Robert Hunter Report

Sept. 13, 2020

Robert Hunter Elementary School

Mrs. Sherri Glaab, Principal

Mrs. Jessica Braynor, Vice Principal

Sept. 13, 2020

Dear Robert Hunter families,


We did it! We made it through Week 1! We know that there were challenges, but we are so proud of our students for persevering and trying their best! We love seeing our students’ smiles and enthusiasm for learning!! If you are concerned about your child’s adjustment, please reach out to your child’s teacher or our guidance counselors. We are here to help every child feel positive and successful.


As a reminder, your child should view Mrs. Fontanez’s counselor corner video each day here: https://sites.google.com/frsd.us/frsdk4counselors/mrs-fontanez

Your child can also sign-up for a “check-in” with Mrs. Fontanez on this site.


Please encourage your child to have screen-free time during their breaks throughout the day. While the weather is nice, we hope that they can get outside as much as possible! These breaks will help energize students and give them the stamina that they need to continue their day and focus on instruction.


Next week is our virtual Back to School Night, and we look forward to sharing more information about the school year with everyone.


We will hold a spirit day next Friday! We encourage students to wear their spirit wear or Robert Hunter school colors (blue and white)!


Thank you, as always, for your support throughout this experience! We hope you enjoy the weekend!


Mrs. Glaab and Mrs. Braynor

This week's calendar:

Sept. 14th- Day 2

Sept. 15th- Day 2

Sept. 16th- Day 3

Sept. 17th- Day 3, Back to School Night (held virtually) Reminder- No Compass Time today

Sept. 18th- Day 3, Spirit Day- Wear spirtwear or our school colors (blue and white)

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Back to School Night will be held virtually on Sept. 17th. Back to School Night is an opportunity for families to meet their child's teacher and learn about the curriculum. Should you have concerns or questions regarding our district reopening plan, please contact Mrs. Glaab or Mrs. Braynor directly.


Please note, on Sept. 17th we will not be holding Compass Time (the end of the day check-in), so teachers may prepare for our Back to School event.


We will share a link for families to view pre-recorded videos from various RH staff, and you will also be invited to a live Zoom session with your child’s teacher. Teachers will provide Zoom links directly to families.


Please note the times below for live Zoom sessions on Sept. 17th:


5:30-6:00 Special Education Teachers: Project Success, LLD, Resource Center

6:00-6:30 Kindergarten

6:30-7:00 Grade 1

7:00-7:30 Grade 2

7:30-8:00 Grade 3

8:00-8:30 Grade 4

6:00-6:30 GT Math (Grade 4)

6:30-7:00 Stretch (Grade 4)

NEW STAFF INTRODUCTIONS

We are so pleased to welcome the following new staff members to our Robert Hunter family:


Brigid Casey, Grade 2

Brigid Casey comes to Robert Hunter as a second grade teacher this school year. Last fall, she completed her student teaching at Robert Hunter. She graduated from Rider University with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She also worked as a teacher’s assistant in the Project Success K-2 room at Robert Hunter in the spring. She loves to help students of all abilities find their love for learning. Despite the new challenges this year holds, Ms. Casey is looking forward to having a great year full of smiles and growth.


Tiffany DeLaney, behaviorist

Tiffany DeLaney is a behavior specialist for the Flemington Raritan School District. She grew up in Flemington, NJ and was a former Barley Sheaf Bear and graduated from Hunterdon Central. She received her BA in Psychology at Rider University. She began working at a private school for autism while she continued at Rider to complete her MA in Applied Psychology and obtain her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She worked with children with autism for a total of nine years in a private school setting. She is looking forward to working in the Flemington Raritan School district with all the amazing students and staff!


