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.

Jun
02

6/1/2016 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 6.1.16

It is hard to believe it is June! School events, links to summer enrichment opportunities and community events are listed below. Our 5th graders did an oustanding job representing Silver Beach at the 5th grade track meet today. Congratulations to Mr. Perigo’s fifth graders  and Mrs. Tice’s second graders for earning PE Classes of the Year!  On June 7th they get to go with Mrs. Gray to North Coast Gym. Have a great week! ~Nicole

Tomorrow: Kindergarten Concert 12:30 in the annex.

6:30 PTO Meeting– Welcome new kindergarten families. Childcare provided

BOGO Book Fair:
Thurs.  June 2: 11:30 – 1, 1:15-2:15PM
Fri. June 3: 11:30- 1, 3:00-4:00PM

SNACKS FOR FAMILIES PROGRAM
A big thank you to Lark Gleckman for coordinating this year’s Family Support Network’s snack program! Lark began the program in 2014 as a way to ensure that students who do not bring a snack to school because of family economic or other challenges have a snack during their school day. Thanks to our magnificent Cafeteria Lead, Carol Thompson, our P.T.O, families who donated snacks and Lark for making sure all students have a snack during their day! ~ Mr. Gilmore

Reminders:
Silverhawk gear is open for ordering again! https://silverbeachgear.itemorder.com/

The Silver Beach Auction is June 10th.  Reservation forms are available in the office or give us a call and we will send it home with your child.

Volunteers Needed:
All School Play Day June 13th: Mrs. Gray is looking for a team of volunteers from 9:00-11:00am. Email Tonian.Gray@bellinghamschools.org if you would like to be a part of the fun!

Come and be a Garden Angel this summer in the Silver Beach School Garden! Sign up online here or at the orientation Thursday, June 9th 6:00pm in the garden.

Upcoming Dates:
June 7: 3-5th Talent Shows
PE Classes of the Year to North Coast Gym 9:45-11:30am
June 8: 2nd Grade Concert
June 9: 5th Grade Picnic-Blodel 10-1pm
June 10: NO SCHOOL & Silver Beach Auction 5:30pm
June 13: All school Play Day 9:00-11:00am
June 14: 2nd grade Play Day 8:40-10:00am
June 15: Year End Assembly 9:00am & Last day for students- dismissal 1:15

June 20:Eat Wings Raise Funds. Print this ticket and 10% of food proceeds will go to support 5th grade activities next year.

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.

Local Silver Beach Artist – Veronica Krueger Best offers Summer Art Camps for 3rd-12th grade beginning in July. Check out the website for information.  Artbyveronica.net.  All levels Welcome.

Reminders:
• Stay connected by liking us on FaceBook.
• All numbered parking spots are reserved for staff. The drop off lane is available for parking 9:00am-2:00pm.
• Box Tops: Send to school in an envelope or bag labeled with your child’s name and teacher.
• It is important that your child(ren)  is(are) at school on time, every day. Playground supervision and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. Students are expected to arrive prior to the bell at 8:25.

May
31

Fundraiser for 2016-17 Fifth Graders June 20th!

EAT WINGS. RAISE FUNDS.

On the day listed below, present this ticket (.EWRF-Ticket) to your server and Buffalo Wild Wings® will donate 10%* of your total bill (not including tax, gratuity or promotional discounts) to our organization.

Buffalo Wild Wings strives to support our community and the organizations and sports teams within it. Together we can make a positive impact and help keep our community working and playing together.

(Show this ticket to your server on the date & time listed below.)

SILVER BEACH PTO

June 20, 2016 • 11:00 AM
6 Bellis Fair Pkwy.Bellis Fair Mall • Bellingham, WA • 3606715963

*The 10% donation is contingent on the organization raising at least $300 of pre-tax sales during the promotion (subject to change in our discretion). Other restrictions may apply. Please see participating location for details. ®2015 Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.

May
31

5/26/2016 Update From Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 5.26.16

We hope you will join us tomorrow at our Annual School BBQ, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” theme.
The eating schedule is: K-10:45, 1st-11:15, 2nd/3rd-11:45, 4th/5th-12:15

Enjoy the long weekend!  ~Nicole

Reminders:
Silverhawk gear is open for ordering again! https://silverbeachgear.itemorder.com/
The Silver Beach Auction is June 10th.  Reservation forms are available in the office or give us a call and we will send it home with your child.

