Please Note: Cedar Mountain School will be without phones and internet service on Monday, July 9th, and Tuesday, July 10th for service to our infrastructure

Students testing their engineering projects

For those students who are traveling on to Rolling Hills Primary School, I will certainly miss you; it has been wonderful getting to know all of you. I look forward to those kindergarten students who will be entering Cedar Mountain Primary School in September. Please remember to read and practice math skills every day with your parents so you will be ready for school in September. Please go to the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge , “A Magical Summer of Reading”, to join millions of children around the World that are logging all the minutes they are reading. Also, please consider joining the Sussex County Library System summer reading program this summer called “Eyes of the Wild”. Here is a link for the Cedar Mountain Summer Reading Challenge for our entering first grade students.

First-Grade Engineering Project– As part of our science curriculum and the Next Generation Science Standards, students imagined they are part of an engineering team. The goal of the project was to help a farmer move cargo from one side of a river to another. Student groups made a raft from materials such as tongue depressors, straws, rubber bands, masking tape, etc. They had to imagine how this model of a simple transportation system might cross the river successfully. As a group, students were responsible to design the model raft, construct it, and add cargo. Below, you will see our first graders working in teams testing their rafts. Some of the teams made improvements to their designs after testing them in water.

Thank you to our SCA for providing our students with Italian ices of a multitude of flavors! Students enjoyed snacking on their ices on the lawn.

 Mrs. Zinni and Ms. LaBar’s students practice spelling trick words and CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant)-it looks like good clean fun as students use shaving cream to write words!


For parents of ENTERING KINDERGARTEN children, 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.

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Kindergarten OrientationIf you missed the kindergarten Orientation held on Monday, June 25, please access the presentation by clicking this link.


Teacher Name and Bus Information for 2017-2018– As a reminder, all K-5 schools will not be placing the name of next year’s teacher at the bottom of the report card in June.  Instead, parents will be receiving a School Messenger alert notifying you to go onto Genesis to receive your child’s class placement and bus information on Monday, August 20, 2018. Each primary building needs the time in July and August to complete the hiring process and assure that our classes are well balanced and cohesive.  Making class assignments is one of the most critical decisions a school makes – thus, we want to take the time to get it just right. Thank you for your understanding with this K-5 timeline.

At Cedar Mountain, I find that I take in so many requests for teachers. I appreciate your respect and understanding that I cannot honor all of them. I can promise you that I will do my best to place your child with a teacher that will best meet his or his needs, with a wonderful kindergarten or first-grade teacher, of course! I thank you for your understanding regarding teacher requests.  

A Heartfelt thank you to our dedicated SCA- Cedar Mountain would like to say THANK YOU to our SCA! Our SCA meetings are held on the first Monday of every month. September’s meeting will be held on Monday, September 10, at 9:30 am AND 6:30 pm. We welcome and encourage all parents to attend our SCA meetings, especially our incoming preschool and kindergarten parents; our SCA provides so many wonderful programs and special activities to all of our students. Welcome to our new 2018-2019 SCA officers who have many wonderful events planned for the 18-19 school year:

President: Mrs. Denise Clarke

Vice President: Mrs. Terrianne Scognamiglio

Recording Secretary: Mrs. Randi Adamitis

Treasurer: Mr. Patrick Currieri

Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Sarah Gascon

Save the date…

  • Thursday, August 16th– Genesis letter mailed to Class of 2031 Kindergarten parents
  • Monday, August 20th–  Genesis Parent Portal opens- Teacher name and bus information available
  • Tuesday, August 28th– Open House 10:00- 12:00
  • Thursday, August 30th– Open House 10:00-12:00
  • Back to School Night- Wednesday, September 5th (kindergarten 3:30, 4:30; first-grade 5:30, 6:30)
  • First Day of School- Thursday, September 6th with an early dismissal
  • Second Day of School- Friday, September 7th with an early dismissal
  • September SCA meeting- Monday, September 10th, at 9:30 am AND 6:30 pm
  • Fall Harvest Breakfast- Saturday, September 15thfrom 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Some day-to-day activities your children can do at home- Thank you to Mrs. Keane, our School Counselor, for this checklist of tasks your children can do at home to keep them busy, engaged, and spend some time on learning through a variety of fun activities.

Here are Summer Math Fun Activities created by Mrs. Laurie Nelson, Math Coach, and Mrs. Joanne Howard, Math Interventionist:

Online ideas-


     Username- (your child’s 5 digit student number)

     Password- math

     School code- CMps1

Xtra math- parents may register their children for free- great for math

PBS has great ideas for math fun-

Ways to include math in your everyday life-

-Play board games- these often involve counting or 1-1 correspondence

-Play card games- Each player turns over 2 cards (adds or subtracts them) highest number takes the two cards

-cook with your children to practice measuring

-Mark off the days of summer on a calendar and practice counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s

-Count your grocery items as you shop or put them away

-Road trip- use license plates to make math games- Each person chooses a plate.  Add up the numbers, highest number gets a point- repeat. 

For additional summer resources please see Mr. Joseph’s Media Center site for a variety of online activities.


