JRB Family Newsletter

May 14, 2021

MCAS Continues Next Week For Grades 3-5. Please make sure you have your FULLY CHARGED CHROMEBOOK with you on testing days.

Last Call For Placement Letters for 2021-2022

Over the next few weeks, we will start to build tentative class lists for next fall. If you have any concerns for placement next year, please send an email to Mr. North (nnorth@awrsd.org) by May 17th. Specific teacher requests will not be granted. However, please feel free to share your child's learning style or concerns for peer relationships.


The deadline to order yearbooks has been extended until 5/14 so there is still time to order a yearbook and create custom pages! When you login and go to order you will see "Past Purchase Deadline * - You are past the deadline, but the books have not started printing. You can still purchase and edit your custom pages, but you must do it ASAP as the books can go to print at any time." Click here for information regarding orders, deadlines, uploading photos and creating custom pages!

We are also still in need of candid photos to fill out the yearbook so please upload some of your favorites ASAP!

Kindergarten Registration Is Still Open

Dear Ashburnham residents and parents of future John R. Briggs students:

Children who turn five years old by August 31, 2021 are eligible to register for kindergarten. Registration is now in process. We encourage you to complete this process as soon as possible. Enrollment packets can be picked up in the school front entryway, or found online at www.awrsd.org/jrb. Please call the school at 978- 827-5750 or email Paula Kuehl at pstlaurentkuehl@awrsd.org if you have any questions, or if your child will not be enrolling.

We look forward to welcoming another class of kindergarten students to John R. Briggs Elementary!

Notes From The Nurse

Thankfully we are able to enjoy some warmer weather. It is great that the children are able to get outside more and play. Just a reminder to check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks at least once a day or anytime you have been outdoors. Try to wear long pants and long sleeves when you plan to be out in the woods. Using EPA- approved repellents can be helpful to prevent tick and mosquito bites. If you do find a tick, carefully remove as soon as possible using fine-tipped tweezers. If you notice a rash or feel like you have the “flu”, contact your doctor.

Final Reminder to all parents/guardians of CURRENT 3rd Graders: If your child has had a physical in 2020 please have a copy forwarded to the health office if you have not already done so. If your child is in need of a physical, please make an appointment with their Primary Care Provider soon. If you need a form, please call the school nurse and one will be sent home. Physicals can always be faxed to the health office at 978-827-5699. Thanks for your prompt attention!

Parents/Guardians of 2nd Graders: Letters were sent home this week stating that a current physical (2021) is needed for entry into 3rd grade in the fall. If you have any questions, please call me at 978-827-5750 X5.
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Outdoor Concert

We are set to host an OUTDOOR Chorus Concert on the front field on Wednesday, June 9th at 6:30 pm with a rain date of Thursday, June 10th. The field opens at 6 pm and the entire program should take about 20 minutes.

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Please Bring Water To School

As has been the case all year, we are asking that students bring a water bottle to school each day since the water bubblers are not in service this school year. We have had some warm days already, and only anticipate more of them, so bring that water in!

MCAS Calendar

Below you will find the MCAS calendar. Please continue to do your best to arrive promptly on testing days.
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Pooled Testing

We continue to complete Pooled Testing each week to provide as much information to families as possible. If you still wish to enroll your child, you can follow the link below.

Pooled Testing Consent for under 18 years of age.

The access code is atp-ashburnham.

Upcoming Dates To Know

Thursday, June 17- Last day of school (1/2 day)

We continue to try to take you inside many of the activities happening at JRB.