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Washington Avenue School News - 10/19/15


Monday 10/19 – 10/22 - Book Fair

Monday 10/26 - Picture Day

Friday 10/30- Halloween Parade- 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11/4 - Early Dismissal

Thursday 11/5 & Friday 11/6 - School Closed - Teacher Convention

Monday 11/9 - Pasta Fundraiser to begin

Wednesday 11/11 - PTO Meeting

Wednesday 11/18-Pasta Orders Due

Friday 11/20 - Pasta Delivery

Wednesday 11/25- Early Dismissal

Thursday 11/26-Friday 11/27 - School Closed -Thanksgiving

Principal's Update - Mary Quigley

The mural project has been amazing. The children are mesmerized as they pass by on their way to music on the stage. Thank you to all involved with this creation.

As with the Week of Respect, the NJ Dept. of Ed asks all schools to observe School Violence Awareness Week. The legislature has set aside these weeks to highlight these very important issues, however as a school we know the importance of sharing with students a clear, consistent message about positive behavioral expectations throughout the school year that will help to reduce violence and create safe and supportive learning environments for all of our students and staff. Ms. Rabadeau, our security guard will be talking with 2nd and 3rd graders this week on how TV and video games that promote violence influence children. For parents, the link will provide you with current research on the Impact of media violence.

WAS PTO President's UPDATE Michelle Lease

A huge THANK YOU out to all our terrific volunteers this week! The buzz and energy at the school was so great on Friday....we had handful of busy parents painting the mural, tons helping out with pizza day and a terrific power team who set up the book fair in less then 3 hours! We are so lucky to have such a dedicated parent community!

Our amazing ASE team of Alicia Ruggerio, Rosemary Mannino & Julie Carles are in the final year of their 2-year volunteer term. We are soliciting WAS parents to see who might be interested in running the After School Enrichment Program next year. We have 3 spots open, so please let us know if you are interested in being involved in this exciting program for our school. We would like the new team to shadow the existing team this Spring to help with the transition. We are also looking for someone to chair our Holiday Luminary Fundraiser. Please email if you are interested in chairing ASE or the luminary fundraiser.

This is an exciting week at WAS. Our Book Fair kicks off on Monday. We hope you can stop by to volunteer or just shop! It's a terrific way to add to your children's reading library while supporting the school. Below is a detailed listing of the events. We are in the home stretch with the mural! It looks so fantastic! This week we will be applying the protective clear coat on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. After visiting the book fair, we would love for you to stop by & help paint & bring us over the finish line! It's very cathartic!

Thank you from the PTO

Sarah Apgar, Megan Furst & Mandy Pyper for all their hard work planning, organizing & setting up the super cute MONSTER scholastic book fair. Thank you to Mr. Nick, Mr. John and Mr. Greg for pulling their resources together so beautifully to coordinate the Scholastic book delivery, to hang our banner, and to get all of the tables. Maria Hill & Barbara Hedges were a huge help in distributing fair materials. And Mary Rabadeau for help in getting the books into the school, she always goes above and beyond! And last but not least, Dawn Druhot for pitching in to set up the registers at the last minute.

Jamie Troiano
and Jen Shuck for their efforts planning our successful WAS Walk to School Day.


Hello everyone. Just wanted to bring you up-to-date on the happenings in the gym and around WAS. The second and third graders just finished their fitness assessments...and they did terrific. I couldn't have been more proud of them. We then do all of the assessments agai in the spring to see how much they improved. I'm sure it will be a lot. The first graders just finished using hula-hoops and did some spinning, rolling and some circus stunts. Just ask them.

Because of all of their hard work, they are being rewarded with a choice day. I can't wait to wee what they pick. (though Mushpot is a good guess on my part). Next we will be doing speed stacking. THIS is cool!!!!!!

Outside of the gym we have a few things going on. As respects the Great Wolf Lodge trip, the rooms are filling up quickly so call and reserve yours soon. If you want an upgraded or "themed" room you have to call group sales and ask for Cory. Tell him you are with WAS and he will help you. Finally, the Gift Certificate promotion is underway, so get enough to pay for your room and use the "wolf bucks" for food and fun. CALL ME with any questions or concerns.

Finally, we will be heading to the circus sometime in March. Be on the lookout for information about this fun trip.

See you all soon.

Mr. A.

