Upcoming Events

Open Committee Chair Positions

Calling all Brayton volunteers!  We have openings to chair some of our favorite committees.  Grab a friend and sign up.  Co-chairs are a great way to make the work more fun. While we do not know what fall will bring, we still want to be prepared to support the best student community experiences. More details here. Please contact Amanda McConnon or Kristine Nukk with your interest or questions.

Committee Chairs
Art in the Classroom
Open House
Learning Garden
SEF Liaison
Bingo Night Coordinators (different than Bingo Baskets/Auctions)
After School Enrichment
Chess Club (Co-Chair)
Brayton Cares (Co-Chair)

Important Info For Back to School

Please Save the Date- Thurs 8/6 @ 7pm- the District will be hosting a forum to focus on questions about the learning plan and the health and safety procedures so families can get a full understanding—so they can register. 

Registration for the school year will open Aug 4.  It will be open for a few days. Parents will indicate whether their child will attend class in person or virtally.

School Supply Lists have been updated for the coming school year.

If you are interested in becoming a Room Parent for your child’s class, please complete the Room Parent Sign Up.

Principal’s Year End Letter

Dear Parents,

Somehow, we have reached the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  There is no question that this is definitely one that will “go down in the books!”  We have faced more challenges than we could have ever predicted.

 Thankfully, we have come through the worst and are now looking forward to an end to this horrible pandemic.  I know that by now you have received Mr. Gardella’s (our acting superintendent) letter explaining some of the possible scenarios for a return to school in September.  We all know that it is much too early to assume to put any plan in place yet, as we wait direction from the state, Regardless, we know that September will look “different.”  As Mr. Gardella stated, we will certainly inform you once we have a definitive plan in place.

In the meantime, summer looms ahead.  I hope that you will all be able to take some time to relax and enjoy your families.  I know that the past months have been difficult for many of you, but I hope that in the months ahead you are able to enjoy some free time.  Even if you are unable to get away on a “real” vacation, take some time to do things that are fun and everyone enjoys.  We all need some time to recuperate, rejuvenate and relax.  I am looking forward to at least some lazy days with nothing scheduled if only to sit out in the sunshine!

I do hope that we will all be back together at Brayton come September.  I miss seeing the children, the staff and all of you on a daily basis.  Brayton is such a special place – it’s no wonder that we want to be back there.

Stay well, stay happy, and enjoy the summer.



Letter from the PTO Presidents

Greetings Brayton families!

As this school year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for supporting your children, teachers, staff (and us!) throughout this entire school year! The PTO is only as good as the parents & families that get involved, however you get involved, and we have an amazing community! 

We want to give a special thank you to our executive board members, Amanda McConnon, Kristine Nukk, Stephanie Spinner, Kerry Dillon, Kari Barraneche, Lauren Post and Allie Kaspersetz for their hard work. We are so very lucky to have had all of your guidance and support as we took over the reigns this year. You rock!

A HUGE round of applause and many thanks to all of our brilliant chairpeople this year! We appreciate all that you do to make Brayton a wonderful place to be. Bravo!

Unfortunately, we had to miss out on quite a few of our favorite Brayton events like the Musical, Harlem Wizards and Field Day and our 5th Graders didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy their traditional end of elementary school celebrations. Although, our amazing teachers & Dr. Moretz took the time to parade to each 5th grader’s house to do some celebrating!! If this crazy year has taught us anything, it is to appreciate the little things, hug your kiddos just a little more and take this time to make some memories.

We don’t know what our school year will look like in the Fall, but it will most likely be different than what we are used to.  The PTO will need creative minds and ideas to keep our Brayton Community strong and connected! Please do your best to get involved, help the PTO think outside the box, and continue to make those memories with your kids and families!

Thank you so much and enjoy your summer!

Alicia Kubeck & Kathren Delikaris 

PTO Co-Presidents 2019-2020

Letter from the Principal

Dear Brayton Parents,

I realize that all of you received a letter from Mr. Gardella this morning regarding the current events occurring in our country.

I wanted to assure you that at Brayton School, the staff and I are certainly aware of what has been occurring, and in our own homes have had to respond to our own children about what has happened, why it has happened, and how people are reacting. These are not easy questions for any parent to answer. I believe that Mr. Gardella stated it well when he said,

“ The death of George Floyd was devastating, and remains very difficult to process. The tragedy of his death, as well as many other incidents of violence against Black people, has ignited long overdue conversations about systemic and institutionalized racism. The peaceful protests happening around the country have been very powerful and in turn, are inspiring communities to reflect and demand change. As this has deeply impacted so many of us, I can only imagine how confusing and troubling it is for our students. I want the families and students of our community to know that we are here for you, and we are ready to help.

