Friday Features - 5/3/19

Your Weekly BGS PTO News & Happenings

Show Your School Spirit During Testing Windows

The 3rd and 4th grade students will be taking the NJSLA (formerly PARCC) test beginning next Wednesday, May 8th. To help ease the stress of testing and get students excited to do their best, we will be doing many special things here at BGS throughout the week, such as a kick-off assembly, extra breaks, and recess time. We also will be wearing different colors each day. The following is our color schedule:

  • Wednesday, 5/8: WEAR GREEN
  • Thursday, 5/9: WEAR YELLOW
  • Friday, 5/10: WEAR BLUE & GOLD
  • Monday, 5/13: WEAR the colors of the rainbow

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Plant Sale Orders Arriving Next Week

Plant Sale orders will be arriving early next week. Your action is needed!

If you requested that plants be sent home with your child, please send them in to school with a sturdy bag to carry their plants home.

If you indicated you would pick up orders, you can pick them up during the following time windows in our BGS Learning Garden (outside by the gym):

  • Tuesday, May 7 from 3-6 PM
  • Wednesday, May 8 from 3-4:30 PM or during the PTO Meeting 7-8 PM

If you cannot make these times, please contact to make other arrangements. Email reminders will be sent this weekend to those who ordered - check your spam folder for mail from if you do not see something by Sunday.

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Get More Involved in the PTO

As you know, our PTO programming cannot be done with active and involved participation from our community. If you'd like to make a larger impact on the school community, we invite you to consider joining our PTO Board or as Chairperson of an event or fundraiser.

Several PTO Board position terms are coming to a close at the end of this school year. Though some board members may run again, others are wide open. We welcome all interested parties to consider being nominated for the board. Board terms are 2 years in length. Positions that are up for nomination include:

  • Co-President
  • Co-Vice President
  • Co-Recording Secretary
  • Webmaster

We'll be accepting nominations during next week's PTO meeting - Wed., May 8 at 7 PM. If you're interested in any role, have questions, or want to understand more about the positions, please contact

Additional opportunities to get involved as co-chairs for events and fundraisers will be discussed at both the May PTO meeting, though these positions do not require nomination.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch - May 14

Our BGS Teacher Appreciation Week events will be held the week of May 13. By now, your classroom parents should have reached out to begin sharing plans for recognizing your child's teacher.

The PTO is providing lunch for our teachers on Tuesday, May 14th to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. This year our theme is "BGS Teachers Are Our STARS ". Our teachers are true stars, so lets provide them with food that is out of this world!

We are providing lunch for approximately 60 teachers. Sign up to claim an item - options are available for set up, utensils, entrees, side dishes and more - at our signup genius here: You can drop off your contribution anytime beginning Monday, May 13th, just be sure to mark it Faculty Luncheon.

If the dish is hot, please drop it off between 11:15 and 11:30 pre-heated on the day of the luncheon (Tuesday, the 14th). We don't have a way to heat it. We will be serving the food from 11:45am until 1pm.

You can also make a monetary donation, just send it in an envelope marked "Faculty Luncheon".

As always, thank you so much for your support!

More Chances to Participate in the Color Run

Race around the fields of BGS while getting showered with color powder on Friday, May 17 from 7-8 PM. This event is fun for the WHOLE family - walk, skip, hop, or jog around our BGS fields.

Official registration is closed, so no more race packs or t-shirts can be ordered BUT we're now offering WALK ON registration that evening for $10. No need to sign up in advance - just wear white so the color powder makes an impact. Note that walk on registration does not include a race packet.

See you there!

Panera Restaurant Night - Monday, May 20

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Stop by Panera at the circle between 4-8 PM on May 20, show the flyer below, and we'll earn 20% back for the PTO. By taking a night off of cooking, you can support our school's ability to fund field trips, school improvements, and more. Not quite sure what the money we raise goes to? Be sure to check out our last Friday Features, in which we shared some of the ongoing school improvements that the PTO funds.

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BRHS PTO Senior Awards/Honorarium Fundraiser

Send a special recognition to your child’s teacher, a past teacher or a staff member by having a Certificate of Appreciation in your child’s name delivered during Teacher Appreciation Week: 2019 Teacher Appreciation Recognition Certificate form Deadline: Monday May 6, 2019.

PTO & School Dates to Remember

  • May 8 - PTO Meeting - 7 PM
  • May 10 - Stars of BGS Talent Show - 7 PM at BRHS
  • May 13 - 17 - Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • May 14 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
  • May 17 - Color Run - 7-8 PM
  • May 18 - Color Run RAIN DATE - 10 AM
  • May 20 - Panera Restaurant Fundraiser - 4 - 8 PM
  • May 27 - No School
  • May 28 - No School (see revised school calendar)

Stay in Touch

Bradley Gardens PTO

Briana George, Co-President

Kelly Schmidt, Co-President

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