Principal's Newsletter

Bradford School


Nov. 1, 2019

"If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle

Notice 1: See attached flyer regarding Bradford’s Spanish Club.

Notice 2: See attached Walk-a-thon Pledge Form (for Grades 2-5)

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Bradford is the University Magnet – Look what we do with MSU!
• Today 1B participated in a Dance for Children class with MSU Dancers.
• Nov. 6th: Bradford-MSU Walk-a-thon for Grades 2-5 (Information will be sent home soon).
• Nov. 13th: ½ of 3E will attend a Piano Recital at the John J. Cali School of Music.
• Nov. 15th: 1R will participate in a Dance for Children class with MSU Dancers.
• Nov. 18th – Grade 5 will visit Panzer Gym for Health & Physical Education stations

Student Council
• Congratulations to Natalie Chu, Lucca Williams, and Jackson Moore, the final candidates for Student Council Vice President, and Ruby Grodner, Henry Lynch and Ronan Vanco, the final candidates for Student Council President. The candidates will present their speeches to the entire student body on Monday, November 4th, and voting will take place in the classrooms immediately following the speeches. Congratulations, also, to all those who ran in the Primary Election. Democracy is alive and well at Bradford!

Dia de los Muertos
• Today Bradford celebrated Dia de los Muertos. Under the leadership of Senora Grodner, students participated in a Celebration of Learning related to this holiday. Students from Montclair State University's Spanish Honor Society and parents from the Bradford Spanish Club assisted at stations with various activities. Bradford students sampled pan de muerto and drank chocolate, made calaveras from Model Magic, tissue paper cempasúchil flowers, mascaras and papel picado. Student work was displayed around the room, as well as an ofrenda with photos of loved ones. Gracias, Senora Grodner!

Bradford-MSU Walk-a-thon
• On Wednesday, Nov. 6th, students in Grades 2-5 will participate in the 13th annual Bradford-MSU Walk-a-thon. The walk will take place on the campus of Montclair State University. Students in Grades 2 and 3 will attempt to walk 5k (3.1. miles), and students in Grades 4 and 5 will attempt to walk 10k (6.2 miles). Any student not feeling up to either distance will have the opportunity to stop and rest. Each year, donations made to the Walk-a-thon are used to support Toni’s Kitchen, a local food pantry in Montclair. Pledge forms went home earlier this week and the form is also attached to today’s e-blast; you can send in a donation with the pledge form (cash or checks made out to Toni’s Kitchen). Please dress your children appropriately for the weather and make sure they wear comfortable shoes. Students can also bring a water bottle (no glass bottles). If you have any questions, you may contact Tom Maloney here.

Picture Retakes
• Picture Retakes are on Nov. 15th. If you would like your child’s picture taken over, please send in a note to your child’s teacher. We will then send home a new order form. Also, please have your child return the original picture on Nov. 15th. They will hand this directly to the photographer.

Montclair Orchestra Opportunity for Third Graders
• The Montclair Orchestra believes in the power of music for children, and would like to offer all Montclair Public Schools 3rd grade students a free ticket to its upcoming children’s concert, Carnival of the Animals. Montclair Councilwoman Dr. Renee Baskerville will provide narration and introduction to the orchestra, and there will be an instrument petting zoo following the concert where children will have an opportunity to explore and play various orchestral instruments themselves! The Carnival of the Animals concert will take place this Sunday, Nov. 3rd at 3:00 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair. Tickets for the concert can be purchased here - please use the promo code “MPS3” during checkout to get your free third grader’s ticket with the purchase of any adult or senior ticket.

IMANI Literacy Program
• Mini-IMANI is a literacy program for Montclair Public School students in Grades K-5. Certified teachers assisted by trained parent facilitators lead each grade level group in lively discussions of age-appropriate books. These reading and discussion groups build critical thinking skills while helping children develop a love of reading and storytelling. The Mini-IMANI Parent Orientation and Student Registration is this Sunday, Nov. 3rd at 3:00 pm at Charles H. Bullock School. For more information and to register online please go to the Imani website here.

Materials Needed
• On Nov. 21st, pop artist Michael Albert, known for his amazing collages, will be here for a special assembly for students in Grades 3-5. He will also be working with each of these grade levels after the assembly on a special project that will become a permanent installation at Bradford. In anticipation of this event, we will need cardboard material such as cereal boxes & other printed cardboard consumer packages (cookies, crackers, soda cartons, frozen pizza, oatmeal, etc). Please send these items in if you can!

Lost and Found
• We have a huge number of jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes, and water bottles in lost and found. Please have your child check the lost and found as soon as possible to find any missing items. Also, please be sure to label your child’s outerwear, lunchboxes and water bottles with their name! When there is a name on the item, we can quickly return it to its owner. There are very nice items in Lost and Found with no names; these items will be donated soon if not claimed.

School Spirit Days
• Fridays are “School Spirit Days,” at Bradford! Students are encouraged to wear either a Bradford or a favorite college/university shirt. Or just wear blue and yellow! Please encourage your child to show his or her school spirit every Friday.

Upcoming Dates
• Nov. 6th: Wake Up and Shake Up Wednesday (Walk to School Day and Healthy Breakfast for Grade 1 and ABA Classrooms)
• Nov. 6th: Bradford-MSU Walk-a-thon for Grades 2 - 5
• Nov. 7th and 8th: District Closed for NJEA Teacher Convention
• Nov. 14th: Early (1:40) Dismissal for Curriculum Meetings
• Nov. 15th: PTA/SATp Meeting 9:00 a.m. – Presentation on the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment with Ms. Freeh)
• Nov. 15th: Picture Retakes
• Nov. 25th: Fall After-School Enrichment Ends
• Nov. 27th: Early (1:40) Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break
• Nov. 28th and 29th: District Closed for Thanksgiving Break
• Dec. 4th-6th: Early Dismissal for Evening (Dec. 4th) and Afternoon (Dec. 5th and 6th) Parent Conferences

Have a great weekend!

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