Berkeley Township Elementary School

January 2018 Updates

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BTES Happenings!

December was an awesome month at BTES! We hope everyone had fun with the many activities throughout the school. As we ring in the new year, we want to wish everyone a happy and healthy start to 2018! Let's Do Good Things!

December Highlights!

Shout out to all of our Chorus and Band students who put on outstanding performances for BTES students and families! Both night shows were standing room only! Congratulations to all of the students who worked so hard to make them successful shows! Thank you also to Mrs. Puri and Mr. Brausam for working with the students and getting them prepared for the concerts!

Thank you to Mrs. Kakos for organizing a very successful giving tree for families in need. See the section below for more information!

Thank you to all BTES Staff for organizing holiday family events during the school day! The 5th grade families worked very hard on Gingerbread houses. Wow did they turn out awesome! The 6th grade teachers set up holiday STEM activities for the students and their parents to work on! These were really fun and challenging!

Holiday Ugly Sweater day was a huge success with the students and the staff! Thank you to all that participated and congratulations to Mrs. Mitchell for having the most talked about sweater!

We sincerely hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and a very happy, healthy new year! We are looking forward to 2018 ahead!

Important Dates in January

January 3 - School Reopens

January 12 - Berkeley Rec Movie Night

January 13 - Progress Reports Posted

January 15 - School Closed for Students - Staff Inservice

January 17 - SEPAG Meeting - 7PM @ AMP Zone

January 29 - Theme Day - Crazy Hat/Crazy Hair

Giving Tree Success!

This year we were able to help 31 BTES students with items such as coats, gloves, scarves, socks, pajamas, boots, books, sneakers, toys etc. etc. Thank you to all BTES Families, Staff, and community members who took the time to help out someone in need this holiday season. It made a difference!

PTA Monthly!

Meeting Date: Monday January 22 at 6pm in the auditorium

We will be honoring our Top Dog winners directly following this meeting! Come out and support our students!

This month the PTA will be focused on soliciting donations for Fun Fest. Fun Fest is BTES' biggest PTA fundraiser where most of the money for our school's events is raised. We will be accepting prize donations for the students, gift cards, toys, and sports equipment! Please help our PTA out for this amazing event!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out or ask us at the meeting!

Kakos Korner

Look in starting next month for monthly updates from our guidance counselor, Mrs. Kakos. She will share fun initiatives, conflict resolution tips, and any other pertinent information that pertains to BTES and the students here!

"Kindness Cash" is on the printing press for next month!!

Artists of the Month

We would like to take the time to recognize our two Artists of the Month. Congratulations on your hard work, creativity, and talent in the art field. These students were chosen to have their art work hung in the hallway for the month for the school to see. Awesome job and keep up the great work!

Student Council Updates

Our Student Council members set up a bake sale at the Holiday Chorus Concert and had great success. Thank you to all that showed support for the students. The students also took time to help our PTA with the annual Candy Grams. This was also a huge success.

The next project for our Student Council will be helping with Fun Fest. The students will be working to promote the event and help coordinate however possible!

The students meet monthly as an executive board and each marking period as a general assembly. So far the program is off to a great start!

Mary Poppins

Our cast and crew is still working very hard to put together a wonderful performance. The students all watched the movie together to help build their creative mindsets for the play. Stay tuned for more updates and sneak peaks as we inch closer to the performance date.

The Nurse's Nook!

Highlight on Asthma in Cold Weather

Cold weather can be a trigger for asthma. Other asthma triggers include exercise, allergens such as dust mites, pollen, or mold, pet dander, colds/flu, or odors such as perfume, cigarette smoke, or smoke from burning wood. If your child uses a rescue inhaler, please make sure the school nurse has one at school in case it is needed. Talk to your child’s doctor and update their Asthma Treatment Plan if needed. Please ensure the school nurse has an updated copy of your child’s Asthma Treatment Plan. A copy of this form can be found on the district webpage under the Parents tab and Health Services. Please call the nurse with any further questions at 732-269-2909, ext. 2005.

- Mrs. Cofone, BTES School Nurse

After School Sports

Starting this Thursday, After School Sports will be starting with Basketball. If your child is interested in staying after with Mr. Prima and Mr. Waldron, please fill out the permission slip sent home by your child's teacher asap. Remember, the students will stay for an hour after school and must have transportation home. Looking forward to some great games!

Congressman MacArthur's Reading Challenge

Congressman Tom MacArthur is sponsoring a reading challenge for all students in the Third Congressional District. Students are asked to read 3 books and submit the form below by March 16, 2018 in order to receive a Congressional Certificate. This is a wonderful way to recognize your child's reading accomplishments! Thank you and Happy Reading!!

Reminder: Cell Phone Procedures

At BTES we have decided to create a user friendly cell phone rule. We have shared this with the students on multiple occasions and want to make sure that we are all on the same page. When students bring their phones to school, they should be set off and kept in their bookbag during the school day. When riding the bus, the students may use their phones for music ONLY! There should be no games, calling, texting, photographing, or video taping on the bus. While using their phones for music they MUST ALSO have an earbud in one ear, leaving the other ear open for messages or announcements.

If this rule is not followed, we will be forced to eliminate the use of all phones while on school property.

Thank you for your continued support.