Congratulations to our January Students of 

January Students of the Month


Meet: Eric                     


Sport: Baseball            Food: Pickles and Fish           

Singer: AC/DC           Book:  Sharks

Movie: “Twister”        School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli and Math

Names of brother and sister: Travis and his sister who is coming in March!

Eric’s teacher, Mrs. Wilson, should know that Eric has a pet fish.

When Eric is not in school, he likes to go fishing.

Eric is really good at fishing.

When Eric grows up, he wants to be a fisherman; a bass pro-fisherman!



Meet: Lilly               Nickname: Lil                         


Sport: Gymnastics      Food: Watermelon    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa      Book:  Green Eggs and Ham

Movie: “Moana”      School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of brother: William

Lilly’s teacher, Mrs. Megnin, should know that Lilly is kind.

When Lilly is not in school, she likes to play with her BFF.

Lilly is really good at playing hide and seek.

When Lilly grows up, she wants to be a YouTuber.


Meet: Ian                      


Sport: Soccer               Food: Pizza    

Singer: John Legend   Book:  Green Eggs and Ham

TV Show: “SpongeBob”        School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Name of brother: Joey (his twin)

Ian’s teacher, Miss Chmielowiec, should know that Ian does his work really well!

When Ian is not in school, he likes to have fun with his family.

Ian is really good at soccer.

When Ian grows up, he wants to be a scientist.



Meet: Tristan             Nickname: T                 


Sport: Soccer               Food: His dad’s homemade pizza      

Singer: Chris Stapleton           Book:  Firefighters

Movie: “Big Hero 6”                School Subject: Math

Name of sister: Addison

Tristan’s teacher, Mrs. Barone, should know that Tristan thinks she is amazing!

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

Tristan is really good at reading, helping others, and riding his bike.

When Tristan grows up, he wants to be a police officer.



Meet: Christopher                   


Food: Pizza    

Singer: Shawn Mendez           Book:  Any book about the Titanic

Movie: “The Titanic”              School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of brothers and sisters: Clayton, Emily, Hailey, and Zach

Christopher’s teacher, Mrs. Hartman, should know that Christopher wants to raise the Titanic when he gets older and be the new captain of the ship!

When Christopher is not in school, he likes to play “Hello Neighbor” and play with his hamster.

Christopher is really good at getting kindling in the woods for his fireplace.

When Christopher grows up, he wants to drive a tram car at the beach.



Meet: Avery               Nickname: Avs                         


Sport: Cheerleading    Food: Tacos    

Singer: Jo Jo Siwa      Book:  Barbie

TV Show: “Fuller House”      School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of brothers and sisters: Royce, Jayce, and Kendall

Avery’s teacher, Mrs. Start, should know that Avery has a big, loving, kind heart.

When Avery is not in school, she likes to watch her iPad and do makeup tutorials.

Avery is really good at being a helper and being a big sister.

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



Meet: Hattie                            Nickname: Stir Fry       


Sport: Gymnastics                   Food: Ice Cream        

Singer: Kira Willey     Book:  The Grinch Flip Book

Movie: “Enchanted”       School Subject: Writing Workshop

Names of brothers: Logan and Henry

Hattie’s teacher, Mrs. Talerico and Mrs. Ollert, should know that Hattie loves math and phonics!

When Hattie is not in school, she likes to swim at the pool.

Hattie is really good at ice skating.

When Hattie grows up, she wants to be a president!



Meet: Harper               


Sport: All Star Cheerleading              Food: Soup     

Singer: Taylor Swift              Book:  One Bright Ring

TV Show: “Descendants”       School Subject: Reading

Names of brothers: Logan (her twin brother), Bryce, and Ryan

Harper’s teacher, Miss Malloy, should know that Harper loves going to school!

When Harper is not in school, she likes to cheer or play outside.

Harper is really good at reading.

When Harper grows up, she wants to be a nurse.


