Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Principals June Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is amazing to me that we have so few days left for this school year. The year has truly flown and with it we had wonderful experiences and great learning.

May was a very busy month. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students worked diligently to complete the task of NJ ASK. They took the activity seriously and worked long and hard. I am sure that their scores will reflect their hard work.

Many class trips took place this month to culminate various curriculum that was taught throughout the year. The trips were successful and much enjoyed by all the students. Our fourth grade will be taking their trip today, weather permitting to the Nativelands. I want to thank the PTO for providing the bussing for the trips. The fees for the trips would be much higher had it not been for the PTO's generosity. Thank you to the parent chaperones who accompanied the children on their trips. I know how difficult it is to follow the trip guidelines of not purchasing souvenirs or snacks and keeping seat belts buckled. With the allergy issues it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to a students' health and safety. I appreciate your understanding and help with trip procedures.

The fourth grade will be hosting the fourth grade from Ben Franklin School for a fun filled day getting up close and personal with their year long pen pals.

The 4th grade also held their first ever “NewJersey Day”. They had many displays,and power point presentations and were able to taste the fruits and vegetables typically grown in New Jersey. The children really got to know their state in all its glory.

The first grade and kindergarten played host to the transformation of butterflies and ladybugs. They watched the entire life cycle unravel before their eyes. The first grade lived the cycle during their yearly “Butterfly Day”. Their excitement was beyond what any in class lesson could attempt to do. Learning and fun can come together and for these students and all of our students it truly does happen often.

Our upper grade students experienced an assembly on autism and learned many interesting facts about the syndrome. Thanks to one of our parents, Mrs. Dana Bickers, our students are now aware and can understand and accept all people despite their limitations.

Throughout the school year, our second graders have been taught about safety by an Edison Municipal Alliance program called “BABES”. They have also had visits from the “Safety Ambassadors” from Edison High School. The children learned many facts about safe riding of bikes and the use of helmets. It was a pleasure to host this worthwhile endeavor.

Students were recognized at an assembly last week for being "fair" students. The students were quite proud and together we celebrated at a pizza luncheon. The winners were:

Fairness Awards

AM- Allison Xie, Enosh Tella
PM- Anahis Valerio, Dhakiyah Langston

AM- Bahar Samim, Anaiyah Ash
PM- Kelly Hernandez, Simone Banks

Deepa Subramanya, Isabella Wertz

Jonathan Baio, Oorvee Mulay

Zainab Sohail, Leah Kentos

Marko Miljkovic, Allison Dima

Aadhisree Subramanian, Jonathon Slusser

Katie Tietchen, Alexis Reyes

Afif Bhuiyan, Frashelly Tejada

Maria Malik, Ibrahim Mudassar

Leslie Velez, Allison Slocum

Divya Dayal, Jack Bills

Sean Abramik, Ivin Chen

Mathew Jorge, Daniel Lobo

David Waters, Joseph Caliguiro

Lauren Karvaski, Karina Rivera

Geliza Paunan, Leah Crosson

Chris Smith, Jimmy Pfeiffer

Sharif Taha, Kendra Candido

Nicole Cavacloglou, Jesse Truminski

Kacper Koszelink, Lourdes Marasigan

Rida Sohail, Angel Rodriguez

The music department presented their annual Spring Concert this past Thursday. The students were amazing. The songs were all advanced pieces and the students really rose to the occasion. Thank you to Mrs. Resnick and Mrs. Wojcik for their inspiration and determination. I also want to recognize Ms.Blahuta for her handiwork on a "peanut vendor cart" for the finale.

June is here and the school year ends with much excitement and fun. Our annual Fun and Field Day takes place on the 8th, rain or shine. I am hoping for something in between. Please volunteer if you can.

The fifth grade bids Lindeneau farewell on the 14th after strutting their "stuff" at their annual Talent Show sponsored by the Student Council. It takes place on June 6th.

The annual Science Fair will take place on the 7th of June at 6:30. Come and explore, discover and experience the work of our future scientists. Thank you to Ms. Konar and Ms. Tanzi for spearheading this wonderful opportunity for our students.

The PTO Father's Day sale will take place on June 14th and 15th . Your children will have the opportunity to shop for the special men in their lives.

I know that I will enjoy this last month with your children before we break for summer. I hope that you do too.

Sincerely yours,