Due to the predicted rain this week coupled with our wet fields; Cedar Mountain will be postponing Fun Day to next week. We will hold the Cedar Mountain Fun Day on Tuesday, May 22, for first- grade and Wednesday, May 23, for kindergarten. Children will receive their Fun Day t-shirts next Monday, May 21. If you were volunteering to help this Tuesday, please come next Tuesday, May 22. If you were volunteering this Wednesday, please come next Wednesday, May 23.

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.


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.

Trout Release: In October Cedar Mountain received rainbow trout eggs from the Pequest Hatchery as part of the “Trout in the Classroom” program co-sponsored by NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and Trout Unlimited.  Students have enjoyed watching the fish develop from the egg stage into fingerling trout ready to be released into the wild.  Cedar Mountain students and their families are invited to join Mrs. Docherty as we release the trout that we raised in the art room into Wawayanda Creek right here in our beautiful valley on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 9:00 AM (rain or shine).  Park near the bridge on Prices Switch Road approximately .4 mile in from Route 94 and walk into the dirt road on the left (marked with balloons and the wooden fish from the art room) to the Public Access Point to the creek.

Fun Day: First-Grade: Tuesday, May 15 (rain date May 17) and Kindergarten: Wednesday, May 16 (rain date May 18). Thank you to Miss Michele Gonnelli, Physical Education teacher for organizing this event for our school.

We are in need of the following items:

15 Jumbo Chalks,

30 bottles of Joy Dish Soap,

47 Gallons of Water (for students to drink),

10 Pool Noodles,

50 Jumbo Car sponges

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.

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

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: OPEN*

Treasurer: OPEN*

Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Randi Adamitis

*If you are interested in serving in either of these roles, please email cedarmountainsca@gmail.com

Here is a listing of upcoming SCA events:

  • Mother-Son Super Hero Night- Friday, May 11, from 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Pounds of Pennies Homeroom Competition- Week of May 21, 2018
  • Mad Lab Science Night- Wednesday, May 23, from 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Family Movie Night- Friday, June 1, at sundown
  • 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. Please look for permission slips and other information to follow shortly.

Rusty the Seeing Eye Dog Update: Rusty will be 1 year old on May 19th. This last month as an official puppy has been adventurous! Rusty took part in the monthly Seeing Eye Puppy Club meeting, which was a scavenger hunt in a Lowe’s store. All of Mrs. Keane’s Family accompanied Rusty as he found pipes, a sink, etc. and practiced sitting, lying down, and basic puppy manners along the hunt. Rusty also visited Newark International Airport! Luckily, he got through security without delay and was able to see planes, various gates inside the airport, and some airport equipment outside. Rusty’s most recent adventure included sharing the Keane home with another Seeing Eye puppy for the weekend. Puppy sitting is fun and exhausting, as Rusty & Lady (a 15-month-old German Shepherd) went to a softball game and to the town fair on two consecutive days. Everyone loved asking questions about the puppies and learning about their bright futures!

Sunscreen at School: As a reminder to all families, sunscreen cannot be brought to school by students. You must have a doctor’s note for your child to bring sunscreen to school and apply it while at school. It is highly recommended that you apply a high number sunscreen to your child prior to coming to school.


insectlopediaDouglas Florian– Douglas Florian is a published children’s poet, having written many books. Douglas Florian will be coming to Cedar Mountain School on Friday, May 25! in the swim Mr. Joseph has several of his books in our library and has been featuring him in various library lessons. We look forward to having a famous poet visit our school!UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings

First-Grade Poetry Assembly: Eleven very proud first-graders recited poetry that they learned in their classroom. While parents looked on students read with meaning and expression, some sang their poem, others had props and one student used sign language to express his poem! Here are some pictures of our students who performed for their classmates.

First-Grade Poetry Readers

Liliana and Tyler










Melissa singing the Star Spangled Banner


Early Dismissal Days: For planning purposes, our last five days of school, June 21-27, 2018, will be Early Dismissal Days. We will dismiss at 1:20. Students may purchase a Grab-n-Go lunch on these days, as lunch will not be served from Sodexo. 

Enjoy the spring weather!

Mrs. Gebhardt