Volunteers Needed:
All School Play Day June 13th: Mrs. Gray is looking for a team of volunteers from 9:00-11:00am. Email Tonian.Gray@bellinghamschools.org if you would like to be a part of the fun!
Come and be a Garden Angel this summer in the Silver Beach School Garden! Sign up online here or at the orientation Thursday, June 9th 6:00pm in the garden.
Upcoming Dates:
June 1: 5th Grade Track Meet @ Civic Field 9:00-1:00pm
June 2: Kindergarten Concert 12:30pm
June 7: 3-5th Talent Shows
PE Classes of the Year to North Coast Gym 9:45-11:30am
June 8: 2nd Grade Concert
June 9: 5th Grade Picnic-Blodel 10-1pm
June 10: NO SCHOOL & Silver Beach Auction 5:30pm
June 13: All school Play Day 9:00-11:00am
June 14: 2nd grade Play Day 8:40-10:00am
June 15: Year End Assembly 9:00am & Last day for students- dismissal 1:15

Book Fair:
Wed.  June 1: Open 11:30- 1 & 3:00-6:00PM
Thurs.  June 2: 11:30 – 1, 1:15-2:15PM
Fri. June 3: 11:30- 1, 3:00-4:00PM

Reminders:
• Stay connected by liking us on FaceBook.
• All numbered parking spots are reserved for staff. The drop off lane is available for parking 9:00am-2:00pm.
• Box Tops: Send to school in an envelope or bag labeled with your child’s name and teacher.
• It is important that your child(ren)  is(are) at school on time, every day. Playground supervision and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. Students are expected to arrive prior to the bell at 8:25.

May
20

Common Threads Fundraiser

Help support Common Threads and encourage our students’ advocacy for nutrition and our local food system by purchasing some healthy local products made by local artisans! All proceeds will go to Common Threads to support their amazing programming at our school. Pick up at the end of the school day on June 9th (don’t forget it’s early release!), or you can have your child bring your order home to you.

If interested please shop at the link for Silver Beach: https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/silver-beach-farmraiser-spring-2016/market

Shop from local vendors including Acme Farms and Kitchens, Bow Hill Blueberries, Tony’s Coffee, Bellingham Pasta Company, and Bellewood Acres!

May
18

5/18/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 5.18.16

Friday will be a very exciting day with Bike to School and the Jr. Ski to Sea Parade.  All families are invited to share in the Silver Beach spirit as we sing, dance, and chant our way through the parade route.  We line up behind LakeSide Coop Preschool just north of Assumption Church- look for blue balloons, silver pompons and blue leis.  The parade starts at 6pm, travels down Cornwall Ave. and ends at Railroad and Champion. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

Tomorrow: Kindergarten Open House 4-6pm
WMS 6th Grade Parent Night 6:30-8:00pm
Friday: Bike to School Day
Perigo Watershed Field Trip
Jr. Ski to Sea Parade

Have a great week!  ~Nicole

Reminders:
Student Led Open House Parent Survey- linked here

The Silver Beach Auction is June 10th.  Reserve your spot now!

Thank You To Little Bugs and Marcy Probst!
For the past two years, Silver Beach parent Marcy Probst has done an amazing job managing our Lost & Found and coordinating the Little Bugs and Silver Beach Elementary partnership that provides clothing to Silver Beach families who are financially struggling. Here’s a reminder of how the program works. Donate your children’s clean, gently used items to the Silver Beach account at Little Bugs (2400 Yew St.). As soon as an item sells, the school account gets 50% of the sale price. We then can support Silver Beach families in need with gift certificates to use at Little Bugs. All non-sellable items are donated to local nonprofits. Hats off to Marcy for all your organization and many volunteer hours and Little Bugs for supporting Silver Beach Families. To inquire about clothing coupons for your family please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore at 676-6470 ext.2328

Volunteers Needed:
All School Play Day June 13th: Mrs. Gray is looking for a team of volunteers from 9:00-11:00am. Email Tonian.Gray@bellinghamschools.org if you would like to be a part of the fun!

