Introducing Cedar Mountain’s November…

November Students of the Month



Meet: Jonathan                    Nickname: Jon

Sport: Soccer                      Food: Chicken Nuggets and Fries
Singer: Kids Bop               Book: Paw Patrol Birthday Book
TV Show: “Zack Storm”   School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Brother: Jacob

Jonathan’s teacher, Mrs. Megnin, should know that he is smart and he really likes recess!

When Jonathan is not in school, he likes to play at home.

Jonathan is really good at math.

When Jonathan grows up, he wants to be a police officer and a “YouTuber”.



Meet: Aspen                            Nickname: Aya

Sport: Basketball                             Food: Tacos
Singer: Ed Sheeran                        Book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day
TV Show: “World of Dance”        School Subject: Math

Names of Brothers and Sisters: Chase, Brielle, Calla, and Cooper

Aspen’s teacher, Mrs. Giangrande, should know that she is the best.

When Aspen is not in school, he likes to play with his friends.

Aspen is really good at Reading Workshop (and he has really good penmanship, too!).

When Aspen grows up, he wants to be a policeman.



Meet: Sabrina                              Nickname: Sabrina Starlight

Sport: Football                                    Food: Pizza
Singer: Taylor Swift                           Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Movie: “The Greatest Showman”   School Subject: Music with Mr. Moschella

Name of Sister and Brother: Noelle Rose and Derek John (her new baby brother!)

Sabrina’s teacher, Mrs. Wilson, should know that she is a Daisy in the Girl Scouts.

When Sabrina is not in school, she likes to dance, sing, and play.

Sabrina is really good at taking care of her new little brother, Derek.

When Sabrina grows up, she wants to be a singer.


Meet: Stella                              Nickname: “Stelle”

Sport: Gymnastics                                   Food: Tacos
Singer: Lauren Daigle                          Book: Hug
Movie: “Polar Express”              School Subject: Science

Name of Brother and Sister: Joshua and Hadassah

Stella’s teacher, Mrs. Talerico and Mrs.  Ollert, should know that she has a very flexible body like a gymnast.

When Stella is not in school, she likes to play on the iPad.

Stella is really good at doing backbends.

When Stell grows up, she wants to be a gymnast and law professor.


Meet: Jayden                     Nickname: Jay Jay

Sport: Football                 Food: Pizza
Book: All books about sports
TV Show: “WWE”          School Subject: Math

Name of Brother and Sister: Mason and Gianna

Jayden’s teacher, Mrs. Rogers, should know that Jayden loves to do math problems.

When Jayden is not in school, he likes to play with his brother, Mason, and play sports.

Jayden is really good at coloring.

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



Meet: Abel                       Nickname: Abe

Sport: Gymnastics                Food: Pizza
Band: The Fold                      Book: One Day a Dot
TV Show: “Ninja Go”           School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of Sister: Vivian

Abel’s teacher, Mrs. Barone, should know that he loves being creative.

When Abel is not in school, he likes to build with Legos.

Abel is really good at art.

When Abel grows up, he wants to be a policeman.



Meet: Nicholas                       Nickname: Nick

Sport: Baseball                       Food: Chinese food
Singer: Kids Bop Kids
TV Show: “Sponge Bob”     School Subject: Recess 

Nicholas’ teacher, Mr. Dente and Mrs. Wilson, should know that he knows about the “Golden Rule” and is polite to his friends.

When Nicholas is not in school, he likes to watch movies and play with friends that live by him.

Nicholas is really good riding his electronic scooter.

When Nicholas grows up, he wants to be a policeman and also join the Army to protect the USA!



Meet: Payton                   Nickname: “Payt

Sport: All Star Cheerleading                     Food: Chicken Pot Pie and Watermelon
Singer: Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Book: Recipe Books
TV Show: “Descendants”                          School Subject: Math

Name of Brother and Sister: Cole (her twin) and Makenlee

Payton’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that she loves being fancy, she loves sparkles and loves playing hide & seek.

When Payton is not in school, she likes to go on vacation, go swimming, cheer, play with all of her cousins, and going to the playground.

Payton is really good at math, cheer, and gymnastics.

When Payton grows up, she wants to be a chef and a cheerleader.



Meet: Jonathan                   Nickname: Jonny

Sport: Baseball                          Food: Rice
Book: Teen Titan Go
Movie: “Star Wars”                 School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Christopher

Jonathan’s teacher, Mrs. Novak, should know that he likes baseball and math.

When Jonathan is not in school, he likes to play baseball, practice math, play video games, and play with his friends.

Jonathan is really good at basketball.

When Jonathan grows up, he wants to be a baseball player.


Meet: Ryeland                 Nickname: Rye

Sport: Hunting and Fishing                 Food: Hot Dogs
Singer: Dierks Bentley                           Book: Clifford
TV Show: “Truck Night in America”
School Subject: Math and Science

Ryeland’s teacher, Mrs. Battista, should know that he really enjoys being in her class.

