Alder Weekly Update
February 5, 2023
Message from the Principal
Hello Parents, Staff, and Students,
On Friday night, February 3rd, our students came out for our Valentine’s Dance. Our Parents’ Club and Renaissance Committee worked conjointly to make this a great night. Students were able to socialize with friends, dance to a DJ’s music, and enjoy food and beverages together. Please check out our pictures. Many were candid shots, showing our students having a lot of fun truly enjoying time together. We will have at least one more Spring Dance, so if you did not make this one, please try to come to the next one.
This week, Monday through Thursday, we welcomed our parents into school for Parent Teacher Conferences. These occurred with two afternoon and two evening conference dates. It was a great opportunity for our parents to hear about their child(ren), ask questions, and inquire about upcoming learning and events. Parents were able to meet their child’s new special area teacher given the recent change to a new subject.
On Tuesday, 2/7, The Battle of the Pages culminated. An incentive to encourage students was that the top readers could “Silly String the Principal”. Three students achieved high numbers of pages by reading various books, receiving certificates and reading necklaces. In addition, they were able to spray Ms. Giardina with silly string.
Our high reading achievers are:
Ela Comlekciogullari and
Congratulations to these exceptional readers! Check out the video!
On Friday, February 10, 2023 Lt. Johnson and representatives from the Civil Air Patrol were here to speak to our 6th graders. They discussed the importance of character, discipline as well as the benefits of participating in the Civil Air Patrol . Our students enjoyed this presentation during convocation time. Thank you to Lt. Johnson and the Civil Air Patrol.
Please enjoy the pictures, check out ehtalder Instagram, and have a great weekend!
Battle of the Pages
This week, our winner's from Battle of the Pages (top reader from each grade) got to silly string our very own principal, Ms. Giardina! This a competition Mrs. Pistoia holds at both middle schools. Click the picture below for more pictures and videos of both Ms. Giardina and Mr. Locantora (Fernwood's principal) getting silly-stringed by students.
Students in Ms. Brown's 6th Grade Science/Social Studies class are studying Egypt, one of the ancient civilizations, and produced these amazing projects!
Robotics: First LEGO League Competition
This past Saturday Mr. MacNeill and a couple of our Alder students competed in the First LEGO League Competition at Salem Community College. We may not have qualified for the next round, but the students exceeded expectations. They all worked together and each student had a part when it came to the judging portion of the competition. The students on this year's team embodied the Core Values set by LEGO: Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, and of course Fun. In the end, it was a great experience for everyone involved and hopefully a memory that the students will have their entire lives. Plus, it looks good on any applications for schools when you say you were part of First LEGO League!
Alissa Zhao, a 7th grader at Alder Avenue Middle School, won the "Home for the Holidays" art contest. Her artwork was displayed on the front of Cooper Levenson Law's holiday card which was sent out to hundreds of families. Congratulations Alissa! Alissa is pictured above with her art teacher Mr. Andrew Baumgartel and as the recipient of the award at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting with Dr. Gruccio, Amy Houck Elco, Board Solicitor and representative of Cooper Levinson, Mrs. Day, Assistant Principal, and Mr. Baumgartel.
Click the image below to view Alissa's artwork displayed on Cooper Levenson Law's website.
climate and culture
“Run Around in Circles” Students in Mrs. Ryan's Spanish class worked together to review materials about our solar system. Some worked independently, trying to beat their classmates.
6th grade STEAM students designed and created prototypes of innovative gadgets to help young children and elderly people with household chores. They incorporated simple machines to make the chores easier for their chosen demographic and presented their ideas to their classmates.
PE students enjoyed a game of glow-in-the-dark volleyball!
Last week, our girl's Basketball team
- Won their game against Somers Point 29 to 9
- Lost their game against Margate 26 to 23
- Won their game against St. Joe's 29 to 14
Keep up the great work ladies, you've been working really hard all season long!
Our school specialists, Ms. Watt, offered a yoga session
Wednesday morning for some of our students and they loved it!
Alder's Convocation Classes Team Up to Bring Positivity to the Hallways!
Mrs. Burdhimo - 6th Grade Math
What is your position at Alder? What brought you here? How long have you been here?
I teach 6th grade math for Cobalt 1. What brought me here? It was so long ago, I can’t even remember! LOL, ok, for real, as I finished up my student teaching (way back when), I spent a lot of time subbing here when it was a grade 4-6 intermediate school. I was asked to handle a long-term sub position for 5th grade and I never left! I have worked in this building for 23 years
What is or has been one of your favorite things about Alder?
All of my work pals, for sure. In 23 years, I have seen A LOT of people come and go, but many of my original crew are still here. We have watched each other’s kids grow up and seen our former students become our colleagues! I really love the energy that the young teachers bring to the building. We all learn from each other. Sometimes I feel like I’ve worked here forever. It’s all kind of surreal spending so much time in the same building. It will be so strange when I retire in a few years, to not see the friends that I’ve seen day in and day out for so many years!
What do you think will be your greatest challenge this year?
Since we are exactly halfway through the year, I can say that the biggest challenge has been adapting to post-pandemic teaching. There are so many new challenges because so many things in people’s lives changed through the pandemic – and since that time in the pandemic was a relatively large portion of a child’s lifetime, those changes have affected them the most. There are so many differences in how our students see the world, especially with their near-constant access to technology. We all (all of my Alder colleagues) are working so hard to meet the needs of our students and to help manage their academics, behavior, work-ethic and overall well-being – all the while, trying to manage our own work-life balance to keep our sanity!
Where did you go to school? What degree did you earn?
I attended several colleges: Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Stockton, and a few community colleges along the way. I graduated with an Economics degree from Rutgers and a teaching degree from Stockton. I am considering pursuing a Master’s Degree in Equity and Diversity.
Any fun facts you would like to share about yourself?
I love to travel and can’t wait to visit new places when I have more free time! I would love to visit all of the states (I’m more than halfway there) as well as places around the world. I also love Disney World! When I’m not working, I love to be outside – hiking, going to the beach, biking - and I love hanging out with my husband, my dogs, and my adult children, when they are around.
#EHTPride and Community Partnerships
Hi everyone my name is Kimberle Watt and I am the School Health Specialist here at Alder Avenue. The School Health Specialist supports local school districts in developing, organizing and executing health and wellness initiatives within the framework of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive social service programs in a safe, stress free and decompressing environment while providing the necessary support to staff, students and parents. I’m excited to meet everyone and work with our students, staff, and families with one goal in mind: building a healthier school environment and community.
Throughout the school year, I'll be hosting various events, contests, and programming for our parents and families. I hope to see you all get involved!
Free or Reduced Meal Program
Students and families must submit an application to receive Free and Reduced Meals. Applications for Free and Reduced Meals are available online through MySchoolApps.