Welcome Letter

September 2020

 

Dear Bradford School Families,

 

Welcome to the opening of what will be a most unusual school year at Bradford School, the University Magnet, where everyone teaches and everyone learns. In these uncertain times, we remain committed to partnering with you to support the academic and social-emotional development of our students. Things will be different this year as we evolve to meet the challenges of living in the COVID-19 era, but our core mission remains the same.

 

At Bradford, we recognize that every student is unique and learns in different ways, and we are committed to helping your children achieve their highest potential. Therefore, we continue to offer a differentiated and challenging curriculum with a focus on developing critical thinkers and thoughtful members of the community. This year, special emphasis will be placed on social-emotional supports for our school community; the health and emotional well-being of staff and students will be prioritized. Our Bradford CARES values of Being Compassionate, Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being in Control will continue to be play a significant role.

 

Our partnership with  Montclair State University must also evolve, and we are still in discussions with university staff to see how we can best utilize the resources of MSU in a safe and healthy manner. Field trips to MSU are restricted, so we are exploring other ways to capitalize on our connection.

 

Recent changes in our world, country, and community have had a profound impact on all of us. As a result, in June we held a conversation on racism as a school community and established an Antiracism and Equity Action Committee, with the expressed goal of working toward becoming an antiracist school. We believe that an antiracist school is one where we continually examine our school practices, create inclusive and equitable spaces, and ensure that all members of our community are valued, heard, treated with dignity and respect, and accepted for who they are. We are committed to holding conversations about race with our students to combat stereotypes and to empower them to stand up for what is right.  Bradford will also soon become a Restorative Justice school, which is an important part of this work. More information on Restorative Justice can be found later in this handbook.

 

Developing a partnership with you is of paramount importance. This handbook is designed to provide you with information that will allow us to operate the school with a common understanding of what is critical to teaching and learning. Please 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 of our learning community as you can, and we look forward to a productive school year!

 

Naomi Kirkman and the Bradford Staff

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