The B.Y.E. Buzz

April 4, 2022

Notes from the office

It was so good to have the students back this week. Thank you for understanding the circumstance of our community on Wednesday. I know this can be a scary time for our students. Here is a social story resource that you can use with your child if you are interested. Thank you Mrs. Nelson for adding that.

The Kindness Krew is having a diaper drive for those that have been affected by the tornados. Please bring packages of diapers (any size) to Mrs. Ottaviano's room in the green hall. We will collect them through Friday.

Please help us recycle and earn a bench for our school! We have collected over 200 items but have several 100 more to go! If every student could bring at least 2 items we would meet our goal. See info below!

We need your plastic!

Our school qualified for an opportunity to benefit the school and the planet--by recycling #2 plastics! Boston Mountain Solid Waste Company will melt down #2 plastics to make a heavy-duty bench for our school. We need to collect 2000 plastic bottles/containers by May 1 to win the bench.

We are requesting that you send us your bottles/containers so we can hit this goal. Students my bring the items to Mrs. Huffmaster's classroom (room 208) in the mornings or after school.

We cannot accept clear jugs/bottles/containers-they must be solid. When in doubt, check to see if you can see light through it-if you can, we can't use it.

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Family Music Page- Updated Musical Info found here

Be sure to watch for updated information on Mrs. Low's page. Second-grade information is posted.

Counseling Lesson Theme- Perseverance

For the month of April, we are focusing on the word perseverance. Perseverance is the drive to keep working even when things get hard and you want to quit.

Practice it!

Help your child learn to persevere by engaging in difficult tasks with him/her. Buy a large puzzle, learn and perfect a new skill, etc.. Find something to do together and commit to pushing each other through the challenge.

Read About it!

  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

  • The Dot by Peter Reynolds

Talk About it!

  • What do you think perseverance means and why is it important?

  • Tell me about a time when it was hard to get through a challenge. How did you feel afterward?

  • What are some things that are hard for you to push through, and how can I help you?

  • What are 3 goals you have? What may be some challenges to meeting these goals? What will happen if you don’t give up?

PTA Update

We will have spots to fill on our PTA board for next year. Please see the descriptions below. If you are interested in serving, please email us at

Open offices:

VP Fundraising (with a volunteer helping with transition)

Plan and Execute Color Run- school’s largest fundraiser

● Determine theme, t-shirt design, prizes

● Secure company sponsorships- contact previous donors and recruit new

● Create student pledge packets and distribute

VP Events (with a volunteer helping with transition)

● Coordinate Color Run day- work with principal to determine run schedule, schedule volunteers, set up/take down of event. Oversee the Color Run day.

● Order prizes and coordinate volunteers to make and distribute prize bags to students

● Coordinate class parties for winning classes (most laps ran, top fundraisers)

Pippin Apple Field Day

● Determine theme and t shirt design

● Coordinate events of field day- secure games, bounce houses, volunteers etc.

● work with principal to determine schedule

● Oversee entire field day event- set up/take down

VP of Parent Relations:

  • Coordinate the PTA membership drive at the beginning of the year
  • Supervise the Homeroom Parent Committee and assist in planning the 3 classroom parties
  • Plan family events and work as Parent Liaison when needed

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Who Are You Buzzing About?

Starting this week, we will be giving out Buzz Awards to our Young teachers and staff. We need YOU to help us recognize those who go above and beyond for our school. As you go through the week, feel free to nominate staff who do extraordinary things! If you see or hear something that is worthy of a Buzz Award, simply fill out this quick form to nominate someone. Awards will be given out each Friday.

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Upcoming Events

April 4- 2nd grade to SHS

April 11- First Grade Program

April 12- Class Pictures

April 18- April 22 MAP K-2

April 21- 4th grade to Har-Ber play (Willie Wonka)

April 22- 5th grade to Har-Ber play (Willie Wonka)

April 25-April 29 ACT Aspire

April 30- 5th Grade Little Olympics

May 2-May 13 MAP 3-5 and Aspire makeups

May 7- Rainout Day for 5th grade Little Olympics

May 6- 1st grade to Springdale Library

May 11- 3rd grade to Hellstern Play (School House Rock)

May 12- 1st grade Stick Horse Rodeo

May 19- Kindergarten Celebration

May 19- 5th grade tour Hellstern

May 20- 5th Grade Celebration

May 25- Pippin Apple Field Day

May 26- Last student day of school

About our School

  • Bernice Young Elementary was established in August 2000.
  • School mascot is the Yellowjacket
  • School colors are Red, Yellow, and Black
  • National Blue Ribbon School 2020
  • Principal- Christy Norwood
  • Assistant Principal- Sara Kennedy
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