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Julie Graham, Principal   •   Karen Kimoto, PTSA President   •   Nimmi Richards, Foundation President
•  •  •  NOVEMBER 2014 ISSUE  •  •  •

Dear Bobcats,
If I had all the time in the world I would take every moment of every day that I lived to thank each and every person who took, has taken, will take the time to dedicate their life in bettering the life or lives of others. I would be able to write a novel of Thanksgiving to every parent, teacher, staff and student for the ways in which they are making an impact here at Beechwood! Thanks go out to: Mary Gerace Oliver for her time spent on the Marquee; Raquel Garcia and Eisa Rosas and their volunteer crew for surpassing their last years Book Fair goals; our photo helpers, Hilda Nodarse, Kim Elliot, Kori Waugh and Raquel Garcia for sacrificing two days to make certain our kids looked perfect in their school photo; Jacy Young for delivering the Spirit Wear and keeping us all informed with the Bobcat Bulletin; Maggie Weston for coordinating another successful D4D at OSF and D’Vine; Red Ribbon Week Coordinators, Erin Molino and Teresa McMackin for their phenomenal work at transforming Beechwood and for planning the Red Ribbon Week festivities; The Beechwood Families and Girls Scout Troops for being available to tie hundreds of Red Ribbons on campus; Nick and Tisha Thompson for preparing and planning our special Drug Awareness Assemblies for our parents and students; The Fullerton Police Department and Sergeants for their knowledge and community involvement; Janette Bustamante and friends for collecting and displaying Reflections projects in the MPR for our Reflections Program; Paul Anderson for coordinating, planning and securing our wonderful Career Day speakers; Christine Monson, Carole Jessup and Megan Oates for working together to provide a memorable Career Day Luncheon for our presenters and staff. Thank you to all of our parents and community businesses who came to share about their careers! Christine Monson and Jennifer Bernard for heading our Beechwood Daughter Date Night; Carlos and Jana Ixmay, Yevette Garza, Eisa Rosas and Raquel Garcia for coming together to help others through Pathways of Hope; Julie Grimm our room coordinator and all our room parents for keeping us informed; our teachers and staff members for allowing our PTSA to share in the triumphs and successes of their accomplishments!  Beechwood School is surrounded with supportive parents and community members who offer and sacrifice on a daily basis for the betterment of improving our school, all for the sake of our children! When we engage in taking small moments to share and care we are being proactive change agents.

What’s happening this month that you might want to be involved in? Our Pathways of Hope Collection from Nov. 10 – Dec. 4. The High School Information Night for all Middle School students and parents will be on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30pm in the MPR with Dr. Giokaris (FJUHSD Superintendent) giving an overview of what each high school has to offer as well as the Open Enrollment process.
Our PTSA meeting will be Friday, November 14 at 8:15, The Beechwood Daughter Date Night (Bring your father or a special loved one) is also in the Beechwood MPR on Friday, November 14, 2014, Our Barnes and Nobles Family Fun Night in Amerige with our teachers, Starbucks teacher special featured drinks, teacher w’RAP’pers and participating eateries will be on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 followed by a week break in honor of Thanksgiving! There is plenty to be thankful for! So, take the time to show gratitude to someone, whether it be an encouraging word or a simple smile! I feel fortunate and blessed daily by the exchanges I have with every person I encounter.
Gratefully Yours,
Karen Kimoto
PTSA President

Thank you so much for your generous support of the Beechwood PTSA. 521 members have joined our Beechwood PTSA so far. We are still looking for additional members to reach our goal of 650. Any parent, teacher, student or family member can become a PTSA member for just $10. The money we collect goes toward fun and enriching programs like Red Ribbon Week, Career Day, and our newest event, Family Festival of the Arts: Share the Love. In past years we have used the money raised to help pay for playground equipment and our murals throughout the school. This year we are setting aside funds to purchase a sound system for our assemblies. If you haven’t done so already, please join the Beechwood PTSA. You can find additional PTSA membership envelopes and forms in the office. If you have any questions, please email Megan Oates at

Dear Bobcat Families -
Thank you so much for supporting our 5K Event! After a year off, the 5K is back and in a big way. A special thank you to Kate Lynch for spearheading the organization of the 5K and many more thanks to her amazing team. They all went above and beyond and from myself and the Foundation Board, we just cannot say thank you enough. Another thank you to the PTSA for a fantastic Career Day. I was fortunate enough to catch a portion of one of the speaker’s presentations and was so moved. He not only spoke about his skill, his profession but encouraged the kids to be proud of who they are. I hope someone got it on video because it was awesome! Did I mention, he even had props for this? I thought his encouragement was a great way to end Red Ribbon Week and continue the Million Misfits Sock March celebration of individuality. As we get ready for the holidays, I first, cannot believe the year is almost over but second, I pause and reflect on all that brings meaning and joy to my life. It may sound crazy, but this position is one of them. We have been taught that it’s “better to give then to receive” but all this? “All this” is one gift that I am very happy to receive. Thank you all for your contributions in hours and donations. Time and effort. Support and enthusiasm. Knowledge and experience. Grace and wisdom. Thank you, thank you, thank you. May you receive all that you give and more. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Thankful to be a Bobcat.
Nimmi Richards
Beechwood School Foundation

Thank you to all students who participated in this year's PTSA Reflections competition. We want to congratulate the students who placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their categories for Beechwood. They will be moving onto the district competition. They were presented with medals at the flagpole ceremony October 29.

