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  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
  • 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

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