Introducing our October First-Grade Students of the Month

Meet: Philip    


Team:  Miami Dolphins         Food:  Pepperoni                    

Singer: Marc Ronson             Book:   Under the Sea

TV Show:  DYI Science  

School Subject: Art

Name of Brothers & Sisters: Joseph and Makenzie

My teacher should know that I love to make up and illustrate my own stories.

When I am not in school, I like to read books, play video games, and go for hikes.

Philip is really good at using his imagination.

When Philip grows up, he wants to become an inventor.


Meet: Jaxon   Nickname: Jax


Sport:  Soccer             Food:  Pizza               

Singer: Zac Brown    Book:   Disney Bedtime Stories

TV Show:  Flash  

School Subject: Math

Name of Brothers: Shane and Ryan

My teacher should know that I like to help.

When I am not in school, I like to play.

Jaxon is really good at climbing.

When Jaxon grows up, he wants to be an artist.


Meet: Emma     Nickname: Em, Emma Bemma


Sport:  Hockey           Food:  Noodles                      

Singer: Taylor Swift  Book:   Pete the Cat

TV Show:  Vampirina  

School Subject: Art

Name of Sisters: Kinsley and Hazel

My teacher should know that I am special.

When I am not in school, I like play with Kinsley and Hazel.

Emma is really good at drawing.

When Emma grows up, she wants to be an artist.


Meet: Juliet    Nickname: Jules


Sport:  Swimming      Food:  Pizza               

Singer: Taylor Swift  Book:   Bailey Kids School Books

TV Show:  Bunk’d 

School Subject: Art

Names of Brothers & Sisters: Anabelle and a baby brother on the way!

My teacher should know that I love to sing.

When I am not in school, I like to do crafts and play with my friends.

Juliet is really good at reading and art.

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


Meet: Julianne   Nickname: Julie


Sport:  Soccer             Food:  Watermelon               

Singer: Kira Willey    Book:   There was an Old Lady

TV Show:  Gumball’s Amazing World  

School Subject: Math

Names of Brothers & Sisters: Audry and Heath

My teacher should know that I am a good listener.

When I am not in school, I like to read books.

Julianne is really good at drawing

When Julianne grows up, she wants to be a dancer.


Meet: Derek   Nickname: Bob-Bob (given to him by his younger brother)


Sport:  Baseball          Food:  Cheese Sandwich                  

Book:   That’s Not My Lion

TV Show: Teen Titans, Go!  

School Subject: Reading Buddy time

Name of Brother: Tyler

My teacher should know that I do trick shots like “dude perfect”!

When Derek is not in school, he likes to play sports, spend time with my family and friends, and play on his iPad.

Derek is really good at math.

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


Meet: McKayla            Nickname: Monkey


Sport:  Baseball          Food:  Tacos              

Singer: Sam Hunt      Book:   The Book with No Pictures

TV Show:  Henry Danger  

School Subject: Writers Workshop

Name of Sister: Mackenzie

My teacher should know that I like to be on my best behavior. I also enjoy having coffee on weekend mornings with my parents.

When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family playing outside and being a Girl Scout.

McKayla is really good at being a big sister.

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


Meet: Leah   Nickname: Peanut


Sport:  Gymnastics    Food:  Eggs                

Singer: Taylor Swift  Book:   Magic Tree House

TV Show:  Teen Titans  

School Subject: Music

Name of Sister: Brooke

My teacher should know that I am always nice to my friends.

When I am not in school, I like to ride bikes.

Leah is really good at dance and tennis.

When Leah grows up, she wants to be a vet.


Meet: Thomas            Nickname: Tommy


Sport:  Soccer             Food:  Peanut Butter and Jelly                   

Song: Safe and Sound           Book:   Pete the Cat

TV Show:  Peter Rabbits  

School Subject: Math

Name of Sister: Julia

My teacher should know that I love soccer, school and vanilla ice cream.

When I am not in school, I like to eat outside and read books.

Thomas is really good at building with Legos.

When Thomas grows up, he wants to be an architect.


Meet: Lyla 


Sport:  Soccer             Food:  Watermelon               

Singer: Carrie Underwood   Book:   Elephant and Piggy

TV Show:  Bunk’d  

School Subject: Math

Name of Brother: Robbie

My teacher should know that I think she is funny.

When I am not in school, I like to play with my Barbies.

Lyla is really good at coloring.

When Lyla grows up, she wants to be a teacher.


Meet: Lily


Sport:  Soccer             Food:  Spaghetti

Book:   My Little Pony Friendship Forever

TV Show:  Sponge Bob

School Subject: Writing Workshop

Name of Sister: Olivia

My teacher should know that I like candy.

When I am not in school, I like to have tea parties and play with my stuffed animals.

Lily is really good at coloring.

When Lily grows up, she wants to be an artist.



At Cedar Mountain, we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week, which is a time for communities to unite and take a stand against substance abuse. We will be emphasizing healthy decision-making skills with students.
We have many fun activities planned for this week!  Please do not buy anything new to wear.

Monday, October 23: “We rule!  Cedar Mountain is a drug-free school!”  Students will wear red today!  If your child has any red attire at home, from a red hat to red sneakers, shoelaces, or socks, he/she could wear them this day.   

Tuesday, October 24: “I can follow my dreams!”  Wear pajamas to school. Students should wear appropriate pajamas and shoes for the weather.  

