Friday, February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.  
  • The District will begin working on the next Strategic Plan on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Ridgway cafeteria.  Click HERE for more information.

Magowan School News:

This month Magowan School will be participating in Read Across America on Friday, March 2nd.
On this day we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. This year we will be celebrating this event in
conjunction with The Burlington County Education Association. Legislators, Assemblymen/women,
NJEA officers and other distinguished guests will be reading to our children. This will be
a fun and informative day for all involved.

Progress reports will be mailed home on March 5, 2018. Reading to your child and
helping them with their homework are important factors in your child being successful in school.

We presently have students involved in a variety of after school clubs and activities. We have
approximately 150 students involved in these activities. Some of the clubs and activities are
volleyball, math club, garden club, art club, homework club, drama club, glee club, writer's club and
young astronauts.

We will be having our Pre-school and Kindergarten Round Up on March 7th and 8th, between the hours
of 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. No Appointment Is Necessary. This roundup is for registration of children for
our Pre-school and Kindergarten classes for the 2018-19 school year. Your child must be 4 years old
before October 1, 2018, to be eligible for Pre-school and 5 years old before October 1, 2018, to be
eligible for Kindergarten.

We will be having our Spring Break at the end of the month. We will have a 12:45 pm early dismissal
on March 29th and school will be closed from March 30th to April 6th. School will reopen on Monday,
April 9th.

Have a great Month of March. Stay well and be Safe.

Ms. Nicosia and Ms. Phillips preparing for Read Across America

Bailey Martin from Ms. Summers' Kindergarten class stands in front of her drawing entitled, "When I Am 100 Years Old."

Ridgway School News:

Congratulations to our first Ridgway student to receive a Chromebook as part of the 1:1 initiative, Codilyn
Korhammer. Our 7th and 8th grade students will be able to take home this device for school related assignments. Accompanying
Codilyn is Supervisor of Technology, Mrs. Pam DeSanto.

  • On February 6th, our 8th grade students toured Burlington County Institute of Technology/Westampton Campus to explore options for their high school career. 
  • Ridgway Middle School's annual Talent Show will take place on March 8th at 7:00 pm.  
  • The 7th grade trip this year to Medieval Times will be on March 23rd.  The $65 will be due by March 2nd.  
  • The 8th grade trip this year to Baltimore Harbor will be May 24th and will cost $85. 
  • The Iron Giraffe dance will be held at Ridgway School on March 2nd from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
  • The 7th and 8th grade students had a magical evening at the annual Sweetheart Dance hosted on February 16th. 

  • On March 16th,  Ridgway School will host its annual Family Feud competition during the school day.  

March 22nd is PBSIS movie night.  We will be featuring the movie "Wonder."  Doors open at 5:30 PM- Movie starts at 6:00 pm in the Ridgway Cafetorium .  ADMISSION IS FREE                     Have Dinner with Us: Pizza & Hot Dogs

Snacks & Refreshments Will Also Be Sold
(All proceeds support Ridgway PBSIS)

*All Students MUST be accompanied by an adult during the event.       
                                                         Maximum Occupancy: 550 people                                                                                                              

Edgewater Park Police stopped by the Ridgway PBSIS  3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.
From Left: Edrese Williams, Officer Knight, Joseph Coutinho, Elias Rodriguez, Officer Ryder, Sean Taylor, Corey Taylor, Albert Tibbs.

Congratulations to the cast, crew and directors of "The Little Mermaid Jr."  Everyone did a great job!  Another two night sell out performance!!!

Little Mermaid Jr. cast from (l to r) Kayti Raymond, Noah Williams, Reagan Van Brunt and Lexus Park.

Princess Ariel- Reagan Van Brunt and Prince Eric-Jordan Fitzgerald Duff.


Congrats to this Month's Rotary Student of the Month-Katlyn De Jesus. 

PTO News:

Deli & Pizza Night 
February 28th 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Order any menu items and 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Edgewater Park PTO

Thank you Deli & Pizza for your continued support of the Edgewater Park PTO!!!

Thank you everyone for 
sending in Box Tops!

The classes that submitted the most Box Tops from each school will be announced soon. 


The Edgewater Park PTO Needs You!

We have a PTO Meeting 
March 14th at 6:30 PM at 
Ridgway in the LRC Room. 

Please come and be an important piece in 
your child's school.

Alone we can do so little, 
together we can do so much!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January 19, 2018

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • 2016-2017 School Performance Reports are now available.  Click HERE to see the reports and information on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Click HERE to see an important letter from Dr. Rakszawski regarding the Magowan School Performance Report.
  • Dr. Rakszawski and Dr. Inverso Vogt will offer a presentation to parents on ESSA and Magowan's status on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.
  • Just a reminder that schools will be closed on February 19th in observance of President's Day.

Mr. Holley, Mr. Shappell, Mrs. Raymond, and Mrs. Daly getting sworn in as Board of Education members on January 2, 2018.  Congratulations to all!

Magowan School News:
  • We have instituted our new Drop Off and Pick Up procedures.  Each day, we have evaluated the procedures and we have mad some minor changes to tine tune the plan.  The amount of time it is taking to Drop Off over 500 students is 12 minutes and the Pick Up is averaging 13 minutes.  We appreciate everyone's patience.  The staff worked hard to make this happen and the safety of our students has been greatly improved.  Thank you to everyone!
  • The end of the 2nd marking period is January 31st and report cards will be issued on February 7th. 
  • It is important for our students to be present at school as often as possible.  Student success is linked to their attendance.  We will be implementing positive reinforcement activities for students to help in this area.
  • Read Across America Day will take place on March 2nd.  We are very excited that the Burlington County Education Association will be hosting their celebration at Magowan School this year.  This means that they will be inviting legislators, assemblymen/women, and other important people to come in and read to all Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.

