Potter News

October 2018

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. We would also like to welcome our newest preschool students who will be starting on October 1st.

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 join our school Remind text messages (text @hmpbelieve to the number 81010 to join) in order to get the most up to date information.

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fundraiser

This year H & M Potter School will be hosting its 2nd annual JDRF fundraiser. We are looking forward to being able to donate to a great cause, and to have the students participate in the JDRF Walk on October 26.

On Friday October 12 we will hold a kick off assembly, and the students will receive their walk envelopes. With help from a parent, students can register online at kidswalk.jdrf.org. Once registered, students can create a personal fundraising page to share their story and send emails to friends and family members asking for their support.

As students collect donations they can write the name of their donors on the shoes that they received, and bring them to school so we can put them on display!

We encourage children to turn in their donations on the day of the Kids Walk: October 26, 2018. Students will enjoy a healthy, brisk walk and celebrate our success!

The funds collected will be given to JDRF, the leading global organization focused on T1D research. JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic plan to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until it is no longer a threat to anyone.

Please visit kidswalk.jdrf.org for more information. Thank you for your support of this worthy cause!


The PTA is so grateful for all the support for our Sponsor A Scarecrow fundraiser! The scarecrows have begun to make their appearances and all will be up by the end of the week. The grounds look amazing and over $1,500 was raised to go right back to the students! We do have a limited number of scarecrows remaining so if you are interested, please email hmppta@gmail.com.
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Terror in the Halls October 19 and 20

This year Potter School will again be turned in to a haunted attraction! Admission is $10 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. This will be another great year of TERROR!

Terror in the Halls 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, on October 20 you can come to the school for $2.00 per person to take a tour of the entire haunted house with the lights on and no actors.

A form will be sent home the first week of October, please return the form if you are interested!

Halloween Parade and Parties

The Potter School Halloween Parade will take place on Wednesday October 31, 2018 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.

Reminder for 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.

Intervention and Referral Services

There are times when students are not progressing as they should in the classroom. Areas of concern may be with academics, behavior or attendance. Your child’s teacher will contact you and let you know that your child will be discussed with a variety of professionals at a special meeting. You are welcome to attend and meet with the teacher, guidance counselor, child study team member, and principal. Suggestions and recommendations will then be given.

Beyond Band Aids with Mrs. Olsen

Mobile Dentist

The Tender Smiles Mobile Dental team saw 25 students on September 27. The next mobile dental visit is scheduled for the spring. If your child was seen on September 27th, THEY WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SPRING MOBILE DENTIST VISIT! There is no need to send in another registration form. Each registration is good for 1 year. If you do not want your child seen again in the spring, please inform the school nurse.

Change of Clothes

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

Vision Screenings

Lions Club vision screening scheduled for October 2nd for all 2nd and 4th grade students. If you receive a vision referral, please follow up with your child's health care provider.

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: 2, 4, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23 and 25

Upcoming October Events

October 1-5: Week of Respect, See Above for Spirit Days

October 5: Global Cardboard Challenge, 6-7:30

October 8: School Closed, Teacher Inservice

October 11: Picture Day

October 12: Spirit Day, Wear Blue for Diabetes Awareness and JDRF Kick Off Assembly

October 13: Progress Reports posted to the Parent Portal

October 15: PTA Meeting, 7pm in the APR

October 19-20: Terror in the Halls! 7-10pm, $10 per person

October 24: Preschool and Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch

October 26: Spirit Day, Tie Dye Day and JDRF Walk

October 27: Berkeley Township Trick or Trunk, 12-2pm @ BTES

October 30: Board of Education Meeting, 6:30pm @ BTES

October 31: Halloween Parade and Parties

H & M Potter School

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Michael Conforti, Interim Principal

Melissa Gallagher, Assistant Principal