The VES Bluebird

October/November 2019

Week of Respect

Village Elementary School recognizes the importance of developing and maintaining a positive school climate and providing students with a safe and supportive school environment which encourages academic success and fosters increased social and emotional competence. This year, Village School will celebrate Week of Respect on October 14th-18th. This week is dedicated to providing students with age appropriate opportunities focused on social and emotional learning and character education. Although, these topics are a mainstay of our instruction throughout the year, this week allows us to highlight specific topics in a concentrated manner and foster whole school community and unity.

The theme for this year’s Week of Respect is “Yes We Can!” This theme is inspired by the “3 Screens Academic Entertainment” assembly all students will attend on Wednesday. Students will spend the week thinking about how they can have a positive attitude and always try to better their lives, the lives of others, and our community and world around us. By trying to fix things, students can usually make them better, but they always make themselves better!

Each day during the Week of Respect, information will be shared on the VES Morning News and students will participate in themed Spirit Days and Morning Meeting activities focused on the topic for that day. Be sure to talk with your child about the activities and reinforce that we are always looking for students to show respect throughout the year towards themselves, others and our school. You can discuss how being responsible and respectful includes speaking kindly to one another, resolving conflicts in an appropriate manner, and taking care of our school by keeping bathrooms, classrooms, and the lunchroom clean and safe. We look forward to a fun week filled with opportunities to celebrate all of the ways VES students can show respect.

Week of Respect Spirit Days

Monday: Put your best foot forward and wear your craziest, most colorful, socks

Tuesday: We are all part of the same team- wear your favorite team shirt, jersey or apparel

Wednesday: Dreaming of Kindness- wear your most comfortable clothes or pajamas

Thursday: Taking Care of VES- wear your VES or Monty gear

Friday: Respect yourself- wear what makes you happy

Halloween at VES

As Halloween approaches, we would like to inform you of upcoming activities in which your children are welcomed to participate. On Thursday, October 31st, we will hold our annual interactive Halloween Harvest Readers’ Theater Assemblies! VES students will be entertained by several teachers , staff members and Ms. Lacy and Mrs. Camuto as they use their silliest voices to read Halloween stories. Each class will also contribute to a collaboratively written story and enjoy it during a fun, large group read aloud!

Halloween parties will also take place on October 31st in every classroom. Parties will be planned, facilitated and attended by room parents and their designees only. Designated parent participants are required to check in at the front door sign-in station upon arrival.

Students are welcome to wear costumes for their class parties. We ask that children carry their costumes to school in a bag. Teachers will arrange for students to change into their costumes just before their class parties begin. Costumes should be quick and easy to change into and be free of props/weapons or difficult make-up applications. Your child’s teacher(s) and room parents will provide classroom party details.

Alternative activities will be available for students not participating in Halloween activities. Just let your child's teacher know so we can plan accordingly. Thank you for your support and cooperation in making Halloween organized, safe, and fun for everyone!


Once again, Village Elementary School students will be participating in Trick or Treat for UNICEF. They will be learning how UNICEF supports children around the world and will be given boxes for their collection. Last year we raised more than $3400. Please help support this effort. Our Peer Partners will have the important job of collecting and counting all of the money that VES raises.

News from the Health Office

Third and Fourth graders will be participating in annual Health Screenings from October- December which include Vision, Hearing, Height, Weight and Blood Pressure Screening.

Flu season will be upon us, please protect yourself and your child from the Flu by receiving your Flu vaccine as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school nurse regarding any medical questions or concerns you may have about your child. The Health Office is a wonderful resource.

Smartphone Presentation


The Unintended Consequences They Are Having on Our Children and What We Can Do About It

Please come for an evening of conversation and consideration!

How is social media affecting the development of our children?

What information do you need to know before you say “yes” to a smartphone?

How can we help our children to make healthy choices and stay happy?


Michael Richards, LMS Principal

Susan Lacy, VES Principal

Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, District Pediatrician

Fiona Borland, Director of Instructional Technology

Thursday, October 17th , 7 PM

LMS Cafeteria

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Family STEAM Night

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 6-8pm

Montgomery High School, Skillman, NJ, USA

Montgomery, NJ


Schools will be closed November 6-8. On November 6th, teachers will be participating in professional development. November 7-8 are reserved for the annual NJEA Convention. Please mark your calendars!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 21, 22, 25, and 26 are reserved for Parent/Teacher conferences. Your child's classroom teacher(s) will communicate available times directly with you. Teachers will work to coordinate a mutually convenient time. In order to accommodate conferences, school will dismiss at 1:30 (Parent pick up will begin at 1:15). Lunch will be served each day.

There will also be an early dismissal on Wednesday, November 27th to begin Fall Recess.

Young Scholars Institute Fundraiser

Village School students will be participating in our annual service learning project to support the Young Scholars Institute. Young Scholars Institute is a community-based support and mentoring program for students in Trenton. This fundraising project will begin in late November. You will receive more information from your child's teacher in the coming weeks.

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