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100th Day of the Year, Kids Heart Challenge and More at CM!

Dear Cedar Mountain Families,

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

Congratulations to our February First-Grade Students of the Month!

1st Grade Students Receiving their Medals and Certificates

Baylee

Meet: Baylee                            

Favorite:

Sport: Ice Skating                   Food: Chinese Food

Singer: Taylor Swift               Book:  Pete the Cat

Movie: “Sing”                         School Subject: Math

Names of Brothers and Sister: Nathaniel, James, and Liliana

Baylee’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that Baylee loves being a big sister and helping her mom at home.

When Baylee is not in school, she likes to color and play games with her family, like Uno.

Baylee is really good at doing arts and crafts and coloring.

When Baylee grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian.

 

Jeffmarie

Meet: Jeffmarie                       

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer              Food: Corn     

Singer: Alan Walter    Book:  Clifford

TV Show: “SpongeBob Square Pants and Loud House” 

School Subject: Math

Names of Sisters: Karelys and Jerelys

Jeffmarie’s teacher, Mrs. Wilson, should know that Jeffmarie likes dogs and is learning Chinese!

When Jeffmarie is not in school, she likes to play with her family.

Jeffmarie is really good at playing games.

When Jeffmarie grows up, she wants to travel the world.

 

Christina

Meet: Christina                                                

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer and Ice Skating             Food: Cheese Doodles           

Singer: Kidz Bop        Book:  Wheels on the Bus

TV Show: “My Little Pony”  School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of Brothers: Alfonso and Joseph

Christina’s teacher, Miss Chmielowiec, should know that Christina tries to make her teacher happy every day.

When Christina is not in school, she likes to read, play outside, and play games.

Christina is really good at being kind and sharing.

When Christina grows up, she wants to be a mommy.

 

Ryan

Meet: Ryan                             Nickname: Ry Ry         

Favorite:

Sport: Baseball, Soccer, and Basketball                    

Food: Macaroni and Cheese  

Singer: Walk the Moon          Book:  Pete the Cat and The Hardy Boys

Movie: “Ice Age”                   School Subject: Fundations

Names of Brother and Sister: Justin and Kelsey

Ryan’s teacher, Mrs. Megnin, should know that Ryan loves when Mrs. Megnin gives our class extra recess and he loves centers before lunch.

When Ryan is not in school, he likes to read books and play with his brother and sister.

Ryan is really good at Minecraft.

When Ryan grows up, he wants to be a policeman and an artist.

 

Aiden

Meet: Aiden                              

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer                          Food: Pizza    

Singer: Aiden’s Dad!              Book:  Slappy the Dummy-Goosebumps book

Movie: “Jurassic World”        School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of Brother: Tristan

Aiden’s teacher, Mrs. Vanadia, should know that Aiden respects her.

When Aiden is not in school, he likes to play with his little brother and cousin.

Aiden is really good at being a good friend.

When Aiden grows up, he wants to be a detective.

 

Michael

Meet: Michael                                    Nickname: Chippy        

Favorite:

Sport: Baseball                       Food: Pizza    

Singer: Michael Jackson         Book:  Pete the Cat books

TV Show: “Rug Rats”            School Subject: Math

Names of Sister: Madison

Michael’s teacher, Mrs. Battista, should know that Michael is a good boy.

When Michael is not in school, he likes to watch “Alf” and play with his friends.

Michael is really good at baseball.

When Michael grows up, he wants to be a famous baseball player.

 

Emyleen

Meet: Emyleen                                   Nickname: Emy            

Favorite:

Sport: Dance               Food: Nutella 

Singer: Kidz Bop        Book:  Hop on Pop

TV Show: “AGT”       School Subject: Math

Emyleen’s teacher, Mrs. Barone, should know that Emyleen is a great artist.

When Emyleen is not in school, she likes to play with her dolls.

Emyleen is really good at dancing.

When Emyleen grows up, she wants to be a teacher.

 

Blake

Meet: Baylee                            

Favorite:

Sport: Ice Skating                   Food: Chinese Food

Singer: Taylor Swift               Book:  Pete the Cat

Movie: “Sing”                         School Subject: Math

Names of Brothers and Sister: Nathaniel, James, and Liliana

Baylee’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that Baylee loves being a big sister and helping her mom at home.

When Baylee is not in school, she likes to color and play games with her family, like Uno.

Baylee is really good at doing arts and crafts and coloring.

When Baylee grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian.

 

Makenzie

Meet: Makenzie                     Nickname: Kenzie        

Favorite:

Sport: Dance               Food: Strawberries    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa      Book:  No David

TV Show: “Liv and Maddie”             School Subject: Math

Names of Sister: Scarlet

Makenzie’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that Makenzie is really nice but really shy.

When Makenzie is not in school, she likes to go to dance and play with dolls.

Makenzie is really good at dance, math, and school.

When Makenzie grows up, she says, “I really don’t know yet!”.  

 

Taylor

Meet: Taylor                                        

Favorite:

Sport: Basketball                    Food: Tacos   

Singer: Mr. Moschella            Book:  All Pete the Cat books

Movie: “Frozen”         School Subject: Reading Workshop

Names of Sisters and Brothers: Sara, Amanda, Tucker, and Aidan

Taylor’s teacher, Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert, should know that Taylor reads at home.

When Taylor is not in school, she likes to play games like “Perfection” and “Memory”.

Taylor is really good at math.

When Taylor grows up, she wants to make pizza.

 

Amy

 

Anna

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

Applebee’s announces its annual Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest! Cedar Mountain students are invited to nominate their favorite teacher to receive a $500.00 grant and an end-of-year party from Applebee’s Restaurant. To nominate a classroom teacher, students must submit an essay in person to a local Applebee’s Restaurant (Newton, NJ being the closest) explaining why their teacher deserves to be an Applebee’s Teacher of the Year. When students submit an essay, and to “sweeten the deal”, students who enter an essay will receive a free ice cream. Applications are being accepted until March 3, 2019.

 

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

Mr. Piccirillo’s Blog

Good Afternoon Walnut Ridge Families,

A few short announcements before the snow storm, so let’s get right to it!

1) Valentine’s Day Event

  • Things are not looking good in the weather forecast for tomorrow, and based on the last forecast, it looks like Wednesday could also be questionable. So, if there is a closing OR 2-hour delay on Wednesday, we will move our Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Social to the snow-date of Thursday, February 14. The original times will remain the same.

2) Looking Back

  • Last week featured two field trips. On Tuesday our students went to Price Chopper and on Thursday our students went to VTHS to play in CTE centers with the high schoolers. Both trips were very successful. If you are not already following us on Instagram, definitely do that! You will see several photos from each of the trips!
  • Thank you to those of you that came to our Q&A session with the representatives from the National Winter Activity Center to discuss March 1st’s ski trip. I have posted some FAQs on our website.
3) Looking Forward
  • As you know, there is no school on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day.
  • On Monday, February 25th our students will be being fitted for their boots and skis in preparation for the cross country ski trip on Friday, March 1. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email me directly at jpiccirillo@vtsd.com and I will make sure your questions get answered.

