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Welcome to the Acting Principal of Cedar Mountain School, Mrs. Kristin Gudenkauf!

 

Dear Cedar Mountain Families:

Welcome to Fall! I would like to welcome Mrs. Kristin Gudenkauf, who will be serving as Cedar Mountain’s Acting Principal, as I move to the Vernon Board of Education office to serve in the role of Acting Assistant Superintendent. Mrs. Gudenkauf is a Vernon graduate and has been an elementary teacher at Walnut Ridge and Cedar Mountain. In addition, she has served as a Math Coach, Assistant Principal at Lounsberry Hollow, Glen Meadow, and VTHS, and Supervisor of School Counseling. Mrs. Gudenkauf will begin her transition from her current role as Assistant Principal at VTHS to Cedar Mountain Acting Principal during the week of September 26th. Mrs. Gudenkauf’s email address is kgudenkauf@vtsd.com. As always, please call the main office at 973-764-2890 if you would like to speak with Mrs. Gudenkauf.

 

 

A few reminders of upcoming dates:

School will be closed in observance of Yom Kippur on Wednesday, October 5th

School will be closed for students on Monday, October 10th for our Teacher In-Service

Early Dismissal Days will be on Tuesday through Friday, October 11-14th. Parent pick up is at 1:10 pm. Buses will leave the driveway at approximately 1:25 pm

Zoom Parent Conferences are listed below, you will soon be invited by your child’s teacher to select a conference date and time:

Tuesday, October 11th: 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 12th: 2:15-4:00 pm

Thursday, October 13th: 2:15-4:00 pm

Friday, October 14th: 2:15-4:00 pm

 

 

Fall Harvest Open House: We had a very successful Fall Harvest Open House! Below are some pictures from this event. Thank you to the Glen Meadow National Junior Honor Society and the VTHS Key Club students that volunteered at this program.

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Forum: Thank you to Mrs. Battista, Math Interventionist, Mrs. Gibson, Speech Therapist, Ms. Green, School Counselor, and Mrs. Krops, Reading Specialist, for presenting at this year’s program that described our academic programs at Cedar Mountain. PLEASE CLICK HERE to access the slides that were presented.

 

 

 

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 November. There are so many outstanding professionals in Cedar Mountain for you to consider! Last year’s recipients were Mrs. Diana Czergovits, kindergarten teacher, and Mrs. Ashley Karlewicz, Speech/Language Specialist. 

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

 

 

 

Amira- Our first-grade students are taking their fall baseline reading assessment using Amira. Amira is an Artificial Intelligence online tool that assesses oral reading fluency and analyzes errors to pinpoint strengths and areas in which a student needs growth. Amira generates diagnostic reports that help teachers understand each student’s reading needs to place students in appropriate reading groups. Our first-graders will use Amira three times this year to continue to measure students’ reading growth including comprehension. Below are pictures of Mrs. Krops, Reading Specialist, and Ms. LaBar, teacher, administering Amira to students. Kindergarten students will be using Amira later this year. Please ask your child’s first-grade teacher more about this assessment. If you would like to read more about Amira, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK.

 

 

 

 

Fundations: Fundations is our Word Study/Phonics program used in grades K-3. Please access the DIGITAL BACKPACK, scroll down to Cedar Mountain and click on the Fundations Parent Support Pack. You can follow along unit-by-unit with your child’s class. There are multiple activities you can do with your child at home to support this program.

 

 

Morning Meeting: Every day our students begin the day with a Morning Meeting. During this special time of the day, students greet one another in unique ways to learn each other’s names through games and chants, receive a peek of the day’s learning, practice math using Calendar Math, and develop important social skills to learn how to be a good citizen in the classroom and throughout Cedar Mountain. Morning Meeting helps students prepare for the day to become a ready learner and develop their self-regulation skills. Below are some pictures during Morning Meeting time.

 

 

 

Artists of the Day: Our art teacher, Mrs. Patchell, has so many talented art students! This year Mrs. Patchell is selecting Artists of the Day. Please enjoy these photographs of our proud students as they pose for their pictures. 

 

 

 

What Makes You Happy? Annually, The Center for Prevention and Counseling sponsors the “What Makes You Happy?” campaign. Mr. Hernandez, our Physical Education teacher, will be working with students on this project. Mr. Hernandez will be having students draw pictures of some of the favorite things our students like to do and the hobbies we are developing as youngsters. Students’ pictures will be entered into this contest. ATTACHED HERE IS THE INFORMATION on this campaign if you would like your child to work on this at home as well. Our Vernon Schools always has many winners in this contest that will be published in The NJ Herald. 

 

 

 

Field Trip to Pennings in Warwick: Thank you to our generous Cedar Mountain SCA, which has funded the buses for our fall trip to Pennings to have a fall experience. Our kindergarten students will be attending this trip on Tuesday, October 18th and our first-graders will be attending on Wednesday, October 19th. There are two rain dates, if needed, on Thursday and/or Friday, October 20th and 21st. The cost of the trip is $10.00 per student. Permission slips will be sent home the week of September 26th. If you would like to sponsor a student whose family may not have the funds for this trip, you will be receiving a special envelope for your generous donation.

 

 

 

Week of Respect: The week of October 3rd is our annual Week of Respect- it is a week that we focus on how we can show kindness to each other in many ways. Our classroom teachers will be conducting short activities with their students in commemoration of this week. Each day during this week we will celebrate The Week of Respect in a special way. We will also have a concert by Kira Willey a children’s songwriter, author, and yoga instructor who writes stories for children and how they can develop their self-regulation skills and ways to stay calm in challenging times.

Monday, October 3: “Stomp Out Bullying”-Wear a Blue Shirt for World Day of Bullying Prevention

Tuesday, October 4: Wear your pajama pants- to “put bullying to bed”

Wednesday, October: No School

Thursday, October 6: Vikings Stand United Against Bullying Day- “Team Vernon” wear your favorite Vernon gear

Friday, October 7: Dare to be Different Day-Wear a crazy hairstyle or a hat

 

 

Vernon VFW 1st Grade Coloring Contest: All first-graders are invited to participate in the annual VFW Patriotic Coloring Contest. Your child will receive a choice of coloring pages. Each student should place his/her name on the back. First, second, and third-place winners will be announced by Mrs. Auberger from the VFW Ladies Auxiliary at the Veteran’s Day Parade in November.

 

 

Online Safety for Your Children: It has come to the attention of our teachers that some students have developed a curiosity about a social media character called “Huggy Wuggy”. After doing some research, which you can read below, Cedar Mountain teachers are requesting that you speak to your child to reinforce to them that we will not be encouraging conversations or any activities that include “Huggy Wuggy” or “Poppy’s Playtime”. PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT LINK. Thank you for your assistance and support with this matter. Here is a helpful PARENT NEWSLETTER regarding online safety for your children.

 

 

HELP YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL – BUILD THE HABIT OF GOOD ATTENDANCE!

Did you know?

  • Missing 10%, or about 2 days each month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

What You Can Do

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session. •
  • Keep in mind that complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

 

 

SCA Meetings

I would like to thank our 22-23 SCA officers for serving our school this year, their dedication to our school is greatly appreciated! They are…

President: Megan Kapusta

Vice President: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary: Ericka Petrucci

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

Our next SCA meeting will be held on October 6th, at 9:45 am, in the cafeteria. The meeting will also have a Zoom link open for anyone who cannot attend the in-person meeting. HERE IS THE ZOOM LINK. Those online are encouraged to be active participants with our parents and guardians who are in person. If you would like to read the minutes of September’s meeting. Please go to the Cedar Mountain website and click on PARENT GROUPS/SCA. This will take you to the district SCA page where you can read our minutes and access other Cedar Mountain information. Please note the following upcoming SCA events:

  • Pretzels/Popcorn/Pizza Fundraiser will run from September 19 through October 4, 2022-order forms will be given to homeroom teachers shortly
  • Puravida Bracelets Spirit wear sale- Fundraiser- CLICK HERE for the order form
  •  “Smencils” Fundraiser begins on October 3rd- form to order pencils will follow
  • SCA Hoe Down- Friday, October 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, held in the lower parking lot. There will be a food truck and a “caller” who will lead our students in various dances. HERE IS the sign-up sheet.

 

Here are some helpful memos and information for the beginning of the school year

LUNCH PRICES FROM SODEXO

SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION

PARENT HANDBOOK

DIGITAL BACKPACKthis page contains many district letters, scroll down to read Cedar Mountain-specific letters. Remember, this is where the Fundations Parent Support Pack can be found as well.

2022-2023 SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

As always, thank you for partnering with all of us at Cedar Mountain School! Our school year is off to a great start! 

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

 

Fall News from “The Mountain”

 

September 2022

Dear Cedar Mountain Families:

We have had a great opening at the home of Vernon’s kindergarten and first-grade students. Under rainy skies, we began the day by greeting each student as they came off their buses and lined up by teacher. Ms. Mariconda’s class led our school in the flag salute and rang our school bell to begin the new school year. This has become a very special annual tradition!

Thank you for following The Cedar Mountain Blog to stay informed of our school and our district events! As a reminder, you will receive a Friday School Messenger email that provides upcoming information and school reminders. You can link more than one email address to this weekly email so all parents and guardians can stay informed. Please call the Cedar Mountain Main office if we can assist you with anything with Genesis or any other questions you may have. Our number is 973-764-2890.

 

 

First days of School

As our students are settling into school routines, enjoy some pictures of our students in their classroom learning.

 

 

 

Thank you to our Cedar Mountain Administrative Assistants! Please join me in thanking our office staff at Cedar Mountain- Mrs. O’Keefe, Mrs. Donovan, and Ms. Speight, who worked tirelessly this summer to make sure our school was ready to be opened, that our classrooms were stocked with materials and supplies, and that all students were registered. Look closely at their t-shirts that say it all… “I’ll be there for you”!! We couldn’t run our school without them!

 

 

 

Bus Safety Program: Thank you to our bus drivers Mrs. Anthony and Mrs. Blackburn along with our School Counselor, Ms. Green, who taught our students about bus safety during our first week of school. Thank you for reinforcing our bus rules with your children to keep your child and every passenger safe on our buses.