Wednesday, October 25: “I won’t monkey around about good choices!!”  Wear crazy socks today!  Wear socks that do not match or wear socks with funny patterns on them.

Thursday, October 26: “United we stand for a drug-free land!”  Wear blue and gold to show our school spirit and unity!  

Friday, October 27:  “I like being me!” Wacky hair day! Students can wear a lot of crazy ponytails or spike their hair up high.  Rubber bands can go a long way on wacky hair day!
Thank you for your participation in these events!  

Enjoy our fall poetry

Haiku Poems: At our recent Project Self-Sufficiency Reading Night, families wrote haiku poems together and shared them with participants. Here is a sampling of the creativity of our families:

The leaves all change color

They fall and say their good-bye

Love to see them change

      Ryan Bertgano’s Family


Trick or treating time

Fuzzy spiders everywhere

Halloween is here

      Gio Iocabino’s Family


Pumpkin, pumpkin glow

I hear the wind blow softly

Autumn leaves scurry on

       Christopher Berberich’s Family


Scary ghost appeared

To scare all of the children

Boo is what he said

            Frankie Dolbaum’s Family


The pumpkins are carved

Vampires, ghosts, and witches

They look really cool

            Jacob Reed’s Family


When leaves fall off the trees

Bringing in the cool fall breeze

And extra hour sleep

            James Haase’s Family


The leaves are falling down

The weather is cold and crisp

The pumpkin pies are delicious

            Sophia Olsen’s Family


Dark, scary costumes

Spooky ghosts, vampires, monsters

Jumping on leaf piles!

            Logan Rembrandt’s Family


Halloween is fun

Witches, ghosts, ghouls frighten children

Everyone run, run, run

            Makenzie Getch’s Family


First-Grade Family Dance Night: Mr. Moschella’s final First-Grade Family Dance Night will take place on Friday, October 27th, at 6:00 pm, for Mrs. Start, Mrs. Sweeney, Mr. Dente, and Mrs. Talerico/Mrs. Ollert’s classes. Your child will bring home an informational memo stating the night his or her class is invited to attend.

Family Math Night will be held on Tuesday, October 24, at 6:00 pm. Come join us to learn about the Math in Focus curriculum and play games with your child that you can take home with you to continue practicing math skills. See the letter that will be sent home; sign-up is required for this activity. The format of the evening will consist of a parent information session at the beginning of the evening while students are engaged in math activities. At the end of the informational session, parents will accompany their children to a designated classroom. If you would like to join us for the family math night, please go to the website, click district, and under departments click math. From here you will be able to find the registration link. If you do not have computer access and would like to register, please contact Laurie Nelson and Vinny Gagliostro at 973-764-5514. Registration will be open until October 19th. If you should register and become unable to attend, please email

Picture Re-Takes: Are scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2017, if you need to have your child’s picture retaken or taken for the first time if they were absent or not yet enrolled at Cedar Mountain during our first picture day.

SCA Monster Mile: The Cedar Mountain SCA has organized a Monster Mile Fun Run that is open to all preschool through 5th-grade students of our district that will take place on Saturday, October 28th, at 10:00 am (registration begins at 9:30 am). You can pre-register for the race or register the day of the race. Place access the entry form here. In preparation of the Monster Mile, every Tuesday and Friday, students practice for the Fun Run. As students run the quarter-mile course, they get a “dot” on their hand to represent their laps. Students are so proud to earn more dots per week. Cedar Mountain thanks to Mrs. Cilli and Miss Gonnelli who are chairing this event.

We will be having our Halloween Parade at Cedar Mountain on Tuesday, October 31st, at 10:45 am in the field between Cedar Mountain and Glen Meadow Middle School. Please see this memo that was sent home for details. We thank the SCA for supplying each student with a small pumpkin that will be decorated in school on this day!

Our next SCA meeting will take place on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 9:30 am AND 6:30 pm. This month, Mrs. Kristina Krops, our Reading Specialist, will be making a presentation on our literacy program as well as activities you can do at home with your children to enhance their reading skills. The SCA Pie Sale has begun. Please see the flier that will be sent home during the week of October 16th. Thank you for supporting this fundraiser. Your fundraising dollars bring special activities and programming to our school. The Executive SCA will be sponsoring its annual Ladies Night Out held at Minerals on Saturday, November 18, 2017. This event raises money for our graduating seniors that are awarded generous scholarships from this parent organization.


Don’t forget about our Veteran’s Day Parade that will be taking place at Cedar Mountain on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 10:00 am. Please see the attached memo for details. 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.

Coming Soon…

My Principal’s Forum will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017, at 6:30 pm, in the Cedar Mountain Primary School cafeteria. Come hear about ways to stay involved in your child’s education as well as the academic programs offered at Cedar Mountain from Mrs. Gebhardt, Mrs. Gibson, Speech/Language Therapist, Mrs. Keane, School Counselor, Mrs. Krops, Reading Specialist, Mr. Rogers, Math Supervisor, Mrs. Nelson and Mr. Vincent Gagliostro, Math Coaches.  Informational handouts and ideas for home use will be shared with parents and guardians.


Grandparent’s Day is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 20-21, 2017. There will be two sessions, one from 10:15-11:30 and 1:30-3:15. Please see the informational memo coming home soon. During this special event, we will also be holding a Book Fair in our library.

Thank you for partnering with us, we look forward to seeing you at our many school events!

Rosemary Gebhardt