Potter News

March 2018

A Message from Ms. Cimino

We would like to congratulate Mrs. McDowell, H & M Potter School's 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year! Mrs. McDowell is a special education teacher who has worked in the district for over 20 years. We are happy to recognize her dedication to her students and the H & M Potter Family.


As always, we are looking forward to spring here at H & M Potter. We have many wonderful events coming up, including our school dance and our production of Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids which are both in March. Please continue to look at our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for updates on our events.

H & M Potter Gift Auction

Saturday, April 14 is the annual Potter Gift Auction. Tickets are SOLD OUT! Donations are always welcome and appreciated. Please send any donations into the main office ASAP!


Thank you again for your support and we look forward to another successful gift auction!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration will take place April 16-April 20 from 8am - 3pm at the Administrative Annex which shares a parking lot with H & M Potter School. Students must be 5 by October 1, 2018 in order to be eligible for kindergarten.


When registering please bring 2 proofs of residency, an original birth certificate with the raised seal, and immunization records.

Congressman MacArthur's Reading Challenge

Please remember the deadline for Congressman MacArthur's Reading Challenge is March 16!


Congressman Thomas MacArthur will once again be running a reading challenge for all students in the Third Congressional District of NJ. The Reading Challenge begins on the first day of school and runs until March 16. Students must read 3 books, and enter information about those books on the website below.


Students in grades 3 and 4, if you complete the Reading Challenge and would like your certificate presented at Awards Day in June, please send it in to the Main Office when you receive it in the mail.

District Reading Challenge

Please remember we also have our ongoing District Reading Challenge.


As an incentive to encourage reading, students who participate in the Year Long Reading Challenge will receive a "Reading Challenge" certificate. In addition, students will receive an entry for a prize drawing for a Scholastic gift certificate for every 2 hours of reading completed and will be featured on our Facebook page and recognized at each school. Students can keep track of their reading hours by clicking the link below. To participate in the challenge, students must turn in reading logs at the end of every month. A list of suggested books can be found by clicking this link:https://goo.gl/DPUQ2m.


Reading Challenge Log

Schoolhouse Homework Help

Schoolhouse is a homework and academic skills program that is funded by the Berkeley Township School District.


Schoolhouse runs Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 PM at

235 Magnolia Ave. South Toms River.


March Dates: 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27 and 29.

Beyond Band Aids with Mrs. Olsen

Tooth decay is largely preventable, but it remains the most common chronic disease among children ages 2 to 11 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Potter School is happy to announce the dentist is visiting our school on March 23rd!


Tender Smiles 4 Kids mobile dentist will provide dental services in the school setting. Permission forms are being sent home this week. Complete the necessary information and make sure a parent or guardian signs the form. Then send the form back to school with your child and Tender Smiles 4 kids will determine if the student can be seen during their visit to the school.


The dental team will provide an exam, cleaning, flouride, sealants and any necessary x-rays depending on insurance coverage and eligibility. A self pay option is available for those students without dental insurance as are financial assistance forms for those unable to cover the self pay option. Please contact the school nurse Ext. 5005 with questions!!

March Calendar of Events

March 2: Read Across America Day

March 9: School Dance for Grades 1-4 (Flyer to sign up has been sent home)

March 10: Progress Reports Posted to Parent Portal

March 11: Daylight Savings Time, Spring Forward!

March 12-15: NJ CAP Program Grade K and 2

March 12: Gertrude Hawk Order Pick Up 4-6pm in the APR
March 15: 3rd and 4th Grade Book Club, 6:30-7:30pm at Berkeley Library

March 16: Four Hour Session, Teacher Inservice

March 19: PTA Meeting, 7pm APR

March 20: Principal's Lunch

March 20: Vision 2021 Parent Meeting, 5pm BTES Cafeteria

March 20: Board of Education Meeting, 6:30pm BTES

March 21: Evening Play Performance, 7pm APR (Ticket Required)

March 23: Spirit Day, Wear all one Color!

March 23: Dentist Visit (See Beyond Band Aids above for more information)

March 23: Evening Play Performance, 7pm APR (Ticket Required)

March 27: Fourth Marking Period Begins

March 29: Chess Night (For those who received flyers), 7pm

March 30-April 8: School Closed, Spring Break!

H & M Potter School

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Melissa Gallagher, Assistant Principal