The Wildcat Weekly

Volume 1 Issue 16

January 7, 2022

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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 10 Deadline for 8th Grade DC Trip Registration

Monday, January 17 No School: Martin Luther King Jr Day

Tuesday, January 18 BOE Meeting 7pm @ Performing Arts Room

Wednesday, January 19 PiE Meeting 7pm Virtual Info below

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*sent to the DTS community on January 6th*


Dear DTS Faculty, Staff and Families,


In a collaborative effort to keep our school safely open for full day in person learning, DTS has continued to adjust to the daily challenges that we are facing with staffing, transportation, lunches/ snacks, and student contact tracing. Mr. Lipson will continue to share specific updates and strategies that our school will be using to help mitigate risks and address these challenges.


In making future decisions, our district agreed that DTS will continue to prioritize preserving safe in-person instruction by increasing/ implementing responsible mitigation strategies to help keep our school safely open.


After today's HC DOH school briefing and receiving input and guidance from the DTS Board, DTS Safe Restart Committee, Faculty, Staff, Administration, HCRHS sending districts and HC DOH officials, the guidelines below will be implemented for DTS as follows:


Effective the Monday following a Red activity designation in the Hunterdon County Region, DTS will implement the additional safety precautions outlined below. These precautions and protocols will be reviewed on a case by case basis to assist the school district in safely mitigating risk to remain open for Full Day In-person instruction:


Week 1 in Red- Temporary Pause on- School visitors unless essential, field trips, use of facilities by outside organizations (Note- DTS student groups may continue when following all school safety protocols including increasing SD/ proper masking/ limiting spectator capacity), large school wide activities, and in person conferences/ large group faculty/parent meetings.


Week 2 in Red- additional Temporary Pause as needed on- select after school activities, extra curricular clubs and activities, sports and use of facilities by DTS student organizations. Additional precautions and protocols will remain fluid and be determined on an individual basis. All school safety protocols must be followed and enhanced protocols must include limited capacity, appropriate masking, and enhanced hygiene/ SD protocols.


More updates will be shared throughout the month as needed. Each of these areas will be reconsidered for adjustment of the 'temporary pause' status and will be determined on a case by case basis. Further guidance is anticipated and will be forthcoming regarding Use of Facilities and Testing/ Vaccination status for student participation in athletics/ extracurricular activities while in Red.


Please note, effective immediately-

DTS After Care will continue to be provided by the Hunterdon County YMCA, is anticipated to be available throughout Red designation and will follow their specific guidelines, precautions and protocols.


DTS Music, Chorus and Band programs are anticipated to continue throughout the Red designation and will implement the additional precautions and protocols determined for their respective programs.


DTS will be following the current HCRHS guidelines for student participation in athletics/ extra curricular activities that state- "Unless mandated by the DOH, our district will NOT require or mandate vaccination/ testing for student participation in athletic/ extracurricular activities. The current guidance on this issue is NOT a mandate."


Again, we appreciate your flexibility and acceptance of these responsible recommendations as we navigate through these upcoming challenges. While I understand that we all have different opinions on what is the best road forward for our school, I urge all DTS Faculty members, Staff and Board members and our families to remain cooperative as we implement these guidelines to help keep our classrooms safely open for in person learning.


Sincerely,


Dr. R. Wiener

Message from Mr. Lipson

Dear Parents & Guardians,


In an abundance of caution, and to ensure that students are socially distanced from peers while eating, Grades 1, 3, and 6 began eating in the Performing Arts Room yesterday (Thursday). It went very smoothly, and students adjusted quickly to their new location. As we mentioned during each lunch period, our hope is that this is temporary, and that the students can return to the cafeteria soon for lunch.

Please note the following:


  • To minimize the number of students on line, they will not be able to purchase snacks during this time period.
  • We will be postponing pizza Fridays from Nicola's Pizzeria until further notice.


DTS continues to be committed to providing full day, in-person instruction to your children. Please read Mrs. Verma's helpful tips below to ensure your children remain in school.


Don't forget-if your children are fully vaccinated, please let Mrs. Verma in the nurse's office know. If they are not showing symptoms, they do not have to quarantine and be excluded from school when identified as a close contact.


Stay healthy and safe,


Scott Lipson

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Here are a few key points to remember as our infection rates are going up and we are moving into the winter months.


Ways to avoid being a close contact


  • Fully vaccinated students and staff members (two weeks after their second dose) do not have to be quarantined if they are identified as a close contact of a positive person and are not having any symptoms of illness.
  • Anyone who has had covid-19 in the last 90 days and is identified as a close contact of a positive person does not have to quarantine. After 90 days your immunity to the disease decreases and you would have to comply with the quarantine guidelines.


Best ways to stop the spread


  • Stay home when feeling sick, get tested quickly, wear a well fitted mask indoors, maintain 6 feet social distance, wash or sanitize hands frequently, clean frequently touched surfaces, and get vaccinated.
  • Students and staff should stay home if experiencing any symptom of illness. If they start experiencing a second symptom of illness, get to a doctor and get tested, even if fully vaccinated.
  • All students and staff that are identified as close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, should be monitored closely for any illness symptoms for 14 days and if having any symptoms should get tested right away.


