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August 26, 2016
by appleyard
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Kindergarten Readers

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I was fortunate to spend the morning checking in with each Kindergarten class.  On the 20th day of school, I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the high levels of text analysis being completed by our youngest Buccaneers!  Kindergarten students are working on identifying CHARACTER and SETTING.  They were participating in scavenger hunts, collaboratively making large charts with examples of character and setting, identifying and comparing character and setting in books, and demonstrating the LIFESKILL of PRIDE as they discussed these two critical story elements.

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Way to go, Kindergarten!  I am so proud!

August 16, 2016
by appleyard
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Picture Days – Don’t Miss Out!

PICTURE DAYS ARE COMING!

We hope you choose to participate in Picture Days on August 17th and 18th.  These professional images appear in the yearbook and capture a specific moment in time.  In elementary school, these school pictures are a great tool to show growth – and evolution of teeth throughout a child’s K-5 career.

Other reasons to support the school picture program:

  • School pictures also provide an accurate likeness of your child (without filters, Photoshopping, or distraction) that are beneficial for identification purposes.
  • Placed side-by-side, they present an incredible story of growth.
  • Proceeds benefit our school directly and help Mt. Bethel fund school improvement projects and initiatives that support our School Strategic Plan.

Bring your smiles, brush your hair, and we can’t wait to see what the photographers capture!

August 13, 2016
by appleyard
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STEM!

STEM Challenges

Half of our 1st through 5th grade students are experiencing the STEM Lab in their Specials Rotation during the first half of the school year with STEM Teacher, Sammy Jo Hogan.  They have been completing multiple STEM challenges that include building floatable transportation for Barbie to navigate over water, creating movable shelters for animals, building lighthouses, and much more!

We are excited about our transition from a Science Lab to a STEM Lab – and the increase in opportunities to problem solve, create, collaborate, build, and THINK!

May 31, 2016
by appleyard
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Rising Kindergarten Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Learning Updatae

Welcome to kindergarten at Mt. Bethel! Kindergarten is a year of growing socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Your involvement, interest, and enthusiasm will help make this a wonderful year of growth for you and your child.

What’s new in kindergarten? Kindergarten has changed greatly in the past years. It is no longer the kindergarten that you or I remember. Georgia’s Standards of Excellence for a child leaving kindergarten are high…reading at least 75 sight words fluently, writing multiple sentences, counting beyond 100, adding and subtracting, etc. It is a very rigorous but exciting curriculum. I know you will be fascinated when your child begins reading and writing. Don’t worry…your teacher will be discussing all of these things with you at the beginning of the year and many times throughout the school year.

Here are some activities to help you prepare for kindergarten:

  • Look at the pictures in a book and have your child tell you what’s happening.
  • Read a story and ask your child to draw a picture of his favorite character or favorite part of the story.
  • Ask your child to retell the story. Work on sequencing-what happened first, second, third.
  • Make your child aware of environmental print. Point out words all around Walmart, Target, Kroger, etc.
  • Practice writing his name properly (beginning with upper case, followed by lower case letters).
  • Play board games with your child. This will help with counting and numeral recognition; as well as, patience and taking turns.
  • Encourage your child to clean at home. Give her some simple chores to help with independence.
  • Most of all, it is important to encourage your child to be creative, to do his best, and to love learning. Celebrate this fun time with your child. Every experience will help her learn. This summer blow bubbles, build towers, climb rocks, plant flowers, cook, read lots of stories, and get excited for a great year ahead!summer link

Cobb County Schools has put together an exemplary SUMMER LINK website (http://www.cobbk12.org/cobblink/) with resources for continued practice and learning in both Math and English Language Arts. You can find an overview of both Math and ELA curriculums for the coming year and sample problems with explanations.   There are a wealth of resources for incoming kindergarteners!  We also invite you to LOG YOUR SUMMER READING MINUTES at The Scholastic Reading Challenge. It would be extremely cool if Mt. Bethel students could OUTREAD every other school in the nation!

We can’t wait to meet you!

