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Thankful

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It is easy to forget, in this time when we are still trying to get back to "normal" that there is much to be thankful for this year! I'm thankful we have all the children in the building this year. I'm thankful for our wonderful staff who have worked so hard to transition kids back from an atypical year. I'm also thankful for the support of our families. I'm also grateful for the outpouring of support from the community for our families in need. (We will be collecting gift cards again for Christmas as well). I'm thankful for cross-grade buddies!   But what made me really smile and be thankful today was a return of an old tradition: our Kindergarten Thanksgiving celebration! Thanks to the teachers and parent volunteers, students were able to move throughout the rooms in a safe way and make cornbread/butter, and assorted activities. They were delicious by the way. I try to remember each one of these events represents one more step forward to the things we u

Updates

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I am sure you are all getting as tired of reading my positive case emails as I am of sending them. Fortunately, we continue to not have spread within the building. Our Test and Stay process becomes smoother with each passing week. And of course, our new Nurse Lisa has been putting in the hours to keep everyone in our building healthy. She has put this letter of introduction together for all of you. As has been mentioned previously, she came to us with a lot of experience around COVID. She is in the process of updating some of our procedures and we wanted to share those updates with you as well. And finally, you should have found a COVID letter in your child's backpack this week. Now that children are eligible for the vaccine, we are attempting to collect data around its usage. This information will be used to determine if we get close to the levels of lifting a mask requirement and also help in contact tracing. Please let us know your plans. If you have questions, feel free to rea

Giving

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At parent conferences last week, I was hearing of many parents with questions about students' MCAS scores. I've attached my presentation about this topic to the school committee here . MCAS scores across the state were lower than in the past. I caution everyone from reading too much into the results. Remember that this test can't be compared to previous MCAS versions as it was modified for last year. Also, it was administered shortly after we returned to the building in full. At that time, students and staff were more focused on making students comfortable and establishing routines. This is where the focus belonged at the time. Despite some lower performance on standards assessed by MCAS, our AIMSweb data shows that students were able to develop skills for learning at an appropriate pace. Please do not stress over students being given a lower designation than you may have anticipated. We have shared with staff, the standards that will require additional attention when the t

Guest Bloggers

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It was a great week at BES and I had a few folks ask to contribute to the blog so I give you my guest bloggers:  "This year we had 32 students participate in Mrs. Sullivan’s Summer Reading Challenge!! I started this challenge in 2018 as an incentive for students to read during the summer. The incentive was that anyone who beat me would get to choose any book from the Fall Scholastic Book Fair. Well, nobody beat me that first year but 10 students tried their best and received a gift certificate to the Book Fair. Since then 29 students have beaten me and 56 students have received $8 gift certificates to the Scholastic Book Fair to purchase books with. I’m kind of competitive but I love when students beat me because there is not much I like better than giving out free books!   In all, we have read a total of 252,568 pages!! A big contributor of that quarter of a million pages is Elizabeth Lindberg in Mrs. Reed’s class. This is the 3rd year that Elizabeth has beaten me AND been the to

Rain rain go away!

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I couldn't really write about this week without sharing pictures from our Halloween Parade! Luckily, we were able to complete the parade between raindrops. If you weren't able to make it I hope these pictures bring you some smiles.  Due to a very very wet forecast for the weekend, the PTO has moved the Pumpkin Festival indoors. Pumpkins will be displayed throughout the hallways. It is important to remember, DESE guidelines for schools are still in place over the weekend and everyone entering the Festival must be masked throughout their visit.   We are days away from Nurse Lisa starting (truthfully, she's already been in the building to get a sense of the health office). Meanwhile, I feel the need to thank everyone who has helped hold down the fort in the interim. Thank you Nurse Megan, Nurse Laura, Nurse Stephanie, and Nurse Practitioner Jessica. It truly has taken a village to staff our health office. While they were here, and with the very wet days we have had, we di

Test and Stay!

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Friday is our big Halloween parade! Remember we will be hosting the parade in the morning (9:00) this year. This will allow students to come to school in costume. Parents who wish to attend should park on the playground before 8:45. We will be parading around the whole building so please spread out. And as always, it is important that we recognize students even in costume. Also, while cool in the upper grades, excessive gore can be scary to our kindergarteners so please limit the blood and guts. And finally, we do not allow toy weapons in the building - they cause far more trouble than they add to the enjoyment. We are looking forward to this event!  I'd like to introduce you all to Lisa Leighton who will become our new school nurse on November 3rd. She comes to us with over a decade of school nursing experience in Marlboro and is well versed in all things school COVID related (contact tracing, quarantining, pool testing, and the test and stay program). Please join me in welcoming

Halloween is coming!

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October is in full swing and all the fun and joy is coming with it. We will once again have our Halloween parade! This year we will have a twist, due to COVID restrictions and also our new dismissal procedure, the parade will occur in the morning at 9:00. Families are encouraged to come early and park on the playground. We will shut down the driveway there at 8:45. We will parade around the outside of the building so feel free to spread out on the playground, along the gym and in the front drop off area. If the weather does not cooperate we will communicate it with families and host the parade inside without guests but steam it out to families. Kids can return to class afterwards and remove their costumes for a day of learning. Any additional celebrations will occur at the end of the day with limited adults added to the festivities.   In the past, I asked that kids not come in with masks (seems a strange request now). We do need to be able to recognize who the students are though and p