Rolling Hills Primary School

February 2023

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Welcome to February 2023!

Dear Rolling Hills Parents and Guardians:

The first weekend of this month is a Wellness Weekend! Be sure to take some time to enjoy time together with your family as you do something special to promote wellness. You will be glad you did!

As we begin a new month--and a new marking period--I would like to remind everyone that our Parent Portal is scheduled to open on Tuesday, February 7th with our second and third grade report cards.

We would like to thank the Center for Prevention and Counseling for continuing their Footprints for Life program with the remainder of our second grade classes this month. This research-based primary prevention program builds and teaches important life skills through the use of puppets and stories that feature "real life" situations experienced by a children's soccer team. It is always well received by our students.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend last month's Rolling Hills Family Technology Night. It was an informative evening, filled with important information about your children's new Chromebooks. We are excited that our students are now permitted to bring their Chromebooks home so they can spend extra time practicing their reading and math skills. We would like to thank our families for their continued support! If you missed Technology Night and would like to see more information about this new initiative, please check out the information below.

As we move forward this school year, students will not be required to pre-order lunch on early dismissal days. We will be allowing the students to visit the cafeteria to quickly purchase a lunch that can be eaten in the classroom during their snack period. We believe that this change will make it easier for all students to have access to lunch on early dismissal days.

We would greatly appreciate your assistance with the following:

  • Please be sure that your contact information--especially all of the phone numbers listed in Genesis to be used in an emergency--are kept up-to-date and accurate.

  • If you are picking up your child from school, please make every effort to wait until all "pick-ups" are called for dismissal at 3:30 p.m. This is becoming a great interruption as students miss nearly 40 minutes of instruction daily--which can add up to 200 minutes--over 3 hours per week! Please avoid all early pick-ups unless there is an emergency.

  • A "LOST AND FOUND" table is located outside the nurse's office. If your child is missing any items, please have them stop by the table sometime during the day to retrieve their lost belongings.

I wish you all the best as we continue working together for the good of our students.

Take care,

Pauline F. Anderson, Principal

P.S. One of our students wore this t-shirt to school when he returned from the winter break! We hope you enjoy it as much as we brought a smile and a laugh to everyone that day!

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Here are some school applications that students can use to enhance their learning from home.

Rolling Hills: Chromebooks for Home Use




Wednesday, February 1st

SCA Meeting at 8:30 p.m. via Zoom (see link below)

Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th


Tuesday, February 7th

Report Cards/Grades Posted - 4:00 p.m.

PAL Ski & Snowboard Club

Thursday, February 9th

Board of Education Work Session - 7:00 p.m. - Lounsberry Hollow School

Monday, February 13th - Friday, February 17th


"No act of kindness is too small." ~ Kevin Heath

see the list of activities below

Kids Heart Challenge (during PE classes)

Tuesday, February 14th

Happy Valentine's Day!

PAL Ski and Snowboard Club

SCA "Smencils" Delivery (see flyer below for more information)

Wednesday, February 15th

Wellness Wednesday - Early Dismissal for all Students

Thursday, February 16th

Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - Lounsberry Hollow School

Monday, February 20th

Presidents' Day - Schools/Offices Closed

Monday, February 27th - Friday, March 3rd


more details will be available shortly

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Kindness Week Activities

Please encourage your children to participate in each day's reminder about kindness! Thank you!

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Action for Happiness Calendars...

...will be shared with you each month. They truly bring messages of hope and are replete with exceptional ideas to enrich your life--and the lives of those around you! Be sure to take a moment to review and/or print them out for your use throughout the month.

Friendly February's calendar encourages us to be friendly to others and give your relationships a boost!

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Ms. Franck's Students Learn a New Tradition

After learning about Japanese music and traditions used to celebrate New Year's Eve, the third grade students in Ms. Franck's music class created wish chains for 2023. They then used the chains to decorate the music room. We hope all their dreams and wishes come true!
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"One Word Resolutions" with Mrs. Annunziata!

