Happy New Year!

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I asked some of our first-graders their thoughts on 2016 and the New Year to come…here’s what they said…

What is your favorite memory from 2016?

Kayla: I learned math

Thomas: Playing with my friend Chris


Ethan: Getting my new dog, Penny

Grace: Swimming in the pool


Damian: Camping at Yogi Bear Camp


Caden: My first time playing soccer


Lyla: Learning new dance steps


What did you learn in 2016?

Adam: I learned how to ride an electric scooter


Maddie: I learned how to play baseball


James: I learned about the sun and the moon


Tyler: I learned how to write a book


Julie: I learned that six plus six equals twelve


What is your New Year’s resolution?


Dominic: I hope to play baseball this year


Joe: Get a black belt in karate


Kelly: Get really good in art


What advice do you have for grown-ups in 2017?


Amanda: Help others


Ben: Say good morning to others


Chloe: Take care of other people


Max: Clean the car


What do you wish for others in 2017?

Lindsey: I wish that they have good luck


Ella: To help people and to learn to read


Joleen: To be nice to others


Molly: Happiness


All Walnut Ridge parents are invited to a free two-hour Positive Parenting Workshop, presented by Diane Lang, Author, Educator and Life Coach, on Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, at Sussex County Community College, Building D, Student Center Theater. Please click this link for the informational flier.

During the month of January, Kindergarten students will be administered the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2) and will begin working in guided reading groups. Guided reading is an instructional method where students work in small groups as they read texts at their instructional reading level that review or enhance the skills and strategies taught during Reader’s Workshop.

SCA Meeting: Monday, January 9, 2017, at 9:30 and 6:30 pm. At January’s meeting, Mrs. Czergovits and Mrs. Sweeney will be making a presentation on literacy and to help parents understand what “Balanced Literacy” looks like in the classroom. We thank the SCA for all the wonderful programs they bring to the students of Walnut Ridge. We appreciate your dedication to our school and students; your countless hours of volunteer time do not go unnoticed! There are many upcoming SCA activities in January. Please look for fliers on Family Art Night on January 6, 2017, Super Hero Boot Camp on January 14, 2017, and our Fish and Chips fundraiser on January 27, 2017. As a reminder, there is babysitting available at our evening meetings thanks to the students of the Vernon Coalition and the Vernon High School Key Club.

Principal’s Forum: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 6:30 pm in the all-purpose room- come spend an evening with Mrs. Keane, School Counselor, Mr. Gagliostro, Math Coach, and Mrs. Hamilton, Speech/Language Therapist, and me to hear about all the programs at Walnut Ridge- information will be provided to assist you at home with reading, writing, and math (snow date- January 18th)

School Closed: on Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King Day

Our December First-Grade Students of the Month

December's Students of the Month

December’s Students of the Month

Bella: Bella has two nicknames: Bells and B“elsa”…it is what her parents and sister, Nikki, and brothers Carter and David call her. Bella’s favorite sport is soccer. She loves eating chicken and mashed potatoes. Bella enjoys the music of Adele. Her favorite storybook is The Puppy Book. When she has some free time, her favorite TV show is “Henry Danger”. Bella loves math, it’s her favorite class. Bella loves to play at home and go to the store with her mom. Bella is really good at reading and hopes to be a classroom teacher or an art teacher when she grows up.

Emily: Emily’s nickname is “Emi”, this is what her mom, dad, and brother, Daniel, calls her. Emily, just like Bella, loves to play soccer; it’s her favorite sport. Emily has fancy taste; her favorite meal is Chicken Francaise. Emily loves Taylor Swift, she could listen to her music all day long. Emily enjoys reading the book Over my Head. Her favorite show is “Liv and Maddie”. Her favorite subject in school is reading. Emily loves to sing and wear princess dresses. She is really good at coloring and wants to be a veterinarian someday to take care of animals.

Evan: Evan’s nickname that her brother, Will, sister, Jordan, and parents call her is “Ev” or “Evie”. Evan loves to dance, it’s her favorite sport. She’s on the competition team at Simply Dance. Her favorite food is mac and cheese…yum! Evan loves listening to the music of Arianna Grande. Her favorite books are “Barbie” books. One of her favorite subjects in school is art with Mrs. Docherty. Something that Evan would like her teacher, Miss Miebach, to know is that she loves her; Evan thinks she’s really smart. Evan also wants Miss Miebach to know that she really likes crafting in class and she cannot wait until it’s Christmas!! When Evan is not in school, she likes to play with her friends, play with her “Barbies”, go to her dance studio, shop, play outside and bake with her mom…phew! Someday, Evan hopes to become a Rockette and dance at Radio City Music Hall.

