Upcoming Events

Sep
17
Tue
all-day California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser
California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser
Sep 17 all-day
Present this flyer when you place an in-store order or pick up a take-out order and Brayton will receive 20% of the bill.
Oct
12
Sat
11:00 am Jefferson’s Fall Festival @ Jefferson School
Jefferson’s Fall Festival @ Jefferson School
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
View the flyer about the event.
Oct
15
Tue
1:00 pm Franklin Institute Life in Space...
Franklin Institute Life in Space...
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Assembly focusing on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Oct
25
Fri
6:00 pm Bingo Night
Bingo Night
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Always a fun night for the Brayton community! Try your luck at winning any of the amazing baskets and items up for raffle. Enjoy pizza and a night of bingo. This is one of Brayton’s[...]

Calling All Volunteers!


Help make Brayton a great place for your kids to learn and grow. In the spirit of tradition, the Brayton PTO is looking for volunteers (parents and family members) for a variety of activities throughout the year. There are many ways to contribute your time and energy or to showcase a talent. While volunteering benefits our children, it is also a great way to meet other families, teachers and your children’s classmates. 

Please click HERE to learn about the possibilities!

The 2019-2020 Brayton School Directory


Each year, Brayton School and the Brayton PTO work together to create a directory of students, families and staff. The directory is intended to help connect those in the Brayton community to one another in order to enrich the student experience.  It is published solely for the information and convenience of Brayton students and parents. 

We need your consent to include your family details in the directory.  Each family’s parent names, student names, home address, phone number and email addresses will be printed in the directory and made available on-line.  No member or representative of the PTO or the school district is permitted to copy, share, or use this information for any other purpose. The on-line directory can only be viewed by current Brayton families who are given access.

This year, the directory will be hosted by Membership Toolkit.  Each family will receive an email invitation to register and you can then verify or change personal details. Should you wish to “opt out” and not have your information included, you can indicate this. You will only be included in the on-line and print directory if you accept this invitation and “opt in”. 

If you have any questions, contact braytondirectory@gmail.com. Thanks.

Volunteer Fingerprinting: Just do it!

Parents volunteering for certain activities are required to be fingerprinted.  These include any activities that require a parent to be alone with a student without a teacher or administrator present.  At Brayton, these activities include field trip drivers, parent tutors, and ASE instructors.

More information about Volunteer Fingerprinting >>

New Traffic Pattern for Red Flag Days

Any morning with inclement weather (precipitation) or a temperature below 32 degrees is considered a Red Flag Day. To ensure that our children are able to safely and easily enter the school, we have changed the traffic pattern and process for drop off.

Please take the time to review the new traffic pattern for Red Flag Days. >>

Buy Spiritwear Online!

Never miss a chance to show your awesome school spirit! Now you can buy your Brayton Bobcat spiritwear online. All orders will be delivered to your child’s class. Stock up now!

Brayton Online Spiritwear Store>>

Back to School Night Agenda

We hope to see you all at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30pm. Here’s the agenda for the night so you can plan your visit.

September Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Happy September! I hope that all of you had an enjoyable summer and were able to take some time to relax and have fun with your children. Another school year is off to a happy and exciting start! It seems staff and students were ready to return and experience all of the wonderful things that happen at Brayton.

As I stated in my summer letter, our theme this year is “Do YOUR Best and Find Your Passion.” To that end, we will be trying hard to encourage our students to always appreciate their own achievements without comparing themselves to others and to explore new and interesting things and activities which might just be their “passions.” Hopefully, our Fun Friday period will allow additional time for our students to engage in projects and activities of their choice.

As most of you know, I am a strong believer in the importance of children playing, especially in unstructured situations. I found an interesting article online about the importance of play, why it is important, and how the lack of it can affect our children. Surprisingly enough, it is written by Melissa Bernstein, of the Melissa and Doug company that makes many toys for children. You can find it at this link:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/play-doesnt-go-on-a-resume-but-maybe-it-should_b_59a5c3afe4b0d81379a81bd7

I hope that you are providing that precious “free” time for your children. We know that creativity develops from boredom, and when children are given the time and space to explore, wonderful things happen. Those who spend time writing may become our future authors, the constructors of imaginary cities in the backyard may be our future architects and builders, those who dress and re-dress their dolls our future designers, and the eager ones who explore in the kitchen with mom and dad may be our future chefs. Children needs these opportunities to explore and “play” to find out what their real passions may be, beyond the learning that is done in school. Of course, we all want our children to be “smart,” to be literate, and to be successful in the “real” world. But their future happiness is about more than the job that helps them to make a lot of money. It is finding the occupation that will make them feel fulfilled and happy, AND provide a comfortable lifestyle for them. And though it seems simple, play and unstructured time contribute to children finding their “paths,” to finding their “passions.”

