J.R. Briggs Newsletter June 4th, 2020

Thank You Students, Parents, and Staff for all of your amazing work during Remote Learning!

Pick Up Your Child's Items

A recent email went out to parents informing them how to get their child's items from school. The staff was kind enough to bag up all the belonging they could and they were labeled by student. Those bags have been in the gym for about a week, so now it is time to get them back to you. Please consult the email for all of the details, but here are the days and times for pick-ups:

Monday, June 8th- 8AM-11AM- Last names beginning with A-K should come to get student items.

Tuesday, June 9th- 8AM-11AM- Last names beginning with L-Z should come to get student items.

Wednesday, June 10th- 11AM-2PM- Anyone that could not make it to their assigned day may get their items.

Field Day June 11th

Mr. Berg has worked on designing a virtual field day for students to take part in. There are many activities to do along with a way to submit photos of your family participating. Please click here or use the button below to find all of the field day news.

Fine Arts Night

Inside this Welcome To Fine Arts Night Brochure, you will find padlet links for a virtual concert and a virtual art show. The Art Show padlet may take several minutes to load on your device as it contains so much amazing art, but it is worth the wait. Click here or use the button below.

Art News

Some students in grades 3-5 have been experimenting with something called "Forced Perspective Photography"! Check it out!


From June 1-June 12, students from Briggs Elementary School in Ashburnham, MA and Westminster Elementary School in Westminster, MA will head outside to observe, record and identify as many animals as they can. A website has been made to see what they have found.

Class Lists

We are in the process of creating drafts of our class lists for the 2020-2021 school year. Unfortunately, due to the many unknowns of our next school year, we have made a district decision to not release class lists until August 2020. We realize this is very disappointing, but there are too many variables in play right now. We also traditionally have a number of students move-in each summer that impact our student/teacher ratio. We want to do all we can to maintain balanced and reasonably sized classrooms. Thank you all for your understanding.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is underway. If you have paperwork to still turn in, please stop by the school on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 8AM and noon to drop off materials. If you do this, please ring the doorbell. The secretary in the building will instruct you how to leave your information. Copies can't be made at this time, sorry. Additionally, all Kindergarten registration forms can be emailed to Ms. Paula at pstlaurentkuehl@awrsd.org. If you want to mail the forms, send the to:

J.R. Briggs Elementary School

Attn: K Registration

96 Williams Rd

Ashburnham, MA 01430

You can still find the registration forms online here.


The PTA will have a virtual meeting next Wednesday June 10th at 6:30. We will be voting on a new board, as well as setting a budget for next year.

We will post the conferencing information to our Facebook page (JR Briggs PTA) as well as jrb-pta.org The morning of the meeting.

If you have been following our social media outlets, then you have a great idea of what we are still trying to do to keep things 'normal' for students. We will likely add some new ideas in the next few weeks, so please stay tuned.

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!