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AMERICAN LEGION EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
We are proud to announce Carolyn Wedral as the 2022-2023 American Legion Educator of the Year. This award is for her outstanding performance and dedication to the Little Ferry Public Schools. Mrs. Wedral goes above and beyond every day for the students of Little Ferry. It brings us great pleasure to be able to honor her, with this great accomplishment. Congratulations!
Mr. Frank Scarafile
BOARD OF EDUCATION UPDATE
Dear Little Ferry Families,
On behalf of the Board of Education, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our Administration’s inaugural Newsletter!
Our mission as a Board is to provide a quality education to all students in our district. We are committed to ensuring that our schools are safe, inclusive, and remain a supportive environment where all students can thrive. Over the past year, we have faced challenges during the rebuilding stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, but our teachers, staff, and administrators have worked tirelessly to ensure that our students continue to receive a high-quality education.
As we move forward, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, and community members, while also focusing on academic achievement and student success. We are proud of the progress that our students have made over the past year, and we are committed to providing them with the support and resources they need to reach their full potential.
In this newsletter, you will find updates on district news and events, as well as information on our ongoing initiatives and programs. We hope that this newsletter will serve as a valuable resource for our community, and we welcome your feedback and input. We also encourage you to participate in our monthly Board of Education meetings.
Thank you for your continued support of our school. Together, we can ensure that our district continues to provide an excellent education to all of our students.
Victoria BradleyBoard President
Dear Washington School Families,
February was a great month for us! We celebrated our 100th Day of School, Valentine’s Day, and Random Acts of Kindness week. The students and staff have been working so hard as we end our second trimester. Here are some updates and important dates as we enter March.
March 10, 2023- Trimester 2 Ends
March 17, 2023- Trimester 2 Report Cards will go live on Genesis.
Chromebook Free Day
On Friday, March 17th, the Little Ferry School district is going to go Chromebook free for all students. Students are required to leave their Chromebook at home that day.
Thursday, March 23, 2023 - Curriculum “Knight”
Families will be able to learn how to best support their children's learning during two sessions of 20 minute presentations by staff on topics including reading, writing, math, technology, STEAM, educational technology and more. There will be refreshments of cookies, fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, and water. Bring your children and they will be able to play and learn while you attend the sessions. Prizes including books and Amazon gift cards for attending will be raffled too.
March “Day” Calendar:
As you know, we are on a Day 1 - Day 6 schedule. The only thing that changes for your child is the special they have on each “day.” Here is a calendar to help you and your child keep track on which “day” it is for the month. LFPS March 2023 Schedule.pdf
The Road to Kindergarten is kicking off for our Kindergarten Class of 2024. Please see the attached road map with more information. The registration is live on our website.. (PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently enrolled in our preschool program, you do not need to register again.) Any questions, please email: TPeragallo@lfboe.org Thank you.
The Road to Kindergarten 2023-2024.pdf
Kindergarten Registration Step by Step
As always please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Hello Memorial School Families,
Another month in the books! Although short, February was an exciting month in Little Ferry. During this time we celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week, the 100th day of school and a Chromebook free day. Here’s what’s in store for March.
March “Day” Calendar
As you know, we are on a Day 1 - Day 6 schedule. The only thing that changes for your child is the special they have on each “day.” Here is a calendar to help you and your child keep track of which “day” it is for the month. March
Families will learn how to best support their children's learning during two sessions of 20 minute presentations by staff on topics including reading, writing, math, technology, STEAM, educational technology and more. There will be refreshments of cookies, fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, and water. Bring your children and they will be able to play and learn while you attend the sessions. Prizes including books and Amazon gift cards for attending will be raffled too.
Chromebook Free Day
We had such positive feedback, we’ve decided to bring it back again! On Friday, March 17th, the Little Ferry School district is going to go Chromebook free for all students. Students are required to leave their Chromebook at home that day.
Jersey Mike’s i-Ready Invitational
Beginning Monday, February 27th and continuing through Friday, March 31, our 7th and 8th grade students will be competing in a March Madness style i-Ready tournament. Each week, teams will face off with the winning team (most lessons passed and completed) advancing to the next round. The winning team will receive lunch with their teachers courtesy of Jersey Mike’s. Teams who are eliminated, will continue to compete for a grade level prize. Our bracket and results will be posted on our social media pages beginning February 27th. Thank you to Jersey Mike’s for supporting our school.
