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Principal’s Blog: May 2022

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It’s Spring at Cedar Mountain!

Dear Cedar Mountain Families: Spring is the air, bringing some much needed sunshine and warmer temperatures! Our students have enjoyed getting outside more for recess enjoying the spring air. Everyone seems to be smiling a bit more, and steps are lighter as we round out the last two months of school together. Please enjoy reading about some of our school events and hallway highlights. As we progress in the merry-month-of-May, I want to take time out to thank all of our families for having your child arrive to school on time and well-prepared for learning each day. This both supports and optimizes facilitates our instructional goals for each child, and aids us in helping your child be as successful as he/she can. As always, if I can be of any assistance, my door is always open. You can reach me at 973-764-2890.



2021-2022 Teachers of the Year: Congratulations again to Mrs. Czergovits, kindergarten teacher, and Mrs. Karlewicz, Speech/Language Pathologist, who were recognized at the Board of Education meeting on April 28th. Here is Mrs. Czergovits and Mrs. Karlewicz with our Superintendent, Dr. D’Avino, and Assistant Superintendent, Dr. McKay, receiving their plaques.





Did you know that the month of May has been designated as Better Hearing and Speech Month? This annual event was founded in 1927, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The aim of Better Speech and Hearing Month is to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing. Speech-language pathologists (speech and language specialists) support students with communication needs related to their articulation, phonology, language, fluency, pragmatics, and voice in the school environment. Our Speech and Language Pathologists, Mrs. Gibson, and Mrs. Karlewicz, have some suggestion for parents to support your child’s speech and language development in the home environment, such as the following:

  • Talk to your child often:  Praise your child when they talk and show that you understand their words.
  • Ask your child to tell you 1 or 2 things that happen each day.
  • Do projects with your child like arts/crafts, baking, or washing the car. Talk about what you’re doing together and give your child directions to follow (i.e. sequencing).
  • Use everyday activities to learn language.  Go grocery shopping together and describe each item in terms of size, shape and color.
  • Read a variety of books to your child — Talk about the stories together.
  • Help your child listen to sound patterns in words — Use rhyming books and games.
  • Talk about how things are the same and different.
  • Work on groups of items or categorization. Find the item that does not belong in the group.
  • Have your child follow 2-3 step directions in the context of play. Have your child give you directions as well (i.e. how to build a tower with blocks).
  • Expand and extend your child’s sentences by repeating what they say using more advanced language (i.e. “Daddy goes bye-bye” -> “Yes, daddy is leaving now”)



First-Grade Poetry Assembly: On April 27, 2022, first-grade students proudly recited various poems they have learned in class for their classmates and guests in a Poetry Reading Assembly. Throughout the month of April that is designated as “Poetry Month”, all first-grade students learned about poetry and practiced reading poems their teachers selected based on themes and topics they are studying including famous poets and poetry styles. In each first-grade classroom, all students participated in a “poetry slam” which mirrors the guidelines of poetryoutloud.org. While Poetry Out Loud is a high school activity which encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation, the overarching concept was adjusted for first-grader learners. Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Each first-grade teacher rated each student’s poetry reading based on a rubric analyzing: memorization/accurate reading, expression- rhythm/tune, reading at the right rate, voice projection, and clarity of speaking. Using this rubric, a class representative was selected. At the Poetry Assembly, some students sang their poems, some used interpretive music to introduce the poem, and others wore accessories in the theme of the poem. Throughout the month of April, class representatives read poems to all students of Cedar Mountain on the public address system. Parents and family members in attendance were so proud of their child’s performance.

The following poems were recited by our students:

“Spring is Here” by author unknown, read by Celia Odeh

“Little Bird” by author unknown, read by Heidi Galway

“Bee” by anonymous author, read by Avery Molette

“I have a Little Frog” by anonymous author, read by Drew Pelak and Shane Mish

“April Showers” by author unknown, read by Paola Arguelles

“The Little Plant” by anonymous author, read by Logan Muscarnero

“Spring Rain” by Marchette Chute, read by Hadley White

“In the Spring” by L. Norris, read by Aria Burtis




Kira Willey Concert: Our students enjoyed meeting Kira Willey and singing and dancing to her music and practicing mindfulness techniques. We had four virtual author visits with Kira Willey this winter and spring. The students were so excited to get to meet Kira Willey in person! We thank the Cedar Mountain SCA for graciously providing this program to our school!




