March is Music in Our Schools Month

To celebrate Music in Our
Schools Month, in addition to preparing some attractive and informative
bulletin board displays, our music teacher, Mr. Paul Sulyok has planned two
exciting events.  


A Music Trivia Contest  (March 14 – Music 18) 
Each class will receive a list of music trivia questions, one set for K-2 and
another set for 3-4.  The class will have
the entire week to research the answers which are due on Monday, March 21.  The prize – the satisfaction of getting the
right answers!


Class Talent Shows (March 28 – April 1) – Students will have a chance to perform for
their classmates during their regular class music period. In first and second
grades, students can share their talents by playing the piano or singing a
song. In third and fourth grades, students can add other acts such as singing
and dancing or playing another instrument that they are studying.   Reminder:  Only those students who bring in a signed
permission slip can perform.  We have
found a parent preview helps assure that each act is acceptable for the

A Principal’s Life

 Last Friday, as I was walking in the hall, I came upon a
fourth grader rushing just ahead of me putting on his coat.  “Where are you going in such a hurry,” I
asked.  “Out to recess,” he said. “I had
to go back and get my coat”   “Tie your
shoelaces,” I said. “You’re going to trip.” Bending down he quickly tied the
laces and continued ahead. Then just as he approached the door marked Exit, he
turned around and said quite calmly, “Dr. Roche, how’s your day so far?”


That same afternoon, Mrs. Blum took her kindergarten class
to the main office as part of a unit on community and school workers. In
introducing the office staff to the children, she commented that Mrs. West, our school
secretary, who went to this school has been working here a long time.  “How long do you think she’s been here?”
asked, Mrs. Blum.  A hand shot up, “I know,
a thousand years!” a youngster said, proudly.


“Dr. Roche, can you help us?” asked the first grader, as she
and two other little girls walked towards me in the hall. “I hope so,” I
answered, “How can I help?”  With that,
she pointed sadly at one of her companions who slowly opened her mouth, “She
lost her tooth.  We can’t find it. It’s a
little white tooth (pause, right hand in the air, thumb and pointer finger barely touching) with a tiny bit of blood on
it.”  After joining the search for a
respectful period of time, I suggested they return to their class and hope for
the best. Then, I continued down the hall with a big smile on my face. It was
the “tiny bit of blood” that got me.  .



Bus Evacuation Drills

Just in case, your child, a “walker”,
tells you that she was on the bus this morning, please note the following:


We conducted bus evacuation
drills this morning for ALL students
in the school.  In the past, these drills
involved only those children who rode the buses daily. Recently, the state
mandated new procedures that require school districts to include all children
in the drills since there are likely to be instances, for example, field trips,
when these children, “the walkers”, will be riding the buses as well.

 For those
children who regularly ride the buses
, the bus
drivers conducted the emergency drill on the buses after they arrived at school
and before discharging the children

 For those
children who do not regularly ride the buses
, a staff member escorted the children by grade to the bus for the

The drills were brief but an
essential and required safety procedure.

Read Across America

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What a fun day!  Today was Read Across America Day a celebration of reading held on the
birthday of that wonderful master of storytelling, Dr. Seuss. And, of course, who
came to celebrate the day with us – the delightful, enchanting and always
charming, Cat in the Hat.

The bulletin boards were bursting
with all kinds of displays about books, children and teachers nonchalantly walked
around in their pajamas, and giant red and white top hats bobbed over heads
everywhere. Our famous visitor, the Cat in the Hat, pranced into every class and
read a story to the children; I had the privilege of reading a book to Ms.Walgren’s second grade class. As a special treat, a group of high school
students came to the Media Center and read aloud to the kindergarten children.   All in all – a memorable day in the life of
an elementary school.

Thank you to our resident Cat, Ms.
Carolina Concepcion; our Cat’s advance person Mr. Michael Rowley; our media
specialists  Ms. Kimee Moore (Newell ES) and
Ms. Yvonne VanHise (Allentown HS); and, to all our staff and parent volunteers
who joined in the fun to highlight the joy of reading for our children.

We want our children to become enthusiastic,
eager readers. Today is one step to that goal.

And the Nominations Are . . .

Do you know an excellent
teacher?  Has your child experienced an extraordinary
teacher?  Over the years, I am sure that
we can all say “Yes, I know such teachers and they have truly made a
difference.”   Now is the time to
recognize these teachers.

 Currently, there are two opportunities to
recognize excellent teachers

  (1)  Monmouth
County Teacher Recognition Award – Given by Monmouth County

There are no specific
applications for the Monmouth County Award; instead, you are asked to submit
letters of nomination and give them to Mrs. Joan West, our school secretary, in the Main Office. You may simply want to duplicate the application for the
award below and submit it to both entities. More information about this award is on our district website. Nominations for this award can be made by
parents, self, staff, students, and community members.

Due Date: 
Friday, March 11

  (2) The Phoebe Hearst Outstanding Educator Award
– A National PTA Excellence in Education Award – Given by the UFRPTA

 Applications for the Phoebe
Hearst Award will be sent home by our PTA in backpacks this Friday.  They will also be available on our website,
in the Main Office, and given out to parents at the Spring PT Conferences this week.
Nominations should be submitted to the PTA via mailbox or email.  Nominations for this award can be made by
parents only.

 Due Date: Friday, March 25

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We know how busy you are so why
not write one nomination and use it twice!

When the nominations are
collected, will yours be there?