Thursday, December 13, 2018






 Greetings, Beacon Families!

As you may know, Bookman Road is nationally recognized as a model Highly Effective Teaching Model  (HET) school. The model, which focuses on how the brain learns best, includes an in depth focus on nine "Body-Brain Compatible Elements." These elements are absence of threat, enriched environment, meaningful content, mastery, collaboration, choice, immediate feedback, adequate time and movement/brain-body connection.

At Bookman Road, we are aware that "bullying" is a trending discussion at schools and within the media. In alignment with the absence of threat component of HET, research shows that the brain learns best when there are no real or perceived threats, which is why we make it a top priority for our students to feel safe at school and
the use of LIFESKILLS and Lifelong Guidelines.













Check out these smiling faces on D Hall. 







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Counselor Connections with Mrs. Spangler
During our first semester, I have been working with students in all grades to develop more of a Growth Mindset.  I want our students to have strong relationships, compassion for others, success, and joy in their lives. These things are all by-products of how they see themselves and the world around them, which is otherwise known as their “Mindset”.
We spent some time in November focusing on the theme of “Gratitude”.  Having an attitude of gratitude helps us focus on what we already have rather than what we lack.  People who are grateful are more resilient, motivated, positive, and are better problem-solvers.
Try to take some time each week to share, as a family, what things you are thankful for in your day.  Help your student zone in on detailed things instead of topics that are overly broad. For example, instead of a broad response like “I’m thankful for family”, help each member of the family come up with a specific example such as, “I’m thankful for the chocolate chip cookies mom makes during the holidays”.
Here are some great “Growth Mindset Conversation Starters” you can use at home with your family, at dinner, or in the car:
1.    What did you do today that made you think hard?
2.    What challenge or problem have you worked on today?
3.    Can you think of something new you tried today? What was it?
4.    Was there anything that made you feel stuck today? What other ways might there be to solve this?
5.    What did you learn today outside of school?
6.    Can you think of a mistake you made today? Great! How can you use this mistake to do better next time?
7.    What would you like to become better at?
8.    Did you do anything today that was easy for you?

Source: Big Life Journal














Our PTO is desperately in need of volunteers for events happening this month. 
Please click on the link below or on the sidebar (desktop view) to sign up to assist. 































Thursday, December 6, 2018

What an awesome week at Bookman Road Elementary School! We'd like to congratulate the following Bookman Road Faculty and Staff for some much deserved honors!


Congratulations to Arleigh West, our 2019-2020 BOOKMAN ROAD TEACHER OF THE YEAR!



Deon Moody and Amanda Smith are #ANCHORED!
Staff Member of the Month/ Teacher of the Month
Congratulations!


Congratulations to Davis Bowers, our H&R Block and RICHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT TWO ROOKIE TEACHER OF THE MONTH!



We are so excited that our Beacons received these recognitions for continuing to "Light the Way" with children!

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Hill




Stop by D Hall to see these smiling faces on display!







We’re so excited to host a Fun Run (powered by Boosterthon) to help our school! Boosterthon in a fun, nine-day program, from Feb. 20th – Feb 28th, that combines world-class character content with a highly-profitable fundraiser. To increase the excitement and school spirit of this event, we’re hoping to provide each student with a FREE custom Bookman Road Elementary t-shirt to wear the day of the Fun Run event March 1st, at no cost to the student or school. In order to make this happen, we need your help! We’re hoping to partner with local businesses to help sponsor these shirts. If you know of, or are affiliated with, a business that would be interested in sponsoring shirts for our students, please email us at akfsuarez@gmail.com. Their name or logo will be displayed on the back of a shirt that will be worn by every student in the school. Not only will their investment be helpful to Bookman Road Elementary, but we believe it will raise awareness for the sponsor and provide more business for them.
The Deadline for sponsorship submissions is December 7th . Please email us at akfsuarez@gmail.com for more information. Thanks so much for your help in strengthening our school!








Our PTO is desperately in need of volunteers for events happening this month. Please click on the link below or on the sidebar (desktop view) to sign up to assist. 









                             













                           






Thursday, November 29, 2018


Greetings, Beacon Families!

Bookman Road had the opportunity to participate in the Richland School District Two Choice Fair this week at R2I2. We were able to share information about Bookman Road with families from surrounding communities and visiting community members.  The staff members at our booth were very encouraged by the fact that many of the individuals visiting the Bookman Road display enthusiastically shared the positive things they had already heard about Bookman Road from many of you! Bookman Road continues to stand out as a school of expanded choice as we currently serve the families of more than 150 students who are not zoned for our school. We love and appreciate all of our BEACONS who chose to become a part of our Bookman Road family!