Take Your Child to Work Day: Children of teachers and aides came to Cedar Mountain to experience the work of their parents on Take Your Child to Work Day on April 27th. The children that attended, assisted with various activities in the classroom. Our guests enjoyed spending the day at Cedar Mountain School being a “teacher’s helper”.




Art Star: Congratulation to Paola Arguelles for being selected as an Art Star. Mrs. Steinbach taught students about the artistic style of Georgia O’Keeffe. Paola created a Georgia O’Keefe-inspired magnified symmetrical flower filled in with warm and cool color chalk pastels.




Kindergarten Activities: Students are practicing their early engineering skills as they build structures with blocks. Other students are learning about weather and made windsocks to celebrate Earth Day. Team work makes the dream work!




Egg Hunt: Thank you to the Cedar Mountain SCA for organizing an egg hunt in our gym as well as in our side yard. Students had an “eggciting” time selecting the just-right egg that were filled with small trinkets and toys.




Family Book Donation: Cedar Mountain received a very generous book donation from the Umansky family. The Umansky family are avid readers who LOVE books. To show their gratitude for our teachers and all of their hard work this year, the Umansky Family purchased over 100 books for the classrooms and libraries of the Vernon Township School District. Below is a picture of Collin, who is surrounded by just some of the books that her family donated to our school. Thank you again, to the Umansky Family!




License to speed: Mrs. Sommers has a math competition in her class to encourage her students to learn their addition and subtraction facts. The first winner of the “License to Speed in Addition” is Sambor! Sambor completed all eight addition tests in a minute or less each.  Each test had 30 questions on it. Way to go Sambor!





Teacher Appreciation Week: The CM SCA will be honoring the Cedar Mountain teachers for National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6. With the theme of “Let’s Taco ‘Bout An Appreciation Fiesta”, the SCA will be having sweet treats for our teachers as well as a taco fiesta luncheon. We are very grateful to the Cedar Mountain SCA and all that they do for our school!



SCA Mom and Pop Shop: Our students recently went on a “shopping spree” for their moms and dads. Special items perfect for a mom or dad where available for our students to purchase for Mother’s and Father’s Day. Students were so proud as they selected just-right gifts for their parents, guardians, and special people in their lives. The SCA volunteers helped students with making selections.



May SCA meeting will take place on Monday, May 2nd, at 8:00 pm, via Zoom. HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE MEETING. At this meeting, we will be electing our new officers. The SCA is looking for parent volunteers for the Mother’s Day Planting assembly that will be taking place on Friday, May 6th. HERE IS THE SIGN UP GENIUS LINK to volunteer.




School Nurse’s Day is May 11th! Thank you to Mrs. Kim Forrest, Cedar Mountain’s finest School Nurse. Mrs. Forrest is responsible for 400 students and care for each student as if he or she were her very own. Mrs. Forrest turns every office visit into a mini-lesson instructing students on their ailment or ache, how to treat it, and how to stay safe and healthy. We are all very grateful that Mrs. Forrest is Cedar Mountain’s School Nurse. Mrs. Forrest is completing her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Learning with a concentration in School Nursing at William Paterson University this spring; congratulations, Mrs. Forrest, this is a wonderful accolade. Mrs. Forrest serves as the district CPR trainer. We are very thankful for you Mrs. Forrest!



Stone Soup: Cedar Mountain students will be seeing the play Stone Soup performed by The Pushcart Players on May 9th. Stone Soup is a European folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys. The moral of the story is about the value of sharing. To tie into the play and storybook our  students will be seeing, Cedar Mountain will be hosting a Family Literacy Night on Tuesday, May 17th, at 6:00 pm, where families will be making “Stone Soup” for families in need that will be shared with My Brother’s Place and the food bank at St. Francis DeSales Church. HERE IS THE INFORMATIONAL FLIER to sign up for Family Literacy Night. Thank you to our Reading Spcialist, Mrs. Krops, and our ELL teacher, Mrs. Wilson, for organizing this community-building event. Thank you also to the VTEA and NJEA for providing funding for this prograrm. Even if you are not attending this program, we are requesting all Cedar Mountain students donate one non-perishable food item that will be packaged for making “Stone Soup”. Below is the list of what is requested by each classroom. We thank you for your generosity.



(corn, peas, green beans, etc.) 


(elbow, ditalini, small shell, orzo, etc.)

Diced Tomatoes Beans Broth 

(vegetable, chicken, beef)























Spring Book Fair: Please join us on May 16th and May 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, in the Cedar Mountain gym for the Scholastic Buy One Get One Free Book Fair. If you are attending Family Literacy Night, why not stop at the Book Fair before you attend the program?



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

We are looking for parent volunteers; please call the main office at 973-764-2890, if you are available to assist- we love our parent volunteers. If volunteering, you will assist with the opposite grade of your child so you can come to see you child participate. Here are our parent/guardian visitation times:

Kindergarten: 10-11:15 and 12-2:30
1st Grade: 10-11:30 and 12:30-2:30

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.




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.



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.




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.




Second-Grade Orientation: Save the date! Rolling Hills Primary School will be holding its 2022-2023 2nd Grade Orientation on Monday, June 6th, at 3:45 pm.



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




A Few Reminders:

  • SCA Meeting- Monday, May 2, at 8:00 pm, via Zoom HERE IS THE LINK
  • Stone Soup play- Monday, May 9
  • Family Literacy Night- Tuesday, May 17th, at 6:00 pm (sign up required)
  • 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
  • RHPS 22-23 2nd Grade Orientation- Monday, June 6th, at 3:45 pm
  • SCA Meeting- Monday, June 6th, at 8:00 pm HERE IS THE LINK
  • 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



Rosemary Gebhardt



Cedar Mountain April Blog


Dear Cedar Mountain Families:

With the weather changing we really hope that April Showers WILL Bring May Flowers! Now that it’s Trimester Three, our students are diving deeper and deeper into the curriculum and building our mental muscles to do hard things. For example, our kindergarten students are deeply immersed in the genre of nonfiction, as they learn about biographies, features of nonfiction, and how to find out more information when they want to learn more about a nonfiction topic. Our first-graders are counting to 120, learning about place value, comparing and ordering numbers and adding and subtracting within 100. To understand and see all that students are learning in the final trimester of the year, please make reference to the Cedar Mountain STANDARDS-BASED REPORT CARD. If you feel your child needs support with any of the standards, there are many helpful educational links at this site. While we don’t recommend too much screen time, a few minutes a day on Happy Numbers, Sum Dog, Raz Kids, or other educational sites will provide the rote practice that can help your child with retention of concepts.  Please enjoy reading some of the highlights of the building this month.



Congratulations to our April 1st Grade Students of the Month! Students enjoyed their special Student of the Month meeting where they received the great news of being selected, a special luncheon, and a Medals Ceremony where students received a certificate telling why they have been selected. Students are selected that demonstrate our school motto, “Take care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of your school” such as:

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























April is Poetry Month: To celebrate and learn about poetry, during the month of April our first-grade students are reading a poem a day in our school on the PA after we salute the flag.  In addition, each class is practicing a poem that they will read or recite in their classmates. A student will be selected from each class that will read or recite the class poem at our Poetry Out Loud assembly on April 26, 2022.



April is Autism Awareness Month: Throughout the month of April, classrooms are reading books to learn about the Autism Spectrum. On Monday, April 11, 2022, we will “Wear Blue for Bucks” for Autism awareness. Students, faculty, and staff will be requested to wear royal blue and donate $1.00. Money donated will be presented to SCARC for its programs that support children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Here is a listing of some of the books that teachers are reading with their classes:

  • Leah’s Voice – touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs such as autism. It is the story of two sisters facing these challenges. Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance


  • I See Things Differently -is written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas. This book will help children understand what autism is, how it affects someone who has it and will help children to better understand and support autistic classmates or siblings


  • A Friend Like Simon -is about an autistic child who joins a mainstream school. This story encourages other children to be mindful and patient of the differences that exist and to appreciate the positive contribution that an autistic child can make to a group.


  • My Brother OttoMy Brother Otto is a child-friendly, endearing, and fun picture book for children about the love, acceptance, and understanding a sister, Piper, has for her little brother Otto, who is on the autism spectrum. The book provides explanations for Otto’s differences and quirkiness in an easy-to-understand language, and highlights Otto’s desires for adventure and love–just like his peers.



Wixie: Kindergartners and first grade students are learning to use Wixie, an elementary online desktop publishing program, in computer class. Wixie is a publishing and creativity platform that allows our students to create a document, add and edit images and color. Students can use premade templates with specific topics or create documents on their own. The kindergartners have begun exploring their editing/painting skills by selecting a spring picture and exploring the paint bucket tool to make their creation. First graders have been working on a Spring Flower Cluster where they have to fill each flower petal with a spring thought or word and then color/edit the picture.   Below is a picture of a bulletin board that shows some of our students’ work.   




