Dec
01

12/1/2016 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 12.1.16

Dear Families,
Welcome to December! This month is filled with opportunities for our students to be Leaders In Action.  New Leadership jobs have been posted and grades 1-5 have a variety of opportunities; Winter Leadership Jobs.pdf explaining the jobs and application process.   Also happening this month is our 5th grade Helping Hawks Leadership Food Drive benefitting Silver Beach and The Bellingham Food Bank; 26 students are serving a variety of roles to make this endeavor a success. Our goal is 750 pounds and drop off runs through Tuesday, Dec. 13th. If your family could benefit by receiving any collected food, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328.

Tomorrow, Fri. Dec. 2nd is the deadline for ordering Spirit Gear that will be delivered before Winter Break.  There is a new option to print ‘Leaders In Action’ on the back! https://silverbeachgear.itemorder.com/

Volunteers needed to supervise the Annex Art Room in the mornings. Please contact Teri Milnes tjmilnes@comcast.net.

Have a great weekend,
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
Dec. 2: Hearing and Vision rechecks
Kid’s Night Out 6:00-9:30pm
Dec. 6: PTO Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
Dec. 7: Raising School Age Children Class 7:00-9:00pm
Dec. 16: Winter Sing-A-Long 9:15
Dec. 19-Jan. 2: Winter Break
Jan. 3: Classes Resume
PTO Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
Jan. 10: Mobile Dental Visit
Jan. 16: NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan. 24: K, 2nd and 4th Grades to Mt. Baker Theater
Jan 25: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day

From the Counselor:
Holiday Assistance: We understand that there are times when families are challenged to meet the basic needs of their children. The Family Support Network will be offering limited basic need assistance during the holiday season. If this could be helpful, please contact our school counselor, Mr. Gilmore 676-6470 ext. 2328. Your identity will be kept anonymous.  Deadline is Friday, December 2nd.
Snack Program: If it is difficult for you to pack a daily snack for your child, the FSN purchases a supply of snacks (i.e.-goldfish, granola bars, cereal bars, fruit leather) for free and reduced meal participants. Please contact Brian Gilmore (676-6470 ext.2328) if you would like a daily snack available for your student.
Afterschool Enrichment: Tuition assistance for students to participate in Silver Beach Afterschool Programs.
Little Bugs Clothing: Gift certificates are available throughout the year.

Enrichment Opportunities
Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW)
WWU Youth Programs invites students in grades K-5 to explore science activities with Kids Night Out @ Western this winter! An hour of swimming at the Wade King Student Recreation Center is offered to participants. The winter program will be held from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. For more info, visit wwu.edu/youth or call (360)650-3308.

WWU Early Release Enrichment
WWU Youth Programs invites students in grades K-5 to explore science and art activities with Early Release Enrichment this winter! The program coincides with early release Thursdays, offering an alternative to traditional childcare while also providing an early introduction to campus life. Sessions are from 2 to 4:45 p.m. Thursdays, from Jan. 19 to Feb. 23. For more info, visit wwu.edu/youth or call (360)650-3308.

WWU GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) Night Out
WWU Youth Programs invites students in grades 3-8 to explore hands-on science activities with GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Night Out this winter! An hour of swimming is offered at the Wade King Student Recreation Center for participants. The program will be held from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. For more info, visit wwu.edu/youth or call (360)650-3308.

GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) Academy
WWU Youth Programs invites students in grades 5-8 to explore engineering, math, science and technology with GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) Academy this winter! The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 4. For more info, visit wwu.edu/youth or call (360)650-3308.
Reminders:
• For the next few weeks, Bellingham Public Schools will be surveying parents and guardians, along with students (grades 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11) and staff.. Please complete this survey by December 9, 2016 by visiting the website listed below and use your school’s access code. You may use a computer or a smartphone to access the online survey. Access code: silverbeach https://surveys.panoramaed.com/bellingham
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
• Like us on Facebook
• Our Lost and Found is getting full! Please come and look at our Lost and Found rack to see if you can claim any missing items. Some items that have been unclaimed since September are due to be donated on December 9 so please come and check before then! Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the correct student.

Nov
28

11/23/2016 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 11.23.16

Dear Families,
Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks and being grateful… Thank you for sending us the greatest kids in the world to spend our days with!  I could not be more thankful to work in such a loving, supportive school where adults and students go above and beyond to reach out and lend a hand.  Our Family Support Network provided 11 heat and serve Thanksgiving meals; 8 of which went to SB Families and 3 more to homeless families in the district.  Mr. Gilmore will personally be delivering four of the meals on Thursday.  Stay tuned for information on our next 5th grade leadership project, The Helping Hawk Food Drive. I wish you a wonderful long weekend filled with family, friends, food and maybe some football!
Nicole

KindergartenThankful Turkeys.JPG  and Turkeys in Disguise.JPG

Picture Retakes on Tues. 12/6. If you request retakes you need to return the original packet. Additional order forms are available in the office.

Bus 26 Welcomes Driver Trudy!  Trudy has many years of experience driving for the Bellingham School District. Thanks to local voters who supported our school bus levy, Bellingham Public Schools is seeking candidates for our bus driver training program. More information is attached.

Veteran’s Day Assembly: Better late than never… ?  Here is a YouTube link to our Veteran’s Day Assembly. Thanks to Student Leaders, Ms. Popp for the music, and Mrs. Hostetler for the slideshow. 2nd grade song is at 6 min 45 sec and slideshow begins at the 9 min 10 sec. mark.

Spirit Gear will be open again for a short time in order to receive orders before Winter Break! There is also a new option to order ‘Leaders In Action’ on the back for those students who are taking a leadership role in the school or plan on doing so!  https://silverbeachgear.itemorder.com/

Parent Survey:  For the next few weeks, Bellingham Public Schools will be surveying parents and guardians, along with students (grades 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11) and staff. Our district’s strategic plan, The Bellingham Promise, guides our work and emphasizes our collective commitment to our children. We believe that all children should be loved and that every child can learn at high levels. Please complete this survey by December 9, 2016 by visiting the website listed below and use your school’s access code. You may use a computer or a smartphone to access the online survey. Access code: silverbeach https://surveys.panoramaed.com/bellingham

Current assistance available through our Family Support Network (FSN): If you are a family with financial challenges and in need of possible assistance from the network: please contact Brian Gilmore at 676-6443 (ext.2328) orBrian.Gilmore@bellinghamschools.org.
Holiday Assistance: We understand that there are times when families are challenged to meet the basic needs of their children. The Family Support Network will be offering limited basic need assistance during the holiday season. If this could be helpful, please contact our school counselor, Mr. Gilmore 676-6470 ext. 2328. Your identity will be kept anonymous.  Deadline is Friday, December 2nd.
Snack Program: If it is difficult for you to pack a daily snack for your child, the FSN purchases a supply of snacks (i.e.-goldfish, granola bars, cereal bars, fruit leather) for free and reduced meal participants.
Afterschool Enrichment: Tuition assistance for students to participate in Silver Beach Afterschool Programs.
Little Bugs Clothing: Gift certificates are available throughout the year.

Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 29: Individual Picture Retakes
Dec. 1: Hearing and Vision rechecks
Dec. 2: Hearing and Vision rechecks
Kid’s Night Out 6:00-9:30pm
Dec. 6: PTO Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
Dec. 7: Raising School Age Children Class 7:00-9:00pm
Dec. 19-Jan. 2: Winter Break

 Reminders:
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
• Like us on Facebook
• Our Lost and Found is getting full! Please come and look at our Lost and Found rack to see if you can claim any missing items. Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.

Nov
16

11/16/2016 Update from Silver Beach

Dear Families,
For the next few weeks, Bellingham Public Schools will be surveying parents and guardians, along with students (grades 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11) and staff. Our district’s strategic plan, The Bellingham Promise, guides our work and emphasizes our collective commitment to our children. We believe that all children should be loved and that every child can learn at high levels.

We need your feedback on what we are doing well and what we can continue to improve. If you have more than one child enrolled in the same school, please fill out one survey for each child, as your answers may vary. Your surveys will indicate which child’s experience to consider as you answer the questions.

This survey link is unique to Silver Beach. All survey responses are anonymous. No one at your school will see your individual responses. A separate organization, Panorama Education, is managing the survey to ensure confidentiality.

This survey is an important opportunity to provide us with your valuable input based on your experiences in our school and district. Thank you in advance for taking the time to assist us in collecting this critical information, and for being a valued member of our Bellingham Public Schools community.

Please complete this survey by December 9, 2016 by visiting the website listed below and use your school’s access code. You may use a computer or a smartphone to access the online survey.

Survey Website: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/bellingham Access Code: silverbeach

Have a great week!
Nicole

Current Assistance Available Through our Family Support Network (FSN): If you are a family with financial challenges and in need of possible assistance from the network: please contact Brian Gilmore at 676-6443 (ext.2328) or Brian.Gilmore@bellinghamschools.org.
Full Thanksgiving Heat and Serve Meals for Silver Beach Families: Requests need to be received by Friday, November 18th for Turkey or Ham dinners that will be available for pick up from Barkley Haggen (we can arrange delivery if needed). Thanks to our incredible FSN for sponsoring families! Each meal serves 4-6 people. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
Holiday Assistance: Limited basic need assistance (i.e.- clothing, kitchen needs, household items) to help brighten the holidays. Requests may be made throughout the month of November.
Snack Program: If it is difficult for you to pack a daily snack for your child, the FSN purchases a supply of snacks (i.e.-goldfish, granola bars, cereal bars, fruit leather) for free and reduced meal participants. Please contact Brian Gilmore (676-6470 ext.2328) if you would like a daily snack available for your student.
Afterschool Enrichment: Tuition assistance for students to participate in Silver Beach Afterschool Programs.
Little Bugs Clothing: Gift certificates are available throughout the year.
Thank YOU! Our Box Tops submission has been counted and we collected $1,234.60! Please keep sending them in! Our next deadline is in March.

Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 16: Hearing and Vision Checks
Nov. 17: Hearing and Vision Checks
Nov. 18: PTO Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00pm
Nov. 22: Individual Pictures should arrive
Nov. 23: Early Release
Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 29: Individual Picture Retakes
Dec. 1: Hearing and Vision rechecks
Dec. 2: Hearing and Vision rechecks
Kid’s Night Out 6:30-9:00pm

Kids Night Out is becoming very popular! Due to this we will no longer be able to accept drop offs. The form needs to be filled out and returned to school by the day of Kids Night Out or an email sent to Susan Miner, susanmike76@comcast.net by 3:00 pm the day of Kids Night Out. The YMCA has a student to adult ratio that we must comply with and we also need to know how much pizza, drinks, and treats to purchase before the event.
Thank you for working with us on this. The next Kids Night Out is scheduled for Friday 11/18 from 6:30-9:00.

 Reminders:
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
• Like us on Facebook
• Our Lost and Found is getting full! Please come and look at our Lost and Found rack to see if you can claim any missing items. Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.

Nov
09

11/9/2016 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 11.9.16

Dear Families,

Thanks to our amazing Family Support Network (FSN) there will be a limited number of Thanksgiving meals available for families who receive Free or Reduced Meals. Our FSN is a group of Silver Beach Families helping other Silver Beach Families with basic need support. If your family could benefit from a ready-made full thanksgiving meal, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328. There is a very limited number of meals available and no guarantee that all requests can be fulfilled. Information regarding Families requesting support is kept confidential. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Have a great week!
Nicole

Help Needed: Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jodi Haggen, at marcjodi26@comcast.net
Vision and Hearing help is needed! Below is a description of what you will be doing if you volunteer.
The schedules for Wednesday are: AM session: first class comes at 8:50AM and we will be finished around 11:10AM; PM session: first class comes at 12:00PM and we will be finished around 2:10PM.  On Thursday AM session: the first class will come at 8:50AM and will be finished around 10:50AM.   I need one more volunteers for Wednesday morning and three more volunteers for Wednesday afternoon and two more volunteers for Thursday morning.

Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 10: 9:15 Veterans’ Day Assembly
Nov. 11: NO SCHOOL-Veteran’s Day
Nov. 15: Mobile Dental Van
Nov. 16: Hearing and Vision Checks
Nov. 17: Hearing and Vision Checks
Nov. 18: PTO Kids’ Night Out  Out 6:30-9:00pm
Nov. 23: Early Release
Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 29: Individual Picture Retakes
Dec. 1: Hearing and Vision rechecks
Dec. 2: Hearing and Vision rechecks

