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From the Superintendent of Schools

Greetings Waterford Family! We survived our blizzard from last week and look forward to a month filled with love and learning.

Last month I introduced a series of ideas that are being kicked around for the 2016-17 school year. I appreciate all of the dialogue and feedback that has been given so far. We will be continuing these conversations throughout the month of February. Please feel free to join us at our Parent Interaction Meeting (Feb. 1), our Board of Education Work-Session (Feb. 10) or you may choose to attend our regular Board of Education Meeting (Feb. 17).

We are also moving along with our much needed curriculum realignment. I would like to officially welcome Mrs. Julie Lyons, our new Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction. Mrs. Lyons will be working with all certificated staff to ensure that our students are getting what they need to continue to succeed.

As always, I welcome your comments. Please feel free to email me or contact me via social media at any time.

Yours In Education,

Jay Eitner

Superintendent of Schools

Motivational Video For Students

Board of Education Work Session

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 6pm

Waterford Elementary School, 1106 Old White Horse Pike, Waterford, NJ, United States

The BOE has voted to bring back work sessions. These work sessions will provide the opportunity for BOE members to thoroughly cover the agenda prior to its regular monthly meeting. NO ITEMS WILL BE VOTED ON AT THESE MEETINGS. The meetings will start at 6:00 pm in the Waterford Elementary School library. The public is welcome to attend.

Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 7:30pm

Waterford Elementary School, 1106 Old White Horse Pike, Waterford, NJ, United States

Our regular Board of Education meeting.

Atco Elementary

Atco Elementary School has been working on various concepts during the month of January. The kindergarten students began Writer’s Workshop this month. In Writer’s Workshop the students are learning to write narrative stories about events that have occurred such as, a snow day, a birthday party, and weekend fun. Additionally, these students are developing their writing skills through the use of speech bubbles. Kindergarten mathematics has students adding numbers under ten and continuing to practice counting to 100. In first grade mathematics, the students have been working on counting to 120 using various methods of skip counting, i.e. counting by 2, 5, and 10. First graders have also been learning to ask questions to identify key information in text and have been learning to write for informational purposes. This is the beginning of learning to research and gather information to inform readers about specific content. We are looking forward to the 100th day of school that occurs in February and is quickly approaching!

Thomas Richards Elementary

Thomas Richards' students welcomed January with some fun activities to get us back into the swing of things after the break. We had our second annual Lego Contest and our students put together some awesome creations which were displayed in our media center. Thank you to all of our participants and our staff members for organizing the event.

Teachers and students celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through various projects, learning activities, and artistic displays. Some children had the opportunity to listen to Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Living the legacy is a goal students and staff strive for each day by focusing on tolerance and unity.

Earlier this month Mr. Davidson, our principal, had TR's Bucket Filler Lunch. Mr. Davidson spends time with randomly selected Bucket Fillers and the children have the opportunity to share their ideas for how we can continue to improve our school. This also provides a means for the students to learn more about Mr. Davidson and what he does when he is not working at TR. A very special thank you to our TR moms who helped to organize the lunch!! Most of all, thank you to our students for displaying great character!!

To all of our families we offer you our thanks and gratitude for your continued support. As always, we are here for you and your children.