 

 

 

 

Please join us for our annual…

Cedar Mountain Fall Harvest Open House -Saturday, September 17th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Come enjoy some refreshments, tour our building, explore our curriculum in demonstrations throughout various classrooms, experience the computer lab as your child would in computer class, visit our library and stop at stations from different community organizations, and learn about our music program. There will be crafts, food, and games. We will also have various community organizations with us such as the Vernon Police Vernon PAL, the Vernon Coalition, The Center for Prevention and Counseling, Project Self Sufficiency, Girls Scouts, and UMAC Karate school. This program has been made available through a generous NJEA Pride grant organized by Mrs. Lombardi one of our preschool teachers at Walnut Ridge. We are very excited to collaborate with the VTEA and NJEA for this special activity.

 

School Picture Day

As a reminder, School Picture Day is Tuesday, September 20! Retakes will be held on October 27th. 2022.

 

 

 

Principal’s Forum

Please join me along with other building experts for the Cedar Mountain Principal’s Forum on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:00 pm, held in the cafeteria. At the Principal’s Forum, you will hear about ways to stay involved in and support your child’s education as well as the academic programs at Cedar Mountain. You will be hearing from the following building experts, Mrs. Gibson, Speech/Language Therapist, Ms. Green, Professional School Counselor, and Mrs. Krops, Reading Specialist, and Mrs. Battista, Math Interventionist.

 

 

 

News from the Art Room: For those families whose children are in currently in art this marking period. Please CLICK HERE for an informative newsletter from Mrs. Patchell, our art teacher. You will learn how to access your child’s artwork in Artsonia. Artsonia is a digital portfolio of all the artworks your child is creating in art. The best part is you can now share your child’s creative accomplishments with friends and family both near and far. As your child grows, so will their art portfolio as many other art teachers in Vernon also use Artsonia and their student account transfers year to year!

 

 

 

 

SCA Meetings

I would like to thank our 22-23 SCA officers for serving our school this year, their dedication to our school is greatly appreciated! They are…

President: Megan Kapusta

Vice President: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary: Ericka Petrucci

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

Our first SCA meeting was held on September 8th. If you would like to read the minutes of this meeting. Please go to the Cedar Mountain website and click on PARENT GROUPS/SCA. This will take you to the district SCA page where you can read our minutes and access other Cedar Mountain information. Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 9:45 am. We also will be opening a Zoom link so you can join us live wherever you are, HERE IS THE ZOOM LINK. Those online are encouraged to be active participants with our parents and guardians who are in person. All parents and guardians are always invited to attend. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 6th. Please note the following upcoming SCA events:

  • Mum fundraiser going on until September 16, 2022. Pick up your mums at Pappa’s Garden Supply on Route 94 in McAfee. HERE IS THE LINK to the online order
  • Pretzels/Popcorn/Pizza Fundraiser will run from September 19 through October 4, 2022-order forms will be given to homeroom teachers shortly
  • Puravida Bracelets Spiritwear sale- Fundraiser ends on September 23, 2022. CLICK HERE for the order form
  • SCA Hoe Down- Friday, October 7th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, held in the lower parking lot. There will be a food truck and a “caller” who will lead our students in various dances

 

 

 

Heggerty Kindergarten Assessment: Our kindergarten students will be receiving a Heggerty baseline screening from their teacher this month. This screening will identify each student’s phonological and phonemic awareness skills, the results will be used to plan for instruction when using our Heggerty and Fundations instruction.

 

 

 

 

Fountas & Pinnell Baseline Assessment System: Our Reading Test

At the end of this month, each student in first-grade is will be receiving a one-on-one reading assessment, called The Baseline Assessment System, to determine each student’s reading level, areas of reading strength, as well as where a student may require additional reading/literacy support. The Baseline Assessment System is used in the classroom to level reading instruction and teach the student at his or her level. Our kindergarten students will receive their first Baseline Assessment System screening in January 2023. Thank you for continuing to read to and with your child on a daily basis. There will be many opportunities this year for you to learn ways that you can support literacy at home beginning with The Principal’s Forum that will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:00 pm, in the cafeteria.

 

 

 

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 November. There are so many outstanding professionals in Cedar Mountain for you to consider! Last year’s recipients were Mrs. Diana Czergovits, kindergarten teacher, and Mrs. Ashley Karlewicz, Speech/Language Specialist. 

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

 

 

Some information on communication and the proper channels… As school begins, it is very important that we promote communication with you via this blog, emails, phone calls, our calendar, Friday School Messenger emails, and the occasional memos that will be sent home with students. With this in mind, below are the steps to use as reference if you need to reach someone at school to discuss an educational matter. These steps support direct, open, and respectful interactions so that problems and concerns can be worked out quickly and efficiently. Any question or concern should always start with the person listed in Step 1, as that person will usually have the most information on the topic. If you have a question or concern, please follow the steps listed below for the relevant topic.

 

Classroom Issues Involving an Individual Child (Classroom procedures, behavior, grades, schedule, etc.) OR Curriculum and Instruction (Subject matter being taught, teaching strategies, textbooks and materials used, etc.)

STEP 1: Classroom Teacher; if not resolved…

STEP 2: School Counselor, Ms. Ingrid Green, 973-764-4509; if not resolved…

STEP 3: Principal

 STEP 4: Supervisor of ELA/Humanities, Dr. Cris Slotoroff, or Director of Math, Science and STEM, Dr. Hollyce Schoepp

STEP 5: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 6: Director for Curriculum, Mr. Vincent Gagliostro if not resolved…

STEP 7: Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Russ Rogers

 

Special Education, 504 Plans, and IEPs

STEP 1: Teacher, Specialist, or Child Study Team Member (Psychologist, School Counselor, Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist); if not resolved…

STEP 2: Case Manager; if not resolved…

STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 4: Supervisor of Special Services – Mrs. Suzanne MacDougall; if not resolved…

STEP 5: Director of Special Services- Mr. Russel Fay

STEP 6: Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Russ Rogers

 

Medical Concerns

STEP 1: School Nurse; if not resolved…

STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 3: Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Russ Roges

 

School Counseling and Related Services

STEP 1: School Counselor, Social Worker, School Psychologist; if not resolved…

STEP 2: Supervisor of School Counseling- Mrs. Susan Matteson; if not resolved…

STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 4: Director of Curriculum, Mr. Vincent Gagliostro; if not resolved…

STEP 5: Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Russ Rogers

 

Transportation Concerns

(Behavior on school buses, etc.)

STEP 1: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 2: Supervisor of Transportation, Mrs. Marisa Broesder; if not resolved…

STEP 3: Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Russ Rogers

 

 

General Housekeeping Information

School Calendar: Please note our school will be closed on Wednesday, October 5th for Yom Kippur and on Monday, October 10th for our Teacher In-Service Day. We will have Early Dismissal Days from Tuesday, October 11th through Friday, October 14th. CLICK HERE for our 22-23 calendar.

Parent Handbook: A lot of school and district information can be found the Cedar Mountain Parent Handbook. The handbook can be found on the Digital Backpack for Cedar Mountain. HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE HANDBOOK.

Digital Backpack: Please see the Cedar Mountain DIGITAL BACKPACK for other important school information and the many district letters and forms that live on the Digital Backpack.

School Closings: It’s never too early to prepare for school closings! Please CLICK HERE for our district school closing information. Always start by looking at our district’s main page vtsd.com. We post our closing, delayed openings, and early dismissals here in addition to you receiving an automated call on the phone that you connected in Genesis.

Our year is off to a great start! I hope to see you at our school events…

Mrs. Gebhardt

Principal

 

The Cedar Mountain School Bell Will Be Ringing Soon!

Hello Cedar Mountain Families!

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year that is just around the corner! The Cedar Mountain faculty, staff, and I are very excited to begin a new year with your child!

Our highly-skilled and devoted teachers have been planning and preparing for your child to enter Cedar Mountain School. Our very talented office staff, Mrs. O’Keefe, Mrs. Donovan, and Ms. Speight are registering many new families, ordering needed materials, and updating student information in Genesis. Our hard-working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning our school. I would like to take a moment to welcome our new Coordinating Custodian, Mrs. Natalia Sandoval, who is eager to get to know our students while ensuring our school is safe, clean, and well cared for.  Our much-appreciated School and Community Association (the SCA) is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs throughout the school year. Cedar Mountain is a caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

 

At Cedar Mountain, we will continue with our Response to Intervention/Multi-Tiered Support System model to help students at all learning levels. We will be using data to track students’ progress. Our first-graders will be taking benchmark assessments in the fall, winter, and spring, and our kindergarteners will be taking one assessment at the end of the year so that Cedar Mountain teachers can monitor the progress of each student as he/she develops specific academic skills in the areas of literacy and math.  These benchmark assessments will not be used as a grading instrument; our goal with these benchmarks will be to carefully use the assessment data as a tool for us to determine how we can adjust our instructional practices to meet the needs of our students.  We will continue using the Fountas and Pinnell Baseline Assessment reading test three times throughout the year for first graders and two times a year for kindergarteners. These assessments, as well as our daily teaching and anecdotal notes, checklists, and assessments help guide our teachers when completing the rubric on the Standard-Based Report Card. Please CLICK HERE to access our report card so you will know what your child is expected to know by the trimester. We are also introducing a brand new Language Art series to all K-5 students this year called Into Reading. This program was carefully selected by multiple teachers in the district and it is based on the most current research on how children learn to read; this research is called The Science of Reading. You will be learning more about this throughout the year and the Principal’s Forum as well as various SCA meetings.

 

 

CEDAR MOUNTAIN REGULAR, DELAYED OPENING, EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE:

 

Daily Delayed Opening Early Dismissal
9:20 am Students Enter 11:20 am Students Enter 9:20 am Students Enter
3:40 Parent Pick Up 3:40 Parent Pick Up 1:10 Parent Pick Up
4:00 Students Dismissed 4:00 Students Dismissed 1:20 Students Dismissed
4:05 Buses Depart 4:05 Buses Depart 1:25 Buses Depart

 

 

INFORMATION ON PARKING AND DROP OFF AT CEDAR MOUNTAIN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Parents that drop off and pick up their child(ren) will be required to park in an available spot in the parking lot OR on Sammis Road and escort their child to either the ramp in the main parking lot or by the front playground. For ease of parking, you are encouraged to park on Sammis Road. Please be aware that Cedar Mountain Primary School does not have the personnel to supervise students who are dropped off early; therefore, students will only be permitted to enter the building at 9:20 AM when students are dismissed from their bus. If you are picking up your child at the end of the school day, students will be dismissed at the front side door at 3:40 pm. As part of our required chain of custody, you must present a proper ID to Mrs. Donovan, who will bring your child (ren) to you. No child will be brought to a parent or a family delegate without proper identification. We appreciate your patience as we get to know all of our families that pick up children.

