Barfield Gazette

B arfield Gaz ette
February 2015
Our students will achieve academically & socially in order
to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
From the Principal’s Pen
B arfield E lem entary Sc hool
Barfield Elementary School
Judy Goodwin, Principal
Chris Lafferty, Asst. Principal
Inside this issue:
Counselors’ Corner
Attendance, PTO Post 2
February Calendar
Library Corner
ESL Café
More Recycling
Nurse: Antibiotics
Technology has become such a big part of our
lives that we wonder how we
ever did without it and panic
when our devices aren’t working well. While I depend every
day on my computer and
iPhone, I wanted to share with
you some concerns that relate to
technology use and the potential
impact that technology may
have on our children.
Being a parent I know
how hard it is to be all things to
all people and get everyone in
the family where they’re supposed to be. Sometimes we become so busy with the “stuff”
we have to do that we fail to
notice what our kids are doing—especially when they are
using electronic devices, particularly the computer and devices with internet and texting
features. Recently someone sent
me some very shocking information about various phone
apps that pose potential, serious
risks for your children. Among
the apps said to pose the most
risk are the following: Whisper,
YikiYak, Kik, Snapchat, Vine,
ChatRoulette, Omegle, Tinder,
and Poof. One of the biggest
concerns of these apps is the
ability of strangers to connect
with your child without your
knowledge and pinpoint
where the child is! I hope that
you will research the advantages and disadvantages of
these apps and take any action that you believe is appropriate for your child.
Food for Thought:
While waiting recently in a
doctor’s office I was saddened by what I observed of
a young mother with her
child who was about kindergarten age. As they waited
for their appointment, for the
entire time, the mother gazed
at her iPhone watching an
entertainment talk show despite the many overtures that
the little girl made to talk to
her mother and engage her.
The child was completely
ignored for approximately 25
minutes. This was a lost opportunity for everything to
slow down and for this young
mother to have a conversation with her daughter or to
read to her. Instead, the message was sent by the mother’s
disregard for the child that
she’d rather spend her time
watching something on her
phone than talking to her
daughter. We are all busy,
rely so much on our electronic devices for various
purposes, AND want some
time for ourselves; but I
urge you to PUT DOWN
THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES and spend quality
time with your children.
You will be so glad that
you did! How do YOU
want to be remembered by
your child?
Stay warm!
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Inclement Weather
Line: 904-3883
Please remember that
after dismissal, students
may not return to the
classroom to retrieve
left behind items unless
the teacher is present in
the classroom and gives
permission for the child
to return. Custodians are
not permitted to unlock
classroom doors for students or parents.
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Mrs. Marylyn Caperton – Extension 4
[email protected]
Ms. JoAnn Graves–Extension 5
[email protected]
Barfield Gazette
For your convenience, you can send me an
email that I can print to use as their excuse note.
My email is [email protected]
Thanks for your cooperation and have a
Winter of wellness :)
Lori Duke, Attendance
Congratulations to Mrs. Angela Mikolon
who has been voted by her peers as Barfield
Elementary School's Teacher of the
Year! Mrs. Mikolon teaches our Comprehensive
Development Class (CDC/K - 2). Special recognition also goes to Mr. Jason Simmons, our
Music teacher, who received the 2nd highest
number of votes by his peers. Both of these educators are representative of the highly effective
teachers in our school.
PTO Post
Winter is here and with it comes an increase
in cold and flu cases. There has been an increase in
truancy letters since the break, and I just wanted to
remind you to ALWAYS SEND IN A NOTE when
your child returns from being absent. The note
child's absence. For a list of valid reasons, please
refer to your Student handbook (page 50) or inside
your child's agenda. Rutherford County allows for
10 days to be excused with a parent written note
(again, it must be valid reason). If your child sees a
doctor, always send in the doctor excuse, as this will
help save your parent notes. Once your child
reaches the 5th UNEXCUSED ABSENCE, you will
receive an attendance letter, so please make sure
you send those notes in.
Barfield families,
I hope that you all enjoyed your holidays
and your children are ready to finish out
the next half of their school year!
Just a quick update on upcoming items:
The next PTO meeting with 2nd grade Fine
Arts and Curriculum Fair is February 10th.
