Potter News

February 2020

A Message from Ms. Cimino

We started off 2020 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 4, 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


The Toms River Lions Club performed over 400 free vision screenings on our preschool, kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Of those screened, 27 students were referred for an eye exam with a pediatric optometrist or opthamologist. Financial assistance is available for those who cannot afford to see an eye doctor or purchase glasses. Please contact the nurse at Ext. 5005 for more information.

Vision problems can:

  • impair normal development
  • lead to behavior problems in the classroom
  • interfere with learning

Vision functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children. The typical student is learning through vision about 80% to 90% during the school day.

If your child is struggling in school, it may be a good idea to have their eyes checked by an eye doctor who specializes in pediatric exams.

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

On Friday, February 7th, H&M Potter will be having a fundraiser at Barnes & Noble in Brick from 6-7:30pm. 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 2/7 -2/12 you may enter this code as your Book Fair ID Number: 12586798. 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 2/7 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!

Schoolhouse Homework Help

Schoolhouse is a homework and academic skills program that is funded by the Berkeley Township School District. February Dates: 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 18, 20, 24, 25, and 27, 2020

Schoolhouse runs Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 PM at

235 Magnolia Ave. South Toms River.

February Calendar

February 1: Report Cards Posted to Parent Portal

February 7: Barnes and Noble Book Fair, 6-7:30pm Barnes and Noble in Brick

February 10: PTA Meeting, 7pm in the APR

February 14: Spirit Day, Wear Pink or Red for Valentine's Day

February 14: Four Hour Session, Students Dismissed at 1:15pm

February 17: School Closed, President's Day

February 18: 100th Day of School!

February 18: Third and Fourth Grade Book Club, 6pm at Berkeley Library

February 25: District Strategic Planning Meeting, 5:30pm at BTES

February 25: Board of Education Meeting, 7pm at BTES

February 27: Kate Klise Assembly Grades K-4

February 28: Spirit Day, Wear Jeans for Levi Strauss' Birthday

H & M Potter School

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Melissa Gallagher, Assistant Principal