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Washington Avenue School News - 4/18/16
WHAT'S COMING UP...
Monday 4/18-Friday 4/22 - Earth Week Activities
Tuesday 4/19 - Budget Vote
Wednesday 4/20- 3rd Grade Concert 1:30pm & 7:00pm
Friday 4/22 - EARTH DAY & Pizza Parlor Day
Monday 4/25-Tuesday 5/3 - PARCC Testing
Friday 5/6 - Teacher Appreciation Day
Thursday 5/12 - LAF 3rd Grade Parent Orientation
Friday 5/13- SPELLING BEE & Pizza Parlor Day
Tuesday 5/24- Screen Free Day
Wednesday 5/25 - Kindergarten Orientation
Principal's Update - Mary Quigley
We are in our last trimester and expect that children will continue doing their math and reading homework. Please let the teacher know if your child is having a difficult time finishing homework which should be between 30 - 45 minutes a night. Thanks for you support as we finish the year strong.
WAS PTO President's UPDATE Michelle Lease
PTO Thank you's
Thank you local landscaper, Tony Rega (973-432-1132) for prepping all the beds for our Earth Day planting! and to The Farm at Green Village for providing the flowers at a discount for the PTO. Thank you to Jennifer Schuck & Jaime Troiano for their efforts planning Earth Week!
2016-2017 PTO Executive Board
At our Wednesday, April 6th PTO meeting, we voted on the following slate for the 2016-2017 Executive Committee:
Presidents: Tara Burke & Cara Haid
Co-Vice Presidents: Mary McBride & Megan Furst
Treasurer: Erica Kolodziej
ASE Treasurer: Anne Molinaro
Assistant Treasurers: Suzanne Vermillion & TBD
Secretary: Lauren Golio
We are still in a search for a second Assistant treasurer, if you are interested we would love to hear from you, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
EARTH WEEK ACTIVITIES
Jennifer Schuck & Jaime Troiano of the WAS Green Team have put together a great list of Earth Week activities for the students! They are in need of assistance for Waste Free Lunch Wednesday. If you can help out please use the link below.
3rd Annual SPELLING BEE!
Please mark the evening of May 13th on your calendar for Washington Avenue School’s Spelling Bee fundraiser. Our theme this year is “Our Bee is 3! One..Two…Three… Come Spell with Me!”
Forms will be distributed on Tuesday, April 19th. Our committee is in need of volunteers to swarm around and help set up before, during and after the Spelling Bee. Attached is the link to Volunteer Spot to sign up. We would love your help! http://vols.pt/4bxrUU
Join the WAS Community on May 13th and see what all the BUZZZZ is about!
The Spelling Bee Committee:
Beth Burton, Jen Joel, Chairs
Greta Borowicz, Melissa McNamara, Kim McWilliams, Kelly Monks and Patrice Morgan
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon is set for May 6th and our Luncheon Committee is looking for volunteers to cook, bake and help out the day of the event. Please consider donating a little of your time as we show appreciation for the WAS Teachers and Staff and all they do for our children! Please click the Volunteer Spot Link to sign up. We would love your help! http://vols.pt/jYQY6P
Jen Joel, Melissa McNamara, Annie Desmarias, Laura Grosso
Chatham School Garden
Board of Education Meeting Minutes per Christine Walls:
The BOE meeting opened with a presentation recognizing 3 current high school students for their achievements. Katherine Novak and Phoebe Nichols were named 2016 National Merit Finalist Scholars. Yulan Zhang was recognized for receiving a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Microeconomics ACT exam. Congratulations!
Superintendent’s Report -
Graduation Report provide by Doug Walker Assistant Principal
Sharing some key figures, report will be posted on the District website on the curriculum page
94% of Chatham high school students attend to a 4 year college
5% got to a 2 year college
1% - other
These figures have been consistent the last 3 years.
84% of students attended “most", “highly", “very" competitive schools (the top 3 categories)
Average 8.27 applications per student
4.48 acceptances per student
55% average acceptance of total applications per student
The average acceptance appears low but this may be due to a small number of students applying to a large number of schools. Common applications for colleges cause students to apply to more.
