Staff from Quinnipiack Valley Health District recently toured our school to view current mitigation strategies in place. During that visit, they recommended we can proceed with re-opening the cafeteria. After conversation with staff and the development of a schedule, we recently began allowing students back into the cafe. The cafe typically holds over 200 students with two grade levels eating at a time. The large space is divided in half so that each class has a designated side.
The reopening of the cafeteria includes only two classes at a time, which is approximately 40 students. Our classroom teachers assigned seats, with no more than three students sitting at one table to ensure acceptable social distancing. Additionally, all tables are outfitted with shields. We will continue to monitor the cafe reopening and provide updates should any changes occur.
As colder weather starts arriving, I'd like to remind you that our students go outside every day for their outdoor time. Conditions that keep us indoors include snow or rain and frigid temperatures. As such, it is important that your child is dressed appropriately for an extended period of outdoor time. Please be sure your child has appropriate clothing and accessories to be outside.
Thank you for your continued support as we continue to see a high volume of parents dropping off their children! We typically have over 300 cars driving through in the morning! As a reminder, please pull all the way forward and, if necessary, around the stop sign to the lower lot to drop off your child. Also, please refrain from parking and walking your child to the door. That causes delays in our process. Thank you!
News from Woodbridge Recreation
We are still accepting registration for the Winter Woodbridge Recreation Department after school programs. Register online at woodbridgect.org or stop by the Rec. Dept. Office, in the Beecher South School. Most programs begin the week of December 6th.
Spotlight On: World Language Teachers
Stephanie Goldberg and Emily Jacober
My name is Stephanie Goldberg and I teach Spanish to students in grades 2 through 6. This is my 25th year teaching Spanish at BRS! Before teaching at Beecher Road School, I taught in a fifth grade bilingual classroom in Hartford, CT. I attended the University of Delaware where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Bilingual Education with a minor in Spanish. While I was a student at the University of Delaware, I had the opportunity to study abroad at the Colegio de España in Salamanca, Spain. This was a life changing experience! My love for the Spanish language and culture grew stronger and stronger over the years. After completing my undergraduate studies, I attended Central Connecticut State University where I earned a Master's degree in Reading and Language Arts. When I am not teaching, you will find me spending quality time with my husband and my twin boys. I also enjoy traveling, swimming, exercising, and baking. As your child's Spanish teacher, I hope to make learning Spanish meaningful, interesting, and fun!
¡Hola! My name is Emily Jacober and I teach Spanish at Beecher in grades K-6. This is my 14th year teaching and my 7th year at BRS, and I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful community. I am originally from Massachusetts, and attended Quinnipiac University, where I studied Spanish and elementary education. During that time, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Sevilla, Spain- a beautiful city where I hope to return someday! After graduating with my Master of Arts in Teaching degree, I was thrilled to begin my career teaching Spanish at the elementary level. I am so fortunate to be able to combine my passion for the Spanish language and culture, with my love for teaching children. In my free time, I love being outdoors, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family, including my 7 month old baby boy!
At Beecher Road School all children study Spanish from kindergarten through grade six using a proficiency-based model. In the 21st century, we are preparing our students to participate in the global community. The world language classroom is designed to make language come alive through the use of technology and enhanced curriculum.
What do you experience when you walk through the doors of a world language classroom at Beecher Road School?
Students immersed in the Spanish language and culture
Students involved in listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities
Students engaged in interactive activities
Consistent use of technology (iPad, SMART board)
A learning environment filled with authentic Spanish visuals
Let's have a great school year!