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 is 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 Balfour.com 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.
Suggestions:
  • 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:  https://www.teensafe.com/blog/everything-a-parent-needs-to-know-about-snapchat/  
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 edgewaterparkpto@gmail.com  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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016

District News:
  • Happy Thanksgiving to all!
  • Click HERE for information on the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program.  Parents are encouraged to nominate teachers and support staff for this great honor.
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Ridgway Library.  The Board of Education will be in training from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Regular business will begin at 7:00 pm.
  • Friday, December 23rd, will be a 4-hour day for all students.  Both schools will be closed from December 26th through January 2nd and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.  
Magowan School News:
  • November 21st was the last day of the Jump Into Reading Challenge.  We are excited to tally the results.
  • Our Student Council led a sock collection in “Socktober.”  A grand total of 333 pairs of socks were collected and donated!
  • It was wonderful to see so many families visit during American Education Month and conference days.  Thank you for supporting the students!
  • The PTO will open the Holiday Shoppe on Monday, December 12th.  Consider having your child earn his/her own money to buy holiday gifts for family.  The Shoppe will close on the 16th.  
  • Magowan’s Winter Concert is set for Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 in Ridgway’s auditorium.  There will be a repeat performance for the school community on Friday (16th) morning.  Visitors are encouraged to attend!
  • There are no 3 - 6 Latchkey services on Friday, December 23rd.  Dismissal is at 12:45 on the 23rd.  
Ridgway School News:
  • The Ridgway Winter Concert will be on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 pm in the Ridgway auditorium.  
  • The PBSIS Positive behavior skating trip to Holiday Skating Center will be on December 22nd.
  • Congrats to RMS’s first group of “SOAR”Students:
Grade 5: Joel Rodriguez, Destiny Johnson,
Grade 6: Eduardo Corazozon, Shania Hosein
Grade 7: Codilyn Korhammer, Joshua Tietz
Grade 8: Aniyah Gandy, Steven Schaffer


PTO News:
  • Our next PTO Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30 in the Ridgway Library
  • Charleston Wrap fundraiser orders will be available for pick up in the Magowan Multi Purpose room on Monday, December 12th from 3pm-8pm.  Magowan and Ridgway orders will be available for pick up.  
  • Our Holiday Shop will run at Magowan the week of December 12th-16th with our evening shop being open on Monday, December 12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Magowan students will come home with an envelope and a scheduled date of when they will visit the shop.  They will have the opportunity to purchase items for family, friends and even pets.
  • We are in need of volunteers to help run the shop.  The hours are 9am-2:30pm.  If you are available to help out during these times that week please email us at edgewaterparkpto@gmail.com.  Even if you can only help an hour or two please let us know.  We are flexible!
  • Uncle Jerry’s T’s Fundraiser orders are due back by Monday, December 5th.  Those items will be delivered in time for the Holiday’s and make some great gifts.



Ridgway School connecting Math to Character



Ms. Peak's class learning about yeast, fermentation, and carbon dioxide.














Friday, November 4, 2016

November 4, 2016

District News:
  • EPTSD schools will be closed from November 7th through 11th.  Both schools will reopen on Monday, November 14th.  
  • EPTSD schools will be closed on November 24th and 25th.  Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Latchkey Program students should bring a lunch on November 18th, 21st, and 22nd due to early dismissal from school.
  • There will be no 11:00-3:00 PreK or PM Latchkey on November 23rd and December 23rd.
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Ridgway library.  The Board will participate in a training from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Regular business will begin at 7:00 pm.  Click HERE to see the agenda.  
Magowan School News:
  • First through Fourth grade students are participating in the Jump Into Reading Challenge sponsored by Assemblyman Herb Conaway and Assemblyman Troy Singleton.  We hope to remain the top school in Burlington County!
  • Magowan’s Student Council sponsored a mock election on November 3rd.  
  • November is American Education Week/Month.  All teachers have invited parents into the classrooms to observe instruction in action!
  • The PTO is sponsoring a family night at the Deli on Cooper Street.  Treat yourself to a great meal and the Deli will generously donate to our PTO!
  • The “Lost it, Found it” tables will be set up with a variety of clothing items lost this year.  Students will have an opportunity to look for lost items.  Parents are asked to do a double check when you are in for conferences.  
  • Parent/Teacher conferences begin Friday, November 18th.  Notification will be provided by the teacher.  Our teachers look forward to sharing good news with parents.
  • There are Early Dismissal days (12:45) on November 18th, 21st, 22nd and and 23rd.
  • Pre K hours are abbreviated on the 18th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd:
                     AM Preschool        8:40 - 10:29
                     PM Preschool        10:56 - 12:45
  • We wish everyone in our school community a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Ehrgood taught Magowan students about elections.




