The Bee's Knees

March 2020

Message from Mr. G

Dr. Cain, our Superintendent, presented information about Props C & S during the March BEC PTO meeting. The WSD will have two propositions on the April 7 ballot to help address continued growth across the District, as well as staffing, salary and safety needs. Please see the District website for more information. Below are slides from Dr. Cain's presentation. They present the facts about our district's ever-growing enrollment and the widening pay gap between the WSD and our neighboring districts.


I will leave you with one bit of anecdotal information. We are only two weeks into open registration for the 20-21 school year. Our A.M. classes are filled and on a waitlist and we have only 4 spots left for our P.M. classes. That includes the increase in available enrollment made possible by the additional classrooms! Yes, the Wentzville School District continues to grow and we need to staff and build to meet that growing demand.
Sincerely,
Kevin Garcia
Principal

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PROPOSITION S is a $0.49 tax levy to address staffing and provide needed support across the District, improve salaries to address widening wage gaps between the WSD and neighboring school districts, and to update and add safety features across the District.

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Important Dates

3/13 - Parent Group: "Play with Me Part 1" 5:45 - 7:00

3/13 - No School for BEC Students (WSD Early Release Day)

3/20 - No School

3/20 - Wright Construction turns over the addition to WSD!

3/23-27 - Spring Break
3/30 - Two of the four new classrooms will be used!

Pictures of One of the New Classrooms and Offices

Staff Spotlight

My name is Dr. Melissa Rothschild (formerly Anderson). This is my fifth year as a school psychological examiner here at Barfield Early Childhood Center. Prior to this, I worked as a school psychologist in an elementary school in New Jersey for seven years and worked in private practice in New Jersey as a licensed psychologist. I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Webster University and both my Masters and Doctorate in school psychology from Rutgers University.


In November of last year, I married my husband Sean. In our free time, we enjoy traveling, and our most recent trip was to Australia in December! I got the chance to hold a koala and feed wallabies and kangaroos. Sean got to feed several large crocodiles! We were fortunate to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef and to spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney to see their incredible fireworks display. I also enjoy reading and often listen to audio books during my commute to and from work. I’m currently listening to the Harry Potter series. (Yes, I know I’m a bit behind the times with this.) We also go to as many Cardinals games as possible, and I am very excited for the season to start. Go Cards!


School Safety

School Safety

We take the safety of our students very seriously. We perform drills for various scenarios to enhance our response and improve the safety of our school. We have many rules and policies in place that also promote student safety. One basic rule is that all visitors must report to the office when they arrive to campus. Please do not go to any door other than the front door if you come to campus. In addition, parents must sign their child out at the office if they come to school to take them home before dismissal. If you are signing out your child, you must present identification. We will not permit you to take your child if you do not have proper identification. The safety of your child is our primary concern and we will follow our rules and policies to the letter to ensure their safety. Thank you for your cooperation!
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From the Nurses

We would like to remind parents that children going into kindergarten will need to be up to date on their immunizations. The DTaP, Polio, MMR, and Varicella series need to be completed sometime between the ages of 4 and 6, and before they begin Kindergarten. If your child has already had those immunizations, feel free to bring their record to the clinic and we will update your child's school record. If your child is planning on attending Summer Journey or the Extended School Year, they will need to be up to date on the immunizations BEFORE they begin summer school.

The DTaP vaccine protects against Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (or Whooping Cough). It is given as a 5 dose series with the final dose given between the ages of 4 and 6.

The Polio (IVP) vaccine protects against the virus polio that was very common in the US before the vaccine was introduced in 1955. It is a 4 dose series with the final dose being given between the ages of 4 and 6.

The MMR vaccine protects against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. The Varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox. They are both 2 dose series with the final dose given between 4 and 6 years of age.


A Immunization Clinic will be offered here at Barfield on Monday 4/27 from 9:00-11:00 am. Please bring a updated shot record and your insurance card with you. If you plan on attending the clinic please contact the nurses before 4/6 by calling 636-561-5757 ext.2

Library Scoop

Spring break will be upon us soon. We will continue to check out books. If you are going to be out of town during this time and would prefer your child not bring their book home, please let their teacher know. They will be able to keep it in their cubby at school.

Have a fun, safe spring break everyone!


We thank you for supporting our book fair! Thanks to your support we earned $1750 in Scholastic dollars that we primarily use to purchase books and supplies for the library. We sometimes use Scholastic dollars to purchase curricular materials. Either way, ALL purchases benefit the students! Thank you!

Counselor's Corner

Parents are invited to join us on April 1 at 6:00 p.m. for an informational evening to learn about the Body Safety Program that will be offered in your child's classroom during the month of April. We will discuss information about childhood sexual abuse, how this lesson can be reinforced at home, and prevention tips on how to help keep your child safe. This is a great chance for your to preview and understand what will be shared and discussed in your child's classroom! Please check out the flyer in this month's newsletter for more information!
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BEC PTO Buzz

Tickets are on sale now for Rock & Roll Bingo for Barfield!


We are excited to be hosting this night full of giveaways, silent auction, and 10 rounds of Rock & Roll Bingo...all at beautiful Valley Farms in Foristell! Gather your family and friends, celebrate a night of fundraising for our amazing school, and test your music knowledge! Tickets are $25 each, purchased in pairs of two! If you'd like to sit as a group, please email becpto.vp@gmail.com with your tables of up to 8 people!


For tickets and more information about what your ticket includes, please visit tinyurl.com/BarfieldBingo. We hope you see many of you there! Deadline to purchase tickets is March 27.


Join us at our next BEC PTO meeting on April 2! We will meet in the Multipurpose Room at 6:00pm. Voting for our 2020-2021 Executive Board will take place and we will be preparing for Rock & Roll Bingo! We hope you'll join us!



Save the date for April 21(100 + 200 hallways) and April 22(300 hallway). We will be celebrating Muffins with Mom. More information to come!

Derek Scott, WSD Science Content Leader & Ms. Holly teamed up to lead the students through an experiment!