The Village School Bluebird

October/November 2022

Fall Greetings!

Dear VES Families,

We are pleased that our school year is off to a great start! I am so proud of our Villagers for their positive energy and for working hard to be their best every day!

Our fabulous teachers were so excited to meet you during our first in person Back to School Night in two years. We had a wonderful evening sharing highlights of the great work and learning happening in our classrooms! Thank you for being a part of the Village School Family and joining us as partners in your child's education.

Visit the VES website for additional information and to view our Twitter feed!

Enjoy the season!

Ms. Lacy


Week of Respect!

During the Week of Respect (Octeber 3-7) we focused on making the world a warmer place by radiating respect. Students learned that they could radiate respect by being courteous and polite, getting to know people before judging them, listening to what other people have to say and being sensitive to other people's feelings. Villagers strive to radiate respect by following the rules and managing own emotions instead of using insults, making fun of others or name calling. Villagers learned that an easy way to show respect is by treating people the way you would like to be treated!

Villagers participated in themed Spirit Days and Morning Meeting activities focused on the topic for the day. Be sure to talk with your child about the activities and reinforce that we are always looking for students to show respect throughout the year towards themselves, others and our school.

School Picture Days at VES, 10/10 and 10/11

Individual school pictures will be taken at VES by Milan Rose Studios. Forms were sent home via backpack mail. Picture makeup dates will be scheduled and communicated at a later date.

Picture Days:

  • Monday, October 10th
  • Tuesday, October 11th

Halloween Happenings - Monday, October 31st

As Halloween approaches, we would like to inform you of upcoming activities in which your children are welcomed to participate. On Monday, October 31st, we will kickoff the day with our annual Readers' Theater assemblies. VES students will be entertained by staff as they use their silliest voices to read Halloween stories. Students will participate in a fun and interactive large group read aloud, then each class will share collaboratively written poetry!

Halloween parties will take place in every classroom. Parties will be planned, facilitated and attended by room parents and their designees only. Designated parent participants are required to check in at the front door sign-in station upon arrival.

Students are welcome to wear VES/Monty gear or Halloween costumes for their class parties. Costumes should be quick and easy to change into/out of and be free of props/weapons. Your child’s teacher(s) and room parents will provide classroom party details.

Alternative activities will be available for students not participating in Halloween activities. Just let your child's teacher know so we can plan accordingly. Thank you for your support and cooperation in making Halloween organized, safe, and fun for everyone!

VES' Virtual Trick or Treat for UNICEF Drive

Virtual UNICEF Drive - Once again, Village Elementary School students under the leadership of our Fourth grade Peer Partners, will be participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF! All Villagers will be learning how UNICEF supports children around the world.

Please use this link to help your child and VES support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year! Thank you so much for helping us achieve our goal!

PTA Happenings

Our Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) have so much to offer to students and families and they are instrumental in supporting our teachers and schools! Stay tuned to ways you can volunteer and support important fundraisers while also helping VES!

Check out the web links below! Your involvement is appreciated!

The Montgomery Elementary School PTA (MESPTA)

Use this link to learn more about the PTA, how to become a member and ways to get involved.

The MES PTA has planned a Let's Go to the Movies Outing with a special Halloween screening of The Addams Family on Sunday, October 23rd at 11:00am at Hillsborough Cinemas. Space is limited. Students may come in costume. Prizes, goodies and raffles will be available.

Registration opening soon!

Montgomery Special Education PTA (MSEPTA)

Learn about MSEPTA's mission and goals and ways you can help by clicking on the link above.

Technology Class Updates

Due to an injury, Technology teacher, Ms. Leimbacher has been out. She has worked closely with the substitute to ensure that the technology curriculum continues to be delivered to Villagers.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences will be held on November 17, 18, 21, & 22. Parent teacher conferences are a chance for you to meet with your child’s teacher(s) to discuss their participation, learning habits and progress for this school year.

Parents can sign up for conferences in the Parent Portal from November 1-13. More information and details regarding sign up directions will be sent to parents at the end of October.

Important Dates:

MTSD District Calendar 2022-2023

Schools Closed for Students, Staff Inservice: October 24

Schools Closed, New Jersey Teachers Convention: November 10-11

Parent Teacher Conferences - Early/1:35 Dismissal for Students: November 17-18, 21-22. Details are included in this issue. (Lunch is served on early dismissal days. Recess is cancelled. Parent pickup will begin at 1:20/1:25).

Early/1:35 Dismissal: November 23

Schools Closed , Thanksgiving Recess - November 24-25