Our Lost and Found has quite a few sweatshirts and coats in it. On sunny days, it is often outside at the entrance of the school, while the rest of the time, you’ll find it in the atrium. Please take a look through the photos, and claim items before we leave for Winter Break! Remaining items will be taken to The Works.
This morning several reps from the Student Leadership Team collected the donation boxes from all classrooms. We were blown away by how much food was collected in just one week! Thanks to all of your generous donations we are able to provided food for seven families!
Thank you so much for supporting our Thanksgiving Food Drive!
Our current fifth graders took the National Assessment of Educational Progress last year as fourth graders. While we do not receive any individual or building data, we can be proud that our Bulldogs contributed to a strong showing of fourth graders across the state of Washington. Below is a news release from Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Schools for Washington State:
Dorn Impressed With State’s Math and Reading NAEP Score Increases
Scores continue to exceed the national average in both subjects
OLYMPIA (November 7, 2013) — Washington state’s fourth graders made gains this year in their math and reading scores on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), according to results released today by the National Center for Education Statistics. The state’s eighth graders made gains in reading and maintained their scores in math.
In eighth-grade math, only five states scored statistically higher than Washington. In fourth-grade reading, it was four; fourth-grade math, three.
And only two states scored statistically higher than Washington in eighth-grade reading.
“I’m impressed with the movement in scores this year,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “I’m proud of the students who participated in the testing sample. Their scores reflect their hard work and the work of educators across the state. But opportunity gaps remain, especially for English language learners. We need to continue finding better ways to help students who need more support.”
NAEP is a program of the U.S. Department of Education. Commonly called The Nation’s Report Card, it is the only test in the United States that allows comparisons of the performance of students in Washington with performance of students nationally. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography and U.S. history. It’s a yardstick that state educators, legislators and governors can use to gauge the effectiveness of state educational policies.
Not all students participate in NAEP. For NAEP to report accurate results, the relatively small sample of students taking the assessments must be truly representative of the entire student population of Washington.
Student Leadership is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive for Briarcrest families. If you can, please donate items families could use for a Thanksgiving dinner: canned fruit, cranberries, canned vegetables, chicken broth, stuffing mix, pie crust, pumpkin pie mix, other dessert mixes, or other foods you and your family enjoy for Thanksgiving! Nurse Gary is also accepting grocery store gift cards so families can purchase a turkey or other necessary items.
Together we can make sure all BC families enjoy a wonderful holiday!
Our BC 5th and 6th graders put together a fantastic Thriller routine, with the help of Mr. Leslie and Ms. Bui. It was a huge surprise! Click here to see the video!
Thank you to all of our Walking Captains, parents, and students who made our Walktober Wednesdays a huge success! I gave out over 200 walking charms to students this month, and sure enjoyed seeing all of the students walking in to school. We will do another walking campaign this spring, and I know many students will continue walking all year. It’s such a healthy way to start the morning!
We are very excited to have author and illustrator Jez Alborough visiting our school on Monday, November 18th! He will be visiting us all the way from his home in West London to share his wonderful books and inspire our young readers, writers and artists. He has written and illustrated over 45 wonderful books for children.
Pre-order forms will be coming home today (or click on the link below), Monday, and are due to Briarcrest by Oct. 30th.
Special thanks to the PTA for sponsoring this fantastic visit!
Pre-Order Form (PDF): Briarcrest_JezPreOrder
We had our Reflections Presentation this morning by Wendy Francis, 3rd grade teacher. The theme this year is “Believe, Dream, Inspire…” Submissions turned in by November 4th will be rewarded by a small art gift from our PTA; all submissions are due by November 7th. We are excited to see what our Briarcrest Artists will create!
Just a reminder that our first Community Story Time for parents and children ages 2-5 will be Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:00.
Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 will be our first Open Library Night of the school year! We will have a special guest from the King County Library here to help families get library cards for the public library. Your public library card unlocks a variety of fun free resources for you and your family. You won’t want to miss out!
We hope to see you in next week!
Dear Briarcrest Families,
I would like to welcome you back to the 2013-2014 school year! It is always so great to have our students return from the summer; I am amazed at how much they have grown, and love hearing the stories about their summer adventures.
Our new playfield has been in heavy use since our Back to School BBQ, and has been fabulous to play on. We had those torrential downpours last week, and I was so pleased that within an hour, the water had drained and we were able to have outside recess at lunch time. Soccer has been a very popular activity, as has kickball, tumbling, and rolling in the grass. The Field Turf portions are also so nice to have – those should truly make a difference over time, and keep our wear and tear down to a minimum.
The nice weather this week has given us opportunities to have outside lunch. We will hopefully continue with the sunshine, which brings a reminder to apply sunscreen at home, and of our simple dress code – long shorts and t-shirts are fine, and summer/beach clothes should be saved for the beach.
Our Curriculum Night will be Tuesday, September 24th, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. This is a great opportunity for families to meet again with their child’s teacher and learn about our classroom plans for the year. Child care will be provided that evening in the form of a movie, with a suggested donation of $2 per child.
Nurse Gary and I will be working on our annual immunization campaign for the next two weeks, which mostly concerns kindergarteners and 6th graders. We are down to 60 students who need to have their immunizations updated by October 1; past that date, students missing immunizations are not allowed to attend public schools in the State of Washington.
Thank you for all of your support, and here’s to a great year!