February 23, 2024

In this Issue

Bryden Yearbook Ordering Information

Classroom Spotlight: Mrs. Schultz’s First-Grade Classroom 

Black History Month Celebration

MedWish Supply Drive

Fairmount Ice Cream Friendship Parties

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,

We had a lot of exciting learning experiences happening this week at Fairmount and Bryden. In Kindergarten, our students are learning about making connections to text during Readers' Workshop. Text-to-self connections are highly personal connections that a reader makes between a piece of reading material and the reader’s own experiences or life. An example of a text-to-self connection might be, “This story reminds me of a vacation I took to the ocean, just like the main character.” It’s amazing to hear all the connections the students are starting to make in their own books, or books that are being read aloud to them!

We encourage you to extend this learning beyond the classroom by relating stories you read at home to personal experiences. This could be as simple as asking, "Does this story remind you of anything we've done?" or "Have you ever felt like a character in your book?" These interactions deepen your child's reading comprehension and strengthen your bond through shared experiences.

Today, our Fairmount students participated in ice cream friendship parties. Classes combined together to celebrate friendship and being H.E.A.R.D. Students continue to learn and model our expectations of being honorable, encouraging, accountable, respectful, and determined. Scroll down to see photos of our parties!


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

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

Please email Shelley McKenzie at smckenzie@beachwoodschools.org 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!

Classroom Spotlight: Mrs. Schultz’s First-Grade Classroom 

We have been celebrating Black History Month these past few weeks. The kids have been hard at work researching a famous African American of their choice. They will record their reports in a video to share with each other on a collaborative platform.

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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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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

Fairmount Ice Cream Friendship Parties

Fairmount students had a wonderful time celebrating friendship and being H.E.A.R.D.!

Preschool students enjoy ice cream
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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 Weekly winners

In Case You Missed It

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Missing Something? Please Check Bryden's Lost and Found

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.

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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

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