As a class, they rang in the New Year by creating "One Word Resolutions"! Students brainstormed one word that would be their focus for 2023. Next, students used Chromebooks to research the word's meaning and find an impactful quote relating to their word. Then, they designed posters illustrating their "One Word Resolution". Students enjoyed creating and sharing their posters with the class. Together, they will make 2023 a year to remember!
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Heart Health Assembly was Enjoyed by All!

Congratulations to our "Winners" of the Mind Traveler's Library Fund Reading Incentive!

Many thanks to all of our students who took the time to read and enter this year's Mind Traveler's Library Reading Fund Initiative. This year, Jayson Moore, Brayden Handal, Joshua Cadou and Lucas Vasilic were selected as the Rolling Hills "winners". Congratulations to all of our young readers! We are proud of all of you!
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On Thursday, January 19th, students and staff members gathering in the Rolling Hills Library for an afternoon filled with lots of fun! Many thanks to all who made this activity such a success!
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Mrs. Geary's Class Enjoy a Science Lab

Students had to make a bridge to withstand the force of pennies place on them. Here are our future engineers:
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Mrs. Leichweisz's and Mrs. Vrabel's Social Studies Class Learns about Compromise

The students worked in groups to read scenarios about children who had a disagreement, then each group worked to think of a way compromise would help solve the problem. What an important lesson for children to learn!
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Many thanks to Coach Killeen...

...who volunteered to work with our girls to teach them the fundamentals of field hockey. We think we have some excellent players in the making!
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History Comes Alive in Mrs. Ryder's Class!

Blake VanTassel's father visited this Social Studies class to explain how money was used during colonial times and the Revolutionary War--he even brought authentic money from that time.

Students learned about the different types of currency used at that time, what they were worth and how much each rank of soldier earned.

Thank you, Mr. VanTassel!

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"Colonial Life Research Mission"

In Social Studies, Mrs. Annunziata continued our Colonial America unit. Students worked in collaborative groups to complete the "Colonial Life Research Mission". Students circulated to various centers around the room to learn about what life was like for colonial men, women, children, and enslaved people. Students practiced reading nonfiction text and locating important information to copy into their scavenger hunt packets. It was truly incredible to come back together as a class the following day to debrief on what students learned at each station! Their teacher loved that they were able to share so much valuable input during our class discussion... they really could have taught the lesson themselves at that point!




This year's RHPS SCA Board:

President - Robyn Seger

Vice President - Marissa Vradenburg

Treasurer - Christina Shreiner

Recording Secretary - Christine Canal

Corresponding Secretary - Lori Mish

Let's continue to work together for the benefit of our students!

RH Monthly SCA Meeting Zoom Link

This month's meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 1st at 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Meeting ID: 810 1740 3480 Passcode: vernon

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Please take some time to read the attached letter from the Vernon Coalition and Sussex County Coalition for Healthy and Safe Families. It is replete with valuable information!

Vernon Township 2022-2023 SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION

Please be sure to review the document attached below regarding school closing procedures and information. Thank you!
Rolling Hills 2022-2023 Parent/Guardian Handbook

This handbook provides detailed information on numerous topics for the parents/guardians of our Rolling Hills Primary School students. Please be sure to take some time to review it!


Sussex County Library System Digital Library Cards

VTSD has once again partnered with the Sussex County Library System to provide a library card to all of our students. Having a digital library card means enables your child to access books on any digital device. Click on this link for information.


Please encourage your child to think of ideas to enter this year's New Jersey & National School Bus Safety Poster Contest. Since the contest must be completed at school, please contact if your child is interested. Thank you!



Please visit this website to order Vernon Viking clothing online and help support our RH SCA!

LNO Dinner & Tricky Tray Solicitation Letter

This year, the ESCA's Ladies Night Out and Tricky Tray will be held at the Red Tail Lodge in Vernon, NJ, on Friday, April 14th. This Solicitation Letter may be used to solicit prizes (primarily from Sparta) for this important event!

ESCA Website

This website contains the most up-to-date information from our Executive SCA. Be sure to visit their website frequently throughout the school year!

In closing...

As we move quickly into the second half of the school year, please be assured of my continued support and appreciation for all you do to send your children to school prepared and ready to learn!

Always remember that I am here to assist you and your child.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

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