March -- Super School News http://newberlin.duvalschools.org New Berlin Elementary 3613 New Berlin Rd. Jacksonville, Fl. 32226 714-4601 A Flash from Principal Reese Happy March! A month where spring is just around the corner and warmer weather is approaching. March is always a busy month here at NBE. Our teachers in grades 3-5 are busy preparing their Soar to These Events students for the upcoming FCAT that will be held in mid April. Our primary students are busy learning and preparing for end of the year assessments. Everyone is working hard at meeting their March Upcoming Events learning goals. This couldn’t happen without the collaboration of 5 SAC Meeting 6 PM teachers, support staff, and parents helping. We appreciate your PTA Board Meeting 7 pm collaborative effort in the learning that happens here at NBE. 6 Early Release 7 Spring Individual/Group Pictures I would like to say congratulations to our 4th graders who just 10 Daylight Saving Time Begins 12 Officer Friendly Program K & 1 completed the FCAT Writing Assessment. Students were well 19 PTA Program 6:30 PM Kindergarten prepared and now we wait for the scores from the state. We had Performing 100% participation. Thank you for having your child present and on 20 Early Release time for school on the day of testing. 25-29 Spring Break April 1 NO School Weather Day Spring Break is March 25-29, I hope that you enjoy this time with your families and friends. Monday, April 1s is a weather day, therefore, there is no school; school will resume on April 2. Wanda Reese Sincerely, Principal Wanda Reese Principal Yearbook Presales End on March 15 Get you yearbook early and save! Yearbooks are now on sale for $20.00 after March 15 prices increase to $25.00. For information contact your child’s teacher or the front office. Lost and Found Please remind your child to look in lost and found for lost items. Lost and found is located in the school’s clinic. This time of the year, we have many coats and jackets that are left on the playgrounds and other common areas. At the end of each month, items that are not claimed are donated to a local charity. Timing is Everything Campaign Our Timing is Everything Campaign continues to motivate students to be present for school. However, tardiness continues to be our biggest challenge. For example, the week of February 18-22, only 5 classes out of 58 had zero tardies. It is extremely important that students arrive on time. Our school day starts at 8:25 and we begin RTI (Response to Intervention) at 8:45. Students who are late for school miss this important targeted instruction. According to DCPS Student Code of Conduct, referrals can be written for those students who are consistently tardy. We appreciation your attention to this manner for having your child/children on time for school daily so that learning is not interrupted. Read Across America Activities Spring Pictures Smile…Thursday, March 7 is picture day. In red and white striped hats, students at New Berlin showed off Students will be taking individual and group their reading skills during Read Across America on Friday. March pictures. 1st. Four Tactics can Strengthen Celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss, students across the United States participate in different activities promoting reading and Your Child’s Reading Comprehension surrounding the theme of the famous author. Saturday would have marked Dr. Seuss’ 109th birthday. Beginning readers work hard to figure out and say words. As their reading skills improve, however, they do more higher order thinking. This goes far beyond Activities included reading Dr. Seuss books, reading with partners, pronouncing words. It involves understanding and using information. At this point, reading becomes learning! As your child begins to comprehend more of crafts, eating green eggs and ham, the Science of Seuss, and what they read, follow a few ideas listed: playing Dr. Seuss games. Teachers got in on the fun too by dressing up as Seuss characters. Summarize. Talk with your child about the material. Recall facts (such as main characters, setting and plot), but also go further. What problems did the characters face? Why? How does the story progress from beginning to end? Why did things turn out the way they did? Make connections. What has your child already learned or experienced before that relates to the story? How is the story like or unlike others they have read? If the story was about a mouse, for example, what do they know about mice that matches or doesn’t match the story? Solve problems. Consider how characters were affected by each other’s actions. Imagine things from different view-points. What if your child took each Kindergarten Round-up character’s place? Would they make the same decisions they did? How might this change the story? New Berlin is now enrolling kindergarten students for the 2013- 2014 school year. Children are eligible to enroll for kindergarten Apply knowledge. What was the message or moral of the story? Did the author have a clear opinion? If so, what was it? Does your child agree? How can if they are 5 years old on or before September 1. Proper your child apply what they read to real life? paperwork including proof of address will be required. For more information regarding registration requirements visit www.duvalschools.org and click on the parent tab. School tours PTA Nominations for 2013-2014 School Year will begin in April. If you are interested in a tour, please contact Linda Wharton, our school registrar at 714-4601. Are you Interested in Serving on NBE’s PTA Board or know someone who is. At the March PTA general meeting, information will be shared on the nomination procedures and upcoming election . We hope that you will consider a position. Be a part of helping NBE students! You can make a difference! Thank you to the 244 parents who completed the SACS Accreditation online/paper survey. We really appreciate your input and feedback. We will use this data to continue to improve all areas of the school. Congratulations to February Stupendous Students National PTA Reflections Program The students pictured above were selected for showing the character trait “responsibility”. They were chosen by their peers Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at the and were recognized during the monthly recognition program. County Level for the Reflections projects. We are so proud of our HEROS at NBE - students who Help Everyone Respect Others. Merit Awards Daniel Cano, Primary for Musical Composition Jordan Tucker, Intermediate for Photography and Visual Arts. Excellence Award PTA Fund Raiser Abby Salter, Primary for Photography Areanna Lugo-Reinosa, Primary for Visual Arts Thank you parents for supporting the PTA Spring Madison Matthews, Primary for Visual Arts Breanna Lugo-Reinosa, Intermediate for Visual Arts Fundraiser; all orders are due Tuesday, March 5. Items will be delivered on March 20. The students who received an Excellent Award will compete at the state level.
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