Upcoming Dates:
May 24: Offutt & Hostetler Stream Restoration Field Trip
May 25: Zigulis Stream Restoration Field Trip
May 27: All School BBQ: K-10:45, 1st-11:15, 2nd/3rd-11:45, 4th/5th-12:15
June 1: 5th Grade Track Meet @ Civic Field 9:00-1:00pm
June 2: Kindergarten Concert 12:30pm
June 7: 3-5th Talent Shows
PE Classes of the Year to North Coast Gym 9:45-11:30am
June 8: 2nd Grade Concert
June 9: 5th Grade Picnic-Blodel 10-1pm
June 10: NO SCHOOL & Silver Beach Auction 5:30pm
June 13: All school Play Day 9:00-11:00am
June 14: 2nd grade Play Day 8:40-10:00am
June 15: Year End Assembly 9:00am & Last day for students- dismissal 1:15

Book Fair:
Wed.  June 1: Open 11:30- 1 & 3:00-6:00PM
Thurs.  June 2: 11:30 – 1, 1:15-2:15PM
Fri. June 3: 11:30- 1, 3:00-4:00PM
Other  Reminders:
• Stay connected by liking us on FaceBook.
• All numbered parking spots are reserved for staff. The drop off lane is available for parking 9:00am-2:00pm.
• Box Tops: Send to school in an envelope or bag labeled with your child’s name and teacher.
• It is important that your child(ren)  is(are) at school on time, every day. Playground supervision and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. Students are expected to arrive prior to the bell at 8:25.

May
18

5/11/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 5.11.16

Yesterday, we had a great, student led Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw assembly. The script was written by 5th grader, Jessica Hill, actors were Zack Watt, Cade Morris, Faith Taddino and Ava Curnow. Faith and Ava created aPowerPoint Presentation to introduce the Habit 7. Zack and Cade also audio recorded 23 first and second graders whose voices brought to life the story, I’m Going to Like Me.  Thanks to Mr. Gilmore who oversees our Leaders in Action.

Thanks to our PTO for sponsoring WWU MOTley Crew assembly today!  Ask your kids to tell you all about it.
Have a great week!  ~Nicole

Reminders:
Please take the Student Led Open House Parent Survey– linked here

Thurs.: 5th Graders tour Whatcom Middle School
Fri.: 2nd and 3rd grades to MBT
Kulshan Middle School Counselor visit
PTO Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00pm

May 20th: Jr. Ski to Sea Parade 5:30pm  Come show your school spirit and march with us.  We line up with Lakeside Coop Preschool just north of Assumption church. Parade starts at 6:00.  Look for the blue balloons.

The parent input form for class placement is linked to our website and avaialble in the office. Due back by May 18th.

Volunteers Needed:
All School Play Day: Mrs. Gray is looking for a team of volunteers from 9:00-11:00am. Email Tonian.Gray@bellinghamschools.org if you would like to be a part of the fun!

The Silver Beach Auction is June 10th.  Flyer came home with students and is linked Auction invite.pdf. At this time we are seeking help with soliciting businesses and individuals for donations. To help with this process, we have attached the following documents:  1. 2016 Donor Letter.pdf to give businesses with our tax ID number.  2. 2016 Procurement form.pdf to be filled out for each donation item and turned in with the donation. Most items can be left in a black bin in the front hall (or front office if it’s a gift certificate). NOTE: Alcohol donations cannot be left at the school or sent with your child. Please contact Andrea Balzotti directly at andreabalzotti@gmail.com for pick up of these items. **Before and after contacting a business for donation, please visit the following link. This spreadsheet can be edited by all to show which businesses have already been asked for donation. This is important to prevent repeat requests!**https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Fu7E1AsTOdBmd0sJ3WD4LZTuEnFdRcc3atXL-zQ4Mv4/edit?pref=2&pli=1#gid=0

Upcoming Dates:
May 17: Hayes Watershed Field Trip
May 18: Williams Watershed Field Trip
May 19: Kindergarten Open House 4-6pm
WMS 6th Grade Parent Night 6:30-8:00pm
May 20: Bike to School Day
Perigo Watershed Field Trip
Jr. Ski to Sea Parade
May 24: Offutt & Hostetler Stream Restoration Field Trip
May 25: Zigulis Stream Restoration Field Trip
May 27: All School BBQ
June 1: 5th Grade Track Meet @ Civic Field 9:00-1:00pm
June 2: Kindergarten Concert 12:30pm
June 7: 3-5th Talent Show
PE Classes of the Year to North Coast Gym 9:45-11:30am
June 8: 2nd Grade Concert
June 9: 5th Grade Picnic-Blodel 10-1pm
June 10: Silver Beach Auction 5:30pm

Book Fair:
Wed.  June 1: Open 11:30- 1 & 3:00-6:00PM
Thurs.  June 2: 11:30 – 1, 1:15-2:15PM
Fri. June 3: 11:30- 1, 3:00-4:00PM

Community Activities:
Ray of Hope Summer Day Program  DATES: June 27th-August 5th, MONDAY-FRIDAY.  Applications at Silver Beach and Rebound (316 E. McLeod Rd, Suite 102). Ray of Hope  is a six-week program for children ages 5-12 with emotional, behavioral and/or economic challenges. Campers participate in arts & crafts, recreation, field trips and artistic enrichment. Ray of Hope strives to introduce empowering social skills and inspiring life principles through story and relationship. We are excited to announce that this year’s program will be at Silver Beach Elementary! If you have any questions please contact Rebound at 360-714-0700.

