Robert Hunter Report

September 11, 2022

Robert Hunter Elementary School

Mrs. Jessica Braynor, Acting Principal

Dear Robert Hunter families,

Wow - what an amazing first week of school! Our students did such a great job learning and setting into new routines. There has been so much excitement (and lots of smiles!) in the building as we are building classroom communities where learning will thrive. The Back to School Social was the perfect way to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments - thank you to all of the staff and families who attended the social! Also, thank you to our PTO who helped organize this event!

I am so pleased that Mrs. Lindsay Shirvanian will be joining the Robert Hunter family soon as Interim Vice Principal! Mrs. Shirvanian is a dedicated educator and school leader who will be a great asset for our school community. Mrs. Shirvanian will begin her position as Interim Vice Principal this upcoming Wednesday. More information about Mrs. Shirvanian will be shared in next week’s newsletter.

I am looking forward to another great week at Robert Hunter! Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Warm regards,

Jessica Braynor

Our first week!

Back to School Social!

The Week Ahead:

September 12- Day 5

September 13- Day 6, Humdoo Ice Cream Dine Out 12:00-9:30

September 14- Day 1

September 15- Day 2

September 16- Day 3, Parent Volunteer Interest Survey due, Spirit Day - Wear RH Spritwear or school colors (blue and white)


Dismissal continues to be smoother as buses are arriving sooner. Bus delays should lessen this week. Thank you to everyone for your help with dismissal notes. It is challenging to receive dismissal changes in the afternoon, as we need to get information out to staff in a timely manner and plan for an orderly dismissal. Please send any dismissal notification emails as close to 9:00 a.m. as possible.

School meals

Breakfast is available to students daily - please discuss with your child if they will be getting school breakfast. If you want to view the breakfast or lunch menu, go to:

Students have the option to purchase a second school lunch this year. If you do not want your child to purchase a second lunch, please let your child’s teacher know.

If you need to add money to your child’s account, see the flyer HERE.

Please see the free/reduced lunch application using here:

Hard copies of this application were also sent home.

Students are offered snacks this year in the cafeteria in Grades 1-4, including chips and ice cream. Snacks are available only after students eat their lunch. Please discuss this option with your children, so they know if they are permitted to get a snack and which snack they will be buying. If you do not want your children to get snacks in the cafeteria, please let your child’s teacher know.

Please see the flyer HERE with the different snack options and prices.

Introducing Officer Ed Purcell

Officer Ed Purcell will be joining Robert Hunter as a full-time Class III Officer. Please see an introduction from Officer Ed Purcell here:

I recently retired from the Somerville Police Dept. after 29 years. I am married with three children who all attended the district schools ( 2 in college and one a senior at Central) and 2 little dogs. I have lived in Raritan Twp for 22 years. Everybody I have met at Robert Hunter has been great and welcoming. I am excited to be part of the school community. Go Raccoons!

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Counselor Corner - A Message from your School Counselors!

Hi Robert Hunter families! We are fortunate this year to have two school counselors at our school. We would like to introduce ourselves - Mrs. Fontanez, School Counselor, and Mrs. Severino - Bilingual School Counselor. Although we work with different populations we work together to create a positive school climate. Our roles include connecting families with resources, conflict mediation between students, bullying prevention, and classroom/grade level lessons on social-emotional skills such as problem solving. We also conduct individual and group counseling for students in need on a short term basis.

We will be providing tips to families in our counselor corner which will be in this section of the family newsletter! Please look out for our first edition soon.

We hope everyone had a wonderful first week of school!


Sarah Fontanez and Susan Severino

Employment Opportunities

The district is looking to hire substitutes, teacher assistants, and bus monitors. If you are interested, you can apply on the district website HERE.

PTO Updates and Reminders

September Dine Out- Humdoo Ice Cream(20 Stangl Rd, Flemington)

Tuesday September 13th, 12 Noon-9:30PM

Take a break and get some ice cream to

benefit the Robert Hunter PTO! A portion of all sales that day will be donated to our PTO!

See our Dine out flyer HERE

Volunteer to be a Homeroom Parent for 2022-23:

The PTO is looking for 2-3 volunteers for each classroom to volunteer as Homeroom Parents for the 2022-23 school year.

Fill out our interest survey here by Friday September 16th:

Clothing Drive- Saturday September 24th, 9am- 12:45pm

Clean out your closets and benefit the RH PTO! Drive up and drop off, gently used clothing, shoes, small toys, carseats, strollers and more! View our flyer on Virtual Backpack HERE to see the list of items accepted.

Any questions contact Megan Pacyna at

First PTO Meeting - Thursday October 6th, 7-8:30pm

Location: Robert Hunter School Cafeteria & Zoom

Please join us for our first PTO meeting of the school year as we plan for an amazing year! Homeroom Parents are required to attend this first meeting.

Order your 2022-23 Yearbook by September 30th and save 10%

Check out the Yearbook Flyer HERE!

Order now and customize your free personalized pages later in the school year!

Contact our Yearbook Committee at with any questions!

Show your school pride, order your Robert Hunter Spiritwear today!

Place your order online all year round at

2 week free shipping period with no minimum order begins September 16th - October 3rd! View our spirit wear flyer below; more options available on the website!

We need Volunteers! Volunteer to be a Committee Lead/Help Organize an event!

We are in need of some volunteers looking to get involved with helping run a few of our events this year!

If you are interested in the following please contact us at

1. Fall Halloween Fun Night- Friday October 14th-6-8pm, Looking for 2-3 volunteers to help coordinate and run our Halloween Family night!

2. Yearbook- We are in need of 1-2 volunteers to help our current Yearbook Chair and learn the ropes as this is her last year as a RH parent!

3. Basket Auction Fundraiser- We are in need of 4-5 people to serve on our spring fundraising committee and assist with planning the event, securing donations, and helping coordinate event logistics. Tentative date of March 31, 2023, bulk of volunteer commitment would be January through March.

4. Book Fair- We are looking for 1-2 people to help our current book fair chair with decorating, event set up, logistics, etc for our late January book fair

5. Family Olympics- 1-2 people Serve as the PTO rep to our staff running our Family Olympics program in February. Help coordinate PTO concession stand, and whatever support our staff leads need.

6. Diversity Night - 1-2 people to serve as the PTO rep to our staff running our Diversity Night program in May. Help coordinate PTO donations, volunteers, and whatever support our staff leads need.

7. Outdoor Learning Spaces Committee- We are forming a committee to evaluate improving our schools outdoor learning areas, revamping our courtyards and the possible creation of a RH garden. We would love 2-3 parents to get involved with this committee!

8. Staff Appreciation Committee- 1-2 people to help coordinate staff appreciation events throughout the year and our annual Staff Appreciation week in May.

8. On Call Volunteer- We are in need of a team of volunteers that can help support events, one off volunteer needs, staff appreciation events, etc. We will reach out to you as needed!

***Just reach out to if you are interested in getting more involved!!!***

Show your school pride, order your Robert Hunter Spiritwear today!

Place your order online all year round at

2 week free shipping period with no minimum order begins September 16th - October 3rd!

View our spirit wear flyer below, more options available on the website!