Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Beacon 11/30/2017

Greetings, Beacon Families!

Next week, we will be spotlighting the LIFESKILL of Pride.  Pride is to feel satisfaction from doing one’s personal best.  Students demonstrate pride by turning in papers that are neat, on time, and accurate.  They acknowledge friends who are doing their personal best, feel good about a job well done, share the concepts and knowledge they are learning with other students, parents, and guests, and share positive statements about their culture, heritage, and religion, and those of others.  Real world applications of pride are accepting compliments and acknowledgments with grace. We may also join organizations and actively participate in activities that support the community, or start and name businesses after our families.

We are a school of readers so here are a few books that link literature with Pride.  Enjoy!

The Principal’s New Clothes by Stephanie Calmenson
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Dandelion by Don Freeman
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flourney
Elephants Never Forget by Jeannette Sanderson
Otherwise Known As Sheila, the Great by Judy Blume
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Dr. Hill, Principal

Mrs. Sharp's Class did a random act of kindness by cleaning up the playground! 

Mrs. Kuhn's Class is celebrating reading all of the SC Picture Book Nominees! Way to go to all of our Kindergarten classes!

Please stop by D Hall to see these smiling faces on display.
Elijah Nageeullah
Christina Jacobs
Isabella Cummings Rowe
Emmie Edwards
Nate Currence
Caine Jamison
Amari Singleton
Aiden Irvin
Genesis Merling
Cris De La Cruz
Ava Moses
Silas McEwen
Akira Leung Chung Kam
Khaliah Johnson
Gregory Price
Austin Boken
Zara Hodgson
Orin Striggles
Emory Moore

Mrs. Lauren Smith’’s 2nd Grade Class

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Addisyn Ayer
Ella Bigwarfe
Aiden Cherry
Bailey Doiron
Anna Estes
Micah Hodgson
Zara Hodgson
Koufax Kivita
Andrew Lopes
Mackenzie Lyons
Tyler Mathis
Desiree Munoz
Justin Oliver
Robert Pack
Elizabeth Paolucci
Breyon Philpot
Skyler Sanders
Yen Vu
Amani Wells
Samuel Williams

Counselor Connections: Bullying vs. Peer Conflict
Tonya Spangler, School Counselor
    Bullying is a hot topic these days in the media and on school campuses around the world.  Most all school districts have training and procedures put into place for bullying prevention.  Bookman Road Elementary, and all Richland Two District schools, train students annually on the differences between Bullying and Peer Conflict.  At Bookman Road Elementary the school counselor uses district approved presentations, each October, to teach the definition and criteria for bullying and how it looks different from peer conflict.  Students work through different scenarios and learn the appropriate ways to respond and/or seek assistance for different kinds of situations.
    Many folks tend to label any type of minor aggression or disagreement between people as bullying.  But, many times, what is labeled as bullying is not bullying at all.  Bullying is not about conflict or anger but instead tends to be more about arrogance, control, and power.  It’s a feeling of superiority and that “I have the right to treat you this way”.  All bullying is mean but not all mean behavior is bullying. No bullying prevention program will completely eliminate bullying, but our goal is to decrease the possibility and to respond appropriately when an incident takes place.  

What is Conflict?
Conflict involves a disagreement or issue between two or more people who appear to have different goals.  Conflict occurs naturally as we interact with each other and is a normal part of friendships and relationships in general. Some examples of conflict are:
  • Students disagree over who should do clean up after a group project.
  • A girl wanted to attend another girl’s birthday party, but she wasn’t invited.
  • Two boys get into a fight after rough play in a basketball game.
In a conflict people may get frustrated and, in the heat of the moment, one or both people’s emotions can escalate into a heated conflict.  Usually there is a “back and forth” that occurs where each person is trying to make the case for what he/she wants.

What is Bullying?
One person, or group of people, are targeting another individual because they can. There are three basic components to bullying:
  • Purposeful & malicious intent
  • An imbalance of power, where one side has all of the control and power over the other
  • Pattern of behavior repeated over time
Students are instructed to tell the nearest adult if someone is bullying them and to do so that day or as soon as possible.  That adult will usually be their teacher.  The teacher will address it and/or collaborate with administration or the counselor if the incident warrants additional support.
    Bookman Road Elementary places a heavy focus on building a positive school climate and sense of community among our students. Teaching students appropriate social skills and building empathy and emotional intelligence has shown to be the most successful approach to reducing bullying.  The entire faculty and staff infuses our Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS into our daily routines and our daily language. Each year, the school counselor teaches the following concepts to each class and in small group work throughout the year:

Bullying vs. Peer Conflict
Positive Thinking
Goal Setting
Self-Regulation/Feelings Management
Conflict Resolution
    Research shows that building emotional intelligence is the best strategy for decreasing bullying incidents.  Focus and practice, using the above mentioned concepts, are the best way to build emotional intelligence and social emotional skills.  Parents play a vital and primary role in helping these skills develop for each child.  Children will often handle conflict and stressors the way they see the adults in their lives model that for them so it is imperative to use self-care so you can peacefully solve problems that arise.  When your child presents an issue with a peer, please use this chart with him or her to gauge whether this situation involves conflict, rude, mean or bullying behavior.  This will help you also decide how the situation needs to be addressed.

REMINDER: Tomorrow, December 1, 2017 is an early dismissal day for students. All students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for teachers and staff to participate in professional collaboration. Please note that any student not picked up by 11:50 a.m. will be sent to BREAKERS after school care  for supervision and will be charged a fee for the time they are there. Thank you, in advance, for adhering to the 11:30 dismissal time tomorrow. 

Get your child involved with the Hour of Code Movement at home. Here are a couple of websites that our students love!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Greetings, Beacon Families!

