"Bee" in the Know

Martha B. Day Weekly Update 5/16/2021


Please DO NOT remove any stickers or labels on the chromebooks. They MUST stay on for distribution and collection purposes.


Current Kindergarten students who missed Safety Town in the Summer of 2020 due to Covid restrictions can join this year's Safety Town. Please complete the form below with payment by May 18th. We cannot accept any additional students for Safety Town after May 18th.

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Kindergarten & 1st Grade BRING IN CHROMEBOOKS May 17th through May 28th

Please place your child's FULLY CHARGED Chromebook in the protective sleeve and in their bookbag for the FULL weeks of May 17th and May 24th. We will be utilizing them inside the classroom for IReady end-of-the-year benchmarking.

Happy Nurse's Day Mrs. Barile

Thank you for always taking care of us at MBD. Thank you Nurse Barile.

Kindergarten Registration - SPREAD THE WORD

If you have or know of a child who will be 5 on or before October 1, 2021 please register them for the fall now.

Click the link below for the online registration information


Opt out of Daily School Lunches

If you would like your child to opt out of our daily free school lunch, please click on the link below and complete the form. Send the form back into school with your child or email it to their teacher.

The Upcoming Buzz

Week of May 17: English as a Second Language (ESL) ACCESS Kindergarten Assessment

Week of May 17: Kindergarten and 1st BRING CHROMEBOOKS TO SCHOOL

Week of May 24: Kindergarten and 1st BRING CHROMEBOOKS TO SCHOOL

May 31: SCHOOL CLOSED for Memorial Day

"Bee" Mindful in Hybrid Learning with Ms. Faliveno

Encouraging Your Child to Read

By: Beverley B. Swanson

What are some ways to encourage young readers?

The most important thing to remember is that reading should be an enjoyable experience. The following activities can help you stimulate your child's interest in reading.

  • Talk with your infant or young child before he learns to read

    Talking with your child before he even speaks will help him learn important language skills. Most children need strong oral language skills if they are to develop as readers and writers. Using short, simple sentences, you can talk about your daily activities, what he is seeing and doing, his environment, sizes of objects, the shapes of signs, and so forth.

  • Read to and with your child at least 30 minutes each day

    Your child will gain awareness of the conventions of reading (left to right, top to bottom), and even the very young will gain vocabulary. Running your index finger under the print as you read will help your child notice that printed words have meaning. Gradually you can ask her to identify letters and sounds.

  • Sing songs and recite poems and rhymes that have repetitive sounds

    Repetition makes it easier for your child to pick up on the patterns in the sounds you make.

  • Make sure your child's day care provider, nursery school teacher, or preschool teacher reads aloud daily and offers books for your child to look at
  • Model good reading habits

    Help your child understand that reading is important by letting him see you reading maps, books, recipes, and directions. Suggest reading as a free-time activity. Keep books that are of interest to your child in an easy place for him to reach.

  • Visit your local library

    While you're there you can sign your child up for preschool story time and let her choose some books to take home.

What are some ways to encourage school-age readers?

Once your child begins nursery school, preschool, or elementary school, you should work with her teacher to improve her reading skills. Many teachers are now sending home practical ideas for parents to use with their school-age children to help them develop skills and to encourage good reading habits. Ask your child's teacher for these practice activities. By reinforcing the skills your child's teacher emphasizes, you will be supplementing what he has learned about reading throughout the school day.

Additional ways to encourage your school-age child to read are listed below.

  • Continue being a good role model

    Let your child see you read.

  • Encourage your child to read on her own at home

    Reading at home can help your child do better in school.

  • Keep a variety of reading materials in the house

    Make sure to have reading materials for enjoyment as well as for reference.

  • Encourage your child to practice reading aloud

    Frequently listen to your child read out loud and praise her often as she does so. Offer to read every other page or even every other chapter to your child. Have conversations and discussions about the book with your child.

  • Write short notes for your child to read

    Write down his weekly household responsibilities for him to keep track of or put a note in his lunch bag.

  • Encourage activities that require reading

    Cooking (reading a recipe), constructing a kite (reading directions), or identifying a bird's nest or a shell at the beach (reading a reference book) are some examples.

  • Establish a reading time, even if it's only 10 minutes each day

    Make sure there is a good reading light in your child's room and stock her bookshelves with books and magazines that are easy to both read and reach.

  • Talk with your child

    Talking makes children think about their experiences more and helps them expand their vocabularies. Ask your child to give detailed descriptions of events and to tell complete stories.

  • Give your child writing materials

    Reading and writing go hand in hand. Children want to learn to write and to practice writing. If you make pencils, crayons, and paper available at all times, your child will be more inclined to initiate writing activities on his own.

  • Restrict television time

    The less time your child spends watching television, the more time he will have for reading-related activities.

  • Visit the library once a week

    Have your child apply for her own library card so she can check out books on her own for schoolwork and for pleasure reading. Ask your child to bring home a library book to read to a younger sibling and encourage her to check out books on tape that she can listen to on long car trips.

  • Work in partnership with your child's school

    The more you know about the type of reading program his school follows, the more you can help by supplementing the program at home. Offer to volunteer in the classroom or school library as often as your schedule allows. Ask the school for parent participation materials.


To help your child succeed in school, you should do your part to ensure that he or she starts school with a strong foundation in language and literacy-related skills and a desire to learn to read.

In the early elementary years – from first through third grades – your child will continue learning how to read, which is a complex process that is difficult for some and easy for others. Take care during these years not to overemphasize the process of learning to read while encouraging your child to practice reading often.

Reading for pleasure and interest will help your child to develop reading skills and will give your child the opportunity to practice these skills in meaningful ways.

The Hive's Health Hints

Hello families! A friendly reminder to send your child in with a single serving of a healthy snack for snack time. One serving of a snack is sufficient as this is just something to hold them over from breakfast to lunch. A piece of fruit, or some cut-up fruit, cheese, and crackers, a bag of chips, or a small snack bag of goldfish or cookies will do. We want the kids to have a little something in their bellies and then get to have some free time outside when the weather permits.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Mrs. Barile

You MUST complete the Daily Health Questionnaire each day your child is IN-PERSON FOR SCHOOL.

To report an absence please call (973) 838-1311 press 1

or email kbarile@bloomingdaleschools.org

Please make sure your child's mask is the correct size

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Martha B. Day Elementary School

Martha B. Day Elementary School is a school that embraces excellence for all its students. This 130+ student school houses grades Pre-K to grade one. Everyone in our school is a part of this community of learners. We recognize and honor our students' cultural diversity as well as their individual talents and abilities.