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Bear Tavern Weekly information - May 6 , 2016

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Note from the Principal

Happy Friday Bear Tavern Staff,

There is a lot to celebrate this week! We are done PARCC, we are observing Staff Appreciation Week and we are gearing up for Mothers' Day!

I would like to sincerely thank everyone who administered and supported our PARCC testing, but specifically call out our Building Test Coordination Team - Katie, Kevin, Mandi, Beth and Chris A. as well as our district support team. We had amazing support and a lot of people working very hard behind the scenes. Everyone worked together extremely well and I was very proud and happy.

I'd also like to say "THANK YOU" again to our entire staff. For a school to run smoothly, so many people have to work in so many roles. The amount of work and dedication that goes on from 8:30 - 3:45 is incredible, but that is only a small portion of the preparation and effort that goes into running successful classrooms, support programs, therapies, office operations, lunch rooms, facilities and so much more. Happy Staff Appreciation Week.

Lastly, I would like to wish all of the mom's on our staff, NOW INCLUDING SHANNON, a very happy Mother's Day. Please take a look at the short videos below. Being a mom is so incredibly difficult and all encompassing in it's own rite and when paired with working at Bear Tavern I am in awe of the moms in our midst. Enjoy a special weekend and thank you for your effort and dedication.

Get ready for some muffins and tea Friday morning because... "There is 'muffin' like a great TEAcher!"

Have a great weekend!



Fake Job Interview - Mothers Day
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Special Reminders & Upcoming Dates

Information & Reminders:

  • Important Survey - I need your help! As wild as it seems, the end of the year is rapidly approaching. One requirement of my annual evaluation with Dr. Smith is staff survey. Please take a look and take some time to fill it out honestly. I am looking forward to reflecting upon the year. I have ideas about areas that I'd like to see myself and the school improve, but I would love to hear from you. While i need it for my evaluation, it is also a great tool for me to use to improve. Please take a look and complete by Friday 5/13. Thank you! CLICK HERE for survey.

  • Staffing Memo - as of 5/7/16, please note following memo addressing staffing adjustments at BT. Please note that specific Special Ed and Basic Skills assignments are still not finalized. CLICK HERE for memo. Remember, it is confidential.

  • PTO Mtg - 5/18 - I would like to have a noticeable staff presence, ideally with a few comments/presentations about some of the events or activities that we have going on. Please consider attending and let me know if you are interested in highlighting a program or event.

  • STAFF LUNCHEON (1/2 Day district PD) - More details will follow, but we will celebrate May Day in the morning and will have an assembly at approximately 11:15 am. I am working to have parent volunteers assist in monitoring the crowd, but if you are interested in volunteering for a shift, please CLICK HERE. Compliments of the PTO. The assembly will run approximately one hour.


Friday 5/6 - Art Enrichment /TGA Tennis /Girls on the Run /Let me Run

Friday 5/6 - Percussion Ensemble / Princeton Symphony Orchestra 4th Gr APR 8:45 - 9:45

Friday 5/6 - HVEF Galla

Monday 5/9 - 1/2 DAY (PD) - MAY DAY!

Monday 5/9 - Den Groups (8:45 - 10 am)

Monday 5/9 - Staff Luncheon 11:15 - 12:30

Tuesday 5/10 - (Make Up PARCC) Girls on the Run / Let me Run

Tuesday 5/10 - Richardson Auditorium 12:25 - 2:30 - Grades 3 & 5

Wednesday 5/11 - Grade Level Mtgs

Thursday 5/12- Art Enrichment, Soccer Shots, YMCA Ballet, Let Me Run

Friday 5/13 - Pre School Colab Day, Art Enrichment, Girls on the Run

Monday 5/16 - Shad at BT!

Monday 5/16 - Faculty Mtg (Aflec Rep brief presentation to start)

Monday 5/16 - Olivia Wahl 3rd Grade

Tuesday 5/17 - Olivia Wahl 5th Grade, Girls on the Run, Let Me Run

Wednesday 5/18 - Olivia Wahl 4th Grade

Wednesday 5/18 - 5th Grade Trip to Philadelphia

Wednesday 5/18 - PTO General Mtg (I would love to have multiple fac reps attend)

Wednesday 5/18 - Picture Retakes

Thursday 5/19 - Zoo 1st Grade

Thursday 5/19 - YMCA Ballet, Soccer Shots, Art Enrichment, Let Me Run

Friday 5/20 - Pre K to Howell Farm, Girls on the Run

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