Principal's Newsletter

Bradford School

Bradford School News
March 27, 2020

"We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Spring Break is still scheduled from April 10th-April 17th.

Online Learning Reminders

• Flexible Fridays: We understand how challenging the transition to online learning has been for families. We know that we are all a little overwhelmed and still trying to adjust to our new schedules. Therefore, starting next Friday, April 3rd, Fridays will be a day to catch our collective breath and no new classwork will be posted. Students have been working very hard, and we want them to use Flexible Fridays as a chance to catch up on any missed assignments, spend time with family, and take a deep breath! If all of your child’s work is complete, they may take a virtual field trip or access the online learning opportunities through Clever. All students must still check-in to their Google Classroom daily (even on Fridays) so attendance can be taken, and all teachers will be available to reteach and support any students in need.

• As we settle into our new routine, we are all becoming more proficient with Google Classroom and working out the kinks. Don’t forget that you can modify the work schedule for your child if necessary in terms of when the work is completed; the learning at home does not have to match the hours of the actual school day. Reach out to your child’s teachers if you need any modifications to the work itself.

• Your child must check in each day by answering the daily question or posts assigned by the teachers, even on Fridays. Participation in Google Classroom reflects your child’s attendance, so it is critical that they log on to complete assignments. This is how we are keeping track of attendance.

• I included this in last week’s newsletter, but its importance can’t be overstated: It is healthy (and encouraged!) for your children to take breaks and engage in other, offline activities, such as taking a walk, engaging in imaginative play, creating art, cooking with you, putting on a play with their siblings, counting the birds they see from the window, learning how to do laundry, completing puzzles, participating in a yoga or mindfulness video, etc. Also consider listening to “A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus,” on The New York Times “The Daily” podcast.

Report Cards

• As the district email on Wednesday stated, report cards will be available for viewing in Genesis on April 9th. Please contact your child’s teacher directly if you have any questions or would like to schedule a virtual conference.

New Jersey Student Learning Assessment

• Governor Murphy has announced that he State of New Jersey has canceled all statewide student assessments for the 2019-20 school year. This includes the springtime administration of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) and the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM).

Technical Support

• There is a link on the Bradford homepage called "Remote Learning Information" that will give you access to additional details that you may find helpful. You can also email Ms. Tamasco for technical support.

• If students are trying to complete assignments through the internet browser on an iPad or iPhone and are experiencing issues, please download the app from the App Store. There are apps for Google Classroom, Google Drive and Flipgrid, etc.

• Flipgrid and GoMath-Think Central are recommending the web browsers Chrome and Microsoft Edge if students are experiencing any issues with other browsers.

Message from Nurse Dowling

• You are welcome to view the PowerPoint (on supporting your mental health and that of your child(ren) during Covid-19) attached to today’s e-blast. Nurse Dowling participated in a webinar where this helpful information was shared.

• Are you getting tired of all the hand washing? Make handwashing fun again.  Generate hand washing infographics and lyrics based on your favorite songs!

Food Distribution

• Food Service will continue to distribute meals at three locations - Nishuane, Hillside, and Montclair High School from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as follows:
Every Monday: Meals for Mon., Tues. and Wed. (breakfast for the next day)
Every Thursday: Meals for Thursday and Friday (breakfast for the next day)
Toni’s Kitchen will provide fresh groceries for the week on Mondays at the three locations and same timeframe

I&RS Meetings
• All upcoming I&RS (Intervention and Referral Services) meetings have been postponed. We will reschedule them once we know the plans for school to reopen. In the meantime, you can reach out to your child’s teacher, as well as the curriculum support teachers (Ms. Schwartz and Ms. Hall), for information about your child’s progress.

Common Sense Media: includes an age rating for each item and a brief synopsis

50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They Turn 12 

Best Family Movies
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Your messages of thanks and support for the staff are greatly appreciated. We also want to thank YOU, our students and parents, for all of your patience, resilience, and hard work during this time. Have a good weekend, and stay safe and practice social distancing!

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