Potter News

October 2019

Happy Fall!

We are off to a wonderful start of the school year. It was great to see so many families at Back to School Night and our first PTA meeting. We are looking forward to many more fun activities as the year continues.


As always the safety and security of our students is our number one priority, therefore we ask that you adhere to the following dismissal procedures if applicable. If your child is scheduled to take a bus and you will not be utilizing bus transportation this year we ask that you sign the transportation waiver form by clicking this link. Please remember that if you are coming to pick your child up early we will call your child to the office when you arrive at school. Additionally, your child must be in school until 1:15 pm in order for it to count as a full day. We want all of our students to get the maximum amount of instructional time as possible each day.


We are looking forward to a great October with our Week of Respect, Global Cardboard Challenge, Terror in the Halls, Halloween festivities and much more. Please make sure to check our website and to download our new Berkeley Township School District App in order to get the most up to date information. When downloading our App please make sure that you select to receive communications from both H & M Potter and the District, and that push notifications are enabled. This is how we will be communicating reminders for upcoming events.

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Mrs. Olsen's Corner

Mobile Dentist

The Mobile Dentist will be visiting H & M Potter on October 4. Please contact Mrs. Olsen if you are interested in the program.


Change of Clothes

Please continue to send in a change of clothes for your child. Spills and accidents occur on a daily basis for all grade levels!

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Terror in the Halls

For the 11th year Potter School will be turned into a haunted attraction on Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26 from 7-10pm! Admission is $10 per person and that fee is non-refundable. Please remember that this is meant to be a scary attraction and not designed for young children. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Terror Volunteers

If you or someone you know are 16 and older, and interested in volunteering for Terror in the Halls, please complete this form.


Lights On Tour

Do you want to see how our school is amazingly transformed but do not want to be scared? Do you want to see if your youngster can handle the Haunted House? If so, join us on October 26 and for $2.00 per person you can take a behind the scenes tour of the attraction with the lights on and the scary effects off!


A form will be sent home the first week of October, please return the form if you are interested in the Lights on Tour.

School Visitors

All visitors to the H & M Potter School must check in at the Main Office before going anywhere in the school building. All visitors to the school must obtain a visitor’s pass from the secretaries in the Main Office. The visitor’s pass must remain visible the entire visit to the school. Any visitor who is not wearing a visitor's pass will be directed to report back to the Main office. Thank you for your cooperation.

Halloween Parade and Parties

The Potter School Halloween Parade will take place on Thursday October 31, 2019 at 2:30pm. Students will dress in costumes for the parade. Only the two class parents will be allowed into the building on this day. Parents and family members are invited to the playground to view the parade. Face coverings/masks will not be permitted for adults.


Please make sure costumes are safe for students to walk around and easy for them to put on. Children are not to wear their costumes to school. Weapons are not allowed with costumes, please keep them home.


All costumes should be put in a bag clearly marked with the student’s name. Safety of the children is always our number one concern. We ask that you please refrain from signing your child out early on the day of the parade.

PTA Corner

Please take a moment to join our PTA via the form that comes home with your child, or by clicking this link https://hmpotter.memberhub.store/.


On October 23 our PTA will be hosting a Pumpkin Patch for all students in preschool and kindergarten. We are looking for volunteers to help the students select their pumpkins. Please click the link here to sign up to help, you must be a PTA member. Thank you!

Schoolhouse Homework Help

Schoolhouse is a homework and academic skills program that is funded by the Berkeley Township School District. Schoolhouse runs Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 PM at 235 Magnolia Ave. South Toms River.


October Dates: 1,3, 7, 8, 10, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, and 28

October Calendar

October 2: Principal's Pawsome Lunch

October 4: Mobile Dentist Visit (See Mrs. Olsen for Details)

October 4: Global Cardboard Challenge 6:00-7:30pm, Please RSVP

October 7-11: Week of Respect (See Spirit Days Above)

October 7: PTA Meeting, 7pm APR

October 10: Picture Day for grades K-4

October 14: School Closed, Teacher Inservice

October 18: Spirit Day, Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 21: Picture Day for Preschool

October 23: Pumpkin Patch for Grades PS and K

October 25: Spirit Day, Wear Potter Spirit Wear

October 25-26: Terror in the Halls, 7-10pm $10 per person

October 26: Terror in the Halls Lights on Tour, 5:30-6:30pm $2 per person

October 29: Board of Education Meeting, 7pm at BTES

October 31: Halloween Parade and Parties

H & M Potter School

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Melissa Gallagher, Assistant Principal