Establishing Roots at Beal School

A message from Principal Girardi & Assistant Principal Hoey

Picture of the week- ST Math puzzles with Grade 4 and Grade 2

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Mrs. Levasseur's Grade 2 students working with their Grade 4 buddies from Mrs. Barnes' class to tackle some difficult ST Math puzzles! Such wonderful peer modeling and collaborative problem solving.


Earlier this month, Beal became a recipient of an ST Math Grant, allowing our school to continue piloting ST Math for the 2022-2023 school year with a paid subscription and additional training. Beal is excited to have ST Math continue as part of our math program next year!

May 15, 2022

Dear Beal Families,


Happy Ides of May as we finally settle in to a nice stretch of spring weather. Congratulations to our Grade 3 and 4 students for completing their Math MCAS last week. Students did their very best and we are excited to channel our energy to the end of year celebrations. We look forward to our All School Meeting on May 25th, Field Day on June 10th, and 4th Grade Celebration on June 16th!


Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!


Sincerely,

Chris Girardi and Shelley Hoey

Important dates through the remainder of the school year

Monday, May 30th- Memorial Day- no school

Friday, June 10th- Beal Field Day

Thursday, June 16th- 4th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 17th- last day of school (2 snow days)- This is an early release day across the district

Monday, June 19th- Father's Day

Monday, June 19th- Juneteenth (holiday observed on Monday, June 20th)

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Important Reminder: Panorama Survey Information for students in Grades 3 and 4

As you know, Shrewsbury has worked on several fronts this year to build and sustain cultures of belonging in all our school communities. To elicit feedback from students and families, we use a variety of tools to gather information. Collecting data digitally enables us to gather quantitative and qualitative measures of our progress in ways that feel safe. I am writing to inform you about the final administration of the Panorama survey this year.


As you may know, we have elected to work with Panorama, an education and technology company, to survey students about Social Emotional Learning, Equity & Inclusion. Our plan is to survey students in Grades 3 through 12 at school. You may recall that we used this tool earlier this year. A final administration will allow us to compare results to our baseline administration. You can read about the Panorama survey in detail here, including which questions students will be asked.


If you don’t want your child(ren) to participate, you may opt out of the survey. To opt your child out, please send an email to surveyoptout@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us no later than Thursday, May 19th. Students whose families opt them out will not participate in the survey.


Understanding the degree of belonging experienced by the members of our school communities is a key step in moving closer to realizing our goals for student well-being and becoming an inclusive, anti-racist school district.

Thanks for lending your support to this effort.


Sincerely,

Amy Clouter

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Shrewsbury Elementary Art Festival- Spring 2022

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Please join us on Saturday, May 21st form 10:00 AM-12:00 PM for our Shrewsbury Elementary Art Show. This event will be held at Beal School and will feature beautiful art work created by our talented elementary students from January-May. We look forward to seeing you there!


***Please note that not all students will have their art work displayed at the Spring Art Show. Students whose art will be on display will be notified before the event/exhibit.

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May All School Meeting at Beal School

Our May All School Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th from 9:30-10:00 AM. Weather permitting, this will be our first All School Meeting where all Kindergarten-Grade 4 students will come together outside on our soccer fields to celebrate our first year of school at Beal.


If we are able to hold this event outdoors, we would like to invite our families to join us in this event. You are welcome to bring your blankets and lawn chairs and participate in our monthly community celebration. All are welcome!


Much like our field days, if the weather does not cooperate we will be holding our All School Meetings indoors and will have to postpone our community event to another date in the future.

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REMINDER! 2022-2023 Bus Registration is Open

We are pleased to announce the official opening of the 2022-2023 bus registration process. The bus registration process will be open from now until June 30th. It will be closed from July 1st until early August and will re-open on approximately August 8th. We have 3 important messages to highlight here:


  1. Bus registration and payment must be done via the PowerSchool Parent Portal for students attending Shrewsbury Public Schools and via the Google Form for students attending Assabet Valley Reg. Technical High School and all private schools. There is no “processing charge/convenience fee” for online payment of the bus fee and both credit cards and debit cards are accepted.
  2. All of the regulations and rules pertaining to bus ridership eligibility and the requirement to pay a fee are posted on our website under the Transportation link. Please read them carefully and access the FAQ if you have questions.
  3. If your child has a negative food service account balance or owes a fee for some other additional service, then you will be blocked from bus registration until all overdue payments are made.

The bus fee for the 2022-2023 school year is $320/student with a $960 family cap. For all in-district students, please register now by clicking here. If your child will be attending Assabet or a private school located in Shrewsbury for the 2022-2023 school year, please click here. If you have any questions, please email transportation@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us.

Shrewsbury Volleyball Clinic

The Shrewsbury High School Volleyball team invites all middle school girls going into grades 5th through 9th to join them in learning and playing volleyball at a clinic on June 8th, 9th, and 10th. Come join the team in hitting, passing, and playing this great sport. All levels are welcome! Please print and complete the application and mail it with payment to Shannon Michalowski at 34 Edgewood Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. If you have any questions, please call (508) 320-0795 or email michalowskifamily@gmail.com.

English Language Parent Learner Group information

On Thursday, May 19th, our ELPAC is hosting a Playground Night from 6:30 - 7:30 PM for all ELE students and families at Beal School. Please come to make new friends, enjoy the new Beal School playground space, and chat with ELE educators.


