VES Bluebird Update

May/June 2019

A Note to Our Families

It is hard to believe that the 2018-2019 school year is winding down. We are so proud of our teachers and staff for their daily dedication and hard work. They continually work to improve their craft, and for that we are grateful. We would also like to thank Mrs. Huang and Mrs. Friedman and the many parents who have tirelessly worked to plan events that make VES unique. The hours you dedicate to our school community do not go unnoticed!


Monday, June 24th, our last day of school, will be an early dismissal day. All the best to our fourth graders moving up to LMS. We look forward to welcoming our incoming third and fourth grade students on the first day of school, September 5th.


Thank you, VES families for your involvement and support. Have a safe, relaxing and happy summer!

Goodbye from Mrs. Maccarone

It is with a combination of excitement and sadness that I announce my resignation from my current position as Assistant Principal of VES. I have accepted a position in South Brunswick School District, as Principal of Brooks Crossing and Deans Elementary School.


While I am eager and excited to begin my new role, I am sad to leave VES, which is a truly amazing place. This caring community of students, staff, and families, has become like my family. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented and thoughtful professionals in the field of education, and with Montgomery students and families. You all are the fabric that makes VES such a special school community.


I thank you for your trust and respect, and know that I am prepared for my new role because of all that I have learned from you.


I know Ms. Lacy will conduct a thorough search process and will find a fantastic candidate who will seamlessly transition into this role, as her assistant. I plan to help ensure a smooth transition, in any way I can.


I know the future is bright for this VES community and look forward to hearing all about it.


With Appreciation to my VES Family,

Jaime Maccarone

The VES Placement Process

As the end of the year approaches, plans for classroom placements are being made. Ms. Lacy and Mrs. Maccarone work closely with teachers, supervisors, and guidance counselors to place current 3rd and 4th graders. OHES administrators, Mrs. Scotti and Mr. VanHise, place current 2nd graders into 3rd grade with our assistance. Ms. Lacy and Mrs. Maccarone will place all 4th graders into 5th grade with assistance from Lower Middle School administrators, Mr. Richards and Mrs. Kichura.


All students will be placed in heterogeneous classes with the best possible teacher match, and a positive group of classmates. Any specific academic needs will be taken into consideration first. We cannot honor requests for specific teachers, and requests for specific students can present a challenge. However, we will consider input regarding special circumstances or information the school does not already have. Pertinent information shared in previous years must be resubmitted. Letters or emails must be in writing and received by June 14th.


Please trust us to make the best placement possible for all children. It is important to us that students have successful academic and developmentally appropriate experiences in school with talented and caring teachers. Final placement information will be available in August.

Third Grade Concert and Art Show

Join us for a Musical Celebration and Art Show planned just for you by our third grade class under the direction of Dr. Bell and Mrs. O'Connor. We look forward to seeing you!


Thursday, May 30

Village School Gymnasium

Concert One - 6:30

Concert Two - 7:30


Please see the email sent earlier this month, from Dr. Bell and your child's teacher, for more information.

Movin' On Up Party - Calling All Fourth Graders!

Friday, May 31st, 6:30pm

373 Burnt Hill Road

Montgomery, NJ

THERE IS STILL TIME TO SIGN UP! All of the fourth graders from VES are invited to a MOVIN' ON UP PARTY at their new school - LMS! This is a free event where our 4th graders can get more familiar with their new school. Your child must be registered in order to attend. Every child must be walked in by a parent or guardian and checked in at our registration table in order to participate.


Your child will benefit from this experience. If you have not signed your child up, please consider! Click on this link.

Fourth Grade Spring Band Concert at MHS

Monday, June 3rd, 7pm

Montgomery High School, Skillman, NJ, USA

Montgomery, NJ

All fourth grade band students will be performing in their last concert of the year. Come and see how their practice has paid off!

Fourth Grade Chorus and Orchestra Concert at MHS

Wednesday, June 12th, 7pm

Montgomery High School, Skillman, NJ, USA

Montgomery, NJ

Come and watch our fourth grader chorus and orchestra perform for the last time this year.

Wondering What to Read This Summer?

Summer is the perfect time to relax with a great book! Looking for some recommendations for summer reading titles? Look no further than the VES Media Center website! Coming soon, suggested summer reading lists will be available there. The Media Center link under Site Shortcuts on the Village Elementary School website will bring you there - or click the link. Check Mrs. Franey's site soon for some interesting book suggestions!

VES Fun Day

Spring is here and we are getting close to wrapping up another successful year of Health and Physical Education at VES. That means it is almost time for our annual VES Fun Day! The VES Physical Education Team looks forward to organizing a day of fun and physical activity with the help of the PTA and our many parent volunteers. This year, it will be held on June 19th, with a rain date of June 20th.


They cannot do it without you!


Parent volunteers can help by supervising and assisting with running stations. Participating in the activities and having some fun is encouraged and will be greatly appreciated! Please click here to take a look at the stations and times for an activity that you would be willing to help run. Thank you for all of your support!

