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 Fundraiser

 Thank You!

Dear Parents, 
 
Re: High Tea
 
We are proud to report that yesterday’s High Tea was very successful. The seniors really enjoyed the food, the entertainment and the opportunity to fellowship with each other.  We extend a huge thank you for your support with: food donations, china ware, table cloths, centre pieces, collecting/returning borrowed items, and assistance in setting up, escorting and serving.
We could not have done it without everyone’s help; and we especially appreciate yours. 
 
Thanks again,
 
Beverly Monk, Social Studies Teacher Leader
Sophia Burch, School Counselor

 Career and Senior's Tea Day

 Reminder

Parents,

As per the Ministry of Education’s parent calendar, listed below are dates school will be closed for students during Term Three:

  • Friday, 24th May - Bermuda Day
  • Monday, 17th June - National Heroes Day
  • Thursday, 27th June - Last day for students

 Calendar

5/24/2019 12:00 AM   Bermuda Day - School closed 
6/12/2019 9:00 AM   BPSS 2019 Examinations - P3 - P6 
6/17/2019 12:00 AM   National Heroes Day - School closed 
6/18/2019 6:00 PM   PTA Meeting 
6/21/2019 8:45 AM   Excellence Awards 
6/25/2019 10:00 AM   P6 School Leaving Ceremony 
6/27/2019 12:00 AM   School Fun Day 
6/27/2019 8:30 AM   Last Day for Students 

 Announcements

Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 4/29/2019 3:41 PM
 
Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 4/29/2019 3:36 PM
 
Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 4/29/2019 3:31 PM
 

 Camps

Looking for a camp?

Your child will spend a lot of time at camp during the summer break and other holidays. Ensure that the camp is run well and in a safe environment with the following guides:

Camp Guidelines for Parents - 14 June 2018

Safe Camps Guide

Top 10 things to ask about a camp

Guidance on infection control, exclusion and reporting of health events in schools and other child care settings

Visit the page for child care providers for information on their application process and requirements

 COMMUNITY CAMPS / FUN ACTIVITIES

Youth Camps/Activities
Sandys Community Centre Camps 2017-2018

 P6 G.R.E.A.T. Graduation 2018

 Science Fair 2018 - 2019

 MOE Assessments Dates:

 New Community Partnership Initiative:

Somerset Primary has partnered with Bermuda Education Network in a collaboration that  will focus on social emotional learning, vocabulary and conceptual awareness in the social studies and science areas, with the goal facilitating a collective impact of improved reading and writing outcomes, and readiness for Middle School. 

 1.  Goals for Language and reading

The Horizons program promotes content-specific vocabulary growth and conceptual understanding.  Recent enhancements to the curriculum include goals to teach vocabulary and explain connections between related words using word webs, word walls and story read alouds.

 2.  Goals for Social emotional learning

Research shows that emotional intelligence at elementary level, and in particular having a “growth mindset” is a more accurate predictor of future success than IQ.  Children can learn character strengths and the upper primary years are an ideal time to work on these “soft skills.”

3.  Parent Engagement

Research shows that parent engagement is another major predictor of a child’s success and even predicts graduation rates. Programs that build relational trust with parents, give them opportunities to lead and allow them to get to know one another and develop “bonding social capital” are likely to produce gains in student achievement.

When we communicate with P5 parents about the Horizons program that their children are involved in, we will invite them to consider becoming volunteers for the program.  In addition to volunteering, parents who sign up will receive leadership training about how to fundraise for the Horizons program and their school, how to organize with other parents, how to work with sponsors and how to support other parents. 

4.  Teacher professional development goals

The experiential learning techniques that are used in the Horizons program can be adapted to all grade levels and all subjects for use in the classroom. P5 Teachers and Language Arts Teacher leaders will be invited to collaborate and participate in inter-school focus groups.. The program encourages adult learning through teaming and mentoring. P5 classroom teachers will receive a wealth of resources for creating curriculum using local cultural and natural resources.

5.  School improvement goals

 

 NEWSLETTER

 Important Notice

Ministry of Education and Workforce Development

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

OFFICE OF THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION

June 22, 2018

Dear Parents,

As we bring this school year to a close, I would like to share an important update on the introduction of Standards Based Grading.

As a parent you may know that you can access your child’s grades in the PowerSchool Grade Book. In September 2018, you will notice some changes resulting from our continued efforts to implement Standards Based Grading for the Bermuda Public School System.

These changes are being made to ensure that all students, no matter which school they attend, are taught the same standards and learning objectives for each of the courses that they take and that grades are assigned for the standards and learning objectives using the same procedures and scoring criteria. This is important because it makes sure that children are all taught the same subject matter across all schools, and that the value and meaning of a particular grade is also the same across all schools.

