November 2017

Hello Families!  

Reading at home is a very important part of a child's development. It creates a connection between the home and school and allows students the opportunity to practice new reading skills such as fluency and comprehension. Here are a few tips that can help make home reading more fun, enjoyable and part of your everyday routine!

Here are some tips for integrating reading into our daily family activities: 1)Read bedtime stories. 2) Play a board game. 3) Visit your local library. 4) Read a recipe and cook something yummy together! 5) Create a comfy reading space in your home. 6) Put your child in charge of reading the grocery list at the store.

Choose Books That Are At An Appropriate Reading Level For Your Child: 1)Use the five finger rule. Open the book to any page and ask your child to read. 2) Put up a finger every time your child does not know a word. If you have put up more than five fingers before the end of the page, this book is too hard for your child. 3) Choose books that match your child's likes and interests. 4) Keep plenty of reading materials in your home: books, magazines, newspapers, and comic books. Children enjoy having a variety of reading materials!

How To Read With A Beginning Reader: 1)Encourage your child to use his/her finger to point to each word. 2) Read a sentence and have your child repeat it. 3) Take turns reading a sentence each or a page each. 4) Talk about the story as you read it. What do you think will happen next? What does this story remind you of? How do you think this character feels? 5) Don't be afraid to read the same book again! Repeated reading helps build reading fluency! 6) 15-20 minutes is plenty for a beginning reader!

Check For Understanding: 1)Start the book by making predictions. What do you think will happen in this story? 2) Ask questions and make comments during the reading process. 3) After reading a book, have your child tell you the events from the story in the correct order. 4) What was the problem in this story? 5) How did the character feel when…? 6) Encourage your child to make connections. Does this story remind you of another book you read, an event in your life, a movie?

Read Books Online!: There are many fun and interactive websites for literacy. Here are a few FREE online resources. 1),     2),   3), 4), 5)

The weather getting cooler… it's the PERFECT time to read with your child!  

For the children,

Sally Hayes


A reminder to parents......our school doors open at 7:15am. 

Please do not arrive before 7:15am.  Thank you!

Important Dates


November 8th:                             2-Hour Delayed Start/Professional Development

November 20th-21st:                   No School for Students/Staff Professional Development

November 22nd-24th:                  School Recess, No School for Students & Staff  

November 27th - December 1st: Scholastic Book Fair       


A Note From Sandy

Dear Families,

In loving memory of my son, Edward, Alison and I will be teaming up again this year to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for community members in need.  We are also happy to provide the ingredients for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for families who like to cook it themselves.  My husband and I will be delivering meals on Thanksgiving day.  Edward Heyman's Soup's On Program will be funding the meals.


Our wonderful community helps each other in many different ways each and every day.  If you would like to support Neighbor Helping Neighbor (Backpacks for Children), Huntington Holiday Boxes (at Christmas), Edward Heyman's Monthly Soup's On Program (home deliveries too!)  or if you know of a neighbor that could benefit from on of these programs, please let me know: or #434-7205

Thank you!


Volunteers are needed in the library to shelve books! Even a half hour per week is helpful!

Mark your calendars!

The BPMS bookfair will be held from

November 27th - December 1st this year!

Notes from P.I.E.


Silent Auction - Coming Soon!

We are still seeking some final contributions for our annual Silent Auction, this year in it's 15th year! Please consider either making a donation or soliciting a donation to our largest fundraiser of the year! Please visit the SignUp Genius:

Polar Express Raffle Tickets

Take a ride on the Polar Express in Burlington! Up for raffle: four tickets on the Sunday, December 10th train at 7 pm…Raffle tickets are 1 for $5, or 5 for $20! Please send your money to Sue in the office, or contact for more information. The drawing will be held on November 10th!

Kids Only Shopping Extravaganza!

We will again be holding our Third Annual Kids Only Shopping Extravaganza! in December….however, in order to make this successful, we need your donations. Please start collecting small household items that might be of interest to young shoppers and gift-givers: picture frames, jewelry, household decorations, small toys/puzzles/games, candles, the opportunities are endless. Should your donations be taking up too much room, please feel free to contact us at for a pick up, otherwise, please hold on to these items until we have donation boxes set up later in the fall.

Trunk or Treating at BPMS

Thank you for making our Second Annual Trunk-or-Treating a success! With close to 30 decorated trunks, and many families from BPMS and the greater community touring, the evening was wonderful. And special thanks to the families who set up the Spooky Walk - again, a great thrill! See you next year! 


Does something look familiar?  Please check out our lost & found! 


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