Douglas Florian, children’s poet, came to Cedar Mountain on Friday, May 25, to talk to our students about writing poetry. Douglas Florian told students how he decides the topics he writes poetry …it is very simple, he said, “just explore your world!”. When Douglas Florian finds something he is interested in, he spends a lot of time learning about it. He reads books, goes to the Museum of Natural History or the Bronx Zoo to study his topic. Douglas Florian held the audience captive and had them laughing as he recited and showed his illustrations from many of the poems from his 50 books! Through his poetry, he taught students many elements of poetry such as rhyme, rhythm, repetition, wordplay, personification, and more! Below you will see pictures of students as they joined Douglas Florian teach the principles of poetry. We thank the SCA for bringing this special author to our school! He was a sensational hit! We have many Douglas Florian books in our library and now they are personally signed by the author!

Release the ….Butterflies! Students of Cedar Mountain studied one of their favorite science topics…living things…the life cycle of the butterfly. Students raised butterflies from caterpillars and observed daily the metamorphosis of this creature. Students released their Painted Lady butterflies last week. Here are some pictures of Mr. Dente’s, Mrs. Sweeney’s, and Mrs. Haw’s, class releasing their butterflies.


Students had an outstanding time at last week’s Fun Day! Enjoy some images from the event.

Field Trips: Our first-grade field trip to Space Farms will take place on Wednesday, May 30. Your child is requested to wear his or her Fun Day t-shirt on this trip.

Our kindergarten field trip to Down on the Farm at the Sussex County Fairgrounds will take place on June 6, 7, or 8, as follows:

June 6: Mrs. Haw, Mrs. Zinni, Miss LaBar and Mrs. Horn

June 7: Mrs. Gagliardi, Ms. Thomas, Mrs. Bross and Ms. Stefkovich

June 8: Mrs. Czergovits, Miss Chmielowiec, Miss Winzer and Mrs. Cummins       

A Heartfelt thank you to our dedicated SCA- Cedar Mountain would like to say THANK YOU to our SCA officers for their dedication to our school. The SCA has brought so many wonderful programs and activities to enrich our students and our academics. When you see our SCA officers please thank them personally for the great amount of time they have dedicated to our school volunteering countless hours. Our next SCA meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 4, at 9:30 am. We welcome and encourage all parents to attend our SCA meetings, especially our incoming preschool and kindergarten parents; our SCA provides so many wonderful programs and special activities to all of our students. At this meeting, I will be recapping and highlighting the year and introducing our new 2018-2019 SCA officers who are as follows:

President: Mrs. Denise Clarke

Vice President: Mrs. Terrianne Scognamiglio

Recording Secretary: Mrs. Randi Adamitis

Treasurer: Mr. Patrick Currieri

Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Sarah Gascon


Developmental Reading Assessment: During the month of June, all students will have their reading level assessed using a tool called the Developmental Reading Assessment. We use the DRA as a data point to determine your child’s reading level and to determine the strategies he or she uses while reading. In addition to your child’s classroom teacher, our Title One teachers, Mrs. Garofalo and Miss Limoncelli, and our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Krops, will be working with your child. This information will be shared with next year’s teacher to help him or her understand your child’s reading strengths and areas where reading development is required.

Second Grade Orientation at Rolling Hills Primary School will take place on Wednesday, June 6, and Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 4:15 pm. Your first-grade child will be receiving an informational flyer regarding this event.

Artstanding will take place at Lounsberry Hollow on Friday, June 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Come see the many fine and performing arts demonstrations from preschool through 12th grade. Mr. Moschella, our music teacher, will be leading the following classes in dances they have learned throughout the school year: Mrs. Sweeney/Mr. Dente and Mrs. Novak. Mrs. Docherty will be displaying many masterpieces created this year in her classes. Mrs.Kellish will have students demonstrating coding. This is a MUST SEE wonderful family event. 

Kindergarten Patriotic Sing-Along: All parents and guardians are welcome to attend our Kindergarten Sing-Along held on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, at 10:00 am, in the gym. Join our students in your Red-White-and Blue and sing along to patriotic songs. Please park in the lower lot and enter through the gym doors.

Book Sign-Out has ended for the year: While students will have their regularly scheduled library class, students will not be signing out books during the month of June. If your child has a Cedar Mountain library book at home, please have your child return it as soon as possible.  Please consider signing up your child for Sussex County Library’s Summer Reading Program. Here is a link to the children’s section of Sussex County Library.

Early Dismissal Days: For planning purposes, our district will be having Early Dismissal Days on June 21, 2018, through Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (VTHS June 28). Cedar Mountain will dismiss at 1:20 pm daily. Please look for a Grab-n-Go flier to purchase a bag lunch for your child. Lunch will not be served in the cafeteria on these days.

Teacher Name and Bus Information for 2018-2019– As a reminder, all K-5 schools 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 Genesis alert notifying you to go to Genesis to receive your child’s class placement and bus information on Monday, August 20, 2018. 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 with this K-4 timeline.