The Mt. Bethel Kindergarten Team

May 31, 2016
by appleyard
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Rising 1st Grade Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Learning UpdataeWe want to be the first to welcome you as official First Grade Parents! The purpose of this letter is to help communicate pertinent information for next year.

First Grade IS vastly different from Kindergarten in so many areas, but all in GREAT, NEW, and EXCITING ways! One of the biggest differences is the amount of time and the number of tasks your child will be working on independently. First grade classrooms generally do not have parapros, so we have one less set of eyes and hands to help manage the classroom. This change in classroom support is HUGE and affects everything from focus, listening, and time management to shoe tying and coat zipping. Gradually increasing your child’s independence will be beneficial to your child’s success in First Grade.

Behavior expectations also increase in First Grade. Students will be expected to complete tasks in a timely manner, work independently, use self-control, control talking, exhibit good listening skills, follow directions and show respect to peers and authority.   Any practice of these important behavior expectations will help build your child’s confidence and prepare them for First Grade.

We absolutely know how challenging it can be to balance summer practice with summer schedules, but writing is essential to success in First Grade. Create authentic writing experiences for your child. Write letters to grandparents, friends, teachers, or other family members! Encourage your child to share stories about his/her summer thus far and work to create sentences with a capital letter and punctuation. Use new and fun writing tools to change things up, as well! Just as important as writing, is the reading component in First Grade. Daily reading and daily sight word practice is the BEST way to ENSURE skills are not lost, but rather maintained or further developed.

summer linkCobb County Schools has put together an exemplary SUMMER LINK website
( http://www.cobbk12.org/cobblink/ ) with resources for continued practice and learning in both Math and English Language Arts. You can find an overview of both Math and ELA curriculums for the coming year and sample problems with explanations.   We also invite you to LOG YOUR SUMMER READING MINUTES at The Scholastic Reading Challenge. It would be extremely cool if Mt. Bethel students could OUTREAD every other school in the nation!

We hope this letter has given you insight and family/summer-friendly suggestions about how to best prepare your rising first grader.   We look forward to meeting your child.

Have a great summer!

The First Grade Team

May 31, 2016
by appleyard
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Rising 2nd Grade Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Learning Updatae

Dear Parents of Rising Second Grade Students,

We are so excited that your child will be with us next August! Below you will find a few suggestions to help prepare your child over the summer for the transition to second grade.

  • Practice addition and subtraction facts to 20 in fun ways. Use computer games, apps, cards, dice, and other creative games to keep it engaging and avoid stress.
  • Practice correct formation of letters as illustrated on the handwriting sample page. Many apps, such as Zaner-Bloser and Letter School, are available for practice on-the-go.
  • Encourage writing in a summer journal with entries comprised of 3-5 complete sentences, attention to proper capitalization, and ending punctuation marks.
  • Visit the Cobb County Library frequently, and set aside a quiet 20 minute period each day for either independent reading or shared reading.   Be sure to stop to talk about the story, make predictions, ask questions, and discuss the characters. The goal should be for the reading time to be enjoyable.
  • Encourage and enforce polite rules for speaking and listening. Work with your child to follow rules of conversation, like giving full attention by looking at the person speaking, and discourage interruption. Model and reinforce these behaviors in your conversations with your child and your family members at the dinner table, and always.
  • Help your child build responsibility and independence by assigning regular jobs and chores to help out at home.
  • Practice listening to and following two and three step directions (for example: “Put your toys away, pick out a book, and meet me on the couch.”)
  • Most importantly, plan fun family outings, and have a wonderful summer!summer link

Cobb County Schools has put together an exemplary SUMMER LINK website (http://www.cobbk12.org/cobblink/) with resources for continued practice and learning in both Math and English Language Arts. You can find an overview of both Math and ELA curriculums for the coming year and sample problems with explanations.   We also invite you to LOG YOUR SUMMER READING MINUTES at The Scholastic Reading Challenge. It would be extremely cool if Mt. Bethel students could OUTREAD every other school in the nation!

