J.R. Briggs Newsletter September 18, 2019

Thank You Parents And Guardians

Curriculum Night was a great success. We certainly love having the chance to explain each of our grade level expectations and outline the year's plan. However, we have also had conversations to the point that some parents enjoy the previous method of an 'open house' model involving students and parents exploring together. In order to best meet the needs of all, we will be conducting a survey during parent conferences. Hopefully you will have a moment to complete this upcoming survey to guide our future direction.

Ready Set Glow is Sept 27th!

Even though the T-Shirt sales are complete, you can still register for the event using the form below. There may be some availability for T-Shirts at the event using a first come, first served process.

Music/Chorus/Band News

JRB Music news:

CHORUS NEWS: The JRB Chorus rehearses every Friday BEFORE school from 7:30-8:20am in the music room. We meet in the lobby at 7:25. If your child did not yet sign up and would like to join Chorus, please email Mrs. Lordan immediately at: mlordan@awrsd.org. She will send you a confirmation to let you know your child is registered and is able to begin attending rehearsals. Here is the flyer link for more information:


For RETURNING BAND STUDENTS, Advanced Band rehearsals are every Wednesday AFTER school from 3-4pm, on the stage. If your child is a returning band member and is not registered for band, please email Mrs. Lordan at: mlordan@awrsd.org

Jazz Band will eventually follow from 4-5pm, with START DATE TBD.

If returning band members are still in need of lessons, please email Mrs. Lordan directly: mlordan@awrsd.org

For NEW BAND STUDENTS, Beginner Band rehearsals have not started yet, but will be held on Tuesdays AFTER school, from 3-4pm, on the stage. New musicians need a few weeks of lessons under their belts before rehearsing with the rest of the band. LESSONS began this week. It is required that all band students take either private or small group lessons on their instrument, which cost $20 for each private 30-minute lesson per week (group rates generally run at $10 per 30-minute lesson). We offer mostly after school lessons here at JRB, but some instructors may offer before school lessons as well.

There are 2 steps in beginning a new instrument:

  1. Please order your instrument rental online if needed at: https://davidfrenchmusic.com or by calling (508) 366-5994
  2. Please sign up for lessons using the following link: https://forms.gle/3wdXvBm8CCLRoFaa9


JRB also offers lessons for students in grades K-5 for voice, piano, guitar, ukulele and violin. If your child is interested in lessons for any of these instruments, please email Mrs. Lordan at mlordan@awrsd.org, and she will put you in touch with an instructor who has openings for that instrument.

Nurse Note

The Health Office is in need of new or gently used sweat pants or leggings in all sizes. Donations of new packages of underwear for both boys and girls are also greatly appreciated. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS!!!!☺

What's New In Grade 4?

With such great conditions lately, some of our 4th grade students have had a chance to apply their meteorology skills outside. It is always great to be able to apply what you learn in the classroom to a hands-on event!

Additionally, students in 4R, along with their Oakmont intern Miss Boucher, have been adding a small bit a Spanish to their daily routine.


Calling all makers, scientists, engineers, and artists! Come join us for a fantastic night of exploration in engineering and design. JRB will be hosting STEAM night on Thursday, October 24th from 6:00 - 7:30. Families are invited to come and participate in a number of exciting activities to stretch their problem solving and creative thinking skills. Below are the activities that will be on offer for the night. If you think your family has an interest in attending, please fill out the Google Form below, so we can ensure we have enough supplies. If you fill out the form and can’t make it, no worries! For those of you with any questions, please contact Mr. Bell through email at abell@awrsd.org

Possible activities for STEAM Night:

  • Aluminum Foil Boats
  • Stomp Rockets
  • Bristle Bots Paper
  • Circuit Creations

Our 1st collection for Boxtops will be next Thursday, September 19th. Students may bring their collected Boxtops to their classroom at any time! Monies earned from collecting Boxtops help the PTA offer mini grants to educators and supplement PTA programs through the year! Thank you!

Extended Day

Please find the October schedule using the button below. If you have not completed it yet, you can print it and return it to extended day.

Upcoming Events
  • September 27- Ready, Set, Glow!
  • September 30- No School
  • October 1- School Pictures
  • October 9- Walk To School Day
  • October 10- 1/2 Day- Parent Conferences
  • October 14- No School-Columbus Day
  • October 17- 1/2 Day- Parent Conferences
Walk To School

Our annual Safe Routes Walk To School Day will be October 9th. On this great day our JRB students walk alongside Oakmont teachers and students on a trek from the Oakmont football field to our JRB entrance. More about this day will be communicated as we get closer.

Lost And Found

This is a quick look at our lost and found already! If you notice something is missing from your home, please ask your child to check here!

Your Input Is Needed

In addition to the forum, you can also provide your feedback by completing the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AshWest

Community News

Continue to follow us through our social media outlets. We love trying to show you what is going on at school as much as we can. Look for the Good News Call Of The Day this year as well.

As always, please reach out to us if you need anything. We are readily available via email, so do not hesitate to click below.

Here, at JRB!