from the Superintendent's Office
Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of the Brielle Blazers
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! A new school year presents us with many new opportunities at Brielle Elementary School. We are excited to welcome over 45 kindergarten students as well as a few new students to our school! On Wednesday, August 21st we hosted orientations for kindergarten and new students and parents at 9:00am.
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 write curriculum in the areas of Social Studies, and Reading and Writing for grades K-3. The new Financial Literacy curriculum will be introduced to our students in grades K through 8 for the first time this year.
Students will begin their day with their homeroom teacher engaged in our Morning Meeting Program. Our incoming eighth grade students, the Class of 2020 had the opportunity to choose classes for their electives over 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 painting classrooms, offices, and hallways, as well as replacing old ceiling tiles and lighting to more efficient materials and LED fixtures. We also partnered with the Borough of Brielle to replace the curbing and sidewalks on Union Lane.
The 2019-2020 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 Kindergarten 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 will continue to utilize the digital sign as a means of communication for the community. The sign 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:
- We will not bully others;
- We will try to help students who are bullied;
- We will make it a point to include students who are easily left out;
- If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult as school or at home.
Students will be welcomed back on Wednesday, September 4th and will be dismissed at 12:50pm. The first full day will be Thursday, September 5th. As always, our traditional Flag raising ceremony will be held on Friday, September 6th 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 5th is for Pre-K through 3rd grade parents and September 12th will be for 4th through 8th grade parents. Both evenings will begin at 6:30pm.
Five of our teachers will be in new positions this year as follows: Kim Andre will be teaching our Pre-Kindergarten students; Jean Lohmann will teach 1st grade, Stephanie Randel has moved to 2nd grade, Lori Kern has moved to 4th grade and Pete DeBenedetto will be our media specialist in the library. In addition to these changes there will be four new faces in the building; our two new kindergarten teachers are Kathryn Crawley and Laura Myers. We have also hired two special education teachers, one of them being Tracey Byrne, formerly one of our instructional aides and a new staff member; Alison Gilbertson.
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.
In this packet you will find the following:
- Internet/Media Consent Form – Please note the addition of the Department of Education which will also require your consent.
- Health Record Update Form
- Anti-Bullying Parent/Student Contract
- Brielle Booster Club Membership Application
- Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals
- Honeywell Instant Alert Instructions
- Bell Schedule
Please complete the necessary forms and return them to your child’s homeroom teacher.
Christine E. Carlson