Here are some of the changes that you will see in the PowerSchool Grade Book in the upcoming school year:

1. Your child will have scores ranging from 0 to 4 for assignments and assessments. A four (4) indicates that your child has advanced understanding and exceeds grade level expectations, while a zero (0) indicates that a student’s work shows no evidence or insufficient evidence of learning. You will no longer see letter grades (i.e. A, B, and C) or percentages (70%, 80%, and 90%).

2. You will notice that the assignments will have the number of a specific standard or learning objective next to it. When you click on the number, you will see specifically what your child is expected to know and be able to do for the assignment.

3. The number of reporting periods will increase. You will receive a report card eight times a year. The report cards will provide you with information about your child’s academic performance, on a scale from 0 to 4. The report card will also provide you with information about your child’s learning skills and work habits, using a scale from 1 to 4.

I would like to encourage you to access PowerSchool at the beginning of the year and that you check your child's performance on a regular basis. You should expect to see new assignments and scores added to the grade book every two weeks no matter which school your child attends. If you need help accessing PowerSchool, please contact Mr. Shinah Simons at 278-3300 EXT 3354.

These changes are an important part of the Department of Education’s Strategic Plan 2022, and although different than what you are used to, they are designed to help improve the quality of teaching, and to increase rigour and student engagement in our schools.

I am sure that you have many questions about these changes. The Department of Education will be holding information sessions during the summer and 2018/19 school year to help give you a better understanding of Standards Based Grading and how it will benefit your child. In the meantime, you can contact Assistant Director Lisa Marshall at 278-3300 EXT 3364 or Acting Assistant Director Gina Tucker at 278-3300 EXT 3303 with any questions that you may have.

I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful summer and look forward to engaging you for the 2018/19 school year.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kalmar Richards

Acting Commissioner of Education

 Standard Based Grading

10th September, 2018

Dear Parents,

 

 

 MTSS

 

Be Responsible
Be Safe
Re Respectful
Be Safe
Be Ready to Learn
Be Safe
 Restroom
  • Flush the toilet
  • Wash your hands
  • Put trash in garbage cans
  • Keep floor dry
  • Report to office
  • Use quiet voices
  • Wait your turn
  • Give people privacy
  •  Listen for instructions
  • Get back to class quickly
  • Follow directions

 

Classroom Lunch
  • All food and drink stay in eating areas
  • Stay in your assigned seat
  •  Clean up your area: table and floor
  • Listen to all adults and prefects
  •  Listen for instructions
  • Follow directions

 Hallway &

Stairwell

  •  Walk quietly on blue and white
  • Follow dress code
  • Keep hands to self
  •  Follow adult directions
  • Use appropriate language and tone
  • Be mindful of work on the walls
  •  Listen for instructions
  • Get back to class quickly
  • Follow directions
 Office
  •  Use good manners
  • Have a positive attitude
  •  Follow adult directions
  • Use appropriate language and tone
  • Use the front office entrance and wait your turn
  •  Listen for instructions
  • Get back to class quickly
  • Follow directions
 Classroom
  •  Bring all supplies
  • Turn work in on time
  • Take care of classroom materials
  • Use kind words and actions
  • Follow directions
  • Use appropriate voice level
  •  Stay on task
  • Participate actively
  • Complete all work
 Playground
  • Take care of equipment
  • Stay within boundaries
  • Follow adult directions
  • Use kind words
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self
  • Follow the rules of the game
  •  Line up quickly
  • Use appropriate voice level when reentering school
  • Listen when new games are introduced
Bus
  • Stay in seat
  • Be safe
  • Stay alert
  • Use kind words
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self
  • Use a appropriate voice level
  • Listen for instructions
  • Follow directions
  • Keep belongings together

 

 Special Assembly

Excellence Assembly         

Somerset Primary School Students of Excellence Criteria

Perseverance: determined continuation with something; steady and continued action or belief, usually over a long period and especially despite difficulties or setbacks; showing that you care about yourself so that even when something is really hard, or you are being tested, you still keep going.

Responsibility: accountability; the state, fact, or position of being accountable to somebody or for something; accepting the credit or the blame for something that has happened;  keeping agreements; completing class work; taking work/notes home and  returning work/notes to school promptly.

Cooperation: the act of working or acting together to achieve a common goal; fostering greater acceptance of people’s differences and reducing interpersonal conflicts; includes listening, taking the viewpoints of others, communicating effectively, and solving conflicts appropriately.

Self-Discipline: the ability to do what is necessary or sensible without needing to be urged by somebody else in and out of class; developing your talents; working toward own goals.