Fastest class Competition: Once a month all students participate in a “fastest class” competition in Physical Education with Mr. Hernandez.  Classes compete against one another by running as many laps as they can around the gym in five minutes.  1st grade classes compete against one another, while Kindergarten classes compete with each other.  The winning classes are announced during morning announcements and are awarded with a trophy.  This is all a part of Mr. Hernandez’s initiative to promote health and wellness of our students. Mr. Hernandez proudly announced April’s Fastest Class winners…they are…

Kindergarten: Miss Buttel

First Grade: Ms .Thomas (Mrs. Megnin replacement this spring)

Congratulations to both classes!


Miss Buttel’s Class

Ms. Thomas’ Class



Cedar Mountain Art Display at the Board Office: Congratulations to all of our K-1 artists that are featured at the Board Office located at Walnut Ridge School. Click on each picture to enlarge them. Thank you to our art teacher, Mrs. Patchell, for teaching our students the Principles of Design that guided students in creating such beautiful work!




You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: On Wednesday, March 30th, Cedar Mountain saw a preview of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. Our students enjoyed the production! With the narration of various numbers by co-director, Ms. Sandler, students were able to conceptualize the storyline of the musical. We are very thankful to the talented students of the Glen Meadow Theatrical Department for inviting us to see the show. Below is Mrs. Yarosz’s class meeting the cast on the stage.




SCA Information: Our next SCA meeting will be on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 8:00 pm via Zoom. We thank the SCA for all the wonderful programs they bring to the students of Cedar Mountain. Thank you to the SCA for funding our Kira Willey concert that we will be having on April 29th. We appreciate your dedication to our school and students; your countless hours of volunteer time do not go unnoticed! Our SCA is busy preparing for the Father/Special Person/Daughter Dance that will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 6:00 pm. HERE IS THE SIGN UP FORM

The SCA is looking for your volunteerism for our Father/Special Person/Daughter Dance if you would like to assist with the set up for the dance, please call the main office- thank you!

To sign up for refreshments CLICK THIS LINK that will take you to a Sign Up Genius page.

Please note: nominations for officers for the 2022-2023 are due on April 11, 2022.




Here are a few pictures from our Mother/Special Person/Son Dance…



Here are a few pictures from our Father/Special Person/Daughter Dance…




SCA Egg Hunt: Our students had an “egg-citing” time collecting spring eggs filled with non-edible goodies. Students were given a bag and had hundreds of eggs to choose from. We thank our parent/guardian volunteers for making this event so memorable for our students!





SCA Pounds of Pennies: The SCA is holding a “Pounds of Pennies” competition. The coin collection will begin on Monday, April 11th and will end on Friday, April 29th. Thank you for your lose change. The winning class will select the design for the Fun Day t-shirt. The money collected will go to fund events at Cedar Mountain.  HERE IS THE FLYER WITH MORE INFORMATION



Executive SCA Ladies Night Out: The Executive Ladies Night Out will take place on Friday, April 22nd. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THE EVENT. The Ladies Night Out event benefits the scholarship program for our VTHS graduating seniors. If you would like to volunteer to prepare gift baskets, please contact the Cedar Moutain main office at 973-764-2890. Our Executive SCA will be working on putting the raffle baskets during the week of April 18th at Cedar Mountain School.



Vernon Township School District Hall of Fame: Nominations for individuals who have made a significant contribution to our district are being accepted for the VTSD Hall of Fame. This special recognition program was established in 1996 and has inducted 19 people who have had an impact on our students and overall district. HERE IS THE FORM to nominate a worthy person. Nominations are due by April 28, 2022.




A Few Reminders:

  • School will be closed on Friday, April 15 through the week of April 18, 2022, and will reopen on Monday, April 25, 2022
  • First-Grade Poetry Out Loud Assembly- Tuesday, April 27th
  • SCA Mother’s and Father’s Day Shop- Wednesday, April 27-29th
  • Kira Willey Concert- Friday, April 29th
  • SCA Mother’s Day Planting- Friday, May 6th
  • Pushcart Players- “Stone Soup” Play performed live in our gym on Monday, May 9th
  • “Stone Soup” Family Reading Night- Tuesday, May 17th, at 6:00 pm- a flyer will follow- come for a great reading night and help put canned goods together for a family in need to a make “Stone Soup”. 




