Principal's Newsletter

Bradford School

June 18, 2021

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HOPE EVERYONE CELEBRATED DADS, GRANFATHERS, AND THOSE WHO WERE AMAZING ROLE MODELS IN THEIR LIVES!

NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture of the more than 4 million Americans with origins in the Caribbean. Caribbean Heritage Month commemoration was signed by President George W. Bush on June 5, 2006. Although Bradford will highlight these beautiful cultures in the classrooms, we also invite families who represent these backgrounds to engage in conversations with their child’s teachers about bringing their cultural heritage to the classroom (via Zoom of course). We are committed to recognizing, celebrating and educating about the diversity in our community!

June is Pride Month
June is Pride Month, when the world’s LGBT communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Pride gatherings are rooted in the arduous history of minority groups who have struggled for decades to overcome prejudice and be accepted for who they are. The original organizers chose this month to pay homage to the Stonewall uprising in June 1969 in New York City, which helped spark the modern gay rights movement. We don’t teach tolerance, we teach all inclusion. Be who you are and show your pride this month!

Nurse’s Corner
Parents please pick up your child’s medication by June 24!

Message from Ms. Beesley
Dear Families,
I am retiring at the end of this school year. I wanted to tell you that it has truly been a pleasure teaching all of your children. I loved trying to inspire them to read. Thank you for all of your support through the years! Have a wonderful summer!

MOVING UP CEREMONIES
KG Moving UP Ceremony
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Location: Bradford Courtyard
Time: 12pm
Rain Date: TBD

KG (ABA) Moving UP Ceremony
Date: Monday, June 21, 2021
Location: Bradford Courtyard
Time: 2pm

Parents please be on time, so we can begin the celebration and have time to enjoy the snacks and treats together!

End of the Year Chromebook Collection
Chromebooks will be collected on the last day of school, June 24 which is a Bulldog day. Students should bring the Chromebook and the assigned charging cord to school that day. Both items need to be collected at the same time. Label the device and the power cord with your child's name and grade. Teachers will collect the devices from students once they are in the classroom. If a student is participating in ESY or other district summer program, they will be able to keep their devices through the summer. There will be a collection sometime in August for those devices to be returned. If a student will not be in school the last few days, you may return the device and charger in advance. Please send an e-mail to Ms. Tamasco and the classroom teacher to indicate the need to return the device ahead of the due date, so we can schedule a time.

Mountie students will be able to return their devices to Hillside School on the designated days that have been announced by the district tech office. If it is easier to return the device to Bradford, Ms. Tamasco will be collecting devices in the front circle on Thursday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 and Friday, June 25th from 10:00-1:00. You may drive up and drop off the devices during these times

All questions about device returns can be e-mailed to Ms. Tamasco.

School Wide Juneteenth Assembly
On Thursday, June 17, 2021, all Bradford students participated in a virtual assembly celebrating Juneteenth. Mr. Anthony Keys, fifth grade social studies/science teacher, explained the history and significance of Juneteenth, as well as traditional ways it is celebrated. Ms. Judith Grodner, Spanish teacher, led the students in constructing a djembe using paper cups, twine and other materials graciously supplied to every student by the PTA. Mr. Peter Creekmore, music teacher, then taught the students the history of the djembe, a drum from West Africa used to communicate across long distances. The students learned the two main parts of the fanga rhythm, bass and tone, and then played along with a video of a performance of Funga Alafia, a song that originated in Harlem in the 1950’s. We would also like to thank the PTA for their support that helped make the project tangible for all of our students.

SPREAD THE WORD! THE RUN-A-THON WAS A SMASHING HIT!
HUGE THANK YOU TO MR. MALONEY AND THE PTA FOR CONTINUING THIS MUCH NEEDED TRADITION FOR OUR STUDENTS. THEY RAN, PLAYED, AND JUMPED INTO THE SPRINKLER, NOT KNOWING IT WAS ALL FOR AN AMAZING CAUSE! THE RUNATHON RAISED OVER $2K FOR THE GEYER Y!
 

1st Day School Supplies
Parents & Guardians - it's time to order school supplies for your students for the 2021-22 year. Please go to the 1st Day School Supplies page to order supplies for your Bradford student. Please pass the word to fellow parents as this has been a successful PTA fundraiser for years. Supplies will be delivered to your child's classroom next year. No orders will be accepted past July 1st - so please order soon! If you have any questions please reach out to Amanda Henry-Godino.

UPCOMING EVENTS

• June 24th: Last day of school


Have a wonderful weekend!




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