Welcome Letter

‚ÄčSeptember 2017

Dear Bradford School Families,

Welcome to the opening of another exciting school year at Bradford School, the University Magnet, where everyone teaches and everyone learns. Every year our dedicated staff provides students with multiple opportunities to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

You can tell from the moment that you walk into a school whether the adults in the building care about kids, whether the kids love being in school, and whether everyone is focused on achieving a set of common goals. At Bradford, we recognize that every student is unique and learns in different ways, and we are committed to helping your child achieve his or highest potential. Therefore, we will continue to offer a differentiated and challenging curriculum with a focus on developing critical thinkers and thoughtful members of the community.

This year, we will continue to work closely with Montclair State University, taking advantage of being down the block from all the resources MSU has to offer. Learning experiences with MSU professors will take place at the University as well as at Bradford. In addition, we plan to continue our work in Responsive Classroom, which reflects our Bradford CARES values; CARES stands for the values of: Cooperation, Acceptance, Respect and Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control.

Developing a partnership with families of Bradford is a paramount focus. This family handbook is designed to provide every caregiver with information that will allows us to operate the school with a common understanding of what is critical to teaching and learning. Please read through the handbook and familiarize yourself with its contents, as collaboration with you is critical to a successful school year.

We thank you for allowing us the opportunity to guide your child on their educational journey. We invite you to become as active a member or our learning community as you can.

We look forward to a productive school year!

Naomi Kirkman and the Bradford Staff

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