Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November 8, 2017

District News:
  • Schools are closed on November 9th and 10th.
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • November 22nd is an early dismissal day for all students.
  • Schools will be closed on November 23rd and 24th.  Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Please remember that Thursday, November 16, 2017 is now an early dismissal day. All parents must sign and return a form to verify that you are aware. Click HERE to see the form.
Magowan School News:
  • Magowan will be welcoming parents for American Education Month during the month of November. Family members will have the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom. Each teacher will send home a correspondence with dates and times.
  • Parent conferences will held on November 16th, 17th, and 20th, from 1:15pm - 3:25pm and on November 21st from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. On those days 1/2 day AM Pre-K hours are  8:40-10:29 am.  1/2 day  PM Pre-K hours are 10:56 - 12:45 pm.  Latchkey hours are the same  EXCEPT for Nov. 22nd.  -  We will have 7-9 am latchkey ONLY  -  no pre-k or 3-6 pm latchkey.
  • Mr. Scott Reed our music teacher will be celebrating his 50th concert this school year. This is quite an accomplishment. Also, the school band this year will have about 80 % of the 4th grade participating. This is largest number of students we have ever had in this program.
Ridgway School News:
  • The Senior Social, held October 18, 2017, was a tremendous success.  Special thanks go out to the NJHS, Student Council, RMS Jazz band,  RMS staff, The Elks Club, EPTSD BOE, EP Town Council and local vendors in our area that help make it such a special night for all.  
  • The 6th grade camping trip was another great time had by all campers and staff.  
  • October 20th, PTO BINGO- hosted at RMS
  • October 23rd-27th Red Ribbon Week
  • Parents of 8th grade students- Personalized messages for the yearbook are due no later than November 30th.  Please see Ms. Reilly or Mrs. Stellwag for more details.  
Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
Our school community needs your help in instilling the life long love of reading in all of our children.  Our curriculum supports readers of all ages and focuses on creating good reading habits.  Our programs are funded from local and federal funds under the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Check out this article on How to Raise a Reader.
Below are some resources for accessing books and text:
PTO News:
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The monthly PTO Meeting is now November 15th at 6:30 PM at Ridgway in the LRC room. See you there!
Our Cherrydale Fundraiser starts soon. You should receive your packet soon and they are due back no later than November 27th end of school day. Orders will be ready for pick up during the Holiday Shoppe Family Night December 11th just in time for the holidays!

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The Holiday Shoppe at Magowan is December 11th - 15th. Students will have the opportunity to shop at the Holiday Shoppe on their class designated day (a flyer will be sent home with their day). Holiday Shoppe Family Night is Monday, December 11th where your child can meet up with Santa, have some crafting fun, and more while you check out the Holiday Shoppe.

As always, thank for all your support throughout the school year!

4th grade students give a special welcome to Magowan Interim Principal, Mr. Ray Marini.  From L to R - Alafy Lopes DePaula, Madison Kremper, Nathan Sever, Ahmet Ozdemir

Payten Pincin has fun in Mrs. Greco's class

Growth Mindset posters from Mrs. Farley

Jovanni Rosa enjoys Mrs. Grecco's class

Town Council and BOE members at the recent Senior Social event.

