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May 11, 2020 Letters to JBS Families
May 11, 2020 Letters to JBS Families
Dr. Maria Clark
Monday, May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020 

Dear JBS Parents and Guardians, 

Good afternoon! Please click the link below for my weekly video message.  Thank you!

I hope you had an enjoyable Mother’s Day Weekend and that everyone was able to take a break from the rigor of online learningAs we continue through the BPS Flex Learning Plan to the end of the scheduled school year, we wanted to inform you of some upcoming online events. Our Art teachers are preparing an Art Show and our Physical Education teachers are planning a Virtual Field Day. Please see a quick message below from the PE teachers! These events will take place in May.  Our classroom teachers have been offering students with opportunities to participate in virtual field trips to various museums and zoos. Our hope is that these types of learning experiences will enrich their learning and further their engagement.  Below is some information to support your efforts to provide your child with various strategies to setting up a positive learning environment at home.

Promoting Positive Behavior at Home during On-Line Learning:  

Setting up a Behavior/Reward Chart

1. Choose the behavior you want to change or encourage.  Use clear and positive descriptions of the behavior. For example, “Follow directions without arguing” is more positive than “Don’t talk back.” “Complete daily learning activities” is also preferable to “don’t argue about completing schoolwork.”

2. Set up a chart.  This can be a simple list or an app on your phone.  Older children might like to create their own chart, perhaps with a drawing/photo of the reward they’re trying to earn. 

3. Choose short-term rewards.  Stickers or a check on their chart may be initially rewarding, but children may respond better to rewards such as a family bike ride, a movie night or a new book or small toy.  

4. Acknowledge the behavior immediately after it happens.  This increases the likelihood of the positive behavior continuing.  For example, “I appreciate that you joined your google classroom today the first time that I asked.”

5. Try to stay positive.  If your child continues to argue about completing schoolwork, avoid punishing your child by saying “You are not going to earn a reward if you keep this up!” instead provide encouragement, such as “Remember you are working towards earning a movie.  To earn that, I need you to start your work without arguing.”

For more information visit:

Warm regards,

Dr. Maria Clark, Principal

Special Message from the BPS Elementary Physical Education Teachers:  

We hope this finds you doing well.  Collectively, the BPS Elementary Physical Education staff has developed an exciting “Virtual Field Day” experience that will be rolled out in each grade level’s PE Google Classroom during the week of May 18th-May 21st. This experience is designed for families to celebrate one of our favorite events of the year while at home.  The priority is to have fun and be active in creative ways. Complete as many events as you want and remember that everybody is a winner as long as you are having fun! You might even want to try some of these events over the weekend if you are planning on celebrating Memorial Day with your family.

We hope to capture the excitement of your Flex Learning Field Day in a video slideshow.  One picture per student can be sent to: 

We miss our students and families and wish you great fun and adventure in this virtual learning experience!


Tracey Amodio - Murphy School

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