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It is hard to believe that we are beginning to close out a school year, which has again tested our entire community to a degree that I never believed was imaginable. Over the last year, Rolling Hills has remained focused on providing rewarding and successful learning experiences for everyone and our outstanding instructional staff has provided many meaningful learning experiences and activities for your children. 

I would like to thank the Rolling Hills SCA for all their continued support and help in providing our students with the resources for several programs throughout the school year.  I would also like to extend a big THANK YOU to our parents/guardians. Your support and encouragement have been invaluable to our student’s educational success and growth during these last couple of years.

RH Summer Acceleration Program

Again this year, Rolling Hills Primary School will be offering a Summer Acceleration Program, the Summer RHAP 2022, for incoming 2nd and 3rd grade students. The program is free of charge and open to all students who are attending Rolling Hills next school year. 

 The goal of The RHAP (Rolling Hills Acceleration Program) is to create a structured learning program where students accelerate their academic and social skills through engaging in hands-on learning experiences centered on teamwork and collaboration to support the development of the whole-child.  

The RHAP has been designed to be a fun and exciting program. Dedicated educators will provide ample opportunities to accelerate grade level academic and social skill development. Altogether, the RHAP will be a fusion of a traditional summer camp program combined with stimulating and engaging activities. 

Important RHAP Information:

  • Enrollment in the RHAP is open to all incoming 2nd and 3rd grade students on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
  • The RHAP will run for two weeks: July 11-15 and July 18-22 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
  • You may sign up your child for one week, at first. Pending interest, we may be able to offer your child the opportunity to come both weeks of the program! 
  • Transportation will not be provided; therefore, parents/guardians are responsible for student drop-off and pick-up. 

 

Please click the link below in order to sign up your child for one of the weeks we are having the program.  Registration is open through June  17th.

 

2022 RH Summer Accelerated Program

 

Finally, as we move into the summer, I would like to bring to your attention to another very valuable; but often under-utilized summer resource, the Sussex County Library.  http://sussexcountylibrary.org

Free Online Resources

There is a wide variety of free, online resources you can access; however some due require a library card (apply online!)

eBooks and eAudiobooks

  • cloudLibrary – Read thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks on your mobile device or computer.
  •  
  • hoopla Digital – Instant access to ebooks, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, kids books and more!
  • TumbleBooks – Includes unlimited and unrestricted access to TumbleBooks Classic, TumbleMath, TeenBookCloud, & AudioBookCloud.

As many of you are aware, I will be retiring this year and I would like to take this opportunity not only to wish everyone a safe and healthy summer; but also many productive and rewarding years in the Vernon Township Schools. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Stumper

RH Summer Acceleration Program

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Rolling Hills Primary School will be offering a Summer Acceleration Program, the Summer RHAP 2022,  for incoming 2nd and 3rd grade students. The program is free of charge and open to all students who are attending Rolling Hills next school year. 

 

The goal of The RHAP (Rolling Hills Acceleration Program) is to create a structured learning program where students accelerate their academic and social skills through engaging in hands-on learning experiences centered on teamwork and collaboration to support the development of the whole-child. 

 

The RHAP has been designed to be a fun and exciting program. Dedicated educators will provide ample opportunities to accelerate grade level academic and social skill development. Altogether, the RHAP will be a fusion of a traditional summer camp program combined with stimulating and engaging activities.

 

Important RHAP Information:

  • Enrollment in the RHAP is open to all incoming 2nd and 3rd grade students on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
  • The RHAP will run for two weeks: July 11-15 and July 18-22 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
  • You may sign up your child for one week, at first. Pending interest, we may be able to offer your child the opportunity to come both weeks of the program! 
  • Transportation will not be provided; therefore, parents/guardians are responsible for student drop-off and pick-up. 

 

Please click the link below in order to sign up your child for one of the weeks we are having the program.  Registration is open through June  17th:

 

2022 RH Summer Accelerated Program

 

We hope you will consider registering your child for this exciting and worthwhile opportunity. If you do decide to register your child, additional information will be sent home to you prior to the close of the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Rolling Hills at (973) 764- 2784.

