Ellen T. Briggs

Elementary School

Falcon Pride!


  • The Briggs Halloween Parade will take place on Tuesday, October 31st at 12:45 in the circle in front of the school.  Please have your children bring their costumes to school (not wear them).  Students will be dismissed at their regular dismissal time.  

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Upcoming Events

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,

    October is a busy month at Briggs School!  We began with the Week of Respect.  Guidance Counselor Elizabeth West led the students through various activities designed to teach them how to model good character.  The entire school participated in a program to build mutual respect and inspire working together as a team.

    Respect Program

    In the same vein, our front hall bulletin board features student’s writing about how they show respect.  We are quite proud of their accomplishments.

    October features Fire Prevention Week and Bus Safety.  We welcomed members of Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 2 to teach our students what to do in an emergency.  Children also participated in the district’s annual Bus Safety program.  Our student’s well-being is of the utmost importance and we welcome any opportunity to help our young ones learn how to be safe.

    The PTA will conduct a variety of activities to celebrate Red Ribbon Week – designed to teach students in an age-appropriate manner about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and smoking.

    Lastly, the annual Briggs School Halloween Parade will be held at 12:45 PM on Tuesday, October 31st.  We look forward to seeing you then!

    Dr. Michael Valenti

School News

Student Showcase

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

    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.