Reach For The Stars

Dear JBS Families, 

Thank you for all participating in the Reach for the Stars Project! We are creating a book to showcase the student work and every classroom will have a chance to view everyone's projects.  Thank you for working with your child and talking about our school-wide theme for the year at home.  

 During the month of November, we will be talking and learning about GRATITUDE.  During morning announcements and throughout different parts of the school day, students and staff will learn about ways to practice being grateful and how gratitude contributes to feelings of happiness.  Our family project this month will be to create a "Tree of Gratitude" where all students and their families are invited to create leaves of gratitude to hang on the tree in the entrance of Sliney.  We will be sending information home for the project at the end of the week. Please return the finished leaves to Sliney as soon as you finish decorating them!  

 Grade Level Team Highlight of the Week: The 4th Grade Team has been working hard at providing different ways for students to strengthen their conceptual understanding of multiplication and division throughout their current math unit!  KUDOS to Ms. Gonsalves, Ms. Rascati and Mr. Agress and all support staff members that work with our 4th graders for developing targeted lessons and both whole and small group activities to help students gain these skills.  One effective approach that the team has worked on most recently is analyzing how students use efficient strategies while they multiply and tracking student knowledge of multiplication facts.  This week, the 4th Grade classes will be starting a "number of the day" activity that will help lead students to brainstorm different ways to represent and think about numbers.  

** Remember to sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences with your child's teacher on November 10th or November 16th! ** 

We will look forward to meeting with all of you! 

As always, thank you for being a partner in your child's education and for entrusting us with your child.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at mclark@branfordschools.org or call me at (203) 314-0129. 

All the best, 

Maria Clark, Principal  

Important Dates to Remember: 

November 5th - SLINEY SPIRIT DAY! - Wear "Autumn" Colors 

November 10th - Early Release Day for Students, Parent-Teacher Conferences: Day/Evening 

November 11th - Veterans' Day- Wear Red, White and Blue

November 16th, Parent - Teacher Conferences - Evening Only 

November 19th - Picture Retake Day 

November 24th - Early Release Day 

November 25-26 Thanksgiving Recess 

December 3rd - SLINEY SPIRIT DAY! 

December 8th - Early Release Day for Students @ 1:25 PM