March 8, 2024

In this Issue

Classroom Spotlight: Mrs. McKenzie’s Music Class

Sign Up for Bison Youth Spring Football


Spring Musical: “The Little Mermaid”


Solar Eclipse Celebration

March Bison Talk


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

Message from the Principal

Arianna DeGeorge

Dear Families,


As we enter the month of March, we are excited to introduce our new Be H.E.A.R.D. expectation: Be Determined. This initiative is a key component of our district-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports program. Be H.E.A.R.D. stands for Be Honorable, Encouraging, Accountable, Respectful, Determined. Students will learn and explore what it means to be determined through exploring different book characters that exemplified this trait and making personal connections. Our goal is for students to be able to answer essential questions such as: What does it mean to be determined? What are you determined to learn, do, finish, etc? How do you show determination at school?


Bryden Elementary will be hosting Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 21, from 3:30 to 6:45 p.m. This conference night will be by invitation only. Sign ups will be sent out to families accordingly. If you do not receive an invite, please feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions or concerns about your child's academic or social-emotional learning.



Ms. Arianna DeGeorge

Bryden/Fairmount Principal

Important Dates

- Week of March 11: First Grade “Bring Someone Special to Music” Week at 1 p.m.

  • March 11: Holmes
  • March 12: Warner
  • March 13: Bracale
  • March 14: Fusaro
  • March 15: Schultz

- March 19: Fairmount Parent-Teacher Conferences

- March 21: Bryden Parent-Teacher Conferences

- March 25-29: No School - Spring Break

News & Announcements

Classroom Spotlight: Mrs. McKenzie’s Music Class

In music, kindergarten students have been exploring with creative movement. One activity in which students participated was "mirror movement." With mirror movement, students listened to "Aquarium" by Camille Saint-Saens and created movements to match what they heard. Students worked with partners, with one leading and the other "mirroring." We used scarves to make this more fun, and students were challenged to find new ways to move the scarf to match the sound of the music. Afterward, we discussed the music by using musical comparative words such as fast/slow, loud/quiet, high/low pitched and also, by describing the mood. After analyzing the music, we discovered that the piece was supposed to sound like sea animals swimming in an aquarium! Movement is an excellent way for children to connect with music, make it relevant, and respond to it on a deeper level. 

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Beachwood Bison Spring Youth Football Program

Whether your child is new to the game or looking to sharpen their skills, the Beachwood Bison Spring Youth Football program offers a fantastic opportunity for young athletes from second through eighth grade. Scheduled for Sundays - April 20 & 27, May 4 & 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Beachwood High School Stadium, this program focuses on honing fundamental football skills such as running, catching, throwing, blocking, and boosting speed and agility. The four-week session costs $25, payable to Beachwood Athletic Boosters at the first practice. To sign up, complete the Youth Football Registration Form. For more details, reach out to Head Football Coach Scott Fischer at

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Happening Soon: “The Little Mermaid” Splashes on Stage at Beachwood High School

Bison Theatre brings the magic of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" to life, March 15-17 at Beachwood High School. The beloved musical follows Ariel, the youngest daughter of King Triton, as she embarks on a daring adventure to follow her heart and discover a world beyond the sea. Featuring a talented cast and toe-tapping musical numbers, this production promises to be an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. Showtimes are: Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 17, at 1:30 p.m. Purchase Tickets

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Beachwood Blackout Solar Eclipse Celebration

Join us for the Beachwood Blackout Solar Eclipse Celebration! As the total solar eclipse sweeps over Northeast Ohio on Monday, April 8, Beachwood Schools and the City of Beachwood are thrilled to host a viewing party at our main stadium (25100 Fairmount Blvd.) from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Beachwood Blackout features family friendly and science-themed activities. Eclipse glasses provided by Crestmont Cadillac are available first-come, first-served while supplies last. Please note: Schools will be closed on April 8. We look forward to celebrating this remarkable celestial event with our community!

March Bison Talk

Join us for a Bison Talk on Monday, March 18, from 8:40 to 9:40 a.m. at the Board of Education office (24601 Fairmount Blvd.) These sessions offer community members the opportunity to engage in direct conversations with board members and administrators. This month’s Bison Talk features Megan Walsh, board president; Rini Ghosh, board member; Neil Bennett, director of operations; Jennifer Polak, director of pupil services; Vytas Saldunas, director of technology; and Dr. Tony Srithai, principal of Beachwood Middle School.

Bryden Be H.E.A.R.D. Weekly Winners

Congratulations to our Bison Be H.E.A.R.D. ticket winners this week! All of our winners will be coming home with a new book they picked out from the Bison Book Machine!

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In Case You Missed It

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Bryden Yearbook Ordering Information

It is time to order your child's 2023-2024 Bryden Elementary School Yearbook! Our yearbook will feature every student's portrait, along with a large variety of photos from throughout our year together. Yearbooks are $15, and we are only accepting online orders.

To order your yearbook, visit: and enter the Yearbook ID Code: 12996124.

Please email Shelley McKenzie at if you have any questions. If you have forgotten whether you already ordered a yearbook this year, Mrs. McKenzie can look up that information for you. We hope you consider buying a yearbook so your child can remember all of the special memories he or she has made this year at Bryden!

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MedWish Supply Drive

The Pre-Med Club at Beachwood High School is organizing a supply drive in collaboration with MedWish International from March 1 to 22. Students are collecting essential medical supplies such as adhesive bandages, cotton swabs, medical tape, thermometers, and toothpaste. Please drop off donations at the main office of any school in our district. MedWish International is a non-profit organization that repurposes surplus medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid to people in need. For a detailed list of acceptable items, please refer to MedWish International's website

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Kindergarten Registration is Open!

Kindergarten registration is now open at Bryden Elementary. If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2024, please go to the Beachwood Schools kindergarten registration page. The new Kindergarten Parent Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held at Bryden Elementary School. Kindergarten screening is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, for those who are registered by date this. A link for this screening will be sent out at a later time. Should you have any questions about registering for Kindergarten, please contact Grace Perryman, District Registrar, at at 216-464-2600, ext. 2107.

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