Greetings from the Little School with the Big Heart!

Kindergarten and Preschool Registration for the 2017-2018  is open!  You can find the link on the Walnut Ridge site as well as the main page of the VTSD website. If you happen to have friends or neighbors with young children, please direct them to this link. Kindergarten and Preschool registration will take place at WRPS on Tuesday, March 21st from 4:30-8:00 pm, Thursday, March 23rd from 4:30-8:00 pm, and on Saturday, March 25th from 9:30 am-1:00 pm, in the all-purpose room.

Shrek the Musical receives highest praise from our First Grade!

We recently went on our First grade Field Trip and it was a blast! Our 1st-grade children loved the preview of “Shrek the Musical” and some even made new friends as seen in the picture below!


Thank you to Mr. Loggie, VTHS Social Studies teacher, for treating Walnut Ridge students to a bagpipe show through our hallway! Students were mesmerized by the sound produced by the bagpipe. 

Introducing our March First-Grade Students of the Month!

March Students of the Month

March Students of the Month


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Olivia: Olivia’s nickname is “Liv”; it’s what her mom, brother, Tyler, and sister Hannah call her. Olivia loves to play soccer and eat pasta, her favorite food. Olivia likes to listen to the music of Katy Perry. Her favorite book is Fox in Socks. Olivia’s favorite TV show is “Thundermans”. Olivia’ favorite subject in school is computer class with Mrs. Kellish. When Olivia is not in school, she likes to play video games. When Olivia grows up, she wants to make toys.  



Savanah: Savanah’s nickname is “Savanie” given to her by her parents and sister Olivia. Savanah’s favorite sport is cheerleading. She loves eating “mac & cheese”; it’s her favorite food. Savanah loves the music of Taylor Swift. Savanah likes Mo Willems’ books, especially Elephant and Piggie. Savanah’s favorite TV show is “Teen Titans Go!”. Savanah’s favorite subject in school is her library time with Mr. Joseph. Something that Savanah wants her teacher, Mrs. Barone, to know is that she loves her. When Savanah is not in school, she has many interests including playing Minecraft, draw, color, fish, swim, and take boat rides! Phew, she likes to do lots of great things. Of all of these interests, Savanah says she’s best at playing Minecraft When Savanah grows up, she hopes to become a veterinarian.  

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Deema: Deema’s nickname given to her by her parents and brother, Mahmoud, is “Damdomy”. Deema’s favorite sport is gymnastics and she loves eating noodles, it’s her favorite food. Deema’s favorite singer is Grace VanderWaal. Her favorite book is Biscuit. Her favorite TV show is “Mamy the Bee”. Deema loves math so much, it’s her favorite subject…she is so good at it that she already knows how to do Order of Operations! Wow! When Deema is not in school she likes to play and bake. Some things that Deema is really good at are baking, drawing and writing (Deema also has perfect handwriting!). When Deema grows up, she hopes to become a science teacher and a chef.



Julie: Julie’s nickname is “Jules”; it’s what her parents and brother call her. Julie’s favorite sport is gymnastics. Her favorite food is sloppy Joes. Julie likes to listen to the music of Megan Trainor. Julie likes reading chapter books, especially the Junie B. Jones series. Julie’s favorite TV show is “ Jessie”. Julie loves her art class with Mrs. Docherty; it’s her favorite class in school. Something that you should know about Julie is that she went to Sky Zone for her 7th birthday. When Julie is not in school these days, she likes to play in all the snow we just had! Julie is really good at playing baseball and she also has really great penmanship! When Julie grows up, she hopes to become a veterinarian.

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Ryan: Ryan’s nickname, “Ry” has been given to him by his parents and his older brother, Andrew. Ryan loves to play soccer, it’s his favorite sport. Ryan’ favorite food is meatloaf. Ryan loves listening to the music of Taylor Swift. Ryan’ favorite book is Clown Fish. When Ryan has some free time, she likes to watch “Teen Titan Go!” on TV. Ryan’s favorite subject in school is math; he’s really good at this subject. Ryan wants everyone to know that he went to Sky Zone, like Julie, and had an awesome time. When Ryan is not in school, he loves to play board games. When Ryan grows up, he hopes to become a police officer.



Jacob: Jacob’s nickname is “Jake”; he is called this name by his parents and sisters Lia and Sara. Jacob’s favorite sport is basketball and his favorite food is pizza. Jacob loves the music of Cold Play. He favorite book is Oh the Thinks You Can Think, by Dr. Seuss. Jacob’s favorite TV show is “Paw Patrol”. Jacob loves science; it’s his favorite subject in school. Jacob likes his math class taught by his teacher, Mrs. Novak, he’s really good at this subject. Jacob’s favorite thing to do is play in the snow and go to the park. Someday, Jacob hopes to become a singer.