BOOK FAIR HOURS
Wednesday, Nov. 9 11am-1pm 3-4pm
Thursday, Nov. 10 11am-2:15pm


Kids Night Out
 is becoming very popular! Due to this we will no longer be able to accept drop offs. The form needs to be filled out and returned to school by the day of Kids Night Out or an email sent to Susan Miner, susanmike76@comcast.net by 3:00 pm the day ofKids’ Night Out . The YMCA has a student to adult ratio that we must comply with and we also need to know how much pizza, drinks, and treats to purchase before the event.
Thank you for working with us on this. The next Kids Night Out is scheduled for Friday 11/18 from 6:30-9:00.
After School Enrichment:
As our After School programs come to an end, we invite all who were involved to answer this short survey to help us better our After School Programs at Silver Beach Elementary! http://www.silverbeachpto.org/survey
Be on the lookout for winter After School Programs! Signups will start sometime in December or the beginning of January!  For more information and to sign up for all After-School Programs (ASPs).
Also, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a little time to answer this short survey about offering Spanish language program at our school.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FC5S78D

Reminders:
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
• Like us on Facebook
• Our Lost and Found is getting full! Please come and look at our Lost and Found rack to see if you can claim any missing items. Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.
• We’re asking all volunteers, including parents, guardians and grandparents who plan to volunteer in classrooms and on field trips, to please take a few moments to complete our new online volunteer application. You can find the application on our website: bellinghamschools.org (click on the blue Community tab at the top of the website, then select the Volunteer Program from the dropdown menu), or log in directly at https://bellinghamschoolsvolunteers.hrmplus.net/Home.aspx

Nov
03

11/2/2016 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 11.2.16

Dear Families,

I have been working with the Facilities & Transportation Department on ways to improve the safety and efficiency of our parent pick-up and drop-off areas.  1) No parking in the lane where busses come in and out- this is currently marked by orange cones.  2) The crosswalk in front of the playground will be restriped with the word ‘stop’ on either side- please do not park or block this crosswalk. 3) An ADA curb will be painted in front of the annex for the HeadStart bus and handicapped parking. 4) A sign will be posted in front of the annex that the alley is reserved for staff parking.   It is paramount for both safety and efficiency that students are ONLY dropped off in the lane in front of the school (not behind annex or in front of playground). I know our parking is exceptionally challenging and appreciate your patience and support.

Have a great week!
Nicole

Join us at Silver Beach for FAMILY Book Fair Night! TONIGHT! 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Be the first to shop the fall book fair!  In addition, we won’t have all the “trinkets” out at this event (think pens, erasers, stickers, pencils, etc.) so you can focus your shopping on the books.  Also, don’t miss out on a special program in the library with Mrs. Cleary: “Vote to Read”!  Learn about the election process, hear some great election stories, and enter a raffle to win a prize!
Library Schedule:
5:30: Brain Pop Video and reading of “One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote”
6:00: Reading “When Penny Met POTUS”
6:30: Reading “Madame President”
7:00: Prize drawings!

Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 2: Book Fair 5:30-7:30pm (see full schedule below)
Nov. 4: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Nov. 11: NO SCHOOL-Veteran’s Day
Nov. 15: Mobile Dental Van
Nov. 16: Hearing and Vision Checks
Nov. 17: Hearing and Vision Checks
Nov. 18: PTO Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00pm
Nov. 23: Early Release
Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 29: Individual Picture Retakes

BOOK FAIR HOURS
Wednesday, Nov. 2 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, Nov. 3 11am-2:15pm
Monday, Nov. 7 11am-1pm 3-4pm
Tuesday, Nov. 8 11am-1pm 3-4pm
Wednesday, Nov. 9 11am-1pm 3-4pm
Thursday, Nov. 10 11am-2:15pm

Full Thanksgiving Heat and Serve Meals for Silver Beach Families

Thanks to our amazing Family Support Network (FSN) there will be a limited number of Thanksgiving meals available for families who receive Free or Reduced Meals. Our FSN is a group of Silver Beach Families helping other Silver Beach Families with basic need support. If your family could benefit from a ready-made full thanksgiving meal, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328. There is a very limited number of meals available and no guarantee that all requests can be fulfilled. Information regarding Families requesting support is kept confidential. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
Kids Night Out is becoming very popular! Due to this we will no longer be able to accept drop offs. The form needs to be filled out and returned to school by the day of Kids Night Out or an email sent to Susan Miner, susanmike76@comcast.net by 3:00 pm the day of Kids Night Out. The YMCA has a student to adult ratio that we must comply with and we also need to know how much pizza, drinks, and treats to purchase before the event.
Thank you for working with us on this. The next Kids Night Out is scheduled for Friday 11/18 from 6:30-9:00.

After School Enrichment: For more information and to sign up for all After-School Programs (ASPs).

Oct
24

Update: Volunteer Online Application for Bellingham Public Schools

A Message from the Department of Human Resources

Dear Families and Community Members,

Thank you to the nearly 2,000 people who have completed and been approved to volunteer in our schools!  We appreciate your help in transitioning from paper to our online application system.

We hope this email will provide you with the information and supports you need to complete the volunteer application. Whether you are volunteering weekly in a classroom or as a chaperone on a field trip, all volunteers must complete the online application.

Here are the steps to help you apply:

  • Log into the web-based application here.
  • Click “Register” and provide email and password information to create your profile.  For those applicants who have applied to work with Bellingham Public Schools, you must use the same email and password used when applying for the job.  If you don’t know or remember your password, you can prompt the system to send that information to you by visiting the job application portal here.
  • The Profile consists of three separate categories including: personal info, contact info and the disclosure form.
  • Upon completion of above, the system will prompt you to a checklist with three items: volunteer policy informationvolunteer information 2016-17, and my uploads. Open each section, read/fill-in the information requested, and save at the bottom of the page before proceeding to the next section.
  • There are several ways to upload your photo identification. You can take a picture of your ID with a smartphone, then either upload it directly into the system from your phone or send the photo to yourself, save to hard drive and then upload. You may also scan your photo ID, save and then upload to system, or you may take your photo ID to your school office, and they can scan it and send to Central Services to upload.

For those who would like assistance or require computer access, we have computers available during regular business hours at the district office at 1306 Dupont St. For online support, contact us here BPS.volunteers@bellinghamschools.org

Thank you all for taking the time to complete the application and help us create safe schools for our students. Your time and support of Bellingham Public Schools is appreciated.

Oct
20

10/19/2016 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 10.19.16

Dear Families,

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped picture day run smoothly, especially Stacy Milewski for all the coordination.  Its no small feat to get 460 sweet faces photographed!

Our Lost and Found is getting full! Please come and look at our Lost and Found rack to see if you can claim any missing items. Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.

If you are interested in ordering a copy of 7 Habits for Happy Kids the order form is attached.

The parenting class, Raising School Aged Children, will be held in the library tonight 7:00-9:00pm.

