MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents and Guardians,
What an exciting time of year! We had a blast kicking off our 2022 Spring Fundraiser with our assembly last week. The students were excited to see the show and learn more about how they can support our school. Please know that all fundraising goes directly back to Tommie Barfield. We look forward to this fundraiser, as we all know TBE is the Greatest Show on Earth! Reminders that fundraiser envelopes are due on March 4th. All students will participate in Field Day following the conclusion of our fundraiser on Thursday, March 10th.
This week we are also enjoying Celebrating Literacy! This year, we chose to celebrate the fun and excitement of both our fundraiser and literacy in the same week. Look out for a flyer coming home that will describe various dress up days and celebrations during the week. We thank Mrs. Skudnig, and all our staff that help plan and create such wonderful events for our students. These experiences create such wonderful memories for our students!
During the second week of March our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will take their Quarter 3 Benchmark Assessments. Please make sure that they are here at school each day and on time. Please note that there is no school on Friday, March 11th as we begin Spring Break. School will resume on Monday, March 21st. The following week will be another four-day week as there is no school Monday, March 28th. This will conclude our third quarter of the year and teachers will be working on progress reports this day. Please look out for your child’s progress report the first week in April.
We look forward to a fun and exciting month ahead!
We had a great time celebrating the 100th Day of School with many activities involving 100. Thank you for the 100th Day family t-shirt projects. They were amazing!
We cannot believe March is already here! We have spring break coming up, March 11th – 18th, and the children have worked very hard to get to this point. Quarter 3 ends Friday, March 25th and then we are on to the last quarter of the year! Please continue to read with your child, discuss the story, and review sight words nightly. In math, please continue to practice addition and subtraction word problems to 10 and make sure they recognize a circle, square, rhombus, hexagon, rectangle, triangle, cube, sphere, cone, and cylinder. We will be learning about Day and Night in Science. In Social Studies, we are focusing on Geography. Our field day will be March 10th, more information will be coming about field day. The fund raiser will end March 4th. Our Kindergarten teachers are so lucky to have these little ones!
FIRST GRADE NEWS
In reading, students are engaging with a selection of text genres to examine a variety of environments and natural changes in the world, including weather and the water cycle, as well as recognizing the importance of recycling and protecting our world. We will be working on key skills with our texts, such as identifying topic/central idea and supporting details, synthesizing, summarizing, and using content area words. Getting an early start on applying these important reading skills will help your child become a stronger and more confident reader as they prepare to move up grade levels. Please continue to work with your child’s reading development at home by practicing sight word memorization and reading for pleasure each night.
In math, we are continuing to practice place value. We are identifying, representing, and decomposing tens and ones. We are working with larger numbers up to 120 and utilizing a hundreds chart to practice identifying these numbers quickly. Please ensure that you are looking over your child’s homework and exit tickets sent home and help your child with difficult areas. This concept of place value is so important for your child to master as they continue to move on with their school career.
In Leader in Me, we are discussing the importance of being honest individuals. Students are learning that honesty builds trust and how dishonesty can cause problems.
First Grade Teachers
SECOND GRADE NEWS
We are kicking off the month of March with Literacy Week. Each day has a dress-up theme for the students to take part in so encourage your child to participate. In ELA, we are completing Module 7 in which the topic was Everyone has a Story. The students wrote their own narrative stories about an imaginative character. They will begin Module 8 which is called Time to Grow! The students will read stories about plants with a focus on what plants need to live and grow. Standards covered in this module include identifying plot structure and describing main story elements, retelling a text to enhance comprehension, and comparing and contrasting important details presented by two texts on the same topic or theme. In writing, the students will be writing a procedural text where they will explain the steps to complete an activity.
In math, the students have been busy adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers within 1,000. They will begin a module on measurement where they will understand and apply measurement concepts and be able to represent measurement data on a line plot using inches, feet, and yards. Please continue to practice math addition and subtraction facts to strengthen computation accuracy.
In Science, the students were excited to share their habitats with their classmates. Their effort and creativity in the completion of their projects was impressive! The students are currently studying life cycles of plants and animals. We look forward to observing butterflies as they go through the stages of their life cycle. The students will also study the human body organs and their functions.
