H & M Potter News

April 2016

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Kevin Waldron, Interim Assistant Principal

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From the Desk of Ms. Cimino

I am thrilled to have been selected as the new principal of the H & M Potter School. As many of you know I grew up in Berkeley Township, therefore working in this community is a dream come true. Having worked at Potter School for almost four years now I consider myself incredibly fortunate to work with such a dedicated group of educators, students and families who make up our Potter Family! I would like to thank everyone for giving giving me such a warm welcome back after my maternity leave. I am happy to be back and looking forward to the many fun activities that we have planned for the spring.

Congratulations Mrs. Boyles Teacher of the Year!

Mrs. Boyles is H & M Potter School's Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Boyles has worked in the Berkeley Township School District for over 20 years with much of that time being at Potter School. She currently teaches first grade Basic Skills and Tech 2. Mrs. Boyles is also involved in many extra curricular activities including organizing drama productions such as this year's Lion King Kids. Mrs. Boyles is loved by the students and staff, and is very deserving of this honor. She will be formally recognized at the May Board of Education Meeting.

Congratulations Mrs. Boyles!

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Thank You for Your Support of the Potter Gift Auction!

This year the H & M Potter Gift Auction brought in over $22,000 in profit. Thank you Ms. Walstrom and the Potter PTA for your dedication to making this event successful. So many people helped through providing donations, assisting in set-up and attending the event. All of that hard work truly pays off through being able to provide amazing experiences for our students. Thank you for your support!

PARCC Testing

State mandated PARCC Testing will be taking place between April 18-April 29 for grades three and four. Please make every effort to ensure that your children are in school on time on those dates.

  • 4th Grade will be testing ELA from Mon. April 18th - Wed. April 20th
  • 3rd Grade will be testing ELA from Tues. April 19th - Thurs. April 21st
  • 3rd & 4th Grade will be testing MATH from Mon. April 25th - Thurs. April 28th.

Mix It Up Day

This year Berkeley Township Schools will be hosting their first ever Mix-It-Up Day! This district event will take place during the school day on Wednesday June 1st. This will be a student and teacher event hosted at the CBW School. This amazing day will be full of team building, fun carnival like games, dancing, and so much more. More information will come as we get closer to the event!

A Look Back at March Fun!

Kindergarten Registration

If you need to register your child for kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, please visit the CST Office at 62 Veeder Lane, just outside of H & M Potter School, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Children must be 5 years old by October 1, 2016 in order to register.


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.

Dates in April are 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, and 28.

Beyond Bandaids

Potter School will recognize Food Allergy Awareness Week May 8-May 14

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Food Allergies

We have many students with life-threatening food allergies in our school!! If you are unsure whether or not your child is in a classroom with a food allergy, please check with the teacher or the nurse. Prevention is the best way to avoid an exposure to a life threatening food! Foods containing peanuts and nuts are ok to eat at lunch but please do not send in for classroom snack.

There are 8 common food allergies: peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, wheat and soy. BUT, at Potter, we also have students with uncommon food allergies to vegetables, fruits and latex. AGAIN, if you are unsure of what foods you may send in with your child, always check with the teacher or school nurse.

Medication in school

Any medication given to your child in school needs a doctor's order. This includes cough drops. All medication must be brought in to school by an adult. The medication should be in its original container with the child's name labeled on it. Please do not send medication to school in your child's back pack!!

Potter Student Section

Irish Step Dance

Congrats to one of our own 2nd graders for creating and choreographing her very own Irish Step Dance! She was fantastic!

April Important Dates

  • April 4: Wear Blue for World Autism Day
  • April 8: Marking Period Ends
  • April 11: 4th Marking Period Begins
  • April 11: PTA Meeting 7PM
  • April 13: Lion King Kids 7PM in the APR (You must have a ticket to attend)
  • April 15: Report Cards Posted to the Parent Portal
  • April 15: Lion King Kids 7PM in the APR (You must have a ticket to attend)
  • April 18-29: PARCC Testing Grades 3, 4
  • April 22: Spirit Day, Wear Green for Earth Day/Arbor Day
  • April 26: Board of Education Meeting 6:30PM @ BTES
  • April 29: Spirit Day, Dress like your Favorite Super Hero

Congressman MacArthur's Reading Challenge!

Congratulations to all those who participated in Congressman MacArthur's Reading Challenge!

Certificates for this accomplishment were sent directly to the student's home. If your third or fourth grade student received a Congressional Certificate and you would like it to be presented to him/her at the end of year awards ceremony in June please send the certificate in to the Main Office.

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Student Council Update

Elections are almost here! 3rd grade students interested in becoming Executive Board Members next school year will be starting their campaigns soon! These students put a lot of hard work and effort into their campaign and it is an amazing sight to see. We are very excited for the next few weeks!

Recycle Rally

Please continue to send in your bottles and cans for the Recycle Rally Contest. We are again hoping to win the $25,000 grand prize from PepsiCo. Thank you for all of your support!

School Play Update - The Lion King

The Lion King cast is nearing their big performances! The students have worked extremely hard and are almost ready to share their talents. The students will be performing an in-school day performance for the students of Potter on Monday April 11th. The night performances will be on Wednesday April 13th and Friday April 15th at 7pm. Tickets are required to attend the night performances.

We hope to see you there!

Jokes of the Month

Q: Why are teddy bears never hungry?

A: They are always stuffed!

Q: Why are cats good at video games?

A: Because they have nine lives!

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