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June First Grade Students of the Month at Cedar Mountain…

Dear Cedar Mountain Parents and Guardians:

It has been an honor serving as Cedar Mountain Primary School’s principal!  Your children are very fortunate to have wonderful teachers who care for and instruct the whole child. I hope the students of Cedar Mountain remember all of the wonderful activities they have participated in throughout the year school year. Thank you for a successful school year! Enjoy reading the June blog…

Meet Cedar Mountain’s June First-Grade Students of the Month

First-Grade Students on Medal Ceremony Day

 

Emma

Meet: Emma                                       Nickname: Em or Peanut                                  

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer                                       Food: Salad    

Singer: Dave Cameron                        Book:  We’re All Wonders

Movie: “The Greatest Showman”      School Subject: Art

Name of Sister and Brother: Carter and Samuel

Emma’s teacher, Mrs. Wilson, should know that Emma tries to be kind to everyone and be a friend to everyone.

When Emma is not in school, she likes to play with her Barbie dolls, go to dance classes, and cook with her mom.

Emma is really good at helping others.

When Emma grows up, she wants to be a teacher and a zookeeper.

 

Christopher

Meet: Christopher                             Nickname: Chris                                   

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer                                       Food: Pizza    

Singer: Jukebox the Ghost                  Book:  26 Story Treehouse: Pirates Problems!

Movie: “Peter Rabbit”                                    School Subject: Art

Name of Brother: Charlie

Christopher’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that Christopher likes Mrs. Start a lot and will miss her next year.

When Christopher is not in school, he likes to practice soccer outside.

Christopher is really good at sports.

When Christopher grows up, he wants to be an electrician.

 

Scarlett

Meet: Scarlett                                     Nickname: Scar                                     

Favorite:

Sport: Cheerleading                            Food: Tacos    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa                              Book:  Scooby Doo

TV Show: “Mom”                   School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Ivan

Scarlett’s teacher, Mr. Dente, should know that Scarlett is perfect!

When Scarlett is not in school, she likes to hang out with her mom when her mom doesn’t have school work.

Scarlett is really good at math and the game Sorry.

When Scarlett grows up, she wants to be happy.

 

Kyle

Meet: Kyle                                          Nickname: Ky                           

Favorite:

Sport: Football                                    Food: Popcorn

Singer: Marshmallow                          Book:  Creepy Pair of Underwear

Movie: “A Dog’s Way Home”           School Subject: Science

Name of Brother: Cole

Kyle’s teacher, Miss Chmielowiec, should know that Kyle likes to read quietly at home.

When Kyle is not in school, he likes to play outside with his brother.

Kyle is really good at playing baseball.

When Kyle grows up, he wants to be a professional baseball player.

 

Kassidy

Meet: Kassidy                                     Nickname: Sky                                     

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer                                       Food: Chicken

Singer: Alicia Keys                            Book:  Cat in the Hat

TV Show: “Sponge Bob Square Pants”         School Subject: Gym

Name of Brothers and Sisters: Angelica, Jonathan, Araceli, and Christian

Kassidy’s teacher, Mrs. Vanadia, should know that Kassidy loves her parents, they are nice.

When Kassidy is not in school, she likes to play on her swing set.

Kassidy is really good at helping others and being nice to everyone.

When Kassidy grows up, she wants to be a dentist.

 

Hailey

Meet: Hailey                           Nickname: Peanut                                 

Favorite:

Sport: Basketball                                 Food: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza   

Singer: Sofia Carson                           Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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

Name of Brother: Chase

Hailey’s teacher, Mrs. Battista, should know that Hailey loves Mrs. Battista and how she teaches her.

When Hailey is not in school, she likes to play with her brother, mom and dad, and loves to dance.

Hailey is really good at dance and “acro”.

When Hailey grows up, she wants to be an artist.

 

Mia

Meet: Mia                                                                     

Favorite:

Sport: Swimming                                Food: Broccoli           

Singer: Kidz Bop                                Book:  Green Eggs and Ham

TV Show: “Blues Clues”                    School Subject: Math

Name of Brother and Sister: Anthony and Laura

Mia’s teacher, Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert, should know that Mia is good at coloring.

When Mia is not in school, she likes to play tag outside.

Mia is really good at talking in Spanish.

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

 

Emily

Meet: Emily                            Nickname: Emy                                    

Favorite:

Sport: Gymnastics                               Food: Popcorn

Singer: Dove Cameron                       Book:  Give Please a Chance

Movie: “Guardians of the Galaxy”     School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Arcangelo

Emily’s teacher, Mrs. Rogers, should know that Emily tries her best in school.

When Emily is not in school, she likes to play with her friends outside.

Emily is really good at dance.

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

 

Sophia

Meet: Sophia                                                                

Favorite:

Sport: Dance                                       Food: Ice Cream and Waffles

Singer: Miley Cyrus                           Book:  Junie B. Jones

TV Show: “Fuller House”                  School Subject: Writer’s Workshop

Name of Sister: Madison

Sophia’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that Sophia likes to go to South Carolina on vacation.

When Sophia is not in school, she likes to take a walk and play outside.

Sophia is really good at dancing.

When Sophia grows up, she wants to be a dance teacher.

 

Kiara

Meet: Kiara                                        Nickname: Kiki and Keeks                               

Favorite:

Sport: Basketball                                 Food: Tacos    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa                              Book:  Jo Jo Siwa, My Life Story

TV Show: “Chip and Potato”             School Subject: Math

Kiara’s teacher, Mrs. Giangrande, should know that Kiara is respectful.

When Kiara is not in school, she likes to play with her friends Molly and Ava.

Kiara is really good at playing and singing.

When Kiara grows up, she wants to be a mom.

James

Meet: James                                          Nickname: B-Guy                           

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer                                       Food: Pizza

Group: Journey                          Book: Elephant and Piggy

Movie: “Lego Batman Movie”           School Subject: Math

Name of Sister: Anna

James’ teacher, Mrs. Barone, should know that James has some crazy moves.

When James is not in school, he likes to build with Legos, play soccer, and draw dinosaurs.

James is really good at math and drawing.

When James grows up, he wants to be an astronaut.

Ariana

Meet: Ariana                                       Nickname: Ari                               

Favorite:

Sport: Swimming                                 Food: Tortillas   

Singer: Kim Walk                             Book: The Bible

Movie: “Momma Mia”             School Subject: Gym

Names of Sisters: Victoria, Elise, and Isabella

Ariana’s teacher, Mrs. Megnin, should know that Ariana likes to help others.

When Ariana is not in school, she likes to play on her iPad.

Ariana is really good at dance.

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

Shpero- While this word may look strange to some of you, The “Shpero” SPRK+Robot is a gyroscope-based robot that students can program/code to draw a picture, complete a maze, or anything else they can imagine. Students can program the robot’s speed, lights, and direction and many other features through the corresponding app. Cedar Mountain was able to purchase this robot with the funds raised from our Scholastic Book Fairs that have been so generously supported by our families. Here are some pictures of Mrs. Start and Mrs. Vanadia’s classes coding “Sphero”. 

First-Grade Engineering Project– As part of our science curriculum and the Next Generation Science Standards, students will imagine they are part of an engineering team. The team must help a farmer move cargo from one side of a river to another. Student groups will make a raft from materials that are available and model a simple transportation system that the farmer can use to cross the river. As a group, students are responsible to design the model raft, construct it, and add cargo. Teams of students will then test their raft and improve their design if needed. First-graders are looking forward to setting their rafts afloat on June 10th! Come back to see pictures of this event.

Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud.  It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines.  Instead of acting out literature as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to visualize the action.  Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures. Here is a picture from Mrs. Barone’s class as they practice in their classroom. Click here to see a full slide show of the class practicing for the show.

