Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Principals April Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

April is here and along with the new month comes spring break, school budget and NJ ASK.  March was a quick month beginning with the celebration of the end of our Reading Challenge.  We had an exciting end to our Reading Challenge where the younger students enjoyed a movie and snack and our upper grade students enjoyed a special treat from former Lindeneau students whose band “Throwing Fitz”, entertained the students. It was wonderful for the students to see that music is a lifelong pleasure. Our hope is that our students feel the same as they move up in grades.

Our Reading Challenge winners read more than all the other students in their grade levels.  Our top reader for the school was Kendra Candido in Fifth grade. The other winners were Isabella McCracken- Kindergarten, Alyssa Celik-First grade, Imon Siddiqui- Second grade, Nivedita Nambalat- Third grade, Husham Ahmad-Fourth grade and Gnaneswar Chundi-Fifth grade.  Congratulations to them and Miss Hart and Ms. Tanzi’s class for the upper grade class winners and Mrs. Ohlson’s class for the primary classes. Please encourage your child to read daily, because the more that they read the better that they will read and learn.

The students were the stars at our annual, Festival of the Arts. Mrs. Wojcik, Mrs. Resnick and Ms. Blahuta did an amazing job organizing the performances and art exhibition. It is fantastic to see the talents of our students. It was a great night overall! Many thanks to the teachers and congratulations to our students on a job well done!

March 2 was the evening of our annual Tricky Tray. Thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Dawn Slocum, Mrs. Garland and the rest of the Tricky Tray committee our school made over $17,000.  The committee received many donations which ended up being transformed into beautiful baskets.  I want to thank all the parents and teachers who donated items and helped with the evening. At the last PTO meeting, the PTO voted on and accepted a proposal to purchase a digital sign for the front of the building. This will make a great addition to our communication needs.

April will begin with spring break starting on Friday, April 6 through April 15. On April 30, the fifth grade will begin NJ ASK testing. The schedule for testing is:
  • Fifth grade-April 30-May 3
  • Fourth grade-May 7-11
  • Third grade-May 7-10
More information will be sent home later in the month.

April is Autism Awareness Month. We will be doing many activities to bring awareness to our students. One of our parents will be presenting an assembly for our upper grade students in May. Remember that together we can make autism less puzzling for all.

Tuesday, April 3 is McTeacher Night at the McDonalds on Rt. 27 from 4:00-7:00. Be sure to visit and watch your child’s teachers ask, “Would you like a drink with that?” Our faculty has volunteered to work the counter to earn money for our school. 15% of the profits made for the night will be donated to our school. Hope to see you all there!

April 17th is our annual Take Your Parent to School Day. We are excited to have you come in and see the exciting new learning that your children are experiencing every day. Notices and schedules were sent home the last week of March. Please be sure to join us for a class period and lunch. Remember to bring your lunch with you. Looking forward to seeing you!

April 17th is also the day to vote on the School Board elections and School budget. Please be sure to vote while visiting your child’s classroom or after you visit if you vote at another polling place.

April 26th is Take Your Child to Work day. If you intend to take your child to work with you, you will need to provide a letter stating that your child will be out for the day. The letter needs to be brought into school prior to the day.

Since this weekend begins the holiday seasons of Easter and Passover, I want to wish all of those who celebrate these holidays a joyous time with your family and friends. Enjoy the week off and rest, for the school year is far from over.

Yours truly,