During the Choice Fair we emphasized that while we do not offer a school magnet program, we do implement a school-wide framework, the Highly Effective Teaching Model (HET), which focuses on instructional strategies that align with how students' brains learn best. HET outlines nine key tenets of our school: Enriched Environment, Meaningful Content, Collaboration, Movement, Choices, Adequate Time, Immediate Feedback, Mastery, and Absence of Threat.  It is a culture that has permeated our students, parents, teachers, and staff since the inception of the school. We understand that continuity and consistency are advantageous to staying focused and purposeful in our educational approach.

The collaboration and encouragement from our Bookman Road families and community are priceless and truly make Bookman Road a great place to be! You are appreciated!

Dr. Kendra Hill, Principal










Stop by D Hall to see these smiling faces on display.









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We’re so excited to host a Fun Run (powered by Boosterthon) to help our school! Boosterthon in a fun, nine-day program, from Feb. 20th – Feb 28th, that combines world-class character content with a highly-profitable fundraiser. To increase the excitement and school spirit of this event, we’re hoping to provide each student with a FREE custom Bookman Road Elementary t-shirt to wear the day of the Fun Run event March 1st, at no cost to the student or school. In order to make this happen, we need your help! We’re hoping to partner with local businesses to help sponsor these shirts. If you know of, or are affiliated with, a business that would be interested in sponsoring shirts for our students, please email us at akfsuarez@gmail.com. Their name or logo will be displayed on the back of a shirt that will be worn by every student in the school. Not only will their investment be helpful to Bookman Road Elementary, but we believe it will raise awareness for the sponsor and provide more business for them.

 The Deadline for sponsorship submissions is December 7th . Please email us at akfsuarez@gmail.com for more information. Thanks so much for your help in strengthening our school! 






Dear Parents,
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago.
That’s why our entire school joined in on the largest education event in history: The Hour of Code. During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 3-9), every one of our students will be among over 2 million worldwide spending one hour learning the basics.
Our Hour of Code is a statement that Bookman Road Elementary School is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to reach out to local media, share the news on your social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in your outside of school, in the community.

See https://hourofcode.com for details and coding activities for every aged students. 
                                                                     Sincerely, 
                                                                     Tasia King, Technology and Learning Coach


Did You Know?


  • New computing jobs are growing 3 times faster than the number of computer science graduates.
  • More than 50 percent of all math and science jobs are for computer scientists.
  • Computer science jobs are the highest-paying jobs for new graduates







For those who have registered....
























Thursday, November 15, 2018


Greetings, Beacon Families!

This past week was very eventful as we observed Veterans Day.  As many of you know, Bookman Road is a Department of Defense school due to our high percentage of military families. We are very grateful for the brave men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom.  We are also thankful for the sacrifices their families have made while their loved ones were away from home serving our country.  

Veterans Day is not only a day to recognize those who have previously served in the military, but also to recognize those who are currently serving.  They are real-life examples of people using the LIFESKILLS of Courage, Pride, Initiative, Resourcefulness, Organization, Integrity, Patience, Common Sense, and certainly Perseverance.  They truly demonstrate the use of all 19 LIFESKILLS on a daily basis.  A sincere THANK YOU goes to all of our former and current military members from the entire faculty and staff at Bookman Road Elementary School! 

Lastly, as we will have a short week next week to observe Thanksgiving break, it is only fitting that I take this opportunity to tell you how thankful we are at Bookman Road to have each of you as part of our school community. The love and support shown to the faculty and staff during American Education Week this week was overwhelming, and it just served as a reminder that we are all in this together, striving to do what is best for each and every student who enters the doors of Bookman Road Elementary School.

The staff breakfast hosted by parent volunteers and our wonderful PTO was very much appreciated, and we thank every parent and student who went out of their way to simply say “Thank You” to a teacher or staff member who may have had a positive impact in some way. Together, we will continue to "light the way with children."

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Hill














Stop by D Hall to see these smiling faces on display







5th Grade Parents, please take a look (click below) at the Magnet choices offered for Middle School students in Richland Two.
















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We’re so excited to host a Fun Run (powered by Boosterthon) to help our school! Boosterthon in a fun, nine-day program, from Feb. 20th – Feb 28th, that combines world-class character content with a highly-profitable fundraiser. To increase the excitement and school spirit of this event, we’re hoping to provide each student with a FREE custom Bookman Road Elementary t-shirt to wear the day of the Fun Run event March 1st, at no cost to the student or school. In order to make this happen, we need your help! We’re hoping to partner with local businesses to help sponsor these shirts. If you know of, or are affiliated with, a business that would be interested in sponsoring shirts for our students, please email us at akfsuarez@gmail.com. Their name or logo will be displayed on the back of a shirt that will be worn by every student in the school. Not only will their investment be helpful to Bookman Road Elementary, but we believe it will raise awareness for the sponsor and provide more business for them.

 The Deadline for sponsorship submissions is December 7th . Please email us at akfsuarez@gmail.com for more information. Thanks so much for your help in strengthening our school!