Principal's Newsletter

Bradford School

Bradford School News
Jan. 17, 2020

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Notice 1: MLK, Jr. Day of Service Flyer

Notice 2: Family BINGO Flyer

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Spring After-School Enrichment (ASE)
• Spring ASE sign-up is open until Jan. 22nd at 8:00 p.m. The catalog for Spring ASE is available on the PTA website here. Bradford’s ASE program offers a wide range of classes, including classes in STEM, visual arts, sports, and performing arts. ASE is a great way for students to gain new knowledge and skills and to develop new friendships while exploring their interests and discovering some new ones. We have not sent home paper catalogs this year - so in order to read class descriptions and registration information you must go on the PTA website. Click here to register. Scholarships are available for this program; please reach out to Ms. Kirkman with any questions. For general questions, please email the ASE team here.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
• Please join us from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. It’s a day off from school but a day ON for service! In the spirit of Dr. King, join us with your families for a morning of hands-on volunteer opportunities to help others in our community and around the world. There will be several stations set up so that our students can learn about different ways to support others in need. Activities include: letter writing to local senior citizens and migrant children, preparing soup for Toni’s Kitchen, decorating and stuffing tote bags for a local nonprofit, creating a collaborative mural on large paper, and making origami peace cranes with Edgemont’s Roots and Shoots Club. The Passing Notes, a student-run a cappella group from Montclair High School, will perform at this event, as will some of Bradford’s fifth grade students. Please see the flyer attached to today’s e-blast regarding this event.

Family Bingo Night – Save the Date!
• Family Bingo Night is right around the corner! Please join us on Friday, Jan. 24th from 6:00-
8:00 p.m. for an evening of Bingo, raffles, and fun! This event always brings out a huge crowd
and is a great school community event. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be available. Please see the flyer attached to today’s e-blast for registration details, as you must RSVP to this event.

MPS Superintendent Search
• The Montclair Board of Education invites you to attend “critical issues input sessions” to gather information to set criteria for the background, training, and experience necessary for the Superintendent of Schools position. The district’s search consultant from New Jersey School Board Association will explain the search process and timeline, as well as the roles played by the Board, staff, and community in the process. Sessions will take place on Feb. 10th at 4:00 p.m. at Bullock School, Feb. 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Northeast School, and Feb. 12th at 10:00 a.m. at the district office (22 Valley Rd.).

Bradford Reader
• Calling all Writers! We are now accepting submissions for the Bradford Reader. Please submit your child’s drawings, poems, musings, haikus, essays, and written thoughts. Submissions can be sent here. It's okay to submit handwritten submissions and we always welcome submissions from our youngest students. There's a space for your young writer in the Bradford Reader. Feel free to send questions to Taigi Smith here. See you in the Reader!

Colder Weather
• Students go outside for recess if it is 28 degrees or above (the real feel temperature must also be at least 28 degrees). Please be sure to send your children to school with outerwear appropriate for the colder weather. Students should have a winter coat, hat, scarves, and gloves or mittens. If there is snow on the ground, feel free to send your children with snow boots as we will go out in the snow. Make sure all outerwear items are labeled with your child’s name.

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
• Jan. 20th: School Closed but it’s a Day ON for Service! MLK Day of Service 10:00-12:00
• Jan. 21st: School Closed for Professional Development Meetings
• Jan. 24th: Family BINGO Night 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
• Jan. 27th: After-School Enrichment begins
• Feb. 6th: Early (1:40 p.m.) dismissal for Curriculum Meetings
• Feb. 12th: Middle School Information Session for Fifth Grade Students and Parents 7:00 p.m.
• Feb. 17th: District Closed for Presidents’ Day

Have a great weekend!

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