Mar
15

3/15/2017 Update for Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 3.15.17

Dear Families,
Our Science Fair is Friday! BIG thanks to Kristen Mason and Kristen Isakovic who chair this event sponsored by our PTO.  This year we have over 100 entries!  All students who submit a project will have the opportunity to a present to a parent volunteer and receive feedback and throughout the day each classroom will get to tour the projects.  It is wonderful to see kids so excited about science experiments and research!   Family and friends are invited to view projects from 6:00-7:30 Friday Night. Thank you to all the volunteers who make the Science Fair such a positive learning experience for our kids.
Have a great week! ~ Nicole

State Testing begins for 3rd grade next week. Please see attached 2017 State Testing Communication  and the 3rd-5th Grade Testing Schedule.pdf.

From the PTO
Back by popular demand! Dr. Putney, Silver Beach parent and local pediatrician returns this year for a candid conversation on tweens and growing up. Please join us for “Adolescence Explained- Who is this monster in my kitchen?” On Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30pm. Mood swings, change in attitude, body changes…Dr. Putney provides answers, tips, and advice on how we can help our kids navigate adolescence. There will be childcare available, but we ask that only parents sit in on the actual discussion. For a wonderful parent & child together program on adolescence, Dr. Putney recommends visiting greatconversations.com for dates on upcoming local discussions. An event has been created on the Silver Beach Facebook page. Please let us know if you will be joining the discussion. Thank you! Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Dates:
Mar. 17: Science Fair Family and Friends Event 6:00-7:30
Mar. 24: 1st Grade Musical-Family Performance 1:45
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00 pm
Mar. 27: 5th Gr. To Mt. Baker Theater 10:00
Mar. 28: 4th Gr. Sasquatch 1:45
Mar. 29: 5th Gr. Sasquatch 9:30
Apr. 3-7: SPRING BREAK
Apr. 11: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm: Adolescence Explained w/ Dr. Putney
Apr. 14: Habit Assembly 2:10
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00 pm
Spring session of After School Programs (ASP) will start after Spring Break. Look for more information coming soon!
Enrichment Opportunities
3rd Grade Math Club will be starting after spring break.  Please attend the informational meeting on Thursday March 23 from 1:15 to 2:00 in the library.  This club will be 100% parent driven so volunteer time is required.  If you have questions, please contact Lerin Swiackey at lerinr@gmail.com.
#WHYWILLYOUGIVE?
At the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, we believe. We believe the future is brighter when our local public schools have the resources to help all children succeed. WHYWILLYOUGIVE 3-2017.pdf

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

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.
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Mar
09

3/8/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 3.8.17

Dear Families,
Yesterday, before school, we hosted the Bellingham School Board, Dr. Baker, and the Executive Team. The presentation was 100% planned, prepped, and orchestrated by our Junior Lighthouse Team.  Our kids did an exceptional job and felt like rockstars!  Here are links to their presentation PowerPoint  one highlighting their planning  and the video (thanks Mrs. Cleary!). As a staff, our goal is to extend similar leadership opportunies to all our kids.

Have a wonderful week!
Nicole
Silver Beach teams did great at the Whatcom County Math Competition that took place February 25. A special thank you to Kristen Mason for organizing all of the lessons, getting the t-shirts, handling registrations and keeping us on track! Additional thank you to Ms. Cleary for letting us use the library.
4th Grade:
Team 1: 18th place
Ty Hoffman
Tycho Weiche
Aadi Prabhu
Elliott Probst

Team 2: 7th place
Makenna Sheedy
Jacob Kuhn
Samuel Donner
Jaxon Hofer

5th Grade 
Team 1:  9th place
Tegan Daughters
Hazel Gleckman
Hannah Milnes
Aryn Top

Team 2: 2nd place
Zoe Bates
Rostislav Gofman
Ethan Rockwell
Brandon Swiackey

Individual places for 5th grade:
Ethan Rockwell 5th
Brandon Swiackey 8th

Upcoming Dates:
Mar. 10: Early Dismissal
Mar. 17: Science Fair Family and Friends Event 6:00
Mar. 24: 1st Grade Musical-Family Performance 1:45
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00 PM
Mar. 27: 5th Gr. To Mt. Baker Theater 10:00
Mar. 28: 4th Gr. Sasquatch 1:45
Mar. 29: 5th Gr. Sasquatch 9:30

Spring session of After School Programs (ASP) will start after Spring Break. Look for more information coming soon!

