The Bulldog Buzz!

Week of December 16, 2019

What will you learn about the world by sharing stories from your life & the lives of others?

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Lesson Plans Due

Monday, Dec. 16th, 8am

Bullock School

  • To the 2nd Grade Team: My Chat & Chew block is during your lunch period this week. If you would to dialog about any of our initiatives, share questions or just have a laugh...let me know!

Real Men Read Visit

Monday, Dec. 16th, 9:45-11:30pm

Bullock School

  • THANK YOU to Ms. LoCastro & Bowe's Real Men Read group for spending the morning with our students!

Faculty Meeting

Monday, Dec. 16th, 2:45-4pm

Media Center

Faculty PLC Article: Trauma-Informed Teaching Strategies

Team Meetings

  • Gr1: Don't forget to send your agenda items! TY!
  • Gr2: Don't forget to send your agenda items! TY!
  • Gr3: MAP/NJSLA Data Review
  • Special Areas: Monthly Newsletters

CAST Meetings

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 9am-2pm

Small Conference Room

1:00 Dismissal - Winter Break Begins

Friday, Dec. 20th, 1pm

Bullock School

The Principal's POV on our Schoolwide BIG Question!

Each trimester, I pick a book to read that's aligned with the current schoolwide essential question (which just so happens to grace the header of the #BulldogBuzz each week). I love how this practice has diversified my book list & has kept me learning alongside our students! After all, it's easy (and all too common) to talk about being a lifelong learner, but I prefer to walk the walk! Keep reading to see what I LEARNED ABOUT THE WORLD from Trevor Noah and the autobiographical anecdotes of his book, Born A Crime.


Trevor Noah is a product of the systemic racism of apartheid, childhood trauma & poverty. Through it all, his one constant was his religious mother whose main focus was to raise a boy that would have more opportunities in life than what she was afforded. Being biracial, he didn't fit in with either the black community or the white community. He bounced around through various schools & various socioeconomic classes. He saw some great successes as a young entrepreneur & got into some trouble along the way (burning down a house, anyone?!).


Despite such adversity, Noah has clearly been successful...but what are his words of wisdom? Simply put, he preaches that in order to break a cycle of poverty and trauma children need both the opportunities and tools to be successful. We must go beyond teaching the "facts" of history, and focus on the "emotional & moral dimensions" of what led us to where we are today. In other words, saying that "if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime" isn't enough. Instead, we have an obligation to take the next step and decide how can we work together to get him a fishing rod.


Click here if you want to check-out my "science" pick for the 2nd trimester...and if you're interested in joining me for a book talk on either of these texts, let me know via email, social media or during an upcoming Chat & Chew session. Thank you for a fantastic week & have a great weekend!

Trevor Noah on taking "Born a Crime" from the page to students' ears
The Principal's Point of View

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News & Notes

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Don't forget to turn-in your conference sign-in sheets to the front office before you head out for the weekend!


Gr3 Trip-Rowan Planetarium (9:30-11:30)

  • 12/19: Alleman, Applegate & Story
  • 12/20: Aird, Rondeau and Bernstiel


Santa's Secret Shop (Thursday, 12/19)

  • Don't forget that we have students heading over to GIS to participate in this year's shop. The student list is included with the faculty "buzz" email.

Bullock's BOOM Board!

You're the best! Shout-outs from the staff...
  • A great big boom to Ms. Tursi, Mrs. Castro, and all the students for an amazing show. You really out did yourselves!!!

  • Thank you Sarah for helping me and for your patience.
  • Castro & Tursi that was the best show ever!!! Perry I loved the set!!!!!!
  • Tag and the OG girls… goodbye MSR3!
  • Thanks to all the BSI teachers for making themselves available for all our conferences during a hectic week. I appreciate your input and collaboration!
  • Thank you to everyone who donated to JPW! You helped the families, especially our students, have a special Christmas this year!!
  • Aileen, Kim, Bernadette and all others involved in the Winter Concert and Choir and International Club performances–WOW! Amazing show, set and talent!
  • Nicole W. – Your talent, hard work and compassion for our students does not go unnoticed.
  • Dave – thanks for sharing your extra headphones with me
  • Just wanted to thank everyone for your help as we worked to get student heights and weights done this week.
  • Mrs. Castro and Mrs. Tursi great job on the holiday show. I know a lot of time and hard work went into it.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Raynor for doing a great job as always for the book fair.
  • Nina thank you for translating for me and being so positive about everything.
  • OG girls it was a great semester together again. I love all of our laughs we have together.
  • Thank you to Sarah, Carl, Jennifer, and Donna for sharing your classes with me for Hour of Code Week! I had a blast!
Bullock Meeting Minutes

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Happy Birthday!

  • Ms. Johnston - 12/15
  • Ms. Romalino - 1/1
  • Ms. Peale - 1/2
  • Ms. Sweeney - 1/2
  • Ms. Procopio - 1/4
  • Ms. Masso - 1/9
  • Ms. Rondeau - 1/30
  • Ms. Azzarano - 1/22
  • Ms. Dunn - /129

Schoolwide Events

Community events/reminders are in bold.

  • 01/03: CAST Meetings
  • 01/06: Bulldog Buddies Meeting, Gr2 Trip (Franklin Institute)
  • 01/08: Faculty PLC & Team Meetings
  • 01/13: MAP & DIBELS Window Opens (DUE 1/17)
  • 01/17: CAST Meetings
  • 01/20: School Closed (MLK, Jr. Day)
  • 01/24: Star Student Luncheon
  • 01/27: F&P Window Opens (DUE 2/4)