The Wallace Wildcat

Hoboken, NJ- May 19, 2023

Dear Wallace School Parents and Guardians,

This week has been dedicated to the celebration of an amazing school year. As the end of the year creeps closer, we would like to take this time to show our appreciation to our families, staff, students, and teachers. Welcome to another installment of our week here at 1100 Willow Avenue.


Our Kindergarteners at Wallace have been practicing very hard for our End-of-the-Year Celebration Show on Tuesday, June 20th at 11:00am! SAVE THE DATE :) Each student will have 2 tickets for parents/guardians to join us!

In English Language Arts, we continued to learn about long vowel sounds and how “sneaky e” changes the sound of the vowel in Phonics. Our focus was on long Oo words like in hose, note, and home. In Reading, we read “Bread Comes to Life” and discussed how things in nature can be used to make new things.

In Math, our Wildcats have been engaging in several activities for the purpose of increasing recognition, knowledge of quantity, and fluency in using teen numbers.

In Science, our Wildcat scientists have been learning all about the weather! Does anyone else feel like this week’s weather almost encompassed all four seasons?

Good luck to our Kindergarten Wildcats: Viaan Bhardwaj, Alaiya Serrano, and Ysabel Vazquez who are participating in the Spongebob Musical this Weekend :) Excellent job! We can’t wait to see the show!

First Grade

Our first graders at Wallace School visited the Turtle Back Zoo this week! Students learned all about animals, animal habits, and animal adaptations, in Science, leading up to our field trip. Our first graders were able to enjoy a fun filled day while feeding giraffes, farm animals and petting and feeding sting rays. Students were able to visit the reptile house, observe beautiful flamingos, penguins, and seals. They really enjoyed peeking their heads in the burrows with the gophers, riding the carousel, and watching the cheetah and golden retriever share a home. Our students had a fantastic time at the zoo this week!

Second Grade

This week, our second graders wrapped up their learning on the Literacy topic: What do good citizens do? After reading different realistic fiction stories that highlight the topic, students used their knowledge and findings to compare/contrast the texts from the week. In addition, students focused on variant o sounds through daily phonics activities and independent practice within Literacy stations. Our little learners continued to strengthen their writing skills by planning, editing and typing weekly paragraphs about a given topic.
Second grade mathematicians are continuing to practice solving problems within 1,000 and building fluency with equations to 100. They constantly revisit the word automaticity, learning that the more practice with smaller equations builds their automaticity for solving larger problems. This is reviewed through the completion of daily warm-ups, engagement of different games and independent practices.

In celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month, the students have learned about the importance of Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Bar Mitzvahs, in addition to other cultural facts. We are looking forward to learning about Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month next week!

Lastly, our second graders went on a walking field trip this week! The classes all walked to the Mile Square Theater to see the interactive play, Balloonacy! The kids enjoyed the silliness of the show and also loved how interactive and engaging it was.

Third Grade

3rd graders had a wonderful week! Students have been hard at work learning and growing!

In ELA, readers finished the novel “The Miraculous Journey of Edward tulane. All students enjoyed this novel and loved the surprise ending. Students focused on the skill of inference and character traits to wrap up the novel. Readers are very excited to begin their final novel.

“The BFG.” Writers also continued to investigate writing opinion stories and started writing opinion essays about their favorite part of Third Grade. It is so exciting to read their stories and hear all about what they enjoyed learning about this year.

In Math, Students continued to learn about fractions on a number line, comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions. Students ended the week completing the unit assessment.

In Social Studies, historians continued to learn about resources in our state and how our state grew. We started to discuss the branches of government in our state as well.

Fourth Grade


Our 4th grade readers continued the novel “Wonder”, written by R.J. Palacio. Though multiple narrators tell the tale, the plot centers around August “Auggie” Pullman, a 10-year-old kid who has a genetic condition that has left his face misshapen. People stare and judge him by his looks, but Auggie tries not to let it bother him. He feels like a normal kid on the inside and wishes others would get to know him for who he is. Auggie’s life is upended when he transitions from being homeschooled to attending Beecher Prep Middle School. He faces many challenges because of his appearance, as well as the routine trials of growing up.