From BPS: School Bus Levy
This is a reminder that Election Day is approaching. If you are a registered voter, you will receive your ballot this week. On the back of the ballot, near the bottom, will be our school bus levy. This is a 2-year levy that will provide funds to replace our old buses and includes bus safety technology. The levy will allow us to meet these needs while protecting the funding to our classrooms and school. You can find details at bellinghamschools.org. Please remember to vote and return your ballot by Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Have a great week!
Nicole

Don’t Forget: Box Tops- Please turn in your box tops by October 21-our goal is $1,000!
Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 19: 7:00-9:00pm- Raising School Aged Children registration required.
Oct. 21: Box Tops due
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9pm
Oct. 28: Fall Festival 6-8:30pm
Nov. 1: PTO Meeting 6:30pm
Nov. 2: Book Fair 5:30-7:30pm (see full schedule below)
Nov. 4: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Nov. 11: NO SCHOOL-Veteran’s Day
Nov. 15: Mobile Dental Van
Nov. 16: Hearing and Vision Checks
Nov. 17: Hearing and Vision Checks
Nov. 18: PTO Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00pm

After School Enrichment:
Bricks and Beyond: Sign up for Session 2: Level 1.2 of our popular Bricks and Beyond program, starting October 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15 Robotics for Beginners 1.2: Working in teams of two, students use what they have learned in Robotics 1.1 and take their skills to the next level.  Using LEGO® WeDo Bricks and software students will build more complex models and programs.  Students will use their own creativity to complete the task presented.  The facilitator coaches the student to problem solve and develop a deeper understand of the construction and programming of their model. Students must have completed Robotics for Beginners 1.1.

For more information and to sign up for all After-School Programs (ASPs).

BOOK FAIR HOURS
Wednesday, Nov. 2 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, Nov. 3 11am-2:15pm
Monday, Nov. 7 11am-1pm 3-4pm
Tuesday, Nov. 8 11am-1pm 3-4pm
Wednesday, Nov. 9 11am-1pm 3-4pm
Thursday, Nov. 10 11am-2:15pm

Reminders:
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
• Like us on Facebook

Oct
12

10/12/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 10.12.16

Dear Families,
We are in the process of hiring for our first round of Student Leadership Jobs. Ask your child(ren) to share with you what jobs are available (1st-5th).  These opportunities will increase as the year progresses and all students are encouraged to fill out an application and serve on a ‘Leaders In Action’ team. As a staff, we are midway through our training of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This translates into the classroom through the 7 Habits of Happy Kids 7 Habits Tree.jpg .  We are currently focusing on teaching Habit 1: Be Proactive- doing the right thing even when no one is looking and Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind- have a plan.

Begin with the End in Mind means to think about how you would like something to turn out before you get started.  As a family, you can talk about how planning ahead- whether it be with money, in school, or in life always leads to good things including being better positioned to help others.  Here are some activities students can do at home:
1. Lay out your clothes for tomorrow before going to bed.
2. Write down a goal you want to accomplish then make a list of specific steps to accomplish this goal.
3. Think about something you want to buy then make a plan for saving the money.
4. Talk about what you want to do when you grow up.
5. Celebrate accomplishments.

There is a great book called, 7 Habits for Happy Kids, and also a book collection that contains one storybook for each of The 7 Habits.  Our Parent Advisory Council suggested we do a bulk order of these books.  If you are interested in purchasing a copy, an order form is Book Order PTO.docx . Order forms are due back by 10/21 and please make checks payable to SBEA.

Have a great week!
Nicole

Don’t Forget: Box Tops- Please turn in your box tops by October 21-our goal is $1,000!
Raising School Age Children Fall 2016.pdf  We are excited to partner with Bellingham Technical College in hosting this class. The content and presenter, Ann Marie Read, get rave reviews. This class is online with two in-person classroom sessions 10/19 & 12/7 from 7-9pm.  Course is $96.53 per family and scholarships available. Class will be in the Silver Beach library YMCA Childcare is also available – $15 total for both in-person sessions & $10 for additional siblings. Childcare pre-registration and payment required. The childcare form is attached and also available in the office.

Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 14: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Oct. 18: Picture Day
Oct. 21: Box Tops due
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9pm
Oct. 28: Fall Festival 6-8:30pm
Nov. 1: PTO Meeting 6:30pm
Nov. 2: Book Fair 5:30-7:30pm (see full schedule below)
Nov. 4: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Nov. 11: NO SCHOOL-Veteran’s Day
Nov. 15: Mobile Dental Van
Nov. 16: Hearing and Vision Checks
Nov. 17: Hearing and Vision Checks
Nov. 18: PTO Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00pm

After School Enrichment:
Bricks and Beyond
Sign up for Session 2: Level 1.2 of our popular Bricks and Beyond program, starting October 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15 Robotics for Beginners 1.2: Working in teams of two, students use what they have learned in Robotics 1.1 and take their skills to the next level.  Using LEGO® WeDo Bricks and software students will build more complex models and programs.  Students will use their own creativity to complete the task presented.  The facilitator coaches the student to problem solve and develop a deeper understand of the construction and programming of their model. Students must have completed Robotics for Beginners 1.1.For more information and to sign up for all After-School Programs (ASPs).
BOOK FAIR HOURS
Wednesday, Nov. 2 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, Nov. 3 11am-2:15pm
Monday, Nov. 7 11am-1pm 3-4pm
Tuesday, Nov. 8 11am-1pm 3-4pm
Wednesday, Nov. 9 11am-1pm 3-4pm
Thursday, Nov. 10 11am-2:15pm

Reminders:
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
• Like us on Facebook
• Our Lost and Found is getting full!  Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.
• We’re asking all volunteers, including parents, guardians and grandparents who plan to volunteer in classrooms and on field trips, to please take a few moments to complete our new online volunteer application. You can find the application on our website: bellinghamschools.org (click on the blue Community tab at the top of the website, then select the Volunteer Program from the dropdown menu), or log in directly at https://bellinghamschoolsvolunteers.hrmplus.net/Home.aspx

Oct
05

10/5/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 10.5.16

Dear Families,
Welcome to October! Here is the link to our October Newsletter.

We are excited to partner with Bellingham Technical College in hosting a class titled, Raising School Age Children Fall 2016.pdf .  The content and presenter, Ann Marie Read, get rave reviews. This class is online with two in-person classroom sessions 10/17 & 12/7 from 7-9pm. Description: Being an effective parent/caregiver can be challenging as well as rewarding. This course will provide a practical approach to improving adult/child relations for parents/caregivers of children ages 6-11 years. Topics cover normal child development including dealing with “tweens”; encouraging cooperation and responsibility; avoiding power struggles and communicating with your child about drugs, alcohol, sexuality and media. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in an online discussion board. Course is $96.53 per family and scholarships available.  YMCA Childcare is also available – $15 total for both in-person sessions & $10 for additional siblings. Childcare pre-registration and payment required. The Childcare registration  is attached and also available in the office.
~Nicole

Don’t forget: Jog-a-thon pledges due Friday! 

