The Brader Buzz Weekly Update

Back to School Information - Issue: September 12, 2022

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Greetings to our families and the community,


We have officially completed the first week of school! The photos in the above collage highlight some of the fun from the week including: a Kindergarten read aloud and PE class, first grade graphing lesson, second grade SEL/review of routines, first through fifth grade ROAR assemblies, fourth grade multiplication lesson and fifth grade Leader in Me goal setting! I am so proud of our dedicated staff and enthusiastic learners! A special thank you is extended to our Kindergarten families for coming out in the pouring rain on Tuesday to attend Kindergarten Orientation! We are so grateful for your engagement and partnership!


Important reminders for the week include:


  • School is closed on Tuesday, September 13 for professional development.
  • Read the important update below about our school crisis drills.
  • Sign up to volunteer! See the link below!
  • Please complete school forms this week and return with your child in the original folder.
  • If your child is late to school, he/she MUST be signed in by a parent/guardian, and receive a late pass to proceed to class.
  • All parents/guardians picking up students must display car tags and have your identification available during dismissal.
  • We will not be able to dismiss car riders to parents/guardians who walk up to the door. We are making every effort to eliminate foot traffic near the building in order to maintain the safety and security of students and staff.
  • Pets are not permitted on the campus during dismissal.
  • Parents/guardians of K/1 walkers should line up at the cone near the cafeteria doors, with their car tag and ID ready, and wait for a staff member to assist/get your student.
  • We will not be able to dismiss 2nd - 5th grade walkers from the cafeteria. They are dismissed from their respective areas, and can walk to meet their adult at either of the stop signs near the entrance or side of the school.
  • Last call for Find Your Fun Spirit Wear! To support children in poverty, our school is selling “Find Your Fun” spirit wear T-shirts with the Brader Tiger logo! A portion of all proceeds from the shirts will be donated to Shoes that Fit to provide children in need with new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive." To order, access our school store at this link: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZ5RD0TILMIOGNN_ZZ5V7JU95L0PFD5.
  • First through 5th grade students are reminded to return their summer reading "book spines" worksheet (sent home in June, see details below) in exchange for a Brader Spirit Bracelet! The book spines will be displayed on a special kudos bulletin board, and the students will also be recognized during our Back to School Pep Rally/Assembly later this month! Check out the additional Back to School updates reposted for your reference below! Go Tigers!



Have a joyful week! We can't wait to see everyone tomorrow!


Warmly,


Ms. Gallagher

Principal


Mrs. Cottrell

Academic Dean

Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Dates! See the PTT First Semester Calendar Attached!

Tuesday, September 13 – No School for Students – Professional Development Day


Sunday, September 18 - Newark Community Day 11-4 - University of Delaware “Green” Between Memorial Hall & Delaware Avenue


Monday, September 19-Friday, September 23: Back to School Find Your Fun Spirit Week! (see the flyer below)


Thursday, September 22 – 6:00-7:30 PM – Brader Parent Teacher Team Meeting (6-7PM) and Title 1 Parent Advisory Council Meeting (PAC - 7-7:30 PM)

The purpose of the PAC meeting is to review Title I information with our families.


Monday, September 26 – No School for Students – Professional Development Day


Wednesday, September 28 – Fall Picture Day for All Students


Thursday, September 29 – 6:00-7:30 PM – Open House for Grades K-5

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School Crisis Drills

We are planning to hold our first crisis drill at the end of the week. We know that it is early in the school year, however, safety and security is our first priority. Our staff are trained to prepare their classes for the drills in an age appropriate manner. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Thank you.
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Last Call: Brader School Unity Tees!

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We are excited to announce our “Find Your Fun” theme for this school year! This mindset theme is a tribute to our newly retired Physical Education teacher who taught us the importance of being proactive with regard to this healthy, positive mindset! To promote “Find Your Fun”, and support children in poverty, our school is selling “Find Your Fun” spirit wear T-shirts with the Brader Tiger logo! A portion of all proceeds from the shirts will be donated to Shoes that Fit to provide children in need with new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive." To order, access our school store at this link: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZ5RD0TILMIOGNN_ZZ5V7JU95L0PFD5.

DOE Covid Guidance

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Items below this point have been previously shared

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We Are...Brader Elementary School!

Our Mission


At Brader, our mission is to work as a CommUNITY to nurture and grow leaders, inspiring one child at a time to embrace their educational journey in order to achieve their full potential in life.


CSD Vision


Together, Educating Every Student for Excellence


Our Commitments


At Brader, We are committed to maintaining a culture of inclusion, where ALL faces, voices, and experiences are reflected and valued, and EVERY child is afforded access to a quality education and high standards of achievement. We pledge to work together to foster strong partnerships with parents/families and the community, to maximize opportunities for EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY.


Student Day: 8:50 AM – 3:50 PM


School Colors: Blue & White


School Mascot: Tiger


School Motto

Brader Elementary School is the home of the Tigers, where every day you can hear our students practice their ROAR!


Respect

Outstanding Attitude

Achievement

Responsibility

Turn In Your Summer Reading "Book Spine" In Exchange for a Tie Dyed Brader Spirit Bracelet!

