Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in the Ridgway Library.  The Board training originally scheduled for 5:30 has been cancelled.  Regular business will begin at 6:30 pm.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • The Board of Education will hold its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway Library.
  • December 22, 2017 will be a 4-hour day for all students.  Schools will be closed for Winter Break from December 22, 2017 through January 1, 2018.  Schools will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  Happy Holidays!
Magowan School News:
  • Our Winter Concert will be held on December 13th, at 7:00 pm, at Ridgway School. This is a great event and our students have been practicing very hard to provide you with an  evening of great entertainment.
  • Progress Reports will be mailed home on December 20th.
  • All of our school clubs have met and we have a great student turnout. We have a total of 14 clubs that provide students with a variety of activities.
  • In the very near future we will be modifying our Arrival and Dismissal procedures. Parents will be receiving a detailed packet with the revised procedures.
  • The last day of school before our winter break will be December 22nd. This is a half day of school with a normal start time and a 12:45 pm dismissal time. Our AM Pre-K class will meet from 8:40 am - 10:29 pm. and our PM Pre-K class will meet from 10:56 am - 12:45 pm, on the 22nd. Our winter break is December 23rd - January 1st. School will resume on January 2nd, 2018. The Magowan Staff would like to wish everyone a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season.
  • Latchkey Program: On December 22nd there will be no latchkey program for PreK from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm and there will be no latchkey program from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. There will be 7:00 am - 9:00 am latchkey program.
.Ridgway School News:
  • The annual winter concert will be held December 14th at 7 PM.
  • Winter Pep Rally December 18th for the students.  
  • Progress report to will be distributed December 20th.
PTO News:
Our December 13th meeting is cancelled so you can enjoy the Magowan Winter Concert at Ridgway! Attending PTO meetings is important to stay up tp date with upcoming fundraisers and events and voice your ideas for future fundraisers and events, so see you in January!
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” ~ Winston Churchill
The Holiday Shoppe at Magowan runs December 11 - 15. All students will have the opportunity to visit the shop with their class. A flyer and envelope was sent home with your child’s scheduled day. If you would like more information, email
The Holiday Shoppe Family Night is December 11 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Come see all the items that are available! Santa will make his appearance 6:30 - 7:30. A photo with Santa and a holiday frame craft will be available for you (limit one photo and photo frame craft per child).
As always, volunteers for the Holiday are needed, please email if you can help make the Holiday Shoppe a success!
Cherrydale pickup is December 11 6:00 - 8:00 PM. If you placed a Cherrydale order you can pick it up during the Holiday Shoppe Family Night just in time to wrap those gifts for the holidays!
Have a Happy Holiday from your Edgewater Park PTO!

Check out this Growth Mindset Music Video by C. J. Luckey

Growth Mindset posters at Magowan School

Ridgway's NJHS Members assist Santa and the PTO of Fleetwood Elementary School in Mt. Laurel at their Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Shop.
Back Row: Chris-Tina Middlebrooks, Shania Hosein, Paige Giles, Kimberly Karson, Mackenzie Cash, Codilyn Korhammer Middle Row: Matthew Wajda. Taylor Snowden, Lexus Park, Josh Tietz  Bottom: Aiden Daly 

Fatima Hernandez - Jump Into Reading winner!
Magowan School names winners for the annual Jump Into Reading Challenge
1st grader Fiona Huang - Jump Into Reading winner!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November 8, 2017

District News:
  • Schools are closed on November 9th and 10th.
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.
  • November 22nd is an early dismissal day for all students.
  • Schools will be closed on November 23rd and 24th.  Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Please remember that Thursday, November 16, 2017 is now an early dismissal day. All parents must sign and return a form to verify that you are aware. Click HERE to see the form.
Magowan School News:
  • Magowan will be welcoming parents for American Education Month during the month of November. Family members will have the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom. Each teacher will send home a correspondence with dates and times.
  • Parent conferences will held on November 16th, 17th, and 20th, from 1:15pm - 3:25pm and on November 21st from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. On those days 1/2 day AM Pre-K hours are  8:40-10:29 am.  1/2 day  PM Pre-K hours are 10:56 - 12:45 pm.  Latchkey hours are the same  EXCEPT for Nov. 22nd.  -  We will have 7-9 am latchkey ONLY  -  no pre-k or 3-6 pm latchkey.
  • Mr. Scott Reed our music teacher will be celebrating his 50th concert this school year. This is quite an accomplishment. Also, the school band this year will have about 80 % of the 4th grade participating. This is largest number of students we have ever had in this program.
Ridgway School News:
  • The Senior Social, held October 18, 2017, was a tremendous success.  Special thanks go out to the NJHS, Student Council, RMS Jazz band,  RMS staff, The Elks Club, EPTSD BOE, EP Town Council and local vendors in our area that help make it such a special night for all.  
  • The 6th grade camping trip was another great time had by all campers and staff.  
  • October 20th, PTO BINGO- hosted at RMS
  • October 23rd-27th Red Ribbon Week
  • Parents of 8th grade students- Personalized messages for the yearbook are due no later than November 30th.  Please see Ms. Reilly or Mrs. Stellwag for more details.  
Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
Our school community needs your help in instilling the life long love of reading in all of our children.  Our curriculum supports readers of all ages and focuses on creating good reading habits.  Our programs are funded from local and federal funds under the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Check out this article on How to Raise a Reader.
Below are some resources for accessing books and text:
PTO News:
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The monthly PTO Meeting is now November 15th at 6:30 PM at Ridgway in the LRC room. See you there!
Our Cherrydale Fundraiser starts soon. You should receive your packet soon and they are due back no later than November 27th end of school day. Orders will be ready for pick up during the Holiday Shoppe Family Night December 11th just in time for the holidays!

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The Holiday Shoppe at Magowan is December 11th - 15th. Students will have the opportunity to shop at the Holiday Shoppe on their class designated day (a flyer will be sent home with their day). Holiday Shoppe Family Night is Monday, December 11th where your child can meet up with Santa, have some crafting fun, and more while you check out the Holiday Shoppe.

As always, thank for all your support throughout the school year!

4th grade students give a special welcome to Magowan Interim Principal, Mr. Ray Marini.  From L to R - Alafy Lopes DePaula, Madison Kremper, Nathan Sever, Ahmet Ozdemir

Payten Pincin has fun in Mrs. Greco's class

Growth Mindset posters from Mrs. Farley

Jovanni Rosa enjoys Mrs. Grecco's class

Town Council and BOE members at the recent Senior Social event.

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