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September 2017

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The start of the school year is quickly approaching. I am excited to begin my second year as Hardyston Elementary Principal.  The faculty and staff at Hardyston Elementary School are honored to work with your children. We realize the important role we have in developing the skills for lifelong learning where all students develop natural curiosity, self-regulation skills and grow cognitively and developmentally.

I am looking forward to a terrific year. Please check this blog often for updates and pictures!!

~Mrs. Cimaglia

 

New Staff

I am very proud to welcome to following new staff members to our Hardyston family

 

-Mrs. Haskaj: Spanish teacher

Mrs. Ana Cecilia Haskaj is a native speaker of Spanish language from Lima, Peru. She came to the United States at a young age and pursued my education at Montclair State University, where she earned her my bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She is also currently studying for my master’s degree in Spanish Literature at Montclair State University. She has 7 years of teaching experience working in middle school and high school.
 
She is a mother of two teenage children, currently in their sophomore and junior years in high school. Her husband is a Spanish teacher, as well. She enjoys taking vacations with her family in Caribbean and Latin American countries. Mrs. Haskaj is very excited to begin teaching in the Hardyston Township School District.

 

-Miss Carajat: music teacher

Hello, my name is Michelle Carrajat and I am the music teacher at Hardyston Township Elementary School. I graduated from The College of New Jersey in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree. While at The College of New Jersey, I had many classroom experiences which helped me to develop a passion for teaching elementary students. Outside of college, I worked at the Hackettstown Public Library in the Children's Room for several years where I developed and taught a music class for babies and toddlers and led storytime activities. 

 

Music has always been a huge part of my life, starting when I learned to play the clarinet in middle school. I continued my musical journey by participating in various instrumental and vocal ensembles and activities during high school, college, and beyond. 

 

I hope to cultivate a love and appreciation for general, instrumental, and vocal music in the students and in the Hardyston community. I am looking forward to a great year at Hardyston Township Elementary School! 

 

 

-Mrs. Tavares - kindergarten long-term leave replacement
 
Tiffany Tavares is the Kindergarten long-term leave replacement for Melissa Geaney for the 2017-18 school year. This will be her second year teaching at Hardyston Elementary School. She holds both General and Special Education degrees with a Master’s in Teaching from Montclair State University. Prior to her teaching profession, Mrs. Tavares was dedicated to a fifteen-year career in Human Resources at the former Alcatel-Lucent (Bell Laboratories).
 
Mrs. Tavares’s teaching philosophy is based in the belief that every child brings their own unique experiences and talents into the classroom, and it is her responsibility to help them grow and develop into enthusiastic and mindful young learners. Her goal is to meet the needs of every student both academically and socially, in an engaging, safe, and joyful environment.
 
Mrs. Tavares resides in Vernon, NJ with her husband, Todd, three children, Matthew (14), Gabrielle (11), and Grace (11), and two yellow Labrador retrievers, Molly and Buddy. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her family, reading, and exploring new places.

 

 

Building Updates

Our custodial staff has worked very hard this summer to get our building and grounds ready for our students. New stairs and a railing leading to our playground have been installed.The playground was remulched, as well.  Many classrooms and hallways have been painted. Our fourth graders have new desks. The bathroom ceilings and lights in the second and third grade wing were replaced. The sidewalks and curbs were repaired to ensure all tripping hazards were remedied. Our kitchen has a new dishwasher. Roof repairs will be made in the 2nd and 3rd grade wing. Rooftop fans will be installed in our gymnasium in September. Some of our older exterior doors are being replaced in October.

 

Class parties and birthday celebrations

The health and well being of our students is very important. Last spring a committee, focused on the safety of our children, was assembled to evaluate the District’s current practices with birthday treats and holidays. After meetings with stakeholders made up of of school nurses, parents, teachers, administrators, and school board members, it became clear that Hardyston School District could do more to promote nutrition and keep our children safe from allergic reactions to food.

 

The following practices will be in effect for the 2017-2018 school year. They are in alignment with the State of New Jersey School Nutrition Policy and appropriately protect our children.

 

  • The only birthday treats and celebratory food items permitted will be those that are listed on the ‘food menu.’ Any item not on the list will not be allowed to be consumed.
    The ‘food menu’ has been created by the nurse specifically for each homeroom and is based off the allergies of the students in the class. The list also complies with the State of New Jersey School Nutrition Policy.

    • Food menus will be sent home on the first day of school

  • Teachers will check all items that are brought in for birthday and class parties to ensure that they are on the approved ‘food menu.’ The school nurse will no longer inspect food items.  Any item brought into class that is not on the list will not be allowed to be consumed.

