Watchung Whale Update

December 17, 2021

Important Dates and events


12/21 - 3rd Grade Student of the Month

12/23 - 1:00 Dismissal - NO lunch - NO After Care

12/24 - 1/3 - School Closed for Winter Break


1/4 - School Reopens

Festive Friday Themes

Party in a Bag!

Your student's bag for "Party in Bag" was sent home with your student on Wednesday. Please view the updated approved items list when sending the bag back to school for the classroom party. Please do not send in any candy.

Students who are home on quarantine will have the opportunity to complete the Winter Party Craft. Our PTO is working to put them aside for pickup prior to Dec. 23rd. Please be on the lookout for a message in the next few days giving further instruction.

Luminary Bags and Candle Fundraiser

Let's light up Middlesex in red again this Christmas Evy in honor of Danny Garofalo! Please view this flyer for additional information.

It's Not too late to donate!

Watchung School's Annual Hat, Glove and Scarf Drive

We will be collecting mittens, hats, scarves and gloves for children in need again this year.

Each class is asked to bring in a specific item to hang on our tree. All items will be donated to FISH, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance and service to individuals in need.

Please have your child bring in the unwrapped item listed below.

  • Kindergarten – gloves or mittens

  • 1st grade - scarves

  • 2nd grade – hats

  • 3rd grade – scarves or gloves/mittens


lost and found!

The lost and found bin will be outside on the blacktop area for the next 2 weeks. There are SEVERAL coats, sweatshirts, hats, in the bin! Please write your child's name in all garments so they are able to make their way back incase they get misplaced. All items not claimed before the break will be donated to FISH with the items collected for the Hat, Glove, Scarf drive.

Brrrr It's cold outside!

With the cold weather here to stay, please send your children to school in a coat appropriate for the weather. Our students go outside for PE and Recess everyday the "Feels Like" temperature is 32 or above. The nurse's office has a limited amount of coats and students will not be kept inside if they do not have a coat to wear.

Tree Lighting

Several students from all of our Elementary Schools came out to celebrate the Annual Middlesex Tree Lighting. Mr. Coupland, our Music teacher along with our students practiced over the past few weeks during their Music class.The students sang songs from all different holidays celebrated this time of year. Thanks Mr. Coupland, great job everyone!
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On Wednesday, December 1st we were pleased to congratulate the Governor's Educator of the Year recipients. For Watchung School, our Teacher of the Year is Mr. Tom MacMath and our Education Services Professional of the Year is Mrs. Jennifer Garofalo. Both of the amazing people impact our students, staff and school in so many ways. We are fortunate to have them as part of our Watchung Whale Family!

CONGRATULATIONS on this much-deserved honor!

Yearbook Sale!

It’s Time to Order Your…YEARBOOK!

Please follow the directions linked below to purchase your 2021-2022 Watchung School Yearbook online. The cost of each yearbook is $20.00.

Go to and enter school code: 3192822

Ordering Instructions

The final deadline to order a 2021-2022 Watchung School yearbook will be April 8, 2022

3rd Grade Student of the Month

Student of the Month is a program sponsored by the Middlesex Elks Organization. Each month one 3rd grader is chosen by their teacher based upon this criteria listed.

Congratulations to the November Student of the Month - Kamari Clark, Ms. Muglia's Class.

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Community School

Our Community School not only offers Before and After Care it also offers enrichment programs. The classes take place after school here at Watchung School. To enroll in the classes offered, you will sign up and pay directly to the organizations providing the class. The classes being offered are great and fill up fast, so don't wait to sign up!

Chess Wizards is coming! Classes start January 14 only 14 spaces available!

A Message from Mrs. Garofalo

Hello Watchung Families,

Please encourage your child to utilize lunchtime for eating their lunches. We are noticing so many of the children are throwing away more than half of their lunches. We just want to make sure they fuel their bodies to make it through the day.

Nurse's Notes

Mrs. Garofalo –

Tips for preventing the spread of germs/flu.

Please take note of this important message;

With Cold and Flu Season Upon us and COVID 19 still prevalent, I wanted to reach out and review when kids need to stay home for a common illness and when they are ill and should get a COVID test:

  • Do not send your child to school if he/she is ill in the morning, especially if they have thrown up in the middle of the night or early morning.
  • If a child has a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, please keep the child home for a period of 24 hours without fever and without medication before returning to school.
  • If a child has diarrhea or vomiting, they need to be free of diarrhea and no vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.

● Any child diagnosed with strep throat needs to be on medication for a 24 hour period before returning to school with a physician’s note.

● Be prepared to provide transportation home if you are notified that your child is sick at school.

Please ensure that you are changing your child’s mask daily. Germs love wet, dark, moist places. Some of our friends use their masks as a tissue. Please pack additional masks in their lunchbox and backpacks.

Below is an infographic with COVID 19 symptoms. If your child has 2 or more symptoms, they need a negative test before they can return to school. Please do not send siblings to school while waiting for the sick students' results.

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Counselor's Corner

PTO News & Events

Yearbooks on sale on NOW! - see flyer for information

Watchung School PTO “Un-fundraiser”



Contact the PTO directly:

Pedestrian Safety

Please take a moment to review these links on Pedestrian Safety.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

School Zone Safety Tip Sheet

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Morning arrival

Please see the image above for morning arrival. The school side of Howard Ave is for active and continuous student drop off only. Please do not park on the school side of Howard Ave. If you would like to park and walk your child to the entrance door, please use the playground side of the street or one of the other side streets. All parents/students should utilize the crosswalks for their safety. As an additional reminder, the arrival doors open at 8:35 am and close promptly at 8:45 am. Students should not be dropped off on school grounds prior to 8:35 am as there is no staff supervision available.

Important Information

  • If your child will be absent or late to school contact the Main Office by 9:00 - Please do not use EdLio for attendance reporting.
  • If you are picking up your child early from school contact the main office or send email as to what time you will be arriving
  • Label your child's belongings with name and classroom number
  • Do not send in any medication to school with your child, please contact the Nurse to arrange a time to drop off
  • Please do not park in the parking lot across from the school. The lot is for school personnel parking.
  • Please pack extra masks for your child.
  • All students should bring a nut/peanut free snack to school each day and a water bottle. Our water fountains are not in use; however, there are bottle filling stations located on each floor of the building.
  • Meals: School provided breakfast and lunch remain available for the 2021-22 school year at no cost to families. Students who would like a school provided breakfast may enter door #1 from 8:20 - 8:30 am each day. Students who would like a school provided lunch MUST tell their classroom teacher each morning so that we have the appropriate number available. We have many students that are unaware of their lunch plan and have not been placing the order in the morning. Please check the district website for the daily menu.