February 16, 2024

In this Issue

Bryden Friendship Parties


Fairmount Earns Five Start Step Up to Quality Rating


Bryden Yearbook Ordering Information


Kindergarten Registration


Preschool Summer Camp Registration


Classroom Spotlight: Miss Rubenstein’s Kindergarten Class


Black History Month Celebration


Hope Heals Teddy Bear Party


Spring Musical: The Little Mermaid


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

Message from the Principal

Arianna DeGeorge

Dear Families,


As we embark on another week of learning and growth, our second-grade students have been growing their knowledge around nonfiction reading and writing. Students are learning how to become experts by paying attention to details, thinking “what is this book teaching me?” and understanding and using key words. As part of the recognition of Black History Month and Presidents Day, students are choosing to study around a famous African American or U.S. president and will write a biography bit on their learning.


We know there are times when your child may leave a specific item of clothing around the school, which is then placed in the lost and found. In an effort to minimize the amount of items stored in the lost and found, we have reorganized the area to help students and families better see what is left behind. Please view the lost and found slides and visit the lost and found in the Bryden main lobby if you see one of your child’s articles.


Last Thursday, Bryden students participated in their Friendship Parties. Thank you so much to Ashley Lanphear and all of our PTO volunteers for hosting such fun parties! We had a wonderful time celebrating the importance of friendships! Scroll down to see photos from this exciting event.




Ms. Arianna DeGeorge

Bryden/Fairmount Principal

Important Dates

- February 19: No School - Presidents Day

- 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

Bryden Friendship Parties

Bryden students had a wonderful time celebrating friendship last Thursday! We are so thankful for the support of our PTO volunteers for creating such fun and exciting parties for our students!

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It’s Five Stars for Fairmount!

Beachwood Schools is thrilled to announce that the Fairmount Early Childhood Center has once again achieved the Five Star Step Up to Quality rating by the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce. This statewide recognition highlights our commitment to providing exceptional early childhood education. To achieve five stars, our center met rigorous requirements for staff-to-child ratios, staff training and professional development, lesson planning and student assessments, and active family and community engagement. Thank you to our staff, families, and community for your ongoing support. Together, we are setting the stage for a bright future for all our students!

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: YBPay.lifetouch.com and enter the Yearbook ID Code: 12996124.

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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 gperryman@beachwoodschools.org at 216-464-2600, ext. 2107.

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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

Classroom Spotlight: Miss Rubenstein’s Kindergarten Classroom

We are not sure how it happened so fast, but kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school on February 2. As always, "Granny Rubenstein" came in to spend the morning with us. Our 100th day celebration started by playing with (then popping) 100 balloons! After that we enjoyed working in different centers and celebrating the number 100, our first triple digit number! We counted groups of ten manipulatives with partners to make sets of 100, counted by fives to make a yummy 100 snack mix, strung 100 beads to make a special necklace celebration necklace, and created artwork with the three digits of 100 hiding in it. We will be continuing 100 centers throughout the month to solidify the concept of different ways to make 100.

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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, a drum-making workshop, and many more activities!

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Hope Heals Teddy Bear Party

Students in the Junior Marketing Achievement class at Beachwood High School are hosting a Teddy Bear Party on Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Beachwood Community Center. The event celebrates the launch of their creative marketing campaign, “Hope Heals.” The students aim to bring comfort to critically ill children in Northeast Ohio by using the proceeds from “Hope Heals” to buy Medi Teddy IV infusion covers for local hospitals. The Teddy Bear party features crafts, a teddy bear snow globe, and a tea party. For more information, please visit the Hope Heals website.

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“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

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 winners

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