February, 2018

Dear Parents,

February is here!  We have a very busy month in store!  First and foremost, February is “I Love to Read” month!  Although we want to see children reading every month, this month is set aside as a month to promote great reading habits!  Please turn off that T.V. and video game time, and talk about books and stories with your children!  What was your favorite book as a child?  How about a trip to the library?  Have your child tell you about what he/she is reading!  As a school, we will all be reading Niagra Falls, Or Does It? by Henry Winkler.  Books will be coming home at APTT night.   If you can’t attend APTT, books will come home on Monday.  Since our Montessori classrooms had their Parent Engagement activities already, the books will be coming home on the 1st for those classrooms.  We have daily trivia, so look at the bookmark and try to read the chapters that coincide with the schedule!

APTT #2 is Thursday evening, Feb. 1!  We will be feeding the kids pizza and have a read-in while parents attend their child’s meeting.  We sure hope you can attend these very informative meetings.  Did you know that in a year, only 12% of your child’s time is actually spent at school?  It’s amazing what teachers accomplish in that 12%, but we need your help to do even better!  Please come and learn some fun games to play with your child and help them achieve!

We have some fun activities that go along with our One School, One BOOK month!  On Thursday, Feb. 8, we will be having a Pajama Party Read Aloud from 6:30-7:30.  We will be serving hot chocolate and cookies.  We hope you can join us!  On Thursday, Feb. 22, one of the favorite events of the year will be happening:  The School Dance!  The theme will follow our book which is all about recognizing our individual strengths.  Kids are encouraged to dress to show something they are good at.  Maybe it’s being a great student, or a great basketball player, or a great mathematician.  Help them choose something that really shows their strengths!  The dance is from 6:00-7:30.

On February 15, Ms. Smaka and Mrs. Tague’s classes will be going to the Holter Museum.  Please send $3.00 for this fun event.  On Feb. 16, Mr. Feuerstein and Mrs. Barta’s classes will be going to the Holter.  Please don’t forget to send $3.00 per child.

We don’t have school on Monday, Feb. 19.  Enjoy your 3 day weekend.

Mrs. Bishop’s class will be going to StarBASE starting Tuesday, Feb. 20.  This 5 day event is such a wonderful program.  Be sure to ask your kids about it!

March is right around the corner and that means statewide testing for students in grades 2 and 4.  Our students will test during the week of March 5 or March 12.   It is VERY IMPORTANT that your child attends school during this time.  We will be testing in the morning, so please try to avoid any appointments in the morning.  Mark your calendars now!  As you can imagine, scheduling make-up sessions is difficult, so we hope to have all students here for those testing days.  Your child’s teacher will be sending more information as the dates approach.

Just a few logistic reminders:  School STARTS at 8:30, which means teachers start teaching right away.  Even when your child misses 10 or 15 minutes of instruction, it starts the day off a bit crazy.  PLEASE try to arrive on time!  We also teach until 3:15.  Please respect our learners who are in the hallway if you arrive before 3:15 to pick up your child.  THANK YOU!

Have a very happy month!

Mrs. Sweeney

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Class Supply List 2017-2018  Class supply lists are also available at most local businesses to help you find all the items you’ll need for a great year.  The ‘Stuff the Bus’ program is also up and running.  You can drop off supplies to donate at any of the local sites, and students will be able to get supplies through this program if purchasing them is a financial hardship.

Stuff the Bus Information




Report cards:  This is just one way we share information with families, so please feel free to ask a teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Report Card Grade 1 CCSS 2.0

Report Card Grade 2 CCSS 2.0

Report Card Grade 3 CCSS 2.0

Report Card Grade 4 CCSS 2.0

Report Card Grade 5 CCSS 2.0

Posted on January 6, 2015

Keeping Kids Healthy

There are a number of things families can do to help keep their children healthy and in school:

  • Remind your children to frequently wash their hands; before they eat, after they have recess and after they use the bathroom.  Proper hand washing is the single most important behavior in preventing the transmission of many infectious diseases
  • Avoid close contact  with children and adults who are showing signs of illness
  • Check with your health care practitioner about immunizations for those diseases that can be prevented with vaccination ie: Influenza, Chicken Pox, Pertussis, etc.
  • Remind your student to cough into his elbow or shoulder

In addition, to help keep our school community healthy please keep your student home if:

  • S/He has a fever of 100 degrees or over
  • S/He appears ill and you suspect it may interfere with his ability to be an active learner ie: s/he is coughing repeatedly
  • S/He has nausea and vomiting, cramping or diarrhea

If you have questions or concerns about school health, please feel free to contact our school nurse.

Posted on January 6, 2015

Broadwater Temperature Guidelines

Above 10 degrees–no restrictions

10 degrees to zero–duration of recess may be limited and announced

zero or below zero–indoor recess

Wind chill factor is considered in determining outdoor recess.

Broadwater uses a weather station located at the school as the source of information used to determine temperature decisions at Broadwater School.