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

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 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 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:
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!!

Friday, January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016

District News:

  • Click HERE for the latest on the impending winter storm.  School closing and delayed opening information will be communicated on our district website, robo-calls, emails, Facebook, and TV Channels 3, 6, 10, 29.  Be safe.
  • The Board of Education will hold a special election on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 2:00 to 9:00 pm.  The election is for a bond referendum to finance improvements throughout the district.  Click HERE for more information.
  • Schools will be closed on February 12th and 15th.  
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Library.  

Magowan School News:
  • We will kick off the 3rd Marking Period on Wednesday, January 27th with a Ronald McDonald Assembly focused on Magowan’s Core Values… Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Caring and Be Safe.  
  • The Ring in the New Year Breakfast with Mighty Max is postponed to Saturday, January 30th. All are welcome to come out and enjoy some breakfast while socializing with friends and neighbors.  A big thank you to our staff and PBSIS Team for planning and sponsoring this event!
  • Magowan School is in need of support staff working in the classrooms and lunchroom.  Please call Magowan office at (609) 877-1430 if you are interested in learning more about the opportunities.  

Ridgway School News:
  • Ridgway’s Annual PBSIS Roller Skating Incentive trip will be held on January 29th for 5th - 6th grade students who have not had a disciplinary infraction from November 3rd - the day of the trip.  
  • Ridgway’s SweetHeart Dance for 7th and 8th grade students will be February 19th.

PTO News:
  • Our next meeting will be held on Monday, February 1st at 7pm in the Ridgway Library.
  • Please note that all board positions will be up for election for the 2016-17 school year.  If you are interested in filling any of the positions, please attend our meetings and email us at  Your help is needed to keep this wonderful organization going.
  • Box Tops are Due 2/19/16
  • We will be having a box top counting event on 2/23/16 in the evening at Magowan, more details to follow.  If you are interested in helping please email Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated
  • Students have started working on their Square One Art Pojects.  Order packets will be arriving and sent home in Early March.  
  • If anyone has any information for a Spring Fundraiser we want to hear from you!  

Recent Happenings:

Congratulations Ridgway Mathletes for a great season!

Congratulations to our First Grade Jump Into Reading participants!

Congratulations to our Middle School Leadership Summit participants!