VES Bluebird Update

May/June 2016

Carnival Spirit Days - May 5th and 6th

Wearing red and white, VES students excitedly entered school to the sound of carnival music and the sight of student art dripping from the walls. All of the classroom doors were decorated to fit the carnival theme, with lots of student participation. Students enjoyed carnival-themed academic activities in their classrooms and carnival PE games. Students ate carnival food in a red and white cafeteria. The excitement was in the air. Kids and teachers, alike, were delighted to participate in such a much-anticipated day. We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Fornal, who worked tirelessly to plan such fun spirit days, as well as to the PTA for the beautiful balloon arches, which added to the excitement. To see a small sampling of our Carnival Spirit Days, please take a moment to view the pictures below.

PTA Spring Festival

Friday, June 17th, 5:30-8:30pm

244 Orchard Road


Originally scheduled for May 6th, this fun event has been rescheduled for this Friday! Come and take part in the fun! Rain date is scheduled for June 20th.

Movin' On Up Party - for all fourth graders

Friday, June 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm

Lower Middle School, Montgomery, NJ

All of the fourth graders from VES are invited to a MOVIN' ON UP PARTY at their new school - LMS! This is a free event where our 4th graders can get more familiar with their new school. Your child must be registered in order to attend. Every child must be walked in by a parent or guardian and checked in at our registration table in order to participate.


Noteworthy Dates at VES

May 14 (1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.): Music From the Heart's "Wizard of Oz," MHS

May 18: 2nd Graders Come to 3rd Grade and Tour VES
May 18 (7:00 p.m.): Incoming 3rd Grade Parent Orientation Night

May 20 (6:30-8:30 p.m.): 4th Grade Art Show and Book Fair Family Event

May 25: 4th Graders Take NJASK Science

May 30-31: Schools Closed

June 2 (6:30-8:30 p.m.): Third Grade Art Show and Concert (6:30: lunch 1 - 7:30: lunch 2)

June 3: Teacher for a Day Raffle

June 6: Guest Jazz Band Assembly

June 6 (7:00 p.m.): Spring Band Concert @ Montgomery High School

June 8 (7:00 p.m.): Spring Chorus and Orchestra Concert @ Montgomery High School

June 9: Fun Day (Rain Date: June 14)

June 15: Teacher for a Day

June 16 (7:00 p.m.): 3rd Grade Parent Band Presentation

June 20: End of Year Parties

June 21: Last Day of School - Clap-Off and Sing Along

Scholastic Book Fair is Coming to VES!

The book fair will be held from May 16-May 23rd. Your child will be attending the Scholastic Book Fair during his or her regularly scheduled library period.

Come Friday, May 20th (between 6:30 and 8:30) for Art, Fun, Games and Family Shopping!

VES Thanks the MTEF!

We would like to thank the Montgomery Township Education Foundation for their generous donations to our school. We are able to display more student work because of the added bulletin boards and art rails that were added throughout the school. The VES news is even better with their donation of updated video streaming equipment. Thank you, MTEF, for making VES great!


If your family is moving out of district, to any other address within district, or if your child will not be returning to Montgomery Schools next year, please notify Mrs. Bidetti and Mrs. Ocleppo, in the main office, as soon as you have finalized your plans. They can be reached at (609) 466-7606. If you choose to send an email, please email both Mrs. Bidetti and Mrs. Ocleppo. Their email addresses are and

Lost and Found Clothing Donation

Please be aware that the PTA will be donating unclaimed student clothing, such as jackets and sweatshirts, to a charitable organization at the close of the school year. Stop by the lost and found in the cafeteria to reclaim any clothing your child may have left at school. You will have until Monday, June 20th to do so. Thank you!

S.O.A.R. Program Information

Click here to learn more about how to register your child for the S.O.A.R. Summer program, which includes academic and recreational classes.

A Note From The Health Office

Patricia Cizin - Phone (609) 466-7606 (ext. 2600) Fax (609) 466-7190

Health Forms for the 2016-2017 school year will be sent to parents electronically. Please log onto your Parent Resources account to ensure the email address on file reflects a current working email address.

If your child currently has medication in stock in the health office, plan to stop by anytime on June 21st to pick it up. New Jersey state law prohibits public schools from storing medications in the health office over the summer. This includes Epi-Pens, inhalers, insulin, eye drops, prescription and non-prescription medications such as Tylenol, Advil or Benadryl. All medications not picked up by a parent by 1:30 p.m. on June 21, 2016 will be discarded in compliance with state regulations. Students are not allowed to carry any medication home in their backpacks as per Montgomery Township School District policy. Exceptions cannot be made to this policy.

I wish you a healthy and relaxing summer.

