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.
January 24, 2015
Dear Beach Family,
Our first semester has come to a close and you should have received both your child’s report card and assessment data. If you have any questions or concerns as you review your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher.
Our school spirit tee shirts were handed out on Thursday of this past week and nearly every student wore their Beach shirt on Friday. Several students wrote letters of appreciation and many parents commented that their child was so very excited. It is you, our families, which deserve the “thank you” by supporting the fall candy sale. Thank you! Please encourage your child to wear their shirts every Friday or on field trips.
Mark your calendars! The Beach Father/Daughter Dance will be held on Friday, February 27 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Beach gym. The theme is “Frozen in Time”. The co-chairs will be Sarah Lynn and Kali Bosch. Parents are collaborating on the Mother/Son Event and will report out as soon as a decision is made.
Your child most likely shares with you that he/she might receive a WAVE coupon. The coupons are a result of the schools efforts to improve behavior and learning. For over a decade, the Beach faculty has intentionally practiced “Positive Behavior Supports” at school. We have had on-going training and support in the early years from MiBLSi, Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative. When Beach first became involved in this training it was primarily to have a system in place of addressing behaviors that were negatively impacting the school climate and learning. The staff focuses on establishing common procedures and rewarding positive behavior and choices; WAVE. (We are responsible, Always respectful, Very safe and have Excellent Attitudes) Beach has made significant progress in reducing behaviors that are not responsible, respectful, safe or negative, yet we will always have to address mistakes. Below are the procedures used at Beach when negative behaviors impact teaching, learning and our school:
1. The teacher addresses the situation if it is very minor, the first situation and one or two students.
2. If the principal meets with student/s, she gathers all parties together and listens to each person’s interpretation of the situation and their personal involvement in that situation.
3. If there is conflicting information the principal meets individually with students to gather more information.
4. At times information may be needed from “bystanders” to clarify the entire situation.
5. After all information is gathered the principal meets with the student/s and shares what she has heard from all parties.
6. Together, the principal and student/s decide on a consequence that will hopefully modify the behavior and repair relationships.
7. Parents are notified of the situation.
If a situation is physically dangerous or someone has been hurt, I notify parents immediately. Teachers do their best to communicate to families when behaviors impact the teaching and learning. We appreciate your trust and support as we work hard to have a safe, loving, and stimulating school.
Fruitport Community Schools is having their “Athletics Hall of Fame” for 2015 Inductees. The inductees are the 1971 and 1972 Football Teams, John Grossa, Leonard Vargas, Lynn Wadaga Bloomberg, Robert Sarachman and Shelly Tozer. If you would like to attend the Induction Banquet it will be on March 14th at the Trillium Events Center at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale in the high school athletics office from February 2 – 27. You may call 865-4035 for more information.
The Beach Parent Advisory Group met this past week. The minutes will be attached. This group is working collaboratively to develop a shared mission, vision and bylaws. Beach has been so fortunate to have had growth challenges over the years and as a result of those challenges become clearer on the roles and responsibilities of a parent organization. The group has chosen to use the national PTO as a model and starting place for bylaws and ideas. They have unanimously agreed to call the group Beach PTO. Every parent, guardian and family is a welcome addition to share ideas, time and talent.
If you know of a child that will be turning five by September 1, 2015, please share with his/her family that kindergarten registration forms will be available March 2, 2015 at every elementary building, as well as central office.
I hope your week is fabulous!
Julie VanBergen, Beach Elementary Principal