 

Here is a video of Mrs. Barone’s class performing:

 

Here is Mrs. Rogers’ class performing “The Very Cranky Bear”…

 

Artstanding: June 7th at Lounsberry Hollow School from 5:00 to 8:00 pm- come see “A Student’s Journey Through the Arts”. This is a very special school district event for the whole family. There will be music, visual art, theatrical productions, dancing, robotics, technology, culinary creations, virtual reality, and fun for the whole family! Admission to the show is free; however, there will be a silent auction and several raffles with proceeds going to the Vernon Education Foundation. Mr. Moschella will be leading folk dancing with several first-grade classes beginning at 5:30 pm. 

Congratulations to the Vernon Township High School graduating class of 2019! Our Vernon High School seniors will be taking a “Senior Walk” through the halls of all of our schools on Tuesday, June 11, 2019! Please have your child wear his or her Class of 2030 or 2031 t-shirt to show Vernon pride! 

Kindergarten Sing Along- All kindergarten parents are invited to attend our Annual Kindergarten Sing Along to celebrate Flag Day on Friday, June 14, at 10:00 am, in the gym. All kindergarten students are encouraged to wear red-white-and-blue for this special celebration. Our students have been practicing a variety of patriotic songs and poems, you will be very impressed with our performance!

As a reminder, the last five days of school, June 12-14 and June 17-18, 2018, will be Early Dismissal days. Students will be dismissed at 1:20 pm. Students may purchase a “Grab and Go” lunch from Sodexho. Forms for these bag lunches will be sent home with your child and will also be sent through School Messenger. As a reminder, if your child is on free or reduced lunch, you must make a “Grab and Go” selection for your child on early dismissal days or one will not be prepared. Here is the “Grab and Go” form.

Kindergarten Orientation for our incoming September 2019 kindergarteners will be held at Cedar Mountain Primary School on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 2:00 pm (for students with last names beginning with A-L) and 3:00 pm (for students with last names beginning with M-Z).

Teacher Name and Bus Information for 2019-2020– As a reminder, WR, CM, RH and LH will not be placing the name of next year’s teacher at the bottom of the report card in June.  Instead, parents will be receiving a School Messenger alert notifying you to go onto Genesis to receive your child’s class placement and bus information during the week of August 19, 2019. Each building needs the time in July and August to complete the hiring process and assure that our classes are well balanced and cohesive.  Making class assignments is one of the most critical decisions a school makes – thus, we want to take the time to get it just right. Thank you for your understanding.

Scholastic Summer Reading Program: The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a free program designed to be both educational and fun to help prevent the effects of the summer slide—the learning losses that can occur during the summer months. This is a fun way to keep your child’s reading skills strong all summer and enter the new school year on grade level. 

AND… Sparta Books Scholastic Read-A-Palooza:

Sparta Books is excited to announce our participation in the Scholastic Summer Read-A-Palooza Summer Celebration Event!  There will be a donation box at Sparta Books where you can bring your GENTLY USED or NEW children’s books.  The books you donate can be for any age between toddler and middle school – board books for toddlers, picture books or early readers for young readers, early chapter books, or chapter books geared to a middle-grade reader.  We will not be able to accept books for adult readers at this time.

For the first 50 customers who donate a MINIMUM of THREE BOOKS, there is a fun-filled packet you will receive!  It will include stickers, The Bad Guys tattoos, bookmarks, Peter H. Reynolds coloring sheets, a Graphix poster, and activity sheets featuring Clifford, Hello, Crabby, Dog Man, and Graphix!  Hurry – supplies are limited to the first FIFTY CUSTOMERS ONLY!  

There will be selfie photo props you can use to take a picture of yourself at the donation site to share with family and friends – come and have some fun while sharing the gift of reading with children in need!

The books collected will be donated to the Bridge of Books Foundation. Their mission is “to provide an ongoing source of books to underserved children throughout New Jersey in order to support the development of literacy skills and encourage a love of reading.“

Donations will be accepted at Sparta Books at 29 Theatre Center in Sparta, NJ beginning Saturday, June 1 and will continue until Sunday, June 30, 2019.  For more information on Sparta Books and their hours, please visit us at www.spartabooks.com or call our store at 973-729-6200. For more information on the Bridge of Books Foundation, please visit their website at https://bridgeofbooksfoundation.org.

Check out Mrs. DeSenzo, our Technology Coach, making a book donation for Cedar Mountain. Way to go Mrs. DeSenzo!!

Here is our summer reading activity sheet that will be sent home with the June report card for exiting kindergarteners. Entering first-grade students will receive a special certificate with their returned reading sheet in September 2019.

Here is our summer math activity sheet for students entering first grade and for entering second grade. This will also be sent home with your child’s June’s report card.

Here are some more math activities your child can do during the summer months to keep fresh with his or her math facts and problem-solving skills:

Online ideas-

Sumdog-

     www.sumdog.com

     Username- (your child’s 5 digit student number)

     Password- math

     School code- CMps1

Xtra math-

     www.xtramath.com- parents may register their children for free- great for math

PBS has great ideas for math fun- http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/math/math-tips-for-parents/summer-math/

Ways to include math in your everyday life-

-Play board games- these often involve counting or 1-1 correspondence

-Play card games- Each player turns over 2 cards (adds or subtracts them) highest number takes the two cards

-cook with your children to practice measuring

-Mark off the days of summer on a calendar and practice counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s

-Count your grocery items as you shop or put them away

-Road trip- use license plates to make math games- Each person chooses a plate.  Add up the numbers, the highest number gets a point- repeat. 

For additional summer resources please see Miss Winzer’s Media Center site for a variety of online activities.

 

Summer Save the Date Reminders…

  • Thursday, August 15th– Genesis letter mailed to Class of 2032 Kindergarten parents
  • Week of Monday, August 19th–  Genesis Parent Portal opens- Teacher name and bus information available
  • Back to School Night-Tuesday, September 3rd (kindergarten 3:00 pm, first-grade 5:00 pm)
  • First Day of School- Wednesday, September 4th
  • Early Dismissal Days Wednesday, September 4, Thursday, September 5, and Friday, September 6, 2019, at 1:20 pm
  • September SCA meeting- Monday, September 9th, at 9:45 am
  • Fall Harvest Open House- Saturday, September 14th from 10:00 am -12:00 pm

For those students who are traveling on to Rolling Hills Primary School, I will certainly miss you; it has been wonderful getting to know all of you. Please remember to read and practice math skills every day with your parents so you will be ready for school in September. Please go to the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge , “Read-a-Palooza”, to join millions of children around the World that are logging all the minutes they are reading. Also, please consider joining the Sussex County Library System summer reading program this summer.

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

Publishing Parties, Butterfly Releases at The Mountain…

Here are some highlights at Cedar Mountain as we close out the month of May and begin June

At Ice-Cream with a Cop, some of our students are holding the banner all Cedar Mountain students signed during Fun Day to say Thank You to our local police officers. 

Release the ….Butterflies! Students of Cedar Mountain are studying one of their favorite science topic…living things…the life cycle of the butterfly. Students are raising butterflies from caterpillars and observing daily the metamorphosis of this creature. Students will be releasing their butterflies soon.  

Musical IQThank you to the Cedar Mountain SCA for bringing in a wonderful drumming assembly performed by Musical IQ. Musical IQ believes that music is a natural part of life and is universally accessible. Musical IQ’s programs use music and rhythm to give participants a palpable taste of the creative process and to create the space for them to explore and discover the possibilities which music can open up for them. You will see by the pictures below how much fun our students had exploring different percussion instruments such as a djembe drum or a triangle to make and respond to music. Many of the concepts presented by Musical IQ are taught by Mr. Moschella, in our K-1 music program.

First-Grade Engineering Project– As part of our science curriculum and the Next Generation Science Standards, students will imagine they are part of an engineering team. The team must help a farmer move cargo from one side of a river to another. Student groups will make a raft from materials that are available and model a simple transportation system that the farmer can use to cross the river. As a group, students are responsible to design the model raft, construct it, and add cargo. Teams of students will then test their raft and improve their design if needed. First-graders are looking forward to setting their rafts afloat on June 10th! Come back to see pictures of this event.