Our next skate night is February 17th. The
change of days for skate night appears to
be more advantageous for us and we hope
that the new day works for most of you, as
PTO is currently providing funding for the
Twig Carolina science website prescription
and two new security cameras needed for
different areas that had been missed in the
If you ever have any questions or need information, please do not hesitate to contact
the board at [email protected]
Erin Hamilton, PTO President
Our students will achieve academically & socially in order to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
February Calendar
4 Progress Reports go home
5 Recycle cans - “Can-Do”
10 5:30 - 2nd grade Curriculum Fair
6:30 - PTO Meeting / 2nd grade emphasis
17 Barfield Skate Night @ Skate Center West
16 Presidents’ Day - No School!
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Library Corner - Read Every Day
Barfield students love to read, and it shows. Here is a
review by a fifth-grade student, Marell, of a new title
that has recently been added to the library collection:
“Wendy Mass has a wonderful imagination, and I
can’t believe how spot-on and realistic she made the
main character, Mia Winchell, seem! “A Mango-Shaped
Space” is one of my favorite books because I feel like I
can reach out right to Mia. I hove how the author
described Mia’s synesthesia perfectly, like how a real
person would feel if they had synesthesia. I love the part
when the family all cries and comes together for one
little cat. This book is humorous and heartwarming at
the same time, and I love it!”
The book reviewed here sounds like one I will want to
read personally, based on this sizzling recommendation
by Marlee! Students can be on the lookout for hundreds
of new books on all levels that will be added to our
bookshelves over the next few weeks, thanks to your
fabulous support of our Fall Scholastic Book Fair!
ESL Café
Thanks for helping Kindergarten with
our recycling project. The top Can-do collectors for Dec and Jan were: Emma in Mrs.
Myers’ class with 459 and Zachary in Mrs.
Lane’s class with 252 cans!!!!
Please remember to drop off cans in a
well-tied trash bag outside the Kindergarten
playground on the morning of Thursday, February 5th.
In January, we learned a lot about the polar
Barfield ESL and Hobgood ESL kids and
families participated in a Family Writing Night
on January 28. We wrote about a family memory
and shared our stories.
In February, we will be taking the WIDA
ACCESS test, which is like the TCAP for ESL
Calling all recyclers! Please send me your
new or gently used kids' meal toys for use in my
treasure box. I am in room A07. Thanks!
Sunita Watson, Barfield ESL Teacher
Sc hool
B arfield E lem entary
Barfield Elementary
350 Veterans Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
350 Veterans Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Phone: 904-3810
Hours: 8:15-3:15
Office Hours:
Office Hours:
p.m. p.m.
"Learning for Life"
"Learning for Life"
We’re on the Web!
Recycle, Barfield!
The 2nd Grade team invites you to send in Box Tops
for Education! You can send Box Tops to your student’s homeroom teacher.
Ms. Robin Saupe’ recycles metal tabs from cans by
sending them to the Ronald McDonald House. Please send
can tabs to her room, D16.
Send old ink cartridges and cell phones to Mary
Guimbellot for recycling so that Barfield can earn dollars
toward new technology! Mary Guimbellot, STS
Antibiotic Resistance
Antibiotics have been used for more than 70 years to treat infections caused by bacteria. Misuse of these medications
has led to a problem known as antibiotic resistance. Simply put, some bacteria have become resistant to the positive
effects of antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections are more difficult to treat and become more contagious to
those around you.
Antibiotics are designed to fight bacteria, not viruses. The common cold, most coughs, many types of sore throat, and
the flu are all caused by viruses. A viral illness cannot be treated with an antibiotic. In fact, taking an antibiotic with a
viral infection can cause harmful side effects and contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance.
To help combat antibiotic resistance it is important to take antibiotics only when clinically necessary and to take them
exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Many people stop taking antibiotics when they start feeling better. It
takes a full course (usually 7-10 days) to kill all the bacteria causing your infection. Stopping an antibiotic early can
result in the illness returning. The bacteria left behind also become resistant to the medication you have been taking
and will require a stronger medication the next time. It is also important that you don't skip any doses; antibiotics are
most effective when taken regularly.
Do not save antibiotics. Medication is prescribed specifically for a particular infection. For example, the medication
you took last year for a skin infection will not help the cough you have now. Taking leftover medication causes a delay
in the treatment you need and can cause the infection to worsen.
Never take antibiotics that have been prescribed for someone else. That medication may not be appropriate for your
particular illness and may not be the right dosage for your age and/or weight.
When you're not feeling well, seek the help and guidance of your healthcare provider!
Jessica Floyd, RN, BSN
Barfield Elementary School Nurse
893-5815, x 22521