January 19, 2024

In this Issue

Fairmount Early Childhood Center Preschool and Camp Registration

Bryden After School Chess Club

Neurodiversity Family Network Social Gathering & Lunch 

School Board Appreciation Night

Alumni Recognition Night

Lunar New Year Celebration

Black History Month Celebration

Classroom Spotlight: Mrs. Romanoff and Mrs. Forte’s Math Class

Bryden Be H.E.A.R.D. Weekly Winners

Message from the Principal

Arianna DeGeorge

Dear Families,


As we close out this frigid week, we also come to the end of our second quarter. At Bryden, grades will be posted for families to view on Friday, January 26. We encourage you to log into your parent portal account in Infinite Campus to access these scores. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your classroom teacher if you have any questions.


As we enter the third quarter on Monday, we also look forward to starting our new Spanish language class at Bryden. I want to thank Ms. Ai-Lan Lin for creating an engaging Chinese language class for our students this first semester. We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Dolores Beccar as she leads our K-2 Spanish class for the second semester.


Thank you to all the families who registered for preschool this week at Fairmount Early Childhood Center. The application process is now open for residents. In a few weeks we will open up kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year as well. Stay tuned for more information in our future newsletters!




Ms. Arianna DeGeorge

Bryden/Fairmount Principal

Important Dates

  • January 19: End of Second Quarter
  • January 26: Report Cards Posted
  • February 5:  Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 Opens
  • February 8:  Friendship Day Classroom Parties at Bryden
  • February 9: No School - Lunar New Year
  • February 19: No School - Presidents Day


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Fairmount Early Childhood Center Preschool and Camp Registration

Preschool registration is now open at Fairmount Early Childhood Center for Beachwood residents. Registration for non-Beachwood residents opens on February 26. Please visit our Beachwood Schools Preschool Registration page to register and find the paperwork for the class and age-group you want to register. Please make sure you choose the correct paperwork based on your child’s age/grade level for the 2024-2025 school year. Children need to turn the age for the class/group you are registering for by September 30, 2024


Bryden After School Chess Club

Beachwood Recreation and Progress With Chess are pleased to offer students in kindergarten through second grade the exciting opportunity to learn and play chess! No previous experience is necessary. The sessions are held on Tuesdays from 2:25 - 3:25 p.m. at Bryden Elementary from January 23 - March 21. The cost for the nine-week session is $126. For more information, please read the Bryden After School Chess Club flyer or email Michael Joelson at mdjoelson@progresswithchess.org

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Neurodiversity Family Network Social Gathering and Lunch

Bring the whole family, bring a friend! Please join the Beachwood Neurodiversity Family Network for a social gathering with lunch on Sunday, January 21, from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Beachwood High School Community Room. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be provided, including kosher options. You are also welcome to Bring Your Own lunch. Feel free to bring activities, crafts, games, and toys to keep your children occupied. Some of the kids will be playing Minecraft on a shared server. If your child would like to join them, make sure you have the most updated version of Minecraft. Please reach out if you have questions, comments, suggestions, and/or food requests.

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School Board Appreciation Night

We’re celebrating School Board Recognition Month with a special tribute to the individuals who are integral to the success of Beachwood Schools. Their commitment and service help shape the future of our school community. Join us for Board Appreciation Night during the regular meeting on Monday, January 22, at 7 p.m. at Beachwood High School. The Bryden Choir will showcase their talent during a special performance honoring our board members. Don’t miss out on this special night of recognition and community spirit!

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Beachwood High School Alumni Recognition Night

Attention Beachwood High School Alumni! We are excited to invite you to our Alumni Recognition Night during the varsity basketball games on Friday, February 2. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the girls varsity team going head-to-head with Lutheran West. The excitement continues as the boys varsity team takes on Orange at 7:15 p.m. This is a perfect opportunity to reconnect, cheer on your fellow Bison, and enjoy some exciting basketball action. Alumni: Please complete the Alumni Recognition Form to participate in the alumni recognition festivities and to receive further details.

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Lunar New Year Celebration

The Lunar New Year is just around the corner! The Beachwood Chinese Family Affinity Group invites you to celebrate the Year of the Dragon during a Lunar New Year Celebration on Friday, February 9, from 5 - 9 p.m. at Beachwood High School.

Schedule of Events:


  • Artistic Performances: The evening begins at 5 p.m. with artistic performances in the auditorium.
  • Potluck Dinner: Enjoy a variety of dishes at the potluck-style dinner in the cafeteria, from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Please contribute a dish or drink for everyone to enjoy! You can drop off items in the cafeteria prior to the start of the dinner.
  • Games and Crafts: Engage in fun activities and crafts for kids in the Community Room, from 7 to 9 p.m.


Free and open to the public. Please RSVP with the number of participants to: chineseaffinity@beachwoodschools.org.

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Black History Month Celebration

Join us for a Black History Month celebration presented by the African American Affinity Group on Sunday, February 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Beachwood High School. Free and open to the public, the event will feature African dance performances, crafts and cookie decorating, student performances, and many more activities! In addition, guests may participate in a drum-making workshop. In order to participate in this activity, drum kits need to be pre-ordered by February 14. Supplies may be limited. Please order your kit today!

News & Highlights

Classroom Spotlight: Mrs. Romanoff and Mrs. Forte’s Math Class

The halls of Bryden are lively with students engaging in thoughtful discussions, writing creative stories, and solving mathematical inquiries. In our math classrooms, Diana Romanoff and Emily Forte are helping students gain a deeper understanding of mathematical equations and algorithms through game-based, hands-on learning. It is common to find students partnering up to play an addition or subtraction-based game or utilizing a multisensory approach to practice counting and place value. We believe that children learn by doing, so our students are actively involved in hands-on, practical activities that utilize manipulatives to enhance their understanding of mathematical concepts. The goal is not memorization but rather to foster a deeper appreciation for math, improve problem-solving skills, and create a foundation for lifelong mathematical proficiency.

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