 

June SCA meeting will take place on Monday, June 3rd, at 9:45 am. I would like to introduce our new 2019-2020 officers:

President: Mrs. Megan Minter

Vice President: Mrs. Jennifer Modarelli

Treasurer: Ms. Gabrielle Raghoobar

Recording Secretary: Mrs. Lori Mish

Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Mary Lach

Thank you to our outgoing SCA officers for all of your hours of volunteering at Cedar Mountain to bring special programs and activities to our school!

President: Mrs. Denise Clarke

Vice President: Mrs. Megan Minter

Recording Secretary: Ms. Terrianne Scognamiglio

Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Jennifer Modarelli

Treasurer: Mr. Patrick Curreri

Here is an upcoming SCA event:

  • Sock Hop: May 31st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, held in the lower parking lot

Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert’s Publishing Party- Students in Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert’s class read stories that they wrote this spring to their parents and other invited guests. In addition, parents received various mementos from the school year created by their child. At the end of the Publishing Party, each student gave his or her parents a “Drum Roll” letting them know why he or she is appreciated.

Here are some videos of students reading their stories 

 

Mrs. Schwarz and Mrs. Hartman’s classes got together to hold a publishing party and buddy read. Mrs. Schwarz’s kindergarten students invited Mrs. Hartman’s first-grade class to their classroom to read the stories they wrote. The kindergarten and first-grade students also enjoyed reading books together. 

Fun Day Pictures

Second Grade Orientation at Rolling Hills will take place on June 3-4, 2019- Here is the invitation from Rolling Hills Primary School.

First-Grade Readers Theater:  In early June, our first-graders will perform Readers Theater plays for their classmates. Readers Theater is an integrated approach for involving students in reading, listening, and speaking activities.  It involves children in….

  • sharing literature,
  • reading aloud,
  • performing with a purpose, and
  • working collaboratively.

Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud.  It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines.  Instead of acting out literature as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to visualize the action.  Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures. Here is a picture from Mrs. Barone’s class as they practice in their classroom. Click here to see a full slide show of the class practicing for the show.

Artstanding: June 7th at Lounsberry Hollow School from 5:00 to 8:00 pm- come see “A Student’s Journey Through the Arts”. This is a very special school district event for the whole family. There will be music, visual art, theatrical productions, dancing, robotics, technology, culinary creations, virtual reality, and fun for the whole family! Admission to the show is free; however, there will be a silent auction and several raffles with proceeds going to the Vernon Education Foundation. Mr. Moschella will be leading folk dancing with several first-grade classes beginning at 5:30 pm. 

Congratulations to the Vernon Township High School graduating class of 2019! Our Vernon High School seniors will be taking a “Senior Walk” through the halls of all of our schools on Tuesday, June 11, 2019! Please have your child wear his or her Class of 2030 or 2031 t-shirt to show Vernon pride! 

As a reminder, the last five days of school, June 12-14 and June 17-18, 2018, will be Early Dismissal days. Students will be dismissed at 1:20 pm. Students may purchase a “Grab and Go” lunch from Sodexho. Forms for these bag lunches will be sent home with your child and will also be sent through School Messenger. As a reminder, if your child is on free or reduced lunch, you must make a “Grab and Go” selection for your child on early dismissal days or one will not be prepared. Here is the “Grab and Go” form.

Kindergarten Orientation for our incoming September 2019 kindergarteners will be held at Cedar Mountain Primary School on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 2:00 pm (for students with last names beginning with A-L) and 3:00 pm (for students with last names beginning with M-Z).

Teacher Name and Bus Information for 2019-2020– As a reminder, WR, CM, RH and LH will not be placing the name of next year’s teacher at the bottom of the report card in June.  Instead, parents will be receiving a School Messenger alert notifying you to go onto Genesis to receive your child’s class placement and bus information during the week of August 19, 2019. Each building needs the time in July and August to complete the hiring process and assure that our classes are well balanced and cohesive.  Making class assignments is one of the most critical decisions a school makes – thus, we want to take the time to get it just right. Thank you for your understanding.

Scholastic Summer Reading Program: The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a free program designed to be both educational and fun to help prevent the effects of the summer slide—the learning losses that can occur during the summer months. This is a fun way to keep your child’s reading skills strong all summer and enter the new school year on grade level. 

AND… Sparta Books Scholastic Read-A-Palooza:

Sparta Books is excited to announce our participation in the Scholastic Summer Read-A-Palooza Summer Celebration Event!  There will be a donation box at Sparta Books where you can bring your GENTLY USED or NEW children’s books.  The books you donate can be for any age between toddler and middle school – board books for toddlers, picture books or early readers for young readers, early chapter books, or chapter books geared to a middle-grade reader.  We will not be able to accept books for adult readers at this time.

For the first 50 customers who donate a MINIMUM of THREE BOOKS, there is a fun-filled packet you will receive!  It will include stickers, The Bad Guys tattoos, bookmarks, Peter H. Reynolds coloring sheets, a Graphix poster, and activity sheets featuring Clifford, Hello, Crabby, Dog Man, and Graphix!  Hurry – supplies are limited to the first FIFTY CUSTOMERS ONLY!  

There will be selfie photo props you can use to take a picture of yourself at the donation site to share with family and friends – come and have some fun while sharing the gift of reading with children in need!

The books collected will be donated to the Bridge of Books Foundation. Their mission is “to provide an ongoing source of books to underserved children throughout New Jersey in order to support the development of literacy skills and encourage a love of reading.“

Donations will be accepted at Sparta Books at 29 Theatre Center in Sparta, NJ beginning Saturday, June 1 and will continue until Sunday, June 30, 2019.  For more information on Sparta Books and their hours, please visit us at www.spartabooks.com or call our store at 973-729-6200. For more information on the Bridge of Books Foundation, please visit their website at https://bridgeofbooksfoundation.org.

Check out Mrs. DeSenzo, our Technology Coach, making a book donation for Cedar Mountain. Way to go Mrs. DeSenzo!!

Here is our summer reading activity sheet that will be sent home with the June report card for exiting kindergarteners. Entering first-grade students will receive a special certificate with their returned reading sheet in September 2019.

Here is our summer math activity sheet for students entering first grade and for entering second grade. This will also be sent home with your child’s June’s report card.

Here are some more math activities your child can do during the summer months to keep fresh with his or her math facts and problem-solving skills:

Online ideas-

Sumdog-

     www.sumdog.com

     Username- (your child’s 5 digit student number)

     Password- math

     School code- CMps1

Xtra math-

     www.xtramath.com- parents may register their children for free- great for math

PBS has great ideas for math fun- http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/math/math-tips-for-parents/summer-math/

Ways to include math in your everyday life-

-Play board games- these often involve counting or 1-1 correspondence

-Play card games- Each player turns over 2 cards (adds or subtracts them) highest number takes the two cards

-cook with your children to practice measuring

-Mark off the days of summer on a calendar and practice counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s

-Count your grocery items as you shop or put them away

-Road trip- use license plates to make math games- Each person chooses a plate.  Add up the numbers, the highest number gets a point- repeat. 

For additional summer resources please see Miss Winzer’s Media Center site for a variety of online activities.

 

Summer Save the Date Reminders…

  • Thursday, August 15th– Genesis letter mailed to Class of 2032 Kindergarten parents
  • Week of Monday, August 19th–  Genesis Parent Portal opens- Teacher name and bus information available
  • Back to School Night-Tuesday, September 3rd (kindergarten 3:00 pm, first-grade 5:00 pm)
  • First Day of School- Wednesday, September 4th
  • Early Dismissal Days Wednesday, September 4, Thursday, September 5, and Friday, September 6, 2019, at 1:20 pm
  • September SCA meeting- Monday, September 9th, at 9:45 am
  • Fall Harvest Open House- Saturday, September 14thfrom 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

 

Principal’s Blog

Rolling Hills Primary School

Principal’s Blog

May, 2019

 

NJSLA Testing is now behind us and it is hard to believe that there are less than twenty days remaining in the school year. As you can see from the following schedule the end of the year will be a very busy time at Rolling Hills. Please take a minute to review the calendar, and make special note of both the May 24th closing and the early dismissal schedule for June 12th , 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th.  

