Elizabeth Haddon News
March 1, 2023
UPCOMING CALENDAR DATES & EVENTS
2/27-3/3 Read Across America Week
3/2 4th Grade Immigration Museum APR 8:45 AM - 10:30 AM
3/2 Gifted & Talented Nomination Form Due at 12PM
3/3 2nd Grade Writing Celebration 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
3/5 5th Grade Yearbook Spotlight Due
3/5 5th Grade T-Shirt Order Due
3/8 Bookworm Interest Form Due
3/10 Science Olympiad Tournament 3:15 PM - 7:00 PM - APR and Field
3/21 Report Cards on Genesis 3:30 PM Grades 1-5
3/21 Community Meeting 1:30 PM APR
3/22 2 hr delayed opening for students - Teacher Professional Development
3/23 Group Picture Day
3/23 BOE Meeting 7:00 PM
3/27 5th Grade Yearbook Cover Contest Submissions Due
3/31 PTA Parent Social 7:00 PM
New School Based News
Bookworm Student Publishing Program
Bookworm is back! Does your child love coming up with stories? Maybe they have said they would love to be a published author one day? The time is now. Bookworms will allow your child to show their creativity and write and illustrate their own a story!
We will be using the company Studentreasures to print a hard covered book of your students own story. The book will stay in the Lizzy library until your child graduates from 5th grade, and then you will get to keep it as a special memory from their grade school years! There will be an assembly in June for our bookworm authors.
Because we are using an official printer this year, there will be a cost of $10 per book. Your child may work with a maximum of 2 co-author(s), but you will only receive 1 book.
Please check out the website if you want to see more details on the process and what the finished product will look like. https://studentreasures.com/individual/?plan_id=3
Once you sign up, you will get a packet around mid-March to make your book. The packet will include:
- 14 pages; 7 for writing and 7 for illustrations (you can choose lined or blank pages)
- Cover, Title, Dedication & Author pages
To sign up, please complete this form and Venmo $10 to @Libby-Au by March 8. By completing this form your child is committing to creating a bookworm. Complete a separate form for each of your children.
Completed book packets are due back to Lizzy by April 24th.
Questions? Email Carly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Council Drive For Cathedral Kitchen
For this month's student council project, we will be collecting food and toiletry donations for Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, NJ. Cathedral Kitchen (CK) is the largest emergency food provider in the area. They serve over 100,000 fresh meals to people in need every single year!
This year, CK is in need of sandwiches and healthy snacks to go. If each grade could bring in the suggested food items below by Friday, March 24th, it would be greatly appreciated!
Preschool: Healthy Snacks (granola bars, trail mix, peanuts,
apple sauce, fruit cups, raisins: individually packaged)
Kindergarten: Healthy Snacks (granola bars, trail mix, peanuts,
apple sauce, fruit cups, raisins: individually packaged)
1st: Bread (wheat preferably; please bring in closer to 3/24)
2nd: PB&J (no glass)
3rd: Cases of Water
4th: PB&J (no glass)
5th: Bread (wheat preferably; please bring in closer to 3/24)
We also need Zip-Loc sandwich-size bags as student council members will make sandwiches and bag them up to bring to Cathedral Kitchen.
Last but not least, Lizzy students and their families can make “positive placemats” for guests who eat at Cathedral Kitchen. These directions will be stapled to white paper and will be available by Mrs. LoCicero’s office.
Thank you so much for your donations! If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Kelly (email@example.com). The Cathedral Kitchen and its surrounding community members thank you!
March RULER Lessons
Our March RULER lessons focus on conflict resolution and the importance of perspective when dealing with conflict. Students will be introduced to another RULER tool, the Blueprint, a set of questions designed to help us reflect on conflicts and build empathy. We encourage you to read the parent connection letter linked below. These letters are a great way to reinforce what your child(ren) is learning at school.
Women's History Month
NJ Student Learning Assessment Testing Dates
Previously Shared School Based News
Gifted and Talented Nominations Due Tomorrow at Noon
Nominations are now being accepted for students currently in Grades K-7 who wish to be tested for Haddonfield’s Gifted and Talented (G and T) Program for the 2023-24 school year. The online nomination form can be found here. The testing schedule is here.
