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Mr. Piccirillo’s Blog

Happy Tuesday Walnut Ridge Family!

We have had busy start to December so I wanted to update you all on a few things:

1) CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR EDUCATORS OF THE YEAR!

We are so blessed at Walnut Ridge to have wonderfully talented and dedicated cadre of teachers, aides, and support staff. This year we are proud to announce our Governor’s Educator of the Year recipients as voted on by YOU the parents, along with members of our staff. And the winners are…
DANA COOK (teacher) and JEN GALLANT (nurse)
 
Congratulations to Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Gallant on a recognition that is well deserved!

2) It’s Holiday Sing-Along time at Walnut Ridge!

Our WR tradition will take place on December 19 this year. The AM assembly will run from 10:45 – 11:45 am and the PM assembly will run from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Parents, guardians, siblings, and grandparents are all welcome! Please CLICK HERE for more details and for the RSVP information.

3) Thank you to the VTHS CFM students!

I would like to give a special “shout out” and thank you to Mr. Mike DeVore and the CFM (Construction, Facilities, and Maintenance) students. They came to visit us on December 6th and led our WR students in completing some Home Depot DIY projects. Our students received certificates, pins, and got to take home their completed projects. They had a blast. We hope to partner with the CFM students for something similar again in the spring. A special thank you to the Newton Home Depot, for donating all the materials for our event!

4) Visit from Tools of the Mind upcoming

 

As you all likely know, our school follows the Tools of the Mind curriculum. It is a research-based, best-practice, curricular model in Early Education, and we have been so proud of how it has prepared our students for Kindergarten over the years. This week we will have a representative from Tools of the Mind observing our school and some of our classes. We are really looking forward to the opportunity to show off the great work we are doing!

5) Thank you to YOU

 

Our cookie dough orders arrived on Thursday and I was so pleased with a) how quickly each of you came to pick up your cookie dough and b) how amazingly WRAP coordinated their efforts to organize the cookie dough fundraiser and sort the orders when they arrived. You and WRAP have been very generous and we are thankful for the opportunity to purchase some additional classroom and school items with the money generated from this fundraiser!

6) Some notes from Nurse Gallant

a) As we approach the “holiday season” parents occasionally ask about protocols for bringing in cupcakes, cookies, and other seasonal treats. This is opportunity for all of us to revisit our school’s policy on Allergy Awareness. For more information please CLICK HERE.
b) Please put the date January 2 in your calendars! Not only is this the first day back to school after our extended break, but it is also the deadline for Nurse Gallant to receive information from you about your child’s flu immunization. It is important to remember that if you have not submitted this to our school by January 2 your child cannot attend school. For more information CLICK HERE.

7) Upcoming visit from K Kids

 

On Wednesday December 12, we will be visited by the K Kids from Lounsberry Hollow. This is a wonderful school club organized and led by Ms. Barbara Monschauer. The LH students will be reading stories to our preschoolers! It will be wonderful to see the different grade levels working together to promote literacy!

 

8) Pajama Day

 

Just a reminder that Friday, December 14th is Pajama Day. We are still looking for new pajama donations for children. Remember that for every pair of pajamas that we donate, Scholastic will donate 1 book to our library. Let’s help children in need and help build our library! It is a WIN WIN! For more information on the Pajama Day and Pajama Drive CLICK HERE.

 

9) INSTAGRAM

Sincerely,

 

Joseph S. Piccirillo, Principal

Principal’s Blog

As we approach the Winter Break, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season! I hope that you will have a chance to relax and enjoy some special times with your children, extended families, and friends. As I have said many times in the past, the long lasting effects of time well spent with family and even more significant, the importance of the time spent with your children will far outlast any laptop, iPod or XBOX.

Just as a reminder, Friday December 21st will be an early dismissal day with students returning to school on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019. 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

In the event your child will be absent, or late due to illness, or for any reason, please call the school attendance line 973 – 764 – 2787.  This call may be made at any time, but we would appreciate it if it was made before 9:00 am on the day of the absence (973 – 764 – 5590 if you need to speak directly with our nurse, Ms. Muller).  If your child is absent and has not been called out of school, an automated call will be made by the school to verify your child’s absence. Please try to make the phone call as per the instructions above, as an email to the teacher or nurse may not be checked prior to the automated process above taking place.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to ensure the safety of our students.

Wishing you and your family all the very best as we begin to wind down 2018!

Dr. Stumper

 

Season’s Greetings from Cedar Mountain!

Dear Cedar Mountain Families…

Congratulations to Cedar Mountain’s Teacher of the Year and Educational Services Professional of the Year…

Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Horn

This year we congratulate Mrs. Horn, kindergarten teacher and Mrs. Nelson, Math Coach as our Teachers of the Year. Both teachers exemplify excellence in education and serve as exceptionally skilled and dedicated teachers. Mrs. Horn and Mrs. Nelson demonstrate leadership and innovation in our school. Mrs. Horn and Mrs. Nelson have the respect and admiration of students, faculty, staff, and parents. We are so proud to honor both deserving teachers!

It is amazing to realize that we are already in the month of December! Here are some highlights of activities that have taken place or are upcoming at “The Mountain”….

Trimester One report cards will be issued Friday, December 14. Thank you for signing the envelope of your child’s report card. If you have questions regarding the rubric grades (a scale of 1-4) your child has earned, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. 

On Wednesday, December 19, our students will be treated to a Winter Concert by the Glen Meadow Middle School band, choir, and orchestra. Please sign the permission slip that was sent home last week. We will walk across the field at approximately 9:40, we will return to the building at approximately 11:15. We thank Glen Meadow Middle School for inviting us to this very special event!

 

Mrs.O’Keefe reads her favorite winter storybook called A Snowman Named Just Bob to classes this month. Here she is with Mrs. Megnin’s class. Students enjoy the stuffed animal versions of “Bob” from the storybook! This is a magical story with illustrations that capture the wonder of a first, unexpected snowfall–and the joy of friendship. 

 

Mrs. O’Keefe Reading to Mrs. Megnin’s Class

Students in Mrs. Barone’s class are practicing critical computer skills using Typing Agent while writing Wish Lists to Santa. Through the Macy’s annual Make a Wish campaign students are writing a note with a wish, a note with a personal wish, a note telling Santa how they celebrate the holidays, or telling Santa how someone or something makes their holiday magical.  Here is a link if you would like your child to do this at home.

Mrs. Megnin’s students practice their “close read” skills as they read sentences about positional words they are learning in math class. Students must place the Gingerbread Man in his correct spot based on the directions in each sentence.

 

Introducing Cedar Mountain’s December First-Grade Students of the Month…

Ayla

Meet: Ayla                                Nickname: Jiggles

Favorite:

Sport:     Basketball                   Food:   Pizza

Book:     Please, Mr. Panda

TV Show: “Tip and Oh”            School Subject: Math and Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Brother: Matteo

Ayla’s teacher, Mrs. Wilson, should know that she loves to help around the house and make people feel better when they are sick!