  • Homemade items are no longer permitted

  • Store baked items are no longer permitted

  • No substitutions are allowed

  • Due to the risk of cross-contamination, fruits and vegetables will have to be purchased either pre-cut or brought in whole.

 

Birthday celebrations are a wonderful event to look forward to. In addition to the above, please consider celebrating in alternative, ‘non-food’ ways with stickers, temporary tattoos, Play-Doh, or books.

 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding with the revised guidelines.  

 

Important Dates

 

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Preschool Meet ‘n Greet  Wednesday, 9/6 10 am

Parents please bring your preschool student to visit the classroom and meet the teacher and classmates.

 

Preschool Back to School Night Thursday, 9/7 4 pm

Parents will have an opportunity to learn about the preschool program from the teacher. Please leave your children at home for this event.

 

Kindergarten Back to School Night  Thursday, 9/7  4:30 - 5:30 pm

Parents and kindergarten students (no siblings, please) report directly to assigned classroom. Children will have an opportunity to see their classroom and meet their teacher and classmates. Our fourth grade students will be helping me give our kindergarten students a tour of the cafeteria. We will discuss how to buy lunch and where to sit. We will also color and read a book about kindergarten.
 

Our amazing Hardyston PTA will be in the cafeteria to discuss the wonderful work they do to enrich our families’ school experience. Please be sure to speak with the PTA in the cafeteria after you pick up your child.

 

Grades 1 - 4 Back to School Night  Tuesday, 9/19

To accommodate families who have students in multiple grade levels, there will be two sessions this year.

 

Grades 1 & 2 will be held from 6 - 6:45 pm
*please report directly to your child’s classroom promptly at 6 pm

Grades 3 & 4 will be held from 7 - 7:45
*please report directly to your child’s classroom promptly at 7 pm

 

Be sure to visit our Assigned Arts, BSI, speech teachers, and CST members in the cafeteria from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.  

 

The Hardyston PTA and SEPAG will also be in the cafeteria from 6:30 - 8 pm

 

Transporting children to and from school  

If you are dropping off your child in the morning or picking your child up in the afternoon, please review the following procedures.

 

Drop Off Procedure:

All students that are driven to school in the morning must be dropped off in the back of the school near the library between 8:40 AM and 8:50 AM.  Please have your child exit the driver’s side of the vehicle. In order to keep the flow of vehicles moving,please do not park your car.  For safety and security reasons, parents will NOT be permitted to accompany students into the building.  

 
Please be aware that Hardyston Elementary School does not have the personnel to supervise students who are dropped off early; therefore, students will only be permitted to enter the building at 8:40 AM.  Doors will be locked prior to 8:40 AM. Should you need childcare before that time, Please contact the YMCA.

 

LATE STUDENTS:
Students are considered tardy after 8:50 AM. Should you arrive late, please park in the visitor parking lot and escort your child to the main office.  Students must be signed in. Please be reminded that parents will not be able to travel beyond the main office.  For the safety of the students, DO NOT pull up to the front of the building and drop your child off.  

 

NURSE/MAIN OFFICE VISITS:
Should you need to speak with the nurse or the secretary, please park in the visitor parking lot and ring the bell for admittance into the office after 8:45 AM.  Parents MAY NOT walk into the building with students who are unloading from the buses.  

 

End of Day Pick Up Procedure:

All students being picked up will be dismissed from the back of the school near the library. Parents are to pull around the building and park in one of the designated lanes. After parking, walk to the building and sign out your child.  Mrs. Verso will begin sign outs at 3:25 PM and students will be called to dismiss at 3:30 PM.  Your child will be dismissed to you ONLY after signing out. For safety reasons, please be reminded that no one will be permitted to enter the building.  Cars will be dismissed ahead of the buses, at approximately 3:35 PM.

 

NOTIFYING THE OFFICE OF PICK UPS:

If you are picking your child up, you must send a note in with your child.  Notes can be sent in advance.  For example, if you will be picking your child up every Tuesday or every day, one note can serve as notice for the school year.  

 

** Please be advised that if you need to pick up your child and you did not send a note, you must call the office by 2:30 PM.  Students are instructed each day until 3:25 PM and secretaries are not permitted to call into a class during instruction.**

 

Cafeteria

Children can purchase lunch beginning on the very first day of school. You can send in a check so that your child can have a starting balance that is deducted from each time lunch  is purchased. You can also send money in daily. Be advised that the cafeteria staff will not monitor how your child spends his or her lunch money. Please be sure to talk with your child about what to and what not to purchase. You can monitor your child’s purchases   through the ‘cafeteria’ link on the parent portal.  

 

Health Office

Please visit our nurse’s website for important health office information.