VES Bluebird Update

May/June 2018

Summer Well Wishes

It is hard to believe that the 2017-2018 school year is winding down. We are so proud of our teachers and staff for their daily dedication and hard work. They continually work to improve their craft, and for that we are grateful. We would also like to thank Mrs. Huang and Mrs. Friedman and the many parents who have tirelessly worked to plan events that make VES unique. The hours you dedicate to our school community do not go unnoticed!


June 21st, our last day of school, will be an early dismissal day. All the best to our fourth graders moving up to LMS. We look forward to welcoming our incoming third and fourth grade students on the first day of school, September 6th.


Thank you, VES families for your involvement and support. Have a safe, relaxing and happy summer!

Third Grade Music Concerts and Art Show

Join us for a Musical Celebration and Art Show planned just for you by our third grade class under the direction of Dr. Bell and Mrs. O'Connor. We look forward to seeing you!


Thursday, May 31

Village School Gymnasium

Concert One - 6:30

Concert Two - 7:30


Please see the concert email sent earlier this month from your child's teacher and Dr. Bell for details.

Moving Up Party

Thursday, May 31st 2018 at 7pm

Montgomery Lower Middle School

All of the fourth graders from VES are invited to a MOVIN' ON UP PARTY at their new school - LMS! This is a free event where our 4th graders can get more familiar with their new school. Your child must be registered in order to attend. Every child must be walked in by a parent or guardian and checked in at our registration table in order to participate.

PTA Spring Festival - New date

Friday, June 15th 2018 at 6:30pm

244 Orchard Road

Montgomery, NJ

Come to the MES PTA sponsored Spring Fest. Enjoy food, games and fun! Rain Date: 6/15

Fourth Grade Band Concert at MHS

Monday, June 4th 2018 at 7pm

1016 County Road 601

Montgomery, NJ

All fourth grade band students will be performing in their last concert of the year. Come and see how their practice has paid off!

Spring Chorus and Orchestra Concert at MHS

Wednesday, June 6th 2018 at 7pm

1016 County Road 601

Montgomery, NJ

Come and watch our fourth grader chorus and orchestra perform for the last time this year.

VES Fun Day

Spring is here and we are getting close to wrapping up another successful year of Health and Physical Education at VES. That means it is almost time for our annual VES Fun Day! The VES Physical Education Team looks forward to organizing a day of fun and physical activity with the help of the PTA and our many parent volunteers.


Please read the message from the PTA below:

This year VES Fun Day will be held on Thursday, June 7th. Every year we celebrate the end of a successful school year with a full day of fun and activities which include many of our students’ favorite games and activities that they learned and played throughout the school year.


Activities include: Team Pin Guard; Relay Races; Jailbreak; Fire Brigade (water activity), Just Dance; Carnival Games; Yearbook Signing and more... The kids are going to have a great time!


Parent volunteers can help by supervising and assisting with running the stations. Participating in the activities and having some fun yourselves is encouraged and will be greatly appreciated by our students. Please click here and take a look at the stations and times for an activity that you would be willing to help us run. Thank you for all your help!

Placement for the 2018-2019 School Year

As the end of the year approaches, plans for classroom placements are being made. Ms. Lacy and Mrs. Maccarone work closely with teachers, supervisors, and guidance counselors to place current 3rd and 4th graders. OHES administrators, Mrs. Scotti and Mrs. Dudley, place current 2nd graders into 3rd grade with our assistance. Ms. Lacy and Mrs. Maccarone place all 4th graders into 5th grade with assistance from Lower Middle School administrators, Mr. Mike Richards and Mrs. Kichura.


All students will be placed in heterogeneous classes with the best possible teacher match, a positive group of classmates, and a few familiar students from previous classes. Any specific academic needs will be taken into consideration first. We cannot honor requests for specific teachers, and requests for specific students can present a challenge. However, we will always consider input regarding special circumstances or information the school does not already have. Pertinent information shared in previous years must be resubmitted. Letters or emails must be in writing and received by June 21st.


Please trust us to make the best placement possible for all children. It is important to us that students have successful academic and developmentally appropriate experiences in school with talented and caring teachers. Final placement information will be available in August.

From the Health Office

Patricia Cizin - Phone (609) 466-7606 (ext. 2600) Fax (609) 466-7190


If your child currently has medication in stock in the health office, please plan to stop by anytime on June 20th to pick it up. New Jersey state law prohibits public schools from storing medications in the health office over the summer. This includes Epi-Pens, inhalers, insulin, eye drops, and prescription and non-prescription medications, such as Tylenol, Advil or Benadryl. All medications not picked up by a parent by 1:30 p.m. on June 21, 2018 will be discarded in compliance with state regulations. Students are not allowed to carry any medication home in their backpacks as per Montgomery Township School District policy. Exceptions cannot be made to this policy.



If your student has a Life Threatening Allergy or Asthma please have the appropriate medical forms completed by your child’s physician for the 2017-2018 school year and bring them to the Health Office (along with any medication) before the first day of school. We cannot use this year’s completed forms.


Health Forms for the 2018-2019 school year will be sent to parents electronically. Please log onto your Parent Resources account to ensure the email address on file reflects a current working email address.



The Health Office at VES wishes you and your family a happy and safe summer!

Retirement Well Wishes

After many wonderful years in education, please join us in wishing the very best to Mrs. Antoniewicz, our Media Center Specialist, Mrs. Rothwell, our Learning Consultant, and Mrs. Nicholas, our speech therapist. VES will truly miss them and we wish them all the very best in retirement.

Report Card Access

3rd marking period report cards will be available online starting June 21st at 1:30. They will be available to view, print and save.

To log in:

1. Visit https://parents.mtsd.k12.nj.us

2. Enter your username (your email address), and your password. If you forgot your password, use the "Forgot My Password" link just below the Login button. your password will be sent by email in a few minutes.


