HOLLY GLEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back to a brand new school year! We hope your Summer was a relaxing and happy one. Many preparations have been made for a successful and enjoyable school year for every student and their families. The faculty and administration look forward to working with you throughout the year and encourage you to contact us regarding any questions or concerns you may have. Your first contact should always be your child’s classroom teacher. The partnership formed between parents and school is essential in the development of your children. We want this to be a successful year for you and your children and this can be accomplished by working together. We can assure you that the Holly Glen staff is dedicated to serving your children, ensuring that they are: healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.
Please welcome the new Home and School Officers for the 2017-2018 school year: Regina Iacovelli, President, Rosa Aversa, Vice-President, Tracee Whitmore, Secretary, Anne Marie Tobey, Treasurer and Kelly Rocco, Co-Treasurer. The first meeting of the H.S.A. will take place on September 18th at 7:15 p.m. in the Media Center. New faculty members will be introduced at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 12th.
Arrival and Dismissal;
All visitors and parents may park in the area immediately adjacent to the Main Office area that is not a “reserved” parking place. This includes some extra parking spots located on the blacktop/playground area. Please remember to not park in the handicapped parking spaces! Children who are “picked up” at dismissal time may wait for their parents on any of the three benches located outside of the Main Entrance. All walkers will leave through the Main Entrance. Children are NOT to wait at the playground area for their parents.
Parents are required to personally escort their child(ren) to their vehicles. Our children’s safety is so important!
Awards and Recognition:
As you recall, Holly Glen was chosen as one of the ten (10) schools nationwide (out of 142 applications) to become part of the Whole Child Network (WCN) initiative partnering with the Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD). This comprehensive school improvement process promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged within a sustainable approach to education and community engagement. These are also referred to as the Whole Child Tenets.
C.H.A.M.P. Student Recognition Program:
The acronym C.H.A.M.P. stands for “Character Helps All Students Make Positive Choices”. The ceremony will be held at 9:15 a.m. in the All Purpose Room. Classroom teachers will nominate a student every other month per the following schedule: October 25, December 20, February 21, April 25 (ceremony will be held at 2:15 p.m.), and May 29. The “Breakfast of Champions” will be held on June 8, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. in the APR.
Community of Caring Committee;
The Holly Glen Community of Caring Committee is a site-based committee (which meets the last Monday of each month) focusing on school climate, with an emphasis on social-emotional learning and character development in educating the “whole child.” This committee will assist in implementing the five tenets of the WCN. Any parents who would like to serve on this committee, please contact Mrs. Capasso, extension 4004 or email email@example.com. The committee also analyzes the best practices used in the classroom to ensure academic success with participation of the student service groups (Community of Caring Club and Student Council) where students learn the value of helping others.
As you will read in the Parent-Student Handbook, we believe in integrating the Five Core Values of Family, Trust, Caring, Respect and Responsibility into our daily instruction. The core value “respect” will be the emphasis for September and October. This will be especially important as we reinforce the Bullying Prevention Program. Please refer to the Parent Handbook and the school website for more information on this program.
District and School Web Page;
Please review our web page, http://www.monroetwp.k12.nj.us/HollyGlen/. School and district web pages are full of information regarding school activities, curriculum links, and ways you can become more involved in your child’s education. For example, you may want to sign-up to be a parent volunteer. The first meeting of parent volunteers will be on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library.
Monthly Newsletters and Other Sources of Information;
Every month a parent newsletter will be sent home providing you with information about events and activities. Attached to this letter are copies of the “Daily Learning Planner” for
the month of September, a publication entitled, “Helping Children Learn,” which highlights various learning activities, which you can do at home with your children, and a monthly calendar. These publications will also be posted on the Holly Glen website each month.
Parents Visiting the School and Sign-Out Procedures;
In an effort to curtail an interruption in the classroom while school is in session, we will have a support staff member located by the Parent/Visitor waiting area to intercept lunches, homework, or any other school-related paperwork, which is delivered to school. Parents or visitors may wait in the designated waiting area for their child(ren). We strongly encourage parents NOT to sign their child(ren) out of school unnecessarily and prior to the end of the school day, as this hinders their academics, not to mention their attendance. Our school day starts PROMPTLY at 8:55 a.m. and ENDS at 3:30 p.m. This will be strictly enforced (unless there is a valid reason); your child is expected to be in school the ENTIRE DAY! Parents who are constant offenders of signing their child(ren) out early will be notified by the administration.
Professional Development School (PDS):
Holly Glen is again a Tier I Professional Development School (PDS) with Rowan University. The faculty looks forward to working with Rowan University to assist us in this endeavor. Mrs. Patricia Spicer-Martin will continue as Holy Glen P.D.S. Site Coordinator. The Rowan/Holly Glen partnership assists Holly Glen staff to better integrate theory into practice, while developing the skills of future teachers. Practicum and clinical teachers are placed in our classrooms to extend the learning for Holly Glen students, exposing these future teachers to the best teaching practices.
All the elementary schools in the district will again participate in a 40-minute block of time daily (9:05 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.) focusing on ELA skills. The acronym W.I.N. actually means “What I Need” and students in grades 1-4 will take part in this enrichment program. This program will begin on Monday, October 2nd and was very successful last year.
Please check your child’s book bag for several sources of information:
* Insurance Letter and Form ONLY IF you are purchasing student insurance
- 2017-2018 Federal Lunch Program
AHERA Notification Letter
Emergency Procedures Letter from Mr. Earling, Superintendent
- Home & School Association (H.S.A.) “Welcome” Packet and Newsletter which
highlights all of the events for the entire year
- Bus Safety Rules and Regulations
- Breakfast-In-The-Classroom letter (will begin on Thursday, September 7th).
The bold, bulleted items are very important and must be completed and returned to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, September 15, 2017.
Holy Glen parents will again use MyPaymentsPlus as the on-line payment system for students. Parents will be able to view student account balances and monthly student purchases. Students lunches will cost $2.75 and a carton of milk will cost $.50. More information will be available to parents soon. Reminder: Parents, please check your child’s lunch account balance on a monthly basis. If there are any discrepancies, please contact Debbie Gilmore at 856-629-6400, ext. 1003 or Nancy Fallon-Rodriguez at 856-262-2415.
“Cafeteria Visitors”—Family members may visit the cafeteria during student lunch times beginning on Friday, September 15th. Parents or guardians who wish to have lunch with their child(ren) may do so only on Family Fridays. Due to nutritional guidelines, parents are encouraged to purchase the school lunch on Family Fridays, which is usually pizza. However, please check the school menu for further details. We are encouraging parents NOT to bring in food from fast food establishments.
On behalf of the entire Holly Glen staff, we welcome you back for another exciting school year.
Please Note: Our Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:40 p.m. All parents are to report to the All Purpose Room, where they will be dismissed to their child’s classrooms by 7:15 p.m. Please plan to attend, as you will have an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher.