I hope that everyone is returning from spring break feeling renewed and well rested!
April is filled with opportunities for us to show our appreciation! We are starting the month by celebrating our amazing Assistant Principal, Mrs. Dawson! April 5-9 is National Assistant Principal's Week! I think everyone will agree that Mrs. Dawson is an amazing gem with a beautiful spirit. Her commitment and dedication to the BLES school community is unwavering. Won't you please send an email/text or make a phone call to her this week to let her know how much you appreciate her for all that she does for our school! On April 7th we will also show appreciation for our educational assistants who go above and beyond every day. They work incredibly hard with the scholars and are a tremendous support to the teachers they work with. Please reach out to an educational assistant you know and love on Wednesday the 7th. Finally, April 21st is Administrative Professionals' Day! This is the day we will honor Ms. Cofield, Mrs. Gibson and our School Aides- Ms. Lombert, Ms. Kelly and Mr. Brandon. Truly, these amazing people are the backbone of our school community. Our school can not operate successfully without them! Please reach out and let them know how much you value and appreciate them on this day!
April is also Poetry Month. National Poetry Month started in 1966. It's a great way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. BLES celebrates Poetry Month annually through class poetry slams and our schoolwide Poem In A Pocket Day. This year's Poem In a Pocket Day will be held on Friday, April 30th.
Unless we hear otherwise, we are preparing our 3rd-5th grade scholars to take the NYS ELA exam this month. The ELA test administration window is from April 19-April 29. More information will be provided at a Town Hall tentatively scheduled for 3rd-5th grade families on Monday April 12th. All testing will happen at the school. Schedules will be shared with families as soon as possible.
Our school counselor and social workers are planning an amazing virtual FAMILY GAME NIGHT on April 22nd at 5:30 pm. I am looking forward to having a great time with those of you who are available to join us!
Please refer to the Family Calendar emailed by Mrs. Gibson for other important upcoming events at our school.
Stay safe and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.