J.R.Briggs Family Newsletter October 17, 2018


We have been cruising through the school year. It is hard to believe that we are halfway into October already. As the weather gets chilly, please make sure students are wearing appropriate clothing to play outside. For the near future, a coat/sweatshirt looks like it will be appropriate. However, as we continue on to winter, please make sure to send students to school with gloves, hats, and whatever else they might need to stay as warm as possible.


Just as a reminder for all parents and guardians that drop students off in the morning, we have to shut the rear doors at 8:30 for attendance reasons. If you arrive and there is no one out back, please circle around to the front of the building so your child can check in at the office. Additionally, there have been a few instances when a child has taken a long time to get out of his/her car. Please do not pass any cars unless a staff member has waived you by. Student safety is our first priority, and it will sometimes require a bit of patience. Thank you.


The Foundation is looking for a parent liaison from JRB. This new position would likely participate in the following activities:

  • Receive information on events from the board via email
  • Share information through Briggs administration (newsletter, potential signage, announcements, etc)
  • Share information through Briggs PTO meetings
  • Share information through any Briggs­ specific social media platforms

If you are interested in this role, please reach out to Chris Wells.

This year’s A Night For Excellence to benefit the Ashburnham Westminster Foundation for Academic Excellence will be held on November 16th at 6:30 at the Colonial Hotel. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Private Music and Voice Lessons

We are pleased to offer private lessons in: Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Percussion, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Ukulele. Please view that flyer below for specific information.

A Note From The Cafeteria

Our friends at Chartwells have a request for you as parents/guardians, please try to use alternatives to cash. Bringing in paper money and coins can be a challenge in many ways. Students have to remember that they have it, which is not always a strong point. Teachers then need to move it down to the office in a timely manner. The office then needs to send it to the cafeteria area, which may or may not be manned depending on the time of day and the meal prep needed.

Checks are certainly one of the easiest ways to send money in. That way there is a specific destination for the funds. Chartwells also uses an app on smartphones called 'MySchoolBucks' that works like an online account for you child. You can see each child's balance on the app, which comes in useful when you have multiple student accounts to keep track of.

News From The Nurse

Flu season will soon be upon us. Lower your chances of getting and spreading the flu by receiving a flu shot. See the attachments for dates and times of Flu Clinics in Ashburnham and Westminster.

Fan Friday- October 19th

New Donations Needed

Thank you to the families who donated so generously to our fifth-grade Operation Welcome Mat project. We hope you were able to join us for Ready, Set, Glow to see how the students put the items to use in our science garden and nature trail.

This month, fourth-grade students will be working on a “robot band” design challenge. Once again, we need your help to make the project successful. Please send any of the following recyclables into school with your child.

  • Tissue boxes (any size)
  • Small (no bigger than 1’ x 1’) cardboard, plastic or Styrofoam food containers (cereal boxes, granola bar boxes, vegetable trays)

We appreciate your help and support. Questions? Email Mrs. Davis at tdavis@awrsd.org.

PTA News & Events

Worcester Railers Hockey Tickets

The PTA has teamed up with the Worcester Railers to offer discounted tickets for opening night, October 20th. Use the button below to see the poster.

Bay State Textiles Donation Bins have been set up throughout the district. It might be interesting to know that they accept stuffed animals! For more information, check out the link below.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • October 18: Parent Presentation for Internet Safety- Ashburnham PD @ JRB
  • October 18: Half Day of School- Parent Conference Day
  • October 31: Halloween Parade 8:45
  • October 31: Trick or Treat in Ashburnham 5 PM - 7 PM
  • November 5: No School
  • November 6: No School

Internet Safety Night- Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 PM

Ash West School Resource Officers will be conducting an internet safety and app workshop in the John. R. Briggs cafeteria. on Thursday October 18th at 6pm. The presentation is open to parents/caregivers across the district.

The initial part of the presentation will include a brief overview of internet safety and what can be done to monitor students online. The second part and primary focus of this workshop is "hands on" App review for parents. How parents can install parental controls and safety features on some of the more popular social media, video, and photo sharing platforms like Snapchat, Musical.Ly, Lively.Ly, VSCO and Instagram.

Parents/caregivers are encouraged to bring their smart phones, iPads, tablets, etc and follow along as our Resource Officer demonstrates how to keep devices safe for students to use.

As always, please reach out to us if you need anything. We are readily available via email, so do not hesitate to click below.

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