Thursday, August 25, 2016

Message from the Helm

Greetings, Beacon Families,

We are so excited to have had a smooth start to the 2016-2017 school year! We appreciate your adherence to our school procedures as we are working to establish consistent routines for our students. They learn so much by our example, so thank you for your patience and flexibility during morning drop-off, afternoon pick-up, and by having your Beacons in class and ready to learn by the 8:00 a.m. tardy bell. We are in for a great ride this school year!

In addition to the roll-out of our new school logo, our students are beginning to hear and recite our school vision statement which is “To develop Beacons who ‘light the way’ in personal character, academics, and community service.” We know that you will join us in emphasizing these three pillars to students while they are at home and in the community.

Lastly, you should have received a correspondence from Mr. Reliford seeking individuals to serve on the Bookman Road School Improvement Council (SIC). SICs are advisory councils to the principal and school on ways to improve the school. The new logo and vision statement were projects spearheaded by our Bookman Road SIC, as well as the Champions of the Environment grant allowing the installation of birdhouses equipped with web cameras. If you might be interested in serving on this committee, please contact Mr. Reliford at

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Kendra Hill, Principal

HEAD LICE FACTS – A GUIDE FOR PARENTS- Check your child’s homework each night and check their hair for head lice. Stop lice in their tracks.

A common problem
Lice are small insects that live on human hair.  Children 3-11 are their usual hosts.  Having head lice has nothing to do with poor personal hygiene. Lice do not jump, hop, or fly, nor do they typically survive off their human host more than 24 hours. They are mainly acquired by direct head-to-head contact with an infested person’s hair and therefore are most likely transmitted in the home setting. Lice should not be considered a medical or public health problem, since they rarely (if ever) cause direct harm and are not known to transmit infectious agents from person-to person.
Signs and symptoms
Intense itching is the most common sign that your child may have head lice.  Lice are about the size of a sesame seed; the color may be grayish-white to reddish-brown.  Their nits are small, silvery-white and are attached to the hair shaft just above the scalp. Head lice are commonly found around the nape of the neck and behind the ears.
How do I treat this condition?
Use of an over-the-counter product is the first step in treatment.  It is very important to follow any instructions that are included with the product.  After using the product, use a metal nit comb to remove dead lice and nits.  Repeat the treatment with the product 7-10 days after the first application.  After another 7-10 days, re-examine the child’s head.  If live lice are still seen, treatment failure or resistance likely has occurred.  A health-care professional will advise you to use a prescription product. 
Other steps to take
Excessive cleanup in the home- that is major scrubbing of all surfaces and items in a room- is not necessary but the child’s clothes, towel, and bedding should be washed in hot water or dried on high heat.  The same can be done for the child’s toys or blanket or with items used in the child’s hair.  Do not use insecticides on furniture, rugs or pets. Inspect other family members for head lice.  Never treat your child for head lice unless you know he/she is infested.  Smothering lice with mayonnaise, petrolatum, or olive oil is not recommended. These approaches have not been adequately studied.  It is especially important to avoid using dangerous materials such as kerosene, gasoline, paint thinners or turpentine to get rid of lice. 
What else do I need to know?
Children should understand the importance of not sharing combs, brushes or hats or any personal hygiene items.  Children should also know that head-to-head contact with friends can transmit lice.  Inspect your child’s head carefully and frequently for signs of lice and nits.  Pay close attention to children who consistently scratch their heads. If your child has a case of head lice, please inform your school nurse and classroom teacher.
For more information
For reliable information, visit the web sites, American Academy of Pediatrics:, the National Association of School Nurses:, or contact your school nurse, or your family physician 

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Mark Your Calendars

Save the Date
Saturday, September 24th
@9:00 am

Grits for Grands
Bookman Road PTO welcomes all Beacons to invite their grandparents to a light breakfast on Friday, September 2nd. The breakfast will be held in the Seaside Café 
from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Please join us at Bookman Road Elementary for our “Welcome Back Night” next Thursday, August 11, from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m.   This event will take place in the cafeteria (Seaside Café).  You will have an opportunity to sign-up for after-school programs, join PTO, and, most importantly, meet your teacher!  In addition to our classroom teachers, support staff, administration, SAIL teachers, and special education teachers, staff from the following areas will be in attendance to assist and answer your questions:
  • District Bus Transportation
  • Cafeteria
  • School Nurse
  • Breakers, our after-school program
Our fabulous PTO will provide popsicles for everyone, as well!