Community members are invited to a free presentation about “Getting to Calm: The Early Years,” by Dr. Laura Kastner at 7 p.m. on May 26 at the Syre Theater at Whatcom Community College. Dr. Kastner will present on cool-headed strategies for raising caring, happy and independent 3 to 7 year olds. She will discuss life after the baby years and how parenting can become complicated by balancing affection and discipline.

The City of Bellingham Public Works Fair will be at the Depot Market Square on Thursday, May 19 (early dismissal day) from 2-6 p.m. Kids with their families will see street sweepers and giant vacuum trucks, watch a robotic camera that can drive through underground pipes, try catching fake fish in a trap, become an inspector that tries to find teeny tiny shells on a boat, toss fake dog poop into a garbage target, and many more fun activities with prizes. There will be free root beer floats to the first 100 people! Staff from every division of Public Works will be there to answer questions from kids and parents alike. Families will find out just how many things Public Works does to keep our community healthy, safe and moving.

Reminders:
• Stay connected by liking us on FaceBook.
• All numbered parking spots are reserved for staff. The drop off lane is available for parking 9:00am-2:00pm.
• Box Tops: Send to school in an envelope or bag labeled with your child’s name and teacher.
• It is important that your child(ren)  is(are) at school on time, every day. Playground supervision and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. Students are expected to arrive prior to the bell at 8:25.

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5/11/16 Updated ASP (After School Programs) Calendar

 

2016 May-Jun ASP weekly schedule May 6

May
05

5/4/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 5.4.16

Our first Student-Led Open House was a great success!  Thank you to everyone that attended; we had 80% of our primary students and 62% of intermediate student leaders proudly share their learning.  We hope you enjoyed the night as much as we did. We would love to have your feedback by answering the three question survey linked here.

BIG thanks to the PTO and families who have shared in appreciating our wonderful staff this week.  The Starbuck’s drinks were lovely refreshment this afternoon.  This is a very special place to work!

Have a great week!  ~Nicole

Reminders:
Thursday: Offutt to NSEA Stream field trip

Volunteers Needed:
Jr. Ski to Sea Parade May 20th: We are looking for volunteers to coordinate parade plans. Mrs. Popp always does a great job leading us in cheers and songs and every year we are  hope to add a little more PIZZAZZ- theme? Noise makers?  Maybe a float highlighting our 1st grade musical? If interested please contact our volunteer coordinator, Jodi Haggen marcjodi26@comcast.net.
The Silver Beach Auction is June 10th. An Auction invite.pdf came home with student . At this time we are seeking help with soliciting businesses and individuals for donations. To help with this process, we have attached the following documents:  1. 2016 Donor Letter.pdf to give businesses with our tax ID number. 2. 2016 Procurement form.pdf to be filled out for each donation item and turned in with the donation. Most items can be left in a black bin in the front hall (or front office if it’s a gift certificate). NOTE: Alcohol donations cannot be left at the school or sent with your child. Please contact Andrea Balzotti directly at andreabalzotti@gmail.com for pick up of these items. **Before and after contacting a business for donation, please visit the following link. This spreadsheet can be edited by all to show which businesses have already been asked for donation. This is important to prevent repeat requests!**https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Fu7E1AsTOdBmd0sJ3WD4LZTuEnFdRcc3atXL-zQ4Mv4/edit?pref=2&pli=1#gid=0
Upcoming Dates:
May 6: Ceramics/Gift-Making starts in the annex, 3-4pm
May 10: Habit 7- Sharpen the Saw Assembly 8:45am
May 11: MOTley Crew Assembly
May 12: 5th Graders tour Whatcom Middle School
May 13: 2nd and 3rd grades to MBT
Kulshan Middle School Counselor visit
PTO Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00pm
May 17: Hayes Watershed Field Trip
May 18: Williams Watershed Field Trip
May 19: Kindergarten Open House 4-6pm
May 20: Bike to School Day
Perigo Watershed Field Trip
Jr. Ski to Sea Parade
May 24: Offutt & Hostetler Stream Restoration Field Trip
May 25: Zigulis Stream Restoration Field Trip
May 27: All School BBQ

