Upcoming Events

Nov
21
Wed
12:30 pm Last Day Hat/Mittens Donations
Last Day Hat/Mittens Donations
Nov 21 @ 12:30 pm
Santa Claus Shop Join us to help others by donating NEW children’s hat/mitten/glove sets for the 52nd annual Santa Claus Shop. Santa Claus Shop provides deserving neighbors in Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights the[...]
Dec
3
Mon
all-day Brayton Day!
Brayton Day!
Dec 3 all-day
Wear Blue and White and show your Bobcat spirit!
Dec
6
Thu
8:15 am Holiday Shop
Holiday Shop
Dec 6 @ 8:15 am – 9:45 am
 
7:00 pm Winter Concert
Winter Concert
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Dec
7
Fri
8:15 am Holiday Shop
Holiday Shop
Dec 7 @ 8:15 am – 9:45 am
 

School Hours

Arrival 8:05-8:15 a.m.
School Hours
8:15 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Dismissal 3:00 p.m.
Single Session
8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Delayed Opening 10:15 a.m.

Principal's Newsletter

Principal's LetterDear Parents,

Happy November!  With as little school as we seem to have this month, I am sure that the time is going to fly by, and December will be here before we know it!

STUDENT REPORTS
This week, teachers are engaged with you in parent teacher conferences.  I hope that you are finding them worthwhile and are learning about your child’s successes in school.  On December 10th, the first report cards will go home.  As always, our teachers will review the reports with the individual students, and we ask that you, too, take the time to speak with your children about their progress. 

GRIT
As you know, our theme this year is “GOT GRIT?”  Dr. Angela Duckworth, author of “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance,” defines grit as the intersection of passion for a purposeful goal and the perseverance to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In our roles as parents and teachers, we want to help our children figure out exactly what they care about enough to get it done while overcoming the inevitable obstacles that will come their way, in other words, find their passion.

In his book, “Grit for Kids,” Lee David Daniels suggests the following steps we can take to encourage passion:

  • Make it part of your routine to encourage the kids to try something new.
  • Talk to them to understand what their interests are, then encourage them to pick what they are really excited about and give it a try.
  • Pick an activity and do it with them. Then talk about how it felt for them.  Tell them how it was for you.  Did you like it? Did they? Were they discouraged when it got hard or were they “fired up” about it?

One thing we know for sure, it is much more enjoyable to work hard at something we love – that goes for adults, as well as children.  We need to help our children find their passions and assist them in finding ways to pursue them.

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK
During the week of November 12th, we will celebrate our teachers as part of American Education Week.  This is a terrific time to take a moment to express your appreciation to our wonderful staff, whether in a kind word or short note.

Our Brayton staff is extremely dedicated to our children, and they work hard every day to help students enjoy learning and strive to do their best.

Which brings me to the final thought for this month.  With Thanksgiving only weeks away, I am reminded of how very thankful I am to work in such an amazingplace as Brayton School.  Wonderful children, extremely supportive parents and a staff equal to no other all contribute to the ongoing success that we experience here and to the special community that exists.  I wish you all blessings for happiness and good health as we move into the holiday season.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheryl Moretz