H&M Potter News

January 2016 Edition

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Welcome to 2016! We hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday break! We have an amazing year ahead of us full of change, new beginnings, and outstanding education.

A Special Message from Dr. Zito

Thank you to all of the parents and families of the Potter School who so generously supported our Holiday Giving Tree. Because of your donations we were able to make the holidays special for over 100 Potter families! That is more than ever before!

Please remember that if school needs to close for inclement weather notifications will immediately go out via phone, text and/or email. Please make sure that your contact information is up to date in the Parent Portal. If your phone number changes, please update the Parent Portal immediately.

Please note that closings or delays will also be posted on our district Facebook page, and on our website at www.btboe.org.

Potter Holiday Shows

Once again Potter School had great holiday shows this year from the preschool, kindergarten and chorus students. All of the students worked very hard on their performances, and did a fantastic job! Thank you to Mrs. Beecher along with the preschool and kindergarten teachers for making these events such a success!

Beyond Bandaids

December was a busy month in the nurse's office!! Vision and hearing screening, height, weight, blood pressure are ongoing for the foreseeable future until all mandated screenings are finished.

Our school is participating in "Project Brush", a NJ Department of Health program designed to promote good dental hygiene practices to kindergarten and 1st grade students. Oral health kits were distributed to 184 students . Each student received a toothbrush and a toothbrushing timer. All students will receive information throughout the school year to promote better dental hygiene.

Upcoming dates:

January 11th--The NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired screens all preschool and kindergarten students

January 14th--Little Smiles New Jersey Mobile Dentist offering in-school dental care!! Sealants, x-rays, cleanings, flouride rinses are done depending on student's insurance and eligibility. A dental exam, cleaning and flouride rinse can be done for students without dental insurance through grants. Please send in your registration ASAP!!! Over 50% of all school age children have a cavity that may cause pain leading to missed school!!

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The student council worked very hard on their most recent fundraiser, selling candy grams. It was a huge success for all the students. They have a lot of other great ideas coming up and we look forward to a great rest of the year. One idea for a fundraiser is a Jersey Mikes night to help support the school play. Mrs. Melanson and the executive board is in the planning stages and we look forward to hearing more about it soon.

The Lion's Club in TR - FREE COATS

Free coats for children and adults will be distributed from the Masonic Temple across from the hospital (Rt. 37) on January 9 and 10 from 9-5pm The coats are from the Burlington Coat Factory. If you have any questions, please call Donald at 732-232-3157.

Gingerbread Houses

3rd grade students all came together for their annual gingerbread house construction! The students had a great time. Thank you to all that helped make this day a success!

Hour of Code - Month of December

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade participated in the nationwide Hour of Code during the month of December. The goal of this event is to introduce students to computer science in a fun and exciting way. The students had a great time learning how video games and computer programs are designed. Mrs. Cicco developed an entire month long unit dedicated solely to this! The students loved it and learned a lot in the process.


This month students at Potter will get the chance to try out Sphero! This amazing robot has a lot of educational value through its SPRK (Schools, Parents, Robots, Kids) program. We are very excited to see what it has to offer! The students and teachers will get a chance to use their creativity and explore the world of coding and robotics.

Book Club

Each month, Potter students meet at the Berkeley Township Library for a Book Club. The students have the month to read the book and they have a discussion about it when they meet. Each meeting they do a craft and eat a snack as well. The students love coming to Book Club and it is helping them become better readers and comprehenders. Below are a few pictures from last month's meeting.

January Events

January 4 - Comic Book Club

January 5 - Board of Education meeting 6:30pm

January 8 - Potter Spirit Day - Potter Wear

January 11 - Comic Book Club

January 13 - Cimino/Waldron Book Club

January 14 - 80th Day of School - Wear your 80s gear

January 18 - MLK Day - School Closed for Students

January 22 - Student Council Meeting

January 25 - Comic Book Club

January 29 - Spirit Day - Favorite Super Bowl Team Day

Please continue to bring in your bottles and cans to contribute to our Recycle Rally. We are in the running again for another $25,000! Thank you in advance for all of your help and consideration!

Winter Weather Reminders

With the cold weather approaching we ask that if you are dropping your children off at the Deal Avenue entrance, you arrive at 8:40AM. The doors will not be opening each day until that time, therefore the students will be outside unsupervised if they come earlier. We also ask that you please drop and go quickly, as we have been all year. We will have an increased number of drop offs on these days, and moving quickly will ensure that all students get to school on time.

Please remember that there will be no parking allowed down the left side of Deal Ave. in the morning OR in the afternoon.

For school delay or closing information please make sure that all phone numbers are updated in the Parent Portal. You can also check the district Facebook page or website at www.btboe.org.

Potter Student Section

New Years Resolution

My New Years Resolution

is to spread more love

by giving more hugs.

I think hugs


- Anonymous Second Grader

Letters to Senior Homes

Students send letters to Senior Homes for the Holidays.

Jokes of the Month

Q: What is the tallest building in the world?

A: The Library! It has the most stories.

Q: Did you hear the joke about the roof?

A: Nevermind, it's over your head!