After-School Enrichment:
CANCELLED – CERAMICS and GIFT-MAKING classes starting this week, have been cancelled due to low enrollment.  If your child is still interested in this or other programs like this, please email the enrichment coordinator atsbea.enrich@gmail.com.
We want to hear more from you about our ASPs (After School Programs)!  Please take a minute to fill out the spring survey at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASP2016Spring  For current details on all Silver Beach ASP classes, go to:  http://silverbeachelementarypto.digitalpto.com/enrichment/after-school-programs-asp/ or email sbea.enrich@gmail.com.

Community Activities:
The City of Bellingham Public Works Fair will be at the Depot Market Square on Thursday, May 19 (early dismissal day) from 2-6 p.m. Kids with their families will see street sweepers and giant vacuum trucks, watch a robotic camera that can drive through underground pipes, try catching fake fish in a trap, become an inspector that tries to find teeny tiny shells on a boat, toss fake dog poop into a garbage target, and many more fun activities with prizes. There will be free root beer floats to the first 100 people! Staff from every division of Public Works will be there to answer questions from kids and parents alike. Families will find out just how many things Public Works does to keep our community healthy, safe and moving.

Whatcom Community Kids College Summer Programs. Come to WCC this summer for a fun and enriching college experience. Courses range from traditional to high tech and are designed for a variety of age levels (see descriptions for details). Students are supervised at all times during scheduled class hours. Flyer Attached.

Reminders:
• Stay connected by liking us on FaceBook.
• All numbered parking spots are reserved for staff. The drop off lane is available for parking 9:00am-2:00pm.
• Box Tops: Send to school in an envelope or bag labeled with your child’s name and teacher.
• It is important that your child(ren)  is(are) at school on time, every day. Playground supervision and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. Students are expected to arrive prior to the bell at 8:25.

May
04

5/4/2016 Ceramics Cancelled

CERAMICS Cancelled:  Ceramics, starting this Friday, has been cancelled due to low enrollment.  If your child is still interested in this or other programs like this, please email the enrichment coordinator at sbea.enrich@gmail.com.

Apr
27

4/27/16 Update From Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 4.27.16

Tomorrow night is our Student Led Open House 6-7pm.Here 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 to let them shine.  Students will be the guides and walk their family through their classrooms sharing the learning.  You will see examples of goal setting, reflection and celebrating accomplishments.  Students are encouraged to introduce you to all the other teachers they have: PE, Music, Library, Counselor. We are very excited to have families come and celebrate all the learning! Kona Sno Cones ($3 or $4) will be on the playground following Open House as a fundraiser for next year’s 5th graders.

Friday: NO School- Teacher Collaboration Day

Have a great week!  ~Nicole

Reminders:
Please turn in Kindergarten registration paperwork ASAP and sign up for Kindergarten Open House.

Volunteers Needed:
Jr. Ski to Sea Parade May 29th: We are looking for volunteers to coordinate parade plans. Mrs. Popp always does a great job leading us in cheers and songs and every year we are  hope to add a little more PIZZAZZ- theme? Noise makers?  Maybe a float highlighting our 1st grade musical? If interested please contact our volunteer coordinator, Jodi Haggen marcjodi26@comcast.net.

Upcoming Dates:
May 3: Deadline to sign up for Ceramics/Gift-Making classes
May 6: Ceramics/Gift-Making starts in the annex, 3-4pm
May 10: Habit 7- Sharpen the Saw Assembly 8:45am
May 11: MOTley Crew Assembly
May 12: 5th Graders tour Whatcom Middle School
May 13: 2nd and 3rd grades to MBT
Kulshan Middle School Counselor visit
PTO Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00pm
May17: Hayes Watershed Field Trip
May 18: Williams Watershed Field Trip
May 19: Kindergarten Open House 4-6pm
May 20: Bike to School Day
Perigo Watershed Field Trip
Jr. Ski to Sea Parade

After-School Enrichment:
• CHOIR registration will remain open this week, so continue to spread the word!   This is a small group, providing loads of support and opportunity!  If your child is interested, register online at http://artsarebasic.org/registration/ .
• CERAMICS and GIFT-MAKING classes start on Friday, May 6th.  Details are in flyers sent home in your child’s folder and at  http://silverbeachelementarypto.digitalpto.com/enrichment/after-school-programs-asp/ceramics/.  Registration closes on Tuesday, May 3rd and is online at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASPReg1516
• For current details on all Silver Beach ASP classes, go to:  http://silverbeachelementarypto.digitalpto.com/enrichment/after-school-programs-asp/ or email sbea.enrich@gmail.com.