 

May 23rd Ellis Island Simulation (Grade 3)

 

May 24th Schools Closed

 

May 27th –      Memorial Day – Schools Closed

 

May 29th Grade 2 Field Trip I (8:45 am)       

 

May 30th Grade 3 Field Trip (8:30 am);  Grade 2 Field Trip II (8:45am)

 

June 3rd RHPS Orientation (2nd Grade)

 

June 4th RHPS Orientation (2nd Grade);    Vernon Presentation (Grade 2)

 

 

 

June 5th SCA Appreciation Breakfast

  

June 7th               Grade 3 Field Day

June 10th Grade 4 Orientation LHMS

 

June 11th Senior Walk

June 12th Early Dismissal  

 

June 13th Early Dismissal; Mad Science Assembly (Grade 3)

 

June 14th Early Dismissal;  Grade 3 Marathon

 

June 17th Early Dismissal; Fin de Ano Fiesta

 

June 18th Early Dismissal – Last Day

 

Mr. Piccirillo’s Blog

Hello WR Families,

A lot to report on for what may be our last Principal Blog of the year. Here is all the information…

I. Fun Day – Tomorrow

  • AM Session: 10:30-12:00
  • PM Session: 1:45 – 3:15
  • Please remember to dress your children in their Fun Day Shirts
  • The weather is calling for 73 degrees and sunny which is great, however please don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your children.
  • For more information on Fun Day CLICK HERE

II. Wear White on Thursday!

  • In honor of Lexi Faye from Newton, our district will be wearing white on Thursday. Lexi Faye was the Newton High School junior that died in a car accident on May 11 after the prom. For more information about how to donate to her scholarship page and to learn about the other districts joining the “wear white” campaign CLICK HERE.

 

III. End of the Year FAQs

Back by popular demand, here are the End of the Year – FAQs…

a) What is the last day of school? — TUESDAY JUNE 18

b) Do students get days off for Memorial Day? — YES, THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, 5/24 AND NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY 5/27

c) Do we have “Early Dismissals” during the final days of school? — YES, ON JUNE 12, 13, 14, 17, and 18 STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED EARLY.

d) What is the “Early Dismissal” schedule? — AM: 9:30-11:30; PM: 11:25-1:25

 

IV. Moving Up Details

  • Earlier in May I sent a Moving Up Ceremony letter home. Please find it HERE. In the letter it describes the times for the ceremony and the process for if we have rain.

 

V. Artstanding is Coming

  • On June 7th, from 5-8 pm at Lounsberry Hollow, we will have our 5th annual Artstanding event which showcases all the many wonderful district arts students. Some of the work of our very own WR students will be on display as well. Thank you to Ms. Demsak for preparing the work! Please come and join us for a fun night!

 

VI. Moving Up Ceremony Boosters

  • It was suggested that we offer opportunities for families to write “boosters” that would be included in the graduation program. I like the idea of using it as a WRAP fundraiser. So here is the idea. For $2 you can get 140 characters included in the program. Think of it as the opportunity to write a sentence of encouragement to your little one moving up. If you would like to write a booster, please type up your message, print it and return it with $2 by Wednesday, May 29th. If you would like to do multiple boosters, you can.

Author Visit, “Herbie” the Miner, and More at CM

**First-Grade Fun Day Postponed to Wednesday, May 22**

Meet our First-Grade Students of the Month

May First-Grade Students of the Month

Lyndsey

Meet: Lyndsey                                   Nickname: Lynds                                 

Favorite:

Sport: Cheer                                        Food: Pancakes          

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa                              Book:  I Will Take a Nap

TV Show: “Tom and Jerry”                School Subject: Science

Name of Sisters: Alyssa and Kaitlyn

Lyndsey’s teacher, Mrs. Barone, should know that Lyndsey has a black Lab rescue named Lenny, and a Pug named Chloe and that Lyndsey is very kind.

When Lyndsey is not in school, she likes to ride her bike, bounce a basketball, and swim in her pool.

Lyndsey is really good at making people laugh and entertaining herself.

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

Aiden

Meet: Aiden                                                    Nickname: “Pumpkin Pie”                                

Favorite:

Sport: Lacrosse                                               Food: Pizza    

Song: “Sail Away’ by Anya                           Book:  Pete the Cat

Movie: “Wall-E”                                 School Subject: Art with Mrs. Docherty

Name of Brothers: Gavin (his twin!) and Kenny

Aiden’s teacher, Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert, should know that Aiden loves penguins.

When Aiden is not in school, he likes to snuggle with his mom.

Aiden is really good at helping his mom cook.

When Aiden grows up, he wants to be a chef and police officer.

Anthony

Meet: Anthony                                   Nickname: “Antney”, “Ant”, Tony                  

Favorite:

Sport: Football and Lacrosse              Food: Chicken

Book:  Monsters New Undies

Movie: “Captain Underpants”                          TV Show: “Cupcake Wars” 

School Subject: Math

Name of Sister and Brothers: Alexa, Nick, and Tommy

Anthony’s teacher, Mrs. Wilson, should know that Anthony is a good person.

When Anthony is not in school, he likes to jump on his trampoline, ride his bike, or hoverboard.

Anthony is really good football and lacrosse.

When Anthony grows up, he wants to be a chef.

Amelia

Meet: Amelia                            

Favorite:

Sport: Cheerleading                            Food: Cookies

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa                              Book:  Amelia Bedelia

TV Show: “Bunk’d”                           School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Brother: Dominic

Amelia’s teacher, Mrs. Rogers, should know that Amelia will always try to do her very best.

When Amelia is not in school, she likes to play with her friends, jump on the trampoline, and swim.

Amelia is really good at dancing.

When Amelia grows up, she wants to own her own hair salon.

Makenzie

Meet: Makenzie                                   

Favorite:

Sport: Softball                                     Food: Mozzarella Sticks        

Music: Rock and  Roll                        Book:  Lego City

TV Show: “Scooby-Doo”                   School Subject: Math

Makenzie’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that Makenzie loves being in her class!

When Makenzie is not in school, she likes to ride her bike and play outside.

Makenzie is really good at building with Legos.

When Makenzie grows up, she wants to be a scientist.

 

Makayla

Meet: Makayla                                   Nickname: “Jeanne-Jeanne”                 

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer and Softball                  Food: Pizza and Fruit 

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa                              Book:  Judy Moody

Movie: “How to Train a Dragon 1-2-3”                                

School Subject: Art with Mrs. Docherty

Name of Sister: Kaitlyn

Makayla’s teacher, Mrs. Giangrande, should know that Makayla can’t wait for summer so she can swim and go to Mountain Creek!

When Makayla is not in school, she likes to play outside with her sister, Kaitlyn, and her neighbor.

Makayla is really good at soccer, softball, and drawing.

When Makayla grows up, she wants to be a soccer coach and an art teacher.

 

Jayden

Meet: Jayden                                      Nickname: “Sissy”                                

Favorite:

Sport: Snowboarding                          Food: French Fries     

Singer: Baby Shark                             Book:  Snuggle Bunny

TV Show: “Goldie and Bear”             School Subject: Music with Mr. Moschella

Name of Brothers: Jack and Jeremy

Jayden’s teacher, Mrs. Vanadia, should know that Jayden really likes being in her class with her friends.

When Jayden is not in school, she likes to play with her cousin Juliana (she call her “Cools”)! Jayden and Juliana have a lot of fun together.

Jayden is really good at being a calendar helper.

When Jayden grows up, she wants to be a mermaid.

