Potter News

October 2017

A Message from Ms. Cimino

We are off to a wonderful start of the school year. It was great to see so many families at Back to School Night, our first PTA meeting, and at the Global Cardboard Challenge. We are looking forward to many more fun activities as the year continues.


As always the safety and security of our students is our number one priority, therefore we ask that you adhere to the following dismissal procedures if applicable. If your child is scheduled to take a bus and you will not be utilizing bus transportation this year we ask that you sign the transportation waiver form by clicking this link. Please remember that if you are coming to pick your child up early we will call your child to the office when you arrive at school. Additionally, your child must be in school until 12:50pm in order for it to count as a full day. We want all of our students to get the maximum amount of instructional time as possible each day.


We are looking forward to a great October with our Book Fair, Week of Respect, Terror in the Halls, District Color Run, Halloween festivities and much more. Please make sure to check our website and to join our school Remind text messages (text @hmpbelieve to the number 81010 to join) in order to get the most up to date information.

Week of Respect

The week of October 2-6 is the Week of Respect. Mrs. Melanson has many wonderful activities planned! Please see the list below for spirit days that will be taking place that week.


Monday October 2, 2017: Rock Out With Respect. Dress like a Rock Star.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017: Super Hero Day. Dress like your favorite Super Hero.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017: Work it out Wednesday with Philo. Wear work out clothes & bring a puzzle to school.

Thursday, October 5, 2017: True Color Day. Wear your Project Team Grade Level Color.

Preschool Red, Kindergarten Orange, Grade 1 Purple, Grade 2 Blue, Grade 3 Green and Grade 4 Yellow.

Friday, October 6, 2017 Team Day: Team up with Ruby. Wear your favorite team jersey.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fundraiser

This year the H & M Potter School will be participating the JDRF fundraiser for the first time. We are looking forward to being able to donate to a great cause, and to have the students participate in the JDRF Walk on October 13.


On Friday September 29 we held a kick off assembly, and the students received their walk envelopes. With help from a parent, students can register online at kidswalk.jdrf.org. Once registered, students can create a personal fundraising page to share their story and send emails to friends and family members asking for their support.


As students collect donations they can write the name of their donors on the shoes that they received, and bring them to school so we can put them on display!


We encourage children to turn in their donations on the day of the Kids Walk: October 13, 2017. Students will enjoy a healthy, brisk walk and celebrate our success!


The funds collected will be given to JDRF, the leading global organization focused on T1D research. JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic plan to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until it is no longer a threat to anyone.


Please visit kidswalk.jdrf.org for more information. Thank you for your support of this worthy cause!

Terror in the Halls October 20 and 21

This year Potter School will again be turned in to a haunted attraction! Admission is $10 and that fee is non-refundable.


Please remember that this is meant to be a scary attraction and not designed for young children. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This will be another great year of TERROR!

Terror in the Halls Lights on Tour

Do you want to see how our school is amazingly transformed but do not want to be scared? Do you want to see if your youngster can handle the Haunted House?


If so, on October 21 you can come to the school for $2.00 per person to take a tour of the entire haunted house with the lights on and no actors.


A form will be sent home the first week of October, please return the form if you are interested!

District Color Run

The Berkeley Township School District Color Run will be held on October 21 at Veteran's Park. Flyers went home, and an additional copy is attached below.

Halloween Parade and Parties

The Potter School Halloween Parade will take place on Tuesday October 31, 2017 at 2:15pm. Students will dress in costumes for the parade. Only the two class parents will be allowed into the building on this day. Parents and family members are invited to the playground to view the parade. Face coverings/masks will not be permitted for adults.


Please make sure costumes are safe for students to walk around and easy for them to put on. Children are not to wear their costumes to school. Weapons are not allowed with costumes, please keep them home.


All costumes should be put in a bag clearly marked with the student’s name. Safety of the children is always our number one concern. We ask that you please refrain from signing your child out early on the day of the parade.

Help Support H & M Potter School!

As part of its mission to raise the overall level of financial knowledge in the U.S. for people of all ages, the Jackson Charitable Foundation has partnered with Discovery Education to expand the reach of the Foundation and its “Cha-Ching™ Money Smart Kids” program.

The Cha-Ching Pledge Challenge, which will run September 19 through December and will be hosted at cha-chingusa.org, will encourage teachers and parents to make a pledge to teach kids the basics of personal finance—earning, spending, saving, and donating—ideally with the help of the Cha-Ching program’s videos and other materials. Based on the number of pledges made, a winning school will receive a $10,000 prize and an additional $1,000 to donate to the school’s charity of choice.


Please pledge to teach your child about financial literacy, by visiting the site above. The school with the most pledges will receive $10,000! Once you initially pledge, you can vote for your school once per day!

Reminder for School Visitors

All visitors to the H & M Potter School must check in at the Main Office before going anywhere in the school building. All visitors to the school must obtain a visitor’s pass from the secretaries in the Main Office. The visitor’s pass must remain visible the entire visit to the school. Any visitor who is not wearing a visitor's pass will be directed to report back to the Main office. Thank you for your cooperation.

Intervention and Referral Services

There are times when students are not progressing as they should in the classroom. Areas of concern may be with academics, behavior or attendance. Your child’s teacher will contact you and let you know that your child will be discussed with a variety of professionals at a special meeting. You are welcome to attend and meet with the teacher, guidance counselor, child study team member, and principal. Suggestions and recommendations will then be given.

Schoolhouse Homework Help

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.


October Dates: 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, and 30

Upcoming October Events

October 2-6: Week of Respect, See Above for Spirit Days

October 2-5: Book Fair

October 2: Family Night Book Fair, 6-8pm in the Library

October 9: School Closed, Teacher Inservice

October 12: Picture Day

October 12: BSI Family Night, 6pm @ Bayville School (Invitations will be sent home)

October 13: Spirit Day, Wear Blue for Diabetes Awareness and JDRF Walk!

October 14: Progress Reports posted to the Parent Portal

October 16-20: School Violence Awareness and Bus Safety Week

October 16: PTA Meeting, 7pm in the APR

October 17: Board of Education Meeting, 6:30pm @ BTES

October 18: Preschool and Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch

October 20-21: Terror in the Halls! 7-10pm, $10 per person

October 21: District Color Run (See Above for Sign Up)

October 27: Spirit Day, Tie Dye Day!

October 28: Berkeley Township Trick or Trunk, 12-2pm @ BTES

October 31: Halloween Parade and Parties

H & M Potter School

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Melissa Gallagher, Assistant Principal