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Petway Elementary School

About US

Principal: Jennifer Frederico
Assistant Principal: Suzette DeMarchi

Office Staff:
Mariita Diaz
Judy Cole
Cindy Domico

Principal's Message

Dear Petway Parents,

December is such an exciting month. It is a time for family, friends, and the true spirit of giving. We are teaching our Patriots the meaning of the holiday season by encouraging them to think of others.


We appreciate all our parents who attended our fall conferences. Communicating with your child’s teacher will insure your child’s success and provide you with valuable information.


With all of December’s anticipation, it is more important than ever to keep your child focused on school. I encourage you to continue speaking with your child about what they are learning in school, review your child’s assignments, and remind children to always follow our Pathway to Patriot Pride. The holiday season is the perfect time to focus on positive behavior and good choices.


This month we encourage your family to spend time with our family. Our Petway Players, along with PPSA, will be hosting Santa and Me on December 4, 2015. Come out and enjoy dinner, Santa, and plenty of photo opportunities.


To wrap up our month, our grand finale will be our musical presentation of “A Holiday Extravaganza”. Please join all our students as they entertain you with the gift of song on December 16th. Petway will host two shows. Kindergarten through 2nd grade will perform at 9:45 and 3rd through 5th grade will perform at 1:30. Our Chorus will perform on stage during our afternoon performance. All are invited to this melodious presentation!


Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season. Enjoy your time together as a family, reflect on the triumphs of the past year, and set goals for 2015.

Happy Holidays,

Mrs. Jennifer Frederico

Character Corner

Encouragement

Definition: Encouragement is to inspire someone with the courage and confidence to succeed.


Quote: "A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after a success."

Kindergarten

The Kindergarten students are having a blast learning about the different fall and winter holidays! They are excited to travel around the world and learn about the different December traditions and holidays. Students will continue to add to their sight word list and practice reading strategies. In Math, they will start learning the tricky teens! Kindergarteners are looking forward to another fun month in Kindergarten!


C-13 VIPs: It was great meeting with so many parents at conferences. We have a great class this year. Thank you to our supportive moms and dads.

First Grade

First graders are excited to start learning about hibernation. They will discover how other countries celebrate the holidays. Students will continue to work on their Math facts and become addition whiz kids!
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Second Grade

In December, second graders will be starting a new writing unit about the butterfly life-cycle. They will rotate to another 2nd grade teacher for the research portion of their report. They will learn different ways to research using non-fiction books from the library, Science workbooks, and educational websites. Next, they will return to their classroom and work cooperatively with classmates to write a group report based on their compiled research. We encourage our students to continue reading daily and practice retelling the story or information to someone at home. As a reminder, all students have access to our reading book on line at Think Central. Students can read our current anthology text there, as well as decodable books, and grammar and phonics activities. Please let us know if you need assistance. Second grade teachers look forward to all of the holiday excitement with their super second graders.


C-3 VIPs: Thank you to all the parents who took the time to come to parent-teacher conferences. Your dedication and support does not go unnoticed.

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Third Grade

Third graders have been working very hard in all subject areas! They have been working with adding and subtracting whole numbers in Math. Students have been working to complete their Personal Narrative Essays in Writer's Workshop. They have been very busy typing their essays into their Google Docs! In reading, students have been working on comprehension skills such as comparing and contrasting, and also determining cause and effect. Please help your third grader study their multiplication facts, as testing has begun! Happy Thanksgiving!

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Students are looking forward to using their Good Manners for the Good Manner Gobbler on Thanksgiving. They will be having a Thanksgiving Feast to give thanks to their great friends and family. They are excited to start the new marking period and explore our beautiful State of New Jersey....The Garden State. It just so happens that their Service Learning Project is learning about all the local vegetables and fruits that our gorgeous state has to offer. In Writing, students just finished up with their final drafts in realistic fiction, and are currently working on Terrific TALL TALES. They love learning about American folklore and how it explains features of our beautiful country. The Fourth Grade Team would like to give a special shout out to all the parents who came out for parent conferences. We appreciate all of your support!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


A-10 VIPs: Thank you to all the parents who sent in tissues for the Bordo Bunchers' runny noses! Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Ganio for all the love and endless treats!

