Potter News

February 2019

A Message from Ms. Cimino

Happy 2019! We started off the year with many great events, including our Escape Room. We had over 200 students and family members take part in this fun challenge. Please remember that our annual Gift Auction will be held on April 13, and tickets are selling fast. Please send in your forms as soon as possible as we will sell out!

Now that the cold is here, please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately. We ask that coats and warm clothing are worn each day, students may go outside for recess or gym if the weather permits.

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.

Note that closings or delays will also be posted on our district Facebook page, and on our website at www.btboe.org.
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Beyond Band Aids with Mrs. Olsen- Mid Year Check Up!

Vision Screening

All Preschool, Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades had vision screens. Out of approximately 300 students, 31 possible vision problems were identified. IF YOUR CHILD RECEIVED A VISION SCREENING REFERRAL, PLEASE FOLLOW UP WITH A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR A COMPLETE EYE EXAMINATION. If you are unable to find an appropriate physician, please call the nurse at ext. 5005!

Children often do not realize that they are not seeing as they should and may not complain or show signs of vision problems. If not detected and treated early, vision problems in children can lead to:

  • Loss of vision
  • Learning difficulties
  • Delayed sensory, motor, cognitive or social-emotional development.


  • Identifies children in need of a professional eye examination
  • May help detect disorders in an early, treatable stage
  • Provides parents, caregivers and the public with valuable information about eye care
  • May result in a referral to an eye care professional or primary care provider
For more information about children’s vision screening visit PreventBlindness.org.

Hearing Screening

All students enrolled in PK-4th grade receive yearly hearing screening. To date, Preschool, 1st, 2nd and 4th grades have had hearing screenings. A student must fail a hearing screening twice before they are referred for further evaluation. Please follow up with your health care provider if you are notified that your child has failed a hearing screen.

In the United States, one to three children per 1,000 are born with hearing loss each year (CDC, 2010). Hearing deficits in children can interfere with normal speech and language development, communication, and the ability to learn. It is important to detect even a mild hearing loss in order to treat the problem! For more information about hearing loss and hearing loss prevention go to www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov.

Mobile Dentist

All district students have the opportunity to receive a dental exam, cleaning and fluoride rinse from Tender Smiles Mobile Dentist. Depending on your child's insurance, your child can get x-rays and sealants applied during the school visit as well. If you have no dental insurance, please contact the nurse about the mobile dentist grant program. Our next scheduled visit is April 3rd. Look for registration forms to come home soon!

Blood Pressure, Height and Weight

All students are screened yearly for appropriate growth and development. Blood pressures are monitored yearly on all students.

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

On Friday, February 8th, H&M Potter will be having a fundraiser at Barnes & Noble in Brick from 6-8pm. On this night we will have special guests from Potter School promoting our amazing school and the love of reading! A percentage of all purchases made in the store that day will come back to Potter School. Don't miss out, we look forward to seeing you there!

If you want to shop online between the dates of 2/8 -2/13 you may enter this code as your Book Fair ID Number: 12490967. This will allow Potter to get credit for the online purchases.

In the store, shoppers just have to tell the cashier that they are from H&M Potter. The in-store promotion is only good for 2/8 at the Brick location. Shoppers can visit the store at any time that day to support our Book Fair.

Anyone can say they are supporting Potter school on that day for us to get credit. Please let any grandparents, aunts, uncles, or family know that they can help!

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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.

February Calendar

February 2: Report Cards Posted to Parent Portal

February 5: Lunar New Year Celebration

February 5: Principal's Pawsome Lunch

February 6: Powerful Parenting Program, 5:30pm @ BTES

February 8: Spirit Day: Wear Potter Spirit Wear

February 8: Book Fair at Barnes and Noble in Brick, 6-8pm

February 11: PTA Meeting, 7pm APR

February 14: 100th Day of School!

February 18: School Closed, President's Day

February 20: Kindergarten Literacy Night @ Bayville School 6pm

February 21: 3rd and 4th Grade Book Club @ Berkeley Library, 6:30-7:30pm

February 22: Spirit Day: Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey

February 26: Daniel Kirk Assembly, Grades Preschool-1

February 26: Board of Education Meeting, 7pm @ BTES

February 27: Daniel Kirk Assembly, Grades 2-4

H & M Potter School

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Melissa Gallagher, Assistant Principal