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Included below are previous weeks notices.
 
May 5
 
Community Service Project
 
Thank you for the Bresnahan contribution to collect personal care items for Community Service of Newburyport.  For the month of may, we come together to collect personal care items for residents in need. Items such as body wash, shampoo/conditioner and laundry detergent are always a necesssity, and together we share kindness by giving.
There are collection boxes outside Doors #1 and #2. Pleaes have your student drop off items at arrival time. Please only doante full size items (no samples or travel size.) Thank you for your generosity.
 
PreK & K - body wash and soap
Grade 1 - shampoo
Grade 2 - conditioner
Grade 3 - laundry detergent/pods (not larger than 40 oz)
 
Please see the flyer for details.
 
Mrs. Jamison, Grade 1-3 Art Teacher shares this student artwork. She says, "I was thrilled with enthusiasm and intrinsic motivation that inspired this beautiful watercolor. I am so pleased to share it with the Bresnahan Community. Please visit the Youth Art Walk for more creativity!"
Repeat of Youth Art Walk
Repeat of Chromebook Return
 
April 28
 
Repeat of Youth Art Walk
Repeat of Chromebook Return
 
April 14
 
WEDNESDAYS
 
Just a friendly reminder -
  • All Wednesdays are in person - only Remote Academy has remote days
  • All Wednesdays have Early Release 12:20 dismissal for Kindergarten through Grade 3
  • Wednesday, May 26 is not Early Release - Friday, May 28 is Early Release Instead
  • June 2 is the only remaining Early Release Day for Preschool and PreK, dismissal at 11:15
  • Students may pre-order a bag lunch (cold) for Wednesdays on Tuesdays.
 
 
LOST and FOUND
 
Do you recognize anything? Our lost and found is overflowing with water bottles, winter coats, gloves, boots, etc. During April break we will be donating these items to a local charity so please have your child check it for anything that may be theirs. Many of these items have been there for months and it is time to clean up.
 
NBPT Schools Youth Art Walk
 
In past years, we have displayed 300 pieces of student artwork at the Senior Center and Firehouse. Due to the pandemic, this year we are displaying at various local businesses for safer viewing and to support local businesses as well as celebrating our budding artists, from April 17 through May 14. Students grades K-12 are participating in the Art Walk.
 
 
 
 
Repeat of Chromebook Return
Repeat of SDM
 
 
April 7
 
From the Counseling Department
 
Having trouble separating from your child at drop-off?
Here are some tips and tricks to help:

*Create a visual schedule of your child’s day
*Use a short “goodbye” ritual (eg high five, hug, fist bump)
*Provide reinforcement/special activity for getting through the day
*Send a note/picture they could access throughout the day

Keep the conversation light. Remind them school is their job. Being factual and following through is important. This allows for less negotiation around the topic of going to school. For example, school is from 8:05-2:45.
 
Here is a resource you may find helpful:
 
NBPT Schools Youth Art Walk
 
In past years, we have displayed 300 pieces of student artwork at the Senior Center and Firehouse. Due to the pandemic, this year we are displaying at various local businesses for safer viewing and to support local businesses as well as celebrating our budding artists, from April 17 through May 14. Students grades K-12 are participating in the Art Walk.
 
 
 
 
Repeat of Lost and Found
Repeat of Check the Menus
Repeat of Chromebook Return
Repeat of Monitors Needed
Repeat of SDM
 
March 31
 
LOST and FOUND
 
Our lost and found is overflowing with water bottles, winter coats, gloves, boots, etc. During April break we will be donating these items to a local charity so please have your child check it for anything that may be theirs. Many of these items have been there for months and it is time to clean up.
 
 
CHECK the online MENUs
 
Please note that due to the fact that many schools in the state are returning to in person learning over the next few weeks the cafeteria staff are seeing unanticipated product shortages. Therefore, the menu is subject to change.  If changes are made to the breakfast and lunch menus, they will be reflected on the district website at 
 
Please double-check the menu regularly.
 
Chromebook Return
 
Now that the only students who are remote are those who are enrolled in Remote Academy, it is time to return the borrowed Chromebooks. (Remote Academy may return them after school has ended in June.)
 
Please bring the Chromebook, along with the charger, to Door #1 (up by the bus turnaround) weekdays between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Please either return it with the contract or else put the student's name on the package so we know who returned it.
 
We ask that only an adult return the Chromebook in order to ensure it is returned undamaged. Returning it in a backpack with a water bottle is potentially a bad idea.
 