Molly: Molly’s nickname is “Molls” called by her parents and sister, Abby. Molly’s favorite sport is dance; this is something she is really good at doing. Molly’s favorite food is ice-cream…yum! She loves the music of Taylor Swift and reading Elephant and Piggy books. Her favorite TV show is “Sofia the First”. Molly loves math; it’s her favorite subject. Something that Molly would like her teacher, Mrs. Eckhardt, to know is that she is a caring person. When Molly is not in school, she likes to play with the older sister, Abby. When Molly grows up, she hopes to become a police officer.

Nicholas: Nicholas’ nickname is “Nick”. He has two brothers, Tommy and Anthony, and one sister, Alexa. Nicholas loves football, it’s his favorite sport. Nick is a really fast runner, too! His favorite food is pizza and his favorite singer is Aunt Colie. Nicholas loves dinosaurs, so when he goes to the library, he always looks for books on this topic. His favorite subject in school is computer class with Mrs. Kellish. Nicholas’ favorite TV show is “Pokemon”. Nicholas wants his teacher, Mrs. Giangrande, to know that he works very hard on his school work. When Nick is not on the football field, he likes to play with his brother, Anthony. When Nicholas grows up, he wants to be a police officer just like his dad.

Violet: Violet’s nickname is “Vivi”- her parents and her siblings Kassidy and Lily gave her this name. Violet is like so many other December Students of the Month, her favorite sport is soccer. Violet’s favorite food are apples! She loves the music of Tom Petty. She loves Pete the Cat books. Her favorite TV show is “Sponge Bob Square Pants”. Violet’s favorite subject is art with Mrs. Docherty. Violet wants everyone to know that she works very hard in school. When Violet is not in school, she likes to read and play. Violet is really good at making crafts. She hopes to become an art teacher when she’s grown up.

Caden: Caden has a big family! He has two brothers, Caleb and Cole, he has one sister whose name is Kiley. Cole and Kiley are twins. Caden’s favorite sport is soccer. Caden loves eating macaroni and cheese, it’s his favorite food. Caden likes to listen to the music of Bruno Mars. His favorite book is Clifford. When Caden has some free time, he likes to watch “Alvin and the Chipmunks” on TV. Caden loves math class, it’s his favorite subject. Caden is a very good student and loves learning in Mrs. Barone’s class. When Caden is not in school he likes to play football with his brothers and his dog, Oakley. Caden is really good at playing soccer and drawing. Caden also has beautiful penmanship. Some day, Caden hopes to become a teacher.

Derek: Derek’s nickname is “D”, his brothers Kyle and Sean call him this. Derek is like so many of December Students of the Month; he loves to play soccer. Derek loves eating pizza and reading the book Lego: Miners. When Derek is at home, he likes to watch “Lion Guard” on TV. Derek’s favorite subject in school is phonics. Derek is very helpful at home. When he has some free time, he likes to play video games and draw. Derek is really good at listening to others. When Derek grows up, he hopes to join the Army to protect our country.

Josh: Josh’s nicknames are “Josh” and “Joshy”. Josh has one older sister, Elise. Joshua loves playing basketball and eating tacos. Josh likes the music of Tyler Joseph. His favorite book is There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Josh likes the TV show “Teen Titans Go!”, just like Natalia! Josh’s favorite subject in school is his phonics class, Fundations; he’s learning how to be a great reader from this subject. Something that Josh wants his teacher, Mrs. Battista (our Teacher of the Year!), to know is that Josh really cares about her and really likes her. When Josh is not in school, he likes to play with his cousins. Josh is really good at dancing. When Josh grows up, he hopes to be a doctor and a drummer on the side.

Natalia: Natalia has one sister named Adriana, and one brother named Hunter. Natalia’s favorite sport is soccer. She likes to listen to Shania Twain; she’s Natalia’s favorite singer. Natalia loves pizza and watching “Teen Titans Go!” on TV. Natalia’s favorite book is Hop on Pop. Natalia is really good in math; this is her favorite subject in school. Something that Natalia wants Miss White and Ms. LaBar to know if that she loves being in their class and she loves learning new things from them. When Natalia is not in school, she likes playing sports and going to Daisies with fellow troop mates. Natalia’s Daisy troop helped plant flowers around our new flag pole this fall. When Natalia grows up, she hopes to become a teacher.


Outdoor Recess: As a reminder, our students will go outside for recess as long as the temperature stays about 23 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 on the School Messenger 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 School Messenger, this means you are not signed up for this program. Please call the main office at 973-764-2801, 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!

Happy New Year!

Rosemary Gebhardt