When Ayla is not in school, she likes to go to her grandparents’ house, ride her bike, and play with her brother, Matteo.

Ayla is really good at cooking with her grandmother and mother.

When Ayla grows up, she wants to build robots.

Ellie

Meet: Ellie                                 Nickname: Bells

Favorite:

Sport:     Hip Hop                      Food:   Clams

Book:     The Little Girl who Lost Her Name

TV Show: “Descendants”          School Subject: Reading

Name of Sister and Brother: Shea and Jack

Ellie’s teacher, Mrs. Rogers, should know that she loves books!

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

Ellie is really good at school.

When Ellie grows up, she wants to be a singer.

Logan

Meet: Logan                              Nickname: Lolo

Favorite:

Sport:     Baseball                       Food:   Chicken

Book:     On My Very First School Day I Met…

TV Show: “Amazing World of Gumball”        

School Subject: Math

Name of Brothers and Sisters: Gabby, Alex, and Jordan

Logan’s teacher, Mrs. Giangrande, should know that he really works hard.

When Logan is not in school, he likes to play video games and play outside.

Logan is really good at building Legos.

When Logan grows up, he wants to live in Florida.

Joey

Meet: Joseph                  Nickname: Joey

Favorite:

Sport:     Soccer                         Food:   Pizza

Singer: Weezer                           Book:  Dragons Love Tacos

TV Show: “Sponge Bob”          School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Brother: Ian (his identical twin)

Joseph’s teacher, Mrs. Novak, should know that he loves his classwork, but he loves recess the most!

When Joseph is not in school, he likes to watch TV, play football, play soccer, and play Mario Kout 8.

Joseph is really good at mini-golf and swimming.

When Joseph grows up, he wants to be a police officer and a pizza man.

Marc

Meet: Marc                    

Favorite:

Sport:     Soccer                         Food:   Tacos

Singer: Ross Ellis                       Book:  Pete the Cat’s Loose Tooth

TV Show: “Bunk’d”                  School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Mason

Marc’s teacher, Mrs. Vanadia, should know that he likes to learn!

When Marc is not in school, he likes to play with trucks, ride his bike and scooter, and go to work with his dad.

Marc is really good at school.

When Marc grows up, he wants to be a fireman.

Cassy

Meet: Cassandra                        Nickname: Cassy

Favorite:

Sport:     Softball                       Food:   Hot Dogs

Singer: Bruno Mars                    Book:  Paw Patrol

Movie: “Lion King”                  School Subject: Science and Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Sister and Brother: Mackenzie (her twin) and Kyle

Cassy’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that she loves animals, playing sports, and riding her two-wheeler.

When Cassy is not in school, she likes to play with her sister and friends, read, color and paint, be outside and walk her dogs.

Cassy is really good at art, playing sports, riding her bike and scooter.

When Cassy grows up, she wants to be a firefighter like her mommy and daddy and be an architect so she can make buildings.

Cole

Meet: Cole                               

Favorite:

Sport:     Football                       Food:   Sandwiches

Singer/Song: AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”

Book:     Dinosaurs

Movie: “Juassic World”             School Subject: Math

Name of Sisters: Peyton (his twin sister) and Makenlee

Cole’s teacher, Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert, should know that he loves baseball, football, and is excited to try golf;  he likes basketball, “side by siding”, and skiing. Cole really wants to try dirt biking! Phew…what an athlete!

When Cole is not in school, he likes to play sports, video games, play laser tag, go swimming, go “side by siding”, and art.

Cole is really good at laser trap and laser tag.

When Cole grows up, he wants to be an innovator.

Ava

Meet: Ava                                 Nickname: “Valellope vonSchweetz”

Favorite:

Sport:     Gymnastics                 Food:   Cherries

Singer: Jojo Siwa                       Book:  The Day the Crayons Came Home

TV Show: “Teen Titans Go!”    School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Logan

Ava’s teacher, Mrs. Megnin, should know that she really likes how funny she is; Mrs. Megnin is Ava’s favorite teacher!

When Ava is not in school, she likes to paint, draw, and dance.

Ava is really good at math.

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

Molly

Meet: Molly                              Nickname: Cakes

Favorite:

Sport:     Gymnastics                 Food:   Mac and Cheese

Singer: Katy Perry                     Book:  Elf on the Shelf

TV Show: “Descendants”          School Subject: Art with Mrs. Docherty

Name of Sisters: Lyla, Sadie, and Heidi

Molly’s teacher, Mrs. Barone, should know that she loves doing word searches, reading books, drawing pictures, and having dance parties.

When Molly is not in school, she likes to go tubing on her pontoon boat, play on her trampoline, ride her bike, and play with her friends.

Molly is really good at riding bikes.

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

Gabriella

Meet: Gabriella                         Nickname: Gabby

Favorite:

Sport:     Gymnastics                 Food:   Pizza

Singer: Taylor Swift                  Book:  Meet the Pikmi Pops

TV Show: “Super Monsters”     School Subject: Music with Mr. Moschella

Name of Brothers: Lucas and Ryder

Gabriella’s teacher, Mrs. Novak, should know that she is really nice.

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

Gabriella is really good at doing cartwheels and splits.

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

 

Kailey

Meet: Kailey                             Nickname: “KK”

Favorite:

Sport:     Soccer                         Food:   Pizza

Singer: Jimmy Buffett               Book:  Pigeon Wants a Puppy

Movie: “Rapunzel”                    School Subject: Science

Name of Soon-to-Be-Brother: William (Billy, Jr.)…due very soon!

Kailey’s teacher, Mrs. Battista, should know that she loves to come to school, participating in class, and helping her classmates.

When Kailey is not in school, she likes to go to dance class, play sports, play with her toys, read Pigeon books, and watch football with her daddy.

Kailey is really good at helping others.

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

Gabriel

Meet: Gabriel                            Nickname: Gabe

Favorite:

Sport:     Soccer                         Food:   Spaghetti and Meatballs

Singer: Jack Hartman                Book:  Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas

TV Show: “Minions”                 School Subject: Reading

Name of Brother and sister: Michael (his identical twin), Natalia, Claudia

Gabriel’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that he works hard and does his very best in school.

When Gabriel is not in school, he likes to play with his brother, Michael, and sisters Natalia and Claudia, and have story time with his mother.

Gabriel is really good at math.

When Gabriel grows up, he wants to be an art teacher.

Peppermint the Elf Visits Mrs. Zinni and Miss LaBar’s Class! 

Mrs. Zinni and Miss LaBar’s class has been visited by an elf called Peppermint. Peppermint encourages students to do good deeds and acts of kindness. Students are learning the importance of the ways they can think of others in simple ways. Here are some things that the elf named Peppermint asked the students to do:

Alana: “He asked us to make hug coupons for our family”

Noah:  “He asked us to play with someone new at recess.”

Zaniyah: “ He asked us to sit by someone new during lunch.”