The final ELPAC (English Learner Parent Group) meeting of the year is May 25th, 6:30 - 7:30 PM on Zoom. ELPAC is open to parents/guardians of English Learners and former English Learners from all Shrewsbury Public Schools. Please come to learn more about ELPAC and help us plan for next year. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link and to request interpretation in your language if needed:

https://forms.gle/tXNZPmrtqMH4SDhz8

News from the PTO

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May PTO Meeting this Tuesday, May 17th

Our next Beal PTO meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30 PM. This meeting will be held in the Beal Media Center with an option to Zoom in (link below...) if you cannot attend in person. Childcare will be provided.


https://shrewsburyps.zoom.us/j/86881923873?pwd=NjRBUDVjSVJWQnoyUlBqeFJOL0FzZz09


Meeting ID: 868 8192 3873

Passcode: 138245



Worcester Braveheart's Night Out

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Let's go out to the ballgame! Beal families are invited to enjoy the Worcester Bravehearts' baseball game on Friday June 10th at 6:30pm. We can all sit together and some of our students will be performing the National Anthem! Tickets are $10 . Follow the link to buy your tickets by June 3rd www.worcesterbraveheartsgroups.com and use the password "bealpto" to get into the portal. Here is the flyer for more information. Come for fun at the ballgame and stay for the fireworks after the show!


Be sure to wear your favorite Beal gear to the game! T-shirts and more can be purchased through our Spirit Shop.

Beal Spirit Wear is here and ready for orders!

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Our Beal Spirit Wear store is live! We are offering a variety of great products that you can purchase to show your Beal School Spirit! Be sure to check out the limited time mural edition, created using the Dot artwork of our students!


http://bealschool.ussportsandapparel.com/


An order of 1 to 4 items has a $5.00 ship rate. 5 or more items ship for free.


Please note that each student will be receiving a varsity style Beal tshirt next month for our Healthy Habits Hop fundraiser, but there are a lot of other items available in our spirit wear shop.

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Beal Field Day 2022!!!

Field Day at Beal has been scheduled for Friday, June 10th for all grades! This year we have a beach theme to celebrate the coming of summer. We will be looking for parent/ caregiver volunteers to help run our stations.


if you are interested in volunteering, you will need to make sure your CORI is up-to-date. You can contact the main office at (508) 841-8860 to inquire about your CORI status. Also, if you do not have a CORI on file, the form is located on the blue button below. This can be brought in to school or to the School Department at Town Hall fro processing. You will need a valid ID to complete this process.


More information about field day will be coming out soon.

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Updates from Beal Specialists

Students look forward to their art, media, physical education, and music classes each week. You can keep up with their learning in the specials each month by clicking on the links below. Specialists will be updating their slides every month.


Visual Arts classes: Mrs. Buono's Art News/ Mrs. Archambeault's Art News

Physical Education classes: Mr. Brunell and Ms. Pacheco's PE News

Music classes: Ms. Acconcio, Mrs. Falvo, and Mrs. Song's Music News

Media classes: Mrs. Morgan and Ms. Eagle's Media News

Food Services

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An important message from Food Services

Dear Elementary School Parents,


We want to notify and prepare you for two upcoming adjustments to occur during breakfast and lunch.


Starting on Monday May 9, 2022, All students will be required to enter their Student ID Number on the pin pads at the registers to obtain the free breakfast or lunch meal.


Their account will not be charged but in order to comply with state and federal meal reporting requirements we must obtain more specific data on meals served. Breakfast and lunch meals will continue to be free of charge for all students for the 2021-2022 school year. Students must take the required meals components to get a free breakfast or a lunch. At breakfast students must take a grain, fruit or vegetable and a milk. At lunch students must take 3 out of the 5 meal components( grain, protein, fruit, vegetable and milk) and 1 component must be a fruit or vegetable.


Additionally Students may purchase limited a-la-carte items. Students will need money on their Meal Magic account or cash to purchase a la carte items. Parents can send a check to the Food Service Office C/O the High School 64 Holden Street Shrewsbury,Ma.01545 indicating the child’s name, where funds should be deposited or parents can access their child’s Powerschool account and use the online payment plan: School Pay to add funds to their child’s account.

A-la carte items will include milk, juice, water and slices of pizza. Second lunch meals will also be available for sale [and are not free].


We will practice entering Student ID Numbers with staff support until students are comfortable doing so themselves.


Thank you,

Shrewsbury Food Service Department

Snack during the school day

Please send your students in with a water bottle and snack each day. Students will break for a snack in the morning or afternoon depending on their lunch schedule. Please note that the school does not offer a snack program.

Lunch Menu for the week of May 16th

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School Social Media- Please follow us!

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Follow Beal School on Facebook!!!

Beal School has out new Facebook page up and running with information about the upcoming school year. If Facebook is you choice for viewing your media, this might be the place for you:


Beal School Facebook page


Our wonderful PTO also has a Feacbook page geared towards supporting families and community. Please find their information here:


Beal school PTO Facebook page

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Shrewsbury Public Schools Calendar 2021-2022

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Frequently used telephone numbers

Main office and child-safe hotline- (508) 841-8860

Beal School nurse- (508) 841-8870

Beal Extended Day- (508) 841-8861

Transportation questions- (508) 841-8363