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Sharing Vernon Viking Pride…

Dear Vernon School Community,

We have so much to be thankful for as a school community! We have great Vernon Pride! Mr. Rogers, our Acting Superintendent, and I would like to honor and recognize some of the outstanding individuals in our district doing great things for our students, starting with our 2022-2023 NJ Governor’s Teacher of the Year and Educational Services Professional of the Year, NJ DoE Exemplary Educators, and the VTEA Educational Support Professional of the Year.

 

Congratulations to our district Teachers of the Year…

 

Those selected for this prestigious award have demonstrated the following qualities:

 

  • Serves as an exceptionally skilled and dedicated educator;
  • Inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom;
  • Has the respect and admiration of students, parents, administrators and colleagues; and
  • Plays an active role in the community as well as the school.

 

Drum Roll, Please…

 

Walnut Ridge School: Miss Allison Weber, Preschool Teacher

Cedar Mountain Primary School: Ms. Mary Ollert, Special Education Teacher

Rolling Hills Primary School: Mrs. Christina Weiss, Third Grade Teacher

Lounsberry Hollow School: Mrs. Cheryl Reed, Fourth Grade Teacher

Glen Meadow Middle School: Dr. Christopher Jensen, Eighth Grade Science Teacher

Vernon Township High School: Ms. Marianne Longchamp, English Teacher

Allison Weber

Mary Ollert

Christina Weiss

Cheryl Reed

 

Christopher Jensen

Marianne Longchamp

 

Congratulations to our district Educational Services Professionals of the Year…

 

Walnut Ridge School: Mr. Nik Lasso, Technology Coach

Cedar Mountain Primary School: Mrs. Sherry Polhemus, CST Social Worker

Rolling Hills Primary School: Mrs. Jennifer Gallant, School Nurse

Lounsberry Hollow School: Mrs. Debbie Lisa, School Nurse

Glen Meadow Middle School: Mrs. Carol Gonzalez, School Nurse

Vernon Township High School: Mr. Ray Loughren, School Counselor

Nik Lasso

Sherry Polhemus

Jennifer Gallant

Debbie Lisa

Carol Gonzalez

Ray Loughren

 

 

Congratulations to our NJ Department of Education Exemplary Elementary Educators…

Mrs. Lois Battista, Math Interventionist, and Mrs. Maureen Sweeney, kindergarten teacher, both Cedar Mountain teachers, were awarded the Exemplary Elementary Educator Award. Mrs. Battista and Mrs. Sweeney have been identified as educators who are valued by our school community and have exhibited strong knowledge and leadership skills, have an inspiring presence and have a clear vision for quality teaching. Mrs. Battista and Mrs. Sweeney have been vetted in a rigorous process to earn this prestigious NJ Department of Education recognition.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Ms. Lisa Hirkaler Award Recipient: Ms. Lisa Hirkaler, art teacher at Glen Meadow Middle School, has been awarded the prestigious 2022-2023 NJEA Frederick L Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education for her project, Social Justice Art and Book Club.  Ms. Hirkaler, a fierce advocate for all students, inspires her burgeoning artists through the art curriculum using the Principles of Art and Design as they express themselves in many art forms.

 

 

 

Congratulations to the Vernon Township School District Educational Support Professional of the Year! Mrs. Diane Alfonso, the Administrative Assistant to the Principal at Rolling Hills Primary School, was selected by her peers from the Vernon Township Education Association for this distinguished honor. Mrs. Alfonso is one of the first people they see when entering Rolling Hills; Mrs. Alfonso is a kind and helpful person who represents the building so proudly. Mrs. Alfonso is hard-working, dedicated, and the Office Manager of the Rolling Hills Main Office. Mrs. Alfonso never fails to greet everyone with a cheery smile or a “Good morning, sunshine!” She will help anyone, no matter how long her to-do list is and immediately makes newcomers feel welcome to the school.

Diane Alfonso

 

 

 

 

Speaking of the Vernon Township Education Association, this educational organization brings thousands of dollars to our district through a Pride Grant from the NJEA. Thank you to Mrs. Lesley Lombardi, Chair of the Pride Committee, for working with fellow VTEA members to write grants that secure funds for many school programs that build community support and involvement bringing families into our schools. So far this year, the following programs have been funded:

 

  • Cedar Mountain Fall Harvest Open House
  • Walnut Ridge Preschool Back to School Night-art activities provided to students during the program
  • Vernon Pump Track Grand Opening- provided refreshments for this community event
  • Cedar Mountain and Vernon Township High School International Nights
  • Cedar Mountain Math Night
  • Vernon Turkey Trot- provided water to participants
  • Glen Meadow TREP$ Night- providing bags to all patrons
  • Rolling Hills and Cedar Mountain Literacy Nights
  • Vernon High School STEM Night
  • Vernon Tree lighting

 

Cedar Mountain Celebrates Vets on Veteran’s Day- Thank you to the Vernon Township High School Marching Band under the direction of Mrs. Jody Young, Mr. Max Taylor, and Mr. Casey Dziuba, for bringing the award-winning VTHS Marching Band to Cedar Mountain for its annual Veteran’s Day Parade. The parade helped celebrate patriotism and honored the Veterans of the families of Cedar Mountain students. The VTHS matching band escorted the veterans through the schoolyard and played the Armed Forces Medley; each guest was recognized as his or her branch was played. The program concluded with first-grade students conducting a performance for the honored guests.

 

 

VTHS Baseball Team Cleans Up Vernon Yards: As part of the VTHS Baseball Team’s annual service learning project, the team raked… and raked… and raked… and raked leaves throughout our town to assist families who needed help with this daunting task. Thank you to all the team members that selflessly came to the need of others. The VTHS Baseball Team coaches, Stephen Myhren, Stephen Down, and Steve Fitzsimmons, were on hand to lend a hand, too.

 

 

5th Grade Mayflower STEM Challenge: Students in Mr. Wilson and Ms. Leitner’s classes were tasked with the challenge: “How can I create a boat out of foil that will hold the most “pilgrims” possible and get them to the new world the fastest?”. Students then researched different types of boat designs; students planned, sketched, and labeled their designs, and then they built their boats! Students tested their boats, and here are the results…

The AM class winner is Nickolas Willey in both capacity and speed!

The PM class winner is Gabby Musto, Kaylee Murphy, and Jenna Hopping in both capacity and speed!

 

 

Meet the Board of Education Student Representative, Colin Geisen: Colin is a senior at Vernon Township High School and was elected by his peers to serve as this year’s Board of Education representative. Colin likes to be busy and is involved throughout Vernon Township High School. Colin is the President of the Key Club, the Historian of the Student Council, the Social Media Manager of my senior class, and the Historian of HOSA. Colin is also the Secretary of the Marching Band and the Drill Section Leader of the Saxophones. Colin is in Mock Trial and Model UN. Through all of Colin’s activities, he also works at Dunkin’ Donuts! Colin thoroughly enjoys all of his classes this year, but his favorites two classes are AP Statistics and AP Government and Politics. Colin is looking at various schools to apply to, including Rutgers, University of Washington, Georgetown, University of California Los Angeles, and Columbia. Colin’s goal is to major in something Political Science oriented, possibly Political Science Statistics, or Economic Political Science. Golin’s goal is to follow a Pre-Law path, and he plans to attend law school after college. Colin is very grateful for the amazing opportunity to be the Student Representative for the Board of Education and hopes to leave a legacy for many representatives in the future

His duties include:

  • Attending all board meetings
  • Representing all high school students within the district and presenting student proposals and concerns to the board for its consideration; and
  • Keeping high school students informed of the business of the board by providing a monthly report to the student council concerning the activities of the board.

 

Walnut Ridge Students Launch Pumpkins: Thank you to Mr. Matthew Behre, Career and Technical Education Teacher (CTE) of the Construction and Facilities Management courses (CFM) at the high school, who built two Trebuchets with his students, aka “pumpkin launchers”, and demonstrated the science and physics behind using the Trebuchet using leftover Halloween pumpkins. Students cheered with glee as pumpkins were launched far and wide across the blacktop at Walnut Ridge. Check out the pictures from this fun cross-grade activity.

 

 

 

Congratulations to our winners of the Center for Prevention and Counseling, “What’s Your Anti-Drug?” and “What Makes You Happy” Contest:  This year’s “What’s Your Anti-Drug?” contest had nearly 500 entries representing 28 schools in Sussex County. All the entries were wonderful, and the judges at the Center for Prevention and Counseling had the tough job of selecting 65 winning entries across the county. Winning entries will be featured in the Sunday, December 4, 2022, edition of the New Jersey Herald in the “What’s your anti-drug?” section. This year, for the second year, the Center for Prevention and Counseling included “What Makes You Happy?” For students in K-3rd grade. Congratulations to…

Lounsberry Hollow School:

Alana Bessette

Ellie Harmon

Jacen Dearolf

Delilah Taylor

 

Glen Meadow Middle School Students:

Arianna Johnson

Adriana Bonilla

Joseph Heintz

 

Cedar Mountain Primary School:

Emily Musco

 

 

Meet Granger and Faith, the Therapy Dogs: Granger and Faith have visited various VTSD schools to say hello. This is part of our Social Emotional Learning program; students enjoy connecting with the visiting therapy dogs while taking a short break from learning. Thank you to Mrs. Gudenkauf for organizing this program for our district.

