Montvale Public Schools

Winter 2020: Volume VII Issue II

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Superintendent's Message

Dear Montvale Families:

Winter Greetings! I hope 2020 is off to a good start for you and your family. In looking ahead to the rest of 2020, we will be finalizing our strategic plan and using our long range facility plan and demographic study to formulate a comprehensive action plan that will address the needs of our students, staff and community going forward and improve our aging facilities. Please stay tuned as more information will be shared in the near future.

At our recent professional development day, it was discussed that we want our students to strike a balance inside and outside of school. We want our students to learn how to make good decisions in life, sustain strong relationships, work hard in school and not be overly connected with technology. We understand that by being disconnected occasionally from technological devices, we can become more connected as a school community.


Darren Petersen

Board of Education Members Sworn In!

In January, the Montvale Board of Education swore in Mrs. Anita Bagdat and Mrs. Alisha Foley. Both Mrs. Bagdat and Mrs. Foley were re-elected to the Board in November. Mrs. Debra McGauley-Eichhorn was voted by the Board to be President and Mrs. Anita Bagdat to be Vice President. Congratulations and thank you to all of our Board members for their ongoing service to the community of Montvale!
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~ Meet Your Teachers of the Year ~

Memorial Elementary School

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Mrs. Joan Bain

# of Years Teaching: 13 - I have taught first, second, and fourth grade. I have been in my current position (fourth grade) for eight years.

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird. My favorite book to read aloud to my students is Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco.

Favorite Movie: Field of Dreams

Favorite Vacation: Aruba! However, any beach with my family is the best!

Hobbies: I’m a tennis and baseball fan (Go Mets!). I like to read, take walks, and play board games - preferably poolside or surfside with friends and family!

Favorite Type of Food: Italian

Your Favorite Teacher and Why? One of my favorite teachers was Mr. Orzano who taught algebra in junior high. He was very funny and made math class fun and cool. Another awesome teacher was my high school English teacher, Mrs. Schlamm. Her passion for literature was contagious. She made each story come alive. I can still see her transforming into Lady Macbeth when we were studying Shakespeare! I credit these teachers with magnifying my interest in math and reading.

Why Did You Become a Teacher? I became a teacher because I love being with children. I wanted to bring the same wisdom, humor, passion, and joy to my students that my teachers brought to me. It was, and still is, very important to me to be in a position where I can have a positive impact on children while promoting a love of learning. Nothing is more fulfilling than helping a child realize his/her potential. I feel very fortunate to be in this rewarding profession!

Fieldstone Middle School

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Mrs. Lauren Carcich

# of Years Teaching: 23

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite Movie: Jerry Maguire

Favorite Vacation: Aruba

Hobbies: Exercising, shopping, traveling, & watching my boys play sports

Favorite Type of Food: Sushi

Your Favorite Teacher and Why? I have two favorites! My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Gross, who was absolutely beautiful and not gross! She was so kind and caring; she made me love school! I also loved my sons' kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Giombarresse; she was as amazing as Mrs. Gross and extremely inspirational!

Why Did You Become a Teacher? As far back as I could remember, I loved playing school! I had my own "classroom" setup in my basement with a blackboard, bulletin board, and a desk! Also, I had a really tough time transitioning to middle school (it was called junior high back then), and I wanted to devote my career to helping students adjust better to middle school by being positive and caring, just like my elementary teachers.

Professional Development Day for Staff

At the Professional Development Day on January 20, 2020, staff were able to participate in a variety of workshops. To start, we had a district-wide gathering to learn more about cyber security and an update on our strategic plan. After the opening session, staff members attended breakout sessions on a variety of current and relevant topics. Some of the offerings for teachers included multisensory instructional strategies, wellness techniques, recent findings related to brain research, ways to infuse literacy strategies into all content areas, and strategies to support English Language Learners (ELLs). Various content area teachers also had opportunities to engage in articulation with their regional colleagues in Woodcliff Lake, River Vale, and Hillsdale. We are proud to share that 14 members of the Montvale teaching staff were able to share their experiences and expertise across the district by planning and implementing these breakout sessions. Staff members were happy to share that they were implementing new instructional strategies learned during this professional development experience as quickly as the next day! We are already looking forward to our next district-wide professional learning experience at the end of the school year.
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International Day at Memorial Elementary School

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Author Visit at Memorial Elementary School

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Therapy Dog Visits Memorial Elementary School

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Montvale Book Author Visit

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Mark Your Calendar - LADIES NIGHT OUT - March 26, 2020!

Ladies Night Out will be on March 26th at Seasons in Washington Township. The Montvale PTO serves both Memorial Elementary and Fieldstone Middle Schools to provide social and educational school programs, services, and activities for our children.

2020-2021 School Calendar

Please click HERE to access the 2020-2021 school calendar.The first day of school for students will be on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Upcoming Dates:

January 31: PTO Meeting at Memorial at 9 a.m.

February 5: PTO Winter Carnival at Memorial at 6:30 p.m.

February 6: MEF Meeting at Fieldstone at 7 p.m.

February 10: Board of Education Work Session Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

February 14: Jump Rope for Heart (Memorial) & Hoops for Heart (Fieldstone)

February 17 & 18: Winter Break - No School

February 24: Board of Education Public Business Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

March 26: PTO Ladies Night Out at Seasons

Montvale Board of Education

  • Mrs. Debra McGauley-Eichhorn, President
  • Mrs. Anita Bagdat, Vice-President
  • Mr. John Carvelli, Board Member
  • Mrs. Rachel Baskin, Board Member
  • Mr. Ernie DiFiore, Board Member
  • Mrs. Alisha Foley, Board Member
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