Bethune Academy's Parent Newsletter

Principal: Robin Hewitt A.P. Lucus Wilkins

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212 Degrees... The Extra Degree Makes the Difference

Volume 1 Edition 2

It was once stated, " If you build it, they will come."


I am often amazed by the power of the human spirit. This year, our staff, students and families have faced challenges like no other. We returned to school in the midst of a Pandemic. Our teachers work to continue to keep themselves and their students safe as they wear mask, teach and sanitize their classrooms and desk throughout the day. They continue to do it with grace and professionalism as they tackle one challenge after the next.


Our staff meets each day with a positive energy for the profession they have chosen and the students they serve. I am in awe of the countless hours our teachers and parents are working together to understand a platform or strategy. Thank you.


Our teachers and staff continue to demonstrate resiliency each day as they serve our students and community. Our faculty has provided solid instruction for our students in Brick & Mortar, Elearning and Hybrid format.


We have teachers who are now teaching both Elearning and Brick and Mortar simultaneously.

Our teachers have embraced instructing students in various platforms, based on the need of our students and school. We are so blessed to have the committed teachers and staff that serve our students and community each day. I am forever grateful to partner in this work with them.


Celebrations


We are excited to share that our students are working hard to reach their goals in Accelerated Reader. We had 78 students who met their goals for the 2nd nine weeks. These students participated in a Pizza and cupcake celebration during lunch.


The 3rd Nine Week A.R. celebration will consist of us bringing McDonalds on site for students who made their A.R. goal.


We want to celebrate our students who are working hard to set their goals and reach them with at least 80% comprehension. Please encourage your students to read each night for at least 20 minutes. This will improve their Reading Stamina, confidence, and comprehension.

On Wednesday, Feb 24th, we are excited to kick off our 1st " Fall in Love with Reading, " Community Read In."


We are grateful for our parent and Community partner Mr. Henry, at Get Smooth Cafe` for working to get 600 books donated by his customers and community.


During this event, our students will circulate through the Car Rider line to select a book of their choice. During the selection process, members of our community will line up down 10th street reading their favorite book of choice. In the parking lot across the street from our school, there will be boxes of food that will be given away to families in need.

This is a wonderful example of service that our students are witnessing.

We want to celebrate literacy and showcase our community as "readers".


Fast Facts: We continue to have a laser like instructional focus in all that we do. Monday- Thursday, our students watch fast fact videos and are quizzed on Fridays at the conclusion of their lunch time. Students in grades 4th and 5th have 1 minute to complete their fast facts and students in 3rd grade, get 2 minutes.


We announce students who made 100% on their Fast Fact Quiz on the Morning Show and they receive a special sweet treat, compliments of Mrs. Hewitt and Mr. Wilkins. The rewards are delivered during lunch by administration.

Please continue to encourage your students to work on their Fast Facts


Black History Month Essay Contest:

In celebration of Black History Month, we are excited to provide a Mary McLeod Bethune Essay Contest

Theme: How has Mary McLeod Bethune impacted our Past, Present and inspires our future? Deadline for all entries is Friday, Feb. 26th at 4 p.m. to Mrs. Quinn in the Main Office.

Winners:

1st Place -- I pad and Certificate

2nd Place -- $50.00

3rd- Place-- $25.00

** All participants will receive an Honorable Mention Ribbon, Certificate and invited to a special Waffle Bar breakfast with Mrs. Hewitt.


Governor Desantis

Governor Desantis & First Lady DeSantis are inviting students to participate in academic and creative contests based on the theme, “Community Champions – Celebrating the Contributions of African Americans in Florida’s Communities.” Students in grades K-3 can participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 can participate in an essay contest.

Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Deadline to submit entries are Friday, Feb. 26th at 5 p.m.

https://www.flgov.com/2021/02/05/first-lady-casey-desantis-announces-2021-black-history-month-theme-and-student-contests/



Executive Order Updates:

All State Testing in 3rd-12th Grade must be taken at the school site. No testing will be administered virtually.

