Dear Parents and Guardians:

Our students had an enjoyable week at our Family Math Night, Family Dance Night, our annual Monster Mile, and painting rocks for the “Cedar Mountain Rocks” Garden. In addition, we acknowledged 135 students that participated in the 21 Day Reading Challenge sponsored by 

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. Students are reminded to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to our local food banks to “take the scare out of hunger”.  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!

Here’s some news from Rusty, Cedar Mountain’s Seeing Eye Dog in Training:

Rusty turned 5 months old & what does any 5-month-old puppy do? Well, if he is Rusty the Seeing Eye Puppy in Training, he goes to Cedar Mountain School on most school days!  New adventures for Rusty have included running with students during Monster Mile practice and greeting students as they arrive in the morning. Rusty has also helped students focus on mindfulness during school counseling lessons. Is there a better lesson in mindfulness than adoring a puppy and talking to him?  In one month’s time, Rusty hopes to graduate from his Seeing Eye green puppy scarf to the green Seeing Eye puppy vest by demonstrating his polite nature and ease of following simple commands. It is always a fun day for Rusty at Cedar Mountain, and he knows he is “working” as soon as the children get off the buses! 

Rusty  greeting students as they arrive in the morning

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 Mrs. Lois Battista, first-grade teacher, and Mrs. Joanne Howard, Math Interventionist. 

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

Author Visit: Chris Howard, author of Life is Ruff, will be visiting Cedar Mountain on Friday, December 1, 2017. Life is Ruff tells the story of a shelter dog’s life from being a stray to being adopted through a shelter. You can purchase a signed copy of Life is Ruff for $20.00. Chris Howard will also be donating his book to our library for all students to sign out on their library day. Here is the flier that was sent home. 

Mountain Creek Riglet Ski School: It’s never too early to ski in Vernon, even without snow! Our student body learned the basics of snowboarding from professional ski instructors from Mountain Creek. Enjoy some pictures of our students learning how to snowboard at various stations around our gym. We thank Mountain Creek for bringing this program to our kindergarten and first-grade students. We look forward to the Mountain Creek mountain bike program coming this spring!


Read About 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.


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.

Here is a fun contest for your children from Ikea. Children are encouraged to draw their own soft toy. This is a fun indoor project that encourages creativity. You will be able to vote on your favorite drawing later in November. Winning stuff toys will be sold by Ikea next fall. Check it out!


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