Student Support Services Newsletter

June 2021

From the Department

Dear Spartan Community,

We made it! None of us could imagine what this school year would look like, but we thrived through the uncertainty. Our teachers and students have been flexible, creative, and tenacious while navigating virtual learning, changing schedules, and in-person learning. We are amazed at the resiliency our community has shown, and we look forward to what the 2021-2022 school year has in store.

As the summer approaches, we hope that you take this time to reset, renew and rejuvenate! You deserve it. We wish you a healthy and safe summer and look forward to seeing you in the fall.

With Love,

The Student Support Services Department

Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning

Alpine Elementary School

From Mrs. Yanoff:

This month’s character education trait is fairness. I read a story about fairness, posted the story to my google classroom for the students, and sent it to all of the teachers. Please remember to wear rainbow colors for fairness on June 22nd.

We are just finishing up our Choose Love Program during our SEL period. As we come to the end of this challenging year, I am very proud of all the students and their hard work. I have been reading a book every week and sending them to the teachers to show the students. I have also posted them all on my google classroom for the students to view over the summer if they are interested.

Mohawk Avenue School

From Mrs. Szatkiewicz:

Thank you to Mrs. Nademus’s class for introducing and teaching us about being trustworthy for May! This month we are going to focus on Fairness. Please wear rainbow colors on Friday, June 18th, for our final assembly!

As we close out the year, we celebrate all the hard work we’ve put into this year! We Chose Love this year by having the courage to persevere through difficult times, we’ve shown gratitude during a time where negativity tried to prevail, we’ve forgiven what we couldn’t control, and we continue to show compassion for ourselves and others around us!

Stay tuned for our I’m Good Music Video release! We are also working on painting ceiling tiles that will be displayed for future 3rd graders in the cafeteria to help remind them to stay strong and stand together!

Thank you, families, for your courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion! Continue to build a strong emotional family unit this summer with some SEL activities!

Helen Morgan School

From Mrs. Labar:

For June, we are focusing on the Character Trait - Fairness. We will be painting ceiling tiles based on Character Traits and the Choose Love Formula: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion.

In my small groups, we are still focusing on Problem Solving from our Second Step Program.

Summer Is Here!

The sun is shining, the hot dogs and burgers are on the grill, and the pool is calling our names. Our summer break is finally almost here! In preparation for the summer, the Student Support Services Department has compiled a list of educational resources for families and educators. We hope that you find the resources to be helpful and valuable. Happy Summer!

Summer Resources

Resources for Families


National Summer Learning Week (NSLA)

  • This website provides resources for families to support learning throughout the summer season. NSLA provides a family toolkit for celebrating National Summer Week, July 12-16th.

Start with a Book

  • To ward off the learning loss that many children may experience over the summer, Start with a Book offers parents, caregivers, summer program staff, and librarians lots of engaging ideas for getting kids hooked on reading, exploring, and learning all summer long — and beyond.

Mommy Poppins

Resources for Educators

New Jersey Department of Education

  • Summer Learning Resource Guide 2021: The NJDOE created this resource to address disruptions in student learning and ensure that students with the highest degree of need receive the resources they need to succeed.

  • The New Teacher Project (TNTP): Covid-19 School Response Toolkit: Planning for Summer School 2021: This guide suggests several approaches for designing summer learning programs that fit the range of circumstances and challenges school systems are facing. It includes guiding questions to help system leaders determine the kind of summer program they’re ready to take on—and that would best position their students for success in the years ahead.


  • Four Ways to Take a Real Break This Summer: Some teachers turn downtime into a professional learning opportunity, but unplugging from work has a lot of value. Check out this article to discover some ways to unwind this summer!

Sparta Education Foundation

The Sparta Education Foundation (SEA) is looking for volunteers! To learn more about their initiatives and work within the school community, please view their informational video or their website.
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