I hope to see all of you at our annual Back to School night on Wednesday, September 11th. Teachers will share information with your regarding your children’s daily schedule and the curriculum for their grade levels. We look forward to seeing you and to partnering with you to make this a wonderful year for your children!

Regards,
Cheryl Moretz

Signs ups are open for Library Duty


If you would like to volunteer to help the librarian during your child’s library time, please sign up! The sign up forms must be submitted by Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

Sign ups are open for Art in the Classroom


Signups are currently open for Art in the Classroom, but they will be closing soon! It’s a great way to get to volunteer inside the classroom. Volunteer now!

Brayton Spiritwear is HOT!

Sales were brisk at the Brayton Bobcat Spiritwear table at Pack the Park. A big thanks goes out to Katie Kinsey who helped out with our cool new look! Don’t worry if you didn’t get a chance to purchase your Brayton Bobcat gear on Tuesday, the PTO will be selling spiritwear at Back To School night on September 11, too!

Have You Seen the New & Improved Cafeteria?

Special thank you to the Brayton Beautification Committee for giving our cafeteria a much needed update! Elaine Chong and Lizzie Brown led a team of steady-handed parents who carefully painted these wonderful new murals over the summer. Stop by for a look!

PTO President Newsletter: September 2019

Welcome Brayton Families!!

On behalf of the Brayton PTO, we would like to welcome you all to the 2019-2020 school year.  We are so excited to start another wonderful year at our favorite Summit elementary school. Our committees are busy preparing and organizing,  getting ready to make this year the best yet!

The Brayton parent Teacher Organization is a diverse group of parents, guardians, teachers and staff dedicated to our children’s education.  The PTO supports a wide variety of activities, projects and enrichment opportunities for our students and families.

As a parent of a Brayton student, you are ALL members of the PTO.  We urge you to get involved,whether by contributing membership dues, volunteering your time and/or donating supplies. We guarantee there is something for everyone…and if not, we welcome new ideas and inspiration!  All of this enables us to continue supporting many worthwhile events and programs that deeply enrich the student experience at Brayton.

GO Bobcats!

Co-PTO Presidents

What does the PTO Do?

The Brayton PTO focuses on enriching the student experience by sponsoring and funding over 30 different initiatives and programs not included in the school budget. 

To name a few, the PTO…

  • Brought the Harlem Wizards to the Summit Community for a fun-filled  afternoon
  • Led the Cafeteria Beautification with parent volunteers
  • Redesigned and Secured a Grant for the seating area in the Learning Garden
  • Funded Buses for 3rd – 5th Grade Field Trips
  • Fulfilled Teacher Wish Lists for Brayton Staff
  • Planned and Funded all Cultural Arts Assemblies
  • With your support and contributions, we can continue to make Brayton a special place for our children and community!

To Support the PTO

To Support the Brayton PTO, Visit our Website.

Donate to the Membership Fund: Any size donation is welcome and much appreciated. Don’t forget your company’s Corporate Match!

Volunteer: Sign up for as few or as many committees as you want!  Select the “Volunteer” tab to learn more about the many opportunities to get involved at Brayton!

Shop on Amazon Smile: Bookmark the Brayton PTO Amazon Smile site to your browser and use it for your everyday shopping. Amazon Prime benefits are included!

Shop on Shutterfly: Order your holiday cards, personalized gifts and photo prints from the Brayton Shutterfly site. A percentage of your purchase goes back to Brayton.

September Message from Pomptonian Food Service

Dear Parents,
Welcome back! September menus are available online. Please visit Summit Public Schools – School Nutrition And Fitness.

Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week is September 23rd-27th. In 2010 legislation was established to celebrate Farm to School week the last week in September, to highlight local farms and their connections to Pre-K to 12th grade. When produce is grown locally, it is picked at the peak of ripeness, instead of being harvested early to be shipped and distributed. Pomptonian will be celebrating with Bartlett Pears from Weaver’s Orchard and Beets from Dagele Brother’s Produce on September 24th, with a Beet, Pear, and Blue Cheese Crumble Salad.

Did you know Bartlett Pears are a good source of Vitamin C, which is known as the “Antioxidant Vitamins?” Why? Because Vitamin C prevents oxidative damage, is essential for cell growth and repair, needed for normal metabolism and tissue repair, proper immune functioning and protection against infectious diseases. Beets’ rich hue comes from the pigment betalain, an antioxidant. Also,Beets contain the amino acid betaine (a building blocks of protein), which some studies suggest can reduce fat accumulation in the liver.

