BC Spring Dance

Fun times at Briarcrest on a very warm Friday night – thanks to all who came out to the Spring Dance!  We had our Hula Hoop and Limbo contests, and plenty of songs and social dances.  Special thanks to Binh Thai and our PTA for putting on the event, and to Alison Bui and Linda Christine for helping with the social dances!IMG_3896 IMG_3898

Washington State Achievement Award!

Dear BC Families,

I am so very proud to celebrate with you that Briarcrest has received another Washington State Achievement Award based on our 3rd – 6th grade test scores.  It is our third award in the past four years!  We have been recognized for our High Progress, which reflects all of the hard work that our students, staff, and parents have been contributing.  We are in the top 10% of all of the schools in the state of Washington in the amount of progress that we have made with our students.  We will be receiving a new banner soon to add to our growing collection in our gymnasium, which I so look forward to sharing with our students.

2015Speaking of testing, our Smarter Balanced Assessments for grades 3-6 will begin next week.  Please make sure that your child is present and rested each day of their test, and give them plenty of encouragement at home.  It’s their chance to demonstrate all of the skills that they have been working on at Briarcrest, and we want it to be a positive, confidence-building experience.  The assessments give us valuable information about our instruction here at school, and help us to provide support and tailor our programs for our students.  Some students express nervousness or anxiety prior to beginning, but we counter that with support, breaks, snacks (thanks to our PTA!), and plenty of positive energy here at school, and they truly do fine.

Our schedule will be as follows:

May 17 – 19: 3rd Grade English/Language Arts

May 18:  5th Grade Science

May 20/23/24:  4th Grade English/Language Arts

May 25 – 27:  5th/6th Grade English/Language Arts

May 31/June 2:  3rd/4th Grade Math

June 1/3:  5th/6th Grade Math

The sunny weather is always so welcome.  We have been enjoying all of our opportunities to have outdoor lunch, where the children get to choose from sitting at our picnic tables, in the grass, or under our covered area.  It does add additional sun exposure to the students, so please use sunblock at home, as needed.  I’ll also be reminding our students soon about our elementary school dress code – beach clothes need to be saved for the beach.  A good rule of thumb that we use is that shorts should extend past fingertips, and shirt straps should be at least three fingers wide.  Flip flops are generally not safe at school, with all of the playground running and activities in PE.

There are so many great activities happening for our students in these final two months of school.  We have our Spring Dance, movie nights, Carnival, K-2 Performance… please check our calendar and be a part of as many as you can!

Wishing you all the best,

Jonathan Nessan
Principal | Briarcrest Elementary School

STEAM grant from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation!

IMG_1954This year the BC library received a grant from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation to purchase STEAM themed books and materials for Maker Stations in the library!

We have had some of the materials out for students to use during our “Maker Stations” after check out time (Magna Tiles,  K’Nex, and soon Snap Circuits).  This week we finally were able to display all of the amazing books for check out.  It is wonderful to be able to offer students books with the most current information about robotics, coding, and other exciting topics. Our students have been so excited to check them out!  There are only a couple left on the display – that’s a great sign!

I am really enjoying our students’ enthusiasm for all things STEAM and watching their ideas come to life in our Maker Stations.  Thank you, Shoreline Public Schools Foundation for your generous grant!

 

Book Fair Wrap Up!

Thank you all so much for supporting the Briarcrest Library during our bookfair.  It was a huge success!

We are especially appreciative of all of the parents who volunteered their time to help keep the book fair running.  We really couldn’t do it without you – Erica Silva, Nikki Fralick, Mindy Vanen Berg, Heather Shi, Maria Gau, Sophat Rim, Stacey Watkins, Barb Fortney, Leah Sullivan and Dagne Rueda.

Here are some fun facts to share with you:

28 books were donated to classrooms

The library gave away one free book to a student in each classroom

The “All For Books” fund raised $62.80 which turned into 28 books that will be sent home with some of our students.  Yeah!

The library was able to take 47 books for free and still have profit left over for more books and possibly the rainbow rug!

Mrs. Wandler and Mrs. Loviska

 

Book Fair is Open!

IMG_1872The big spring book fair is in full swing!

We are open for parents to shop anytime between 8:15 and 3:30, Tuesday -Thursday.  Students are welcome to come in during their recesses to shop.  We will also be open Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Friday we will remain open from 8:15 to 12:45.

If you are not able to make it in or would like to shop without a crowd, please feel free to shop online!  Online purchases are sent to the school, no shipping, and still support our library.  The link below will take you to our Scholastic Book Fair website.  The link for online shopping is toward the bottom of the page.

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/briarcrestelementaryschool1

Thank you so much for supporting our library!

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Salmon Release

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Wednesday morning our fourth graders were able to release our coho salmon into the pond at Grace Cole Park.  We are so thankful to all of the volunteers from the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation for making this release possible!  They set up the pathway for students to walk through and shared their passion for the environment and Lake Forest Park community with us.  With their help we were able to have a wonderful and successful release experience (mother nature threw in some great weather too).

I hope you can go out to Grace Cole with your family to see the salmon pond, hike the trail and enjoy this beautiful piece of nature!

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Open House/Book Fair/Ice Cream Social/Art Auction next Wednesday!

Dear Briarcrest Families,

Wednesday, April 13th, we have our annual Open House, Book Fair, Art Auction, and Ice Cream Social.  We will be opening our classrooms from 6:30 – 7:30, and ice cream will be served from 6:00 – 7:30.  Families can choose to visit classrooms first, have ice cream first – whatever works best for you.  Our book fair will run throughout the evening in the library, from 6:00 – 8:00.  There are many, many wonderful books available for purchase, and our school library benefits directly from your patronage.

Book Fair: The Briarcrest Book Fair, is ongoing next week during the school day. Wednesday, April 13th the Book Fair will be open during Open House from 6-8 PM. We hope you can make it. This is a great way to purchase quality books and benefit the school!

Silent Art Auction:  Don’t miss your chance to own your very own Briarcrest Masterpiece created by our Briarcrest Students. Each class created a series of photographs in which they formed stars with their hands, which look very cool!  Every art piece is framed and ready to hang in your home.  Proceeds from our art auction help fund next year’s art projects!

Wishing you all the best,

-jonathan