Beach Elementary School
2741 Heights Ravenna Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49444
phone: (231) 773-8996
fax: (231) 777-3455
Hours: 8:20 a.m - 3:38 p.m.
Delayed Start Hours: 9:50 a.m - 3:38 p.m.
December 14, 2014
Dear Beach Families,
Last week was especially busy at Beach with Breakfast with Santa and our early elementary holiday program. The weather was mild and our attendance at both events was great. Coming together as families at school has a positive impact on our students and staff.
The holiday program takes many hands to be successful. Joanne Fielstra, a paraprofessional, envisions and builds the set, orders the lighting and oversees student volunteers as the set comes to life. Mrs. Cheri Eberly, our music teacher, and her three daughters (two of whom are earning Master Degrees in instrumental performance and one of whom is a published musician and local accompanist)coach our children to high levels of musical talent and performance. We are very fortunate to have individuals that go above and beyond their job descriptions.
Beach teachers seek out grants to enhance the curriculum. Recently our third grade teachers were awarded the “Culture of Reading” grant, sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education. Over 750 applications were received and 115 teachers received the grant. Each of our third grade students received a book, Acoustic Rooster and his Barnyard Band, valued at over $16.00. The teachers spent time teaching students how to share and discuss this book at home. Our first grade teachers also received a grant to support reading. The Fruitport Education Foundation approved a grant for $199.99 for our first grade students to purchase an on-line reading resource to engage students in more reading opportunities. Congratulations, Mrs. DeWitt, Mrs. Dykstra, Mrs. Gustin and Mrs. Olovson on receiving grants.
Last week was designated by national technology leaders as “Hour of Code” week. Coding is the basics of computer programing. Mike McMullin, an FCS computer technician, was a speaker for our 5th grade students sharing the purposes and opportunities for coding. Our fifth grade students used their chrome books to earn a certificate of completion in coding. Students of all ages can engage in the game-like and self-directed skills. Check it out at http://code.org! Next week our fifth grade students will tutor our third graders in coding.
Our fourth grade students had a visitor from Consumers Energy come and share information on the strength, power and danger of electricity. The speaker brought “Kindle-like” devices for our students to follow along and access information on electricity. This event culminated a science unit for our students.
Our Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, MAISD, has opportunities for students to compete in writing and art. All student6s in Muskegon County can win cash prizes through the Mona Shores Optimist Club Essay and Oratorical contest. Go to muskegonisd.org/optimist.pdf to check out the topic and guidelines for this contest. The Hackley Library for Black History Month Calendar Contest begins on January 1st and goes through February 2, 2015. Young artists in grades 1st – 12th are invited to submit drawings. Go to the Hackley Library to pick up your entry form.
This is a very busy time of the year and yet I must take pause and thank each of you for the role you play in making Beach a safe, exciting and positive place for students to learn at high levels. Have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Julie VanBerge
Principal of Beach Elementary School