October 4th Principal's Update

Dear JRB Parents,

 Please remember that tomorrow is our annual “Walk to School “ Day, please read the information below for additional details.  Also, tomorrow, October 5th at 3:00PM is the deadline to sign-up for a parent conference.

There is no school on Friday, October 6th due to professional development for the staff and no school on Monday, October 9th due to Columbus Day, so enjoy the long weekend!

There will be a band instrument demonstration for students in grades 3-5 during school on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 and early next week, we will send out a flyer about how to sign-up for a new instrument for any interested 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader.


Andrea McGrath, JRB Principal                                                                   

 Jennifer Lilley, JRB Assistant Principal



The Walk to School Day is Thursday, October 5th and the entire school district will be participating. We are walking to participate in International Walk to School Day.  Our K-5 students will walk with students from Oakmont Regional High School along with staff from both schools.  Our preschools will organize their own walk to school activity at the Briggs School.

Our walk will start around 8:45AM at Oakmont Regional High School and end at the John R. Briggs School.  All the buses will drop-off the students at Oakmont where their teachers and other JRB staff members will greet them on the football field.

Students who get dropped off by parents, should also be dropped off at Oakmont not JRB on Walk to School Day.  Parents can drop-off their children from 8:20AM-8:30AM at the front of Oakmont where the JRB staff and Oakmont Peer Leaders will greet them and escort them to the football field.

For students who participate in morning Extended Day and arrive before 8:20, there will be a bus for Extended Day students and staff to drive them to the high school where they will join their teachers and classmates for the walk to school. 

Oakmont teachers and students will escort each JRB class as they walk to school.  The Ashburnham Police Department will help with traffic flow to ensure the safety of all students.  This activity is designed to teach students how to walk safely and respect the rules of the road.  Should there be inclement weather, raining or temperatures below 400 degrees, the walk will be cancelled.  If you have any questions please contact Andrea McGrath at



Howdy, Briggs families!

It's that time of the year again. The fall book fair begins on Thursday, October 12, and runs through the morning of October 20.  The theme is The Wild West, so get your cowgirls and cowboys ready to saddle up and read!

Beginning Thursday, classes will be visiting the library to shop for books to build home libraries, so look for more information on your child's/children's scheduled day. There are books beginning at about $4.00 (plus tax), and there is a little something for everyone.  You may send in cash or a check made out to JR BRIGGS (not Scholastic). If you send a check, you may write in a DO NOT EXCEED amount in the memo line.

This year, JRB will be participating in Scholastic’s ALL FOR BOOKS fundraiser. Students and families may donate change at checkout, and Scholastic will match the amount donated in books. We will be helping a school damaged by recent hurricanes to replace books.

Parents are invited to visit the fair when they attend parent/teachers conferences. The fair will be open for shopping both in the afternoon and evening hours, so come get a head start on holiday shopping. Credit cards are accepted.

Also included in the book fair are some small, fun items such as bookmarks, posters, and decorative tape. These items will not be available to students during class time, They will only be available during the family shopping hours

If you can't make it to the book fair, or if you have out-of-town family or friends who would like to purchase books, the ONLINE BOOK FAIR is a great option at  Go to the site and search for JRBriggs. Online, you can find even more selections, such as sold-out items, additional books in a series, and more books for all ages, including teens and adults.

Remember that a portion of the book-fair proceeds comes directly back to the Briggs library. The more books we sell, the more books for the library!

More volunteers are needed to make this event a success. If you haven't already volunteered and can spend even an hour helping students shop for books, please send an email to




October 25th is UNITY Day: Make it ORANGE and make it end! Unite against bullying! The JRB community will wear orange to unite against bullying, and classes will read Spookley the Square Pumpkin or another anti-bullying book selected by the classroom teacher.


Week of October 23rd is Choose Kindness Week

Positive Post-its — Students write acts of kindness that they perform on post-its that are hung outside the classroom.

Students read The Monster Who Lost his Mean in Library


Students donate $1.00 and wear a costume to school. The money will be donated to the Pacer Center. By making a donation, we are helping PACER provide opportunities for children and youth with disabilities and also helping PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The contribution will help keep services free of charge to families.

Please remember that participating in this event is optional and your child can opt not to wear a dress-up outfit.

Below are the guidelines the students heard regarding “Dress-Up Day”

  • Students can wear their dress-up outfit on the bus but should bring a change of clothes in their bag.  Students who do not want to wear their outfit can get changed at school but may have to wait for a while for free bathroom stall.
  • There are no weapons allowed that accompany a dress-up outfit and any weapons that come to school will be held in Mrs. McGrath’s office until the end of the day.
  • Please keep scary masks at home and students should not wear their masks on the bus.
  • Please no face painting.
  • Any JRB teacher can ask a student to change into their regular clothes if their dress-up outfit interferes with a student’s learning and his/her day-to-day routine.
  • Any student that has physical education class with Mr. Berg must bring a change of clothes to prevent damaging his/her “Dress-Up” outfit.

The “Dress-up Day” parade that will occur at 9AM on Friday, October 26th.  The students will march out the preschool door at the back of the school and into the doors used for parent pick-up.  We will close the back of the school to traffic after preschool drop-off.  If you would like to watch the parade please park your car, walk to the back of the school and stand on the grass on either side of the road.



  • Thursday, October 5th-International Walk to School Day (Please the information above.)
  • Friday, October 6th-No School Due to Professional Development for Staff
  • Monday, October 9th-No School Columbus Day
  • Thursday, October 12th-Half-Day of School for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, October 19th-Half-Day of School for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Wednesday, October 25thWear Orange to School to Unite Against Bullying
  • Friday, October 27thSchool-wide Dress-up Day Parade at 9:00AM
  • Tuesday, November 7:  No School Professional Development
  • Friday, November 10th:  No School Veteran’s Day Observance
  • Wednesday, November 22nd:  Half-day of School Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, November 23rd-Friday, November 24th:  No School Thanksgiving Break


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