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Bradford School


Bradford School News
April 18, 2019

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.”
- Langston Hughes

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Bradford – MSU Partnership…Look What We Do With MSU!
• Monday: Ms. Ehrmann’s, Ms. O’Sullivan’s, Ms. DeCandia’s and Ms. Melhuish’s classes participated in Health and Physical Education stations at Panzer Gym.
• Wednesday: ½ of Ms. Russo’s class saw a Chamber Music recital at the John J. Cali School of Music.
• May 3rd and 6th: Third Grade classes will participate in MSU-led STEM stations.

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC)
• The next SEPAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 30th from 7-9pm in the Nishuane School Library. This meeting will focus on “Summer Options for Children with Special Needs,” featuring several speakers and resources on the topic. Speakers include Jennifer Finnerty, an MPS District special education supervisor, who will talk about Extended School Year (ESY) and social skills program options; Natasha Gleabes, who works with a case management organization (CMO), who will talk about the PerformCare process, government services available to all families with children who have special needs (regardless of income); and Aryn Barer, Director of Round Lake Camp, an inclusive camp serving children with special needs. Resources about other summer programs and activities in and around Montclair will also be shared.

Bradford Art Show
• On Friday, May 3rd, Bradford will host its third annual Art Show in the gymnasium after school from 4:00-6:30 p.m. Bradford students will be showcasing their art pieces inspired by famous artists and the elements and principles of design. The art show will also provide fun activities such as coloring stations, photo booth, snacks, and art stations for art works for sale/donations to the art room. Click here to help Ms. Bautista prep for the Art Show, and click here to donate food and supplies.

Board of Education Community Forum • The Montclair Board of Education is pleased to announce a Community Forum on May 8, 2019, at 6:30 pm at the Charles H. Bullock School. This public forum will offer our families and community members the chance to listen and learn more about the role of the Board from President Laura Hertzog and from Board committee members who will provide updates on the following topics: Communications, Climate and Culture (including the HIB process), Facilities/Finance/Technology, Personnel, and Negotiations. In addition, the Board will offer guidance and helpful tips for navigating the district regarding questions and issues.

2019-20 Class Placements
• We are approaching the end of the school year, and we have already begun to plan for the new year in September. The Principal’s office is already being inundated with teacher requests for next year. Please understand that we cannot accommodate requests for a particular teacher (with the exception of Kindergarten) or requests for your children to be placed with (or without) certain children unless there are particular circumstances that your child’s teacher is aware of. Next year’s class placements are made with enormous consideration, and many variables are taken into account, which may include resource services, classified students, ethnicity, gender, retentions, twins, etc. Please understand that you will not receive a response from Ms. Kirkman for a 2019-20 teacher request.

Alex Patenaude Compassion Award
• Please consider nominating someone for this award. Alex attended Nishuane, Hillside, Glenfield and Montclair High School (Class of 2015). Alex was a great listener, highly observant, and always willing to help a friend. This award has been designed to honor his legacy in Montclair. Have you been involved in an act of kindness? Whether you were kind or someone was kind to you, we want to hear about it. Nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2019, and can be submitted here.

School Supplies for Next Year
• We hope you will consider purchasing your back-to-school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year now by clicking here to access the 1st Day School Supplies website and Bradford grade-level supply lists.The supplies for your child will automatically be placed in their classrooms for an easy start to the school year. Please spread the word to your fellow Bradford parents that you can order supplies through June 30th.

Bradford Spanish Club
• We've had so much interest in the Mesa Española that we decided to add a Monday in April and May. The dates of the Mesas Españolas are: April 15, May 6, May 20, and June 10. Stay tuned as we are planning a few other activities, such as salsa class and a food festival!

Hay tanto interés en la Mesa Española que hemos decidido añadir un lunes en abril y mayo. Las fechas de las Mesas Españolas son: el 15 de abril, el 6 de mayo, el 20 de mayo, y el 10 de junio. ¡Mantenga la atención porque estamos planeando unas actividades adicionales como un clase de salsa y un festival de comida!

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

The Bradford Reader
• The Bradford Reader wants you! We especially want your child’s short stories, poems, and drawings. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2019 version of the Bradford Reader. We love poems, essays, doodles, musings and drawings. Did your child write something cool recently that deserves to be shared with the world? Kindergarten parents---we'll have a special section for young writers. Parents of 5th graders--we'll have a special section dedicated for those moving on. The second deadline for submissions is on April 25, 2019. Please email all submissions here. Don't miss this fantastic chance to share your child's work with world!

Upcoming Dates
• April 19th: District Closed for Good Friday
• April 22nd-April 26th: School Closed for Spring Break
• April 29th: School re-opens
• April 29th: Field Day for Grades K-2 at MSU; bring a water bottle and wear comfortable shoes!
• May 1st: Walk-to-School Day and Healthy Breakfast for Grade 4

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all who celebrate! Have a wonderful and safe vacation.


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