Patricia Cizin, Rn, CSN, MSN

2016-2017 Placement Process

As the end of the year approaches, plans for classroom placements are being made. Mrs. Maccarone and I will work closely with teachers, supervisors, and guidance counselors to place current 3rd and 4th graders. OHES principal, Mrs. Scotti, will place current 2nd graders into 3rd grade with our assistance. We will place all 4th graders into 5th grade with assistance from Lower Middle School principal, Mr. Mike Richards. All students will be placed in heterogeneous classes with the best possible teacher match, a positive group of classmates, and a few familiar students from previous classes. Any specific academic needs will be taken into consideration first. Students are identified for special instructional models during the summer, using multiple classroom assessment measures administered during the course of the school year.

Parents of current 3rd or 4th graders are welcome to share any vital information with me that the school does not have. This information must be in writing and may not include requests for specific teachers or students. Please note that pertinent information shared with me in previous years must be resubmitted. Letters or emails must be received by June 17th.

Report Card Access

3rd marking period report cards will be available online starting June 21st at 1:30. They will be available to view, print and save.

To log in:

1. Visit

2. Enter your username (your email address), and your password. If you forgot your password, use the "Forgot My Password" link just below the Login button. your password will be sent by email in a few minutes.

If you are unable to log in or do not have an account, please contact Jaime Velez at

Suggested Summer Reading

Suggested reading lists for 3rd and 4th graders are available on Mrs. Antoniewicz's website. Please click here.

Outgoing 4th graders may also find summer reading selections at the LMS homepage. Choose "Summer Reading Suggestions." This page will be available in June.

General 2016-2017 Supply List for Rising 3rd Graders

Dear Incoming Third Grade Students and Families,

In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the third grade team has come up with a list of supplies that you can begin to look for. We have chosen these items carefully and feel that they enhance our instructional program. Toward the end of the summer, additional information regarding specific items needed for your classroom will be made available on our website.

  • 24 sharpened pencils (non-mechanical pencils)
  • Colored pencils (keep to no more than 24 colors)
  • 4 rolls of Scotch tape in individual plastic dispensers
  • 4 dry erase markers
  • 1 pencil box (standard plastic rectangular one)
  • 1 highlighter
  • 4 Post-it note pads
  • 4 composition notebooks
  • 4 glue sticks
  • Comfortable headphones or earbuds in a Ziplock bag with your name on it for personal use

As you shop for a backpack, please DO NOT buy one with wheels. Your choice of a backpack must fit easily into your cubby in the classroom.

Remember to be on the lookout in August for a letter from your classroom teacher with some additional supplies as well as a warm welcome to VES.

Enjoy your summer and we will see you in September!


The Third Grade Team

General 2016-2017 Supply List for Rising 4th Graders

Dear Rising 4th Grade Students and Families,

In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the fourth grade team has come up with a starter list of supplies that you can begin to look for. We have chosen these items carefully and feel that they enhance our instructional program. Toward the end of the summer, additional information regarding specific items for your classroom will be available on our website.

  • Mechanical pencils and/or sharpened pencils - enough to last a while
  • Soft pencil case
  • Scotch tape
  • Post-it notes with lines (not the "Super Sticky" variety)
  • Comfortable headphones or earbuds in a Ziplock bag with your name on it - for your personal use
  • Dry erase markers (low odor, if possible) and an eraser

Reminder: Complete your school shopping using your classroom teacher's supply list, which will be available in August

Feel free to bring your own scissors, colored pencils, crayons, etc. Each classroom will have a supply, but many students prefer to have their own.

Enjoy your summer and we will see you on September 6th.


The Fourth Grade Team

General 2016-2017 Supply List for Rising 5th Graders

Dear Rising 5th Grade Students and Families,

In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the 5th grade team has created a general list of materials that all new 5th graders will need to bring in on the first day of school. Also, there are specific lists for each team of teachers. When you get your schedule in August, please visit the page of your teacher team to find out about additional items you will need to purchase for those classes. Please visit this link for the 5th grade supply list website and more information.

Thank You,

The Fifth Grade TEam

Online Tools to Prevent Summer Regression

This summer, our schools are providing free access for every student to two electronic resources that can help them to counteract summer regression: Raz-Kids and Compass Learning Odyssey.

Raz-Kids is a reading program that will differentiate reading instruction for your child by providing access to hundreds of animated leveled books. Students can listen to books for modeled fluency, read books with pronunciation and vocabulary support and record their own reading. They are able to complete interactive quizzes at the end of the book to check for understanding. Your child should have received his or her login and password already. If not, please check with your child's teacher.

Odyssey is another web-based resource available to help students review content and practice skills in Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. Student logins have already been provided, and Village School students have been using it both at school and at home. Differentiated learning paths are pre-programmed and available for each student to use this summer.

Raz-Kids and Odyssey can be accessed from our school website, along with several other recommended web-based educational programs.

Save the Date - VES Open House

Monday, Aug. 29th, 8:30am-12pm

100 Main Boulevard


Come and take a walk through the school and find your next year's classroom before the start of the 2016-2017 school year!

Save the Date - LMS Open House

Monday, Aug. 29th, 8:30-10:30am

Montgomery Lower Middle School, Skillman, NJ

Incoming fifth graders - LMS has invited you to tour the school, find your locker and become familiar with your schedule!