 

 

Glen Meadow Middle School Art Students Win Poster Contest: Congratulations to 6th-Grade Glen Meadow Middle School art students Alison Getz and Carmen Olsen for winning the West Milford Lions Club’s “Lead with Compassion” Peace Poster art contest. Alison Getz received first place, and Carmen Olsen received second place. Students participating in this program are under the direction of art teacher Mrs. Hirkaler.

 

 

Thank you to all of our School and Community Associations! Each building’s SCAs do so much for our schools by volunteering and bringing in special programs to our schools to enhance our curriculum; they donate hundreds of hours to make our schools great. Check the picture of the Cedar Mountain SCA Father/Special Person-Daughter Dance. The SCA will be very busy this week at Cedar Mountain, as they will be assisting with Grandparent’s Day and the Book Fair.

 

 

Thanksgiving Came Early at VTHS: Thank you to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers of the Culinary Arts Program, Ms. Jennifer Ryder, Ms. June Jalbert, and Mr. Mike Rizzo, for hosting a Thanksgiving dinner with their students for the faculty and staff of the high school. Students learned how to prepare seasonal foods for a large number of people turning the event into a time for “Friendsgiving”!

 

 

 

Rolling Hills Students Become 1:1 with Chromebooks: As technology becomes more and more integral to all students’ learning, Rolling Hills students were recently issued their own Chromebooks to use at school and at home. It is the goal of Dr. Anderson, Principal of Rolling Hills, for students to become proficient using various online applications. One online tool that Dr. Anderson and the teachers are looking forward to having students use at home is our new reading diagnostic tool called Amira. Amira uses artificial intelligence to listen to students read and analyzes any miscues the students may have, giving teachers a reading level for the student. Students can use this tool in school and now at home to practice their reading skills. A shout-out to Mr. Anthony Vitrano, a valued member of the VTSD IT staff, who worked long hours to get the new 2nd-grade Chromebooks up and running for the students. 182 students received a new Chromebook to use at school and home. While this would normally be a summer project, the Vernon Township High School “Chromebusters” helped Mr. Vitrano get the Chromebooks set up for Rolling Hills. Check out the box truck full of Chromebooks that were processed and distributed!

 

 

 

Preschool through Grade 5 Mind Traveler’s Program: CLICK HERE for information on the Mind Traveler’s Reading Program that has been a tradition in Vernon for almost 20 years! Students in preschool through 5th grade are encouraged to participate. Two students per grade will be selected to win a book to recognize their reading achievement. Students will be honored at the January Public Board of Education meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 7:00 pm, at Lounsberry Hollow School.

 

 

Shout out to the GM eSports Club and Kristin Petrucci – the picture below shows students playing both Nintendo Switch Sports and Occulus Quest Virtual Reality. Every week 15-20 students participate in gaming together!

 

 

 

“It’s Not Pestering, It’s Parenting” Tips for Parents: Thank you to Lisa DeRitter, the Vernon Coalition Coordinator, for sharing THIS PARENT HANDOUT that gives families practical tips to stay connected to your children and ways to say no to activities that are unsafe or can lead children not to make good choices. We thank the Vernon Coalition for the activities they bring to our schools with engaging after-school and in-school programming that develop leadership skills and help students with making healthy choices in their lives.

 

PAL Quiet Time with Santa Program: Please click HERE to read more on the flyer below to learn how you can arrange for a child in Vernon to have a special visit from Santa that needs a quiet environment. We thank the Vernon PAL for providing this wonderful program to our families.

 

Mark your calendar for a few reminders to all of our VTSD families…

 

  • We will have an Early Dismissal on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Check out each building’s website for the specific early release times.
  • Now that winter will be setting 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 in addition to phone calls. Parents and guardians can always update their own contact info on the Genesis Parent Portal. In addition, you can always choose your own notification preferences in School Messenger directly at vtsd.com/infocenter; this will take you to the Contact Preferences Page. Please call your children’s schools if you need any assistance; we’d be happy to help you!
  • We will have an Early Dismissal on Thursday, December 22, 2022, to begin our Winter Break. School will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
  • There will be a Board of Education Reorganization Meeting on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 7:00 pm, at Lounsberry Hollow School. The snow date will be on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 7;00 pm.
  • We will have upcoming Early Dismissal Days on Wellness Wednesdays throughout the winter as follows
    • January 25, 2023
    • February 15, 2023
    • March 29, 2023
  • HERE is the 2022-2023 School Calendar

We wish you a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving with your family. Thank you for sharing your children with us! We appreciate our partnership with you!

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Russell Rogers, Acting Superintendent

Mrs. Rosemary Gebhardt, Acting Assistant Superintendent

 

Meet the Candidates Night 11-1-22 at 7:00 pm

The Vernon Township Education Association, School and Community Association, and Vernon Township Administrators Association cordially invite the Vernon community to attend the Vernon Township Board of Education Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, at 7:00 pm, at Vernon Township High School. PLEASE CLICK HERE to see the attached flyer for more information.

Rolling Hills October Blog

Welcome to the Acting Principal of Cedar Mountain School, Mrs. Kristin Gudenkauf!

 

Dear Cedar Mountain Families:

Welcome to Fall! I would like to welcome Mrs. Kristin Gudenkauf, who will be serving as Cedar Mountain’s Acting Principal, as I move to the Vernon Board of Education office to serve in the role of Acting Assistant Superintendent. Mrs. Gudenkauf is a Vernon graduate and has been an elementary teacher at Walnut Ridge and Cedar Mountain. In addition, she has served as a Math Coach, Assistant Principal at Lounsberry Hollow, Glen Meadow, and VTHS, and Supervisor of School Counseling. Mrs. Gudenkauf will begin her transition from her current role as Assistant Principal at VTHS to Cedar Mountain Acting Principal during the week of September 26th. Mrs. Gudenkauf’s email address is kgudenkauf@vtsd.com. As always, please call the main office at 973-764-2890 if you would like to speak with Mrs. Gudenkauf.

 

 

A few reminders of upcoming dates:

School will be closed in observance of Yom Kippur on Wednesday, October 5th

School will be closed for students on Monday, October 10th for our Teacher In-Service

Early Dismissal Days will be on Tuesday through Friday, October 11-14th. Parent pick up is at 1:10 pm. Buses will leave the driveway at approximately 1:25 pm

Zoom Parent Conferences are listed below, you will soon be invited by your child’s teacher to select a conference date and time:

Tuesday, October 11th: 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 12th: 2:15-4:00 pm

Thursday, October 13th: 2:15-4:00 pm

Friday, October 14th: 2:15-4:00 pm

 

 

Fall Harvest Open House: We had a very successful Fall Harvest Open House! Below are some pictures from this event. Thank you to the Glen Meadow National Junior Honor Society and the VTHS Key Club students that volunteered at this program.

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Forum: Thank you to Mrs. Battista, Math Interventionist, Mrs. Gibson, Speech Therapist, Ms. Green, School Counselor, and Mrs. Krops, Reading Specialist, for presenting at this year’s program that described our academic programs at Cedar Mountain. PLEASE CLICK HERE to access the slides that were presented.

 

 

 

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 November. There are so many outstanding professionals in Cedar Mountain for you to consider! Last year’s recipients were Mrs. Diana Czergovits, kindergarten teacher, and Mrs. Ashley Karlewicz, Speech/Language Specialist. 

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

 

 

 

Amira- Our first-grade students are taking their fall baseline reading assessment using Amira. Amira is an Artificial Intelligence online tool that assesses oral reading fluency and analyzes errors to pinpoint strengths and areas in which a student needs growth. Amira generates diagnostic reports that help teachers understand each student’s reading needs to place students in appropriate reading groups. Our first-graders will use Amira three times this year to continue to measure students’ reading growth including comprehension. Below are pictures of Mrs. Krops, Reading Specialist, and Ms. LaBar, teacher, administering Amira to students. Kindergarten students will be using Amira later this year. Please ask your child’s first-grade teacher more about this assessment. If you would like to read more about Amira, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK.

 

 

 

 

Fundations: Fundations is our Word Study/Phonics program used in grades K-3. Please access the DIGITAL BACKPACK, scroll down to Cedar Mountain and click on the Fundations Parent Support Pack. You can follow along unit-by-unit with your child’s class. There are multiple activities you can do with your child at home to support this program.

 

 

Morning Meeting: Every day our students begin the day with a Morning Meeting. During this special time of the day, students greet one another in unique ways to learn each other’s names through games and chants, receive a peek of the day’s learning, practice math using Calendar Math, and develop important social skills to learn how to be a good citizen in the classroom and throughout Cedar Mountain. Morning Meeting helps students prepare for the day to become a ready learner and develop their self-regulation skills. Below are some pictures during Morning Meeting time.

 

 

 

Artists of the Day: Our art teacher, Mrs. Patchell, has so many talented art students! This year Mrs. Patchell is selecting Artists of the Day. Please enjoy these photographs of our proud students as they pose for their pictures. 

 

 

 

What Makes You Happy? Annually, The Center for Prevention and Counseling sponsors the “What Makes You Happy?” campaign. Mr. Hernandez, our Physical Education teacher, will be working with students on this project. Mr. Hernandez will be having students draw pictures of some of the favorite things our students like to do and the hobbies we are developing as youngsters. Students’ pictures will be entered into this contest. ATTACHED HERE IS THE INFORMATION on this campaign if you would like your child to work on this at home as well. Our Vernon Schools always has many winners in this contest that will be published in The NJ Herald. 

