Memorial News

March 2020

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From Mr. Collier

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On February 12, 2020, I relinquished my duties as Principal of Memorial Elementary for one day to Mr. Harrison Rosa. His family was the winner of the Montvale Education Foundation's silent auction. Harrison did such an impressive job and the students and teachers really enjoyed having him in charge of the school. He is a natural born leader.

The end of the second trimester is almost here. Report cards will be available on the RealTime Parent Portal starting Friday, March 20th after 4:00 p.m. At Memorial, trimester two report cards are for students in grades one through four. These reports provide a way for our teachers to communicate with you about your child’s academic growth. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s performance, please make sure that you contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

The month of March provides us with several weeks of solid uninterrupted time to reinforce the essential skills, and continue to teach our students new concepts that will prepare them for their future challenges. We appreciate our teaching staff for their hard work and dedication in striving to accomplish the curriculum while supporting our students in this learning environment. Thank you to the entire Memorial School Community for all that you do to make our school a special place.

As a reminder, don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour as daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 8th.

Happy Spring!!

One School, One Book

Dear Montvale Families,

Memorial Elementary School is excited to present this year's One School, One Book choice, A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold.

What is One School, One Book?

The One School, One Book Program generates excitement and conversations about reading, writing and character education by having the entire school share a common read. The program is designed to build an inclusive reading community of students, families, teachers and school staff.

Each family receives a copy of the book to keep and read as a family. We ask every participant to follow along with the reading schedule provided. There are questions to initiate discussion at home, as well as additional questions and activities that will take place in the classroom. Children and staff will be immersed in discussions, daily trivia, and cross curricular thinking and activities surrounding the themes within the book.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it allows children to discover material beyond their own reading level and prepares them to be effective, engaged readers. It is also a reminder to make reading a priority and to enjoy this special time with your children. I hope you find enjoyment in the story of how Bat attempts to show his mom that a baby skunk is the perfect pet. I really think your children will enjoy reading it with you!

Best Regards,

Geralyn Westervelt OSOB Committee, Library Media Specialist

Tenley Escoffery, Nina Fasano, Kathryn LoPresti, Kellie Rhatigan, Julie-Anne Walsh

One School, One Book is sponsored by a grant from the Montvale Educational Foundation.

For the audiobook version, please clink on the link below:

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Upcoming Events

March 2 - Family Night

March 8 - Daylight Savings Time (Ahead One Hour)

March 13- Grade 4 New Jersey Assembly

March 20 - Trimester 2 Report Cards Open on RealTime after 4:00 p.m.

March 27 - Grades 1 and 2 Spring Concert

March 30 - PTO Meeting 9:00 a.m. at Fieldstone Middle School