Rocky: “He asked us to sharpen pencils and share them with another class”

Adrianna: “He asked us to deliver candy canes to people who help us.”

Haley: “ He asked us to give people a compliment”

Michael: “He asked us to cards to our special teachers.”

Troy:  “ He asked us to share bookmarks and pencils with another class.”

Introducing Miss Christine Malloy

Miss Malloy

Miss Malloy will be covering for Mrs. Giangrande for the next few months. Miss Malloy has recently completed her student teaching with Mrs. Talerico and Mrs.Ollert and will be graduating very soon from William Paterson University with a certification in Elementary and Special Education. Miss Malloy has been on the Dean’s list multiple semesters during her undergraduate years. Miss Malloy has a lot of experience through her practicums in the field of Early Childhood. What brought Miss Malloy into this field was spending a lot of time with her younger cousin with special needs.  She began to volunteer for the local “Challenger League.” Miss Malloy worked with her cousin and other students with special needs in different sports throughout the year.  This led Miss Malloy to become a Job Coach within a transition program at a local high school. Miss Malloy found that helping and watching each student develop personal success is so rewarding! We welcome Miss Malloy to Cedar Mountain!

Our kindergarten and first graders are certainly growing readers at Cedar Mountain. Avid, excited, motivated readers to be exact…

In our kindergarten classrooms, readers have been learning how to make text-to-self-connections and text-to-text connections as they read and listen to stories. This strategy of making connections helps readers to better understand how a character feels in a story and why they react or don’t react a certain way to situations that arise.

In our first grade classrooms, readers have been learning to notice their thoughts in a deeper way as they read. We use the mantra “Reading is Thinking” on a daily basis.  Students have focused on making connections, noticing when we learn something new and asking questions when something is confusing or not clear.  We’ve talked about listening to our inner voice as it says things like “Wow, I never knew that fact!” or “This reminds me of when…” and “I wonder how…” Students have been taught the technique to visualization to help “see” a story in our mind. When readers use these strategies and notice their thinking, their comprehension deepens.

Cedar Mountain Primary School art students will be engaged in creating artwork with a winter theme.  Kindergarten students are creating their own unique mittens.  Learning a stitchery technique (the whip-stitch) on tag board mittens that the students designed and cut provide an introduction to fiber arts. Next, sampling another type of fiber art, kindergarten students will learn to weave with paper strips.  They will learn to rule lines at even intervals as they make the warp into which the colored strips will be woven.   First-grade students will learn how to create “anatomically correct” (six-sided) paper snowflakes; each one will be as unique and special as the child who makes it.  Look for our mittens on our tree in the main lobby. Next, first graders will learn about brushstrokes and painting techniques (including splatter painting) as they work with tempera paint to create real or imaginary snow creatures. Later in the winter, first-grade students will use dry pastels to create a snowscape that is reminiscent of the mountain view from the front of our school, learning about background, foreground, and perspective.  Then they will learn about birds that are seen in our area in winter as they practice their representational drawing skills on the birds that they choose to be in the foreground of their scenes. I will be displaying students’ artwork on a wall in my office that will be the focal point when people walk in. 

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 program at our meeting.  Here are our upcoming SCA activities:

Holiday Shoppe: Monday-Wednesday, December 10th-12th Your child can shop for small items for every family member. A flier and an envelope to place your child’s money were sent home.

Cookies with Santa: Tuesday, December 18th at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm- SchoolCraft will be with us to take pictures with Santa. Here is a link to the flier

Outdoor Recess: As a reminder, our students will go outside for recess as long as the temperature stays about 25 degrees. Please make sure your child wears a warm coat, hat, and gloves daily in preparation for playing outside. We try as often as possible in the winter months to have our students go outside for physical activity.

As we settle into the winter months, I would like to remind you to update your personal information in our Genesis database. It is important for you to be informed of emergency school closings, early dismissals or delayed openings. If you did not receive a call, text or email from last month’s test of SchoolMessenger, this means you are not signed up for this program. Please call the main office at 973-764-2890, if you need assistance creating an account for School Messenger. You can also find our school closings, delayed openings, and early dismissals on the main page of the VTSD site.

As always, let’s keep working together to make sure your child…our students… stay focused, achieve their very best, and stay on the path of excellence!

It is an honor to work with your children…wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

 

Rosemary Gebhardt

A Message From VTHS

December 2018

 

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart.”

~Helen Keller

 

Welcome to December.  It’s another shortened month for our students, but it is one replete with exciting events here at VTHS!

 

Here are some important dates to remember:

 

Sunday, December 2        Chanukah begins

         

Thursday, December 5        VTHS SCA meeting – 9:15 am – 10:15 am  – Conference Room B

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

Meet & Greet for  Parents/Guardians to meet the Coaches  –

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  – Cafeteria

 

Friday, December 7        DECA Regional Test – Room 107 –

the test is approximately 60-90 minutes to complete –

students will sign up for individual testing times

Choir Winter Concert – 7:30 pm – Auditorium

 

Saturday, December 8        Viking Club Pancake Breakfast with Santa – 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Viking Club Pancake Breakfast with Santa

Softball Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser – 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – VTHS

Softball Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser

 

Thursday, December 13    Rehearsal for FBLA Talent Show – 2:00-3:30 pm

DECA will be selling Vernon apparel for the holidays –

6:00-8:00 pm – Room 106

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

 

Friday, December 14        Orchestra & Band Holiday Concert II – 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Monday, December 17        VTHS Meistersingers and Brass Choir District Caroling –

8:00 am – 1:55 pm  – Caroling at VTHS – 1:20 -1:55 pm

 

Tuesday, December 18        Dress Rehearsal for FBLA Talent Show 2:00-3:30 pm

DECA – Avoid Flying Objects – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Gym

“Avoid Flying Objects”

 

Thursday, December 20    FBLA Student Talent Show – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Cafeteria

FBLA Student Talent Show

 

Friday, December 21        Open Mic Night – 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Senior Cafeteria

Early Dismissal – all students must arrive no later than 7:05am

 

Monday December 24-31    School Closed/Winter Recess –

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Additional information…

 

… we would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during our recent visit by Keith Hawkins. Our freshmen had a remarkable day and we truly appreciate the hard work by Mr. Ed Flannery and Mrs. Shannon Flannery and their outstanding DECA volunteers. We would especially  like to thank the VTHS SCA for their financial support of the program, which helped make it a possibility!

 

…thanks to Mr. Foley, our Athletic Director, Mrs. Lindsay McAloney, our Theater Director, and Mr. Max Taylor, our Band Director, and everyone else who worked so hard to prepare and accompany our students to Glen Meadow Middle School last month. It was fun watching our students present to the Class of 2023 with information about the plethora of activities  awaiting them when they begin VTHS next fall. We would also like to thank Mr. Joe Piccirillo for organizing this exciting tradition for us once again.

