The 100th anniversary is right around the corner for Newbridge Road Elementary School. Principal Amanda Licci said this year’s theme is marrying the history of the school with today’s core values.
Newbridge Road was built in 1924 and has served tens of thousands of children in the last century. The school is steeped in history yet continues to evolve to serve each generation of students. On opening day, Ms. Licci read “Our School is a Family” via Zoom to Newbridge’s 330 students plus teachers and staff. She wanted to start the year off by reminding them that the school is their second home and their second family.
At the first spirit assembly of the year, the entire student body gathered in person for a community-building program. Students sang the school song so kindergartners and others new to the Newbridge family could become familiar with it.
Each class in the school is designing a flag that will be unveiled at the next spirit assembly in October. Students provide their input on their design to show what makes each class unique. Ms. Licci explained that flags are symbols for a group of people, whether a country, a state or class in school, and the images and colors should have meaning.
In Joann Belferder’s second grade class, the flag will be a collection of puzzle pieces, with each student contributing one piece. The purpose is to show that the class is comprised of unique individuals who wonderfully fit together.
“Newbridge Has Heart” continue to remain the school’s motto and a new bulletin board outside of the cafeteria that reflects this is a focal point for the year. It showcases the five values that makeup Newbridge’s “HEART” – honesty, empathy, acceptance, respect and teamwork.