 

 

 

INTRODUCING OUR NEW FACULTY AT CEDAR MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

 

Each year we are very fortunate to bring on new teachers to our building. Below are the bios of our new faculty members. We welcome Mr. Christopher Cook, Ms. Jamilee Holly, Mrs. Kielty (who will be covering for Mrs. Megnin), Mrs. Courtney Rose, Mrs. Christine Taylor-Eccles, and Mrs. Cara Zimnik

 

 

Jamilee Holly:

Ms. Holly graduated from Vernon schools in 2005 and is returning to the community with her daughter this fall. She attended Rider University, graduating in 2009 with Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Dance, and again in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Special Education. Ms. Holly has worked in a variety of educational settings, including as a preschool director and as a classroom teacher for K-2 students in Howell, NJ. She enjoys the beach, dancing, and spending time with her family. Ms. Holly cannot wait to join the Cedar Mountain team and work closely with students and families! Ms. Holly will be teaching first grade in room 215 this year.

 

 

Christopher Cook:

Chris Cook is excited to get to know the students and families this year as well as to join the Cedar Mountain Primary School family. This is Mr. Cook’s fourth year teaching first grade. Mr. Cook graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Elementary Education as well as Special Education. Mr. Cook’s passion is making learning fun through hands-on exploration and projects. He enjoys challenging students and meeting them where they’re at, and helping his students persevere through difficult tasks to ensure that they can achieve their goals! Mr. Cook will be teaching first grade in room 211 this year.

 

 

 

Courtney Rose:

Mrs. Rose grew up in Vernon and graduated from Vernon High School in 2004. She attended Sacred Heart University, graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Mrs. Rose later obtained her teaching certifications in Elementary Education and Teacher of Students with Disabilities, as well as a Master’s in Elementary Education in 2014 from Felician University. Since then she has been working in Paterson Public Schools with special education students in grades 1-6. Mrs. Rose is ecstatic to be a part of the Cedar Mountain Family and can’t wait to instill a love for learning in her students. Mrs. Rose currently lives in Vernon with her husband and two-year-old daughter. She enjoys being outside, reading a good book, and spending time with her family. Mrs. Rose will be co-teaching kindergarten this year with Ms. Thomas in room 103.

 

 

 

Christine Taylor-Eccles:

Christine Taylor-Eccles is a lifelong resident of Vernon Township and Alumni of Vernon Township High School, She is very excited to join the Cedar Mountain team as a Kindergarten and First Grade Special Education Teacher. Mrs. Taylor-Eccles attended Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Information Technology. Mrs. Taylor-Eccles has two children who currently attend the Vernon Township School District. Mrs. Taylor-Eccles’ passion for teaching developed in 2014, when she became an aide. In 2018, she began her education track through Liberty University where she completed a dual Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master’s Certificate in Autism Education. Mrs. Taylor-Eccles looks forward to her first year as a classroom teacher where she will plan meaningful activities, and create a classroom setting that is both inviting and conducive to each student’s learning style while increasing academic, social, and emotional learning. Mrs. Taylor-Eccles will be teaching K-1 special education in room 201 this year.

 

 

 

Eleanor Kielty:

Mrs. Eleanor attended Kutztown University, where she received her BA in elementary education. She started her teaching career at Hamburg Elementary School.  In her thirteen years there she spent the majority of those teaching first grade and the remainder teaching middle school social studies. Mrs. Kielty stepped out of teaching for a bit to raise her twins, one of the most important jobs she has ever done. When Mrs. Kielty returned to the classroom she had a new respect and understanding of what it means to send your child to school and entrust someone else to their care. Mrs. Kielty has had the unique opportunity to teach in England, as well as, Barnaul Siberia. She returned with a number of life experiences that have certainly affected her and enriched her teaching. As a result, she has received several awards to celebrate her work in the classroom.  She recently returned from five memorable weeks of service work with high school students in Hawaii. Mrs. Kielty loves to travel, backpack in the mountains, and spend time outside with her dogs and her family. Mrs. Kielty will be teaching first-grade in room 209 this fall, filling in for Mrs. Megnin.

 

 

 

Cara Zimnik:

Mrs. Cara Zimnik, our new Speech/Language Pathologist, is looking forward to this upcoming school year and working with all of the wonderful families and students at Cedar Mountain. Mrs. Zimnik received a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Zimnik has worked with students of varying ages and within multiple school settings and is passionate about the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Mrs. Zimnik is dedicated to providing a supportive environment and fostering meaningful interactions to encourage the growth of new skills and enhance overall communication for students. Mrs. Zimnik spent the majority of her childhood and young adult life in Randolph, New Jersey. After getting married last year, Mrs. Zimnik moved to Vernon. Mrs. Zimnik and her husband have loved exploring all that Vernon has to offer! She is very excited to meet the students at Cedar Mountain and learn all about their goals and hobbies too! Mrs. Zimnik will be one of two Speech and Language Therapists working in room 202 this year.

 

 

Natalia Sandoval:

Ms. Natalia Sandoval is Cedar Mountain’s new Coordinating Custodian. Ms. Sandoval was born and raised in Columbia, South America. Ms. Sandoval has a degree in early childhood that she earned in Columbia before coming to the United States. Ms. Sandoval has experience as a Head Custodian in other districts in NJ. Ms. Sandoval is a hardworking individual. She is a very positive and eager to always transmit joy and calm to her working environment.  As a Vernon resident, Ms. Sandoval is very proud to call Cedar Mountain her new home where she leads and collaborates with her fellow custodians implementing best practice techniques of deep cleaning a school of approximately 420 students. Ms. Sandoval is very excited to greet the students of Cedar Mountain and get to know each one! You will see Ms. Sandoval everywhere in our school!

 

 

 

Rhiannon Lubas:

Miss Rhiannon Lubas is currently attending William Paterson University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She is very excited to be a student teacher at Cedar Mountain in Mrs. Sweeney’s class this school year! In her free time, Miss Lubas enjoys going to the gym, playing with her five bunnies, or spending time with my family and friends. Miss Lubas am looking forward to meeting everyone, learning about the “art of teaching”, and having an awesome school year! Miss Lubas will be working closely and learning from Mrs. Sweeney in room 102 this year.

 

 

 

 

Erica Meichsner:

Miss Erica Meichsner is a Senior at Ramapo College of New Jersey earning a Bachelor’s degree in their Social Work program. In addition to being a student at Ramapo College, Miss Meichsner is also the Co-vice President of the Social Work Club where she and her club mates are able to host social events for different causes and connect with peers. Miss Meichsner’s work experience includes lifeguarding at the Highland Lakes Country Club in the summer for the last seven years. This year, Miss Meichsner is serving as Assistant Supervisor at the Highland Lakes Country Club where she leads 50 employees with schedules and day-to-day tasks. In addition to this work, Miss Meichsner teaches swimming lessons where she uses her aquatic training to analyze children’s swimming capabilities and teach them different skills.  Miss Meischsner also serves as a Vernon Township School district substitute; she is looking forward to her internship this fall where she will be shadowing Mrs. Polhemus our MSW on the Child Study Team.

 

 

Francesca Amati:

Miss Francesca Amati is a Vernon resident and proud alumni of the Vernon Township School District. She graduated from Centenary University in 2021 with a BA in Elementary Education, earned in conjunction with a CEAS in Elementary Education (K-6) and a Teacher of Students With Disabilities (TOSD) certification. She completed her Practicum and Student Teaching at Hardyston Elementary School in a 3rd-grade classroom, after which she taught 2nd grade as a full-time long-term substitute from January – June 2022. She enjoys reading, coffee, and spending time with her family. Miss Amati will be working with Ms. Jamilee Holly as she covers for Mrs. Erin Brady from October 2022 – February 2023. She is honored and excited to have the opportunity to work in Cedar Mountain, one of the schools where her love of education began! 

 

 

 

 

Important Reminders for August and September:

 

As school approaches, below are a few important dates for the month of August and early September to mark on your family calendar. Please note, if you do not have everything satisfied for your child’s registration in Genesis, you will not be able to see your child’s bus number/bus stop and pick up time, or your child’s teacher.

 

  • August 22nd– The Genesis portal will open to see your child’s teacher name

 

  • Thursday, August 25th AND Monday, August 29th – Open House 10:00 am- 12:00 pm -on both of these days, Cedar Mountain Primary School will be open for a self-guided tour/visit. Please bring your child, walk the hallways, and help your child locate his or her classroom. Having your child find his or her classroom will ease the first day of school transitions. I will also be available to say hello and meet you and your child.

 

  • The building will be closed for visits on September 1-2, 2022, in order for our faculty to give its undivided attention to the important work of preparing for the new school year.

 

  • Back to School Night- Thursday, September 1st as follows:

 

3:30 pm Kindergarten Back to School Night- Please bring your kindergarten child with you

 

5:00 pm First Grade Back to School Night- This program is only for parents and guardians- you are kindly requested to please not bring your child

 

  • First Day of School- Tuesday, September 6th

 

  • Friday, September 16th– School Spirit Day- Wear your Class of shirt or other Vernon spirit wear

 

  • Fall Harvest Open House- Saturday, September 17th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm- come enjoy a light refreshments, tour the building, explore our curriculum in demonstrations throughout various classrooms, experience the computer lab as your child would in computer class, visit our library, learn about our curriculum, and stop at stations from different community organizations. We thank the VTEA for receiving a Pride Grant from NJEA to fund this program!

 

  • Picture Day- Tuesday, September 20th

 

  • Principal’s Forum- Wednesday, September 21st, at 6:00 pm, in the cafeteria

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten Class of 2035 t-shirts: As a reminder to all kindergarten parents, please have your child where his or her Class of 2035 t-shirt on the first day of school. This will be a way to promote school spirit and feel welcome in a new school as a new student. Please contact the office if you did not receive a t-shirt. Your child will have opportunities to wear this shirt on many school spirit days this year. It will also serve as a nice memento for you and your child for years to come.

 

Please reference the Digital Backpack for important district notices as well as information related to Cedar Mountain. You can also access our Parent Handbook for a lot of other important school information. You can also find a list of suggested school supplies for each grade. The Cedar Mountain website contains all of our school information. The links on the left side of the page have many helpful topics. Many activities for the year are on the Cedar Mountain Calendar, check them out!