In the Reading Wonders series, students read, “Sadie’s Game” and were able to identify foreshadowing and conflict.


Our 4th grade mathematicians finished Unit 6: Fraction Cards & Decimal Grids. Students learned how to multiply fractions by a whole number and students worked on fraction word problems. Unit 7 dives into Measurements, Time and conversion of measurements. Our wildcats have worked diligently this week to show what they know in Math.

Social Studies:

Our 4th graders are so excited as they are preparing for our “Living Wax Museum.” Fourth grade students will be participating in a living wax museum called “A Day at the Museum”. It will be a collection of visual displays where students,

dressed as famous individuals, stand at attention, while visitors walk around and tour exhibits illustrating the life of the person represented. This event will take place on Friday, June 2nd, 2023.

Students will choose a person to research. They will research and complete a graphic organizer. They will use the information they find to complete a poster on the individual in class. Students will be assigned a spot in the museum.

Their posters will be displayed at their spots. Students will be required to strike a pose/freeze and become that person for the wax museum. They will perform a monologue as people visit their station.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, we will be visiting Liberty State Park and Ellis Island. We are all excited to go and explore. Students have been learning about immigrants by watching videos and reading stories like , “All Are Welcome “ and “Gittel’s Journey”.

Fifth Grade

This past week, the 5th Graders at Wallace were participating in NJSLA. They completed Math and Language Arts this week, and have Science next week. Students have been working hard all year. This was their time to show off what they have learned and been engaged in. The 5th Grade Families created a poster encouraging their child. This was used as an inspiration and reminder for them that we are all cheering them on.

The 5th Grade Students started their next Novel Number the Stars. They also completed this week who they would include on their Civil War Guest List and invite them to a dinner.

The 5th Graders are looking forward to their trip up to the Middle School next week to spend more time with their 6th Grade Buddies.

Wallace's Music Department

The music department is preparing for our upcoming spring concert and events. The 5th grade band students formed a select ensemble of more advanced students. They will perform a piece together at the concert with a few solos. The 4th graders are working on playing “Lightly Row” at a faster tempo for when they collaborate with 5th grade at the concert. They have improved so much since September. If your child is interested in joining the band next year, please complete this form. They can register for both band and strings for September.

We have a summer program as well through LEAP if your child would like to start an instrument prior to September. The registration flyer is attached below. We hope to see our students there!

Chorus students are preparing for the concert as well. The lunch chorus group consists of 4th and 5th graders who meet every week during one recess and lunch period. The students are singing a popular song from the High School Musical Disney show entitled, “Wondering.” They are very excited to showcase both their solo and small group singing talents. The Wallace 3rd to 5th Grade Chorus is singing a new age choral composer’s piece entitled “We Won’t Stop Dreaming.” It’s by Pink Zebra. The kids love this song and sing out very well. Then, they are singing a pop medley of “Memories” and “Viva La Vida.” The emphasis for this group is on large group choral singing. If you would like for your child to register for Wallace Chorus next year, please register here. It meets on Fridays after school from 3-4PM.

Our concert is June 9th at 7PM in the HS Auditorium. If your child is in band, strings, or chorus, please review the concert letter sent home. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us in the music department! Ms. Safko

Ms. McGeehin's Art Class

Second graders are having a blast making their own coil pottery! Each piece is inspired by ancient art but is completely unique to the young artist who crafted it. We can’t wait to paint our pottery next week!

Art Throughs the Windows

The Hoboken Public School Art Departments had a unique opportunity to participate in Hoboken's Through The Window Emerging Artists art exhibit sponsored by Hoboken Business Alliance and Main Street Pops. Throughout the month, storefront windows are transformed with works of art from professional and emerging artists in over 90 storefront locations. This is the largest outdoor art exhibit in our region with the help of the city’s vibrant business community. The exhibit throughout our beautiful town, allows our students to have their art work displayed with professional artists in the windows of prominent shops in Hoboken.

