NBES: Principal's Perspective

Moving from ordinary to extraordinary 1 learner at a time

Important Preschool Update

Preschool Screenings will be held on Wednesday, January 28 and Wednesday February 4. Appointments can be scheduled at 9:00 or 10:00. Call the Elementary School office at 508- 867-8326 to schedule an appointment for your preschool screening.

Applications for the North Brookfield Elementary School Preschool program are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year. Applications can be downloaded from the school department's website or from the Special Education office at 508-867-3166 or from the Elementary School office at 508-867-8326.

TREPS is Coming

North Brookfield PTO to offer the Successful TREP$ Program

Will your daughter be the next Mary T. Barr, CEO of General Motors? Does your son have what it takes to be the next Jeff Bezos of Amazon? The North Brookfield PTO can start your children on their way with a little help from you. The North Brookfield Elementary School PTO in partnership with SCORE, the service corps of retired executives, will be conducting a 6 week after school program for students in grades 4-8, to teach the participants how to be a successful entrepreneur. This award winning program (EnTREPreneurS) is not virtual, nor is it a game. It is a real business planning program, which helps students convert their ideas or hobbies into a real business, which they will launch at their TREP$ Marketplace on May 2, in conjunction with the Haston Library Spring Festival. The PTO members will teach the program and SCORE business counselors will assist the students in business planning, finance, marketing and sales.

This exciting program is starting its 4th year with over 100 successful graduates, some of whom are continuing their profitable businesses in our community and on the internet. Your child will learn how to convert an idea or hobby into a business. Each participant will determine what it costs, sales price, and profits can be realized with a business plan. They will have their business plans reviewed and will be counseled by successful professional business people. The goal of this 6 week program is to help every entrepreneur gain a sense of self confidence from planning and launching a business. After a previous TREPS program, one mother remarked, “My daughter used to ask me for money. Recently, she asked me for a business loan with payback terms to expand her small business”.

On February 2, students in grades 4-6 will learn about the TREPS program and will be offered the opportunity to participate with your permission. The workshops will take place after school on Mondays from 2:30-4:30 in the elementary school cafeteria. The workshops begin March 16 with the Marketplace scheduled for May 2 in conjunction with the Haston Library Spring Festival.

The great news is that this experience does not have to be limited to your child. Volunteering with the program allows you to experience the excitement of the workshops and the marketplace. Volunteers are needed to publicize this program for maximum customer attendance at the marketplace. Volunteers are needed to assist with the workshops and the marketplace setup.

The North Brookfield PTO has introduced this program to New England. You can preview TREP$ by attending a parents and volunteers presentation at 6:30PM on January 26 in the Elementary School cafeteria. We hope that your daughter or son (and perhaps yourself) will participate and learn the skills necessary to start a very successful business. This experience will benefit your child for many years to come and may result in another famous business leader from North Brookfield.

Parent's Corner

Math- As NBES begins our learning journey piloting Engage NY, I know many of you are feeling exactly as I did when my daughter brought home the "new" math a few years ago. The new math asks students to dig deeper into math concepts and the way we all learned is drastically different than how our kids are learning today. As a parent, I had to really relearn how to help my 4th grade daughter with her math problems. Every time, I was reteaching myself and continued asking how do you get that. Occasionally, I sent my daughter to school with answers that were incorrect, but I tried my best to help. Every night we would spend 30 minutes working together to solve these problems. To offer some assistance as we move through this process as a school, I am willing to share a few strategies I learned as we progress forward everyday.

1. Look at the Engage NY curriculum.

2. Ask questions of the teachers

3. Trust you child that they may know the technique (I fail here a lot)

4. Save old papers that come home (We built a binder to use as a reference)

5. Enjoy the time you work 1:1

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In case you missed it....

Click on the links below to view and experience last week at NBES

NBES week in pictures video

NBES Superstars Basketball

Principal Leander's Daily Blog!

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Upcoming Events

January 21

PTO Meeting 6:30 NBES cafeteria

January 24

Hearts for Heat Movie Night 3:00

January 26

TREPS introduction 6:30 NBES cafeteria

January 29- NBES K-2 Literacy Night

February 9

School Council 5:30

February 15-22

February Vacation

March 3

World Read Aloud Day