Attendance & Punctuality:  attending school and each class daily, on time.

Total: 20+ = 80% (3-5pts)

1 – Seldom;  2 – Sometimes;  3 – Usually;  4 -  Almost Always;  5 - Always

 

 C.H.E.C.Kmates Lunch

Somerset Primary School is always looking for ways to improve and enhance student learning and behaviour.

In June of 2004, former principal, Mrs. Richardson challenged the staff to put extra support in place for students.  This challenge was accepted and implemented in September 2004.  The entire staff including our  Administrative Assistant and now the custodians, too, enthusiastically agreed to take students “under their wings” to give any support and encouragement necessary.  The staff seeing the impact this could have on all students wholeheartedly agreed that this shall be extended to all students at Somerset Primary.  Students and teachers were grouped based on already established relationships and/or randomly picked names.  Parents were introduced to the concept at our first PTA meeting that September. 

We brainstormed at a Team Meeting on activities that could be done, with the understanding that spending time with students, not material things, must be of primary importance.  The response from students was overwhelming.  They were overjoyed to meet and know their C.H.E.C.K.mates.  The acronym C.H.E.C.K.mate means —

          Communication, Humour, Encouragement, Cooperation for Kids.

This program has had a positive impact on teachers, parents and students.  Meaningful relationships have been established.  Students and teachers search out each other to celebrate successes and address concerns.  During activities students are assured of a C.H.E.C.K.mate who cheers especially for him/her.

It’s a delight to see C.H.E.C.K.mates interacting during break times, having lunch together, chatting, visiting the farm or beach, meeting and greeting others with a sense of purpose.  Teachers and students get excited.  One can often hear both teacher and students say “That’s my C.H.E.C.K.mate.”

We are enthused that all members of staff, teachers and support staff, are involved in this programme.

 

 

 
 

 BPSS Examination dates

BPSS 2019 EXAM

Week of 10th June

Date

Subject

Time of Exam

Grade Level

12th Wed

Problem Solving

9 a.m.  (45 MINUTES)

P3 - P6

13th Thurs

ELA Writing Prompt

9 a.m. (40 MINUTES)

P3 - P6

 2019 MATE Bermuda Regional ROV Challenge Winners

 From the desk of the Principal

 

  • On Saturday, 27th April, 2019, Somerset Primary’s robotic team ( SPS Bees) will be participating in the MATE Bermuda Regional Challenge. The team, consisting of, Damani Assing, Isaiah Hayward, Jaylen Mitchell, Zyon Peets and  Jack Berry, has remodeled our ROV so that it can collect and deposit objects found in the ocean. We would love to generate school spirit by having students, teachers and parents support the team.  We have won this event for the last 2 years. Let’s support this year’s team in their quest for a 3-peat, and also generate interest robotics amongst the younger student population.
What: 2019 MATE Bermuda Regional ROV Challenge
Where: National Sports Complex
Location: Station 1 (Right side of pool)
When: On Saturday, 27th April, 2019, at 10:00am
  • Additionally, I have communicated, to Gifted and talented Education Officer, an interest to introduce- in September-  the Engineering Is Elementary Curriculum  at Somerset Primary School. I am hopeful that I will be able to share the reality of this before the end of the current school year.
  • Mr. Chicken has partnered with SPS by offering a monthly $30 gift voucher for the Student of the Month. We will use the Excellence Award criteria to select students.
  • We have also developed a partnership with Local Tennis instructors Mr. David Lambert and Ms. Jackie Lambert, tennis pro. Mr. Lambert is providing lessons to the Primary 3 class on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school day. Specific details for the P3 students will come from the PE teachers.
  • Reminder: We are hosting our “Hospitali-Tea” on Tuesday, 30th April.  In advance, we thank you for your contributions with this community service initiative.  
      

 Spot Light On!

 

 

Agricultural Exhibition Ribbon and Cup Winners!

 

    

Somerset Primary’s very own Seri Fisher was amongst a group of young environmentalists who met the dolphins, after being named finalist in the Dolphin Quest Student Stewardship Contest.

Approximately 100 students entered the competition by submitting artwork to highlight challenges faced by the oceans and possible solutions. The best ten got to meet the dolphins and receive certificates on Saturday, 30th March, 2019. During this function Seri also was announced named the winner of the 5 to 9 category.  Sundée Faulkner, sales and outreach manager for Dolphin Quest, said the competition was organised in conjunction with the UN World Wildlife Day, which was celebrated on March 3.

She said: “The creativity and passion for ocean conservation displayed in their artwork was inspiring, and we are privileged to help educate future generations of ocean stewards here at Dolphin Quest.