Participants will also be recognized in our back to school Pep Rally/Assembly!

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Childcare Transportation Forms Are Needed!

If your child will be riding a Christina bus to or from a childcare provider, please complete a Child Care Transportation Form right away and return it to our main office.



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We are still accepting registrations!

Please inform all family and friends in the community that we are accepting registrations for new students (especially for Kindergarten) between 9:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (M-F). Additional times available by appointment. You may register online or in person by appointment. To register online, please visit: https://www.schoolformsde.com/.

You may make an appointment by contacting Ms. Johnson at 302-454-5959, or preferably by emailing her at devonne.johnson@christina.k12.de.us. Prior to your appointment, please visit the district website (christinak12.org) to download and complete the student registration packet in its entirety. Then bring all supporting documents with you to your scheduled appointment, and registration should take approximately 20-30 minutes. Please note that the following items are needed to register your student: birth certificate, immunization/physical records (within 2 years), IEP/504 documents, official custodial/guardianship documents, current proof of residence, and photo ID. For continuing families that have moved, please bring the following information: current signed and dated lease, and current electric or utility bill. We would like to ensure that bus transportation is routed correctly.

Back to School Welcome Letter

Hopefully you had an opportunity to review the back to school communication that was published on August 15. We understand that this is a busy time for our families, therefore the highlights are posted below and the letter is attached for your convenience:).

Welcome Kindergarten Families!

We hope you had an opportunity to review the Kindergarten Welcome Back Letter (attached below for your reference). As a reminder, orientation for Kindergarten students and parents will be held on Tuesday, September 6th, from 9:30 AM-10:30 AM. At orientation, you will receive a nametag for your child’s first day of school and learn about important school procedures. Your child does not ride the bus to or from school on orientation day. At the conclusion of orientation on September 6th at 10:30 AM, all kindergarten students will go home with their parents/family members. We are excited to meet you and strongly urge you to attend orientation on September 6th.

Car Tags, Arrival & Dismissal

Car Tags

ALL families will be given a set of two numbered hanging car tags to be used when picking up your child/children from the car line. Please display the tag from the rearview mirror for easy viewing. We ask that you help your child/children memorize their car tag number. We plan to distribute car tags at Meet & Greet on September 1st.


Our doors will open at 8:50 AM daily, and will remain unlocked until 9:10 AM as we welcome our students through the front doors. Students that are planning to eat breakfast at school should stop in the cafeteria to key in their student ID in order to pick up a Grab & Go breakfast on their way to their classroom.


Arrival

Walkers - Walkers should enter the building from the front doors and proceed to the cafeteria to purchase breakfast, or proceed directly to class. We encourage all families to say their good-byes outside, however, we will work with K/1/new families to ensure a positive and happy first day/week experience.


Car Riders - Families that are driving to school each morning will enter the school driveway in a single lane, and will travel straight, and then veer left to follow the bend of the car line circle. Families are asked to patiently remain in line along the curb and wait for a staff member on duty to guide you through the circle to a safe stop point where your child will be welcomed to exit the vehicle from the passenger/curbside only. Adults are asked to please remain in the vehicle so that we can move the car line quickly and safely. You may not pass cars that are unloading children. The inside lane of the circle is not for driving or parking. It should only be used for parents pulling out of parking spaces. All cars will stay in line to exit the lot.


Bus Riders - The Department of Transportation will be sending separate transportation mailers that contain your child/children’s bus number and pick up/drop off address/location. Times are not exact, so please be at the pick-up/drop off location 10 minutes earlier than the assigned time. Upon arrival at school, buses will park in the bus lot and will wait for our bus duty staff to dismiss the students on each bus and guide them to the main sidewalk. Students will not be crossing any traffic.


Dismissal

Afternoon announcements will take place at 3:45 PM, followed by dismissal at 3:50 PM with car riders and walkers, followed by bus riders. Please note that we will begin the dismissal process a few minutes early during the first week of school. To ensure the safety of our students, all parents picking up are required to have their photo identification with them EVERY DAY. If you have authorized additional adults to pick up your child/children, they must present photo identification and their names must be listed on the emergency card/office information sheet.


Walkers - K/1 will wait in the cafeteria with car riders and will be released from the cafeteria doors to an authorized parent. 2nd/3rd will exit from the Wetlands Pod side door, and 4th/5th will exit from the Butterfly Pod doors. All walkers will be escorted by staff on duty to a designated safety zone (tree near bus lane at the front entrance to school or the stop sign near the crossing guard on the side of the school). Parents and guardians will be able to meet their child(ren) at these locations. Older siblings, who do not attend Brader, may meet siblings at the stop signs located near the crossing guards, but not on school property. Our duties staff will be outside and ready to help our families learn the designated locations on the first day of school. It is very important that families pick up their child/children at the designated locations so that we are able to maintain a safe and orderly dismissal process.


