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Bubble Gum Blowing Contest Winner!
Bubble Gum Blowing Contest Winner!
2nd graders chewed bubble gum during their library classes when they heard the story of Walter Diemer in POP! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy.
Mission
SBES SCHOOL MISSION

We, the members of the Stevens Brook Elementary School community, are committed to working together in a dynamic, supportive, and respectful learning environment.

We strive to reach our full potential by fostering academic excellence, celebrating successes, and challenging all members to be responsible learners and citizens.

THE INTENTS AND RESULTS OF OUR MISSION AND EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS WILL EMPOWER EVERY STUDENT AT S.B.E.S. TO BECOME:

• A Quality and Collaborative Worker

• A Self-Directed Learner

• An Effective Communicator

• A Responsible School Citizen
Guidance News
Hello! We are busy learning all about bullying and how to stop it in our school. We define bullying as someone being hurt on purpose, the behavior happens repetitively and there is an imbalance of power between the bully and the victim. Often we are quick to call mean behaviors bullying when they are really just conflict or a mean moment. While these moments are still unacceptable and require consequence, they do not fall under the title bullying in the eyes of the state. Our older kids are learning about relational aggression and how to stand up for themselves if they are put in negative situations with friends. The younger kids are learning the importance of kindness and empathy.

Please encourage your children to speak up for themselves and ask an adult for help if someone is hurting them.
Title One
The SBES Intervention Team has enjoyed working with many, many students throughout the building, sometimes as a long-term support, and sometimes as a once-and-done support. This team is a flexible safety-net to catch children not meeting daily learning targets.


An important part of safety-nets for all children include families and communities, of course. The Intervention Team will hold a Family Event soon! On January 18th, join us at 6:00 for “A Night at the Theater”. There will be reading and math activities and take-homes all around the theme of movies. ALL are invited. Be on the lookout for your invitation!
Library News
SBES LIBRARY
How to Choose a Just Right Book Video
At the December school meeting Mrs. Fox and Ms. Berry's class presented the premier of their video. It was a collaboration between the class and the library. Thanks to Mrs. Fox for all the
extra time she put into this endeavor. Special thanks to the kids
in the class for their acting abilities and their enthusiasm! We will
be using the video in library classes to remind students how to
choose a just right book.

Importance of Reading Aloud to Kids
The following quote is from Igniting a Passion for Reading by
Steven L. Layne:
“The benefits of reading aloud, such as increased reading comp-
rehension, improved listening skills, and a broadening of vocab-
ulary, are commonly cited by read-aloud advocates, and there is no doubt that they make for very compelling and persuasive reasons.
In terms of our disengaged readers, those who can read but don't, being read to is one of the most seductive methods of bringing them to books.”
What a better time than our long, cold, January nights to start a family read-aloud time.

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
Emily Buchwald
The Rewards of Reading
Report to PARENTS
The Rewards of Reading
The seeds for success in the classroom are sown at home. Encouraging children to read at home is one of the most powerful ways that parents can support students’ learning. Just 15 minutes of reading at home per day can make a difference in students’ reading fluency. Prioritize reading with these tips.

Always have books on hand. Keep a book in your bag or your car’s glove compartment so
your child can read in the car, or while
waiting in line at the grocery store.
Make regular trips to the library, and keep an eye out for books at bargain sales or garage sales. Or, consider holding a “book swap” with neighbors and friends. For birthdays or holidays, give your child new reading material.
Keep it up. Find ways to encourage your child to pick up new reading material to read once one book is finished. For instance, introduce him or her to a series or ask your librarian for books by the same author. Draft a “to-read” list that your child can check off. Consider subscribing your child to a magazine for kids.
Focus on their interests. Encourage
your child to check out books from the library that feature characters or topics he or she is interested in. Whether it’s NASCAR to NASA, the topic doesn’t matter (as long as it’s age-appropriate), as long as your child is reading.
Read out loud together. Schedule time to read aloud together, taking turns to read passages. Invite your entire family to participate. Use different voices for different characters, or invite your child to make sound effects for the story.
Make it a routine. Consider how to make reading habitual. Your family could have a weekly read-aloud session, or you and your child could read each week before bed.
Be a patient listener. No matter how slowly your young learner reads, avoid finishing sentences for your child. Gently correct mistakes, sound out words together, and let your child know you’re proud.
Cut the distractions. During reading time, turn off or put away electronic devices. Make sure you follow the rule, too.
Ask questions. Ask your child about what he or she is reading in school or what you are reading together. Try open-ended questions such as, “Why do you think the character did that?,” “What would you do if you were in that situation?,” or “What do you think will happen next?”
Read beyond books. Invite your child to read menus, greeting cards, movie listings, newspaper comic strips, or directions to a destination. Word recognition is an important step for
reading fluency, so consider using strips of paper and tape to label everyday objects in your home to boost your child’s familiarity with words.



Report to Parents, by National Association of Elementary School Principals
Web Resources
Sign up for Club Connect, a reading and philanthropy initiative from NAESP and United Way. www.unitedwayclubconnect.org/
Visit Reading Rockets Parent Tips page for specific activities for readers of various age groups. www.pbs.org/launchingreaders/parenttips.html

  • National Geographic Bee Champion
    National Geographic Bee Champion
    Kyle Chretien, a fourth-grade student​ ​
    in Mrs. Varney's class won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 16, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.​ ​
    School participants were the following classroom​ ​
    bee finalists: Benjamin Barker, Jordan Blanton, Kyle Chreitien, Bryan Evans, Sylvie Gronlund, Jacob Kuvaja, Nadia Leighton, Jackson Libby, Aura Potter, Adam Quincy, Gideon Slayton, and Collin Varney. There were also 5 classroom alternates: Lillian Caron, Myles Littlefield, Jack McGowan, Tessah Spraggins and Theresa Thayer. School champions, including Kyle, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 6, 2018. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-23, 2018. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.​ ​
    Congratulations and good​ ​luck to Kyle in his continued pursuit of the National Geographic Bee Championship!
  • National Geographic Bee Champion
  • National Geographic Bee Champion
  • National Geographic Bee Champion
  • Book Tasting
    Book Tasting
    Mrs. Scorza and Mrs. Jackson created a Book Tasting event for the 4th & 5th graders. A variety of books were offered to students through both our library and the Bridgton Public Library. Students were encouraged to take them home to read over winter break.
  • Book Tasting