For highly competitive schools we have about 40% of schools that Chatham students do not apply. We are beginning to highlight some of these schools so that we do not have Chatham kids applying all to the same group of schools. For example, schools outside of NJ or the Northeast
Dr. LaSusa announced that we were lucky to get power back at our schools today and that the BOE will officially approve the two unused snow days as days off prior to Memorial Day - Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27.
Business Administrator Report -
Peter Daquila reported on the Washington driveway - district and borough will enter an agreement to expand sidewalk and parking lot.
Personnel - Michelle Clark
Review for Washington principal
Updated benefit options for staff
Finance/Facilities - Matt Gilfillan
2.35% school budget increase recommended at this time
15% health care increase
BOE will vote on May 2nd meeting
Music and Theatre Boosters - Jill weber
Honors Music Recital April 7th, 7pm at the high school
Jazz in the middle April 21st 4:30pm; Chatham will host 9 middle school bands
CEF - L. Kenney
CEF had a successful fundraiser on Friday night
PTO District Cabinet - Kim Cronin
PTO council meeting is tomorrow at noon
Resident who has lived there 30 years behind Haas field - has concern with the sand pit for volleyball; concerned about the time the field is used
Small signs (3-4) on batting cage with music times posted. Generally honored well. Would like to have a similar sign put on the volleyball sand court. Going as late a 9pm with bad vocabulary. Finding lots of beer cans near the field. Can not assume it is the same kids. He has reported to the police
Resident - Jane Devlin. Thanks to the board on insight on college choices. It is difficult to follow that with this message. Need to consider giving kids a rest to help stress and student wellness. When is said at the last meeting that I was the lone representative I did not mean to say that the school district was not doing anything. Noted forward focused message from Dr. Lasusa's talk. Can some of this meeting be shared at the high school level. Opportunity coming up is spring break another opportunity to give the kids some time off. Dr Lasusa's presentation is posted on our website.
Resident of Chatham borough
Question about PARCC testing. Told by his English teacher that he has to take the test, his principal said he is not. The state of NJ requires the test be administered we can not force the kids to take.
Bill Heep. Chatham Borough
I have been interviewing kids applying to Georgetown for 20 years. Academically I do not see any difference with Chatham versus any private school. Recommend keeping a reasonable # of applications
Kelly Luffborrow - sits on the MADD committee. In response the the comment from resident related to Haas field, I would appreciate the consideration is extend the use of the fields as it is a good safe location for students to come for athletic purposes. Consider extending an hour or so
Borough resident -Discussion on the budget
discussion on cost of special Ed students
- Why do we need an additional counselor?
- Addressed 2 weeks ago students in crisis, staff has recommended additional support staff
- Can we leverage existing staff?
- Will set up a meeting with Dr. LaSusa for more details on the budget and questions.
Also, the staff can not be leverage in any other role, for example speech therapist can not be used in another role. On the budget can attend the PTO meeting that talks about the budget.
Collection for the Food Pantry this month or next
Milk Alternative Drive
Hello WAS! This month in our Food Drive we ask that you help us collect milk alternatives including, but not limited to soy, almond, and coconut milk.
This will greatly help Mikayla Meyler and Hailey Coates who are current 8th grade Chatham Girl Scouts, working on their Silver Award Project, to promote food allergy awareness
They have been working with The Interfaith Food Pantry, in Morristown, to help make allergy friendly food easier for their customers access
The Food Pantry is in need of shelf stable milk alternatives for those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk
Thank You For All Of Your Help!
Interesting Facts About Lactose Intolerance:
People Who Are Lactose Intolerant Cannot Break Down The Sugar In Milk When They Drink It, So They Get Bad Belly Aches
People Who Are Lactose Intolerant drink things like almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, or sunflower milk to make sure their body gets the healthy benefits of milk such as calcium and protein
About 50 Million People in America are Lactose Intolerant
People who are lactose intolerant can’t eat: