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!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 18, 2017

District News:
  • The next Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  The 2017-2018 budget will be presented.  
  • The 2015-2016 School Performance Reports have been released.  Click HERE to see the reports.  Click HERE for more information on the reports.  You may also complete a short survey to offer feedback on the reports.  
  • The Bond Referendum webpage is updated frequently with announcements and pictures.  The projects are going smoothly.  We thank everyone for their continued patience.  
Magowan School News:
  • Kindergarten through Fourth grade students will begin the STAR READER incentive program on Monday, April 10th.  Each grade level set an ambitious goal for the number of books they could read in a nine week time period.  Ms. Miles held kick off assemblies the week of April 3rd.  Parents, be on the lookout for more information on how you can help your child!
  • Our Fourth grade students and staff visited the Franklin Institute on April 4th.
  • Third grade students took the PARCC test from April 3rd - April 11th.  
  • The Second grade team takes their annual trip to the Philadelphia Zoo on April 26th.
  • The Edgewater Park Township is donating a tree to Magowan School.  Representatives from the Township will present a brief assembly about Arbor Day to the Third grade students.  This event takes place on Arbor Day, April 28th.
  • Magowan School will once again participate in a community service project.  There will be a Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) assembly on Friday, May 5th.  A JDRF representative will teach students about Diabetes and kick off the fundraiser.   Students are encouraged to raise money with an adult family member and should never go door to door!
  • Looking ahead… Fun Day will take place on May 19th with a big Birthday Party for Mighty Max on June 2nd!
Ridgway School News:
  • We are proud to announce that the Iron giraffe project at RMS has raised over $4,000 to help supply fresh drinking water to families in South Sudan.
  • On 4/7, the 7th grade students will have their class trip.
  • On 5/17, RMS will host our annual Spring concert at 7:00 pm.
  • On 5/30, parent orientation for 4th grade parents will take place at RMS for children who will be 5th graders next year.  We will host two times that day,   10:00 am to 11:00 am or 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  • On 5/31, the 8th grade students will take the NJASK Science test.
  • The 6th grade camping trip will take place May 4th-6th.
Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
PARCC Assessment is Underway in Edgewater Park
Students in grades 3-8 will take PARCC in Math and Language Arts this spring. Below you will find parent resources to learn more about the assessment.  For a sample parent score report please click HERE.
Your child’s teacher can also provide more information about his/her academic performance.  In Edgewater Park Township we are committed to using multiple measures to describe students’ individual academic growth.  Please join us in celebrating your child’s hard work throughout the school year.  
To learn about PARCC click HERE
What are students asked to do on PARCC?
Students read passages from real texts — fiction and nonfiction, and sometimes watch video or listen to audio. They write, using what they've learned from the passages and multimedia to support their arguments. These skills are critically important for students in college and in the workplace. In the past, students have typically been asked to write only once in each grade span — in elementary, middle, and high school. PARCC measures writing at every grade because it is key to showing readiness for the next academic work, and in high school, readiness for college and career.

Students also solve multi-step math problems that require reasoning and address real-world situations. This requires students to reason mathematically, make sense of quantities and their relationships to solve real-world problems, and show their understanding. Many previous assessments focused mostly on rote procedure only.

Students participate in the end-of-year component shortly before the end of the school year. This consists of innovative, short-answer questions and items to measure concepts and skills. Students demonstrate their understanding of literary and informational reading passages and give definitions of words based on their reading of texts, rather than on memorization. They also show understanding of mathematics concepts, procedures and short applications.
Glossary of Terms Related to PARCC

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Ms. Miles enjoyed being a guest at a writer's celebration with Mrs. Eachus and her Kindergarten students.

Fifth grade students enjoyed a visit to Kean University to meet Salva Dut

Ms. Peak and Mrs. Fontana’s 7th grade STEM Club members visited Lockheed Martin for Engineering Day.  The students engaged in hands-on engineering activities.

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