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.
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