Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway School library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • More Bond Referendum projects are in progress.  Click HERE to see the updated Announcements webpage.  Click HERE to see pictures of the projects.
Magowan School News:
First through Fourth grade students were treated to a GO GREEN assembly on February 22nd!  Bill the presenter was amazing!  While effectively teaching students a great deal about our environment and ways we can recycle, he was incredibly entertaining.  His humor, antics and magic had students and staff captivated the entire time.  This assembly was made possible by the Township of Edgewater Park who sponsored the event.  Thank you Edgewater Park Township!!
  • Pre K report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, March 3rd.
  • We will celebrate READ ACROSS AMERICA day on Friday, March 3rd.  All parents are welcome to visit a classroom and read!  Please contact the classroom teacher.
  • Pre K and Kindergarten Round Up is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, March 8th and 9th.  
  • The PTO will sponsor the Spring Book Fair the week of March 13th.  There will be a family night on Wednesday, the 15th.  
  • March 27th and 28th are Spring picture days.  PreK, K and 1st on the 27th with 2nd, 3rd and 4th on the 28th.  
Ridgway School News:
  • Construction has begun!  Stay tuned for updates and watch as the transformation continues.
  • On 2/21/17, our 8th grade students had a wonderful trip up to Burlington City High School to see the new and impressive programs that they have to offer.  
  • On 2/22/17,Our 8th grade students were treated to a wonderful presentation by Mr. Joel Fabian.  Mr. Fabien is a 79 year-old child survivor of the Holocaust.  Mr. Fabian talked with our students and answered intriguing questions.  
  • On 2/23/17, our STEM club had an opportunity to visit Lockheed Martin and participate in “Young Engineers Week.”
  • On 2/24/17, the 7th and 8th grade “Sweetheart Dance” will be held in the RMS cafe.
  • On 3/1/17, please come and join us for the 6th grade Treasure Hunt.
  • On 3/6/17, BCIT will be at RMS to administer their entrance exam.  If you haven’t applied yet and would like to test at RMS please have your application processed by 3/2/17 with Mrs. Mckone.  
  • On 3/15/17, RMS will be competing in the Teen Arts Festival.
  • On 3/28/17, RMS will begin the administration of the PARCC.
Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
The Edgewater Park School District began implementing a new phonics-based program called Fundations® in September 2016 for all students in Preschool and Kindergarten.  In addition to using Fundations in Preschool and Kindergarten, Fundations®  has been studied as a beneficial intervention in first and second grades.  Below is an overview of the program.


Fundations® is a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that benefits all PreK-3 students.  Fundations is designed as a whole-class, general education program used for prevention.  Fundations is informed by an extensive research base and following principles of instruction demonstrating success for a wide variety of learners, key features include:

  • Thoroughly teaches the foundational skills, and significantly supports the reading, writing, and language standards, found in states’ rigorous college- and career-ready standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
  • Presents the following concepts and skills in a cumulative manner from Unit to Unit and year to year:  
    • Letter formation
    • Phonological and phonemic awareness
    • Sound mastery
    • Phonics, word study, and advanced word study
    • Irregular (trick) word instruction
    • Vocabulary
    • Fluency
    • Comprehension strategies
    • Written composition (spelling and handwriting)
  • Integrates skill instruction so that a daily lesson teaches and then reinforces corresponding skills.
  • Scaffolds learning while teaching all skills explicitly, sequentially, and systematically.
  • Actively engages students in learning through the use of multisensory techniques, such as when teaching students sounds, their representative letters, and words with spelling options.
  • Provides multiple opportunities for skills practice and application to build mastery.
  • Monitors student learning through formative assessment tools built into the program.
  • Includes comprehensive and teacher-friendly materials to facilitate teachers’ use of the program and promote student motivation.
  • Guides teachers on how to meet individual student needs by differentiating instruction.

We are excited to announce, in September 2017 Fundations programming will also become part of First Grade Curriculum.  
PTO News:
  • The next PTO Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8th, at 6:30 in the Ridgway Library.  We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your ideas.  We have events we would like to start planning and need all the help we can get.  
  • Board Positions are available for the 2017-18 School Year.  If you are interested in running for a position please email us at or let us know at the next meeting.  
  • Square One art catalogs will be going home soon.  Be on the lookout for your child's wonderful artwork that you can order on mugs, keychains, ornaments, tile, aprons, etc.  
  • Magowan Book fair will run the week of March 13th-19th.  Our Family Night will be held on Wednesday, March 15th from 5:00pm-8:00pm.  We are in need of volunteers for this event.  If you are interested in volunteering either during the daytime hours or during family night please email
  • Thank you to everyone who submitted Box Tops!  We will contact the winning class once the total is finalized.  Keep collecting!

