Notes from the Administrators

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 12:35pm

Ms. Hough and Ms. Williams-McKinney


PARCC Testing

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, also known as PARCC, is administered each spring to students in grades 3-5.   The PARCC assessments cover two courses – English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics (MATH).  These assessments are intended to be used as indicators of student needs and progress for teachers to identify and address.  The window for the administration of PARCC began Monday, April 23 and continues through Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  Please be on the look out for your child's specific assessment dates on teacher's individual Canvas pages.  Please make sure that your student is well-rested and arrives on time to school on assessment days.



JA in a Day

Junior Achievement (JA) is a great way to start students on the road to economic success by implementing JA in a Day. This innovative program brings JA financial education to grades K-5 in your school over the course of one day. On Monday, May 7, 2018, volunteers will be presenting Junior Achievement lessons in classrooms throughout the day. By the end of the day school day, students will have experienced a series of grade-specific lessons and activities.

3rd Quarter Awards Ceremonies

Ms. Hough and Ms. Williams-McKinney visited the Pre-K to 5 teams this week to celebrate the many accomplishments of students during the 3rd Quarter.  Awards for academic achievement in Reading and Math, Related Arts, World Language, along with awards for consistently showing the Bear Standards and exemplary attendance were distributed to students.  If your student received an award, please take a moment to celebrate this wonderful acknowledgement.  Way to go, Bears!

Grade 5 Spring Musical


On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, families came out to watch, "School Daze," the fifth grade musical.  The performance featured students and staff on stage and included several musical numbers that highlighted our students' talents.  Congratulations to Ms. Minga and the fifth grade team (students and teachers) for a wonderful performance.

Enrichment/Science and Invention Fair


On Thursday, April 26 from 6:30-8:00, BWES hosted it's annual Enrichment/Science and Invention Fair!!!  Students in grades K-4 participated in the Science and Invention Fair by submitting projects that highlighted their interest in science and the scientific process. Projects created by students Pre-K to 5 were on display for families to view.  Many thanks and congratulations to our PTA as well as Ms. Bruchey and Ms. Bucchioni for their hard work with organizing the science and enrichment fair.


Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7-11 has been designated as Teacher Appreciation Week.  During the week, teachers will be celebrated and thanked for the many contributions they make on behalf of our students each day.  Many thanks to our PTA with support of the following acknowledgements:

Monday, May 7, 2018:  Grab and Go Breakfast
Tuesday, May 8, 2018:  Food Truck
Wednesday, May 9, 2018:  Treat Cart
Thursday, May 10, 2018:  Thankful Thursday
Friday, May 11,2018:  A surprise gift

Feel free to recognize and thank your student's teacher for their hard work and dedication.

PTA Movie Night

The PTA will be hosting a movie night on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 6:30.  Two movies will be shown simultaneously , "A Lego Movie" and "Moana."  Admission to the movie night is free and popcorn will be provided free of charge.  PTA will be selling water and juice boxes and 5th graders will be selling World's Finest chocolate.  Feel free to make this a fun, family outing by bringing blankets and pillows.

Bear Standard Reminders

At BWES we have 3 Bear Standards:

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Ready to Learn

Please continue to remind your students of these standards as they are our behavioral expectations.  With the warmer temperatures we are beginning to see a spike in behaviors that are interrupting instruction.  We want to encourage all of our students to make good choices and help our school be the best it can be.



Educationally yours,

Ms. Hough, Principal

Ms. Williams-McKinney, Assistant Principal