The purpose of Haddonfield Public School’s G and T program is to provide “exceptionally able” students with academic challenges beyond what the traditional classroom provides. More information about the program can be found here.
All nominations must be submitted by Thursday, March 2, at noon. Submissions must be on time to be accepted.
For Previously Identified Students:
Current Watch List students in grade 2 will are required to assess for an opportunity to qualify for grade 3 programming.
Current G and T students in grades K-1 and 3-7 are not required to re-establish their eligibility unless they are interested in the opportunity to qualify in a sub-test in which they did not previously qualify (e.g., students that qualified only in Quantitative but would like a chance to be eligible in Qualitative - in this case, the student would only take the subtest in the area they did not qualify)
Students that meet the qualification criteria for the 2023-24 School Year:
Grades K-2: These students are placed on a G and T watch list. Testing results are shared with the building principal and classroom teachers to ensure instructional differentiation, allowing each student to perform at their highest potential.
Grades 3-5: These students will have an individualized G and T learning plan developed. The plan will help ensure instructional differentiation; additionally, students will participate in pull-out resource G and T instruction (during the school day) coordinated by the district’s Elementary Gifted and Talented teacher, Ms. Deb. Landry.
Grades 6-8: These students will also have an individualized G and T learning plan developed. The plan will help to ensure that instructional differentiation occurs; additionally, students
will participate in a G and T class during the school day, coordinated by the middle school’s designated grade level G and T teacher.
Approximately 10% of our overall K-8 population is identified as Gifted and Talented. Of the 265 students nominated and completed ID testing last year, 22% met the G and T qualification criteria.
The Haddonfield Gifted Program Identification Rubric will be used by applying multiple measures for each nominated student. Except for the SAGES and the Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI), assessments are taken during school hours by most all district students. The KOI is an observation tool used only by faculty. The administration of the SAGES assessment is anticipated to take place in early March. The estimated times for testing duration for the SAGES are as follows:
2-3: 1.5-2 hours
4-8: 2.5 hours
I will provide more details following the nomination deadline. All nominations must be submitted by Thursday, March 2, at noon. Submissions must be on time to be accepted. If you are contemplating having your child participate in testing, please register by the deadline; for planning and preparation purposes, removing a student is significantly more efficient than adding one.
If you have any questions about the process for identification, don't hesitate to contact your building principal or me.
Gino R. Priolo, Ed.D.
5th Grade Yearbook Spotlight
5th Grade T-Shirt
Read Across America: This Week
Growth Mindset Goodnight Question Cube
We thought this might be a great resource for tying in Growth Mindset to your child’s bedtime routine: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UP4Ds6ui-uf2FIDxMEa62w4EbO3xjBGw/view?usp=sharing
Reminder: Cell Phone and Smartwatch Use During School
If students need to communicate with you, they should call from the classroom or main office. If a child is using a device without teacher permission it will be confiscated until the end of the day. Frequent occurrences of unauthorized use will result in no longer being allowed to bring these devices to school. Thank you for your assistance with this.
Lunchtime Speaker Interest Form
Have a unique career? Do you use technology in your job? Please fill out the form here if you're interested in coming in for 30 minutes to discuss your career with students in grades 2-5 during their lunch. You will be contacted depending on your interest and availability. This form doesn't guarantee being invited to come in, as this depends on interest level.
Calling the Classroom
Recess, Line Up, and Proper Attire
Recess/Morning Line Up
- If the real feel is 15 degrees or above, we will play/line up outside.
- If the real feel is below 15 degrees, we will play/line up inside.
- We use weather.com for our temperatures.
- Please be sure that your children are dressed in proper attire for the weather.
- Please send them with gloves, a hat, and a warm winter coat.
- Please be sure to label all items as we often have lost items during the winter months and we aim to return this quickly when labeled.
Snack Donations Needed
Reflex Math: Grades 2-5
Reflex is an online, game-based program that helps students build fast and effortless recall of
math facts. Research has shown that quick recall of math facts is critical for future success in
mathematics. Click Here for Reflex Parent Guide. Your child can access this site via Clever.
