Dear Branchville Families, 

 

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Branchville Elementary School! Needless to say, the last two school years presented us with many unexpected challenges, but thanks to the dedication of our faculty, staff, and parent community, as well as the resilience of our children, our community is only stronger than before.  We are looking forward to a wonderful new year ahead! 

 

As our children start this school year, we want you to know that it is our goal to bring back the traditional BES PTA experience as much as possible.  That being said, of course, some things still remain uncertain. The Branchville PTA is here to support and guide you through changes as they come, with as much assistance as we are able to provide. We believe that our sense of community is the most important part of what makes BES so special, and we are here to ensure that our community remains the foundation on which we will build a successful educational experience for all of our students!

 

Let us tell you a little bit more about your BES PTA. The function of the PTA is to support and run programs in conjunction with the school while fostering a sense of family among everyone at BES. There are dozens of programs that we organize, fund, and facilitate each year for students and families. A sampling of our programs include Come Play School, the Scholastic Book Fair, 5th Grade Musical, Beaver Boogie, Beaver Bucks, Field Day, Language Club, Invention Convention, Foreign Language Club and After School Enrichment. We also underwrite fees for guest authors and other assemblies and enrichment opportunities, coordinate the yearbook, maintain the garden on the school grounds, and so much more.  

Speaking of PTA events, our very first event of the year will be the Back to School Social, which will happen outside on the BES camps on 8/27. Watch your email for details! Also, we are VERY pleased to announce our first ever Fall Parent Social, which will take place at Hayfield’s on Saturday, September 25 from 7-10pm.  The event will be held outdoors, and is intended to provide an opportunity for adults in the BES community to have a chance to mingle with old friends, and make new ones, in a COVID-safe environment! Please see the PTA homepage at branchvillepta.org for more information on the event and how to purchase tickets! We hope you’ll join us! 

 

We are always looking for volunteers in a variety of roles, now more than ever!  With possible restrictions still in place, we are in need of parents who can think “outside of the box” and come up with unique creative ideas for new opportunities to support our children.  Also, there are still plenty of opportunities to help out with programs that already exist and need assistance.  If you are interested, please let us know and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction. We can be reached at board@branchvillepta.org. 

Please visit the BES PTA website at branchvillepta.org for important information pertaining to upcoming events and programs. For your convenience, links are provided to make purchases and sign up for activities at BES. You can find the lunch menu, school calendar and many other helpful links there. We hope this will be your go-to for everything PTA.  In addition, there is now a Membership Toolkit app! Membership Toolkit is our website platform, and the app will helpfully notify you anytime we send a message.  If you’re tired of weeding through your inbox to find information, we suggest downloading it from the app store! 

 

With all of this in mind, we highly encourage you to join the PTA; your membership provides you with a vote, access to the online Branchville Student Directory and PTA communications. The Directory is only available to members and is an essential for communicating with other BES families! Our eBlasts, a weekly email, are the best way to stay in the know in regard to all things BES; on our website, click the blue button that says “Register and Join the PTA” and register to receive the eBlasts. Please take note, if you do not register for the PTA, you will not receive the weekly eBlast emails nor will you have access to the directory. Plan on registering when you have received your child’s class assignment by going to branchvillepta.org.  When you register, you can list your child’s teacher, and you’ll be able to see other families in the same class as well. 

 

Finally, we want to stress that the PTA and the school administration are very open to hearing any concerns, suggestions, or questions you may have.  Before you take to social media to air your ideas or concerns, please let us know what’s on your mind by emailing us at board@branchvillepta.org! Mr. Margolus has asked us to emphasize that his door is always open as well. Just call or email Catherine in the main office (cbasso@ridgefieldps.net) to set up a time to talk to Mr. Margolus! We all want to work together to make sure that all students and families continue to have a positive experience at BES.  

Welcome (or Welcome Back) to BES! Let’s have a great year! 

 

Warmly,

 

Angela Rice and Lorraine Catalano

BES PTA Co-Presidents

board@branchvillepta.org