Dear Parents and Guardians:

It is hard to believe our 2016-2017 school year is quickly coming to a close! Below highlights some important information and upcoming events. 

Our First-Grade Kool-Aid Kids served our bus drivers juice and cookies to thank them for all they do for our students…

As a reminder, the last four days of school, June 15, 16, 19 and 20,  2017, will be Early Dismissal days. Students will be dismissed at 1:15 pm. Students may purchase a “Grab and Go” lunch from Sodexho. Forms for these bag lunches will be sent home with your child and will also be sent through School Messenger. Please remember, on these days, regular hot or cold lunches will not be served. Even if your child receives free or reduced lunch, you must complete the “Grab and Go” lunch form. 

Artstanding III will take place on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 5:30 pm, at Lounsberry Hollow Middle School. This is a district-wide event that will have a large sampling of fine and performing arts on display throughout the Lounsberry campus. You will see artwork, music, theatrics and technology, and robotics, just to name a few, on display. Mrs. Docherty has collected multiple pieces of student artwork to showcase at this event. Mr. Moschella will be leading students in the Maypole Dance and Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Kellish will be demonstrating some of the coding activities our students participate in the Media Center and computer class. This is a wonderful family event.

2017-2018 SCA First-grade Kit forms have been sent by the SCA- kits contain many necessary school supplies required for first-grade. Purchasing next year’s school supplies in this fashion will save parents time and money- kits can be ordered online at a very reasonable price. The kits will be delivered to your child’s classroom in August. Kits can be purchased up to early July 2017.  

Kindergarten Patriotic Sing-Along– will take place on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 10:10 am (rain date May 31). All kindergarten parents are welcome to attend. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the back lawn of Walnut Ridge Primary School.

Preschool Fun Day has been postponed to Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

All Walnut Ridge Primary School teachers will be administering the Developmental Reading Assessment and posttests in all academic and special area classes mid-May through early June. The purpose of these posttests is to chart and document students’ growth and achievement they have made since the beginning of the year in each subject and class. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to discuss your child’s scores and overall growth.

SCA Meeting– Our next SCA meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 5, at both 9:30 am AND 7:00 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. At this meeting, I will be recapping and highlighting the year and introducing our new 2017-2018 SCA officers who are listed below. Please note, we have an opening for our 17-18 Recording Secretary; if you are interested please contact Walnut Ridge Primary School.

President: Mrs. Trisha Furman-Leve

Vice President: Ms. Missy Babcock

Recording Secretary: OPEN

Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Shana Tisi

Treasurer: Mrs. Janessa Bases

Hospitality Chair: Mrs. Linda Allen-Poole

Thank you to our outgoing SCA officers:

President: Mrs. Trisha Furman-Leve

Vice President: Ms. Missy Babcock

Recording Secretary: Mrs. Colleen Wehnert

Cooresponding Secretary: Ms. Missy Babcock

Treasurer: Mr. Bill Miller

We thank you for your dedicated service to all Walnut Ridge children!

Our students are looking forward to the SCA sponsored Mother-Son Night on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 5:00 pm, at the Skylands Stadium in Augusta, NJ, Route 565, to see a Miners Game and a fireworks show…

Second Grade Orientation at Rolling Hills Primary School will take place on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 4:15 pm. Your first-grade child will be receiving an informational flier regarding this event.

Our May First-Grade Students of the Month

First Grade May Students of the Month

Lucas: Lucas’ nickname is Lu; this is what his parents and sister, Lillian, call him. Lucas’ favorite sport is hockey and his favorite food is Mexican food. Lucas likes to listen to the music of Sixx: A.M. Lucas’ favorite book is Captain Underpants. Lucas likes the show “Loud House”. Lucas enjoys math; it’s his favorite subject in school. Lucas enjoys spending his free time playing hockey or playing “hallway hockey”. Lucas is really good at making people happy and laugh. Someday, Lucas wants to become a hockey player.

Danica: Danica is a new student at Walnut Ridge; her nickname is “Danny Jo”. Danica has a big family; she has two sisters and one brother named Anthony, Alanna, and Hailey. Her favorite food is tacos. Danica likes to listen to the music of Taylor Swift.  Danica likes to watch “Maggie and Bianca Fashion Friends” on TV. Danica’s favorite book is Unicorn and the Witch. Danica’s favorite subject in school is science. When Danica is not in school, she likes to play on her trampoline in her backyard. When Danica grows up, she dreams of becoming a singer.

Joseph: Joseph’s nickname is “Smiley”…as soon as you see Joseph; you’d instantly know how he got that name! Joseph has one sister named Samantha. Joseph’s favorite sport is karate; he’s really good at this sport. His favorite food is tacos. Joseph enjoys all Pete the Cat books; they are his favorites. Joseph’s favorite subject in school is computers and math. Joseph likes to watch various shows that he finds on YouTube. Joseph wants everyone to know that he loves school!! When Joseph is not in school, he likes to play video games, watch TV and “hang out” with his sister. When Joseph grows up, he wants to make YouTube videos.

