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K-4 Report Cards
08/01/2021
In September 2019, teams were formed at both Beaver Brook and Woodsdale to collaborate on the creation of a K-4 report card that is more reflective of the content students are learning in our classrooms.
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BBES Medication Drop-Off Information for 21-22
06/10/2021
Please click here for information and forms regarding medication drop-off
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Message from the Principal

All children are in the process of learning how to be kind, considerate, and responsible adults. The children at BBES are no exception. In addition to academic content, our students are learning how to interact appropriately with each other and adults while they learn, play, eat, talk, visit the restroom, walk in the hallway, and etc. At varying times, all children learn about personal space and appropriate physical contact when outside of the home. This has always been true for young children; elementary schools are a place for children to develop their social skills (learning how to play fairly, keep their bodies to themselves, be kind, and etc.). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, none of our current K-2 students have had a typical, uninterrupted full year of public school - so we are seeing that more children than in the past need support with their social interactions.

Our staff are regularly modeling and directly teaching our students social skills. Like academic areas, children truly internalize appropriate social skills by making mistakes and learning from them. While we strive to maintain a safe environment for all students and staff, it is important to remember that our students are learning how to socialize and will make mistakes. Though it is easy to see unkind or inappropriate behavior in children as mean-spirited or "bullying", please understand that in most cases, students have inadvertently been rude or unkind, or have yet to learn a related social skill (like waiting their turn, keeping their hands off each other, sharing, or being empathetic).

 

Signe Whitson, an adolescent therapist, has this to say about knowing the difference between rude, mean, and bullying behaviors:

Unkind/Rude: Rude behavior or unkindness is inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else. In children this takes the form of social errors like “burping in someone's face, jumping ahead in line, bragging about achieving the highest grade or even throwing a crushed up pile of leaves in someone's face.” The critical factor? “Incidents of rudeness are usually spontaneous, unplanned inconsideration, based on thoughtlessness, poor manners or narcissism, but not meant to actually hurt someone.”
 
Mean: Being mean involves “purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).” Unlike unthinking rudeness, “mean behavior very much aims to hurt or depreciate someone. Very often, mean behavior in kids is motivated by angry feelings and/or the misguided goal of propping themselves up in comparison to the person they are putting down.” And while both rudeness and mean behavior require correction, they are “different from bullying in important ways that should be understood and differentiated when it comes to intervention.”
 
Bullying: Bullying is “intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power. Kids who bully say or do something intentionally hurtful to others and they keep doing it, with no sense of regret or remorse — even when targets of bullying show or express their hurt or tell the aggressors to stop.” Examples of multiple kinds of bullying include physical and verbal aggression, relational aggression (like social exclusion, hazing, or rumor spreading), and cyberbullying. The key aspect to all of them is the ongoing nature of the behavior, which leaves the victims feeling powerless and fearful. True bullying, by this definition, is very rare in young children.
 
By talking to your child about the differences noted above, you can help to better identify unwanted behaviors your child may be reporting from school. As always, your child's teacher is the best resource for any concerns you may have about school. If after speaking with your child's teacher about concerning behaviors at school you need more support or have more questions, please contact the office. 
 
~Dr. Basta

 

Beaver Brook Elementary school hours are 9:00 am to 3:05 pm.

Arrival by car: 8:45 AM - 9:05 AM

Dismissal by car: 3:05 PM

Buses arrive between 8:45 and 9:05

Buses depart between 3:05 and 3:30

 

Behavior Reminders: 

Expected Behavior for Recess

Expected Behavior for Lunch

ALICE Safety Drills at BBES:

ALICE Slideshow