#WHYWILLYOUGIVE?
At the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, we believe. We believe the future is brighter when our local public schools have the resources to help all children succeed. See attached flyer

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

Spring Garden Lessons set to launch with Common Threads
Common Threads Food Educators enjoyed cooking in the classroom this winter with students as we collectively prepared and tasted kale salad, beet hummus, applesauce, and butternut squash noodles “squoodles”. As we transition back outside, spring garden lessons at Silver Beach will start on March 14th and run through June 12th. Did you know that Common Threads offers spring break and summer camps for kids?  For more information and registration, check out www.commonthreadsfarm.org.

Please mark your calendars for Dirt Fest on Monday 4/17 at Sunnyland Elementary School from 3:00-5:30pm. And, if you are interested in volunteering to support the Silver Beach garden education program,  please talk to your Food Educator, Samantha (samantha_t@commonthreadsfarm.org), or contact robyn@commonthreadsfarm.org. See you in the garden!
Community Enrichment Activities
WWU Summer Youth Programs-See attached flyer
National Alliance on Mental Illness-See attached flyer
What is Girls on the Run?-See attached flyer

• 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.
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Feb
17

2/16/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 2.16.17

Dear Families,
Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent their classroom on our Junior Lighthouse Team.Take a look at the pictures  App1 App2.jpg App3.jpg of a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade application that exemplify  the caliber of the 35 applications received. The three main objectives for this team will be: 1) Further school pride, respect between students, and positive behavior 2) Develop new student leadership opportunities 3) Promote school activities and achievements with parents and greater community.Leaders in Action at their best!

1st Grade: Heidi Knudsen, Meghann Zenonian, Anders Malsbary
2nd Grade: Eli Kusick, Georgia Russell, Tiana Thompson
3rd Grade: Avery Weener, Lucy Burr, Atticus Andress, Caitlyn Coon
4th Grade: Sara Thut, Nora Hunt
5th Grade: Kelsey Welch, Ethan Rockwell

Have a wonderful long weekend!
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 15-Mar. 1: Transfer requests due for 2017-18
Feb. 17: 3rd Grade to Mt. Baker Theater
Friday Clubs Session 3 begins
Feb. 20: NO SCHOOL
Feb. 24: Habit 5 Assembly 2:10pm
Feb. 25: Free Dental Day- see below
Feb. 28: Class Picture Day
Mar. 10: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Mar. 17: Science Fair
Mar. 24: Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00 PM

Reminders:
Turn in those Box Tops- the Spring deadline is next Friday, Feb 24th.

Pet Drive extended until Friday, February 24th.

The last day for families to submit requests for in-between schools and non-resident transfer is March 1.

The Spring Book Fair will be here February 16th – 24th.  See below for shopping hours:
Thursday February 16th: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Friday February 17th: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Monday February 20th: Closed, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday February 21st: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday February 22’d: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday February 23’d: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday February 24th: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

Other 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.
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Jan
20