4) Registration

  • Pre-registration has already begun for Kindergarten and for Pre-K.
  • For more information visit the Kindergarten Registration Page HERE or the PreK Registration page HERE.
  • NOTE: Any students registering for Kindergarten should not register in Genesis if they attend WR and are already registered with us this year.
5) A Note from Nurse Gallant
  • Flu season is upon us. For some parent resources on the flu and how to prevent it click HERE
6) Interesting Articles
  • This article stresses the importance of play in Early Childhood Education (CLICK HERE). It reaffirms that we are doing the right thing at WR with our Tools of the Mind curriculum, which is centered in play. It is also an important reminder for us as parents (myself included) to find ways to engage in play more at home, particularly in the winter months when our kids are stuck inside. 
  • CLICK HERE for “8 Fun Snow Day Activities for Kids”
7) Instagram
  • Here are some of our recent Instagram photos!

 

Thank you!

 

Mr. Joseph S. Piccirillo, Principal

News from Cedar Mountain School…

Dear Cedar Mountain Families…

Indeed, Cedar Mountain is a “Beary Special” place…here are some reasons why…

The Great Kindness Week was very successful! Students participated in various activities that focused on all the little ways we can be kind to each other. Official “Student Greeters” said hello to all students as they arrived at school every morning. Each class made “Kindness Chains” as a culminating activity in Mr. Maurice’s School Counseling lessons. You will see the chains hung from our ceilings on the first and second floor of our school. Students enjoyed dressing up in a different theme each day. Below are pictures of students and teachers wearing tie-dyed clothing and  Mrs. Megnin and Mrs. Horn’s class holding up their kindness chain.

Groundhog Day…Mrs. Battista and her student teacher, Miss Falcon, taught a lesson about groundhogs and the legend of Groundhog Day. This first-grade class made predictions on whether the groundhog will see its shadow or not.  Students graphed predictions and analyzed the results. The students then made groundhogs and conducted a science experiment on shadows using flashlights. Students had to discover what is needed for the groundhog to see its shadow (light source), what makes the shadow (the groundhog blocks the light), and how they make the shadow move (moving the groundhog).

 Mrs. Zinni and Ms. LaBar’s class went outside to search for shapes in the real world…They had fun finding all the shapes they have learned about and were fascinated to see so many shapes outside!

Students take notes as they spot shapes in their world

Mrs. Sweeney’s Class “Buzzes” about reading!

We are “buzzing” about books… Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert’s students wrote about their favorite books…Check out some of their favorite books…

Taylor Loves Snow Surprise

Kylie Loves 10 Apples on Top

Cole Loves How Dinosaurs Learned to Read

Stella Loves Goldie

Miss Malloy’s first-grade class completed a STEM activity related to the folktale, The 3 Little Pigs. The challenge was to create a house for the three little pigs that the big, bad, wolf cannot destroy. The students used only two of the following materials:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Straws
  • Playdough
  • Marshmallows
  • Dots

From the materials selected, students collaborated in teams and designed a house plan. After students drew out their plan, they built the house for the little pig. When the house was completed, students tested the house by using a blow dryer on the house (the big, bad, wolf) Students discussed and wrote about what worked and what did not work with their deigned house. Next, students made a new house plan using alternate materials. Students had so much fun and loved being engineers!

Miss Gonnelli introduced the traverse-climbing wall to all Cedar Mountain students during physical education class.  When students walk into the gym, their faces light up to see that the mats are down by the climbing wall; they know it will be a day full of climbing! The traverse-climbing wall allows students to practice using different kinds of muscles that they may not normally use during other physical activities along with reinforcing balance, strength, coordination, independence, and positive risk-taking skills. Miss Gonnelli noted that all students stay focused and on task when climbing, paying extra close attention to their foot and hand placement to support their body on the wall. You might be surprised to see how many future competition climbers we may have here at Cedar Mountain!

 

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, the Vernon Cub Scout Pack 183 held their annual Pinewood Derby! The Lion and Tiger dens competed in four races. All scouts made these cars with the help of their parents and learned a lot about teamwork, achieving a goal, and the importance of doing your best. Here are the results of how our first-grade Cedar Mountain boys in Cub Scout Pack 183 performed…

Tiger Den 1:

1st place: Richie Yost
2nd place: Ryan Dixon
3rd place: Chase Crum

Tiger Den 2:

1st place – Alex Anson
2nd place – Eric Matthews
3rd  place- Liam Lathrop

Funniest Car: 
Christopher Minter

Most Patriotic Car:
George Clarke

Most Creative Car:

Michael Cook 

Here are some activities that are coming up in the next few weeks…

SCA Meeting: Monday, February 4, 2019, at 9:45. At February’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. Also, 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.

VTHS Key Club Winter Wonderland: Saturday, February 9th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, in the gym. This winter carnival is open to all preschool through third-grade students. There will be games, crafts, and other activities for your child. It’s a great winter activity for your family! Please click here for the flier.

SCA Valentine’s Craft Night: Will take place on Tuesday, February 11, at 6:30 pm, in the cafeteria. Please click here for the flier.

100th Day of the School Year: Monday, February 11th…your child’s teacher will give you information on the activities taking place in the classroom on this special day. Thank you also for contributing new toothbrushes and tissues that cost approximately $1.00. Your donation will be going to the organization called Coupons for the Community based in Sparta, NJ.

Kids Heart Challenge Program: Will run the week of February 11-15, 2019. You may be familiar with its previous name “Jump Rope for Heart”. The American Heart Association wanted this program to expand beyond just jumping rope, encouraging children to be active in multiple ways. While students will be learning different ways to jump rope, they will also experience our rock climbing wall and rope climbing as well.  We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with this weeklong program. Thank you for your generosity in 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 throughout this week. Here is our schedule of activities:

 

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

40 Developmental Assets continues in February and March: We are very fortunate to continue this program at Cedar Mountain brought to us by Rebecca Dorney from The Vernon Coalition and The Center for Prevention and Counseling. Our program will run on Friday, February 15, AND Friday, March 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. A light breakfast will be served- all are welcome!

Think Spring and Kindergarten Registration! Do you know of a family member, friend, or neighbor whose child will be turning five by October 1, 2019? If so, please share that Kindergarten Registration will take place the week of April 1, 2019. Please see the Cedar Mountain calendar for specific times each day. Upon registering, you will also arrange a time for the entering kindergarten student to be screened using the DIAL4. You must register online to begin the process. You can do this at home on any device or you can log on at Cedar Mountain to complete this step of the process during registration week. You can always call for assistance, or if you would like to come in for a tour! We love visitors!

Let’s take a look one more time at our proud January Students of the Month!

 

 

Eric

Meet: Eric                     

Favorite:

Sport: Baseball            Food: Pickles and Fish           

Singer: AC/DC           Book:  Sharks

Movie: “Twister”        School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli and Math

Names of brother and sister: Travis and his sister who is coming in March!

Eric’s teacher, Mrs. Wilson, should know that Eric has a pet fish.

When Eric is not in school, he likes to go fishing.

Eric is really good at fishing.

When Eric grows up, he wants to be a fisherman; a bass pro-fisherman!

 

Lilly

Meet: Lilly               Nickname: Lil                         

Favorite:

Sport: Gymnastics      Food: Watermelon    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa      Book:  Green Eggs and Ham

Movie: “Moana”      School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of brother: William

Lilly’s teacher, Mrs. Megnin, should know that Lilly is kind.

When Lilly is not in school, she likes to play with her BFF.

