The Puma Press February 2018 Edition

Parking Lot Procedures

By: Blake J. and Brady F.

Just a friendly reminder to obey Asa Packer's parking lot rules.

Please DO NOT park in the handicapped parking spaces unless you have an valid handicap tag. Respect our families who need these spaces.

Jersey/Sports Team Day - February 2nd

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences School conferences will be held for all students on Wednesday, February 14th, and Thursday, February 15th. Conferences will once again be scheduled online. Information has already been sent home. All parents must schedule their own conferences. On Wednesday and Thursday, all students will be dismissed beginning at 12:00. Lunch will not be served on these days.

Spring Pictures

Spring Pictures will be taken on February 23rd. All students will be getting their pictures taken on this day. There will be no second takes for Spring Pictures. Information will be forthcoming.

School Store

Reminder! Student Council hosts the school store on Fridays during students' lunch. School supplies, such as pencils, erasers, and grippers are available for students to buy. Items cost about 25 cents up to $1. Remind students to take their money with them to lunch!

Updates from the PTA

During our PTA meeting on January 6th, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy attended as a guest speaker. He talked about new initiatives coming to the BASD Elementary schools, like the combination of Academic Integration and Library into a new special called Digital Literacy. BASD will also introduce a Foreign Language special by including Spanish in the Elementary School Program next year. He spoke about the ongoing budget pressures put on the district by charter school attendance, and the need to keep parents and legislators informed and supportive of the opportunities provided by a BASD public education.

Are you a proud parent of a BASD student? Check out the BASD Proud Parents organization (www.basdproudparents.org or @basdproudparent on Twitter). BASD Proud Parents is an independent organization whose mission is to educate and inform parents and the community about issues impacting our public schools, empowering them to make their voices heard as advocates for public education. With all the great academic and extra-curricular offerings of a BASD education, it’s a great way to stay up to date about things that may affect your child’s experience in our school district!

Approximately 40 Asa Packer students and their families attended International Family Dinner night on Friday, January 26th. Including families and Asa Packer staff, we saw over 130 people attend the event. Asa Packer's girl scout troop 8005 greeted attendees at the front doors of the school, selling cookies throughout the evening to support their troop. Families brought dishes for dinner from a variety of cultures and cuisines, including Polish, Greek, Turkish, Filipino, Italian, and so many others. The dessert table was packed with goodies and treats from around the world as well. During the event, students could eat or craft a maraca out of a plastic Easter egg and some dried beans or make a Chinese paper lantern. Musical entertainment was provided by Kaitlyn D.'s (Grade 2) father, along with two other members of the local rock band The Beautiful Distortion. One Asa student, Samidha S.(Grade 5) joined the band for a beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah.

Co-chairs Cheryl Doll and Yi-Wen Lai would like to thank all of the parent volunteers for their help in organizing the event, as well as helping to set up and clean up that evening. The students were also a great help at the cookie table, craft table, and during clean up. We will be compiling a digital cookbook with the recipes submitted from the event. A great event had by all!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming PTA events:
Feb 18th 4-8 pm – Fundraiser at Chipotle (Airport Road location)
Feb 23rd – Spring Picture Day
February 25th 5:30-8:30 pm - Roller Skating Night
March 15th (grades K-2) and March 22nd (grades 3-5) 8:30 am – Muffins with Mom.

Look for flyers to come home with your students soon!

Keep informed of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved in the Asa Packer PTA. “Like” our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter (@AsaPackerPTA), and visit our website (http://asapackerpta.digitalpto.com). The Asa Packer PTA appreciates the time and talent given by our wonderful volunteers.

ICe SKating

By: Ella S. and Addison G.

Ice skating night was on February 5th, 2018. It was a blast! Tons of kids and adults were on the ice, having a amazing time. It was super fun to see our friends, parents, and everyone else skating, and having a good time. We got to practice our amazing tricks, or just laugh with or friends while we skate. We fell, we skated, and most of all, we had fun! Thanks to the PTA for letting us skate for FREE!

Come enjoy roller skating on February 25th - for FREE too!

First In Math

#1 Team! Way to Go!

Congrats to Mrs. Weber's 4th grade class on being the number 1 team on First in Math in BASD!

Guidance Goings

Wow!! We are already into the 3rd quarter! I look forward to seeing you at conferences this month. As always if you should have academic or social concerns about your child, please reach out to me either at abirster@basdschools.org or 610-865-0660. You may not know this, but your child can also reach out me personally here at school. I have a small mailbox located outside the library entrance and students can put notes in for me to read!

During January, classroom guidance lesson focused on bullying prevention, getting along, empathy and belonging/value. In 5th grade we are reading the Weird!, Dare, Tough series by Erin Frankel. Fourth graders are learning about apologizing with Trudy Ludwig’s Sorry. The 3rd grade students finished the last book, Two, by Kathryn Otoshi. We learned about recess bullying and making new friends in grade 2 with The Recess Queen, by Alexis O’Neill. In Kindergarten and First grade we learned about acceptance in the Book We’re All Wonders, by R. J. Palacio.Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children everyday!

Check out Ms. Birster leading a Guidance Lesson read aloud!

International Dinner

By: Rebecca D. and Ella S.

The international dinner is where your family makes a dinner dish to bring to school to share at school with everyone. The dinner is supposed to be a traditional meal from your culture. There are also desserts there. Everyone can try a bunch of new things that you might not normally eat. There are activities too. We could make maracas and lanterns. A band plays the music. “I love planning the dinner. It is nice when friends help out. My husband plays the music and friends help out even if their kid doesn't go here anymore,” Mrs Doll said. We hope you enjoyed a night out at the International Dinner.

Pre-K Literacy Nights

By: Leyna J. and Gianna B.

Every month from now until the end of the school year, there is a Pre-K literacy night held for future kindergarten students and their families to prepare for the upcoming school year. Each month a different literacy topic is covered at the meetings. If you're a family with an incoming kindergartener, use the button below to register for these events. We’re excited to see the students at our school next year and help them prepare!

Pre-K Family Literacy Nights:

Thursday, Feb. 8th @ 6pm

Thursday, March 8th @ 6pm

Thursday, April 12th @ 6pm

Thursday, May 10th @ 6pm

Thursday, May 31st @ 6pm

KinderGarten Learners!

LEader in Me

habit 1 - Be Proactive

By: Nurbanu C., Rebecca D. and Mckinzie L.

There are 7 habits in the Leader In Me. One of them is "Be Proactive." Be proactive means to be responsible, respectful, and follow directions. When you are proactive you show others that you are responsible and that you help others if you someone in need. You can also be proactive by being respectful and not distracting others. Being proactive is very important because if you are not you are not doing the right thing. Being proactive is also following directions by doing what you are told, even if no one is watching. In February, try to BE PROACTIVE!

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