Room 216 News

End of Elementary School Edition

Lake Monocan

As you know BES 5th graders celebrate the completion of elementary school with a class trip to Lake Monocan. Our trip is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd, with a rain date of Wednesday, June 3rd. Here are some highlights to remember about this fantastic trip:


1. Please send your child to school at the normal start time on Tuesday, June 2nd. We will depart form BES by 9:15am, and we'll leave Lake Monocan by 1:30pm to return to BES.


2. Have your child wear their swimsuit under his/her clothes to school. The administration has kindly requested no two piece bathing suits.


3. PLEASE make sure to apply sunscreen to your child before coming to school!

4. Please help your child label and pack:


  • A disposable snack and water bottle for the morning.
  • Sunscreen.
  • A full changes of clothing. The students will have an opportunity to change out of wet clothes before the bus ride home, so make sure to send whatever they will need.
  • A towel.
  • A bag to hold all of these things!
5. Please have your child leave all electronics and money at home.


6. Lunch is provided. We'll have chicken tenders, chips, watermelon, drinks, and dessert. Kids are welcome to bring their own lunch if they prefer.


7. Bad weather will change our plans. If the forecast looks bad for the 2nd, we will move the field trip to our rain date, June 3rd.


8. Last but not least, please remind your children that safety ALWAYS comes first and that a positive attitude and bright smile are important, too. Brownsville has a great relationship with the Lake Monocan Staff, and we are eager to introduce them to our fantastic fifth grade class.


If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Terri or Katherine:


Terri Meenan: meenans@comcast.net

Katherine Merhige:katherinemerhige@gmail.com

Moving Up Day

Our Moving Up Day celebration will be on Monday, June 8th at 9:15. Students need to arrive at the normal starting time of 7:45 to ensure the process runs smoothly. Dress for this event is "business casual." Boys usually wear nice shorts or pants and a collared shirt and girls usually wear a dress or nice pants and shirt. Sleeveless dresses or spaghetti straps must be covered with a shrug or sweater. Please ensure your student is able to navigate stairs with the choice of shoes. This is not the day to experiment with high heels:) There will be a short reception afterwards following the ceremony. We are looking forward to this special day and celebrating all of our 5th graders hard work! If you have any questions please contact me.

Shirts for Tie Dying

White or light colored t-shirts for the Tie-Dye end of school activity are due. If you have not already done so, please send in a slightly used or new t-shirt (not wicking material or sports shirt) with your child's name in it. Our class will be Tie-Dying on Thursday, June 4th. Thank you to Ginger Hoffman for volunteering to wash our shirts and return them to the children. These shirts are to be worn on the last day of school:)

Yearbook Information

Yearbooks will be going home on June 4th. Students may bring their yearbooks back to school on June 5th to gather friend's signatures. If you do not wish for your child to have theirs signed, then please have them keep it at home on June 5th and thereafter. Please have a conversation with your child before yearbooks go home if you don't wish to have them signed, in order to prevent them from getting it signed on the bus after school on June 4th. Thanks for your help!

Dates to Notice

May 27th-5th Grade Math SOL Test Part I

May 28th-5th Grade Math SOL Test Part II

June 2nd-Lake Monacan Trip

June 3rd-Lake Monacan Trip rain date

June 4th-Yearbooks go home

June 5th-Field Day & Yearbook signing day

June 8th-5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony

June 9th-Last Day of School--wear your tie-dye t-shirt

Thank you!

Thank you for sending wonderful children to school every day. Our class has truly excelled at responsibility and kindness this year. Please praise your children for the part they play in making Room 216 run so smoothly. It has been a friendly place with lots of helping hands and kind words. We know citizenship starts at home. Again, thank you!