Box Tops- Please turn in your box tops by October 21-our goal is $1,000!

Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 7: Jog-a-thon pledges due
Oct. 11: Mobile Dental Van
Oct. 14: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Oct. 18: Picture Day
Oct. 21: Box Tops due
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9pm
Oct. 28: Fall Festival 6-8:30pm
Nov. 1: PTO Meeting 6:30pm
Nov. 2: Book Fair Family Night 6:00-7:00pm
Nov. 4: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Nov. 11: NO SCHOOL-Veteran’s Day

After School Enrichment:
Classes started this week, and there is still time for late signup in some After-School Programs (ASPs).  For more information and to sign up for all After-School Programs (ASPs). 
• Like us on Facebook
• Our Lost and Found is getting full!  Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.
• We’re asking all volunteers, including parents, guardians and grandparents who plan to volunteer in classrooms and on field trips, to please take a few moments to complete our new online volunteer application. You can find the application on our website: bellinghamschools.org (click on the blue Community tab at the top of the website, then select the Volunteer Program from the dropdown menu), or log in directly at https://bellinghamschoolsvolunteers.hrmplus.net/Home.aspx

Sep
28

9/28/16 Update From Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 9.28.16

Dear Families,
Last week was an exciting week with our Student Led Open House and the Jog-A-Thon. Since this was our first fall Open House, we are very interested in parent feedback about Student-ledOpen House vs Curriculum Night (parents & teachers only).  I’d love an email from you sharing your perspective and how we can best communicate units of study, learning goals and how to help at home.

WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) is a great volunteering opportunity that provides male role models for our students. WatchDOGS are fathers, uncles, grandfathers and other father-figures who may read, work on math, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrance and hallways, assist with traffic flow and other assigned activities where they actively support our learning community. Come learn more at Dads and Kids Pizza Night, Tuesday, October 4th 5:30-6:30.  For more information, you  can contact:  Brian.Gilmore@bellinghamschools.org.  Applications are also available in the office.
Have a great week!
~Nicole

Our Field of Dreams! After two summers and two auctions and some patient waiting from students our field is finally open!  This was a long project that could not have been done without the help of volunteers. The PTO Board would like to thank Lerin Swiacky and Andrea Balzotti, the two chairs that led the two auctions we held to create our Field of Dreams.  Also, thank you to all the volunteers that helped them both! This project could not have been done without the help from the City of Bellingham, Bellingham School District, and Ram Construction. Finally, a BIG thank you to Curtis and Laura Lawyer for managing the project over the summer!
~The PTO Board

Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 30: Kids Night Out-Movie “Zootopia”
Oct. 4: Watch D.O.G.S. Dads & Kids Pizza Night 5:30-6:30
PTO Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
Oct. 7: Jog-a-thon pledges due
Oct. 11: Mobile Dental Van
Oct. 14: NO SCHOOL
Oct. 18: Picture Day
Oct. 21: Kids Night Out
Oct 28: Fall Festival 6-8pm

After School Enrichment:
Classes started this week, and there is still time for late signup in some After-School Programs (ASPs).  For more information and to sign up for all After-School Programs (ASPs), go to:http://silverbeachelementarypto.digitalpto.com/enrichment/after-school-programs-asp/

Reminders:

September Newsletter
•Like us on Facebook
• Our Lost and Found is getting full!  Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.
• We’re asking all volunteers, including parents, guardians and grandparents who plan to volunteer in classrooms and on field trips, to please take a few moments to complete our new online volunteer application. You can find the application on our website: bellinghamschools.org (go to about, then volunteer program), or log in directly at bellinghamschoolsvolunteers.hrmplus.net.

Sep
27

Family Support Network

Dear Silver Beach Families,

We are excited to announce the second year of the Family Support Network (FSN). Last year, over 75 Silver Beach families participated, providing food, clothing, bedding, cleaning supplies, holiday gifts, and more to families in our school community facing challenges and struggles.

Our goal is to continue and expand our assistance to families in need.  Through the generous contributions of Silver Beach Family and Staff, FSN can provide: crisis response, holiday support, and assistance for small ongoing needs.  This year, we will add a few new outreach initiatives to provide well-rounded support for kids, such as scholarships to after-school programs.

How it works:

Families may request support or may be referred by staff as specific needs arise.  Brian Gilmore, our school counselor, documents and sends the request to Laura Lawyer, FSN Chairperson. If the Network is able to fulfill the request, we will then ensure the item(s) are delivered to the school office.  Brian ensures delivery to the recipient(s).  Past requests have included children’s coats, shoes, grocery items, bedding etc.  All family information is kept confidential.

As a supporter, you will be able to help with whatever and whenever it works for you.  If you are interested in joining the Network, please submit the attached form to the Office. This form is also posted on the PTO Website under “Helpful Information”. If you have questions, please email Laura at lauralawyer09@gmail.com

If you are a family in need of possible assistance from the network, please contact Brian Gilmore at 676-6443 (ext.2328) or Brian.Gilmore@bellinghamschools.org. A request form will also be available on the school website and in the Silver Beach Office.

We are very excited to be able to do this again!  Thanks for all your combined efforts to build such a wonderful community and to Vibha Maheswaran who started FSN.

Sincerely,

Laura Lawyer (Jackson Lawyer’s Mom & FSN Chair), Brian Gilmore, & Nicole Talley (Silver Beach Principal)

Sep
21

9/21/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 9.21.16

You are invited… to a Student Led Open House
When: Thursday, September 22nd, 6:00-7:15 pm
At Silver Beach we are working hard to create a school culture that fosters student ownership of learning. We believe that every child is a leader and a student led open house is a great way for them to shine. Your student will be your guide and share their learning with you. You will see examples of classroom work, classroom routines, and goal setting. This event is designed to be student led, and will take the place of a traditional teacher led curriculum night. Your student is encouraged to introduce all specialist teachers: Resource Room (Susan Towers), PE (Tonian Gray), Music (Maya Popp), Library (Kristin Cleary), Reading Support (Allyson Alexander), and Counselor (Brian Gilmore). We are very excited to have you come and celebrate your student!

