August 16, 2018
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all members of the Bradley Beach Elementary School community for the beginning of the 2018 – 2019 school year. It is my hope that all members of the Bradley Beach family had an opportunity to relax and make wonderful memories with their own families over this past summer. The beginning of the school year is a new and exciting time for students and staff alike. Throughout the summer, the Elementary School staff has been hard at work making changes which will impact the learning environment for our children in a multitude of positive ways.
One important change will be the increased focus on character education and the social/emotional learning of our students. Last school year, a number of classrooms piloted the use of a daily morning meeting where students were able to begin each day by greeting one another and sharing stories and concerns. The morning meeting was also an opportunity for teachers and students to talk about concerns both within the school and in our community at large. In order to support this project, all classrooms will have two staff members during our newly expanded 20 minute homeroom. The inclusion of an additional staff member will permit one to focus on the administrative tasks associated with homeroom, while the other staff member will be able to participate in the morning meeting. Another benefit of having two staff members in the classroom during this time is the concept that students now have two adults to connect with in a very meaningful way at the start of each school day.
Curricular changes that will impact our students involve the expanded use of the workshop method in both Reading and Mathematics. Over the course of the past two years, our teachers have worked diligently to understand and implement the tenants of Writers Workshop. This knowledge will help our teachers to expand this use in ways that will impact how reading and mathematics are taught. This change in philosophy will increase the amount of time students read and work on leveled mathematics during the school day, while promoting individual conferences for students to develop an environment of personalized learning.
One major change that I hope all members of our community will enjoy is the completion of our first of three major stairwell projects. I am happy to report that the main stairwell leading to the auditorium has been renovated back to the original glory of our school. I believe this is a mark of the progress yet to come.
Finally, I would like to publicly thank the custodial staff, teaching staff, and main office staff for all of their hard work over the summer to prepare the school for a successful and productive opening day. Good Luck to all in the new school year and I look forward to seeing our students on September 6 th .
Dr. Stephen Wisniewski