Volume 5 - Byram Lakes Elementary School - January 2023
January 3rd: Return to school
January 10th: Lego Club begins for 1st & 2nd graders (PTA Sponsored - more information below)
January 11th: Lego Club begins for 3rd & 4th graders (PTA Sponsored - more information below)
January 13th: A Night Around the World (PTA Sponsored - more information below)
January 16th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - School closed
January 18th: Board of Education Meeting
January 26th: End of Marking Period 2
January 27th: Guest Author Reader Melissa Finkelstein (PTA Sponsored - more information below)
A Message from the Principal
2022 was a great year. Our students were able to put virtual learning in the past (for the most part) and get back to the school experience that we know and love. Sure, we had some bumps in the road as we learned how to reconnect (or connect for the first time) with our peers and our teachers. We had a couple of September "snow" days during which the water didn't quite cooperate. But all in all, our staff, families, and students worked collaboratively to find out what our students needed, and work towards addressing those needs.
Now we're getting ready for 2023! This is the perfect opportunity for all of us to take a breath, and take a look at what's ahead for our students. School will continue to push and challenge our students, and that's ok! Teachers will be ready to deliver high quality instruction. Students will be asked to strive for excellence in school, and I am confident that they will rise to meet that challenge.
So what can we do to make 2023 our children's most successful school year yet? This is a great opportunity to read with your child. Research shows that reading to your child daily supports cognitive development, improved language skills and vocabulary, increased concentration, discipline, and creativity, and a lifelong love of learning! Does your child need some extra support in math? Great! Ask his/her teacher about any learning gaps that can be addressed through practice at home. Can it be difficult to work on these things when things get a little crazy at home? Designate a time during the afternoon and a place in a common area to allow your child to do some homework or get a little extra study practice. Does your child need a little help socially or emotionally? Ask me what services can be offered here at school to give them some extra support, or enroll them in a new town sport or activity. See some ideas below.
A new year brings new opportunities. Let's use this fresh start to continue some of the great things from 2022, and work together to promote even more academic success for the children of Byram Lakes!
Included in this edition of the Lakes Ledger:
A Look Back
- Governor's Educators of the Year
- Teaching & Learning
- BLES School Library Opening
- Kindness Club
- Holiday Concert
- Ornament Sale
- Guest Speaker Lee Rouson
A Look Ahead
- Kindergarten Registration
- Byram Summer Adventure Program
- Teacher Wishlists
- Lego Club
- Cold Weather
- Pickup Patrol
- Lego Club
- Upcoming Events - Night Around the World & Guest Author
- General Meeting 1/5/23
- BLES Building Calendar
- Byram Recreation Signup Information
- Classroom newsletters
A Look Back
Governors Educators of the Year
- Be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated licensed classroom teacher (PreK to grade12 in a public or charter school) where teaching is the primary responsibility rather than administrative or supervisory responsibilities or an educational services professional (ESP)
- Be an expert in the field who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn
- Actively collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a strong culture of respect and success
- Demonstrate leadership and innovation in educational activities at the school, district and/or state and national levels that take place both within and outside the school setting
- Have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues
Our two winners this year meet all of these criteria and SO MUCH MORE. They are revered by the staff, and our students are so lucky to be in the hands of these compassionate and dedicated educators.
Congratulations to our Governor's Educator of the Year, PE and health teacher Mike Kulesa!
Congratulations to our Governor's Educational Services Professional of the year, school nurse Barbara Scholl!
Teaching & Learning: Learning Centers
BLES School Library
Teaching & Learning: Letters & Sounds
ShopRite Holiday Concert
Holiday Ornament Sale
At the end of November, Lee Rouson came in to talk with our Byram Lakes students. Mr. Rouson is a former NFL player who played for the New York Giants. He spoke to our students about making good choices in life and following each of our own paths. He left students with a challenge to live their lives by asking themselves one very important question: Who are you??
A Look Ahead
Kindergarten registration will open on January 9, 2023. The Smore link below will provide a step by step walk through of the registration process. There is a short video clip providing instructions for how to use the online portal to register a child. Should you have any questions or need any assistance with the online registration process, please contact the main office at Byram Lakes for help.
