New Albany Parent Connection

October 2022

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Mark Your Calendars

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 3-7: Week of Respect

October 9-15: National Fire Prevention Week

October 10: School Picture Day

October 17: Omegaman Assembly - Superhero Dress Up Day

October 17-21: National School Bus Safety Week

October 18: BOE Meeting @ 7:00 PM, CMS Cafetorium

October 19: Unity Day - Wear Orange to show support for National Bullying Prevention Month

October 23-29: Red Ribbon Week

October 31: Halloween Parade

National Bullying Prevention Month

October in National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus and raise awareness on bullying. Addressing and preventing bullying is something that everyone can do, every day. Educators and teachers can create a safe, supportive learning environment and a classroom culture of positivity, inclusiveness and respect. They can reward students for positive social behavior. Parents and caregivers can talk with their children about their school and digital life, and the many roles children can play in bullying. By asking open-ended questions, they can talk about their children’s experience and communicate expectations about appropriate behavior. Parents are the primary role models for their children, and when they model the behavior they expect from their children, they teach through actions.

Show your support during National Bullying Prevention Month by wearing ORANGE on October 19th. Wear the color orange as a tangible representation of the supportive, universal message that our society wants to prevent bullying, and is united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
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Picture Day is Coming!

Bring your best smile and dress to impress for picture day on Monday, October 10th! All students will have their photo taken on this day. Bright Eyes and Preschool students will participate in picture day at Memorial School.

If you would like to place your order online, please visit Use School ID Code: EVTZMNWMF.

National Fire Prevention Week

October 9-15th is Fire Prevention Week and this year's theme is "Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape." Simple but important actions can be taken by everyone to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

Key messages for “Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape” include:

  • Plan and practice a home fire escape.
  • Ensure that your home has working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, along with a wealth of resources to help promote the campaign locally, visit

Watch the Fire Prevention Week theme video here: Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape video

New Albany students will participate in fire prevention assemblies with the Cinnaminson Fire Department, as well as the fire prevention poster contest with our Art teacher, Mrs. Knauss.

National School Bus Safety Week is October 17-21

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program. It is an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and communities to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety.

School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of our nation's students, and is the direct link between a neighborhood and the classroom. More than 25 million children ride the yellow bus every school day, and National School Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront.

Click here for school bus safety tips: NAPT Bus Safety Tips.

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Halloween Celebration

Halloween will be celebrated on Monday, October 31st. Students in grades K-2 should bring costumes to school and will change into them at some point during the day.

Preschool students who attend Memorial School will wear their costumes to school. Parents are invited to attend the preschool parade at Memorial School according to the times noted below:

AM Bright Eyes - 10:45 AM

PM Bright Eyes & IPK - 1:15 PM

Preschool parents are asked to line up along the playground side of the blacktop area at Memorial School.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Weather permitting, we will conduct our parade at 2:00 PM at New Albany School.

Please see the information below regarding parade information for New Albany:

1. Parade spectators should park along New Albany Road or in the Covenant Presbyterian Church lot.

2. The parking lot will be closed during the parade time.

3. All students will walk out of the main entrance, down the drive way sidewalk, along New Albany Road, and back up the bridge sidewalk.

4. Students should come to school with their costumes, and will change prior to the parade. If a costume has props, consider leaving these at home, as they are often misplaced, dropped, or forgotten in school.

5. *Reminder*: NO fake weapons of any kind are allowed. We respectfully ask that costume masks that obscure the complete face not be worn, so as not to impair breathing or vision. We need all students to be able to walk safely through the parade route.

6. Teachers will organize holiday activities/celebrations and will correspond with parents about any needed supplies prior to the date. Teachers will also inform parents who are chosen to assist with classroom celebrations.

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

Having a child diagnosed with dyslexia can be a traumatic experience. While dyslexia can make reading more difficult, with the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read. Many people with dyslexia have gone on to accomplish great things. Among the many dyslexia success stories are Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Schwab.

Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success.

To learn more about dyslexia, please click on the fact sheet below.

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Ms. Mohler and Mrs. Forcier will lead several fun October events. Please see below for details.

Week of Respect (spirit week)

Respecting Everyone's Differences

  • Monday, October 3rd: Sweatpants & Sweatshirts - Showing respect is no sweat!
  • Tuesday, October 4th: Mismatch Day - We are all unique!
  • Wednesday, October 5th: Wear something that represents you or your culture - This is ME!
  • Thursday, October 6th: Wear tie-dye or peace inspired clothing - Keep the Peace!
  • Friday, October 7th: Wear any school color or spirit wear - Show your Cinnaminson Pride!

