Montvale Public Schools

Fall 2016: Volume IV Issue I

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Superintendent's Message

Dear Montvale Families:


I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the summer; one that has been filled with outdoor adventures, relaxing days, a few good books and time with family and friends! This summer, my family had Olympic fever! My 1-year-old, 4-year-old, 6-year-old and 8-year-old have been doing gymnastics, practicing sprints, hitting volleyballs, wrestling, practicing archery (not the safest of activities:)), and more. It has been enjoyable seeing them try new activities. As we approach the start of the school year, it is exciting to think about the opportunities your children will have to actively engage in new learning activities. Children learn by doing and by processing information through problem solving and articulating what they have discovered. We look forward to engaging students in fun and challenging activities.


While we know your children will be involved in our schools, please consider actively participating in our Montvale PTO and Montvale Educational Foundation. Both organizations offer wonderful opportunities for you to work collaboratively to support children. Your involvement will make a difference!


Enjoy the last days of summer! The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 6, 2016. It is an early dismissal - 12:55 p.m.


Respectfully,


Darren

Summer Happenings!

This summer, the schools were busy with the Montvale Summer Institute (MSI) and preparing for September. We have improved landscaping, roofing, signage, classrooms, parking lots, floors, and much more. We have purchased new devices and resources to support all academic disciplines and extracurricular activities. We are close to completing phase one of the library renovation at Memorial and we are creating a new "learning commons area" at Fieldstone. We welcome new members to the administrative team: Ms. Gina McCormack, Principal of Fieldstone and Ms. Andrea Wasserman, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary. We welcome new teachers, support staff, custodians and teaching assistants. We welcome new families and students to our schools. We are excited to build upon the positive relationships that have shaped the Montvale community for more than one-hundred years!

One of the Best in the Business is Retiring!

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As the summer comes to an end, so does the career of one of the most respected School Business Administrators/Board Secretaries in New Jersey. Mrs. Marian Latz will be retiring as of August 31, 2016. Mrs. Latz has served the Montvale Schools for 25+ years! During this time, she has been able to build and sustain relationships that lead to high productivity and engagement from all facets of our school community. Through a committed team approach in Montvale, Mrs. Latz has made sure our school district is financially sound in a time where school districts have to do more with less. Mrs. Latz has worked with the Board, community and administrative team to invest in personnel, programs, professional development and resources that best support the needs of our students. The Montvale Schools wishes Mrs. Latz the very best of health and happiness in retirement. Congratulations!

4 Tips for the Start of School from the Bergen County Association of School Administrators (BCASA):

1. A New Year is a Fresh Year

Entering the next grade level offers your child the opportunity to have a fresh start. Use this wisely. Before the school year begins, speak with your child about the successes and struggles of last year, and how this year can be used to make steady and upward improvement. Perhaps a change in study patterns, attending extra help, or more support at home is necessary.


2. An Involved Child is a Successful Student

Research shows that the most highly engaged, successful and satisfied students are those that play a role in the life of the school beyond their classroom studies. Encourage your child to join school clubs or sports teams, volunteer, and be a part of the life of their school. You can set this example by joining your school’s Parent-Teacher Organization, attending school functions, and showing your child what positive and helpful participation looks like.


3. Strive for Balance

Help your child find the appropriate middle ground between taking their studies seriously enough, but not so much that there is a negative impact on their health and wellness. There have been increasing reports of students experiencing high levels of stress due to seemingly unending deadlines and expectations. Using time wisely, not taking on too much outside of school, and finding time to relax are all essential. Keep an eye on your child, and continue to strive for that middle ground.


4. You Set the Greatest Example

As important and vital schools and teachers are in the life of your child, remember that you are your child’s first and most influential teacher. Your words, attitude and actions set your child’s tone and attitude, and it is essential that you support your child’s school experience. Set an example by working closely with teachers, be involved in the life of the school, and continue to remind your child that a strong education is the best ‘insurance policy’ that one can have in an unpredictable world.

Montvale Public Library - Open Board Seat

Please click HERE if you are interested in serving on the Montvale Public Library Board. The Library Board meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, January through October. The November and December meetings are held on the third Thursday.

Upcoming Dates:

September 6: First Day of School for Students (12:55 p.m. dismissal)

September 12: PTO Meeting at Memorial 9 a.m.

September 12: Board of Education Meeting (Work Session)

September 16: PTO Ice Cream Social (Time TBA)

September 19: Board of Education Meeting (Public Business Session)

September 20: Fieldstone - Back to School Night (Grades 5-8)

September 21: Memorial - Back to School Night (Pre-K-4)

Montvale Public Schools

Montvale Board of Education:

  • Mr. Scott Rossig, President
  • Mrs. Debra McGauley-Eichhorn, Vice President
  • Mrs. Carol Harris-Bardes, Board Member
  • Mrs. Anita Bagdat, Board Member
  • Mr. John Carvelli, Board Member
  • Mrs. Rachel Baskin, Board Member
  • Mr. Ernie DiFiore, Board Member