Pomptonian, our Food Service Provider hosts a Farm to Tray Program in our cafeteria. Each month a local fruit and vegetable will be highlighted. Throughout the journey, interesting facts will be provided by Produce Pete and Pomptonian’s Corporate Dietitian, Toni Bowman, MBA, RDN. Stay tuned for what is to come in October!

Pomptonian is pleased to be Summit’s food service provider, and we appreciate your comments and suggestions. You can reach us at Pomptonian@summit.k12.nj.us.

Three Easy Ways to Help the PTO

This year we’ve added a yummy new way to help Brayton raise funds to support the programs and services we offer our students and families. Every bit helps and your continued support is appreciated!

Eat at California Pizza Kitchen

Head to California Pizza Kitchen on September 17, 2019 with this flyer in hand and 20% of your bill will go to the PTO! It’s good for in-store or take-out orders.

Order from Shutterfly

Order photos and merchandise from Shutterfly and Brayton will receive 8% of each purchase when you shop using this link.

Shop on Amazon

Earn money for Brayton when you make regular purchases at Amazon. You don’t have to do anything but start at Amazon with this link and a portion of proceeds will go to Brayton.

Bingo Night Donations 2019

The Brayton Bingo Basket committee is hard at work getting things ready for Bingo Night! While the PTO funds some of the baskets for the evening, we could not do the Basket Raffle without the help and support of our Brayton families. There are three main ways that families can get involved:

You may have season tickets to a sports team or a theater. You may know an athlete or celebrity who is willing to sign some merchandise. You may have unexpired, unused gift cards to local restaurants, salons, and stores. We would appreciate donations of these types of items, which we can combine with other items to put together a Bingo Basket. Have something to donate, or want more information?

EMAIL WENDY>>

The committee has put together a wish list of items that we would like to include in the baskets this year. There are about 70 items at various price points on the wish list. Items purchased by a family will ship directly to the committee chairs who will handle all the wrapping, so you will have done your good deed with only a few clicks! Please send with a gift note so we know who purchased the item.

SEE OUR WISHLIST>>

Some Brayton neighborhoods opt to band together to purchase larger ticket items for a Bingo Basket. One person volunteers to serve as “Neighborhood Captain,” and collects a monetary donation from the interested families. Select gifts from the Amazon Wishlist in the name of the neighborhood. Gift ideas include: iPad, Play Station, Beats Headphones, and more! Have a great idea NOT on our Wish List?? Go for it!

EMAIL WENDY>>


All donations are due by September 30, 2019, but the earlier the better.


Be prepared to win BIG on October 25th! Thank you so much for everyone’s help. It takes a village and Brayton has the most supportive village out there!

Brayton Buddies Needed for 2019-2020!

Who doesn’t remember how anxious they were before their 1st day at Brayton? Brayton Buddies are designed to help new Brayton families learn the ropes. This year, parent volunteers will be assigned their Buddies in the summer and enlisted to reach out via email during the summer months. Please email Nenette Luyt or Willemijn Van Aarnhem to volunteer.

Brayton News May/June

Check out our 3rd and 4th graders playing football! See and hear a glimpse of the 5th graders Camp Bernie trip! Find out how Bobcats celebrated Memorial Day, plus preview a bit of the spring concert! Hear the 5th graders walk down memory lane, and check out the cool Space Wars assembly. Plus, check out how some Bobcats are spending their summers. Its all right HERE! And finally, THANK YOU TO MR. FERRY FOR CREATING THESE NEWSCASTS! WE WILL MISS YOU NEXT YEAR!

End of Year Letter from Dr. Moretz

June 13, 2019

Dear Brayton Parents,
“The end is near,” and I do not know how we got here so quickly!  We have had another great year at Brayton. Your children, as always, have been a joy with whom to work.  They have tried their best to achieve and to become the best people they can be. We hope that we have helped them to develop a little more “grit” and perseverance, and we will continue to focus on that in the coming year.  After a year of working hard, they are certainly entitled to some time off to play and relax. We are very proud of them and congratulate them for all they have achieved this year!

Continue reading End of Year Letter from Dr. Moretz

Help restock the Creativity Corner!

Help the PTO restock the new Creativity Corner. This special room is a place for teachers to bring their classes to explore, plan, create and build all things STEAM related. Thanks to the SEF Grant and donations from the PTO and Brayton Community, the Creativity Corner was successfully used this year by our students. But now it’s time to refill the shelves for next year. Check out the video to see what’s been happening in the Creativity Corner and SignUp to donate supplies.

Thank you!

Thank you so much to Maureen Griffith and Gia O’Keefe for running another successful 1st Grade Orientation! Feedback has been nothing but positive. We appreciate all the time and effort that goes into putting on such an event. Thank you, also, to all the many tour guides and Spirit Wear salesmen (parents and students) who showed the incoming 1st graders our wonderful school.