What do we need to buy for the school year? Will we get a list of supplies from the teachers like we usually do? Principal Z does not want parents to feel obligated to buy new things, at this time. She has used the school budget to purchase classroom supplies, such...
Drop Off We respectfully ask that only one adult come with a child. Staff will be available to help you find the lines. Masks are to be worn at all times during arrival, and drop off. Please do not arrive at school before 8:00am. The bell will ring at 8:10am....
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September 11, 2020 Dear Brackett Families, Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the uncertainties of this year’s school reopening. You stepped up in extraordinary ways this past spring to fill the gaps caused by our sudden school building closures...
Dear APS Families, As the beginning of school approaches, we wanted to continue with the momentum of providing our students with digital tools that will help them grow and succeed in our 1:1 Computing Environment. I wanted to reach out to you to share information that...
hi all, an email went out on Wednesday, 9/9 that a lot of parents did not receive. Here is the message content below: Dear Brackett Families, I hope this finds you and your family healthy and well. We know families are anxiously awaiting teacher and cohort...
Welcome to the Brackett School Health office! Diane Vergnani is the school nurse. The Brackett School Health Office is located adjacent to the main office in room 107. There is a full time nurse scheduled daily.
The Mission of the SAC at Brackett Elementary School is to ensure—through the direct, collaborative, and representative voices of the Brackett community —that all students have access to a safe, supportive, and culturally responsive learning environment in which academic curiosity, confidence, and growth can flourish.
Teachers and Staff 2020-2021
Contact information for teachers and staff is located in the school directory.
Tracy Bernier (Remote, Hardy)
Suzanne Kaminski (Remote)
Madeleine Linschoten (Remote, Hardy)
Shawna Case (Remote)
Melanie Walsh/Danielle Varallo
Kaitlyn McHugo (Remote)
Nicole Schwartz/Racquel Yutkins
Christina Hughes (Remote, Dallin)
Nerecesa Pires/Danielle Anastasia (Remote)
Reading Math Coach
Special Ed Team Chair
Amber Bassett / Heather Barber
Have news or events to share with the Brackett Community?
Use the form below to submit your event, and please note our community submission guidelines.
Community Submission Form
Policy on submitting for enews:
The Brackett Enews welcomes submissions about upcoming events relevant to Brackett elementary students. Here are our guidelines:
- Listings should be about pertinent upcoming events/programs/deadlines.
- We only include school events or town of Arlington events.
- Submissions should be geared towards Brackett elementary students and their families.
- Listings should be 125 words or less, if possible. We will condense as needed.
- Send your listing to email@example.com, and Include:
Event Name, Event Date, Brief summary/description, including any deadlines and/or registration links, Contact information (email or website), If applicable, a picture that represents the event.
- The deadline for submissions is TUESDAY at 3 pm for the latest Enews. Items submitted after then may or may not be included in THURSDAY newsletter, based on the editors’ workload that week. At the very least it will be in the next week’s newsletter, if the dates and events are still current at that time.
- All listings are run at the discretion of the Brackett Enews editor and PTO Board.
- If you have questions about these guidelines, or want to run something by us for approval, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends with dismissal at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is an early release day with dismissal at 1:00 pm.
Covid 2020-21 New Policies:
Please do not arrive at school before 8:00am. The bell will ring at 8:10am.
We have reorganized the way students line up to enter school. We are still asking students to wait in lines. Members of the outdoor committee are painting crickets on the black top six feet apart. Students will stand on a cricket and be safely social distanced on all sides. We know that the first days many families come together to see their children into class. We respectfully ask that only one adult come with a child, again to keep the numbers smaller and the area less crowded. Staff will be available to help you find the lines. Masks are to be worn at all times during arrival, and drop off.
Kindergarten students will line up outside of the exterior door of their classroom along Fayette Street.
First graders will line up on the basketball court by teacher.
Second grade students will line up on the four square blacktop by teacher.
Third and fourth grade students will also line up on the basketball court.
Mrs. Lowe’s fifth grade will line up behind the second grade lines on the black top.
Ms. Gorman’s class will line up on the sidewalk outside the cafeteria next to the school.
Students in grades one, two and three will enter through the front door of the school. Fourth and fifth graders will enter the school through the cafeteria door.
We are asking people to enter the school grounds for line up via the fire lane (the blacktop area just next to the play structure). If your child is lining up on the basketball court we ask that you enter the court from fire lane, walking the past the rainbow bench, and take a right into the back side of the basketball court. This will allow children to enter at the back of their classroom line. There is no fence there and children will not have to pass their classmates.
Covid 2020-21 New Policies:
Students will be dismissed through four separate doorways.
Kindergarten students will exit through their classroom doors along Fayette Street at 1:45pm.
Ms. Russo and Mrs. Taffel’s third graders will exit through the kindergarten hallway door (formerly kindergarten students exited the building through this doorway) at 1:45pm.
Grade One will exit through the front school door at 1:45pm.
Grade Two will exit through the cafeteria door and proceed to their drop off line on the four square court where a family member can pick them up at 1:45pm.
At 1:50pm, Mrs. Duggan’s third graders will exit the building through the kindergarten hallway door.
At 1:50pm, Fourth Graders will exit through the front school door.
At 1:50pm, Fifth Graders will exit through the Cafeteria door.
We ask that families quickly pick up their child and move away from the school to keep social distance.
Illnesses and Absences
Please leave a message (including the date, your name, your child’s name and reason for absence). Safe arrival number is 781-316-3716.
Families are encouraged to send snacks with their children for consumption in the morning or later in the day. Children can take advantage of the partnership with Arlington EATS and obtain a snack at school. The school has snacks available to all children. A specific snack time is scheduled for those students who have an early lunch.
Parents can ask the teacher if the snack needs to be nut free.
Visiting the school
All visitors need to sign in and sign out in the main office. Additionally all visitors must wear a “visitor” badge.
Parents can ask the teacher if the snack needs to be nut free.
Parking & drop-off zone
There is street parking located on Eastern Avenue outside the school.
During snow storms the side of Eastern closest to the school will be blocked off.
The Drop Off area outside the school is intended for quick stops, especially during arrival and dismissal times.
Please do not block fire hydrants and crosswalks.
Pets on school property
Parents and children are reminded that pets are not allowed on school property. This is both a safety issue and a health concern. Please do not walk dogs or other animals on the school grounds. This also applies to families when dropping off and picking up their children. When medically required and prescribed, service animals are allowed. Communication with the building principal about a service animal is required.
Bikes & scooters
Students should walk bikes and scooters to the bike racks in the back of the school.
If you will be volunteering in your child’s classroom and or chaperoning field trips, you must complete a CORI form. Please see Mrs. Killeen in the main office.
In order to try and reach as many parents as possible with school notices and information, communication is disseminated in the following ways:
This is the records database for Arlington Public Schools (APS). It is where information pertinent to student enrollment is stored. The information in this database is accessible only to APS employees. The contact information stored here is used by the APS administration to communicate with parents. The Brackett PTO does not have access to information in PowerSchool. https://aps.powerschool.com/public/home.html
- Emails from Principal Zerchykov
Principal Zerchykov will periodically send notices to families via parents’ email. This distribution list is compiled through PowerSchool (see link, above). email@example.com
- Brackett PTO Online Directory
This is the database that the PTO uses to communicate with Brackett families, and create class lists. You must OPT-IN every year. https://brackettelementary.membershiptoolkit.com/
Room parent messages will be sent using the information in the PTO Online Directory, so that class specific events and volunteer opportunities can be communicated. If you want to participate, it is important to register every year with the PTO Online Directory and to update teacher names/grades.
- Brackett School Website
Brackett’s website displays general information about the school, timely announcements, copies of eNews, and the school calendar. The calendar is maintained by the PTO, hosted by Google and can be downloaded. https://brackettelementary.org/
- Paper flyers in your child’s backpack
Occasionally, paper notices are distributed in class for your child to bring home.
- Brackett Specific Facebook Pages
Brackett-specific Facebook pages are for current families and faculty of Brackett.
Brackett Elementary School PTO: https://www.facebook.com/groups/227346734350605/files/
Grade-specific pages are listed below. The grades referenced are the grades for the 2020-2021 school year. Each class’s graduation date from Brackett is in parentheses.
Kinder (Brackett Class of 2026): https://www.facebook.com/groups/2710606525851099/
1st Grade (2025): https://www.facebook.com/groups/409524649600216/
2nd Grade (2024): https://www.facebook.com/groups/162842864392947
3rd Grade (2023): https://www.facebook.com/groups/812928838869013/
4th Grade (2022): https://www.facebook.com/groups/156969768039151
5th Grade (2021): https://www.facebook.com/groups/423484807813140