Chester Superintendent's Newsletter

From Dr. Christina Van Woert, Superintendent of Schools

October 2019

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Bragg School Students Published in Pine Tree Poetry

Congratulations to Ms. Maryrose Walsh, 4th grade teacher at Bragg School, and her students Amanda Missey, Talon Wehmeyer, and Paulina Paftinos who are currently in the 5th grade. All three students had their poetry published in the Pine Tree Poetry Anthology Collection.

Amanda's poem is titled The Waterfall. Paulina's poem is titled Tests...Tests...and more Tests!!! Talon's poem is titled We Are Finally Free. We couldn't be more proud of these talented and accomplished students or of Ms. Walsh and her hard work and dedication that helped them to achieve this great success!

The Chester School District Announces 2019 Technology Committee

Following the results of our Strategic Plan, the Chester School District will be forming a district committee this year chaired by Dr. Christina Van Woert and Mr. Mike Dougherty, Director of Technology, to research, write and implement a new district wide Technology Plan. We welcome parent, faculty and community input. If you are interested in being a member of this committee, please email Mrs. Sophia Beaudin at

Dickerson School Celebrates the Week of Respect - Oct. 7 - 11, 2019

Our Dickerson and Bragg School students kicked off our Week of Respect in New Jersey as part of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act - Oct. 7 - 11, 2019 with an assembly featuring Gizmo the Robot called "A Robot Like Me!" Since 2013, Gizmo has taught thousands of students the skills needed to be more compatible with others and what it takes to be a good human. During this assembly, our students learned about trustworthiness, responsibility, respect and caring. Gizmo D. Robot demonstrated fair play, good citizenship, and anti-bullying strategies through role play with the assistance of many of our students.

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Educational Foundation of the Chesters Read-a-Thon Starting Soon - On your mark! Get Set! READ!!

Get your books ready and join us in some reading fun! The Read-A-Thon starts on Nov. 11th. Let's support our schools and show that... Chester Readers are AWESOME! Here's how it works:

  • Nov. 1 - Nov. 10 Gather sponsors and record on Pledge Form.
  • Nov. 11 - Nov. 25 Log reading minutes into your Reading Log.
  • Nov. 26 - Dec. 2 Collect pledges from sponsors.
  • Dec. 4 Return your Pledge Form, Reading Log and money collected to your teacher.
  • Dec. 16 Prizes are awarded!

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

CHESTER PTO Harlem Wizards Basketball Game - Nov. 16, 2019

The Chester PTO presents the Harlem Wizards vs. the Chester Bulldogs on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Come join the fun as the Harlem Wizards bring their "Trick Hoops & Alley Oops" entertaining basketball to Black River Middle School. This year there will be two games at 2pm and 6:30pm. Tickets go on sale October 22nd. Come on out and support the schools while having lots of family fun!

Chester PTO and the Educational Foundation of the Chesters

The Chester PTO and the Educational Foundation of the Chesters remain two of the most essential elements of the Chester School District for their continued support of our students and faculty. In essence, so many of our most engaging enrichment activities and many of our foundational programs come directly from their support. This includes athletic and club stipends for our teachers, cultural arts programs, school supplies and materials. This year alone, the Educational Foundation of the Chesters will be funding our Kinetics Club at Dickerson School, our Chess Club at Bragg School and our Science League at BRMS. The PTO will be funding our Dickerson School clubs - Technology Club, Arts and Crafts Club for 1st graders, Art Club for 2nd graders, Fitness Club and Chess Club; at Bragg School - Technology Club, Art Club, Robotics Club, Kan Jam and Volleyball Club; and at BRMS - Drama Club, STEM Club, Student Government, Technology Club and Volleyball Club.

I urge you to support and join both of these worthwhile organizations. We are so grateful for their funding and for the many opportunities they provide our students, such as those listed above. More information about joining the PTO and the Educational Foundation can be found on our homepage under the Parents tab.