Ridgway School News:
  • It is hard to believe, but the 2nd marking period will be coming to an end on January 31st.  Report cards will be distributed on February 7th.
  • On February 6th, SOAR awards will be presented at 6:00 pm to selected students.
  • Congratulations to 8th grade student Codilyn Korhammer, who was selected as this months Rotary Student of the Month.
  • Click HERE for information on the 8th grade committee hoagie sale.
  • Please join us for the production of "Little Mermaid, Jr." on February 13th and 15th.  Both shows begin at 7:00 pm.  

Soaring Student, Kaylee Vanoyen & Mrs. Swanson

Lexus Park & Shania Hoesein - SOAR Committee Members collecting tickets for positive behavior

October & November Students of the Month - Josh Tietz & Khloe Lubin

Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
  • NEW - Adult English Language Learner Workshop!
    • Improve your English and address your concerns about your child's education
    • When - Every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, STARTING FEBRUARY 7TH
    • Where - Magowan School (room to be determined)
    • NO COST
    • Child care will be provided by 8th grade NJHS students for children over 3 years of age
    • NOTE - your child does NOT need to be in the ESL program to benefit from this opportunity!
  • Special Education Advisory Committee
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Basic Rights in Special Education
    • Wednesday, April 11th - Digging Deep Into an IEP
    • Wednesday, May 9th - Summer Transition ans ESY
    • All sessions are from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
    • Location to be determined
  • On January 10th, the Strategic Plan Goal 5 Students Implementation Team presented at the PTO meeting on the topic of Growth Mindset.  Click HERE to view the presentation.
  • Click HERE for resources for Parents from the New Jersey Department of Education

PTO News:
  • PTO meeting on February 14th at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library
  • We have some exciting events in the works.  Karate week at Magowan School and Student Bingo for both Magowan and Ridgway students hosted at Ridgway.  Keep an eye out for dates and details
  • Be sure to 'like' the PTO Facebook page to get up-to-date information.
  • Receive PTO updates by emailing us at

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in the Ridgway Library.  The Board training originally scheduled for 5:30 has been cancelled.  Regular business will begin at 6:30 pm.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • The Board of Education will hold its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Library.
  • December 22, 2017 will be a 4-hour day for all students.  Schools will be closed for Winter Break from December 22, 2017 through January 1, 2018.  Schools will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  Happy Holidays!
Magowan School News:
  • Our Winter Concert will be held on December 13th, at 7:00 pm, at Ridgway School. This is a great event and our students have been practicing very hard to provide you with an  evening of great entertainment.
  • Progress Reports will be mailed home on December 20th.
  • All of our school clubs have met and we have a great student turnout. We have a total of 14 clubs that provide students with a variety of activities.
  • In the very near future we will be modifying our Arrival and Dismissal procedures. Parents will be receiving a detailed packet with the revised procedures.
  • The last day of school before our winter break will be December 22nd. This is a half day of school with a normal start time and a 12:45 pm dismissal time. Our AM Pre-K class will meet from 8:40 am - 10:29 pm. and our PM Pre-K class will meet from 10:56 am - 12:45 pm, on the 22nd. Our winter break is December 23rd - January 1st. School will resume on January 2nd, 2018. The Magowan Staff would like to wish everyone a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season.
  • Latchkey Program: On December 22nd there will be no latchkey program for PreK from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm and there will be no latchkey program from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. There will be 7:00 am - 9:00 am latchkey program.
.Ridgway School News:
  • The annual winter concert will be held December 14th at 7 PM.
  • Winter Pep Rally December 18th for the students.  
  • Progress report to will be distributed December 20th.
PTO News:
Our December 13th meeting is cancelled so you can enjoy the Magowan Winter Concert at Ridgway! Attending PTO meetings is important to stay up tp date with upcoming fundraisers and events and voice your ideas for future fundraisers and events, so see you in January!
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” ~ Winston Churchill
The Holiday Shoppe at Magowan runs December 11 - 15. All students will have the opportunity to visit the shop with their class. A flyer and envelope was sent home with your child’s scheduled day. If you would like more information, email
The Holiday Shoppe Family Night is December 11 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Come see all the items that are available! Santa will make his appearance 6:30 - 7:30. A photo with Santa and a holiday frame craft will be available for you (limit one photo and photo frame craft per child).
As always, volunteers for the Holiday are needed, please email if you can help make the Holiday Shoppe a success!
Cherrydale pickup is December 11 6:00 - 8:00 PM. If you placed a Cherrydale order you can pick it up during the Holiday Shoppe Family Night just in time to wrap those gifts for the holidays!
Have a Happy Holiday from your Edgewater Park PTO!

Check out this Growth Mindset Music Video by C. J. Luckey

Growth Mindset posters at Magowan School

Ridgway's NJHS Members assist Santa and the PTO of Fleetwood Elementary School in Mt. Laurel at their Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Shop.
Back Row: Chris-Tina Middlebrooks, Shania Hosein, Paige Giles, Kimberly Karson, Mackenzie Cash, Codilyn Korhammer Middle Row: Matthew Wajda. Taylor Snowden, Lexus Park, Josh Tietz  Bottom: Aiden Daly 

Fatima Hernandez - Jump Into Reading winner!
Magowan School names winners for the annual Jump Into Reading Challenge
1st grader Fiona Huang - Jump Into Reading winner!

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.