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.  
Magowan School News:
  • The staff and students are off to a great start at Magowan School.  School wide expectations were taught and practiced the first week of school.  We celebrated being back together with the Parade To Success on Friday, September 15th.  
  • Teachers and support staff helped students adjust and settle into classroom/school routines.  It’s always amazing to see how fast things get back to “normal!”
  • We have started R & R time while bus students wait for their bus at the end of the day.  R & R stands for READ & RELAX!  All bus students are to keep at least one book to read in their backpack.  Third and Fourth, (and some second) grade students should have a chapter book that they are reading for pleasure.  This book should go back and forth from home to school.  Younger students should have a few books to choose from.  When students come into the waiting room, they get in their bus line.  They sit down, even lay down if they want!  Students are required to spread apart so there is no physical contact.  Once settled, the waiting time is spent reading independently.  Support staff in the room monitors students and keeps things quiet so the children can concentrate.  Most students have, or will have, a reading log to maintain.  The reading completed during R & R counts toward nightly reading requirements.  In addition to reducing negative behaviors at the end of the day, students will have an opportunity for some scheduled quiet reading time each day.  
  • Magowan School will celebrate the Week Of Respect October 2nd - 5th.
  • Fall picture days are set for October 18th and 19th.  Pre K, K and 1st on the 18th with 2nd, 3rd and 4th on the 19th.  
  • School attendance is very important for any child to succeed.  Simply stated, children need to be in school in order to learn from school!  Of course children get sick from time to time.  A medical note from a Doctor will turn an unexcused absence into an excused absence.  All other absences are considered unexcused.  If/when a student reaches 10 unexcused absences, the family will develop an action plan for improvement with the school Social Worker, Counselor, Nurse, Teacher and Principal.  If there is no improvement and the child reaches 15 unexcused absences, legal action will be taken.  We care about your child and want to do everything we can to help him/her succeed in school.  
Ridgway School News:  
  • The students at Ridgway have hit the ground running and have been working hard from day one.  We have already celebrated A Week of Respect and are gearing up for Red Ribbon Week.
  • Ridgway is excited to be hosting the 2nd annual Senior Social sory dance with our seniors from the community.   
  • 6th grade parents please make sure to contact Nurse Foti if you have not completed your child immunization requirements.  
  • 8th grade parents please get your personalized messages into Ms. Reilly or Mrs. Stellwag no later than November 30th.  
  • The annual National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway cafetorium.  
Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
National Geographic Comes to Edgewater Park!
Last year, our Science Committee of teachers representing K-4 came together to discuss goals for implementing the Next Generation of Science Standards in New Jersey.  The committee decided that  the philosophy of the National Geographic Science Program was the way to go for our students.  The National Geographic Society’s philosophy is to educate and inspire people to care about the planet.  They do this through exploration and compelling visuals from Nat Geo’s amazing photographers.  The  resources offer great storytelling, and a real connection to various cultures which appear throughout the program.  All students will have a unit in Earth, Life, and Physical Science in grades K-4.  Each unit features:  hands-on investigations and connections to the real world.  The program gives students an opportunity to “Think Like an Engineer” and “Think Like a Scientist.”  Click HERE to learn more and see the program in action!

PTO News:
The Edgewater Park PTO has some exciting events coming up.

October 16 is our Annual Back to School Skate Party 6:30-8:30.  All Edgewater Park students from Magowan and Ridgway are welcome to come enjoy a night of skating at Holiday Skating Center. Admission is free for Edgewater Park PTO Members and we will have membership forms available that night if you would like to become a member for $5.00. Skate rental is $3.00 per student. Admission for non-PTO members is $3.00 per student plus skate rental of $3.00 per student.
All children MUST be accompanied by an adult...NO EXCEPTIONS. No child will be admitted or be allowed to stay without an adult present to supervise at all times.

October 20  Box Tops are Due! The class with the highest Box Tops count from each school will win a classroom party, so don’t forget to send your Box Tops in by the due date.
*Please do not staple the Box Tops to the form. Please use a glue stick or send in a Ziploc bag only. If you need a submission form, email and we can email it to you or send one home with your child.

October 20 is BINGO!
Tickets are on sale now! Purchase your ticket before October 20, you get FREE Admission. Presale tickets are $30 or you can purchase your ticket at the door for $35 (no one under 18 permited). You can now purchase tickets with your credit card! Email for details.
Bingo is the most important fundraiser of the year. This fundraiser will help with Magowan and Ridgway Field Trips and varies needs of the schools and teachers. If you are providing items for Auction Baskets, please send them to the school and the grade with the most items will be rewarded!
Doors open at 6:00, Games start at 7:00. We also have Raffle Baskets and 50/50, so...
Bring non-alcoholic drinks and snacks and

October 23 - 27 is the Scholastic Book Fair at Magowan. A flyer with your student’s schedule day will be sent home soon, so keep an eye out!
Family Book Fair  Night is October 26th 6:00-8:00.

October 26 is the Treat Trail 6:00-7:00 come Trick or Treating with us at Magowan. Special guests include Mighty Max, the Edgewater Park Police with McGruff the Crime Dog, Endeavor Emergency Squad, the Edgewater Park Education Association, and your Edgewater Park PTO. Don’t forget to stop at the book fair before you leave!

November 8, 2017 at 6:30 in the Ridgway Middle School LRC.
The Edgewater Park PTO is responsible for several fundraisers and events throughout the school year, but we need YOUR help. Please join us at our meetings every 2nd Wednesday of the month. All money that is raised goes right back into our schools, to our teachers and classrooms, and most importantly benefits our students.


