Friday Features

10/4/19

Celebrate Our Week of Respect

There are still a few more days in our Week of Respect. Everyone is invited to wear the colors that represent the pillars of character on each of the days listed below.


  • Mon., Oct. 7 - BLUE for Trustworthiness
  • Tues., Oct. 8 - PURPLE for Citizenship
September PTO Meeting Minutes

Did you miss the September 24 PTO Meeting? No problem! Get the full scoop by reading the minutes here.

In Case You Missed It

  • Register for AtoZ Connect. Choose what you want to include in our student directory. For more detail on AtoZ Connect registration and verification, check out our article on our BGS PTO webpage. We will do ALL volunteer signups in AtoZ, plus you can use it to respond to events that need registration and pay for things like spirit wear, class dues and more.
  • Become a PTO member. Purchase a membership in AtoZ Connect or submit the below form via cash (exact change please) or check (made out to BGS PTO).
  • Pay your class dues in AtoZ Connect or send in $20 in an envelope marked "Class Dues". Include your teacher's name and your student's name. Checks should be made payable to "cash". Class dues are different than PTO membership and go straight to class parents to purchase 3 gifts for your teacher(s) and to offset costs of supplemental party supplies.

Fall Spirit Wear Sale Begins

Fall spirit wear forms went home this week, plus are available below and in the Digital Backpack in AtoZ Connect. You can also place your order via AtoZ Connect if you prefer to pay by credit card. All forms should be returned by Oct. 31 so that we can place our order.


Questions about spirit wear can be directed to the Spirit Wear co-chairs, Jennifer Khoury (jjckhoury@gmail.com) or Christine Kedziora (cd628nd@yahoo.com)

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Clear Out Your Closets for a Good Cause!

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We'll sort, fold and organize all of the donations to sell at our $1-2-3 Clothing Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 AM - 1 PM. Lots of hands are needed to help us prepare for the sale It's a great way to meet new families at school, get a sneak peek of the merchandise, and help out our BGS community.


Stay for an hour or stay all day - every little bit helps! These volunteer slots are even great for your high schoolers looking for community service hours. We'll be setting up throughout the day on Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 AM - 2 PM, then again from 4 - 7 PM. Sign up for a shift in AtoZ Connect or shoot us a note at bgsptopresident@gmail.com if you'd like to volunteer but are having issues getting into the app.

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Helpers are also needed to help staff the Clothing Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19. Shifts are available hourly from 8:30 PM - 2 PM. Sign up in AtoZ Connect or shoot a note to bgsptodirectory@gmail.com if you'd like to volunteer but are having issues getting into the site or app.
Picture Day Banner with Polaroids - Wed., 10/16

Read-a-Thon Kicks Off

This week also brought the start of our School Read-a-Thon. We're skipping product sales and coupon books in order to focus on bolstering a love of reading and support for school community. Log-in information and instructions were sent home with your students this week. Oct. 7 through Nov. 6, our students are focused on reading 100,000 minutes and raising $8,000 by earning pledges for reading. You can watch this video clip to learn more about how students can use the Whooo's Reading platform to log their reading, earn coins for their "Owlvatars" and collect pledges from friends and family (after their parents approve them).

Back to School Night Gift Pack Survey

Our little goodie packs that you received at Back to School Night were provided by PTO Today. Take a quick survey to give feedback on the contents of those packs. You could win $250 for you AND our PTO. Take the survey here: signetresearch.net/B2S

News From Around the District

Attend the Upcoming Special Education Alliance Meeting

The Special Education Alliance (SEA) is a Parent/Caregiver Support group for families with IEPs/504s in BRRSD--all are welcome!


Join us for our next meeting on Tuesday Oct. 15 from 7:00-8:30pm in the BRHS Library.


Topics:

● Introduction: Dan Silvia

● What is a 504/IEP?

● The Role of the Case Manager


For more details and to reserve babysitting, you can check out their flyer here.

Ed Foundation Taste of Bridgewater Event


The Education Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan hopes you can join us on October 14th for our annual Taste of B-R Event! You can still purchase single tickets or our discounted couple's package here!


Even if you can't make the event, you have the opportunity to win an amazing getaway for two through our Culinary Getaway Raffle! One lucky winner will have their choice of four exciting getaway options - Las Vegas, Nashville, Sonoma, or New Orleans! Each package includes airfare, hotel, and great food for you and a guest, at a value of up to $6,200! Read the details of each package here.




Even better, when you purchase your raffle ticket online you can designate a school PTO of your choice. With enough tickets sold, the Education Foundation will donate a portion of raffle proceeds to the PTO with the most ticket sales! You can purchase raffle tickets online for $50 each up until the drawing at the Taste of B-R on October 14th, and in person at the event. Hope to see you there!

Dates to Remember

Oct. 7 - Read-a-Thon Begins

Oct. 9 - School Closed for Yom Kippur

Oct. 11 - Fire Safety Day & Fire Truck Visit

Oct. 16 - Picture Day

Oct. 17 - 4 - 7 PM - Clothing Sale Drop Off

Oct. 18 - 9 AM -2 PM & 4-7 PM - Clothing Sale Drop Off

Oct. 19 - 9 AM - 1 PM - $1-2-3 Clothing Sale

Oct. 28 - 7 - 8 PM - PTO Meeting

Stay in Touch

Bradley Gardens PTO

Briana George, Co-President

Kelly Schmidt, Co-President