|Volunteer BITS |
Can't commit a lot of time, but could help out for an hour or two? Consider the following:
- Volunteers are needed during school hours over the next few weeks to help put together packets and other office help to get ready for the auction. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know when you are available.
|From the BPC |
The BPC is putting together a fun filled week to honor our teachers and staff for "Staff Appreciation Week". Staff Appreciation Week will be May 3rd - May 7th. We will be looking for volunteers to help during the week, including volunteers to help out in the classroom while our teachers and staff enjoy lunch together. Be on the lookout next week for a detailed list of events, volunteer opportunities, and activities for our children to help make the week special for the wonderful teachers at staff at Barnesville. Please feel free to contact Siena Roberton for further information. Thanks for your continued support.
Keeping Tabs on your Child in Today's Internet Society
The Barnesville School will be hosting an informative workshop and discussion with Debbie Kovalsky, Internet Safety Consultant for Computer Training Wheels, on May 11th at 7:30 pm. Learn how to appropriately keep tabs on your child while they develop more independence. She will explain the ins and outs of IM, Chat, Blogging, Facebook and expose common areas of concern. Ms. Kovalsky will provide you with the tools you need to educate yourself and your children about online dangers. Mark your Calendars- May 11th at 7:30 pm. Contact Janine Huber with any questions.
|A Note from Mrs. Nave |
Now is the time to call or email to schedule conferences. I am now opening the schedule for any one that would like to schedule a conference with their child’s teacher. I will schedule conference for the afternoon of April 23rd up to the afternoon of the 21st. Remember there is a noon dismissal and you must contract Loree Miller to sign up for Kids Club.
Have you seen any visitor passes for the school’s security system? If you have, please return them to my office. I am missing a few.
Tooth box report- just for fun!
Teeth have been hanging on these last two weeks- only one first grader and one second grader lost teeth and took home a tooth box for the tooth fairy.
From time to time almost everyone receives email from an unknown source trying to sell you something you really don't want or need. The most popular scams involve the sale of cheap prescription drugs, credit card debt relief, mortgage refinancing, and the occasional message from someone in Nigeria asking for your bank account information in exchange for a $1,000,000. In the past, these emails could readily be thwarted by spam filters and blacklists. However, in recent months email users have been seeing a lot of spam from themselves to themselves. That is to say, both the "From" and "To" address match the legitimate email address of the email user. Spam of this sort is very confusing because most people don't intentionally spam themselves.
What is happening here is that spammers are data mining email addresses (usually from public web sites such as employee lists or lists of family members) then generating fake email that appears to be from the email recipient. The ever more clever spammers are exploiting weaknesses in email systems and are, at the same time, making it difficult for email users to combat the unwanted email without inadvertently adding their own email address to their blacklist. How then does one deal with this problem?
One solution is to build a "filter" or "rule" (or whatever it is called in your email program) to block the unwanted mail. Set up the following conditions in your filter:
1. If the "From" address is your email address, and...
2. If the "To" address is your email address, and...
3. If the character string "()" is not in the subject line, then 4. Delete the incoming message
In the example above you can substitute your own secret easy-to-remember character string for the string "()". A filter such as the one above will block most, if not all, of the unwanted emails from/to you, except the emails you send yourself whose subject line contains your secret character string. This scheme will allow you to send email to yourself without getting blocked by your filter.
Give it a try and let me know how it works!
|From Our Head of School |
Barnesville has been most fortunate to receive many wonderful gifts this year (beyond the presence of your beloved children!), and I’d like to take an opportunity to share my thanks for some recent contributions and donations.
First, thank you to the Hall family and Hallco Enterprises for their donation of a fresh coat of paint for the front of the Museum building. When we returned from Spring Break, we could all tell the difference – the façade looks fantastic! We all appreciate this sprucing up of the facility.
Second, thank you to the anonymous donor of our pool demolition and fill. As I shared back in the fall, Barnesville was fortunate enough to receive this gift so that we might transform the space. What once was a half-filled pool of stagnant water will soon become a usable area for learning and playing. While we won’t be getting garden beds planted quite yet due to weather delays, we are hard at work thinking of the best use of this space, and we plan to use it for outdoor education. As I write this, the pool has been demolished, filled, and compacted, and now all that remains is the removal of the fence and the addition of grass seed.