Repeat of Monitors Needed
Repeat of School Dismissal Manager
 
March 17
 
MONITORS STILL DESPERATELY NEEDED
 
Do you have your fingerprints already completed and is your CORI up to date? How about heading to school to help with lunch and recess? We are still looking for a few monitors for our lunch and recess schedule. As we complete the hiring process for some lucky candidates, we would love a hand as a volunteer. 
 
We’re looking for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday coverage from 10:45-1:45. We typically align you to two classes and anticipate you covering half of each class. So you’ll have at most 24 students to oversee at one time. We can even split the week between two candidates if you have a friend. Please just LOVE kids!
Please email Anne Doble with your interest in this exciting opportunity.
    
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Now that we are bring students back for more in person learning you may want to brush up on using School Dismissal Manager. You can report an absence, tardy or dismissal in addition to changing the way students go home on a particular day. Teachers very often do not have time to read emails during the day; this insures your student is in the correct line at dismissal time.
 
If you have forgotten your password, please email Gael Phillips.
 
Please refresh your memory by reading the Introduction to SDM or How to set Leaving Early NOT Coming Back.
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Repeat of Technology Video
 
March 10
 
LOST and FOUND Fair
 
We have our Lost and Found table set up. Take a quick peek at the pics. Anything look familiar? Ask your child to stop by. 
 
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Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
It has been great fun seeing all the students enjoying the winter weather and snow that has fallen recently. It is good to get fresh air and exercise. 
 
Winter weather in Massachusetts is unpredictable. It can be frigid one day and warm in the 40’s with mud the next day. There can be snow one day followed by rain and mud. Please check the weather prior to arriving at school and send your student to school with appropriate clothing and outerwear/shoes.
 
We are also asking that you send in an extra set of clothes for your student to be kept in their locker or cubby. This will allow them to change from clothes that might have become damp, wet or muddy and have a more comfortable remainder to the day. Please include socks in this set of clothing, as these are the most requested items.   
 
Due to Covid we are not accepting any clothing donations at this time. Please reach out with any questions.
 
Thank you,
Nurse Michelle and Nurse Nelson
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Repeat of Technology Video
March 3
 
Note from the Physical Education teachers

The Newburyport Pioneer League for softball and baseball signups are happening now. The Pioneer League provides a safe, fun, and healthy experience while staying outside in the fresh air!

The League's objective is to provide children an opportunity to practice goal setting and to experience teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline, personal skill development, and fair play in an environment of social interaction.

The sign up deadline is March 10th. Click here for more information.
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Have you thought about spending time at your child’s school? Want to earn a little extra money? Well, we have the job for you!

In anticipation of bringing all students back to the building, we will need to increase our monitoring staff! We provide lots of laughs, smiles, playtime and sometimes you can even learn a few recipes from the students when you chat with them about their lunches.

We’re looking for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday coverage from 10:45-1:45. We typically align you to two classes and anticipate you covering half of each class. So you’ll have at most 24 students to oversee at one time. We can even split the week between two candidates if you have a friend. All the better if you already have your CORI and fingerprinting done, we can have you come in sooner than later! However, you must LOVE kids!
Please email Anne Doble at adoble@newburyport.k12.ma.us with your interest in this exciting opportunity.
 
Repeat of Technology video
February 24
 
The Newburyport Public School District is committed to identifying children who may have a disability before their (3rd) third birthday in order to provide early intervention services for three and four year-olds.
 
Does my child need to be screened? You may want to consider the following questions: Does your child?
 
  • Have a vision or hearing problem?
  • Have difficulty speaking or expressing him/herself?
  • Do things more slowly or much later than other children the same age?
  • Appear excessively active or have other behavioral difficulties?
  • Have any other problem which may interfere with learning?
 
If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development or you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider having your child screened. Please call:  Lori Morasse at (978) 465-4435 ext. 3125 for more information or for an appointment.
 
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Outdoor Recess Alert!
We love our students to be outside whenever possible. We use this Playing Outside Safety Chart to make a determination. We WILL go outside for recess UNLESS:
  • Temperatures are below 20 degrees
  • Wind chill creates a ‘feels like’ temperature below 20 degrees
  • It’s raining heavily enough to have windshield wipes on consistently
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Repeat of technology video.
February 3
 
Having problems with technology?  This video covers the most common problems.
 
For more detailed help on the most common problems, please visit BRESHUB.com and click on the Remote Help Tab.
 
