Dear Briarcrest Families,
Happy Summer! It’s been a great one here at Briarcrest – we’ve been getting the building deep cleaned and ready for a new school year. I enjoyed some time in July with my own two children, and have been back at work preparing for our time ahead.
I wanted to give you an update on our beginning of school activities/opening. Our Back to School BBQ will be right before school starts, on Tuesday, September 8th. I had tentatively scheduled it for the 3rd, but it turns out that our teachers won’t be available that evening, and I know they’re a much bigger draw than just hanging out with the principal. Please plan to come and celebrate the start of school with us. Classrooms will be open from 4:00 – 5:00, and our BBQ will go from 4:30 – 6:00. Children are welcome to bring their school supplies and drop them off during the visiting time, as well.
Because of the later date for the BBQ and a desire to increase our privacy/security, we will be sending an e-mail to families on Friday, September 4th, notifying you of class placement. Enrollment has been strong – I have a couple of grade levels on the brink of requiring an additional teacher, so hopefully I will have all of that settled and ready. Families who do not have an e-mail address registered with us will receive notification through the mail. We will also have adult helpers outside on our first days of school, to help children find their classroom and get off to a great start!
In previous years, we have staggered the start of kindergarten by having half of the students come one day, and the other half come the next. Through our union bargaining process, we have agreed to have half of the kindergarteners come in the morning on the first day of school, and the other half in the afternoon. Beginning with the second day of school (Thursday, Sept. 10), all kindergarteners will come for the full day. Having the first day with half of the class lowers the anxiety for many of the kindergarteners, and helps our teachers connect with them more individually. We are really excited to begin the year with our newest Bulldogs!
Enjoy these last weeks of summer, and I will look forward to seeing you soon.
All the best,