 

…congratulations to the newest members of our National Honor Society:

 

Olivia Amorosi

Cole Benkendorf

Jacob Buurman

Jason Coppola

Ryan Coulther

Amanda Cueman

Stephanie DeMattheis

Benjamin Dupont

Samuel Dupont

Shelby Ebbighausen

Aubrey Gardner

Christopher Hainzl

Brandon Lee

Jaclyn Lehman

Vailisa Palis

David Rusnak

Becka Terzakis

Larissa Trongone

Kendall VanVugt

Jamie Vitale

Olivia Vizzini

Melissa Wilson

Donna-Marie Zaiens

Colin Ziabakhsh

 

Many thanks to Mrs. Kathy Weyant for serving as the NHS advisor and to her committee for another job well done!

 

…Mrs Kate Romeo, our SAC, recently spoke to all of our students about the danger of vaping. Please take some time to review this informational document for parents/guardians for additional guidance: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipsheet_508.pdf

Please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Romeo directly at extension 764-5799 if you have any specific comments, questions or concerns. Thank you.

 

…it’s time to think about buying a yearbook for your son/daughter! It makes a perfect holiday gift and will ensure that your child does not miss out when the yearbooks are ordered for distribution in the Spring of 2019. Here are two important messages from Mr. LaBar, the Yearbook advisor:

 

  1. 2019 Explorer Yearbooks are on sale. Go to www.jostensyearbooks.com to purchase one for only $85. It makes a great holiday gift! 2019 Yearbook Flyer

 

  1. Senior parents/guardians: Parent/Guardian/Friendship ads are now on sale.  Parent/Guardian/Friendship Ad Form

 

…there is a new Language Club at VTHS. It’s not just for students in World Language classes, but for any student who enjoys solving puzzles, or wants to strengthen their language skills. The club meets every Tuesday after school in room 110. Each week, students will work on one or two puzzles in languages ranging from Arabic to Zulu and everything in between! The problems focus on one specific area in linguistics, and at the end of the meeting they will discuss how these concepts apply to the languages being taught in school. This club may even be entering competitions during the upcoming months. Encourage your child to stop by and see what it’s all about!

 

…Mrs. Donna Picciuto is working with our Air Force Recruiter  to collect items for care packages for our service members deployed overseas. Please drop any of  these suggested items to the Upper Library Room 220 or to Ms. Anne Larlee in the College/Career Center by Wednesday, December 12:

 

Deodorant

Toothbrushes

Playing cards (i.e. poker, UNO)

Small games or puzzles (i.e. Sudoku, word searches, etc.)

Beef jerky

Cookies

*Holiday cards and/or letter

 

This is the perfect time of the year to let our service men and women know that we appreciate all they do for us. Thank you for your anticipated generosity!

 

…the VTHS PEER Leaders are conducting a Toy Drive for “Tilly’s Kids Christmas in the City.”

They have created two wonderful flyers and hope that you will donate a baby doll or toy truck for this excellent cause: Baby Doll Drive and Toy Truck Drive

 

…some of our classes are working with O.S.C.A.R. (One Step Closer Animal Rescue) to collect cleaning supplies, blankets and/or towels. If you have donations you would like to share, please send them to school with your child; collection boxes are located in the main office. Thank you!

 

…there will be a Robotics parent/guardian meeting on Tuesday, December 11 for any parent/guardian of students who are interested in the high school Robotics Program. The meeting will be held in the upper library beginning at 6:30 pm. Come out and hear about this exciting program!

 

…during this season of thanksgiving and generosity, please take a moment to nominate a classroom teacher or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring and making a difference. Parents/Guardians, students and community member are encouraged to participate. An eligibility form and a nomination form have been attached for your convenience:

 

…all students have recently received an email with a request to complete a School Climate Survey. Please encourage your children to complete this survey on or before Friday, December 7, 2018. Thank you for your assistance.

 

…thank you for all you do as we work together for the good of your children. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact the school directly and we would be happy to assist you.

 

…enjoy a wonderful holiday!

Mr. Piccirillo’s Blog

Good Afternoon Walnut Ridge Families,

I want to start this message by saying “Happy Thanksgiving” to you and your family. Over the past two weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with many of you at the Parent/Teacher Conferences, Book Fair, and — most recently — the Thanksgiving Feast. Throughout those moments it has been clear to me that our children have so much to be thankful for! YOU! Thank you for continuously coming out to our events and showing your support for your children and our school! Happy Turkey Day!

And now for some announcements…

1) TOMORROW IS AN EARLY DISMISSAL DAY:

As a reminder, here is our schedule:
AM Preschool: 9:35 am – 11:35 am
PM Preschool: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

2) Educators of the Year 

Tomorrow (11/21/18) is the last day to submit your nomination for our Teacher of the Year and our Educational Specialist of the Year. We have so many wonderful staff members at WR, so please take a moment to fill out the form and submit by tomorrow. Thanks!

3) Town Tree Lighting

The town of Vernon has asked to remind you to save the date of Friday, November 30, for the Vernon Tree Lighting Ceremony. It will take place at the Vernon Fire Department, next to the old Board Office Building. The theme is going to be “Whoville” so I think it should be a fun event for the children!

4) HS CTE Program visit

On December 6, Mr. DeVore and his high school CFM (Construction, Facilities, and Maintenance) students will be visiting WR to work with our students on Kids DIY projects donated from the Home Depot. It is a great opportunity for our children to work on creativity, build their fine motor skills, while collaborating with the HS students through a fun, hands-on, career-based activity. We are looking forward to December 6.

5) Update on Cookie Dough

A BIG thank you goes out to WRAP for organizing the cookie dough fundraiser. Although the final numbers are not in yet, it looks like we had a VERY successful fundraiser and will be able to financially supplement several future school events. Thanks to everyone who sold cookie dough. Be on the look-out for updates from the school and WRAP regarding the delivery and pick up procedures for the cookie dough once it arrives.

6) Vernon Coalition Meeting

Rebecca Dorney and the Vernon Coalition will be meeting with parents once again on December 7. There will be a morning session and an afternoon session. Those who attended the previous meeting in October felt it was a very valuable event. Please RSVP to Rebecca at rebecca@centerforprevention.org and look for future updates from the school.

7) K Kids coming to WR

Special thanks to Barbara Monschauer at her Lounsberry Hollow K Kids that will be visiting WR on December 12 to read to our students. The students always love opportunities for visits from the “big kids!”

 

8) VTHS Carolers coming on 12/19

And speaking of “big kids” — the VTHS choristers will be caroling around the district on December 19 and will make a special stop at WR to sing carols for our AM and PM students!

 

9) Pajama Day is Coming!

Please mark your calendars for December 14! This is the date set for our Pajama Day. In addition to each wearing pajamas (students and staff) we will begin accepting donations of new pajamas at our school for children in need. For each donation of pajamas, Scholastic will donate one book to our school library. Please consider a donation!!