Friday… our ‘one-and-done’ fundraiser, the Jog-a-Thon.  Our school goal is $30,000 with funding approximately distributed by:
• 64% Classroom Basics: teacher stipends, library books, school garden lessons, science fair & van, 5th grade planners, assemblies, etc.
• 13% Building Community: Family events, bike to school, 5th grade graduation, kindergarten tours, Family Support Network, after school enrichment scholarships, ski-to-sea parade
• 12% Arts: Allied Arts, art enrichment, Musicians (new 16-17), performing arts support
• 11% Technology: online math and reading resources, IXL RAZ Kids, math club
We welcome families to come cheer on their runners. Start times by grade are: 4th 8:45, 1st 9:30, 5th 10:15, 2nd 12:30, 3rd 1:15 and Kinders. 2:00.

Warmly,
~Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 22: Open House 6-7:15pm
Sept. 23: Jog-A-Thon
Sept. 30:  Kids Night Out
Oct. 4: PTO Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
Oct. 11: Mobile Dental Van
Oct. 14: NO SCHOOL
Oct. 18: Picture Day
Oct. 21: Kids Night Out
Oct 28: Fall Festival  6-8pm

After School Enrichment:
There is still time for late signup in some After-School Programs (ASPs).  For more information and to sign up for all After-School Programs (ASPs).
• IMPROV and ART 3-5 — We are still under-enrolled in the Improv (grades 4-5) and Art II (grades 3-5) classes.  Improv is offered on Wednesdays, 3-4pm, and Art II is offered on Thursdays, 1:15-3pm.  These are both creative and fun opportunities for your child to expand their arts education, in a small group, in a safe and relaxed environment.  Click here to signup.
• TENNIS (submitted by the tennis ASP provider) –Powered by the United States Tennis Association, Tennis Afterschool Zone (TAZ) helps students learn to play tennis, get moving and have fun. We provide the smaller sized rackets and low-compression balls which keep the students safe and our well trained instructors work to develop necessary motor skills. Our program is composed of eight one-hour session after school at a cost of $64 per student. Click here to learn more.

Other Community Events
Free Developmental Screening Birth to Age 5, Sept. 26
A free developmental screening clinic for children ages birth to five is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway. The clinic is an opportunity to speak with an early childhood specialist about your child’s development and to receive education information. The clinic is presented free of charge by Bellingham Public Schools and the Opportunity Council. For additional information about screening for ages 3 to 5, please call (360) 676-6470, ext.4408. For information about screening birth to 3, call (360) 715-7485.  Click here for more information:
Families are invited to Bellingham Police Department Law Enforcement Appreciation Day from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Bellingham Police Department, 505 Grand Avenue.  Get to know your local police department and show appreciation for what they do every day. Free pizza will be provided while supplies last, plus, games and prizes for the kids.  Check out exclusive law enforcement vehicles while you register for a chance to win a Harley Davidson.
Reminders:
Like us on Facebook

Our Lost and Found is getting full!  Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.

We’re asking all volunteers, including parents, guardians and grandparents who plan to volunteer in classrooms and on field trips, to please take a few moments to complete our new online volunteer application. You can find the application on our website: bellinghamschools.org (go to about, then volunteer program), or log in directly at bellinghamschoolsvolunteers.hrmplus.net.

Sep
15

9/14/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 9.14.16

Thank you to our PTO Board and Activity Chairs for hosting our first Fall Social last Friday night.  It was wonderful to see so many families connecting.  Our next big event is next Friday, our ‘one-and-done’ fundraiser, the Jog-a-Thon.  Our school goal is $30,000 with funding approximately distributed by:
• 64% Classroom Basics: teacher stipends, library books, school garden lessons, science fair & van, 5th grade planners, assemblies, etc.
• 13% Building Community: family events, bike to school, 5th grade graduation, kindergarten tours, Family Support Network, after school enrichment scholarships, ski-to-sea parade
• 12% Arts: Allied Arts, art enrichment, Musicians (new 16-17), performing arts support
• 11% Technology: online math and reading resources, IXL RAZ Kids, math club
We welcome families to come cheer on their runners. Start times are: 4th 8:45, 1st 9:30, 5th 10:15, 2nd 12:30, 3rd 1:15, and Kinders 2:00.  The staff at Silver Beach is incredibly grateful for the resources and experiences that the Jog-A-Thon provides for our students.

~Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 22: Open House 6-7:15pm
Sept. 23: Jog-A-Thon
Sept. 30: Kids Night Out- info coming home soon
Oct. 4: PTO Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
Oct. 11: Mobile Dental Van
Oct. 14: NO SCHOOL

After School Enrichment:
Classes started this week, and there is still time for late signup in some After-School Programs (ASPs).  For more information and to sign up for all After-School Programs (ASPs), go to:http://silverbeachelementarypto.digitalpto.com/enrichment/after-school-programs-asp/
• IMPROV and ART 3-5 — We are still under-enrolled in the Improv (grades 4-5) and Art II (grades 3-5) classes.  Improv is offered on Wednesdays, 3-4pm, and Art II is offered on Thursdays, 1:15-3pm.  These are both creative and fun opportunities for your child to expand their arts education, in a small group, in a safe and relaxed environment.  To signup, go to http://artsarebasic.org/registration/ .
• TENNIS (submitted by the tennis ASP provider) –Powered by the United States Tennis Association, Tennis Afterschool Zone (TAZ) helps students learn to play tennis, get moving and have fun. We provide the smaller sized rackets and low-compression balls which keep the students safe and our well trained instructors work to develop necessary motor skills. Our program is composed of eight one-hour session after school at a cost of $64 per student. You can learn more by visiting https://programs.rectennis.com/locations/silver-beach-elementary-taz

Other Community Events
Students in grades K-5 are invited to experience a unique and exciting after-school program at Western Washington University this fall. Through hands-on science and art activities, students will get to experience being on a college campus through participation in specialized labs. When: Thursdays, October 6 – November 17Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Where: Western Washington University. More info: http://www.wwu.edu/ee/youth/early-release/bham-early-fall.shtml

Free Developmental Screening Birth to Age 5, Sept. 26
A free developmental screening clinic for children ages birth to five is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway.
The clinic is an opportunity to speak with an early childhood specialist about your child’s development and to receive education information. The clinic is presented free of charge by Bellingham Public Schools and the Opportunity Council. For additional information about screening for ages 3 to 5, please call (360) 676-6470, ext.4408. For information about screening birth to 3, call (360) 715-7485.  For more information:  https://www.bellinghamschools.org/program/special-education/child-find-screenings/

Reminders:
Our Lost and Found is getting full!  Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.

