Good afternoon Berkeley Parents, with the holidays just around the corner, we should be thankful for family and those around us. I am thankful for many things including having the opportunity to work with your children and to work with such an awesome staff. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, there will not be a newsletter next week but this newsletter will cover the whole week and the extra 2 days before Thanksgiving. Enjoy this time with your family!
No School from 11/22-11/24
Tuesday, November 21st is the last school day prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will return to school on Monday, Novemeber 27th.
There are currently no updates for sports but tryouts for basketball have concluded. The winter sports schedules will be published soon.
PTA Information :
We had a terrific time at the Harvest Festival! Thank you to all the volunteers that made it all possible! Also, thank you Berkeley families for coming out to have a fun night at the school! Turkey Trot
The Turkey Trot is a fun tradition for students of all grades and the culmination of our main fundraiser, the “I Believe in Berkeley” campaign, where businesses, parents and friends pledge funds that go towards programs to help make Berkeley a great place to learn.
Remember to clip,save, and send in your “Box Tops for Education” labels–Each one is worth 10 cents for Berkeley! Box tops are on hundreds of products, including Ziploc,Kleenex, Cheerios, Progresso Soup, Nature Valley and Mott’s applesauce. Download the Box Top bonus app–or visit boxtopsforeducation.com–for dozens of coupons and the chance to earn bonus box tops. The next collection date is January 30th, 2018.
BMS Spelling Bee
The BMS Spelling Bee will be held this year on December 14th at 10:00 AM. If you are interested in participating and possibly making it to the National Spelling Bee, please see Ms. Amy Davis to get information including the practice word lists.
Strategy Highlight- Letter Writing
High school and Middle school students today are tremendously over scheduled. They go from school to clubs, sports, and home. They take Advanced Placement classes, SAT prep courses, and they volunteer and do community service. And once they leave middle school, the Thanksgiving-themed assignments and activities completely disappear, and with them, the opportunity to reflect and take stock.
Recently, I came across an article that stated that when students wrote thank you letters, researchers found that their happiness soared an impressive 20%. Writing just one letter was said to have a positive effect. I thought that this was the perfect time of year for students to step back and reflect on what they were truly thankful for. In the spirit of the season, everyone would benefit.
Letter writing is a lost art. Since my students have absolutely NO IDEA how to write a “real” letter, I used a letter writing rubric to help them get started. And since my students also have no idea how to address an envelope, I thought this would be a great time to teach them how to actually use “snail mail.” There is nothing quite like receiving a handwritten thank you letter in the U.S. mail; no email or text message can equal it.
Within minutes, students will be completely engaged in writing their letters. Students will have a great deal of fun writing their thank you letters, and it will give them an opportunity to practice writing skills that go beyond the “standardized test” form of writing. After their recipients receive their thank you letters, I think the students will also understand the impact that expressions of gratitude have on people. It’s a small but powerful gesture. I truly feel it’s important that — as we get older — we do not to forget the reason we have holidays.
Mrs. Neal’s Class
Students in Mrs. Neal’s class worked with LEGO robots this week to assemble and program them. They look to continue working with them in the next week or so.
Berkeley Middle School
Clarence is the math specialist and is working with teachers and students to help with remediation of their math scores. He will be working in small groups this year to fill the gaps in the knowledge they may have missed.