Volume 3 - Byram Lakes Elementary School - November 2022
October 26th: Board of Education meeting
October 31st: Halloween Parade @ 1:45 pm (weather permitting)
November 7th: Early Dismissal & evening Parent Teacher Conferences
November 8th: Early Dismissal & evening Parent Teacher Conferences
November 9th: Early Dismissal & afternoon Parent Teacher Conferences
November 9th: End of first marking period
November 10th-11th: School Closed for NJ Teachers Convention
November 15th: School photo retakes
November 16: Board of Education Meeting
November 23rd: Early Dismissal
November 24th-25th: Happy Thanksgiving! School Closed
A Message from the Principal
The weather is starting to get chilly, but the learning is just heating up over at Byram Lakes Elementary School! We are almost through the first marking period, and our students have settled into the routines and procedures of school. This time of year is always fun as the 'newness' of a fresh school year has worn off, and students and staff have gotten used to how things work this year and how to get the most out of their classes.
We had a lot of excitement here at Byram Lakes over the last month, with Halloween coming up to finish off a great month of October! Halloween will be celebrated at BLES on Monday, October 31st. There will be a Halloween Parade around the building at 1:45pm, followed by classroom parties hosted by our teachers and room parents. Students are encouraged to dress up! Costumes are not allowed to include any weapons, and masks may not be worn during the school day (only during the parade). We do ask that all costumes are school appropriate. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.
Also coming up are parent teacher conferences. You should be receiving information from your child's teacher shortly if you have not already. On early dismissal days, students will be dismissed at 1:43.
These events and more will be reviewed further down. Please enjoy this edition of the Lakes Ledger. Included:
A Look Back
A Look Ahead
One marking period in, it's been an amazing school year. I can't wait to keep it rolling with a fantastic November!
A Look Back
Teaching & Learning: Addition Strategies
Week of Respect
Teaching & Learning: Informational Text
Fire Safety Month
Teaching & Learning: Arrays
Teaching & Learning: Commutative Property & Rounding
A Look Ahead
Please keep the following in mind as we get ready to celebrate:
- Costumes may be worn to school as long as they do not interfere with typical school activities
- Costumes must be school appropriate, and should not include weapons or references to excessive violence.
- Masks may not be worn during the school day, with the exception of the Halloween Parade.
- Halloween parties after the parade cannot include any food to be eaten in the classroom.
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. Our students can't wait, and neither can I!
Conferences / Early Dismissals
Conference days are early dismissal days for our students. On early dismissal days, students will be dismissed at 1:43. Please plan accordingly for end of day pickup.
Governor's Educator of the Year
Please take a look at the 22/23 GEOY nomination form, linked below. If you would like to nominate a teacher, and educational services professsional, or both, please fill out the form and return it to the main office. The deadline to submit a nomination is November 18th, 2022.
If you would like the opportunity to serve on the committee tasked with analyzing submissions and deciding on the next teacher of the year and educational support professional of the year, please email me at email@example.com.
PLC Guiding Coalition
As part of our PLC process, we are looking to create a Guiding Coalition. This Coalition would meet quarterly throughout the school year, with meetings after school (roughly 4:00). The Coalition would be tasked with assessing the effectiveness of our PLCs from the perspectives of different stakeholders such as teachers, administration, and parents. If you are interested in joining, please complete the brief form below. We cannot guarantee your inclusion if you submit a form, it will depend on the amount of interest we have.
Picture Day - Makeups and Groups
PTA Book Fair
During Conference week, the PTA will host the Scholastic Book Fair at Byram Lakes!
- The fair will be open Monday, 11/7 through Wednesday, 11/9.
- The fair is open to students during the day and open to parents at night during conferences.
Please click on the links below to set up their eWallets and get more information.
BLES Homepage - https://www.scholastic.com/bf/lakes
BIS Homepage - https://www.scholastic.com/bf/middle
If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair, please click the link below:
Abigail's Army First Annual Gift Drive
This drive was organized to honor Abigail Sara Nicosia, a student at Byram Schools through 8th grade.
Donations should be new, unwrapped, gifts that are still in their original packaging. All gifts and proceeds will be used to benefit RWJ Children's specialized hospital. Please see the attached images for all details on the drive. Donations will be accepted through December 12th. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Stuff the Stocking
We are asking for donations of new, unwrapped gifts and gift cards for children of all ages. These will be distributed to local families in need through the Season of Hope Toy Shop.
The school that collects the most items will take possession of the Stuff the Stocking trophy!
For the flyer going over Stuff the Stocking, please click the image next to this post. For more information on the drive sponsor, Project Self Sufficiency, or to register as a family in need of donations, please check out the link below. Donations will be accepted through December 12th. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Let's not forget the Gertrude Hawk fundraiser is still going on. Please have all students return paper forms by November 7th.
See below for some pictures of Trunk or Treat along with upcoming events!
Candy Buy Back
Turkey Bingo Night - 11/18
NOVEMBER'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT IS TURKEY BINGO NIGHT
All families are invited to come join us for a fun night of bingo on Friday the 18th at 6pm. We ask you to bring canned foods as a donation.
Kristy D'Amelio will be our hostess for the night. She will be giving candy and small prizes to the winners. We will have popcorn, chips and water as snacks.
We hope you join us. It really is a fun night!
Evergreen Night - 12/10
Are you creative? Would you like to have a night out making your wreath from scratch or just decorating one? Nester's Greenhouse has paired up with the PTA and will be hosting their annual Evergreen Night. Come have snacks while you create your own holiday wreath, grave blanket, kissing balls or greens planter.
The Event will be held on December 10th at Nester's Greenhouse at 7:00pm.
Byram Recreation Committee Survey
Our 2023 holiday sale will run from November 7th through early December. We are creating new holiday-themed marketing materials that we will share with you in advance of the sale.
Store Link: https://1stplace.sale/62495