 

Sincerely,

Stewart Stumper

Principal

Principal’s Blog: March 2022

Love of Reading Week!

 

During the week of March 7TH   – March 11th , Rolling Hills will be celebrating “Love of Reading Week”.  Rolling Hills’ students and staff will be able to celebrate and show their enthusiasm for reading by participating in the following activities:

 

Monday 3/7 – “Get Cozy with a Good Book” – Wear comfy clothes, crazy socks, and bring in a good book to read!

 

Tuesday 3/8 – “Books are FUN” – Wear tie-dye, your favorite hat and bright clothing!

 

Wednesday 3/9 – “Wacky Wednesday” – Wear a crazy hat or crazy hair!

 

Thursday 3/10 – “Wear Words Close to Your Heart” – Wear a readable shirt!

Friday 3/11 – “Favorite Book Character” – Dress as your favorite book character!

Although our week will not begin with an assembly this year, students will still have the opportunity to recite An Oath to Read with their fellow classmates and teachers, as well as, participate in a “Read In” with their classmates.  

 

An Oath to Read

By Debra Angstead, NEA

I promise to read

each day and each night.

I know it’s the key

to growing up right.

I’ll read to myself.

I’ll read to a crowd.

It makes no difference

if silent or loud.

I’ll read at my desk,

at home and at school,

on my bean bag or bed,

by the fire or pool.

Each book that I read

Puts smarts in my head

‘cause brains grow more thoughts

the more they are fed.

Come rain or come shine,

Snow, wind, or sleet,

each day of the week,

reading’s a treat.

So I take this oath

to make reading my way

of feeding my brain

what it needs every day!

 

Thank you for your support during RHPS’ Love of Reading Week!

Please Help to Reopen Rolling Hills Safely

As Rolling Hills reopens after the break, parents and guardians, school, and health-care providers will all play a role in identifying possible cases of COVID-19 and taking quick action to limit the spread of disease in homes and schools. This is going to be a very challenging task because the symptoms of COVID-19, and especially the Omicron Variant, are similar to other common illnesses, like colds and flu. 

Many people with COVID-19 might not have any symptoms. However as everyone is aware, if symptoms do develop they can range from mild to severe and can include:

  • Fever (≥100.4°F) or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches 

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (whether or not they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19) should stay home.

Any child who has a fever should not come to school or go to child care. If the fever goes away after taking fever-reducing medicine (for example, acetaminophen/Tylenol or ibuprofen/Motrin), the child should still stay home. (fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine). 

Symptoms of illness such as cough, sore throat or congestion/runny nose should also be improved before the child goes back to school or child care. Please contact Mrs. Gallant, our school nurse, for any additional questions or guidance regarding sending your child to school if they are exhibiting symptoms or have tested positive to the COVID virus.

There are steps every person should take every day to help slow down the number of people getting sick with COVID-19, especially if you have not been fully vaccinated: 

  • Physical distancing – stay at least 3 feet from other people 
  • Wear a mask correctly and consistently 
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces. 
  • Wash your hands often 
  • Clean surfaces that are touched often 
  • Stay at home and away from others if symptoms develop

 

Thanking you in advance for your continued support, cooperation and understanding as we continue to navigate through these ever changing times.

 

Stewart Stumper, Ed.D.

Principal’s Blog: December 2021

As we enter December and thoughts move toward the Winter Break, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season! I hope that you will have a chance to relax and enjoy some special times with your children, extended families and friends. As I have said many times in the past, the long lasting effects of time well spent with family and even more significant, the importance of the time spent with your children will far outlast any laptop,  iPhone or video game.

