2019-2020 Issue 27, March 9, 2020
This Week's Happenings at Bayyari Elementary
2nd Grade Music Performance
Monday, March 9th, 8:30am
2199 Scottsdale Avenue
Tips for Parents for Talking with Kids about the Coronavirus (source: childmind.org)
Don’t be afraid to discuss it! Not talking about it will often make them worry more. Your goal should be to help them feel informed and get more facts than they are likely to get from their friends.
Consider your child’s age. Don’t give too much information. Just answer their questions as best you can.
Ask your child what they have heard about coronavirus, and how they feel about it.
Deal with your own anxiety about coronavirus. Make sure you are calm while you are discussing it.
Be reassuring. The flu is actually much more common, and kids are less likely to contract coronavirus.
Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe: Wash your hands often. Sneeze into your elbows. Avoid touching your face.
Stick to your routine.
Keep lines of communication open.
Here’s a great resource to share with your kids about coronavirus: What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus: An Original Comic : Goats and Soda
Read Across America: Kiss a Pig
Meet Our Bears!
Ms. Joanne McDonald
Ms. McDonald is from Birmingham, England. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and East Tennessee State University. Ms. McDonald has degrees in Journalism and Bristish History, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching. This is her year 16th year as a teacher. Ms. McDonald is a kindergarten teacher.
When not helping students, Ms. McDonald enjoys working in her garden and spending time with her family. She has been married for 37 years and has four amazing children and one awesome son-in-law.
Mr. James Cooper
Mr. Cooper is from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He graduated from John Brown University with a Bachelors of Science in Education. This is his year 1st year as a teacher. Mr. Cooper is a kindergarten teacher.
When not helping students, Mr. Cooper enjoys taking walks, writing and playing music, doing yoga, and making punny jokes. He is really happy to be a part of the family at Bayyari Elementary.
Ms. Claussen is from Sterling, KS. She graduated from McPherson College. Ms. Claussen has degrees in Elementary and Special Education, as well as a Masters degree in Educational Theory and Practice. This is her year 18th year as a teacher. Ms. Claussen is a special education teacher.
When not helping students, Ms. Claussen enjoys spending time with her family. She was a hairdresser before becoming a teacher.
8 - Daylight Savings Time Starts - don't forget to Spring Forward
9 - 2nd Grade Music Performance 8:30 am
16 - Kindergarten Registration Opens 8:00 am16 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 - 7:00 pm
17 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 - 7:00 pm
20 - Bear Bash 1:30 pm
23-27 - Spring Break - No School
6 - 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade MAP Reading Test 8:45 am
7 - K, 1st, & 2nd Grade MAP Reading Test 8:45 am
8 - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade MAP Math Test 8:45 am
9 - 1st Grade Stick Horse Rodeo
10 - K-5 MAP Make Up Testing
14 - K, 1st, & 2nd Grade MAP Math Test 8:45 am
16 - K-5 MAP Make Up Testing
17 - Bear Bash at 1:30 pm
20 - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade ACT Aspire English Test 8:45 am
21 - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade ACT Aspire Math Test 8:45 am
22 - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade ACT Aspire Reading Test 8:45 am
23 - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade ACT Aspire Science Test 8:45 am
24 - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade ACT Aspire Writing Test 8:45 am
27 - 1st Grade Walton Arts Center Field Trip