 

 

 

Field Trip to Pennings in Warwick: Thank you to our generous Cedar Mountain SCA, which has funded the buses for our fall trip to Pennings to have a fall experience. Our kindergarten students will be attending this trip on Tuesday, October 18th and our first-graders will be attending on Wednesday, October 19th. There are two rain dates, if needed, on Thursday and/or Friday, October 20th and 21st. The cost of the trip is $10.00 per student. Permission slips will be sent home the week of September 26th. If you would like to sponsor a student whose family may not have the funds for this trip, you will be receiving a special envelope for your generous donation.

 

 

 

Week of Respect: The week of October 3rd is our annual Week of Respect- it is a week that we focus on how we can show kindness to each other in many ways. Our classroom teachers will be conducting short activities with their students in commemoration of this week. Each day during this week we will celebrate The Week of Respect in a special way. We will also have a concert by Kira Willey a children’s songwriter, author, and yoga instructor who writes stories for children and how they can develop their self-regulation skills and ways to stay calm in challenging times.

Monday, October 3: “Stomp Out Bullying”-Wear a Blue Shirt for World Day of Bullying Prevention

Tuesday, October 4: Wear your pajama pants- to “put bullying to bed”

Wednesday, October: No School

Thursday, October 6: Vikings Stand United Against Bullying Day- “Team Vernon” wear your favorite Vernon gear

Friday, October 7: Dare to be Different Day-Wear a crazy hairstyle or a hat

 

 

Vernon VFW 1st Grade Coloring Contest: All first-graders are invited to participate in the annual VFW Patriotic Coloring Contest. Your child will receive a choice of coloring pages. Each student should place his/her name on the back. First, second, and third-place winners will be announced by Mrs. Auberger from the VFW Ladies Auxiliary at the Veteran’s Day Parade in November.

 

 

Online Safety for Your Children: It has come to the attention of our teachers that some students have developed a curiosity about a social media character called “Huggy Wuggy”. After doing some research, which you can read below, Cedar Mountain teachers are requesting that you speak to your child to reinforce to them that we will not be encouraging conversations or any activities that include “Huggy Wuggy” or “Poppy’s Playtime”. PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT LINK. Thank you for your assistance and support with this matter. Here is a helpful PARENT NEWSLETTER regarding online safety for your children.

 

 

HELP YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL – BUILD THE HABIT OF GOOD ATTENDANCE!

Did you know?

  • Missing 10%, or about 2 days each month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

What You Can Do

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session. •
  • Keep in mind that complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

 

 

SCA Meetings

I would like to thank our 22-23 SCA officers for serving our school this year, their dedication to our school is greatly appreciated! They are…

President: Megan Kapusta

Vice President: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary: Ericka Petrucci

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

Our next SCA meeting will be held on October 6th, at 9:45 am, in the cafeteria. The meeting will also have a Zoom link open for anyone who cannot attend the in-person meeting. HERE IS THE ZOOM LINK. Those online are encouraged to be active participants with our parents and guardians who are in person. If you would like to read the minutes of September’s meeting. Please go to the Cedar Mountain website and click on PARENT GROUPS/SCA. This will take you to the district SCA page where you can read our minutes and access other Cedar Mountain information. Please note the following upcoming SCA events:

  • Pretzels/Popcorn/Pizza Fundraiser will run from September 19 through October 4, 2022-order forms will be given to homeroom teachers shortly
  • Puravida Bracelets Spirit wear sale- Fundraiser- CLICK HERE for the order form
  •  “Smencils” Fundraiser begins on October 3rd- form to order pencils will follow
  • SCA Hoe Down- Friday, October 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, held in the lower parking lot. There will be a food truck and a “caller” who will lead our students in various dances. HERE IS the sign-up sheet.

 

Here are some helpful memos and information for the beginning of the school year

LUNCH PRICES FROM SODEXO

SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION

PARENT HANDBOOK

DIGITAL BACKPACKthis page contains many district letters, scroll down to read Cedar Mountain-specific letters. Remember, this is where the Fundations Parent Support Pack can be found as well.

2022-2023 SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

As always, thank you for partnering with all of us at Cedar Mountain School! Our school year is off to a great start! 

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

 

Fall News from “The Mountain”

 

September 2022

Dear Cedar Mountain Families:

We have had a great opening at the home of Vernon’s kindergarten and first-grade students. Under rainy skies, we began the day by greeting each student as they came off their buses and lined up by teacher. Ms. Mariconda’s class led our school in the flag salute and rang our school bell to begin the new school year. This has become a very special annual tradition!

Thank you for following The Cedar Mountain Blog to stay informed of our school and our district events! As a reminder, you will receive a Friday School Messenger email that provides upcoming information and school reminders. You can link more than one email address to this weekly email so all parents and guardians can stay informed. Please call the Cedar Mountain Main office if we can assist you with anything with Genesis or any other questions you may have. Our number is 973-764-2890.

 

 

First days of School

As our students are settling into school routines, enjoy some pictures of our students in their classroom learning.

 

 

 

Thank you to our Cedar Mountain Administrative Assistants! Please join me in thanking our office staff at Cedar Mountain- Mrs. O’Keefe, Mrs. Donovan, and Ms. Speight, who worked tirelessly this summer to make sure our school was ready to be opened, that our classrooms were stocked with materials and supplies, and that all students were registered. Look closely at their t-shirts that say it all… “I’ll be there for you”!! We couldn’t run our school without them!

 

 

 

Bus Safety Program: Thank you to our bus drivers Mrs. Anthony and Mrs. Blackburn along with our School Counselor, Ms. Green, who taught our students about bus safety during our first week of school. Thank you for reinforcing our bus rules with your children to keep your child and every passenger safe on our buses.

 

 

 

 

Please join us for our annual…

Cedar Mountain Fall Harvest Open House -Saturday, September 17th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Come enjoy some refreshments, tour our building, explore our curriculum in demonstrations throughout various classrooms, experience the computer lab as your child would in computer class, visit our library and stop at stations from different community organizations, and learn about our music program. There will be crafts, food, and games. We will also have various community organizations with us such as the Vernon Police Vernon PAL, the Vernon Coalition, The Center for Prevention and Counseling, Project Self Sufficiency, Girls Scouts, and UMAC Karate school. This program has been made available through a generous NJEA Pride grant organized by Mrs. Lombardi one of our preschool teachers at Walnut Ridge. We are very excited to collaborate with the VTEA and NJEA for this special activity.

 

School Picture Day

As a reminder, School Picture Day is Tuesday, September 20! Retakes will be held on October 27th. 2022.

 

 

 

Principal’s Forum

Please join me along with other building experts for the Cedar Mountain Principal’s Forum on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:00 pm, held in the cafeteria. At the Principal’s Forum, you will hear about ways to stay involved in and support your child’s education as well as the academic programs at Cedar Mountain. You will be hearing from the following building experts, Mrs. Gibson, Speech/Language Therapist, Ms. Green, Professional School Counselor, and Mrs. Krops, Reading Specialist, and Mrs. Battista, Math Interventionist.

 

 

 

News from the Art Room: For those families whose children are in currently in art this marking period. Please CLICK HERE for an informative newsletter from Mrs. Patchell, our art teacher. You will learn how to access your child’s artwork in Artsonia. Artsonia is a digital portfolio of all the artworks your child is creating in art. The best part is you can now share your child’s creative accomplishments with friends and family both near and far. As your child grows, so will their art portfolio as many other art teachers in Vernon also use Artsonia and their student account transfers year to year!

 

 

 

 

SCA Meetings

I would like to thank our 22-23 SCA officers for serving our school this year, their dedication to our school is greatly appreciated! They are…

President: Megan Kapusta

Vice President: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary: Ericka Petrucci

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

Our first SCA meeting was held on September 8th. If you would like to read the minutes of this meeting. Please go to the Cedar Mountain website and click on PARENT GROUPS/SCA. This will take you to the district SCA page where you can read our minutes and access other Cedar Mountain information. Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 9:45 am. We also will be opening a Zoom link so you can join us live wherever you are, HERE IS THE ZOOM LINK. Those online are encouraged to be active participants with our parents and guardians who are in person. All parents and guardians are always invited to attend. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 6th. Please note the following upcoming SCA events:

  • Mum fundraiser going on until September 16, 2022. Pick up your mums at Pappa’s Garden Supply on Route 94 in McAfee. HERE IS THE LINK to the online order
  • Pretzels/Popcorn/Pizza Fundraiser will run from September 19 through October 4, 2022-order forms will be given to homeroom teachers shortly
  • Puravida Bracelets Spiritwear sale- Fundraiser ends on September 23, 2022. CLICK HERE for the order form
  • SCA Hoe Down- Friday, October 7th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, held in the lower parking lot. There will be a food truck and a “caller” who will lead our students in various dances

 

 

 

Heggerty Kindergarten Assessment: Our kindergarten students will be receiving a Heggerty baseline screening from their teacher this month. This screening will identify each student’s phonological and phonemic awareness skills, the results will be used to plan for instruction when using our Heggerty and Fundations instruction.

 

 

 

 

Fountas & Pinnell Baseline Assessment System: Our Reading Test

At the end of this month, each student in first-grade is will be receiving a one-on-one reading assessment, called The Baseline Assessment System, to determine each student’s reading level, areas of reading strength, as well as where a student may require additional reading/literacy support. The Baseline Assessment System is used in the classroom to level reading instruction and teach the student at his or her level. Our kindergarten students will receive their first Baseline Assessment System screening in January 2023. Thank you for continuing to read to and with your child on a daily basis. There will be many opportunities this year for you to learn ways that you can support literacy at home beginning with The Principal’s Forum that will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:00 pm, in the cafeteria.

