Thursday, January 25, 2018

Greetings, Beacon Families!

We are so excited that the time has come for Family Fun Night tomorrow night! This event is an age old Bookman Road tradition, and I just want to encourage each of you to attend. We have an awesome Family Fun Night Committee that has been working very hard to make sure this event is a fun experience for all of our Bookman Beacons. There will also be a photo opportunity with a VERY special guest that you will not want to miss, so we hope to see you there!

We've had an awesome week of learning new things! Continue to look for ways students can share their new learning at home and in the community,

Have an awesome weekend!

Dr. Hill, Principal

Kindergarten friends are learning all about goods and services! 

 Third Graders explored rocks and minerals with Diamond Dell!

Visit D Hall to see pictures of these smiling faces on display. 

Jayden Pitts
Jackson Parker
Kylie Park
Aiden Bradshaw
Taylor Higgins
Hayden Perry
Ethan Thompson
Vivian Moser
Christian Tran
Liam Nelson
Kinsley Rawlinson
Haylee Dawkins
Olivia hill
Claire Tomascik
Kaden Brown
Phoung Vi Nguyen
Koufax Kivita
Christopher Wilson

Ms. Brown and Mrs. Beech's Kindergarten Class

Makaela Christian
Amelia Hilton
Briella Hutchinson
Jacob Imlay
Bryley Knowell
Freddy McManus
London Pringle
Aiden Ragland
Tanner Robinson
Zoe Sanderson
Noah Shaver
Dylan Shehane
Adrianna Singleton
Jackson Tyree
Mason Wallace-Stewart
Koran Ware
Christina Jacobs

Currently we are studying community helpers. The students went to visit the Columbia Fire Station to learn more about what firefighters and police do. Our students also had the opportunity to dress up and present to the class what community helper they wanted be in the future. Our students really enjoyed learning about community helpers and how they provide services in our local community.

 Make sure to order your yearbook by the 
deadline listed below!

On Friday, February 2, 2018 we will observe the 100th day of school. We are so thankful for an abundance
of parental involvement and community partnerships, so on this day we are hoping to get 100 “BookMEN”
to visit Bookman Road to be involved in some way. BookMEN can be any influential male figures in the
lives of our Bookman Road students. Your visit may include eating lunch with your student, reading a book
to the class, joining your student during recess, or simply dropping off or picking up your child from school.  
Thank you so much for continuing to help us make Bookman Road a great place to be and we look forward
to seeing you February 2nd!

Parents of 3rd- 5th grade students,click on the image above to get more information. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Beacon 1-18-18

Greetings, Beacon Families,

We'd once again like to thank you for the flexibility shown this week during the revised schedule due to inclement weather. We hope you enjoyed the time with family and enjoyed watching the snow flurries fall.

As we move forward into next week, I just want to encourage you to remember our Family Fun Night event next Friday hosted by our wonderful Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). We have an awesome Family Fun Night Committee that has been working super hard behind the scenes to make sure the event is a fun experience for our entire school community. Tomorrow is the last day for BINGO card preorders, so please make sure to plan accordingly. We hope to see you there!

Lastly, please join me in congratulating Mrs. Amanda Smith, one of our first grade teachers, and her family on the birth of her son, Judah Wilder Smith, on January 9, 2018. Both mom and baby are doing well! We are also extremely thrilled that our own Ashley Dunavant in Mrs. Benevides' third grade class is officially a graduated "Leukemia Warrior," and celebrated ringing the bell signifying the end of her cancer treatments! We could not be more thankful and excited for Ashley and her family!

As always, let's continue to let our Beacons shine in our words and actions by making sure to use our LIFESKILLS and Lifelong Guidelines. Have a great weekend!

Dr. Hill, Principal

Judah Smith

 Ashley Dunavant and Family

Ms. Kuhn's Kindergarten class enjoyed a visit from Deputy Pounds from the Richland County Sheriff's Department

 Please stop by D Hall to see these smiling faces on display.

Raynea Amezado
Aiden Miles
Tanner Robinson
Brian Hodges
Mary Margaret Wylds
Joel Hodgson
Chasidy Fasion
Jaela Jenkins
Jase Staley
Chloe Beech
Laura Weber
Lexi Liberty
Rashaun Henderson
Jordan Dozier
Susannah Gaskins
Gabriel Spam
Cole Crigger
Tyler Mathis
Noah Young
Kaitlyn  Harrison

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Greetings, Beacon Families!

     One of our LIFESKILLS of focus this month is Flexibility.  Flexibility means to be willing to alter plans when necessary. I’m sure you may have heard your children sharing situations just this week when they had to use the LIFESKILL of Flexibility. Maybe there was a substitute teacher in the classroom, or they had to have indoor recess because of the cold weather outside. Some students had to wait patiently inside the building during afternoon dismissal instead of waiting outside. Since very few things are “set in stone,” at Bookman Road we teach students the importance of being able to adapt to changes, problems, and unexpected situations without undue stress or anxiety. 