We’re asking all volunteers, including parents, guardians and grandparents who plan to volunteer in classrooms and on field trips, to please take a few moments to complete our new online volunteer application. You can find the application on our website: bellinghamschools.org (go to about, then volunteer program), or log in directly at bellinghamschoolsvolunteers.hrmplus.net.

Sep
08

9/7/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 9.7.16

It’s hard to believe we are already 10 days into our school year! I spend the majority of my day on the playground, in the lunchroom and visiting classrooms.  We have the BEST kids ever! Mr. Gilmore and I had lunch with our new students this week (2nd-5th grade) and were thrilled to hear that friends have been made and that Silver Beach is a fun place to learn. If you ever have social or academic questions/ concerns regarding your child, please let us know.

The September Newsletter (linked here) is filled with valuable information. If you would like to receive a paper copy, please let the office know. There are several important events coming in the next couple weeks. Friday is our first PTO Food Truck Dinner & Ice Cream Social. Come meet your new PTO Board, learn about volunteering at Silver Beach (computers will be available for online volunteer registration), upcoming events, and meet other families in our school. Our one, BIG fundraiser, the Jog-a-thon, takes place on September 23rd and sponsor packets will come home with students on Friday!
Warmly,

~Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday is early release 1:15
Sept. 9: PTO Food Trucks, Ice Cream Social & Outdoor Movie 6-8pm
Sept. 16: NO SCHOOL
Operation School Bell  Sign-Up Event- contact Mr. Gilmore for information.
Sept. 22: Open House 6-7:15pm
Sept. 23: Jog-A-Thon
Sept. 30: Kids Night Out- info coming home soon

From the District: Volunteer Application Now Online
We’re asking all volunteers, including parents, guardians and grandparents who plan to volunteer in classrooms and on field trips, to please take a few moments to complete our new online volunteer application. You can find the application on our website: bellinghamschools.org (go to about, then volunteer program), or log in directly at bellinghamschoolsvolunteers.hrmplus.net.

This application must be filed and approved prior to your shift or event, whether you are a regular volunteer or occasional helper or chaperon. If you require assistance, please call 647-6848 or emailjennifer.gaer@bellinghamschools.org  Thank you for your time and commitment to your/our students this year!

After School Enrichment:
After School enrichment classes start next week, and enrollment is low for some programs.  If your child is interested in these classes, please signup this week!  Some classes could be cancelled if minimum class sizes are not met.  To sign up and get more information, go to the PTO website at:  http://silverbeachelementarypto.digitalpto.com/enrichment/after-school-programs-asp/ .
After school classes offered are:
MONDAYS – Art K-2; Tennis K-5; Theatre K-1
TUESDAYS – Lego Robotics 2-4; Karate 1-5; Trailblazers 2-5
WEDNESDAYS – Improv 4-5; Guitar 3-5; Neighborhood Nature 1-5
THURSDAY – Art 3-5; Girls on the Run 3-5; Math Club 4-5

Reminders:

Like us on FaceBook to stay up-to-date on the exciting things happening here at school.

Our Lost and Found is getting full!  Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.

We ask for your patience and cooperation with our drop off/pick up process.  We encourage families to drop students off between 8:00-8:15 to ease the congestion. Before 8:30 am and after 2:30 please do not park between the playground and the school. This area needs to be clear for our drop off/pick up line. Once cars enter the parking lot please pull all the way forward before dropping off or picking up your child. DO NOT STOP and DROP anywhere but in the lane in front of the school.
All numbered parking spots are reserved for staff members.  Please do NOT drop off or park in the annex alley.

Due to allergy concerns, food safety, and District Policy prohibiting homemade food, our Parent Advisory Council voted unanimously in spring of 2013 to eliminate birthday treats.  We encourage parents to celebrate their child’s birthday at school with a birthday book. This book can be donated to the classroom or school library. A label will be placed on the inside of the cover to commemorate your child’s special day.

Sep
07

PTO Social this Friday!

The PTO Social is this Friday at 6:00 pm! Order your food and then come inside to eat and check out all the volunteering opportunities this year and amazing events at Silver Beach then go enjoy the movie in the covered area. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets!

This event is a fundraiser that supports 5th grade activities this year!

Please park in parking lot first as there will be limited parking on the playground.

Sep
07

Signup for After-School Classes Today!

After School enrichment classes start next week, and enrollment is low for some programs.  If your child is interested in these classes, please signup this week!  Some classes could be cancelled if minimum class sizes are not met.  To signup and get more information, go to the PTO website enrichment page.

After school classes offered are:

MONDAYS – Art K-2; Tennis K-5; Theatre K-1

TUESDAYS – Lego Robotics 2-4; Karate 1-5; Trailblazers 2-5

WEDNESDAYS – Improv 4-5; Guitar 3-5; Neighborhood Nature 1-5

THURSDAY – Art 3-5; Girls on the Run 3-5; Math Club 4-5

Sep
06

8/31/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 8.31.16

It has been an amazing start!  Parents are always welcome to join us on the playground and in the lunchroom.  Our first PTO Food Truck Dinner and Ice Cream Social is next Friday night. Come meet your new PTO Board, learn about volunteering at Silver Beach, upcoming events, and meet other families in our school, all while enjoying dinner, dessert and a movie!  A flyer with additional information will be sent home on Friday. Liking the Silver Beach Facebook page is great way to keep up with the exciting things happening here at school.

Don’t forget: Tomorrow is an early release day. Dismissal is at 1:15.

Have a wonderful three day weekend!
~Nicole 

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday is early release 1:15
Sept 5: Labor Day- NO SCHOOL
Sept. 9: PTO Food Trucks, Ice Cream Social & Outdoor Movie 6-8pm
Sept. 16: NO SCHOOL
Operation School Bell  Sign-Up Event info attached
Sept. 23: Jog-A-Thon
Sept. 30: Kids Night Out- info coming home soon

After School Enrichment
We are SO fortunate to be able to offer many after school enrichment programs. Special thanks to Robyn Johnston for all the work she put into developing our programs and process.  Offerings  for September include: Art, Improv, Lego/Bricks, Karate, Tennis, Guitar, Girls on the Run, Neighbor Nature, and Trail Blazers. The online registration is linked here: http://silverbeachelementarypto.digitalpto.com/enrichment/after-school-programs-asp/

Reminders:
We ask for your patience and cooperation with our drop off/pick up process.  We encourage families to drop students off between 8:00-8:15 to ease the congestion.  Before 8:30 am and after 2:30 please do not park between the playground and the school.  This area needs to be clear for our drop off/pick up line.  Once cars enter the parking lot please pull all the way forward before dropping off or picking up your child.  DO NOT STOP and DROP anywhere but in the lane in front of the school.

