J.R. Briggs Family Newsletter April 10, 2019

MCAS Continues When We Return From Break

We have been informing you for many weeks that MCAS was coming for our upper grades at JRB. Here is the rest of the schedule.


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


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

Science and Technology

Grade 5- Thursday and Friday, May 9 & 10

Next Years Class Lists

It is already that time of year when we are thinking about class lists and teacher assignments for 2019-2020. As a district we do not honor specific teacher requests. However, if your child has a learning style that allows them to be the most successful, please let us know by writing a short letter to the office. Please include the child's name and which grade they are going to be in next year. We will do our best to think of which teacher's offer a style similar to those you mention. Also be assured, each student's placement is taken very seriously. There are many factors in play when creating the class lists and multiple voices that are heard as well.

Help Spruce Up The Garden
The 18 Annual Community Benefit Hockey Game

Thank you to all that were able to contribute to the Community Benefit in one way or another. If you were able to support through buying a bracelet, a t-shirt, a raffle, running in the race, or attending the game, it was truly an amazing week for Ella DiCienzo and her family.

Take A Look
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.

PARENTS: The Lost and Found has grown at JRB. Please take a look and claim your jackets, lunch boxes, boots, sweatshirts, water bottles, and more. Left behind items will be donated over April Vacation.

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!

Artful Insights
Music/Chorus News

Congradulations to our JRB Concert Band and our Chorus as they participated in the district Choral and Band nights. There is still one more event of this series left:

  • DISTRICT JAZZ NIGHT at OAKMONT Thurs., 4/11/19 at 6:30pm.

The Survey settings have been fixed

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!
  • April 11- 5th-Grade ELA MCAS
  • April 11- District Jazz Night
  • April 15-19- April Vacation
  • April 23 and 24- 4th-Grade ELA MCAS
  • April 25 and 26- 3rd Grade ELA MCAS
RISE Awards Ceremony

The Ashburnham-Westminster Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will host the second annual Remarkable Inspiration in Special Education (RISE) Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. at J.R. Briggs Elementary School. If you would like to attend and see this year’s honorees accept their awards, please RSVP to https://goo.gl/forms/tdWBunKO4gkGB8qm1 by April 29th. For more information, contact: Kendra Steucek (awrsdsepac2@gmail.com • 978-827-6355) or Kim Caisse (awrsdsepac3@gmail.com • 978-833-6163).

Other Special Education News
Crayola ColorCycle Update

To date JRB has saved 2230 markers from being tossed into our environment! Staff continues to toss their classroom's old, dried up markers, expo markers and twistable pencils in the bins at each of the grade-level printers. Let's keep up the great work.

Thank you, Brenda Brown

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