Fifth Grade

November is always a quick month, and the fifth graders have been keeping busy! In Reading, students have been continuing their journey with Milo in The Phantom Tollbooth. Students are really enjoying this novel so be sure to ask your child about it! In Writing, students are wrapping up Unit 1: Narrative Writing. Classes will be transitioning into Unit 2, which is all research-based writing. In Math, students are starting Chapter 4: Division. Be sure to continue practicing basic multiplication and division fast facts, as these will certainly come in handy in this chapter, as well as upcoming fraction chapters. Fifth grade classes have a new Social Studies textbook this year, and now that we have entered the 2nd Marking Period, students are diving into Social Studies for the first time this year. They will begin with the French and Indian War and make their way into the American Revolution. Our Patriots are showing their good manners by donating to our service learning project. We have been collecting items for Samaritan’s Purse and will be sending shoeboxes filled with small toys and other items to children in need around the world. Thank you all so much for your donations! Our Patriots are great!

AMSA

The AMSA fifth graders are “rolling” into the second marking period. In Math, the students just finished a unit on division. They learned many different algorithms for solving division problems with 2-digit divisors. In Science, the students recently finished learning about the classification system for living things. They will begin to create a dichotomous key using the iPads. In STEM, the students learned about wheel and axles and applied their knowledge to a roller skating field trip. In Language Arts students are deep into Collier’s historical drama, My Brother Sam is Dead, set in America during the Revolutionary War. In Writing, students are researching notable figures from the American Revolution to produce a digital research report. In Social Studies, students are learning about the early European settlements in America and how they contributed to the diverse country we are today.


VIP’s: Thank you to all the parents who attended parent-teacher conferences.

November Students of the Month

Mark Your Calendars - May 19, 2016

Cinderella

Mr. Calakos, Mrs. Garza and the Petway Players will present Cinderalla at Petway Elementary School on May 19, 2016 at 6pm. Congratulations to the cast!


CINDERELLA Andrea Ellis

GODMOTHER Ja’neshia Clark

STEPMOTHER Sofia Amato

PORTIA Cheyenne Olivieri

JOY Natalie Webster

THE PRINCE Sebastian Mercado

THE HERALD CJ Lirio

THE QUEEN Milania Ashmen

THE KING Andrew Klugewicz

CHEF/PALACE STAFF Gregory Burgess

PALACE STAFF Sean Riggins

PALACE STAFF Isabel Gonzalez

PALACE STAFF Lanie Guzman

PALACE STAFF Melino Ciro

PALACE STAFF Ana Abreu

PALACE STAFF Katelynn Garcia

PALACE STAFF Alessio Ashmen

TOWNSPERSON/COACHMAN Stjepen Zaracko

TOWNSPERSON/FOOTMAN Sophia Dotti

TOWNSPERSON/HORSE Lorenzo Garcia

TOWNSPERSON/HORSE TyeSean Broughton

TOWNSPERSON/HORSE Gabriel Coyle

TOWNSPERSON/HORSE Evan D’Arrigo

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Abigail Burger

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Michaela Guiliani

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Angela Kaskabas

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Sophia Mazowski

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Sienna Nash

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Zoe Scull

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Haley Tamagni

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Ava Martine

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Sarah Caccese

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Jenna DeTetta

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Camryn Garrefi

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Yesenia Moran

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Jada Quiles

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Lianna Velazquez

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Sadie Barbera

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Kelianne Burgess

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Amaya Davis

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Nora Cleary

TOWNSPERSON/GUEST Madalyn Messore

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Santa and Me

Friday, Dec. 4th 2015 at 5:30-7pm

Petway cafeteria and gymnasium

On Friday December, 4th, the Petway Players and the PPSA will host a holiday family night from 5:30 - 7pm at Petway School. The admission cost is $5.00 per person and it includes "all-you-can-eat" pizza, drinks, dessert, an ornament making craft activity and a visit with Santa. Children under age one are free.

Holiday Shoppe vendors will be available for special holiday gifts. To be on the "reserved" list, please complete the registration form sent home with your child and return with payment. Thank you.