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Last Call for Homeroom Parent Entries

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to be a Homeroom parent so far. Remember, if more than 3 people sign up for a class, we'll select the homeroom parent via lottery on Sept. 25.

If you'd like to volunteer, let us know by completing our interest form: Last day to submit your name is Sept. 23.

As a reminder, if you volunteer to be a Homeroom Parent, you must attend an information session on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 - 7:15.

Book Fair Help URGENTLY Needed

Our Bears can't shop at next week's Book Fair if we don't have volunteers to keep it open. Spend an hour helping our Bears shop for books and keeping it tidy.

Volunteer slots are available each day, as well as Tuesday evening. Sign up in AtoZConnect - just go to Event Signups.

If you're not already registered for AtoZConnect, you can do so by going to then go to Event Signups after you verify your information.

Don't disappoint our Bears - help us keep the Book Fair running smoothly!

Become a Library Volunteer

Our new librarian and technology teacher, Ms. Rayburn, would LOVE to have some help re-shelving books and checking students out in the library. This is a flexible, but year-long commitment. We're looking for a morning and afternoon volunteer every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. If you can help out, send an email to with which day and time slot would work best for you.

Help Us Capture 4th Grade Memories

Love taking pictures? Want to make our 4th grade yearbook special? Let us know if you can be one of our roving photographers! We'll reach out to this list of volunteer photographers with sporadic opportunities to pop in to various school events to take pictures that will be used for our 4th grade yearbook. Contact if you'd like to be one of our "on call" roving photographers.

Event & Fundraiser Chairs Needed

If you'd like to take on a bit more responsibility, we have open Event and Fundraiser Chair Positions available.

Opportunities include:

  • Barnes & Noble Night Chair
  • Fall Clothing Sale Co-Chair
  • Faculty Meals Co-Chair
  • Family Fun Night Co-Chairs
  • Holiday Shop Co-Chair
  • Read-a-Thon Co-Chair
  • Spring Plant Sale Co-Chair
  • Talent Show Co-Chairs
  • Thanksgiving Feast Co-Chair
  • Toy Sale Co-Chair

For more details on each of these chairperson positions, you can read our guide here then contact if you'd like to volunteer for any of these chairperson roles. We'll train you!

PTO Meeting Sign - 9/24 at 7:30 BGS Library

Be a Part of the BGS Student Directory

Our BGS Student directory is perfect for setting up playdates, sending party invitations, and finding buddies for carpools. It's only helpful when you submit your info!

To enter your information in the student directory, go to Remember that YOU get to pick what information is shared.

If you're one of the 80+ families who have already registered for AtoZ Connect, you're all set. We're aiming for 100% participation.

PTO Members will get electronic access to the directory via AtoZ Connect or can opt to purchase a paper copy of the directory. We plan to print the directory by the end of October, so don't delay - sign up today!

Join the PTO

Our Bradley Gardens School Parent Teacher Organization is dedicated to helping make Bradley Gardens a GREAT place to learn. We raise funds for assemblies, equipment, and staff appreciation, as well as subsidize field trips and sponsor family fun nights. The BGS PTO could not do anything for the school without your support and help!

PTO Membership is purchased annually. This year, membership is $16 for families and teacher and $8 for BGS Aides. You can purchase membership either via AtoZ Connect under the "Store" option. If you prefer to send a check or cash, please use the form below and return it to school in an envelope marked "PTO Membership".

Our goal is 100% participation of both our families and our BGS staff members!

You Could Win an Echo Dot

We'll enter you into a raffle to win an Amazon Echo Dot each time you complete one of our Back to School activities:

  • Register for AtoZ Connect (1 chance to win)
  • Verify your info in AtoZ Connect after registering (1 chance to win)
  • Become a PTO Member (1 chance to win)

We'll draw a lucky winner in mid-October - it could be YOU!

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Register for the Bradley Gardens Community Breakfast

Bradley Gardens School Families are happily invited to attend a Bradley Gardens School Community Breakfast on Friday, September 27th, sponsored by your Bradley Gardens School teachers and support professionals through the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association.

This event has been coordinated by the school staff as an opportunity to bring members of our school community together. This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better. The breakfast will start at 7:05 in the Cafeteria/Gymnasium. Parents are welcome to stay until 8:05 AM, at which time, parents will depart before the buses arrive, and staff members will supervise the students until the school day begins at 8:25 AM.

Breakfast will consist of a variety of catered items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, bagels, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, and tea. The event is free to the families, as the cost is covered via the teachers and support professionals through their BREA association dues. However, we encourage a small donation to your school PTO at the door.

Please be sure to register online if you plan to attend so that we may supply an adequate amount of food for those in attendance. Online registration for the event must be completed at least two days prior to the breakfast. We hope to see you and your child/children for this enjoyable community gathering.

Please use the link below to register:

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Rachel McLaughlin at

News From Around the District

BRHS Mini Cheer Clinic

Wondering what to do when school is closed on Sept. 30 and Oct. 9? BRHS Cheer is offering a 2 day cheer clinic for kids in Kindergarten - Grade 8. Learn all about it and sign up using the form below.

Bridgewater Mayor Dan Hayes Announces Fall Tree Dedication Ceremony

The Bridgewater Township Shade Tree Board (Team Arbor) and the Assam Foundation of North America (AFNA) are pleased to announce, Tree 4 All at the Bridgewater Farmers Market, a tree dedication ceremony to honor the internationally renowned forester Jadav Payeng. The free community eve4nt will take place on Sunday, October 13th at 11:00 AM at the Bridgewater Farmers Market held at the Bridgewater Library (1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater). The event will include a memorial tree dedication, live music, dance, and other community activities. The ceremony is sponsored through the support of Sanofi.

The event also celebrates Bridgewater’s achievement as a Tree City USA town for 21 consecutive years and honors the community for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Bridgewater will apply for the Tree City USA status again in 2019. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

For more information about the Tree 4 All celebration, please feel free to contact Kristen Schiro, Director of Human Services, by telephone at (908) 725-5750 or by email at Additional information about the Assam Foundation of North America is available at

Dates to Remember

Sept. 23 - 27 - Fall Book Fair

Sept. 23 - Final Day for Room Parent Sign-ups

Sept. 24 - 6 - 8 PM - Family Shopping Night at the Book Fair

Sept. 24 - 6:30 - 7:15 PM - Room Parent Info Session (BGS Library)

Sept. 24 - 7:30 - 8:30 PM - PTO Meeting (BGS Library)

Sept. 25 - Room Parent Lottery

Sept. 27 - 7 - 8 AM - BGS Community Breakfast (Registration Required Here)

Sept. 30 - No School

Stay in Touch

Bradley Gardens PTO

Briana George, Co-President

Kelly Schmidt, Co-President