HMHS Tutors for Grades 3-5 Students
"Haddon's Helping Hands" (3H) has returned to Haddonfield School District. 3H is a program in which some of our high school students are paired with grade 3-5 elementary students for tutoring and, as a secondary benefit, relationship-building.
After pairing 70+ elementary school students with high school tutors last year, the group is now open to new applications. The application is available here.
Parents should communicate with the HMHS student through the elementary student’s school email address. Scheduling for tutoring sessions depends on the availability of the ES and HMHS student.
Practice Using the Mood Meter
Being Your "Best Self"
As part of our initiative to provide life skills and character development for our students, EH students have begun taking part in lessons on how to be their "Best Self," helping them to have their actions match who they truly are as individuals. Students are beginning to recognize their feelings, label, regulate, and act from a place that is true to them. If you would like to join this conversation with your child, you may find the questions below helpful; they provide an excellent foundation for a dinner-time conversation about what it means to be our "Best Self."
Creating a Family Charter
We’re using IXL to support our curriculum in Math and Language Arts this year, and your child has access to this online program at home. With thousands of skills that match what we’re learning, as well as insights into student progress, IXL is a great resource to help your child excel and practice skills.Click Here for IXL Parent Guide
Adding School Calendar to Your Phone or Google Calendar
- Click Here for instructions on how to add this to your phone calendar. Paste this code into the "subscribed calendar" box https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/c_bhhat3uhcr3llrs1qiejvcbhk0%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
- To add to a google calendar go to our website At the bottom of our embedded scroll calendar, click the + button and add it!
Sign-Up To Receive EH PTA E-Blasts
Note: You must fill out this form to receive PTA e-mails even if you have received them previously.
Update Your Contact Information in Genesis
Absence Reporting Procedures
If it is necessary to keep a child home from school, please do one of the following:
- Call the office before the start of school
Email us at ehattendanceOffice@haddonfield.k12.nj.us or click the link on our school homepage, and include
- Child’s first and last name
- Reason for absence
If you do not have access to email, you may call in your child absent. You must send in a note when your child returns if you use the call in method.
All important forms can always be found here and on the EH Homepage under the “Important Documents” This site will be updated throughout the year.
- Lunch cost is $3.35. Payment can be made via the School Lunch Payment Portal or by check made out to Haddonfield BOE
- Students will be required to order in their classroom each morning.
- Please review the lunch choices with your child (especially those at the younger grades) to help with ordering at school.
- For more information: Food Services in Haddonfield
EH TRAFFIC REMINDERS and INFORMATION-PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE
My School Bucks
This online payment service provides an easy way to pay for items such as ChromeBook fees and class trips using your credit/debit card or electronic check. Enrollment is easy and is available today! To create an account, follow the steps below:
1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account.
2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
3. Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic check.
A program fee of 3.9% applies. You will have the opportunity to review any fees
and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.
If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly:
· (855) 832-5226
· Visit myschoolbucks.com and click Help
We are excited to announce that the Zone PTA has kindly covered the cost for everyone to have access to the school directory for the 2022-2023 school year.
If you were a DirectorySpot user last year, then you don’t need to do anything unless you need to adjust anything. If you want to adjust anything on your record then please do so using a web browser, you will not be able to do it through the app.
If you are a new student or have never been in the directory before, please fill out this form and you will be added to the directory: https://forms.gle/EcZ8STi3ZQYmavS1A. After you fill out the form, I will add you to the directory and you will receive an email that you have been added from DirectorySpot. At that time you can download the DirectorySpot for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web: https://www.directoryspot.net
Having contact information up to date is more important now than ever. Please email Lindsey Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Pets Prohibited on School Grounds
Dogs are not permitted on the school property during school hours and at drop off and pick up times. Although many children feel safe around animals, some children have adverse reactions to pets even though they may be well trained. We have noticed some families bringing pets onto the school grounds especially at morning line-up or pick-up. Please be considerate of others by cooperating with this policy.
All Community News must be sent to Mr. Chuck Klaus’s office for approval. Community members should submit their news by email to Ms. Channell Jorrin at email@example.com in order to be included. Please do not send news directly to the school principals.