Joey

Meet: Joseph                                      Nickname: Joey                                    

Favorite:

Sport: Football                                    Food: Strawberries     

Singer: Joseph’s Mom                        Book:  Elephant and Piggy

Movie: “Bolt”  TV Show: “Puppy Dog Pals”           

School Subject: Math

Names of Sister and Brother: Julie and Michael

Joseph’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that Joseph thinks she’s the best!

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

Joseph is really good at playing catch.

When Joseph grows up, he wants to be a construction worker.

Sierra

Meet: Sierra                                       Nickname: “CiCi”

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer                                       Food: Cake     

Singer: Kids Bop                                Book:  Guinea Pigs

TV Show: “My Little Pony”                 School Subject: Math

Names of Sister and Brother: Kalie and Damon

Sierra ’s teacher, Mr. Dente, should know that Sierra smiles at other people when they are sad, and she loves Mr. Dente’s class!

When Sierra is not in school, she likes to play outside and watch videos.

Sierra is really good at helping others.

When Sierra grows up, she wants to be a donut maker and own a donut shop.

Callie

Meet: Callie                              

Favorite:

Sport: Softball                                     Food: Dove Bars        

Singer: One Direction                         Book:  Pete the Cat, Bake Sale

TV Show: “Puppy Dog Pals”             School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Jackson

Callie’s teacher, Mrs. Megnin, should know that Callie likes to play softball and go to dance class.

When Callie is not in school, she likes to practice math, practice reading, and pretend that she is a princess.

Callie is really good at drawing and doing math.

When Callie grows up, she wants to be a magician and a doctor.

Kat

Meet: Katherine                                 Nickname: Kat                                      

Favorite:

Sport: Softball                                     Food: Cupcakes         

Singer: Taylor Swift                           Book:  Art and Max

Movie: “Coco”                                    School Subject: Art with Mrs. Docherty

Name of Brother: Jason Bear Belits

Katherine’s teacher, Mrs. Battista, should know that Katherine thinks that Mrs. Battista is really great, she really likes her!

When Katherine is not in school, she likes to play with her friends outside.

Katherine is really good at playing softball.

When Katherine grows up, she wants to be like her mommy.

Drea

Meet: Drea                                         Nickname: “Dre” and “Bubba”                        

Favorite:

Sport: Basketball and Soccer              Food: Ice Cream        

Singer: Arianna Grande                      Book:  Biscuit’s Easter

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

Name of Sister: Callie

Drea’s teacher, Miss Chmielowiec, should know that Drea really likes being in her class.

When Drea is not in school, she likes to snuggle with her mom and play with her toys.

Drea is really good at coloring.

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

 

Author visit: Daniel Kirk, author of the Library Mouse series came to Cedar Mountain to make a presentation on the writing and illustrating process. We were also treated to Daniel Kirk singing songs with our students! Students were held captive as Daniel Kirk read some of his books, demonstrated various stages of how a book is written, and most importantly, how he always focuses on “small moments” to inspire his writing. Students were inspired to hear that even a famous author struggles to write stories and how many times he had to go back to revise and edit his books.

Daniel Kirk poses with students

Daniel Kirk stands next to a life-sized painting of one of the pages of Library Mouse

Mrs. Arlington’s Writers: Students in Mrs. Arlington‘s kindergarten class are practicing their emerging writing skills while they prepared for Mother’s Day all at the same time!  To help celebrate their moms, students worked on books that asked students to identify some of their mom’s favorite things. Students got to show their creative sides by decorating and embellishing their writing. The process helps to provide another authentic opportunity for Writing Workshop practice. 

The Skyland Miner visits Cedar Mountain: Cedar Mountain students were visited by “Herbie” the Miner, the mascot from the Skyland Miners baseball team. Students learned about the team and watched highlights of the last game of last year that made the team Champions of the Can-Am League. Students enjoyed saying hello to “Herbie”…especially, Miss Gonnelli, our gym teacher!

 

For Police Officer Appreciation Day, Mrs. Vanadia’s class honored Officer Ed, CMPS’s RPO, by making him cards to say THANK YOU!

Officer Ed Receives Thank Yous From Mrs. Vanadia’s Students

 

 

Meet Liam, our very special Custodian Helper. First-grader, Liam is a very kind and helpful student in our cafeteria. Mrs. Joyce and Mrs. Geary, our custodians, noticed that Liam helps his tablemates clean up the lunch table and often assist Mrs. Joyce and Mrs. Geary in the cafeteria. Liam was recognized with a very special certificate for his consistent effort, given to him in front of all first-graders. We are all very proud of Liam! Thank you for all you do for our school!

Liam

 

June SCA meeting will take place on Monday, June 3rd, at 9:45 am. I would like to introduce our new 2019-2020 officers listed below. 

President: Mrs. Megan Minter

Vice President: Mrs. Jennifer Modarelli

Treasurer: Ms. Gabrielle Raghoobar

Recording Secretary: Mrs. Lori Mish

Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Mary Lach

 

Thank you to our outgoing SCA officers for all of your hours of volunteering at Cedar Mountain to bring special programs and activities to our school!

President: Mrs. Denise Clarke

Vice President: Mrs. Megan Minter

Recording Secretary: Ms. Terrianne Scognamiglio

Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Jennifer Modarelli

Treasurer: Mr. Patrick Curreri

Here are some upcoming SCA events:

  • Sock Hop: May 31st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, held in the lower parking lot, here is the flier that will be sent home shortly
  • End-of-the-Year Party: Monday, June 10th

 

All Cedar Mountain Primary School classroom teachers will be administering the Baseline Assessment System reading test and posttests in all academic and special area classes mid-May through early June. The purpose of these posttests is to chart and document students’ growth and achievement students have made since the beginning of the year in each subject and class. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to discuss your child’s scores and overall growth.

Early Dismissal Days: For planning purposes, our district will be having Early Dismissal Days on June 12, 2018, through Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Cedar Mountain will dismiss at 1:20 pm daily. Here is the “Grab and Go” lunch form that will be sent home for these days. This form will be sent home shortly. Lunch will not be served in the cafeteria on these days.

2nd Grade Orientation: You will shortly receive information on Rolling Hills Primary School 2nd grade Orientation that will be held on June 3 and 4 beginning at 3:50. You will have to register your child for a time slot for this event on the Sign Up Genius that has been created by Rolling Hills. Here is the invitation from Rolling Hills Primary School. Please see Rolling Hills calendar for the link to this Sign-Up Genius.

Sunscreen at School: As a reminder to all families, sunscreen cannot be brought to school by students. You must have a doctor’s note for your child to bring sunscreen to school and apply it while at school. It is highly recommended that you apply a high number sunscreen to your child prior to coming to school.

DIAL 4 Kindergarten Screening This screening is being given to all children who are registered for kindergarten for September 2019. If, by chance, you know of a family that has not registered their school-aged child, please encourage them to contact one of the secretaries in the main office of Cedar Mountain or go to the Vernon Board of Education Office to begin the registration process.

Class of 2032 Kindergarten Orientation: In closing, if you are a parent/guardian of an entering kindergarten student reading this blog, you should have received a letter from me inviting you to the Class of 2032 Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 2:00 (A-L) or 3:00 (M-Z), held in the Cedar Mountain gym.

