading and Social Studies benchmarks are woven throughout lessons. We will spend the first several lessons in a continued study of Florida’s Native American tribes and events. Then, we will move to an investigation of the state government before taking a brief pause to explore Florida-centric poetry. We will complete the module with time spent looking at Florida sites of interest, the Everglades, weather, and the space industry. Focusing on skills of identifying author’s perspective, the impact of text features and structure, and comparing and contrasting to enhance comprehension will be enhanced. Also learning the concept of determining an author’s claim as well the reasoning and evidence that supports a claim. By the end of this module, we hope that the students will have the chance to interact with many types of sources throughout as they learn and solidify these skills.

In Writing, students will be writing three pieces consisting of two expository essays and one argumentative essay. The writing process during Module E will occur at a faster rate than in previous modules due to students’ familiarity with the process. We will read and annotate sources independently while underlining and text coding relevant evidence that support the prompt. Planning will consist of using a familiar planner, which includes reasons, evidence, and elaboration that support the central idea or claim. Students will draft their entire essays instead of drafting section by section. There will be an opportunity to self-reflect on their writing and set goals that will help them improve their writing. The module will end with a writing celebration focusing on their argumentative essay where we will share essays in a group setting and provide and receive feedback to and from peers.

In Math: The students will continue to solve real world problems by applying a variety of strategies using their math skills. The students will continue to work with whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.

In Science: The students will be completing their Physical Science modules. They have become experts on sound energy, heat energy, force and motion, and physical and chemical changes. They will be spending time completing enrichment activities to help them review the Physical Science vocabulary and concepts that will be included in the Cycle 2 Science Assessment.

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Merry March to our Awesome Families!

ELA: We are racing along like a tornado – with much less destruction – in Module E. Learning about natural disasters and how they affect people and places as we continue to practice our non-fiction reading skills.

Towards the end of March, we will begin our Module studying The Holocaust. This unit will be a combination of fiction and non-fiction reading. It is important to study this period of time, but it is not always easy to discuss. We will not show anything graphic; however, your children have access to media that may be upsetting. Please talk with them about this and encourage them, as we will, not to dig too deeply without parental permission.

Math: We will begin March with Unit 11. Students will learn to divide fractions, limited to division of a whole number by a unit fraction and division of a
unit fraction by a non-zero whole number. They will also explore situations involving equal sharing division and equal grouping division. Students will learn how to use models to help determine quotients.

In Unit 12, students will graph ordered pairs, interpret coordinate values of points in the context of a situation,
and draw a line to connect points. Students will make predictions about data points that are not specifically
graphed on a line. Students will also classify figures based on properties. They will classify triangles, quadrilaterals and three-dimensional figures based on attributes.

Science: It is time to look inside…literally! We will begin studying the human body and all its systems. After this, we will delve into those traits and adaptations that help organisms survive.

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Our Gifted Learners used their creative thinking skills to create a poem about space. Next, our learners created a watercolor picture to go with their poem that answered the question, “How do artists and authors work together to reveal meaning?”. Our Gifted Learners are learning how to use CoRT thinking strategies to solve a problem. Our learners are excited about using these strategies as they practice their critical thinking skills.

Talent Development students learned about Mae Jemsion, the first female African American astronaut and the first African American woman in space. Students were then tasked with building a space pack with the following criteria: a oxygen source, communication system, water source, special feature. The space pack had to be worn by one of the students as each group shared their creation. Students loved this activity that promoted teamwork, critical thinking skills and creativity.

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When Your Child is Excluded by Peers

As parents it is heart wrenching to see our children experience hurt and disappointment, especially when they are excluded by peers. When children are not invited to a birthday party or face exclusion in other ways, it’s important to validate their feelings and let them know that is it okay to feel sad or upset. We can teach them that these challenges are opportunities to grown and learn how to overcome setbacks and become stronger.

First and foremost, while it’s natural to want to shield our children from challenges and disappointments, you can play a more powerful role by helping them learn to cope and overcome. It is your job as parents to teach them the skills to cope with the difficult feelings that come with these challenges rather than protect them from every challenge they may face.

Start by listening to your child without trying to offer advice or change the emotion. Just listen and validate their feelings. It is our tendency to want to “fix” the problem. Try to resist. Say, “I know it’s very hard when you get left out. It’s okay to feel sad.”

Next, offer a hug or other coping strategies. “Do you want a hug? A glass of water? Can we do something fun together tonight?”

Later, when your child is calm, have a discussion about the situation. Listen for your child’s negative self-talk and challenge it with facts. “Let’s talk about this. Is it really true that you don’t have any friends? How about….?”

