Normandy Park School

Week of November 23rd

MSD will be closed to in-person instruction until November 30.


The virtual instructional day is from 9am to 2:30pm. This includes specials and lunch. Students log on to their Google Classroom at 9am to begin their school day with a live morning meeting. Classroom teachers will provide additional information on their classroom schedule.


No classes on 11/26-11/27 (Thanksgiving)


In-person learning is scheduled to resume on November 30. The Morris School District maintains, and has always maintained, that offering in-person instruction (safely) is essential to the academic, social, and emotional success of so many of our students. Even so, we urge families to be prepared throughout the remainder of the school year for periodic closures that may come without much advance notice. Please have plans in place for backup childcare arrangements.


Please note, that MSD will continue to share important information on the Coronavirus Update Center and on our MSD Forward pages.


Please know that I am here to help and support in any way that I can. Feel free to reach out to me directly at christopher.miller@msdk12.net.

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I would like to wish all the Normandy Park School teachers, students, and families a very happy Thanksgiving!


I am grateful for your ongoing partnership, effort, and support. Happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s Talk About Race, Equity and Inclusion

This part of the newsletter will have a question or a topic for you to discuss with your child(ren). This can be done on the way to school, on the way to sports practice, before dinner, at bedtime, etc.


Each week there will be a “something to think about” question and a “something to talk about” question. The “something to think about question” is for you as a parent to reflect on for yourself. The “something to talk about” question is for you to discuss with your child. These exercises are meant to stimulate a conversation on race, equity and inclusion in America.


Week Eleven


Parent Reflection Question: Have you ever heard the term microaggression?

(A microaggression is the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership). An example of a microaggression might be saying “You are so articulate” or “You sound like a white person” to a person of color. Very often people do not mean to be insulting when they make a microaggression; however, these comments can feel very demeaning and can erode someone’s self-concept when they are repeatedly subjected to them.


Eleventh Question For Child: Have you ever said something to someone that hurt their feelings and you didn’t know why? Even if you didn’t mean to hurt the other person’s feelings, you are still responsible for what you said. An apology is still in order. Is it always easy to apologize? Why or why not?

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Message from the HSA: Holiday Angel Program

This year our Holiday Angel Program would like to support Normandy Park Families with some holiday cheer by purchasing gift cards for families in need. To donate to this cause, please follow this link. All donations collected will be used to purchase ShopRite or Walmart gift cards for families in need.


You can also purchase and send in a ShopRite or Walmart gift card directly to Normandy Park School. If you are sending a gift card in, please make sure to complete and attach this FORM.


*To donate online, you need to sign in to Membership Toolkit.


We will be collecting donations and gift cards until December 4th, 2020.

HSA Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

The HSA will is hosting a virtual NPS Book Fair with Scholastic!


Shop 11/23 – 12/13

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/normandypark

  • Enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25. Be sure to shop early to get your orders delivered in time for the holidays!
  • While we don't have virtual teacher book buckets, you can still help classrooms and our library. Simply purchase a gift card from the online fair and the teacher will receive it digitally!


Questions? Contact Kristin Stuek at kristinstuek@gmail.com or 973-207-6000.
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Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held virtually over a three week period.


All parent/teacher conferences will be held between November 30 - December 21.


Your child's teacher will be reaching out to schedule a conference time with you. All conferences will be 20 minutes in length and be conducted virtually. Teachers will provide each family with a completed conference sheet either prior to the meeting or immediately after that will reflect an academic snapshot in the areas of strengths, goals for growth, and ways can provide support at home.

Kindergarten Information Session

Please pass on information to friends and family interested in enrolling in Normandy Park School for the 2021-2022 school year. I will be hosting an information session in December and February for prospective NPS families. The session will allow families to learn more about our program and community.


For additional information, please see below:


Date: December 10th, 2020

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

*The session will be conducted virtually.


To register to attend please fill out the following Google Form by clicking here: https://forms.gle/cxSXM6JKcVKDU76w6
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Message from Ms. Cohen:


Dear Parents/Guardians,


In the upcoming weeks I will be continuing the work in the classrooms about Accepting me, Accepting you, Accepting All of us. The next topic that will be discussed is ethnicity, which is culture, language, beliefs. Children will be given the opportunity to share about their culture and family traditions. If you would like to discuss those with your children ahead of time,feel free to do so. There will be some time to share during the class lesson. If you have any questions about this or anything else, please feel free to contact me by email.


The holiday season can often bring much joy for many. It can also be filled with anxiety and sadness. This holiday season is unlike any we have ever experienced. Most of us are experiencing a sense of grief as families that normally come together are unable to do so.


Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Keep your routine as normal as possible

  2. Acknowledge your feelings

  3. Reach out and connect with your family and friends through a social media platform such as Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp. You can socialize or have a game night.

  4. Be realistic with your expectations. It’s ok to say “no” or to say “for this year we’re not going to do ....”

  5. Maintain healthy eating

  6. Get some exercise

  7. Take time to do something for yourself

  8. Look for silver linings, wherever you can

  9. Above all, now more than ever, be kind to yourself.


I know that many of these are easier said than done. Please reach out to me if I can be of any help.


All the best,


Cheryl


cheryl.cohen@msdk12.net

Grab & Go Meals (Update)

Grab & Go meals will be available for all students, who wish to receive them. The Federal Department of Agriculture has extended waivers that will allow MSD to serve ALL students meals for FREE through December 31, 2020.


Meals During Closure


NEW: Revised Information on Meal Service, 11/18-25. Effective Wednesday, November 18, 2020, all students can pick up free breakfast and lunch at either Morristown High School or Lafayette Learning Center. There will be two (2) service times each day at both locations, at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and again at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Service days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There will be no service on Friday, November 27, due to the Thanksgiving break; extra meals will be provided on Wednesday, November 25. Morristown High School service will be located at the rear circle by the flagpole off of Atno Avenue. Lafayette Learning Center will be at the main entrance on the side of the building.


More information about School Breakfast & Lunch is available on the MSD Forward homepage under "Back to School Resources for Families."


Please see the menu below for meals offered each day:

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Communication between Home and School


  • When in-person instruction resumes, if there are changes in your child's dismissal plans (e.g. you are going to pick them up that day, instead of taking the bus), please use the attached form or call the main office.
  • For written communication between you and your child's teacher, please utilize Class Dojo and/or e-mail, rather than hand-written letters (when possible).

Upcoming Events


  • November 26th-27th: Thanksgiving School Closed

  • November 30th to December 21st: Parent Teacher Conferences

  • December 24th to January 1st: Winter Recess School Closed