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

Monthly Message from VTHS

A Monthly Message from the VTHS Administrative Team

May/June 2019

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

~Robert Collier

 

Upcoming May Events

 

May 6 -10, 2019 TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK*

 

Wednesday, May 8 Junior Class Meeting – 7:20 am – Auditorium

Teacher/Staff  Appreciation Bruncheon – 10:00 am – Faculty Cafeteria

 

Thursday, May 9 National Honor Society Blood Drive – 6:00 am – 3:30 pm – Wrestling Room

BOE Work Session – 7:00 pm -9:00 pm Lounsberry Hollow

 

Friday, May 10 Casual Dress Day for the Sunshine Club

String Symposium Concert – 7:00 pm – Gymnasium

 

May 12-18, 2019 SPECIAL EDUCATION WEEK IN NEW JERSEY

“Painting a Brighter Future, One Step at a Time”

 

Sunday, May 12 Mother’s Day

 

Monday, May 13 Class of 2020 Senior Portraits – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm – Wrestling Room

 

Wednesday, May 15 Class of 2020 Senior Portraits – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Wrestling Room

Culinary Throw Down – 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Cafeteria

 

Thursday, May 16 Class of 2020 Senior Portraits – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm – Wrestling Room

Bd. of Ed. Public Meeting – 7:00 pm –  Lounsberry Hollow Middle School

Open Mic Night – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Senior Cafeteria

 

Friday, May 17 Class of 2020 Senior Portraits – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm – Wrestling Room

Junior Prom – 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – VTHS Gym

 

Monday, May 20 7th Grade Recruitment and BBQ

 

Tuesday, May 21 NJSLA Math Testing

ImPACT Testing – 2:00 pm – room 107 – for all sophomores planning to play a  fall sport; students should bring plugin earbuds

Freshman Carnival 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Art Honor Society/Art Show 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Upper Library

Wednesday, May 22 NJSLA Math Testing

Thursday, May 23           Senior Class Meeting – Period 1 – Auditorium

ImPACT Testing – 2:00 pm – room 107 – for all sophomores planning to play a fall sport; students should bring plugin earbuds

Science National Honor Society – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Cafeteria

              Spring Band Concert – 7:00 pm – Auditorium

 

Friday, May 24 Memorial Day District Closed – calendar change

 

Monday, May 27 Memorial Day District Closed

 

Tuesday, May 28 Social Studies Honor Society – 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Upper Library

 

Wednesday, May 29 NJSLA – Science

World Language Honor Society – 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Auditorium

Jazz at the Flats  7:00 pm

 

Thursday, May 30 NJSLA – Science

Senior Breakfast

Senior Prom – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Knoll West Country Club

Friday, May 31 Frosh-a-Palooza (Freshman Olympics)

 

June Events

 

Saturday, June 1 Piccirillo’s Fundraiser for DeSanto Shinaw Syndrome –

12:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Auditorium

 

Tuesday, June 4 Solo Ensemble Concert – 7:00 pm – Auditorium

 

Wednesday, June 5 Jazz at the Flats – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Thursday, June 6 Bd. of Ed. Work Session – 7:00 pm – Lounsberry Hollow Middle School

 

Friday, June 7 ARTSTANDING – 5:00 pm – Lounsberry Hollow Middle School

 

Tuesday, June 11 Exam for Period 1 followed by  “Adjusted” Schedule*

Senior Walk – 10:30 am – 1:00 pm – all schools

Scholarship Night – 6:30 pm -Auditorium

 

Wednesday, June 12      Early Dismissal Day for Students

Final Exams for Periods 5 and 2

Viking Club Awards – 6:00 pm – Auditorium

 

Thursday, June 13          Early Dismissal Day for Students

Final Exams for Periods 6 and 3

Engineering Night –  6:00 pm – Upper Library

Board of Education Meeting – 7:00 pm – Lounsberry Hollow Middle School

 

Friday, June 14 FLAG DAY

Early Dismissal Day for Students

Final Exams for periods 7 and 4

 

Sunday, June 16 Father’s Day

 

Monday, June 17 Early Dismissal Day for Students

Final Exams for periods 8 and 9

 

Tuesday, June 18 Last Day of School for 2018-2019***

Early Dismissal Day for Students

“Make-Up” Final Exams

Graduation for the VTHS Class of 2019 – 6:30 pm – Macerino Stadium    (weather permitting, otherwise it will be held in the gym)

Some Additional Information

 

…since May is such a busy month, June will be here before we know it! Please be sure to mark your calendars with all of these upcoming events so you won’t miss out on all of the exciting activities here at VTHS!

 

…*please consider taking some time to thank some of the fine educators who have worked with your children over the years. There is no gift more appreciated than a simple note (or email) of thanks.

 

…the Spring Choral Concert, conducted by Mr. Kevin Boehm was a great success once again this year thanks to the hard work and dedication of our teachers and performers. This concert was the final one for our seniors: Alexandria Bisanzio, Mark Bosma, Emma Cahill, Matthew Charuka, Heather Cordero, Amanda Cueman, Emily Doumanis, Blake Harrsch, Emily Norris, Adrianna Maffetone, Justin Shea, Michael Tlatelpa and Michele Wagner. We would like to wish them all the best as they graduate and hope that they will continue to share their talents for years to come!

 

…Mr. Kevin Boehm has shared that Cole Benkendorf and Ryan Spadafina auditioned for and were accepted into the 2019 NJ All-State Choir.  This is quite an honor and we are very proud of them!

 

…VTHS welcomed author Brendan Kiely again this year. He worked throughout with the sophomore class thanks to Mr. Denn, Mrs. Stoeckel and the entire English Department for organizing this valuable event for our staff and students.

 

…thank you to Ms. Hirkaler and all of our talented students and staff members who created beautiful bowls for this year’s Empty Bowls Soup Dinner. We would also like to thank Sodexo for donating all of the soup, G&S Foods in Wantage for their donation of the “to go” cups and lids, and Ceramic Supply of NY/NJ for their support. We would like to thank everyone who participated in this wonderful event. As a result of the efforts of the Clay Club members, this event raised over $500 for the Harvest House Soup Kitchen of Sussex County. Hopefully, this will be an annual event at VTHS!

 

…Michelle Walsh and Jessica Kimble, editors of the “Back Porch Review,” Vernon Township High School’s Literary magazine, recently presented prizes to Brandon Lee for his digital self-portrait and Christina Bird for her poem “Bilateral.” Congratulations to all of our talented students!

 

under the guidance of Mr. Bruno, our students attended the annual NJ TSA (Technology Student Association) State Conference/Competition on the campus of TCNJ. At this event, Patrick Flig and Ryan Lally took third place in the category of Structure Design and Engineering for their bridge trestle performance.

 

…in addition, Mr. Bruno’s students recently participated in the CDC Panasonic Engineering competition, held on the campus of NJIT. (Our team has been hard at work on all stages of this competition since December 2018.) VTHS was one of the final 20 schools who competed in this year’s event, winning the prestigious Best Innovative Design Award.

 

…thank you to everyone who supported Cabaret Night at Silvio’s Villa last month. As a result of your generosity, a contribution of $375 was made to the Vincent Ventriglia Theater Arts Scholarship Fund.

 

…congratulations to Daniel McKeon who was recently recognized as the 2018-2019 Superintendents’ Roundtable Recipient. This recognition was announced at a recent luncheon at Lafayette House.

 

…be sure to take some time out of your busy schedules to enjoy some of our Spring Sports. The weather is more inviting and the athletes and coaches have all been working hard! They would all appreciate your support! You can keep updated about their outstanding performances by visiting the Athletics website.

 

…one of our SCA members mentioned that there is a valuable opportunity available for all of our animal-loving adults and students. Please visit http://antler-ridge.com/ to read all about the volunteer opportunities at the Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in Newton, NJ. This opportunity may be of interest to you or some of your children, so please share this information. Thank you.

 

…we recently received notice that Congressman Josh Gottheimer has nominated the Vernon Township High School Marching Band to officially represent the State of New Jersey in the 2020 Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. This event will be nationally televised, which is the Official Memorial Day Parade in the United States, commemorating the 75th Anniversary to end World War II. The parade will be attended by over half a million spectators, nationally televised to millions in the United States and streamed to all service members around the globe. The event will be held on Monday, May 25, 2020. Congratulations to Max Taylor, Jody Young, Josh Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. Freifelder, our musicians, our VIP parents and everyone who has supported our marching bands over the years. We are so proud…and very excited!

 

…information about the upcoming Graduation for the Class of 2019 will be distributed to the seniors later this week.