Meet: Seong-Jin                       


Sport: Wrestling          Food: Spaghetti          

Singer: Seong Jin’s mom!      Book:  One Busy Day

TV Show: “Fishtronaut”         School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of brother and sisters: Seong-Nam, Seong-Uo, Seong-Yeoh

Seong-Jin’s teacher, Mrs. Battista, should know that Seong-Jin is very respectful.

When Seong-Jin is not in school, she likes to play.

Seong-Jin is really good at writing stories.

When Seong-Jin grows up, she wants to be a teacher.



Meet: Myles                Nickname: Bud, Buddy, Joe-Joe Dancer                      


Sport: Football and Baseball               Food: Pasta    

Book:  The Lorax

TV Show: “Pokémon”            School Subject: Gym with Miss Gonnelli

Names of sisters: Peyton (his twin) and Autumn

Myles’ teacher, Mr. Dente and Mrs. Wilson, should know that Myles is going to be a professional football player!

When Myles is not in school, he likes to ride his dirt bike, play baseball and football, and in the summer, swimming in his pool with his friends.

Myles is really good at math and playing football.

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


Meet: John                   


Sport: Baseball            Food: Ice Cream        

Singer: John’s mom!            Book:  Press Start-Super Rabbitt Boy Blasts Off

Movie: “Jurassic World”      School Subject: Music with Mr. Moschella

John’s teacher, Mrs. Rogers, should know that John loves dinosaurs!

When John is not in school, he likes to play with Legos and video games.

John is really good at science.

When John grows up, he wants to build a time machine!


Meet: Noah                   


Sport: Basketball            Food: Chips        

Song: Feliz Navidad           Book:  Clifford

TV Show: “Lightning McQueen”     

Noah’s teacher, Mrs. Vanadia, should know that Noah likes strawberries!

When Noah is not in school, he likes to play Fortnite and watch TV.

Noah is really good at working with his Poppy.

When Noah grows up, he wants to be a police officer and work at Blue Diamond like his Poppy!

Hallway Highlights!

Walking through the halls of school this month you will see there is a tremendous amount of learning taking place!

In Mrs. Talerico’s and Mrs. Ollert’s class students practiced their collaboration, engineering, and design skills. Relating to the story of The Three Little Pigs, students had to design a marshmallow and toothpick house that could not be blown down. Students had to draw two different blueprints, discuss the blueprints, and then select a blueprint they thought would structurally be the best house. After constructing their houses, students had to subject their houses to “the blow dryer” test (on three different settings). Below are some pictures of the activity that took place.

Congratulations to our Mind Traveler winners! Joseph Santo and Alana Bessette kindergarten students and Annie Wieladek and Kieran Dixon first-grade students. These students will be honored by our Board of Education at the Thursday, January 17, meeting at LH, at 7:00 pm. Please join us to congratulate these young readers! The snow date of our Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 7:00 pm, at LH.

Kindergarten Baseline Assessment System has been conducted. Kindergarten students that may require additional literacy support have been identified by our teachers Mrs. Krops, Reading Specialist, and Mrs. Garofalo, Title One teacher. Guided reading groups will begin this month in kindergarten. Guided reading is an instructional method where students work in small groups as they read texts at their instructional reading level that review or enhance the skills and strategies taught during Reading Workshop. If your child is in need of intensive reading/literacy support, Mrs. Garofalo will begin working with your child; you will receive a letter on this service. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher to receive his or her BAS level. First-Grade Baseline Assessment System testing is begin conducted case-by-case by each first-grade teacher during the week of January 28, 2019. Some first-grade teachers are conducting a running record only. Please contact your child’s first-grade teacher for details.

School Spirit Day: Thursday, January 17th– Wear Blue and Gold or your “Class of” t-shirts

Board of Education Meeting: Thursday, January 17th– come to congratulate our Mind Traveler winners (see above)

Dental Assembly Program– Thursday, January 17th …On this day, all students will be treated to a dental assembly program by Newton-Sparta Dentistry. We thank Mrs. Forrest, School Nurse, for organizing this event for our school.