All numbered parking spots are reserved for staff members.  Please do NOT drop off in the annex alley.

Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.

Due to allergy concerns, food safety, and District Policy prohibiting homemade food, our Parent Advisory Council voted unanimously in spring of 2013 to eliminate birthday treats.  We encourage parents to celebrate their child’s birthday at school with a birthday book. This book can be donated to the classroom or school library. A label will be placed on the inside of the cover to commemorate your child’s special day.

Aug
30

8/24/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 8.24.16

Welcome to a new school year!  In my 6 years here, it was by far the BEST first day!  It was so exciting to see all our 1st-5th grade kids and families.  This year we have 32 new students joining our community.

We are welcoming 85 kindergartners, another record number for us!  Tomorrow we are encouraging Kindergarten families, who are wishing to walk their child into class, to arrive between 8:40-8:50.  The playground will be open for parking as will the drop off lane and bus turn around. Kindergarten will be dismissed at 12:30 tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday.

Reminders:
Tomorrow is NOT and early release day. Dismissal is at 3:00pm.

We ask for your patience and cooperation with our drop off/pick up process.  We encourage families to drop students off between 8:00-8:15 to ease the congestion.  Before 8:30 am and after 2:30 please do not park between the playground and the school.  This area needs to be clear for our drop off/pick up line.  Once cars enter the parking lot please pull all the way forward before dropping off or picking up your child.  DO NOT STOP and DROP anywhere but in the lane in front of the school.

All numbered parking spots are reserved for staff members.  Please do drop off in the the annex alley.

Please label outerwear with your child’s name so that if something is left on the playground we can get it back to the rightful owner.

Due to allergy concerns, food safety, and District Policy prohibiting homemade food, our Parent Advisory Council voted unanimously in spring of 2013 to eliminate birthday treats.  We encourage parents to celebrate their child’s birthday at school with a birthday book. This book can be donated to the classroom or school library. A label will be placed on the inside of the cover to commemorate your child’s special day.

Upcoming Dates:
Aug. 29: Full day for Kindergarten
Sept 5: Labor Day- No School
Sept. 9: PTO Pizza & Ice Cream Social 6-8pm
Sept. 23: Jog-A-Thon

My hope is your child(ren) came home very excited about their first day back at school.  The staff at Silver Beach is looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Nicole Talley
Principal

“Inspiring the love of learning and leadership in every child.”

Aug
10

Volunteer Registration now ONLINE!

A Message from the Department of Human Resources

Dear families and community members,

Volunteers are an integral part of student success in our schools. Parents, guardians, family members, grandparents and community members alike are part of The Bellingham Promise and committed to providing a variety of tasks, skills and time to support student growth and development. And we are grateful.

We have heard from some of you the annual paper volunteer application is arduous and time consuming. With this in mind, we are proud to announce a new development that will make your volunteer job easier. Beginning today, the volunteer application will be accessible in an online format for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. This new online format is a one-time web-based application that requires a renewal every two years per the Washington State Patrol check (WATCH). We encourage you to complete the application now so we can make any necessary adjustments to provide for a smooth transition for the start of the school year. You can find the application here.

In addition, there are now computers available in the lobby at the district office at 1306 Dupont Street for those who would like assistance or do not have computer access.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new online system, please contact bps.volunteers@bellinghamschools.org.

Thank you for your continued time and support of Bellingham Public Schools.

 

Jun
10

6/10/2016 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 6.10.16

I can’t believe we are down to the last few days… Please, please, please keep reading with your child(ren) this summer. This is especially critical for those students who are striving to be at standard. Here are three ways to prevent “summer slide”:
1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing.
2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read.
3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle.

Please take a few minutes to complete our Parent Survey. Your insights and opinions truly matter and help us to continuously improve our services to students and families.

Have a wonderful summer!
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
June 13: All school Play Day 9:00-11:00am
June 14: 2nd grade Play Day 8:40-10:00am & 3rd grade to Blodel 11:00-2:00
June 15: Year End Assembly 9:00am & Last day for students- dismissal 1:15
June29: Report Cards mailed home
Mid Aug: Class assignments mailed home
Aug. 11: Office reopens
Aug. 23: Meet and Greet 11:00-12:00pm
Aug. 24: First Day of School (no Kindergarten)
Aug. 24-25: Half days for Kindergarten

From Mrs. Cleary
All summer reading materials and a link to a great summer reading video by Dav Pilkey on the school website.  SB Home>Families>Summer Reading.  https://silverbeach.bellinghamschools.org/summer-reading-2016. Last week, all students received the Public Library’s program and this week I will be giving all students the Village Books and Barnes & Noble summer reading programs.

Lunch Fees: We still have a high balance ($345.00) of outstanding charges. Payments can be made online or with cash and checks.   Remaining balances on student accounts will roll over to next year. If you need assistance paying lunch fees, please contact our counselor, Mr. Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext. 2328.

Medications: Please stop by the office and pick up your student’s medication. We are not able to send medications home with your student. If you are unavailable to pick them up, please make arrangements for another adult family member to do so. Medications not picked up by June 21st will have to be disposed. New authorization forms are required for each new school year. We will no longer be mailing these forms out to your home.  The medication forms are now located on your school’s website. To access please go to families/health information and open medication at schools.  The forms can also be obtained at your school, the district office and your doctor’s office.

Lost & Found: Please check the Lost & Found before the last day of school.  It is over-flowing!  Any coats, clothes, hats, etc. will be donated after the last day of school.  Smaller items like glasses, can be found in the office.
Community Events/Summer Enrichment Opportunites
Storm Basketball Camps for boys are taking place June 20 through 23.  You’ll learn skills and fundamentals of basketball while having fun, you’ll learn to play as a member of team, and you’ll learn valuable life lessons along the way.   Hall of Fame Coach Dave Dickson, his coaching staff, and high school players will be the instructors.  Brochure attached.

Co-Parenting Communication Workshop. When: Saturday, June 25th 9am-12pm. Where: Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, 13 Prospect St, Ste 201, Bellingham, WA 98225. Contact: Leah at (360) 676-0122 or leah@whatcomdrc.org
Cost: $10 – please call to register. This course is designed for individuals who are divorced, separated, and never married parents and custodians. The workshop will help participants build skills to manage emotions, be heard, communicate effectively, and reduce co-parenting conflicts. Parents may participate in this workshop alone, or with the other parent.
The class will be offered again on Saturday, September 17th.

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