Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary

January Newsletter Volume 1 ; Issue 3

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School Family,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and a restful winter break. A new year is upon us and it often brings new opportunities, celebrations and goals. As we continue our dedication to BELIEVE.BUILD.BLOOM, I would like for us to remember we are one family with one goal: Developing students into SCHOLARS!

With a fresh new year on hand, Bethune Elementary has some fresh new initiatives for all and increased learning expectations for students.

  • The school will receive a fresh coat of paint in all common areas. This is a month long project and will take place when students are not on campus.
  • School wide goals will be posted throughout the building and will be available on our school website.
  • Our reading expectations have increased. We expect for our scholars to be reading MORE and MORE every night. Kindergarten, First and Second graders are encouraged to read up to 25 minutes every night. Whereas, Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students are expected to read up to 45 minutes every night AND practice math skills on the computer for 30 minutes using TenMarks.
  • All of our students, K-5, should be enhancing their reading skills on the computer at home using iReady for 30 minutes. This is in addition to the reading expectations listed above!
  • Parents we didn't forget about you! There will be multiple parent engagement opportunities to help you help your child succeed as well as a new updated website.

As we embrace a new year, I encourage you to reflect upon the following quote. "Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending".

Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!
Katrina W. Granger

Starting The Year OFF Right With READING!

As we begin a new year, it is the perfect time to make reading an every day routine in your home. Here are some tips that will help make reading a part of your every day life.
Remember to enjoy reading, discussing what you read, and spending time together as a family.


Our STEM Lab engages students in inquiry based learning activities that will prepare them for both college and career. Our STEM Scholars have just completed their Robotics Engineering Unit using Cubelets (Modular Robots). Their design challenge was to create a robot that would perform basic functions as it solved a real world problem.

Looking forward, our scholars are ready for their next design challenge! Students in K-2 will design plant packages and students in 3-5 will design knee braces. Each unit will take about 6 weeks to complete and students will use the Engineering Design Process to ask questions, imagine their solutions, plan a design, and test their model.

IB Learner Profile and Attitude Spotlight

January Challenge

This month we challenge you to test your math skills using a deck of playing cards. If you do not have playing cards, you can make your own using index cards or sheets of paper.

The rules of the game are simple:
* 2-3 players
* Each player receives 16 cards
* At the same time, each player places a card on the table (face up)
* The first person to add the value of all the cards correctly keeps the cards
* The game continues until one player is left holding cards

The value of cards:
*Each face card (Jack, Queen, King) is worth 10 points
*Number cards are worth their value (ex: a 3 is worth 3 points, 7 is worth 7 points, etc)
*Ace is worth 1 point

January Dates to Remember

4th: Teacher In-service
5th: Students Return
6th: Bridges 9:30 am (Room 214) / Holiday Packets due
13th: Kennedy Space Center Field Trip (6:00am-7:00pm)
14th: Bridges 5:30 pm (Media Center)
18th: Holiday/No School
20th: SAC Meeting 5:45 pm (Media Center)
21st: Bridges 5:30 pm (Media Center)
28th: Bridges 5:30 pm (Media Center)

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary

We are a World Class International Baccalaureate School and Green School of Quality dedicated to our belief that all students will learn at their highest potential in order to bloom into International Baccalaureate Scholars.