 

…details about the Final Exam schedule will be forthcoming as we get closer to Final Exam Week.

 

…thank you for your continued support! Your cooperation has helped to make 2018-2019 a wonderful year!

 

Lorax Team Beautifies School Yard at Cedar Mountain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Cedar Mountain Families:

Lorax Team: First-grade students Charlie, Madelyn, Khloe, Amie, Mia, Elliot, Eric, and Kellyie beautified our “Kindness Rocks Garden” in the front of Cedar Mountain by planting spring flowers.

May SCA meeting will take place on Monday, May 6th, at 9:45 am. At this meeting, we will be electing our new officers. Our recent Pounds of Pennies Campaign was very successful! Our school raised $1,882.00 that will go toward future school activities! That’s a “lotta” pennies!! Thank you to all students that contributed to this class competition. The winning kindergarten class (Ms. Thomas) and the winning first-grade class (Mrs. Battista) selected the t-shirt design for this year’s Fun Day. 

 

Trout in the Classroom: In October, Mrs. Docherty, our art teacher, received rainbow trout eggs from the Pequest Hatchery as part of the “Trout in the Classroom” program co-sponsored by NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and Trout Unlimited.  In art class, students have enjoyed watching the fish develop from the egg stage into fingerling trout ready to be released into the wild.  Cedar Mountain students and their families are invited to join Mrs. Docherty as we release the trout that we raised in the art room into Wawayanda Creek right here in our beautiful valley on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 9:00 am (rain or shine).  Park near the bridge on Prices Switch Road approximately .4 mile in from Route 94 and walk into the dirt road on the left (marked with balloons and the wooden fish from the art room) to the Public Access Point to the creek. 

First-Grade Art Project:  

Enjoy the beautiful art work of our first-graders. Each student painted a feather that was put together to make a bird. If you are in the building, please stop by to see this awesome display!

 

Golf in PE Class: All students are learning the art of golfing in gym class. Golf Pro Mary Beth Kohberger, from Black Bear, is teaching our students the basics of this sport. 

Free Literacy Night: On Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, 6:00-7:30 pm, Project Self-Sufficiency will be sponsoring a FREE Family Literacy Night. Come for a campfire dinner, read with your child during story time, and have fun crafting. Here is the link to the flyer. 

First-Grade Poetry Readers: On Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 pm, each homeroom will have a first-grade representative who will be reciting or reading a poem to our Board of Education. Here are our burgeoning poets. Please come join us!

Spring by Nicole Lennert, Marc- Mrs. Vanadia’s Class

We Love Our Earth by author unknown Kyle- Miss Chmielowiec’s Class

Color Surprise by Pamela Chanko- Caleb-Mrs. Rogers’ Class

Kindness Promise by author unknown, Colby Remington-Mrs. Megnin’s Class

Crayons by Helen H. Moore, Lucy- Mrs. Start’s Class

Caterpillar Garden by Helen H. Moore, Allison, Mrs. Talerico’s and Mrs. Ollert’s Class

Open a Book by author unknown, Adrianna-Mrs. Hartman’s Class

The Little Plant by K.L. Brown, Liam- Miss Malloy’s Class

Springtime by author unknown, Sabrina and Colt- Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Dente’s Class

The Crayon Box That Talked by Alisha Peare, Kailey Terrill- Mrs. Battista’s Class

Butterfly by author unknown, Emyleen Oorthus- Mrs. Barone’s Class

School Spirit Day: Thursday, May 16: Our School is Groovy, wear tie-dye OR school colors!

40 Developmental Assets: Our final of three 40 Developmental Assets parent trainings will take place on Friday, May 17, 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 flier for this program. All participants will receive a free gift!! Here is the link to the flyer.

Fun Day: First-Grade: Monday, May 20 (rain date May 22) and Kindergarten: Tuesday, May 21 (rain date May 22).

We are looking for parent volunteers; please call the main office at 973-764-2890, if you are available to assist- we love our parent volunteers. If volunteering, you will assist with the opposite grade of your child so you can come to see your child participate.

Sunscreen at School: As a reminder to all families, sunscreen cannot be brought to school by students. You must have a doctor’s note for your child to bring sunscreen to school and apply it while at school. It is highly recommended that you apply a high number sun screen to your child prior to coming to school.

School Closed: Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27, 2019

Let’s take another look at our April Students of the Month

Chloe

Meet: Chloe                              

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer                                       Food: Pancakes          

Singer: Taylor Swift                           Book:  Dr. Seuss Books

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

Names of Sisters and Brother: Hannah, Madigan, and Chandler

Chloe’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that Chloe will always remember how great Mrs. Start made first-grade for her.

When Chloe is not in school, she likes to play with her dollhouse.

Chloe is really good at math.

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

 

Brynn

Meet: Brynn                           Nickname: Brynny-Boo            

Favorite:

Sport: Dance                                       Food: Chocolate Chip Pancakes        

Singer: Kidz Bop                                Book:  Knuffle Bunny

School Subject: Math

Brynn’s teacher, Miss Chmielowiec, should know that Brynn works hard.

When Brynn is not in school, she likes to play.

Brynn is really good at dancing.

When Brynn grows up, she wants to be a movie star.

 

Emmett

Meet: Emmett                                 

Favorite:

Sport: Karate                                       Food: Student of the Month Cookies 

Singer: Emmett’s Dad                         Book:  Where the Sidewalk Ends

TV Show: “Pixels”                             School Subject: Math

Name of Sister: Emmett’s sister will be born later this year, his family has not named his sister yet.

Emmett’s teacher, Mrs.Battista, should know that Emmett is a hard worker.

When Emmett is not in school, he likes to chill and jump on his trampoline.

Emmett is really good at swimming.

When Emmett grows up, he wants to be an inventor.

Kaylee

Meet: Kaylee                          Nickname: K-K, Sissy              

Favorite:

Sport: Gymnastics                               Food: Hot Dogs         

Singer: Parry Gripp                             Book:  Pig the Pug

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

Name of Brother: Evan

Kaylee’s teacher, Mrs. Rogers, should know that Kaylee likes math.

When Kaylee is not in school, she likes to act crazy with her brother.

Kaylee is really good at coloring.

When Kaylee grows up, she wants to work with animals.

Blake

Meet: Blake                              

Favorite:

Sport: Football                                    Food: Banana Splits   

Singer: Migos                                      Book:  Berenstain Bears

TV Show: “Henry Danger”                School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli and math

Name of Sister: Kylie

Blake’s teacher, Mrs. Wilson, should know that Blake loves being a running back on his football team; he’s really good at it!

When Blake is not in school, he likes to practice baseball with his friends.

Blake is really good at swimming.

When Blake grows up, he wants to be a football referee.

Owen

Meet: Owen                                          

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer                                       Food: French Toast    

Singer: Marshmello                             Book:  The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

TV Show: “Avengers”                        School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Jack

Owen’s teacher, Mrs. Megnin, should know that Owen likes winter.

When Owen is not in school, he likes to play outside.

Owen is really good at math.

When Owen grows up, he wants to be a soccer player.

Louis

Meet: Louis                            Nickname: Louie          

Favorite:

Sport: Baseball, Lacrosse, Basketball

Food: Pizza    

Singer: Queen and Kidz Bop              Book:  Curious George

Movie: “Power Rangers” and “Star Wars”   

School Subject: Math

Louis’s teachers Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert should know that Louis tries very hard in class and has a lot of fun in their class, too.

When Louis is not in school, he likes to play Nerf gun battles and play on his iPad and have friends over at his house.

Louis is really good at playing sports.

When Louis grows up, he wants to go to Disney and he also wants to protect people, too.

Gavin

Meet: Gavin                           Nickname: Gav             

Favorite:

Sport: Lacrosse                                   Food: Plums   

Singer: Mandy Moore                         Book:  We’re All Wonders

TV Show: “Bill Nye, the Science Guy”        

School Subject: Art with Mrs. Docherty

Names of Brothers: Aiden (his twin) and Kenny, his little brother

Gavin’s teacher, Mrs. Barone, should know that Gavin loves learning new things!

