March 15, 2024

In this Issue

Classroom Spotlight: Ms. Haley’s Preschool Class


March Bison Talk


Bring Someone Special to Music Class


Spring Musical: “The Little Mermaid”

Classroom Spotlight: Ms. Karen's Preschool Class


Spring Youth Football Registration


White & Gold Talent Show


Solar Eclipse Celebration


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

Message from the Principal

Arianna DeGeorge

Dear Families,

This week, our first-grade students hosted a ‘Bring Someone Special to Music Class’ program for their friends and family. Thank you so much to all of our friends and family who were able to join the program and to our PTO for sponsoring a sweet treat for everyone to enjoy afterwards! An extra special thank you to Shelley McKenzie, Bryden’s music teacher, for creating such a wonderful event. It was lovely to see the smiling faces of our students as they showed off their musical talents to their family and friends!

Next week we will host parent-teacher conferences at Fairmount and Bryden. Fairmount will host conferences on Tuesday, March 19, and Thursday, March 21, from 3:30 to 6:45 p.m. Bryden will host conferences on Thursday, March 21, from 3:30 to 6:45 p.m. We look forward to seeing some of you next week!


Ms. Arianna DeGeorge

Bryden/Fairmount Principal

Important Dates

  • March 19: Fairmount Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • March 21: Bryden Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • March 25-29: No School - Spring Break

News & Announcements

Classroom Spotlight: Ms Haley’s Preschool Class

This month, Ms. Haley's class started the Creative Curriculum pet study. As a class, we explored the differences between pets and wild animals as well as the many ways we care for pets. We have enjoyed playing in our dramatic play center, which is now an animal shelter. Here, the students pretend to groom, feed, and care for our stuffed animal friends!

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March Bison Talk

Join us for the March 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. 

Bring Someone Special to Music Class

Students had a wonderful time sharing with their friends and family what they have been working on in music class. Thank you again to Shelley McKenzie for hosting such a fun program!

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Happening Today: “The Little Mermaid”

Bison Theatre’s spring musical “The Little Mermaid” takes the stage this Friday! Dive into the world of Bison Theatre’s “The Little Mermaid” with the virtual playbill. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the cast, crew, and creation of our spring musical. Performances take place March 15-17 at Beachwood High School. 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

Classroom Spotlight: Ms. Karen's Preschool Class

We've been reading many books about pets and learning to differentiate between wild animals and pets. Students sorted pictures of wild animals and pets into a graph. In the blocks and Lego area, they constructed houses and playpens for their pets to live and play in. This week, we started a new project: creating pet rocks. On Thursday, students washed the rocks in preparation for painting them on Friday. We're looking forward to seeing the students' creativity come to life as they finish their pet rocks!

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Preschoolers washing rocks
Preschool student building animal houses with Legos

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 21 & 28, May 5 & 12, 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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White & Gold Talent Show

Please join us for the annual White & Gold Talent Show on Tuesday, April 16, in the Beachwood High School auditorium. Our students will showcase a wide range of talents. Last year, we had students sing, dance, and rap from a wide range of genres. In addition, we were also proud to display our students' talents with music, art, photography, LEGO, sculpture, videography, and more. We can't wait to share what they've created this year!

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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!

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!

Be HEARD Weekly Winners

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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