When Ryeland is not in school, he likes to play with Legos.

Ryeland is really good at shooting with his daddy.

When Ryeland grows up, he wants to be a dad.



Meet: Greycey                           Nickname: Nash

Sport: Soccer                              Food: Pizza
Singer: Jo Jo Siwa                     Book: Library Mouse
Movie: “Sing”                             School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Mason

Greycey’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that she loves dogs.

When Greycey is not in school, she likes to draw and play with her friends and her dogs.

Greycey is really good at painting and karate.

When Greycey grows up, she wants to be a Veterinarian.

Grandparents Day ..Many grandparents, great-grandparents, and other special family members visited Cedar Mountain for our annual event this week. Students were able to showcase what they are learning in their classrooms and demonstrate their skills in specials classes. Grandparents and other special family members visited the book fair and had family portraits taken for the holidays. We thank the SCA for providing refreshments for our special guests!

A Thanksgiving heartwarming story…meet first-grade twins Myles and Peyton. This year, Myles and Peyton knew they wanted to do something special for neighbors in their community. On their own, Myles and Peyton organized a food drive. From donations they collected from generous friends, Myles and Peyton were able to provide three full Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Myles and Peyton surprised neighbors by personally delivering the meals. Myles and Peyton are great role models for all of us; when you see Myles and Peyton, pat them on the back for thinking of others during this holiday season.

Peyton and Myles

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

Because of the snow day we had on November 16th, we have rescheduled our 40 Developmental Assets program for Friday, January 18, 2019, at 9:45 am, in the cafeteria. Rebecca Dorney from the Vernon Coalition and the Center for Prevention and Counseling will be presenting the 40 Developmental Assets program for all Cedar Mountain families. 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!

Family Math Night a Great Success! Last week several of our Cedar Mountain Families came out to learn about our math curriculum and play math games with their children. Thanks to a generous VTEA Pride Grant obtained by our Math Coach, Ms. Laurie Nelson, families received packets of games to play at home to enhance our math curriculum. In addition, parents received information on the methodology we use in our everyday instruction called Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract from Mr. Rogers, Math Supervisor, and Ms. Nelson. Below are some pictures of our families in action!

Fundations Home Support Pack Did you know that you can follow along with your child’s Fundations units to reinforce concepts at home? If you click on the Digital Backpack and scroll down to Cedar Mountain, you will see the Home Support Pack that outlines activities you can do at home to reinforce the phonics concepts your child is learning in class unit by unit. Take a few minutes to check it out. You can also see the trajectory of skills as the year progresses.

Mountain Creek Snowboard and Ski School is coming to Cedar Mountain the week of November 26-30! Kindergarten and First Grade students will participate in the Burton Riglet Snowboarding Physical Education Program during all gym classes. Students will use specialized “mini” snowboards while trained instructors will teach skills focused on balance, body movement, flexibility, and core strength. This program is appropriate for all abilities—no prior snowboarding experience is required. We thank Miss Gonnelli for making arrangements for this special program…way to go Miss G!! Here is the letter that went home with students this week. 

Updating your contact information: Now that the winter is beginning to set in, you are reminded to update your contact information in Genesis. You should also make sure that you have all checked the boxes for the phones you want to receive school information. You can receive emails and texts in addition to phone calls. Please call the main office if you need any assistance with updating your contact information; we’d be happy to assist you!

Project Self-Sufficiency Toy Drive is underway. If you would like your child to donate a new unopened toy, please do so by early December. The toys that are donated will go to less fortunate families in Sussex County. Students that have made donations are very proud of the gifts they personally selected.

Our next SCA meeting will take place on Monday, December 3, 2018, at 9:30 am. Please note that we will no longer be holding evening meetings this year. We have found that parents are attending our meetings in the morning and we are not seeing parents come out for our evening meetings. If you cannot make a meeting and would like information, I would be very happy to go over the highlights of our meetings as well as send home any handouts. Please call Cedar Mountain or email me directly at to request SCA information. You can also read our minutes on the Parent Link page.

We have many SCA activities coming up:

SCA Holiday Shoppe: Monday-Wednesday, December 10th-12th Your child can shop for small items for every family member. See the flier that will be sent home. Items are priced very reasonably to enable your child to purchase gifts for all their people on their list.
Cookies with Santa: Tuesday, December 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm- pictures with Santa Claus will be taken by SchoolCraft Studios

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 4: Trimester One Ends
December 14: Trimester One Report Cards Issued.
December 19: Field trip to Glen Meadow Middle School to see the Winter Concert- you will be receiving a permission slip in the coming weeks.

Wishing you a great Thanksgiving with your family,

Mrs. Gebhardt