Ellen T. Briggs

Elementary School

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  • Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-2019 school year:  Go to the district website (www.jefftwp.org).  Under "Quick Links," click Student Registration, then Kindergarten Registration.  

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  • 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 - 3:00 pm


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

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    If you believe Punxsutawney Phil, we are in for six more weeks of winter.  The calendar says Spring begins on March 20th.  Whatever you believe, Briggs School has so much going on, the next six weeks will fly by!

    We have had some wonderful assemblies funded by our PTA: Rizzo’s Reptiles, a live penguin program from Jenkinson’s Aquarium and Slim Goodbody for Wellness Week.  Be sure to ask your children about these programs.  We are grateful to the PTA for funding them as they provide an enriching experience to supplement classroom learning.

    Penguin Program

    February is Kindness Month.  Briggs Guidance Counselor, Elizabeth West, is running the Keys to Kindness initiative.  Students who are “caught being kind” will receive a key to display outside their classroom.  Each class that achieves the goal of 75 keys will participate in a special school-wide reward at the end of the month. 

    Wellness Week is February 12th-16th.  During their P.E. classes, students will participate in Jump Rope for Heart.  We also have Slim Goodbody and a dental health program scheduled.  Many classes are planning wellness/health-based center activities. 

    We are excited about the upcoming Briggs second grade Science Fair which will be held on Wednesday, February 21st.  The students will all have a chance to see the exhibits during the school day and parents are invited to visit from 6:00-7:00 pm.  Our student scientists have some creative and amazing projects planned!

    Please be sure to visit our Student Showcase page to see the many activities your children are involved in at Briggs School. 

    Important dates in February:

         * Please visit the district homepage (jefftwp.org) for Kindergarten Registration information.
         * February 13th – Early Dismissal (1:25 pm) – Staff Professional Development
         * February 14th – Valentine’s Day parties
         * February 15th – 100th Day of School
         * February 19th – Schools are closed for President’s Day
         * February 21st – Second grade Science Fair from 6:00-7:00 pm

    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!

    Slim Goodbody

    To kick off Wellness Week, Briggs School welcomed in Slim Goodbody.  He taught the students about the amazing things their body does and how to keep it healthy.  

    Penguin    Penguin    Reptile   Reptile

    Briggs School had some very interesting visitors lately!  A special thank you to Rizzo's Reptiles for their presentation and the animal friends they brought with them, and to Jenkinson's Aquarium for making first grade's Penguin Day extra special!


    Mock trials have begun in Second Grade!  Mrs. Uvino's class was the first to try the Civil case of  The Missing Dog ~ The Greens vs. Amanda.  Throughout the week the students learned about the court system and wrapped up the week with a mock trial.  

    Feather writing   Ms. Tomo's class   Feather writing

    Ms. Tomo's class learned about schools from the past.  The class made their own ink from berries and vinegar and wrote with sticks and feathers.

    Tickets please   Polar Express    

    Tickets Please!  First-grade students participated in Polar Express Day.  A special thank you to the first-grade teachers for putting together such a fun day!

    Reading Celebration    Reading Celebration

    First grade students participated in a writing celebration!  Students gathered together to share their realistic fiction stories.  Great job first graders on your hard work!

    Concert   Concert

    Second grade performed their annual winter concert for the families and did a great job!  A special thank you to Mrs. Fisher for all her hard work to make the concert a success. 

    Gingerbread Houses   Gingerbread Houses   Gingerbread Houses

    The second grade students welcomed in parents and other family members to build and decorate gingerbread houses.  

    Enrichment    Enrichment    Enrichment    

    During Friday recess, students participate in recess enrichment.  Classes rotate through different activities and enjoy some educational fun.  The stations include golf, virtual field trips, arts & crafts, and many more!


    A select number of lucky second-grade students were chosen to attend the STEAM/STEM NJGCTP trip.  Here the students participated in different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities and moved through different stations.  The kids had a lot of fun and learned a lot while they were there! 

    Grandparent's Day   Grandparent's Day   Grandparent's Day

    The Briggs second graders welcomed in some very special visitors on the day before Thanksgiving.  Each year second grade celebrates Grandparent's Day with a skit about the first Thanksgiving and about the different winter holidays celebrated around the world.  The grandparents then got to enjoy a snack with their grandchild, it was a wonderful day for all!

    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.