From May 1st-June 15th, artwork will be displayed from Hoboken Public Schools in the following locations

  1. Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton Street

  2. Playday Hoboken, 99 Park Ave

  3. WolfPack Fitness, 101 Park Ave

WALLACE student participants:

James Coletta, Adelaide Mok, Viaan Bhardwaj, Roman Rao, Sanvi Paudel, Mila Suspitsnya, Aanya Gajria, Vivienne Kostopoulos, Sophia Micheloto, Jemima Bailey, Amara Makendra, Brooke Gonzales, Viktor Tsenov, Nina Bird, Maron Decock, Judah Ellis, Derek Berger, Evee Sanchez, Shaely Rodriguez, Philip Lazorchick

Have fun walking around town and viewing all the amazing artwork!

For more information please view

Individualized Learning Pathway - Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Individualized Learning Pathway - Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

On Mondays - Wednesdays during the Individualized Learning Pathway (ILP) period, students who have qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) programming engage in a wide array of math course offerings that address their specific strengths and interests. Johns Hopkins CTY believes in researching and advancing ways to identify and nurture academically talented learners. CTY furthers research, guides educators and families and inspires students from diverse communities and backgrounds to pursue their intellectual passions and create the world of tomorrow. This week, we would like to highlight one of the CTY courses offered to our Hoboken students this winter:

Johns Hopkins CTY Accelerated Grade 3 Mathematics

Our students are taking CTY Honors Grade 3 Mathematics to a higher level with this accelerated online course! They begin the course by reviewing foundational grade 2 lessons and then gain early exposure to grade 4 concepts through enrichment topics. Each chapter of this CTY course is paired with videos, interactive web pages, and projects to develop the students’ reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills for investigating and exploring grade 3 math skills.

The Counselor’s Corner

Dear Wallace Families,

During the month of May, Wallace School will be focusing on the character trait, courage. Courage means making good choices in the face of fear or obstacles and not being afraid to explore new opportunities, develop our skills, and do what is right.

Being courageous also means finding the strength to support ourselves when we are not feeling our best. Self-talk is your internal dialogue. Self-talk can be both negative and positive. It can be encouraging, and it can be distressing. Much of your self-talk depends on your personality and how you are feeling at the time. Positive thinking and optimism are effective stress management tools. Use these ten phrases to build yourselves up so that you can feel like your best self.

As a reminder, students will be required to return the books in May when the Hoboken Library returns or to any Hoboken Library branch. If you still need a library card please fill out this Google Form: so:

The dates for the next Pop-Up are as follows:

  • June 5, 7, 9

As always, please feel free to click Here and log in to MOVE THIS WORLD and explore all of its resources and lessons at home with our Wallace Family account.


Password: movethisword

Feel free to contact me at:

Please be sure to enjoy a well-deserved weekend. We’ll be sure to pick right back up on Monday where we left off today – as a vibrant, diverse learning community where awesome things happen every day. Until next time… Martin Shannon, Principal

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2022-2023 Elementary Spring Concert: The wait is over!

We proudly announce our 2023 Spring Elementary Concert featuring the Band, Strings, and Chorus of grades 3-5. Our spectacular showcase will take place on Friday, June 9 in the Hoboken High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 PM and we have a 7:00 PM showtime. We cannot wait to sing and dance with you!

Please see the following communication regarding ticket sales and ticket purchase limits. Tickets will be sold exclusively at the door, not through BookTix, and we must limit sales to 3 tickets per family. However, any child 5 and under may sit on your lap and be charged admission, but not made to use a ticket. 2023 Elementary Spring Concert: Ticket Sale Update

If there are any questions, please contact:

Supervisor Jessica Fasolino

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