The Wallace Wildcat

September 16, 2022- Hoboken, NJ

Dear Wallace School Parents and Guardians,

Once again, please be reminded that our annual Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. This event allows our parents to come into the building, walk the halls, and acquire a better understanding as to what a typical day of a Wallace School student looks like. We hope you are able to take this opportunity to visit with us and discover all of the fantastic initiatives that are going on. We encourage you to meet with our Related Arts specialists in the areas of Art, Music, Physical Education, Science, and World Language after meeting your child’s homeroom teacher. We hope to see you there!


Our Wallace Wildcats just finished their first full week as Kindergarteners! Each morning there have been more smiles and fewer tears. Our young students are becoming more comfortable with the daily routines of Kindergarten. They are learning their way around Wallace School and have met their teachers for art, physical education, Mandarin and music. In science, our little scientists completed their very first experiment using a water dropper. In ELA, students had fun playing alphabet bingo. It is going to be a great year!

First Grade

ELA - This week we began Smart Start week 1, it's the first out of three review weeks for Reading Wonders. Students revisited high-frequency words: I, like, do, to, you, can, he, a, go, and has. Students practiced beginning, middle, and ending sounds for letters Aa, Ii, Mm, Nn, Pp, Rr, Ss, and Tt. We practiced working collaboratively in ELA center groups.

Math - Students are reviewing kindergarten skills. We also began Unit 1 investigations. We played Start With/Get To and Build It, two math interactive games on the Promethean board. Students had a blast using pennies to build their numbers up to 20.

ILP - The tablets have arrived! We began setting them up with student emails and passwords so we can begin IXL and Reading A-Z. We also had Show and Tell on Friday to help us get to know one another, we had a fabulous week!

Second Grade

The second graders are off to a great start for the 2022-2023 school year! The beginning of the year has already been filled with lots of learning and fun!

The students spent the first full week of the new academic year getting to know one another, settling into the new routines, and showing off all that they know and had learned last year. They worked on All About Me posters, wrote why they love being a student at Wallace, did fun activities related to Math and Language arts, and began familiarizing themselves with their new Chromebooks. The students especially enjoyed working with math manipulatives to generate addition equations, practicing visualization as a reading comprehension strategy, reading a Scholastic News article -The Kindness Challenge, and lots more!

The second graders have shown so much excitement and enthusiasm for the year to come and we can’t wait to continue to share all the great happenings in the Wallace second grade classrooms with you as the year progresses!

Third Grade

Wallace 3rd graders had a busy and exciting first full week back. After finishing up some all about me activities, students began their first novel "Who Was Coretta Scott King" and focused on the skill author's purpose. They learned that the author's purpose is as easy as PIE! Students also learned how to answer an open-ended question using the RACE strategy.

In Math, mathematicians practiced place value and naming items that come in groups. This helped students connect groups to the big idea of multiplication. Students created pictures of items that come in groups and then created a repeated addition sentence, as well as a multiplication fact to match their picture.

In Social Studies. scholars are learning about map skills. They learned about cardinal directions and read different maps.

We are off to a great start and can't wait to see all that 3rd grade has in store this year!

Fourth Grade

What a wonderful start to the 4th grade! Our themes this year are Harry Potter, Beach Life and Positivity. The students absolutely love it and are excited to kick off the year with various activities and get to know me assignments.

Math: Our marvelous mathematicians were introduced to the 4th grade Investigations program. The basic layout of the program was explained to the children and they are beginning to get comfortable with various components. In specific they learned to identify and create arrays using models and manipulatives. They learned to work with factors to create a factor rainbow and then used those skills to design a City Skyline Array.

ELA: Our Literary critics have set their sites on the novel, “Who is Sonia Sotomayor?”. The novel is based on a truly inspiring story of the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. What a way to kick off Hispanic heritage month! All night writes will come directly from the novel and students will work to compare and contrast texts. Additionally we are using the Reading Wonders book series. All students have received their workbooks and necessary supplies to help them navigate successfully through the fourth grade.

ILP / Social Studies:

Our 4th grade Explorers created and completed their, “My Best Part” activity which will be displayed for Back to School night. They also worked on learning their continents and all about the first Americans. Next week we will be conducting research in order to design and create a travel brochure in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month.

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Fifth Grade

The 5th Grade Wallace Wildcats would first like to welcome everyone back for the first full week of school.

In Mathematics, our 5th Grade Mathematicians are using parentheses, brackets, braces, and operation symbols in numerical expressions |to identify the order in which the numerical expression should be solved. Students are deepening their mathematical understanding of properties of numbers as they focus on using properties (even, odd, prime, square) and relationships (factor, multiple) of numbers to solve problems.