1st Place - Rebecca Balarie
2nd Place - Pamela Bustamante
3rd Place - Nicolás Bustamante

Music Composition
1st Place - Anna Wu

1st Place – Tryne Van Kleeck

Visual Arts
1st Place – Lauryn Bakh
2nd Place – Charlene Yun
3rd Place – Paloma Borsari

 Pictured: Lauryn Bakh

Dance Choreography
1st Place – Zoe Borowski
Film Production
1st Place – Esha Salman

1st Place – Chelsea Yun
2nd Place – Andrés Bustamante
3rd Place – Julia Bustamante

 Music Composition
1st Place – Jackson Oates

1st Place – Anusha Puri
2nd Place – Emmett Young
3rd Place – Ava Ortega

Visual Arts
1st Place – Ivy Lee
2nd Place – Samantha Rosas
3rd Place – Sydney Rosas
(cont. in next column)

See you all at the Beechwood 5K this Sunday, November 2!  It's not too late to fill-out a last minute registration or to register at the race.  The first 1,000 participants receive a "Beechwood 5K" water bottle with their t-shirt.  Don't miss the fun!
Got costumes and props cluttering your house?  Please donate to the school drama program. We especially need Native American, Pirate, Animal, Mermaid, and Fairy costumes and props. We can also use large dark t-shirts in any condition.  
Just drop items off in the box in the office. Students will learn to re-purpose them, and your costume will bring life  in the theater for years to come!  Thank you!

Beechwood girls, come out and bring that special man in your life. The Daughter Date Night will be a Sock Hop on Friday, November 14 from 6pm-8pm in the MPR. The cost is $15 per couple and $5 for each additional child. Please make checks out to Beechwood PTSA and turn money and form (below, and also coming home with your daughters) into the office no later than November 12.

Volunteers are needed. If you are interested in helping with this event please contact Christine Monson at

Join us for the 8th Grade Advanced Band and 7th/8th Grade Advanced Choir Fall Concert on Thursday, November 20, 6:00pm in the MPR.
Also the annual USC field trip for all Middle School instrumental music students will be Tuesday, November 18 (after school). Students will get to watch the world famous USC Marching Band in rehearsal and have dinner on the campus of USC!
Thank you to those who came out to support Beechwood at D Vine for the October Dining For Dollars event.

November is a big month for Dining For Dollars. It's the Family Fun Night on Wednesday, November 19. From 5pm-8pm at Barnes & Noble off Malvern there will be storytime and gift wRAPping with Beechwood teachers. Special Starbucks drinks in honor of our teachers. And shop away for the holidays because Barnes & Noble will give back a percentage of our purchases to our school. You can also shop online this year by entering the special bookfair code at checkout: 11484784.

As part of Family Fun Night many restaurants in the Amerige Heights Town Center will be joining in fun and giving back to Beechwood. Look for a flyer to come soon with all the eating establishments taking place. Top Class Pizza, Islands, Panda Express and Daphne's are on board.


Beechwood PTSA is a proud supporter of Pathways of Hope.  Our school does an annual Pathways of Hope Collection Toy and Food Drive that helps make the holidays a little better and brighter for locals in need. This year's drive runs from November 10 - December 4.

Please bring new, unwrapped toys ($10 value); baby and teen items (needed most!); canned goods and non-perishable foods. Gift cards will also be accepted this year. Items can be dropped off in the boxes in your students' classrooms or the box in the office.
If you'd like to make a monetary donation, checks can be made out to Pathways of Hope, (please include "Beechwood PTSA" on the memo line). Checks can be dropped off to the school office.

Please click the highlighted Pathways of Hope above to visit their website for details on all that they do for our community. If you have any questions about Beechwood's drive please contact 
Jana Ixmay at

It's Coming! The 5th Grade Boat Trip Fundraiser: December Donut Day. Krispy Kreme Donuts for all students. Show your support and be a Super Sponsor. Teachers will be sending home information with students soon...stay tuned.
Come one, Come All! Sign up for Beechwood's Annual Variety Show on January 23rd! Groups or solo acts welcome. Informational meeting on Nov. 18th at 2:45pm in the MPR. More information to come.

Save the date for the Annual Beechwood Dinner and Auction...March 6, 2015. At the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda from 6pm - Midnight. The theme is Great Gatsby Gala, so now is the time to visit the Halloween clearance sales for the perfect outfit. More information to come.

