Principal's Newsletter

Bradford School

November 24, 2021

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Happy Thanksgiving!
I want to thank my amazing families and caregivers for being such an incredible support system for Bradford. The generosity, understanding, and willingness to assist in any capacity has made for a smooth transition into this school year. I am grateful to join such a dynamic community and an all-star staff. Looking forward to creating many more wonderful memories for our kids. Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, long overdue relaxing break!

Vaccinations and Travel
Parents please be advised that children require two dose vaccines, 21 days apart, and two weeks after the second dosage in order to to be considered vaccinated. Quarantine will still apply, meanwhile if there is travel, it is 7 days with a negative PCR test (not a home kit), or 10 days unvaccinated. Also, please inform your child’s teacher if you are planning to travel, so we can make arrangements for virtual learning.

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sunset this Sunday, November 28 through December 6th. The most common tradition of Hanukkah is the lighting of a commemorative menorah. Many families of the Jewish faith will commonly have these in their homes. As the candles are being lit, Judaic blessings are often chanted before and during the process. The Bradford Elementary School Community is delighted to welcome one of its own, Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, to present the story of Hanukkah to the fourth and fifth-grade students this Wednesday, December 1. Rabbi Nikki is the parent of two Bradford students. She earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University and was named one of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis by the Jewish daily, Forward. Rabbi Nikki works throughout the New York City area and brings awareness and understanding of matters affecting the Jewish and the LBGQT+ communities. Rabbi Nikki will be giving a wonderful presentation to the 4th and 5th grade classes that explains the origins of the holiday as well as the themes and modern interpretation of Hanukkah. This story of perseverance under oppressive rule reflects many colonial stories we teach in social studies today. The story of Hanukkah also mirrors the individual struggles that many of our families overcame for acceptance into American society.

Thanksgiving Projects
Class 2B worked on "Floats on Parade" featuring student created floats that teach respect, acceptance, and kindness.
Grade 2 Ms. Bangs

State of the School Address

We are closing in on our 90 day mark, and I will be holding a town hall presentation on what Bradford has been up to thus far. I will also be sharing plans on what’s to come.
If you have any particular questions that you would like to be addressed, please fill out this Google form: Bradford 90-day Parent Questionnaire

Date: November 30, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 695 406 8676
Passcode: meeting

Warm Clothing
With the cold weather approaching parents please send your children with jackets or coats, hats and gloves.

Native American Celebrations Continue
Doc Cahill’s class made rain sticks, and completed a tribal rain dance, harvested in the fall garden, the adobe houses of the Southwestern tribes, made Navajo fry bread, played lacrosse (which was created by the Native Americans), made dreamcatchers, our tipis, and learning about the Lenape tribe with Essex Environmental Center.
Kindergarten Dr. Cahill's class

Ms. Eckardt’s class studied the Southwest Native Tribes
Students recreated “coil pottery” from the Pueblo Peoples. This encompassed honoring “the earth, the water, and the fire.”
Grade 3 Ms. Eckardt's students

Holiday Gift Giving 2021
HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING-2021 Holiday season is right around the corner! We know this has not been an easy year for some. The Bradford Community would like to offer some holiday cheer by offering assistance with your gift giving needs. If you feel that you and your family would benefit from such assistance please complete the confidential google form linked here by November 30th. You will be contacted once the gifts are ready for pick-up the week of December 20th.

SEL Corner: Bradford Family/Caregivers Check-In!
The Bradford Social-Emotional Committee is not only for our staff and students. Our families represent a huge piece of the puzzle! We care and are interested in how "YOU" are doing. Social-Emotional wellness is vital to a sense of overall well-being. Please take a minute to fill out the survey. We will use the information to develop a robust family component to our program.

Dear Bradford Families,
We’d like to take this opportunity to convey our heartfelt appreciation for all you are doing. We recognize this has been a very different start to the year. Sometimes stressful but overall, I think you have all adjusted and transitioned into the school year with flying colors! Your commitment, love and dedication to your children shows. Your role is not an easy one, our children don’t come with manuals then throw a pandemic on top of that! WHEW. Holiday time can add another level of stress so please be mindful and take care of yourselves. Enjoy the holiday break! Click this link for a quick read on how to protect yourself from holiday stress.

Governor’s Educator of the Year Nomination Form: Due November 30th!!
Is there a teacher, or an educational professional who has been a positive light in your child’s life? The Governor’s Educator of the Year award is a special opportunity to highlight that person, please email me the completed nomination form!

Toni's Kitchen Icon

On Monday, Ann Mernan from Toni’s Kitchen, was presented a check in the amount of $4,971. This was a result of the generous donations given from our Bradford family for the Walk-A-Thon. Ms. Mernan explained to us that a generous non-profit group, Silver Family Foundation will match dollar for dollar for any donation made Thanksgiving week! So with many thanks to our Bradford families, Toni’s Kitchen will be awarded $9,942.00! Many thanks to Mr. Maloney for coordinating this wonderful event for our students.
Toni's Kitchen Check

Upcoming Dates
- Nov. 25: District Closed
- Nov. 26: District Closed
- Nov. 30: State of the School Address

- Dec. 8: Abbreviated Day; Evening Conferences
- Dec 9: Abbreviated Day; Afternoon Conferences
- Dec 10: Abbreviated Day; Afternoon Conferences

Have a wonderful weekend!

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