January 26, 2024

In this Issue

Neurodiversity Family Network Hosts Caregiver Support Group

Fairmount Early Childhood Center Preschool and Camp Registration

Bryden After School Chess Club

MAC Scholars Black History Recognition Night

Lunar New Year Celebration

Black History Month Celebration

Classroom Spotlight: Miss Golovan’s Second-Grade Classroom

Bryden Choir School Board Appreciation Night Performance

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

Message from the Principal

Arianna DeGeorge

Dear Families,

It was so wonderful getting back into the school routine and being all together for a full week. As we enter the second semester, students are hard at work in the classroom. This is always an exciting time of year because it is a time that we see many "light bulb" moments with our students. Students are really taking off in their academics and becoming true readers, writers, and mathematicians.

This week in math, students have been enjoying exploring the world of measurement. In kindergarten, students are learning how to measure different objects in the classroom. Students are learning how to describe all the ways we can measure an object, including measures of length, weight, and volume (how much it holds). I had the opportunity to do some exploring in Mrs. Lazerick’s class, where students were comparing how many dry erase markers tall their teacher was compared to their classmates. Non-standard measurement, which involves using everyday objects such as paper clips, blocks, or hand spans for measuring, helps children understand the basic concept of measurement. This foundational understanding is essential before moving on to standard units of measurement, which are more abstract.

I look forward to seeing more of these 'light bulb' moments as we progress through this semester, and I am excited to share these milestones with you. Have a wonderful weekend!


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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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


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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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: Miss Golovan’s Second-Grade Classroom

Miss Golovan's class has been very busy with measurement this week. We've learned about standard and non-standard units of measurement. Students have become experts in using meter sticks and rulers to measure and compare lengths of items all around the classroom. It has been a blast working in our math groups to focus on this practical math concept! 

Students using rulers to measure

Bryden Choir Performs at School Board Appreciation Night

The Bryden Choir delivered an outstanding performance at Monday’s School Board Appreciation Night. Special thanks to Shelley McKenzie for orchestrating this splendid tribute, honoring our board members for their service to our school community.

Bryden Choir students sing

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!

Bryden Be HEARD winners

Resources for Families





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Lunch Menus

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