Dear Cedar Mountain Families,

Here is some information on activities taking place at Cedar Mountain this month…

100th Day of the School Year: Thank you for your generosity for the donations your children have made that will be going to the organization called Coupons for the Community based in Sparta, NJ. Students had a lot of fun wearing their specially made t-shirts and dressing up as if they were 100 years old!!

Mrs. Sweeney and Mrs. Denninger’s class had fun learning about solids and liquids during the cold days this winter. Students learned about how water freezes, then did some investigating to find out how long it would take for a water balloon to freeze. It did not take long for the water to freeze this week! We had fun seeing different designs in the big ice marbles, and now we have some fun winter decorations in the schoolyard! Below are some pictures of the beautiful ice designs that resulted in the experiment.

Kids Heart Challenge Program: Thank you for our parent volunteers who are assisting with this weeklong program. Thank you for your generosity to contributing to this annual campaign.

School Closed on Monday, February 18, 2019, for the observance of President’s Day

 

School Spirit Day: Thursday, February 21, 2019- wear your Viking gear or your “class of” t-shirt.

 

Love of Reading Week: February 25 to March 1, 2019, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2nd), students will be participating in various literacy activities listed below.

Day of the Week Dr. Seuss Book            Dress Up Activity
Monday, February 25th     Oh the Places You’ll Go Wear a shirt with words on it from a place you have visited
Tuesday, February 26th     Green Eggs and Ham Wear something Green
Wednesday, February 27th     Wacky Wednesday Wacky Hair and Silly Sock Day
Thursday, February 28th    Cat in the Hat Wear stripes today
Friday, March 1st The Sleep Book Pajama Day

 

Beyond the Classroom: The Importance of Reading Aloud to Our Children– please take a moment to read this informative article on the importance of reading to your child, no matter what age! In the words of Meghan Cox Gurdon, in her Wall Street Journal article “The Great Gift of Reading Aloud,” says that in the not so distant past, reading aloud was the way children fell in love with stories. Enticing storytellers would captivate their listeners as unfolding sentences offered gifts to their imaginations. The child who learned to love stories by hearing them would be a child who would willingly gravitate toward more sophisticated literature on his own. This statement nicely encapsulates the premise of this article. Thank you for taking a moment to read it. The below graphic says it all!

 

The importance of playhere is an article that many parents may be interested in reading about free play. Some doctors are actually “prescribing” play for children. Research shows how free play fosters:

Sensorimotor 

Language 

Communication

Management of Stress

Self-Regulation/control

Locomotion

Sensorimotor skills

Executive functioning skills   

 

40 Developmental Assets: We are very fortunate to have the national program 40 Developmental Assets brought to us by Rebecca Dorney from The Center for Prevention and Counseling. This program, started in January will continue on Friday, February 15, at 9:45 am. 40 Developmental Assets is training for adults/parents that teach them about the 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets). The remaining assets focus on the social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that are nurtured within young people (internal assets). 40 Developmental Assets is a research-based program that comes from Search Institute. Here is the flyer for this program. We will be holding follow up meetings on Friday, March 15, at 9:45 am. A light breakfast will be served- all are welcome!

Project Self-Sufficiency Parenting Classes- Project Self-Sufficiency is offering free parenting classes: Parenting for Fathers (beginning on March 5th) and Parenting School-Aged Children (Beginning on March 6th). Please click this link for the flyer.

SCA Meeting: Monday, March 5, 2019, at 9:45. At March’s meeting, Ms. Laurie Nelson, Math Coach will be making a presentation on some activities you can do at home to bolster your child’s math skills. In addition, Ms. Nelson will be demonstrating how to access Think Central online to find helpful manipulatives that you can use with your child. For our first-grade parents, she will give a “peek” at what second-grade math looks like. We will also have a reveal of our One School One Book initiative! This is a meeting NOT to miss!

Kindergarten Registration: Our Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 is open!  If you happen to have friends or neighbors with young children, please direct them to the main page of the VTSD website. Families will need to register online and then come in person to complete the registration process. When arriving at registration, you will need to bring proof of residency and your child’s medical history (vaccinations and recent physical). Kindergarten registration will take place at Cedar Mountain Primary School on Monday, April 1, from 4:30-8:00 pm; Tuesday, April 2, from 9:30-11:30 am; Wednesday, April 3, from 4:30-8:00 pm; and Thursday, March 29 from 9:30-11:30 am, in the gym. Welcome to the Class of 2032!!

Think Spring!!

Rosemary Gebhardt