BES Weekly Update

January 25, 2021 - Issue No. 2

A Note From Principal Paquette

Dear Parents/Guardians,


It is with great excitement that we are ready to welcome back students to in-person learning at BES on Monday, February 1st! Teachers, staff and I are eager to have our almost 400 students back and learning in the classrooms with us and I hope that your children feel the same excitement!


Not every child will respond to changes in routine and learning environment positively. If you find that your child is struggling with the upcoming change or has anxiety or concerns with COVID, please reach out so that we can help. Our counselors are ready to hold Google Meets and connect with students whenever needed to help them through this transition. We all have to remember that our littlest Eagles have been working very hard and dealt with conditions we have never endured before. Some will go through this time with ease and others may exhibit behaviors that you don’t typically see from them, and that’s okay and to be expected. Communication is key and we will do what we can to offer support for your child. Let us know how we can help!


In preparation for the return to in-person schooling next week I ask that parents remind their child(ren) that masks will be required at all times when at school (including the bus and recess) unless they are eating or drinking. Further, keeping 6’ of social distance at all times is crucial. School has been proven to be a very safe environment when the proper protocols are in place and followed. Although there have been cases of Covid with our population, there has NOT been community spread based upon exposure at school and we intend to keep it that way by following all the necessary protocols for safety. Your support in reminding your child of this is greatly appreciated!


Progress Reports were mailed home to families this week. If you have not received yours by Monday of next week, please reach out to the office. You can also use Parent Portal through SchoolTool to access your child’s grades not only now but at any point in the school year. My Academic Milestones newsletter was posted to ParentSquare last week and families looking for ideas on how to help their child should use that newsletter as a resource. If you need other ideas, please reach out. Your child’s academic success begins at home with each of you.


Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and with our current circumstances valentine exchanges will still happen but with a simple schedule in place. If your child will be sending in a valentine for his/her classmates they must be in school by Monday, February 8th in order to be “quarantined” through Friday, February 12th. Classes will hold their valentine exchange, in COVID friendly ways, on Friday, February 12th. NO food or snacks are to be sent to school with your child for the purpose of sharing with the class. This is in an effort to keep all students and staff safe and is part of our Reopening Plan. Thank you for your understanding.


As always, if you are in need of any support, don’t hesitate reaching out to us here at school. We are excited to have your child(ren) back with us on Monday, February 1st! Stay healthy and stay warm in this upcoming cold spell!


Educationally yours,

Sarah Paquette

BES Principal

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January 25 through January 29, 2021

Without a doubt, this past year has been one of the most challenging years that most of us have ever faced. One thing that has kept us all afloat is the unprecedented amount of kindness and generosity shown to friends and strangers alike. At BES we are always teaching, modeling and promoting kindness through classroom lessons, the Positivity Project, social/emotional lessons/ activities and our most recent school-wide kindness chain. In an effort to maintain our focus on kindness, we have joined the worldwide initiative called “The Great Kindness Challenge”.


At BES, we will be simply engaging with a few of the tools from “The Great Kindness Challenge” to make it fun and easy so that everyone can participate. Starting Monday, January 25th and going until Friday, January 29th, we ask that students and their families check off a few kindness acts (daily) from the GKC checklists that are provided in your student’s google classroom. We all know that doing good deeds makes us feel good about ourselves and encourages others to be kind too...Kindness is contagious!


Please send pictures of your student engaging in a kind act to me at lamontagne.michele@bcsdk12.org so that I can add it to our GKC Bulletin Board in our BES Google Classroom.


Here are the different checklists: Pick whichever one is appropriate for your student/family and have fun!

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Snow Fun!

Mrs. Roberts put together some Google slides with different types of gross motor and sensory activities that can be done in the snow! Check it out by clicking the link below!

Virtual Dress Up Week at BES!

Crazy Hair Day!

Crazy Sock Day!

Wacky Wednesday!

Pajama Day!

Eagle Pride Day!

From the School Nurse


  • Be sure to let the health office know if your child(ren) has(have) been quarantined during the holiday break or during the pause. You may contact Mrs. Parrotte directly at 518-324-2520.
  • Please have doctor's notes, test results, and releases faxed to the elementary health office at 518-324-3695.
  • If you need to pick up your child(ren)'s medication, please call the elementary health office to make an appointment, 518-324-2520.
  • Lastly, as stated in previous communications, continue to complete the Daily Health Screening via ParentSquare. Thank you!

Meal Delivery Reminder from the Cafeteria


Beekmantown Central School District remains committed to providing nutritious meals to all residents of our district age 18 and younger during the pause of in-person education. Families that signed up will receive 5 days of breakfasts and lunches per week to be picked up at one of a number of Community Centers and the outside Cafeteria window at BHS and CHES.


The Cafeteria Meal delivery bus is gray and will have a red flag on it. Please remember your mask and social distancing when approaching the bus and windows.


Community Center and times are:
  • Champlain Park 8:30 am - 9:00 am Thursday only
  • Northern Redemption 9:15 am - 9:45 am Thursday only
  • Wallace Hill Fire Station 10:00 am - 10:30 am Thursday only
  • St. Joseph's Church Parking lot 10:45 am - 11:15 am Thursday only


Window Pick up: Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm:

  • Cumberland Head Elementary School
  • Beekmantown High School

If you are having difficulty signing up or or any changes to your information on the form, please contact Mrs. Barnes at 518.563.8685, or via email barnes.roxann@bcsdk12.org

Happy Birthday to Our January Eagles!

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Kaelyn Roberts, Gracelynn Aubin, Joseph Spooner, Carter Lemery, Ryleigh Baker, Allyson Gadway, Aubrey Moore, Ian Hemingway, Isabella Minasi, Aedan Bilyeu, Ethan Fessette, Noah Facteau, Sophia Howard, Hunter Thew, Alice Racine, Regin Chambers, Elias Poirier, Bailee Gagnier, Elijah Hamilton, Parker LaPierre, Seth Lavoie, Marissa Rato, Landen LaPorte,

Mason LaPierre, Ryan Desotell, Flynn Dupell, Brooke Boyce, Aislyn Holland, Raquel LaSalle

Jackson Deyo, Mark Spooner, Americus Rabideau, Eve Trombley, Evan Bruyere, Mia Dickinson, Jackson Miller, ALyssa Winterbottom, Ayriannah McCoy, Claire Giroux, Czarina Rivers, Nevaeh Dominy, Dean Imhoff and Brody Thornton.

Is your child having issues with Technology?

Check out our tech help page by clicking here: http://www.bcsdk12.org/techhelp/

This link will provide important information on the following topics:

  1. The process of getting a Chromebook repaired.
  2. How to maximize Google Meet performance.
  3. Reserve a Kajeet hot spot.
  4. How to print from Chromebooks at home, and more!

Positivity Project at BES

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#otherpeoplematter@BES

How Can You Reach Us?

Parents, we know this is an uncertain time and we want you to know we are here for you! If you have any questions feel free to email us or give us a call!


Office:

Sarah Paquette - paquette.sarah@bcsdk12.org

Candace Jock - jock.candace@bcsdk12.org

Danielle Thew - thew.danielle@bcsdk12.org


Counseling:

Sarah Titherington - titherington.sarah@bcsdk12.org

Michele Lamontagne - lamontagne.michele@bcsdk12.org

Kim Bean - bean.kim@bcsdk12.org


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www.facebook.com/beekmantownelementaryschoolgroup

www.bes.bcsdk12.org