Stoy School

Principal's Bulletin

October 26, 2015

Halloween Spirit Day

Please be advised that Halloween Spirit Day, Friday, October 30th, will be a full day schedule, with school ending at 3:00 pm. We will follow this procedure:

Pre-k Student Schedule for Mrs. Keough and Miss Vosbikian:

  • Morning & afternoon pre-k students will all come to school dressed in costume and attend school from 8:30 – 11:00 am.
  • Parents are invited to the Pre-k & Kdg. mini-parade that will be held outside at 10:40 am (weather permitting).

Kindergarten Student Schedule for Mrs. Keough and Miss Burns:

  • Kindergarten students will come to school dressed in costume and will attend during their normal session time from 8:30 – 11:00 am. Parents are invited to the Pre-k & Kdg. mini-parade that will be held outside at 10:40 am (weather permitting).

Grades 1 - 5 Student Schedule:

  • Our regular morning schedule will be extended until 12:30.
  • LUNCH WILL BE HELD FROM 12:30 - 1:30.
  • Children will change into their costumes at lunch time. We encourage as many parents as possible to take their children home for lunch to help with student costuming.
  • Students will arrive/return to school at 1:30 dressed in costumes. The Halloween parade will begin when all children have assembled in the school yard.
  • Students will meet back in the school yard after the parade to view each other’s costumes.
  • All students will return to their classrooms for parties.
  • No costumes that include weapons are permitted. This will support our violence-free school environment.

Thanks so much for your help with our full day Halloween Spirit Day schedule. I know we can make it both a celebratory and educational day for our students.

Upcoming Calendar

  • Monday, November 2, 2015 - 12:30pm Dismissal - Evening Conferences

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - No School For Students - Teacher In-Service

  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 12:30pm Dismissal - Afternoon Conferences

  • Thursday, November 5, 2015 - No School - NJEA Convention

  • Friday, November 6, 2015 - No School - NJEA Convention -

  • Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:30pm Dismissal - Afternoon Conferences

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 12:30pm Dismissal - Evening Conferences

CHARACTER COUNTS! Everywhere, All The Time....

Each fall our character education program is reintroduced to each elementary school student. Since 2003, CHARACTER COUNTS! has been used by the Haddon Township School District as a means of enhancing our students’ abilities to make appropriate choices, both in and out of school. Based on the CHARACTER COUNTS Coalition model, we offer our students, teachers, parents, and administrators a common language that can be used when discussing good character. This common language is centered on the coalition’s framework, which we believe is the essence of good character, and is based on the “Six Pillars of Character”

  • TRUSTWORTHINESS — integrity, honesty, promise-keeping, loyalty
  • RESPECT — courtesy, autonomy, dignity, diversity, Golden Rule
  • RESPONSIBILITY — duty, accountability, pursuit of excellence
  • FAIRNESS — openness, consistency, impartiality
  • CARING — kindness, compassion, empathy
  • CITIZENSHIP — lawfulness, common good, environment

Though we will have a monthly focus, CHARACTER COUNTS! is not an “add-on” program for our schools that diverts attention from our academic curriculum. It is not another “thing” on the proverbial plates of the students’ and teachers’ already full days. Rather, character education is the plate itself, on which all other school activities can be started. CHARACTER COUNTS! presents itself in “teachable moments” throughout each school day and is constantly defined, modeled, and promoted throughout the year. So, as the school year gets underway, please have those conversations with your children regarding the Six Pillars of Character and how they pertain to their lives in and out of school.

For the month of November, we will continue our focus on RESPECT.

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Parking Reminder

Just a reminder.... Please respect local police department ordinances with regard to stopping and parking around our school. Parents/guardians may not stop and wait, or park on Patton Avenue or Briarwood Avenue along the yellow curbs. The same holds true for neighboring streets along yellow curbs and in any areas where “no parking” is posted. Parents stopping and parking in these areas are creating a dangerous situation for students and may be ticketed by officers of the Haddon Township Police Department who are monitoring this situation on a regular basis during any of the pick-up and drop-off times occurring throughout the day.

Additionally, please be respectful and considerate of our residential neighbors and take care not to block their driveways or pedestrian crosswalks even if only for a few minutes. People not adhering to the local traffic laws create a real danger for the students assigned to safety posts and for other children traveling to and from school. Please keep in mind that we are all responsible for the safety of our students.

Stoy School Website

We use our Stoy School website ( as a form of communication and information sharing with you. Digital versions of the Parent and Student Handbook, the Acceptable Use Policy, Curriculum guides, calendars, the Stoy School Wednesday Information Folder and the like can all be found here. We encourage you to visit our website often to see what is happening at Stoy. If, however, you do not have access to the Internet, please feel free to contact the office and request copies of all that is posted.