The B.Y.E. Buzz

January 10, 2022

Principal Corner

Welcome back! It was a great first week back at school. Please see important information below regarding yearbook orders (last chance), picture day, and report cards.


A few updates:

January 17 and February 14 are both No School days. We wanted to make sure you had those marked on your calendars.


Join us at Red Door on Tuesday!! 10% of food proceeds go to Young Elementary.


MAP Testing for all students is coming up in the next couple of weeks. We can't wait to share student progress with you. Classroom teachers will inform you of testing dates for your child.


Please make sure you read the Covid Updates. They have even changed this week. See protocol below. The 3 most recent changes include the length of time to quarantine, the length of time to isolate, and ways to avoid quarantine.

If Covid Positive- Isolate for at least five days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can return to school but must continue to wear a mask through the 10th day.

If a close contact- Quarantine for 5 days at home and then return to school if symptom free. You must be willing to wear a mask for 5 additional days. These 10 total days are based on the day of the close contact.

Test to stay- Students will test to stay for the first five days after the exposure, but will continue to wear a mask through the 10th day. If a student develops symptoms they will stay home at that time. Only school exposures can complete the test to stay program.

Students that are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine UNLESS they have symptoms. If both the positive student and close contact wear a mask, they will not have to quarantine.

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PTA Update- Last Call for Yearbooks

At the end of the year, we will hand out the yearbooks. We will not order extra. PLEASE order a yearbook today. Yearbook prices are now $25. Please order through the PTA store.

Join us on Tuesday! Dine-in or Carry-out!

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Report Cards are coming home!

Report cards are coming home this week. We wanted to give you a little insight into the quarterly grading system. We are using a standards-based method, not an average of work each quarter. Students will be graded by the following:

4- Met end of year grade-level standards and may be ready to work at greater depth.

3- Expected to progress towards meeting end of year grade-level standards.

2- Less than expected progress toward meeting grade-level standards.

1- Little to no progress toward meeting grade-level standards.

N/A- Not assessed at this time


Please remember that all standards have not been taught at this time, so there may not be an opportunity to have met the end-of-year standard yet or to be assessed on every standard. If you have questions, please contact the classroom teacher.

Spring Semester Reminders:

Young Elementary is an "A" school and we want to keep that status. Attendance is one of the many factors that play a role in our "A." We hope to see students each and every day, but if they are sick, please call the office to notify us at 750-8770. Any information regarding Covid/exposures can be found on the district website at www. sdale.org.


As we enter a new year we want to remind you of the drop-off times. Students can begin entering the school at 7:25. The tardy bell will ring at 7:45. At this time, the doors will be closed and students will have to enter through the front office door. If your child is tardy, please use the QR code (posted in two parking spots or by the door) to check your child in. We need to have all students checked in so they are not counted absent. Thank you for your help with this.


If your child is going home in a different way than they usually do, please notify the office before 2:00. The office and classrooms are really busy at the end of the day. We need to make sure we get messages to the students before dismissal.


Many classes have the opportunity to have snack time. Reminder: snacks should be somewhat healthy (no candy) and students should not be sharing snacks. We have many students with food allergies and we want all students to be safe.


Many students have their own cell phones. If needed, we allow students to bring them to school BUT they must remain in their backpacks and powered off during school hours. Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning environment. If students need to get ahold of their parents during the school day, they are more than welcome to call from the office. If parents need to get ahold of their child, we can give them messages or have them come down for a call. Some students have smartwatches. It is fine to wear these for telling time or physical activity purposes, but they should not be used for messaging or contacting others during the day. Thank you for helping us keep the focus on learning.

Congrats to the winners of our Winter Reading Challenge!

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January Counseling Lesson Theme: Conflict Resolution

How to Help your Child Solve Conflicts

Coach Them Through It

Each conflict your child encounters can be a learning experience. Each of these experiences, if handled well, will add up to a child who is able to resolve their own conflicts peacefully. Instead of “rescuing” or solving your child’s problems, coach them through it. Support them when needed but ultimately leave them to find a reasonable solution to the problem.


I-Messages

Teach your child how to give an “I” message. The format looks like this, “I feel ___, when you ___, please___.” For example, I feel upset when you call me that name, please stop. This format places emphasis on how the child is feeling, and not on who is to blame.


Apologizing

Sometimes your child may be on the offending side of a conflict. It’s important that your child knows how to give an apology. Here is a helpful format. “You felt ___ when I ___, next time I will ___.” For example, you felt angry when I took your toy, next time I will ask before I borrow it.


Practice!

Use any opportunity to discuss conflict resolution with your child. If your child is struggling with conflict resolution, it may be helpful to “role play” how they could appropriately react to situations that they may face at school.

Family Music Page

Check out what's going on in the music room!

*PIANOS, instruments, dancing and MORE!

*Every week you can check out what your child is learning in music.

*Find the camera in each grade level to see pics and videos of our learning.

Check out our virtual library information

Does your child like to listen to audio books at home? Check out some library resources here!

Weather Changes- Bring a coat with name written inside

We wanted to share our weather guidelines for outside recess. Please remember to write names in student's jackets/coats and send them on days they will need them. Thanks so much!
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Upcoming Events

January 28- Spring Picture Day

February 3- GT Play

February 8- 3rd-grade performance

February 11- Valentine Party Day

March 21-25- Spring Break

April 12- Class Pictures

About our School

  • Bernice Young Elementary was established in August 2000.
  • School mascot is the Yellowjacket
  • School colors are Red, Yellow, and Black
  • National Blue Ribbon School 2020
  • Principal- Christy Norwood
  • Assistant Principal- Sara Kennedy
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