from the Superintendent's Office
Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of the Brielle Blazers
A new school year presents us with many new opportunities at Brielle Elementary School. We are excited to welcome over 15 new students for the 2018-2019 school year and over 50 kindergarten students! There will be two orientations held on Thursday, August 23rd. The first one is for kindergarten at 9:00am and then at 11:00am for new students!
Several new programs, new technologies, learning materials and building improvements await our Brielle family as we begin our journey together as partners and friends in education. Teams of teachers worked diligently over the summer to revise curriculum in the areas of Technology, Writing Across the Curriculum and STEM.
Students will begin their day with their homeroom teacher engaged in our Morning Meeting Program. Our incoming eighth grade students, the Class of 2019 had the opportunity to choose classes for their electives in the beginning of the summer.
Our doors have been open through the summer to approximately 150 students involved in many exciting programs, such as the Brielle Summer Recreation Program, Blazer Academy, and the Extended School Year Program.
At the same time we have been busy with building improvements including the installation of a new fence that completely eliminates access to our backyard, the heated paver project in the front of the school, painting classrooms, offices, and hallways. We have also replaced two classrooms with new desks and chairs.
Another project scheduled to be completed by the end of August will be the planting of boxwood shrubs that will spell out ‘B E S’ at the school’s entrance. This project is supported through donations from the PTO, Booster Club, BEF, Recreation Department and Board of Education, and is being spearheaded by John Devereux and Hugh Nolan. We are excited to see this beautification project completed!
The 2018-2019 school year will remain focused in the following areas:
Technology: We will continue our 1:1 initiative using Chrome Books for all students in grades one through eight. Through the generosity of our PTO, the Brielle Education Foundation, private donations, and the Brielle Board of Education additional Chrome Books, iPads, STEM materials and seven portable Promethean boards were purchased to allow us to continue integrating new technology to enhance learning by maintaining current technology tools, applications and upgrades as necessary.
Community/Parent Relations: Our goal is to provide clear, open, and timely communication to our families to ensure parental and community support and involvement. Parents will have complete access to student’s progress and grades by utilizing our Genesis program, the Honeywell Instant Alert System will again be implemented to inform our families through emails and voice/text messaging of pertinent information as well. In addition we have a new digital sign that is updated consistently reflecting school and community events.
Professional Staff Development: We will continue to improve instruction through effective and sustaining professional development which supports Professional Learning Communities (PLC) established by teachers and administrators. As educators, we know our students learn best in an environment where they are treated with respect. The entire staff has been trained in Responsive Classroom, Mindfulness, and a pro-active anti-bullying program for all students.
Our student and staff anti-bullying committee; ‘Blazing for Peace’, work collaboratively to ensure that acts of harassment, intimidation, and bullying do not take place in our school building. These four rules are our guiding principles:
1. We will not bully others;
2. We will try to help students who are bullied;
3. We will make it a point to include students who are easily left out;
4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult as school or at home.
This year we are especially excited as our community and school will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary. We have a committee comprised of 8th grade students, teachers, parents, administrators and the town historian, John E. Belding who have been meeting over the summer to plan some events. On the 19th of each month throughout the school year we will be celebrating a specific decade where students can wear clothes of the period as follows: September-1990’s, October-1970’s, November-2000’s, December-1980’s, January-2010’s, February-1920’s, March-1930’s, April-1940’s , May-1950’s, and June-1960’s.
In addition, students have been researching historical facts about Brielle, collecting pictures of the town and school, which will be shared with all students on a daily basis during the school year through our TV Studio and by displaying pictures throughout the school. We would be extremely interested to know if you have any pictures, or historical data (i.e. old yearbooks, news articles, clothing, awards, etc.) that may be related to our school’s history and would like to lend them to us for the school year we would be most appreciative. Please contact the school at 732.528.6400 ext 203 or feel free to drop off any items you may have, clearly labeled and we will be sure to safeguard them for their return to you.
Students will be welcomed back on Wednesday, September 5th and will be dismissed at 12:50pm. The first full day will be Thursday, September 6th. As always, our traditional Flag raising ceremony will be held on Friday, September 7th with our kindergarten and 8th grade students, followed by a ‘Clap-In’ celebration for our kindergarten and eighth grade students throughout our hallways.
Some other upcoming events in September are our Back to School Nights where parents will have an opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers. September 6th is for Pre-K through 3rd grade parents and September 13th will be for 4th through 8th grade parents. Both evenings will begin at 6:30pm.
We are forever grateful for the support and efforts made by our Board of Education, the Parent-Teacher Organization, the Blazer Booster Club, Brielle Education Foundation, teachers, administrators, support staff and caring community members who collectively help create a great learning environment for all our students.
We will continue to keep focused on the processes that spurt continuing academic achievement, evaluating our programs, determining what we can do to improve and work collaboratively in a school environment to enhance success for all.
Our Motto: Every child….Every day….Whatever it takes.
Keeping Children First,
Christine E. Carlson