Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Elementary Report Card Presentation at April PTO meeting

Reading Public Schools will have a new elementary report card during the 2011-2012 school year. Karen Callan (Barrows principal) and Richard Davidson (Wood End principal) are the chairs of the report card committee. They will be attending the Birch Meadow PTO meeting on April 6th to explain the new report card and answer parent questions. Please visit the Reading Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction EDLINE page to see a draft of the report cards.

FYI...each grade level has a different report card.

Ms. Papanikolaou's Art Page: Mosaics

Ms. Papanikolaou's Art Page: Mosaics: " begining our work with color  Second graders at Wood End and Birch Meadow studied Mosaics. A mosaic is an image made of of sm..."

Ms. Papanikolaou's Art Page: X-Ray Art by Grade 4

Ms. Papanikolaou's Art Page: X-Ray Art by Grade 4: "Its been a long time since I've posted something and I am sorry to those of you who have been waiting for me to post my students work! ..."

Friday, March 18, 2011

The week in pictures part I - 3/3 - 3/18

Grade 5 Pi Day!

Our kindergarten students participate in Paper Making in the classroom.

Students in 1st grade teach us about Honesty!

Third graders in Mrs. Lambert's classroom proudly display their houses as a culmination of the electricity unit.

The week in pictures PART II - Grade 5, students art, and Grade 2 Enrichment

Below you can see our 5th grade students sharing their colonies in the hope to attract settlers.

The 2nd grade enjoyed a visit from "Harriet Tubman" to support the study of biographies and diversity. In addition, the program taught students about civil rights and the underground railroad.

Below are students whose art work is proudly displayed in the principal's office.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Parent Resource Center Updates

Come visit the parent resource center in the Birch Meadow lobby. In the parent resource center you can find a variety of materials for parents and children. We post all Birch Meadow fliers on the bulletin board, you can watch a running video of Birch Meadow photographs, the PTO has a suggestion box, and books are available for parents and students.

The parent resource center allows you to...
1. Read with your children while you wait.
EX: Puff the Magic Dragon, Thomas the Train books

2. Read on your own for pleasure.
EX: Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul, The Boston Handbook

3. Read titles impacting your children.
EX: Teaching Your Children Joy, Parenting on the Go, etc.

4. Read about Boston.
EX: Phantom Gourment guide to Boston restaurants, Boston Red Sox Fan book, etc.

5. Watch a slide show of pictures of students and staff.

6. See Birch Meadow information.
New books are now available in the parent resource center.

Check out books on the honor system and enjoy! Thank you for visiting.

Lego Robotics pictures

Enjoy these pictures from the Lego Robotics program in January

You can also follow this link to see the pictures via EDLINE if you are unable to view the photo story above.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The week in pictures 2/28 - 3/3 and February Vacation too

Birch Meadow staff presented to school committee on Monday night. See the previous blog post to view some of the presentations! Every classroom teacher attended and presented! The school committee was impressed and I am a proud principal.

Congratulations to Jay, Stephanie, Sierra, and Justin. They received rewards from the "Color Me Benjamin" contest sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation.

Read Across America was celebrated on Wednesday. You can see some of the staff participants. Thank you to everyone who helped plan and organize this celebration. Parents should be proud of all the reading done this past month!

What did you do over February vacation? After a few days of work at Birch Meadow I visited family in Virginia and took my two sons to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Along the way we took pictures on the mall with a background of theUS Capitol Building and Washington Monument. You can even see a few pictures of Alex as we walked through the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.