Friday, February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

District News:
  • The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  Click HERE to see the agenda.  
  • The District will begin working on the next Strategic Plan on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Ridgway cafeteria.  Click HERE for more information.

Magowan School News:

This month Magowan School will be participating in Read Across America on Friday, March 2nd.
On this day we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. This year we will be celebrating this event in
conjunction with The Burlington County Education Association. Legislators, Assemblymen/women,
NJEA officers and other distinguished guests will be reading to our children. This will be
a fun and informative day for all involved.

Progress reports will be mailed home on March 5, 2018. Reading to your child and
helping them with their homework are important factors in your child being successful in school.

We presently have students involved in a variety of after school clubs and activities. We have
approximately 150 students involved in these activities. Some of the clubs and activities are
volleyball, math club, garden club, art club, homework club, drama club, glee club, writer's club and
young astronauts.

We will be having our Pre-school and Kindergarten Round Up on March 7th and 8th, between the hours
of 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. No Appointment Is Necessary. This roundup is for registration of children for
our Pre-school and Kindergarten classes for the 2018-19 school year. Your child must be 4 years old
before October 1, 2018, to be eligible for Pre-school and 5 years old before October 1, 2018, to be
eligible for Kindergarten.

We will be having our Spring Break at the end of the month. We will have a 12:45 pm early dismissal
on March 29th and school will be closed from March 30th to April 6th. School will reopen on Monday,
April 9th.

Have a great Month of March. Stay well and be Safe.

Ms. Nicosia and Ms. Phillips preparing for Read Across America

Bailey Martin from Ms. Summers' Kindergarten class stands in front of her drawing entitled, "When I Am 100 Years Old."

Ridgway School News:

Congratulations to our first Ridgway student to receive a Chromebook as part of the 1:1 initiative, Codilyn
Korhammer. Our 7th and 8th grade students will be able to take home this device for school related assignments. Accompanying
Codilyn is Supervisor of Technology, Mrs. Pam DeSanto.

  • On February 6th, our 8th grade students toured Burlington County Institute of Technology/Westampton Campus to explore options for their high school career. 
  • Ridgway Middle School's annual Talent Show will take place on March 8th at 7:00 pm.  
  • The 7th grade trip this year to Medieval Times will be on March 23rd.  The $65 will be due by March 2nd.  
  • The 8th grade trip this year to Baltimore Harbor will be May 24th and will cost $85. 
  • The Iron Giraffe dance will be held at Ridgway School on March 2nd from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
  • The 7th and 8th grade students had a magical evening at the annual Sweetheart Dance hosted on February 16th. 

  • On March 16th,  Ridgway School will host its annual Family Feud competition during the school day.  

March 22nd is PBSIS movie night.  We will be featuring the movie "Wonder."  Doors open at 5:30 PM- Movie starts at 6:00 pm in the Ridgway Cafetorium .  ADMISSION IS FREE                     Have Dinner with Us: Pizza & Hot Dogs

Snacks & Refreshments Will Also Be Sold
(All proceeds support Ridgway PBSIS)

*All Students MUST be accompanied by an adult during the event.       
                                                         Maximum Occupancy: 550 people                                                                                                              

Edgewater Park Police stopped by the Ridgway PBSIS  3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.
From Left: Edrese Williams, Officer Knight, Joseph Coutinho, Elias Rodriguez, Officer Ryder, Sean Taylor, Corey Taylor, Albert Tibbs.

Congratulations to the cast, crew and directors of "The Little Mermaid Jr."  Everyone did a great job!  Another two night sell out performance!!!

Little Mermaid Jr. cast from (l to r) Kayti Raymond, Noah Williams, Reagan Van Brunt and Lexus Park.

Princess Ariel- Reagan Van Brunt and Prince Eric-Jordan Fitzgerald Duff.


Congrats to this Month's Rotary Student of the Month-Katlyn De Jesus. 

Water for South Sudan
                                         By: Alyssa Horoff and Lonah O’Neal
Last year was Ridgway Middle School’s first year doing the Water for South Sudan Project. The fifth graders read a book  called A Long Walk To Water.   It tells the true story of a young boy named Salva Dut. In 1985, during wartime in Sudan, Salva was driven from his village and away from his family.  He continued to walk and encountered many hardships like lack of food and water.  Eventually, he made it to a refugee camp. While in the camp, Salva was given the chance to go to America where he was given a new family.  While in America, he learned that his dad was still alive. However, his father was in a sick tent dying from the poor quality of water he was drinking. As a result, Salva started a non-profit organization called “Water for South Sudan” to help raise awareness and money to build wells.
After being inspired by Salva and his story, the fifth graders decided to start a Community Service Project. Their goal is to raise $17,000 before June of 2020!  The money being raised will help Water for South Sudan purchase a new drill, as well as, build a well in honor of Ridgway Middle School.
During the month of March 2017, the fifth grade worked hard to raise money. They sold Water for South Sudan bracelets and t-shirts just to name a few. All of their hard work paid off.  Last year they raised $4,315.
The most exciting news was the fifth graders were given the opportunity to go and meet Salva Dut.  On March 24, 2017, they traveled to Kean University to listen to Salva (and other speakers) discuss the global water crisis.  After the speeches, the fifth graders surprised Salva with a donation. Kean University then honored the fifth graders with the “Outstanding Human Rights Student Activists” award!
This year, the fundraising will start March 1st and continue until the end of the month. Some activities the fifth and sixth graders are going to do include:  A Water for South Sudan dance, taping a teacher to the wall, and new bracelets.  A new t-shirt design was also created by sixth grader Alyssa Horoff.  T-shirts will be sold for $10 ($5 goes to Water for South Sudan) and can be ordered by contacting Mrs. Schwartz at You can also make a donation online at the following website  
This Community Service Project experience has allowed the students of Ridgway Middle School to grow in so many ways.  The impact of this project has provided them the opportunity to think globally. As their hero Salva Dut would say, “Stay calm when things are hard or not going right for you. You will get through it when you persevere instead of quitting. Quitting leads to much less happiness in life than perseverance and hope.”

PTO News:

Deli & Pizza Night 
February 28th 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Order any menu items and 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Edgewater Park PTO

Thank you Deli & Pizza for your continued support of the Edgewater Park PTO!!!

Thank you everyone for 
sending in Box Tops!

The classes that submitted the most Box Tops from each school will be announced soon. 


The Edgewater Park PTO Needs You!

We have a PTO Meeting 
March 14th at 6:30 PM at 
Ridgway in the LRC Room. 

Please come and be an important piece in 
your child's school.

Alone we can do so little, 
together we can do so much!