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

Cedar Mountain students enjoyed the Kira Willey concert held earlier this month. Our school dressed in rainbow colors in honor of Kira’s song “Colors”. Please see the Vernon Advertiser article written by Janet Redyke, for more details of this special event that culminated our Week of Respect. Here are some pictures of our concert, if you look closely, you will see “the rainbow”… 


Parent Conference Week: Cedar Mountain will have early dismissal days on Monday through Wednesday of this week, releasing students to buses at 1:20 pm. Use our Sign Up Genius to select a time you would like to attend your parent conference (please see the previous blog for a full listing of all teachers).  Students will receive lunch from Sodexho only if you pre-ordered for your child. Lunch/snack will take place in the classroom; regular lunches will resume on Thursday, October 19th.  Please note, Thursday and Friday, October 19-20, 2017, are full days of school. Conferences will run as follows:

Monday, October 16- 3:45-7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 17- 2:15-4:00 pm

Wednesday, October 19- 3:45-7:30 pm

At Cedar Mountain, we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-27, 2017, 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 the 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!  

First-Grade Family Dance Night: Mr. Moschella’s final First-Grade Family Dance Night will take place on 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 vtsd.com 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 vtsdmath-coaches@googlegroups.com.

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 are excited to let you know that we will be having a 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 balanced 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.


And finally….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.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our fall conferences…

Rosemary Gebhardt