 

 

I look forward to seeing you for visits in the coming weeks as you prepare for the new school year. If I can help you with any questions about the new year, please do not hesitate to call Cedar Mountain at 973-764-2890 or email me directly at rgebhardt@vtsd.com  Enjoy the end of the summer!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

 

Summer Information from Cedar Mountain School

Dear Cedar Mountain Parents and Guardians:

I hope you are enjoying the summer with your family…as the beginning of the new school year approaches; I am looking forward to opening the doors of Cedar Mountain Primary School to our kindergarten and first-graders on Tuesday, September 6th!  Below is the information you will need for the beginning of the year. Please mark your calendar for our Open House, Back to School Night, and more! For parents and guardians of entering kindergarten students, there are still open appointments for a Meet and Greet with me. HERE IS THE LINK to the Sign Up Genius website to select a date and time. Here also is a great article for parents and guardians about summer reading that you might like to review.

 

Summer Academic Camp: Students had a fun month of July in our Summer Academic Camp where they practiced many math and literacy skills, helping our students to transition to kindergarten and first-grade. Thanks to the wonderful teachers Mrs. Sweeney, Mrs. Yarosz, Mrs. Giangrande, Mrs. Start, and Mrs. Nygren, who served in this program working so hard with our students…

 

 

 

 

Looking for Summer Reading?  Here are a few links that you might be interested in when looking for summer reading books for your children

 

From the American Library Association

From weareteachers.com

From Scholastic.com

From Imagination Soup

 

 

 

Summer Math Reinforcement: Here are two documents for you to reference if you would like to keep your child’s math skills up during the summer months to avoid “the summer slide”.

 

END OF KINDERGARTEN MATH REINFORCEMENT SKILLS

 

END OF FIRST-GRADE MATH REINFORCEMENT SKILLS

 

 

 

Cultivate Creativity in Your Child: Creativity helps students navigate the increasingly collaborative and information-rich world that awaits them. It boosts students’ academic performance, perseverance, social-emotional skills, self-confidence, and more. Click on the image below to see the ways that families can use these strategies to cultivate their child’s creativity.

 

 

 

2022-2023 VTSD School Calendar: For planning purposes, Click HERE for the 2022-2023 school calendar. Please note: The VTSD calendar is subject to change by the Board of Education. 

 

 

 

Throughout the summer, teachers, administrative assistants, custodians, and maintenance staff have been very busy preparing, cleaning, “polishing”, and preparing the building for the 2022-2023 school year. Here are a few important dates for the month of August and September to mark on your family calendar:

  • Friday, August 12th- Bus information ONLY will be available in Genesis. If you feel there is an error in your child’s bus stop or you need to change your child’s bus stop, please contact Mrs. Marisa Broesder at 973-764-4344
  • Week of August 22nd– The Genesis portal will open to see your child’s teacher’s name
  • Thursday, August 25th – Open House 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
  • Monday, August 29th- Open House 10:00 am-12:00 pm- on both of these days, Cedar Mountain Primary School will be open for a visit. Please bring your child, walk the hallways, and help your child locate his or her classroom. Having your child find his or her classroom will ease the first day of school transitions. I will also be available to say hello and meet you and your child. Please note that teachers will not be in their classrooms on this day; however, they are working very hard to prepare for the arrival of their new students!
  • The building will be closed for visits on September 1-2, 2022, in order for our faculty to give its undivided attention to the important work of preparing for the new school year.
  • Back to School Night- Thursday, September 1st as follows:

3:30 pm: Kindergarten Back to School Night- Please bring your kindergarten child with you

5:00 pm: First Grade Back to School Night- This program is only for parents and guardians- you are kindly requested to please not bring your child

  • First Day of School- Tuesday, September 6th
  • Fall Harvest Open House- Saturday, September 17th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm- come enjoy a light refreshments, tour the building, explore our curriculum in demonstrations throughout various classrooms, experience the computer lab as your child would in computer class, visit our library, learn about our curriculum, and stop at stations from different community organizations. We thank the VTEA for receiving a Pride Grant from NJEA to fund this program!
  • Picture Day- Tuesday, September 20th
  • Principal’s Forum- Wednesday, September 21st, at 6:00 pm, in the cafeteria

 


Kindergarten Class of 2035 t-shirts: As a reminder to all kindergarten parents, please have your child where his or her Class of 2035 t-shirt on the first day of school. This will be a way to promote school spirit and feel welcome in a new school as a new student. Please contact the office if you did not receive a t-shirt. Your child will have opportunities to wear this shirt on many school spirit days this year. It will also serve as a nice memento for you for years to come.

 

 

Please reference the Digital Backpack for important district notices as well as information related to Cedar Mountain. You can also access our Parent Handbook for a lot of other important school information. You can also find a list of suggested school supplies for each grade. The Cedar Mountain website contains all of our school information. The links on the left side of the page have many helpful topics.

 

 

Supply Lists for 2022-2023: For planning purposes, here are our supply lists for next year, if you would like to gather these items through the summer months. Please do not purchase too many school supplies without looking at this list.

2022-2023 KINDERGARTEN Supply List

2022-2023 FIRST-GRADE Supply List

 

 

2022-2023 SCA: For our new families, the purpose of the School and Community Association (SCA) is to serve Cedar Mountain by encouraging a close relationship with parents, administrators, and faculty in order to enhance cooperation between home and the school so that parents and teachers can work together effectively to ensure a well-rounded quality education for all students. Our SCA meets once a month on the first Thursday of every month at 9:45 am, in the cafeteria. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 8th. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend our meetings. HERE IS THE LINK to the Cedar Mountain SCA page. If you would like to become a volunteer with the SCA please email: cm.vernonsca@gmail.com

Introducing our 2022-2023 Board:

President: Megan Kapusta

VP: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary: Mrs. Ericka Petrucci

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

Continue enjoying the summer, please reach out to Cedar Mountain with any questions you may have, the number to the main office is 973-764-2890

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

 

Summer Information for the Kindergarten Class of 2035

Happy Summer! Welcome to the summer edition of the Cedar Mountain Blog! A special welcome to all of our new families of entering kindergarten students and the new families moving to Vernon with first-graders! This edition will give information to our families that may have missed the Kindergarten Orientation or are still registering this summer. You will find many useful links that will be helpful to you this summer. So while you’re poolside or lakeside, take a few minutes to check out the Cedar Mountain website as well as the information contained here. 

 

 

Kindergarten Orientation Information: CLICK HERE to view the Kindergarten Orientation slide deck for general information on what you need to know for the new school year.

 

 

 

Phonological Awareness Resources (from Heggerty.org)- You will be hearing a lot about phonological awareness from your child’s teacher. Using Fundations and Heggerty materials, along with other multisensory instruction, a student’s understanding of our language begins. Phonological awareness is the ability to recognize and manipulate the spoken parts of sentences and words. Examples include being able to identify words that rhyme, recognizing alliteration, segmenting a sentence into words, identifying the syllables in a word, and blending and segmenting parts of a word (like its beginning sound like the /c/ in cat). I would also like to recommend THIS LIST of books that can develop a love of words in young children. 

 

The resources below have been compiled by our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Kristina Krops, and include activities that help students develop phonological and phonemic awareness. Click on the links to take you to the site.

 

Florida Center for Reading Research– Printable activities for Kindergarten and 1st grade to reinforce and practice rhyme, alliteration, phoneme isolation, blending, segmenting, and manipulating sounds in words

 

Sounder & Friends Phonemic awareness training videos for children

 

The Literacy Nest– Ideas and resources for teaching phonological awareness

 

PreKinders – Literacy printables for Pre-K parents

 

Más Fonoaudiología – Un sitio con actividades para practicar la conciencia fonológica y la fonética.

 

Nursery Rhymes: To build a child’s phonemic awareness, you can read nursery rhymes with your child. CLICK HERE for common nursery rhymes to have fun with your child.

 

 

Summer Math Reinforcement: Here are two documents for you to reference if you would like to keep your child’s math skills up during the summer months to avoid “the summer slide”.

 

END OF KINDERGARTEN MATH REINFORCEMENT SKILLS

 

END OF FIRST-GRADE MATH REINFORCEMENT SKILLS

 

 

Make Summer Learning a Family Affair: Below are some ideas for you to do at home with your children while at home or when you are traveling to special destinations this summer. Click on the image to enlarge. 

 

 

 

DIAL4: Parents often ask what the DIAL4 (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, 4th edition) tells us about an entering kindergarten student. Parents and guardians should know that the results of this screening are one of the measures used to help sort the students into appropriate classrooms and helps us know the potential needs of each student. Here are questions that are often asked by our families.

 

My child has a summer birthday and I am concerned that they are not ready for Kindergarten. Will this screening tell me if my child is ready for Kindergarten?

No. This is a screening, not a readiness assessment. The best person to discuss your child’s readiness for Kindergarten is your child’s pre-school teacher and your pediatrician.

 

What screening tool is used?

The Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning™, Fourth Edition, or DIAL-4, is the developmental screening tool used by the Vernon Township School District. It is designed to measure the most fundamental or basic concepts that are acquired by young children.

 

What areas does the screening examine?

The DIAL -4 examines three major areas as follows:

Motor: Catching, jumping hopping, skipping, building, thumb and finger motor skills, cutting, copying and name writing.

Concepts: Identification of body parts, colors, rapid color naming, counting, positions, concepts (big/little), and shapes

Language: Personal data, articulation, objects and actions, letters and sounds, rhyming and I spy, problem solving, and intelligibility.

 

Does the screening examine any other areas?

Yes. The screening operators take behavioral notes; for example, how willing the child is to separate from the parent/caregiver. These observations may be used to explain individual variations in the way children approach the tasks given in the screening. Operators also note if the child has English as a second language or if they exhibit speech patterns that may need to be examined more closely.

 

 

Sign Up Genius for Entering Kindergarten Families: CLICK HERE to sign up for a time to bring your entering kindergarten child in for a Meet and Greet this summer.

 

 

 

Counselor’s Corner: Our School Counselor, Ms. Ingrid Green, encourages you to READ HER S’MORE to learn about her and for information on her program at Cedar Mountain.

 

 

Looking for Summer Reading?  Here are a few links that you might be interested in when looking for summer reading books for your children

From the American Library Association

From weareteachers.com

From Scholastic.com

From Imagination Soup

 

 

 

Sussex County Library Summer Reading Program: This summer’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. CLICK HERE to learn more how your child can participate in person at the library or online.

 

 

2022-2023 VTSD School Calendar: For planning purposes, Click HERE for the 2022-2023 school calendar. The Cedar Mountain Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2022. The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Please note that the school calendar is subject to change by the Board of Education. 

