Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary

December Newsletter Volume 1 ; Issue 2

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School Family,

Happy December! This month marks an end to the year 2015 and as I reflect on our growth as a school, I am very proud of our accomplishments and eager about the work we have ahead of us in 2016.

As we prepare for our Scholars to spend time with family and friends, I would like to emphasize the importance of reading during winter break. Our Scholars have worked very hard towards their reading goal and building their reading stamina. To continue this work, please make sure your child reads each day during winter break. Take part in our December Challenge and visit your local library. Research has shown that students who do not read will regress causing them to drop 1-2 reading levels.

I wish you a restful winter break filled with love and joy during the holiday season. I can't wait to see staff for a Professional Development Day on January 4, 2016 and students on January 5, 2016.

Looking forward to a new year of Believing, Building, and Blooming in 2016!
Katrina W. Granger, Principal

Believe. Build. Bloom

Parent University

This month, Bridges of Riviera Beach and the Children's Services Council will conduct training sessions related to managing the holiday season.

Join us for the informational sessions listed below. Please note the following dates and times:

Wednesday, December 2: Managing Holiday Stress 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 9: How Coupons Save You Money (Part 1) 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16: How Coupons Save You Money (Part 2) 5:30 - 7:00 p.m

Riviera Beach Family Resource Center

The Riviera Beach Family Resource Center is located at the site of John F. Kennedy Middle School, 1901 Avenue S, Riviera Beach. Hours of operation are Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Contact Elizabeth Robinson at 561-845-4539 for more information.

December Challenge

How often do you visit your local library? When was the last time you checked out library books? Do you have a library card? This month we have 2 challenges:

1. Get a library card
2. Check out books from the library at least once a week

Our winter break begins Monday, December 21, 2015 and students return Tuesday, January 5, 2016. We encourage you to spend time at the library. The children's area offers events each month and it is a great place to enjoy a few books. Don't forget to check out books to enjoy at home with family and friends. Remember a reader lives a thousand lives, whereas, the man who never reads lives only one!

Our local library, the Riviera Beach Library, is located at 600 West Blue Heron Blvd and the phone number is (561) 845-4195.

IB LEARNER PROFILE AND ATTITUDE SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary

We are a World Class International Baccalaureate School and Green School of Quality dedicated to our belief that all students will learn at their highest potential in order to bloom into International Baccalaureate Scholars.