Berkeley Township Elementary School

March 2018 Updates

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BTES Happenings!

Last Month's Highlights!

February was a great month at BTES, highlighted by the Kindness Cash decorating the school! We had such an overwhelming response to this program and we thank Mrs. Kakos and Ms. Reilly for all of your hard work and creativity in setting this plan into motion. The Kindness Cash was able to spread compliments to just about every person at BTES, students and staff together! Thank you to everyone who participated :)

Our DARE program is underway with the fifth grade classes and the students are loving it! Officer Scott spends a lot of time working with out students making sure they are aware of the dangers associated with drugs and alcohol. Thank you Officer Scott for your positive influence and messages to our students at BTES.

The Potter Creek Crusaders took an awesome trip to MATES in February. The students had a wonderful time and learned a lot! Thank you to Mrs. Palagonia for leading the charge at BTES :)

Thank you to all that came out to help honor our Honor Roll students for the 2nd Marking Period! We had a wonderful group of students achieve this status and we are very proud of them. BTES is full of hard working and dedicated students.

We also hosted another Top Dog Lunch for the Students of the Month. This awesome group of students ate pizza, shared stories, and laughed together while hanging out with Mr. Prima and Mr. Waldron. Thank you all for spreading your positivity, hard work, and enthusiasm for school. We appreciate you!

Thank you to our 5th grade teachers who sponsored a wonderful career day on Friday 2/23. We had many great visitors who were able to share their experiences with the students.

We are looking forward to a very positive and fun-filled month ahead!

Important Dates in March

March 2 - Read Across America Day

March 5 - PARCC Infrastructure Trial

March 6 - 6th Grade CRMS Orientation (Anderson, Steller and Guy)

March 8 - Hip Hop Assembly

March 9 - Fun Fest & Theme Day: Wear Your Favorite Hoodie Day

March 12 - 6th Grade CRMS Orientation (Peterson, Meyer and Mulholland)

March 13 - 5th Grade Family UNO Night

March 13 - 6th Grade CRMS Orientation (Maione, Guarascio and Cooney)

March 14 - 6th Grade Family UNO Night

March 14 - 6th Grade CRMS Orientation (Lapsley, Brown and Turanyi)

March 15 - Wax Museum Presentation

March 19 - PTA Meeting and TOP DOG Honoring

March 23 - Boys Assembly

March 30 - April 8 - School Closed - Spring Recess

School Reopens April 9th

Family UNO Night

Calling all families! UNO Night is coming soon! We are inviting all families to sign up to come to our first ever Family UNO Night. We will give you the chance to play the classic card game with your family and against others! Just a night a fun and community!

March 13th - 5th Grade Families

March 14th - 6th Grade Families

We hope to see you all there!

The Nurse's Nook!

March is National Nutrition Month is a great resource for Nutrition information and ways to stay healthy! MyPlate recommends filling half your plate at meals with fruits and vegetables and making at least half of your grains, whole grains. Not everyone has the same eating habits. That's why the My Plate, My Wins program at is a great option for finding a healthy eating style that works for you. This program suggests that making small changes at a time and celebrating the milestones or "wins" along the way, can make a big impact over time! Visit for Recipes, Healthy Eating on a Budget Tips, and many other great resources!

Please call the nurse with any further questions at 732-269-2909, ext. 2005.

- Mrs. Cofone, BTES School Nurse

PTA Monthly!

Meeting Date: Monday March 19 at 6pm in the auditorium

Immediately following the meeting, we will honor the Top Dog Winners of the Month!

Everyone's excited for Fun Fest coming up on March 9, with lots of games, prizes, and raffles for the students to enjoy. Tickets are still on sale. Please send your money into the main office as soon as possible. We look forward to an amazing day!

Come out and be a champion of reading and support the Scholastic Book Fair running from March 22 through March 29. We will also have the renowned author of Because of Mr. Terupt, Rob Buyea, visiting on March 26! What a great chance for the students and families to meet a talented author!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to us at or ask us at the meeting!

Kakos Korner

The Power of Positive Self-Talk

Self-talk is the stream of thoughts that run endlessly in one’s head. The thoughts can be positive or negative...optimistic or pessimistic. How one talks to one’s self has a direct impact on their self esteem, their physical and emotional well being, and their overall outlook on life. By teaching our children the coping skill of positive self-talk, we are teaching them a valuable lesson on how to cope with stress more effectively and ultimately, we are teaching them how to achieve happiness. : )

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Artists of the Month

We would like to take the time to recognize our three Artists of the Month. Congratulations on your hard work, creativity, and talent in the art field. These students were chosen to have their art work hung in the hallway for the month for the school to see. Awesome job and keep up the great work!

Student Council Updates

Our student council members are working hard helping the PTA get ready for FunFest! Thank you to the students for all of their time!

Student council will also be hosting a bake sale at our Family Uno Nights! Please help support the Student Council while enjoying a night of games and sweets!

Mary Poppins

Greetings BTES families,

Our Drama Club is underway with rehearsals of our rendition of Mary Poppins, Jr. Please "Save the Date" and join us on May 10th and May 11th for our evening performances for all families. In addition, on May 11th we will host our 2nd Annual Pasta Dinner. More information to follow.

Our actors, actresses, dancers, chorus ensemble and stage crew are hard at work practicing their lines, songs and acting abilities to provide you with one of the best performances at BTES!

Can you spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

Forward? Backwards? Stay tuned for more updates and sneak previews of the tricky things Mary Poppins is up to!

After School Sports - Flag Football

Starting within the next few weeks, our after school sport will be Flag Football with Mr. Prima and Mr. Waldron. We are looking forward to a change of pace and attracting new students to come out and play!

As a reminder, please send in the permission slip signed that your child's teacher sent home. Pickup will be at 2:50 each week.

Thank you!

Congressman MacArthur's Reading Challenge

Congressman Tom MacArthur is sponsoring a reading challenge for all students in the Third Congressional District. Students are asked to read 3 books and submit the form below by March 16, 2018 in order to receive a Congressional Certificate. This is a wonderful way to recognize your child's reading accomplishments! Thank you and Happy Reading!!

Reminder: Cell Phone Procedures

At BTES we have decided to create a user friendly cell phone rule. We have shared this with the students on multiple occasions and want to make sure that we are all on the same page. When students bring their phones to school, they should be set off and kept in their bookbag during the school day. When riding the bus, the students may use their phones for music ONLY! There should be no games, calling, texting, photographing, or video taping on the bus. While using their phones for music they MUST ALSO have an earbud in one ear, leaving the other ear open for messages or announcements.

If this rule is not followed, we will be forced to eliminate the use of all phones while on school property.

Thank you for your continued support.


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