1/18/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 1.18.17

Dear Families,
Last Friday, we had an assembly reviewing Habit 3: Put First Things First, and introducing Habit 4: Think Win-Win.  A summary of all Overview of the 7 Habits.docx .  There is also have a fabulous book called, 7 Habits of Happy Kids, in our library collection. This assembly was produced and led by a team of our 4th grade leaders: Jax Beaupain, Haylie Tull, Madison Nathanson, Braden Jones, Makenna Sheedy, and Addie Carr. These ‘Leaders in Action’ gave up many hours of their lunch, recess, and club time to work with Mr. Gilmore and Ms. Popp. Egan Hill and Tycho Weiche are our lights and video team leaders. I hope to get some video clips from the assembly on the school FaceBook page soon. Ask your child(ren) about what they learned about Think Win-Win from the assembly and story, Mean Jean the Recess Queen.
Have a great week!
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
Jan. 24: K, 2nd and 4th Grades to Mt. Baker Theater
Jan 27: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day. Please click here to view the updated calendar.
Feb. 3: The Reptile Man 6:30 pm in the Main Gym
Feb. 7: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
Feb. 10: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Feb. 17: 3rd Grade to Mt. Baker Theater
Feb. 24: Habit 5 Assembly 2:10pm
Feb. 25: Free Dental Day- see below
Feb. 28: Class Picture Day

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

After School Enrichment:
Winter programs are starting this week, but it’s not too late to sign up! Classes will start January 18th and go until March. For more information, sign up websites and a schedule of classes please visit our webpage: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-weekly
Individual Class Sign-Up links are as follows:
All BAAY programs (Crochet, Creative Theater, Guitar, Art I, Choir): http://baay.org/eduarts/register
Tennis: https://programs.rectennis.com/locations/silver-beach-elementary-taz
Spanish: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-spanish
Karate: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-karate
Trailblazers: http://www.whatcomymca.org/trail-blazers.html
Fustal: http://www.whatcomymca.org/futsal.html
Strings: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-strings
Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer, SBEA.Enrich@gmail.com

5th Annual Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair

The Silver Beach Science Fair will be held on Friday, March 17th
Project submissions are due by Thurs. Feb. 9
How to Participate:
1.      Turn in a Science Fair Sign-up form with parent signature for each student/ team member by Friday, March 3rd.
2.      Receive a display board.
3.      Conduct an experiment or research a science question!
4.      Return your completed display board to school between Mon., February 27th – Thurs., March 16th
5.      Present your project to an adult feedback team the morning of March 17th.
Return to school later that evening to celebrate all of the projects and to share your project with your friends and   family.
Science Fair Questions???  Contact Kristen Mason krislow99@gmail.com or Kristen Isakovic kristeni@haggen.com
Science Fair Sign-up forms are now available:
·        SB Website: silverbeach.bellinghamschools.org > Academics > Science
·        PTO Website: silverbeachelementarypto.digitalpto.com > Helpful Information

The Spring Book Fair will be here February 16th – 24th.  See below for shopping hours:
Thursday February 16th: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Friday February 17th: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Monday February 20th: Closed, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday February 21st: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday February 22’d: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday February 23’d: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday February 24th: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

KNOW ANY KIDS WHO NEED FREE DENTAL CARE??
A Day of Free Dental Care for Kids!!!  Saturday, February 25, 2017!
Dental Exams, Sealants, X-rays, and Fluoride
Who: Any kids, ages 0-18 years old, who do not see a dentist every 6 months
When: 8am – 4pm, by appointment
Where: 220 Unity Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
How do I sign up? Call (360) 788-2649 Leave a message and we will call you back to schedule your appointment!

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:
• 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.
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Jan
13

Note about Soccer and Futsal after school program link

Silver Beach Soccer and Futsal players, if you’ve tried to sign up for the After School Futsal program, you might have noticed that it hasn’t been working.  The YMCA has solved the registration problem, and you can register here.  http://tinyurl.com/SBYMCA-Futsal. The program starts on January 26th and runs through March 16th, Thursdays at 1:15  for 2nd – 5th graders.

Jan
13

1/11/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 1.11.17

Dear Families,
Due to the fact that Friday the 27th is now a non-student day and the Reptile Man assembly is Friday, Feb. 3rd, we have postponed our next Friday Club session to start Friday, Feb. 17. This will be a five-week session 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31. We already have approved several student-led club applications.  If you or your student are interested in sponsoring a club, the proposal form is attached.

