Stoy School

Principal's Bulletin

January 29, 2016

Important Construction and Traffic Information

We have been given information from the construction managers that on either Monday, February 1, 2016 or Tuesday, February 2, 2016 the concrete for the floor of our new Multi-Purpose Room will be poured. This process will involve cement mixers and trucks entering and exiting the area next to our playground on Patton Ave. for most of the morning. It is my understanding that once the process begins, it is important that the work continues until it is complete and as a result could affect traffic during our morning drop-off time. Therefore, though Patton Ave. will “officially” remain open and students will still enter the building using the door near the Main Office as they normally do, we recommend that for these two days, parents/guardians who choose to drive their students to Stoy School seek an alternate route.

Instead of driving up Patton Ave. and dropping students off outside of the Main Office, we suggest that (following all of the normal driving laws and regulations) parents/guardians use the “Stoy School Side” of Briarwood Ave. to drop off their students with the children exiting the passenger side of their cars on to the sidewalk.

Similarly, students who normally walk on Ivywood Ave. to Patton Ave. should backtrack to Pyle Ave. and then come to school along Briarwood Ave. It is also recommended that students who normally walk to school using Memorial Ave. and Patton Ave., instead walk from Memorial Ave. to Buckner Ave. to Briarwood Ave. in order to avoid the construction vehicle area.

We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for these two days, but we appreciate your understanding and your patience, and thank you for working with us during this exciting time in Stoy School’s history!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Remember To Dress Warmly!

In the interest of their overall health, it is important for children to be outside as much as possible. During winter months, out students will go out on the playground except in the extreme cold when temperatures "feel like" 20 degrees or below, or in snowy/icy conditions. Therefore, we ask that students wear appropriate clothing to school for the winter conditions that may exist (i.e. hats, gloves, scarves and/or boots). We would appreciate your support in this effort!

Give Kids A Smile Day!

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CHARACTER COUNTS! Everywhere, All The Time....

Each fall our character education program is reintroduced to each elementary school student. Since 2003, CHARACTER COUNTS! has been used by the Haddon Township School District as a means of enhancing our students’ abilities to make appropriate choices, both in and out of school. Based on the CHARACTER COUNTS Coalition model, we offer our students, teachers, parents, and administrators a common language that can be used when discussing good character. This common language is centered on the coalition’s framework, which we believe is the essence of good character, and is based on the “Six Pillars of Character”

  • TRUSTWORTHINESS — integrity, honesty, promise-keeping, loyalty
  • RESPECT — courtesy, autonomy, dignity, diversity, Golden Rule
  • RESPONSIBILITY — duty, accountability, pursuit of excellence
  • FAIRNESS — openness, consistency, impartiality
  • CARING — kindness, compassion, empathy
  • CITIZENSHIP — lawfulness, common good, environment

Though we will have a monthly focus, CHARACTER COUNTS! is not an “add-on” program for our schools that diverts attention from our academic curriculum. It is not another “thing” on the proverbial plates of the students’ and teachers’ already full days. Rather, character education is the plate itself, on which all other school activities can be started. CHARACTER COUNTS! presents itself in “teachable moments” throughout each school day and is constantly defined, modeled, and promoted throughout the year. So, as the school year gets underway, please have those conversations with your children regarding the Six Pillars of Character and how they pertain to their lives in and out of school.

For the month of February, we will focus on Trustworthiness.

Upcoming Events

  • February 4, 2016 - Preschool Registration; 9:00am - 10:30am @ Edison School

  • February 9, 2016 - "Friday Schedule"

  • February 12, 2016 - No School For Students

  • February 15, 2016 - No School - President's Day

  • February 18, 2016 - Kindergarten Registration; 1:00pm - 2:30pm @ Jennings School

Parking Reminder

Just a reminder.... Please respect local police department ordinances with regard to stopping and parking around our school. Parents/guardians may not stop and wait, or park on Patton Avenue or Briarwood Avenue along the yellow curbs. The same holds true for neighboring streets along yellow curbs and in any areas where “no parking” is posted. Parents stopping and parking in these areas can create a dangerous situation for students and may be ticketed by officers of the Haddon Township Police Department who are monitoring this situation on a regular basis during any of the pick-up and drop-off times occurring throughout the day.

Additionally, please be respectful and considerate of our residential neighbors and take care not to block their driveways or pedestrian crosswalks even if only for a few minutes. People not adhering to the local traffic laws create a real danger for students traveling to and from school. Please keep in mind that we are all responsible for the safety of our students.

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Stoy School Website

We use our Stoy School website ( as a form of communication and information sharing with you. Digital versions of the Parent and Student Handbook, the Acceptable Use Policy, Curriculum guides, calendars, the Stoy School Wednesday Information Folder and the like can all be found here. We encourage you to visit our website often to see what is happening at Stoy. If, however, you do not have access to the Internet, please feel free to contact the office and request copies of all that is posted.