Omegaman Assembly

  • Monday, October 17th: Students and staff are invited to dress as a Superhero

National Bullying Prevention Unity Day

  • Wednesday, October 19th: Wear Orange to Prevent Bullying and to Promote Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion

Red Ribbon Week

Promoting Healthy Habits

  • Monday, October 24th: Healthy Habits - What are habits? - Wear RED!
  • Tuesday, October 25th: Healthy Habits - Staying Active
  • Wednesday, October 26th: Healthy Habits - Nutrition Tips
  • Thursday, October 27th: Healthy Habits - Self Care - Wear your comfy pajamas to school!
  • Friday, October 28th: Healthy Habits - Make time for fun
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Mental Health & Substance Abuse Resource

If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstance. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff, and their families by Cinnaminson Township School District.

Care Solace's team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

Disclaimer: Information on individual treatment providers was gathered by Care Solace based on criteria such as geographic proximity, whether the provider accepts the authorized user's insurance and whether the provider is accepting new patients. The school district does not recommend, endorse, promote or refer to any of the individual treatment providers.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this program, please reach out to Devon Mohler -

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The Book Fair is back!

We are so excited to announce that the Scholastic Book Fair will be returning October 24 through October 28, 2022. The students love visiting the book fair and shopping for their favorite books. On October 27, 2022, the book fair will be open in the evening, as we celebrate Literacy Night. We will be looking for parent volunteers during this week-long event. A sign up genius will be sent via email during the first week of October.


October 3rd kicks off our Socktober donation drive. Staff and students will collect sock donations that will be given to local shelters to help those in need. Help us make a difference in the lives of others! Send in a pair of new socks! Donations will be accepted until October 31st.

Please click here to view the Socktober flyer: Socktober Flyer

Kid President helps us kick off Socktober with his inspirational video: Click Here

BE/IPK/MDK/DK/K - Send in infant, toddler, or children's socks

T-1/1st Grades - Send in women's socks

MD1-2/2nd Grades - Send in men's socks

Join Senator Singleton's Reading Challenge!

We are excited to invite students in grades K-2 to participate in this year’s 7th Annual 7th Legislative District "Jump into Reading Challenge!" It is our utmost belief that the ability to become a life-long reader is one of the keys to success in education, the workplace, and beyond. Current trends in research indicate that early literacy is paramount in a child’s educational and overall development. We can collectively do our part to help students develop strong foundations of literacy and promote this life-long love of reading.

The reading challenge will take place from October 3rd through November 18th.

All reading logs are due back to Mrs. Conn in the library by Friday, November 18th.

View flyer here: Jump Into Reading Challenge

View parent letter here: JIR Parent Letter

Relay for Life

On Saturday, September 24th, the New Albany Parading Pirates represented at the annual Relay for Life event. Thank you to Mrs. Conn and the extraordinary team for an amazing job!
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A Note from Nurse Socha

The month of October is most recognized for Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating for bags full of candy. So, it shouldn’t surprise us that October is also recognized as National Dental Hygiene Month. The entire month is dedicated to promoting healthy mouths, gums, and teeth to allow ourselves to enjoy candy at the end of the month.

Kid’s Oral Health Tips for Parents

1.Brush your Teeth Together. Leading by example goes a long way. Make brushing teeth together in the morning and nighttime part of your routine. This encourages your child to look forward to brushing with you, and you get to be like one of their favorite people!
2. Incentive Brushing with Rewards. If your child is reluctant to brush, you may be able to offer a reward that encourages brushing. Some families even find success when using a star chart or other reward system.
3. Set a Timer. A two-minute timer will help your child know when they can stop brushing and keep them accountable. You can also challenge your child to see if they can brush for the whole two minutes without stopping.
4. Tasty Flavors + Fun Dental Products. A lot of kids respond well to toothbrushes with their favorite character on it, flavored toothpaste or mouthwash. It can help make toothbrushing fun and exciting to look forward to.


Yearly health screenings will begin to take place in the health office this Month. Nurse Socha will be assessing vision and hearing, as well as height, weight and blood pressure. Annual screenings help to address learning disabilities and any health abnormalities early on. Nurse Socha will begin these annual screenings in late October and continue until she has finished. Please be sure to notify the nurse if you wish for your child not to be screened.


Parents of new Kindergartens: Any missing physical exams (within a year) and immunization records that you have not turned in should be emailed to Nurse Socha's at SOCHAC@CINNAMINSON.COM or dropped off at New Albany School. It is required by the state that these documents are to be completed within 30 days of the student's start date.