Magowan students learn about voting and elections!
Ridgway School News:
  • If your child exhibits positive behavior from November 1st to December 22nd,  he/she will be rewarded with a 2-hour skating trip to Holiday Skating Center in Delanco during the school day. To be eligible the students must not have an behavioral consequences.  Please encourage your children to do their best.    
  • Please join us November 11th at The Beverly National Cemetery at 10:45am to listen to our band honor  and support our local Veterans.  
  • November 16th at 6:30 pm- SOAR awards presentation.
  • Parents- look for report card to come home on November 17th.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences November 18th 1:15-3:15 pm, with a 12:30 dismissal for the students.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences November 21st 6:30-8:30 pm, with a 12:30 dismissal for the students.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences November 22nd 1:15-3:15 pm, with a 12:30 dismissal for the students.
  • We will have a 12:30 pm dismissal on November 23rd.
  • 8th grade parents do not forget to fill out and send in the “special message” to your graduate for this years yearbook by December 22nd.  
  • Please consider donating new unwrapped toys to the NJHS.  The drive will take place November 17th to December 16th.  

Mrs. Reilly's 8th grade Social Studies students with Mayor Trainor learning about government and politics.

The winning team of this year's Ridgway PBSIS Hawk Feather Classic Soccer Tournament
Brian Rossino, Steven Shaffer, Joseph Del Cid, Ibrahim Kermen, Warren Vanard


The 1st Annual Ridgway PBSIS Movie Night was a huge success!  Thank you to all those who attended.  Watch for details regarding a Spring Family Night!



Ridgway PBSIS Movie Night fun

At the Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
  • November is parent/teacher conference time, and a great way to get to know your child’s teachers and curriculum.  The parent and school relationship is very important in Edgewater Park.  Be sure to sign up for parent/teacher conferences, check your child’s teachers’ websites, and call or email when you have questions.  
  • Click here to read an article about What Parents Can Ask and Do to Help Children Thrive at School.  
  • Sometimes students come home and when we ask them about their day they say “fine, good, or ok.”  Does this sound familiar?  Better yet, what did you do today?  They respond “lunch” or “recess.”  It is oftentimes difficult to find a way to connect with your child about how they feel about school and learn more about what is going on during their day.  Click here to read an article Talking with Kids About School.

PTO News:
  • Thank you to everyone who volunteered for the Book Fair and Treat Trail!!
  • Charleston Wrap orders should be arriving soon.  Look out for flyers and emails with the pick up date and time.
  • Next Pizza and Deli night is Tuesday, November 15th.  Order between 4pm-8pm that evening and a portion of your sale will go back to our schools.
  • Box Top Winners are Mrs. Dunn for Magowan and Mr. Melvin at Ridgway.  Thank you to everyone who sent in box tops.  Next deadline is in March so keep collecting!
  • Our Holiday Shop will run the week of December 12th-16th.  We will be in need of volunteers that week.  If you are interested in volunteering please email us edgewaterparkpto@gmail.com
  • PTO Board positions will be available for the 2017-18 school year.  If you are interested in running for a position please let us know.
  • Next PTO Meeting is Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30 in the Ridgway Library.




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