 

 

 

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 November. There are so many outstanding professionals in Cedar Mountain for you to consider! Last year’s recipients were Mrs. Diana Czergovits, kindergarten teacher, and Mrs. Ashley Karlewicz, Speech/Language Specialist. 

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

 

 

Some information on communication and the proper channels… As school begins, it is very important that we promote communication with you via this blog, emails, phone calls, our calendar, Friday School Messenger emails, and the occasional memos that will be sent home with students. With this in mind, below are the steps to use as reference if you need to reach someone at school to discuss an educational matter. These steps support direct, open, and respectful interactions so that problems and concerns can be worked out quickly and efficiently. Any question or concern should always start with the person listed in Step 1, as that person will usually have the most information on the topic. If you have a question or concern, please follow the steps listed below for the relevant topic.

 

Classroom Issues Involving an Individual Child (Classroom procedures, behavior, grades, schedule, etc.) OR Curriculum and Instruction (Subject matter being taught, teaching strategies, textbooks and materials used, etc.)

STEP 1: Classroom Teacher; if not resolved…

STEP 2: School Counselor, Ms. Ingrid Green, 973-764-4509; if not resolved…

STEP 3: Principal

 STEP 4: Supervisor of ELA/Humanities, Dr. Cris Slotoroff, or Director of Math, Science and STEM, Dr. Hollyce Schoepp

STEP 5: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 6: Director for Curriculum, Mr. Vincent Gagliostro if not resolved…

STEP 7: Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Russ Rogers

 

Special Education, 504 Plans, and IEPs

STEP 1: Teacher, Specialist, or Child Study Team Member (Psychologist, School Counselor, Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist); if not resolved…

STEP 2: Case Manager; if not resolved…

STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 4: Supervisor of Special Services – Mrs. Suzanne MacDougall; if not resolved…

STEP 5: Director of Special Services- Mr. Russel Fay

STEP 6: Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Russ Rogers

 

Medical Concerns

STEP 1: School Nurse; if not resolved…

STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 3: Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Russ Roges

 

School Counseling and Related Services

STEP 1: School Counselor, Social Worker, School Psychologist; if not resolved…

STEP 2: Supervisor of School Counseling- Mrs. Susan Matteson; if not resolved…

STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 4: Director of Curriculum, Mr. Vincent Gagliostro; if not resolved…

STEP 5: Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Russ Rogers

 

Transportation Concerns

(Behavior on school buses, etc.)

STEP 1: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 2: Supervisor of Transportation, Mrs. Marisa Broesder; if not resolved…

STEP 3: Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Russ Rogers

 

 

General Housekeeping Information

School Calendar: Please note our school will be closed on Wednesday, October 5th for Yom Kippur and on Monday, October 10th for our Teacher In-Service Day. We will have Early Dismissal Days from Tuesday, October 11th through Friday, October 14th. CLICK HERE for our 22-23 calendar.

Parent Handbook: A lot of school and district information can be found the Cedar Mountain Parent Handbook. The handbook can be found on the Digital Backpack for Cedar Mountain. HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE HANDBOOK.

Digital Backpack: Please see the Cedar Mountain DIGITAL BACKPACK for other important school information and the many district letters and forms that live on the Digital Backpack.

School Closings: It’s never too early to prepare for school closings! Please CLICK HERE for our district school closing information. Always start by looking at our district’s main page vtsd.com. We post our closing, delayed openings, and early dismissals here in addition to you receiving an automated call on the phone that you connected in Genesis.

Our year is off to a great start! I hope to see you at our school events…

Mrs. Gebhardt

Principal

 

The Cedar Mountain School Bell Will Be Ringing Soon!

Hello Cedar Mountain Families!

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year that is just around the corner! The Cedar Mountain faculty, staff, and I are very excited to begin a new year with your child!

Our highly-skilled and devoted teachers have been planning and preparing for your child to enter Cedar Mountain School. Our very talented office staff, Mrs. O’Keefe, Mrs. Donovan, and Ms. Speight are registering many new families, ordering needed materials, and updating student information in Genesis. Our hard-working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning our school. I would like to take a moment to welcome our new Coordinating Custodian, Mrs. Natalia Sandoval, who is eager to get to know our students while ensuring our school is safe, clean, and well cared for.  Our much-appreciated School and Community Association (the SCA) is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs throughout the school year. Cedar Mountain is a caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

 

At Cedar Mountain, we will continue with our Response to Intervention/Multi-Tiered Support System model to help students at all learning levels. We will be using data to track students’ progress. Our first-graders will be taking benchmark assessments in the fall, winter, and spring, and our kindergarteners will be taking one assessment at the end of the year so that Cedar Mountain teachers can monitor the progress of each student as he/she develops specific academic skills in the areas of literacy and math.  These benchmark assessments will not be used as a grading instrument; our goal with these benchmarks will be to carefully use the assessment data as a tool for us to determine how we can adjust our instructional practices to meet the needs of our students.  We will continue using the Fountas and Pinnell Baseline Assessment reading test three times throughout the year for first graders and two times a year for kindergarteners. These assessments, as well as our daily teaching and anecdotal notes, checklists, and assessments help guide our teachers when completing the rubric on the Standard-Based Report Card. Please CLICK HERE to access our report card so you will know what your child is expected to know by the trimester. We are also introducing a brand new Language Art series to all K-5 students this year called Into Reading. This program was carefully selected by multiple teachers in the district and it is based on the most current research on how children learn to read; this research is called The Science of Reading. You will be learning more about this throughout the year and the Principal’s Forum as well as various SCA meetings.

 

 

CEDAR MOUNTAIN REGULAR, DELAYED OPENING, EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE:

 

Daily Delayed Opening Early Dismissal
9:20 am Students Enter 11:20 am Students Enter 9:20 am Students Enter
3:40 Parent Pick Up 3:40 Parent Pick Up 1:10 Parent Pick Up
4:00 Students Dismissed 4:00 Students Dismissed 1:20 Students Dismissed
4:05 Buses Depart 4:05 Buses Depart 1:25 Buses Depart

 

 

INFORMATION ON PARKING AND DROP OFF AT CEDAR MOUNTAIN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Parents that drop off and pick up their child(ren) will be required to park in an available spot in the parking lot OR on Sammis Road and escort their child to either the ramp in the main parking lot or by the front playground. For ease of parking, you are encouraged to park on Sammis Road. Please be aware that Cedar Mountain Primary School does not have the personnel to supervise students who are dropped off early; therefore, students will only be permitted to enter the building at 9:20 AM when students are dismissed from their bus. If you are picking up your child at the end of the school day, students will be dismissed at the front side door at 3:40 pm. As part of our required chain of custody, you must present a proper ID to Mrs. Donovan, who will bring your child (ren) to you. No child will be brought to a parent or a family delegate without proper identification. We appreciate your patience as we get to know all of our families that pick up children.

 

 

 

INTRODUCING OUR NEW FACULTY AT CEDAR MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

 

Each year we are very fortunate to bring on new teachers to our building. Below are the bios of our new faculty members. We welcome Mr. Christopher Cook, Ms. Jamilee Holly, Mrs. Kielty (who will be covering for Mrs. Megnin), Mrs. Courtney Rose, Mrs. Christine Taylor-Eccles, and Mrs. Cara Zimnik

 

 

Jamilee Holly:

Ms. Holly graduated from Vernon schools in 2005 and is returning to the community with her daughter this fall. She attended Rider University, graduating in 2009 with Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Dance, and again in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Special Education. Ms. Holly has worked in a variety of educational settings, including as a preschool director and as a classroom teacher for K-2 students in Howell, NJ. She enjoys the beach, dancing, and spending time with her family. Ms. Holly cannot wait to join the Cedar Mountain team and work closely with students and families! Ms. Holly will be teaching first grade in room 215 this year.

 

 

Christopher Cook:

Chris Cook is excited to get to know the students and families this year as well as to join the Cedar Mountain Primary School family. This is Mr. Cook’s fourth year teaching first grade. Mr. Cook graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Elementary Education as well as Special Education. Mr. Cook’s passion is making learning fun through hands-on exploration and projects. He enjoys challenging students and meeting them where they’re at, and helping his students persevere through difficult tasks to ensure that they can achieve their goals! Mr. Cook will be teaching first grade in room 211 this year.

 

 

 

Courtney Rose:

Mrs. Rose grew up in Vernon and graduated from Vernon High School in 2004. She attended Sacred Heart University, graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Mrs. Rose later obtained her teaching certifications in Elementary Education and Teacher of Students with Disabilities, as well as a Master’s in Elementary Education in 2014 from Felician University. Since then she has been working in Paterson Public Schools with special education students in grades 1-6. Mrs. Rose is ecstatic to be a part of the Cedar Mountain Family and can’t wait to instill a love for learning in her students. Mrs. Rose currently lives in Vernon with her husband and two-year-old daughter. She enjoys being outside, reading a good book, and spending time with her family. Mrs. Rose will be co-teaching kindergarten this year with Ms. Thomas in room 103.

 

 

 

Christine Taylor-Eccles:

Christine Taylor-Eccles is a lifelong resident of Vernon Township and Alumni of Vernon Township High School, She is very excited to join the Cedar Mountain team as a Kindergarten and First Grade Special Education Teacher. Mrs. Taylor-Eccles attended Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Information Technology. Mrs. Taylor-Eccles has two children who currently attend the Vernon Township School District. Mrs. Taylor-Eccles’ passion for teaching developed in 2014, when she became an aide. In 2018, she began her education track through Liberty University where she completed a dual Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master’s Certificate in Autism Education. Mrs. Taylor-Eccles looks forward to her first year as a classroom teacher where she will plan meaningful activities, and create a classroom setting that is both inviting and conducive to each student’s learning style while increasing academic, social, and emotional learning. Mrs. Taylor-Eccles will be teaching K-1 special education in room 201 this year.

