Baywood Newsbearer

April 13, 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Baywood Parents,

Every year, our 3rd-5th graders at Baywood participate in CA State Testing, or the SBAC. This testing is one important measure of your child's academic performance and progress in academic areas of reading, writing and math, as well as learning skills such as persistence, synthesizing information, research skills, and more. It is also one important measure of our school's progress in these areas, and gives us great feedback on our programs. Last year, we saw great progress in all areas for our students.

Our 3rd-5th graders start their SBAC state testing next week. Please support your student & Baywood in being successful by ensuring a good night's rest, healthy breakfast and daily attendance. Please plan Dr. appts. etc around these dates. Thank you for your support of our school! SBAC State Testing Dates: 4/17, 4/18, 4/24, 4/25, 5/1, 5/2, 5/8. 5th grade also has a Science test on 5/9 & 5/10.

While these tests do matter and measure many important things, I'd like to also share this with you... There are many (very important!) things that tests can't accurately measure. Such as-

  • A test can't measure the compassion that shines in the eyes of a child caring for a chick that has fallen from its nest
  • A test can't measure the generosity shown by a boy who gives his birthday money to the homeless man on the corner
  • A test can't measure the creativity that has been poured into every piece of artwork that hangs on the refrigerator
  • A test can't measure the joy a little girl feels while slow dancing on her daddy's feet after dinner
  • A test can't measure the determination it takes for a child with reading difficulties to complete just one reading assignment
  • A test can't measure the love that is wrapped up in the warmth of a child's embrace

Children everywhere deserve to know this - You are not your test score, you are so much more! Again, while important, a test is one measure of a student's skills.


Mrs. Jennifer Dinielli

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Blue Ribbon Committee Outreach Plan- From Our Superintendent

Over the next few weeks, I will host six forums to seek your input on the Blue Ribbon Committee report. These forums are designed to allow busy staff and community members to take a few minutes out of their day to stop by and offer comments and observations after a short presentation. I hope to gain extensive and thorough feedback from our constituents to ensure future budget and program decisions reflect our collective wisdom as we adapt to the loss of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant tax revenue. I hope you will find the time to join me at one of these events.

April 23, 5:00-7:00 District Office

April 30, 5:00-7:00 LOMS Library

May 7, 5:00-7:00 MBHS

Upcoming Events at Baywood Elementary


4/17-Choir, 3-4 pm

4/18-Workout Wednesday

4/19-2nd grade to PAC, 10:15 am-12

4/19-Baywood Variety Show Try outs, 3-4 pm

4/24-Choir, 3-4 pm

4/25-Workout Wednesday

4/26-Baywood Variety Show 1st Rehearsal

4/27-Spirit Day, Dress Like a Word

4/30-Bear Hug Assembly, 9-9:30 am

*SBAC State Testing Dates: 4/17, 4/18, 4/24, 4/25, 5/1, 5/2, 5/8 & 5/9

It is important that all 3rd-5th grade students are at school on these days. Please plan dr. appts. etc around these dates. Thank you for your support of our school!

Community Corner

Please follow this link to see district approved community fliers (sports, art, clubs and much more). Select "all district" to see activities in SLO, LO, and MB.

Peaceful Playgrounds - NEW Lunch RUN CLUB!

Run Club at lunch recess! Great way to have fun and get healthy!

Open to all 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students. Come out and run laps, keep track of your running in a running log & earn fun prizes at 5, 7, 10, 12.5 and 15 miles. Top 5 runners will be recognized at an end of year awards assembly.

Bike to School Day Logo Contest!

Bike to School Day is coming soon! We have a contest going among Baywood students who are interested in designing a logo for the day. Designs must be on a 12 x 12 piece of paper and can be in marker, color pencil or designed electronically and printed. Designs due to the front office no later than Monday, April 24th at 9:30 am.

Voting on designs will be held the week of April 24, 2017. The winning design will be used on Baywood's Official Bike to School Day flyers and more!

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Kindergarten Registration - Open Now

Our Preschool is full for next year & we are accepting students for our waiting list.

We are still enrolling Kindergarteners!

Incoming Kindergartners must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018. Transitional Kindergartners must be five on or before December 2, 2018. Preschool students must be four by December 2, 2018, and there is an income requirement for admission to our preschool. If you have a friend or neighbor with a child this age, please help us get the word out about these important dates! If you have any questions about registration, please stop by our office or call 534-2856.

From Your PTA

The next PTA meeting will be on May 3rd

Yearbook Orders

We are still taking yearbook orders! Online sales are closed, however you can pay cash or check to Baywood PTA and drop it in the front office. Cost is now $17.

World Beats ā€˜nā€™ Funky Feet

Baywood PTA is sponsoring a 4 week dance class for 4th and 5th grade students. Baywood kids will get their groove on to favorite pop songs and world rhythms. They will learn a bit about our diverse world through dance. Sandra Sarrouf has 20+ years teaching dance to children and adults. Kids will gain mind body awareness, develop coordination, rhythm, timing, exercise and have fun dancing. Space is limited. Please turn forms in by Friday April 20th. If there are more interested then there is room in the class students will be chosen by lottery. Students will be contacted by Monday April 23rd to confirm participation.

Classes will be held Fridays from 3-4pm in the MPR on April 27, May 4th, 11th and 18th

For more information please contact Sandra at or 459-2055