If you are unable to log in or do not have an account, please contact Jaime Velez at jvelez@mtsd.us.

Lost and Found Clothing Donation

The PTA has picked up the lost and found items and will be donating them in early summer. If there is something that you are missing, please email Mrs. Irma Gatzen at irma@rgatzen.com by July 1.

Moving?

If your family is moving out of district, to any other address within district, or if your child will not be returning to Montgomery Schools next year, please notify Mrs. Fischer, in the main office, as soon as you have finalized your plans. She can be reached at (609) 466-7606. If you choose to send an email, please email Mrs. Fischer at tfischer@mtsd.us.

Looking for ways to exercize your child's mind this summer?

Click here to read some interesting suggestions.

Suggested Summer Reading

Suggested reading lists for 3rd and 4th graders are available on Mrs. Antoniewicz's website. Please click here.


Outgoing 4th graders may also find summer reading selections on the LMS homepage at this Summer Reading link.

General Supply List for Rising Third Graders

Dear Incoming Third Grade Students and Families,

In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the third grade team has come up with a list of supplies that you can begin to look for. We have chosen these items carefully and feel that they enhance our instructional program. Toward the end of the summer, additional information regarding specific items needed for your classroom will be made available on our website.

  • 24 sharpened pencils (non-mechanical pencils)

  • Colored pencils (keep to no more than 24 colors)

  • 4 rolls of scotch tape in individual plastic dispensers

  • 4 dry erase markers

  • 1 pencil box (box or pouch)

  • 1 highlighter

  • 1 pair of scissors

  • 4 Post-It note pads (not the super-sticky variety)

  • 3 composition notebooks

  • 4 glue sticks

  • Comfortable headphones or earbuds in a Ziplock bag with your name on it for your personal use


As you shop for a backpack, please DO NOT buy one with wheels. Your choice of a backpack must fit easily into your cubby in the classroom.

Remember to be on the lookout in August for a letter from your classroom teacher with some additional supplies as well as a warm welcome to VES.

Enjoy your summer and we will see you in September!

Sincerely,

The Third Grade Team

General Supply List for Rising Fourth Graders

Dear Rising 4th Grade Students and Families,

In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the fourth grade team has come up with a starter list of supplies that you can begin to look for. We have chosen these items carefully and feel that they enhance our instructional program. Toward the end of the summer, additional information regarding specific items for your classroom will be available on our website.

  • Sharpened pencils – enough to last a while

  • Soft pencil case

  • Scotch tape

  • Post-it Notes with lines (not the “Super Sticky” variety)

  • Comfortable headphones or earbuds in a Ziplock bag with your name on it – for your personal use

  • Dry erase markers (low odor if possible) and an eraser

  • Earbuds or headphones

Reminder: complete your school shopping using your classroom teacher’s supply list, which will be available this summer

Feel free to bring in your own scissors, colored pencils, crayons, etc. Each classroom will have a supply, but many students prefer to have their own. As you shop for a backpack, please DO NOT buy one with wheels. Your choice of a backpack must fit easily into your cubby in the classroom.

Enjoy your summer and we will see you on September 6th!

Sincerely,


The Fourth Grade Team

General Supply List for Rising Fifth Graders

Dear Rising 5th Grade Students and Families,

In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the 5th grade team has created a general list of materials that all new 5th graders will need to bring in on the first day of school. Also, there are specific lists for each team of teachers. When you get your child’s schedule in August, please visit the page of your teacher team to find out about additional items you will need to purchase for those classes.


*This is a general 5th grade supply list, specific teams may alter material/supply needs slightly.


  • Four- Package of 5 tab dividers

  • One- 1-½ inch 3 ring binder

  • 3 - 2 inch 3 ring binder

  • One - Package of wide paper filler (100 count)

  • One - Package of hole reinforcers

  • Four - Marble Composition Notebooks (100 pages)

  • One - 7 Pocket Accordion Folder

  • One - Package of Crayola colored pencils (8 pack)

  • One - Package of 3 different color highlighters

  • Four pads of Post-Its (3x3 minimum)

  • Three - Packs of standard #2 pencils

  • One - Package of erasers

  • One - Package of colored pens

  • One - Pencil Pouch

  • Six - Refill rolls of ¾ tape (dispenser not needed)

  • One - Safety Goggles in a Zip-loc bag (Be sure that you bring goggles as opposed to safety goggles. Do not bring ski goggles, swimming goggles, or goggles with tinted lenses. Goggles should feel comfortable to wear.)

  • Headphones to leave at school

  • Locker shelf (optional)


Donations for the classroom:

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Lysol wipes

  • Paper towels

  • Tissues


Cycle/Elective class supplies are not included in the general 5th grade supply list, as they are specific to related arts & support classes that may not appear on all schedules.

  • S.T.E.A.M. - plain, white T-shirt

VES Open House

Wednesday, Aug. 29th 2018 at 8:30am-12pm

100 Main Boulevard

Montgomery, NJ

Come and take a walk through VES and find your next year's classroom before the start of the 2018-2019 school year!

Fifth Grade Orientation at LMS

Tuesday, Aug. 28th 2018 at 9am

373 Burnt Hill Road

Montgomery, NJ

This is an opportunity for your child to find his or her class and locker, or just get a lay of the land!

Third Grade Back to School Night

Monday, Sep. 24th 2018 at 6:30pm

100 Main Boulevard

Montgomery, NJ

Fourth Grade Back to School Night

Thursday, Sep. 27th 2018 at 6:30pm

100 Main Boulevard

Montgomery, NJ

Fifth Grade Back to School Night LMS

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd 2018 at 6:30pm

373 Burnt Hill Road

Montgomery, NJ