 

10) Change of Date for our Holiday Sing-Along

Our Sing Along date has been moved to December 19. This event was a lot of fun last year, and we expect it to be even better this year. For more information click here for the flier.

 

11) Notes from Nurse Gallant

  • You should have received some information regarding a visit from the Zufall Mobile Dental Program. This program is scheduled to be held during school hours on Wednesday, December 5. It is a great way for your child to receive their dental care at school. Zufall accepts Medicaid, NJ Family Care, uninsured patients, and some private insurances. For more information, visit www. Zufallhealth.org. All interested families should sign and return the application by Wednesday November 7. Please contact Mrs. Gallant with any questions: 973-764-6343. For the application – CLICK HERE.
  • Did you realize that if we do not receive information regarding your child’s flu vaccine by January 2, they are not able to attend school? For more information about this see the message HERE from Nurse Gallant.

12) PARENT SURVEY

It is that time of year again… The time when I ask you to consider filling out a survey to help us better improve our school and your child’s education. If you have a free moment, please CLICK HERE and answer a few questions. It should take no more than 5 minutes. Thanks in advance for your help!

 

13) Registration

We will begin 2019-2020 registration for The Walnut Ridge School this coming March. Registration will continue all month. Simply stop by any time within that month and see Ms. DiCarlo to register or plan to see us in the evenings of the March Parent/Teacher Conferences. Also, each Tuesday in the month of March will be “Touring Tuesdays”. Tell your friends I would be glad to take them on a tour of our school on Tuesday during March. I always enjoy the opportunity to brag about our school, programs, teachers, staff, and students!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Principal Piccirillo

Grandparents Galore and November Students of the Month

Introducing Cedar Mountain’s November…

November Students of the Month

 

Jonathan

Meet: Jonathan                    Nickname: Jon

Favorite:
Sport: Soccer                      Food: Chicken Nuggets and Fries
Singer: Kids Bop               Book: Paw Patrol Birthday Book
TV Show: “Zack Storm”   School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Brother: Jacob

Jonathan’s teacher, Mrs. Megnin, should know that he is smart and he really likes recess!

When Jonathan is not in school, he likes to play at home.

Jonathan is really good at math.

When Jonathan grows up, he wants to be a police officer and a “YouTuber”.

 

Aspen

Meet: Aspen                            Nickname: Aya

Favorite:
Sport: Basketball                             Food: Tacos
Singer: Ed Sheeran                        Book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day
TV Show: “World of Dance”        School Subject: Math

Names of Brothers and Sisters: Chase, Brielle, Calla, and Cooper

Aspen’s teacher, Mrs. Giangrande, should know that she is the best.

When Aspen is not in school, he likes to play with his friends.

Aspen is really good at Reading Workshop (and he has really good penmanship, too!).

When Aspen grows up, he wants to be a policeman.

 

Sabrina

Meet: Sabrina                              Nickname: Sabrina Starlight

Favorite:
Sport: Football                                    Food: Pizza
Singer: Taylor Swift                           Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Movie: “The Greatest Showman”   School Subject: Music with Mr. Moschella

Name of Sister and Brother: Noelle Rose and Derek John (her new baby brother!)

Sabrina’s teacher, Mrs. Wilson, should know that she is a Daisy in the Girl Scouts.

When Sabrina is not in school, she likes to dance, sing, and play.

Sabrina is really good at taking care of her new little brother, Derek.

When Sabrina grows up, she wants to be a singer.

Stella

Meet: Stella                              Nickname: “Stelle”

Favorite:
Sport: Gymnastics                                   Food: Tacos
Singer: Lauren Daigle                          Book: Hug
Movie: “Polar Express”              School Subject: Science

Name of Brother and Sister: Joshua and Hadassah

Stella’s teacher, Mrs. Talerico and Mrs.  Ollert, should know that she has a very flexible body like a gymnast.

When Stella is not in school, she likes to play on the iPad.

Stella is really good at doing backbends.

When Stell grows up, she wants to be a gymnast and law professor.

Jayden

Meet: Jayden                     Nickname: Jay Jay

Favorite:
Sport: Football                 Food: Pizza
Book: All books about sports
TV Show: “WWE”          School Subject: Math

Name of Brother and Sister: Mason and Gianna

Jayden’s teacher, Mrs. Rogers, should know that Jayden loves to do math problems.

When Jayden is not in school, he likes to play with his brother, Mason, and play sports.

Jayden is really good at coloring.

When Jayden grows up, he wants to be a football player in the NFL.

 

Abel

Meet: Abel                       Nickname: Abe

Favorite:
Sport: Gymnastics                Food: Pizza
Band: The Fold                      Book: One Day a Dot
TV Show: “Ninja Go”           School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Sister: Vivian

Abel’s teacher, Mrs. Barone, should know that he loves being creative.

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

Abel is really good at art.

When Abel grows up, he wants to be a policeman.

 

Nicholas

Meet: Nicholas                       Nickname: Nick

Favorite:
Sport: Baseball                       Food: Chinese food
Singer: Kids Bop Kids
TV Show: “Sponge Bob”     School Subject: Recess 

Nicholas’ teacher, Mr. Dente and Mrs. Wilson, should know that he knows about the “Golden Rule” and is polite to his friends.

When Nicholas is not in school, he likes to watch movies and play with friends that live by him.

Nicholas is really good riding his electronic scooter.

When Nicholas grows up, he wants to be a policeman and also join the Army to protect the USA!

 

Payton

Meet: Payton                   Nickname: “Payt

Favorite:
Sport: All Star Cheerleading                     Food: Chicken Pot Pie and Watermelon
Singer: Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Book: Recipe Books
TV Show: “Descendants”                          School Subject: Math

Name of Brother and Sister: Cole (her twin) and Makenlee

Payton’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that she loves being fancy, she loves sparkles and loves playing hide & seek.

When Payton is not in school, she likes to go on vacation, go swimming, cheer, play with all of her cousins, and going to the playground.

Payton is really good at math, cheer, and gymnastics.

When Payton grows up, she wants to be a chef and a cheerleader.

 

Jonathan

Meet: Jonathan                   Nickname: Jonny

Favorite:
Sport: Baseball                          Food: Rice
Book: Teen Titan Go
Movie: “Star Wars”                 School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Christopher

Jonathan’s teacher, Mrs. Novak, should know that he likes baseball and math.

When Jonathan is not in school, he likes to play baseball, practice math, play video games, and play with his friends.

Jonathan is really good at basketball.

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

Ryeland

Meet: Ryeland                 Nickname: Rye

Favorite:
Sport: Hunting and Fishing                 Food: Hot Dogs
Singer: Dierks Bentley                           Book: Clifford
TV Show: “Truck Night in America”
School Subject: Math and Science

Ryeland’s teacher, Mrs. Battista, should know that he really enjoys being in her class.

When Ryeland is not in school, he likes to play with Legos.

Ryeland is really good at shooting with his daddy.

When Ryeland grows up, he wants to be a dad.

