Principal's Newsletter

Bradford School

December 3, 2021

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Hanukkah Presentation by Rabbi Nikki

Rabbi Nikki gave a wonderful presentation to the 4th and 5th grade classes that explains the origins of the holiday as well as the themes and modern interpretation of Hanukkah. This story of perseverance under oppressive rule reflects many colonial stories we teach in social studies today. The story of Hanukkah also mirrors the individual struggles that many of our families overcame for acceptance into American society.


5th grade Presentation on Identity and Sense of Self

Continuing our series, Middle School 101, talks with our 5th graders, today’s presentation was on Identity & Sense of Self. This powerful topic was given by Glenfield’s counselor, Ms. Sims, who included visuals, music, and SEL components to drive some of the main ideas home. Students were asked about what makes them who they are, what qualities they look for in people/friends, and how to protect what they value about themselves. I was beyond impressed with the mature and confident responses our students gave, which only reinforced the idea that Bradford has blossoming leadership in the classrooms. Let’s keep these conversations ongoing!

Identity and Self Presentation

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents by now you should already know what day/time you will be meeting with your child’s teacher. Just a reminder that all meetings are virtual.

Dreidel Games and Hannukah Celebrations continue:


Update to Morning Arrivals

Walkers will now be allowed to use Door Q to enter the building. This will begin Monday!

Montclair BOE Guidelines on Vaccines:

I have received many questions during the town hall this week in regards to guidelines about vaccinated students.

For those who are vaccinated, NJ residents returning home after travel do not need to be quarantined but should still follow travel guidance from the CDC, NJDOH, and all local health and safety protocols. Individuals should test 3-5 days and monitor for symptoms after travel.

Vaccinations and Travel
Parents please be advised that children require two dose vaccines, 21 days apart, and two weeks after the second dosage in order to be considered vaccinated. Quarantine will still apply, meanwhile if there is travel, it is 7 days with a negative PCR test (not a home kit), or 10 days unvaccinated.
Also, please inform your child’s teacher if you are planning to travel, so we can make arrangements for virtual learning.

Holiday Gift Giving 2021

HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING-2021 Holiday season is right around the corner! We know this has not been an easy year for some. The Bradford Community would like to offer some holiday cheer by offering assistance with your gift giving needs. If you feel that you and your family would benefit from such assistance please complete the confidential google form by November 30th. You will be contacted once the gifts are ready for pick-up the week of December 20th.

SEL Corner: Bradford Family/Caregivers Check-In!

The Bradford Social-Emotional Committee is not only for our staff and students. Our families represent a huge piece of the puzzle! We care and are interested in how "YOU" are doing. Social-Emotional wellness is vital to a sense of overall well-being. Please take a minute to fill out the survey. We will use the information to develop a robust family component to our program.

Upcoming Dates

• Dec. 8: Abbreviated Day; Evening Conferences
• Dec. 9: Abbreviated Day: Afternoon Conferences
• Dec. 10: Abbreviated Day: Afternoon Conferences
• Dec. 13: Second Trimester Begins

Have a wonderful weekend!

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