Our June First-Grade Students of the Month


Meet: Aleigha                      Nickname: Lele


Sport: Dance                                    Food: Pierogies

Singer: Meghan Trainor               Book:  Caterpillar’s Wish

TV Show: “Girl Meets World”      School Subject: Math

Name of Sister: Dylan

Aleigha’s teacher should know that she loves her class (Mrs. Battista!)

When Aleigha is not in school, she likes to do math.

Aleigha is really good at being a good friend.

When Aleigha grows up, she wants to be an Olympic dancer.



Meet: Medina                      Nickname: Dina


Sport: Gymnastics              Food: Cotton Candy

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa              Book:  Gerald and Piggy

TV Show: “Gumball”          School Subject: Art

Name of Brothers: Imran and Jusuf

Medina’s teacher should know that she wants to teach, go swimming, and take gymnastics class.

When Median is not in school, she likes to learn on her iPad.

Medina is really good at doing gymnastics.

When Medina grows up, she wants to be a good person.



Meet: Jayden                     


Sport: Football and Basketball               Food: Steak

Singer: Post Malone                                   Book:  Beast World

Movie: “Dolphin Tale”                          School Subject: Math and Gym

Jayden’s teacher should know that he really likes to learn new things and he really likes school!

When Jayden is not in school, he likes to go camping, ride his bike, and play with his friends.

Jayden is really good at playing football.

When Jayden grows up, he wants to be a football player.


Meet: Isabella                   Nickname: Bella


Sport: Softball                     Food: Salami        

Singer: Sugar Land             Book:  Llama, Llama

TV Show:  “Loud House”        School Subject: Math

Name of Brothers: Wayne and Tristan

Isabella’s teacher should know that she loves her (Mrs. Giangrande).

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

Isabella is really good at playing sports.

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


Meet: Shani


Sport: Soccer                                    Food: Ice Cream

Singer: Herself!                               Book:  Mommy’s Kiss

TV Show: “Goldbergs”                   School Subject: Reading

Name of Brother and Sister: Ean and Cailin

Shani’s teacher should know that she is getting braces.

When Shani is not in school, she likes to draw pictures.

Shani is really good at singing.

When Shani grows up, she wants to be an artist.


Meet: Mia                   Nickname: Peanut


Sport: Softball                     Food: Shrimp Alfresco        

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa              Book:  animal books

TV Channel: The Disney Channel         School Subject: Math

Name of Sister and Brothers: Briana (her twin!), DJ, and Mickey, Jr.

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

When Mia is not in school, she likes to ride her scooter.

Mia is really good at doing gymnastics.

When Mia grows up, she wants to be a teacher’s aide.


Meet: Briana                       Nickname: Chunky Monkey


Sport: Football                    Food: BBQ Chicken          

Singer: Jake Paul               Book:  Junie B. Jones

TV Show: “Zombie Descendants”            School Subject: Everything!

Name of Sister and Brothers: Mia (her twin!), DJ, and Mickey, Jr.

Briana’s teacher should know that she loves playing pool.

When Briana is not in school, she likes to go for walks with her dog.

Briana is really good at hula hooping.

When Briana grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian.



Meet: Haydee                     


Sport: Ballet                        Food: Tacos and Refried Beans

Singer: Lady Gaga              Book:  The Book with No Pictures

TV Show: “The Voice” and “Fixer Upper”         School Subject: Writing Workshop

Name of Brothers: Andre, Riley, and Brody

Haydee’s teacher should know that when she is absent, she really doesn’t want to be out because she loves her class (Mrs. Start) so much!

When Haydee is not in school, she likes to draw, dance, cook, and bake cakes.

Haydee is really good at dancing and helping people.

When Haydee grows up, she wants to teach kids ballet.



Meet: Maya                Nickname: Miu Miu


Sport: Soccer                        Food: Tacos

Singer: The Beatles            Book:  Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up

TV Show: “Bunk’d”             School Subject: Computers

Name of Sisters: Tessa, Reese, and Drew

Maya’s teacher should know that she is nice and happy.

When Maya is not in school, she likes to play with her friends or read a book.

Maya is really good at playing soccer.

When Maya grows up, she wants to be a scientist.


Meet: Gabriella                   Nickname: Gaby


Sport: Softball                     Food: Chicken Nuggets    

TV Show: “King Julien”   

Name of Sisters and Brothers: Carol, Alana, Giana, Jesus, Julie, Javier, and Bianca

Gabriella’s teacher should know that she loves her (Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert)

When Gabriella is not in school, she likes to sing.

Gabriella is really good at creating things with Minecraft.

When Gabriella grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian or an engineer.


Meet: Gianna                       Nickname: G’s


Sport: Swimming                   Food: Pizza          

Singer: Taylor Swift               Book:  Elf on the Shelf

TV Show: “Henry Danger”            School Subject: Music

Name of Sister and Brothers: Jared, Marco, Jr., and Ebony

Gianna’s teacher should know that she likes to sing.

When Gianna is not in school, she likes to play with her brother.

Gianna is really good at dancing.

When Gianna grows up, she wants to be a teacher.

Enjoy the summer!


Rosemary Gebhardt