 

 

Supply Lists for 2022-2023: For planning purposes, here are our supply lists for next year, if you would like to gather these items through the summer months. Please do not over purchase school supplies without looking at this list.

2022-2023 KINDERGARTEN Supply List

2022-2023 FIRST-GRADE Supply List

 

2022-2023 SCA: For our new families, the purpose of the School and Community Association (SCA) is to serve Cedar Mountain by encouraging a close relationship with parents, administrators, and faculty in order to enhance cooperation between home and the school so that parents and teachers can work together effectively to ensure a well-rounded quality education for all students. Our SCA meets once a month on the first Monday of every month at 9:45 am, in the cafeteria. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend our meetings. If you would like to become a volunteer with the SCA please email cm.vernonsca@gmail.com. 

HERE IS THE SCA LINK for all schools.

…Welcome to the 2022-2023 Board:

President: Megan Kapusta

VP: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary: Ericka Petrucci

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

Save the Date

   Cedar Mountain Primary School 

2022-2023

 

  • Week of August 22nd – PowerSchool Parent Portal opens. Teacher name and bus information available 
  • Thursday, August 25th  – Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and SCA Social in the cafeteria
  • Monday, August 29th  – Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and SCA Social in the cafeteria
  • Thursday, September 1st – Back to School Night: Kindergarten at 3:30 pm (please bring your child) and First-Grade at 5:00 pm (please do not bring your child)
  • Tuesday, September 6th – First Day of School
  • Saturday, September 17th – Fall Harvest Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • 2022-2023 school calendar– Please note, this is subject to change per the Board of Education

 

In case you missed our farewell video for the retiring Dr. McKay…check out the video Cedar Mountain made to wish him well in his retirement…

 

 

 

Please feel free to contact Cedar Mountain if you have any questions about your child entering Cedar Mountain. Please call Cedar Mountain at 973-764-2890 or email me at: rgebhardt@vtsd.com

Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe summer!

Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

 

End-of-Year Activities at Cedar Mountain School…

Dear Cedar Mountain Families,

 As we approach the end of the year, I would like to thank all of you for your support of your children and our teachers as we navigated through a challenging school year. This blog will be dedicated to all of the great students at Cedar Mountain, like our Students of the Month who have been recognized for their efforts, achievement, kindness, and just all-around being great kids! Check out the pictures of classes releasing their butterflies, the students’ faces are so sweet as they let their “class pets” free. Finally, don’t forget about the Cedar Mountain Summer Enrichment Program. If you would like to enroll your child in this program, please click THIS LINK that will take you to letter to sign up.

 

 

June Students of the Month: Congratulations to our First Grade June Student of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for demonstrating the following qualities:

Acts of kindness towards others

Helping others

Using good manners and being polite 

Cleaning up after ourselves

Greeting others and asking about their day

Perseverance on difficult tasks

Talking about our feelings

Using classroom and school materials appropriately

Including others in activities and play

Addy

Clayton

Gabriella

Dionysius

Kayson

Chase

Madison

Olivia

Hailey

Sambor

Mishon

John

Roan

Caeden

Jack

Hancel

 

Stella

Dean

Damian

Angelina

 

 

 

Memorial Day Parade: On June 6th, Cedar Mountain hosted a Memorial Day Parade performed by the Vernon Township High School Marching Band under the direction of Mr. Max Taylor. Active military and Veterans attended and stood next to their Cedar Mountain family member. In addition to the parade, the Vernon Township High School Marching Band played a medley of songs for each branch of the military. Cedar Mountain students proudly wore red-white-and-blue while holding American flags and patriotic drawings. Enjoy some pictures from the day…

 

 

 

Memories of Fun Day: Our school had two extraordinary Fun Days in late May, with the weather being just perfect to enjoy the day. Thank you to our SCA for volunteering on this day. A special thank you to Mr. Hernandez, our Physical Education teacher for making this event so much fun for our students.

 

 

 

 

Butterflies Abound: Our school has been studying the life cycle of the butterfly and all the changes it goes through from caterpillar to butterfly. Each class released their “class pets” and wished them well in their journey. Many classes used a “scientist journal” to record their daily observations. Once the caterpillars turned into butterflies, classes released the butterflies amid mixed emotions of sadness, awe, and joy. Afterwards, students wrote about their feelings in poems or sentences. Enjoy the pictures of some of our classes saying goodbye their butterflies.

 

 

 

Glen Meadow Students Visit Cedar Mountain: Thank you to Mrs. Studley and Mrs. Janine Brady for bringing their math and Language Arts students to our school to read and play board games with our students. Cedar Mountain students enjoyed their time with “the big kids”, listening to stories, and learning how to play some new games.

 

Artstanding: Artstanding 2022 is this Friday, June 10th, at Lounsberry Hollow School from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Every child of Cedar Mountain will have at least one piece of art showcased in the exhibit. This annual festival is an event that you and your family do not want to miss. The show features student artwork, student performances, interactive opportunities, a tie-dye station, a mural creation, a drum circle, and food trucks. Please park at Glen Meadow where shuttles are provided for one of our largest community activities. Food is for purchase, cash only, as well as other novelties. Student artwork is featured from pre-k through high school. Please come see the amazing creativity of our students and enjoy Artstanding!

 

 

 

Kalvin, the Therapy Dog: Kalvin visited Cedar Mountain during recess time to say hello. Kalvin was a hit at Cedar Mountain!

 

 

 

Kindergarten Patriotic Sing Along: Parents and Guardians of our kindergarten students are welcome to join us on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 10:00 am, for our Patriotic Sing Along. Please bring a lawn chair and enjoy our students singing various songs you can sing along with us. Our students will accompanied by the GMMS band.

 

 

 

Second-Grade Orientation: Save the date! Rolling Hills Primary School will be holding its 2nd Grade Orientation on Monday, June 6th and Monday, June 13th at 4:00 pm. CLICK HERE for the informational flyer to sign up for a session.

 

 

Cedar Mountain Summer Enrichment Program: Cedar Mountain Primary School is offering a Summer Enrichment Program for incoming kindergarten and rising first-grade students that will take place August 1st through August 12th, 2022, at Cedar Mountain from 9:00 to 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. The program will include hands-on math, Language Arts, physical and outdoor activities, art projects, and will focus on preparing your child for the 2022-2023 school year. We will also be including social and emotional components as well. Students will work in small class settings to enhance their foundational skills while working to build group skills and stamina in and out of the classroom. There is no district-provided transportation for this program; therefore, you will need to transport your child daily. Please ensure your child has a nutritious breakfast at home before attending, breakfast and lunch will not be provided. This program has a select number of spots per grade level and there will be a waiting list once the capacity is met. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON HOW TO SIGN UP.

 

Rolling Hills Summer Acceleration Program: For our rising 2nd graders, PLEASE CLICK HERE to read the informational flyer and to sign up for Rolling Hills program that will run from July 11-22, 2022, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

 

 

2022-2023 SCA Board: At our June 6th SCA meeting, students will be making presentations to say thank you to our outgoing SCA Board and hello to our incoming Board. Thank you for your service to our school…

President: Ashley Hinton

Vice President: Megan Kapusta

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Recording Secretary: Christine Blackburn-Cosh

Cooresponding Secretary: Jill Phillips

 

…and Welcome to the 2022-2023 Board:

President: Megan Kapusta

VP: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary:  OPEN

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

 

Looking for Summer Reading?  Here are a few links that you might be interested in when looking for summer reading books for your children

From the American Library Association

From weareteachers.com

From Scholastic.com

From Imagination Soup

 

 

 

Sussex County Library Summer Reading Program: This summer’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. CLICK HERE to learn more how your child can participate in person at the Sussex County Public Library or online.

 

 

 

2022-2023 VTSD School Calendar: For planning purposes, Click HERE for the 2022-2023 school calendar. The Cedar Mountain Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2022. The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

 

 

2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation: We will be holding our 22-23 Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, June 21, at 2:00 pm (A-L) and 3:00 pm (M-Z). CLICK HERE FOR A LETTER ABOUT OUR ORIENTATION PROGRAM.

 

 

Sign Up Genius for Entering Kindergarten Families: CLICK HERE to sign up for a time to bring your entering kindergarten child in for a Meet and Greet this summer.

 

 

 

Supply Lists for 2022-2023: For planning purposes, here are our supply lists for next year, if you would like to gather these items through the summer months:

2022-2023 KINDERGARTEN Supply List

2022-2023 FIRST-GRADE Supply List

 

 

 

International Student Program: You may have seen THIS PODCAST about the Vernon Township High School International Student Program. Our district is proud to announce its International Exchange program for the Fall 2022, and we are currently looking for host families! Hosting an international student is an incredibly rewarding experience. Families who open their hearts and homes to international high school students develop lifelong bonds and gain a better understanding of the world around them. The opportunity to host also provides important cultural lessons for your family, neighbors, and our Vernon community. Check out our informational flyer and be sure to contact Lisa Curry, our program’s local coordinator with any questions you may have. Lisa Curry can be reached at: Lisa.Curry.educatius@gmail.com or (201) 741-3908. Click the image below to enlarge and read more about this program. 

 

 

 

  • VTSD Artstanding- Friday, June 10th, at 5:00 pm at Lounsberry Hollow School
  • Kindergarten Patriotic Sing Along- Tuesday, June 14th, at 10:00 am
  • Early Dismissal Days- Friday, June 17th through Thursday, June 23rd, at 1:25 pm
  • Last Day of School-Thursday, June 23rd- A  paper report card will be printed out for each student
  • 2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation- Tuesday, June 21st-Letters A-L at 2:00 pm and M-Z at 3:00 pm

 

 

Save the Date

   Cedar Mountain Primary School 

2022-2023

  • Week of August 22nd – PowerSchool Parent Portal opens. Teacher name and bus information available 
  • Thursday, August 25th  – Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and SCA Social in the cafeteria
  • Monday, August 29th  – Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and SCA Social in the cafeteria
  • Thursday, September 1st – Back to School Night at 3:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, September 6th – First Day of School
  • Saturday, September 17th – Fall Harvest Open House 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe summer!

Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

 

Springtime Events at Cedar Mountain…

Dear Cedar Mountain Families,

As the month of May progresses, I would like to highlight various activities taking place at Cedar Mountain School. Thank you for your continued support of our school. We have many upcoming events for our students and families as well!