December 9
 
Preschool and Kindergarten Chromebooks
The Newburyport School Committee has voted that all grade levels will be remote on Monday, December 21st, Tuesday, December 22nd, and the morning (1/2 day) on Wednesday, December 23rd. Preschool and Kindergarten teachers will be providing further information about how to access their remote learning plans and student expectations.  An electronic survey will be sent home for parents to indicate interest (click here).
 
The Bresnahan school has a limited supply of Chromebooks available for loan to Preschool and Kindergarten families for the week of December 21st and if we need to pivot to remote learning throughout the remainder of the year due to increased COVID cases and community spread. 
 
Please Note:
   *NONE of these Chromebook have the touchscreen feature. 
   *Families will be responsible for supplying their own mouse as we do not have any to loan.
   *Priority will be given to families who indicated they wanted to be considered for reduced tuition on their enrollment form, or to those with demonstrated need.
 
Eligible families will be notified if a Chromebook is available. They will come to the school and sign a technology agreement for temporary loan of a device. 
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Repeat of Book Fair Notice
 
 
December 2
 
 
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This week we are offering another Child Find date for Newburyport families on Friday, December 4th. It is the responsibility of the Newburyport Public Schools to identify any child who is a resident of Newburyport who may have a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability. It is also the responsibility of Newburyport Public Schools to evaluate those students to determine if they are eligible for special education or related services under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) or 603 CMR 28 (Massachusetts Special Education Regulations). The Newburyport school district is committed to identifying children before their third birthday in order to provide early intervention services for three and four year-olds.
Please contact Lori Morasse at (978) 465-4431 x3125 if you would like to schedule an appointment for your child.
 
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Repeat of book fair notice.
 
November 25
 
Repeat of book fair notice
 
 
November 18
 
Repeat of book fair notice
 
November 12
 
The BOOK FAIR is comimg!   We are working hard to keep kids reading and to raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic online-only Book Fair will begin on Wednesday, December 2nd. One of our goals is to raise enough money to continue providing students withaccess to Bookflix, an important online literacy resource.
 
Our online book fair offers: access to over 6000 products, all orders ship directly to home,
free shipping on book-only orders over $25, ability for our school to earn 25% in rewards.
Please visit the Book Fair home page to learn more and to get started with online shopping
 
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Requirements for Entering the School Building
 
When entering the building parents/guardians must be wearing a mask and use hand sanitizer prior to entering. Parents who are attending a scheduled meeting will be met by a staff member (i.e. team teacher, Special Ed.) and escorted to the space in which the meeting is to occur.
 
Dropping Off Items
 
Parents/guardians that need to drop off an item to their child (i.e. lunch, school supplies etc.) should ring the bell as they did in the past. Items should be packed in a clear ziplock bag with the child’s name and teacher written on it. Parents/guardians will place the item on the shelving unit located in the foyer at the main entrance. When the foyer is clear, a secretary will retrieve the item and make sure the student gets it.
 
Dismissing Your Child
 
If a parent/guardian needs to dismiss their child, please add this information to School Dismissal Manager or call the main office at (978) 465-4435/4431), and we will have your child waiting inside the front entrance.  In the case where Nurse Nelson or Nurse Michelle is dismissing your child, they will communicate pick up information when they inform families of the dismissal.
 
November 4
 
The next meeting of NYS Grandparents (and other relatives) Raising Grandchildren will be held on Wednesday, November 11th  at noon on the NYS Rec Center Playground, weather permitting. Please join us for a judgement free zone, time and place to share experiences, feelings and resources, facilitated by  Kathleen Shaw, LICSW. Masks are required. Pizza and childcare are provided. Click here for the flyer.
If we are unable to meet outside, a ZOOM meeting for adults will take place that night at 7pm.
Subsequent meetings will take place virtually on the second Wednesday of each month from 7-8pm.
Please contact kathleenshaw@comcast.net to RSVP and get the ZOOM invite.
 
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NYS November Speaker Series- Pandemic Parenting 
We all know our youth need social connections. It has been hard to find ways to provide that safely, either remotely or in person. Hear from an experienced Parent Coach and share ideas with other caregivers about how we can build those social connections during a pandemic. Our first small group meeting is this Wednesday, November 4 at 7 PM. Workshop geared toward elementary and middle school age youth. Event is capped at 25. Click here for the flyer.
 