 

Just as a reminder, Thursday, December23rd will be an early dismissal day with students returning to school on Monday January3rd, 2022.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

 

In the event your child will be absent, or late due to illness, or for any reason, please call the school attendance line 973–764–2787. This call may be made at any time, but we would appreciate it if it was made before 9:00AM on the day of the absence. If you need to speak directly with our nurse, Mrs. Gallant, please call 973-764-5590.  If your child is absent and has not been called out of school, an automated call will be made by the school to verify your child’s absence. 

 

Please try to make the phone call as per the instructions above, as an email to the teacher or nurse may not be checked prior to the automated process above taking place. 

 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to ensure the safety of our students. 

 

Wishing you and your family all the very best as we begin to wind down 2021!

Dr. Stumper

 

 

Holiday Cheer Week: December 20th – 23rd

 

Monday December 20th
Choose your favorite holiday color to wear

 

Tuesday December 21st
Find your silliest or most festive holiday sweater

Wednesday December 22nd
Wear a wintery hat or holiday headband

 

Thursday December 23rd
Stay warm with your favorite flannel or pjs

 

Pincipal’s Blog: November

It’s hard to believe that we are already moving into November and the close of the first marking period.  As daylight savings time ends, we are quickly reminded of the changes coming our way. With most trees losing their leaves and snow not far behind, we are beginning to realize that the winter season will soon be upon us. That being said I would like to remind everyone of the importance of maintaining up to date contact information in our emergency contact system. This system will again be the main source of information regarding early dismissals, delayed openings and school closings during the school year. 

NOVEMBER  2021  UPCOMING  EVENTS

Monday, November 1st school picture retakes, 9:15-11:15 am

Mon., Nov. 1-Wed., Nov. 3rd Book Fair preview, RH Library

Wednesday, November 3rd 9:30 am – RH SCA meeting

Thursday, November 4th –         Schools closed/NJEA convention

Friday, November 5th District closed/NJEA convention

Sunday, November 7th              –        End of Daylight Savings Time

Mon., Nov. 8-Fri., Nov. 12th Fall Book Fair, RH Library

Thursday, November 11th Veterans Day

7:00 pm, BOE work session at LH

Friday, November 12th 1st marking period ends

Thursday, November 18th 7:00 pm, BOE public meeting at LH

Friday, November 19th report cards issued

Wednesday, November 24th Early Dismissal

Thursday, November 25th District closed, Thanksgiving recess

Friday, November 26th District closed, Thanksgiving recess

Dr. Stumper

 

Principals’ Blog October 2021

 

 

 

During the week of October 25 through October 29, 2020, Rolling Hills will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week, which highlights a time for communities to unite and take a stand against substance abuse by making healthy choices each day. We will be emphasizing healthy decision-making skills with students and have many fun activities planned for the week!  

Listed below are the scheduled themes for the week. We encourage all students to participate in the themes, but it is not mandatory. Please do not buy anything new to wear for the special activities planned for the week. 

Monday: To kick off Red Ribbon Week, we are asking all students to wear the color red!

Tuesday: Crazy hair/hat day!

Wednesday: Pajamas or sweatpants/sweatshirt day! (No slippers please)

 

Thursday: Neon colors and/or tie dye day!

Friday: “Take the Scare out of Hunger” Students may wear their Halloween costumes to school (Please no weapons or Halloween masks).

Students are asked to bring in a non-perishable food item. All food items will be donated to local food pantries. The SCA will be providing a snack for all students!

REMINDER: Breakfast is offered to ALL students free of charge. You do not need to qualify for free or reduced lunch for this program; however you are required to order a breakfast by accessing this GOOGLE FORM. You may order by the day, week, or the whole month. Students will pick up breakfast prior to homeroom. Lunch is also complementary and you do not need to order lunch for your child to participate.