Wishing you a safe and happy summer,

The Second Grade Team

May 31, 2016
by appleyard
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Rising 3rd Grade Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Learning Updatae

Dear Future Third Grade Parents,

We are so excited that you and your students will be joining us for a thrilling third grade experience! In order to prepare both you and your child we have outlined a few items to provide a glimpse of what to expect. We have also provided a few tips and resources to help maintain the levels your students have worked so hard to achieve.

What to expect throughout 3rd grade:

Students will be expected to:

  • Record homework assignments in their daily agenda to facilitate collaboration and communication between school and home and provide accountability for students.
  • Implement and practice effective study skills.
  • Read at least 20 minutes each night and document their time in various ways.
  • Increase in the areas of fact fluency and number sense through real-world application using a variety of strategies.
  • Construct grammatically correct, interesting, and age-appropriate sentences and paragraphs.

Summer tips:

  • Read every day
  • Practice addition and subtraction fact fluency within 100
  • Journal writing about summer experiences or responses to summer reading

Resources:

summer link

Cobb County Schools has put together an exemplary SUMMER LINK website ( http://www.cobbk12.org/cobblink/ ) with resources for continued practice and learning in both Math and English Language Arts. You can find an overview of both Math and ELA curriculums for the coming year and sample problems with explanations.   We also invite you to LOG YOUR SUMMER READING MINUTES at The Scholastic Reading Challenge. It would be extremely cool if Mt. Bethel students could OUTREAD every other school in the nation!

We hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to August 1st, our first day of school with this group of 3rd graders!

Sincerely,

The Third Grade Team

Mt. Bethel Elementary

May 31, 2016
by appleyard
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Rising 4th Grade Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Learning Updatae

Dear Parents of Rising Fourth Graders,

As you begin your summer break, please plan to include activities that will help your child be successful in fourth grade.

You may have noticed that the third grade math curriculum does not require mastery of multiplication facts. Please be aware that the fourth grade math curriculum assumes that students have mastered their multiplication facts. There are many fun ways to build math fact fluency. Apps, websites, and flash cards are a few great options!   We will post a list of websites that will be helpful on the fourth grade teachers’ blogs. Use everyday opportunities to develop math reasoning with your child. For example, have them assist you when following recipes, calculating costs when shopping, and determining change.

Please make sure that your child has access to a variety of reading materials over the summer. This year Cobb County is excited to be participating in a summer reading program competition where students compete to break a world record! Summer reading letters were sent home at the end of the school year with a user name and password for your child. We also invite you to LOG YOUR SUMMER READING MINUTES at The Scholastic Reading Challenge. It would be extremely cool if Mt. Bethel students could OUTREAD every other school in the nation!  Mt. Bethel is always up for a competition and usually comes out on top! So get reading and log your minutes. You can learn more about the CCSD Summer Reading Program at www.cobbcat.org/srp.   Read on Buccaneers!

summer linkCobb County Schools has put together an exemplary SUMMER LINK website
( http://www.cobbk12.org/cobblink/ ) with resources for continued practice and learning in both Math and Literacy. You can find an overview of both Math and Literacy standards and skills for the coming year paired with sample problems/explanations.

Seek out opportunities for students to write. Summer would be a great time to have your child practice cursive writing by sending letters to family members, writing thank you notes, etc. In addition, as your child enters the intermediate grades, he/she will be typing more, so practice those keyboarding skills over the summer. Check out fourth grade blogs for sites to help.

As you and your soon-to-be fourth grader look ahead to next year, discuss fourth-grade expectations. Class sizes are larger in fourth grade, and fourth grade requires more independence and study skills. The grading scale for fourth grade is not a 1-2-3 system. Students receive A, B, C, D, or F based on percentage of correct responses. Report card grades are an average of the grades students have earned.

Have a fun and enriching summer!

Sincerely,
The Fourth Grade Team
Mount Bethel Elementary School

 

 

 

May 31, 2016
by appleyard
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Rising 5th Grade Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Learning Updatae

Dear Future Fifth Grade Parents,

We are so excited that you and your students will be joining us for 5th grade! In order to prepare both you and your child, we have outlined a few items to provide a glimpse of what to expect, as well as listed tips and resources to help maintain the levels your students have worked so hard to achieve.