In closing, I would like to bring a very sensitive topic to your attention. It has come to our teachers’ attention that the children have developed a curiosity about a social media character called “Huggy Wuggy” and “Poppy’s Playtime”. The Cedar Mountain teachers have looked into this phenomenon. HERE IS A HELPFUL LINK for parents and guardians to understand this character that is not appropriate for young children which you can read below. All teachers at Cedar Mountain are requesting that you speak to your child to reinforce to him or her that we will not be encouraging conversations or any activities that include “Huggy Wuggy” or “Poppy’s Playtime”.


Thank you to our Cedar Mountain parents and guardians for partnering with us. Please contact your child’s teacher or me if we can assist you in any way.



Mrs. Gebhardt








VTHS Admin Team Message: April 2022

April Message from GMMS Administration

Principal’s Blog: April 2022

Cedar Mountain Spring News and Information

Dear Cedar Mountain Families:

We are very excited that spring is here…our students are too as they are able to spend many days playing outside for recess! The Genesis parent portal will be opening on Friday, March 25th to view Trimester Two report cards. ATTACHED HERE is a helpful handout on how to talk to your child about grades. As a reminder, please reference the Standard Based Report Card link HERE to review the rubric that corresponds to each standard. If your child needs support with any of the standards, there are many resources for each standard found on this link. Please speak with your child’s teacher to discuss his or her report card. As a reminder, please see THIS IMPORTANT LETTER from our Superintendent, Ms. D’Avino, regarding quarantining if your child travels this spring.

Recess Friends


Congratulations to our March 1st Grade Students of the Month!

First-Grade students enjoyed their special Student of the Month meeting where they received the great news of being selected, a special luncheon, and a Medals Ceremony where students received a certificate telling why they have been selected. Students are selected that demonstrate our school motto, “Take care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of your school” such as:

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























Love of Reading Week: Here are some pictures of our students during our Love of Reading Week





Cinderella– Our students enjoyed seeing a preview of the VTHS musical, Cinderella.  We thank Mrs. Lindsay McAloney, Theater Director, for inviting us to see the show, our students had a great time experiencing a wonderful production! Below are pictures that were drawn by Mrs. Horn’s kindergarten class thanking the high school theater department for inviting us to the show. 

Mrs. Horn’s Class Cinderella Drawings



Glen Meadow 21 Century Learning Center: We thank the GMMS CCLC for coming to Cedar Mountain to read to our students!




Kira Willey Author Visit: We enjoyed our third of four Virtual Author Visits this month. Below are some pictures of students having their pictures taken with Kira in their classroom. We will have our final author visit on April 13 and then we will have Kira Willey visit our school to hold a concert for our student body on April 29th. We thank the CMPS SCA for funding our concert!


Kira reads her book to Cedar Mountain

Kira with Mrs. Yarosz’s class with Mr. Kelter

Mrs. Waller’s class




March is Nutrition Month: Michelle Martucci, RD, LDN, a Registered Dietitian from Sodexo is teaching our students about healthy eating. In her presentation, Michelle Martucci held a “Nutrition Fear Factor”. Students were challenged to taste test three healthy foods and rate them. This exercise reinforced the importance of sampling new, healthy foods. Students sampled nacho bean chips, dried apple chips, and edamame. Surprisingly, students really enjoyed all the food. Students learned how to read labels and how much sugar is in many of the foods we eat. Michelle Martucci made connections of exercise and movement being important to healthy living. During her presentation, students danced the Freeze Dance.





Chloe the Therapy Dog: Chloe might be a small Poodle-mix, but Chloe said hello to all the students of Cedar Mountain during recess. We look forward to having other therapy dogs visit our school this spring.




Art Class: students are learning about primary and secondary colors…students are experimenting and hypothesizing about color. Students used secondary colors to show overlapping colors. Kindergarten students are learning the colors of the rainbow. Mrs. Patchell created a multisensory project for the students to explore color and texture while honing their fine motor skills.





You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown: On Wednesday, March 30th, Cedar Mountain will be going to Glen Meadow Middle School to see a preview of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. Thank you for signing the permission slip for your child to attend. We will be walking to Glen Meadow, if there is inclement weather, we will be bused.