A Letter from Kelly Medvin, School Counselor

Hello Parents,

I will be offering small group counseling again this year. Small groups support and enhance the development of personal and social skills and promote educational success. Small groups provide additional social-emotional learning experiences and gives the students a chance to belong, a chance to express themselves, and a chance to benefit from the support of group members.

The small groups that I am considering for this year are as follows:

Buddy Group (Social Skills): Friendship groups are intended for students who need or would like to work on strengthening their friendship skills. Groups will focus on acknowledging and strengthening our friendship qualities we have to offer others, how to connect and communicate with others, building friendly behaviors and dealing with friendship problems.

Butterflies (anxiety and stress): This group is intended for students who need or would like to work on dealing with and managing their anxiety. Group will explore the triggers of anxiety and build skills to handle that area more effectively.

Transitions (on an as-needed basis) – this can be a group comprised of students from varying grades whose parents are divorced or going through a divorce.

These groups will start in November and will meet for 30 minutes per week for six weeks (with the potential to extend). Teachers can refer students who they feel will benefit from small group support and parents can refer as well.

If you have a child that you feel would benefit from one of these groups please email me or call me to discuss.

Thanks so much!

Kelly Medvin

Kindness Corner

One of the features of our mural is a "kindness garden" featuring random acts of kindness for the kids to be inspired by. The walls are adored by over 30 suggestions of kind acts such as bake cookies for firefighters, leave your parents a love note & bring the crossing guard hot cocoa, etc. We can't wait to unveil the mural for the kids to enjoy!

A great website to check out more random acts of kindness ideas for your kids!




Mon, Oct 19th – Thurs, Oct 22nd

OPEN DAILY, 8:30 am – 3:15 pm

Preview Days-Monday & Tuesday

Buy Days-Wednesday & Thursday (see schedule below for class schedule)

Family Night on Tuesday, Oct 20th from 6 - 7 pm.

Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! While parents shop, children

Will enjoy story time and entertainment from John Arthur from the Library of

the Chathams. The evening will conclude with the poster raffle when we’ll

pick 3 lucky winners per grade!

Coffee & Books on Thursday, Oct 22nd from 7:30 – 8:30 am.

Grab a cup of coffee while finishing up your book fair shopping!

We would love for you to volunteer!

SCHOOL HOURS Opportunities:

  • Cashier, Floaters, Set Up, Breakdown

FAMILY NIGHT Opportunities:

  • Please consider being a FLOATER, CASHIER or a READER!

Questions? Please contact Sarah Apgar/

Say Cheese!

Picture Day is next Monday, October 26th. Retake Day is December 2th. Picture order forms will be sent home this week in backpacks.

Box Tops due this week!

A reminder to turn in your BOXTOPS in by October 23rd. The classes that collect over 1,000 will get a popsicle party!


Please visit our PTO Community Corner for more information on these and other community and programs. CLICK HERE TO VISIT COMMUNITY CORNER.

Chatham House Tour - Chatham Middle School PTO's "Let's Celebrate!" House Tour and major fundraiser is just days away, October 22nd from 10AM-2PM.
Tickets are $40 in advance through Community Pass $45 the day of the event.
Please visit for more information.

Chatham Halloween Parade - Saturday October 31st 1:00-3:00, meet on the front lawn of Ogden Church. Prizes awarded for Best Costume, Scariest Costume, Most Creative Costume. After costume judging, children and their parents are invited to visit Participating Merchants. The Library of The Chathams will then be screening “ It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” @ 2:15. This event will be held rain or shine!

7th ​Annual Lafayette School Rummage Sale:​ S​tart cleaning out your closets, garage and basement and save your gently used items to donate to the annual Lafayette School “Kids Stuff” Rummage Sale! The sale offers anything and everything for children from birth through teenage years, as well as adult clothing and shoes. After you’ve donated, join us and find some great bargains. Sale date is Saturday, November 14​, 9am-2pm. We are offering an Early Bird Entry option at 8AM for $5 per adult! Please send any questions to LAFRUMMAGE@GMAIL.COM.​The detailed flyer for the sale can be found at t​his link.

CEF Trivia Night:​ S​ave the Date for Chatham Education Foundation’s 3rd Annual Trivia Night-Saturday, N​ovember 14, 2015. A ​wicked fun evening to benefit Chatham's public schools! Registration Opens October 15th!

Flyers and Additional Information