February 2022 Message

From Glen Meadow Middle School

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Preface to Newsletter: Thank You, Glen Meadow Families

Thank you to our amazing Glen Meadow Middle School families for continuing to adhere to the DOH guidelines and for helping us to keep GMMS safe for all faculty, staff, and students. As always, should signs of illness develop for someone in your family - your Glen Meadow student or otherwise - please keep your child(ren) home and contact our school nurse, Ms. Stephanie Ash, at (973) 764-4661.

    According to the current NJDOH guidelines, children who exhibit:
    • two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, rigors, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, runny nose, OR
    • one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell should remain home and/or will be sent home from school.

    Any child who has a fever should not come to school. The child must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

    Symptoms of illness such as cough, sore throat, or congestion/runny nose should also be improved before the child comes back to school. Please contact Ms. Ash for additional guidance regarding sending your child to school if they are exhibiting one or more symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

    **Also, PLEASE contact the school nurse ASAP should your child test positive for COVID-19.**

    The following protocols will be strictly adhered to:

    • Masks must be worn properly at all times, covering the nose and mouth of the individual
    • Masks must be worn on buses
    • Physical distancing when practicable
    • Frequent handwashing/hand sanitizing

    We thank you for your continued support, cooperation, patience, and understanding.

    ~~~~Welcome to February 2022~~~~

    Thank you for all of your support thus far this school year. It is our hope and mission that your child's school year continues to be an enriching and rewarding experience.

    A few important reminders for the month of February:

    • January 31 - February 3rd: 8th Grade Scheduling Meetings with VTHS Counselors
    • February 1: Read the McKay Way Begins
    • February 2: National Girls and Women in Sports Day - VTHS Video
    • February 7: 7th Grade LEAD Program Begins with Cpl. Rovetto
    • February 7: Genesis Parent Portal Opens for 2nd Marking Period Report Cards
    • February 10: BOE Work Session Meeting at Lounsberry Hollow at 7:00 PM
    • February 14: Happy Valentine's Day!
    • February 17: BOE Public Meeting at Lounsberry Hollow at 7:00 PM
    • February 19 - 22: Wellness Weekend/Tech Awareness
    • February 21: DISTRICT CLOSED - President's Day
    • February 22: DISTRICT CLOSED - President's Day
    • February 22: Bus Driver Appreciation Day
    • February 23: CAP (Child Assault Prevention) Virtual Presentation for Parents at 6:00 PM
    • February 24: 21st Century Community Learning Center Family Night at 5:30 PM
    • February 28: 8th Grade CAP Program Begins with NJ Child Assault Prevention

    As we enter the month of February, we want to thank you for sharing your children with us. If you should ever have any questions or concerns about your child's education, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we are stronger! When the school and home collaborate and communicate, we are all working towards one common goal - a successful school year for your child. Thank you for partnering with us throughout the 2021-2022 school year.

    Jacquelyn M. Van Orden, Principal

    Eric W. Kosek, Assistant Principal

    Upcoming Spirit Days!

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    Friendly February 2022

    We need each other more than ever right now!

    This month let's focus on reaching out to connect with others and doing our best to be a good friend. Our acts of kindness and connection ripple out and impact so many more people than we realize - and they also boost our own happiness too! In stressful times people around us may be feeling the strain, so let's try to keep calm, take time to listen, and show compassion.

    ~obtained from: actionforhappiness.com

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    Join The 21st Century Community Learning Center!

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    21st Century Community Learning Center Website

    To learn more about the GMMS 21st CCLC Program, please click this button to visit our website.

    The 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) is an after-school program that provides students with academic enrichment opportunities that will offer support beyond the classroom curriculum. Students will receive homework support and a nutritional snack each day. The 21st CCLC allows students to explore STEM, Physical Fitness, and Visual and Performing Arts activities, including but not limited to Theatre, Robotics, Engineering, and Culinary Arts. Students will also have the opportunity to attend field trips within the community to work with key stakeholders of this initiative. The Farm at Glenwood Mountain has partnered with Glen Meadow Middle School’s 21st CCLC. In addition, there is a Parent University component that provides workshops for parents/guardians and also affords students the opportunity to showcase their learning activities.

    The program operates Monday through Friday, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with parent/guardian pick up. The 21st Century Community Learning Center is only available to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Glen Meadow Middle School students and is at no cost to families!

    If you are interested in registering your child for this outstanding program, please contact Mrs. Kait Ramirez, Program Director, at kramirez@vtsd.com or (973) 764-4534. Likewise, please feel free to contact Mrs. Jacquelyn Van Orden, GMMS Principal, at jvanorden@vtsd.com. We are excited to provide this engaging and enriching learning experience for your child and are looking forward to all of the incredible adventures that await!
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    During the month of February, we celebrate African American History Month as well as
    International Boost Self-Esteem Month. Within the month of February, National School Counseling Week is February 7th through February 11th, and World Thinking Day is Tuesday, February 22nd.

    African American History Month

    Five Ways to Celebrate African American History Month

    1. Read about African American leaders who shaped our history.

    2. Learn about the many famous firsts in African American history.

    3. Listen to African American music that has influenced American arts and culture.

    4. Visit an African American cultural institution or event in person or online.

    5. Explore events that have shaped African American history in the United States.


    International Boost Self Esteem Month

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    Opportunities to Get Involved

    • Volunteer to be a Peer Tutor at Glen Meadow. Click HERE for more information.
    • Volunteer at Sussex County Libraries. Click HERE for more information.

