Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back To School Edition

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Library.  
  • Click HERE to see information on Affordable Healthcare.
  • Click HERE to see information on Internet Essential services from Comcast.
  • PARCC score reports from 2015-2016 will be mailed home soon.  More information on PARCC can be found HERE. There will be a presentation on the 2016 PARCC scores at the September 27th Board of Education meeting.
  • Click HERE to see the new District Communication Guide
  • The District now utilizes We Tip to allow for anonymous reporting of bullying, crime, or residence fraud.   Click HERE for more information or to file a report.
  • The Board of Education has adopted a new District Mission Statement.  The new Mission Statement reflects our core values and was crafted through a collaborative process.  Thank you to all staff and community who contributed.
  • Click HERE to see Dr. R.'s latest blog post.

Corner of Curriculum & Instruction
Welcome back to school!  Over the summer, the Curriculum Office has been busy preparing for the return of teachers and students.  New Jersey has officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards and grades 6 through 8 are ready for implementation.  Our amazing middle school science teachers, Dave Solarczyk, Stephanie Kennedy, and Michael Melvin were integral in writing curriculum and selecting resources to support the transition.

Parents can expect students to participate in more labs this year and learning activities will have an increased focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).  Our teachers will use resources from Pearson’s Interactive Science to support instruction and all students will have access to chromebooks in their science classes.  Click here to learn more about the NGSS.

Kindergarten through 5th grade Next Generation Science Standards will be implemented in September 2017.  To learn more about about the Vision for K-12 Science Education please see this video.

Magowan School News:
Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 school year!  The Magowan staff is rested and ready for another full year of learning and fun.  After weeks of building improvements, the teachers have been busy preparing the classrooms for students.  We look forward to an exciting year together!
  • Our Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten students/families will enjoy an Orientation Day on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.  Specific times were mailed to homes.
  • The regular school schedule begins Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
  • Magowan’s Back To School Night for adults is scheduled for September 15th from 6:30 - 8:00.  Students should go to bed early and not attend this event! :-)
  • The Parade To Success will take place on Friday, September 16th at 2:15.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and welcome our children back to school.  
  • Breakfast Club and the lunch program begins on Wednesday the 7th.  Breakfast Club begins at 8:15.  All other students should arrive between 8:30 - 8:40.  
  • The student handbook is now online.  Please access and review the handbook through the district website.  If you prefer a hard copy, they are available in the office.

Ridgway School News:

  • Back to school night will be September 21, 2016 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.
  • Look for fundraiser papers coming home… fundraiser begins September 23, 2016
  • Picture day for all students will be September 30, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016

District News:
  • The next Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Cafeteria.  All parents are invited and encouraged to attend this collaborative session to brainstorm ideas for revising the District Mission Statement and creating a short Values Statement.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • Schools will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in honor of Memorial Day.  
  • Tuesday, June 7, 2016 will be an inservice day for staff.  There will be NO SCHOOL for students on June 7, 2016.
  • PARENTS - please take a few minutes to complete this survey on technology.  The information from this survey will help us in revising our District Technology Plan.  
  • Click HERE to see an important message regarding lunch charges.
  • Click HERE to see a revised District Calendar for this school year (2015-2016).
  • Your input is appreciated as the District prepares to make improvements in our District Website. Click HERE to take a short survey on our website.
Magowan School News:
  • Click HERE to see the May Principal’s Newsletter.
  • May 25th - Grade 4 NJASK Science
  • June 1st - Grade 4 NJASK Science Make Up
  • June 2nd - Grade 4 trip to Arden Theatre
  • June 3rd - Mighty Max Birthday Party 5:30 - 8:00 pm
  • June 8th - Funplex Safety Patrol Trip
  • June 10th - Rain Date for Mighty Max Birthday Party
  • June 10th - Grade 4 Trip to Philadelphia Art Museum
  • June 15th - Last day for half-day PreK
  • June 16th - Grade 4 Memorial Field
  • June 17th - Grade 4 Luncheon
  • June 17th - Grade 2 Memorial Field
  • June 20th - Grade 1 Memorial Field
Ridgway School News:
  • May 24 NJASK Science Assessment for 8th grade students
  • May 26 4th grade Step Up Day
  • May 27 Music Festival Trip
  • June 1 St. Jude Walk
  • June 2 8th grade trip to Baltimore, Md.
  • June 8 8th grade Pinning Ceremony at BCIT West Tech for already accepted students
  • June 9 Hawkfest at RW during the school day for RW students
  • June 13 Career day
  • June 14 Dare Graduation
  • June 16 8th grade Graduation 6:30 PM
PTO News:
  • Thank you to all the parents, staff and community members that supported our fundraisers throughout the year and those who volunteered their time to help make this another successful year
  • Next PTO meeting is Monday, June 6th at 7pm in the Ridgway Library.  We will be voting on the open positions on the executive board and discussing our plans for the 2016-17 school year.  Please come out and show your support
  • If you have not picked up your square one art please contact us immediately at edgewaterparkpto@gmail.com.

