Principal's Newsletter

Bradford School

December 17, 2021

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Kwanzaa Live with Culture Queen (Virtual)

The Montclair Public Library presents Kwanzaa expert Culture Queen! She teaches your royal children a fresh approach to celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa through interactive music, movement, storytelling and Black History themed games. This signature Culture Kingdom Kids program is appropriate for all ages and will leave participants feeling more inspired to incorporate Kwanzaa into their family traditions. Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is the seven day African American festival that celebrates culture, family and community from December 26 to January 1.

Registration required. Please register only once per family. Zoom link will be sent to registrants upon registration. If you miss the live stream email for a recording link (links will be emailed after December 26 and accessible through January.

Nishuane & Hillside's Kwanzaa Celebration 2021

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Friday, December 17th at 7pm (Zoom link provided upon registration)
- Explore the Nguzo Saba Kwanzaa seven principles:
Umoja: Unity
Kujichagulia: Self-Determination
Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility
Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics
Nia: Purpose
Kuumba: Creativity
Imani: Faith

- Dance with the drums and dancers from Spektrums Afrikans Dance Company!
- Listen to Anansi the Spider Folktale Story!

***Please register in advance by 3pm on Friday 12.17 to receive the Zoom Link. ***
Date: 12/17/2021 (Fri.)
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Location: Online, Zoom link will be provided day of the event

Message from Ms. Tamasco:

Parents, If your child has headphones at home, we ask that you send those into school for classroom use throughout the year. Headphones and a gallon storage zipper bag should be labelled with your child's name. The headphones should be adjustable, child-friendly (the designer headphones with ears, unicorn horns are cute, but not comfortable or practical for classroom use), 3.5 mm or usb connection. Students will keep their headphones in their backpacks, so they have them available for home use as well. Thank you for your support.

Yes, the TENTS are back

As per Dr. Ponds’ request, tents were sent to all schools to maintain outdoor dining during inclement weather.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!! Safety-Improvement Petition

Parents are petitioning the Montclair Township Council to put in place interim safety measures, conduct a formal traffic study and make critical safety improvements at the intersection of Mt. Hebron & Valley Road. Thank you to our families behind this petition, attention is much needed and long overdue with this dangerous situation.

Petition · Safety Improvements for Valley Road/Mt. Hebron Rd Intersection ·

Outdoor/Lunch Recess

Please dress your child with weather appropriate clothing. Many students came to school last week with short sleeves on and no jacket. On any given day, if the Real Feel temperature outside reaches 40 degrees or below, the building administrator will look at a variety of other weather variables, such as wind, precipitation, and cloud coverage in order to determine if students will eat their lunch inside or outside for that day. Each variable individually affects whether the air will feel cooler or warmer than what the actual temperature reads. The determination will be made by 9am each morning.
Students will continue to go outside for recess, as long as the Real Feel temperature remains above 28 degrees.

Start Strong Assessment Reports

The attached letter was sent via school messenger today to families of grade 4-11 students to inform them that Individual Score Reports (ISR) for Start Strong are now available in Genesis. Parents are directed to access the ISR under the Documents tab by clicking on the PDF icons under the Individual Student Reports folder. Hard copies of ISR’s will be received later this month and will be sent to your counselor’s office.

For electronic copies of ISR’s and Summary reports go to the shared ECI Admin drive for State Test Reports-Start Strong or click here:
For more information regarding the Start Strong assessment and reporting guides, please go to

Playground Etiquette

We have had some nice weather, and students have been enjoying the playground after school. It has come to my attention on more than one occasion about inappropriate behavior amongst students. We greatly appreciate parents monitoring their children on the playground after school hours.

Nurse’s Corner


If your child has received the vaccine please send a screenshot to me. I will add them to your child’s vaccine records. Fully vaccinated students will not have to quarantine related to exposure or travel unless they are sick. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second vaccine dose.

If your child takes any medication please send it along with the medication form to me. Students must have the medication and forms at school in order to attend school trips.
If you are traveling during the winter break please email me with the date your family will return to NJ so I can instruct you on quarantine, PCR testing dates and return to school. Have a great weekend! Nurse Dowling.

For the Love of Music

Hello Bradford parents, staff, and community! Are you a musical performer? The PTA Music Booster group is hosting a fundraiser bash in February called "For the Love of Music." We are looking for talented folks who could perform! Please fill out the form. All details of performance length, order, etc. will be dependent on our responses so please answer the questions to the best of your ability.

Mt. Hebron Road Parking Concerns

It has been brought to our attention that a number of illegally parked cars are at pickup each day. The stretch of College Avenue as you turn off of Mt. Hebron on the east side has several "no parking anytime" signs, yet when one turns onto College Avenue around 3:00 pm, that side of the street is filled with cars. This poses a very dangerous situation as the street becomes so narrow it is down to one lane. A bus, an ambulance or a fire truck would not be able to pass through. We have often seen cars having to back up onto Mt. Hebron because there is no room to pass. For the safety of your child and other children, please refrain from parking on the east side College Avenue. Many thanks.


Thirty six amazing students gave incredible speeches about how they would improve the school. Thank goodness I did not have to vote! Many candidates shared some great ideas, and Ms. Tamasco and I plan to ask for their assistance in making them Student Council goals.

Congrats to the winners, and they are:
- President: Liam Heiman & Tej Bakaya ( both had the same number of votes)
- Vice President: Calvin Shiao
- Treasurer: Madeline Bethards
- Area-C Representative: Addie Strickland
- Secretary: Deniz Bilecen

Upcoming Dates

Dec. 17: Wrap and Roll
Dec. 23: Early Dismissal
Dec.24-January 2: Winter Recess

Have a wonderful weekend!

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