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the Ridgway Library.  The Board will receiving certification training at 5:30 pm.  Regular business will begin at 6:30 pm.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • The Board of Education welcomes new members Mr. Mark McCann and Mr. Craig Cleveland, who were sworn in on January 3rd.  Also, congratulations to Mrs. Colleen Torres and Mr. Robert Lynch for beginning new terms on the Board.  
  • Click HERE for information for free dental care for children.
Magowan School News:
  • Magowan School is proud to offer our Non English speaking families a fun evening of academic games and social time.  There will be stations set up with a variety of activities for students AND parents.  If your child is in the ELL program, please call to reserve your spot!  The event will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:30.  
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Kennedy!  After a long, successful career with the Edgewater Park School District, Mrs. Kennedy is now officially retired!  She looks forward to spending more time with family and friends.  A big WELCOME to Ms. Kaminski!  Ms. Kaminski worked successfully as a Title 1 teacher and now joins the fourth grade teaching team.  
  • Our Breakfast Club continues to grow.  Everyone is invited to go to Breakfast Club on any morning.  Children do not have to come every day and reservations are not necessary!  All we ask is for you to have your child here at 8:15.  Bus students go in as soon as their bus arrives.  If you drive your child(ren), you are asked to drop off between 8:15 - 8:30. This will give time to eat AND get to class on time.  Thank you for your cooperation.  
  • Please keep reading at home.  Children should have time dedicated to relaxed reading each evening.  The book should be an appropriate level for your child and something they CHOOSE to read.  When children pick out their own book, they are very likely to read and enjoy the activity.  This is a simple routine that can make a big difference in your child’s academic growth!
Ridgway School News:
  • January 30th report cards issued.  
  • The boys basketball team is currently 11-3.  
  • 8th grade parents please make sure you turn in your diploma forms no later than January 23, 2017.  
  • BCIT is now accepting applications, apply online at www.BCIT.CC.
  • Please come out to support the RMS Drama Club.  This year they are featuring the play “ANNIE.”    The play is February 7th and the 9th @ 7p.m.
  • Time to order Ridgway Yearbooks - Yearbooks are $15 and MUST be pre-ordered by completing and returning the order form OR ordering online at No LATER THAN Jan. 27, 2017 (8th graders will all receive a yearbook courtesy of the PTO).  Click HERE for more information.
Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
Cyber Safety - What Every Parent Needs to Know About Snapchat
What is Snapchat:  A “disappearing”  messaging app. Photos or videos are sent with short messages that can be viewed for 1-10 seconds.

  • Snapchat is the fastest growing social media app that has become more popular with teens than INSTAGRAM which was previously #1 used app by teens.
  • Due to how it operates, Snapchat has become a place for cyberbullying that is difficult to track or prove due to the evidence “disappearing.”

How it works:
  • A snapchat user “snaps” a photo or video using their phone’s camera and then can add text, clipart, or filters to alter the photo/video.
  • The user chooses how long they want the message to appear (1-10 seconds) and who they would like to send it to. It can be sent to individual people or added to their “story” which is public to anyone they have accepted to be their friend. Messages on their story are available for 24 hours.
  • Messages sent to individual are deleted after the set time that was chosen.

If a student receives an inappropriate “Snap”:
  • Although a user can “screenshot” (take a picture of the screen), most choose not to because the person that sent it would be notified.
  • Another phone may be used to take a picture of inappropriate snaps or videos that need to be documented and reported for cyberbullying.

Biggest Snapchat Concerns:
  • Although children under 13 years of age cannot register, it is possible to lie.
  • Students are aware the app is hard for parents to monitor due to no record of the messages/photos/videos after they disappear.
  • Strangers can easily connect to students, begin to “follow” them, and use student pictures for whatever they chose.
  • Ask your students if they have Snapchat and warn them of the dangers and consequences.
  • Remind students that irresponsible use of social media can disrupt their future.

More information about snapchat can be found at:  
Or Call Mrs. McKone, School Counselor at 609-871-3434 Ext. 2005.
PTO News:
  • Thank you to those that volunteered for our Holiday Shop.  The kids really enjoyed it!!
  • Our next PTO Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 in the Ridgway Media Center
  • There are board positions available for the 2017-18 School Year!  If you are interested in running for a position or would like to get involved in any way please come to our meeting or email us.  We would love to hear from you and are always interested in new ideas and feedback.  
  • The deadline to send in your Box Tops will be 2/20/17.  If you are interested in helping count them please email us at  Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.  Class with the highest amount from each school will receive a pizza or ice cream party (class choice).