 

 

 

Eleanor Kielty:

Mrs. Eleanor attended Kutztown University, where she received her BA in elementary education. She started her teaching career at Hamburg Elementary School.  In her thirteen years there she spent the majority of those teaching first grade and the remainder teaching middle school social studies. Mrs. Kielty stepped out of teaching for a bit to raise her twins, one of the most important jobs she has ever done. When Mrs. Kielty returned to the classroom she had a new respect and understanding of what it means to send your child to school and entrust someone else to their care. Mrs. Kielty has had the unique opportunity to teach in England, as well as, Barnaul Siberia. She returned with a number of life experiences that have certainly affected her and enriched her teaching. As a result, she has received several awards to celebrate her work in the classroom.  She recently returned from five memorable weeks of service work with high school students in Hawaii. Mrs. Kielty loves to travel, backpack in the mountains, and spend time outside with her dogs and her family. Mrs. Kielty will be teaching first-grade in room 209 this fall, filling in for Mrs. Megnin.

 

 

 

Cara Zimnik:

Mrs. Cara Zimnik, our new Speech/Language Pathologist, is looking forward to this upcoming school year and working with all of the wonderful families and students at Cedar Mountain. Mrs. Zimnik received a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Zimnik has worked with students of varying ages and within multiple school settings and is passionate about the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Mrs. Zimnik is dedicated to providing a supportive environment and fostering meaningful interactions to encourage the growth of new skills and enhance overall communication for students. Mrs. Zimnik spent the majority of her childhood and young adult life in Randolph, New Jersey. After getting married last year, Mrs. Zimnik moved to Vernon. Mrs. Zimnik and her husband have loved exploring all that Vernon has to offer! She is very excited to meet the students at Cedar Mountain and learn all about their goals and hobbies too! Mrs. Zimnik will be one of two Speech and Language Therapists working in room 202 this year.

 

 

Natalia Sandoval:

Ms. Natalia Sandoval is Cedar Mountain’s new Coordinating Custodian. Ms. Sandoval was born and raised in Columbia, South America. Ms. Sandoval has a degree in early childhood that she earned in Columbia before coming to the United States. Ms. Sandoval has experience as a Head Custodian in other districts in NJ. Ms. Sandoval is a hardworking individual. She is a very positive and eager to always transmit joy and calm to her working environment.  As a Vernon resident, Ms. Sandoval is very proud to call Cedar Mountain her new home where she leads and collaborates with her fellow custodians implementing best practice techniques of deep cleaning a school of approximately 420 students. Ms. Sandoval is very excited to greet the students of Cedar Mountain and get to know each one! You will see Ms. Sandoval everywhere in our school!

 

 

 

Rhiannon Lubas:

Miss Rhiannon Lubas is currently attending William Paterson University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She is very excited to be a student teacher at Cedar Mountain in Mrs. Sweeney’s class this school year! In her free time, Miss Lubas enjoys going to the gym, playing with her five bunnies, or spending time with my family and friends. Miss Lubas am looking forward to meeting everyone, learning about the “art of teaching”, and having an awesome school year! Miss Lubas will be working closely and learning from Mrs. Sweeney in room 102 this year.

 

 

 

 

Erica Meichsner:

Miss Erica Meichsner is a Senior at Ramapo College of New Jersey earning a Bachelor’s degree in their Social Work program. In addition to being a student at Ramapo College, Miss Meichsner is also the Co-vice President of the Social Work Club where she and her club mates are able to host social events for different causes and connect with peers. Miss Meichsner’s work experience includes lifeguarding at the Highland Lakes Country Club in the summer for the last seven years. This year, Miss Meichsner is serving as Assistant Supervisor at the Highland Lakes Country Club where she leads 50 employees with schedules and day-to-day tasks. In addition to this work, Miss Meichsner teaches swimming lessons where she uses her aquatic training to analyze children’s swimming capabilities and teach them different skills.  Miss Meischsner also serves as a Vernon Township School district substitute; she is looking forward to her internship this fall where she will be shadowing Mrs. Polhemus our MSW on the Child Study Team.

 

 

Francesca Amati:

Miss Francesca Amati is a Vernon resident and proud alumni of the Vernon Township School District. She graduated from Centenary University in 2021 with a BA in Elementary Education, earned in conjunction with a CEAS in Elementary Education (K-6) and a Teacher of Students With Disabilities (TOSD) certification. She completed her Practicum and Student Teaching at Hardyston Elementary School in a 3rd-grade classroom, after which she taught 2nd grade as a full-time long-term substitute from January – June 2022. She enjoys reading, coffee, and spending time with her family. Miss Amati will be working with Ms. Jamilee Holly as she covers for Mrs. Erin Brady from October 2022 – February 2023. She is honored and excited to have the opportunity to work in Cedar Mountain, one of the schools where her love of education began! 

 

 

 

 

Important Reminders for August and September:

 

As school approaches, below are a few important dates for the month of August and early September to mark on your family calendar. Please note, if you do not have everything satisfied for your child’s registration in Genesis, you will not be able to see your child’s bus number/bus stop and pick up time, or your child’s teacher.

 

  • August 22nd– The Genesis portal will open to see your child’s teacher name

 

  • Thursday, August 25th AND Monday, August 29th – Open House 10:00 am- 12:00 pm -on both of these days, Cedar Mountain Primary School will be open for a self-guided tour/visit. Please bring your child, walk the hallways, and help your child locate his or her classroom. Having your child find his or her classroom will ease the first day of school transitions. I will also be available to say hello and meet you and your child.

 

  • The building will be closed for visits on September 1-2, 2022, in order for our faculty to give its undivided attention to the important work of preparing for the new school year.

 

  • Back to School Night- Thursday, September 1st as follows:

 

3:30 pm Kindergarten Back to School Night- Please bring your kindergarten child with you

 

5:00 pm First Grade Back to School Night- This program is only for parents and guardians- you are kindly requested to please not bring your child

 

  • First Day of School- Tuesday, September 6th

 

  • Friday, September 16th– School Spirit Day- Wear your Class of shirt or other Vernon spirit wear

 

  • Fall Harvest Open House- Saturday, September 17th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm- come enjoy a light refreshments, tour the building, explore our curriculum in demonstrations throughout various classrooms, experience the computer lab as your child would in computer class, visit our library, learn about our curriculum, and stop at stations from different community organizations. We thank the VTEA for receiving a Pride Grant from NJEA to fund this program!

 

  • Picture Day- Tuesday, September 20th

 

  • Principal’s Forum- Wednesday, September 21st, at 6:00 pm, in the cafeteria

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten Class of 2035 t-shirts: As a reminder to all kindergarten parents, please have your child where his or her Class of 2035 t-shirt on the first day of school. This will be a way to promote school spirit and feel welcome in a new school as a new student. Please contact the office if you did not receive a t-shirt. Your child will have opportunities to wear this shirt on many school spirit days this year. It will also serve as a nice memento for you and your child for years to come.

 

Please reference the Digital Backpack for important district notices as well as information related to Cedar Mountain. You can also access our Parent Handbook for a lot of other important school information. You can also find a list of suggested school supplies for each grade. The Cedar Mountain website contains all of our school information. The links on the left side of the page have many helpful topics. Many activities for the year are on the Cedar Mountain Calendar, check them out!

 

 

I look forward to seeing you for visits in the coming weeks as you prepare for the new school year. If I can help you with any questions about the new year, please do not hesitate to call Cedar Mountain at 973-764-2890 or email me directly at rgebhardt@vtsd.com  Enjoy the end of the summer!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

 

Summer Information from Cedar Mountain School

Dear Cedar Mountain Parents and Guardians:

I hope you are enjoying the summer with your family…as the beginning of the new school year approaches; I am looking forward to opening the doors of Cedar Mountain Primary School to our kindergarten and first-graders on Tuesday, September 6th!  Below is the information you will need for the beginning of the year. Please mark your calendar for our Open House, Back to School Night, and more! For parents and guardians of entering kindergarten students, there are still open appointments for a Meet and Greet with me. HERE IS THE LINK to the Sign Up Genius website to select a date and time. Here also is a great article for parents and guardians about summer reading that you might like to review.

 

Summer Academic Camp: Students had a fun month of July in our Summer Academic Camp where they practiced many math and literacy skills, helping our students to transition to kindergarten and first-grade. Thanks to the wonderful teachers Mrs. Sweeney, Mrs. Yarosz, Mrs. Giangrande, Mrs. Start, and Mrs. Nygren, who served in this program working so hard with our students…

 

 

 

 

Looking for Summer Reading?  Here are a few links that you might be interested in when looking for summer reading books for your children

 

From the American Library Association

From weareteachers.com

From Scholastic.com

From Imagination Soup

 

 

 

Summer Math Reinforcement: Here are two documents for you to reference if you would like to keep your child’s math skills up during the summer months to avoid “the summer slide”.

 

END OF KINDERGARTEN MATH REINFORCEMENT SKILLS

 

END OF FIRST-GRADE MATH REINFORCEMENT SKILLS

 

 

 

Cultivate Creativity in Your Child: Creativity helps students navigate the increasingly collaborative and information-rich world that awaits them. It boosts students’ academic performance, perseverance, social-emotional skills, self-confidence, and more. Click on the image below to see the ways that families can use these strategies to cultivate their child’s creativity.

