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  • 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
M.E.A. Testing Schedule
MEA State Standardized Testing Windows
Grades 3,4,5 Reading and Math: 3/19/18-4/23/19

Grade 5 Science: 4/23/18-5/4/19
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
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