Upcoming Events

Jan
29
Wed
7:00 pm PTO Meeting: The Difference Betw...
PTO Meeting: The Difference Betw...
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Erica Dorsey will present on the difference between conflict and bullying.
Jan
31
Fri
8:15 am Single Session
Single Session
Jan 31 @ 8:15 am – 12:30 pm
Single Session
Feb
3
Mon
all-day Brayton Day!
Brayton Day!
Feb 3 all-day
Wear your Bobcat Gear or Brayton Blue to show your school spirit!
8:15 am Single Session
Single Session
Feb 3 @ 8:15 am – 12:30 pm
Single Session

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