J.R. Briggs Newsletter November 27, 2019

Take A Moment

Whether you are a student, a parent, or a staff member here at JRB, please take a moment this long weekend to do a couple of items. First of all, relax. No matter what your connection to the school, it is very likely that you have been working hard throughout this first third of the school year. The other task is to reflect. Take a moment to think of all the people, places, and events that have taken place since the start of school. It does wonders to acknowledge the tough times, and to thoroughly savor the good ones even more.

Have a safe and enjoyable extra-long weekend!

Winter Clothing Will Be Required

So far we have lucked out and there is no snow packed onto the lawn here at JRB. However, we all know that it is just a matter of time. So to prepare for those days, please make sure your child (children) wear proper attire for recess time. When there is snow on the ground, students need boots to walk in the snow. If they want to play in the snow, they will need snow-pants, mittens, etc... Students that do not wear boots will be required to stay on the paved areas of the playground. Again, this is just a matter of when, so please be as prepared as possible for when the weather arrives at some point!

Student Council News
PreK Feast

The Preschool held their traditional "Preschool Feast" for their families. The children vote on what main entree and vegetable to serve their families as they come in to enjoy some time with their child. This year, the morning class served delicious pancakes with french fries, and the afternoon class enjoyed some chicken nuggets with corn.

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families!

Preschool and Extended Day Payment Update

Our Unipay site is now up and running. We can start accepting payments for extended day and preschool through a variety of methods. Below is the link.

4th Grade Contributes To Community Service Project

Fourth graders once again created Thanksgiving placemats of their own to pass on to others in need. Their placemats will be included in packages of Thanksgiving meal donations. These dinners will be delivered to families in need, right here in the communities of Ashburnham and Westminster, as part of a community service project organized by Westminster resident, Missy Banks. The fourth graders are thankful to all in the Ash-West community who have generously contributed to this cause, and they are thrilled to be able to be a part of it. We have nearly 90 placemats to be distributed this year!

More From Grade 4

The students have been busy learning about plant structures and its functions. One way to share their knowledge is through the use of Chatterpix. Mrs. Smith's class (with help from Mrs. Davis, the Digital Learning Coach) has posted some great animations here.

3rd Grade Speaker

To connect with their understanding of local history, Chris Bullock from the Wandering Bull came to JRB last week to share his knowledge of the Wampanoag culture. Students in the 3rd grade were able to see and hear some first hand examples through his demonstrations.

Local Published Author

Below, Mrs. Hansen reads Little Rosie's Wish to a 3rd grade class. This children's book is authored by former Extended Day Group Leader Emily Graves.

Performance News

The JRB Winter Concert will take place Thursday December 12th at 7:00pm in the JRB Cafetorium. Musicians and Singers are asked to arrive by 6:30 PM in concert attire. We will also have a school day performance for staff and students that morning.


Please don’t forget that we need your 5th graders baby picture for the yearbook!

You can post at anytime by going to https://www.jrb-pta.org/yearbook to create or access your account then navigate to – Shared photos folder – 5th Grade Who is that Baby Folder. Do remember to tag your 5th grader to their photo but do not put their name in the caption, we don’t want to give anyone away.

Yearbook committee volunteers are needed!

If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Tiffani Sell at xsell515@gmail.com. We may have 1 quick meeting to center on this, however, all work that is needed can be done at home; the only requirement is a computer.

Extended Day

You can find the a printable December calendar using the link here. Please return it to Extended Day when you have a chance.

Mark Your Calendars
  • November 28 & 29- Thanksgiving Break
  • December 6- Holiday Hat Day
  • December 12- JRB Winter Concert
  • December 13- Playful Pajama Day
  • December 20- Snowy Sweater or Sweatshirt Day
  • December 23- January 1- Winter Break

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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!