 

Greycey

Meet: Greycey                           Nickname: Nash

Favorite:
Sport: Soccer                              Food: Pizza
Singer: Jo Jo Siwa                     Book: Library Mouse
Movie: “Sing”                             School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Mason

Greycey’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that she loves dogs.

When Greycey is not in school, she likes to draw and play with her friends and her dogs.

Greycey is really good at painting and karate.

When Greycey grows up, she wants to be a Veterinarian.

Grandparents Day ..Many grandparents, great-grandparents, and other special family members visited Cedar Mountain for our annual event this week. Students were able to showcase what they are learning in their classrooms and demonstrate their skills in specials classes. Grandparents and other special family members visited the book fair and had family portraits taken for the holidays. We thank the SCA for providing refreshments for our special guests!

A Thanksgiving heartwarming story…meet first-grade twins Myles and Peyton. This year, Myles and Peyton knew they wanted to do something special for neighbors in their community. On their own, Myles and Peyton organized a food drive. From donations they collected from generous friends, Myles and Peyton were able to provide three full Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Myles and Peyton surprised neighbors by personally delivering the meals. Myles and Peyton are great role models for all of us; when you see Myles and Peyton, pat them on the back for thinking of others during this holiday season.

Peyton and Myles

Teacher of the Year Program

You are invited to nominate a teacher for the annual NJ Department of Education Governor’s Teacher of the Year and Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year. Please use this form to nominate a teacher at Cedar Mountain. Our building selection will be made in early December. There are so many outstanding professionals in Cedar Mountain for you to consider! Last year’s recipients were Ms. Mary Rose Cummins, a kindergarten special education teacher, and Mrs. Janet DeSenzo, Technology Coach.
Each candidate should:
• Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
• Serves as an exceptionally skilled and dedicated educator in a public or charter school;
• Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way;
• Plays an active role in the community as well as the school;
• Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom;
• Has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues

Because of the snow day we had on November 16th, we have rescheduled our 40 Developmental Assets program for Friday, January 18, 2019, at 9:45 am, in the cafeteria. Rebecca Dorney from the Vernon Coalition and the Center for Prevention and Counseling will be presenting the 40 Developmental Assets program for all Cedar Mountain families. A light breakfast will be served at this event. 40 Developmental Assets will train parents on all the ways that they can help their children grow and thrive using assets from their families and community. There are 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). This program is very popular among many families that have participated in the past. Check out the Search Institute that developed this program and read how these 40 assets were identified. It is never too early to learn all of the ways to help your child grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible!

Family Math Night a Great Success! Last week several of our Cedar Mountain Families came out to learn about our math curriculum and play math games with their children. Thanks to a generous VTEA Pride Grant obtained by our Math Coach, Ms. Laurie Nelson, families received packets of games to play at home to enhance our math curriculum. In addition, parents received information on the methodology we use in our everyday instruction called Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract from Mr. Rogers, Math Supervisor, and Ms. Nelson. Below are some pictures of our families in action!

Fundations Home Support Pack Did you know that you can follow along with your child’s Fundations units to reinforce concepts at home? If you click on the Digital Backpack and scroll down to Cedar Mountain, you will see the Home Support Pack that outlines activities you can do at home to reinforce the phonics concepts your child is learning in class unit by unit. Take a few minutes to check it out. You can also see the trajectory of skills as the year progresses.

Mountain Creek Snowboard and Ski School is coming to Cedar Mountain the week of November 26-30! Kindergarten and First Grade students will participate in the Burton Riglet Snowboarding Physical Education Program during all gym classes. Students will use specialized “mini” snowboards while trained instructors will teach skills focused on balance, body movement, flexibility, and core strength. This program is appropriate for all abilities—no prior snowboarding experience is required. We thank Miss Gonnelli for making arrangements for this special program…way to go Miss G!! Here is the letter that went home with students this week. 

Updating your contact information: Now that the winter is beginning to set in, you are reminded to update your contact information in Genesis. You should also make sure that you have all checked the boxes for the phones you want to receive school information. You can receive emails and texts in addition to phone calls. Please call the main office if you need any assistance with updating your contact information; we’d be happy to assist you!

Project Self-Sufficiency Toy Drive is underway. If you would like your child to donate a new unopened toy, please do so by early December. The toys that are donated will go to less fortunate families in Sussex County. Students that have made donations are very proud of the gifts they personally selected.

Our next SCA meeting will take place on Monday, December 3, 2018, at 9:30 am. Please note that we will no longer be holding evening meetings this year. We have found that parents are attending our meetings in the morning and we are not seeing parents come out for our evening meetings. If you cannot make a meeting and would like information, I would be very happy to go over the highlights of our meetings as well as send home any handouts. Please call Cedar Mountain or email me directly at rgebhardt@vtsd.com to request SCA information. You can also read our minutes on the Parent Link page.

We have many SCA activities coming up:

SCA Holiday Shoppe: Monday-Wednesday, December 10th-12th Your child can shop for small items for every family member. See the flier that will be sent home. Items are priced very reasonably to enable your child to purchase gifts for all their people on their list.
Cookies with Santa: Tuesday, December 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm- pictures with Santa Claus will be taken by SchoolCraft Studios

November 21: Early Dismissal 1:20- please order a Grab and Go lunch for your child
November 22-23: School CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday
December 4: Trimester One Ends
December 14: Trimester One Report Cards Issued.
December 19: Field trip to Glen Meadow Middle School to see the Winter Concert- you will be receiving a permission slip in the coming weeks.

Wishing you a great Thanksgiving with your family,

Mrs. Gebhardt

Principal’s Blog

Rolling Hills Principal’s Blog

November, 2018

 

It’s hard to believe that we are moving into November and the close of the first marking period.  As daylight savings time ends, we are quickly reminded of the changes coming our way. Temperatures are starting to dip, and we will soon be greeted with the first hard frost of the autumn. As most trees are losing their leaves, we are beginning to realize that the winter season will soon be upon us. That being said, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of maintaining up-to-date contact information in our Genesis Parent Portal. This system will be the main source of information regarding early dismissals, delayed openings, and school closings during the school year.

Please keep in mind that school will be closed on Thursday and Friday,  November 8th and 9th for the NJEA Convention.

Our Book Fair will be held the week of November 12th through the 16th,  and we will once again be welcoming Grandparents and Parents/Guardians from 9:30 – 11:00 am on both November 14th and 15th. This year all visitors must register in the main office prior to entering the building.  As such, we are encouraging anyone attending to stop in any day prior to register (driver’s license) to help alleviate lines on the visitation day.  I would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that Wednesday, November 21st will be an early dismissal day with students being dismissed at approximately 1:10 pm for the Thanksgiving holiday (schools closed November 22nd and 23rd).

 

Dr. Stumper

A Message From VTHS

 

November 2018

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

~Robert Collier

 

Welcome to November! It’s a shortened month for our students, but a very important one as we move into the second quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.