 

May Students of the Month: Congratulations to our First Grade May Student of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for demonstrating the following qualities:

Acts of kindness towards others

Helping others

Using good manners and being polite 

Cleaning up after ourselves

Greeting others and asking about their day

Perseverance on difficult tasks

Talking about our feelings

Using classroom and school materials appropriately

Including others in activities and play

ROLL CALL PLEASE…

Cayden

Leo

Logan

Wyatt

Hank

MC

Noah

Nicholas

Avery

Jaime

Aven

Michael

Shane

Zoey

Tommy

Mason

Austin

Owen

Logan

Graham

Luke

Caelyn

 

 

Mother’s Day Planting: Thank you to our SCA for assisting our students in our Mother’s Day Planting; students brought home a beautiful springtime memento to honor their moms.

 

 

 

Stone Soup: What if you only have a stone? Well, it’s a good soup starter if you’re making “Stone Soup”! In the spirit of the theme of Stone Soup, which is a story about a traveler who comes upon a town and is hungry and has a plan to make soup which feeds the whole town. The theme of Stone Soup is that “everyone benefits by contributing”; we school had the same idea…everyone benefits by contributing. Cedar Mountain students first read the story Stone Soup which has many interpretations and versions through the years from its original European folk story. Next, Stone Soup was performed by The Pushcart players of Verona, NJ. Throughout the month of May, the students of Cedar Mountain generously donated ingredients to make “Stone Soup” where an endless supply of non-perishable food items were donated.

 

To culminate learning about the story Stone Soup, Cedar Mountain held a Family Literacy Night organized by Mrs. Kristina Krops, Reading Specialist, and Mrs. Courtney Wilson, ESL Instructor, funded by a Pride Grant from the Vernon Township Education Association and the NJ Education Association. Families came to celebrate this story and reenact Stone Soup by putting together the ingredients needed to make “Stone Soup”. Each family gathered the ingredients to make “Stone Soup”, wrote a note to the family that will receive the package to make the soup, and then enjoyed a pizza and soup dinner. Each “Stone Soup” package has been donated to My Brother’s Place as well as the St. Francis DeSales Food Bank. Like the message of Stone Soup, students learned the value of sharing and giving to their community.

 

 

 

 

License to speed: Mrs. Sommers has a math competition in her class to encourage her students to learn their addition and subtraction facts. Students continue to win their “License to Speed in Addition”! Our next speedy mathematician is Ella, who completed all eight addition tests in a minute or less each.  Each test had 30 questions on it. Way to go Ella!

Ella

 

 

Art News: Art students explored drawing with scissors inspired by Henri Matisse. They cut different  shapes out of primary and secondary colors. Then they arranged and rearranged their shapes on blocks of complementary colors until their masterpiece was just right! Check out these masterpieces!

 

Conscious Parenting: The Power of Presence: Parents and Guardians, click this link to attend a FREE webinar from the NJ Traumatic Loss Coalition.

 

 

 

June SCA: Our final SCA meeting of the year will take place on Monday, June 6th, at 1:30 pm, in the cafeteria. Come say thank you to our outgoing SCA board and welcome our new 22-23 board. We will have a student presentation to formally thank our parent volunteers for all they have done for us this year. Below are the names of our new board members, you will notice that we have two open positions. If you are interested, please contact the SCA at: cm.vernonsca@gmail.com

 

President: Megan Kapusta

VP: Rose Ahearn

Recording Secretary:  OPEN

Treasurer: Rachel Cawley

Corresponding Secretary: Viviana Quiros

 

 

 

Fastest Class Program: Mr. Hernandez, our PE teacher, has been working with each classroom to build their stamina. Now that the year is coming to a close, Mr. Hernandez is challenging each classes’ “mettle” and seeing which class in each grade level is the fastest. Congratulations to Ms. Shadruff’s kindergarten class and Mrs. Casper’s first-grade class who won the May Fastest Class. Below you will see each class proudly posing with the HUGE trophy! Way to go to all of our students!

Ms. Shadruff’s Class

Mrs. Casper’s Class

 

 

Preparation for Fun Day: Mr. Hernandez is preparing all Cedar Mountain students for the various calisthenics of Fun Day. Below are some pictures of how Mr. Hernandez has transformed his gym to simulate the Fun Day stations students will experience. He is always training his students to develop muscle memory much like our classroom teachers do when teaching students to develop their reading and math muscles, from practice makes growth!!

 

 

Learning Outside: Taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather, Mrs. Casper’s class, enjoyed having a class outside….or what you do when the lights go out at school in the middle of the day!

 

 

 

Kool Aid Kids: To say thank you for all that they do, the first-grade Kool Aid Kids treated out bus drivers to cookies and juice. The Kool Aid Kids spent time getting to know our bus drivers while they shared a snack.

 

 

Fun Day: Kindergarten: Thursday, May 26 (rain date May 31st) and First Grade: Friday, May 27 (rain date June 1st).

 

Please send your child to school with…

Comfortable/weather appropriate clothing (Fun Day T-shirt) & sneakers!

Sunscreen (already applied at home before school)

A water bottle with his/her name on it!

 

 

Memorial Day Parade: As our school year is in our final trimester, we continue to value promoting the connection of home, school, and community. In late May/early June, we will celebrate patriotism and would like to do so by honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country as we teach our students about Memorial Day.

 

While we will be honoring those who have given their lives for our country, we are inviting any relative of a Cedar Mountain student who is a veteran to come to school on Monday, June 6, 2022, at 9:45 am, to be a part of our Memorial Day Parade in the Cedar Mountain school yard. The Vernon Township High School Marching Band will be performing for us on this day. Please encourage your child to wear red, white, and blue to be in the spirit of the day. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM TO LET US KNOW YOU’RE ATTENDING.

 

Artstanding: Please join our district at Lounsberry Hollow School on Friday, June 10th, at 5:00 pm, to experience our fine and practical arts program from preschool through high school. Come tour the building to see students’ works of art. You will experience concerts from our bands, ensembles, and orchestras, as well as our choral groups throughout the district. Learn about and experience our STEM and STEAM programs. This is a MUST SEE family event! Join us!

Kindergarten Patriotic Sing Along:  The kindergarten students and teachers of Cedar Mountain Primary School invite you to be our guest as we perform patriotic songs to celebrate America, Flag Day, and congratulate our Kindergarten students for their first year in school on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 10:00 am. Please bring a lawn chair and enjoy our students singing various songs you can sing along with us. Our students will accompanied by the GMMS band.

 

Second-Grade Orientation: Save the date! Rolling Hills Primary School will be holding its 2nd Grade Orientation on Monday, June 6th AND June 13th, beginning at 4:00 pm. Please click HERE for the informational flyer. You must sign up for a slot of time on Sign Up Genius that you and your child will be attending.

 

 

2022-2023 VTSD School Calendar: For planning purposes, Click HERE for the 2022-2023 school calendar. The Cedar Mountain Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2022. The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

 

 

2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation: We will be holding our 22-23 Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, June 21, at 2:00 pm (A-L) and 3:00 pm (M-Z). CLICK HERE FOR A LETTER ABOUT OUR ORIENTATION PROGRAM.

 

 

Sign Up Genius for Entering Kindergarten Families: CLICK HERE to sign up for a time to bring your entering kindergarten child in for a Meet and Greet this summer.

 

 

International Student Program: You may have see THIS PODCAST about the Vernon Township High School International Student Program. Our district is proud to announce its International Exchange program for the Fall 2022, and we are currently looking for host families! Hosting an international student is an incredibly rewarding experience. Families who open their hearts and homes to international high school students develop lifelong bonds and gain a better understanding of the world around them. The opportunity to host also provides important cultural lessons for your family, neighbors, and our Vernon community. Check out our informational flyer and be sure to contact Lisa Curry, our program’s local coordinator with any questions you may have. Lisa Curry can be reached at: Lisa.Curry.educatius@gmail.com or (201) 741-3908

 

 

A Few Reminders:

  • Kindergarten Fun Day- Thursday, May 26th
  • First-Grade Fun Day- Friday, May 27th
  • School Closed for Memorial Day- Monday, May 30th
  • Memorial Day Parade performed by the VTHS Marching Band-Monday, June 6th, at 10:00 am
  • SCA Meeting- Monday, June 6th, at 1:30 pm, in the cafeteria- all entering K families are welcome to attend!
  • VTSD Artstanding- Friday, June 10th, at 5:00 pm at Lounsberry Hollow School
  • Kindergarten Patriotic Sing Along- Tuesday, June 14th, at 10:00 am
  • Early Dismissal Days- Friday, June 17th through Thursday, June 23rd
  • 2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation- Tuesday, June 21st-Letters A-L at 2:00 pm and M-Z at 3:00 pm

 

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

It’s Spring at Cedar Mountain!

Dear Cedar Mountain Families: Spring is the air, bringing some much needed sunshine and warmer temperatures! Our students have enjoyed getting outside more for recess enjoying the spring air. Everyone seems to be smiling a bit more, and steps are lighter as we round out the last two months of school together. Please enjoy reading about some of our school events and hallway highlights. As we progress in the merry-month-of-May, I want to take time out to thank all of our families for having your child arrive to school on time and well-prepared for learning each day. This both supports and optimizes facilitates our instructional goals for each child, and aids us in helping your child be as successful as he/she can. As always, if I can be of any assistance, my door is always open. You can reach me at 973-764-2890.

 

 

2021-2022 Teachers of the Year: Congratulations again to Mrs. Czergovits, kindergarten teacher, and Mrs. Karlewicz, Speech/Language Pathologist, who were recognized at the Board of Education meeting on April 28th. Here is Mrs. Czergovits and Mrs. Karlewicz with our Superintendent, Dr. D’Avino, and Assistant Superintendent, Dr. McKay, receiving their plaques.