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8th Grade students learn about BCIT

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Mrs. Gamon shares information with parents of English Language Learners

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Mrs. Girman greets parents of English Language Learners

Friday, May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • Click HERE to see the 2017-2018 Budget Presentation.
  • EPTSD schools will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 for Memorial Day.
  • Click HERE for information on free lunches through the summer.
  • Click HERE to view the School Performance Reports for 2015-2016.
  • Click HERE for information on our Bond Referendum projects.
  • There will be no school for students on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
  • June 19th, 20th, and 21st are 4-hour days for students.  June 21st is the last day of school.
Magowan School News:
  • Magowan students were treated to a fantastic Fun Day on the 19th!  Thank you to Mr. Thomas for coordinating the event.
  • Magowan’s Drama and Kindergarten Glee Club successfully entertained hundreds of students and families as they entertained on the 18th!  Thank you to Ms. Tumulty for leading the Drama Club and Ms. Reitz for leading the Kindergarten Glee Club.  
  • Mrs. Greco led the Magowan Milers on their Race Day on the 22nd.  
  • The Magowan Band and Chorus performed for a full house on the 24th.  Thank you to Mr. Reed for leading our students.  
  • The community raised money for JDRF and celebrated with a walk around the block on the 25th.  Thank you for the many contributions to JDRF.  
  • Fourth grade students will take the NJASK Science assessment on Wednesday, May 31st.
  • Mighty Max will celebrate his 8th birthday on Friday, June 2nd.  All families are welcome to come out and enjoy the entertainment, food and fun!  
  • Kindergarten through Fourth grade students are working toward a reading goal.  Each grade level set an ambitious and achievable goal for students to reach.  Our STAR READERS are reading every day!
  • Fourth grade students will participate in a “Step Up to Ridgway” event on June 7th.  Students will tour Ridgway and receive a warm welcome from Ridgway Student Council members.  

Ridgway School News:
  • May 30th - 5th grade parent orientation. Parents are welcome at 10am-11am or 6pm-7pm.
  • May 31st - 8th grade NJASK Science administration.
  • June 1 - 8th grade trip to the Inner Harbor.
  • June 5th - Career Day.
  • June 7th - 4th grade step up day.
  • June 9th - St. Jude walk held at RMS for 5th -8th grade students.
  • June 14th - Hawkfest.
  • June 20th - 8th grade graduation - 6:30pm (No tickets required).

PTO News:
  • Our last PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 14th at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Library and our 2017-18 Board Election will be held that night.   If you are interested in running for a position on the PTO board, please email us at  We hope to see you there.  
  • Our PTO has accomplished a lot this school year.  We were able to provide money to each school for school trip transportation, skate party, art supplies, chromebooks, books, banners and much, much more.  Thank you for your support and ordering from our fundraisers and attending our bingo because we couldn't have done all of this without it.  
  • We have a lot of ideas and plans in the works for the 2017-2018 school year and need your help.  Please consider becoming a PTO member to join our email list.  
  • Thank you to all of the volunteers that have helped us this past school year.  We can’t accomplish everything we do without you.   We look forward to a great 2017-2018 school year!

Congratulations to Ridgway Rotary Students of the Month

Left to Right: Liam O'Brien (January), Ayesha Ahmed (March), Danley Raymond (April), Kimberly Erickson (November), Khalilah Johnson (December), Brooke Del Toro (October), Jordan Murphy (May), Delaney Adair (February)

3rd Marking Period Ridgway SOARing Students

Left to Right: Sarah Lewis, Kayla Reed, Marissa Edmonds, Jada Corry, Alexys Diaz, Fatih Pehlivan, Amaya Smith, Maudy Molina

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The Edgewater Park Environmental Shade Tree Advisory Committee made a generous donation to Magowan School in honor of Arbor Day.  On April 18th, Mr. Jim Bernard led a crew in digging a hole and preparing the ground.  Committee members Mr. Robbins, Mr. Malecki, Mrs. Phair and Mr. Belgard presented the October Glory Maple to Magowan's Third grade students.  After an informative lesson regarding Arbor Day and the origin of the tree, students observed the tree being planted and watered. Thank you for the long lasting donation!