Running Brook PTA Newsletter

#WeAreRunningBrook - January 15th, 2021

RBES PTA Meeting

Monday, Feb. 8th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Please join us this MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8th at 7pm via Zoom!

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

Circus Science LIVE!!

A BIG thank you to Mr. Gregory May for presenting to our students on December 22nd.

As a former Ringling Brothers Circus performer and Port Discovery Children’s Museum educator, Mr. May showed RBES students and families fun, exciting feats of juggling, rolling globe walking, lasso spinning, and other amazing tricks to explore Newton’s Laws, Gyroscopic Motion, and Center of Gravity. It was fun for the kids as they were able to engage in activities using household items.

You can find the accompanying try at home instructions here and keep the magic of the circus going!

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MLK Day of Service

RBES Day of Service Event:

Dr. Martin Luther King was a civil rights activist in the 1950s and 1960s. He led non-violent protests to fight for the rights of all people including African Americans. He hoped that America and the world could become a place where race would not impact a person’s civil rights. He was considered a great speaker - many of his speeches still inspire us today. You may have heard his “I Have a Dream “ speech. Another famous thing he said was that “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” Congress designated the third Monday in January the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Your service honors Dr. King's life and teachings and helps make your community a better place.

You may ask what can a kid do to serve while staying safe from a coronavirus? A lot!

BSAP and RBES PTA are partnering the annual RBES Day of Service. We are looking to have our students write letters, make cards or draw pictures for the senior residents at Vantage House. You may not know that they are formal partners with Running Brook and have hosted walking field trips for our students to read and present their hard work.

Ready to get started? Here’s some guidelines for your creations:

1. Letters must be legible (large print) and handwritten. You will be sending me the letter by taking a picture of it or scanning and emailing/inboxing it to me. I will print (in color) all submissions and deliver them to Vantage House.

4. Be creative! Recipients love it when the letters are personal. We encourage you to make your letters colorful and fun– drawings are great! You can also write a simple poem or share some information about yourself (e.g., favorite hobbies, pets, school, etc.). This makes the handmade card a very personal and thoughtful gift for the older person to receive.

5. Be kind & thoughtful. This is a one-way letter exchange, so you will not receive a letter back. Receiving nothing in return is part of the beauty of your act of kindness, and recipients aren’t burdened by feeling obligated or unable to respond.

Letters are due to me by Friday, February 1, 2021. Send to or inbox me through Canvas. You can also put the media book return box in the vestibule of school in case you want to drop your creation off.

*Need some ideas of what to say? There are many examples on-line/Pinterest if you look up “Card messages for seniors”


January 2021

1/18 - MLK Day, Schools & offices closed.

1/28 - End of 2nd Marking Period.

1/29 - Professional Work Day, Schools closed for students.


February 2021

2/3 - MAPP Testing (Check school email for more info.)

2/5 - 2nd Quarter Report Cards available on Synergy.

2/8 - PTA Meeting 7pm via Zoom

2/10 - MAPP Testing (Check school email for more info.)

2/10 - Parent/Teacher Conferences. Students early dismissal.

2/11 - Parent/Teacher Conferences. Students early dismissal.

2/12 - Professional Work Day, Schools closed for students.

2/15 - President's Day, Schools and 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

Hello 2021!!

Mid January is already here and we are but a hop, skip and a jump away from Punxsutawney Phil looking for his shadow! This year we get to witness living history as the country inaugurates the 46th President of the United States. Party lines aside history is taking place and it may be a great asynchronous Wednesday activity to watch and explain the inauguration process to our RBES scholars. As we step into 2021, the PTA is putting a call out to our RBES families.


We had a goal of having 100 PTA memberships this year and though we have done markedly better than the previous 2-4 years, we are not quite there yet! At this time we are approx. forty (40) memberships away from our goal of 100. Your membership dues of $12 or $17 for a family membership helps support our initiatives and programs like virtual museum tours, student goodie bags and much more!

Feel free to invite your family and friends to support us with a membership. As a 503(c)(3) your membership dues is a non-taxable donation.

I hope through the programming we have led to date this school year the RBES PTA has found a way to reach out and help your student still feel connected to their teachers, classmates and school. We want to continue being that bridge and membership dues help us do that.

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

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.