From the desk of the Principal…

Dear BMEC/W Families:

As we wave goodbye to our students tomorrow as they head off for summer vacation, we
bid farewell to some of the gains made in reading, writing, and mathematics. According
to educator Meg Lundstrom, “The Summer Slide is well-documented by research: Unless
students read regularly (or are read to) during break, they fall behind an average of three
months or more in their reading achievement.” We see the same effects in mathematics
with loss of computational fluency. Just by playing math games that they have learned
this year, will help promote automaticity with basic skills.

Our team’s goal this year focused on improving student performance in Reading, Writing,
and Mathematics while also monitoring growth in all the other disciplines. At BMEC/W, our
faculty analyzes data regularly to check on student performance and adjust instruction.
We have data team meetings that study longitudinal data to help us frame our school
goals for the next day, week, month, and year. Through this careful analysis of data, we
have seen that children sometimes lose ground over the summer. In looking at the DIBELS
& FORSIGHT results, we have seen a trend where children make measured growth from
September until May and then many slide backwards after the summer.

So how can parents continue to support the team over the summer so the slide doesn’t
turn to a plunge? Reading expert Dr. Richard Allington from the University of Tennessee
reports, “The good news is that the latest research shows children who read at least four
books over the summer maintain or even increase their skills.”

Blue Mountain School District supports summer learning in Reading, Writing, and
Mathematics by providing valuable information on our website (www.bmsd.org) for
parents. There are reading lists along with other website links you can adventure onto for
more summer learning. Children love to learn and should continue learning over the
summer! Enjoy every minute of it. Look for educational moments all around – in the back
yard, in the kitchen, on road trips and vacations.

Here are a few more ideas:

READ! – Read aloud as a family, be a reading role model, go to the library often (or a
great bookstore), find out what your child is interested in and explore it with a book, and
read wherever you go!

GET OUT THE GAMES – Boggle, scrabble, and the thesaurus games build literacy while
yatzee, dominoes, and card games build numeracy. Board games are great ways to
promote social skills too!

TAKE TIME TO PLAY – This is a great time after a long winter to get out and play. Physical
fitness is essential! Take advantage of those great Blue Mountain Recreation programs
and camps. Encourage your child to try something new – a new sport, a new game, or a
new craft. Send kids on a scavenger hunt. List things that are easy to find outdoors – it
can become a science exploration! Put on a neighborhood play or readers theater with
scripts, costumes and props – great entertainment for all.

WRITE, DRAW, and BUILD – Keep in touch and send us a letter and tell us about your great
summer adventures or document them in a journal or scrapbook with some pictures too.
Use that visual spatial intelligence by drawing pictures, creating 3-D sculptures, building
with blocks and legos, or building models or rockets.

CHORES – BUILD RESPONSIBILITY – Empower children by giving them responsibilities around
the house or in the garden that they can be proud of. Too often we do everything for our
children. Experts say chores are essential for children, whether it’s taking out the garbage,
setting the table, or feeding a pet. They feel that they are giving back and contributing to
their community.

Thank you for your support and trust in the team at BMEC/W. It is a pleasure working with
your children each and every day.

Best wishes to our fifth graders who are moving on to Blue Mountain Middle School, and
good luck to our families who are moving – we will miss you all!

We will have a smooth transition into next school year. I look forward to seeing many of
you back at BMEC/W on August 26, 2013.

Phil Jackson, basketball coach, once said: “The strength of the team is each individual
member. The strength of each individual member is the team.”

Sincerely yours,
Heath W. Renninger
Principal

BMEC Fun Day will be held inside -PARENT/STUDENT LUNCH CANCELLED

Good morning everyone,

Due to current weather conditions the BMEC Fun Day will be held inside the building today.  Parents WILL NOT be able to eat lunch with their children today.  All children will eat as normal in our cafeteria and parents may not join them due to the lack of space.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

Thanks for your understanding

Mr. Renninger

BMSD Kindergarten Class 2013 – 2014

BMSD Kindergarten Registration Procedures

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN:  You are encouraged to register your child as soon as possible.

Kindergarten registration is for Blue Mountain School District resident children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2013.

Kindergarten registration packets may be picked up at the Blue Mountain Elementary East and Blue Mountain Elementary West School offices daily between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

THE FOLLOWING ARE REQUIRED ENROLLMENT DOCUMENTATION:

PROOF OF RESIDENCY:

One of the following: -Copy of deed -Copy of lease -Copy of property tax bill -Current construction contract with estimated date of completion listed by contractor

If none of the above forms are available, TWO of the following documentation forms will be accepted: -Copy of current utility bill -Copy of credit card bill (within last 60 days) -Copy of vehicle registration (valid) -Copy of driver’s license (valid) -Copy of DOT identification card

All the above forms must confirm the address provided on the enrollment forms. The only other option to confirm residency is for the BMSD resident to complete and have notarized the following: -Residency Form 13-1302 (school issued form available at any elementary school office)

PROOF OF CHILD’S AGE:

-Birth certificate -Notarized copy of birth certificate -Baptismal certificate -Copy of the record of baptism (notarized or duly certified and showing the date of birth) -Notarized statement from the parents or another relative indicating the date of birth -Valid passport -Prior school record indicating the date of birth

IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED BY LAW:

-4 doses of Tetanus (usually given as DTP, DTaP, DT or Td) (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday) -4 doses of Diphtheria (usually given as DTP, DTaP, DT or Td) (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday) -3 doses of Polio Vaccine (OPV or IPV) -2 doses of Measles (usually given as MMR) -2 doses of Mumps (usually given as MMR ) -1 dose of Rubella (German measles) (usually given as MMR) -3 doses of Hepatitis B properly spaced -2 doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease (2 doses phased in by 2010 / 2011)

PARENT REGISTRATION STATEMENT (school issued form)

HOME LANGUAGE SURVEY (school issued form)

BMEC Special Announcement

Blue Mountain Elementary Cressona will be dismissing today, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.

BMEC Emergency “DRILL & PRACTICE”

Dear BMEC Families,

On Wednesday, February 20th at approximately 10:35am, Blue Mountain Elementary Cressona
practiced an emergency drill. The purpose of this drill was to prepare our students and staff for any emergency that may occur, making it necessary for us to lock
down classrooms and/or the entire building.

Please take time to discuss with your child the importance of staying calm and following the procedures during any emergency drill.

If you have questions or concerns about school procedures please contact Ms. Renninger or myself at (570) 385-5580

Have a great day,
Mr. Renninger
BMEC Principal