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Principal’s Newsletter – January 2018

The staff and I would like to thank all of the parents and students for their gifts, cards and warm wishes during the holiday season. Thank you!

Parent Conferences

Individual Parent Conferences will be taking place in January for all grades.  Please communicate with your teachers to set up an appointment time. If something comes up and you cannot make it to your scheduled meeting time, please call the school so we might be able to accommodate another parent. The number for the school is 617-635-8149.

Book Fair

The parent run Scholastic Book fair was another huge success. Both the Parent Council and I would like to thank all of the parents who supported the fair by purchasing books, volunteering and buying books for the classrooms. 

Label Clothing

Please write the initials of your child on the tags of their jackets. Students are leaving their clothing around the school and it is easier to locate the owner if the jacket, hat, gloves, etc. is labeled.

Souper Bowl Drive

Our annual food drive will begin on January 22 and end on February 9. All food collected will be donated to a local food pantry. Thank you for your generosity.

Patriots Days

As long as the Patriots are in the playoffs, we allow students to support the home team (or any football team) by wearing Patriots outfits or colors the Friday before a game. Let’s hope we make it to the Superbowl again!!!

Student Info

Please make sure you know your child’s teacher and grade when calling the office. It makes it easier for office staff to assist you.

Winter and the Schoolyard

With the winter months upon us and snow falling frequently in New England, please be extra cautious in the schoolyard during pick up and drop off times. It is imperative that students use the crosswalk to cross the bus line to get to the sidewalk. 

Parents please respect the bus line by allowing the buses to flow freely in and out of the schoolyard. Near the entrance of the schoolyard cars need to be pulled in and up as far as possible so the buses can make the swing and a clear entrance into the schoolyard. Please fill in spaces as much as possible so cars waiting to get in do not block the firehouse.

The Beethoven is always collecting Boxtops for Education from Kimberly Clark brand products.  The Beethoven will accept donations of Kleenex and paper towels. 

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Principal’s Newsletter – December 2017

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.  Have a restful and fun vacation. 

Holiday Shows

The dates for the Holiday shows are:

Grades 1, 2, 3 – Dec. 12

Grades K1 & K2  – Dec 13

The shows will begin promptly at 9:30 AM.

Parent Conferences

Individual Parent Conferences will be taking place in January for all grades.  You will be receiving a letter from your child’s teacher with a specific date and time for your individual conference.

Book Fair

The parent run Scholastic Book fair will be held on Dec. 11—15.  Parents are invited to see the fair.  Please see flyers for additional times and information.

Winter Recess

The last full day before vacation is December 21.  Winter Break ends on January 3.  All students should report back to school on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Report Cards

Report cards will be distributed on December 15.

There will be no Kindergarten report cards this marking period.

Holiday Show Seating

Due to the overwhelming amount of visitors that attend our holiday shows we will not be allowing siblings from other classes or grades to sit with their parents to see the show.  The students will get an opportunity to see the show in its entirety prior to the winter break.  Thank you for you assistance and understanding.

 Toys

Students are not allowed to bring toys to school.  This includes Pokémon and other card games. Thanks you for your   cooperation.

 

The Beethoven is always collecting Boxtops for Education from Kimberly Clark brand products. Did you register your Stop & Shop card? The Beethoven will accept donations of Kleenex and paper towels. 

Principal’s Newsletter – November 2017

International Night

Will take place on 11/16 from 5-7 pm. Please bring your favorite dish from your culture to share with the school community!

Parent and Site Council

This month we will be having joint Schools Site and parent Council meetings on 11/9 at the Ohrenberger School.

Thanksgiving Recess 

Please note that Wednesday, 11/22 is a half day of school. Dismissal begins at 1:10 pm. Be prepared for the buses to get to the stop two hours earlier than normal. We will return to school on Monday, 11/27. I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

Mark your Calendars

The dates for the Holiday shows are: Grades 1, 2 3 – December 12 / Grades K1 & K2 – December 13

Safety in the Schoolyard

With the upcoming elections on 11/7, please be extra cautious driving in the schoolyard during arrival and/or dismissal times. The community voters are not aware of the driving routines that have been established in the schoolyard. I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and help during the election days this year. We are expecting a very high voter turnout.