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Nicole: Nicole’s nickname is “Nikki” given to her by her sister, Haily, and her parents. Nicole’s favorite sport is dance, this is something she is really good at doing. Nicole loves to eat chicken nuggets; it’s her favorite food. Nicole likes to listen to the country music of Luke Bryan. Her favorite book is Alice in Wonderland. Nicole’s favorite TV show is “The Voice”. Nicole’s favorite subject in school is Writing Workshop. Something that Nicole wants everyone to know is that she loves to read! When Nicole is not in school, she loves to read and draw. When Nicole grow up, she hopes to become a dancer or a singer.



Anthony: Anthony’s nickname is “Ant”, given to him by his parents and brother Vinny. Anthony’s favorite sport is Lacrosse, his favorite food is Swedish fish. His favorite singer is Armand Van Helden. Anthony likes the book Pokémon. Anthony likes to watch “Sponge Bob” on TV. His favorite subject in school is reading.  Anthony has very neat handwriting! Something that he wants his teacher, Mrs. Battista, to know is that he defeated Dr. Eggman in Sonic and that he will really miss her when he is in 2nd grade! When Anthony is not in school, he likes to play with his brother and his parents, play on the iPad, and play outside. Two things that Anthony is really good are playing Lacrosse and the game Life. When Anthony grows up, he hopes to become a police officer.

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Nathaphop: Nathaphop’s nickname is “Ka”, given to him by his parents and siblings Juan and Preeyapha. Nathaphop’s favorite sport is basketball. He loves eating scrambled eggs. Nathaphop’s favorite book is Dangerous Volcanoes. When Nathaphop is at home, he enjoys watching “Power Rangers” on TV. It’s no wonder that Nathaphop likes the book Dangerous Volcanoes; his favorite subject in school is science. Nathaphop likes to play laser tag and when he’s not in school, he likes to play games on his iPad. Nathaphop is really good at math and hopes to become a doctor when he grows up!




Avery: Avery’s nickname is “Aves”; it has been given to her by her parents, brother, Jason, and sister, Riley. She is the youngest child in her family. Avery loves swimming; it’s her favorite sport. Avery loves eating pizza, she could have it every day!   Avery’s favorite singer is Justin Bieber. He favorite book is The Spooky Old Tree. Avery loves to watch “Henry Danger” when she has some free time at home. Avery’s favorite subject in school is math. Something you should know about Avery is that she goes to Wildwood, NJ every summer. When Avery is not in school is can be found playing Xbox with her brother, Jason. Avery is really good at painting her nails. Someday, Avery hopes to become a teacher when she grows up.

Report Cards will be issued for Trimester Two on Friday, March 17th.

School Spirit Day will be on Friday, March 17th…students are encouraged to wear green!

Recently, our preschool teachers held an Open House for parents interested in sending their children to Walnut Ridge’s preschool program this fall. If you missed the program, click here to check out our presentation from our Preschool Open House!

While you are home with your children on these snow days, consider having them practice their reading and math skills by going to SumDog and Raz Kids A-Z. In addition, Mr. Joseph’s Media Center link has so many great sites for young children to keep them learning and engaged. Check it out!

Thank you to Mr. Joseph for collaborating with Sparta Books to bring in author Paul Czajak on Friday, April 7, 2017, for an assembly program at 10:10 am and 2:00 pm. Click here to see the flier to purchase Paul Czajak’s books! 

Mr. Czajak’s visit is during our Spring book fair!  The book fair will be open on the following days and times:

Tuesday, April 4th,  Thursday, April 6th, and Tuesday, April 11th, 2017,  from 7:15 am – 8:45 am and from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Preschool Spring Conferences will be held on March 20 and March 21, 2017, from 4:15-7:00  pm, and on March 22, 2017, from 8:45-9:45 am. 

April SCA Meeting: will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm in the all-purpose room. This month, the Center for Prevention and Counseling will be presenting important information to parents of young children. Our SCA Family Cooking Night will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at 6:00 pm, where families will make healthy snacks with Mrs. Maureen Remner from Sodexho. Information on the SCA Children’s Line Dancing held on Wednesday, April 5th, at 6:00 pm, will be sent home soon!

Hallway Highlights!

Walking through the halls of our little school this month there was a tremendous amount of learning taking place! Below are some pictures of different activities that were happening in our classrooms throughout the month!




Students are reading to their buddies in Mrs. Horn’s Class!


Our First Grade School Safeties have been doing a great job directing traffic in the hallway each morning!

Door Decorating– Classrooms decorated their doors with Dr. Suess themes to celebrate Love of Reading Week. Here are some pictures of the great work our students did!

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

Thank you for your support and continued dedication to the education of your child; you are your child’s first and best teacher. We appreciate your partnership with us at Walnut Ridge Primary School developing a strong foundation for years to come!

Rosemary Gebhardt