Continue reading Letter from the Principal

Brayton’s Virtual Library: Summer Reading 2020

Please take a look at Brayton’s Virtual Library for Summer Reading. Each book can be clicked on and it will bring you to either a trailer for the book or the publisher/authors’ website with more details. Happy Reading!

Important Information for 5th Graders

Recognition Ceremony/Drive By
On Friday, June 12th, principals and fifth grade teachers from each school will drive, in a caravan, to each fifth grader’s home. The caravan will arrive in front of your house, honk horns, clap hands, hoot and holler and post a “graduation” sign on your front lawn. This will be a surprise.  A time frame of arrival will be provided as the date gets closer.

Balloons for Graduates
Party Line, on Springfield Ave., has designed a Brayton Bouquet of balloons, including one Graduation mylar and two latex balloons for $10.  To order please call (908-273-8777) from now until June 9th.  They will be available for pick June 12.  Don’t forget to tell them you are with Brayton.  

Brayton 5th Grade T-Shirts 
Each 5th grader gets a graduation/recognition t-shirt.  Arrival date TBD.  These will need to be picked up.

Medicine Pick Up
Contact the new nurse, Elizabeth Sharp, esharp@summit.k12.nj.us, to set up a time on 6/15 between 9-12 to pick up medicine you have left at Brayton. 

Library Books
Hold until fall or until further notice

Middle School Information

Open Doors Link- Middle School Virtual Meet and Greet

Supply List

Order Supply Kit Here

Medical Forms

Athletics- Forms and Opportunities
Paperwork due 7/24 to msathleticforms@summit.k12.nj.us

Stokes Form

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List for Rising 6th Graders

Rising 6th graders who will be attending LCJSMS next year should prepare by reading this summer. Access the 6th Grade Reading List here.

Parent Survey About Online Teaching

Please take a moment to fill out a survey for the Summit Board of Education regarding your experience with online teaching.

Calling All 5th Graders: School Supplies for Middle School


**Since each grade consists of three different teams and students have a variety of courses and teachers throughout the year, it is possible that the school supply box you order may not include every item your child will need.**

We anticipate there will be two pick up dates at LCJSMS in late August.

If you have any questions, please email Rachel Callahan at rachelrcallahan@verizon.net.

2020-2021 PTO Executive Board Nominations

The PTO Nominating Committee presents the nominations for the PTO Executive Board for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you for your votes!

Co-Presidents: Amanda McConnon and Kristine Nukk
Co-Executive Vice Presidents: Silvia Gianni and Nenette Luyt
1st Vice President: Kari Barraneche
Communications Vice President: Nina Sanders
Secretary: Kerry Dillon
Treasurer: Kirsten Dalton
Webmaster: Allie Kaspersetz

Summit Educational Foundation to Host Virtual Fundraiser Starting April 30

Brayton has received many grants over the years from the Summit Educational Foundation that have led to exciting programs and improvements. Their annual fundraiser will take place virtually this year, starting on April 30th. Please consider donating or joining in the auction to ensure the SEF will have funds to cover next year’s grants.

More information below and on their website: https://SEF2020.givesmart.com

Consider Donating to GRACE Pantry

Proud to be #BraytonStrong!

Don't forget to Order your 2019-20 Yearbook!

The format will be a little different this year given the cancellation/postponement of class photos and some events but it will still be GREAT and a wonderful memory of the year. 

Step 1: Visit http://www.memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/

Step 2: Enter your school code 945080 then click “Go to your school account log in”

Step 3: Click on the link below your school name

Step 4: Login if returning or register as a “new user”

Step 5: Buy a yearbook for $14.00

The DEADLINE is April 25th!

Meal Distribution Suspended for Spring Break

The current meal distribution program will be suspended during Spring Break (April 6-10).  Meals will not be distributed at Summit HS or Jefferson School during the week of Spring Break (April 6-10, 2020).  During this time, please reach out to community groups.  District meal distribution will begin again on Monday, April 13 at both locations.  

English Flyer | Spanish Flyer

Covid-19 Resources from the Summit Board of Education

For more information about Covid-19 in our district, including instructional plans for virtual learning, digital resources and meal options for students, please see the district’s Covid-19 website.

NJTV Learning Live for All NJ Students

The New Jersey Department of Education announced starting Monday, April 6, children throughout New Jersey will be able to tune into NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, for NJTV Learning Live, a program featuring lessons taught by New Jersey teachers. You can learn more here.

Live stream classes here: https://www.njtvonline.org/

Permission Slip for Children to connect via video conference with their teachers & classes.

Please see this link for information from the district on the use of Google Hangout or Google Meet for the children to connect with their classes.

Letter from District- How to Use Google Classroom

Please see the attached LINK for instructions to help students use Google Classroom.