Sunday, April 7, 2013

Autism Spectrum Disorders - Define Autism -

Autism Spectrum Disorders - Define Autism -
Wonderful pictures and information about families who have a child with autism.  We have the honor of welcoming families such as these to Birch Meadow in the fall!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

MCAS breakfast

This month we celebrated student learning with MCAS testing in grades 3, 4, and 5.  Thanks to the PTO, the students started their first MCAS session with a wonderful breakfast.  The chicken bacon was a big hit.  See additional pictures on our shutterfly site.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Intercultural Pot Luck

Thank you to the parents and teachers that helped celebrate diversity at our Intercultural Celebration.  The event featured dancing, singing, sports, and great food.  The celebration brought together the wonderful Birch Meadow Community as we celebrated our diversity.  See additional pictures on our shutterfly site.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 22 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Read Across America videos

Thank you to the students of Birch Meadow who participated in our Read Across America program last month.  Mrs. Warshauer and a wonderful group of volunteers made the event a success.  Here is the WIKI with pictures, power point presentation, and program details.
Here is the final speech from Mr. Sprung.
Here is the final dance done by the staff.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Giving and Receiving Compliments

This past month we focused our energy on the Open Circle theme of Giving and Receiving Compliments.  I am proud of the work our third grade students did introducing the theme and creating this bulletin board below which highlighted positive student behavior.  Follow this link to a parent letter describing our Open Circle program.

Students should remember the three rules about giving compliments
1. Be specific
2. Be true
3. Be positive

Read Across America - Howdy Partner!

Don't forget to continue reading for Read Across America.  Reading logs can be found on-line.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

RMLD award ceremony

An award ceremony was recently held at the Reading Municipal Light Department for the 14 winners of the Annual RMLD T-shirt Contest. A first, second and third place winner from each town and two honorable mentions from Reading were selected in the contest that encourages third and fourth graders to be more energy conscious and aware of their own impact on the environment.
Reading winners included (front row, left to right) Kate Witham, 2nd place, Killam School;  Samantha Simpson, Honorable Mention, Birch Meadow School; Kate Shankland, 3rd place, Barrows School; Samantha Brabeck, 1st place, Wood End School; and Smritha Srinivasan,  Honorable Mention – Joshua Eaton School. Joining in the congratulations are teachers, administrators and representatives from the Reading Municipal Light Department.