 

 

 

 

Did you know that the month of May has been designated as Better Hearing and Speech Month? This annual event was founded in 1927, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The aim of Better Speech and Hearing Month is to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing. Speech-language pathologists (speech and language specialists) support students with communication needs related to their articulation, phonology, language, fluency, pragmatics, and voice in the school environment. Our Speech and Language Pathologists, Mrs. Gibson, and Mrs. Karlewicz, have some suggestion for parents to support your child’s speech and language development in the home environment, such as the following:

  • Talk to your child often:  Praise your child when they talk and show that you understand their words.
  • Ask your child to tell you 1 or 2 things that happen each day.
  • Do projects with your child like arts/crafts, baking, or washing the car. Talk about what you’re doing together and give your child directions to follow (i.e. sequencing).
  • Use everyday activities to learn language.  Go grocery shopping together and describe each item in terms of size, shape and color.
  • Read a variety of books to your child — Talk about the stories together.
  • Help your child listen to sound patterns in words — Use rhyming books and games.
  • Talk about how things are the same and different.
  • Work on groups of items or categorization. Find the item that does not belong in the group.
  • Have your child follow 2-3 step directions in the context of play. Have your child give you directions as well (i.e. how to build a tower with blocks).
  • Expand and extend your child’s sentences by repeating what they say using more advanced language (i.e. “Daddy goes bye-bye” -> “Yes, daddy is leaving now”)

 

 

First-Grade Poetry Assembly: On April 27, 2022, first-grade students proudly recited various poems they have learned in class for their classmates and guests in a Poetry Reading Assembly. Throughout the month of April that is designated as “Poetry Month”, all first-grade students learned about poetry and practiced reading poems their teachers selected based on themes and topics they are studying including famous poets and poetry styles. In each first-grade classroom, all students participated in a “poetry slam” which mirrors the guidelines of poetryoutloud.org. While Poetry Out Loud is a high school activity which encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation, the overarching concept was adjusted for first-grader learners. Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Each first-grade teacher rated each student’s poetry reading based on a rubric analyzing: memorization/accurate reading, expression- rhythm/tune, reading at the right rate, voice projection, and clarity of speaking. Using this rubric, a class representative was selected. At the Poetry Assembly, some students sang their poems, some used interpretive music to introduce the poem, and others wore accessories in the theme of the poem. Throughout the month of April, class representatives read poems to all students of Cedar Mountain on the public address system. Parents and family members in attendance were so proud of their child’s performance.

The following poems were recited by our students:

“Spring is Here” by author unknown, read by Celia Odeh

“Little Bird” by author unknown, read by Heidi Galway

“Bee” by anonymous author, read by Avery Molette

“I have a Little Frog” by anonymous author, read by Drew Pelak and Shane Mish

“April Showers” by author unknown, read by Paola Arguelles

“The Little Plant” by anonymous author, read by Logan Muscarnero

“Spring Rain” by Marchette Chute, read by Hadley White

“In the Spring” by L. Norris, read by Aria Burtis

 

 

 

Kira Willey Concert: Our students enjoyed meeting Kira Willey and singing and dancing to her music and practicing mindfulness techniques. We had four virtual author visits with Kira Willey this winter and spring. The students were so excited to get to meet Kira Willey in person! We thank the Cedar Mountain SCA for graciously providing this program to our school!

 

 

 

Take Your Child to Work Day: Children of teachers and aides came to Cedar Mountain to experience the work of their parents on Take Your Child to Work Day on April 27th. The children that attended, assisted with various activities in the classroom. Our guests enjoyed spending the day at Cedar Mountain School being a “teacher’s helper”.

 

 

 

Art Star: Congratulation to Paola Arguelles for being selected as an Art Star. Mrs. Steinbach taught students about the artistic style of Georgia O’Keeffe. Paola created a Georgia O’Keefe-inspired magnified symmetrical flower filled in with warm and cool color chalk pastels.

 

 

 

Kindergarten Activities: Students are practicing their early engineering skills as they build structures with blocks. Other students are learning about weather and made windsocks to celebrate Earth Day. Team work makes the dream work!


 

 

 

Egg Hunt: Thank you to the Cedar Mountain SCA for organizing an egg hunt in our gym as well as in our side yard. Students had an “eggciting” time selecting the just-right egg that were filled with small trinkets and toys.

 

 

 

Family Book Donation: Cedar Mountain received a very generous book donation from the Umansky family. The Umansky family are avid readers who LOVE books. To show their gratitude for our teachers and all of their hard work this year, the Umansky Family purchased over 100 books for the classrooms and libraries of the Vernon Township School District. Below is a picture of Collin, who is surrounded by just some of the books that her family donated to our school. Thank you again, to the Umansky Family!

 

 

 

License to speed: Mrs. Sommers has a math competition in her class to encourage her students to learn their addition and subtraction facts. The first winner of the “License to Speed in Addition” is Sambor! Sambor completed all eight addition tests in a minute or less each.  Each test had 30 questions on it. Way to go Sambor!

Sambor

 

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Week: The CM SCA will be honoring the Cedar Mountain teachers for National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6. With the theme of “Let’s Taco ‘Bout An Appreciation Fiesta”, the SCA will be having sweet treats for our teachers as well as a taco fiesta luncheon. We are very grateful to the Cedar Mountain SCA and all that they do for our school!

 

 

SCA Mom and Pop Shop: Our students recently went on a “shopping spree” for their moms and dads. Special items perfect for a mom or dad where available for our students to purchase for Mother’s and Father’s Day. Students were so proud as they selected just-right gifts for their parents, guardians, and special people in their lives. The SCA volunteers helped students with making selections.

 

 

May SCA meeting will take place on Monday, May 2nd, at 8:00 pm, via Zoom. HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE MEETING. At this meeting, we will be electing our new officers. The SCA is looking for parent volunteers for the Mother’s Day Planting assembly that will be taking place on Friday, May 6th. HERE IS THE SIGN UP GENIUS LINK to volunteer.

 

 

 

School Nurse’s Day is May 11th! Thank you to Mrs. Kim Forrest, Cedar Mountain’s finest School Nurse. Mrs. Forrest is responsible for 400 students and care for each student as if he or she were her very own. Mrs. Forrest turns every office visit into a mini-lesson instructing students on their ailment or ache, how to treat it, and how to stay safe and healthy. We are all very grateful that Mrs. Forrest is Cedar Mountain’s School Nurse. Mrs. Forrest is completing her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Learning with a concentration in School Nursing at William Paterson University this spring; congratulations, Mrs. Forrest, this is a wonderful accolade. Mrs. Forrest serves as the district CPR trainer. We are very thankful for you Mrs. Forrest!

 

 

Stone Soup: Cedar Mountain students will be seeing the play Stone Soup performed by The Pushcart Players on May 9th. Stone Soup is a European folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys. The moral of the story is about the value of sharing. To tie into the play and storybook our  students will be seeing, Cedar Mountain will be hosting a Family Literacy Night on Tuesday, May 17th, at 6:00 pm, where families will be making “Stone Soup” for families in need that will be shared with My Brother’s Place and the food bank at St. Francis DeSales Church. HERE IS THE INFORMATIONAL FLIER to sign up for Family Literacy Night. Thank you to our Reading Spcialist, Mrs. Krops, and our ELL teacher, Mrs. Wilson, for organizing this community-building event. Thank you also to the VTEA and NJEA for providing funding for this prograrm. Even if you are not attending this program, we are requesting all Cedar Mountain students donate one non-perishable food item that will be packaged for making “Stone Soup”. Below is the list of what is requested by each classroom. We thank you for your generosity.

 

Vegetables 

(corn, peas, green beans, etc.) 

Pasta 

(elbow, ditalini, small shell, orzo, etc.)

Diced Tomatoes Beans Broth 

(vegetable, chicken, beef)

Buttel

Czergovits/Petti

Cummins

Horn

Mariconda

Corbutt

Giangrande/Brady

Hartman/Ollert

Schmick

Shadruff

Stoeckel

Sweeney

Sommers

Start/LaBar

Thomas

Casper

Waller

Zinni/Bicskei

Yarosz

 

 

 

Spring Book Fair: Please join us on May 16th and May 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, in the Cedar Mountain gym for the Scholastic Buy One Get One Free Book Fair. If you are attending Family Literacy Night, why not stop at the Book Fair before you attend the program?

 

 

Fun Day: First-Grade: Thursday, May 26 (rain date May 31st) and Kindergarten: Friday, May 27 (rain date June 1st).

We are looking for parent volunteers; please call the main office at 973-764-2890, if you are available to assist- we love our parent volunteers. If volunteering, you will assist with the opposite grade of your child so you can come to see you child participate. Here are our parent/guardian visitation times:

Kindergarten: 10-11:15 and 12-2:30
1st Grade: 10-11:30 and 12:30-2:30

Please send your child to school with…

Comfortable/weather appropriate clothing (Fun Day T-shirt) & sneakers!

Sunscreen (already applied at home before school)

A water bottle with his/her name on it!

 

 

Memorial Day Parade: As our school year is in our final trimester, we continue to value promoting the connection of home, school, and community. In late May/early June, we will celebrate patriotism and would like to do so by honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country as we teach our students about Memorial Day.

While we will be honoring those who have given their lives for our country, we are inviting any relative of a Cedar Mountain student who is a veteran to come to school on Monday, June 6, 2022, at 9:45 am, to be a part of our Memorial Day Parade in the Cedar Mountain school yard. The Vernon Township High School Marching Band will be performing for us on this day. Please encourage your child to wear red, white, and blue to be in the spirit of the day. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM TO LET US KNOW YOU’RE ATTENDING.

 

 

HELP YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL – BUILD THE HABIT OF GOOD ATTENDANCE!

Did you know?

  • Missing 10%, or about 2 days each month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

What You Can Do

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session. •
  • Keep in mind that complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

 

 

Online Safety for Your Children: It has come to the attention of our teachers that some students have developed a curiosity about a social media character called “Huggy Wuggy”. After doing some research, which you can read below, Cedar Mountain teachers are requesting that you speak to your child to reinforce to them that we will not be encouraging conversations or any activities that include “Huggy Wuggy” or “Poppy’s Playtime”. PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT LINK. Thank you for your assistance and support with this matter. Here is a helpful PARENT NEWSLETTER regarding online safety for your children.

 

 

 

2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation: We will be holding our 22-23 Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, June 21, at 2:00 pm (A-L) and 3:00 pm (M-Z). CLICK HERE FOR A LETTER ABOUT OUR ORIENTATION PROGRAM.

 

 

Sign Up Genius for Entering Kindergarten Families: CLICK HERE to sign up for a time to bring your entering kindergarten child in for a Meet and Greet this summer.

 

 

 

Second-Grade Orientation: Save the date! Rolling Hills Primary School will be holding its 2022-2023 2nd Grade Orientation on Monday, June 6th, at 3:45 pm.