Dance Choreography
1st Place – Natalia Loram
2nd Place – Ashley White
3rd Place – Isabel Van Wye

 Film Production
1st Place – Max Levine
2nd Place – Jaezelyn Chang
3rd Place – Sabeen Lohawala

1st Place – Mikayla Haugen
2nd Place – Julia Lee
3rd Place – Livia Johan

 Music Composition
1st Place – Darren Wittry
2nd Place (Tie) – Michael Jo
                          – Jordan Richter
3rd Place – Kimberly Woo

1st Place – Madeline Anderson
2nd Place – Isabelle Blevins
3rd Place – Nicole Chang

Visual Arts
1st Place – Sehar Lohawala
2nd Place – Maya Lee
3rd Place – Sarah Yoon

Click Here To Print Out Calendar

• Beechwood's 5K Event at
  Fullerton Sports Complex

• School Site Council Meeting,

• School Picture Make-Up Day,
  8am, Rm. 19

• Pathways of Hope Holiday Food
  & Toy Drive Begins and runs
  through December 4
• 6th Grade Parent Fundraising
  Meeting, 6pm, MPR

Coffee with the Principal,
  8:00am-9:00am (Topic:
  Educational Technology), Library

• 1st Grade Field Trip to Stater

• Veterans' Day Holiday - NO

• High School Information Night
 with Dr. Giokaris, 7pm, MPR

• 3rd Grade Field Trip to Gift of
 History at Angels Stadium

• PTSA Meeting, 8:15am, Library
• 4th Grade Field Trip to Mission
  San Juan Capistrano
• Daughter Date Night Sock Hop,
  6pm-8pm, MPR

• SSOAR, 8:00am-12:15pm

• Middle School Band Field Trip to
• Trimester 1 Awards Assembly
  (Grades K-1 at 10:20am, MPR)

• Flagpole Assembly, 8:05am, 2nd
  Grade to Perform
• Middle School Basketball Game
  at Ladera Vista, 2:45pm
• Dining For Dollars Family Fun
  Night at Amerige Heights
  Shopping Center

• Trimester 1 Awards Assembly
  (Gr. 6 at 7:50am; Grades 7-8 at
  8:40am, MPR)
• 7th and 8th Grade Choir and
  Advanced Band Fall Concert,
  6pm MPR

• Trimester 1 Awards Assembly
  (Grades 2-3 at 8:05am; Grades
  4-5 at 9:05am, MPR)

Thanksgiving Holiday -
NO SCHOOL November 24-28

The October Character Trait Award was giving for Honesty. We congratulate the following students who received this award at the flagpole assembly on October 29. The students also enjoyed a performance by the Middle School Orchestra.
Adrian Corona
Elizabeth Pahl
Abby Guevara
Calvin Nguyen
Ivy Logan
Brandon Kim
Lola Gutierrez
Bonnie Lynch
Lexi Watson
Oscar Eanes
Claire Wightman
Isabelle Miramontes
Jack Neal
Carter Chan
Anusha Puri
Eileen Seo
Kaira Lee
Marco Lomeli
Jack Kohlwey
Kaitlyn Cotter
Daniel Kim
Landen Kawaguchi
Grace Ritz
Albert Bushala
Cooper Kile
Natalia Willis
Alex Jimenez
Abigail Kim
Bailey Maus

(Abby Guevara receiving her award)

(Grace Ritz with her award for Honesty)

(Orchestra performing; the students especially loved hearing "Let It Go")

(Student body singing the school song)

Mrs. Hollenbeck's Class

The Global Read Aloud
By Ashley Ryoo and Avery You
The third grade is connecting with several classes around the world for the Global Read Aloud 2014. We use an App called Kidblog on our iPads to connect with them. The book that we are reading is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Di Camillo. We have assigned chapters every week. It is a fun experience!

Alaskan Pen Pals
By Marcos Garcia and Gunnar Kamizolas
This year we are writing to Alaskan Pen Pals. They are in third grade, like us. We wrote a letter to them, then they wrote back to us. We are going to write back to them soon. They asked us questions and then we answered back. Some of them have two buddies and they had to write two letters. We are happy that we have Alaskan Pen Pals this year!


Mrs. Power's Class

Cal State Fullerton Titans athletes visited Beechwood in October. They read stories and answered questions in kindergarten classes. They made quite an impression on the students and have always shown great support to our school. They sure made learning fun.

 (CSUF Titan Athletes visiting Mrs. Power's Kindergarten class)

Mrs. Bretz's Class

6th Grade students are learning their Spanish color words and integrating their knowledge of Spanish to create a Color wheel (primary, secondary and tertiary) in Art.

We are down to our final days for the Fall drive for Box Tops and Labels for Education! Please keep on collecting and deposit all Box Tops and Labels in the collection envelopes inside each classroom. The Fall drive will continue until October 31st. The classroom that collects the most (K-5 and Middle School) will win a class party. Last year we raised $2400 that went toward our playground equipment and recess balls. Money collected in 2014-2015 will go toward a new PA system for our flagpole assemblies. If you have any questions, please email Megan Oates at Thank you for your support!



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