from the Superintendent's Office
Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of the Brielle Blazers:
Greetings from Brielle Elementary School! A new school year presents us with many new opportunities. The past eighteen months have been unprecedented for everyone. Our goal is to create a learning environment for our children where continued growth, learning acceleration, and social emotional well-being are the top priorities.
Our plan is to operate as we did pre-pandemic. Children will travel from class to class, use lockers, continue eating outdoors, utilizing our outdoor classroom environment and experiencing all normal school activities, i.e. Before Care/After Care School BEACON program, PTO enrichment, fall, winter, spring sports, clubs, dances, etc.
We are excited to welcome over 45 kindergarten students as well as over 15 new students to our school. On Thursday, August 26th, we will be hosting an orientation for kindergarten students at 9:00am, and new students at 11:00am, along with their parents.
Our doors have been open throughout the summer to approximately 170 students involved in many exciting programs such as the Brielle summer recreation program, Blazer Academy, visual & performing arts enrichment programs, and the Extended School Year program.
At the same time we have been busy with building improvements including painting classrooms, offices, and hallways, as well as the completion of the replacement of all ceiling tiles and lighting to more efficient materials and LED fixations. The upgrade of classroom furniture and technology has also been a priority. As is the case every summer, our custodial and secretarial staff have done a tremendous amount of work preparing for the new school year.
We are looking forward to the addition of new staff members to our school community: Ms. Alexandra Smith, first grade teacher; Ms. Courtney Donnelly, sixth grade English language arts teacher; Ms. Xena Valenzuela, special education teacher; long term leave replacement kindergarten teacher, Ms. Amanda Sweeney; long term leave replacement special education teacher, Ms. Jami Menture; two new instructional aides, Ms. Mackenzie Queen, and Miss Summer Smith.
Ms. Jennifer Love returns this year as our newly appointed Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Lisa Matter and Mrs. Maria Prendergast both return this year in Math/Reading Interventionist appointed roles as well.
We are forever grateful for the support and efforts made by our Board of Education, the Parent-Teacher Organization, the Blazer Booster Club, the Brielle Education Foundation, teachers, administrators, support staff, and caring community members who collectively help create a great learning environment for all of our students.
We will continue to keep focused on the processes that nurture continuing academic achievement by evaluating our programs, and determining what we can do to improve, and work collaboratively in a school environment to enhance success for all.
Every Child...Every Day...Whatever it Takes
Keeping Children First,
Christine E. Carlson