Hello Brayton students, parents, guardians, and families!
Third quarter grades have been verified and report cards will be sent home with the students on Monday, April 14. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s academic progress or effort, contact the school at your earliest convenience to set up a meeting with their teachers at Brayton.
This will be an abbreviated school week as we prepare for the start of the April vacation. Please note the following schedule reminders for the end of April:
Thursday, April 17: No after school programs.
Friday, April 18: Good Friday (no school)
Monday, April 21-Friday, April 25: April vacation week (no school)
Saturday, April 26: Community Clean-up Day at Brayton
Monday, April 28: School re-opens
On Tuesday April 15, 2014 our school will participate in a Coordinated School and Law Enforcement Safety Drill. This drill will be a lockdown, or as our students know it, a Shelter in Place drill. Shelter in Place is a security procedure used when there is an imminent danger inside or in close proximity to the school such as an intruder. A Shelter in Place plan is designed to remove students from harm’s way in anticipation of police response. Teachers and administrators have discussed this safety plan with our students in preparation for Tuesday’s practice drill. If you would like more information about school safety, visit www.napsk12.org to read the NAPS School Safety Brochure that describes emergency management and communication procedures. Our first priority is always to provide a safe and caring environment for our students. If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact the main office at the school.
On Wednesday, April 9, an elevator malfunction caused the fire alarm to sound at Brayton and eventually made it necessary to dismiss the students early while a crew cleaned up the first floor elevator room. I would like to thank our faculty and staff, as well as the North Adams Fire Department for their tremendous effort that day to make sure that the safety of our students was their priority. Thank you also to the parents and families who contacted the main office to update their emergency contact information and help us set up safety plans for their children in case of an unexpected early dismissal. Please make sure that your contact information is up to date and that you have provided current phone listings to our district office in order to be contacted directly for any automated phone messages to announce school cancellations or dismissals.
The MCLA community clean up day on Saturday, April 12, was conducted in beautiful weather and we very much appreciate the effort given by the volunteers who took the time to work outside and clean up our school, as well as other locations in North Adams. Please join me in thanking the MCLA Volleyball Team, Jennifer Munoz, Glen Maloney, Karen Cellana, and Josh Dickson for working together to pick up 35-40 bags of leaves, branches, and garbage on Saturday morning. They also worked on repairing and preparing the garden beds in the front of our school for a student led project to grow produce this spring.
There will be another community clean up day on Saturday, April 26. Volunteers from Williams College will continue the work that began this past Saturday in an effort to help keep our school beautiful and prepare the garden areas for the spring planting season. Please plan to volunteer on Saturday, April 26 to help clean up the outside of our school!
Pre-K and Kindergarten registration and screening will take place at Johnson School, 21 Williams Street, North Adams on Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17. To schedule an appointment for this registration and screening period, contact the LINCS Parent Center at 664-7512.
The Brayton PTA will meet on Monday, April 14 at 6 p.m. in the school library. Thank you to the Brayton PTA leaders and families for supporting school activities through your continued dedicated efforts.
Have a great week and relaxing vacation week!