The month of November flew by at The Hive!
As many of you are aware, we received some great news from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Beachmont was one of two schools in the state nominated to be a National ESEA Distinguished School. This a great honor and a team of educators from the Beachmont will be going to Portland, OR to be recognized and take part in the National ESEA Conference in February. Here is an article with more information about the award: https://www.reverek12.org/apps/news/article/1845821 .
On November 28th, we hosted a Family Literacy Night that was geared towards our Kindergarten through third grade students and families. This was a night to promote literacy strategies that can be utilized at school and at home. We also presented information about a recent Massachusetts law that requires all K-3 students to be given an early literacy assessment multiple times per year(https://www.doe.mass.edu/instruction/screening-assessments.html) and to make sure families are aware of student progress. If students are not meeting certain expectations, it is our responsibility to provide additional supports. Our goal is to ensure that all students have the foundational literacy skills by third grade. We are constantly progress monitoring students and providing tiered supports that build these critical skills. I can't say this enough, please spend time reading to and/or with your student, on a daily basis.
On December 1st, families will receive Trimester 1 Report Cards. We will be hosting Parent-Teacher conferences on Wednesday, December 6th. This is a great opportunity to get a full understanding of how your child is doing at this point in the year. Teachers will be reaching out with how to sign up for a timeslot on December 6th. We are looking for 100% participation.
We know that attendance is a critical part of success in school, but if your child is not feeling well, please use your best judgment when deciding to send them to school. It is going to be a group effort over the next several months. I also want to make sure attendance expectations are clear. The state law for student attendance stipulates that students should not miss more than 7 full school days or 14 half days in any 6-month period. While we know that there are extreme circumstances related to illness that must be considered on a case-by-case basis, this is the guide all schools in the state must follow. Students who exceed this number of absences risk being referred to the district's school attendance supervisor for follow-up. Additionally, the state classifies any student who misses 10% or more of the school year (18 school days) as being chronically absent. Let's do our best to keep an eye on attendance!
Finally, as the weather continues to get colder and colder, please make sure that your child comes to school with a coat, hat, gloves, etc. If it is over 30 degrees, we will try to get students outside for recess. If you are in need of a coat, gloves, hat, etc. please either reach out to your child's teacher or to me directly firstname.lastname@example.org. There are several coat drives occurring throughout the city and it is our goal for all students to have a coat.
It's a great day to be a bee!
Upcoming Dates to Remember
Link to the District Calendar for the Year: https://www.reverek12.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=2191797&type=d&pREC_ID=2188909
December 1st- Trimester 1 Report Cards Will Be Emailed Home
December 1st- STEAM Club Pop Up Museum- 3-4pm in the Library
December 4th- 8th- Scholastic Book Fair(during school day and open after school 3-3:30pm)
December 6th- Parent Conferences(12:30-3pm and 5-7pm)
December 12- PTO Cookie Decorating Night(4-5pm)
December 13th- Early Release 11:30 am dismissal
December 15th- Holiday Concert-9:30 am
December 22nd- Winter Wonderland(during day)- 11:30 Dismissal
December 25th- January 1st- December Break
November Parent Coffee
We held our November Parent Coffee on November 29th. We were joined by members of our Special Education Department. Se the link below to access the presentation.
Our next Parent Coffee will be on December 21st at 8:45am. We will be joined by members of our Encore Team. They will explain all of the fun things happening in Physical Education, Music, Technology, STEM, and Art!
National ESEA Distinguished School Video
Holiday Concert 2023
Dear Beachmont Families,
You are cordially invited to attend the Beachmont Veterans Memorial School Winter Concert. Students will perform seasonal selections celebrating the peace and joy experienced by all cultures during this wonderful time of year.
When: Friday, December 14, 2023
Where: The Beachmont Auditorium
(Please remember to enter through Door 18 and please enjoy your coffee before you attend.)
To make this occasion special for all who perform and attend, we ask the students to dress their best and try to wear celebratory colors. Dark bottoms are suggested with a top of the following colors; red, green, white, black, blue, silver, or gold. Dresses and skirts are welcome as long as they follow the dress code outlined in the student handbook. Students may also wear clothes that conform to the Beachmont School Dress Code.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at our concert!
Are you interested in being a part of the Beachmont PTO? Send an email to BeachmontSchoolPTO@gmail.com for any questions or general inquiries
Make sure that you are following the PTOs Social Media pages
Facebook page- Beachmont Veterans Memorial School PTO
The next PTO events will be our Scholastic Book Fair(December 4th- December 8th) followed by Cookie Decorating Night(December 12th 4-5pm). We are looking forward to both of these events!
The PTO will also be doing monthly dress down days. On these days, students are asked to bring in $1 and that money will be donated directly to the PTO. It will help fund such things as field trips, Fun Day, PTO BBQ, and other school-wide events. Here is a look at future dress down days:
12/22- Wear your Favorite Holiday Colors
1/19- Wear your Favorite Winter Colors
2/13- Wear Red
3/15- Wear Green
4/12- Wear Your Favorite Spring Colors
5/17- Wear Your Favorite Summer Colors