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!

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!