Beverly Cleary School
October 13th, 2023
A Note from Principal Presley
This weekend, I have the joy of heading to Seattle for the Ducks vs. Huskies game. Send positive thoughts because a 12:30 PM start time means the evening could be ugly if the Ducks lose. We talk with kids about sportsmanship and simply enjoying the game, but maybe I need to start those efforts with my own husband!
This week, we held several interviews for both the open .5 administrative assistant position in the front office as well as the PE position we have been given, a pilot for middle schools across PPS who are in need of increasing PE minutes for students. Teachers also had the opportunity of working with PLCs to analyze the WIN (what I need) block and recap learning goals in daily lessons! We know that if students can anticipate what they are setting out to do, there is more clarity and focus in making it happen, so that's what learning targets/goals are designed to support.
This week, I also had the joy of guest teaching in a couple classrooms. We know cold bugs are going around, so it's all hands on deck here! To be honest, while I get none of my own work done during the day, I sure do love being in classrooms with kids; it really fills my bucket. A special shout out to many of our middle school teachers who jumped in to also help provide coverage in our K-5 and to our support staff for going wherever necessary to cover duties when we were short!
Looking back at this whirlwind of a week, I can't help but think how grateful I am to be surrounded by a staff who is all in for what it takes to make student days a success! As I look at what's to come next week, I think I'm most excited for the PTA fundraiser on Wednesday at Steeplejack! A fundraiser and a night out for dinner- what could be better!
Finally, my hope is you are heading into a 3 day weekend with your kids in a way that takes advantage of these temperatures; I don't know why, but as someone entering their first fall and full winter, I thought it would be colder by now!
Important Information & Upcoming Events
- October 23rd - Coffee Talk
- October 27th - Spookorama
- November 2nd - End of Quarter
- November 1-21st - Annual Harvest Book Drive
Fun Run Deadline Extended to October 20th!
We are inching closer to our goal of $42,000, but still need your help. Donations to the Fun Run directly fund this year's PTA programs. Without the BCS community's assistance, the PTA may be unable to hold beloved events, fund critical teacher and student grants, or support ongoing programs such as the learning garden and artist-in-residence.
View all the PTA's programs on our website. Every dollar contributed is invested in our students, teachers/staff, and community.
Students may earn prizes for their participation. A few highlights:
- Classes with at least 70% participation (based on # kids with at least 1 donation) earn a donut party!
- The top 2 point-earners from grades K-5 and 6-8 get to PIE Ms. Presley at the November all-school assembly!
View all the prizes and how to earn points here.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers, staff, spectators, and students for making the run a success. We saw lots of smiles, laughs, and runners with no shoes (!). Altogether, 506 kids participated, running a total of 4,130 laps, which equals 1,032.5 miles. Wow!
How to donate
Donate online here. To ensure your student receives credit, either mention your student's name in the donation comments OR login to their personalized fundraising page. You may also turn in a check to the office labeled with your student's name.
Don't forget to check with your employer regarding a corporate match!
Thank you for your support!
Beverly Cleary PTA
Join us at Spookarama on Friday, October 27!
Spookarama is our fall community event with carnival style games, Haunted House, and more! It’s a family friendly, BCS tradition that began in 1989 at Hollyrood.
Parent and caregiver volunteers are essential! The biggest need is during the event between 5pm-8pm to run games, serve food, security and more! Sign-up here: https://bit.ly/spookarama2023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Check out the Spookarama website for more information on the event.
Beverly Cleary PTA News
Donate your Bottles and Raise Money for BCS!
The PTA is continuing its popular BottleDrop recycling fundraiser this year and K-5 students should bring home a Blue Bag this week.
It's EASY to raise money for our PTA by recycling your cans and bottles. Just fill up a Blue Bag and return it at any BottleDrop location (Fred Meyer, New Seasons, and Whole Foods are closest). We hope to raise $7500 this year with your help!
Visit our website for more information, to request more bags, and to track our progress. THANK YOU for supporting our school!
Join the PTA Parent Portal
The PTA is inviting (and asking) new families to sign up for a free account on our website. An account will give you access to:
- receiving our newsletter,
- access to the school directory,
- volunteer sign up forms,
- ·and configuration of student fundraising pages for the upcoming Fun Run.
Joining the PTA is optional after this, but we welcome that too! You’ll be more connected to your fellow families and more informed about all the programs and community events the PTA has to offer. Questions? Reach out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.