Watchung Whale Update

October 28, 2021

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School Closed November 1 - 5

An important reminder that school will be closed next week for all students.

Governor's Educator of the Year (GEOY)

This year, Middlesex Borough Public Schools will participate in the Governor's Educator of the Year (GEOY) program. This will replace the process we have followed in the past and also provides the opportunity for our Educators of the Year to compete for County and State Educator of the Year. GEOY allows schools to select a teacher and an Educational Support Person as their building's winners for the year.

ALL members of the community (parents, students, faculty, staff administrators, business owners, etc.) are encouraged to nominate teachers and Educational Support Persons to be considered for this honor. CLICK HERE to submit your nomination by November 10, 2021.

We are excited and cannot wait to learn whom will be awarded these prestigious honors at each building. Feel free to share the link with anyone who is not part of Edlio but you believe they would like to participate.

Take care,

Dr. Frederick D. Williams, Superintendent

Important Dates and events

October

10/28 - Trunk or Treat,

10/29 - Halloween Parade, Parties

November

11/1-11/5 - School Closed for all Students

11/17 - 1:00 Dismissal

11/17 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/18, 11/19 - 1:00 Dismissal - Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/22 - Regular School Day

11/23 - 1:00 Dismissal - Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/24 - 1:00 Dismissal - NO After Care

11/25 - 11/26 - School Closed for Thanksgiving


Parent-Teacher Conferences - more information to follow soon!


Festive Friday Themes

No Pets Please!

Just a reminder, as per Middlesex Board of Education policy there are to be no pets on school property during school hours.

Thank you.

Watchung - Halloween Parade 10/29 @ 9am

Letter with Information

This is an outdoor event and will be cancelled in the event of rain. Families will be notified of a cancellation by 7:30 am.

New This Year - Party in a bag!

Party in a Bag!

Thank you to the PTO for these great party bags! After each party the bags will be collected by the Class Parent and will be redistributed to students before the next party takes place. Parents, please do not send in ANY items with peanuts or nuts.

Trunk or Treat Tonight

The PTO is sponsoring Trunk or Treat on October 28. Pre-registered students only!

3rd Grade Student of the Month

Student of the Month is a program sponsored by the Middlesex Elks Organization. Each month one 3rd grader is chosen by their teacher based upon this criteria listed.

Congratulations to the October Student of the Month - Addison Iskra, Mrs. Mondero/Mr. Welch's Class.

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Veterans Day Celebration 11/12

Every year our 3rd Grade classes celebrate Veterans Day by inviting Veterans to breakfast. If anyone in your family is a Veteran and would like to attend, please fill out and return this form to school.

Community Food Drive/Halloween Fun

Replenish Nourishing Neighbors is Middlesex County's hunger eradication program, meeting basic needs within the County by supporting over 140 partner agencies. On Saturday you can bring your donation and take home candy and a pumpkin to paint. Please view this flyer for addition information.

Thank you for support and generosity.

Counselor's Corner

Mrs. Kauffman - kauffmanl@middlesex.k12.nj.us

School Counselor's Web Site

November News Letter

Spanish News Letter November

Community School

Our Community School not only offers Before and After Care it also offers enrichment programs. The classes take place after school here at Watchung School. To enroll in the classes offered, you will sign up and pay directly to the organizations providing the class. The classes being offered are great and fill up fast, so don't wait to sign up!

Pedestrian Safety

Please take a moment to review these links on Pedestrian Safety.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

School Zone Safety Tip Sheet

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Morning arrival

Please see the image above for morning arrival. The school side of Howard Ave is for active and continuous student drop off only. Please do not park on the school side of Howard Ave. If you would like to park and walk your child to the entrance door, please use the playground side of the street or one of the other side streets. All parents/students should utilize the crosswalks for their safety. As an additional reminder, the arrival doors open at 8:35 am and close promptly at 8:45 am. Students should not be dropped off on school grounds prior to 8:35 am as there is no staff supervision available.

Important Information

  • If your child will be absent or late to school contact the Main Office by 9:00 - Please do not use EdLio for attendance reporting.
  • If you are picking up your child early from school contact the main office or send email as to what time you will be arriving
  • Label your child's belongings with name and classroom number
  • Do not send in any medication to school with your child, please contact the Nurse to arrange a time to drop off
  • Please do not park in the parking lot across from the school. The lot is for school personnel parking.
  • Please pack extra masks for your child.
  • All students should bring a nut/peanut free snack to school each day and a water bottle. Our water fountains are not in use; however, there are bottle filling stations located on each floor of the building.
  • Meals: School provided breakfast and lunch remain available for the 2021-22 school year at no cost to families. Students who would like a school provided breakfast may enter door #1 from 8:20 - 8:30 am each day. Students who would like a school provided lunch MUST tell their classroom teacher each morning so that we have the appropriate number available. We have many students that are unaware of their lunch plan and have not been placing the order in the morning. Please check the district website for the daily menu.

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