444 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Susan Howard - Principal



Students are permitted to wear costumes to school that fall within our dress code guidelines. We will be running a regular schedule of classes, and students must be able to sit comfortably and participate in class. Costumes that are revealing or suggestive must be avoided, and students are not permitted to wear masks. Also, any prop or costume that implies a weapon may not come to school. Please do not send toy guns, swords, knives or any other object that could be problematic at school. Please see the parent handbook for general dress code guidelines.

Finally, students may not use any aerosol sprays in school or on school buses, as they can trigger asthma attacks for some children. Therefore, colored hair sprays and other products should not be brought to school. Please have children complete hair styles and/or face painting before leaving for school, and provide a “parental check” before students head out for the day.
Guidance News
Mix It Up At Lunch is a national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance. The activity encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. In surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day—October 28—we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away. (www.Tolerance.org).

On Tuesday, October 28, we will participate along with schools across the country for this event. Mrs. Piersons will provide direction for the activity. In addition to Mixing It Up At Lunch, students are also welcome to “mix up” their outfits for the day - wearing mismatched clothing for both fun and in support of the day’s theme.

Pizza Day is this Friday, October 31. Please remember that students may bring cash to purchase pizza and snacks or bring a bag lunch.
Sports Photos
On October 28, a photographer from Lifetouch Studios will be here to take team photos for our yearbook during the after school time slot.
New Club
Computer Programming Club is back by popular demand! Do you have an idea for the next new app? From beginners to experienced coders, all students will gain programming skills using the interactive website Codecademy. The club offers a chance for students with similar interests to learn coding language together and share ideas. The club will meet with Mrs. Crain after school on Mondays starting on October 27th in the 7th grade lab. ccrain@briarcliffschools.org
Parent-Child Book Club
Parents and children are invited to an evening of pizza and discussion on The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier on November 6 at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP so we can be sure to have enough pizza and snacks for everyone! kmccabe@briarcliffschools.org
Dates to Remember:
Oct 31: Pizza Day
Nov 4: Parent Teacher Conference Day; no classes
Nov 5: Parent Child Book Club
Nov 6: 7th grade trip to Philadelphia
Nov 7: Half Day for Parent Conferences; 11:15 dismissal
Nov 11: No School
Nov 13: Half day for Parent Conferences; 11:15 dismissal
Nov 18: Picture Retakes
Middle School Forms
Friday, October 31, 2014