     We encourage you to spotlight situations where your Beacon uses flexibility at home this weekend. Thanks, and have an awesome evening.

Dr. Hill, Principal

Ashley's family would like to thank our Beacon community for all of the support during her diagnosis and treatment. She is looking forward to ringing the bell next week! 

Our first graders enjoyed learning about Russian living and traditions through a Skype with Olga who actually lives in Russia! 

Check out these smiling faces on display on D Hall! 
Cyrus Carmack-Belron
Chase  Smoak
Colton Hollobaugh
Lyric Dozier
Jackson Grindstaff
Cameron Sussman
Kobie AlexanderB
Maleiyah Ford
Nicholas Ball
Ethan Haynes
DeAsia Burris
Alex Medeiros
Bennam Buhr
Landon Elrod
Landyn Sevighy
Trinity Merling
Aaron Boken

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Greetings, Beacon Families!

Happy New Year! It’s so exciting to see everyone back and ready to finish off the second half of the year with a blast.

This week our students and teachers participated or will participate in a school wide “Procedure Day.” The purpose of Procedure Days are to take the opportunity to review some very important procedures that help our school days flow smoothly. We are asking that you also take the time to review procedures that help to keep our students safe, particularly during morning and afternoon dismissal. 

Here are a few reminders:
Morning Car-Rider Procedures
The morning rush can be a hectic one. Please use the LIFESKILLS of patience and cooperation during this time.

IF YOU ARE DROPPING OFF YOUR CHILD, please use the main entrance at the front of the school. When dropping off, proceed around the circle, moving as far forward as space permits and have your child exit on the passenger side of the car. Students are to enter through the doors to the left and right of the main office and proceed to the multi-purpose room (K-2), Seaside Café (3-5), or to eat breakfast. Staff members will be on-hand to assist parents and students through this process. Carpool hours are between 7:30 am and 8:00 am. There is no parking at the front during carpool hours (AM or PM).  Remember: The front car loop is for dropping off only, so you must remain in your car. ***AFTER 8:00 a.m. PLEASE DO NOT DISREGARD THESE PROCEDURES. Please refrain from speeding around stopped cars or pulling into the staff parking lot to bypass the  car rider line. Please stay in line and wait patiently for students to exit their cars. If you are in a rush, please arrive before 8:00 so that staff members may assist you. Students will enter through the front office doors after 8:00 a.m.

IF YOU ARE WALKING YOUR CHILD INTO SCHOOL, the back parking lot is available for you to park in parking spaces – not along the curb or near the dumpster – and walk your child to class. For safety reasons, please do not drop your child off or have them walk alone through the parking lot. Families should enter through the Seaside Café and proceed to their destination from that entrance. Cafeteria doors will be locked at 8:00 a.m.  Doors to the hallways and Multi-Purpose Room will remain locked for student safety. Also, please note that the bus loop which parallels the building is for school buses and daycare vans only. 

When students arrive between 7:30 and 7:50 a.m., they must go to the multipurpose room (K-2) or cafeteria (3-5) to ensure appropriate supervision. After 7:50 students may go directly to class. All exterior doors are locked at 8:00 a.m. Anyone wishing to enter will need to enter through the front office doors and will need to get a tardy pass after 8:00 a.m.  Our school hours for quality teaching and learning begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m.

Afternoon Car-Rider Procedures
Afternoon procedures are very similar to those of the morning. For the safety of all, there is no parking in the front parking lot or on the grass by the road during afternoon carpool hours (2:50 pm – 3:20 pm). If you would like to walk up to greet your child, please park in the back parking lot and walk around to the front of the school, remembering to remain on the sidewalk, not in the grassy area or in front of the posts (by the cars).

Ø  Please use the LIFESKILL of PATIENCE as we load your child into your car.
Ø  Please follow moving traffic and pull as far forward as space permits.
Ø  For safer loading, children need to enter all cars on the passenger side only. Please make sure that there is a clear path for them to load easily.
Ø  Please refrain from cell phone use when in the carpool line.
Ø  At the end of the day if your child is not picked up by 3:15 p.m. He/she will be sent to Breakers, our after school program.  Parent(s) will be charged the regular fee for after school care.

Thank you for using your LIFESKILLS of Caring, Cooperation, and Integrity, and once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dr. Kendra Hill, Principal

Please visit D Hall to see these smiling faces on display!

Cyrus Carmack-Belron
Chase  Smoak
Colton Hollobaugh
Lyric Dozier
Jackson Grindstaff
Cameron Sussman
Kobie AlexanderB
Maleiyah Ford
Nicholas Ball
Ethan Haynes
DeAsia Burris
Alex Medeiros
Bennam Buhr
Landon Elrod
Landyn Sevighy
Trinity Merling
Aaron Boken