40 Developmental Assets: We are very fortunate to have the national program 40 Developmental Assets brought to us by Rebecca Dorney from The Center for Prevention and Counseling on Friday, January 18, at 9:45 am. You may also know Rebecca from the Vernon Coalition, too! 40 Developmental Assets is training for adults/parents that teaches them about the 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). 40 Developmental Assets is a research-based program that comes from Search Institute. Here is the flyer for this program. Here is the link to Search Institute. We will be holding follow up meetings on Friday, February 15 and Friday, March 15, at 9:45 am. A light breakfast will be served- all are welcome!

Reminder: School will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019, for the observance of Martin Luther King Day.

SCA Family Game Night: Friday, January 25, at 6:00 pm, in the gym. Come play life-sized board games with your family! Each child will be charged $2.00 at the door. Pre-registration is required.  Here is the flyer.

The Great Kindness Challenge: The week of January 28 through February 1, 2019, has been designated as the annual Great Kindness Week Challenge. At school, we will be celebrating The Great Kindness Challenge that highlights the meaning of Kindness at Cedar Mountain School each day this week.

The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive anti-bullying prevention program that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible at school! More information on The Great Kindness Challenge can be found at: Here is a list of what we’ll be doing at Cedar Mountain this week:

Monday, January 28, 2019:  “Peace, Love, Hope, and Kindness at Cedar Mountain” Wear The Color White that Symbolizes Peace or wear Tie Dye or “Peace/Love T-shirts”!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019: “Team Up For Kindness at Cedar Mountain” Wear Sports Attire Teamwear or Vernon Township School District School Attire!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019: “Powered by Super Choices at Cedar Mountain” Wear Superhero clothing or dress up as your favorite Superhero!

Thursday, January 31, 2019: “Thankful Thursday at Cedar Mountain” Wear Crazy Socks to school!

Friday, February 1, 2019:  “Dream of Friendship Cedar Mountain” Wear Pajamas to school!

SCA Meeting: Monday, February 4, 2019, at 9:45.

VTHS Key Club Winter Wonderland: The VTHS Key Club has planned a fun Saturday morning of games and crafts for all preschoolers through third-grade students on  February 9, 2019, at Cedar Mountain Primary School, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. A flier will be sent home soon.

Kids Heart Challenge: Week of February 11-15th: We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with this week-long program physical education program. Thank you for your generosity to contributing to this annual campaign. Students are learning the art and coordination of jump roping and all the different types of jump roping one can do! On January 23, 2019, we will have a kick-off assembly for this special school program. Thanks to Miss Gonnelli, our physical education teacher, who has organized this program!


Did you know that a new LEGOLAND is being constructed outside of Goshen, NY, in the Hudson Valley and will open in the spring of 2020? LEGOLAND is looking for children between the ages of 6-12 to be reporters to cover the story of the new LEGOLAND. Here is information on how your child can submit a one-minute video telling LEGOLAND why your child would be the perfect choice to be a LEGOLAND New York Kid Reporters. Click here for the link to the site.

  • Post a one-minute video on Facebook with the hashtag #LLNYKidReporter, telling us why you’d be the perfect choice to be a LEGOLAND New York Kid Reporter!
  • Email your video to us at, and include your name, age, where you live, and where you go to school
  • You must be 6-12 years old and live within 100 miles of Goshen, NY
  • Enter until February 7, 2019
  • Winners will be announced February 28, 2019


Think Spring and Kindergarten Registration! Do you know of a family member, friend, or neighbor whose child will be turning five by October 1, 2019? If so, please share that Kindergarten Registration will take place the week of April 1, 2019. Please see the Cedar Mountain calendar for specific times each day. Upon registering, you will also arrange a time for the entering kindergarten student to be screened using the DIAL4. You must register online to begin the process. You can do this at home on any device or you can log on at Cedar Mountain to complete this step of the process. Details will be posted on the Cedar Mountain website this winter. You can always call for assistance, or if you would like to…please, come in for a tour! We love visitors!


Thank you for partnering with all of us at Cedar Mountain to make your child’s educational experience positive and enriching!

Rosemary Gebhardt

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