Welcome to Red Bank Primary School, Home of Stormy the Eagle! Over 600 students and nearly one hundred dedicated staff members call the Primary School their home. As you enter our doors, you are welcomed into an amazing place where students of all backgrounds and ability levels are learning to become active citizens in our community. Our district’s vision and mission statements say it all: We believe our children should dream big. We will inspire. We will challenge. They will achieve. Driven by the needs of our children, we provide a safe, nurturing, and challenging learning environment for EVERY student, every day.
Teacher leaders are paving the way for our students. Several of our teachers have taken on the tremendous task of writing new and innovative curriculum that meets the needs of all learners and incorporates 21st century skills and community outreach. The staff is constantly working together to improve teaching and learning. We have a curriculum committee that creates units of study that infuse all subject areas into reading and incorporates the community. Members of the community are brought in to bring the content to life. We are always seeking new topics and community partnerships to supplement themes to keep it fresh and current. Grade levels work in Professional Learning Communities a minimum of fifty hours a year to discuss curriculum, data, teaching and their team goals. This allows consistency in the classrooms and a time to work collaboratively. Teachers also conduct peer observations by going into rooms from cross sections. They have time to meet and discuss best practices and linear transitions.
We have many resources available to students and staff, both with technology and with the flexibility and freedom to go beyond the classroom walls. All of our third grade students have their own Chromebook which they use on a daily basis. Google Classroom is used in all subjects and students are able to explore educational sites through our teacher created websites. In addition to core academic content, students have classes in a variety of special areas including Music, Art, Technology, Physical Education/Health, World Language and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
At the Primary School we celebrate students of ALL abilities. We offer extensive services through Intervention and Referral Services and the support of the Child Study Team, beginning at age three. Our District team of Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and also our behavior consultants from the well-respected Above and Beyond Learning Group successfully collaborate with our teachers to promote generalization of skills throughout all classroom contexts. Our goal is to give all learners the support they need in order to function at their ultimate level of independence every day.
In order to meet all the needs of all our children, we bring in various outside resources to assist students with their health needs. The VNA comes three times a week. The Mobile Dentist does on-site cleanings and basic tooth care. The Optical Academy does on-site eye exams for students and staff. We also receive gift donations through Project Connect, St. Anthony’s and United Way for families in need during the holiday season. In addition, United Way provides us with coats, hats, gloves and other items to help students throughout the cold months. Locally based Bridge of Books Foundation donates books for our students to take home.
Community is a large part of learning at Red Bank Primary School. You will often see parents in the classrooms for various activities throughout the year, and to help students and teachers with day to day learning experiences. Each month, we gather as a school and community to recognize our students with various awards for citizenship and achievement. Our PTO is an active group comprised of parents and staff. Events are often standing room only and include Outdoor Movie Night, Harvest Festival, Winter Ball, Valentine’s Day Bingo and International Night just to name a few. The safety of our students and staff is a priority in our school. Third graders are selected to be a part of our “Safety Patrol” and hold regular meetings with our Guidance Counselor to discuss concerns and strategies.
The Primary School works with a variety of community partners in order to enhance the educational experience for all students. The Count Basie Theatre located in the heart of Red Bank offers our students opportunities to attend various performances each year. Through Count Basie’s Community outreach program, teaching artists are invited into the classroom and help with after school programs such as Kids on Broadway! The Primary School was featured in the “Signature Project” and starred in a video created by Mr. Patrick Dunning in partnership with Count Basie Theatre.
Our first graders work with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program through Family & Children’s Services of Monmouth County, which provides readers weekly to work with students throughout the year. In partnership with the YMCA, students in Grade 3 have the opportunity to take swimming lessons in the spring. Each year thirty new students are accepted into the Horizons program housed at Rumson Country Day School. Horizons National is an award-winning, tuition-free, summer academic program serving low-income, public school students across the country. The Red Bank Borough Education Foundation has been a large supporter of many Primary School programs and initiatives, including our new STEAM lab, which combines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with Art.
Dreaming Big happens every single day at the Primary School. With the support of our staff, families and partnerships, our students are encouraged to work hard, show grit and have a positive growth mindset. We invite you to learn and see first-hand the incredible opportunities afforded to our students and see for yourself why Red Bank Borough is Best in America - Come, be part of our dream! Visit our website at www.rbb.k12.nj.us or follow us on Twitter @rbpsEAGLES.
Luigi Laugelli & Dena Russo