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PARENT CONFERENCES: Mon, 5th - 9th November, 2018

WINTER UNIFORM: Tues, 13th November, 2018
PTA MEETING: Tues, 13th November, 2018 @ 6:30PM
School Photos: Fri, 16th November, 2018
Science Fair: Tues, 20th November, 2018
Christmas Musical:Tues, 11th Dec & Wed, 12th Dec, 2018

 PTA Reminder


Dear SPS PTA Members 

Please note that our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Tues, 13th November, 2018 @ 6:30PM and during that meeting we will be having a hands-on demonstration of logging into PowerSchool - so if you can, bring your laptop or tablet/device so that you can be shown how to get into your child's/children's profiles and see their performance.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Chris Gauntlett
(On behalf of the PTA Executive)



Remembrance Day In Bermuda

Remembrance day is a public holiday in Bermuda and is always held on 11th November. This is the day when all the war veterans, dead or alive, who volunteered and fought the two World Wars as allies of the Royal British Army and Airforce are remembered and honored. While there are ever decreasing number of surviving war veterans today (none from world war-I and few from world war-II), many died overseas and locally while fighting for Bermuda during the wars. 

There is a parade held at the Front Street of Hamilton City. The surviving war veterans are invited to join this parade along with the descendants of those who are not alive. Bermuda regiment Band also participates in the parade. 

They all walk down the Front Street and reach the Cenotaph, a monument where the wreaths are laid by the Governor of Bermuda, the Premier, the Mayor of Hamilton and other dignitaries. There are large number of people, both local and visitors who join the Remembrance Day Ceremony. There is also two-minute silence held to commemorate the end of World War.


 Share the Christmas Spirit

 Powerschool Standards Grade Instructions


11/12/2018 12:00 AM   Remembrance Day Holiday 
11/13/2018 8:45 AM   Winter Uniform Change Over 
11/16/2018 8:45 AM   Mall Studio Photo Day 
P4 students must wear their school uniform to school and change for PE.
11/20/2018 6:30 PM   Science Fair 
12/11/2018 6:30 PM   Christmas Musical 
12/19/2018 8:30 AM   Last day of school for students 
1/2/2019 8:30 AM   All students return to school 
1/18/2019 8:45 AM   Excellence Awards 
1/24/2019 12:00 AM   SPS Cross Country 
All students wear their PE uniform to school and must bring plenty of water.
1/25/2019 8:30 AM   Administrative Day - School closed for students 
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 Progress Report Update

 October Science Challenge


Physical Plant/ Health & Safety Update

Please note that the matter regarding varmint (rodent) is  being addressed:

1.       Works & Engineering will mend floor holes in the auditorium on 3rd October, 2018.

2.       Vector Control will set traps in a secured spot near the dumpsters on 3rd October, 2018.

Parent advocacy in this regard is appreciated.

In the interim, please let’s each do our part in preventing recurrence by creating trash free lunchboxes.  Thank you to all who have complied with this; there’s a noticeable reduction of trash.

Thank you,

O’Brien Osborne


 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



10th September, 2018

Dear Parents,

TOMORROW, 6:15pm, Tuesday, 11th September is MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT

Please come and meet your child’s teacher and learn about year level curriculum goals and general expectations.

On behalf of the staff at Somerset Primary School, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2018/2019 school year. We are looking forward to a productive, collaborative, and supportive partnership with you to ensure that each child achieves at their individual rate and style of learning. We emphasize the importance of shared partnership!!

Please assist us in guiding and supporting your child by ensuring that he/she:

  1. Attends school daily, on time and ready to learn
  2. Completes all homework assignments– this includes reading and returning notes
  3. Develops a can-do/will-do industrious attitude towards all subjects
  4. Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
  5. Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of what’s happening in  Hive”/or to let you know if they need additional support/challenge
  6. Knows that you value and respect the work of all staff
  7. Knows and follows school expectations
  8. Knows home AND work numbers AND where you work AND afterschool expectations
  9. Values Safety ( physical and emotional)

TOMORROW, 6:15pm, Tuesday, 11th September is MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT

Please come and meet your child’s teacher and learn about year level curriculum goals and general expectations.

             This has been an incredible first day of school!


Mr. Osborne


 Important Notice

Ministry of Education and Workforce Development



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.


Mrs. Kalmar Richards

Acting Commissioner of Education

 Standard Based Grading

10th September, 2018

Dear Parents,





Be Responsible
Be Safe
Re Respectful
Be Safe
Be Ready to Learn
Be Safe
  • 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 &


  •  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
  •  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
  •  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
  • 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
  • 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


 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.




 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
Phone: 234-1440
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


 Spot Light on!



Bda Fire & Rescue Service Coloring Competition 2nd Place Winner!

Caught BEEing Good Recipients - week of 8th October, 2018

Caught BEEing Good Recipients - week of 15th October, 2018

Mirrors Student Art and Digital Competition - Reflections

November 2018

 Demo School In Action 2018-2019


This is a reminder to peruse the following Sites:

  • Class Sites
  • PE Site - for sports activities
  • Document  -  Parent Documents; Health Information; etc.
  • List -  School Calendar; Staff Directory and School PTA information.
  • Sites – Powerschool; LitPro; DreamBox; Cambridge; Renzulli.


 Quote of the Day

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth 

 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.


 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


 Daily Expectations


Dept. of Health 
by Karen Whitecross
 11/5/2018 11:09 AM

 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



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


Youth Camps/Activities
Sandys Community Centre Camps 2017-2018


 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


 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




 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 . . .


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 . . .


 Dorothy L. Law

 SCORE Advisory Committee Documents

 Cambridge Results

 Final SCORE Report

  Cambridge Curriculum Information for Parents
  Renzulli Learning
  Parental Access to Student Information
  Groliers Online Encyclopedia
  AP Picture Database
  EBSCO Online Databases
  United Streaming
  MSN Home Page
  BBC Learning Resources for Home and School
  ABPI Resources for Schools
  School Science
  McGraw Hill Student Resources
  The Teacher's Cafe
  Primary Resources UK
  Spelling City
  Online Dictionary
  Fun Brain
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