New Albany Parent Connection

January 2023

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From the desk of Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Kalfazade

Welcome to 2023! We hope that you enjoyed a restful and rejuvenating winter break and thoroughly embraced time with your loved ones. As we move into the new year and take time to reflect on the holidays, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our teachers, staff, students and our families for your dedication to helping make New Albany/Memorial Annex an amazing place to learn!

In 2022, we appreciated the support you provided our students and staff. Educating children is a "all hands on deck" process. We truly appreciate the sincere partnership with our families, which in turn helps our students to be successful. In addition, we are extremely proud of the hard work and accomplishments of our students, who work hard to achieve success each day.

January brings a fresh start for each of us and is a time to set goals and prioritize for the year. We are no different at school. We are now into the long stretch and it is during this time we see the most growth from students. Ask any Kindergarten teacher in March and they can tell you how exciting it is to see their students blossoming into readers, writers, and mathematicians.

We wish our families and community members a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing students on January 3, 2023!

Upcoming Events

January 3rd: School Reopens

January 9th: Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

January 16th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

January 17th: CEHASA Public Meeting 6:00PM @ Rush School

January17th: BOE Meeting 7:00PM @ CMS

January is School Board Appreciation Month

In January we honor the community volunteers who serve on our local school board. We express sincere gratitude for the support they provide for our students and schools. Their service, commitment, and dedication to the Cinnaminson Township students, staff, schools, and community has been unyielding, and they have done a fine job rising above challenges and meeting the needs of all. Thank you for your extraordinary service in helping Cinnaminson students thrive!

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

January 9th marks the day we express our gratitude for law enforcement officers and all they do to keep our community safe. Around the world, police officers and rangers watch over and protect their communities. Whether you wear blue clothing in solidarity with police officers, write a letter or send a card to the local police department, or share your positive experiences with law enforcers on social media, show appreciation and celebrate the hard work law enforcement officers do each and every day.

We sincerely appreciate our positive partnership with the Cinnaminson Police Department. We are so grateful to our school resource officer, Officer Tom Lillagore, for keeping our students, staff, and school safe. Thank You for your service and committment to our school and community!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Monday, January 16th, schools will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In keeping with Dr. King's vision of a beloved community and serving others, students will learn about community service and participate in school based activities. Please take a moment to discuss the importance of Dr. King's message with your child through the eyes of Kid President: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kid President.

A Message from Mrs. Conn & Ms. Mohler

Creating a Culture of Kindness...

Hello New Albany Parents and Guardians,

This month sparks lots of excitement at New Albany! January 23rd kicks off "The Great Kindness Challenge".

Each year, our students and staff collaborate on various kindness themed activities. This year, students will be participating in a school wide kindness chain. Each class will work hard to produce paper chains with kind words/compliments on each link. Once the week is over, each class will connect their links until we form a New Albany School Kindness chain.

The chain will be displayed in the hallway for admiration. We are very excited for this initiative to begin!

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Parents/Guardians are reminded their Pre-K students are required to have the flu shot by December 31, 2022 in order to return to school on January 3, 2023. Documentation should be sent to school Attn: Ms. Erin Evans, School Nurse.

856-829-7600 ext 2870 fax 856-786-4239

See below Burlington County Health Department Flu Resources/ Clinic Schedule

Influenza (Flu) | Burlington County, NJ - Official Website

Flu Clinic Brochure

Dec. 29 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Burlington County Health Dept. 15 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton

Jan. 3 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Burlington County Health Dept. 15 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton

Illness Guideline Reminders - Guidelines for Illness- Elementary

Fever Free 24 hours (no fever reducer medication) & GI symptom free 24 hours

prior to return to school

Burlington County COVID & FLU TESTING SITE

COVID-19 Testing | Burlington County, NJ - Official Website



Schedule Appointment with Burlington County COVID and FLU Testing

Updated Covid Guidelines



2022 BURLINGTON COUNTY Need Help? Find Food. - The Food Bank of South Jersey

Health Benefits for Children - Physical Activity Basics

To a Happy & Healthy New Year!

NEW! NJ Parent Link Public Health, Community Wellness & School/Home Partnership Resources


Congratulations to the top readers of the Jump Into Reading Challenge, sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton, Assemblyman Conaway, and Assemblywoman Murphy!

