Two Thumbs Up for our Cedar Mountain May First-Grade Students of the Month

May First-Grade Students of the Month



Meet: Judarlin              


Sport: Volleyball         Food: Pasta    

Singer: El Pollito Pio Book:  Pinocchio

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

Name of Brother and Sister: Fradwin and Isaylin

Judarlin’s teacher should know that she is respectful.

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

Judarlin is really good at learning English.

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


Meet: Seong-Nam      Nickname: Super Star              


Sport: Soccer               Food: Pancakes          

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

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

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

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

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

Seong-Nam is really good at playing tag.

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


Meet: Sophia              Nickname: Sophie or Soph     


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

Singer: Jerry from the Misfits             Book:  Frozen Fiasco

TV Show: “Sonic Boom”       School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Jimmy

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

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

Sophia is really good at making an omelet for breakfast.

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


Meet: Mia                   Nickname: Mimi           


Sport: Softball             Food: Tomatoes         

Singer: Bob Marley    Book:  Pig the Pug

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

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

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

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

Mia is really good at making friends.

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


Meet: Reese                Nickname: Sissy           


Sport: Cheerleading             Food: Strawberries     

Singer: Carrie Underwood     Book:  Cats and Dogs

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

Name of Brothers: Matthew and Robert

Reese’s teacher should know that she loves math.

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

Reese is really good at softball.

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


Meet: Madison           Nickname:  Maddie      


Sport: Soccer               Food: Chips    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa      Book:  Sponge Bob

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

Name of Brother and Sister: Eddie and Makayla

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

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

Madison is really good at exercising.

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


Meet: Alison               Nickname: Ali   


Sport: Softball             Food: Calamari           

Singer: Anna Kendrick           Book:  The Book with No Pictures

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

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

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

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

Alison is really good at being patient.

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


Meet: Mya         


Sport: Horseback Riding        Food: Tacos    

Book:  Pete the Cat

TV Show: “Sponge Bob”  School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Mason

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

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

Mya is really good at making people laugh.

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


Meet: Hailey         


Sport: Swimming        Food: Shrimp    

Singer: Meghan Trainor        Book:  How to Catch a Star

TV Show: “The Flash”              School Subject: Writing

Name of Brother: Aiden (her twin!)

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

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

Hailey is really good at reading.

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


Meet: Gianna                  Nickname: G     


Sport: Gymnastics           Food: Sushi

Singer: Ed Sheeran          Book:  Fancy Nancy

TV Show: “Fuller House”  School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Anthony

Gianna’s teacher should know that she is kind.

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

Gianna is really good at art.

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

Congratulations to Mrs. Kelly Talerico and Mrs. Mary Ollert…they have been selected as the SCARC Teachers of the Year!

Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert

Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert’s Class

What makes this dynamic duo so extraordinary is they are equally dedicated versatile teachers that consistently help all students meet their potential learning goals no matter what their teaching assignment has been. This coupled with their calming nature helps to create a quiet, calm, safe atmosphere in the classroom. Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert are significantly focused high performing teachers, having a positive influence on all students in their first-grade classroom.  When one walks in this classroom you get such a wonderful feeling, you will immediately see that all students are thoroughly engaged and love being in this classroom!  Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert have a wonderful positive energy and strong work ethic. Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert blend all best practice strategies providing a structured, nurturing environment that makes their early childhood classroom a happy, safe place that is most memorable for their students. Cedar Mountain is very proud of Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert! Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert will be honored at a dinner on June 14th, at Perona Farms. 


Congratulations to Mr. Ben Joseph, our Library Media Specialist, who has been selected for a taping of the 25th Anniversary of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up on June 21, 2018. Mr. Joseph will be one of 13 teachers who will be on a panel to discuss trends in education out of the hundreds of teachers that have been filmed over the past 25 years. This program will air later this school year. What a great way to spotlight our district! Way to go, Mr. Joseph! If you’d like to watch Mr. Joseph’s NJEA Classroom Close-Up program entitled: “Books and Beyond”, please click this link.

Wixie: Wixie is an online desktop publishing program used in our computer lab and Media Center. Mrs. Kellish, our computer teacher, is teaching our students all the ways that students can blend text and voice recording with original art and images to tell a story. In this picture, Gemma is writing an original acrostic poem uisng Wixie. 

Gemma works on her acrostic poem in the computer lab using Wixie

Lorax Team: First-grade students Cormac, Ivana, Harrison, Ethan, Nicholas, and Olivia who make up the “Lorax Team” planted several evergreens around the campus of Cedar Mountain. They proudly cleared the ground and carefully planted and tamped down the soil to ensure that our evergreens will someday be majestic trees. In the coming weeks, the First-Grade Lorax Team will be planting flowers around our schoolyard to brighten our gardens. The SCA received some very generous gift cards from Walmart, Lowes, and Home Depot to purchase the flowers for our school.

Mother’s Day Planting: Thank you to the SCA for providing our students with a Mother’s Day planting project. All students planted a flower that they will give to their mother or other special person this weekend.


School Spirit Day: Thursday, May 17: Our School is Groovy, wear tie-dye OR school colors!

Fun Day: First-Grade: Tuesday, May 22 and Kindergarten: Wednesday, May 23. Thank you to Miss Michele Gonnelli, Physical Education teacher for organizing this event for our school.

We are looking for parent volunteers; if interested, please call the main office at 973-764-2890. 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.

Reading Buddies: First-grade students in Mrs. Giangrande’s class connected with Mrs. Haw’s kindergarten class to read together. Mrs. Giangrande’s demonstrated the great reading skills they have acquired this year and also helped kindergarten students read their books. All students had fun getting to know each other, relaxing, and sharing great books! The pictures are priceless!

June SCA meeting will take place on Monday, June 4th, at 9:30 am. I would like to introduce our new 2018-2019 officers:

President: Mrs. Denise Clarke

Vice President: Mrs. Terrianne Scognamiglio

Recording Secretary: Mrs. Randi Adamitis

Treasurer: Mr. Patrick Currieri

Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Sarah Gascon

Here is a listing of upcoming SCA events:

  • Pounds of Pennies Homeroom Competition- Week of May 21, 2018
  • Mad Lab Science Night- Wednesday, May 23, from 6:00-7:00 pm
  • End-of-the-Year Ice Cream Party- Friday, June 22

Field Trips: Our first-grade field trip to Space Farms will take place on Wednesday, May 30 (rain date May 31). The cost of the trip is $11.00.

Our kindergarten field trip to Down on the Farm at the Sussex County Fairgrounds will take place on June 6, 7, or 8, depending on your child’s classroom. Permission slips and supporting letters were sent home this week.

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

Class of 2031 Kindergarten Orientation: In closing, if you are a parent/guardian of an entering kindergarten child reading this blog, you will soon receive a letter from me inviting you and your child to the Class of 2031 Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 2:15 (A-L) or 3:15 (M-Z), held in the Cedar Mountain gym.

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


Mrs. Gebhardt