In Language Arts, Writers began making a claim by taking a stance about a topic and jotting down 3 main ideas supporting that claim, to begin constructing their argumentative essay outline. They also brainstorm about the main ideas chosen for their stance to write supporting details (for each main idea) on their Argumentative Writing Outline

In Social Studies, the 5th Grade historians are engaged in the Growth Mindset instructional unit. The goal of this unit is to create a "risk-free" classroom environment where all students are willing to take on challenges and push themselves. The unit is focused on explaining the learning process clearly, highlighting the power of the word yet, celebrating mistakes, and communicating a high confidence in all students' ability to rise to the learning challenges this year will bring.

Wallace's Music Department

In music this week, students explored the “Marvelous World of Quaver Music.” It’s the theme of our online music program. This year, there are new designs for their own personal music studios; equipped with instruments and avatars. They had so much fun designing their new studio for music class. Here are some of their creations.

Band and strings registration is open. Please use this google form to join Band or Strings in 4th or 5th grade. Students may do both instruments.

Chorus registration is open, and it begins Friday Sept. 23rd. Please complete this google form to join 3rd-5th Gade Chorus.

We are looking forward to a great year in the music department!

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Ms. McGeehin's Art Class

We’re starting off the school year in the art room with drawing games to activate our creativity! Students in second grade worked as a team to transform simple circles into unique drawings. We made pizza pies, Poké balls, planets and so much more!

Individualized Learning Pathway - Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Individualized Learning Pathway - Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

On Mondays - Wednesdays during the Individualized Learning Pathway (ILP) period, students who have qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) programming engage in a wide array of verbal course offerings that address their specific strengths and interests. Johns Hopkins CTY believes in researching and advancing ways to identify and nurture academically talented learners. CTY furthers research, guides educators and families and inspires students from diverse communities and backgrounds to pursue their intellectual passions and create the world of tomorrow.

This week, we would like to highlight one of the CTY courses offered to our Hoboken students this fall:

Young Readers Series Quests and Challenges

In this course, students will follow the young protagonists of three novels as they use their wits, courage and brains to complete elaborate missions. Students summarize, make inferences, determine characters’ motivations, evaluate arguments, provide textual evidence to support opinions and discuss themes virtually with peers from all over the world. Students will take on different points of view and use sophisticated vocabulary words and literary devices while crafting their own unique tales of intrigue. Students' reading and writing skills will grow as they work each day to stay one step ahead of villains and tackle heart-thumping adventures!

Counselor's Corner

Dear Wallace Families,

Welcome Back! I hope you and your family had a great summer, and feel excited for the school year ahead.

My name is Frank Cagiao and this is my third year as Wallace School’s Guidance Counselor. My role as a counselor is to support your children’s mental health and academic success. I do this by collaborating with teachers, parents, administrators, and the community to help all students capitalize on their strengths and reach their full potential. I create support systems and services for our students that will help them reach high levels of academic, social, and personal achievement.

I am thrilled to announce the counseling services department is expanding! Miss. Amanda Schenkman will be joining our team as a school counseling intern. Together, we will provide students with the support they need to thrive socially, emotionally, and academically. Please read Miss. Schenkman’s introduction in her own words below:

My name is Miss. Amanda Schenkman. I am in graduate school at Seton Hall University studying to be a Guidance Counselor! I am super excited to be interning at Wallace Elementary School working alongside Mr. Cagiao. I was a special education teacher for three years prior to this working as an inclusion and pull-out teacher. I worked in Paterson for 2 and a half years and then switched to Jersey City Public Schools during the second half of the 2021-2022 school year. I have a lot of experience working with children with various needs and am excited to bring my knowledge to the counseling world! I am most excited about working with the children at Wallace and expanding their social skills, being a positive change and advocate for them at all times. I am going to be working closely with Mr. Cagiao, the Child Study Team and many of the teachers in the building. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments or concerns!

Let's have a wonderful 2022-2023 school year!

Miss Schenkman

Counseling services are comprehensive and proactive based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships. We will partner with staff, families and a caring community to help all students reach their maximum potential.

There may be times throughout the year where your child or family face challenges. We are here to help. We are also partnered with Move This World, an online Social Emotional Learning platform, that you can even use at home!

Please feel free to click Here and log in to MOVE THIS WORLD and explore all of its resources and lessons at home with our Wallace Family account.

The username:

and password: hoboken123

Please feel free to reach out with questions, concerns, or just to talk. We are looking forward to a peaceful and productive year!

Frank Cagiao


Office: 201-356-3689

Amanda Schenkman


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