Charlotte’s Web: On Wednesday, October 27th, Rolling Hills students will be traveling to VTHS for a “sneak peek” of this year’s VTHS Theater performance of Charolette’s Web (permission slip required). The Vernon Township High School Theater Department will be performing Charlotte’s Web on Thursday, October 28th, and Friday, October 29th, 2021, at 7:00 PM. Please see the flyer below. Tickets must be purchased online by clicking on the link.  Purchase Tickets

Scholastic Book Fair: November 1st – 12th The Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to our school the books children want to read. Although there will be a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level available we recommend downloading the Book Fairs App to help you in finding the right book(s) for your child. Visit:.Bookfair App

 

Important Upcoming Dates

November 1st – 3rdScholastic Book Fair Preview

November 8th – 12th – Scholastic Book Fair

November 4th and 5th – Schools Closed NJEA Convention.

November 12th – End of the 1st Marking Period

November 19th – Report Cards Issued

November 24th – Early Dismissal Day (1:15 p.m.)

November 25th and 26th – Schools Closed – Thanksgiving 

 

Summer RHAP

May 19, 2021

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Rolling Hills Primary School will be offering a Summer Acceleration Program, the Summer RHAP,  for incoming 2nd and 3rd grade students. The program is free of charge and open to all students who are attending Rolling Hills next school year. 

 

The goal of The RHAP (Rolling Hills Acceleration Program) is to create a structured learning program where students accelerate their academic and social skills through engaging in hands-on learning experiences centered on teamwork and collaboration to support the development of the whole-child. 

 

The RHAP has been designed to be a fun and exciting program. Dedicated educators will provide ample opportunities to accelerate grade level academic and social skill development. Altogether, the RHAP will be a fusion of a traditional summer camp program combined with stimulating and engaging activities.

 

Important RHAP Information:

  • Enrollment in the RHAP is open to all incoming 2nd and 3rd grade students on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
  • The RHAP will run for two weeks: July 12-16 and July 19-23 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
  • You may sign up your child for one week, at first. Pending interest, we may be able to offer your child the opportunity to come both weeks of the program! 
  • Transportation will not be provided; therefore, parents/guardians are responsible for student drop-off and pick-up. 

 

Please click the link below in order to sign up your child for one of the weeks we are having the program.  Registration is open through June 15th 

 

Rolling Hills Acceleration Program Registration Form

 

We hope you will consider registering your child for this exciting and worthwhile opportunity. If you do decide to register your child, additional information will be sent home to you prior to the close of the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Rolling Hills at (973) 764- 2784.

 

Sincerely,

 

Nick Demsak

Interim Principal

Principal’s Blog

Principal’s Blog

The faculty and staff of Rolling Hills are excited to welcome you back full time on Monday, April 12th!

 

Although it might be an adjustment for some as we head back into the school building every day, we are confident that you will ROCK IT!!!  As part of our return to school, Mrs. Benz would like for each student (both in person and virtual learners) to decorate a flower for our main hallway. Our Spring Forward Theme will be “When We Learn We Grow.” Be creative and have fun! Color your flower, add decorations, draw pictures on the petals, or even add positive quotes or words to your flower. Please have your flower completed and turned into your homeroom teacher on Monday, April 12th so we can create our Rolling Hills Garden!

 

To go along with our spring theme, Sodexo will also be providing students with a picnic style lunch on Monday, April 12th. The lunch will include a corn dog, raisins, baby carrots, pretzels, and milk.

 

Parents/Guardians please note the following:

  • Students that have been virtual all year will be assigned a different teacher when they return to in person learning.
  • Students will still be required to wear masks the entire school day, with the exception of when they are eating.
  • Social distancing in the classrooms will be to the best extent possible.
  • Students will continue to use their own supplies.
  • We will continue with 4 lunch periods with the library and garden area being utilized as an auxiliary café. (The library/garden schedule will rotate on a weekly basis).
  • Please allow additional time for parent drop-off and pick-up as it will take longer due to the number of students coming back into the building.
  • We will continue taking temperatures.
  • Hand sanitizing will be required before and after lunches and recess.
  • If you travel over Spring Break please notify the school and follow quarantine guidelines established by the State of New Jersey when you return.

 

All the best for a safe and healthy Spring!

 

Dr. Stumper

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