“The rate at which our ocean environments are deteriorating is concerning. It is critically important for us all to get involved, make better choices and find solutions to protect our ocean.

“These caring, intelligent children will be the ones who champion this vitally important cause into the future.”Seri’s winning effort has earned her class, Primary 4 Monk, a free field trip to Dolphin Quest, in June. Seri will also will also be entered into a related international contest, with a top prize of a trip to Delphinus Xcaret marine park in Mexico, for the seventh Festival of the Oceans Mexican Caribbean Celebrations.

CONGRATULATIONS & WELL DONE, SERI!!
 

                                      

 Music Update

10th April, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that the Department of Education has secured a substitute for music.  Mr. Girvan Campbell will replace Mrs. Rose-Robinson for the remainder of the school year.

In addition to covering music classes, Mr. Campbell will provide support with our Dream Box Math, and Achieve 3000 LitPro programme; he will also support teachers/student in the classroom, as needed.

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Edwards or me should the need arise.
 
Sincerely,
 
O’Brien Osborne
Principal
Somerset Primary School
2 Gilbert Lane| Sandys | Bermuda MA03
Main Telephone: 441 234-1440 |

 Somerset Primary School

Our Mission is
To provide quality education
in a caring environment
that will recognize the various
cultural, intellectual and social differences
of students with the sole aim of
developing the whole child
-   Intellectually, Physically, Socially,
Psychologically and Spiritually.
 

 
2 Gilbert Lane
Sandys MA03
Bermuda
Phone: 234-1440, 234-3752, 234-4136
Fax: 234-3073

 School Information

Principal                      O'Brien Osborne
Deputy                        Angela Edwards
Counselor                    Sophia Burch
School Hours                8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Enrollment                   99
School Colours             Brown and Gold
Motto                         Education: Key To The Future

 STAFF

 From The Desk of the Principal

 Powerschool Standards Grade Instructions

May 2019
22
Wednesday

 Garden Club Members

A Special thank you to Mr. Andrew Harris for making the garden boxes.

 Demo School In Action 2018-2019

 Message from the Principal

 Principal’s Pledge    

I respect each person in this school and I will show it in my daily actions.

I will do my very best to promote a positive and caring environment where:

Ancillary staff members perform their duties with pride, teachers can teach, and the students can fulfill their potential for academic and personal growth.

 IMPORTANT REQUEST

 For the safety and security of all our students we ask that all parents and visitors report first to the office, and all deliveries  be made through the office.

O'Brien Osborne, Principal

 Quote of the Day

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale 

 Daily Expectations

 Somerset Primary "BEE" Attitudes

 

Polite              Courteous           Sincere
Patient            Responsible        Compassionate
Fair                Self-Controlled    Truthful
Honest            Optimistic           Kind
Respectful      Dependable        Warm and Welcoming
Confident       Courageous         Tolerant
Principled       Trustworthy     Responsible for Choices

                         

 Ministry of Education

 SIP 2015-2018

 Morning and Afterschool Care Information

 Green Family Adopt-a-School Donation

Dear Parents,

As part of the ongoing support of our school by the Green Family.  Please accept the Bermuda Parent magazine which will be distributed quarterly for your perusal.

I am sure you will find this magazine a very informative and useful resource for parenting.

Thank you
Mr. Osborne

 

 HEALTH

 School Song

I am Someone Special

I am someone special in this great big world.
There is no one else like me.
I can make a difference, make a dream come true,
‘cause I believe in myself,
Yes I do.
 
Oh, I care about who I am.
I care about what I do.
I care about being the best that I can be,
I care about being me.
 
I can be a doctor or an astronaut,
All I have to do is choose.
I can be a farmer with a college degree.
No one else can decide,
Only me.
 
Oh, I care about who I am.
I care about what I do.
I care about being the best that I can be,
I care about being me.

 School Creed - Manners

 
 
We say, "Thank you."
We say, "Please."
We don't interrupt or tease.
We don't argue.  We don't fuss.
We listen when folks talk to us.
We share our toys and take our turn.
Good manners aren't too hard to learn.
It's really easy, when you find.
Good manners means
JUST BEING KIND!

 SCORE Advisory Committee Documents

 Cambridge Results

 Final SCORE Report

 Poem

 

 

 If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn . . .
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight . . .
If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive . . .
If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself . . .
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy . . .
If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilt . . .

BUT

If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient . . .
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident . . .
If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative . . .
If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love . . .
If a child lives with honesty, he learns what truth is . . .
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice . . .
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and those about him . . .
If a child lives with friendliness, he learns the world is a nice place in which to live . . .


WITH WHAT IS YOUR CHILD LIVING?

 Dorothy L. Law

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