 

 

2022-2023 VTSD School Calendar: For planning purposes, Click HERE  to view the 2022-2023 school calendar. The Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2022. The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

 

 

 

A Few Reminders:

  • SCA Meeting- Monday, May 2, at 8:00 pm, via Zoom HERE IS THE LINK
  • Stone Soup play- Monday, May 9
  • Family Literacy Night- Tuesday, May 17th, at 6:00 pm (sign up required)
  • Kindergarten Fun Day- Thursday, May 26th
  • First-Grade Fun Day- Friday, May 27th
  • School Closed for Memorial Day- Monday, May 30th
  • Memorial Day Parade performed by the VTHS Marching Band-Monday, June 6th, at 10:00 am
  • RHPS 22-23 2nd Grade Orientation- Monday, June 6th, at 3:45 pm
  • SCA Meeting- Monday, June 6th, at 8:00 pm HERE IS THE LINK
  • VTSD Artstanding- Friday, June 10th, at 5:00 pm at Lounsberry Hollow School
  • Kindergarten Patriotic Sing Along- Tuesday, June 14th, at 10:00 am
  • Early Dismissal Days- Friday, June 17th through Thursday, June 23rd
  • 2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation- Tuesday, June 21st-Letters A-L at 2:00 pm and M-Z at 3:00 pm

 

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal

 

Cedar Mountain April Blog

 

Dear Cedar Mountain Families:

With the weather changing we really hope that April Showers WILL Bring May Flowers! Now that it’s Trimester Three, our students are diving deeper and deeper into the curriculum and building our mental muscles to do hard things. For example, our kindergarten students are deeply immersed in the genre of nonfiction, as they learn about biographies, features of nonfiction, and how to find out more information when they want to learn more about a nonfiction topic. Our first-graders are counting to 120, learning about place value, comparing and ordering numbers and adding and subtracting within 100. To understand and see all that students are learning in the final trimester of the year, please make reference to the Cedar Mountain STANDARDS-BASED REPORT CARD. If you feel your child needs support with any of the standards, there are many helpful educational links at this site. While we don’t recommend too much screen time, a few minutes a day on Happy Numbers, Sum Dog, Raz Kids, or other educational sites will provide the rote practice that can help your child with retention of concepts.  Please enjoy reading some of the highlights of the building this month.

 

 

Congratulations to our April 1st Grade Students of the Month! Students enjoyed their special Student of the Month meeting where they received the great news of being selected, a special luncheon, and a Medals Ceremony where students received a certificate telling why they have been selected. Students are selected that demonstrate our school motto, “Take care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of your school” such as:

Acts of kindness towards others

Helping others

Using good manners and being polite 

Cleaning up after ourselves

Greeting others and asking about their day

Perseverance on difficult tasks

Talking about our feelings

Using classroom and school materials appropriately

Including others in activities and play

Lucas

Ellie

Gabe

Macey

Chloe

Olivia

Celia

Trent

Emma

Kaiden

Skye

Collin

Jace

Kelsey

Ethan

Ryan

Olivia

Jaelyana

 

 

 

 

April is Poetry Month: To celebrate and learn about poetry, during the month of April our first-grade students are reading a poem a day in our school on the PA after we salute the flag.  In addition, each class is practicing a poem that they will read or recite in their classmates. A student will be selected from each class that will read or recite the class poem at our Poetry Out Loud assembly on April 26, 2022.

 

 

April is Autism Awareness Month: Throughout the month of April, classrooms are reading books to learn about the Autism Spectrum. On Monday, April 11, 2022, we will “Wear Blue for Bucks” for Autism awareness. Students, faculty, and staff will be requested to wear royal blue and donate $1.00. Money donated will be presented to SCARC for its programs that support children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Here is a listing of some of the books that teachers are reading with their classes:

  • Leah’s Voice – touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs such as autism. It is the story of two sisters facing these challenges. Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance

 

  • I See Things Differently -is written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas. This book will help children understand what autism is, how it affects someone who has it and will help children to better understand and support autistic classmates or siblings

 

  • A Friend Like Simon -is about an autistic child who joins a mainstream school. This story encourages other children to be mindful and patient of the differences that exist and to appreciate the positive contribution that an autistic child can make to a group.

 

  • My Brother OttoMy Brother Otto is a child-friendly, endearing, and fun picture book for children about the love, acceptance, and understanding a sister, Piper, has for her little brother Otto, who is on the autism spectrum. The book provides explanations for Otto’s differences and quirkiness in an easy-to-understand language, and highlights Otto’s desires for adventure and love–just like his peers.

 

 

Wixie: Kindergartners and first grade students are learning to use Wixie, an elementary online desktop publishing program, in computer class. Wixie is a publishing and creativity platform that allows our students to create a document, add and edit images and color. Students can use premade templates with specific topics or create documents on their own. The kindergartners have begun exploring their editing/painting skills by selecting a spring picture and exploring the paint bucket tool to make their creation. First graders have been working on a Spring Flower Cluster where they have to fill each flower petal with a spring thought or word and then color/edit the picture.   Below is a picture of a bulletin board that shows some of our students’ work.   

 

 

 

Fastest class Competition: Once a month all students participate in a “fastest class” competition in Physical Education with Mr. Hernandez.  Classes compete against one another by running as many laps as they can around the gym in five minutes.  1st grade classes compete against one another, while Kindergarten classes compete with each other.  The winning classes are announced during morning announcements and are awarded with a trophy.  This is all a part of Mr. Hernandez’s initiative to promote health and wellness of our students. Mr. Hernandez proudly announced April’s Fastest Class winners…they are…

Kindergarten: Miss Buttel

First Grade: Ms .Thomas (Mrs. Megnin replacement this spring)

Congratulations to both classes!

 

Miss Buttel’s Class

Ms. Thomas’ Class

 

 

Cedar Mountain Art Display at the Board Office: Congratulations to all of our K-1 artists that are featured at the Board Office located at Walnut Ridge School. Click on each picture to enlarge them. Thank you to our art teacher, Mrs. Patchell, for teaching our students the Principles of Design that guided students in creating such beautiful work!

 

 

 

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: On Wednesday, March 30th, Cedar Mountain saw a preview of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. Our students enjoyed the production! With the narration of various numbers by co-director, Ms. Sandler, students were able to conceptualize the storyline of the musical. We are very thankful to the talented students of the Glen Meadow Theatrical Department for inviting us to see the show. Below is Mrs. Yarosz’s class meeting the cast on the stage.

 

 

 

SCA Information: Our next SCA meeting will be on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 8:00 pm via Zoom. We thank the SCA for all the wonderful programs they bring to the students of Cedar Mountain. Thank you to the SCA for funding our Kira Willey concert that we will be having on April 29th. We appreciate your dedication to our school and students; your countless hours of volunteer time do not go unnoticed! Our SCA is busy preparing for the Father/Special Person/Daughter Dance that will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 6:00 pm. HERE IS THE SIGN UP FORM

The SCA is looking for your volunteerism for our Father/Special Person/Daughter Dance if you would like to assist with the set up for the dance, please call the main office- thank you!

To sign up for refreshments CLICK THIS LINK that will take you to a Sign Up Genius page.

Please note: nominations for officers for the 2022-2023 are due on April 11, 2022.

HERE IS THE CEDAR MOUNTAIN 22-23 NOMINATION FORM

HERE IS THE ROLLING HILLS NOMINATION 22-23 FORM

 

Here are a few pictures from our Mother/Special Person/Son Dance…

 

 

Here are a few pictures from our Father/Special Person/Daughter Dance…

 

 

 

SCA Egg Hunt: Our students had an “egg-citing” time collecting spring eggs filled with non-edible goodies. Students were given a bag and had hundreds of eggs to choose from. We thank our parent/guardian volunteers for making this event so memorable for our students!

 

 

 

 

SCA Pounds of Pennies: The SCA is holding a “Pounds of Pennies” competition. The coin collection will begin on Monday, April 11th and will end on Friday, April 29th. Thank you for your lose change. The winning class will select the design for the Fun Day t-shirt. The money collected will go to fund events at Cedar Mountain.  HERE IS THE FLYER WITH MORE INFORMATION

 

 

Executive SCA Ladies Night Out: The Executive Ladies Night Out will take place on Friday, April 22nd. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THE EVENT. The Ladies Night Out event benefits the scholarship program for our VTHS graduating seniors. If you would like to volunteer to prepare gift baskets, please contact the Cedar Moutain main office at 973-764-2890. Our Executive SCA will be working on putting the raffle baskets during the week of April 18th at Cedar Mountain School.

 

 

Vernon Township School District Hall of Fame: Nominations for individuals who have made a significant contribution to our district are being accepted for the VTSD Hall of Fame. This special recognition program was established in 1996 and has inducted 19 people who have had an impact on our students and overall district. HERE IS THE FORM to nominate a worthy person. Nominations are due by April 28, 2022.

 

 

 

A Few Reminders:

  • School will be closed on Friday, April 15 through the week of April 18, 2022, and will reopen on Monday, April 25, 2022
  • First-Grade Poetry Out Loud Assembly- Tuesday, April 27th
  • SCA Mother’s and Father’s Day Shop- Wednesday, April 27-29th
  • Kira Willey Concert- Friday, April 29th
  • SCA Mother’s Day Planting- Friday, May 6th
  • Pushcart Players- “Stone Soup” Play performed live in our gym on Monday, May 9th
  • “Stone Soup” Family Reading Night- Tuesday, May 17th, at 6:00 pm- a flyer will follow- come for a great reading night and help put canned goods together for a family in need to a make “Stone Soup”. 

 

 

 

In closing, I would like to bring a very sensitive topic to your attention. It has come to our teachers’ attention that the children have developed a curiosity about a social media character called “Huggy Wuggy” and “Poppy’s Playtime”. The Cedar Mountain teachers have looked into this phenomenon. HERE IS A HELPFUL LINK for parents and guardians to understand this character that is not appropriate for young children which you can read below. All teachers at Cedar Mountain are requesting that you speak to your child to reinforce to him or her that we will not be encouraging conversations or any activities that include “Huggy Wuggy” or “Poppy’s Playtime”.

 

Thank you to our Cedar Mountain parents and guardians for partnering with us. Please contact your child’s teacher or me if we can assist you in any way.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Gebhardt

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 2022

Thursday December 1

9:45 am – 11:00 am
CM SCA Meeting

Wednesday December 7

All Day
CM Trimester One Ends

Saturday December 10

8:30 am – 10:00 am
CM SCA Pancakes with Santa
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
CM SCA Pancakes with Santa

Monday December 12 – Wednesday December 14

CM SCA Holiday Shop

Friday December 16

All Day
CM Trimester One Report Cards Open for Viewing
10:00 am – 11:30 am
CM Field Trip to GMMS to see Winter Concert

Monday December 19

All Day
CM Holiday Spirit Week - Fun Festive Holiday Sweater Day!
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