The Falls Flash

September 2018 Issue 13

WE WON....

The NJ Department of Education ran a bulletin board contest during the first weeks of school. This contest gave us the opportunity to interact with districts across our great state to compete for a visit from the NJ Commissioner of Education. We are so excited to inform you that School No. 1 was selected as one of the 8 winners. As a result, Dr. Repollet will be visiting School No. 1 to experience our amazing staff, fabulous students, and remarkable school.

Oktoberfest

Friday, Oct. 26th, 7pm

4 Woodhull Avenue

Little Falls, NJ

Week of Respect

October1-5 is week of respect. Let's stop bullying together. Our school counselors have developed wonderful spirit days and activities to help foster a positive school culture. Check your child's school website at www.lfschools.org under Counselors' Corner for your child's scheduled events.
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Welcome Back School No. 2 Families

School No. 2 had a fantastic start of the 2018-2019 school year. If you haven't checked out the Principal's video message on our website please do so! It is going to be a great school year.

Hornets At Home

Please check out School No. 2's new parent group, Hornets at Home.

Our first meeting is on October 10th.

Details can be found on our website!

Mindfulness at School No. 2

School No. 2 is practicing mindfulness through gratitude. Don't forget to drop a note in our gratitude box located in our breezeway. We announce them daily after we salute the flag.

School No. 2 Dates to Remember

Wear Blue every Monday during October to promote Anti-Bullying Awareness


October 8- Columbus Day, School is Closed

October 10- Hornets At Home Group Meeting, 6:30pm School No. 2 Cafeteria (parents only)

October 17- Fall Pictures

October 22- Preschool Harvest Festival

October 26- Single Session Day for students

October 31- Halloween Parade- 9:15am, Single Session Day

Peer Group Connection (PGC-Middle)

On Monday and Tuesday, September 24 - 25, a selected group of 8th graders participated in a two-day training with Mrs. Carroll. Mr. Schoeneich, Mrs. Budd and Mr. Plateroti, to prepare for their school year-long role as peer leaders for the incoming fifth graders. PGC-Middle is a research-based program that supports and eases students' successful transition into middle school. The program taps into the power of eighth graders to create a nurturing environment for incoming middle school students.

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8th Grade Selects Their Executive Counsel

Pictured below are the members of the 8th Grade Executive Counsel. These students were selected by their peers to make important and influential decisions regarding the upcoming year for the 8th grade class. These students are responsible for a number of tasks including planning and decorating for school dances, fundraisers, and even selecting the venue for the 8th Grade Graduation Party. Congratulations to Michael Post, Annabella Heaney, Giuliana Liotti, Emma Giron, Kristina Phan, and Connor Maletta
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The School 3 garden is full of new seeds! We can't wait to see what we will snack on next!

Click on the link below to hear a Back to School message from Mrs. Dilkes.

Dates to Remember for School 3

October 1-5: Week of Respect

October 1: Wear Blue for World Bullying Prevention Day

October 2: Be a HERO, wear superhero gear

October 3: Words can hurt on the inside: Wear your clothes inside out

October 4: Wear your favorite TEAM apparel

October 5: Little Falls Spirit Day, wear your Green and Gold

October 8: No School

October 15: Book Fair Family Shop 6pm

October 16: Book Fair

October 16: Bring your parent to lunch day

October 17: Book Fair

October 17: School of Rock trip, 4th grade

October 26: Single Session Day

October 31: Halloween Parade 11:15, party to follow

October 31: Single Session Day


School No. 1 Yearbook Club


8th graders, come join Ms. Canova and Ms. Vonoczky for the Yearbook Club!

Meetings will take place in room 221, Ms. Canova’s classroom, from 3PM-4PM.

