Potter News

October 2020

A Message from Ms. Cimino

We are off to a great start of the 2020-2021 school year! We are thrilled to see our students both in person and virtually. It was also wonderful to see so many families at our virtual Back to School Night. Please remember that if you have any questions you can reach myself or Mr. McShaffrey via phone or email. As a district we will continue to monitor the current situation, and make adjustments to our school plan accordingly. As always, the safety of our students and staff is at the forefront of all we do. We appreciate your cooperation during this time.


We are looking forward to a great October with our Week of Respect, Global Cardboard Challenge at Home, Halloween festivities and much more. Please make sure to check our website and to join our Remind text group by texting @hmpparents to 81010. This will help you to get the most up to date information about what is taking place at school.

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October 5-9 is the Week of Respect

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Halloween Festivities

This year the Potter School Halloween parade will be an in school event for students only. Due to the current restrictions we are unable to have visitors. We will film and photograph the parade, and share the footage online for families to view. Students are permitted to wear their costumes to school on Tuesday October 27 for Group 1 students and Friday October 30 for Group 2 and Group 4 students. Group R students can wear their costumes for virtual class on October 30.


Please make sure costumes are safe for students to walk around and easy for them to put on. Weapons are not allowed with costumes, please keep them home. 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 since it is already an abbreviated day.

PTA Corner

Thank you to everyone who has joined PTA so far. As a reminder you can join at any time by clicking the link here and selecting membership. You can also fill out the paper form that will be coming home with your child.


There are a limited number of Scarecrows left to be purchased, please see the order information by visiting the link above.


Our online Scholastic Book Fair (link below) is running through October 10. Please make sure to order your books! Money raised during the Book Fair helps us to provide Scholastic News and other resources to our classrooms.


Tuesday October 14 and Wednesday October 15 are Boscov's Friends Helping Friends Days. Mention H & M Potter School PTA while making a purchase online or in the Ocean County Mall store and we will receive 5% of your total purchase. You will receive 20% off of your purchase (certain exclusions apply and will receive a 10% discount, see Boscov's website for details). Please share this even with friends and family as an easy way to support our school!


October 21 is our Jersey Mike's Dine to Donate at Jersey Mike's in Bayville. Please make sure to let them know that you are from H & M Potter School. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our PTA. We had a great turnout for our Miss Mindy's event in September, and are hoping for the same this month!


We will be doing Fall Family Portraits on October 25. More information on how to schedule a session to follow!

October Calendar

September 27-October 10: Online Scholastic Book Fair! (See link above)

October 2-4: Global Cardboard Challenge At Home- See info above

October 5-9: Week of Respect

October 5: Spirit Day, Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey

October 6: Spirit Day, Pajama Day

October 7: Spirit Day, Wear Your Favorite Sweatshirt

October 8: Spirit Day, Dress Your Best

October 8: Positive Parenting Workshop for Preschool Parents, 6pm Virtual

October 9: Spirit Day, Potter Spirit Wear

October 12: School Closed

October 14-15: Boscov's Fundraiser, See Information Above

October 17: Progress Reports Displayed on Parent Portal

October 19: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7pm link on website

October 20: PS and K Pumpkin Patch for Group 1 and Group R students

October 21: PTA Dine to Donate at Jersey Mike's! Mention you are from H & M Potter

October 22: PS and K Pumpkin Patch for Group 2 and Group 4 students

October 25: Fall Family Portraits (Registration information to follow)

October 26: School Pictures for Group 1 Students and Group R Students*

October 27: Halloween Festivities for Group 1 Students

October 29: School Pictures for Group 2 Students*

October 30: Halloween Festivities for Group 2, Group 4, and Group R Students


*Group 4 teachers will let parents know which day will be picture day for their child.


School is closed November 2-6. We will return on Monday November 9 for both in person and virtual instruction.

H & M Potter School

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Keith McShaffrey, Assistant Principal