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Here is Mrs. Zinni and Ms. LaBar’s class on Crazy Socks Day celebrated last week during Red Ribbon Week. 


We thank the Vernon Township Police Department for making a presentation on Halloween safety. Many of the Vernon Police Department police officers enjoyed having lunch with our kindergarten and first-grade students. We call this special event Adopt-a-Cop.


Thank you to the SCA for providing pumpkins for each student-students enjoyed decorating faces on their pumpkins!

This is NO Trick but a Treat...Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert, their student teacher, Miss Malloy, and their class aides dressed up for Halloween based on the Laura Numeroff series If You Give a Moose a Muffin, A Cat a Cupcake, A Pig a Party, A Mouse a Cookie, and A Dog a Donut. Students enjoyed listening to each storybook read by the adult dressed in character. 

SCA Monster Mile: The Cedar Mountain SCA has postponed the Monster Mile Fun Run. It will now take place on Saturday, November 3, at 9:30 am (race begins at 10:00 am). You can pre-register for the race or register the day of the race at 9:00 am.

Our Halloween Parade will be held on Wednesday, October 31st, at 10:45 am in the field between Cedar Mountain and Glen Meadow Middle School. We thank the SCA for supplying each student with a small pumpkin that they will be decorating in school this week! As a reminder, please have your child bring a non-perishable food or household item to school on this day. Cedar Mountain will be donating all of our collected items to local pantries in Sussex County. Last year we collected over 25 large boxes of items! Thank you for your generosity. 

Cedar Mountain’s next SCA meeting will take place on Monday, November 5, 2018, at 9:45 am. This month, Project Self-Sufficiency will be making a presentation on the services they offer to families. The SCA Coffee and Cookie Sale is underway. Please see the flier that will be sent home. Thank you for supporting this fundraiser. Your fundraising dollars bring special activities and programming to our school. This fundraiser ends on October 29th. The SCA will be hosting a Craft Night on Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 pm, in the cafeteria. The craft theme will Thanksgiving. Pre-registration is required. On Saturday, November 17, at 10:00 am, the SCA will hold a Touch a Truck event.

Our Veteran’s Day Parade will be taking place at Cedar Mountain on Monday, November 12, 2018, at 10:00 am. All Veterans who are related to children at Cedar Mountain are invited to attend. We have received many stars with Veteran’s names and pictures on them, you will see a display of them in the foyer of Cedar Mountain. We are very excited to have the Vernon Township High School Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Max Taylor, lead the procession of our Vets on this special day. Our Veteran’s Day Parade will be followed by a special presentation by our first-grade classes.

Child Assault Prevention Program: Cedar Mountain has received a generous grant to have the Child Assault Prevention Program for our kindergarten and first-graders this year. The CAP Program aims to prevent child assault by teaching children to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations and by training teachers and parents/guardians to help prevent the victimization of children; their slogan “Empowering our Children to be Safe, Strong, and Free”. The program has two components: a parent/guardian program and individual classroom workshops for children.  You can read more about this organization at Our parent/guardian program will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at Cedar Mountain Primary School. This program is for parents only. The parent/guardian program includes information on child sexual assault, identification of child assault victims, reporting of abuse, and crisis counseling skills.  There will also be a detailed description of the children’s workshop. Please note that we must have active consent by November 21, 2018, for your child to participate in this program. Here is the memo that will be sent home with your children.

Family Math Night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, at 6:30 pm. Come to learn about our math curriculum and play games that you will take home with you to enhance your child’s math practice while at home. This program has been brought to our building by a generous Vernon Township Education Association Pride Grant. Here is the flier that was sent home.

Rebecca Dorney from The Center for Prevention and Counseling will be conducting a 40 Developmental Assets training program for all Cedar Mountain families on Friday, November 16, at 9:45 am, in the cafeteria. Here is the flyer with details.  A light breakfast will be served at this event. 40 Developmental Assets will train parents on all the ways that they can help their children grow and thrive using assets from their families and community. There are 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets). The remaining assets focus on the social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that are nurtured within young people (internal assets). This program is very popular among many families that have participated in the past. Check out the Search Institute that developed this program and read how these 40 assets were identified. It is never too early to learn all of the ways to help your child grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible!

Spirit Day is Thursday, November 15! Have your child wear blue and gold or his/her “Class of” t-shirts! Go Vikings!

Grandparent’s Day is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 19-20, 2018. There will be two sessions, one from 10:15-11:30 and 1:30-3:15. Please see the informational memo coming home soon. Our school Book Fair will also be going on during these two days in the Media Center.  Stop by and get a head start on holiday shopping! We are in need of parent volunteers for our Book Fair. If you can volunteer any of our sessions on November 19 or November 20, please call the main office at 973-764-2890. We thank you for the time you can devote to our building. Schoolcraft Studios will be at Cedar Mountain on these days for grandparents to have their pictures taken with their grandchildren.  A picture ordering envelope and flier will be sent home with students.  Please bring this on the visitation day.  Here is the flier that will be sent home.

Teacher of the Year Program

You are invited to nominate a teacher for the annual NJ Department of Education Governor’s Teacher of the Year and Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year. Please use this form to nominate a teacher at Cedar Mountain. Our building selection will be made in early December. There are so many outstanding professionals in Cedar Mountain for you to consider! Last year’s recipients were Ms. Mary Rose Cummins, a kindergarten special education teacher, and Mrs. Janet DeSenzo, Technology Coach. 

Each candidate should:

  • Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • Serves as an exceptionally skilled and dedicated educator in a public or charter school;
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way;
  • Plays an active role in the community as well as the school;
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom;
  • Has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues


November 8-9, 2018: School will be CLOSED for the NJEA Teachers’ Convention

November 9, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm:  Please consider attending this year’s Executive SCA Ladies’ Night Out held at Minerals. Proceeds from this event go directly to the VTHS Scholarship Fund.

November 19-20: Book Fair during Grandparent’s Day

November 21:  Early Dismissal 1:20- please order a Grab and Go lunch for your child 

November 22-23:  School CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday

December 21: Early Dismissal 1:20- please order a Grab and Go lunch for your child


Mrs. Gebhardt