Next SCA Meeting: Monday, April 4, 2022, at 8:00 pm via ZOOM. Just click this link and you will be at our meeting. We thank the SCA for all the wonderful programs they bring to the students of Cedar Mountain. We appreciate your dedication to our school and students; your countless hours of volunteer time do not go unnoticed! Our SCA is busy preparing for the Mother/Special Person/Son Dance that will be held on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 6:00 pm. Our Father/Special Person/Daughter Dance will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 6:00 pm. HERE IS THE FLIER TO SIGN UP. 


Please note: nominations for officers for 2022-2023 will be open on March 28 and nomination names are due on April 11, 2022.




The SCA is looking for your volunteers for our Mother/Special Person/Son Dance on Sign Up Genius; thank you for your service to our school!


For Refreshments:


For Dance Volunteers:



For Decorators:




Executive SCA Ladies Night Out: The Executive Ladies Night Out will take place on Friday, April 22nd. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR AN INFORMATIONAL FLYER ON THE EVENT. The Executive SCA is looking for donations for the event, there is a link on the flyer to Amazon for your consideration; thank you for your generosity. The Ladies Night Out event benefits the scholarship program for our VTHS graduating seniors



Pass It Along Book Collection Project: VTHS Senior, Cristian Vintimilla, has been nominated by VTHS to take part in the Pass it Along Scholar Athlete Program. Within this program, Cristian Vintimilla is working with numerous students from other districts toward a common goal of making a positive impact on our community. As part of Cristian Vintimilla’s community service project, each high school student participating in this program has been asked to collect items to donate to NORWESCAP.

Cristian Vintimilla has been asked to collect books to donate to NORWESCAP, who plans on hosting a “free book fair” for a community in need. Books for all ages are accepted as long as they are in new / gently used condition. We have collection boxes in the main hallway of Cedar Mountain. Thank you for donating books for this great cause.



VTHS Green Team News: Spring is nearly here!  VTHS Green Team has partnered with “Tree Plenish” to host a community tree planting event.  The VTHS Green Team students have a goal of selling 100 saplings to help offset paper usage in our district.  You can purchase a tree for $5.00; your choices are as follows:

Eastern Redbud

Flowering Dogwood

Pin Oak

The deadline for orders is April 1, 2022. The saplings will be available May 1, 2022, for pick-up at VTHS or planting at a place that you designate. For more information and ordering, please visit THIS WEBSITE. Cedar Mountain has purchased a Pink Dogwood for our schoolyard.


A few reminders:

  • Report Cards will be open for viewing on Friday, March 25th
  • Field Trip to GMMS to see “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”- Wednesday, March 30th
  • Mother/Special Person/Daughter Dance-Friday, April 8th
  • School will be closed for Spring Recess on Friday, April 15th through April 22nd and will reopen on April 25th


In closing, please enjoy this short story written by first-grader, Justin C. 



Thank you to our Cedar Mountain parents and guardians for partnering with us as we enter our third trimester. Please contact your child’s teacher or me if we can assist you in any way.



Mrs. Gebhardt


Principal’s Blog: March 2022

Love of Reading Week!


During the week of March 7TH   – March 11th , Rolling Hills will be celebrating “Love of Reading Week”.  Rolling Hills’ students and staff will be able to celebrate and show their enthusiasm for reading by participating in the following activities:


Monday 3/7 – “Get Cozy with a Good Book” – Wear comfy clothes, crazy socks, and bring in a good book to read!


Tuesday 3/8 – “Books are FUN” – Wear tie-dye, your favorite hat and bright clothing!


Wednesday 3/9 – “Wacky Wednesday” – Wear a crazy hat or crazy hair!


Thursday 3/10 – “Wear Words Close to Your Heart” – Wear a readable shirt!

Friday 3/11 – “Favorite Book Character” – Dress as your favorite book character!

Although our week will not begin with an assembly this year, students will still have the opportunity to recite An Oath to Read with their fellow classmates and teachers, as well as, participate in a “Read In” with their classmates.  


An Oath to Read

By Debra Angstead, NEA

I promise to read

each day and each night.

I know it’s the key

to growing up right.

I’ll read to myself.

I’ll read to a crowd.

It makes no difference

if silent or loud.

I’ll read at my desk,

at home and at school,

on my bean bag or bed,

by the fire or pool.

Each book that I read

Puts smarts in my head

‘cause brains grow more thoughts

the more they are fed.

Come rain or come shine,

Snow, wind, or sleet,

each day of the week,

reading’s a treat.

So I take this oath

to make reading my way

of feeding my brain

what it needs every day!


Thank you for your support during RHPS’ Love of Reading Week!

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