Bloomingdale Schools

November 2021

Community Newsletter 11 19 2021
It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already upon us. It truly feels like the school year is flying. It's easy to feel that way with the many things going on in our school community. We hope you enjoy our newsletter with up to date happenings in our schools and information going on at the district level.


Dr. Nicosia

Updates From Our Schools

Walter T Bergen

Walter T. Bergen and SRD students and staff are collecting monetary donations until December 10 to support an organization called Wreaths Across America. This effort began on Veteran's Day and will fund wreaths that will be placed on veterans gravesites at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Butler for the holiday season. On December 3 the TREP$ Marketplace will take place in the WTB Cafe from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. This PTA sponsored activity began weeks ago as young entrepreneurs from WTB have been brainstorming, developing and marketing products that will be on display on December 3. Thank you to 7th grade ELA teacher Mrs. Harvey-Henderson as well as PTA volunteers Mrs. Scaturro and Mrs. Bouchard for leading this after school activity for WTB students. As Trimester 1 ends at WTB, teachers will be nominating students for outstanding performances during the first trimester. Students from all grades and in all subjects, as well categories such as Most Improved, Citizenship, etc., will be recognized as our Trimester 1 MVBs - Most Valuable Bobcats. Winners will receive a certificate, a WTB bag and other prizes including coupons from AJ's Pizza and Union Avenue Deli.

Samuel R Donald

At Samuel R Donald , our student council is holding a food drive for Thanksgiving to provide meals for those in need in our community. Thank you for all the donations we have received already! We are also partnering with WTB to collect monetary donations until December 10 to support an organization called Wreaths Across America. This effort began on Veteran's Day and will fund wreaths that will be placed on veterans' gravesites for the holiday season. The SRD Book Fair is happening this week and is a wonderful way to support the school and nourish a love of reading. Our first cycle of after-school enrichment classes is underway and will conclude in December. These classes include Basketball, Learn to Sew, Let’s Create, and Weaving. Throughout the first trimester, individual students have been recognized for exemplifying our SRD Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, and Kindness. In addition, each grade level works together to earn a grade level reward for positive behavior. At this point in the year, all grade levels have earned a reward and are well on their way toward another!

Martha B Day

During the month of November, students are learning about Thanksgiving and what it means to give thanks. Students in kindergarten will be learning to make their own butter, while students in first grade will be making their own "Give Thanks" trail mix. Over the last few weeks, students in preschool have been learning different ways to show their friends they are thankful and discussing their favorite Thanksgiving foods! Looking into December, Martha B. Day will be participating in a hat, scarf, and mitten drive.

Although slightly delayed from COVID, MBD celebrated Halloween and held the annual Halloween Parade last week. Thank you to all our families who were so flexible in moving schedules around to still make our classroom celebrations happen. We are very much looking forward to the return of our in-person holiday concert for grades K and 1 on Thursday, December 16th. There will be a live stream option for families that elect to or cannot attend in person. Don't think we forgot our preschoolers! Being that our last group of preschool students started a week ago, we want to make sure everyone has time to adjust. Our preschool staff is working to plan celebration of learning days for our families - more details to come soon!

School District Strategic Planning

Help us plan our future! Be part of an exciting process! Come together, in person, to work with your neighbors, friends, teachers, students, and administrators to create a shared vision for Bloomingdale Public Schools!

Using a dynamic process guided by New Jersey School Boards Association, we will collaborate during three highly participatory sessions, to develop unique goals and objectives to move the district forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

We will be discussing our school district’s unique strengths, and the challenges we are facing. Come together with us to share your thoughts, ideas and visions in this highly participatory process so we can effectively plan for the future success of all our students.

Walk-ins are welcome but preregistration is encouraged to allow for the creation of small discussion groups.

1st Meeting: Monday, November 22 -- 7:00 - 8:30

2nd Meeting: Monday, December 6 -- 7:00 - 8:30

3rd Meeting: Monday, January 10 -- 7:00 - 8:30

Second Coffee Chat with the Superintendent

All are welcome to attend our second Coffee Chat with the Superintendent. This will be the second in a services of Coffee Chats hosted by the school district during the year.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Walter T Bergen Library

Come join us for coffee chat with the Superintendent! Drop in for coffee, hear about the latest happenings and enjoy informal conversation with Dr. Nicosia

Health & Safety Parental Input Survey

Parents are invited to provide input as we look at our COVID-19 guidelines within our three buildings. Input will be combined with other stakeholders (teacher, student) as we evaluate the practices we are using within our buildings. If you are interested in providing input, please fill out the survey below by Friday, 11/26/21.

Optional COVID-19 Testing

Bloomingdale Public Schools is excited to partner with Concentric by Ginkgo to provide weekly COVID-19 testing to any students or staff.

Testing will take place on the following days/times:

  • Martha B Day - Tuesdays between 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Samuel R Donald - Wednesdays between 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Walter T Bergen - Tuesdays between 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Students will be strategically called down from class to take part in testing within the time window. Testing is 100% optional and students can take part in one, two or every testing session. Full details can be found on our website by clicking here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

The Pequannock Health Department, in Partnership with Walmart Health and Wellness, will be conducting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, December 3, 2021 at the Walter T Bergen School between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm for students ages 5+ and any staff or parents who would like a booster, third shot, or initial vaccination. The pediatric and the other vaccines will be on hand for anyone who is interested. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.