Here are some important dates to remember:

       Wednesday, November 7 End of first marking period

NJPSO to work with orchestra students – 11:30am – 2:00pm*

Comedy Hypnotist Show 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm**

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

      

Thursday, November 8 NJEA Convention – School closed

 

Friday, November 9 NJEA Convention – District closed

“Ladies’ Night Out” – Monte Carlo – “Luck of the Draw!” – 5:30pm

 

 

                                                       

       Monday, November 12 Vaping Presentations:***

  • 9th grade – period 1
  • 10th grade – period 2
  • 11th grade – period 3

Tuesday, November 13 Freshman Academy Activity Day – 2:00  – 5:30 pm

 

Thursday, November 15 Grades available to students, parents and guardians at 2:00pm

PEER – Capture the Flag – 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Gym

FBLA Student Talent Show – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Auditorium

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

                                        

       Tuesday, November 20 Keith Hawkins – 7:30 am – 12:30 pm –  Gym – Freshmen and DECA

National Honor Society Induction 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Auditorium

 

       Wednesday, November 21 Early Dismissal Schedule

2018 OPINFO Program – the United States Naval Academy

Marching band, Thespians, Cheerleaders and Varsity athletes to  visit Glen Meadow Middle School to speak to eighth graders–the Class of 2023!

Thursday, November 22 Happy Thanksgiving! (District closed)

      

Friday, November 23 District closed

 

       Friday, November 30 Open Mic Night 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Senior Cafe

 

…*the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will be sending 4-5 musicians to conduct a “master class” with our orchestra students. What an exceptional opportunity for our student musicians!

 

…**please be sure to support this year’s DECA Hypnotist Show, being held on Wednesday, November 7th from 7:30-8:30 pm. Admission to this annual favorite is $8.00 per person.  Hypnotist flyer

Please be aware of the following if your child would like to be chosen as a participant during this event: There has never been a case of a hypnotized person failing to return to normal, wakeful alertness.

If left to their own devices, a hypnotized person will either emerge themselves, or drift into natural sleep before waking up.

An individual will experience hypnosis only if they fully consent, and having given consent to be hypnotized, they remain in control.

As easily as waking up, they can bring themselves out of the hypnotic state.

 

…***Mrs. Kate Romeo, our new SAC,  will be presenting information about the dangers of vaping to our students. We believe it is important for our students to have accurate information about this very important topic.

 

Some additional items…

 

…thank you for attending this year’s Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences. It was a pleasure seeing so many of you taking advantage of the opportunity to collaborate and communicate with your child’s teachers, counselors and case managers. By working together, we can ensure your child’s success!

 

…thanks, too, to the VTHS SCA for hosting such a wonderful luncheon for our faculty and staff members prior to our evening conference session. Every attendee was greatly impressed and appreciative of the all of the delicious food and welcoming ambiance. Many thanks  to our generous parents and guardians who made this event such a success!

 

……many thanks to Mrs. Ashley Lambrinides–and the entire School Climate Committee for the wonderful Week of Respect activities in early October.

 

…thanks to the Guidance Department for all of their hard work during October as we celebrated COLLEGE MONTH and helped to prepare our seniors for higher educational opportunities!

 

…congratulations to the following students who were accepted into the Sussex County School Honor Choir based upon their recent auditions:

 

  • Cole Benkendorf
  • Mark Bosma
  • Amanda Cueman
  • Nathan Fitch
  • Blake Harrsch
  • Ryan Spadafina
  • Michele Wagner

 

…congratulations to the following high school band students who successfully auditioned and were accepted into the 2018 All Sussex County High School Band:

 

  • Jacob Buurman – Tenor Sax
  • Matt Charuka – Principal Bass Clarinet and Clarinet
  • Freya Drew – French Horn
  • Brianna Frasco – Clarinet
  • Bryce Grier – Trumpet
  • Anmarie Kaczor – Trombone
  • Angelina Koppel – French Horn
  • Brandon Lee – Alto Sax
  • Mia Obrotka – Trombone
  • Wesley Sanders – Euphonium and Tuba
  • Hannah Van Blarcom – Flute
  • Caitlin Witters – Bassoon
  • Kelly Witters – Oboe
  • Max Yacun – Tympani

 

…congratulations to Mr. Max Taylor, Mr. Josh Jenkins and Mrs. Jody Young for a wonderful Wind Ensemble Fall Concert on Thursday, October 25! Replete with Halloween-themed music, it is always an audience favorite!

 

…congratulations to the Vernon Viking Marching Band who recently competed at the USBands’ Yamaha Cup Marching Band Competition at Rutgers University; the VTHS marching band received third place out of eight bands competing in Group IVA and second in Music Ensemble and Overall Effect Captions. The marching band should also be congratulated on their 8th place ranking at NJ State Championships this past Sunday, at Old Bridge High School; at this competition, the band competed with 12 bands total in Group IVA.

 

…congratulations to the cast and crew of “Up the Down Staircase!” Director Lindsay McAloney, Assistant Director Dana Ziegler and Set Builder Mike DeVore did an exceptional job once again this year! Thanks to everyone for their hard work and for sharing their talents with us! Cast and Crew

 

…congratulations to everyone who was involved in our Fall Sports’ Program this year. The dedication demonstrated by our coaches is impressive and the hard work shown by our student athletes is remarkable. Now…onward to our Winter Sports! Be sure to take some time to review the “Athletics” website for more up-to-date details!

 

…many thanks to the Class of 2020 for this year’s excellent Zombie Run! A great–albeit scary— evening was had by all!

 

…many thanks to the Class of 2021 for organizing this year’s Halloween Onesie Day! Our sophomore class was able to collect nearly $200 thanks your your participation!

 

…thanks, too, to the VTHS DECA advisors–Mr. Ed Flannery and Mrs. Shannon Flannery–and members for continuing your wonderful support of Harvest House by sponsoring another Harvest House Turkey Dinner. Your support is greatly appreciated!

 

…DECA also sponsored a Halloween Costume Party for some of our students on Friday, October 26th, which was enjoyed by all attendees! Thank you for all of your hard work!

 

…thank you to Mrs. Sang,  Mrs. Sigl and Mr. Falkowski for accompanying our students to this year’s Anti-Bullying Summit in Sparta. Our high school students were able to serve as mentors for middle school students throughout the county.

 

…do you know a classroom teacher or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring and making a difference? If so, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program! Parent/Guardians, students and community members are encouraged to participate.An eligibility form and nomination form have been attached for your convenience: 2018-2019 GEOY Eligibility Form   2018-2019 GEOY Nomination Form

 

…please be sure to purchase a yearbook for the lowest price of the year by following this link: Yearbook Flyer 2018-2019

…if your child is a senior, please don’t forget to send in a Parent and Friendship Ad by following this link: 2019 Parent and Friendship Ad

 

Please be sure to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year. We would be happy to assist you.

 

Enjoy a great month!