If your child does not take the 2021-2022 State Assessment, it could impact promotion/ Retention and placement in core classes in Middle school.


During the FSA site-based testing window, we will schedule our elearner students to take the assessment. We will always follow CDC guidelines. Students will be required to wear a mask, receive a temperature check and wash, and sanitize hands as appropriate while on campus.


Parent Involvement Opportunities:

3rd Grade Parent Portfolio Meeting

Thursday, February 25th, we will host a 3rd Grade Virtual Parent Portfolio Meeting at 6 p.m. -- Link will be posted in letter, facebook and website.


Third Grade is a Benchmark Grade. Our students must make a Level 2 in ELA to be promoted to the 4th grade. If not, there is a portfolio option for our students. During this time, we will review highlights of 3rd Grade ELA and the portfolio guidelines.

Thursday, March 4th, we will host a 4th & 5th Grade FSA Virtual Parent Night-- During this meeting, you will learn about the subjects your students will be tested on. We will also provide resources that you can use to support your child's learning and a understanding of the item type questions that will be asked on the FSA Assessment.


March 16th- Take Home Tuesday of Parent resources needed for our Literacy and Learning Event on March 18th. Student essentials will be sent home by student on Tuesday for the event.

March 18th- Families will engage in a Virtual Learning Night, filled with learning experiences for you and your child to assist you in supporting your child at home. We will offer give a ways and prizes to highlight this amazing family event. Please plan to attend.

Spring Break Challenge: Over the break, we are challenging our families to post interactions with your child engaging in a task from the Literacy Event. This includes families reading with their child, students reading independently or to a friend. Families participating in recreating an investigation, learning task or activity that was taught on March 18th.


We want to celebrate Learning with our families. You can send to your child's teacher or send post on Facebook #BA Spring Break Challenge 2021...


On Wednesday, Feb 24th, we are excited to kick off our 1st " Fall in Love with Reading, " Community Read In." We are grateful for our parent and Community partner Mr. Henry, at Get Smooth Café for working to get 600 books donated by his customers and community.

During this event, our students will circulate through the Car Rider line to select a book of their choice. During their selection process, members of our community will line up and down 10th street reading their favorite book. In the parking lot across the street from our school, there will be boxes of food that will be given away to families in need.

This is a wonderful example of service that our students are witnessing.

We want to celebrate literacy and showcase our community as "readers".


Black History Month Essay Contest:

In celebration of Black History Month, we are excited to provide a Mary McLeod Bethune Essay Contest:


Theme: How has Mary McLeod Bethune impacted our Past, Present and inspires our future?


Deadline for all entries is Friday, Feb. 26th at 4 p.m. to Mrs. Quinn in the Main Office.

Winners:


1st Place -- I pad and Certificate

2nd Place -- $50.00

3rd- Place-- $25.00


** All participants will receive an Honorable Mention Ribbon, Certificate and invited to a special Waffle Bar breakfast hosted by Mrs. Hewitt.


Governor Desantis


First Lady DeSantis is inviting students to participate in academic and creative contests based on theme, “Community Champions – Celebrating the Contributions of African Americans in Florida’s Communities.” Students in grades K-3 can participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 can participate in an essay contest

Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Deadline to submit entries are Friday, Feb. 26th at 5 p.m.

https://www.flgov.com/2021/02/05/first-lady-casey-desantis-announces-2021-black-history-month-theme-and-student-contests/


Executive Order Updates:

All State Testing in 3rd-12th Grade must be taken at the school site. No testing will be administered virtually.

If you child does not take the 2021-2022 State Assessment, it could impact promotion and Retention and placement in core classes in Middle school.

During FSA site-based testing window, we will schedule our elearner students to take the assessment. We will always follow CDC guidelines. Students will be required to wear a mask, receive a temperature check and wash, and sanitize hands as appropriate while on campus.