Lilly is really good at playing hide and seek.

When Lilly grows up, she wants to be a YouTuber.

Ian

Meet: Ian                      

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer               Food: Pizza    

Singer: John Legend   Book:  Green Eggs and Ham

TV Show: “SpongeBob”        School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of brother: Joey (his twin)

Ian’s teacher, Miss Chmielowiec, should know that Ian does his work really well!

When Ian is not in school, he likes to have fun with his family.

Ian is really good at soccer.

When Ian grows up, he wants to be a scientist.

 

Tristan

Meet: Tristan             Nickname: T                 

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer               Food: His dad’s homemade pizza      

Singer: Chris Stapleton           Book:  Firefighters

Movie: “Big Hero 6”                School Subject: Math

Name of sister: Addison

Tristan’s teacher, Mrs. Barone, should know that Tristan thinks she is amazing!

When Tristan is not in school, he likes to build with Legos.

Tristan is really good at reading, helping others, and riding his bike.

When Tristan grows up, he wants to be a police officer.

 

Christopher

Meet: Christopher                   

Favorite:

Food: Pizza    

Singer: Shawn Mendez           Book:  Any book about the Titanic

Movie: “The Titanic”              School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of brothers and sisters: Clayton, Emily, Hailey, and Zach

Christopher’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that Christopher wants to raise the Titanic when he gets older and be the new captain of the ship!

When Christopher is not in school, he likes to play “Hello Neighbor” and play with his hamster.

Christopher is really good at getting kindling in the woods for his fireplace.

When Christopher grows up, he wants to drive a tram car at the beach.

 

Avery

Meet: Avery               Nickname: Avs                         

Favorite:

Sport: Cheerleading    Food: Tacos    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa      Book:  Barbie

TV Show: “Fuller House”      School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of brothers and sisters: Royce, Jayce, and Kendall

Avery’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that Avery has a big, loving, kind heart.

When Avery is not in school, she likes to watch her iPad and do makeup tutorials.

Avery is really good at being a helper and being a big sister.

When Avery grows up, she wants to be a doctor.

 

Hattie

Meet: Hattie                            Nickname: Stir Fry       

Favorite:

Sport: Gymnastics                   Food: Ice Cream        

Singer: Kira Willey     Book:  The Grinch Flip Book

Movie: “Enchanted”       School Subject: Writing Workshop

Names of brothers: Logan and Henry

Hattie’s teacher, Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert, should know that Hattie loves math and phonics!

When Hattie is not in school, she likes to swim at the pool.

Hattie is really good at ice skating.

When Hattie grows up, she wants to be a president!

 

Harper

Meet: Harper               

Favorite:

Sport: All Star Cheerleading              Food: Soup     

Singer: Taylor Swift              Book:  One Bright Ring

TV Show: “Descendants”       School Subject: Reading

Names of brothers: Logan (her twin brother), Bryce, and Ryan

Harper’s teacher, Miss Malloy, should know that Harper loves going to school!

When Harper is not in school, she likes to cheer or play outside.

Harper is really good at reading.

When Harper grows up, she wants to be a nurse.

Seong-Jin

Meet: Seong-Jin                       

Favorite:

Sport: Wrestling          Food: Spaghetti          

Singer: Seong Jin’s mom!      Book:  One Busy Day

TV Show: “Fishtronaut”         School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of brother and sisters: Seong-Nam, Seong-Uo, Seong-Yeoh

Seong-Jin’s teacher, Mrs. Battista, should know that Seong-Jin is very respectful.

When Seong-Jin is not in school, she likes to play.

Seong-Jin is really good at writing stories.

When Seong-Jin grows up, she wants to be a teacher.

 

Myles

Meet: Myles                Nickname: Bud, Buddy, Joe-Joe Dancer                      

Favorite:

Sport: Football and Baseball               Food: Pasta    

Book:  The Lorax

TV Show: “Pokémon”            School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of sisters: Peyton (his twin) and Autumn

Myles’ teacher, Mr. Dente and Mrs. Wilson, should know that Myles is going to be a professional football player!

When Myles is not in school, he likes to ride his dirt bike, play baseball and football, and in the summer, swimming in his pool with his friends.

Myles is really good at math and playing football.

When Myles grows up, he wants to be a football player.

John

Meet: John                   

Favorite:

Sport: Baseball            Food: Ice Cream        

Singer: John’s mom!            Book:  Press Start-Super Rabbitt Boy Blasts Off

Movie: “Jurassic World”      School Subject: Music with Mr. Moschella

John’s teacher, Mrs. Rogers, should know that John loves dinosaurs!

When John is not in school, he likes to play with Legos and video games.

John is really good at science.

When John grows up, he wants to build a time machine!

Noah

Meet: Noah                   

Favorite:

Sport: Basketball            Food: Chips        

Song: Feliz Navidad           Book:  Clifford

TV Show: “Lightning McQueen”     

Noah’s teacher, Mrs. Vanadia, should know that Noah likes strawberries!

When Noah is not in school, he likes to play Fortnite and watch TV.

Noah is really good at working with his Poppy.

When Noah grows up, he wants to be a police officer and work at Blue Diamond like his Poppy!

 

It is an honor to have a parent partnership with you regarding your child’s education….

Rosemary Gebhardt

 

Mr. Piccirillo’s Blog

Happy Almost February Walnut Ridge Family!

 

February will be a busy month for our Preschoolers and I know you have been getting inundated with flyers and permission slips recently in your child’s folder. So here is a condensed list of the happenings in our school for your convenience.

 

A few calendar items…

  • February 1:  (This coming Friday) is the due date for two things:
    • 1) The WRAP Fundraiser — Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s
      • This is a big fundraiser for WRAP. And WRAP has been able to help our school and community tremendously so please support them through this tasty fundraiser
    • 2) The Student Information Sheet for the upcoming NWAC trip
      • Click on the link above to go directly to the form. We will need to know your child’s shoe size and whether you will be attending our information session on February 6.
  • February 5: Our trip to the Warwick Price Chopper
    • Click on the link above for more information about this annual trip! It is a wonderful extension of our Tools of the Mind curriculum and our children always really enjoy it!
  • February 6: Q&A with NWAC 
    • As mentioned earlier, please be sure to RSVP to this event. This will be short (12:15pm – 12:45 pm) and held in our gym. Representatives from the National Winter Activity Center will be here to answer any and all of your questions about our upcoming (March 1) ski trip! If you are unable to make it, you can still submit your question on THIS FORM and I will create a F.A.Q. list on our website.
  • February 7: Our trip to Vernon Township High School
    • Click on the link above for more information. 
    • This will be our second annual trip to VTHS to learn about the HS CTE programs but more importantly to engage with our high school students and play with them in Tools of the Mind geared centers. It is a wonderful event!
  • February 13: Our Annual Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Social
    • Click on the link above for more information
    • AM Session will be from 11:15 -12:00 and PM Session will be from 2:30 – 3:15. Please RSVP to make signing into the building run smoothly! We are all looking forward to this fun family event!
  • February 1540 Developmental Assets
    • Click on the link above to access the flyer from Rebecca Dorney and the Vernon Coalition’s upcoming 40 Developmental Assets presentation series. Many of you attended the previous ones held at WR. These next three will be for WR, CM, RH, and LH parents and will be held at Cedar Mountain (Dates: 2/15, 3/15, and 5/17)
Looking Ahead…
 
… March 1 – our NWAC Cross Country Ski Trip
… March 4 – 8: Love of Reading Week (information coming soon)
… March 20 and 21: Parent Teacher Conferences/Scholastic Book Fair 
 

A humble request…

 
Over the past few weeks some parents/grandparents/guardians have been chronically late in picking up their respective children. Please do your best to come on time for both arrival and pick up. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
 

Some Instagram photos… 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Principal Piccirillo

 

 

 

January Students of the Month at “The Mountain”…

Congratulations to our January Students of 

January Students of the Month

Eric

Meet: Eric                     

Favorite:

Sport: Baseball            Food: Pickles and Fish           

Singer: AC/DC           Book:  Sharks

Movie: “Twister”        School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli and Math

Names of brother and sister: Travis and his sister who is coming in March!

Eric’s teacher, Mrs. Wilson, should know that Eric has a pet fish.

When Eric is not in school, he likes to go fishing.

Eric is really good at fishing.

When Eric grows up, he wants to be a fisherman; a bass pro-fisherman!

 

Lilly

Meet: Lilly               Nickname: Lil                         

Favorite:

Sport: Gymnastics      Food: Watermelon    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa      Book:  Green Eggs and Ham

Movie: “Moana”      School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of brother: William

Lilly’s teacher, Mrs. Megnin, should know that Lilly is kind.

When Lilly is not in school, she likes to play with her BFF.

Lilly is really good at playing hide and seek.

When Lilly grows up, she wants to be a YouTuber.

Ian

Meet: Ian                      

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer               Food: Pizza    

Singer: John Legend   Book:  Green Eggs and Ham

TV Show: “SpongeBob”        School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of brother: Joey (his twin)

Ian’s teacher, Miss Chmielowiec, should know that Ian does his work really well!

When Ian is not in school, he likes to have fun with his family.

Ian is really good at soccer.

When Ian grows up, he wants to be a scientist.

 

Tristan

Meet: Tristan             Nickname: T                 

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer               Food: His dad’s homemade pizza      

Singer: Chris Stapleton           Book:  Firefighters

Movie: “Big Hero 6”                School Subject: Math

Name of sister: Addison

Tristan’s teacher, Mrs. Barone, should know that Tristan thinks she is amazing!

When Tristan is not in school, he likes to build with Legos.

Tristan is really good at reading, helping others, and riding his bike.

When Tristan grows up, he wants to be a police officer.

 

Christopher

Meet: Christopher                   

Favorite:

Food: Pizza    

Singer: Shawn Mendez           Book:  Any book about the Titanic

Movie: “The Titanic”              School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of brothers and sisters: Clayton, Emily, Hailey, and Zach

Christopher’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that Christopher wants to raise the Titanic when he gets older and be the new captain of the ship!

When Christopher is not in school, he likes to play “Hello Neighbor” and play with his hamster.

Christopher is really good at getting kindling in the woods for his fireplace.

When Christopher grows up, he wants to drive a tram car at the beach.

 

Avery

Meet: Avery               Nickname: Avs                         

Favorite:

Sport: Cheerleading    Food: Tacos    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa      Book:  Barbie

TV Show: “Fuller House”      School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of brothers and sisters: Royce, Jayce, and Kendall

Avery’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that Avery has a big, loving, kind heart.

When Avery is not in school, she likes to watch her iPad and do makeup tutorials.

Avery is really good at being a helper and being a big sister.

When Avery grows up, she wants to be a doctor.

 

Hattie

Meet: Hattie                            Nickname: Stir Fry       

Favorite:

Sport: Gymnastics                   Food: Ice Cream        

Singer: Kira Willey     Book:  The Grinch Flip Book

Movie: “Enchanted”       School Subject: Writing Workshop

Names of brothers: Logan and Henry

Hattie’s teacher, Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert, should know that Hattie loves math and phonics!

When Hattie is not in school, she likes to swim at the pool.

Hattie is really good at ice skating.

When Hattie grows up, she wants to be a president!

 

Harper

Meet: Harper               

Favorite:

Sport: All Star Cheerleading              Food: Soup     

Singer: Taylor Swift              Book:  One Bright Ring

TV Show: “Descendants”       School Subject: Reading

Names of brothers: Logan (her twin brother), Bryce, and Ryan

Harper’s teacher, Miss Malloy, should know that Harper loves going to school!

When Harper is not in school, she likes to cheer or play outside.

Harper is really good at reading.

When Harper grows up, she wants to be a nurse.

Seong-Jin

Meet: Seong-Jin                       

Favorite:

Sport: Wrestling          Food: Spaghetti          

Singer: Seong Jin’s mom!      Book:  One Busy Day

TV Show: “Fishtronaut”         School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of brother and sisters: Seong-Nam, Seong-Uo, Seong-Yeoh

Seong-Jin’s teacher, Mrs. Battista, should know that Seong-Jin is very respectful.

When Seong-Jin is not in school, she likes to play.

Seong-Jin is really good at writing stories.

When Seong-Jin grows up, she wants to be a teacher.

 

Myles

Meet: Myles                Nickname: Bud, Buddy, Joe-Joe Dancer                      

Favorite:

Sport: Football and Baseball               Food: Pasta    

Book:  The Lorax

TV Show: “Pokémon”            School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of sisters: Peyton (his twin) and Autumn

Myles’ teacher, Mr. Dente and Mrs. Wilson, should know that Myles is going to be a professional football player!

When Myles is not in school, he likes to ride his dirt bike, play baseball and football, and in the summer, swimming in his pool with his friends.

Myles is really good at math and playing football.

When Myles grows up, he wants to be a football player.

John

Meet: John                   

Favorite:

Sport: Baseball            Food: Ice Cream        

Singer: John’s mom!            Book:  Press Start-Super Rabbitt Boy Blasts Off

Movie: “Jurassic World”      School Subject: Music with Mr. Moschella

John’s teacher, Mrs. Rogers, should know that John loves dinosaurs!

When John is not in school, he likes to play with Legos and video games.

John is really good at science.

When John grows up, he wants to build a time machine!

Noah

Meet: Noah                   

Favorite:

Sport: Basketball            Food: Chips        

Song: Feliz Navidad           Book:  Clifford

TV Show: “Lightning McQueen”     

Noah’s teacher, Mrs. Vanadia, should know that Noah likes strawberries!

When Noah is not in school, he likes to play Fortnite and watch TV.

Noah is really good at working with his Poppy.

When Noah grows up, he wants to be a police officer and work at Blue Diamond like his Poppy!

Hallway Highlights!

Walking through the halls of school this month you will see there is a tremendous amount of learning taking place!

In Mrs. Talerico’s and Mrs. Ollert’s class students practiced their collaboration, engineering, and design skills. Relating to the story of The Three Little Pigs, students had to design a marshmallow and toothpick house that could not be blown down. Students had to draw two different blueprints, discuss the blueprints, and then select a blueprint they thought would structurally be the best house. After constructing their houses, students had to subject their houses to “the blow dryer” test (on three different settings). Below are some pictures of the activity that took place.

Congratulations to our Mind Traveler winners! Joseph Santo and Alana Bessette kindergarten students and Annie Wieladek and Kieran Dixon first-grade students. These students will be honored by our Board of Education at the Thursday, January 17, meeting at LH, at 7:00 pm. Please join us to congratulate these young readers! The snow date of our Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 7:00 pm, at LH.