Car Riders - Due to having a much higher volume of car riders, we will once again be dismissing our car riders from the cafeteria this year, instead of having the children wait outside. We appreciate your patience as we work together to implement the dismissal procedures at the beginning of the year. Upon your arrival, staff will call/signal for your child to be brought outside for pick up, according to their assigned car tag number. Duty staff will ask for identification if they do not recognize the adult picking up. Please notify the office immediately if your car tags are lost or stolen. We hope to disseminate car tags to families at the Meet & Greet on September 1st. To maintain student safety, there is no parking/driving in the bus lane, under any circumstance.


Bus Riders - All bus riders will be escorted to their bus by a member of your child’s grade level team. Buses are expected to arrive at school beginning at 3:45, and typically depart between 3:55-4:10 PM. An announcement will be made on Class Dojo to notify families when all buses have departed.

Child Nutrition Services - Free Breakfast & Lunch

All students will be able to receive a free breakfast and lunch daily again this year. If your child is allergic to food, please provide a signed physician note to our school nurse stating the allergy. If a special menu is needed, a registered dietician will create a menu for your child. For more information, please contact Child Nutrition Services at 302-454-2400.


School Health - A Message from Nurse Ebaugh

Welcome to Brader! I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year. Here is some important information from the Nurse’s Office.

  1. EMERGENCY CARDS will be sent home with each student during the first week of school. The card contains a health history. Please complete ALL PAGES, SIGN IN ALL PLACES and return to your child’s teacher ASAP. It is very important that you inform the school of any changes to your address and phone numbers or to the additional contact numbers during the school year so that you can be reached in the event of an Emergency. If your child has a health problem such as Asthma, Seizures or Food Allergies, please inform me so that I can maintain the highest level of care and safety for your child.

  2. MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW STUDENTS In most cases, when you registered your child for school you were advised of his/her need for any Immunizations, Physical, TB test or Lead Screening. Please submit this information to the Nurse’s Office ASAP. I will be following up on these items in the next few weeks. According to Delaware regulations, students will be excluded from school if medical requirements are not met.

  3. MEDICATION Both prescription and over the counter medications may be administered at school with written permission from the parent/guardian. All medicines must be in the ORIGINAL containers. Prescription medications MUST have the pharmacy label intact – this includes inhalers and nebulizer solution. Controlled medications must be transported to and from school by a parent or other adult. ALL MEDICATION MUST BE KEPT IN THE NURSE’S OFFICE.

  4. FEVER/VOMITING If your child develops a fever (temperature of 100 degrees or higher) or vomiting at school, you will be called to come for your child. It is recommended that your child be free of fever (without taking fever-reducers such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil) or vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school. This helps prevent spread of infection to others and insures that your child is fully recovered and can do his/her best.

  5. CLOTHING CHANGE Occasionally, a child will need to change clothes at school (bathroom accident, spilled food etc.) Please send an extra set of clothing to keep in his/her school bag. Sometimes, I can provide clean items, although clean underwear is usually not available. I will send your student’s soiled clothing home with him/her. Please wash and return the loaned items.

  6. VISION/HEARING/POSTURE SCREENING All Kindergarten, second and fourth students will be screened for hearing and vision. All fifth grade students will be screened for posture. I will send you a notice if your child needs follow-up with your family doctor.

  7. ATTENDANCE Your child’s daily attendance is very important. What he/she learns in Pre-School and Kindergarten is the basis for all future learning. If your child is absent for illness, please provide a note to the teacher within 5 days of his/her return.

  8. NEMOURS LINK Christina School District teamed up with Nemours Pediatrics/A.I. DuPont in 2012 in an effort to improve communication and enhance student health. The Student Health Collaboration allows school nurses to obtain health information on your child that would help us better care for your child during school hours. The health information that the nurse would obtain could be seizure action plans, asthma action plans, diabetic action plans, physicals, updated immunizations, etc. Remember this is voluntary and it is confidential. The nurse will only obtain the information that we need to better care for your child, as well as any forms that are required for school. Please return the consent form to the nurse as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to a happy, HEALTHY school year for your child here at Brader. Please feel free to call or visit with any questions.


Sincerely,

Janene Ebaugh MSN, RN, NCSN

Email: janene.ebaugh@christina.k12.de.us

Phone: 302-454-5959 X 112

Fax: 302-454-5459


School Communication

At Brader, we believe that strong communication between home and school is essential for student success. You will receive school wide communications from us through:

  • Parent Link - Weekly Sunday evening email/newsletter message at 7PM during the school season with short notification via telephone

  • The Brader Website - Braderes.org - Visit for school forms and to access district links


Please be sure to follow us on social media! You may hear about our day to day fun and exciting experiences through:

Schoology - Brader School Community Group, Class Dojo, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram


If your contact information has changed, please email our Administrative Secretary, Ms. Devonne Johnson at Devonne.Johnson@christina.k12.de.us.


Please be on the lookout for a notification to complete the required annual school forms that will soon be accessible on the website. We appreciate your prompt attention to this task, as it is important that we have completed forms on file for every student.

Find Your Fun!

Additional Summer Work Opportunity/Incentive

1st - 5th Graders Also Received Kids Learn Books, Please Have Your Child Return their completed book in the fall!

Those who return will be shouted out at a community recognition event!

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We can't wait to see our Brader Tigers!

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