Running Brook PTA Newsletter

#WeAreRunningBrook - December 11th, 2020

RBES PTA Meeting

Monday, Dec. 14th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Please join us this MONDAY, DECEMBER 14th at 7pm via Zoom!

We will be wrapping up our 1st semester programming and diving into 2nd quarter initiatives!

Don't have the bandwidth to attend? No problem! Reach out to us via email and we would be happy to send you a link to the meeting recording.

The RBES PTA is always working to make sure we can meet and engage our families as conveniently as possible. Take a look at our website to find out more about our initiatives, upcoming events and meeting dates!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

The Yearbook Committee Needs YOUR Help!

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Blessing in a Backpack

Did you know we have a Blessings in a Backpack Program at RBES? Blessings in a Backpack sends additional food resources home to students on the weekend. During a traditional school year, bags are discretely put in a student's backpack on Friday afternoons. Running Brook staff delivered to 125 students over the spring/summer!
Our Blessings in a Backpack Program is entirely funded by individual and community-based donations. This is not funded by HCPSS.

If you are interested in receiving Blessings you must click the registration link below.

Register For 2020-2021 Virtual Learning Blessing in a Backpack

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Reginald F. Lewis Museum Tour

A BIG thank you to Ms. Terry and Ms. Cheryl from the education program at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for being our tour guides on several virtual museum tours we hosted over the last few weeks.

RBES PTA partnered with the museum out of Baltimore MD for a story reading and virtual walk through tour of some of the museum exhibits connecting the importance of representation even in historical settings to helping students develop their own self-identity.

In addition to the Milo's Museum programming that was open to all students, the Reginald F. Lewis museum also led a virtual program tour of their underground railroad exhibit and its connections and travels through Maryland. This programming was open to our 4th and 5th grade students as well as the Her Perspectives seminar students through online registration.

We look forward to partnering with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in the future and thank you to all our families who joined us for this programming.

For a link to the story shared Milo's Museum, click HERE.

To find out more about the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, click HERE.

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Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, began at sundown this past Thursday evening.

This holiday commemorates the rededication of the Jewish Temple after it was destroyed by the Syrians in the year 165 BCE. The story goes that upon returning to the Temple ruins, the Jewish people found only enough oil to light the sanctuary's lamp for just one night. But low and behold, the oil lasted 8 nights, which gave the Jewish people enough time to make more oil. At that time, and even today, there is always a light left on in the Jewish Temple. Today, Jews celebrate Hanukkah with 8 nights of festivities including lighting the Menorah candles, exchanging presents and eating foods fried in oil.

Thank you to the Kulansky family for sharing their family traditions with us and Happy Hannukkah to all our Running Brook families and staff celebrating the holiday 🕎


December 2020

12/2 - Reginald F. Lewis Museum Presents: Milo's Museum & Heritage Tour 11:30am. Brought to you by the Running Brook PTA.

12/9 - Reginald F. Lewis Museum Presents: Freedom Bound 11:30am. Brought to you by the Running Brook PTA for the 4th & 5th grade audience.

12/14 - PTA Meeting 7pm via Zoom

12/22 - Circus Science Live 6pm via Zoom (More Details to Come!)

12/24 - Schools Closed.

12/25 - Schools Closed.

12/28 to 1/1 - Winter Break Schools Closed.


January 2021

1/11 - PTA Meeting 7pm via Zoom

1/13 - Michelle Cann, Concert Pianist LIVE (More Details to Come!)

1/18 - MLK Day, Schools & Offices Closed.

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There is truly a “Running Brook Way” that is distinct from that of other schools, and we are proud to have a school community that believes in the motto, “We Are Running Brook”!

- Anthony Esposito - Principal Running Brook Elementary School

So much growth in 50 YEARS and our motto shines through it all!

To mark this momentous occasion, the PTA will be hosting several events throughout the 2020-2021 school year to celebrate!

We can't wait to celebrate the positive impact Running Brook has had on our community and its families. If Running Brook has played a part in your life directly or indirectly, won't you help us continue the tradition of fun, thoughtful education for the new generation?

Follow the Below Link For Ways You Can Join in on the Celebration!

Happy 50th Running Brook!

The President's Corner

We're Almost There...

The end of 2020 is closing in fast. Though the hustle and bustle of the holiday season tends to leave us with very little time for reflection, I think its important we all take a moment to reflect. This year, we were met with unprecedented circumstances that led everyone to pivot and readjust how we handle everyday life. We saw our communities come together to try provide for those most in need and at no dong of their own. We all brushed off or learned new ways to communicate with family and friends.

We all rallied for our families, communities and school and we continue to do so. This year has reignited the spirit of care and compassion for one another as a society in a remarkable way. Despite technological advances pushing us further away for real connections, we learned to harness it to reconnect with people. And that's the spirit of a school community and our PTA especially. To be a place where we can all connect or reach out for help or advice in ensuring our students' success.

I hope the RBES PTA has found a way to reach out and help your student still feel connected to the school and their school friends this year. As we get ready to step into 2021, we will continue to provide virtual programming and coordinate goodie bags and other fun things for your child until we are all able to reconnect in person.

Thank you for continuing to partner with us and caring so abundantly about our students.

Happy Holidays!

Stephanie Martin

RBES PTA President

Running Brook Elementary PTA

We Are Running Brook - A collective of parents, grandparents, teachers, school staff, former students and the local community working together to enhance the lives of RBES students.

The RBES PTA was formed with the goal of helping enrich the learning experience and community at Running Brook Elementary School. We want to engage and connect parents and educators alike to build a better, stronger school community through student advocacy, programs, events, and fundraising.