Kindergarten Baseline Assessment System has been conducted. Kindergarten students that may require additional literacy support have been identified by our teachers Mrs. Krops, Reading Specialist, and Mrs. Garofalo, Title One teacher. Guided reading groups will begin this month in kindergarten. Guided reading is an instructional method where students work in small groups as they read texts at their instructional reading level that review or enhance the skills and strategies taught during Reading Workshop. If your child is in need of intensive reading/literacy support, Mrs. Garofalo will begin working with your child; you will receive a letter on this service. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher to receive his or her BAS level. First-Grade Baseline Assessment System testing is begin conducted case-by-case by each first-grade teacher during the week of January 28, 2019. Some first-grade teachers are conducting a running record only. Please contact your child’s first-grade teacher for details.

School Spirit Day: Thursday, January 17th– Wear Blue and Gold or your “Class of” t-shirts

Board of Education Meeting: Thursday, January 17th– come to congratulate our Mind Traveler winners (see above)

Dental Assembly Program– Thursday, January 17th …On this day, all students will be treated to a dental assembly program by Newton-Sparta Dentistry. We thank Mrs. Forrest, School Nurse, for organizing this event for our school.

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 on Friday, January 18, at 9:45 am. You may also know Rebecca from the Vernon Coalition, too! 40 Developmental Assets is training for adults/parents that teaches 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. Here is the link to Search Institute. We will be holding follow up meetings on Friday, February 15 and Friday, March 15, at 9:45 am. A light breakfast will be served- all are welcome!

Reminder: School will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019, for the observance of Martin Luther King Day.

SCA Family Game Night: Friday, January 25, at 6:00 pm, in the gym. Come play life-sized board games with your family! Each child will be charged $2.00 at the door. Pre-registration is required.  Here is the flyer.

The Great Kindness Challenge: The week of January 28 through February 1, 2019, has been designated as the annual Great Kindness Week Challenge. At school, we will be celebrating The Great Kindness Challenge that highlights the meaning of Kindness at Cedar Mountain School each day this week.

The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive anti-bullying prevention program that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible at school! More information on The Great Kindness Challenge can be found at: thegreatkindnesschalleng.com. Here is a list of what we’ll be doing at Cedar Mountain this week:

Monday, January 28, 2019:  “Peace, Love, Hope, and Kindness at Cedar Mountain” Wear The Color White that Symbolizes Peace or wear Tie Dye or “Peace/Love T-shirts”!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019: “Team Up For Kindness at Cedar Mountain” Wear Sports Attire Teamwear or Vernon Township School District School Attire!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019: “Powered by Super Choices at Cedar Mountain” Wear Superhero clothing or dress up as your favorite Superhero!

Thursday, January 31, 2019: “Thankful Thursday at Cedar Mountain” Wear Crazy Socks to school!

Friday, February 1, 2019:  “Dream of Friendship Cedar Mountain” Wear Pajamas to school!

SCA Meeting: Monday, February 4, 2019, at 9:45.

VTHS Key Club Winter Wonderland: The VTHS Key Club has planned a fun Saturday morning of games and crafts for all preschoolers through third-grade students on  February 9, 2019, at Cedar Mountain Primary School, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. A flier will be sent home soon.

Kids Heart Challenge: Week of February 11-15th: We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with this week-long program physical education program. Thank you for your generosity to contributing to this annual campaign. Students are learning the art and coordination of jump roping and all the different types of jump roping one can do! On January 23, 2019, we will have a kick-off assembly for this special school program. Thanks to Miss Gonnelli, our physical education teacher, who has organized this program!

 

Did you know that a new LEGOLAND is being constructed outside of Goshen, NY, in the Hudson Valley and will open in the spring of 2020? LEGOLAND is looking for children between the ages of 6-12 to be reporters to cover the story of the new LEGOLAND. Here is information on how your child can submit a one-minute video telling LEGOLAND why your child would be the perfect choice to be a LEGOLAND New York Kid Reporters. Click here for the link to the site.

  • Post a one-minute video on Facebook with the hashtag #LLNYKidReporter, telling us why you’d be the perfect choice to be a LEGOLAND New York Kid Reporter!
  • Email your video to us at llny.kidreporter@LEGOLAND.com, and include your name, age, where you live, and where you go to school
  • You must be 6-12 years old and live within 100 miles of Goshen, NY
  • Enter until February 7, 2019
  • Winners will be announced February 28, 2019

GOOD LUCK!!

Think Spring and Kindergarten Registration! Do you know of a family member, friend, or neighbor whose child will be turning five by October 1, 2019? If so, please share that Kindergarten Registration will take place the week of April 1, 2019. Please see the Cedar Mountain calendar for specific times each day. Upon registering, you will also arrange a time for the entering kindergarten student to be screened using the DIAL4. You must register online to begin the process. You can do this at home on any device or you can log on at Cedar Mountain to complete this step of the process. Details will be posted on the Cedar Mountain website this winter. You can always call for assistance, or if you would like to…please, come in for a tour! We love visitors!

 

Thank you for partnering with all of us at Cedar Mountain to make your child’s educational experience positive and enriching!

Rosemary Gebhardt

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Message From the Administrative Team

As we enter into 2019, we wish all our families a happy and healthy New Year.  With spring right around the corner, we realize the remainder of this school year will be a busy and important time at Glen Meadow.  Our faculty continues to provide solid educational experiences and instruction for our students ensuring success as they prepare for high school.  Our 3rd and 4th marking period will see the start of the Italian language taught to our seventh graders.  We will commence tutoring after school beginning January 8th on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays each week for students seeking extra help, review and support of subject foundations.  We continue to have a wide variety of after school activities for all students from sports to clubs, which encourage creative and innovative ideas as well as community service for students to explore.

 

Respectfully,

 

Edwina L. Piszczek                                                                Kristin Gudenkauf

Principal                                                                                 Assistant Principal

 

Mr. Piccirillo’s Blog

Happy New Year Walnut Ridge Families!

I hope that you enjoyed your holiday and week off from school. There are already many great things to share about 2019 and wonderful events to look forward to! So here they are, in no particular order:

1) Parent Surveys going out on January 11!

Please be on the look-out this Friday for parent surveys. Many of our faculty members will be sending you online surveys as a way to better engage in reflective practices and improve their work as educators. If you have an opportunity, please fill out the surveys and know that your opinions and suggestions are valued and appreciated!

2) Trip to Price Chopper – February 5

Our annual field trip to Price Chopper is coming up on February 5th. This is a great way to culminate our Grocery Unit in our classrooms. More information will be forthcoming, but be ready for some really wonderful photos on our website and Instagram page from this event and don’t forget to ask your children about their experience when they come home on February 5th!

3) CTE Trip to VTHS – February 7

Last year, all of our WR students took a field trip to Vernon Township High School where they had the opportunity to play in centers themed around our 9 HS CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs. Those programs are: Allied Health, CFM, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Engineering, Graphic Design, Hospitality Management, Marketing, and Music Production. The centers will be run by the HS students in those respective programs and each WR student will have the opportunity to play in each of the centers. This was very successful last year and we are happy to be making the trip again this year! More information will be forthcoming in your child’s folder.

4) Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Social – February 13

Our annual Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Social is coming up. The AM session’s time will be from 11:15-12:00 and the PM session will be from 2:30 – 3:15. See our flyer HERE and be sure to click on the Sign-Up Genius link within the flyer or CLICK HERE (to access it directly) to sign up to bring something. Also, please return the form with your RSVP so that we can plan to have your visitor’s badge ready when you arrive.

5) Cross Country Skiing Field Trip – March 1

Our students will be learning to cross country ski and will be taking a field trip to the National Winter Activity Center on March 1! Be on the look-out for more information in your child’s folder in the coming weeks about this. Students will be sized for boots and skis (which will all be provided by the NWAC free of charge!) and they will also provide jackets and snow pants for the day for students who need it. NWAC will be coming to size students for skis and boots and also give them a preliminary lesson on Monday, February 25. (This is cross country skiing so it will all be on a flat surface and there will be MANY certified ski instructors to help our students during the event) This is going to be a lot of fun! More information to come!!

6) “Monthly Mel” begins on Friday

From now until the end of the school year, Mel will be distributing important information regarding student safety laws on the second Friday of each month. This coming Friday, January 11 will be the first “Monthly Mel” date. Please stop by his table outside at the entrance of our building at pick-up or drop-off time to get important information about this month’s topic: CAR SEATS!

7) WRAP wins award!!

As you know, our WRAP fundraiser for cookie dough was a huge success. (So much in fact, that I now need to go on a diet). I am very proud to announce, however, that JustFundraising.com has recognized WRAP’s cookie dough fundraiser as the “Fundraiser of the Month” and has gifted WRAP $100!! Check out the photo and article HERE! Way to go WRAP!

8) Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon – coming today!!

Didn’t I just say that after the last fundraiser I need to go on a diet. Well, not so fast, because here comes the next WRAP fundraiser — Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon! YUM. Look for the form in your child’s folder today. All forms will need to be returned to school by February 1. Happy selling and thanks to WRAP for organizing this!

9) Moving Up Ceremony

Thanks to those of you who replied to my previous request for feedback on having the Moving Up Ceremony at St. Francis. After reading your comments and opinions, we have decided to have the ceremony here at The Walnut Ridge School rather than hold the ceremony in an outside venue. We will plan to have a morning ceremony for the AM students and an afternoon ceremony for the PM students. Save the date – Tuesday, June 4. More to details will be coming as the date approaches.

10) March is Registration Month/Touring Tuesdays

Believe it or not, we are already starting to plan for September 2019! If you would like to register your child for Preschool next year, please plan to do so by making an appointment with Ms. DiCarlo – jdicarlo@vtsd.com. Also, during the month of March each Tuesday will be Touring Tuesday! This means if you’d like a tour of our school and our classrooms you can make an appointment with me and I will show you around. Please tell any of your friends that might be interested that might not have children currently in WR and I will tour them as well. Just email me at jpiccirillo@vtsd.com for an appointment!

11) Instagram Photos

 

 

Thank you and I look forward to seeing many of you at these events over the next few weeks!

Sincerely,

Joseph S. Piccirillo, Principal

VTHS Parent/Guardian Message

January 2019

“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”

~Le Corbusier

 

Some January Dates to Remember

 

Monday, January 5 -Wednesday, January 16 – “Stuff the Bus” Homeroom Competitions*

 

Thursday, January 10 DECA Comedy Show – 7:00-8:30 pm – Auditorium –

DECA Comedy Show – 1.10.19

 

Friday, January 11 Poetry Out Loud Competition – 7:00 am – 2:00 pm – Auditorium

 

Saturday, January 12 2019 NJ Area Band Concert – Mt. Olive Regional H.S. – 6:00 pm

 

Wednesday, January 16 ”Stuff the Bus” food items will be counted

 

Thursday, January 17 “Stuff the Bus” food items will be loaded into the school bus

National Honor Society Blood Drive – 6:00 am – 3:30 pm -Auditorium

BOE Public Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Lounsberry Hollow

 

Friday, January 18 CASH BLAST SCA Bingo – 6:30 – 10:30 pm – Cafeteria –

CASH BLAST!! BINGO 1.18.19

          

Monday, January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day – District Closed

 

Friday, January 25 Quarter 2 Ends

Open Mic Night – 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Senior Cafeteria

 

Monday, January 28  – Friday, February 1 – Midterm Week

 

Midterm Week Schedule – 2019

                                    

 

As we begin 2019…

 

…welcome to a new calendar year! We hope this year will be a wonderful one for you and your families!

 

…congratulations to Mr. Marc Bray, who was chosen as this year’s Governor’s Educator of the Year (GEOY) recipient for VTHS and to Mr. Stephen Denn, who was selected as this year’s Educational Services Professional (ESP) recipient for the high school. Both of these educators are well deserving of these honors and this recognition.

 

…congratulations and farewell to the VTHS retirees who were honored at a recent Board of Education meeting: Mrs. Carol Cummins, Mrs. Petrina Garrity and Mrs. Anna Kuplin.

 

…we would like to welcome Mr. Ray Loughren who has been hired as the new school counselor to assume Mrs. Garrity’s caseload. Mr. Loughren is no stranger to our faculty, staff or students since he has been completing his internship at the high school for the past two school years. We look forward to “officially” welcoming him into our school community.

 

…we would like to thank everyone who assisted in raising funds for Project Self-Sufficiency, as VTHS once again participated in their annual Stuff the Stocking fundraiser, which benefits many of our families in Sussex County. Our Life Skills classes and our Student Council members worked together to make this fundraiser a successful one for so many!

 

…many thanks to Mrs. Kristy Riegler and the members of the Student Council for doing such an outstanding job organizing Spirit Week 2018–culminating a great week with a fantastic “spirit-filled” Pep Rally! Many thanks to Mrs. Lindsay McAloney for taking the role of MC–and doing a fabulous job–as usual!

 

…thanks to Mr. Bray our staff and some of our students were provided with the opportunity to visit a school bus renovated by 2010 VTHS Michael Fuehrer, who visited his alma mater to share one of his renovated buses and discuss Navigation Nowhere, his own company. It was amazing to see the talent of this graduate!

 

…Mr. Mike DeVore’s CFM students traveled to Walnut Ridge in early December to work with preschoolers on some holiday projects. We are looking forward to the Walnut Ridge preschoolers visiting VTHS in early February! What a wonderful experience for all of these students as they learn from one another!