Lindsay Hayes, Grade 2 Special Education

Mrs. Hayes is excited to return to FRSD after some time home with her family, as they relocated to OH for a few years. Previously, she was a RFIS Husky for almost 10 years, having taught in the MD, ASD, and BD programs. She graduated from TCNJ as an undergraduate and graduate student before moving out to Maui to begin her teaching career in an area in need of special educators. It was upon her return to NJ that she began teaching at her alma mater here in FRSD. She is excited to be a third generation Raccoon (her grandmother retired from RH after 30 years, and her mother joined the district via RH before moving to CH during it's grand opening)! In addition to teaching here in the district, Mrs. Hayes teaches courses in literacy and positive classroom communities at TCNJ to aspiring special educators. She is looking forward to a creative, positive, and successful school year!


Lauren Smith, School Psychologist

Lauren Smith comes to Robert Hunter after working as a School Psychologist in Hillsborough Township for 2 years. Prior to that, Lauren worked as a School Psychologist in Clinton Township for 1 year. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Rowan University. Lauren received a M.A. in School Psychology and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Georgian Court University. Lauren’s background includes over three years of direct care for individuals coping with mental illness. Lauren is passionate about supporting students and families to help make a lasting impact on their lives. She is very excited to join the Flemington-Raritan School District!


Kate McClymont, School Social Worker

Kate McClymont is a school social worker and a member of the Child Study Team at Robert Hunter & Barley Sheaf Elementary Schools. She completed her BSW and MSW at Rutgers University and previously worked at a non-profit agency called Empower Somerset, located in Somerset County. While working at Empower, she provided services to children and adults in various settings, including middle schools, high schools, shelters and more. Kate has a passion for supporting youth, in the classroom and beyond. She is looking forward to serving as a resource to students, parents and staff in the district!


Zoe Pettit, Special Education Teacher

Ms. Petitt is joining Robert Hunter after three years at the Morris-Union Jointure Commission as their founding Behavioral Disabilities teacher. She graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education and is returning this year to pursue her Master’s Degree. In her free time, she runs a non-profit organization and loves cooking, baking and spending time with her 6 year old daughter, Avery. She is excited to be a part of our Robert Hunter team and is looking forward to a great school year!


Sharon Pinto, 4th Grade

Mrs. Pinto comes to Robert Hunter after working as a fifth and second grade teacher for six years in the Clark Public School District. She completed her BA in Elementary Education and Art at TCNJ and returned there to complete her MA in Literacy with a Reading Specialist Certification. She loves to read, garden, and hike. Mrs. Pinto looks forward to the year ahead and is very excited to join the Robert Hunter Team!


Heather VanFleet, ESL

With a M.Ed. in Education and over 15 years of experience, Ms. Van Fleet began her career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher in Parsippany, NJ for elementary and middle school students. After that she lived in Spain, El Salvador, Mexico, and Thailand and taught ESL abroad to children and adults for 12 years. Ms. Van Fleet cares about the education and well-being of all her students greatly, and she is also a certified Teacher of Mindfulness and a National Board Certified Health & Wellness coach. She is looking forward to a fantastic year working together to support the ESL students at Robert Hunter.


Robyn Bennett, Administrative Secretary

Ms. Bennett started her career teaching preschool and spent the last 10 years in the Business Office, first at South Hunterdon Regional School District, then at Clinton Township School District. She is very excited to join the Robert Hunter family and is looking forward to an amazing year!!

SCHOOL MEALS

Families may pick up breakfast and lunch at Robert Hunter on Mondays between 2:00-2:30 or at RIFS on Mondays between 11:30-3:00.

Please see the flyer for school meals here: https://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/cms/lib/NJ01001104/Centricity/Domain/50/School%20Lunch-2020-21.pdf


TECH SUPPORT

If a student/parent is having a technology issue related to a District-issued device, please contact the district’s technology help hotline:

Email: StudentTechHelp@frsd.k12.nj.us

Phone: 908-284-7652


Please see student and family technology tutorials here: Student and Parent Tutorials

Please note that there are multiple tabs on this document with resources and tutorial videos for navigating the different technology tools being used this year.

PTO Newsletter

We encourage everyone to join and support the PTO! Please read the newsletter for more details about how to get involved with the PTO!

Please see the PTO Welcome Back Newsletter here: PTO Newsletter

Robert Hunter Plant Sale