Message from the Bear Cave
🦃 November 2023 🦃
A Message from the Principal
Dear West Belmar Parents,
The end of the month will be the celebration of Thanksgiving. The kindergartners and first graders celebrate their annual Thanksgiving Feast on November 22nd. The students will prepare for the feast by studying the early settlers of the pilgrims and Indians. They will read and write about stories and make costumes for their special feast!
This is a time for all of us to think of the many things we are thankful for!
💪 WE ARE WB STRONG!
7 Mindsets and Genesis Event
On November 15, 2023, parents explored the 7 Mindsets and received Genesis training at West Belmar Elementary School. Students crafted gratitude jars in the cafeteria, and everyone enjoyed a delightful meal with exciting prizes! Thank you to all who came!
🚓 Otto the Auto Community Outreach Program
The Wall Township Police Department shared vital traffic safety tips with WB kindergarteners! From buckling up to street safety, thank you, WTPD, for promoting a safer community!
✅ Voting Day
Students casted their votes for new Student Council Officers!
🍞 WB Food Drive
Students collected food to donate to Fulfill Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties!
💀 Dia de los Muertos
West Belmar Elementary and the community embraced the spirit of Dia de los Muertos on Nov 2nd! Live music, arts & crafts for the kids, and savory authentic Mexican cuisine added flavor to the celebration. Thank you to all who made this cultural event a success!
📰 District News
💗 Student Wellness
7 Mindsets: Attitude of Gratitude
The months of November and December are dedicated to the exploration of the mindset, ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE.
Through the ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE Mindset, we are taught that we can use either the positives or negatives in our lives as a foundation on which to build. Choose the positives, and we are on our way toward extraordinary success! By focusing on the things we have, there is no time to be distracted by what we don’t have.
4 Key Components:
- Treasure Yourself
- Be More Grateful
- Thank it Forward
- Elevate Your Perspective
Staying Healthy During Cold, Flu, Covid Season
Suggestions to stay healthy during cold, flu, and COVID season are helpful during this busy time of year. Habits like frequent hand washing, exercising, eating a balanced meal, and getting plenty of rest are the best ways to maintain a healthy immune system. If your child experiences symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID, please keep them at home. If your child has a temperature greater than 100.0, he/she must be fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school. Children diagnosed with COVID, whether it be symptomatic or asymptomatic, should be isolated for 5 days, beginning on the first full day of symptoms (or the day he/she was tested if asymptomatic), and may return to school on day 6 if symptom-free. If you have any questions, you can refer to the guidelines on the district website or speak directly with the School Nurse.
🍽️ Food Services
Meet the PTA Executive Board
The PTA wanted to say ‘Welcome Back’ to another year at West Belmar School! We are excited to get reacquainted with you all and meet those of you who are new to our school. West Belmar is truly a great place to be, and we are looking forward to another year filled with adventure!
PTA executive board:
- Charlene Gorhan - President
- Marissa Mc Intrye - Vice President
- Meghan McDermott Treasurer
- Erin Polo - Recording Secretary
- Shannon Cusick - Corresponding Secretary
Please feel free to come to us if you have any questions, concerns…or even ideas.! We welcome your input! There are many changes underway this year…some challenging and others we eagerly anticipate.