Reminders:
• Stay connected by liking us on FaceBook.
• All numbered parking spots are reserved for staff. The drop off lane is available for parking 9:00am-2:00pm.
• Box Tops: Send to school in an envelope or bag labeled with your child’s name and teacher.
• It is important that your child(ren)  is(are) at school on time, every day. Playground supervision and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. Students are expected to arrive prior to the bell at 8:25.

Apr
21

4/21/16 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 4.21.16

Congratulations to our teachers, students and families! Silver Beach has been awarded (3rd year in a row) a Washington State Achievement Award for exceptional progress in ELA: English Language Arts (reading and writing). Washington Achievement Award winners are selected using the Achievement Index and are based on being in the top 10% of state. This award is a tribute to the incredible dedication and collaboration between staff, families and students that have prioritized the importance of reading and writing both at school and at home!

HELP!! Tomorrow is our school Earth Day dance and we are still in need of volunteers to make this event a success. Please sign up for anything you can do to help. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b45afa823a5fd0-spring/

Have a great week!  ~Nicole

Reminders:
Kindergarten Registration continues through April 28th.

Upcoming Dates:
April 20: 2nd-5th Grade Bike Rodeo
April 22: School Dance 6-8pm
April 27: K & 1 to Mt. Baker Theater
April 28: 6:00-7:00pm: Student Led Open House
April 29: No School-teacher collaboration day
May 11: MOTley Crew Assembly
May 12: 5th Graders tour Whatcom Middle School
May 13: 2nd and 3rd grades to MBT
Kulshan Middle School Counselor visit
PTO Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00

Volunteers Needed:
Jr. Ski to Sea Parade May 29th: We are looking for volunteers to coordinate parade plans. Mrs. Popp always does a great job leading us in cheers and songs and every year we are  hope to add a little more PIZZAZZ- theme? Noise makers?  Maybe a float highlighting our 1st grade musical? If interested please contact our volunteer coordinator, Jodi Haggen marcjodi26@comcast.net.

After-School Enrichment:
For current details on all Silver Beach classes, go to:  http://silverbeachelementarypto.digitalpto.com/enrichment/after-school-programs-asp/ or email sbea.enrich@gmail.com.  Please take a minute to complete the PTO enrichment survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASP2016Spring .  We need to hear from give you the programs you want!

Community Opportunities:
Spring Parenting Classes: Bellingham Technical College is offering Spring parenting classes. PARENTING SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE! The BTC Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Bellingham, WECU, and former class participants have donated funds to provide up to half scholarships for people needing assistance with the fees for parenting classes. (Maximum of $85 per year per student).  Find the application at www.btc.edu, or pick one up in the Registration Office.

The Best of Bellingham 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21: Carl Cozier Elementary School and the Bellingham Public Schools Family Resource Center are hosting a community event called The Best of Bellingham at Carl Cozier to connect families with local organizations, resources and business.
All community members are welcome to attend this free event to view student artwork; explore a Bellingham Fire Department fire truck and a Washington State Patrol car; listen to the fabulous Sehome High School Orchestra; and visit with representatives from local businesses for employment opportunities.  Summer camp information will also be provided by different organizations and award-winning local author Phoebe Wahl will be reading her book Sonia’s Chickens, and her autographed book will be given to a recipient of a drawing. Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville will kick off the event. Participating organizations and businesses include Western Washington University and other local colleges; Bellingham Public Library, who will be providing fun activities for children; Boys and Girls Club; DVSAS; Goodwill; Cascade Radio Group, which will have a drawing for a family package; the Silver Reef Casino; Launching Success; Whatcom Youth Dispute Resolution Center; YMCA and many more.

Reminders:
• Stay connected by liking us on FaceBook.
• All numbered parking spots are reserved for staff. The drop off lane is available for parking 9:00am-2:00pm.
• Box Tops: Send to school in an envelope or bag labeled with your child’s name and teacher.
• It is important that your child(ren)  is(are) at school on time, every day. Playground supervision and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. Students are expected to arrive prior to the bell at 8:25.

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