May 12, 2021
Dear Parents of our 8 th Grade Students:
I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. I am writing today with the exciting news that the Bradley Beach Elementary School’s Graduation Committee is currently developing plans to hold an in-person, outdoor graduation ceremony in honor of our 8th Grade Students. While the details of the ceremony are still being finalized, I thought it would be important to share with you some of the preliminary details to help your family prepare for this special event.
The published 2020/2021 school calendar lists Wednesday, June 16th, as our date for Graduation, however the committee has decided to move the Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony to Tuesday, June 15th, at 7:00 PM. The reason for this change is twofold. First, by moving the event to the 15th, we will be provided with two rain dates on June 16th and June 17th. Second, the placement tests for Red Bank Regional High School are scheduled for June 16th at 12:00 PM, and we would like to avoid any conflicts for our students, if possible.
The Graduation Committee is currently developing plans to hold the graduation ceremony outside, in the courtyard on the Hammond Avenue side of the school. The stage will be located along the fence closest to Brinley Avenue, so the trees, garden, and flagpole will act as a background for the event. Individual family pods will be set up to allow for six feet of separation between families and with a six-foot middle aisle. We are currently working to decide how many individual tickets can be provided for each student, while keeping our overall spacing and total number of attendees a safe number for the location.
The event will begin at 7:00 PM, and we hope to include as many aspects of our 8th Grade Graduation that we have come to expect and love. We will include students’ speeches, student awards, the presentation of the diplomas, and we hope to include a few additional surprises for our students and guests.
I would like to thank all of the members of the Graduation Committee for their efforts to create this special memory for our students. At this time, I am asking that any 8th Grade families who are not able to attend graduation contact your homeroom teacher so we can plan an alternative method of delivering your child their diploma.
I look forward to seeing you at our graduation ceremony. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns.
Dr. Stephen T. Wisniewski