FOR NEW PARENTS to Bookman Road, we will have a special welcome for you at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016.  You will not need to attend the new parent orientation if you have a kindergarten student who attended Kinder Camp on August 4, 2016 or if your Beacon is a returning student. During the new parent orientation, staff will be available to answer questions, discuss school procedures, and give you a tour of the school.  We will begin at 4:45 p.m. in the Media Center which is located in the center of the school.  The easiest way to access the Media Center is to enter through the main office.  You will see the Media Center straight ahead.  We will finish this special welcome by 5:30 p.m. so you can attend the Welcome Back Celebration.  I hope you will be able to join us!

At Bookman Road Elementary, we believe that all children can learn, and we aim to make teaching and learning our highest priority.  We focus on having an outstanding school based on measures of academic excellence, technology, student engagement, brain-based learning, and strong curricular based instruction.  There is also a major focus on modeling and encouraging the use of Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS.  Throughout the year, the faculty and staff will be checking to make sure that everything we do exceeds your expectations for our school.  We want to make sure that we continue to challenge each child to reach his/her highest level of achievement.

We have carefully, and with much deliberation, assigned students to classrooms.  A lot of thought goes into this process and several factors are considered.  While I am not able to accommodate requests for specific teachers, rest assured that all of our teachers are excellent and will provide quality teaching and learning for your children.  Our team read the feedback some of you provided about your children as we placed them in classes.  Please refer to the memo on the back of this letter for directions to access your child’s placement. We thank you for being involved in your child’s learning!

The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 17, which is a full day. Students in the Pre-K four year old Child Development classes will begin school on August 22, 2016. The first school bell rings at 7:50 a.m., and the final bell rings at 8:00 a.m., which is when instruction begins. Please note that unlike years passed, students will be marked tardy after 8:00 a.m. Staff members will be off duty at that time, so please allow enough time to get through the drop off line by 8:00 a.m. in a safe and orderly fashion. No student should arrive at school before 7:30 a.m. because no adult supervision is available before that time.

Dismissal begins at 2:50 p.m. To alleviate congestion at the end of the school day, if you need to pick up your child early, please arrive at the main office prior to 2:15 p.m.  Children will not be called out of class after 2:15 p.m. or be released to parents from the classroom. Students not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be monitored in the Seaside Café (cafeteria) by the Breakers afterschool care staff and parents will be charged a fee for the time they are at Breakers.

Additional important school dates are available on our online calendar which can be accessed by going to and clicking on the “calendar” link.  The calendar will be updated with information throughout the year.  Our weekly electronic school newsletter, The Beacon, will also have upcoming school events and dates.  Finally, on the first day of school, your child will bring home a Bookman Road student/parent handbook. There is also a copy included with this correspondence. Please review the handbook thoroughly with your students, as well as the student handbook outlining district policies and procedures at

Breakfast and lunch will be served the first day of school. The cost of breakfast is $1.00 per day and lunch is $2.50.  Both are payable on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.  If you feel you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, please go to to complete an application.  Our cafeteria manager, Helen Mills, will be at our Welcome Back Night to assist you and answer any questions you may have about the cafeteria.  

At our Welcome Back Celebration you will have the opportunity purchase your yearbook for 2016-2017, join our PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization), and make lunch payments. School supply fees (the school fee for consumable supplies is $15.00 for full pay students) are now paid online. Please see the following post for directions on how to pay school fees through Parent Portal at (log in and click on school fees). Please note that school fees, PTO memberships, and lunch payments must be paid separately, as they are handled through separate accounts.  Thank you for understanding.

We look forward to seeing you at Bookman Road Elementary School’s Welcome Back Celebration on Thursday night, August 11, from 5:30 until 7:00p.m.  

Dr. Kendra Hill, Principal

*** Please log onto Parent Portal using the following link for your child’s homeroom teacher assignment:

Teacher assignments can be viewed via parent portal.  If you do not have a current account, you can create a parent portal account by using the link on the Richland 2 home will need  your child's ID number located on the top of your child's report card. If you cannot locate a report card you must come by the school for the Id number. these numbers cannot be given out via phone or email.

Returning student updates are also available through parent portal. Please complete this update and provide a current proof of residence for the upcoming school year. The returning student update must be  submitted for your child to use any technology in  the 2016-17 school year.

How to Access Parent Portal

2016-2017 Student Handbook