Questions? Feel free to reach out:

mcanova@lfschools.org or mvonoczky@lfschools.org


Our October meeting dates:

10/15

10/22

10/29

Sources of Strength at School No 1

The Sources of Strength Club at School No 1 is an after school club open to all 7th and 8th graders. Our first meeting was held on Tuesday, September 18th. We spent some time talking about what SOS is and the upcoming events we plan to have. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 24 from 3:00-3:45. For more information on SOS please contact either Mrs. Carroll (icarroll@lfschools.org) or Mrs. Budd (mbudd@lfschools.org). You can also visit the SOS website (https://sourcesofstrength.org/).

Dates to Remember for School No. 1

October 1st to 5th - Week of Respect

Mondays in October - Wear Blue (Bullying Prevention)

October 12th - 8th Grade River Cleanup

October 18th - Fall Pictures

October 8th - School Closed (Columbus Day)

October 26th - Single Session Day

October 31st - PTSA Halloween Pizza Party (Single Session Day)

November 6th - 8th Grade Field Trip to West Point

School No. 1 Student Council News

Congratulations to all representatives accepted into the School No. 1 Student Council!

We would like to introduce our Executive Council Members.

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The National Junior Honor Society

The NJHS had their first meeting on Sept. 27th and the students are all excited for the year ahead. Each member is planning their individual service project for the year, as well as, signing up for their service hours. The members have many opportunities to help here at School #1 to earn their hours by helping other students succeed academically. Next week on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd the NJHS will be meeting with Tinashe Saka, co-founder of Rise Malawi, to present to her a donation that last year's NJHS members raised as their group service project. Throughout all of their activities planned for the year the NJHS will continue to work on the five pillars of the society: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character and Citizenship.
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The Jr. Municipal Alliance

The Jr. Municipal Alliance is a club whose focus is anti-drug/alcohol awareness. Our main goal is to educate the students about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, We work hand and hand with the Little Falls Municipal Alliance to support the message they are getting across to the community by sharing it here with the students at School #1. The club is open to all 7th & 8th grade students. We had our first meeting on Sept. 19th and we began to plan events for Red Ribbon Week which will be Oct. 22nd-26th. The theme for this year's Red Ribbon Week is "Life is a Journey, Travel Drug-Free". Below you will find the schedule of events.

Red Ribbon Week Events


Red Ribbon Week will be October 22nd - 26th. It is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention week annually observed in October. This year’s theme is, Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug-Free. Let’s celebrate being drug-free with a journey to different parts of the World each day. The cafeteria will be helping us celebrate by serving food that you may purchase from our chosen destinations. Check below to see where we are headed!

To help celebrate come to school dressed for that day’s celebration. For example, on Island day you can wear a Hawaiian print shirt. Everyone who dresses has a chance at being the winner of the day! Winners will be announced and prizes given out on Fri. Oct. 26th.

Thanks for your support-

Jr. Municipal Alliance


  • Monday, October 22- “We Can be Drug-free”

Bring in cans of food for our annual “food drive”.

For each can you bring you will earn a chance for a prize.

  • Tuesday, October 23- Mexico “Let’s Taco ‘bout Staying Drug Free”

Mexican Day in Cafeteria: Taco Meat, Cheddar Cheese, Corn, Black Beans, Yellow Rice and Nacho Chips.


  • Wednesday, October 25- Island “Jamaica Me Say Drugs Will “Steel” Your Life Away”

Island Day in Cafeteria: Sweet & Sour Chicken w/ Pineapple Fried Rice or Pineapple/Ham Pizza


  • Thursday, October 25- Route 66 “Life is a Natural Highway”

Rt. 66 Day in Cafeteria: Hamburger/Cheeseburger or a Hot Dog on a Bun w/ French Fries


  • Friday, October 26- Safari “We’re Not Lion - Drugs Are Dangerous”

Red Ribbon Week Assembly

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Careers in Science

The 5th Graders had the pleasure of speaking with former School No. 1 student, Samantha Dilkes, and other scientists at SQZ Biotech. We Skyped with them and heard all of the amazing things they do to find cures for diseases. Our young scientists asked some amazing questions and we were lucky to get first-hand answers from the experts at SQZ Biotech. We were all inspired and can't wait to see who we Skype with next!