Upcoming 2021 Parent Involvement Opportunities:

3rd Grade Parent Portfolio Meeting


Thursday, February 25th, we will host a 3rd Grade Virtual Parent Portfolio Meeting at 6 p.m. -- Link will be posted in letter, face book and web site.

3rd Grade is a Benchmark Grade. Our students must make a Level 2 in ELA to be promoted to the 4th grade. If not, there is a portfolio option for our students. During this time, we will review highlights of 3rd Grade ELA and the portfolio guidelines.

Thursday, March 4th, we will host a 4th & 5th FSA Virtual Parent Night-- During this meeting, you will learn about the subjects your students will be tested on. We will also provide resources that you can use to support your child's learning and a understanding of the item type questions that will be asked on the FSA Assessment.

March 16th- Take Home Tuesday of Parent resources need for our Literacy and Learning Event on March 18th. Student essentials will be sent home by student on Tuesday for the event.

March 18th- Families will engage in a Virtual Learning Night, filled with learning experiences for you and your child to assist you in supporting your child at home. We will offer give a ways and prizes to highlight this amazing family event. Please plan to attend.

Spring Break Challenge: Over the break, we are challenging our families to post interactions with your child engaging in a task from the Literacy Event. This include families reading with their child, students reading independently or to a friend. Families participating in recreating an investigation, learning task or activity that was taught on March 18th. We want to celebrate Learning with our families. You can also send pictures to your child's teacher or send post to Facebook #BA Spring Break Challenge 2021...


Student & Parent Resources:


Accelerated Reader 360

https://polkschoolsfl.com/onlineresources/


See what students and parents can do wit h Home Connect for Accelerated Reader 360

· View progress towards your student’s independent reading practice goals.

· See a summary of all of your student's activities

To login: ClassLink Username

(This is the username the student uses when signing into ClassLink)

Numerical Birth Month and Day
Example: Birthday January 1st
0101




Student & Families Symptom Checker:

https://wellness.polkschoolsfl.com/symptomchecker/


Polk County Schools is offering our Teachers, Students and Families a free resource to ensure that we maintain the wellness of our students and staff. The Symptom Checker is a resource that families and district staff can use to assess their symptoms and determine the next steps based on your symptoms.


If your student has a symptom and you are not sure what the next steps should be, please use this link to assist you. You can also find this link on the district website at Polk County Schools.

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Dates

Feb. 22-26 Interim Reports go home.

Feb. 23-Tutoring Begins for 4th & 5th grade selected students.

Feb 24th Community Read in " Fall in Love with Literacy" Community Book Drive on 10th St.

Feb 25- 3rd Grade Virtual Parent Portfolio Meeting @ 6 p.m.

Feb 26th Deadline for Black History Contest Entries


March 1st- Cadet of the Month K-2

March 2nd- Cadet of the Month 3rd-5th

March 4th FSA 4th & 5th Grade Virtual Parent Meeting @ 6 p.m.

March 10th- Early Release ( $2.00 Non- uniform student day)

March 16- 3rd grade Mock Testing Day for 3rd grade FSA Reading, 4th and 5th grade FSA Writing. All E-Learners asked to arrive on campus at 8:00 A.m.

March 16th- Take home Tuesday of Parent Night Resources

March 18th- Literacy & Learning Event @ 6 p.m.

March 19th- End of 3rd 9 Week Grading Period

March 20- Junior League of Greater Winter Heaven Mobile Food Pantry (BA Parking Lot)

March 22-26th - Spring Break & Spring Break Family Challenge

March 30th- Cadet of the Month K-2

March 31st- Cadet of the Month 3rd-5th

E-Learners Expectations/Reminders

The Governor of the State of Florida issued Executive Order No. 2020-EO-07 on November 30, 2020. This executive order states any student who is not making adequate academic progress in the eSchool learning model be transitioned to an in-person learning option.


- All Elearning students should have their videos on at all times.

- All students should be fully dressed at all times during class sessions.

- All students are expected to exhibit Cadet Behavior in whole group, small group and individual setting.