Help your child find solutions and better feeling thoughts. “Not everyone will like you and that’s okay. You can find a friend who wants to spend time with you. Let’s plan a playdate with…”

Lastly, there are many ways to meet new friends: clubs, extracurricular activities, volunteering opportunities, etc. Discuss these options with your child. Talk about what it means to be a good friend or ways to make new friends. Practice conversations using role play if it’s helpful.

Try to keep a clear head and not let your child’s feelings extend to you and your own feelings. It’s difficult to see our children struggle but it is not effective to express anger, resentment, or aggravation at the other children for not including your child. Remember that you are modeling coping skills not blaming skills. It’s difficult, but everyone can and will benefit from the opportunity to grow. in a healthy way.

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A big Thank You to the Coughlin Family and the McCabe Family for donating to the staff appreciation snack shelf.

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Bauder Elementary’s next All Pro Dad Breakfast is March 29, 2023

Click on the link below to register

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Thank you to the Pulis Family for replacing our old and tattered Florida State Flag.

***Bauder Elementary Clinic***

Bauder Elementary currently does NOT have a Nurse. Our Nurse has been re-assigned to another school. School Health Services is supporting Bauder with emergency situations. If you have any questions/concerns, please address them to Nurse Sue Todd at

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The Bauder Science Expo is coming on Thursday, April 13th from 6:00 – 7:30. Come enjoy an evening of hands-on Science activities with vendors like Tampa Bay Watch, Saint Pete Astronomy Club, QGI Aquatics petting tank, Philantrolab Science Shop and much more! Hope to see you there!


MARCH 31, 2023 is the last day for accepting payments by check.

Starting April 1, 2023 through the end of the 2022-2023 school year

ALL payments MUST be paid in CASH.

*** PreK/VPK TUITION ***

Starting April 1, 2023 tuition payments MUST be paid in CASH or Online.

Reminder - payment can be made online any time using your credit/debit card. You may do so at:

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College and career readiness is one of Pinellas County Schools strategic goals. To support this goal, PK-5 students now have access to a fun and creative career exploration program called Kuder Galaxy. They can access the program from Clever at home or at school

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Interested in becoming a Level I Volunteer?

Click on the link or scan the QR code below to get started.

Register to volunteer today!

Interested in becoming a Level II Volunteer?

This is an optional additional level of background screening that is required when volunteering in a situation where you may be unsupervised with students such as field trip chaperones etc. View the locations and hours of our approved fingerprinting vendors, then follow up with our Family & Community Liaison Susan McLachlan at 5–7 days after fingerprinting to verify your status.

Returning Volunteers and Entering Volunteer Hours:

Returning volunteers must re-activate their status in the Focus Volunteer System at the beginning of each school year in order to volunteer in the classrooms, chaperone field trips and more. Also, every volunteer is asked to record ALL their volunteer hours in the Focus Volunteer System. EVERY hour counts whether you are in the classroom, helping at a special event, working on a project from home or participating in our Boosters Club or SAC ! These hours are reported to our district office.


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  • If you could change the life of a child by giving 30 minutes a week or every other week, would you do it?

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:

March 1 = Talent Development field trip to MOSI

March 3 = Student Council mtg. 7:40 am

March 6 = 5th Grade Gifted Classes to Seminole Middle 10 am

March 7 = Day of Awesomeness!!!

Booster's Fundraiser @ Joto's

Booster Meeting @ 6pm on Zoom (Link above)

March 8 = K-Kids 3:30 pm in Forum

March 10 = End of 3rd Quarter

March 13 to March 17 = Spring Break

March 20 = Students return

March 23 = SAVE club 8:15 am in Forum

5th Grade Parent Planning Meeting

March 28 = Individual Spring Pictures

March 29 = All Pro Dad's 7:30 am in Forum

March 30 = Report Cards Published in Focus

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Parents, please be sure you join Bauder’s Official Parent Facebook page. Search for “Bauder Official Parent Page” on Facebook. Please note that in order for your request to be accepted you must be matched with a student in portal/focus. If your Facebook name doesn’t match your official name in focus, you will be asked questions in order to be able to join. This page was created to be a safe Facebook page to share accurate Bauder information.


Want to join Boosters?

Need to buy a Bauder Tee-shirt?

Would like to donate?

You can do all of these at the Bauder Boosters Square Site!


*Order spirit shirts

*Make a donation


We have a QR code that links to the above Square site for all our Bauder Seahawk Booster goods!

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