The Brick Bridge

Brick Students See the Good in Every Situation

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Message from the Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Greetings Parents,

This has been an extremely challenging year for all of us. Through struggle comes change. Through change comes opportunities for growth. In our last edition of the Brick Bridge, we wanted to focus on that growth. Teachers asked their classes to identify the silver linings from this year. This edition captures our "silver linings" in slideshows that classes throughout the district created. Links to each level are embedded below.


One silver lining is that through federal grants we were able to expand our summer programs. Many of our students are taking advantage of our Summer SPARK Academy. For those rainy days, we linked our Summer Reading and Math resources for students who want to independently engage in reading and math activities. Students can continue to use their licenses on digital platforms like Lexia, Achieve 3000, and Math IXL. For families looking for some age appropriate books to read this summer, we have provided grade level book lists along with the steps to find the "Just Perfect" book. In mathematics, we have provided links to online math programs like Coolmath Games, Funbrain, and Math Playground.


We also want to encourage our families to just have fun together!!! It is important for our mental health to step away from our screens, engage in physical activities, and take some time to explore the Jersey shore. We have included a list of fun activities to do with your family. Encourage your child to keep a digital journal, upload pictures, and share with your child's teacher in September.


It is our hope that you have a safe, healthy, and happy summer as we move one step closer to normal each and every day!


Enjoy this edition -- and the beautiful weather!


Educationally yours,

Dr. Anderson

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

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Our grades Pre K-5 students had a lot of silver linings to this year! Field day, Rock-Your-Socks, Pet Shows, and just getting to see each other are a few of the things that made our HAPPY list.

Even when times were tough, we managed to stay connected and stay positive and have fun!

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Grades Prek-5 Silver Linings

To view the grades PreK-5 silver linings slides, click HERE

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Middle school has a lot to be positive about! Despite the challenges we faced this year, we were able to have virtual guest speakers, create a garden, make art projects and much more. All of this is proof that with a good attitude, you can do anything!
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Grades 6- 8 Sliver Linings

To view the grades 6-8 silver lining slides, click HERE.

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Grades 9-12 made the best of every situation. Our art classes made some beautiful pieces to celebrate creativity. Our ELA classes got lost in great books and good writing. We were able to stay connected through all the different technology and we made the best of every day!
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Grades 9-12 Silver Linings

To view the grades 9-12 silver linings slides, click HERE

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Keep the Learning Going All Summer!

Summer is a great time to enjoy the weather and time with family. It is also a good time to pick up a good book and brush up on our math skills. Studies show that students who practice their skills in the summer are more prepared for September than those who don't practice! Here are a few options for great summer reads and fun activities to keep math skills alive!


Have a great summer!

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Access the Summer Reading Recommendations

Click HERE

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Access the Summer Math Activities

Click HERE

Opportunities for More SEL!

Here are some great book options for grades PreK-12 on topics that touch our hearts and open our minds. These books are great family reads that will bring you together this summer.

ENJOY!

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Here are a few resources to keep you and

your family safe while surfing!

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Enjoy Time With Your Family This Summer!

Here are some great options for family trips this summer that won't cost a thing!


Cape May County Park & Zoo
707 Route 9 N., Cape May Court House, NJ

Explore more than 85 acres of lush country gardens at this county park, or bring the whole family to the Cape May County Zoo, a free attraction featuring more than 550 animals, representing more than 250 species. You can find lions, tigers and bears (plus much more!) at this exciting kid-friendly destination.


Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Admission is always free at Princeton University Art Museum, where 92,000 works of art showcase an array of styles, from ancient to contemporary. The Princeton University campus also is home to one of the country’s most significant collections of 20th and 21st-century sculpture, presented as public artwork dispersed throughout the walkways and green spaces.


Drumthwacket
354 Stockton St., Princeton, NJ

Explore the stately halls of historic Drumthwacket, which is not only a house museum but the official residence of the governor of New Jersey. The land was once owned by William Penn, and the mansion itself dates back to the early 1800s, when Charles Smith Olden, a state senator and then governor, lived in the residence. Be sure to make a reservation in advance for the free guided tour. Free parking is also available.


Heritage Glass Museum
25 E. High St., Glassboro, NJ

From antique glassworker tools and hand-blown glass to vintage bottles and paperweights, the Heritage Glass Museum in Glassboro features more than 200 years of South Jersey glass, and it won’t cost you anything to visit. The museum is located in the stately Hollybush Mansion, built in 1847.


Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ

Visit this early 1900s horse-powered farm for a glimpse into a bygone era. Admission is free to the Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville and activities such as summer camp, corn maze trips and hayrides require an additional cost.


The Center for Contemporary Art
2020 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster Township, NJ

Featuring a variety of contemporary art exhibits by emerging, established and underrepresented artists in a range of media, The Center for Contemporary Art is a thought-provoking destination for visual arts. Admission is free (with a suggested donation of $5), and classes for a cost are also available.


Twin Lights Historic Site
2 Light House Rd., Highlands, NJ

Officially known as Navesink Light Station, this National Historic Landmark is most commonly known as Twin Lights, due to its dual, nonidentical light towers (one flashing and one fixed), situated 200 feet above sea level. Explore the castle-like structures of this iconic landmark, and take in breathtaking views from the bluffs. While you're here, make sure to check out the photographs and relics on display in the museum.


Bridgeton Hall of Fame All Sports Museum
Burt Avenue Recreation Center, Burt St. and Babe Ruth Dr., Bridgeton

Sports lovers will find plenty of variety at the Bridgeton Hall of Fame All Sports Museum, where men and women of all sports are recognized. Peruse rare memorabilia such as trophies, medals and cups, as well as the Cinncinati Reds bat collection, a Golden Glove from Hall of Fame legend Willie Mays and much more.


Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ

Walking paths lattice across 6.5 acres of breathtaking botanical gardens at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, where approximately 10,000 plants representing more than 3,000 differently named iris varieties are on display. Blooming season is typically mid-May to early June, so be sure to catch the peak of this natural beauty. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.


Empty Sky, 9/11 Memorial
Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ

A dramatic tribute to those that lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, "Empty Sky" features twin stainless steel walls are 210 feet long, 30 feet high and feature the engraved names of those who perished in the attacks. This memorial is located in lush Liberty State Park, an urban oasis where visitors can see the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the distance. The memorial and park are free of charge to all visitors.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER ARE MADE BY:

Academic Supervisors:

Amanda Beattie

Brittany Bucco

Chad Cutts

Jenn Lane

Christopher Thompson


Academic Coaches:

Heather Butler

Fran Caposello

Adria Cappetta

Kathleen Fitzgerald

Leigh Ann Layton

Loredana McFadden

Jennifer Monninger

Michele Pierce

Danielle Ventrello

Jeanette Wehner




Editor: Jennifer Monninger