Mrs. Christine Carlson
732-528-6400 ext. 200
Message to the Parents
From the Superintendent's Office
Dear Students, Parents and Friends of the Brielle Blazers:
At Brielle Elementary School, a new school year presents us with many new opportunities. We are happy to be welcoming over 15 new students to our school and will be holding orientations on Aug. 24 at 11:00 a.m. At this time, over 40 new kindergarten students will be attending orientation on Aug. 24 at 9:00 a.m.
Several new programs, new technologies, learning materials and building improvements all await us as we begin our journey together as partners and friends in education. Teams of teachers worked diligently this summer revising curriculum in the areas of Science, Technology and Social Studies.
All students in Kindergarten through Eighth grade will begin their school day with their homeroom teacher engaged in our Morning Meeting Program. All 8th graders, the Class of 2017, were given the challenge this summer to select classes for their electives period.
Brielle Elementary is proud to announce several new teaching positions and changes in teacher assignments. We also are going to say good luck and best wishes to Jared Morris who was hired this summer to be the Vice Principal at the Monmouth County Vocational School in Freehold. Mrs. York is looking forward to joining the eighth grade team as our new Social Studies teacher. We are excited to welcome Ms. McCloskey as our new Media Specialist/Librarian. Ms. Pinnella will be returning to her third grade position. Ms. McAlary is joining the third grade team, while Ms. Love will join the fourth grade team, looping with many of her former third graders. Mrs. Lohmann is thrilled to be working in second grade as Mrs. Vescovi joins our Special Education Department.
During the summer our school kept its doors open for students to be involved in many exciting programs. We had approximately 150 students in our school building each day involved in activities such as Brielle Summer Recreation Program, the Brielle PTO Summer Enrichment Program and the Extended School Year Program.
At the same time we have been busy with building improvements such as the reconstruction of the eastside parking lot, eliminating the chronic drainage issues at the school, repairing sidewalks and beginning phase one of our window and door replacements. Our dedicated summer custodial staff has been busy painting several classrooms, offices, our gymnasium and hallways. For the safety of our students and staff additional security cameras have been installed internally and externally on our school property. We have also upgraded our stage with additional new lighting and the replacement of our light fixtures with LED lighting.
During the 2016-17 school years, we will continue to keep focused on our strategic plan adopted by our Board of Education.
Some of our goals identified include:
Technology: This September we are excited to continue our 1:1 initiative using Chrome Books for all students in grades four through eight. Additionally all second and third graders will have their own lap tops in their classrooms. Through the generosity of our Brielle Education Foundation, private donations and the Brielle Board of Education, the purchase of 130 new Chrome Books, 3D Printer, advanced robotics and portable promethean board will allow us to continue to integrate new technology to enhance learning by maintaining current technology tools, applications and upgrades as necessary.
Community/Parent Relations: Continue to ensure parental and community support and involvement through clear, open and timely communication. As always, parents will have complete access to students' progress and grades using our Genesis program. The Honeywell System will provide communication to parents through emails and voice messaging.
Staff Professional Development: The improvement of instruction through effective and sustaining professional development which supports Professional Learning Communities [PLC] established by teachers and administrators. As educators, we know our students learn best in an environment where they are treated with respect. Our entire staff have been trained in Responsive Classroom and a pro-active, anti-bullying program for all students. Our students and staff's anti-bullying committee, "Blazing for Peace," work collaboratively to ensure that acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying do not take place in our school building. These for rules will be our guiding principles:
1. We will not bully others.
2. We will try to help students who are bullied. 3. We will make it a point to include students who are easily left out. 4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school or at home.
We are forever grateful to the support and effort made by our Board of Education, Parent-Teacher Organization, Blazer Booster Club, Brielle Education Foundation, teachers, administrators, support staff and caring community members who collectively help create a great learning environment for all our students.
We will continue to keep focused on the processes that spurt continuing academic achievement, evaluating our programs, determining what we can do to improve and work collaboratively in a school environment to enhance success for all.
Our Motto: Every child…every day…whatever it takes.
Keeping Children First,
Christine Carlson, Superintendent