Reach For The Stars

Dear JBS Families,

Hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and enjoyed spending quality time with

your family and loved ones. As we enter the month of December, there is definitely a sense of

anticipation, excitement and joy that our students and staff bring to Sliney everyday. Thank

you for being an integral part of helping us work towards our SEL school goal of creating a

school culture that promotes a “sense of belonging and community!”

As a culminating project for our SEL monthly theme of GRATITUDE, click on the link below to

view a quick video of what we are grateful for at Sliney:

A HUGE THANKS to the Ferraiolo Family ~ Joey Ferraiolo in Mr. Swort’s 2nd Grade classroom ~

for creating our Holiday Float for the 2021 Branford Tree Lighting Parade. The theme this year

was “Sliney Elf on the Shelf” and JBS received the Best Spirit Award. Thanks to all the families

that participated! What a fun night to remember.

During the month of December, the JBS PTA and the 4th Grade Sliney Student Council will be

sponsoring the “Janet Melillo Pajama Drive.” Please join us in collecting NEW and UNWRAPPED

pajamas for children of all ages. All pajamas will be donated to the Yale New Haven Children’s

Hospital. Thanks in advance for helping us carry out Mrs. Mellilo’s classroom tradition in honor

of her memory and helping us teach our students the importance of showing compassion and

service to our community members in need.

This “pajama drive” also directly aligns with our monthly SEL (social-emotional learning) theme

for December on COMPASSION. Compassion means we care about others, treat them with

kindness and feel a strong sense to help people in need. Please check out your child’s

back-pack for a holiday card making project as well as an upcoming snowflake compassion

family activity! Please return the holiday cards during the week of December 13, 2021.

Have a great rest of the week! As always, please feel free to contact me with any celebrations,

questions or concerns.


Maria Clark


Important Dates to Remember:

December 3rd - SLINEY SPIRIT DAY! - Wear your favorite Sliney wear!

December 7th - JBS Parent Chat with Maria Clark, Principal @ 5:00 PM

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

December 20-23rd - SLINEY SPIRIT WEEK - more info to come...

December 23rd- Early Release Day for Students and Staff @ 1:25 PM