Too Good For Violence
Our 6th grade students will begin their Too Good For Violence program with Officer Jen this month. 5th grade will begin in April.
Important information/dates for 8th grade students and families
The 8th grade Tricky Tray originally scheduled for Friday, March 24th has been rescheduled for Friday, May 5th. We are still in need of Lottery tickets and gift card donations.
There will be an 8th grade parent meeting on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30pm in the New Cafeteria. At that time, Mrs. Keane and Ms. Jost will provide you all information needed for upcoming events.
The Road to Kindergarten is kicking off for our Kindergarten Class of 2024. Please see the attached road map with more information. The registration link is live on our school website If you are currently enrolled in our preschool program, you do not need to register again.) Any questions, please email: TPeragallo@lfboe.org Thank you.
The Road to Kindergarten 2023-2024.pdf
Preschool Expansion Update
In January, Little Ferry Public Schools was awarded the Preschool Expansion aide grant. Starting in January 2023, preschool in Little Ferry is now free for all students currently enrolled in our programs. Going forward Little Ferry Public Preschool will continue to be free and our enrollment will be able to grow from 46 students to approximately 100 by the 2023-2024 school year. If you have any questions, please contact our Early Childhood Supervisor, Kerry Bager @ email@example.com.
Please see information below:
The Path to Preschool 2023-2024.pdf
Family Engagement "Knight"
- Thursday, March 23 from 7:00-9:00 PM
- Families are invited to learn more about how to support their children's learning at home
- Sessions include: Math Facts, Reading and Writing Supports at Home, Best Websites to Support Learning, Special Education Overview, Online Learning Platforms and MORE.
- Refreshments will be served
- Childcare is available for school aged children
- Raffles of gift cards and books for kids will occur too!
Read Under the Stars
On Friday March 3rd Memorial Middle School hosted a "Read Under the Stars" event. Students and families joined teachers to cozy up to a good book and read. We were joined by the Little Ferry Police Department, and officer John read to the students. All students who attended left with a new book of their own.
A special thanks to Ms. Susan Son for her vision on this project and to all of the teachers and staff who planned, prepared, participated, and cleaned up!
English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and Child Study Team (CST) members collaborated on Identifying English Language Learners (ELLs) with Disabilities professional development through the NJDOE and will continue for three total sessions
Grade 3-8 teachers received training on NJSLA state testing which will take place in May
Mike Luterzo, math coach, and Jimmy Dunn will attend the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey Spring Conference
Edgewater School district visited our K-5 Social Studies classes to observe our curriculum with TCI
Students are continuing on their independent learning paths
Grades 7 and 8 completing in the Jersey Mike's Invitational
For an overview of iReady click HERE
English Language Learners (ELL formerly ESL)
Classroom teachers K-4 have completed the Sheltered Instruction training to support ELL students in their general education classrooms
ELL students have completed ACCESS assessment
Gifted and Talented
Grades 7-8 Debate and TREP$ classes are underway with Ms. Lazarow and Ms. Son
TREP$ Marketplace on Thursday 6/8/23 from 5:00-7:00 PM
Students in grades 5-8 have access to a Gifted and Talented Google Classroom for enrichment work
Grade 5-8 students selected for Native Language Spanish Program focusing on Spanish literacy skills in reading and writing
Your Doctor and your dentist- Identify health helpers, including the doctor and the dentist, and explain the role that each plays in keeping you healthy.
We have many Feelings- Identify a variety of feelings and recognize the verbal and nonverbal cues associated with each.
My body is private- Define the word private and identify private parts of your body.
Growing and Changing- Discover how a newborn baby grows and changes into an older child, then an adult, and continues changing until old age.
Families- Define the word family, and describe the role that the family plays in the growth and development of a child.
Define child abuse and identify where to go to get help in protecting yourself.
Hormones and Body Changes- Describe how hormones affect body function, and state emotional changes during puberty.Grade 4 Opt Out Form
Classes have a health 1 marking period per year. Growth and development topics can be opted out on the Genesis Parent Portal.