"Bee" in the Know

Martha B. Day Weekly Update 3/14/21


Cohort A and Cohort B will both return to MBD on April 26.

  • School day remains 7:50-11:50
  • Lunches will be sent home with each student daily
  • Small-Group instruction and Specials will happen in the afternoons 1:15 - 2:25

St. Patrick's Day Cereal Box Cash

We will be asking for students to bring in a box of cereal on or before March 17th. These boxes will be donated to a local food pantry. But before we donate we will create a cereal box domino chain. A leprechaun (Mr. Vickers) will race against the dominoes to the finish line. (video will be posted for all to see)

Cohort B can bring in this week, March 8-12

Cohort A can bring it in next week, March 15-17

Cohort C can drop off at main door before March 17


Due to the inclement weather for most of February, the cohort in-person days are now unbalanced. Cohort A was in school for 4 days and Cohort B was in school for 9 days during February. In order to rectify this Cohort A will start after Spring Break to make up in-person days missed in February. Please note Spring Break is April 2nd through April 9th.

See the Calendar below for a week by week outline

Check out our MBD "Buzz"y Bees

MBD Spring School Pictures

MBD Spring Pictures will take place in April.

April 16th - Cohort A in school

April 16th - Cohort C (100% remote students) 12:15-2:00

April 23rd - Cohort B in school

More information to come......

The Upcoming Buzz

March 15: Cohort A attends school for the week

March 22: Cohort B attends school for the week

March 29: Cohort A attends school for the week

April 2 - April 9: SPRIG BREAK -no school

April 12: Cohort A attends school for the week

April 19: Cohort B attends school for the week


MBD Specials

PreK and Kindergarten:

Monday: ART - live

Tuesday: PE - live

Wednesday: Computers - pre-recorded

Thursday: Spanish K ONLY - pre-recorded

Friday: Music - live

First Grade:

Monday: PE - live

Tuesday: Computers - pre-recorded

Wednesday: Spanish - pre-recorded

Thursday: Music - live

Friday: Art - live

"Bee" Mindful in Remote Learning with Ms. Faliveno


How Can I Help My Child Adjust to Daylight Savings?

By Sittercity Editorial Team January 27, 2021 3 Mins Read


Daylight savings with kids is rough. It happens twice a year and is a gut-punch to new parents across America. It’s one of those things that you truly don’t understand until you are a parent.

Here are a few facts about daylight savings time for kids and tips for parents alike.

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When is Daylight Savings Time for 2021?

Begins Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2 AM. It’s the “spring ahead” date which means you’ll need to set your clocks forward one hour before you fall asleep on Saturday, March 13.

Ends Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2 AM. This is when we “fall back” and you’ll need to set your clocks back one hour before you fall asleep on Saturday, November 6.

Why Does Daylight Savings Time Exist?

It didn’t just happen overnight (pun intended).

Ideas Introduced

Benjamin Franklin wanted to save money on candles, a New Zealand entomologist wanted more daytime to go bug hunting in the summer, a British builder (Chris Martin of Coldplay’s great-great-grandfather!) was rejected by Parliament when asking for more daylight working hours.

Action Taken

The German government wanted to save energy (coal) during WWI and every other country involved in the war followed suit. In 1918, Congress put into law our system for saving daylight and defining our time zones in the U.S. However, Arizona, Hawaii, and Florida have their own relationships with daylight saving.


Now that coal is no longer king, Daylight Savings doesn’t really save energy anymore. However, people’s feelings about the time change most likely align with where they’re geographically located. The closer to the equator you are, the more likely you’re going to want less hours of sunlight. Whereas those farther away will take as much sunlight in the winter as they can get.

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Tips to Prep Your Kids for Daylight Savings Time

1. Plan Ahead

As the saying goes, the best defense is the best offense. It’s good to have this date on your radar more than a day or two in advance. Start pushing bedtime in the direction of the time shift 5 mins at a time the week before. An hour change is something fully sleep trained adults even have trouble adjusting too. Give little ones a little more buffer time in the week leading up to it.

2. Blackout Curtains

The time change will affect the amount of light that comes into your little one’s room. Invest in blackout curtains to help easily control their baseline for darkness in the peak years of sleep training.

3. Kid-Friendly Alarm Clocks

Pick up an alarm that’s tailor-made for kids who aren’t yet able to tell or read time. They’re absent of sound. They use soft light signals to tell kids when it’s ok to get out of bed or when they should try falling back asleep. At the very least, it’s one way to say “don’t wake up your parents yet!”

4. Take It Easy

Even if you lean into all the tips and tricks, a daylight savings Sunday is bound to feel “off.” Avoid scheduling hectic plans that will trigger meltdowns. Have a little more quiet time baked into the schedule to give plenty of room and space for your little one to adjust to the transition.

Remember, it’s only a small bump in the sleep journey road and you’ll get back on track. Good luck!

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Martha B. Day Elementary School

Martha B. Day Elementary School is a school that embraces excellence for all its students. This 130+ student school houses grades Pre-K to grade one. Everyone in our school is a part of this community of learners. We recognize and honor our students' cultural diversity as well as their individual talents and abilities.