Mr. Trampe, Mrs. Howgate, Ms. Kaluhiokalani, Ms. Miles
at the Burlington County Teacher of the Year event.

Mrs. Howgate is recognized as Ridgway Teacher of the Year

Ms. Kaluhiokalani is recognized as Magowan Teacher of the Year

Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

District News:
  • At Tuesday's meeting, the Board of Education approved a revision to the 2015-2016  District Calendar.  Initially, two snow days were built into the calendar.  Since we only used one snow day this year, an adjustment was needed.  Please note that the last day of school is now Monday, June 20, 2016.  June 16th, 17th, and 20th will all be 4-hour days.  The last day for PreK students will be June 15th.  Our 8th grade graduation will take place on the evening of Thursday, June 16th.  Click HERE to see Dr. R’s letter to parents and the revised 2015-2016 District Calendar.
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway cafeteria.  All parents and community members are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting to participate in a collaborative session to revisit the District Mission Statement and create a new Vision/Values statement.  
  • The Board of Education meeting originally scheduled for June 28, 2016 has been rescheduled for June 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  
Magowan School News:
  • 1st grade trip to Academy of Science Museum - May 3rd
  • JDRF Walk - May 6th
  • Drama Club production, Glee Club performance and Art Show - May 17th at 7:00 pm
  • Spring Concert at Ridgway - May 19th at 7:00
  • Fun Day May 20th
  • 4th grade New Jersey Science ASK test - May 25th
  • Magowan School set a goal for our community service project. We would like to meet or exceed raising $6,000.00 for JDRF.  Please consider a tax deductible donation to help us reach the goal AND support JDRF!
Ridgway School News:
  • 5th Grade Trip to Philadelphia-- June 6.
  • 6th Grade Camping Trip-- May 4,5 and 6.
  • Spring Concert-- May 18th at 7pm.
  • 8th Grade Trip to Baltimore- June 2, 2016.  Students will depart approximately at 7am and return approximately at 9pm.  More information will be provided to the students/ parents by Mr. Melvin very soon.
  • New Graduation date - June 16,2016  in the Ridgway Cafeteria.  Doors open at 5:30pm and the graduation begins at 6:30 pm.
  • The 8th grade Dinner/Dance-- hosted by the 8th grade parent committee will be held June 17, 2016 from 7pm to 11pm at the Elks Club on green Street.
  • Career Day--June 13th
  • NJ ASK/ Science--8th grade only May 25th.  
  • St. Jude’s Walk--June 1st.  

PTO News:
  • Next PTO Meeting is Monday, May 2nd at 7pm in the Ridgway Library.  Come out and share your ideas.  If you are interested in a board position for the 2016-17 school year please let us know as positions are available.  We are also in need of parents to help organize fundraisers and events.  
  • We are in need of volunteers on Friday, May 6th for the JDRF Walk.  Volunteers are asked to arrive at 1:45 to help set up and then hand out water and snacks to the walkers.  Email edgewaterparkpto@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.
Technology Tidbits:

Recent Happenings:

Student Government Night
Front Row: Shania Hosein, Mackenzie Cash, Ebony Walker, Mya Webb
Back Row: Marcos Pacheco, Faiza Hoque, Brijal Patel, Chris-Tina Middlebrooks, Keyon Luff, Brooke Del Toro

Thursday, March 24, 2016

March 24, 2016

District News:
  • The Strategic Plan Goal 5 Students Implementation Team is planning a Growth Mindset initiative for September.  In order to assess students’ attitudes toward school, peers, and self, a survey will be given to all students in grades 3 through 8 over the next few weeks.  Click HERE to see the letter from Dr. R. sent home with students in grades 3 through 8.  Click HERE to view the survey.
  • At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Education changed the 8th grade graduation date to Thursday, June 16, 2016.  Burlington City High School’s graduation date is Friday, June 17, 2016.  
  • EPTSD Schools will be closed from Friday, March 25th through Friday, April 1st.  Schools will reopen on Monday, April 4th.  Happy Spring Break!!
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Library.  This meeting will include a public hearing on the 2016-2017 District budget.
  • The Bond Referendum webpage has been updated and now includes updates on upcoming projects.
  • A Steering Committee is now being formed to establish an Educational Foundation to support alternative funding for the Edgewater Park Township School District.  If you are interested in serving on the Steering Committee, please contact Shannon Gillece at shannon.gillece@gmail.com by April 15th.  Click HERE to see an invitational flier.
  • Parents are invited to a special presentation on Social Media Safety on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Ridgway School.  Click HERE to see the flier.
  • The Strategic Plan webpage has been updated to include updates on progress toward our goals.
  • The latest post of Dr. R’s Friday Focus is out.
  • Click HERE for information on the Y summer camp opportunities.