In Social Studies, the students learned about Presidents Day with a focus on comparing George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. New learning goals in Social Studies will focus on the ways the daily life of people living in Colonial America changed over time and the impact the immigrants had on Native Americans.
We are looking forward to Spring Break and the chance to be with family and friends to recharge for the completion of the school year.
Second Grade Teachers
THIRD GRADE NEWS
Third graders have been working hard this month and continue to do their very best!
Students are still working on their multiplication fluency and mastering their facts songs. Please continue to have your child practice their flash cards at home. In addition, they have also been learning about strategies to help them find the missing number when solving area and perimeter of polygons. The students are also learning how to compare fractions in Math.
In Reading, the students have focused on many standards including comparing two texts, describing connections between stories, and understanding text structure such as sequencing, cause, and effect, compare and contrast, problem and solution, etc. In Writing, the students are focusing on grammar and proper usage when reading, writing, and speaking. In Science, students learned about how light travels, and they will create a laser light challenge to demonstrate that light can travel in a straight line until it strikes another object. In Social Studies, we continued working in groups on research projects. Most recently, students researched different countries and were able to create posters and PowerPoints to present to the class. They really enjoy working together!
During our lead time, we are talking about being a good listener. Listening attentively to what people say is an important part of being a leader. People like to have their thoughts and feelings understood. There are several ways to be an attentive listener. You can practice this at home with your child.
Please continue to read with your child every night. We appreciate all your involvement, encouragement, and support at home!
The Third Grade Team
FOURTH GRADE NEWS
Happy Spring 4th grade parents. More than ever, it is crucial for students to be in school, all day every day, as much as possible! We are looking forward to seeing our students work their hardest on our upcoming quarter 3 benchmark assessments.
· ELA will be on Tuesday, March 8th
· Math will be on Wednesday, March 9th
· Writing will be on Friday, March 25th
Students will be focusing on conservation of mass and changes in matter. In Social Studies we will be learning about the medal of honor and effects of industrialization on Florida.
In math, we will be starting our unit on Geometry focusing on two dimensional shapes, symmetry, and patterns. Please make sure you student is practicing their multiplication and division facts as these skills are crucial to being successful in math.
Reading this month continues to dig even deeper into text features, text structures, and other comprehension strategies to help us in becoming the best readers we can be.
Leader in Me brings us to many peoples’ favorite habit, Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. We have been learning how to perfect this habit during our “Connect for Success” lessons. Spring Break will be the perfect time to focus on family and our personal physical and mental well-being.
We are so grateful for your continued support at home as we move closer to our state assessments. We like to tell our students they are now rising 5th graders; we are very proud of how hard they are working, but we need to stay focused so we can finish quarter 3 strong.
Thank you! Your Fourth Grade Team
FIFTH GRADE NEWS
We can’t believe it is already March! As we get closer and closer to FSA testing, our kids continue to work hard to show what they know. We are working hard towards our goals and are anxious to meet our goals on the quarter 3 benchmark assessments.
March is filled with new knowledge and preparation for testing. In Math, we will continue to work on decimal understanding including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Science has taken into discovering the different forms of energy, energy transfer, and some exploration with circuits! Our students are continuing to practice multiple reading skills/strategies including main ideas and details to support those ideas. Students are still encouraged to read our SSYRA book collection! Those who read at least 7 books were celebrated with lunch outside, and if they have all 15 read by the end of the year, there will be another fun party! Read, read, read!
Please continue to encourage your child to read for at least twenty to thirty minutes per night. Reading improves comprehension and acquisition of vocabulary. Ask your child about what they are reading and encourage them to ask questions and discuss their stories.
Homework is an extension of the day’s lesson and therefore imperative to your child’s understanding of the material being taught in class. Please encourage good organization and study skills, as well as completion of nightly homework, Aleks minutes, and USA Test Prep minutes.
With Spring Break approaching, March will fly by! We always sincerely thank you for your continued support. You make a difference in your child’s learning.
The Fifth Grade Team
Kinder, first, and second grade were able to finish multiple projects, including a Valentine card to a family member, over the past month.
Third, fourth, and fifth all learned about Chris Uphues’ Heart Art. We used silly faces from 1960’s comics to create our own Heart Art.
Fifth Grade also created movement art by creating a picture showing movement and also showed movement by cutting their art into strips and making the observer’s eyes move from one side of the page to the other.
If you haven’t check out your student’s artwork on Artsonia, check them out here: https://www.artsonia.com/connect/TCCPZFNC
To look at our artist’s work or to see who the Star Student was for each day, follow @beauvaisCCPS on twitter.
Hard work pays off. It is great to see our students working hard at learning about the instrument families, styles, and composers. They are practicing on their instruments and earning the rewards of their labor. We are making MUISC at TBE!!!
This month we are going to be celebrating field day on March 10th!!! Students have been practicing the events in PE class so that they can enjoy the fun filled day. The most important aspect of field day that I like to focus on is the sportsmanship award. There will be one class in each grade level that will win the sportsmanship award. This will be given to the class that has the most fun, cheers the most and the loudest for everyone, follows directions and plays by the rules, is able to problem solve when an issue arises, and showcase their leadership skills. We can’t wait to celebrate with the students before spring break!
Remember, you can always check out what we’re doing on Twitter @PEatTBE
TECH TALK BY MRS. MCCARTY
In March, TBE tech classes learn desktop publishing skills using Microsoft Word and Publisher. Primary students learn to use basic tools in Microsoft Word. 5th Grade students finish collaborating to create a collage page for another class in Microsoft Publisher. Their page will be published in the TBE yearbook. 3rd and 4th grades students begin applying their basic skills learned in Minecraft: Education Edition as they begin their Big Build Final Projects for Q3. Only 3rd and 4th grade students should have the Minecraft: Education Edition installed on their school laptops thus far. 3rd and 4th graders may ONLY work in Minecraft: Education Edition program in Tech Class with Mrs. McCarty. All grade levels need to bring their computer fully charged and headphones every day to school, especially on Tech Class days, please. I encourage any 3rd and 4th graders that can also bring/borrow a mouse to use in Tech Class for Q3 to do so, for health and safety reasons. Please continue to encourage your students to use their internet safety and digital citizenship skills whether at home or school or anywhere!
MEDIA CENTER NEWS
Reading Counts Updates
Kindergarten through Fifth graders have read 70,417,813 words this year. Students in grades K-5, have read and passed 9,098 tests on Reading Count Books.
We will again be offering double points the week of Feb. 28 - Mar. 4 when TBE celebrates Literacy Week.
We celebrated those students that had read and successfully tested on 7 SSYRA books on February 16 with an outside lunch with our principals. Each student was allowed to invite a friend to dine with us and we enjoyed a celebratory sweet treat! We will celebrate those that read 11 books with an Ice Cream Party on March 4.
We are in need of SIZE SMALL Uniform Bottoms. They can be in the form of khaki or navy shorts, slacks, skorts or skirts. We would welcome either new or gently used and laundered SIZE SMALL Uniform BOTTOMS. This is our only uniform need at this time. You may ring the bell at the front office to drop off or send in with your child.
Thank you for your consideration!
Leanne Hope, School Counselor
You’ll see me write this in every newsletter, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make sure that your contact information is current incase we need to get a hold of you if your child is sick or an emergency occurs. If you need to update or change anything, please call the main office and they’ll be able to change it for you 239-377-8500.
If your child has medical concerns, please make sure they’re addressed with me NCH Nurse Tricia. The clinic number is 239-377-8509 and if I don’t answer the phone, it’s because we are busy, please leave a message.
All medications need to be dropped off at the school by a parent/guardian and the proper paperwork needs to be in place before it can be accepted. All over the counter medications need to be in a sealed package and non-expired and age appropriate. Prescription medications need to come in the original package with the label on it with the child’s name on it and the medication authorization will need to be signed by the physician that prescribed it before medication can be accepted. This is a district policy and it’s same throughout any CCPS school. Thank you.
NCH Nurse Tricia Kutzke
Please be aware per the HIPPA LAW children’s names are NOT allowed to be used in emails. Thank You.
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