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.

Letter from District about Instructional Plan and Google Classroom Guide

LINK HERE

Harlem Wizards Postponed

Due to COVID-19, the Harlem Wizards Event date has moved to October 4, 2020. All previously purchased tickets will be applied to the new date.

Emergency Internet Access

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please use this LINK to read the qualifications and to apply.

SEF Spring for Excellence Postponed

Due to Coronavirus health concerns and the District’s closure, we are postponing our annual fundraiser, Spring for Excellence, which was scheduled to take place on Friday, March 27th, 2020. 
We intend to reschedule the event & auction at a later date, to be determined. We greatly value the support you have given to SEF, and we will honor tickets (event and/or raffle) at the rescheduled date.

Remote Learning Plan from Dr. Moretz

Dear Parents,

Due to the fact that we will not be in school in the near future, please know that on-line learning will begin on Monday, March 16th.  On that day, and each day thereafter, your child’s teacher will be posting assignments for that day only.  Students should log onto Google classroom every day to see the day’s assignment.  
Paper packets are available for those students who will not have internet access.  They have already told their teachers and those packets will be available in the office for pick up tomorrow from 9:00am to 12:00 pm.  The building will be locked at 12:00 pm. 
As always, please feel free to reach out to me by email if you have questions.  I may not have all of the answers, but I will do my best to find them out for you. Stay healthy and safe.
Regards,

Cheryl

Summit Schools Closure

The Summit Public School District is closing due to COVID-19 related concerns. This decision was made in collaboration with Summit City officials, and health officers with the Westfield Regional Health Department.
We have not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Summit Public Schools. This decision was made as a proactive measure to ensure the safety of our staff and students.
The District closure will begin on Friday, March 13, 2020. Main entrances of all school buildings are open today until 8 p.m., in order to give students time to collect any belongings. Teachers will be allowed to come in Friday
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., if needed. After that time, the District will be closed in order for custodians to conduct a deep clean at every school building.
The home instructional plan will begin on Monday, March 16, 2020. Please reference the letter we sent out on March 11, 2020, to find details on the instructional plan, in addition to information about food
services.

FULL LETTER HERE

GRACE for Summit in Need

There has been talk within the Summit community about heightened food insecurity should schools close under the threat of COVID 19. GRACE provides life’s basic essentials for the Summit community. They offer their help to all who profess need.
Attached please find the fliers for GRACE (Spanish and English versions).  Please note that hours, address and protocols have been updated to minimize risk and to encourage social distancing. 

Starting 3/17 GRACE will open at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays at 5 Myrtle Ave.  

All additional programming has been postponed. 

FAQ Letter from Superintendent Chang Regarding COVID-19

Please see the attached FAQ letter from Superintendent Chang regarding COVID-19. Please be aware this is an evolving situation, with information subject to change. The district remains committed to keeping the Summit Public Schools community informed as new information becomes available. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Calling the Willy Wonka Cast……

Here’s the Golden Ticket! Click through this LINK to download the songs from the musical for practice purposes!

PTO Meeting this Friday!

Please join the PTO as we welcome Staci Kaplan, Literacy Specialist, to present to the Brayton PTO. We will meet at 9am on Friday, March 13th in the Cafeteria at Brayton. Hope to see you there!

Superintendent Search Survey

We are pleased to share the link to the Superintendent Search Survey.

https://ecrasurvey.com/summitpublicschools

Please take a few moments of your time to participate and share your important perspectives

A Big Thank You

Last Wednesday marked another successful International Night. The PTO would like to extend a big thank you to Karin Bonello and Ni Liu for organizing such a memorable and enlightening evening. What a fantastic night traveling around the world eating delicious foods and learning about countries that our own Brayton families come from.

PTO Nominating Committee

It is time to think about the PTO Board for the 2020/2021 school year. Are you interested in a role? Or would you like to participate in the process? If so, please contact our outgoing Presidents, Kathren Delikaris or Alicia Kubeck, for more details!

March Letter from the Pricipal

Dear Brayton Parents,

Well, here we are in the month of March, and it looks like our chances for any snow are very quickly dwindling! I cannot say that I enjoyed this winter as I wait all year for the snow to fall, so this year was extremely disappointing. However, I do know that many of you do not share my sadness!

March is Brain Awareness Month. Every year, we take this time to inform and teach our children about their brains and the important ways in which they can take care of them. I have attached a schedule of what will be happening throughout the month so that you can hopefully take some time to speak with your children about what they are learning.

I hope that many of you will be able to join us for our annual International Night on Wednesday, March 4th . The evening is always a wonderful celebration of the diversity of our Brayton community and the food is awesome!. Admission is free, and the children, especially enjoy seeing cultural exhibits from all of the different countries represented.

Practice NJSLA testing for grades 3, 4, and 5 will occur early in the month of March. This is a great opportunity for the staff to determine any remaining needs before the “real” testing in May. It also provides the teachers with some additional assessment information to better meet the needs of their students. Later in the month, 3rd graders will be taking the Cognitive Ability Test (CogATS). These are assessments of aptitude, not achievement, and do not require any preparation. Following administration, children’s scores will be mailed home to parents sometime in the late Spring.

Report cards will be going home on Friday, March 20, with information regarding children’s progress during the second semester. As always, teachers will be reviewing report cards with each individual child. I hope that you, too, will take the time to talk with your children about their progress and any areas where they might need to put in some extra effort.

Finally, a few staffing changes have occurred. Ms. Marissa Reynolds, full time instructional aide, is no longer at Brayton and Ms. Caitlin Stabler has moved into that position. Mrs. Dolores Sartorius has taken the part-time instructional aide position vacated by Ms. Stabler. Mrs. Maria Vogelsang will be joining us as a new playground aide. We are confident that each of them will do a very effective job in their new position.

March is a long month at school, but it is filled with lots of exciting events and challenges for our students. Be sure to speak with your children about everything happening at Brayton!

Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Cheryl Moretz

The Dessert Show will be May 9th!

Please join us (on stage or in the audience) for the 77th Dessert Show! For more information, and to volunteer, please visit The Dessert Show page.

Map Your Roots!

Brayton is a diverse community with roots all over the world. We’d love to show off some of these international connections  on the giant world map outside the library. Teachers and Mrs. Pallitto are collecting physical photos of students that highlight their heritage or culture this and next week. Send in a photo of your student with his or her name on the back and we will add it to the wall map to create a unique Brayton Heritage Map. Please include the country on the back of the photo so we know where to pin it!

Mark your calendars: International Night is next Wednesday, March 4th from 6:30-8!!
Questions? karin_bonello@yahoo.com or Niliu828@gmail.com

The Show Will Go On!

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For more detailed information,
please refer to the Willy Wonka Information Packet.

Audition Information

Audition Dates are March 3rd & 4th, 2020
A makeup date of March 5th, is available, if required.
All auditions are held during lunchtime recess. 

To prepare for your audition:
You’ll want to listen to and practice with ONE of these (your choice):

Pure Imagination
I Want It Now

We will have musical accompaniment for all singers on the days of auditions. Lyrics are in the information packet.

Friday, February 28th: Completed registration forms

March 3 & 4: Auditions

March 5: Audition make-ups

March 6: Parent meeting

March 10: Rehearsals begin

April 16 & 17: Showtime!

Harlem Wizards Wish List

The Harlem Wizards visit is one of the hottest events of the year. We are still a little bit short of the items we need to make it a smashing success. Please consider donating something from the Harlem Wizards Amazon Wish List. Thank you for your support!