Potter News

September 2019

Welcome Back Potter Family!

Mrs. Gallagher and I are so happy to welcome you for the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited to see the smiling faces of our returning students, and to meet our newest group of students entering H & M Potter School. We are so happy to have you as a part of our H & M Potter family. There are many fun learning experiences ahead of us this year, and we cannot wait to begin.

As always we have an open door policy. Please do not hesitate to contact me at acimino@btboe.org or via phone. Mrs. Gallagher will be returning from her maternity leave in early November. We look forward to seeing everyone at Back to School Night on September 11. Parents of students in grades 1-4 please join us for our brief presentation in the All Purpose Room prior to your classroom talk as this will allow you to find out what is new this year. Please check the schedule below to see the time for your child's teacher.

This year we have a new app connected to our district website. This will be replacing Remind at the school level, however classroom teachers may still have their own Remind for you to join. Please look for the Berkeley Township Schools app wherever you download apps on your device. We will be sending out notifications for spirit days and other events we have coming up throughout the year.

Please remember to connect with us on social media. You can follow the Berkeley Township School District on Facebook and @berkeleypotter on Twitter and Instagram. Include our hashtag #wearehmp to see what is taking place at Potter School.

We are looking forward to a wonderful 45th year at Potter School!

Thank you,
Andrea Cimino, Principal

Back to School Night

Back to school night will be held on Wednesday September 11, 2019. Please remember that Back to School Night is intended for parents, and not designed for children to attend. See the schedule linked below.

Welcome New Staff!

*NEW* Student Drop Off/Walkers

We encourage all students to use our district transportation whenever possible. Due to parking restrictions we will no longer be able to allow student drop off in the front parking lot during arrival. All cars will be redirected to Deal Ave. When dropping off in the morning, please utilize the Deal Ave. Walkers Door. This is the best way to ensure a safe arrival for all of our students. We appreciate your anticipated cooperation.

If your child walks to and from school, it is important that they do not arrive at school earlier than 9:10 A.M. If children arrive too early the students will not be supervised while waiting for school to begin.

If you plan on driving your child to the school each day, please make sure that you complete the transportation waiver and opt out of busing. Please know that parents who pick up their child every day at the school will be asked to pick up their child on Deal Avenue.

When picking up your child from Deal Avenue please stay to the right and pull as far forward as possible. Your child will be escorted out by a staff member. During the first week of school you will receive a placard to display in your car window with your child's name. Please make sure that whoever will be picking your child up has a placard to expedite the dismissal process. Please remain in your vehicle and refrain from parking in the back parking lot. We appreciate your cooperation!

Chalk the Walk

Please join us on September 3 from 4-6pm to "Chalk the Walk" with positive back to school messages for our students! The PTA will be providing sidewalk chalk, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Parent Portal

The safety of all students at the H & M Potter School is a top priority. It is imperative that we have up to date emergency contact and medical information for all students. Please go to the parent portal and update information as soon as possible. This information must be updated yearly, and during the school year if any changes occur. Highlights of district policies will also be available here for your review. Parents please review these policies with your children so that they are aware of the school’s expectations and procedures.

If you have any questions please contact the Main Office.

Free and Reduced Lunch Form

The Free and Reduced lunch form is available online directly on your child's Parent Portal. The form contains important information that needs to be completed as soon as possible. Each family only needs to complete one form. Remember that if you had free or reduced breakfast/lunch last year it does not automatically carry over past September, a new form is needed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Thank you Potter PTA!

Once again we would like to thank our Potter PTA for all of their support throughout the year. They have been busy this summer providing supplies for our students, and preparing great activities for this school year. This year, with money raised from Recycle Rally, they have purchased reusable water bottles for all students! Please take a moment to join our PTA via the form that comes home with your child, or by clicking this link https://hmpotter.memberhub.store/. All are welcome at our first meeting which will be held on Monday September 16 at 7pm in the All Purpose Room.

Please remember to take a look at our ongoing fundraisers by clicking the link below.

Spirit Wear

This year our PTA Spirit Wear is available for order online. Please visit this link and use the password hmp1975 to purchase. Sale ends 9/30.

Scarecrow Fundraiser

The H&M Potter School grounds will be decorated with scarecrows this fall! Join in the fun and watch the twinkle in your child’s eyes as they search the schoolyard to find the scarecrow with their family name! It is also a great way to advertise a local business!

Sponsor a scarecrow for $20!

Student Council

The H & M Potter School Student Council is proud to be entering its 8th year with Mrs. Melanson as its advisor. Each year the Potter School Student Council raises money for the school, makes important decisions such as what is served at lunch, and helps needy families by coordinating baskets at Thanksgiving and gathering presents for families in need for the winter holidays.

The student council meets each month and takes suggestions from the student body to bring change to the school. After each meeting they disseminate the information to the students so they know what is happening at the school. We cannot wait to see what they have planned for this year!

BTSD Summer Reading Challenge

Please remember to turn in your Reading Log to the Main Office by September 6! Visit this link if you need a copy of the Reading Log.

Dream Machine Recycle Rally

Each year H & M Potter School participates in the Dream Machine Recycle Rally competition against schools all across the nation. Over the past six years we have won over $65,000! This year the top prize is $50,000! Please help us to continue raise money for our school by dropping off your recycling. We are able to take the following non-alcoholic beverage containers:

  • Plastic #1 Bottles
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Plastic #2 Bottles (new this year!)

Please separate these containers by type and place them in a plastic bag. Bags can be labeled with your child's class name, and placed in the recycling receptacle at the front entrance to the school. Thank you for your support!

Transportation Requests

Due to vehicle capacity and safety considerations children are unable to take a bus other than their assigned bus home. Permanent bus changes require filling out a form that allows forty-eight hour notification to the Transportation Office prior to the change. Please note that most buses are running at capacity and will not be able to accommodate extra students on the bus.

Global Cardboard Challenge!

On Friday October 4 from 6-7:30pm the H & M Potter School will once again be participating in the Global Cardboard Challenge! Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade’, the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation to celebrate child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

We will be sending out a flyer in mid-September for those who are interested in signing up to attend. In the meantime, we will be taking donations of cardboard starting Monday September 16-October 5. Please bring any donations to the Main Office. We could especially use any larger pieces of cardboard that you may have available. Thank you!

September Events

September 3: Chalk the Walk, 4-6pm on the Sidewalk!

September 4: Welcome Back!

September 11: Back to School Night, See Schedule Above

September 16-20: Book Fair (During Library Class)

September 16: Evening Family Book Fair, 6-8pm Library

September 16: PTA Meeting, 7pm APR

September 24: Board of Education Meeting, 7pm at BTES

September 27: Spirit Day, Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness

H & M Potter School

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Melissa Gallagher, Assistant Principal