February 2, 2024

In this Issue

Kindergarten Registration


Neurodiversity Family Network Caregiver Support Group


Fairmount Early Childhood Center Preschool and Camp Registration


MAC Scholars Black History Recognition Night


Lunar New Year Celebration


Black History Month Celebration


Classroom Spotlight: Mr. Starzyk’s Bin Herders


Kindergarten 100th Day of School


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

Message from the Principal

Arianna DeGeorge

Dear Families,


I hope you were able to log into Infinite Campus last week to view your child’s report card. If not, please make sure you visit the parent portal to get up-to-date information about your child’s progress at school.


As we enter the month of February, we are excited to introduce our new Be H.E.A.R.D. expectation: Be Respectful. 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 what it means and looks like to respect ourselves, our school, and one another. Our goal is for students to be able to answer essential questions such as: What does respect mean? How can we be respectful in the classroom? What can we say or do to be respectful? We will also have big conversations around what it looks like to respect one another's thoughts and ideas and model what it looks like to listen attentively to one another without interrupting.


In addition, I am pleased to announce that kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year will begin on Monday, February 5. For detailed information on the registration process, please refer to the announcement below.




Ms. Arianna DeGeorge

Bryden/Fairmount Principal

Important Dates

  • 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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Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday, February 5

Kindergarten registration begins February 5. 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 this date. A link for this screening will be sent out at a later time. If you have any questions about registering for kindergarten, please contact Grace Perryman, District Registrar, at gperryman@beachwoodschools.org at 216-464-2600, ext. 2107.

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Beachwood Neurodiversity Family Network Hosts Family/Caregiver Support Group

Join the Beachwood Neurodiversity Family Network for a support group discussion on Sunday, February 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Beachwood High School Community Room. We will go around and share our recent “highs” and “lows” as well as anything else you would like to talk about. All are welcome, whether or not you identify as a neurodivergent family. Due to the sensitivity of the topics that may be discussed, as well as privacy concerns, this meeting is intended for adults only. However, if you do not have childcare, or are otherwise unable to attend in person, we are hoping to offer the option to call in virtually. Please indicate if you would like the virtual option on the RSVP form.

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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

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MAC Scholars Black History Recognition Night

Join us for the MAC Scholars’ Fourth Annual Black History Recognition Night during the boys and girls varsity basketball double header on Friday, February 2. The girls will face Lutheran West at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ game against Orange at 7:15 p.m. This year’s theme is Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the Divine Nine, highlighting their contributions to Black History. We invite Beachwood High School alumni to be a part of this memorable event. Wear your favorite HBCU or represent your fraternity or sorority, and let’s cheer the Bison to victory!

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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 to 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: Mr. Starzyk’s Bin Herders

As part of our new Be H.E.A.R.D. roll out, Mr. Starzyk has created a Bison Bin Herders group. Each week, teachers nominate two students per grade level to be a Bin Herder. These students are responsible for managing the equipment during their recess time. Before each recess, students walk down to Mr. Starzyk’s office and grab their grade level bin. Together, the students carry their bin outside so students have a variety of equipment such as soccer balls, basketballs, and footballs to play with. At the end of each recess, they are responsible for collecting all of the items and taking inventory to ensure all items have been returned safely. Students then carry the bins back to Mr. Starzyk’s office before going to lunch.


Every Monday morning, students who are nominated for being Bin Herders have their name called on the announcements. They join together in the Bin Herders Bungalow to review their roles and responsibilities for the week. It is exciting to see the sense of ownership our students take in this role, and the pride they feel for being nominated by their teacher to take on this task.

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Kindergarten 100th Day of School

Today is the 100th day of school for kindergarten! We have been keeping track of how many days we have been in school as part of our mathematics program. This is an exciting day that the children have been anticipating for quite some time now. Students completed projects by collecting 100 items of their choosing and shared them with their class. We even had a few students dress like they were 100 years old! 

Students dressed as 100 year olds

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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Resources for Families





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Lunch Menus

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