Volume 7 - Byram Lakes Elementary School - March 2023
February 24th: Movie Night, sponsored by the PTA
March 2nd: Dr. Seuss Night, sponsored by the PTA
March 3rd: Deadline for Kindergarten Registration
March 10th: Deadline for Preschool Registration
March 10th: Build-A-Ram, sponsored by the PTA
March 12th: Daylight Savings - Spring ahead!
March 15th: Board of Education Meeting
March 16th & March 18th: Spring Wreath Event, sponsored by the PTA
March 17th: Family Game Night, sponsored by the PTA. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
March 24th: Byram's Got Talent
March 28th: End of Marking Period 3
A Message from the Principal
One of the big events we look forward to every year here at Byram Lakes is the Kids' Heart Challenge! This year, students spent time raising money for the American Heart Association, and it all culminated with a schoolwide Jump Day on Friday, February 17th. This was Byram Lakes' 13th year participating in the program. Our school set a goal of $25,000. I am SO proud to say that our incredible students exceeded that lofty goal, raising $27,608 at the time of this publication. BLES set a goal to have 200 students register. 288 Lakes students registered and donated to the program!
With this effort, Byram Lakes students will make a real, meaningful difference in the lives of others who may be going through experiences that are unknown to them. It exemplifies two crucial values, kindness and respect. While we see the values in Byram Lakes every day, it is important that we continue to let them guide us.
Kindness is about treating others with empathy, compassion, and understanding. It means taking the time to listen to others, offering help when needed, and showing appreciation for the efforts of those around us. Respect, on the other hand, is about recognizing the worth of every individual, valuing diversity, and creating a culture of inclusivity. When we show respect, we foster a sense of community and understanding, and we create an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.
By combining kindness and respect, we can create a school community that supports and encourages each other. We can create a culture of empathy, where we seek to understand and appreciate each other's perspectives, and where we celebrate diversity and inclusion. So I encourage each and every one of our students to make kindness and respect a part of our daily routine. Whether it's saying a kind word to a classmate, offering help to someone who needs it, or respecting the opinions and backgrounds of others, every act of kindness and respect makes a difference.
Let's work together to create a school community that embodies kindness, respect, and inclusivity.
Included in this edition of the Lakes Ledger:
A Look Back
- Kid's Heart Challenge
- 4th Grade Kindness Club Presentation
- Teaching & Learning
- Second Step Program
- Archer the Therapy Dog
- Reading Strategies for Parents
A Look Ahead
- Kindergarten Registration
- Preschool Registration
- Byram's Got Talent
- Message from Mrs. Scholl
- Extracurricular Clubs
- Teacher Wishlists
- Cold Weather
- Pickup Patrol (with added note as of February edition)
- Upcoming Events - There is a lot coming up!
- Fundraiser information
- Coming soon...
- BLES Building Calendar
- Baseball, Lacrosse, Field Hockey Registration
- Byram Recreation Signup Information
- Classroom newsletters
A Look Back
Kids' Heart Challenge
Board of Education Presentation: 4th Grade Kindness Club
Teaching & Learning: Opinion Writing
Teaching & Learning: Blending
Second Step Program
Teaching & Learning: Soundwaves
Archer the Therapy Dog
Archer is a therapy dog trained by Katie Baron and Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs. He has started to make his weekly visits to BLES! Archer makes everyone's Monday a little better, and is looking forward to using his training to help any students that may need a little extra support, for any reason. Welcome to BLES, Archer and Kate!
Virtual Parent Academy: Reading Strategies
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
Message from Mrs. Scholl
- Child must be fever free for the past 24 hours without needing pain reducing medication.
- No vomiting or diarrhea within a 24 hour period.
- Appetite and activity level have returned to close to normal.
- Cold symptoms, although still present, are mild enough so as to not interfere with participation in the school day or infect others.
- Child may return after at least 24 hours of antibiotic therapy for strep throat, pink eye, etc.
We thank you for following these procedures to keep everyone healthy!
Environmental Club & Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run, starting March 1
Wednesday @ 7:30 am
Thursday until 5:00 pm
Environmental Club starting March 1
Tuesday & Wednesday until 4:45 pm
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.
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
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 Wreath Event
Back by popular demand spring wreath event hosted by Nester’s Greenhouse. We have 2 dates available Thursday March 16th and Saturday March 18th.
Go on to memberhub to register https://byramnj.memberhub.com/users/sign_in?to=/store
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
Field Hockey Registration
Interested in field hockey??? They need board members and players to continue the program.
Anyone interested in helping with restarting Fall Field Hockey? Any questions please email Casey Connor at email@example.com.
Fill out the survey below if your child would be interested
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