Douglas Formson - Top 1st Grade Reader

Elizabeth McCoy - Top Overall Reader in New Albany School

These students received a special visit from the Senator to present them with a citation and prize. We are super proud of them!

A special "Thank You" to our librarian, Mrs. Conn, for organizing the reading challenge. She truly instills a love of reading within our students!

Bravo to all of the student participants who read during the reading challenge! New Albany School received a special resolution for having read an impressive number of books, a whopping 3,055, which was more than all other schools participating in the Challenge! Way To Go, Pirates! #CinnaminsonStrong #PiratePride

Pirates of the Month

Congratulations to our December PIRATES OF THE MONTH!

Pirates of the Month go above and beyond to be outstanding members of our NAS family

and encompass all 5 of our character traits:

~ Kindness ~ Respect ~ Patience ~ Manners ~ and Honesty ~

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CEHASA had a fun-filled December! The spirit wear sale continues to be a big hit! Winterfest was a day filled with lots of vendors, performances, activities, food trucks and fun for everyone! The Winter Candy Gram sales were awesome as well. All students received a sweet treat and were so grateful for the love and caring that resulted from this activity!

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who made these events a success!

Thank You to all of the families that continue to participate in the pretzel fundraiser!

Your support of our school is appreciated!

Please note that students will begin receiving pretzels again during the month of January.

Thank you to families and staff who participated in the Winter Blues 50/50 Raffle. The jackpot topped out at $4000 from the raffle ticket sales. Congratulations to the raffle winner, the Evangelista family! What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season!

Please remember if you’re ordering on Amazon, to use Amazon Smile and link to CEHASA to help support our students!

Enrolling is simple!

1. Visit

2. Sign in with your credentials

3. Enter “Cinnaminson Elementary Home” in the charity name search & click Select

4. Your Amazon account is now linked to support CEHASA.

5. To ensure CEHASA receives credit make sure you login to

to make all of your purchases!

Happy shopping!!!

For more information on how to participate, please visit the CEHASA website at:

Home and School Website and Information - Click Here

Home and School Facebook Page - Click Here

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Oh What Fun...!

December held lots of festive activities. Students enjoyed a surprise visit from Santa, the Grinch, and a special Elf on the Shelf!

Check out the video here: Santa & the Grinch Visit New Albany

Recess...Indoor or Outdoor?

Students will continue to go outside for recess unless there are certain weather conditions.

Recess will be moved indoors when:

  • It is raining or snowing, students will be inside for recess.
  • It is 32 degrees or colder (with wind chill)

We will monitor the temperature daily before allowing students outside. The FEELS LIKE temperature will be used. Please ensure your child(ren) is dressed appropriately for the weather with a coat/jacket, hat, gloves, and scarf to remain warm.

From the cafeteria...

Daily school lunches will cost $2.60 this year. For the 2022-23 school year, we strongly encourage all parents to prepay for your student’s meal account and to create an account at no cost through

To view the January lunch menu, click here: January Lunch Menu

Burlington County Model Railroad Club

Burlington County Model RR Club (BCMRC) Presents 2022/2023 Open House Season









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Free Mega Holiday Light Show!

The Patel family holiday light display, called Lights On Olmsted Lane, will run daily until January 7, 2023 at 5 Olmsted Lane. The show is completely free for everyone to enjoy, all you need to do is park near our address and tune your radio to hear the show, and maybe pack some snacks and smiles!

If you think you’ve already seen the show last year…just know that there are a couple of new additions this season and of course all the loved favorites of last season!

You can learn more about the light show by going to the website,

January is International Creativity Month

Being creative in the first month of the new year can set you up for a year of success. International Creativity Month was founded by Randall Munson, a speaker, an entertainer, and a bestselling author of books such as “Creativity 102.” This month is celebrated to inspire people to get out of their comfort zones and start being innovative in their daily lives. A fresh start in the new year can go a long way in building a successful and happy future. Change is only possible if an attempt is made to do something new.

January is Braille Literacy Month

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Please remember to label all of your child's belongings. This will make it much easier to return should an item be misplaced.
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