Class of 2031 Kindergarten Orientation: If you are a parent/guardian of an entering kindergarten student reading this blog, you will soon receive a letter from me inviting you to the Class of 2031 Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 2:00 (A-L) or 3:00 (M-Z), held in the Cedar Mountain gym.

In addition, I am inviting you to sign up for a time for you and your child to meet with me this summer so that we can begin our important educational partnership. This will allow us to make introductions and answer any questions you may have for the upcoming school year. Please click this link to the Cedar Mountain main page that will take you to Sign Up Genius.

May First-Grade Students of the Month

May First-Grade Students of the Month



Meet: Judarlin              


Sport: Volleyball         Food: Pasta    

Singer: El Pollito Pio Book:  Pinocchio

TV Show: “Do Ray Princess”  School Subject: Math

Name of Brother and Sister: Fradwin and Isaylin

Judarlin’s teacher should know that she is respectful.

When Judarlin is not in school, she likes to play with her siblings and share things with her family.

Judarlin is really good at learning English.

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


Meet: Seong-Nam      Nickname: Super Star              


Sport: Soccer               Food: Pancakes          

Singer: His mom         Book:  Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

TV Show: “My Big Big Friend”  School Subject: Math

Name of Sisters: Seong-Jin, Seong-Uo, and Seong-Yeon

Seong-Nam’s teacher should know that he is good at writing (and he as great handwriting, too).

When Seong-Nam is not in school, he likes to play Sum Dog.

Seong-Nam is really good at playing tag.

When Seong-Nam grows up, he wants to be a chef.


Meet: Sophia              Nickname: Sophie or Soph     


Sport: Tae Kwon Do   Food: Her Mom’s Homemade Mac & Cheese          

Singer: Jerry from the Misfits             Book:  Frozen Fiasco

TV Show: “Sonic Boom”       School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Jimmy

Sophia’s teacher should know that she works really hard on math tests.

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

Sophia is really good at making an omelet for breakfast.

When Sophia grows up, she wants to own a restaurant.


Meet: Mia                   Nickname: Mimi           


Sport: Softball             Food: Tomatoes         

Singer: Bob Marley    Book:  Pig the Pug

TV Show: “Liv and Maddie”  School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Brother and Sister: Dylan and Kaya (her twin!)

Mia’s teacher should know that she loves animals and she loves to swim.

When Mia is not in school, she likes to be with her dad.

Mia is really good at making friends.

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


Meet: Reese                Nickname: Sissy           


Sport: Cheerleading             Food: Strawberries     

Singer: Carrie Underwood     Book:  Cats and Dogs

TV Show: “Liv and Maddie”  School Subject: Writing Workshop

Name of Brothers: Matthew and Robert

Reese’s teacher should know that she loves math.

When Reese is not in school, she likes to write stories and make them into books.

Reese is really good at softball.

When Reese grows up, she wants to be a teacher, like Mrs. Barone.


Meet: Madison           Nickname:  Maddie      


Sport: Soccer               Food: Chips    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa      Book:  Sponge Bob

TV Show: YouTube shows  School Subject: Art with Mrs. Docherty

Name of Brother and Sister: Eddie and Makayla

Madison’s teacher should know that she shares the magic of friendship with others.

When Madison is not in school, she likes to watch TV.

Madison is really good at exercising.

When Madison grows up, she wants to be a singer or a landscaper.


Meet: Alison               Nickname: Ali   


Sport: Softball             Food: Calamari           

Singer: Anna Kendrick           Book:  The Book with No Pictures

TV Show: “Shimmer and Shine”  School Subject: Art with Mrs. Docherty

Name of Brother and Sisters: Joseph, Emily, and Danielle

Alison’s teacher should know that she likes jumping into piles of leaves.

When Alison is not in school, she likes to sit on the couch and watch TV.

Alison is really good at being patient.

When Alison grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian, so she can help pets, and be an author and write books.


Meet: Mya         


Sport: Horseback Riding        Food: Tacos    

Book:  Pete the Cat

TV Show: “Sponge Bob”  School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Mason

Mya’s teacher should know that she loves learning to read.

When Mya is not in school, she likes to ride her bike and ride horses.

Mya is really good at making people laugh.

When Mya grows up, she wants to make a lot of money!


Meet: Hailey         


Sport: Swimming        Food: Shrimp    

Singer: Meghan Trainor        Book:  How to Catch a Star

TV Show: “The Flash”              School Subject: Writing

Name of Brother: Aiden (her twin!)

Hailey’s teacher should know that she loves to dance and sing.

When Hailey is not in school, she likes to play outside with her twin brother, Aiden.

Hailey is really good at reading.

When Hailey grows up, she wants to be a famous singer.


Meet: Gianna                  Nickname: G     


Sport: Gymnastics           Food: Sushi

Singer: Ed Sheeran          Book:  Fancy Nancy

TV Show: “Fuller House”  School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Anthony

Gianna’s teacher should know that she is kind.

When Gianna is not in school, she likes to play school, go swimming, and play outside.

Gianna is really good at art.

When Gianna grows up, she wants to be a teacher like Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert!

Enjoy the warm weather!

Mrs. Gebhardt