…congratulations to Mr. Kevin Boehm for a wonderful Winter Choral Concert on December 7th. It was the perfect way to begin the holiday season! The following students performed for an enthralled audience that evening:

 

Concert Choir Meistersingers Les Chanteuses Chanticleer

Alysia Bosch Cole Benkendorf* Alexandria Bisanzio Cole Benkendorf*

Kylie Imbimbo Alexandria Bisanzio Emily Cahill Lucas Biango

Allura Insetta Mark Bosma* Heather Cordero Mark Bosma*

Elizabeth Keane Emma Cahill Amanda Cueman Patrick Cahill

Kayla Landi Matthew Charuka Giana DeRosa Jess Carfello

Sebastian Leak Heather Cordero Emily Doumanis Matthew Charuka

Paloma Lupino Amanda Cueman* Blake Harrsch* Nathan Fitch*

Adrianna Maffetone Giana DeRosa Tessa Heidt Johnny Garcia

Madison Muller Emily Doumanis Kayla Landi Bryce Grier

Thomas O’Brien Nathan Fitch* Paloma Lupino Johnny Gurcio

Kelsie Shinall Blake Harrsch* Alexandra MacPherson Sebastian Leak

David Vogel Alexandra MacPherson Emily Norris Tim Nuzzetti

Michele Wagner* Emily Norris Kelsie Shinall Thomas O’Brien

Maydene Yamisha Ryan Spadafina* Sidney Sparta Ryan Spadafina*

Sidney Sparta Jackie Trost Justin Shea

Michael Tlatelpa Michele Wagner* Cole Thompson

Michele Wagner* Reyna Whitty Michael Tlatelpa

Waylon Woody

 

*2018 All-Sussex County Choir

 

…congratulations to Miss Jennifer Krott and Mr. Max Taylor who did an exceptional job conducting the Full Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band for the 43rd Annual Holiday Concert II on December 14th. It was an outstanding display of the talents of our students:

 

Symphonic Band

 

Piccolo Clarinet Bari Sax Euphonium

*Amanda Cueman *Elizabeth Alfaro *Maya Rodriques *Christian Fieldhouse*Breanna Frasco ~ Craig Huber *Joshua Wilson*Desiree Fedele *Valerie CabreraFlute *Jaycie Healy Drew Fischer*Emma Blaine Lindsay Burke French Horn

*Jamilah Evelyn Noel DeBonta *Freya Drew ~@

*Amanda Cueman Sophia Dinnocenzo *Angelina Koppel~@

*Madison Freifelder Joseph Dunlop *Jaclyn Lehman Tuba

*Hanna Kolonoski Alanna Ebanks Harry Maline *Vanessa Stevenson

*Jacqueline Trost Dylan Hammer Matthew Rogers Michael Izzo

*Hannah VanBlarcom ~ Grace Kim Caly Simeone Wesley Sanders~@

*Brianna Wynne Nicole Krasicki

Ashley Antonini Laura Landon Trumpet

Isabella Barbarise Alyson Vervaet *Matthew Catania Percussion

Kate Blackmore Faith Waller *Maison Freifelder *Maverick Brendli

Danielle Bruce Caitlyn Wynne *Bryce Grier ~@ *Jessica Kimball

Olivia Burdzy *David Mingot *Derek Koch

Adam Dickenman Bass Clarinet *Juliette Ross *Jake Lombardo

Austin Felixbrod *Matthew Charuka ~@ *Waylon Woody *Timothy Nuzzetti

Charlie Gieger Shannon Burke *Jonah Revelant

Erica Gyori Alto Sax Matthew Coppers *Maxim Yucan @

Natalie Hesert *Cole Benkendorf Aidan Kozakiewicz Morgan Burke

Sophia Ossi *Patrick Flig Schuyler Lupino Sean Coughlin

Monica Salazar *Alexandra MacPherson Madison MacPherson Kevin Coulther

Emily Silagyi *Brandon Lee ~@ Colin Mayo Maison Dreher

Lydia Alheidt Alexander McCann Nicholas McCann

Oboe Daniel Burke Shane Saulnier Daniel O’Connell

*Kristen Iarkowski Matthew Charuka Tristan Thompson

Kelly Witters ~ Jordan McCann Trombone

Mia Zeringo Sofia Staley *Michelle Brown *Wind Ensemble

Cole Thompson *Jess Carfello ~County Band

Bassoon Riley Wallace *Samuel Dupont @Area Band

*Tara Mullaney James Wtulich *Breanne Kastner

Caitlin Witters ~ James Burke

Tenor Sax Anmarie Kaczor~@

*Jacob Buurman Mia Obrotka~

*Emily Rhoades Noah Previglian

Evan Amato

Christopher Parisi

 

Orchestra

 

Violin I Cello French Horn

Emily Coppers Kaitlyn Buurman/ Freya Drew +^@

Danielle Costa Jacob Cavallo Jaclyn Lehman

Briana Hallacker Anna Dayon

Hailey McGovern Jessica Kimball/ Trumpet

David Rusnak +/Concert Master Grace Loggie Bryce Grier ^@

Maya Sauer/ Francesca McCarter Andrew Lisa +

Kendall VanVugt / Vasilisa Pallis / Madison MacPherson

Tara Waldron Audrey Perich +/ Michelle Walsh

Jillian Westin Liam Young

Donna-Nicole Zaiens / Trombone

Bass AnMarie Kazor +^@

Joanne Baez Mia Obrotka ^

Violin II

Malina Bruhns

James Dorsey Piccolo/Flute Tuba

Isabella Ferreri Amanda Cueman +* Wesley Sanders ^@

Erin Fleming

Kaitlyn Gilmer Flute Piano

Megan Hertlein Kate Blackmore Derek Koch

Elizabeth Magella Hannah Van Blarcom ^

Sara Mazzella Brianna Wynne Percussion

Gabriel Quinto Maverick Brendli

Aisha Sadek Oboe Jake Lombardo

Idalis Santiago Kristen Iarkowski + Timothy Nuzetti

Adriana Soto / Kelly Whitters ^ Josh Wilson

Anna Torba +/ Maxim Yucan ^

Vjosa Ukella Bb Clarinet

Breanna Frasco +^ Electric Guitar

Viola Jaycie Healy Josh Wilson

Bridget Fraser +/ Brandon Lee ^@

Emilee Hamler / Palmer Papson + Principal Chair

Ameila Meneses / Chamber Orchestra

Bass Clarinet/Bb Clarinet @ Area Band

Matthew Charuka ^@ ^ County Band

* County Choir

 

…the following students successfully auditioned and were accepted into the 2019 New Jersey Area Band:

Matthew Charuka – Bass Clarinet and Bb Soprano Clarinet

Brandon Lee – Alto Saxophone

Freya Drew – French Horn

Angelina Koppel – French Horn

Bryce Grier – Trumpet

Anmarie Kaczor – Trombone

Wesley Sanders – Tuba

 

Band students competed and auditioned from forty Northwest New Jersey high schools for acceptance into the New Jersey Area Band.

The 2019 New Jersey Area Band Concert will be held at Mount Olive Regional High School on Saturday, January 12th at 6:00 pm.

Congratulations to these VTHS students and the VTHS band lesson instructors Mrs. Jody Young and Mr. Joshua Jenkins for preparing these student for their auditions!

 

…the VTHS Meistersingers and Brass Choir continued the wonderful Vernon Township School District tradition of caroling throughout the district on Monday, December 17th. Many thanks to Mr. Kevin Boehm, Mr. Joshua Jenkins and Mr. Max Taylor for continuing this well-loved activity during the holiday season!

 

…*it’s “Stuff the Bus” time! Mrs. Kristy Riegler and her Student Council members are busily organizing a competition between homerooms to see which homeroom can collect the most food items between Monday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 16th. The items will be counted on the 16th and loaded into one of our school buses on Thursday, January 17th. Please help us make this fundraiser a great success!

 

…the VTHS SCA shared that Vernon Township High School raised $924.00 for the Giving Tree for the holiday season. We would like to express our sincere thanks for your continued generosity. Thanks to your kindness–together with the generosity of faculty, staff, students and families throughout the district--83 students district-wide received a gift card in the amount of $45.00 to purchase gifts during the holiday season. Thank you for all you do for others in the community.

