Clear Out Your Closets for a Good Cause!
Helpers are URGENTLY needed to sort, fold and organize all of the donations for our $1-2-3 Clothing Sale. It's a great way to meet new families at school, get a sneak peek of the merchandise, and help out our BGS community.
Stay for an hour or stay all day - every little bit helps! These volunteer slots are even great for your high schoolers looking for community service hours. We'll be setting up throughout the day on Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 AM - 2 PM, then again from 4 - 7 PM. You can sign up for set-up volunteer slots here: https://atozconnect.com/cls/events?oock3262
Helpers are also needed to help staff the Clothing Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19. Shifts are available hourly from 8:30 PM - 2 PM. The link to volunteer for the day of the sale is here: https://atozconnect.com/cls/events?oriw1667
Sign up in AtoZ Connect or shoot a note to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to volunteer but are having issues getting into the site or app.
Want to help, but can't make it to the volunteer hours? Print out our flyer below and place it around town to help us advertise.
Want to volunteer, but not sure where to find it in AtoZ Connect? This step-by-step guide shows you where to find it.
BGS $1-2-3 Clothing Sale
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 9am-1pm
148 Pine Street
Bridgewater Township, NJ
Score some great deals at our $1-2-3 Clothing Sale. All sizes available - infant through adults. Shop from an array of clothes, shoes, coat, and even Halloween costumes.
Cash, check and credit card accepted.
Read-a-Thon - One Week In
Lots of our Bears are Reading & Raising! Remember the Read-a-Thon runs until Nov. 7 and students can log both minutes they read AND minutes you read to them.
After only a few days of our Read-a-Thon, we're already making huge progress toward our school wide goals of reading 100,000 minutes and raising $8,000. Just 36 students have helped us raise more than $3700 in pledges so far. If every other student in BGS got a pledge of just $5, we'd collect another $1200! We encourage you to support your child's reading efforts with a pledge, no matter the size.
Our 112 Bears who are reading have logged more 13,000 minutes read as of Thursday night. Keep it up and we'll be on track to SLIME some special people.
If your student misplaced their login information for our school Read-a-thon, reach out to their teacher.
On Monday, our Read-a-Thon chairs will update the school totals, distribute some fun prizes to our lucky readers and raisers, and announce which Owl Team read the most minutes this past week.
Still not sure what the Read-a-Thon is? Watch this video clip to learn more about how students can use the Whooo's Reading platform to log their reading, earn coins for their "Owlvatars" and collect pledges from friends and family (after their parents approve them).
NEXT WEEK'S WEEKLY INCENTIVE:
- 50 reading buttons to be awarded randomly to students who are reading
- 24 reading wristbands to be awarded randomly to students who are fundraising
Celebrate Halloween at the Halloween Hoot
Join us for trunk or treating and ghoulish fun at our annual Halloween Hoot on Friday, Nov. 1 from 7-8:30. Admission is $5 per child, max of $15 per family (pay at the door).
Let us know you're coming so we can plan accordingly by signing up in AtoZ Connect here: https://atozconnect.com/cls/events?cith948 Select the line called "Attending the Hoot" and click the "sign up" button. Then click "sign me up" and let us know the number of kids and adults attending in the comments box.
Help Us Make the Halloween Hoot Great!
The Halloween Hoot is great fun, but needs your help to run. Decorate a trunk and give out treats during the Trunk or Treat. Help us set up or clean up. Donate some snacks or drinks. Help us staff the snack table or a craft or game booth.
Sign up for any of these options in AtoZ Connect here: https://atozconnect.com/cls/events?cith948
In Case You Missed It
- Update Your Info for the School Directory. Choose what you want to include in our student directory - you MUST register for AtoZ Connect to be entered in the directory. For more detail on AtoZ Connect registration and verification, check out our article on our BGS PTO webpage. We will do ALL volunteer signups in AtoZ, plus you can use it to respond to events that need registration and pay for things like spirit wear, class dues and more.
- Become a PTO member. Purchase a membership in AtoZ Connect or submit the below form via cash (exact change please) or check (made out to BGS PTO).
- Pay your class dues in AtoZ Connect or send in $20 in an envelope marked "Class Dues". Include your teacher's name and your student's name. Checks should be made payable to "cash". Class dues are different than PTO membership and go straight to class parents to purchase 3 gifts for your teacher(s) and to offset costs of supplemental party supplies.
Fall Spirit Wear Sale Begins
Fall Spiritwear orders can be placed via AtoZ Connect (credit card only) or via the form below (cash or check made payable to BGS PTO). If returning a form to school, please mark the envelope to PTO - Spiritwear. All orders must be submitted by Oct. 31 so that we can place our school-wide order.
News From Around the District
Attend the Upcoming Special Education Alliance Meeting
The Special Education Alliance (SEA) is a Parent/Caregiver Support group for families with IEPs/504s in BRRSD--all are welcome!
Join us for our next meeting on Tuesday Oct. 15 from 7:00-8:30pm in the BRHS Library.
Topics include Introduction of Dan Silvia, What is a 504/IEP?, and The Role of the Case Manager
For more details and to reserve babysitting, you can check out their flyer here.
Ed Foundation Taste of Bridgewater Event
The Education Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan hopes you can join us on October 14th for our annual Taste of B-R Event! You can still purchase single tickets or our discounted couple's package here!
Even if you can't make the event, you have the opportunity to win an amazing getaway for two through our Culinary Getaway Raffle! One lucky winner will have their choice of four exciting getaway options - Las Vegas, Nashville, Sonoma, or New Orleans! Each package includes airfare, hotel, and great food for you and a guest, at a value of up to $6,200! Read the details of each package here.
Even better, when you purchase your raffle ticket online you can designate a school PTO of your choice. With enough tickets sold, the Education Foundation will donate a portion of raffle proceeds to the PTO with the most ticket sales! You can purchase raffle tickets online for $50 each up until the drawing at the Taste of B-R on October 14th, and in person at the event. Hope to see you there!
BRRSD Public Forum on School Start Times
Monday, Oct. 21st, 6:30pm
600 Garretson Road
Bridgewater Township, NJ
The Panelists for the event include:
● Minkyo Chenette, Board President, Montgomery Public Schools
● Dr. Michael Gorman, President, Salem County College
● Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, Physician, Princeton Nassau Pediatrics
● Michele Samarya-Timm, Health Educator, Somerset County Department of Health
● Mr. Gary Snyder, Principal (retired), Princeton High School
More information about both the event and the impact of School Start Times can be found on our website here.
Dates to Remember
Oct. 16 - Picture Day
Oct. 17 - 4 - 7 PM - Clothing Sale Drop Off
Oct. 18 - 9 AM -2 PM & 4-7 PM - Clothing Sale Drop Off
Oct. 19 - 9 AM - 1 PM - $1-2-3 Clothing Sale
Oct. 23 - "Teaming Up for Good Choices" - wear a team shirt or jersey
Oct. 25 - Wear Red to show love for self during Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 28 - 7 - 8 PM - PTO Meeting
Oct. 31 - 10:45 AM - Halloween Parade
Nov. 1 - 7 PM - 8:30 PM - Halloween Hoot - RSVP in AtoZ Connect
Nov. 6 - Read-a-Thon Ends