Dear Families,
This Monday we have no school in honor of Martin Luther King Jr and his contributions to our country.
January 19 our third grade classes host author Jerry Pinkney as part of our collaboration with the Norman Rockwell Museum this year.  Mr. Pinkney has spent his life telling stories with pictures and words. He has received numerous awards including five Coretta Scott King Awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated Book Awards and others. Mr. Pinkney has also served on the National Council for the Arts and the U.S. Postal Service Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood  (American Library Association website).

February 10 fourth grade classes will host author Patricia "Patty” MacLachlan thanks to a connection fourth grade teacher Bonnie Groeber established with funding from the Berkshire Fund for Excellence. Ms. MacLachlan is best known for the 1986 Newbery Medal-winning novel Sarah, Plain and Tall which was later adapted as a TV movie starring Glenn Close and Christopher Walken.  She is a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.  We are looking forward to these visits!
This month is a great time to recommit to regular reading at home. Classroom teachers will be sending reading logs home in the next weeks and we ask that you establish a habit of both independent reading and reading to each other at home. Reading good stories we can travel the world, think broadly and stay cozy all at the same time.
Classroom teachers and learning specialists met this week to review student progress in math and reading this year. We have many celebrations and also new learning specialist groups formed. Letters describing services are in backpacks today for those students who will be receiving support from the learning specialist team this semester. 
Enjoy  the long weekend and thank you for supporting your children and our school,
Mary Berle, Principal
MONDAY, January 16 – Martin Luther King Day
TUESDAY, January 17
2:00 p.m.                           Ski Butternut
6:00-8:00 p.m.                   Cub Scouts
WEDNESDAY, January 18
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Chess Club
4:00-5:00 p.m.                    Adult Yoga
THURSDAY, January 19 
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Ukulele Club
FRIDAY, January 20
Spirit Day – Buttons
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Unicycling
January 27 - Half Day
February 20-24 - Winter Break
March 10 - No School; Professional Development Day
March 24 - Half Day
April 14 - No School; Good Friday
April 17-21 - Spring Break
May 5 - Half Day
May 29 - No School; Memorial Day
BHRSD does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender, gender identity,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

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