March/April 2012 Team New Berlin News -- New Berlin Elementary 3613 New Berlin Elementary www.duvalschools.org/newberlin http://nbeteamcenter.blogspot.com Schedule of Events Words from the Head Coach March Dear Parents, 19-23 Spring Break Our school year is moving along quickly, and March will soon 27 Stupendous Student Awards be over. In February, our fourth graders did a phenomenal job 28 Early Release completing FCAT Writes, and our intermediate grades are 29 Chick-fil-A Spirit Night getting ready to show off their knowledge. April 16-24 the students will be taking the Florida Comprehensive April Achievement Tests (FCAT). 2 End of 3rd Nine Weeks 5 Planning Day No School As you know, the Florida Department of Education has passed 6 No School Good Friday new FCAT cut scores that will take effect this school year. 9 2nd Grade Field Trip Florida Theatre Basically, this means the same tests will be scored more 10 Awards rigorously. The district is expecting a large percentage of 9:00 Kindergarten schools to drop a letter grade due to this change. This means, 9:30 1st Grade that New Berlin’s school grade could possibly drop from a 11 Early Release current grade of “A” to a school grade of “B” or “C” for the 11 Awards 2012 school year. Please know that our students are working 9:00 4th Grade hard; teachers are taking their personnel time to tutor before 9:30 5th Grade or after school; rigorous instruction is taking place in the 12 Awards classrooms. However, this high target set by the state will be 9:00 3rd Grade difficult for all schools to meet. 9:30 2nd Grade 13 FCAT Pep Rally Grades 3-5 We continue to strive to make this the best school. We are 16-27 FCAT Reading, Math, Science proud of our students, staff and school accomplishments, and 20 Report Cards Distributed we are prepared to serve our students with the most 24 PTA Program Kindergarten & 1st Grade successfully education. 25 Early Release Wanda Reese Principal Please join us for Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Thursday, March 29 from 5:00- 9:00 –River City Market Place Kindergarten & First Grade Performance The kindergarten and first-grade students will be performing for the evening PTA program on April 24. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. PTA business will be conducted prior to the students performing. Mr. Nettles; our music teacher will be working with the students and will be getting information out to the parents soon. We hope you’ll be able to join us for this special evening. Car Circle Student drop off is not permitted in the first or second parking lot. Many students are being dropped off in the morning for convenience and are crossing the crosswalk without adult supervision. In addition, parents are using the handicap parking spaces for this purpose. Several parents have received $250 ticket for parking illegally. For the safety of all students, please follow the car circle and drop your child off curb side. The first parking lot is for staff members and handicap parking. All parents and visitors, who wish to park, should use the second parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation.