Volume 6 - Byram Lakes Elementary School - February 2023
January 26th: End of Marking Period 2
February 2nd: Grades Finalized / Parent Portal opened for Marking Period 2
February 3rd: Valentine's Day Family Bingo, sponsored by the PTA
February 9th: Byram's Got Talent Auditions, sponsored by the PTA
February 13th, 14th, 15th: First day of Art classes, sponsored by the PTA
February 15th: Board of Education Meeting
February 16th: Virtual Parent Academy: Reading Strategies @ 7pm
February 17th: Kids' Heart Challenge Jumping Day
February 20th: President's Day / School Closed: Winter Recess
February 24th: Movie Night, sponsored by the PTA
March 2nd: Dr. Seuss Night, sponsored by the PTA
March 10th: Build-A-Ram, sponsored by the PTA
A Message from the Principal
We have made it to the halfway point of the 2022-2023 school year. This marks the point in the year where our students are closer to the end of the year than the beginning. It's time to start thinking about expectations for next year. Are our students ready? You bet they are!
Students have been tasked with buckling down and stepping up their work habits this year. Our students, staff, and parents have worked from all angles to make the kids successful in the classroom. Our teachers have been using multiple forms of data to chart this progress, including DIBELS, iReady, and grade level student learning SMART goals and common assessments. These programs allow staff to see exactly where students are successful or need some extra assistance. Another great component of these programs is that they contain suggestions for home-based activities, so you can work on reading and/or math skills with your children at home. Feel free to reach out to me or your child's teacher for more information.
In addition to the academic side, we understand how imperative it is for our students to continue to grow socially and emotionally. Our teachers do a great job of teaching the whole child, and we are thankful that students receive the positive family support they do at home. It truly takes all of us to help our children feel supported and successful. Our job is to continue to help students make mature, kind, and respectful choices. If they can do this, they will be successful. To this end, we implement multiple programs and groups, including Second Step, Kindness Club, and SEL-infused classroom lessons. Please let me know if you'd like any resources to help support your child from a social & emotional perspective.
It's been so exciting to see this growth in the first half of the year, and I can't wait to see what the second half brings!
Included in this edition of the Lakes Ledger:
A Look Back
- Celebrations Assembly
- Teaching & Learning
- BLES STEM Club Presentation
- Lunar New Year
A Look Ahead
- Kindergarten Registration
- Preschool Registration
- Virtual Parent Academy: Reading Strategies
- Kids' Heart Challenge
- Byram's Got Talent
- Archer the Therapy Dog
- Byram Summer Adventure Program
- Teacher Wishlists
- Lego Club
- Cold Weather
- Pickup Patrol (with added note as of February edition)
- Lego Club
- Upcoming Events - There is a lot coming up!
- Fundraiser information
- BLES Building Calendar
- Baseball Registration
- Lacrosse Registration
- Byram Recreation Signup Information
- Classroom newsletters
A Look Back
Teaching & Learning: Comparing Sizes
Board Presentation: BLES STEM Club
Lunar New Year
Teaching & Learning: Addition Strategies
Teaching & Learning: Using Tens and Ones to Add
Stuff the Stocking
A huge THANK YOU to all local families who donated to Stuff the Stocking this year. Between the 48 schools that participated, over 7,000 toys were collected. Because of your generosity, 2,245 children received gifts this holiday season! See the attached flyer for a letter of thanks from the Project Self-Sufficiency executive director.
A Look Ahead
The Smore link below will provide a step by step walk through of the registration process. There is a short video clip providing instructions for how to use the online portal to register a child. Should you have any questions or need any assistance with the online registration process, please contact the main office at Byram Lakes for help.
PLEASE SUBMIT KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION PAPERWORK BY MARCH 3, 2023
Virtual Parent Academy: Reading Strategies
Kids Heart Challenge
We will be jumping Friday, February 17th!
Please click the link to learn how to follow along and contribute to our fundraising efforts!
Byram's Got Talent
If you are interested in signing up your child, please fill in the schedule below.
Archer the Therapy Dog
100th Day Drive
- Please adjust Pickup Patrol to let us know your child will be staying for Lego Club.
- Lego Club ends at 4:30.
- Your child must be registered through the PTA to participate in Lego Club.
Please see the PTA Corner below for more information including how to sign up!
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.
PLEASE NOTE (Added as of February edition): If you are picking up your child, you will need to pick them up by 3:00. If you arrive after 3:00, you will need to wait on the pickup line. This is to ensure safety of all students during dismissal time.
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.
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
A message from the PTA
The PTA is so excited with all the events we have for all the children and families. It’s been a great year and we have more coming up.
We would like to take a moment to thank the Board of Education, Mr. Fritzky , Mr. McCorkle, Mrs. Porter and Dr. Morris for all your support. A special thank you to their support staff for always helping us. These ladies go above and beyond to help the PTA. We would never forget our teachers and staff at BLES and BIS. Thank you for all your support.
These are our upcoming events. We hope you will join us. If you have an idea or an event you would like to do please reach out to us. You can always come to our meetings.
Byram's Got Talent
February 9th is auditions for Byram’s Got Talent . The show will be March 24th
We all need yoga in our lives. This is for our BIS students. It will be one free class on Monday February 13th. If there is an interested in yoga for all different ages please reach out to us and we can get multiple programs going. If you are interested in this class please email Danielle Conroy at DCASATALDOCONROY@GMAIL.COM or the PTA.
Space is very limited
Get Your Glow On
Calling our 7th and 8th graders for a glow in the dark night out! Don’t forget to wear your glow in the dark clothes and accessories.
February 17th- if your 7th or 8th grader is interested please fill out the permission form below
Build A Ram
Join us for a night of Build A Ram on March 10th. We will have an option to personalize your Ram with a Byram Ram shirt. This event is for all ages! Show your school spirit and get your Ram. You must preorder if you can’t make you can order your stuffing kit to go. Order your Ram on member hub at the link below.
Spring is coming soon! Don’t forget to sign up for Baseball and Softball. Love to the sport? We are always looking for coaches and volunteers.
Sign up below to register your child. Registration for softball closes 2/15 and baseball 3/1
Lenape Valley Youth Lacrosse Registration Now Open!
3rd and 4th grade Boys and Girls, come join us for a fun and exciting season of lacrosse!
Your child does not need to have played before to join the team! We welcome all skill levels to join in the exciting, energetic play of lacrosse. Indoor practices start in March so register now!
The K-2nd grade boys and girls clinic lacrosse program is the perfect way to introduce your child to the game of lacrosse and registration is free! Your child only needs a lacrosse stick and a mouth guard. Clinic practices will also begin indoors in March. Register today!
Register here: https://lenapevalleylacrosse.sportngin.com
Byram Township Recreation Leagues