Zachary: Zachary’s nickname is Zach. Zachary has two siblings, Dylan and Skyler. Zachary’s favorite sport is basketball. He loves to eat donuts; these are his favorite food! Zachary likes to listen to the music of Bruno Mars. His favorite book is Mo Willems’ book Elephant and Piggy. Zachary’s favorite TV show is “Crashletes”. Zachary is very good at math; it’s his best subject at school. Something that everyone should know about Zachary is that he is a very kind person (who has a great smile!). When Zachary is not in school, he enjoys riding his bike. Zachary is really good at playing soccer. Someday, Zachary hopes to become a firefighter.

Cameron: Cameron’s nickname is “Cam Dog”! It’s what his parents and brother Hunter and sister Isabel call him at home. Cameron is really good at playing soccer, it’s his favorite sport. If Cameron could pick one food he would eat all the time it would be stuffed peppers! Cameron likes to listen to the music of Justin Timberlake. His favorite book is Dr. Seuss’ Hop on Pop. Cameron watches “Troll Hunters” when he has some free time. His best subject in school is math and he wants his teacher, Mrs. Barone, to know he just loves this subject. When Cameron is not in school, he enjoys spending time with his family at the park. Cameron is a great reader. Cameron’s goal is to become a science teacher.

Heather: Heather has one sister named Amanda. Heather’s favorite sport is gymnastics. Her favorite food is pizza. Her favorite singer is Justin Sartorius. She loves the book Green Eggs and Ham. During her free time, Heather likes to watch “Thundermans” on TV. Her favorite subject is math. Something she wants her teacher, Mrs. Hyche, know is that she loves her math lessons and she will really miss her next year. When Heather is at home, she likes to jump on her trampoline and play with her sister, Amanda. Amanda hopes to be an engineer when she grows up, it must because of her love of math!

Payton: Payton’s nickname is “Shuggy”; this is what her parents, siblings, Aden and Shay, call her at home. Payton’s favorite sport is cheerleading; she is also a good runner.  Payton loves eating pizza! Her favorite singer is Charlie Puth. Payton loves Dr. Seuss books, her favorite is The Cat in the Hat. Payton has beautiful penmanship! When Payton is at home, she likes to watch “Liv and Maddie” on TV. Payton’s favorite subject is math. Something that Payton wants everyone to know about her is that she is very athletic. During her free time, Payton likes to play on her trampoline. When Payton grows up, she hopes to become a teacher like Mrs. Rogers.

Rory: Rory’s nickname is “Ror”; it’s what her mom, dad, and sister, Rylee, call her at home. Rory likes to play any sport with a ball. Rory’s favorite food is everything! Rory’s favorite song is “Shut up and dance with me”. Her favorite books is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Rory enjoys every subject in school; they are all her favorites. Rory loves school very much. When Rory is at home she likes to play school, use her iPad, play outside, and color, too. Rory is really good in her Fundations class and especially enjoys reading words with digraphs in them (like sh, and ch). When Rory grows up, she hopes to be tall!

Chace: Chace’s nickname is “Chacey-Face”, this is what his family calls him at home. Chace has one sister named Livia. Chace loves to play football; it’s his favorite sport. Chace’s favorite food is pizza and his favorite TV show is “Henry Danger”. Chace loves books on the topic of the Army. Chace is really good at solving math problems, this is also his favorite subject. Chace likes to cook with his mom. Chace is really good at building things with Legos. When Chace grows up, he hopes to become a police officer.

Isabella: Isabella’s nickname is “Izzy”; it’s what her family calls her. Isabella’s siblings are Shamar, Phillip, and Daniella. Isabella’s favorite sport is tennis. Her favorite food to eat is peas. Her favorite book is Horton Hatches an Egg. Isabella loves to listen to the music of Meghan Trainor.  Her favorite subject in school is math. Something that you should know about Isabella is that she is a serious person. When Isabella is not in school, she likes to play. Isabella is really good at painting. Someday, Isabella hopes to become a singer.

Coming Soon….our final Scholastic Book Fair…Buy One Get One Free sale. This book fair will take place during the week of June 12, 2017. Details will be following from Mr. Joseph in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Walnut Ridge faculty, staff, and students are looking forward to a very special activity as we will be saying congratulations and good luck to the Vernon Township High School graduating class of 2017. The graduating seniors will walk through the halls of Walnut Ridge Primary School wearing their graduation gowns. 

I hope you enjoy the last few weeks of school!

Rosemary Gebhardt