When Gavin is not in school, he likes to read about space, science, and creatures.

Gavin is really good at writing stories.

When Gavin grows up, he wants to be an astronaut.

Michael

Meet: Michael                        Nickname: Mikey         

Favorite:

Sport: Basketball                                 Food: French Fries     

Singer: Justin Timberlake-Michael loves the song “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

Book:  Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches and Other Stories

TV Show: “Tom and Jerry”                School Subject: Science

Names of Sisters and Brother: Natalia, Claudia, and Gabriel (his twin)

Michael’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that Michael is very respectful to everyone.

When Michael is not in school, he likes to go outside and play or jump on the trampoline.

Michael is really good at doing a front flip.

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

Aiden

Meet: Aiden                            Nickname: Man-Man    

Favorite:

Sport: Soccer                                       Food: Baked Ziti        

Singer: Beatles                                    Book:  Dinosaurs

Movie: “Spiderman”                          School Subject: Math

Names of Sisters and Brothers: Nora, Lily, Violet, Misty, Josh, and Brandon

Aiden’s teacher, Mr. Dente, should know that Aiden thinks that Mr. Dente is the greatest teacher!

When Aiden is not in school, he likes to cook with Mema, build Legos, draw, have water fights, and play tag with my family.

Aiden is really good at art, building, cooking, and taking care of his animals.

When Aiden grows up, he wants to be a construction worker.

Mackenzie

Meet: Mackenzie                    Nickname: Kensie         

Favorite:

Sport: Softball and Gymnastics          Food: Watermelon and Pineapple      

Singer: Taylor Swift                           Book:  We’re All Wonders

Movie: “Moana”                                 School Science

Names of Sister and Brother: Cassandra (her twin) and Kyler

Mackenzie’s teacher, Miss Malloy, should know that Mackenzie is very kind, caring, and loves to help her family and friends, and loves animals!

When Mackenzie is not in school, she likes to draw, play outside, play games, play with her play-doh, play softball, and help her mommy cook and bake.

Mackenzie is really good at drawing, softball, gymnastics, and cooking.

When Mackenzie grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian, a singer, and a firefighter, like her mommy!

Upcoming Events:

  • Daniel Kirk: Author Visit- Friday, May 17
  • 1st Grade Fun Day- Monday, May 20 (rain date May 22)
  • Kindergarten Fun Day-Tuesday, May 21 (rain date May 23)
  • School Closed- Friday, May 24 (this day has been added by our Board of Education) and Monday, May 27
  • 2nd Grade Orientation at RH– Monday and Tuesday, June 3-4, at 3:50 pm
  • 5th Annual Artstanding: Friday, June 7, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Lounsberry Hollow School- come see a “Journey Through  the Arts” There will be music, visual art, theatrical productions, dancing, robotics, technology, culinary creations, virtual reality, and fun for the whole family! Admission to the show is free; however, there will be a silent auction and several raffles with proceeds going to the Vernon Education Foundation. This is a MUST SEE!
  • SCA End-of-Year Party– Monday, June 10
  • Kindergarten Patriotic Sing-Along: Friday, June 14, at 10:00 am, in the gym
  • Early Dismissal Days: Wednesday, June 12; Thursday, June 13; Friday, June 14; Monday, June 17; and Friday, June 18- Lunches will not be served on these days. Here is the “Grab and Go” lunch form that will be sent home with your child.
  • Last Day of School: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

Mr. Piccirillo’s Blog

Good Afternoon Walnut Ridge Families,

Here are some updates for the month of May!

I. Popcorn Fundraiser

 

By now you should have received information on the newest fundraiser for WRAP — Gourmet Popcorn! I am so excited about this fundraiser because this popcorn look DELICIOUS! If you have lost your form CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE. Orders are due to school by May 15th and there is no online ordering. Happy selling and thank you for supporting our school!!!

II. Protocols for Picking Up Children

We have all been there…You get held up at work or stuck in traffic and can’t get here on time to pick your child up and so you ask another mom/dad/grandma/friend etc. to pick up your child from school. As a father of two children, I understand. But please note that without written documentation from you, the parent, I cannot allow children from our school to go home with someone other than their guardian. If you run into a situation like this, please take a moment to send an email to Ms. DiCarlo at jdicarlo@vtsd.com so that we can have keep proper documentation and ensure the safety of all our children. Thank you!

III. Moving Up Details

As you know, our Moving Up Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday June 4. We will be having a morning ceremony and an afternoon ceremony and we are planning on hosting it in the backyard black top of our school. In your folders today you received a letter from me indicating that if it rains we, unfortunately, will need to hold the ceremony in doors. As a result, we have sent rain tickets home in your child’s folder. (4 for each child). Please hold on to these in case we need to utilize the “rain plan.” Thanks!

IV. End of the Year Schedule – F.A.Q.s

a. What is the last day of school? — TUESDAY JUNE 18

b. Do students get days off for Memorial Day? — YES, THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MAY 24 AND MONDAY, MAY 27.

c. Aren’t there “Early Dismissals” during the final days of school? — YES, ON JUNE 12, 13, 14, 17, AND 18 STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED EARLY.

d. What is the Early Dismissal schedule again? AM: 9:30-11:30; PM: 11:25-1:25

V. Mothers’ Day Tea

Don’t forget that next Thursday (May 9th) is our Mothers’ Day Tea. Our students can’t wait to show their love for the ladies in their lives! Please be sure to RSVP so that we can have all of you pre-registered with visitor stickers before you arrive so that we can get everyone into our building as smoothly as possible. Enjoy the day and Happy Mothers’ Day to all the moms, grandmas, aunts, and godmothers!

Sincerely,

Principal Piccirillo

Principal’s Blog

May/June 2019

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

As we are now in the fourth marking period “home stretch” of the 2018-19 school year, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support this past year. Our students’ “whole child” development since the Fall of 2018 has been remarkable.  At Lounsberry Hollow School our motto continues to be:  “Every Student Matters; Every Moment Counts!” I am politely confident our students have grown and matured in so many ways this school year.

As we prepare to close out the school year in upcoming weeks and will soon be entering the summer months of July and August, please join our faculty, staff and me at Lounsberry Hollow in reminding our students of the importance of summer reading.  Reading is one of the most important aspects of developing our brains.  It provides a window into the world around our youngsters and helps students do better in all school subjects.  As E.A. Bucchianeri is quoted as having said, “Free time is a terrible thing to waste.  Read a book.”

Best wishes to you and to your students for a safe and enjoyable, strong close to the 2018-19 school year and for a very rewarding upcoming summer!

 

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Mudrick

Principal’s Blog

 

Spring, 2019

As the temperatures begin to warm and we move into the long awaited “Spring Break,” I would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that this year the State of New Jersey has replaced the computer based PARCC testing with the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA). The assessment will begin for all 3rd Grade students on Tuesday, May 7th.  The test is designed to measure student achievement in English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics (M) based on the learning standards contained in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The first three days of testing will involve ELA and will be followed by three days for Math. The State designates that the ELA sections are approximately 75 minutes long and the Math sections are 60 minutes; however it has been our experience that students finish much sooner.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
May 7th May 8th May 9th May 10th
Grade 3 ELA Grade 3 ELA Grade 3 ELA Make-Up Testing
May 13th May 14th May 15th May 16th May 17th
Grade 3 Math Grade 3 Math Grade 3 Math Make-Up Testing

 

Please help your child by making sure that he/she gets plenty of rest on the nights before testing and has nutritious breakfast on testing days. Most important, we want your child to come to school with a positive attitude in regards to the testing. Testing sessions will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. and continue for approximately two hours. Students who arrive after testing has begun will not be able to participate in testing that day. Absences and early pick-ups should be limited as much as possible.

 

Please note: Your child will only test in one session per day.

 

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