Please submit Kindergarten registration paperwork by March 3, 2023
Byram Summer Adventure Program
Byram Summer Adventures is a 6 week summer program being proposed to the Byram community. The program would be sponsored by the PTA in cooperation with four certified Byram teachers. The program would be available for children currently enrolled in the Byram school district, Kindergarten (students that have completed kindergarten this year) - fourth grade (rising and current 4th graders). The proposed program would run Monday through Thursday from 9:00am - 1:00pm at the Byram Lakes Elementary School. There would be three stations that each group would rotate through, STEM, physical education games, and art and crafts. Each child will have an opportunity to spend an hour at each station. Students would be required to bring a peanut free lunch from home. The estimated cost for each week is $100 - $125 based on enrollment.
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please fill in the Form below! This was sent out via an email blast a few weeks ago, so you may have already completed the form.
- Please adjust Pickup Patrol to let us know your child will be staying for Lego Club.
- Lego Club ends at 4:30.
- Your child must be registered through the PTA to participate in Lego Club.
Please see the PTA Corner below for more information including how to sign up!
4 absences/tardies: letter home about the importance of attendance generated (Truancy Officer)
8 absences/tardies:second letter home with importance of attendance, and warning of what will happen if absences/tardies increase (Truancy Officer)
12 unexcused absences/tardies: mandatory meeting to develop an Attendance Improvement Plan (RTI Coordinator)
18 absences/tardies: possible referral to truancy court (Administrator)
In order to avoid an unexcused absence, please send in a doctor's note or other documentation providing an excused reason for the absence. The regulation on absence classification can be found here. If you have doctor's notes or documentation for any school days already missed, please send those in to our main office as soon as possible.
Please click here for an informational flyer that will explain more.
In order to opt-in:
- If you already have a mobile phone number in our system attached to your contact card and you wish to opt-in, you may send a text message to 67587 with Y or Yes in the text message at any time. Doing so will opt you in to receive text alerts after we complete the migration.
Click here for an informational flier with more information as well as a QR Code that you can scan to assist you with opting in as well.
If you do not opt-in using one of the methods provided above, you will not receive any text alerts from the school after we migrate to the new system. You can also opt-out at any time by sending STOP to 67587, or by replying to a school alert with STOP in the message.
If you opted-in, but are finding that you are not receiving school alerts via text, this likely means we do not have your number in our system, or it is not correctly marked as a mobile number. Please contact the main office of your child’s school to have the contact number corrected, and marked as a mobile number.
Students have been loving our school lunches provided by Maschio's Food Services! Maschio's is committed to serving healthy and delicious food options to our students on a regular basis. Unlike last year, lunch will not be offered at no cost to students. Lunch options include a main course option, a bagel bag, and a muffin bag. All lunches include components of a well-rounded nutritional meal, such as a vegetable, a milk, and a cheese stick or yogurt for the bagged options. A student lunch costs $3.50.
Using their online portal, you can check out the upcoming menus for each month. You can also preload your child's account so that they have the funds to buy lunch. See the below links for more information. If your child buys lunch, it is very helpful if they know their PIN to ensure a quick buying process and more time to eat. Your child's lunch pin is the last four digits of their Student ID number.
If your child charges lunch and you have not yet added funds, you will be receiving notices from me to fund your account.
A message from the Board Office:
The school lunches are not free anymore unless you qualify through the free and reduced application process.The income guidelines have changed so if you didn't qualify in the past you may qualify now. Please complete an application and send it in an envelope to the Byram Board of Education office.Those families that qualify for reduced lunch will get it free this year under a state subsidy.The applications can be found on the Byram School website under the students tab and food service tab.
There will be no letters sent home for positive cases this year. If your child isn't feeling well, play it safe and keep them home.
Masks are optional for all staff and students.
The PTA is always looking for volunteers, please contact them at email@example.com
Here’s your 2022-2023 Byram PTA Board Members:
President Marla Rodriguez
Vice President Ana Lavrador
Secretary Oriana Strohmeyer
Treasurer Lindsey McBain
By-Laws Chair Patricia Trentanelli
A message from the PTA
The PTA would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a happy new year! Thank you for your continued support. Thank you to all the volunteers and special thank you to Jenny our holiday shop chairperson putting it all together. It was a huge success. The kids loved shopping for their family and friends.
We are getting ready for an exciting new year filled with fun events.
Please fill out the Google Forms linked below to sign up. Pick up will be 4:30pm. Program will run until the end of May.
Night Around the World
Byram Township Recreation Leagues