Field Notes

Indian Fields and Dayton School 6-27-19

Greetings From the Fields!


Welcome to the monthly Principal's Newsletter: Field Notes! We hope that you find this bi-monthly newsletter informative and entertaining. You can also find updated information on the web page and our Facebook Page. We value the partnership of our parents and open communication, so please feel free to contact teachers and administrators. We are looking forward to a fantastic 18-19 school year at Indian Fields and Dayton!

Warmest Regards,

April Gonzalez



Indian Fields and Dayton Families,

It has been my honor and privilege to serve this wonderful learning community for the past two and a half years. During that time, I have enjoyed working with our children and families in the difficult, yet the vastly important job of educating our youth and preparing them for their future. I have appreciated the partnership of all of our families.

I know that Indian Fields and Dayton Families join me in welcoming Mr. Peter Rattien as the new principal and Mrs. Allison Dubois as the new assistant principal. They, also, bring experience and love of children to their work.

After thirty-two years as an educator in South Brunswick, it is difficult to say, "Goodbye." So...for now...farewell families and thank you for making my years at Indian Fields and Dayton very special!


April Gonzalez

Principal of Indian Fields and Dayton


It is a tradition for Indian Fields to "clap out" any retirees and our 5th-grade students to mark the transition from Indian Fields on the last day of school. This year, both our Principal, Mrs. Gonzalez, and our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Piza retired as well as Mrs. Ewaskiewicz (Art Teacher,) Mrs. Lis (Kindergarten Teacher,) and Mrs. O'Brien (Kindergarten Teacher.) They lead the march down the hallways and out to the bus loading area where our 5th-graders said their good-byes to teachers.

Congratulations to our retirees and congratulations to our rising 6th-graders!

What a wonderful way to exit! Please see the video below.

5th Grade Recognition


Dayton Carnival

Thank you to our Kindergarten students, and families for making our Carnival a huge success! This end-of-year celebration is a treasured tradition and marks the transition to 1st Grade!

Box Tops for Education

The new app for Box Tops for Education is now available. This is going to be the future of the Box Top program in coming years - you will quickly snap a picture of the receipt when you purchase BTE items and our school will automatically earn money.

Please take a minute, download the App, and give it a try next time you go shopping.

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Annually, Field Day is a special time for the entire school community, Pre-K through 5th-Grade, to join together for some outside fun!


There's still time to give your child a fun and enriching summer experience with South Brunswick School District's Community Education Camps! Great Variety, Great Value!

  • Enrichment Camps: Continue learning throughout the summer in a fun and creative environment! Choose from a vast array of STEAM-based enrichment classes--Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math taught by our incredible South Brunswick teachers and staff. There are also music, art and cooking programs. Combine a morning program with an afternoon program and make it a full day (lunch included).
  • Full Day Camps: Elementary BASE, Middle School 678 & Travel Camp – offer action-packed fun! Early drop off (7-9AM), late pick up (4-6PM), lunch and snacks included.
  • Sports Camps are led by our SB Physical Education teachers/coaches and offer the perfect way for all skill levels to be active this summer!

Convenient & secure online registration through Community Pass. Visit to look at our summer brochure for more information. or 732-297-7800 x3190.



Tick season is upon us in New Jersey. May is the first month we begin to experience ticks in our surroundings and with that some potential tick-borne illnesses.

Here are some simple tips to avoid ticks:

  1. Avoid wooded areas, bushes, and shrubs

  2. Keep lawns mowed very low

  3. Keep skin covered

  4. Wear light-colored clothing

  5. Wear a hat

  6. Check pets frequently for ticks

  7. Use a good tick repellent spray for hiking in wooded areas

Please check yourself, your child and your pet frequently for ticks in the scalp, underarm, behind the ears and in the groin area. These are places ticks like to hide out. If you find a tick, use a tweezer and remove the entire tick. Call your MD for further instructions. If you notice a red rash around the tick bite, please see your MD immediately. Lyme disease is quite common in the deer tick in New Jersey and can cause a multitude of issues if not treated early. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at Indian Fields or Ms. Dowgin at Dayton.


Mrs. Sichta, School Nurse

Indian Fields and Dayton School

The Indian Fields and Dayton School is home to approximately 670 students. Our mission is to educate all children by providing a safe, stimulating, respectful environment which promotes cognitive, social, emotional, artistic, and physical growth. The school will prepare children to have a positive attitude towards learning, to be responsible members of the community and to accept individual differences.