This week is American Education Week.  This is a time when we pause to celebrate and show our appreciation to all of our faculty and staff members who work so diligently with our children here at Bookman Road.  I would personally like to thank all of the educators within our school for the hard work and countless hours they spend working to make Bookman Road Elementary an outstanding and nurturing place for students to learn and grow.  Every staff member plays a crucial role in the functioning of the school, and I can’t thank them enough for what they do for our students and school community.

I would also like to sincerely thank our PTO for the hard work they put into supporting the work of the school and the planning they have done for tomorrow's Staff Appreciation Breakfast. It has been very humbling to watch as parent volunteers have gone the extra mile to bring food contributions and volunteer their time to make the staff of Bookman Road feel very much appreciated.

Thank you again, Bookman Road faculty and staff, for the role you play in the lives of Bookman Road students. Thank you for continuing to let your BEACONS shine!

Have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend!
Dr. Kendra Hill, Principal

Special thanks to our PTO and our Veterans who made our Veteran's Day Program a success. Thank you again for your service! If you missed the program, it was recorded live on our Facebook Page -Bookman Road Elementary School. 

Veteran's Day 2017

Ms. Brown and Mrs. Beech's Class during the 
Veteran's Day Parade

Dr. Hill’s Shining Beacons
These classes have read all 20 of the SC Picture book Award Nominees for 2017-2018!

Mrs. Brown’s Kindergarten Class
Class favorite: I Don’t Want to Be a Frog!

BRE Birthday Book Club Donations
Students donated $15 through the BRE Birthday Book Club to purchase new books for the BRE Media Center!
These students will be the first to check out these books and will be able to keep them for an extended check-out period.

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Mrs. Harter's friends are enjoying learning about the
Main Idea of a text in their small group.

Who knew that using shortcuts on Chromebooks to 
create turkeys could be so much fun? 

While learning about government, 2nd Graders in Mrs. Smith's Class had a representative from each learning club to serve as a class presidential candidate. Their peers voted on Google Forms for the candidate that they felt represented their class well.

Richland School District Two schools are funded primarily by local taxes. Due to the large federal presence in our area our district is eligible to apply for federal Impact Aid Funds. Impact Aid is a federal program designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students.  Impact Aid Program Survey Forms were distributed to all students  in Thursday's folder. Please take a few minutes and complete the form for each Bookman student in your house and return it back tomorrow. The information you provide on these forms is confidential.

Thank you for supporting Bookman and Richland 2.

Do you have your spirit wear yet? You can purchase yours
every Tuesday morning in the Seaside Cafe!

For those who have registered....

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017


Kyle Morris
Rylee Stone
Jordan Jenkins
Kennedey Brand
Preston Suarez
Keraj Gemechu
Kyan Huyghue
JR Brooks
Sophie Currence
Addison Parrish
Josiah Eliscar
Addison Ayer
Evelyn Cavanna
Hae Le
Chandler Collins
George Gadsden
Mason Droze
Kyle Broughton

Mrs. Kirkpatrick's friends are adding patriotic hearts to the Veteran Wall.

Mrs. Kenga's and Boswell's Classes joined together to dissect owl pellets. 

Sharing the love of reading from Mrs. West's class.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick's First Grade Class

We have just wrapped up our Unit on Economics and Community Helpers which is one of our favorite units in first grade! We went on a Being There Experience to CIty Roots Farm,  earned Lucky Bucks, created advertisements, and we learned about our needs and wants as well as goods and services. Then we put all of our knowledge to use for our culminating event, the Fabulous Fall Festival! We are looking forward to our next unit on Earth Materials and becoming first grade geologists!
Rock on!

Kamryn Bates
Chloe Beech
James Davidson
Ellie Edwards
Maleiyah Ford
Josiah Green
Jeremiah Hodgson
Coco Jallad
Genesis Merling
Vivian Moser
Andy Osisek
La’Kendra Pinckney
Zoe Smith
Luke Smoak
Lowry Vause
Trevarius Wilson
Ryder Torres
Keraj Gemechu
Yesenia Nazario
Jaiden Bodmer

Dr. Hill's Shining Beacons

These classes have read all 20 of the SC Picture book Award Nominees for 2017-2018!

Mrs. Kuhn’s Kindergarten Class

Class favorite: Marilyn’s Monster


Mrs. White’s 2nd Grade Class
Class favorite: I am Trying to Love Spiders


Mrs. Boswell’s & Mrs. Sarbok’s Class
Class favorite: Billy’s Booger


Mrs. Lechner’s Class
Class favorite: Night Animals


Mrs. Malone’s Class
Class favorite: We Forgot Brock


BRE Birthday Book Club Donations
Students donated $15 through the BRE Birthday Book Club to purchase new books for the BRE Media Center!

These students will be the first to check out these books and will be able to keep them for an extended check-out period.

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Check out this video made by Wyatt, whose father is a Veteran. We hope to see you at our Veteran's Day performance. Make sure to tune in live on Facebook to see the ceremony if you'r unable to attend. 

Toby’s Place - Service Learning Project

Bookman’s Girls Leadership Group will participate in a service learning project.  This project will benefit a shelter called Toby's Place. Toby's Place benefits homeless women and children within our community. Please consider helping with this project by donating new, unopened items.  A list of suggested items is below and starred items are of greater need.  Items can be sent to the school office or to our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Spangler.  The Girls Leadership Group will be collecting items until Friday, November 17th.

Anything donated is greatly appreciated!  

Toothpaste & toothbrushes
Toilet paper
Hand soap
Paper Towels
Body lotion
Shaving cream
New, in-package socks in various sizes.
*Laundry detergent
*Feminine Hygiene products
*Shampoo, conditioner, & ethnic hair care products
*Body wash and soap

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