J.R. Briggs Newsletter OCTOber 2nd, 2019

October 9th Walk To School Day

JRB students (K-5) and staff members are participating in International Walk to School Day with students and staff from Oakmont Regional High School. Our walk will start around 8:40 AM at Oakmont Regional High School and end at the John R. Briggs School. All regular bus routes will run, but they will drop-off the students at Oakmont where teachers and other JRB staff members will greet them on the football field.

Students who get dropped off by parents should also be dropped off at Oakmont, not JRB, on Walk to School Day. Parents can drop off their children from 8:20 AM-8:30 AM at the front entrance of Oakmont where the JRB staff and Oakmont Peer Leaders will greet them and escort them to the football field.

For students who participate in morning Extended Day and arrive before 8:20 (as well as some of our staff), there will be a bus (or two) to bring them to the high school where they will join their teachers and classmates for the walk to school.

Oakmont teachers and students will escort each JRB class as they walk to school. The Ashburnham Police Department will help with traffic flow to ensure the safety of all students. This activity is designed to teach students how to walk safely and respect the rules of the road. If we think the walk will be postponed due to inclement weather, raining or temperatures below 400 degrees, the walk will be canceled and notification will go out by 7:30 AM.

Glow Night Success

Thank you to all of the families and friends that were able to attend our Ready, Set, Glow! event last week. We will update everyone about the total raised this year once those numbers are finalized. Again, this is a great event for a great cause, and run by some great folks. Thank you all again.

Parent Conferences Are October 10th and 17th

Please sign up for a parent conference using the link below. Scroll through the page to find your classroom teacher or even a specials class. Availability changes daily, so please check back again if you don't see the time you were hoping for.

Nurse Note

The Health Office is in need of new or gently used sweat pants or leggings in all sizes. Donations of new packages of underwear for both boys and girls are also greatly appreciated. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS!!!!☺

First Grade Update

It is hard to believe it is already October! Each month we will send home a newsletter explaining different skills and activities that your child will be learning. We will also send home weekly spelling once we get started with our reading program.

We will continue to go over class rules and procedures, which are very important. Our social emotional curriculum is Responsive Classroom and Second Step which includes a lot of community building exercises and mindfulness activities. The classroom rules we have all agreed upon are now posted in the classroom.

Our assessments to determine student’s levels are almost complete. This will help us know how to group students so they can achieve their optimal learning goals. We will start off the year reviewing vowel sounds and simple cvc words. We will also be using the reading program Superkids, along with Lively Letters and Guided Reading. Six-Traits is the writing program that our school has adopted. The First Grade curriculum will be sent home just in case you missed curriculum night or you have any questions.

The classrooms often get very cold as they day progresses so we strongly suggest having your child bring in a sweater or sweatshirt if they are wearing short sleeves. We welcome and encourage parent involvement. If you would like to help us out with copying and various activities throughout the year, please feel free to contact us. You can get in touch with us on the school e-mails. It is our belief that consistent communication between parent, teacher, and student will lead to your child’s success. We are always here to listen to your concerns, as well as the highs and lows of your child. We are very excited about this upcoming year. First grade is an amazing year in the life of a child!

Warmest wishes from the First Grade Team

What is STEAM Night?

What is STEAM Night?

STEAM Night is a community event inviting students and their families to Briggs for a night of creative problem solving and hands-on making. There will be a variety of activities to participate in based around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM).

When is it?

Thursday, October 24th from 6:00 - 7:30.

What age are the activities geared towards?

The activities can be done by all age levels and we encourage Kindergarten through 5th grade to come. For younger students, they may need assistance from an adult or older sibling, but they would still be able to participate fully.

Do I have to stay the whole ninety minutes?

Nope! You can come in and try the activities you are interested in and leave or stick around the whole time and try out all the different activities. If you find one activity particularly interests you, feel free to stay at that the whole 90 minutes!

Do I need to be here with a parent?

Yes! This is a family event and we want parents to get involved as well. You can build alongside your child or help them with the activity but it is a great opportunity to get involved in their learning and have fun along the way.

If you think your family has an interest in attending, please fill out the Google Form below, so we can ensure we have enough supplies. If you fill out the form and can’t make it, no worries! For those of you with any questions, please contact Mr. Bell through email at abell@awrsd.org

Library and Book Fair News


The Arctic Adventure Book Fair comes to Briggs on Thursday, October 10 though Thursday, October 17. Students will visit the fair with their classes during school hours. The fair will also be open for family shopping during parent/teacher conferences. See the school website for details, or visit our fair homepage at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/briggselementaryschool2

We are still in need of volunteers to help students shop during the day. If you are interested, please sign up on the fair homepage or contact Ms. Rabeler at lrabeler@awrsd.org.

Ski/Snowboard Club Meeting

There will be a ski club meeting on Friday, October 4 for students in grades 3,4&5th. This is a meeting for students who are interested in joining ski club. This meeting is students only. The children will come home with information packets. Thank you, Gina McCullin

Pre-K Trip To Red Apple Farm

The Preschools enjoyed a wonderful field trip to Red Apple Farm. While there, they experienced a hayride through the orchard, picked a bag of apples to bring home, sampled some apple cider, and got to see some baby farm animals up close. Thank you to all the chaperones who made it such a fun adventure.

Upcoming Events
  • October 9- Walk To School Day
  • October 10- 1/2 Day- Parent Conferences
  • October 14- No School-Columbus Day
  • October 17- 1/2 Day- Parent Conferences
  • November 1- Picture Make-Ups
Lost And Found

This is a quick look at our lost and found already! If you notice something is missing from your home, please ask your child to check here!

Community News

Parents and caregivers are invited to Basic Rights: Evaluation & Eligibility Workshop hosted by the Ash-West SEPAC on Wednesday, October 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Overlook Middle School Team Room. Chandler Creedon of the Federation for Children with Special Needs will provide an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Massachusetts laws, evaluations and referrals, the Team Meeting, IEPs and 504 Plans, effective progress, transition, important timelines, strategies for success and more. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the Special Education Department. No registration is required.

For more information, contact Ash-West SEPAC Co-Chairs:

Kendra Steucek (awrsdsepac2@gmail.com • 978-827-6355)

Kim Caisse (awrsdsepac3@gmail.com • 978-833-6163)

Continue to follow us through our social media outlets. We love trying to show you what is going on at school as much as we can. Look for the Good News Call Of The Day this year as well.

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!