Fall is the peak time for many viral illnesses, as the cold weather can suppress your immune system and increase your vulnerability to infections. Sore throats are most often caused by a viral infection like the common cold. These illnesses show up more commonly during winter, but can happen year round. In addition to a sore, scratchy throat, a cold virus can cause your child to have a fever, runny nose and cough. Here are some home remedies to keep your child healthy and reduce missed school days:

  • Saline nasal spray for nasal congestion and sore throats.
  • Humidifier used in the bedroom at night to reduce dry air quality.
  • Honey, cough lozenges, or mentholated rubs or help break down any excess mucus.

Please contact Nurse Socha if you have any questions or concerns at (856) 786-2284 ext 6832 or

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Friday Pretzel Sales Are Back!

Cinnaminson Elementary Home and School Association (CEHASA) is sponsoring a

weekly soft pretzel fundraiser.

With a one-time purchase of $5, students will receive a soft pretzel on scheduled Fridays during October/November. In-school Fridays are 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, and 11/4. Pretzels must be preordered and will be delivered to students at the end of the school day.

This year CEHASA is offering parents the option to pre-pay pretzels for the entire school year. That total cost is $30.

Orders must have been placed by September 30th to be included in the Oct/Nov sale.

Forms will be forthcoming for the next round of pretzel sales.

**Please be advised – CEHASA is not able to refund monies if your student is not in attendance on the day of delivery or in the instance of a school closure. We will make every effort to ensure students receive their purchased pretzels.**

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with pretzel distribution please email

To learn more about CEHASA, please click here: CEHASA Website

The next CEHASA Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 22nd at

6:00 PM at New Albany School.

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Trunk or Treat!

This year Trunk or Treat will take place on October 22nd from 6:00-8:00 PM at Memorial Park. Please refer to the flyer for registration details. All participants must register by October 17th.
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News from the Cafeteria

The cost of school lunches will be $2.60 this year. For the 2022-23 school year, we strongly encourage all parents to prepay for your student’s meal on an account. You can create an account at no cost through If you believe your family may qualify for free/reduced lunch or has in the past, please complete the 2022-2023 Application for Free and Reduced School Meals by October 15, 2022. The application can be found on our district website here: 2022-23 Free/Reduced Lunch Application.

Good character is important for students and adults. It is shown through our thoughts, words, and actions. At New Albany, we stress respect, responsibility, and kindness by following our school behavior expectations:

  • Take Care of Yourself
  • Take Care of Others
  • Take Care of New Albany School

Throughout the school year, students and staff will continue to learn ways to display good character traits through counselor and teacher lessons.

Pirates of the Month

We are so excited to announce the September Pirates of the Month!

These students exhibited all five of the New Albany character traits:

~ Kindness ~ Respect ~ Honesty ~ Patience ~ Manners ~

Congratulations on a job well done!

The New Jersey Department of Education aims to recognize educators and encourage them to become champions for education and advocates for students and teachers. When a school honors its exemplary teachers and educational services professionals, it promotes a culture that recognizes excellence, creates a sense of pride, and brings public attention to the work of outstanding educators.

Your voice counts! Please help us recognize our New Albany teachers by submitting a nomination form. You may also nominate a teacher by sending an email to Mrs. Jones at Please be sure to state that you are nominating a teacher for educator of the year in your correspondence.

All nominations are due to Mrs. Jones no later than Monday, November 14th.

Lost & Found

Our lost and found bin is quickly becoming full! If your child is missing a jacket, sweatshirt, lunchbox or water bottle, please encourage them to check the lost and found bin located right outside of the cafeteria.

It's always a good idea to label all items so that we can return them if lost.

Flu Shot Clinic Information

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Introducing the Cinnaminson Alumni Network (CAN) Website

We welcome all of our alumni and staff to join us at our Cinnaminson Alumni Network (CAN) website!

Please visit the Cinnaminson Alumni Network website to register/join!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Find and reminisce with fellow graduates, see what they have been up to and stay in touch.

Give back

Introduce, employ and offer to act as a mentor to our graduating students.


Leverage your professional network to get introduced to people you should know.

Thank You for Your Support!

We would like to send out a special "Thank You" to Goody's Bar & Grill and Haines Farm & Garden Center for the generous donations provided for our ELL Family Night! The food and decporations were wonderful and our families enjoyed it very much! Your kindness and generosity is truly appreciated!

In addition, we are grateful to our home and school association and education foundation, along with local businesses who support our school in various ways throughout the year. Thank You CEHASA, CEF, Due Amici, Nick's Pizza, and MJ Corp!

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