During a regular dismissal day the school buses have priority to leave the schoolyard. Please pull your car as close to the front of the schoolyard as possible and avoid parking toward the entrance of the schoolyard by the playground. Thank you.

Lost & Found

Our lost and found is filling up at record rates. Please write your child’s name on their jackets and sweatshirts. If they end up in the lost and found, they can be returned.

Library Books

Many library books are getting damaged by water. Please be sure water bottles are secured in backpacks and away from the books.

Calling the School

When calling the school please identify your child by first and last name, grade level and their teacher’s name. We have 350 students and it helps us to identify students quickly and safely.

Hear us Tweet!

The Beethoven is on Twitter! You can follow us @BeethovenBPS.

The Beethoven is always collecting Boxtops for Education from Kimberly Clark brand products. Did you register your Stop & Shop card? The Beethoven will accept donations of Kleenex and paper towels. 

Principal’s Newsletter – October 2017

Parent and Site Council

The Site Council meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The first Parent Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. We will be holding elections for the leadership positions. Babysitting will be provided. 

Individual Picture Day

Picture day will be on Wednesday, Oct. 18. This is for individual student pictures. Class photos will be taken in the spring.

Harvest Parade

The annual Harvest Parade will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 1:30 to 2 pm. Students can change into their costume at school just before the parade. If a family does not celebrate Halloween, please write a note to your child’s teacher.

Full-time Nurse

We are so excited to announce that Nurse Letang will now be exclusively at the Beethoven School all day!!!

Safe Routes to School

This year the Beethoven will be participating in the Department of Transportation Safe Walk to School campaign. On Oct. 4, we are encouraging as many people as possible to walk or bike to school that day to promote wellness.

Safety in Our Schoolyard

Adults and children must use the crosswalk by the auditorium when crossing the bus line. Mrs. Farrell is there in the morning, and Mrs. Glynne is there in the afternoons.

Hear us Tweet!

The Beethoven is on Twitter! You can follow us @BeethovenBPS.

The Beethoven is always collecting Boxtops for Education from Kimberly Clark brand products. The Beethoven will accept donations of Kleenex and paper towels. 

From the Principal – September 2017

From the Principal

Welcome back to another exciting year at the Beethoven School.  I am really looking forward to a year of exciting learning opportunities and adventures.

PARENT OPEN HOUSE

There will be an Open House for all parents on Thursday, September  14th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  All parents are invited to come and meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and go over individual class’s syllabus and rules.

Parent and Site Council

The Beethoven School Site Council will have its first meeting in October.  The   Parent Council meeting will be October 10th at the Beethoven.

Fund Raiser

The fall fundraiser will begin at the Open House.  Thank you in advance for your continued support.  Please watch for the fund raising flyers from the school.

Physicals

Nurse Letang will be checking the medical files of all students in the building to ensure that they all have current physicals and medical information.  If you went to the pediatrician over the summer please send in the most recent physical your child has to maintain a up to date file.  If you have any questions please contact Nurse Letang.

Dismissal Changes

All changes in transportation must be in writing to the classroom teacher.

Safety in Our Schoolyard

All parents are reminded that you must stay to the LEFT of the yellow lines when dropping off and picking up your child.  Please pull to the front of the yard to make room for others.    All students must be picked up on the sidewalk by an adult and then escorted to the car.  Please remember to cross in the crosswalk.  The bus drivers have a hard time seeing people walking between the vehicles.  With the help of everyone, we can keep the students safe in the schoolyard during pickup and drop off times.

Beethoven/Ohrenberger Instructional Focus

Develop and deliver tasks that improve students’ ability to make arguments and support these arguments with evidence and reasoning.