Morning volunteers are still needed to supervise the Annex Art Room.  On these freezing mornings it is nice to give students another warm place to go.  If you are available, please contact Teri Milnes at tjmilnes@comcast.net.

Stay warm,
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
Jan 13: Habit 4 Assembly gym 2:10pm
Jan. 16: NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan. 24: K, 2nd and 4th Grades to Mt. Baker Theater
Jan 27: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Feb. 3: The Reptile Man 6:30 pm in the Main Gym
Feb. 7: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
Feb. 10: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Feb. 24: Habit 5 Assembly 2:10pm
Feb. 25: Free Dental Day- see below

After School Enrichment:
Sign-ups for Winter programs have started! Classes will start January 18th and go until March. For more information, sign up websites and a schedule of classes please visit our webpage: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-weekly   Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer, SBEA.Enrich@gmail.com
Individual Class Sign-Up links are as follows:
• All BAAY programs (Crochet, Creative Theater, Guitar, Art I, Choir): http://baay.org/eduarts/register
• Tennis: https://programs.rectennis.com/locations/silver-beach-elementary-taz
• Spanish: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-spanish
• Karate: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-karate
• Crossfit: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-crossfit
• Trailblazers: http://www.whatcomymca.org/trail-blazers.html
• Fustal: http://www.whatcomymca.org/futsal.html
• Strings: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-strings
KNOW ANY KIDS WHO NEED FREE DENTAL CARE??
A Day of Free Dental Care for Kids!!!  Saturday, February 25, 2017!
Dental Exams, Sealants, X-rays, and Fluoride
Who: Any kids, ages 0-18 years old, who do not see a dentist every 6 months
When: 8am – 4pm, by appointment
Where: 220 Unity Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
How do I sign up? Call (360) 788-2649 Leave a message and we will call you back to schedule your appointment!

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:
• 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.
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Jan
04

1/4/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 1.4.17

Dear Families,
Happy New Year! I have appreciated the return to routines and seeing the smiling faces of our kids and staff.

All those little box tops add up! We were just notified that Silver Beach earned $1236.20 for the first half of the year; please keep sending them in!  Special thanks to our Box Top volunteer, Laura Cabrera.

Date Change: Wednesday the 25th was scheduled as a non-student prior to our snow days.  Now the non-student day is Friday, January 27.

Stay warm,
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
Jan. 10: Mobile Dental Visit
Jan 13: 2:10 pm Habit — Assembly gym
Jan. 16: NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan. 20: New Club Session begins
Jan. 24: K, 2nd and 4th Grades to Mt. Baker Theater
Jan 27: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day.
Feb. 7: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
Feb. 10: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
After School Enrichment:
Sign-ups for Winter programs have started! Classes will start January 18th and go until March. For more information, sign up websites and a schedule of classes please visit our webpage: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/enrichment Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer, SBEA.Enrich@gmail.com

Enrichment Opportunities
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 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:
• 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.
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Dec
18

2017 Science Fair Packet

If you’re child is interested in participating in the 2017 Science Fair at Silver Beach, the participation forms can be found under the tab “Helpful Information” at the top of our home page.  Link is also attached here:

science-fair-student-project-pack-2017

Dec
18

12/15/2016 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 12.15.16

Dear Families,
I wish you a very merry winter break!  This week is one of my favorites of the year watching our student leaders step up and run such a successful food drive-972 pounds of food was delivered to the Food Bank this afternoon. Pictures and video of the delivery are on our Silver Beach Facebook page, such a great experience for our kids.  Here is a video of the gifts filling my office (literally) that were purchased by our Family Support Network and will be giving 8 families and 21 children an incredible Christmas.  Thank you for being such a caring community that reaches out to help others.
Happy Holidays!
Nicole

9:15 tomorrow morning is our traditional Winter Sing-Along (teaser video) and you are welcome to join us.  I will attach the Sing -Along seating.pub so that you can sit (or stand) across from your child’s grade level for the best view.


Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 16: Winter Sing-Along 9:15-Main Gym
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
Holiday Meals and GiftsEnglish December Holiday Meals 2016.pdf
Promise Kindergarten at Bellingham Public Schools | 2016-17A One Schoolhouse Approach to Early Childhood Education
We invest in a strong early childhood (prenatal through third grade) education program because of its powerful long-term returns for our students and community.  Promise K, our full-day early entrance kindergarten program, helps to ensure that all children have the opportunity to begin kindergarten ready to learn.   We are committed to a coherent, cohesive P-3 approach to educating our youngest students and therefore seek to open Promise K classrooms in the schools where the majority of those students will be continuing their elementary education.  Every year, each of our 14 elementary schools should be prepared to welcome a Promise K class.

Next week, Whole Foods Market in Bellingham will donate 5% of all store sales to the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation for three days, Wednesday, Dec. 14 through Friday, Dec. 16. This is an incredible display of generosity, generating important funds that benefit all of our schools.  To participate, simply shop at or eat in the Lakeway store anytime on those days, buying general grocery items or special holiday needs while supporting our students. Please share with your family members, friends and co-workers. We look forward to seeing you there!
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:
• 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

Dec
18

12/7/2016 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 12.7.16

Dear Families,
It’s that wonderful time of year…
The 5th Grade Helping Hawks Food Drive runs through Tuesday, Dec. 13th. So far students have weighed in 350 pounds with the goal of 750 (
Pic 1 Pic 2 pic 3 ). If your family could benefit by receiving any collected food, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext. 2328.

There is still time for students to apply for Leadership jobs- Winter Leadership Jobs.pdf  greatest needs are 3rd grade recess helpers and morning greeters.


Today Bus 30 was delayed by 10 minutes because it could not get up Academy St.  Please remember there is NO parking on right hand side going down the hill.
Have a great weekend,
Nicole

From our Family Support Network

We are ready for your help to support some Silver Beach families!  I will be coordinating again this year with Mr. Gilmore and Laura Lawyer.  So far there are 5 families (Additional families will be updated as soon as possible)… If we get any additional families in, I will add them to the spreadsheet.

Below is the link to a google spreadsheet with all of the requests.  They are separated into sheets per family… There are “tabs” at the bottom of the document that allow you to move between families and see each family’s request.  Please type in your name to the right of any items that you are willing to contribute.

If you are willing, the items can be wrapped also.  Please label with the Family Number, Child (if applicable) and from FSN, to ensure it goes to the correct family.  The items can be left at the office.  Please try to have items at the Office by December 14th, to allow time for delivery and pick up from the families.

If you are having trouble viewing the google document… let me know and I will sign you up for whatever items you would like.  For those of you unfamiliar with google spreadsheets, if there is a name to the right of the item, it is taken.  If the box is grey, it was unrequested.  Thank you so much again for helping… last year the families were overwhelmed when they saw the support they received, and this year we have several new families who have never received support from the FSN holiday drive.  Some of the items are for families in transition, and I am working with Mr. Gilmore to see if we can get gently used housewares and furniture for some of the requests.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Z6VqvXFx1iPELslCF6q0lG7DfuujnOv8al2mFSPOBJs/edit?usp=sharing

If you cannot access the google spreadsheet, or if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.  If you have friends, neighbors or family in the area who you think would want to contribute, please don’t hesitate to forward the link to them.  If items need arranging for pickup, please let me know.  Thank you for your generosity!

Heather Shepherd  (360) 920-6417

Upcoming Dates:
Dec. 7: Raising School Age Children Class 7:00-9:00pm
Dec. 16: Winter Sing-A-Long 9:15-Main Gym
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
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.

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.

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.

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