Dr. Pauline Anderson, VTHS Principal

Honoring our Veterans and Grandparents at Cedar Mountain

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We have so many activities going on at Cedar Mountain School during the month of November; we look forward to you and your children participating in our various events! I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! With so many school activities going on this month, I feel this home-to-school quote by Clara Galan is very fitting…

Our Veteran’s Day Parade was enjoyed by all of our guests on Monday, November 12th! The Vernon Township High School Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Max Taylor, led a procession of our Vets through the front of the school. Following the parade, each of our talented first-grade classes made a presentation of poems, songs, and dancing for the Vets. The ringing of our school bell commemorated the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Enjoy some pictures from the event…

Child Assault Prevention Program: Cedar Mountain has received a generous grant to have the Child Assault Prevention Program for our kindergarten and first-graders this year. The CAP Program aims to prevent child assault by teaching children to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations and by training teachers and parents/guardians to help prevent the victimization of children; their slogan “Empowering our Children to be Safe, Strong, and Free”. The program has two components: a parent/guardian program and individual classroom workshops for children.  You can read more about this organization at njcap.org. Our parent/guardian program will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at Cedar Mountain Primary School. This program is for parents only. The parent/guardian program includes information on child sexual assault, identification of child assault victims, reporting of abuse, and crisis counseling skills.  There will also be a detailed description of the children’s workshop. Please note that we must have active consent by November 21, 2018, for your child to participate in this program. Here is the memo that was sent home with your children.

Family Math Night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, at 6:30 pm. Come to learn about our math curriculum and play games that you will take home with you to enhance your child’s math practice while at home. This program has been brought to our building by a generous Vernon Township Education Association Pride Grant. Here is the flier that was sent home.

Cedar Mountain Craft Night is on Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 pm. The SCA will be leading a family craft that can be used on your Thanksgiving table. Here is the informational flyer. 

Spirit Day is Thursday, November 15! Have your child wear blue and gold or his/her “Class of” t-shirts! Go Vikings! 

Rebecca Dorney from The Center for Prevention and Counseling will be conducting a 40 Developmental Assets training program for all parents in the Vernon Township School District on Friday, November 16, at 9:45 am, in the Cedar Mountain cafeteria. Here is the flyer with details.  A light breakfast will be served at this event. 40 Developmental Assets will train parents on all the ways that they can help their children grow and thrive using assets from their families and community. There are 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). This program is very popular among many families that have participated in the past. Check out the Search Institute that developed this program and read how these 40 assets were identified. It is never too early to learn all of the ways to help your child grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible!

For our families that supported the SCA Coffee and Cookie Dough Fundraiser, the SCA will be at school on Friday, November 16, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm for pickup in the main hallway. Thank you for those who purchased coffee and cookie dough. Proceeds from this event will offset the cost of upcoming programs and assembly programs.  

SCA Touch-A-Truck will take place on Saturday, November 17, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is a free event. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Any proceeds for this event will go directly to our emergency responder houses. You and your child will be impressed with the types of trucks, emergency vehicles, and construction vehicles that will be aCedar Mountain! All children from WR and RH are also invited to attend.  Here is the informational flyer.  

 

What’s Your Anti-Drug? Annually The Center for Prevention and Counseling holds a poster contest challenging students to express their “anti-drug”. The Center for Prevention and Counseling states that an “anti-drug” is…”The opportunity for students to share something important to them. The message’s simplicity is deceiving because “anti-drugs” are powerful motivators. Whether the “anti-drug” is an internal factor, like a desire to succeed, or external, like family support, it both generates and is supported by feelings of confidence, and success and self-respect that drive the student to take care of him or herself emotionally and physically. The contest is an opportunity to strengthen an important bond, activity, or belief in a child’s life that helps him or her stay alcohol and other drug free.” I am very proud to announce that kindergartener, Ily Culpepper, was selected as one of this year’s winners. Here is the insert that was in the NJ Herald earlier this monthIly’s drawing can be found on the top of page 4.

Grandparent’s Day is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 19-20, 2018. There will be two sessions, one from 10:15-11:30 and 1:30-3:15. Please see the informational that was sent home. If a special family member is attending, we request that you complete the permission form for the special person to visit your child at Cedar Mountain. SchoolCraft Studios will also be at Cedar Mountain for grandparents to have their pictures taken with their grandchildren.   Here is the flyer that was sent home.

Our school Book Fair will also be going on during Grandparent’s Day in the Media Center.  Stop by and get a head start on holiday shopping! We are in need of parent volunteers for our Book Fair. If you can volunteer any of our sessions on November 19 or November 20, please call the main office at 973-764-2890. We thank you for the time you can devote to our building. 

Teacher of the Year Program

You are invited to nominate a teacher for the annual NJ Department of Education Governor’s Teacher of the Year and Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year. Please use this form to nominate a teacher at Cedar Mountain. Our building selection will be made in early December. There are so many outstanding professionals in Cedar Mountain for you to consider! Last year’s recipients were Ms. Mary Rose Cummins, a kindergarten special education teacher, and Mrs. Janet DeSenzo, Technology Coach. 

Each candidate should:

  • Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • Serves as an exceptionally skilled and dedicated educator in a public or charter school;
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way;
  • Plays an active role in the community as well as the school;
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom;
  • Has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues

November 21:  Early Dismissal 1:20- please use the form that was sent home to order a Grab and Go lunch for your child 

November 22-23:  School CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday

November 26-30: Mountain Creek Snowboarding School will be in all gym classes!

December 10-12: SCA Holiday Shoppe

December 12: Zufall Dental Van at Cedar Mountain- a flyer from Mrs. Forrest to follow

December 14: Trimester One report cards issued

December 19: Trip to Glen Meadow Middle School to see the Winter Concert- permission slips to follow

December 21: Early Dismissal 1:20- please order a Grab and Go lunch for your child

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

 

 

 

Principal’s Blog

 

November/December 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

I am happy to share with you that our students, faculty and staff at Lounsberry Hollow have gotten off to a great start so far this school year!

We are now approximately one quarter of the way through the 2018-19 school year, as LH continues to bustle with activity.  Some activities since the first day of school have included:  Back to School Night; SCA meetings; School Picture Day; “Count On Me” student assemblies; Week of Respect; and Parent Teacher Conferences.

Thanksgiving time is now fast approaching.  Thanksgiving is a high season for gratitude, and an ideal time to reflect and remember things in our school and at home we have to be thankful for, as we work collaboratively to raise our students.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving season, I am pleased to share with you many of our students recently demonstrated their gratitude towards our veterans by writing notes of appreciation to those men and women who have served our country to celebrate Veteran’s Day in November.

Please be reminded school will be closed on Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 10 for annual Teacher Convention Days, as well Early Dismissal on Wednesday, November 21 and closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend.

In closing, please let me take this opportunity to wish all of you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving season and a healthy and rewarding December holiday season which follows soon thereafter.

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Mudrick

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