Update - COVID-19 - Day Almost 6: Getting Set - 3/22/2020

Members of the B-R Community,

I’m not sure if your experience has been different, but my inbox has been pretty full lately. This morning, separate from work, I received a number of emails from my own children’s teachers. The emails laid out clear plans for the instructional week to come, and once understood, it was incredibly reasonable (even fun)… and yet, I felt completely overwhelmed. So we sat as a family and mapped out our approach. After that, everything fell into place and we were much better prepared for the week.

Here in B-R, teachers and staff have been unbelievable, creating a dynamic distance learning platform filled with unending resources in no time at all. It was a true “Big Bang” event. The creativity and connectivity were so incredible that it is understandable if you feel overwhelmed. So, going into Week #2, remember what is most important: you. And remember that you are the one thing your teachers focus on most. 

Learn, ask questions, connect. 

Let this new reality remind us that school is not about grades or scores. School is about learning. Learning, not as an end, but as a means of making life richer. So, go into this week focused on learning. When it gets stressful, communicate with your teachers. Keep the feedback coming; we are listening.

And don’t forget: This is Spirit Week. We will celebrate distance learning and the B-R community. Share your pictures and videos with your teachers or classmates and if you are comfortable, post them on Twitter with the hashtag: #BRingonthespirit. All posts with this hashtag will be posted here on our Distance Learning page for everyone to enjoy. 

We are encouraging everyone at home during this distance learning to participate: students, staff, families, alumni, parents of alumni, and members of the larger BRRSD community.

  • Monday - BRRSD Spirit
    • Post pictures and/or videos of you in your favorite school or district gear!
      • Celebrate teams, groups, and organizations as well as your schools
      • Create a post that highlights what you love about BRRSD
      • Send positive messages to your teachers, administrators, colleagues and friends
      • Share a cheer
  • Tuesday - Distance Learning
    • Tell us what you love about distance learning
      • Share something you’ve learned
      • Share a project you’ve completed
      • Share what is working well
      • Share the fun
  • Wednesday - Movies and Books
    • Dress as your favorite character from a book or movie
      • Share your favorites
      • Be creative… it can be a “guess-who” post
  • Thursday - Fun Dance Day
    • Show off your moves
      • Share a video with a fun dance
      • Include family members
      • Extra points if you can connect it to something you are learning in class
  • Friday - Crazy Hair and Hat Day
    • Share your unique side
      • Share your craziest hairstyles
      • Wear your favorite hat

Make it fun. Be creative. Remember that you are celebrating our community, which means you are representing our district. Please keep all posts appropriate for school and representative of B-R.

Reminders for Week #2:

  • We are in this together. Do your best and follow your teachers.  They know the way...
  • All resources can be found on our Distance Learning webpage.
  •  Attendance must be submitted each day by 10 a.m. with our Attendance Form.
    • Remember to log in to Chrome as each student.
  • For Tech Support, email: DLDtech@brrsd.k12.nj.us.

Here’s to the incredible week to come,

Russell Lazovick
Superintendent of Schools

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