Magowan School News:
  • All students will practice a Bus Evacuation Drill on Wednesday, April 6th.
  • Third and Fourth grade students will begin taking the PARCC test in April. Specific information will be provided to the students.
  • Kindergarten students will visit the Aquarium on April 20th.
  • Second grade students will travel to the Philadelphia Zoo on April 21st.
  • Fourth grade students will dig for fossils at Rowan University’s Fossil site on April 22nd. Students MAY be  returning to school after the 3:00 dismissal time. Please plan accordingly for your child.

Ridgway School News:
  • PARCC testing will run from April 11th through May 14th.
  • The 6th grade camping trip will be from May 4th through May 6th.
  • The Spring concert will be on May 18th at 7:00 pm.
  • 5th grade trip to Philadelphia will be on June 6th.

PTO News:
  • Our next PTO meeting is Monday, April 4th at 7pm in the Ridgway Library.  We are looking for people to help plan and chair events throughout the year.  
  • Square One Art Orders are expected to arrive on April 12th.
  • Pizza & Deli Night is April 19th.  Order between 4-8pm and mention our schools when ordering.

Technology Tidbits:
  • Click HERE to subscribe to tips on Google Apps.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016

District News:
  • At last night’s Board of Education meeting, a change was made in the 2016-2017 District Calendar.  The in-service day originally scheduled for 10/7/16 was changed to 10/10/16.  Therefore, students will attend school  on 10/7/16 and will not attend on 10/10/16.  Click HERE to see the revised calendar.  
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Library.  
  • The EPTSD staff has contributed $1,619.00 to the South Jersey Public Employee Charitable Campaign.  Thanks to our staff for their generosity!
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016 will be a 4-hour day for students and staff.  Schools will be closed from March 25, 2016 through April 3, 2016 and will reopen on Monday, April 4, 2016.
  • The Edgewater Park Athletic Association will hold a Wing Fling on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Throwbacks Bar & Grill, 2929 Route 130 South, Delran, NJ.  Click HERE to see the flier.
  • Click HERE for information on Pre-School and Kindergarten Registration.
  • School Superintendent, Dr. Rakszawski, will hold an Open Forum meeting for parents on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the Ridgway Library.  Topics will include:  Strategic Plan update and Construction Updates.  The floor will also be open for topics of your choice.

Magowan School News:
  • Magowan’s March Madness will come in the form of school spirit! Our Student Council has planned some fun theme days to be celebrated each Friday in March.
  • March 4th ~ Pajama Day to help celebrate Dr. Seuss and the love of reading.
  • March 11th ~ Character Day to show that we have good character.
  • March 18th ~ Mismatch Day to prove it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s the inside that counts. Being a good person never goes out of style.
  • March 24th ~ Team Sports Day because Magowan School is a winning team!
  • Read Across America will be celebrated on Friday, March 4th.  We would love guest readers!
  • Pre K Report Cards will be sent home on Thursday, March 3rd.
  • March 24th is an Early Dismissal day with NO afternoon Latchkey services.
Ridgway School News:
  • The Ridgway National Junior Honor Society will hold a Smashburger dining event on March 2nd.  Click HERE for details.
  • We would like to congratulate our Hawk basketball teams for another great season.  The Lady Hawks finished the season 15-2, and 2nd in the conference.  The Hawks team finished 20-0, with a conference league championship.  
  • The annual talent show will be March 10, 2016 at 7pm in the Ridgway Cafeteria.  

PTO News:
  • All PTO Board positions will be open at the end of the school year.  If you are interested in running on the PTO Board for the 2016-17 School Year please email edgewaterparkpto@gmail.com
  • Ridgway Book Fair will run the week of March 7-11th.  Evening fair will be held on Thursday, March 10th.  If you are able to volunteer at all please email edgewaterparkpto@gmail.com
  • Magowan Book Fair will run the week of March 14-18th. Evening fair will be Wednesday, March 16th.   If you are able to volunteer for any shift please email edgewaterparkpto@gmail.com
  • Square One art order forms will be sent home around the week of March 7th.  
  • Next PTO Meeting is Monday, March 7th @ 7pm in the Ridgway Library.  Come out and support your schools and share your ideas.  We look forward to seeing you.
  • As always, we appreciate your support!!!