Guides & Fact Sheets


8th Grade DC Trip

Information about the 8th Grade Washington DC trip in June can be found below.


DTS Washington DC Trip


Please note that registration for this trip must be submitted by January 10th.

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PiE (Partners in Education) is an all-volunteer, community organization that supports enrichment opportunities for school age residents in the community of Delaware Township. Check out our website to learn more and get involved (www.dtspie.com)!


PENNY WAR Winners Announced - $1,672.48 raised!


Thank you all for making the first ever PiE Penny War a huge success. A total of $1,672.48 was raised which is being donated to the Flemington Food Pantry. PiE will be providing an ice cream treat to the winning homerooms in the elementary and middle schools. To determine the winning homerooms, the buckets were weighed.


The winners (along with the top three) are:


Elementary School

First place - Ms. Weinhoffer’s class - 12,940 grams

Second place - Ms. Blair’s class - 12,089 grams

Third place - Ms. Wheatley’s class - 7,202 grams


Middle School

First place - Ms. Mazzucco’s class - 9,411 grams

Second place - Ms. Hardy’s class - 4,051 grams

Third place - Ms. Bennett’s class - 2,441 grams


Thank you to the teachers for building up excitement and incorporating this into your classes.


Events Postponed


Given the priority to keep students in school full days and the current state of affairs, PiE is postponing the following events. We know these are not ideal changes for everyone but we are trying to communicate as we are made informed so everyone can plan accordingly. Any questions, please reach out to dtspie@gmail.com


  1. Roller Skating Family Night - originally planned for January, this is now rescheduled to Sunday, February 20, 2022 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  2. Bash the Trash Assembly - originally planned for December, we hope to reschedule later this year.

  3. After-School Enrichment - originally planned to start in February, we will be rescheduling to start a month later in March. Details are being worked out about which days/weeks so please keep an eye out for further updates but registration information will now not be coming out in January.


Upcoming PiE activities - next 2 meetings are virtual!!


DTS Yearbooks

The 21-22 Yearbooks are now on sale! Please see below for more information.


**Order by December 31st to avoid a surcharge!!**

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2022-2023 Kindergarten Information

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We are now in the process of compiling a list of children who will be eligible to start

Kindergarten in September 2022. Due to the pandemic, we will not have in-person registration.


If you have a child in your household who will be 5 years of age on or before October 1, 2022, please complete the survey below.


DTS Kindergarten Survey

Athletics Schedules

Delaware Township School is proud to offer many athletic opportunities

for students in Grades 5-8.

Click here for more information and grade level eligibility.


Below are our sports schedules for the Winter season.

Click on each sport for a schedule of games.

Maschio's Food Services

December Lunch Menu


Maschio's Food Services will be offering lunch to all DTS students at no cost

for the entire 2021-2022 school year. Please click here for more information.


Click here if you would like to add money to your child's account

for additional lunch or snack purchases.

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Sustainability Policy Update


The Board of Education adopted the customized and updated Sustainability Policy on 12/21/2021. Target areas include endorsing Sustainability in the new Strategic Plan, implementing climate friendly actions in our school, promoting renewable energy production and energy savings, and educating students, parents, and our community on the impact of global climate change. For more information, please see the full policy on the District website.


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Delaware Township School's Green Team will host an Earth Day Celebration on

Thursday, April 14th at Delaware Township School. The theme of this event will be

sustainability. Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the

ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This event will be open to all students

as well as the community. There will be a variety of booths showcasing sustainability

ranging from nutrition to information from a local park ranger. We hope to have students

participate by setting up their own booths. A survey will be sent directly to students asking

about their interest. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming months and mark

your calendars now. Thank you!

What's Happening Around Town?

DT Rec Commission-All Township Recreation activities at Delaware Township School will be postponed for the month of January. This includes:


  • Adult Indoor Soccer
  • Adult Indoor VolleyBall
  • Adult Indoor Basketball
  • Teen Basketball/Open Gym on Friday Nights


Seasonal Ice Skating Rink - Plans are in the works for the seasonal Ice Skating Rink. Check the Township website for updated information.

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Hunterdon Hoops Winter Basketball Training 2-8th Boys & Girls

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United NJ AAU Basketball Tryouts, 4-11th Grade Boys & Girls

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Community Garden Survey

In an effort to assess whether there is interest and support for a community garden, the Delaware Township Environmental Commission would like you to take a few minutes and complete the attached survey. The results of this survey will better help the Delaware Township Environmental Commission serve the needs of the township residents.


Please click here to view the survey.

Newsletter Submission

The Wildcat Weekly is published every Friday.


In cases where it is a shortened week, the publication date may be adjusted.

If you would like something published in the newsletter, please email your submission to slipson@dtsk8nj.org by each Tuesday at 3:30pm. Please include the length of time you'd like your information to be in the newsletter.


All submissions must be approved by the school administration

before being included in the newsletter.