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  •  TBS - A Great Place to Be! 

     

     Mission Statement: The Mission of Three Bridges School  is to provide a caring, nurturing community where all the students feel secure and accepted. We encourage respect, perseverance,  independence, and resiliency to maximize personal and academic growth. We believe our choices can have a positive impact on our world as global citizens, therefore we strive to lead by example.

     Have a Great June     

     
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     Happy June  everyone . Wow what a year we had. All of us back in person and learning so much at  TBS. We were  really in the swing of learning this school year .   I hope everyone had a wonderful spring  and are ready to make lots of memories this summer to share with their teachers.   Wow, we are having a wonderful school year. I can't believe summer is here. The students   are learning  and having a great time here at TBS.

    It is great to see our friends in school. I can see everyone working together and supporting each other during these times.   I love to look into classrooms and see all the students at their desks working so hard. 

     Please see the links on the side for more information on Distant Social Emotional Learning, Covid-19, and Wellness Resources.

     

    Please see the link for  the Parent Guide to Support Remote Learners:  Parent Guide to Support Remote Learning

     

    We love TBS.  

     

     

    Attention 2nd grade families:

    This year we are excited  to announce that we will be piloting two new curricula called Aevidum (grades 6-8) and Little Aevidum ( Grades k-5). 

    The Aevidum curricula supports our SEL Commitment outlined in our district's strategic plan. Please click on the link below to learn more about the curricula. This year the Curricula will be taught to grades 2, 5, and 8. 

    We completed  the Aevidum program with the 2nd grade students and it is awesome. The kids all know that Aevidum means "I have your back" and they know lots of trusted adults they can turn to for help if they are feeling sad or if they see a friend feeling sad. 

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    Week of Respect, Violence Prevention Week, and Red Ribbon week was a great success.  The students always  put so much work into showing how much they respect their classmates, teachers, school, and the community. They  also show us that they make healthy choices and say no to unhealthy choices.  The students really seem to enjoy wearing their shirts backwards, saying they "turn their backs on bullies".

    World Kindness Day was a great success too. All the teachers had their doors decorated with "Kindness Sayings". The students worked so hard together to make their doors look amazing. 

     

        The students at TBS  really show all their good characters and friendship skills as they prepare for the spring months ahead. I will continue to work with the students closely in the spring on conflict skills and what to do if one of their friends is sad or has a problem. They sure are great problem solvers. We also focus on telling an adult right away if someone is making us feel sad or uncomfortable.  We  will continue to discuss the difference between bullying and teasing and how to be an upstander. We will discuss our school rules (HIB policy)  and how that relates to a more peaceful and enjoyable learning environment.    We always have so much great learning going on and the kids really show good character skills. They really show a lot of respect, not only to each other but to their teachers too!

     

       In  school I will continue to reinforce positive choices and on the bus. I make frequent visits on the bus to help remind the students about bus safety, and show respect to their bus driver and each other. 

      

    We will be talking a lot about patience   for the month of June  and being the best TBS student we can be.  Happy June   everyone.  It has been  a great year at TBS.   See you in September. 

     

    Three  Bridges School!

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    Bus Safety: I will continue to  focus with the students on positive bus behavior for the spring and fall months ahead. I will plan to  make special bus visits right before the students leave to go home. This is to help remind them to continue to follow the bus rules as they would follow our school rules. They really seem excited over the years, when they see me jump on their bus for a quick visit. I will also remind them  during their lunch time  about their bus behavior. 

    Students will be reminded of the bus rules ( use an inside voice on the bus,  stay seated with their seat belt buckled, respect the bus driver and other students). 

     

     

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    Classroom Lessons  : I will continue going into classrooms this spring and focus on being kind to others, coping strategies when "things don't go our way", and what to do if you see a friend being teased (upstander). I really want students to learn to tell a teacher at school if someone is not being nice to them or if they see it happening to someone else. You can click on the link to find a book to read to your children about friendship, problem solving, and feeling good about ourselves.

     

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    Conflict Resolution at TBS: TBS also continues our conflict resolution program that was started 15 years ago . The kids really seem to enjoy learning new ways to solve small problems with Kelso the Frog. This program will help reduce bullying and teasing ( Board Policy #5515- Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying), and empower students to solve small problems on their own. It will teach students acceptable ways to solve small problems. I have been in all the classrooms over the past years to reteach the program to the students and they really seem to enjoy learning how to solve small problems on their own. We will continue this program in hopes our students will solve small problems on their own with Kelso the frog. Please click on the link called conflict resolution at TBS to read more about it.

     

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    Character Ed. at TBS: Our Character Ed. Program with our "Caught Being Good" tickets is a lot of fun for the kids too. Teachers and staff "catch kids" making good choices and showing great character and reward them with a special ticket and a picture of them on the character Ed bulletin board. This June  the character word is Patience. 

      

    September Paws for Peace: Paws for Peace- Responsibility

    October Paws for Peace:  October- Respect

    November Paws for Peace: November- Cooperation 

    December Paws for Peace:  December Paws for Peace

    January Paws for Peace: January- Optimism

    February Paws for Peace: February- Kindness

    March Paws for Peace: March- Friendship

    April Paws for Peace: April-Honesty

    May Paws for Peace: May- Courage

    June Paws for Peace: June- Patience

      Need more information on Harrassment, Intimidation, and Bullying law in our schools? Here is an educational video to help you understand the Harrassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Law in our school and the difference between conflict and bullying. 

    The link:  Harrassement, Intimidation, and Bullying Information Training Vide

     

     

     

     

    Feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns at 908-534-5704

    email at bfurka@readington.k12.nj.us

     

     

    Beth Furka, School Counselor