The Bee's Knees

December 2019 Barfield Early Childhood Newsletter

A month or so ago I sent an email with a link to a parent survey. Eighty-four parents responded and I thought I would share the results. The survey was composed of five categories each contained multiple elements with a rating scale of 1 to 4. A score of 4 was the highest (most positive) rating. Here is how you rated our school.

Teaching & Learning-3.81

School Safety-3.85

Interpersonal Relationships-3.75

Institutional Environment-3.87

Parental Involvement-3.73

We were very proud of the feedback you provided us. We work very hard to create a strong curriculum, stay up do date on the best early childhood teaching practices and build positive relationships with our students and families. Your responses were an important affirmation that we are on the right track.

Also on track and scheduled to arrive next Tuesday at Barfield is the Polar Express. The Polar Express is a magical event for our students. Students will take an imaginary train ride aboard the Polar Express. They will listen to a reading of the story, be served cookies and hot chocolate and receive a visit from Santa. They will also get to see a Lionel Polar Express train display. Your child's teacher will communicate with you when your child will board the Polar Express.

On Saturday, December 14, we will host a Polar Express Open House. The train display will be running, we will have crafts for the children and there will be cookies and a hot chocolate/ coffee bar. A photographer with a holiday backdrop will be here but Santa will not. The Open House will be open from 10:00 to 1:00.

Lastly, Lionel donated two Polar Express Ready to Play Train Sets to our PTO! Here is a link to the Lionel product page for this train set. They have a retail value of $100.00. The BEC PTO will be selling raffle tickets for each set. Tickets cost $3.00 for one or $5.00 for two tickets. Tickets will be sold at the Open House. If you want to purchase raffle tickets before the Open House send a message to your child's teacher. She will send the tickets home. You can then write your name and phone number on the ticket(s) and return them with the money in a clearly marked envelope. We will draw the winning tickets for the Lionel train sets on Monday, December 16.

All Aboard!
Kevin Garcia

Important Dates

* 12/5/19 5:15P - 7:00P: Parent Group - Underwear is Fun to Wear

* 12/14/19 10:00A - 1:00P: Polar Express Open House

* 12/19-12/20: No School for BEC students

* 12/23-01/03: Winter Break

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Staff Spotlight- Teacher of the Year

This month we will spotlight the 2019-2020 Barfield Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Shara Cooper. Shara joined the Barfield Early Childhood faculty in 2005 (when we were the Quail Ridge Early Childhood Center). She began her career in the WSD as an Instructional Assistant and later accepted a teaching position in 2010. This is not Shara’s first time to be honored as the Teacher of the Year. She also received this honor in 2012. Then and now, the honor is much deserved. Shara is adored by her students because she so clearly demonstrates to each how much she loves them. Every interaction with her students, from the greeting at the door to the words of praise and reassurance, and even the necessary reminders regarding classroom expectations, communicate sincerity and compassion. The best part is she is able to balance her caring and compassionate nature with the structure and high expectations. Shara’s students know which behaviors Shara expects and which will not be tolerated, and they fall in line not because they are “made to” but because they do not want to disappoint her. Shara is also a very creative teacher. Her lessons create learning through fun activities and play. Shara is a dedicated educator that can be relied upon to put her students’ needs before her own. We are proud to recognize Mrs. Shara Cooper as the Barfield Early Childhood Teacher of the Year!

From the Nurse

Snow Safety

It is important for parents and other caregivers to be aware of snow safety for preschoolers to help keep them safe during these winter conditions. We all know that children love to play in the snow, but they are not concerned with the dangers that the cold and wet snow can bring. It is up to the parents and caregivers to make sure that they remain safe. We have included some snow safety tips to make sure our kiddos are safe.

- - Encourage them to walk slowly and pay close attention to where the ice and snow may be slippery

- -Make sure they eat a snack before going outside. This will give them the energy boost needed to stay warm and enjoy their time in the snow.

- -Apply sunscreen. The rays of the sun can reflect off of the snow, still causing damage to skin.

- -Always remember to dress in layers including waterproof outerwear for the top layer.

- -Please remember to have them wear a helmet whenever they are sledding, ice skating, or skiing.

Counsler's Corner

Hello Families! Thank you to all of you that reached out to provide a gift from our Mitten Tree. You have promised to gift over 300 gifts for families in need this holiday season! Just a few reminders:

*Please attach the mitten to the gift when you return it to school. This will help us get it to the

right family!

*Gifts are due back to school no later than December 13th. But feel free to return them earlier!

*If you have any questions about your mitten or gift, please feel free to contact Ms. Katie at ext.

19242 or

Library Reminders

Due to the Polar Express Event, students will not be checking out books to bring home the week of Monday, December 9 - Friday, December 13. They may still come to the library at their scheduled day and time to listen to a story or do an activity with their class. We will resume checkouts on Monday, December 16th. Students checking out books will be allowed to keep them over the Winter Break. Please make sure the books are returned when school resumes on Monday January 6. We encourage the students to place their library book back in their backpacks once they are finished reading it to ensure it gets returned and they are able to check out a new book.

I wish you all a very HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

Elf Watch

The Elf on the Shelf visits BEC each year. Our Elf's name is Jingles! He will appear on Monday December 2. I will upload an image each day to our homepage. Here is a link to Jingles' webpage. You can have a little fun with this information with your children. Happy holidays!
Mr. G

PTO Update

Thank you everyone who participated on our Cookie Cutter fundraiser, we exceeded all expectations for their company and have been asked to give advice for future schools fundraising! We are busy chugging along working on our Spring fundraiser & have appointed Mindy Meinert to be our lead chair person for the Bingo Night we have planned. We have been able to purchase so many exciting things this year for our staff members and the students to enjoy. Thank you for all the support this year, the board really appreciates it. We hope each and every family from BEC has a great holiday season!

-Lauren Kalhorn, President