 

 

 

2022-2023 VTSD School Calendar: For planning purposes, Click HERE for the 2022-2023 school calendar. Please note: The VTSD calendar is subject to change by the Board of Education. 

 

 

 

Throughout the summer, teachers, administrative assistants, custodians, and maintenance staff have been very busy preparing, cleaning, “polishing”, and preparing the building for the 2022-2023 school year. Here are a few important dates for the month of August and September to mark on your family calendar:

  • Friday, August 12th- Bus information ONLY will be available in Genesis. If you feel there is an error in your child’s bus stop or you need to change your child’s bus stop, please contact Mrs. Marisa Broesder at 973-764-4344
  • Week of August 22nd– The Genesis portal will open to see your child’s teacher’s name
  • Thursday, August 25th – Open House 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
  • Monday, August 29th- Open House 10:00 am-12:00 pm- on both of these days, Cedar Mountain Primary School will be open for a visit. Please bring your child, walk the hallways, and help your child locate his or her classroom. Having your child find his or her classroom will ease the first day of school transitions. I will also be available to say hello and meet you and your child. Please note that teachers will not be in their classrooms on this day; however, they are working very hard to prepare for the arrival of their new students!
  • The building will be closed for visits on September 1-2, 2022, in order for our faculty to give its undivided attention to the important work of preparing for the new school year.
  • Back to School Night- Thursday, September 1st as follows:

3:30 pm: Kindergarten Back to School Night- Please bring your kindergarten child with you

5:00 pm: First Grade Back to School Night- This program is only for parents and guardians- you are kindly requested to please not bring your child

  • First Day of School- Tuesday, September 6th
  • Fall Harvest Open House- Saturday, September 17th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm- come enjoy a light refreshments, tour the building, explore our curriculum in demonstrations throughout various classrooms, experience the computer lab as your child would in computer class, visit our library, learn about our curriculum, and stop at stations from different community organizations. We thank the VTEA for receiving a Pride Grant from NJEA to fund this program!
  • Picture Day- Tuesday, September 20th
  • Principal’s Forum- Wednesday, September 21st, at 6:00 pm, in the cafeteria

 


Kindergarten Class of 2035 t-shirts: As a reminder to all kindergarten parents, please have your child where his or her Class of 2035 t-shirt on the first day of school. This will be a way to promote school spirit and feel welcome in a new school as a new student. Please contact the office if you did not receive a t-shirt. Your child will have opportunities to wear this shirt on many school spirit days this year. It will also serve as a nice memento for you for years to come.

 

 

Please reference the Digital Backpack for important district notices as well as information related to Cedar Mountain. You can also access our Parent Handbook for a lot of other important school information. You can also find a list of suggested school supplies for each grade. The Cedar Mountain website contains all of our school information. The links on the left side of the page have many helpful topics.

 

 

Supply Lists for 2022-2023: For planning purposes, here are our supply lists for next year, if you would like to gather these items through the summer months. Please do not purchase too many school supplies without looking at this list.

2022-2023 KINDERGARTEN Supply List

2022-2023 FIRST-GRADE Supply List

 

 

2022-2023 SCA: For our new families, the purpose of the School and Community Association (SCA) is to serve Cedar Mountain by encouraging a close relationship with parents, administrators, and faculty in order to enhance cooperation between home and the school so that parents and teachers can work together effectively to ensure a well-rounded quality education for all students. Our SCA meets once a month on the first Thursday of every month at 9:45 am, in the cafeteria. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 8th. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend our meetings. HERE IS THE LINK to the Cedar Mountain SCA page. If you would like to become a volunteer with the SCA please email: cm.vernonsca@gmail.com

Introducing our 2022-2023 Board:

President: Megan Kapusta

VP: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary: Mrs. Ericka Petrucci

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

Continue enjoying the summer, please reach out to Cedar Mountain with any questions you may have, the number to the main office is 973-764-2890

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

 

Summer Information for the Kindergarten Class of 2035

Happy Summer! Welcome to the summer edition of the Cedar Mountain Blog! A special welcome to all of our new families of entering kindergarten students and the new families moving to Vernon with first-graders! This edition will give information to our families that may have missed the Kindergarten Orientation or are still registering this summer. You will find many useful links that will be helpful to you this summer. So while you’re poolside or lakeside, take a few minutes to check out the Cedar Mountain website as well as the information contained here. 

 

 

Kindergarten Orientation Information: CLICK HERE to view the Kindergarten Orientation slide deck for general information on what you need to know for the new school year.

 

 

 

Phonological Awareness Resources (from Heggerty.org)- You will be hearing a lot about phonological awareness from your child’s teacher. Using Fundations and Heggerty materials, along with other multisensory instruction, a student’s understanding of our language begins. Phonological awareness is the ability to recognize and manipulate the spoken parts of sentences and words. Examples include being able to identify words that rhyme, recognizing alliteration, segmenting a sentence into words, identifying the syllables in a word, and blending and segmenting parts of a word (like its beginning sound like the /c/ in cat). I would also like to recommend THIS LIST of books that can develop a love of words in young children. 

 

The resources below have been compiled by our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Kristina Krops, and include activities that help students develop phonological and phonemic awareness. Click on the links to take you to the site.

 

Florida Center for Reading Research– Printable activities for Kindergarten and 1st grade to reinforce and practice rhyme, alliteration, phoneme isolation, blending, segmenting, and manipulating sounds in words

 

Sounder & Friends Phonemic awareness training videos for children

 

The Literacy Nest– Ideas and resources for teaching phonological awareness

 

PreKinders – Literacy printables for Pre-K parents

 

Más Fonoaudiología – Un sitio con actividades para practicar la conciencia fonológica y la fonética.

 

Nursery Rhymes: To build a child’s phonemic awareness, you can read nursery rhymes with your child. CLICK HERE for common nursery rhymes to have fun with your child.

 

 

Summer Math Reinforcement: Here are two documents for you to reference if you would like to keep your child’s math skills up during the summer months to avoid “the summer slide”.

 

END OF KINDERGARTEN MATH REINFORCEMENT SKILLS

 

END OF FIRST-GRADE MATH REINFORCEMENT SKILLS

 

 

Make Summer Learning a Family Affair: Below are some ideas for you to do at home with your children while at home or when you are traveling to special destinations this summer. Click on the image to enlarge. 

 

 

 

DIAL4: Parents often ask what the DIAL4 (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, 4th edition) tells us about an entering kindergarten student. Parents and guardians should know that the results of this screening are one of the measures used to help sort the students into appropriate classrooms and helps us know the potential needs of each student. Here are questions that are often asked by our families.

 

My child has a summer birthday and I am concerned that they are not ready for Kindergarten. Will this screening tell me if my child is ready for Kindergarten?

No. This is a screening, not a readiness assessment. The best person to discuss your child’s readiness for Kindergarten is your child’s pre-school teacher and your pediatrician.

 

What screening tool is used?

The Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning™, Fourth Edition, or DIAL-4, is the developmental screening tool used by the Vernon Township School District. It is designed to measure the most fundamental or basic concepts that are acquired by young children.

 

What areas does the screening examine?

The DIAL -4 examines three major areas as follows:

Motor: Catching, jumping hopping, skipping, building, thumb and finger motor skills, cutting, copying and name writing.

Concepts: Identification of body parts, colors, rapid color naming, counting, positions, concepts (big/little), and shapes

Language: Personal data, articulation, objects and actions, letters and sounds, rhyming and I spy, problem solving, and intelligibility.

 

Does the screening examine any other areas?

Yes. The screening operators take behavioral notes; for example, how willing the child is to separate from the parent/caregiver. These observations may be used to explain individual variations in the way children approach the tasks given in the screening. Operators also note if the child has English as a second language or if they exhibit speech patterns that may need to be examined more closely.

 

 

Sign Up Genius for Entering Kindergarten Families: CLICK HERE to sign up for a time to bring your entering kindergarten child in for a Meet and Greet this summer.

 

 

 

Counselor’s Corner: Our School Counselor, Ms. Ingrid Green, encourages you to READ HER S’MORE to learn about her and for information on her program at Cedar Mountain.

 

 

Looking for Summer Reading?  Here are a few links that you might be interested in when looking for summer reading books for your children

From the American Library Association

From weareteachers.com

From Scholastic.com

From Imagination Soup

 

 

 

Sussex County Library Summer Reading Program: This summer’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. CLICK HERE to learn more how your child can participate in person at the library or online.

 

 

2022-2023 VTSD School Calendar: For planning purposes, Click HERE for the 2022-2023 school calendar. The Cedar Mountain Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2022. The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Please note that the school calendar is subject to change by the Board of Education. 

 

 

Supply Lists for 2022-2023: For planning purposes, here are our supply lists for next year, if you would like to gather these items through the summer months. Please do not over purchase school supplies without looking at this list.

2022-2023 KINDERGARTEN Supply List

2022-2023 FIRST-GRADE Supply List

 

2022-2023 SCA: For our new families, the purpose of the School and Community Association (SCA) is to serve Cedar Mountain by encouraging a close relationship with parents, administrators, and faculty in order to enhance cooperation between home and the school so that parents and teachers can work together effectively to ensure a well-rounded quality education for all students. Our SCA meets once a month on the first Monday of every month at 9:45 am, in the cafeteria. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend our meetings. If you would like to become a volunteer with the SCA please email cm.vernonsca@gmail.com. 