 

…we would also like to the thank the VTHS SCA for their recent contribution towards the Keith Hawkins assembly being organized for our 10th graders. Since our present sophomores did not have the opportunity to participate in this worthwhile assembly, we have arranged for Mr. Hawkins to return to VTHS in March so all of our students will hear his message. Thank you, SCA, for your generosity!

 

…each year “Connect for Community” requests that schools in the community assist in their collection of  supplementary donations to our local food pantries. Their “100th Day of School” asks students from each grade level to donate specific items that are not related to food. The attached letter delineates the items for each grade level–with the high school asked for any of the items listed:100th Day of School Collection Drive. Contributions of combs, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant,  boxed tissues, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, dishwashing liquid, wrapped rolls of toilet paper, and paper towels are some of the requested items. Please take a moment to look through your closets and cabinets–or add some of these items to your shopping list–and date to this worthwhile cause. All donations will be collected in early February.  Thank you for your continued generosity!

 

… congratulations to our Varsity Ice Hockey for “scoring” a “3-Peat” by winning the Sussex Cup for the third year in a row! It was a great demonstration of Viking Pride as students, families, staff members and members of the community packed Skylands Ice Rink on New Year’s Eve to cheer our hockey team to a great victory!

 

…please be sure to follow all of our winter sports by checking the VTHS Athletics Department website regularly!

 

…the Eighth Grade Parent/Guardian Orientation, originally scheduled for January, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 19th, with a snow date of Tuesday, February 26th. Please help us spread the word to our incoming freshmen parents/guardians.

 

…we would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to get all of our students scheduled in Genesis for the 2019-2020 school year earlier than usual. Mr. Chris LaCarrubba and our school counselors worked extra hard last month to make this new initiative a successful one and we appreciate everyone’s assistance.

 

…may 2019 be a wonderful one for all of you!

Principal’s Blog

January 2019

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  I hope that you had a chance to relax and enjoy some special times with your children, extended families,  and friends over the winter break.

 

As a reminder, schools will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

 

  • Schools are required by law to conduct two emergency drills per month (usually one standard fire drill and one emergency drill).  All Vernon schools designate the emergency drills as either Red or Green, Red indicating a shelter in place and Green a move outside.  All students, faculty, and staff take these drills seriously and follow the procedures in an outstanding manner. However, beginning in January, we will be sending a notice via School Messenger after we have a drill (Red or Green), so that you may also have the opportunity to discuss the importance of the drills with your child.

 

  • As we begin to move deeper into the winter months, and the increasing likelihood of early dismissal days, delayed openings, or school closings, it is extremely important to make sure all parent contact information is current and up to date.

 

Wishing you and your family all the very best as we begin 2019!

 

Dr. Stumper

Students’ New Year Thoughts and Wishes from Cedar Mountain

Happy New Year to Our Parents and Guardians!

I like to begin the new year by asking a sampling of our first-graders a few thoughts on 2018 and the New Year to come…here’s what they said…

Logan

What is your favorite memory in 2018? Going to Disney World

What did you learn in 2018? Lots of math, like number bonds!

What is your New Year’s resolution? Play on a travel soccer team

What advice do you have for grown-ups in 2019? Let kids do what they want!

What do you wish for others in 2019? Be good to each other

Julia

What is your favorite memory in 2018? Going to Six Flags

What did you learn in 2018? I learned how to add

What is your New Year’s resolution? Write in cursive

What advice do you have for grown-ups in 2019? Keep up the good work!

What do you wish for others in 2019? Be happy, be kind

Emmett

What is your favorite memory in 2018? Going to my new school (Cedar Mountain!)

What did you learn in 2018? How to do math, like “times”. 

What is your New Year’s resolution? To donate some of my things to people who don’t have anything.

What advice do you have for grown-ups in 2019? Maybe be a little quieter

What do you wish for others in 2019? I hope less fortunate people will get the help that they need.

Tommy

What is your favorite memory in 2018? Going to Long Beach Island

What did you learn in 2018? How to make new friends

What is your New Year’s resolution? Eat more fruit

What do you wish for others in 2019? Be nice to everyone

Makenzie

What is your favorite memory in 2018? I rode my bike without my training wheels down and up a hill and never fell!

What did you learn in 2018? I learned how to read. I love to read! My favorite authors right now are Mo Willems and Dr. Seuss.

What is your New Year’s resolution? I want to be with my family more, my cousins, aunts, and uncles.

What advice do you have for grown-ups in 2019? Have fun!

What do you wish for others in 2019? I wish that there would be less pollution in our air.

Derek

What is your favorite memory in 2018? Christmas, I got a remote control BB-8!

What did you learn in 2018? Math! I know that anything times zero is zero!

What is your New Year’s resolution? To learn how to do multiplication and division. 

What do you wish for others in 2019? Be happy

 

During the second and third week of January, kindergarten students will be administered the Baseline Assessment System (BAS). The BAS is a reading benchmark system that helps teachers pinpoint a child’s ability to read and understand text. Once each class is assessed, teachers will begin working with their students in leveled guided reading groups and develop leveled centers to strengthen each student’s literacy skills.  Guided reading is an instructional method where students work in small groups as they read texts at their instructional reading level that review or enhance the skills and strategies taught during Reading Workshop.

As we settle into the winter months and your children will be indoors more, consider having your child access Miss Winzer’s Media Center website to practice his or her literacy and math skills online. Here is the link to Miss Winzer’s site.

Our next SCA meeting will take place on Monday, January 7, at 9:45 am. At January’s meeting, Mr. Brendan Maurice, School Counselor, will go over his school counseling program and our district’s updated HIB policy.  Here are our upcoming SCA activities; fliers will be sent home in the new year:

Friday, January 11: Movie Night– 5:30 pm (snow date January 18) Click here for the flier.

Friday, January 25: Family Game Night 6:30 pm (snow date February 1)

Our First-Grade Cocoa-Crew served hot chocolate and cookies to our bus drivers to say thank you for all that they do for our students to ensure their safety to and from school every day. 

The Cocoa-Crew

Students and Mr. Maurice chatting with a driver

Health Office Newsletter: Please take a few minutes to read Mrs. Forrest’s Health Office newsletter. There is a lot of information on ways to stay healthy this winter and reminders about when your child is sick and our policy on how long a student should stay out of school. Thank you also for dressing your child warmly this winter with hats, gloves, and scarves. We will go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is above 25 degrees. Here is the letter from our Physical Education Teacher, Miss Gonnelli on winter recess. 

Mind Traveler’s Awards will be given by our Board of Education on Thursday,  January 17, 2019, at 7:00 pm, at Lounsberry Hollow, to four special Cedar Mountain students for their reading efforts this fall. Congratulations to…

Kindergarten: Alana and Joseph

First-Grade: Kieran and Annie

 

School Closed: on Monday, January 21, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King Day

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 on Friday, January 18, at 9:45 am. You may also know Rebecca from the Vernon Coalition, too! 40 Developmental Assets is training for adults/parents that teach participants 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. Here is the link to Search Institute. We will be holding follow up meetings on Friday, February 15 and Friday, March 15, at 9:45 am. A light breakfast will be served- all are welcome!

I’m looking forward to seeing you at upcoming school events!

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

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