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January 12th Principal's Update

Dear JRB Parents,

PTA BINGO scheduled for Friday, January 12, 2018 has been postponed and is rescheduled for Friday, April 27th.  The weather is cooperating so will go outside each day.  Please help your child pack the appropriate clothing to play in the snow. In addition to coats and gloves, snow pants and boots are required to play in the snow. 

With the colder temperatures, some parents are waiting in their cars with their engines idling at parent drop-off and parent pick-up to remain warm.  Please remember that if you are parked alongside the curb in the traffic circle to shut off your engines.  The school’s HVAC systems could intake car exhaust and trigger the fire alarm system which would require us to evacuate the building quickly so our students and staff would be outside without their jackets.  Thank you for your cooperation during parent drop-off and pick-up during the upcoming winter months.

Due to the weather forecast for Saturday, January 13, 2018, the Ashburnham Economic Development Commission has rescheduled the Ashburnham Bonfire to Sunday, January 14th from 4:00PM-7:00PM at the Fitchburg Sportmen’s Club, 289 Rindge State Road.

Attached to this newsletter is information about the enrichment programs being offered to all students by Extended Day.  There are a variety of programs being offered and they have been very popular with the students.

Sincerely

Andrea McGrath, JRB Principal

Jennifer Lilley, JRB Assistant Principal

 

PARENT CONFERENCE ONLINE SIGN-UP DIRECTIONS

We are using signup.com to organize our upcoming parent-teacher conferences. Here's how it works:

  1. Click this link to go to the JRB February 2018 Conferences (or cut and paste the address http://signup.com/go/UNXSxpS if you have difficulty with the link).
  2. Click on your child's homeroom.
  3. Review the options listed and choose a time slot that works for you. 
  4. Enter your contact information, your child's name (for whom you are scheduling the conference) and the names/homeroom teachers for any other children enrolled at Briggs.
  5. Repeat for all siblings.

You will receive an email confirming your time slots that will include a link to reschedule a conference, if your plans change.

Our group signup page will go "live" Monday, January 15th at 9:00AM and close on Tuesday, January 23rd at 3:00PM. In other words, you will be able to schedule a conference beginning Wednesday, January 10th at 9:00AM, and can make changes as needed up until Thursday, January 18th at 3:00PM.

 Please contact the front office at 978-828-5750 or email jrboffice@awrsd.org.

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Children who turn five years old by August 31, 2018 are eligible to register for kindergarten.  Registration will occur during February 2018 and we are encouraging all parents to complete this process as soon as possible.   Please call the school at 978-827-5750 or email our school secretary, Becky Pilsbury, bpilsbury@awrsd.org, if you have any questions or if your child will not be enrolling. 

Enrollment packets can be picked up at the school starting February 1, 2018 and/or online at www.awrsd.org/jrb.  The packets can be picked up from 7:30AM-3:30PM.  We are looking forward to getting to know your child and family.  The school office will be closed on Monday, February 19th and Friday, February 23rd

 

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019

Ashburnham and Westminster preschool children who will reach age 3 by Aug. 31, 2018 are eligible to attend Learning Tree Preschool. A limited number of children are selected as peers through a lottery conducted in March for enrollment in September. For more info about the Learning Tree Preschool and/or to place your child on the list of potential students, call the A-W CFCE at 978.874.7312.  Registration deadline is Feb. 17, 2017. Contact the Special Ed. Dept. at 978.827.3062 if you suspect your 3 or 4 year old child has a disability. 

 

LITTLE CAESAR”S SUPER BOWL FUNDRAISER

John R. Briggs School Presents:  Our “Super Bowl” Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraiser from Friday, January 5, 2018-Friday, January 19, 2018.  All ordered items will be delivered in time for the Super Bowl weekend.  It’s Pizza! Pizza! Time!  Time for you, your friends and family, to get your Little Caesars Pizza Kits!  Have them on hand for quick dinners, parties and entertaining! 

Monies earned will be divided between JRB’s Enrichment Fund, the Nature’s Classroom Scholarship Fund and Inclusive Playground Fund.  Please read the flyer for additional details.  Please feel free to email Brenda Brown at bbrown@awrsd.org with any questions.

 

REMINDER TO PARENTS OF KINDERGRATEN AND THIRD GRADE STUDENTS

In AWRSD, physical exams are required in grades K and 3. If your child has had a physical since January 2017 up until now, please forward it to the Health Office if you have not already done so. If your child is in need of a physical, please contact your child’s primary care doctor and make an appointment. If you need a physical form, please contact me and I will be happy to send one home. If you have any questions or are unsure if you have sent a physical in already, please call me at school 978-827-5750, X5.  If you would like your child's physician to fax that form directly to my office, the FAX is 978-827-5699.

Thank you for your prompt attention!

Jane Flis, School Nurse 

 

MCAS 2.0

The third, fourth and fifth grade students will be taking the MCAS 2.0, Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics from April 3rd-May 10th.  The fifth grade will be completing the Science and Technology MCAS test. If possible, please avoid making doctors’ appointments and/or plan a family vacation during this time.  We are required to schedule all make-up tests when your child returns and most students prefer to take these exams with their peers.

Please review the schedule below to determine when your child will be taking their MCAS 2.0 exams.

 

ELA MCAS 2018

 

Grade 5 

Wednesday, April 11th

ELA Session 1

Thursday, April 12th

ELA Session 2

ELA Session 3

Grade 4

Tuesday, April 24th

ELA Session 1

Wednesday, April 25th

 

ELA Session 2

ELA Session 3

*Grade 3

Thursday, April 26th

ELA Session 1

Friday, April 27th

 

ELA Session 2

ELA Session 3

 

MATH MCAS and SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, & ENGINEERING MCAS 2018

 

Grade 5 

Monday, April 30th 

Math Session 1

Tuesday, May1st

Math Session 2

Wednesday, May 9th

STE Session

Thursday, May 10th

STE Session

*Grade 3

Monday, May 7th

Math Session 1

Tuesday, May 8th

Math Session 2

Grade 4

Wednesday, May 2nd

Math Session 1

Thursday, May 3rd

Math Session 2

 

 

JRB SCHOOL REPORT CARD

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education generates a school report card that we share with parents.  Attached to this email is the letter about our performance and along with MA DESE School Report Card.

 

WINTER DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Wednesday, January 10th-PTA Meeting 6:30PM JRB Library
  • Monday, January 15th- No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, January 22nd-Half-Day of School (EXD and Parent pick-up students dismissed at 11:45AM and Buses at 12:00PM)
  • Wednesday, January 31st- Winter Band and Chorus Concert at JRB at 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 1st-Half-Day of School Parent Teacher Conferences (EXD and Parent pick-up students dismissed at 11:45AM and Buses at 12:00PM)
  • Thursday, February 8th-Half-Day of School Parent Teacher Conferences (EXD and Parent pick-up students dismissed at 11:45AM and Buses at 12:00PM)
  • Friday, February 2nd -PTA Sweethearts’ Dance (Information will be available at a later date.)
  • Friday, February 9th – PTA Sweethearts’ Dance SNOW DATE
  • Monday, February 19th-Friday, February 23rdNo School February Vacation Week

 

FLYERS ATTACHED

  • Little Caesar’s Fundraiser
  • Ashburnham Girls Scout Swap Not Shop
  • After School Environmental Science Club
  • After School Crazy Cardio Program
  • After School Book Club
  • After School Scrapbook Club
  • MA DESE Report Card
  • MA DESE Parent Letter
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