Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Beacon 9/6/2018






BEACON FAMILIES,
BEGINNING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018, PARENTS/GUARDIANS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN-IN THROUGH our LOBBYGUARD SECURITY SYSTEM IN THE MAIN OFFICE TO ENTER THE BUILDING AT ANY TIME*THIS INCLUDES DURING MORNING DROP-OFF FROM 7:30-8:00 A.M.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR FLEXIBILITY AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FAMILIES.










Counselor Connections
Tonya Spangler, School Counselor
Bullying vs. Peer Conflict
    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, usually the month of October, on the differences
between Bullying and Peer Conflict.  The school counselor uses district approved
presentations 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:
·         Aggressive behavior with 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 reduce bullying.  The following social emotional learning (or “anti-bullying”) topics are covered by the school counselor during monthly whole class instruction, small support groups, and individual counseling:

Bullying vs. Peer Conflict

Manners

Gratitude

Positive Thinking

Goal Setting
Kindness/Bucketfilling
Self-Regulation/Feelings Management
Perseverance
Conflict Resolution
*Lifelong Guidelines & LIFESKILLS


























Mrs. West's Third Grade 

Class of the Week





Mrs. West’s third grade class is excited to be “Class of the Week!”  They are currently wrapping up their first social studies unit, “From the Mountains to the Sea.”  It’s all about South Carolina! They’ve enjoyed learning about our state’s geography, human systems, and features.  Students also enjoy our class service: birthday cards! Each month, students write birthday cards for their fellow Beacons, which are presented on our morning news show.  They enjoy making others smile on their birthdays! The children look forward to a great rest of the school year!














Mrs. Khira Davis
First Grade Teacher





My name is Khira Davis and this is my first year at BRES but I have been teaching for 16 years. I am married to Charles and we have three children. I enjoy traveling to different places and baking cookies. I am excited to work with the first grade beacons and look forward to a great school year!



Mrs. Christine Smith
4K Inclusion Class






I am a wife and mother of two (three if you include my husband). I have a daughter who is 9 years old and a little boy who is 1 year old. I enjoy going kayaking, biking, and camping. On a slower pace, I love reading. You will often find me and my family with a book in our hands! Our family also enjoy trips to the library. Currently our favorite is the R2I2 library. Story time is done splendidly there.

I have an Associate's in Early Education and I am starting the process to complete my BA. I have previously work in Special Education classes for The district. Prior to working for Richland 2, I was an Acitivity Director for young adults with Autism.

I am very excited to work at Bookman and I am eager to show how bright our children will shine.


Ms. Christie Ferrucci
2nd Grade Teacher





I'm Christie Ferrucci. I moved to South Carolina over the summer from Hawaii. This will be my eighth year teaching, but my first year at Bookman Road Elementary. During my free time I enjoy cooking, surfing, hiking, reading, and free diving! I'm looking forward to exploring South Carolina and becoming a part of the Bookman Road community! 




Mentoring Opportunity!
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
Any person who wants to help a student succeed in school is qualified to be a mentor.  Individuals such as Bookman parents, grandparents, retirees, college students and community members may volunteer in our mentoring program.
HOW MUCH TIME DO VOLUNTEERS SPEND MENTORING?
Mentors will be assigned one student and asked to pick a 25 minute slot each week.  Mentors can choose to either eat breakfast, eat lunch or spend time reading once a week with your assigned student.  Mentors can alternate between these three choices each week. The total commitment will be 25 minutes per week!
CONTACT INFORMATION  If you are interested in mentoring, please contact Mrs. Spangler at 699-1724 or tspangle@richland2.org with the following information:
Name    
Phone
E-mail address
Date and Time Preferences to mentor
Your child’s name (if a BRE parent):_________________ teacher:______


























 Tomorrow is the deadline

















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