J.R. Briggs Newsletter May 15th, 2020

A Huge Thank You To Many Folks

So many people have made this continued transition to Remote Learning possible. Obviously our families at home are part one. Students have adapted to a new style of learning and parents have become a facilitator of the lessons we put out. So thank you. Our staff has worked tirelessly to make meaningful lessons that have followed the state's guidance throughout all of the phases. So thank you. The phrase 'we are all in this together' is used quite a bit right now, but I think it applies beautifully to what we have going on here at JRB!

What Has Been Done So Far?

Well, we have made it to 'Phase 3' of the state's plan for Remote Learning. There are not many difference in our elementary plans from the last phase, so you should not see much change. We do love to see all the work that you complete, so if you have a way to share with your teachers, please follow the grade level's desired paths.

As I have mentioned this week through email and a social media video, please try to allow students to work on their own in IXL and Lexia through the next two weeks (ending May 22nd). We have seen some kids working for longer because the IXL Diagnostic doesn't stop. Students should only be doing 20-30 mins of either program a day.

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.

Student Placement

This is your chance to let us know what type of learner your student is. While we are crafting class lists for next year, we will take into consideration how your child best learns. We will not place students in requested teacher classrooms, but we do value your input on your child. If you want to let us know how your child best performs, please email nnorth@awrsd.org and we will use that information as we craft the lists.

Memorial Day

Usually, for Memorial Day at John R. Briggs, we hold a quiet and meaningful ceremony to age-appropriately honor those who have died in service to their country. Our ceremony usually starts and ends in silence, includes singing by each grade level, poems and readings led by 5th-grade students, and is received by local veterans who generously give their time to help our students memorialize this day each year.

This year to honor those servicemen and women who gave their lives for our country, we suggest helping your student place a flag in your window in remembrance. If you have a printer a “Remember” American flag is linked here, but students can always create their own flag representation. Mrs. DiSalle has provided drawing directions here. Additionally, in her k-2 padlet and 3-5 Google Classrooms, Mrs. Lordan has Memorial Day songs posted for the week of May 18-22.

To those military families and friends who lost a loved one, friend, or community member, on this Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th, and throughout the year, we hold them in remembrance and are grateful for their sacrifice.

News From Grade 1

Hello first grade parents. We hope everyone is hanging in there and doing well. We are very pleased with the work our students are doing. We know this is hard for all of us. We have been enjoying getting together with our classes on Google Meet. It has been wonderful to see all the kids and families (and pets) and be able to share our Think out of the box creations and hear about any news. As you know, we have started our end-of-year ABC countdown. Each day represents one letter of the alphabet until we reach Z on June 15th ! Every year first grade incorporates this countdown into our curriculum. This year it will look a little different, but it will still be fun! Each day has a theme, with activities centered around that theme. One of our most popular days so far has been Dragon Day! Hopefully, this will provide a fun change and be interesting for the kiddos! Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep smiling!

5th Grade

A STEM project is coming your way, but you need to do a little bit of the leg work at home first. Please try to save a 1 or 2 liter clear plastic bottle over the next week or so. You will need this bottle to do the Filtration Project in a few weeks.


In addition to the 5th grade request, Mrs. Disalle is asking families to save some recyclables. There is a project coming up that would make great use of them.

Here is a look at some work submitted from 5th graders studying visual texture.

PTA Board

The PTA will be holding elections at our June 10th meeting. All positions are one-year terms so every position is open. Jason Stanton (President), Greg Belkin (Treasurer) and Tiffani Sell (Secretary) are all willing to serve another term if elected. The Vice-President position is currently vacant for next year, though Tiffani Sell is willing to serve in this capacity if needed. If you are (or know anyone that is) interested, particularly in the Vice-President or Secretary roles, please reach out to us at jrb.pta@gmail.com.


Even though the yearbook deadline (to get them before school ends) has passed, yearbooks (including last year's) can still be purchased anytime! Click this link for more information.

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!