Happenings in the District:

On Saturday, 10 of our finest staff worked with Habitat For Humanity to paint two houses in Cinnaminson. It was a great display of teamwork and charity for those in need. Thank you all for your dedication to a great cause. From left to right: Michele Cox, Pam DeSanto, June Farley, Cheryl Kaufman, Beth Peak, Alissa Glock, Karen Daly, Kelly Stellwag, Nicole Mapp, Patti Iwanicki.

Congratulations to new and reappointed Board of Education members sworn in at tonight's meetings. From left to right: Mr. Rob Lynch, Mrs. Colleen Torres, Mr. Craig Cleveland, and Mr. Mark McCann.

At the December meeting, the Board of education said goodbye to two long-time Board members. We thank Dr. Gares and Mr. Jacobs for their many years of service and dedication to the district.

Ridgway students Brooke Del Tori, Maudie Morgan, and Kim Erickson presented to the Ridgway staff on the Growth Mindset initiative.

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We are proud to announce that Magowan School is the top School in the Jump Into Reading challenge. Schools from all over Burlington County participated and Magowan School leads them all! Congratulations to all readers. Our first-fourth grade students can be very proud of reading a total of 3,217 books during the two month contest. Way to go everyone!
Students:  Jayden Santos, Daija Parker, Peyton Corrington, Diego Rosado, Thalia Warren, Brayden Santos, and Mariah Abele.  Also pictured are Assemblyman Troy Singleton,  XXXX, Principal Betsy Miles.

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Ridgway basketball teams are enjoying an exciting season.  We are proud of all of our athletes for their commitment to the team and school.  Back Row: Naudia Morgan, Rasheen Johnson, Mikaia Creamer, Blake Yetter, Arianna Ritman, William Moore
Middle: Kennedy Butts, Octavia Williams, Steven Shaffer, Myniah Johnson , Najere Walker, Aniya Tucker Smith
Front: Josh Hoffman, Alnahshon Silvera, Joseph Wieland, Donshae Joyner

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016

District News:
  • Happy Thanksgiving to all!
  • Click HERE for information on the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program.  Parents are encouraged to nominate teachers and support staff for this great honor.
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Ridgway Library.  The Board of Education will be in training from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Regular business will begin at 7:00 pm.
  • Friday, December 23rd, will be a 4-hour day for all students.  Both schools will be closed from December 26th through January 2nd and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.  
Magowan School News:
  • November 21st was the last day of the Jump Into Reading Challenge.  We are excited to tally the results.
  • Our Student Council led a sock collection in “Socktober.”  A grand total of 333 pairs of socks were collected and donated!
  • It was wonderful to see so many families visit during American Education Month and conference days.  Thank you for supporting the students!
  • The PTO will open the Holiday Shoppe on Monday, December 12th.  Consider having your child earn his/her own money to buy holiday gifts for family.  The Shoppe will close on the 16th.  
  • Magowan’s Winter Concert is set for Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 in Ridgway’s auditorium.  There will be a repeat performance for the school community on Friday (16th) morning.  Visitors are encouraged to attend!
  • There are no 3 - 6 Latchkey services on Friday, December 23rd.  Dismissal is at 12:45 on the 23rd.  
Ridgway School News:
  • The Ridgway Winter Concert will be on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 pm in the Ridgway auditorium.  
  • The PBSIS Positive behavior skating trip to Holiday Skating Center will be on December 22nd.
  • Congrats to RMS’s first group of “SOAR”Students:
Grade 5: Joel Rodriguez, Destiny Johnson,
Grade 6: Eduardo Corazozon, Shania Hosein
Grade 7: Codilyn Korhammer, Joshua Tietz
Grade 8: Aniyah Gandy, Steven Schaffer

PTO News:
  • Our next PTO Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30 in the Ridgway Library
  • Charleston Wrap fundraiser orders will be available for pick up in the Magowan Multi Purpose room on Monday, December 12th from 3pm-8pm.  Magowan and Ridgway orders will be available for pick up.  
  • Our Holiday Shop will run at Magowan the week of December 12th-16th with our evening shop being open on Monday, December 12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Magowan students will come home with an envelope and a scheduled date of when they will visit the shop.  They will have the opportunity to purchase items for family, friends and even pets.
  • We are in need of volunteers to help run the shop.  The hours are 9am-2:30pm.  If you are available to help out during these times that week please email us at  Even if you can only help an hour or two please let us know.  We are flexible!
  • Uncle Jerry’s T’s Fundraiser orders are due back by Monday, December 5th.  Those items will be delivered in time for the Holiday’s and make some great gifts.

Ridgway School connecting Math to Character

Ms. Peak's class learning about yeast, fermentation, and carbon dioxide.