Ellen T. Briggs

Elementary School

Falcon Pride!


  • School will be dismissed early on Wednesday, November 22nd at 1:25 PM.  Schools are closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd & 24th.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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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,

    November is the month to remind us to be thankful about the many positive things happening in our lives.

    Mrs. West, our school Guidance Counselor, is spear-heading a collection of non-perishable food items aptly named, “Stuff the Turkey.”  Briggs students have been learning about kindness and respect.  What better way to demonstrate these positive character traits than to give to those in need during this season?


    November Banner


    Please log onto your Realtime Parent Portal to make an appointment for a Parent-Teacher conference.  They are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 15th, 16th, and 17th.  Students will be dismissed at 1:10 PM on these three days.  We encourage all parents to schedule a conference with their child’s teacher.  Communication between home and school has a positive effect on student learning.

    Our second grade classes are planning Grandparents Day for Wednesday, November 22rd.  We look forward to welcoming all the second grade students’ special guests.

    Thanksgiving Recess is Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th.  We have much to be thankful for and wish all Briggs families a happy and safe holiday.

    Some important reminders:

    • November 9th & 10th – Schools closed for NJEA Convention

    • November 15th-17th – Parent Teacher Conferences; Dismissal at 1:10 PM

    • November 22nd – Early Dismissal at 1:25 PM

    • November 23rd & 24th – Thanksgiving Recess

    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!

    Halloween   Halloween   Halloween

    Briggs School celebrated Halloween in style!  Students and staff dressed up for the occasion, participated in a parade, and then attended class parties.  A special shout out to the Best Teacher Costume Winner, Mrs. Brennan!


    Halloween Safety

    A special thank you to the Jefferson Police Department for coming in to discuss Halloween safety procedures.  The students learned about Halloween safety by participating in a game show like contest with questions about staying safe during Trick-or-Treating.  Briggs School wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween and is grateful to the police department for their assistance with such an important matter!


    Briggs students had a special visit from Biscuit the dog to learn about proper hand washing procedures.  Students watched video clips of students not washing their hands and talked about how easily germs are spread.  They then learned the importance of proper hand washing to kill germs and talked about when during the day we should be washing our hands.  Who knew that talking about hand washing could be fun! Thanks, Biscuit! 

    Mock Trial   Mock Trial

    Mrs. West is running a special Mock Trial Program this year and each class will have a turn to participate.  Mrs. Grisi's class was the first to take part in the case of Goldilocks vs. The Three Bears.  After a week of learning about the court system and consequences for our choices Goldilocks was found guilty and had to fix baby bears chair, make the 3 bears breakfast, and write an apology letter for going into their house when they were not home.  More cases to come! 

    Red Ribbon Week   Red Ribbon Week

    To kick off Red Ribbon Week, Briggs School had special police officer visitors visit each classroom to talk about the importance of drug safety.  

    Fire Truck   Fire Truck

    During Fire Safty Week the fire department presented a special program to the kindergarten classes.  During the program, the students not only learned about fire safety but were able to learn about and see a real fire truck!  A special thank you to the fire department for their time.

    movie night

    PTA held a movie night for kindergarten students and their parents and it was an overwhelming success.  Big thank you to Mrs. Maffei for organizing this event. 

    Video   Turn out gear

    Briggs School had special visitors from the fire department during Fire Prevention Week.  The students learned about fire safety and the importance of having an escape plan at home in case of an emergency.  


    During the first week of October, Briggs School celebrated the week of RESPECT.  The students all participated in age-appropriate respect activities and spoke about what respect looks like.  A select number of respectful students were also chosen to be highlighted on a special bulletin board in the main hallway.  Great job being respectful Briggs School!

    Funnel Ball

    A special thank you to our PTA and maintenance staff for the new funnel ball equipment on the playground!


     Butterfly pic

     Every fall Briggs first-graders and teachers hold a butterfly release.  



    First Day of school

    Briggs students and teachers kicked off the 2017-2018 school year with smiles, enthusiasm, and excitement! 


    Patriot's Day    Patriot's Day

    The students and staff at Briggs School celebrated Patriot's Day, on Sept. 11th, by wearing red white and blue, a school-wide Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of patriotic songs outside around the flag.