It is FREE but registration is required. Sign up today to reserve your spot. https://connectingduringcovid.eventbrite.com
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School Picture Days are November 3rd, 4th and 5th. Sullivan Studio is going paperless as part of their COVID protocol. There are no prepay paper forms to worry about. You should have received a link via email. Options to receive the photos are: ship to your home for a small fee or ship to school. Ship to school is at no cost if the order is placed by Friday, November 6th. If you have any questions please email sullivanstudio@gmail.com
October 28
 
Please be sure to join us on Thursday, October 29th from 6 to 8PM for our Grades 1-3 Virtual Open House. Click here to preview the website.
 
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School Picture Days are November 3rd, 4th and 5th. Sullivan Studio is going paperless as part of their COVID protocol. There are no prepay paper forms to worry about. You will receive a link via email in the next few days. Options to receive the photos are: ship to your home for a small fee or ship to school. Ship to school is at no cost if the order is placed by Friday, November 6th. Click here for the flyer. If you have any questions please email sullivanstudio@gmail.com
October 21
 
All students learn differently, however all benefit from an organized, predicatable space and schedule. Please click here for some tips for making the best functional learning space for students at home and setting them up for success.
 
The Bresnahan Counseling Team
 
Repeat of Lighthouse Auction
 
October 14
 
Click here for an Introduction to School Dismissal Manager - passwords, how to create a change in dismissal, how to set default AND a short video on using SDM. SDM is a great way to notify the office of an absence, late arrival, or leaving early.
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We are now accepting nominations for parent representatives on our school advisory council.  A school council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principals, parents, teachers, and community members that work together to establish goals, shape the policies and programs of the school, and improve student achievement. School councils are an integral feature of Education Reform and work towards ensuring that school’s efforts are successful in meeting statewide standards.  In addition, the council assists the principals in preparing the school improvement plan, developing the budget, defining professional development, and improving parent involvement.  If you are interested in serving on the school council this year, kindly fill out this FORM by Monday, October 19th.
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Dear Bresnahan Parents!

The Newburyport Education Foundation’s 2020 Lighthouse Auction is coming up soon and we really need your help! The auction will be held virtually November 1-7, and in the past the class gifts have been some of the largest revenue generators thanks to all of you. 
 
We still have many classes in grades K-3 at the Bresnahan that need a parent or 2 to please volunteer. Find a fellow parent and work together to help create class gifts to be auctioned off. Thank you to those of you that have already signed up to help! Click the link to the Sign-Up genius here:

Sign-up here!

For gift ideas, you can visit our Google Photo Album  for pictures of past gifts.  Pinterest is also a great resource!  We have found that offering Venmo as a form of payment can also be easier for some parents.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to join in this great community-wide event. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.
Sincerely,
Stephanie Walsh
Classroom Donations Chair
Swalsh1304@gmail.com
 
 
October 7               
  
Click here for an Introduction to School Dismissal Manager - passwords, how to create a change in dismissal, how to set default AND a short video on using SDM. SDM is a great way to notify the office of an absence, late arrival, or leaving early.
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We are now accepting nominations for parent representatives on our school advisory council.  A school council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principals, parents, teachers, and community members that work together to establish goals, shape the policies and programs of the school, and improve student achievement. School councils are an integral feature of Education Reform and work towards ensuring that school’s efforts are successful in meeting statewide standards.  In addition, the council assists the principals in preparing the school improvement plan, developing the budget, defining professional development, and improving parent involvement.  If you are interested in serving on the school council this year, kindly fill out this FORM by Monday, October 19th.
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Dear Bresnahan Parents!

The Newburyport Education Foundation’s 2020 Lighthouse Auction is coming up soon and we really need your help! The auction will be held virtually November 1-7, and in the past the class gifts have been some of the largest revenue generators thanks to all of you. 
 
We still have many classes in grades K-3 at the Bresnahan that need a parent or 2 to please volunteer. Find a fellow parent and work together to help create class gifts to be auctioned off. Thank you to those of you that have already signed up to help! Click the link to the Sign-Up genius here:

Sign-up here!

For gift ideas, you can visit our Google Photo Album  for pictures of past gifts.  Pinterest is also a great resource!  We have found that offering Venmo as a form of payment can also be easier for some parents.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to join in this great community-wide event. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.
Sincerely,
Stephanie Walsh
Classroom Donations Chair
Swalsh1304@gmail.com
 
  
September 30           Click here for instructions on how to add the Student Covid-19 Questionnaire to the Home Screen                                         of your cell phone.
 
September 9                    Please read the PKK Parent Communication September 2020
                                          Please read the Grades 1-3 Parent Communication September 2020