J.R. Briggs Newsletter October 14th, 2020

Grace And Patience Pay Off

Parents and Guardians, it finally feels like we have our whits about us in this new year and things (knock on wood) are going in a solid direction. I would first love to thank all of our teachers and staff for the adjusting they have each been able to do. On a day-to-day basis the folks here are identifying and putting out 'fires' before they are even noticed in some cases. In addition, the students and parents have been great in their communication with staff. We all know the challenges that are faced while learning at home, and we are so happy to work as a team to get through such adversity. Please continue to use grace and patience when trying to work together. Teachers have other students in front of them most of the time, so emailing back and forth is not always an option. Everyone involved with the education of our students is trying to do the best they can, but it will continue to take many of us working together to get it right.

Thank you again to all of the parties involved in educating our students here at JRB!

Attendance Information

Your child's attendance is being kept very closely this year and we need your help to make sure it is accurate. If you child is going to miss school for an illness on 'in-school' days or 'out-of-school' days, please call the main office at 978-827-5750 and choose option 3 to leave a message. Please include your child's name, homeroom, and the type of illness he/she is experiencing (this helps the nurse monitor any trends).

HELP! LUNCH/Recess Aides And Substitutes are desperately needed

We are looking for daily building substitutes and 2 or 4 day lunch and recess monitors. If you have any interest or even questions, please contact Mr. North via email (nnorth@awrsd.org).

The Nurses Note


Influenza Vaccine Requirement for School Attendance:

Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, influenza vaccine will be required for all students. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system.

Which students need to receive influenza vaccine?

Students in Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12 will be required to receive influenza vaccine for the current influenza season for school attendance unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

When do students need to receive influenza vaccine?

Students must receive influenza vaccine for the current season by December 31, 2020.

Will influenza vaccine be required every year or just for the 2020-2021 school year?

Influenza vaccine is now a required vaccine for school attendance and will be required as of December 31 for all students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 each school year.

If my school will be providing instruction remotely, will students still need to meet immunization requirements?

The school immunization requirements, including the requirement for seasonal influenza vaccine, apply to all Massachusetts students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, regardless of whether the district is providing instruction in-person, or using a hybrid or remote learning model.

Band and Music News


Attention all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders: If you are interested in learning a band instrument, we are offering lessons beginning the week of October 26th! Instrument rentals are available through David French Music. Order your instrument by 10/23 in order to arrive to JRB on 10/26!

Please see the attached flyer regarding rentals

Click here to register for lessons and for additional information

Due to current Covid-19 regulations, Beginner Band rehearsals will begin outdoors next spring, which will give our musicians plenty of time to become comfortable with their instruments before playing music with others!

Piano lessons: We also have instructors who teach piano lessons VIRTUALLY for grades K-5. If your child is interested in learning to play the piano, please email Mrs. Lordan: mlordan@awrsd.org and she will put you in touch with a piano instructor.

PreK Website

There is a new website for our inclusive preschool program. Please click here to head to the Learning Tree Preschool page.

Just A Reminder For Google Meets


Meeting Tonight

Join us tonight at 6:30 by clicking here to access tonight's virtual PTA meeting and be a part of the conversation on how we can support the school and kiddos in this weird new year.

Click here to access the meeting documents.

Lyman Pie and Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Fundraiser

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is just over a month away! Last year’s Lyman Pie & Otis Spunkmeyer fundraiser was a great success for the school, and we are running it again this year in time for the Thanksgiving holiday to bring a little cheer and yummy desserts to all. The sale ends Oct 27th (the flyers sent home say the 21st) and orders will be available for pickup on Nov 23, 4-6 outside JRB.

Click here to place an order online.

Halloween Help

Donations are needed to support the Peer Leaders and Student Council friends from Oakmont. These two groups are starting to organize a COVID-Sensitive Drive Through Halloween event. Students from JRB will be invited to Drive Through the back road to Trick or Treat from a safe distance in their car. More details on the event will be released soon. In order for this to happen, the groups will need tons of candy donations. There is a donation area in the vestibule at JRB. Please feel free to drop off sealed bag donations of candy (or non food items like pencils or stamps).

If you have any ideas or feedback please contact us at jrb.pta@gmail.com.

If you are interested in learning more about the JRB PTA please visit us at a meeting or at jrb-pta.org.

Important Dates

  • October 14th, PTA Meeting (see above for information)
  • November 3rd, No School, Staff Development (Voting Day)
  • November 11th, No School, Veterans Day
Community News

You can find the newest version of the Stevens Memorial Library Newsletter by clicking here. It is filled with activities and virtual storytimes for our kids to participate in.

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!