As a Matter of Fact!
SOMSD Newsletter - June 5, 2020 VOL. 1, ISSUE 13
Hello SOMSD Family,
Today I had the honor of witnessing our Columbia High School Students, speaking their truth to power. Our students' peaceful protest was well-organized and passionately executed. Several hundred residents were present to listen to our scholars share their reflections on the social justice crisis gripping our nation. They were eloquent, poignant, and direct...expressing their anger, pain, and frustration. The crowd was silent as each speaker shared their 'truths' ...which reflect what many of us are feeling during these uncertain times. We are so proud of our young people for their bravery, strength, and resilience. Please find below our Joint Message on this topic. Wishing you a peaceful, thoughtful, and reflective weekend.
- Read the June 4, Joint Message sent to the SOMSD Community from the Board of Education and Superintendent Taylor Concerning Social Justice Crisis Sweeping Across our Country
Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, Superintendent of Schools
2020-2021 Registration Updates
NEW! Document Collection System
The Director of Technology, Data Processing Department and Office of Registration have been working collectively to secure a document collections system which will provide the parent/guardian community with a secure and easy to navigate electronic document collection system to use when completing the registration process.
A subgroup of parents are currently testing the system and providing valuable feedback. Once testing is completed and final updates are implemented, the system will be rolled out for use to the entire District. The digital process will assist parents/guardians with the completion of their child's enrollment once the fall 2020 enrollment campaign resumes next month.
Hard Conversations in Difficult Times: Talking to Our Kids about Current Events, Racial Injustice & Equity
Tuesday, June 16th, 7:30pm
This is an online event.
Join the Parenting Center for a WebEx with Dr. Eddie Fergus, Professor, Author, and Educational Policy Expert and Dr. Adam Price, Child & Adolescent Psychologist, Author and Lecturer on Child Development and Parenting. Should we tell the kids? How? Those are among the many questions parents are asking after the death of George Floyd, which has sparked nationwide protests and outrage. Experts in child psychology and race-based stress say these conversations are essential for all parents to have. Join us for an evening of discussion, as guest experts provide advice and appropriate ways to speak to your kid(s).
For more information: https://bit.ly/375u45r
Withdrawals/Transfers Out of the District
If your child will be attending a private school in September or if your family will be moving out of the District at the close of the school year, you must officially withdraw your child(ren) from the District.
Please contact your building secretary for assistance with the withdrawal process and to make arrangements to have your children's academic and health records forwarded to your new school.
If you are in possession of a District issued Chromebook, arrangements will be made for the safe return of the device. Please advise us of the need to return the device during the withdrawal process.
- Preschool and elementary school families should email the building secretary directly.
- Middle school students must email the guidance secretary for assistance. Michaia Brown (email@example.com) at Maplewood Middle School and Bonnie Hellstern (firstname.lastname@example.org) at South Orange Middle School.
- Columbia High School students should email Sheila Bellini (email@example.com) in the counseling department, for assistance.
2020 - 2021 Preschool Update
The Department of Preschool Education would like to inform you that preschool acceptance and placement letters are beginning to go out to families. Please be advised that letters will continue being disseminated throughout the month of June as partnerships with collaborating preschool sites are solidified and seating capacity increases. The preschool department will post a placement update on the preschool website in early July 2020.
Families can access revised FAQs on the preschool website: https://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/mdocs-posts/somsd-preschool-faq-060420/
For updates continue to visit the Preschool Education program webpage.
South Orange Maplewood School District
Preschool Program Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual "Welcome to Middle School" Event, Tues., 6/9
Families of fifth-grade students are invited to join Principal Gronau, Maplewood Middle School and Principal Irby, South Orange Middle School on Tuesday, 6/9 @ 7:30 pm for a virtual "Welcome to Middle School" event via WebEx. For more information visit: https://bit.ly/3d0v64S
Make Some Noise for the CHS Class of 2020!
The District will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, June 24 @ 6 pm. Following the broadcast, CHS HSA invites everyone in our two towns to step outside their homes at 8:20 pm (20:20) to make some noise for our graduates using whatever means available. We’ll be distributing a free, branded cowbell to every senior at the personalized sign and t-shirt pick up to help them Make Some Noise and hope that everyone uses #CHSNoise2020 to post videos and photos of the moment for all to see. For more info: https://bit.ly/CHSVirtualGrad
Please note Kindergarten Orientation for all District schools are canceled. A virtual orientation will take place in the near future and families will be contacted with new dates after culminating activities have been completed.