Volume 2 - Byram Lakes Elementary School - October 2022
September 29th: Coffee & Pastries with the PTA (details below) - 7:30pm-8:30pm
October 3rd - October 7th: Week of Respect (details below)
October 7th: Porch Sign Painting with the PTA (details below) - 6:30pm-9:30pm
October 10th: School Closed for Students: Staff In-service
October 19th: Byram PTA Dine to Donate at Stonewood Tavern (details below)
October 21st: Byram-A-Blaze Trunk or Treat (details below) - 5:30pm-8:00pm
October 26th: Board of Education meeting
October 31st: Halloween Parade (More information to follow)
A Message from the Principal
It's hard to believe, but we are already almost a month into school! It's been a great month - in my time in classrooms and lunchrooms I've seen students get right back into the swing of school. We've already seen growth from many of our students both academically and socially. The first month of school is always an exciting one, and it's been great to see our students and teachers come back with passion and excitement!
Thank you to our parents as we worked to get some things ironed out early in the year, including our bussing systems, pick up and drop off routines, and of course the water issue that gave everyone a one-day reminder of summer during our first week. All of these things are on track now, and I look forward to working with you and our staff to continue to improve all our systems as we move through the school year.
Back to School Night was a great success! Thank you to all the parents who came out; it really takes a true partnership between home and school to ensure student success. Thank you also to any parents who filled in the BTSN feedback survey. If you haven't had a chance to do so, please provide us with your take on how Back to School Night went here.
Please enjoy this edition of the Lakes Ledger. Included:
A Look Back
A Look Ahead
Let's make October another FANTASTIC month at Byram Lakes Elementary School!
A Look Back
First Day of School
Procedure & Routine
Kindergarten - Welcome to School!
Engineering Design Process
A Look Ahead
4 absences/tardies: letter home about the importance of attendance generated (Truancy Officer)
8 absences/tardies:second letter home with importance of attendance, and warning of what will happen if absences/tardies increase (Truancy Officer)
12 unexcused absences/tardies: mandatory meeting to develop an Attendance Improvement Plan (RTI Coordinator)
18 absences/tardies: possible referral to truancy court (Administrator)
In order to avoid an unexcused absence, please send in a doctor's note or other documentation providing an excused reason for the absence. The regulation on absence classification can be found here. If you have doctor's notes or documentation for any school days already missed, please send those in to our main office as soon as possible.
Week of Respect
Monday October 3rd - Blue Shirt Day - World Bullying Awareness Day
Wear Blue to help STOMP out bullying
Tuesday October 4th - Pajama Day - Put Bullying to Bed!
Wear your favorite pajamas
Wednesday October 5th - Wacky Hair Day
Be unique and sport your wackiest hair style
Thursday October 6th - United We Stand to stop Bullying
Wear your school spirit or favorite team jersey
Friday October 7th - Hero Day
Help. Encourage. Respect Others - Dress like a superhero
Arrival & Dismissal
Arrival and Dismissal Routines operate on the following start and end times for school:
Start Time: 8:45
End Time: 3:43
If your child takes the bus, please be sure that you arrive to your bus stop at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled time and be prepared to wait in case the bus is delayed for any reason.
If you drive your child to school and/or pick them up from school, you will enter through the Byram Intermediate School parking lot. For pickup, please do not arrive to get in line any earlier than 2:30pm. You will move up through the lane as students are picked up or dropped off. Students will be dropped off at the sidewalk that leads to the Byram Lakes school. School staff will be guiding cars and students, and positioned along the sidewalk to ensure that all students are able to get to and from the building safely. If you have your laminated signs with your last name from last year, please continue to use it. If you were not here last year or you no longer have the one given to you, you will be provided with one to use this year.
Please click here for an informational flyer that will explain more.
In order to opt-in:
- If you already have a mobile phone number in our system attached to your contact card and you wish to opt-in, you may send a text message to 67587 with Y or Yes in the text message at any time. Doing so will opt you in to receive text alerts after we complete the migration.
Click here for an informational flier with more information as well as a QR Code that you can scan to assist you with opting in as well.
If you do not opt-in using one of the methods provided above, you will not receive any text alerts from the school after we migrate to the new system. You can also opt-out at any time by sending STOP to 67587, or by replying to a school alert with STOP in the message.
If you opted-in, but are finding that you are not receiving school alerts via text, this likely means we do not have your number in our system, or it is not correctly marked as a mobile number. Please contact the main office of your child’s school to have the contact number corrected, and marked as a mobile number.
Students have been loving our school lunches provided by Maschio's Food Services! Maschio's is committed to serving healthy and delicious food options to our students on a regular basis. Unlike last year, lunch will not be offered at no cost to students. Lunch options include a main course option, a bagel bag, and a muffin bag. All lunches include components of a well-rounded nutritional meal, such as a vegetable, a milk, and a cheese stick or yogurt for the bagged options. A student lunch costs $3.50.
Using their online portal, you can check out the upcoming menus for each month. You can also preload your child's account so that they have the funds to buy lunch. See the below links for more information. If your child buys lunch, it is very helpful if they know their PIN to ensure a quick buying process and more time to eat. Your child's lunch pin is the last four digits of their Student ID number.
If your child charges lunch and you have not yet added funds, you will be receiving notices from me to fund your account.
A message from the Board Office:
The school lunches are not free anymore unless you qualify through the free and reduced application process.The income guidelines have changed so if you didn't qualify in the past you may qualify now. Please complete an application and send it in an envelope to the Byram Board of Education office.Those families that qualify for reduced lunch will get it free this year under a state subsidy.The applications can be found on the Byram School website under the students tab and food service tab.
Work will be provided by the teachers in grades K-2. Please communicate with your child's teacher as to when to pick up hard copies of assignments. Instruction will be provided synchronously through a Google Meet in grades 3 and 4, as it was last year.
There will be no letters sent home for positive cases this year. If your child isn't feeling well, play it safe and keep them home.
Masks are optional for all staff and students.
The PTA is always looking for volunteers, please contact them at email@example.com
Here’s your 2022-2023 Byram PTA Board Members:
President Marla Rodriguez
Vice President Ana Lavrador
Secretary Oriana Strohmeyer
Treasurer Lindsey McBain
By-Laws Chair Patricia Trentanelli
Coffee and Pastries - 9/29
Parents, Grandparents, Guardians and Staff
Come learn about the benefits of joining and how you can make a difference in the Byram Community.
Please join us for coffee and pastries on Thursday September 29th 7:30-8:30pm while getting to know the members of the PTA. We will be discussing events we have planned; answer any questions you may have and share your ideas. We are always looking for volunteers any help you can give us is appreciated. We hope to see you there!
SEPTEMBER 29th 7:30-8:30pm
Byram Lakes Elementary School
12 Mansfield Drive
meeting will be located in the cafeteria
Byram-A-Blaze Trunk or Treat - 10/21
Byram Recreation Committee Survey