What to expect throughout 5th Grade:

Work Habits/Study Skills

  • Record homework assignments in agenda daily
  • Complete and return all classwork and homework assignments on time
  • Implement and practice effective study skills
  • Monitor progress on graded work through ParentVue/StudentVue in Synergy
  • Monitor classroom blog regularly for important information
  • Be prepared for class with supplies and materials

Academics

  • Read at least 30 minutes each night and document their time in various ways
  • Complete 100 basic math facts accurately in four minutes for all operations
  • Construct grammatically correct, interesting, and age-appropriate sentences, paragraphs, and essays
  • Type accurately 20-30 WPM with appropriate hand position

Behavior

  • Adhere to the Cobb County code of conduct including dress code
  • Use basic manners in an eating, bathroom, library, hallway and group environment
  • Keep personal space organized and clean in all environments
  • Take personal responsibility for timely and quality work completion and accept natural consequences
  • Problem solve when challenges arise
  • Self-advocate when assistance is needed from an adult

What students can do this summer to be prepared for 5th grade:

  • Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide 100 basic math facts in five minutes fluently
  • Read Lexile appropriate books
  • Able to identify all continents, major countries, oceans, and states
  • Know your address and parent contact information
  • Practice legible handwriting – print

Summer tips – Please focus on building life skills that are foundational to our curriculum such as:

  • Discuss local and world events (read the newspaper with parental guidance)
  • Perform community service
  • Be physically active
  • Gather family tree information
  • Interview grandparents and other senior adults about historical events
  • Use paper maps to navigate in a variety of places (subways, amusement parks, trails, long drives)
  • Write for a variety of purposes (journal, thank you notes, encouraging others, take a position, document, record, graph)

Resources:summer link

Cobb County Schools has put together an exemplary SUMMER LINK website (http://www.cobbk12.org/cobblink/) with resources for continued practice and learning in both Math and English Language Arts. You can find an overview of both Math and ELA curriculums for the coming year and sample problems with explanations.   We also invite you to LOG YOUR SUMMER READING MINUTES at The Scholastic Reading Challenge. It would be extremely cool if Mt. Bethel students could OUTREAD every other school in the nation!

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in August!

Sincerely,

The Fifth Grade Team
Mt. Bethel Elementary

May 6, 2016
by appleyard
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Principals of the Day – 2016

Principals of the Day

This year at Mt. Bethel, we have often used the term “Best _____ Ever!”  I can honestly say that Friday, May 6th was the BEST DAY AT MT. BETHEL EVER THIS YEAR!  We were so lucky to turn over the school to six very capable Principals of the Day!  Today marked our third annual Principal of the Day event – a celebration of participation in our Foundation Patron Drive!  Each student whose family participates in the Patron Drive is eligible.  Names are placed into a raffle.  This year, we pulled one student’s name from each grade level out of the Leprechaun hat!  Ms. Harmeyer and I were the true winners…as we got to put our feet up and watch these Principals of the Day in action!

The day began with a long to-do list of important items.  We watched the Dickerson Jazz Band address fifth grade students and share musical instrument expertise.  Next, the Principals of the Day began to rapidly mark items off the list such as:

  • Conducting a student survey of every class regarding a preference between paper towels and hand dryers in student bathrooms.
  • Listening to a scientific study from a student regarding the benefits of recess.
  • Making the grand proclamation to mandate extra recess daily.
  • Using iPads to document areas for improvement in our school.
  • Ordering a fancy lunch.
  • Product testing new STEM materials.
  • Hosting multiple dance parties for earning lunchroom Dojo points and Popsicle parties from our Foundation and for earning Dojo points.
  • Listening to concerns from staff – and denying raises.
  • Conducting a fire drill and making sure procedures were followed.
  • Making announcements on the intercom.
  • Discussing playlists for the 5th grade walk of honor.
  • Participating in a Principal-only PE session.
  • Using walkie-talkies.

I know who we will call if we ever need extra help in the office – this group of amazing future leaders!

Thank you to all families who support our Foundation!  We will look forward to having another six Principals of the Year in 2016-17!

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