BWRSD Community Update 5/28/21
Message from Jonathan Brice, Superintendent of Schools
Dear BWRSD community,
Memorial Day weekend is always a great weekend for me. It is a time when I think about the joys of past summers and look forward to the possibility of fun and excitement during the next three months. It also causes me to think about the true meaning of Memorial Day, a day to honor and reflect on the brave men and women who as Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg address said, “...gave the last full measure of devotion.”
I am thankful for the sacrifices made by so many so I can pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I will reflect on this on Monday.
Jonathan Brice, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Contents of this Update:
Mask Update for BWRSD Schools and Buildings
2020-2021 School Based and District Teacher & Support Staff of the Year
ELA Curriculum Update for Grades K-8
2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration and Screening
5th Grade Virtual Family Night at KMS
Upcoming School Committee Meetings
RI Pre-K Lottery
Free Virtual Workshop for Elementary School Parents: HOW TO CREATE HOME ENVIRONMENTS THAT SUPPORT SUCCESS AND DECREASE ANXIETY - TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 6:00 to 7:30PM
1. Mask Update for BWRSD Schools and Buildings
COVID-19 guidance for schools has not changed and wearing masks that cover the nose and mouth are required. If and when the mask requirement changes for schools, we will share this information with you.
2. 2020-2021 School Based and District Teacher & Support Staff of the Year
BWRSD is pleased to announce the following individuals as school based and district Teacher and Support Staff of the Year.
3. ELA Curriculum Update for Grades K-8
The Bristol Warren Regional Schools have recently completed the pilot of a new English Language Arts curriculum at the elementary level. Teachers and students look forward to a program that offers a variety of literature and engaging experiences. This adoption is part of a statewide initiative requiring all districts to select programs and teaching practices that are research-based to ensure high-quality instruction and achievement for all students.
After several pilots were conducted in 2019-2021 by BWRSD teachers, the ELA Advisory Team is ready to request the approval of Into Reading for Grades K-5 and StudySync for Grades 6-8. These programs will provide teachers and students with rigorous lessons, literature, and learning experiences aligned to the state standards and learning expectations. Copies of the materials will be available at the Oliver building beginning June 1st.
4. 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration and Screening
BWRSD continues to welcome families of kindergarten age students to register for the upcoming school year. Visit our website or call our registration office at 401-253-4000 ext. 5127 to begin the process.
Families who have registered their children will be receiving information on upcoming screenings for their students. We are planning to hold screenings in person, with appropriate COVID precautions, on June 18, 19 and 21, 2021. An email will be sent out to these families with more information and a link to sign up for a time slot on one of the three days.
5. 5th Grade Virtual Family Night at KMS - Monday, June 21 at 6pm
6. Upcoming School Committee Meetings
Personnel/Contract Negotiations Subcommittee Meeting (Executive Session Only) - Tuesday, June 1, 4pm (Virtual via Zoom)
Personnel Contract Negotiations Meeting (Executive Session Only) - Wednesday, June 2 6pm (Virtual via Zoom)
Wellness Committee Meeting - Wednesday, June 2 at 4:30PM (Virtual via Zoom)
Policy & Curriculum Subcommittee Meeting - Monday, June 7th at 6pm (Location TBD)
Budget/Facilities Subcommittee Meeting - Wednesday, June 9th at 6pm (In-Person/Virtual MHHS Cafeteria & Zoom)
School Committee Workshop Meeting - Monday, June 14th at 7pm (In-person/Virtual MHHS Cafeteria & Zoom)
Agendas posted on BWRSD Website on School Committee Page at least 48 hours in advance.
7. RI Pre-K Lottery
BWRSD is sharing this information on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Parents – if you have a child who is a Bristol or Warren resident and will be four years old by September 1st, you may enter your child’s name in a lottery to receive one year of free, high-quality preschool education through the Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program. You must submit an online application no later than July 6th in order to be part of this lottery.
You can complete an online application at the RI Department of Education’s website (www.ride.ri.gov) or pick up a paper application at: The East Bay Community Action Program (790 Main Street) and The Children’s Workshop (410 Child St, Warren). Paper applications need to be submitted to any State Pre-K site by July 2nd.
If you have any questions or need more information about the lottery or the Rhode Island Pre-K Program, please email RIPre-K@ride.ri.gov.
8. Free Virtual Workshop for Elementary School Parents: Tuesday, June 8, 6:00 to 7:30PM
Topic: How to Create Home Environments that Support Success and Decrease Anxiety
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 6:00 to 7:30PM via ZOOM
Please visit our Back to School 2020-21 web page for important updates and links to our reopening plan and resources.