J.R. Briggs Family Newsletter March 20th, 2019

Thank you to all of the families that were able to attend the Wizards game last week. We had a ton of students there!

Calendar Correction

The next early release day will be May 31st and not June 7th, as previously published. The Friday before Graduation Sunday - June 2nd is a district-wide traditional half day for building based activities and it was recorded in error. Attached is the corrected calendar.

Substitutes Wanted

As a district we are looking for more substitutes. If you have a desire to come in and work with students, please click here to find the packet needed to apply. We would love to have you join us at JRB!

ALiCE Parent Information Night/Morning

Thank you to all of the parents/guardians that were able to attend either of our two ALiCE presentations. Starting next week, we will be speaking with our classes individually about lockdowns and evacuations due to unsafe conditions. If you want to know the basics, please view the YouTube video of the book we will be using for grades K-3.

Down Syndrome Day Recognition and Fundraiser Thursday!

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. Many schools around the area have been selling socks to wear for that day with the proceeds going to a variety of support and research programs. At JRB we will ask students to wear their funkiest socks and bring in a dollar if possible to donate to the NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society). It would be great if we can raise funds to support the important work the NDSS does to promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. Homeroom teachers will collect the donations at the beginning of the day, but we would also welcome any other donations in the front office.

Artful Insights
MCAS Schedule

April and May bring along our MCAS assessments for grades 3, 4, and 5. In order to plan as far in advance as possible, here are the proposed session dates for 2019.


  • Grade 5- Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11.
  • Grade 4- Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24.
  • Grade 3- Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26.


  • Grade 5- Tuesday, April 30th and Wednesday, May 1.
  • Grade 4- Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3.
  • Grade 3- Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8.

Science and Technology

  • Grade 5- Thursday, May 9 and Friday May 10.

There are many schedule alterations that take place during these dates, but most of them are simply switch lunch/recess times or the time that grade levels have special classes.

Music/Chorus News

Many of our musicians and vocalists are working hard to prepare for the district wide concert dates that are coming up this spring. All concerts take place in the Oakmont Auditorium.

  • DISTRICT BAND NIGHT at OAKMONT Thurs., 3/21/19 at 6:30pm.
  • DISTRICT CHORAL NIGHT at OAKMONT Thurs., 3/28/19 at 6:30pm.
  • DISTRICT JAZZ NIGHT at OAKMONT Thurs., 4/11/19 at 6:30pm.

Please click the button below to see the A Band itinerary for the 21st.

In addition, if you have a child that takes music or voice lessons, please click the link below. It will take you to a quick survey regarding a recital night.

PTA News & Events

Yearbook Update

Grab Some JRB Gear

The store is still open for some JRB attire. Click the link below for the store page.

What's Coming Up!
  • March 21- Rock Your Socks to support Down Syndrome
  • March 21- Report Cards Should Come Home
  • March 21- District Band Night
  • March 28- District Choral Night
  • April 11- District Jazz Night
  • April 15-19- April Vacation
Ash-West SEPAC

The Ash-West SEPAC is in the process of planning our 2nd Annual Remarkable Inspiration in Special Education (RISE) Awards Ceremony. It will be held on May 9th at 6:30PM in the JR Briggs Cafeteria. We are very excited that Eric Dawley has accepted our invitation as our Keynote speaker and will share about the amazing impact of the Unified Basketball program on Oakmont students, families and our community as a whole. More information about this event will be forthcoming.

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