Mrs. Kondikoff's Friday Focus

Lopatcong Elementary School

Friday, March 18, 2016

Bathroom Sign-Out

Please make sure that you have a bathroom sign out sheet for boys and girls in the classroom. Students in third and fourth grade should also be writing a time when they leave to use the bathroom. This will be very helpful in addressing any vandalism in the bathroom.

Enthusiastic Reader Nominations

The Phillipsburg Area Librarians (PAL) Association is hosting their annual Enthusiastic ReaderCelebration on April 5, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Phillipsburg Middle School. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


As a summary, you may nominate students who show an enthusiasm for reading, an enthusiasmfor showing books, read voluntarily on a regular basis, and use school and/or public libraries. It may or may not necessarily be your best or highest reader. It is an opportunity to recognize "enthusiastic readers".


Please e-mail me the names of any students from your class or the building that you would like to nominate by Monday, March 21st at 3:00pm. We will find a way to honor all the students who are nominated in the building. However, we will randomly select one winner from each building by a drawing to represent our school district at the Enthusiastic ReaderCelebration on Tuesday, April 5th.


Thank you to those who have already sent in nominations!

Schedule for Spring Parties

We will be following a regular schedule on Wednesday, March 23rd, even though the spring parties are scheduled for this day. Due to sharing staff for the middle school, we need to keep a regular schedule. If you are scheduled to go to special during the spring party time, the special area teacher will come to your classroom and cover for you in order to make sure you receive your prep time.

I and RS

The last date to submit any I and RS request forms for this school year is Friday, April 1st. No more forms will be accepted after April 1st.

Spanish and WIDA-ELL

Lynn Cushing will be administering the WIDA assessment to our ELL students on Monday, March 21st through Wednesday, March 23rd. There will be NO Spanish class on Monday, March 21st, Tuesday, March 22nd, and Wednesday, March 23rd. If Lynn finishes early and can take your class, she will contact you. However, please plan on not having Spanish on these days. If you have an ELL student in your class, please note that Lynn will be pulling your students these three days in the morning in order to administer this computer-based assessment.

Crazy Hat Day

Our students have earned 15,000 paws as part of our School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Program! We will celebrate on Friday, April 1, 2016. Wear your favorite crazy hat, along with your students!

Car and Bus Riders

As we enter the fourth marking period and spring fever sets in, please remember to have car riders ready to go by 2:35pm for dismissal so they arrive at the back doors on time. This helps us transition between the first and second shift in a timely manner. There are several parents waiting for a length of time for students who arrive "late" and it holds up transition.


Please help your students listen for thier bus to be called so they arrive in time to get on the bus and go home.


Thank you for your help with this!

Team Meetings and In-Service

There are no team meetings the weeks of March 21st and March 28th.


The following dates are In-Service Dates. A more detailed agenda will follow early next week.

3/24 In-Service w/ Gwen-ELA Curriculum and PD

3/30 In-Service-Data Digs, PARCC Training, Curriculum Follow-Up

Upcoming Events

3/23 PTA Spring Parties

3/24 In-Service (Literacy Training with Gwen)

3/25-3/29 SCHOOL CLOSED=Spring Break

3/30 In-Service

4/1 Crazy Hat Day-PBS Celebration

4/1 I & RS Forms Due (Last submission date for this school year)

4/4-4/8 Math PARCC-Grades 3 & 4

4/7 End of Third Marking Period

4/11-4/15 ELA PARCC-Grades 3 & 4

4/12 Report Cards Complete in Genesis

4/12 BOE Meeting @ 7:00pm

4/13 Report Cards Available to Parents in Parent Portal

4/13 Staff Meeting @ 2:45pm

4/15 Second Grade Class Trip-Davinci Center

4/20 3rd & 4th Grade Spring Concert MS MPR @ 7:00pm