Ellen T. Briggs

Elementary School

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  • Important Clarification:  Our new policies for birthday celebrations extend to items being sent home for all special occasions (e.g., class holiday parties).  In an effort to manage students' health/allergy concerns, we ask that NO food items be placed in goody bags. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.  Feel free to consult your child's teacher with any questions and/or alternative ideas.  

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Welcome to Briggs!

  • Briggs School
    Dr. Michael Valenti

    Mrs. Diane Schilling

    Mrs. Julie Tantillo
    Part-Time Secretary

    Mrs. Liz West
    Anti-Bullying Specialist

    Ms. Jennifer Walsh
    Nurse, X5317

    School Hours8:35 am - 2:55 pm


    1 Jefferson Drive
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
    (973) 663-0900
    Fax (973) 663-7853

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Happy New Year!  We approach 2017 with enthusiasm and look forward to all it holds for our Briggs students.

    I’d like to thank Mrs. Keyser for coordinating last month’s One School One Book project and all those who sent in photos of their family reading The World According to Humphrey.


    This month’s Character Education bulletin board centers on the theme of Responsibility.  A student from each class was selected by their teacher for displaying this positive character trait.  We are very proud of them!


    Please be sure all your contact information is up to date in Realtime so that if the district notification system is activated, you will receive announcements in a timely and efficient manner.

    I’d like to remind you that on Monday, January 16th, our district will conduct professional development training and, therefore, students do not attend.

    Coming up next month . . . the 100th Day of School and much more!

    Dr. Michael Valenti

Student Showcase

  • This section will be used to showcase student accomplishments and work as the school year progresses.  Please visit frequently for more information!

    Just Dance Just Dance Just Dance Just Dance Just Dance

    Briggs held a Just Dance Tournament in December to honor students who have shown good character.  Students chosen by their teachers competed along with many teachers and staff members.  Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone that participated as well!

    Concert Concert Concert

    The second graders welcomed their parents to school for their annual holiday concert.  The students performed many songs about the different holidays and winter season.

    Holidays Around the World

    The second graders have been learning about different holidays celebrated around the world this time of year.  Through their travels, they visited Germany, Sweden, Australia, India, Italy, and Mexico.  

    Grandparent's Day

    The second graders welcomed their grandparents to school for a special Grandparent's Day celebration.  The second graders performed two skits, one on the history of Thanksgiving, and one on the upcoming holiday season.  The grandparents then enjoyed refreshments and a BINGO game with their grandchildren.  


    Signing in  Casting ballot

    The students at Briggs School experienced the voting process through a school wide election program run by a group of teachers.  The students attended an assembly where they met the candidates running for president of Briggs School (Clifford and Pete the Cat), listened to their platforms, and learned about the process of voting day, many classes created campaign posters to hang around the school as well.   On voting day the students took turns going to the library where they signed in and cast their ballots.  A special thank you to the teachers who organized the program as well as the parent volunteers who came in to help.


    Read for the Record

    Briggs School participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record again this year.  This campaign encourages people all over the country to read the same book on a set date.  This year's book was The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, which was read across the country on October 27th.  Here are two classes from Briggs School enjoying this year's read aloud!

    Read for the Record

     Pete vs. Clifford

    Here we have two students posing for a picture, with the two candidates running for president of Briggs school.  Pete the Cat is campaigning for more indoor recess equipment and Clifford the Big Red Dog is campaigning for more outdoor recess equipment.  The students voted on November 8th and in a close race CLIFFORD WON!

    Mrs. Uvino's Class

    Mrs. Uvino's second graders invited parent volunteers into the classroom to play Halloween themed math games.   We hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween!


    Fire Truck

    October is Fire Safety Month.  The Jefferson fire department paid a visit to Briggs school to talk to the students about how to make an escape plan at home in case of an emergency, and how to stay safe at home in the kitchen.  The students also had a special visit from two Dalmatians.  Thank you to our wonderful volunteer fire fighters to keeping us safe and teaching us about fire safety! 

    Dogs with kids

    Pumpkin Fun

    Mrs. Weaver's second graders got together with their kindergarten buddies in Mrs. Ducceschi's class for a fall craft.  The second graders helped their buddies to trace and cut out their pumpkins, and together they planned and created a face for their pumpkin.  The second graders then helped the kindergartens count the different shapes they used and find a total number of shapes.  Everyone had a great time!


    Mrs. Weaver's second graders invited their kindergarten buddies in Mrs. Ducceschi's class to join them for reading.  The second graders modeled good reading behavior and the kindergartners enjoyed a few good stories and assisted in the reading when they could!  Both classes are looking forward to getting together next week!



    Mrs. Uvino's students

    During recess enhancement Mrs. Uvino's class learned about the parts and bones of the human body with Mrs. Grady.  


     Our wonderful PTA hosted a Book Fair the second week of October.  The students were able to explore and purchase many amazing titles.  There was even a surprise visit from Clifford The Big Red Dog!  Thank you to the PTA for their continued support and dedication!



     Briggs Shows Respect

    In honor of the Week of Respect, that is held the first week of October, Mrs. West organized various activities to teach our students about what it means and looks like to be respectful.  In addition, each teacher chose one student from their class that had demonstrated respect the previous month to be honored on a bulletin board in the main lobby, here the students wrote and drew about how they show respect.  We are proud of all of our respectful students here at Briggs School!  


    We ended the Week of Respect with a PTA sponsored Steve Max Simon Sez Assembly.  Thank you to our wonderfully supportive PTA for this fun and educational experience!  


    Mrs. Jacoby

     Students and parent, Mrs. Kathy Jacoby sign the word "Butterfly" at Mrs Grady's Monarch Butterfly display.  Mrs. Jacoby  who is an ASL teacher at Mt. Arlington School volunteered to give each of the first grade classes an introduction to American Sign Language. Students  practiced their signs and enthusiastically played Simon Says using ASL only. What a great way to end our first month in school.  Parents and teachers working together to enhance the curriculum.  Thank you Mrs. Jacoby!




     Mrs. Weaver's second graders adopted a class pet, with the help of a Pets in the Classroom  Sustaining Grant.  The  students have named her Cookie Dough and are excited to take her  home on the weekends and practice responsibility, by caring for their new friend!



    Mrs. Duda's Class

    The students of Briggs school celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day with apple themed activities (e.g. making applesauce), science experiments, and games! 

     Mrs. Bennett's Class


    Monarch Butterfly

    The first grade classes are learning about Monarch butterflies in Science.  The children had the unique opportunity to release the butterflies that hatched in their classrooms.  Special thanks to Mrs. Grady for her efforts coordinating this project for all of the students.