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Principal's Message


Julie Hirst

Welcome Bradach Families!

 I am so excited to have the privilege to work  with you and your children as we tackle the challenges brought on by the COVID virus. This year we will begin our instruction in a distance learning environment to ensure the safety of all students and staff. We understand that some of our families may have challenges participating in the distance learning program. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at or by calling or texting (760) 502-6154 if you need any assistance. I can also be found on Class Dojo and Google Classroom. The code is tjd7xd3.  Bradach is both an AVID Elementary and a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support school. We believe that all of our students have the potential to learn and grow in a positive environment and work hard to provide opportunities for our school community to flourish. We practice the FISH Philosophy and support the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. There are four main principles of FISH: play, be there, choose your attitude and make their day. The 7 Habits of Happy Kids are: Habit 1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge). Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan). Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play). Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win).Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood(Listen Before You Talk).Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better). Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best) and a bonus habit, Habit 8: Find your Voice.

There are two ways you can support your student this year, please ensure that your student is reading for at least 30 minutes each day.  Reading 30 minutes each evening equals 900 hours of reading each year. Studies show that the more a student reads; the greater chance they have of graduating high school and attending college. Students who read for less than 20 minutes a day have a greater risk of dropping out of high school. In the lower grades where students may not have their reading skills yet, it is super important to read to them.

The other way you can support your student is to make sure you are signing their calendar/homework folder and agenda planner each evening. As you sign the calendar, ask your student what they learned in school today. Asking what they have learned over what they did encourages learning reflection.

We encourage all parents to volunteer whenever they can. If you are home and working with your students in Zoom, let the teacher know you would like to volunteer. We could use parents to help us provide support in Zoom meetings by reading to small groups of kids, doing flashcards etc. Parent involvement in learning is one of the greatest predictors of student success in school. We have a variety of different opportunities for you to volunteer. We have committees like School Site Council, the English Language Learner Advisory Council and the Parent Teacher Association, all of which will be held remotely until we are cleared to come back to school.  

I am always interested in hearing how we can work together to make Bradach world famous! Please do not hesitate to contact me at (760) 246-5016 if you ever have any concerns.

Julie Hirst



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