Montvale Public Schools
Winter 2019: Volume VI Issue II
Dear Montvale Families:
As we approach the 100th day of school, it is a good time to pause, reflect and look ahead to the rest of the school year. In thinking about the rest of the school year, I believe families and schools are becoming even more important for children to learn how to interact face-to-face, play together, and build relationships because of an increase in screen time. Research is suggesting that soft skills might be diminishing in a technology-driven world. In Montvale, we strive to strike a balance. We want our students to learn how to make good decisions when using technology. We want our students to understand the importance of communication and collaboration. We want students to have strong soft skills and realize that by being disconnected occasionally from their devices, they will become more connected as a school community.
Board of Education Members Sworn In!
The Rossig Family
The DiFiore Family
MEET YOUR TEACHERS OF THE YEAR!
Memorial Elementary School
Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Geralyn Westervelt
Number of Years Teaching/Librarian: I was a substitute teacher in Montvale for nine years. I have been the media specialist for eight years.
Favorite Book: I have to choose three. To Kill a Mockingbird (Adult), Fish in a Tree (Middle Grade), Three Bears in a Boat (Picture Book).
Favorite Movie: Dead Poets Society
Favorite Vacation: Long Beach Island
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, food shopping, entertaining, fitness, especially anything on the water. My latest passion is paddle boarding.
Favorite Type of Food: Italian
Your Favorite Teacher and Why: My 2nd grade teacher because she let me clap erasers and made me feel special. Also, my high school English teacher, Mrs. Casey because she instilled a love of reading in me with her enthusiasm and insight. She also made me feel successful as a writer.
Why Did I Become a Teacher/Librarian: From the time I was little, I have always loved books. My parents shared their appreciation for literature, art, and music with their children and I carried that passion to college, where I majored in literature. After having my own four children, I had a renewed interest in children's books. This led me to working in schools, getting my teaching certification and my library media specialist certification. It is my dream job.
Fieldstone Middle School
Teacher of the Year: Mr. Victor Conti
Number of Years Teaching: 5
Favorite Book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Favorite Movie: Rocky
Hobbies: My hobbies include playing the guitar and piano, watching and coaching sports, and traveling. Through my travels, I have visited the western United States (including Hawaii and Alaska), six European countries, and most recently, Brazil.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Favorite Type of Food: Italian, specifically chicken parmesan.
My Favorite Teacher and Why: My favorite teacher was my fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Keyser. It was in the middle of fifth grade when my family and I moved to a new town. Of course, this meant leaving my old school and friends behind and starting over. Naturally, I was a little nervous about this change. But Mrs. Keyser, being the first teacher in my new school, did an incredible job at creating an inclusive environment within her classroom which allowed me to seamlessly acclimate to the new school and make new friends. Because of her patience and compassion, the challenges usually accompanied with being the “new kid” were less daunting. I am forever grateful for having Mrs. Keyser as a teacher.
Why Did I Become a Teacher: What ultimately led to my pursuit of a career in education was the opportunity to have a positive influence on children. Many jobs I had throughout high school required working with children. It was from these experiences when I first started to consider becoming an educator. The memories and relationships I have formed with students throughout my five years of teaching have validated my decision for becoming a teacher; it is a truly rewarding profession and I could not see myself doing anything else.
Social and Emotional Learning:
Mark Your Calendar - TRIVIA NIGHT - March 2, 2019!
MEF Proudly Presented - Harlem Wizards vs. Montvale Marvels!
Illustrator for "Toys Go Out" -- Paul O. Zelinsky
February 15: Jump Rope for Heart (Memorial) & Hoops for Heart (Fieldstone)
February 18 & 19: Winter Break - No School
March 2: PTO Trivia Night 7 to 11 p.m. at Park Ridge Elks
March 11: BOE Work Session Meeting
March 13: Inter-district Choral Festival at Pascack Hills High School at 7:30 p.m
March 14: Montvale Educational Foundation (MEF) Meeting at Fieldstone at 7 p.m.
March 18: BOE Public Business Meeting
March 22: PTO Meeting at Memorial School
March 25: No School for Students (Professional Development Day for Staff)
Montvale Public Schools
- Mrs. Debra McGauley-Eichhorn, President
- Mrs. Anita Bagdat, Vice President
- Mr. Scott Rossig, Board Member
- Mr. John Carvelli, Board Member
- Mrs. Rachel Baskin, Board Member
- Mr. Ernie DiFiore, Board Member
- Mrs. Alisha Foley, Board Member