- Parents are expected to communicate all absences and or tardies with the school and with the home room teachers.

- Students are expected to be in attendance each day and on time at 8:00 a.m. and attend all live zoom sessions.

- Please ensure that students have a quiet space limited from distractions

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Kindergarten

Kindergarten is well on their way to becoming Fantastic First Graders

February is a month of love and we want to continue to fall in love with reading.


We can become better readers by doing the following:

· Read with your child for 10 – 20 minutes daily

· Practice CVC and CVCe words

· Practice Sight Words daily

· Begin using the following Reading Strategies:

o Eagle Eyes

o Lips on Fish

o Stretchy Snake

o Chunky Monkey


We can become Marvelous Mathematicians in March by:

· Counting to 100

· Reading and Writing Numbers 0 – 20

· Decomposing Teen Number (example 16 is 10 and 6 more)

· Practicing Simple Addition and Subtraction to 5

· Recognizing and Describing basic 2D and 3D Shapes


We love to watch as students become independent learners. Thanks for your continued support.

1st Grade

Shiver me timbers! Our First Grade Mateys have kicked off 2021 with a bang! We are so very proud of them and the academic progress they are making! In Language Arts, we are working on identifying the Main Idea & Key Details in the text by asking and answering questions using who, what, where, when, why, and how, and Story Elements: Characters, Setting, and Beginning, Middle, and End. We continue to work on building our decoding skills by segmenting and blending sounds to read and write words on our own! Please continue to read with your Little Matey at home to further develop these skills!


In Math, we have been working on Addition and Subtraction Relationships within 20, Greater Than/Less Than, Place Value, and Adding and Subtracting using a hundreds chart.


In Science, we have been working on Unit 4: Earth in Space and Time, and will be starting Unit 5: Earth Structures. In Social Studies, we are learning that “history” tells the story of people and events of other times and places using Primary Sources.


We are also learning about famous black Americans and their contributions throughout history. Please continue to assist your child with his/her Black History Project in honor of Black History Month. As you can see, we have been very busy! Thanks for your continued support! You arrrrrgh greatly appreciated!!!

2nd Grade

Second Grade is full swing into our 3rd Quarter. In math we are learning all about Measurement and Data! Reading and Social Studies we are doing Black History Unit focusing on story structure, sequence of events, timelines, and biography writing. With Science students have turned into Geologists to study all about Rocks and Minerals! It's a busy 9 weeks for our Second Graders!

3rd Grade

We are moving and shaking in Grade 3. For reading with will be working on Theme. student need to go beyond identifying an implied central message, lesson, or moral and recounting details to explaining HOW the central message, lesson, or moral is conveyed through details. Students might be assessed on FSA with table match requiring the students to match details with the correct explanation of how they support the central message. It is important tot have students go beyond just using central message and be able to recognize lesson or moral.


In Math we will be focused on Geometry and identify attributes of shapes. Students should know their multiplication and division facts 1-10 within 100.


Science-We are working on Classifying plants, and animals and moving into Seasonal Adaptations. Vocabulary is so important for our Science Discoveries. Be on the look out for new Vocabulary and review those terms at home.

4th Grade

Fourth ELA students are reviewing text structures. Focusing on identifying which structures the author used to help readers understand the text. For writing, our students revisited our writing plan to critique and make our writing better. The students’ writing is really improving.

Mrs. Simpson’s class won the door decorating contest for Literacy Week. They were rewarded with a pizza party.

In math, students are studying fractions and decimals. Our students are competing weekly for prizes for memorizing their multiplication facts. Please help your child study.

For science, students are studying the rock cycle.

5th Grade

WE are currently working on multiplying and dividing decimals. The district math test for module 4 is next Thursday, 2-11-21. We will start a new unit or Module 5 “Measurement” on Tuesday, February 16th. And transfer of energy in science.

ELA we started a new read aloud Number the Stars. We are reviewing opinion writing and then informative writing one more time.