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.