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Monday, September 20, 2021

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Hispanic/LatinX Heritage Month

Hispanic/LatinX Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The celebration starts mid-month because Sept. 15 marks the independence anniversary of five countries: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. It is followed by Mexico's Independence Day on Sept. 16 and Chile's on Sept. 18.

We celebrate Hispanic/LatinX Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic/LatinX American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

School Start Times Survey

Our district is in the process of examining high start times. Please complete the parent survey. The survey will remain open until September 24th.

Click for School Start Parent Survey.

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Students continued to make improvements adjusting to our new outdoor lunch and recess routines.

We continue to work on the following with our students and ask that you also remind them of these important actions.

  • Students must clean up their area after lunch.
  • Our K and 1 students need assistance locating and identifying their lunch bags and drink bottles.

Please ensure that your child's name is clearly labeled on their lunch bag, drink bottles, and any other items they bring to school. It would also be helpful to ensure that your child knows what their items look like.

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5th Grade Mum Sale

lease complete this google doc to place your order. Payments can be made via Venmo or sent in via a marked envelope (5th-grade mum sale attn: Beth Patton) with cash or check made out to ARK PTA. Please contact Beth Patton with questions 856-264-6924 or Please get orders in by next Wednesday 9/22. Pick up will be at the school on Saturday, October 2 from 9 am-noon.

Back to School Night 2021 - 2022

Dear ARK Community,

Our annual Back to School Night will be held on Monday, September 27th from 6:30 - 7:45 pm. Below are the key details for the event:

  • This event will be offered in-person, and remotely for those wishing to participate from home.
  • Teachers will be sharing a link at least 24 hours in advance of the event for those participating remotely. From this link, you will be able to see and hear the teacher's presentation.
  • There will be two sessions with identical content.

Session #1 - 6:30 to 7:00 pm

Session #2 - 7:15 to 7:45 pm

  • For those planning to attend in person, we ask that if possible only one adult per family attend. This will help us limit the number of people inside our school building at one time.
  • For those planning to attend in person, we ask that if possible no children attend. This will help us limit the number of people inside our school building at one time.
  • Masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn by all in attendance at all times.
  • All in attendance are expected to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Please understand that Back to School Night is not a Parent/Teacher Conference. If you have individualized questions for the teacher you are expected to email or call them to discuss at a later time.

Encore Teachers / Instrumental Music Teacher / Therapists / Librarian / Nurse / CST / Counselor / Literacy Teacher Coach

  • Staff not presenting during Back to School Night will be available in the APR between 6:30 - 7:45 pm.

  • Families who are unable to attend BTSN in person can contact the staff member directly to schedule a time to talk.

We look forward to your participation at our Back to School Night event! Your involvement and partnership will help us ensure a successful school year for your child.

All for One and One for All!

Mr. Eugene Park

Principal, A. Russell Knight Elementary

Family Life Letter from Dr. Mahan, Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Farrah Mahan, Assistant Superintendent

Malberg Administration Building

45 Ranoldo Terrace, P.O. Box 5015

Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0391

(856) 429-5600, ext. 4311 Fax (856) 354-1864


September 2021

Dear Parent,

The New Jersey Department of Education requires that school districts communicate yearly with parents regarding the Family Life Curriculum to be taught in schools. The Cherry Hill Public Schools Family Life Curriculum will be taught during the 2021-2022 school year. The curriculum is delivered with fidelity following the New Jersey Student Learning Standards while meeting the needs of Cherry Hill Public Schools families. The presentations with parent(s) and their 4th grade girl and 5th grade boy on puberty are in addition to the Family Life Curriculum (FLC) class lessons.

Approved by the Board of Education, the FLC provides our students with information in the context of a nurturing, respectful environment, which acknowledges individual and family differences in terms of moral and religious beliefs. This information includes teaching students anatomically correct names for body parts, discussing different types of families and healthy habits in a developmentally, age appropriate context.

The current FLC is available in Rubicon Atlas (the district’s curriculum platform). A link to Rubicon Atlas is available on the district homepage by clicking on the Academics tab, then Curriculum. Rubicon Atlas shows all resources, materials and standards that are taught.

Accordingly, please be advised that the law allows for any parent who believes the FLC instruction is in conflict with their beliefs to opt out of any portion of the course without penalty. To opt out of FLC, contact your building principal or nurse.

If you have any additional questions regarding FLC please contact your building principal or school nurse.

Farrah Mahan


  • 9/22 - Last Day to Order Mums
  • 9/23 - PTA Meeting (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Saturday, 10/2 from 9 to 12 pm: Mum orders pick up day
  • 9/27 - Back to School Night (Session 1: 6:30 to 7 pm / Session 2: 7:15 - 7:45 pm)

COVID - 19 At-Home Screening Checklist

This checklist must be used daily by staff and students before coming to school.
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We Return to Learn Plan (Updated 9/3/21)