HERE IS THE SCA LINK for all schools.

…Welcome to the 2022-2023 Board:

President: Megan Kapusta

VP: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary: Ericka Petrucci

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

Save the Date

   Cedar Mountain Primary School 

2022-2023

 

  • Week of August 22nd – PowerSchool Parent Portal opens. Teacher name and bus information available 
  • Thursday, August 25th  – Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and SCA Social in the cafeteria
  • Monday, August 29th  – Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and SCA Social in the cafeteria
  • Thursday, September 1st – Back to School Night: Kindergarten at 3:30 pm (please bring your child) and First-Grade at 5:00 pm (please do not bring your child)
  • Tuesday, September 6th – First Day of School
  • Saturday, September 17th – Fall Harvest Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • 2022-2023 school calendar– Please note, this is subject to change per the Board of Education

 

In case you missed our farewell video for the retiring Dr. McKay…check out the video Cedar Mountain made to wish him well in his retirement…

 

 

 

Please feel free to contact Cedar Mountain if you have any questions about your child entering Cedar Mountain. Please call Cedar Mountain at 973-764-2890 or email me at: rgebhardt@vtsd.com

Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe summer!

Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

 

End-of-Year Activities at Cedar Mountain School…

Dear Cedar Mountain Families,

 As we approach the end of the year, I would like to thank all of you for your support of your children and our teachers as we navigated through a challenging school year. This blog will be dedicated to all of the great students at Cedar Mountain, like our Students of the Month who have been recognized for their efforts, achievement, kindness, and just all-around being great kids! Check out the pictures of classes releasing their butterflies, the students’ faces are so sweet as they let their “class pets” free. Finally, don’t forget about the Cedar Mountain Summer Enrichment Program. If you would like to enroll your child in this program, please click THIS LINK that will take you to letter to sign up.

 

 

June Students of the Month: Congratulations to our First Grade June Student of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for demonstrating the following qualities:

Acts of kindness towards others

Helping others

Using good manners and being polite 

Cleaning up after ourselves

Greeting others and asking about their day

Perseverance on difficult tasks

Talking about our feelings

Using classroom and school materials appropriately

Including others in activities and play

Addy

Clayton

Gabriella

Dionysius

Kayson

Chase

Madison

Olivia

Hailey

Sambor

Mishon

John

Roan

Caeden

Jack

Hancel

 

Stella

Dean

Damian

Angelina

 

 

 

Memorial Day Parade: On June 6th, Cedar Mountain hosted a Memorial Day Parade performed by the Vernon Township High School Marching Band under the direction of Mr. Max Taylor. Active military and Veterans attended and stood next to their Cedar Mountain family member. In addition to the parade, the Vernon Township High School Marching Band played a medley of songs for each branch of the military. Cedar Mountain students proudly wore red-white-and-blue while holding American flags and patriotic drawings. Enjoy some pictures from the day…

 

 

 

Memories of Fun Day: Our school had two extraordinary Fun Days in late May, with the weather being just perfect to enjoy the day. Thank you to our SCA for volunteering on this day. A special thank you to Mr. Hernandez, our Physical Education teacher for making this event so much fun for our students.

 

 

 

 

Butterflies Abound: Our school has been studying the life cycle of the butterfly and all the changes it goes through from caterpillar to butterfly. Each class released their “class pets” and wished them well in their journey. Many classes used a “scientist journal” to record their daily observations. Once the caterpillars turned into butterflies, classes released the butterflies amid mixed emotions of sadness, awe, and joy. Afterwards, students wrote about their feelings in poems or sentences. Enjoy the pictures of some of our classes saying goodbye their butterflies.

 

 

 

Glen Meadow Students Visit Cedar Mountain: Thank you to Mrs. Studley and Mrs. Janine Brady for bringing their math and Language Arts students to our school to read and play board games with our students. Cedar Mountain students enjoyed their time with “the big kids”, listening to stories, and learning how to play some new games.

 

Artstanding: Artstanding 2022 is this Friday, June 10th, at Lounsberry Hollow School from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Every child of Cedar Mountain will have at least one piece of art showcased in the exhibit. This annual festival is an event that you and your family do not want to miss. The show features student artwork, student performances, interactive opportunities, a tie-dye station, a mural creation, a drum circle, and food trucks. Please park at Glen Meadow where shuttles are provided for one of our largest community activities. Food is for purchase, cash only, as well as other novelties. Student artwork is featured from pre-k through high school. Please come see the amazing creativity of our students and enjoy Artstanding!

 

 

 

Kalvin, the Therapy Dog: Kalvin visited Cedar Mountain during recess time to say hello. Kalvin was a hit at Cedar Mountain!

 

 

 

Kindergarten Patriotic Sing Along: Parents and Guardians of our kindergarten students are welcome to join us on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 10:00 am, for our Patriotic Sing Along. Please bring a lawn chair and enjoy our students singing various songs you can sing along with us. Our students will accompanied by the GMMS band.

 

 

 

Second-Grade Orientation: Save the date! Rolling Hills Primary School will be holding its 2nd Grade Orientation on Monday, June 6th and Monday, June 13th at 4:00 pm. CLICK HERE for the informational flyer to sign up for a session.

 

 

Cedar Mountain Summer Enrichment Program: Cedar Mountain Primary School is offering a Summer Enrichment Program for incoming kindergarten and rising first-grade students that will take place August 1st through August 12th, 2022, at Cedar Mountain from 9:00 to 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. The program will include hands-on math, Language Arts, physical and outdoor activities, art projects, and will focus on preparing your child for the 2022-2023 school year. We will also be including social and emotional components as well. Students will work in small class settings to enhance their foundational skills while working to build group skills and stamina in and out of the classroom. There is no district-provided transportation for this program; therefore, you will need to transport your child daily. Please ensure your child has a nutritious breakfast at home before attending, breakfast and lunch will not be provided. This program has a select number of spots per grade level and there will be a waiting list once the capacity is met. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON HOW TO SIGN UP.

 

Rolling Hills Summer Acceleration Program: For our rising 2nd graders, PLEASE CLICK HERE to read the informational flyer and to sign up for Rolling Hills program that will run from July 11-22, 2022, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

 

 

2022-2023 SCA Board: At our June 6th SCA meeting, students will be making presentations to say thank you to our outgoing SCA Board and hello to our incoming Board. Thank you for your service to our school…

President: Ashley Hinton

Vice President: Megan Kapusta

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Recording Secretary: Christine Blackburn-Cosh

Cooresponding Secretary: Jill Phillips

 

…and Welcome to the 2022-2023 Board:

President: Megan Kapusta

VP: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary:  OPEN

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

 

Looking for Summer Reading?  Here are a few links that you might be interested in when looking for summer reading books for your children

From the American Library Association

From weareteachers.com

From Scholastic.com

From Imagination Soup

 

 

 

Sussex County Library Summer Reading Program: This summer’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. CLICK HERE to learn more how your child can participate in person at the Sussex County Public Library or online.

 

 

 

2022-2023 VTSD School Calendar: For planning purposes, Click HERE for the 2022-2023 school calendar. The Cedar Mountain Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2022. The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

 

 

2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation: We will be holding our 22-23 Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, June 21, at 2:00 pm (A-L) and 3:00 pm (M-Z). CLICK HERE FOR A LETTER ABOUT OUR ORIENTATION PROGRAM.

 

 

Sign Up Genius for Entering Kindergarten Families: CLICK HERE to sign up for a time to bring your entering kindergarten child in for a Meet and Greet this summer.

 

 

 

Supply Lists for 2022-2023: For planning purposes, here are our supply lists for next year, if you would like to gather these items through the summer months:

2022-2023 KINDERGARTEN Supply List

2022-2023 FIRST-GRADE Supply List

 

 

 

International Student Program: You may have seen THIS PODCAST about the Vernon Township High School International Student Program. Our district is proud to announce its International Exchange program for the Fall 2022, and we are currently looking for host families! Hosting an international student is an incredibly rewarding experience. Families who open their hearts and homes to international high school students develop lifelong bonds and gain a better understanding of the world around them. The opportunity to host also provides important cultural lessons for your family, neighbors, and our Vernon community. Check out our informational flyer and be sure to contact Lisa Curry, our program’s local coordinator with any questions you may have. Lisa Curry can be reached at: Lisa.Curry.educatius@gmail.com or (201) 741-3908. Click the image below to enlarge and read more about this program. 

 

 

 

  • VTSD Artstanding- Friday, June 10th, at 5:00 pm at Lounsberry Hollow School
  • Kindergarten Patriotic Sing Along- Tuesday, June 14th, at 10:00 am
  • Early Dismissal Days- Friday, June 17th through Thursday, June 23rd, at 1:25 pm
  • Last Day of School-Thursday, June 23rd- A  paper report card will be printed out for each student
  • 2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation- Tuesday, June 21st-Letters A-L at 2:00 pm and M-Z at 3:00 pm

 

 

Save the Date

   Cedar Mountain Primary School 

2022-2023

  • Week of August 22nd – PowerSchool Parent Portal opens. Teacher name and bus information available 
  • Thursday, August 25th  – Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and SCA Social in the cafeteria
  • Monday, August 29th  – Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and SCA Social in the cafeteria
  • Thursday, September 1st – Back to School Night at 3:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, September 6th – First Day of School
  • Saturday, September 17th – Fall Harvest Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe summer!

Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

 

Springtime Events at Cedar Mountain…

Dear Cedar Mountain Families,

As the month of May progresses, I would like to highlight various activities taking place at Cedar Mountain School. Thank you for your continued support of our school. We have many upcoming events for our students and families as well!

 

May Students of the Month: Congratulations to our First Grade May Student of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for demonstrating the following qualities:

Acts of kindness towards others

Helping others

Using good manners and being polite 

Cleaning up after ourselves

Greeting others and asking about their day

Perseverance on difficult tasks

Talking about our feelings

Using classroom and school materials appropriately

Including others in activities and play

ROLL CALL PLEASE…

Cayden

Leo

Logan

Wyatt

Hank

MC

Noah

Nicholas

Avery

Jaime

Aven

Michael

Shane

Zoey

Tommy

Mason

Austin

Owen

Logan

Graham

Luke

Caelyn

 

 

Mother’s Day Planting: Thank you to our SCA for assisting our students in our Mother’s Day Planting; students brought home a beautiful springtime memento to honor their moms.

 

 

 

Stone Soup: What if you only have a stone? Well, it’s a good soup starter if you’re making “Stone Soup”! In the spirit of the theme of Stone Soup, which is a story about a traveler who comes upon a town and is hungry and has a plan to make soup which feeds the whole town. The theme of Stone Soup is that “everyone benefits by contributing”; we school had the same idea…everyone benefits by contributing. Cedar Mountain students first read the story Stone Soup which has many interpretations and versions through the years from its original European folk story. Next, Stone Soup was performed by The Pushcart players of Verona, NJ. Throughout the month of May, the students of Cedar Mountain generously donated ingredients to make “Stone Soup” where an endless supply of non-perishable food items were donated.

 

To culminate learning about the story Stone Soup, Cedar Mountain held a Family Literacy Night organized by Mrs. Kristina Krops, Reading Specialist, and Mrs. Courtney Wilson, ESL Instructor, funded by a Pride Grant from the Vernon Township Education Association and the NJ Education Association. Families came to celebrate this story and reenact Stone Soup by putting together the ingredients needed to make “Stone Soup”. Each family gathered the ingredients to make “Stone Soup”, wrote a note to the family that will receive the package to make the soup, and then enjoyed a pizza and soup dinner. Each “Stone Soup” package has been donated to My Brother’s Place as well as the St. Francis DeSales Food Bank. Like the message of Stone Soup, students learned the value of sharing and giving to their community.

 

 

 

 

License to speed: Mrs. Sommers has a math competition in her class to encourage her students to learn their addition and subtraction facts. Students continue to win their “License to Speed in Addition”! Our next speedy mathematician is Ella, who completed all eight addition tests in a minute or less each.  Each test had 30 questions on it. Way to go Ella!

Ella

 

 

Art News: Art students explored drawing with scissors inspired by Henri Matisse. They cut different  shapes out of primary and secondary colors. Then they arranged and rearranged their shapes on blocks of complementary colors until their masterpiece was just right! Check out these masterpieces!

 

Conscious Parenting: The Power of Presence: Parents and Guardians, click this link to attend a FREE webinar from the NJ Traumatic Loss Coalition.

 

 

 

June SCA: Our final SCA meeting of the year will take place on Monday, June 6th, at 1:30 pm, in the cafeteria. Come say thank you to our outgoing SCA board and welcome our new 22-23 board. We will have a student presentation to formally thank our parent volunteers for all they have done for us this year. Below are the names of our new board members, you will notice that we have two open positions. If you are interested, please contact the SCA at: cm.vernonsca@gmail.com

 

President: Megan Kapusta

VP: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary:  OPEN

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

 

 

Fastest Class Program: Mr. Hernandez, our PE teacher, has been working with each classroom to build their stamina. Now that the year is coming to a close, Mr. Hernandez is challenging each classes’ “mettle” and seeing which class in each grade level is the fastest. Congratulations to Ms. Shadruff’s kindergarten class and Mrs. Casper’s first-grade class who won the May Fastest Class. Below you will see each class proudly posing with the HUGE trophy! Way to go to all of our students!

Ms. Shadruff’s Class

Mrs. Casper’s Class

 

 

Preparation for Fun Day: Mr. Hernandez is preparing all Cedar Mountain students for the various calisthenics of Fun Day. Below are some pictures of how Mr. Hernandez has transformed his gym to simulate the Fun Day stations students will experience. He is always training his students to develop muscle memory much like our classroom teachers do when teaching students to develop their reading and math muscles, from practice makes growth!!

 

 

Learning Outside: Taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather, Mrs. Casper’s class, enjoyed having a class outside….or what you do when the lights go out at school in the middle of the day!

 

 

 

Kool Aid Kids: To say thank you for all that they do, the first-grade Kool Aid Kids treated out bus drivers to cookies and juice. The Kool Aid Kids spent time getting to know our bus drivers while they shared a snack.

 

 

Fun Day: Kindergarten: Thursday, May 26 (rain date May 31st) and First Grade: Friday, May 27 (rain date June 1st).

 

Please send your child to school with…

Comfortable/weather appropriate clothing (Fun Day T-shirt) & sneakers!

Sunscreen (already applied at home before school)

A water bottle with his/her name on it!

 

 

Memorial Day Parade: As our school year is in our final trimester, we continue to value promoting the connection of home, school, and community. In late May/early June, we will celebrate patriotism and would like to do so by honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country as we teach our students about Memorial Day.

 

While we will be honoring those who have given their lives for our country, we are inviting any relative of a Cedar Mountain student who is a veteran to come to school on Monday, June 6, 2022, at 9:45 am, to be a part of our Memorial Day Parade in the Cedar Mountain school yard. The Vernon Township High School Marching Band will be performing for us on this day. Please encourage your child to wear red, white, and blue to be in the spirit of the day. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM TO LET US KNOW YOU’RE ATTENDING.

 

Artstanding: Please join our district at Lounsberry Hollow School on Friday, June 10th, at 5:00 pm, to experience our fine and practical arts program from preschool through high school. Come tour the building to see students’ works of art. You will experience concerts from our bands, ensembles, and orchestras, as well as our choral groups throughout the district. Learn about and experience our STEM and STEAM programs. This is a MUST SEE family event! Join us!

Kindergarten Patriotic Sing Along:  The kindergarten students and teachers of Cedar Mountain Primary School invite you to be our guest as we perform patriotic songs to celebrate America, Flag Day, and congratulate our Kindergarten students for their first year in school on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 10:00 am. Please bring a lawn chair and enjoy our students singing various songs you can sing along with us. Our students will accompanied by the GMMS band.

 

Second-Grade Orientation: Save the date! Rolling Hills Primary School will be holding its 2nd Grade Orientation on Monday, June 6th AND June 13th, beginning at 4:00 pm. Please click HERE for the informational flyer. You must sign up for a slot of time on Sign Up Genius that you and your child will be attending.

 

 

2022-2023 VTSD School Calendar: For planning purposes, Click HERE for the 2022-2023 school calendar. The Cedar Mountain Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2022. The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

 

 

2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation: We will be holding our 22-23 Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, June 21, at 2:00 pm (A-L) and 3:00 pm (M-Z). CLICK HERE FOR A LETTER ABOUT OUR ORIENTATION PROGRAM.

 

 

Sign Up Genius for Entering Kindergarten Families: CLICK HERE to sign up for a time to bring your entering kindergarten child in for a Meet and Greet this summer.

 

 

International Student Program: You may have see THIS PODCAST about the Vernon Township High School International Student Program. Our district is proud to announce its International Exchange program for the Fall 2022, and we are currently looking for host families! Hosting an international student is an incredibly rewarding experience. Families who open their hearts and homes to international high school students develop lifelong bonds and gain a better understanding of the world around them. The opportunity to host also provides important cultural lessons for your family, neighbors, and our Vernon community. Check out our informational flyer and be sure to contact Lisa Curry, our program’s local coordinator with any questions you may have. Lisa Curry can be reached at: Lisa.Curry.educatius@gmail.com or (201) 741-3908

 

 

A Few Reminders:

  • Kindergarten Fun Day- Thursday, May 26th
  • First-Grade Fun Day- Friday, May 27th
  • School Closed for Memorial Day- Monday, May 30th
  • Memorial Day Parade performed by the VTHS Marching Band-Monday, June 6th, at 10:00 am
  • SCA Meeting- Monday, June 6th, at 1:30 pm, in the cafeteria- all entering K families are welcome to attend!
  • VTSD Artstanding- Friday, June 10th, at 5:00 pm at Lounsberry Hollow School
  • Kindergarten Patriotic Sing Along- Tuesday, June 14th, at 10:00 am
  • Early Dismissal Days- Friday, June 17th through Thursday, June 23rd
  • 2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation- Tuesday, June 21st-Letters A-L at 2:00 pm and M-Z at 3:00 pm

 

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

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This is the official calendar of events for Cedar Mountain Primary School

December 2022

Thursday December 1

9:45 am – 11:00 am
CM SCA Meeting

Wednesday December 7

All Day
CM Trimester One Ends

Saturday December 10

8:30 am – 10:00 am
CM SCA Pancakes with Santa
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
CM SCA Pancakes with Santa

Monday December 12 – Wednesday December 14

CM SCA Holiday Shop

Friday December 16

All Day
CM Trimester One Report Cards Open for Viewing
10:00 am – 11:30 am
CM Field Trip to GMMS to see Winter Concert

Monday December 19

All Day
CM Holiday Spirit Week - Fun Festive Holiday Sweater Day!
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