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Bayyari Elementary School Newsletter, Springdale, AR

2020-2021, Issue 15, December 5, 2020

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Mrs. Johnson's Journaling

Remote Teaching Update

We are so proud of the work done this week by students at home. And thank you to parents who brought their students to school this week to participate in small groups or get some extra help with their online lessons. The engagement from most was great when we know it wasn't easy on students, teachers, parents, grandparents, and babysitters alike. Thank you for your commitment to your child's education. We are so happy to be back face to face with our students this week.

Lexia Update

This week we had 43 students grow one level in Lexia Core 5! We are so proud of all the growth our students are making and especially proud of them working from home.


We now have access to another digital learning program and it is for math. It is an adaptive program that pays attention to how fast and what strategies your child uses to solve their math problems and adapts as it goes. Dreambox and Lexia can both be found in your child's single sign on Clever and many k-1 teachers will push it out through the Seesaw app as well.

As always, we are here to help! Please contact us at (479)750-8760 or email us at

Mrs. Johnson

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Lost and Found

Please have your students check the lost and found if they are missing a jacket, lunchbox, or other item. Also, if you write your child's name on their things it makes it easier to get it back to them.


1) Please wash your child's mask daily. They can put their cloth mask in the bathtub or shower with them to wash and then hang to dry.

2) If your child is tested for coronavirus, please DO NOT send them to school until their test results are back. Please call the school with your child's test results.

3) If you are positive or your family has been exposed to coronavirus, please call the school at 479-750-8760 to let us know and also fill out the online COVID form at The school nurse is happy to help you fill out this form via phone.

4) Remind your child to be sure to wash their hands often, especially before they eat.

Nurse's Update

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There are many different types of masks. Most of them are efficient if you wear them correctly. Medical grade masks are designed to be the most efficient. However, I have seen several medical/surgical masks worn the wrong way. The metal bar needs to go at the top to seal the area around your nose. Also, the BLUE has to be on the OUTSIDE of the mask. Wearing the mask with the white on the outside decreased the filtration of air particles. If you do choose to wear a medical mask, be sure the COLOR is on the OUTSIDE.

School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Counselor's Corner

How to Promote Effective Communication with Your Child

I recently read an article titled “7 Tips for Effective Communication with Your School-aged Child” at It lists 7 great strategies for effective communication with our school age children. I wanted to share what I found.

1. Use your entire body when listening. Make sure you have strong eye contact and that you are listening intently.

2. Watch for emotions they are using. It is important to understand when your child is really serious about what they are talking about. Make sure you fully understand them. Ask questions. Rephrase if you have to.

3. Empathize with your child’s feelings. Make sure your child knows that you care how they are feeling. Be sensitive to their feelings.

4. Make sure you have the entire story before making judgement. Gather as much information as you can before offering advice or correction. If you don’t, you could be handling the situation incorrectly.

5. Try to put yourself in your child’s shoes. Make sure that you see it through your child’s eyes. This will help you help your child make the best choices going forward.

6. Focus on behavior, not getting onto your child. Help them learn from a mistake they may have made with encouragement versus shaming.

7. Change your child’s mindset. Help your child learn to become proactive about situations they encounter versus reactive.

Springdale Sonics Basketball

Springdale Sonics is looking for 5th grade boys and 2nd - 5th grade girls that are interested in playing in the Sonics league beginning January 9th at the Springdale Recreation Center. Anyone interested can contact League Director, James Dean at as soon as possible.

Upcoming Dates


7 - Return to Learning at School

15 - Food Distribution Day

18 - Winter Party and Pajama Day

19 - January 3 - No School Winter Break