Titan-Up Weekly

April 29, 2016

Greetings BES family and happy Friday!


Thank you for two great weeks of testing. A special “thank you” to teachers and support staff in grades 3-5 for administering and proctoring the Georgia Milestones and to PreK-2nd grade teachers and students for keeping the noise to a minimum.


The end-of-year (EOY) checklist will be placed in your mailbox on Monday. Please adhere to the due dates noted on the checklist. All certified staff members must submit an EOY checklist to a member of the leadership team before leaving for the summer. If you have any questions about the checklist, please see the person noted.


Next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week! Our PTA has planned a breakfast on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m., will provide chips and salsa on Thursday, and lunch on Friday. Be sure to thank them for their generous contribution.


On behalf of the leadership team, thank you!! We appreciate you going over and beyond the call of duty for our students and for how diligently you work to teach the AKS while meeting the social and emotional needs of our students. Enjoy the luxury of wearing jeans on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


It’s hard to believe that we have less than 20 days before the school year ends and summer begins. If you are planning any EOY activities where parents are being invited, please complete a calendar request form so it can be placed on the master calendar if you have not done so already.


Your PROUD principal,

Shonda Gipson Stevens


P.S. The gym is finished for now. P.E. specials will be held in the gym on Monday, May 2.

LOST and FOUND is still in the gym!

Upcoming Calendar of Events

The week of May 2-6

is National Teacher Appreciation Week!


Monday, May 2

  • SPG Posttest (K - 3)
  • State Asset Management Inventory 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Ms. Henfield
  • Textbook Inventory for Support Staff, 7:45 a.m.
  • Faculty Book Study Club, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m., J. Robinson's Room, Ms. Bronkema
  • Writing Assessment, K - 5
  • Parent English Class, 9:00 - 12:00 p.m., Trailer 3669, Ms. McNally
  • Parent Nutrition Class, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Ms. McNally


Tuesday, May 3

  • Staff Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.
  • SPG Posttest (K - 3)
  • Writing Assessment, K - 5
  • Relay for Life Class Pictures


Wednesday, May 4

  • SPG Posttest (K - 3)
  • Mr. Gaul's Math Club, 7:30 - 8:15 a.m., Media Center, Ms. Ashimi
  • Transportation Puppet Show for Self contained SpEd classes, Cafe, 9:30 - 10-:30 a.m.
  • Writing Assessment, K - 5
  • Parent English Class, 9:00 - 12:00 p.m., Trailer 3669, Ms. McNally
  • Kindergarten Promotion Rehearsal, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Gym, Ms. Robinson


Thursday, May 5

  • Collaboration Thursday, 7:30 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Registration 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Media Center
  • Media Center closed until 2:00 p.m. due to K registration
  • Writing Assessment, K - 5
  • Chips & Salsa in the break room
  • DHS Mentoring, 2:30 - 3:15 p.m., Cafe', Ms. Bronkema


Friday, May 6

  • STEM
  • Staff Luncheon in breakroom - No Teacher Bar in Cafe'
  • Titan Leaders Meeting 9:10 a.m., Front Office Conference Room
  • Writing Assessment, K - 5
  • Kindergarten Promotion Rehearsal, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Gym, Ms. Robinson
  • Relay for Life - Gwinnett County Fairground
  • Girl Scouts, 3:15 - 5:30 p.m., Cafe'

Advance Notice Calendar of Events

Monday, May 9

  • Last day for Cafe' charges - Teachers & Students
  • Textbook Inventory - 1st Grade
  • Testing DA Posttest (4 - 5)
  • Faculty Book Study Club, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m., J. Robinson's Room, Ms. Bronkema
  • Peer Leader Meeting, 7:40 a.m., Media Center, Ms. Bronkema
  • Parent English Class, 9:00 - 12:00 p.m., Trailer 3669, Ms. McNally
  • Parent Nutrition Class, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Ms. McNally


Tuesday, May 10

  • Textbook Inventory - 2nd Grade
  • Testing DA Posttest (4 - 5)
  • BOGO Book Fair - Media Center, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • GCPS New Teacher Mentor Session @ ISC, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, May 11

  • Textbook Inventory - 3rd Grade
  • Testing DA Posttest (4 - 5)
  • Parent English Class, 9:00 - 12:00 p.m., Trailer 3669, Ms. McNally
  • BOGO Book Fair - Media Center, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Promotion Rehearsal, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Gym, Ms. Robinson


Thursday, May 12

  • Textbook Inventory - 4th Grade
  • Testing DA Posttest (4 - 5)
  • Collaboration Thursday, 7:30 a.m.
  • BOGO Book Fair - Media Center, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Promotion Rehearsal, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Gym, Ms. Robinson
  • DHS Mentoring, 2:30 - 3:15 p.m., Cafe', Ms. Bronkema


Friday, May 13

  • Textbook Inventory - Kindergarten
  • Titan Leaders Meeting 9:10 a.m., Front Office Conference Room
  • Kindergarten Promotion Rehearsal, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Gym, Ms. Robinson
  • Field Day, Grades K - 2 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. & Grades 3 - 5 from 12 - 2:30 p.m.


Saturday, May 14


  • Kinder Readiness Workshop, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Ms. Henfield & Cross

Let's celebrate the following May birthdays:

  • Krysti McNeil - 10th
  • Michael Sweat - 13th
  • Mary Lou Carter- 15th
  • Sarah Graham - 18th
  • Susan Arduino - 20th
  • Karen Freed - 21st
  • Marguerite Culberson - 23rd
  • Amy Kruger - 25th
  • Vanessa Bronkema - 25
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The following BES staff members were recognized by their colleagues for having IT!

Mrs. Tack has IT! She has spoiled our third graders will many encouraging notes and sweet treats during testing.


Kindergarten Teachers have IT! For all the treats and encouragement they have given our kids!


Julie Gornall has IT! Her class spent some time cleaning up our playground for Earth Day! What a great example of responsibility to our community.


The 1st Grade Team has IT! Thank you so much for the testing treats for our 4th grade students! The teachers and students appreciate your thoughtfulness!


Ms. Park has IT! Thank you and your husband for donating grass seeds to Kindergarten. We appreciate you!


Ms. Ali has IT! Thank you for proctoring the test with us! You were so sweet to my students. Love, Ms. Maselli


Mrs. Bross has IT! Thank you for the treats during testing! My students loved them! Love, Ms. Maselli


Several Teachers have IT! A big Thank You to the following: Mrs. Barton, Ms. Eun, Ms. McLees, Mrs. Osborne, Mrs. Park, Mr. Sweat, and Ms. Williams for volunteering their time every Wednesday from August to April to either work with 2nd and 3rd graders in Lego Club, or to work with 4th and 5th graders in Science Club. You have IT!


Ms. Tack has IT! Thank you for providing sweet testing treats and encouraging notes to third grade students!!


Kindergarten has IT! Thank you for providing sweet testing treats and encouraging notes to third grade students.


Ms. McKibben and Mr. Hossack have IT! They provided laptops with QR readers and support to Mrs. Gornall's class who researched animals from Safari Montage. The animals had QR codes to provide the movie link

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