The Bear Necessities

Summer Update Edition

Happy Summer

Dear Brooks Crossing and Deans Staff,

I'd like to first thank you for the warm welcome that I've received. I appreciate all of your emails, visits, and offers to help. I would love it if you'd come by to meet me before our official first day together. I am in the district consistently, but not consistently in one spot. if you'd like to set up a time, please email me, or call Barb or Michelle in the BC main office so we can find a time that works. I promise that I won't force you to share your Top 10 list with me. It'll just be nice to connect a face with a name, and get to know you a little.

I am looking forward to the kickoff to our year, and want it to be the best it can be. I know that there are so many things that are flowing smoothly, and I have heard such positive things about all of you. I don't want to wish summer away, but it all makes me more anxious to get our year started! Being new to the school, I really want to know anything you want to share - about you, school or otherwise.

I realize this is not your typical format for a newsletter. I thought I'd try it. Let me know what you think. We are working on a website that will hold all of the important information and documents that you'll need for the year. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to look for that document you saw before you needed it. I'm hopeful that we can create something that will be a go-to resource for you. We will share more in September, but I'd like to thank Haritha for her help, already.

I have seen enough of you around, to know that you are already deep in though about next year. What impressive dedication! I hope you'll take time to relax and refresh. You have an awesome job, but it requires a little time to reset!

Looking forward to seeing you soon.



Important Upcoming Dates

Sept. 2 - No School, Labor Day

Sept. 3 - 1st Staff Day

Sept. 4 - 2nd Staff Day, New Student Orientation, 2:30, All Student Optional Open House, 3:30-5:00

Sept. 5 - First day of school for students. This is a regular full day.

Sept. 9 - Board of Education Meeting, Crossroads North, 7:00pm

Sept. 20 - PTO Ice Cream Social, BC Main Campus, 5:30-7:30pm

Sept. 23 - Board of Education Meeting, Crossroads North, 7:00pm

Sept. 30 - Schools Closed. Rosh Hashanah

Oct. 1 - Schools Closed. Rosh Hashanah

Oct. 8 - School Picture Day

Oct. 9 - Schools Closed. Yom Kippur

Oct. 10 - Back-to-School Night

What Have You Been Doing this Summer?

Please email (Jaime and Lisa) one picture, with a short caption, of your favorite summer moment. It could be you or you and your family - away or home. Let's get a little picture of what the BC/DE team has been up to this summer! You will probably be receiving some reminder emails, as well. Apologies in advance!

Jumpstart - Registration Closes This Saturday (August 10th)

From Blair:

Just a friendly reminder that registration for JumpStart workshops will close at the end of the day on 8/10. I hope you'll take advantage of these learning opportunities to "jump start" your school year. There are over 40 workshops to choose from! Be sure to log in to PDX to register for those you plan on attending.

For your convenience:

Smore with General Info

JumpStart Schedule - At a Glance (Click on any title to view the workshop description.)


Contacting Jaime and Lisa

Please add our cell phone numbers to your contacts and feel free to call or text. If you don't have both numbers in your phone, please add them!

Jaime: 609-532-9425

Lisa: 732-261-2386

Join us for Our First Event - Board and Brush!

We are all set for our Board and Brush event on August 28th! The event will be from 4-7. You will need to go to the South Brunswick Board and Brush Calendar here. From there, you will go to the August calendar and see our event on August 28th. When you click on it, you will need the following access code: BCD819 From there, it will bring you to the set up page, where you will pick your project. You will need to enter the access code again at checkout to drop the price by $15. Make sure you hit “apply access code” before hitting “make payment.” At checkout, your total should be $53.

You can start signing up now- there are only 12 spots left, so sign up soon!

GCN Trainings (From Blair)

ALL Staff must log into GCN between July 2, 2019 – September 9, 2019 to complete the 2 hours of tutorials listed below.

Professional Responsibility:

  • Teachers and 10 Month Secretaries: There will be 2 hours allotted on the opening days specifically for viewing these tutorials, however, if you complete them before school starts, you are excused of this time.

  • Paraprofessionals: You may come in on the opening days during the allotted time or complete the tutorials on your own. You will be vouchered for the 2 hours as per your Para contract, if applicable.

  • ALL 12 Month Employees: You will complete the tutorials during the workday, as your schedule permits.

  • Modules:

    • Diabetes Awareness GCN – Online Module 20 min.

    • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Awareness - NJ GCN – Online Module 8 min.

    • Alcohol and Drug Awareness for Employees GCN – Online Module 12 min.

    • Suicide Prevention GCN – Online Module 16 min.

    • Child Abuse GCN – Online Module 20 min.

    • Domestic and Sexual Violence GCN – Online Module 20 min. Teen Dating Violence GCN – Online Module 15 min.

Here’s the link (also accessible via the Staff Portal) Organization ID: 51030s Personal ID: If your staff ID is only 4 digits, place a zero at the beginning. (For example, the staff ID 1234 would be entered as 01234.)

Building Availability - A Note from Helen

Dear BC/Deans Staff,

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying your much deserved time off.

The Deans building is done. Any Deans staff that would like to setup your rooms may do so, just call/text me and let me know when you will be there. Also, if you do come to Deans please throw out any food and drink into the dumpster and keep your rooms as neat as possible as my custodial staff will not have time to clean your rooms every day.

The Brooks Crossing building is still a work in progress. I wanted to update you all to the progress of the construction and give you an estimated date to get you into your room. The units have been installed in the classrooms and we are just waiting for valves and facia to be installed. The air conditioning should be getting turned on by Aug 15th. The custodial staff and I have been working to get the rooms wiped and floors done. It has been a slower process due to the heat. We are hoping to have the classrooms done by the week of the 26th. If you need to get in to access your room please call or text me at 848-459-2555.

Both buildings will be open from 8am-6pm.

Miss you all,