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