    Glen Meadow... Let's Read the McKay Way!

    Read the McKay Way

    Join us in an exciting district-wide reading initiative, which honors Dr. Charles McKay, VTSD Assistant Superintendent, who will be retiring at the end of the school year. The “Read the McKay Way” officially begins on February 1st and ends on March 11th. We encourage our students and their family members to participate in this exciting endeavor. Students and family members may log their pages read HERE and may also leave a video message for Dr. McKay HERE on our district’s FlipGrid page. What a great way to celebrate reading as a family, a school, and a district! You will also see A LINK on the main page of our website that will take you to all of this reading information as well. In addition, please share your favorite book or what you are reading on social media with the hashtag #VernonReads

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    Additional Happenings at Glen Meadow

    Ladies Night Out - April 22, 2022

    On Friday, April 22nd, Ladies Night Out will be held at Minerals Hotel in Vernon. This fun, yet important, annual event Raises money for the ESCA scholarship fund. The fund awards scholarships to approximately 20 graduating seniors of Vernon Township High School who will be continuing their education. For more information about this event, please click HERE.
    Click for More Information about Ladies Night Out 2022

    Ladies Night Out raises money for the Vernon Executive SCA Senior Scholarship Fund. Aligning with the ideals of ESCA, the awards are made on the submission of essays depicting the student’s service and its impact to family, local or greater community

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    The Glen Meadow Way

    #TheGlenMeadowWay is built on three core principles:

    • Respect Yourself and Others
    • Take Responsibility for Your Actions
    • Reach Your 100%

    Here at Glen Meadow, we focus on respect, responsibility, and reaching our goals. We accomplish this by following the 5 Ps. We are Prompt, Prepared, Polite, Positive, and Productive!

    Pre-Order Your Glen Meadow Yearbook!

    Glen Meadow Middle School yearbooks are now available for pre-order! The 2021-2022 yearbook is available for $30 and can be purchased at the link HERE. Don't miss out!


    TREP$: This year, TREP$ will be open to both 6th and 7th-grade students. Students should contact Mrs. Panfile (kpanfile@vtsd.com) if they are interested in participating as space is limited. TREP$ Marketplace will be held on 4/12/2022. As the date approaches, more information will be shared including after-school permission slips and other pertinent information.

    • 7th Grade students will meet weekly on Tuesdays between 3/1/2022 - 4/26/2022.
    • 6th Grade students will meet weekly on Wednesdays between 3/2/2022 - 4/27/2022.

    Glen Meadow Honor Societies

    GMMS National Honor Societies Website: In addition to the National Junior Honor Society, Glen Meadow Middle School now offers induction into the National Junior Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society! Please click HERE for the GMMS Honor Societies website, which has been updated to include important information regarding these prestigious societies. A very special thank you to Mrs. Hirkaler and Mrs. Young for their partnership with both organizations.

    Glen Meadow Musings!

    Extra, Extra... read all about it! Read the Glen Meadow Middle School newspaper for students, by students! Learn about our archery unit of study in Physical Education and also meet some of our pets! Click HERE!

    2021-2022 National Bus Safety Poster Contest

    The New Jersey and American School Bus Council Safety Poster Contest is underway! This year's theme is "1 Bus + 1 Driver = a BIG Impact on Education." All entries must be postmarked before March 1, 2022. For full details and information, please click HERE.


    Please consider joining us at the third SCA meeting of the year, on Wednesday, February 16th at 9:45 am, which will be held virtually. To view the SCA Welcome Letter, please click HERE. In addition, please click HERE for all of the wonderful happenings and fundraisers on behalf of the GMMS SCA!

    Masks Required in Glen Meadow Middle School

    Per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #251, all faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a face covering while indoors. Students will not have to wear a face mask while eating, when participating in high intensity physical activity while maintaining physical distancing, and when they are outside. Hand sanitizers are available to all faculty, staff, and students and should be used by all upon entering classrooms and offices. Hand washing is encouraged and physical distancing will be implemented when practicable.
    Glen Meadow Middle School Schedules

    This document includes schedules for a Regular Day, an Early Dismissal Day, a Delayed Opening Day, and the A Week/B Week Schedule for Glen Meadow Middle School.

    Glen Meadow Middle School Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and Activities are a great way for students to get involved! Please review the after-school offerings at GMMS. If you have any specific questions, please email the club advisor by clicking on their name within this document.

    Glen Meadow Middle School Calendar

    Please click on the button above for the GMMS Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Glen Meadow Middle School SCA

    Please click on the button above to access the GMMS SCA website to learn about all of the amazing things the GMMS SCA does for our faculty, staff, and students!

    Follow Glen Meadow Middle School on Twitter

    Please click on the button above to follow the official Twitter page for GMMS (@GMMSVikings).

    Vernon Township School District Calendar

    Please click on the button above to access the VTSD Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Random Drug Testing in Grades 7 and 8

    This information is being shared with our families, should you wish to opt your 7th or 8th-grade child in for voluntary random drug testing. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Scott Waleck, RDT Coordinator, at (973) 764-6106.

    In closing...

    Thank you, GMMS families, for your partnership throughout the first half of the 2021-2022 school year. We are honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside you and your child(ren). If there is anything we can do to assist in making this year a successful one, please do not hesitate to contact us. #TheGlenMeadowWay

    The Faculty and Staff of Glen Meadow Middle School

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