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:!/showSignUp/10c0c4aa4a728a4fcc07-glow1

For Dance Volunteers:!/showSignUp/10c0c4aa4a728a4fcc07-glow


For Decorators:!/showSignUp/70a0d48aea928a7fb6-motherson



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