Finally, thanks in advance to the Montgomery County Forestry Board for their donation of trees, to be planted at the end of this month. We will be receiving 50 trees, and students will be helping us plant them on school grounds the morning of Wednesday, April 28th. This is part of our continuing commitment to science and environmental education. We are currently working out the schedule of events - more details to come!
Head of School
|Middle School |
Middle School ERB Testing Next Week
ERB Testing will take place next Monday through Thursday mornings and any make-up tests which need to be taken will be completed on Friday. The students will have the opportunity this year to eat breakfast at school before they proceed with the tests and all parents should have received information on what to donate for the breakfasts. Please call Vickie Roos if you have any questions. A few helpful reminders for next week:
- Students should be well rested
- Bring in two No. 2 pencils with good erasers
- Be on time to school!
- No morning appointments
- Students will still receive homework next week, but should have no major tests.
Seventh Grade Science Fair
The seventh grade Science Fair was held on Tuesday, April 13th. The students were judged on both their research and presentations by several outside judges. There were many wonderful projects and the students should be very proud of what they accomplished. The following students received awards:
First Place - James Huber
Second Place - Eric Kaufmann
Third Place - Bradley Andres
Honorable Mention - Andy Clark and Dan Dunkers
Click here to view photos of our other winners
|Lower School |
News from First Grade
We went to the Maryland Science Center. We enjoyed all the hands-on activities! Our favorites include dusting for dinosaur bones, using pulleys to lift ourselves, building water works, controlling a tornado and using a periscope to see above submarine level.
Spanish News from Third and Fourth Grades
Third and Fourth Grades are moving quickly through our Spanish program and learning lots of new words along the way! We have completed unit 4 which covered sports, what we do in classes and how to talk about where we are going. The fourth grade students also learned about Mexican cut-paper art and even got to create their own. We recently began unit 5 which covers seasons and weather! The students will be busy describing their favorite seasons in Spanish and why they like them so much.
Second Grade News
The second graders are very excited about their upcoming field trip this Friday to the Baltimore Zoo to learn about their Maryland animal.
|Communications and Marketing |
Have you seen the bidding war between “sixesandeights” and “2steppin” for the Photography Tour of Frederick?
If you are reading this, “bvillemom” – I will not let you out bid me!!!
Clearly, the auction action is already in full gear online! It is the ONLY place you can bid to win the From Teacher With Love items. Don’t miss out on the fun!
It does pay to bid early – if two people enter the same maximum bid, whoever bid first wins the tie!
We had a walkthrough at Strong Mansion this week and it is absolutely beautiful to see Sugarloaf come into bloom!
We are still looking for a few volunteers to work at the event. We will train you to help with check-in, check-out and other behind-the-scenes activities (you do not need to purchase a ticket). Please email email@example.com if you can work that night (May 8th 5 pm – midnight…).
Barnesville's school profile is up on search websites like Private School Review and Great Schools. We'd love to have your reviews about why you love our school on these sites for other famiiles to see! Click on any of the links below to post your review:
|Business Office |
Just a friendly reminder from the Business Office that lunch balances are due as soon as possible. Starting this month, lunch balances must be paid before orders for next month can be placed. Please contact Marie Mehala with any questions.
Tuition Invoices and FACTS Online Enrollment Instructions are in the mail. Please contact the Business Office if you haven't received your copy by Monday.
|Facilities and Transportation |
Facilities & Transportation: We are getting closer to the end of our school year, but it does not change the the flow of the AM drop off traffic pattern. When pulling into our driveway, please remember to to turn right and go through our parking lot. Please do not travel straight up our driveway to the front of the school. Some cars may be coming in your direction.
|Admissions and Advancement |
Please keep checking BITS! Soon we'll be sending out a Printer's Proof of our Honor Roll of Annual Fund Donors. Details will be coming in a future BITS!