In March we honor Women's History and contributions to our global community. Special thanks to MTEA and all of our guest readers for making Read Across America a wonderful book and reading celebration! The fourth grade chorus, orchestra and bands delivered impressive concerts to their peers and parents for Music in Our Schools Month! Villagers will show their support during Autism Acceptance Week and also learn about traditions and customs of the holidays their peers celebrate this time of year, including Purim, Holi, St. Patrick's Day, Ramadan, Eid al Fitr and Easter.
Fourth graders visited the State House as part of their social studies/civics unit and third graders will be celebrating Arbor Day with guests from the Montgomery Township Shade Tree Committee. Both grades will have visits from published authors, Gita Varadarajan (4th) and Nick Esposito (3rd); motivational musician, Jared Campbell; and a chance to be the Teacher for the Day! The PTA sponsored Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to VES in April as will our school wide recognition of Arab American Heritage Month and Deaf History.
As we begin thinking about next year, 2nd and 4th grades will have orientation visits to their new schools and parent orientations will follow. Please keep an eye out for details.
Stay up to date with visits to the VES, MES PTA and MSEPTA websites and check out dates and other happenings in this issue!
Susan Lacy, Principal and The VES Family
Service Project Updates
- "Souper" Bowl Collection: 571 canned and boxed goods were donated to the Montgomery Food Pantry!
- Pennies for Puppies: Villagers collected nearly $2000 for The Seeing Eye organization.
- Read Across America Cereal Box Donation: 3 classes donated 79 cereal boxes covered with book reviews to the Montgomery Food Pantry!
- Villagers are keeping the people of Turkey and Syria in their hearts with a collection. See below for details.
Earthquake Relief Project for Turkey and Syria
Villagers can bring donations to their classroom teachers in support of Lions Clubs International to provide assistance to the people impacted by the earthquakes.
Villagers can also create cards that will be sent to Turkish families through a contact at the Turkish embassy.
UPDATE: Thank you for helping us raise $315.43!
The holy month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims throughout the world on or about March 22 through April 21. Ramadan is a time for devotion, reflection, self-improvement, charity and celebration. The month concludes with the holiday celebration, Eid al Fitr, April 21-22.
For families celebrating this special month, we would like to be aware of any students that are fasting so that we can properly accommodate them during the school day. Your child's teacher is prepared to share options so that we can ensure that students feel supported during this important time for your families.
Please note that March 27 -30 are early dismissal days. Lunch is served on these days. Parent pickup will begin at 1:20, followed by bus dismissal which begins at 1:30.
Updated Policy #5512: Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying
This is a reminder that Policy #5512 was updated at the February 28th Board of Education meeting. If you have not done so already, please be sure to acknowledge your review of the revised policy via Forms in the Genesis Parent Portal as soon as possible.
Reserve Your Yearbook Today!
Presale special price: $30 till April 5th ONLY!
Prices after April 5th will increase to $35 and supplies will be very limited -- don't miss it!
*VES students do participate in yearbook signing as part of their Fun Day in June**
Questions? Email YEARBOOKS@MESPTA.ORG
Spring Recess - Schools Closed
Arbor Day at VES!
Third graders are encouraged to take pictures with their trees in the coming year so we can feature them on the VES morning news next year.
If your child is a current fourth grader, who planted the Elm tree from last year, take a picture and email it with your child's first name to Mrs. Lauryn Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to share it on the VES news so everyone can see how your tree is growing. If your child is in the picture, please give us permission to post it on the morning news/website/Twitter.
Scholastic Book Fair
A Family Shopping Night take place on May 1, 5:30 - 8:00 pm. in the VES Media Center.
Fifth Grade Orientation at the Lower Middle School
Parent Orientation: April 27th at 6:30 Parents will be invited to an evening presentation to meet the school leaders, learn about the fifth grade program, your child's elective choices and more. Stay tuned for details.
Take Your Child to Work Day
April 27th is Take Your Child to Work Day. Please notify the school if your child will be absent due to his or her participation. Thank you!
Health Office Notes: Seasonal Allergies
IT IS TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT SPRING ALLERGIES….APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS ALONG WITH SNEEZES, A RUNNY NOSE AND ITCHY, RED EYES….
Unfortunately, this is no real cure for season allergies; however it is possible to relieve your child’s symptoms. Reducing or eliminating exposure to allergens is the first step. During the months your child suffers from seasonal allergies keep windows closed, use air conditioning if possible, and stay indoors when pollen counts are high. Children should wash their hands and face if possible or shower after playing outside. At times reducing exposure is not possible or is ineffective; there are medications which will ease their symptoms.
During the next several months we will see an influx of students suffering from seasonal allergies. The classic triggers of seasonal allergies this time of year are trees (early spring) and grasses (late spring and early summer). The classic allergy symptoms and signs associated with allergic rhinitis can include:
Runny nose with clear discharge
Stuffy nose (congestion)
Red eyes with tearing and itchy
Dark circles under the eyes (allergic shiners)
A crease near the bottom of the nose (allergic crease)
Frequent nose rubbing (allergic salute)
The trend in the Health Office this time of year is numerous students with swollen, red, itchy eyes! When we see a child for this we have them wash their hands with soap and water, then rinse their face with cool water. We gently wash the eyelids and lashes with a “no more tears baby bath”. This washing helps remove the pollen from the lashes and eye area. They rest with a cool compress to their eyes for several minutes.
If you know or suspect that your child suffers from seasonal allergies please be proactive and contact the doctor to begin a regime to minimize their discomfort before the season is in full bloom. You may bring in an allergy relief eye drop to be kept in the Health Office; this must be accompanied with your written permission for the medication to be administered in school. A Medication Administration form can be found on the web site. If the medication is an over the counter product it must be new and in the original packaging.
NJSLA (New Jersey Student Learning Assessment) Testing in May
- 3rd Grade: May 8-12
- 4th Grade May 15-19
- Make Up Tests: May 22-25
No academic preparation is necessary. A good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast are always recommended for a productive day of learning and testing.
Each student needs a set of 3.5 mm earbuds or headphones. If your child does not have headphones in school, please send them in. They should be sent in a zipper bag with your child's name written on it.