From the Health Office

-Patricia Cizin - Phone (609) 466-7606 (ext. 2600) Fax (609) 466-7190


If your child currently has medication in stock in the health office, please plan to stop by anytime on June 21st to pick it up. New Jersey state law prohibits public schools from storing medications in the health office over the summer. This includes Epi-Pens, inhalers, insulin, eye drops, and prescription and non-prescription medications, such as Tylenol, Advil or Benadryl. All medications not picked up by a parent by 1:30 p.m. on June 24, 2019 will be discarded in compliance with state regulations. Students are not allowed to carry any medication home in their backpacks as per Montgomery Township School District policy. Exceptions cannot be made to this policy.


If your student has a Life Threatening Allergy or Asthma please have the appropriate medical forms completed by your child’s physician for the 2019-2020 school year and bring them to the Health Office (along with any medication) before the first day of school. We cannot use this year’s completed forms.


Health Forms for the 2019-2020 school year will be sent to parents electronically. Please log onto your Parent Resources account to ensure the email address on file reflects a current working email address.


Fun Events are Planned!

Make sure your child is prepared for the end of the year field trips and Fun Day. Remember to apply sunscreen in the morning, pack water for the day, and dress for the weather!

Report Card Access

3rd marking period report cards will be available online starting June 24th at 1:30. They will be available to view, print and save.

To log in:

1. Visit https://parents.mtsd.k12.nj.us

2. Enter your username (your email address), and your password. If you forgot your password, use the "Forgot My Password" link just below the Login button. your password will be sent by email in a few minutes.


If you are unable to log in or do not have an account, please contact Jaime Velez at jvelez@mtsd.us.

General 2019-2020 Supply List For Rising 3rd Graders

Dear Incoming Third Grade Students and Families,

In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the third grade team has come up with a list of supplies that you can begin to look for. We have chosen these items carefully and feel that they enhance our instructional program. Toward the end of the summer, additional information regarding specific items needed for your classroom will be made available on our website.

  • 24 sharpened pencils (non-mechanical pencils)

  • 4 rolls of scotch tape in individual plastic dispensers

  • 4 dry erase markers

  • 1 pencil box (box or pouch)

  • 2 highlighters

  • 1 pair of scissors

  • 3 composition notebooks

  • 2 glue sticks

  • Personal hand wipes for lunch box

  • Comfortable headphones or earbuds with 3.5mm jack (see image below) in a Ziplock bag with your name on it for your personal use


As you shop for a backpack, please DO NOT buy one with wheels. Your choice of a backpack must fit easily into your cubby in the classroom.


Remember to be on the lookout in August for a letter from your classroom teacher with some additional supplies as well as a warm welcome to VES.


Enjoy your summer and we will see you in September!


Sincerely,

The Third Grade Team

General 2019-2020 Supply List For Rising 4th Graders

Dear Rising 4th Grade Students and Families,

In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the fourth grade team has come up with a starter list of supplies that you can begin to look for. We have chosen these items carefully and feel that they enhance our instructional program. Toward the end of the summer, additional information regarding specific items for your classroom will be available on our website.

  • Sharpened pencils – enough to last a while

  • Soft pencil case

  • Scotch tape

  • Post-it Notes with lines (not the “Super Sticky” variety)

  • Comfortable headphones or earbuds , with 3.5mm jack (see image below), in a Ziplock bag with your name on it – for your personal use

  • Dry erase markers (low odor if possible) and an eraser

  • Personal hand wipes (for lunch)


Reminder: complete your school shopping using your classroom teacher’s supply list, which will be available this summer


Feel free to bring in your own scissors, colored pencils, crayons, etc. Each classroom will have a supply, but many students prefer to have their own. As you shop for a backpack, please DO NOT buy one with wheels. Your choice of a backpack must fit easily into your cubby in the classroom.


Enjoy your summer and we will see you on September 5th!


Sincerely,

The Fourth Grade Team

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General 2019-2020 Supply List for Rising Fifth Graders

Please view the general supply list here:


https://sites.google.com/mtsd.us/lms-5th-grade-supply-list/home

Lost and Found Clothing Donation

The PTA has picked up the lost and found items and will be donating them in early summer. If there is something that you are missing, please email Mrs. Rania Elghazaly at markrania@aol.com by July 1.

Moving?

If your family is moving out of district, to any other address within district, or if your child will not be returning to Montgomery Schools next year, please notify Mrs. Fischer, in the main office, as soon as you have finalized your plans. She can be reached at (609) 466-7606. If you choose to send an email, please email Mrs. Fischer at tfischer@mtsd.us.

LMS Fifth Grade Open House

Tuesday, Aug. 27th, 9-11am

373 Burnt Hill Road

Montgomery, NJ

Your student is invited to visit LMS to find their classroom and locker, and get a lay of the land!

VES Open House

Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 8:30-10:30am

100 Main Boulevard

Montgomery, NJ

Your student is invited to VES to take a self-guided tour and become familiar with the school and their clasroom location.

Third Grade Back to School Night

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 6:30pm

100 Main Boulevard

Montgomery, NJ

Parents of third graders - save the date for Back to School Night! This is a parent-only event!

Fourth Grade Back to School Night

Thursday, Sep. 19th, 6:30pm

100 Main Boulevard

Montgomery, NJ

Parents of fourth graders - save the date for Back to School Night! This is a parent-only event!