Welcome to 2021-2022!

Happy Start of the School Year!


I hope you have had a fabulous summer and are as excited as I am to get this year rolling on September 9th. It’s been a long time since we welcomed back all of our students for a full day of instruction and the staff and I are anxiously awaiting our first day.


Every year starts with so much potential. It’s an opportunity to write a new chapter in our lives and in the lives of our students. Even after too many first days to count, I still experience that mix of excitement and anxiety every single first day. Hopefully your little ones are feeling the same way and are excited to take the next step on their journey.


For those of you who are new to us, welcome to the nest! I know you’ll find Johnson to be a truly special place. Before long, our halls will feel like a second home for you and your child/children.


Our goal this year is the same as every year, to make the year an incredible one. To make sure that every student feels cared for, safe, and excited to learn. I remind the staff every year that even if this is their 30th year teaching a grade level, every student in their class gets one chance at that grade. We approach every year with this mindset to ensure that every year is one that is filled with memorable moments.


While this year won’t be completely back to normal and there will undoubtedly be many emails from me letting you know of various changes and updates, we dedicated ourselves this summer to finding the best ways to continue the traditions that make a Johnson year a unique one. We’ve retooled the House Program to ensure that it comes back stronger than ever and spent countless days/hours refining our teaching practices to ensure that we can reach all of our students and support them in ways that best meet their needs.


I know you all have so many questions about this year and they will be answered in due time. As I’ve shared with many of you in various conversations over the last year and a half, sometimes my answer one day may be different the next day. The reality is that as the pandemic has grown and adapted, we’ve had to grow and adapt with it. I know how frustrating it can be when answers are hard to come by and questions are aplenty. Just know that at the end of the day, our biggest concerns will always be health, safety, and security. I appreciate your patience and flexibility in advance.


Finally, I want to thank every one of you for the overwhelming support you have offered during the past year and a half. Everyone here went into education because we love being at school. We love getting the chance to learn about your kids and your families. We love forming relationships with your kids and hearing all about their lives. The fact that on September 9th we’ll be welcoming back our students for a full day is the light we’ve all been waiting for.


Thank you,

Jared Peltzman, Principal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What will the first day look like?


Our first day is always an exciting one. On Thursday, September 9th, we will be having all of our students line up by class on the playgrounds. Students can begin arriving at 8:45 a.m. Students in grades 2-5 will be lining up on the “big playground” and students in K-1 will be lining up on the “little playground" (the one with the dinosaur slide). Mrs. McGrath’s students will line up on the “little playground.” Signs will be out to indicate where each class should line up and teachers will be coming out to greet students. Please take as many pictures as you’d like to celebrate the start of the year.


A large number of staff members will be out on the playgrounds and in the front of the building to assist with arrival. Students arriving on buses will walk around the building to their class lines. This procedure will continue until Tuesday, September 14th. Starting on Tuesday the 14th, we will be moving into the procedure outlined below.


What will arrival/dismissal look like this year?


Starting on Tuesday, September 14th, we will resume a more typical arrival and dismissal process with one important change. Students will immediately enter the building at 8:45 a.m. and go directly to their classrooms. All students who arrive by bus will go through the main entrance. All walkers/drop-offs will go through the ramped door entrance on the big playground. While in the past students have been able to play on the playground and run around prior to going into the building, this year students will go directly in at 8:45 a.m. Teachers will be in the classrooms waiting for students as they arrive.


Will there be breakfast available?


Yes! This year, thanks to a Department of Agriculture grant, both breakfast and lunch will be free of charge for all students. We're hoping that more of our students will take advantage of this by partaking in breakfast at the school. Aramark will be set up in the foyer and when students arrive, they will be given the option to get a "Grab and Go" breakfast. Students will eat breakfast in the classroom.


What will lunch look like?


We are planning to use our classrooms and outdoor spaces for lunch. When weather permits, students will be going outside for a picnic lunch (please send your child with a towel). In inclement weather, students will be eating in their classrooms at their seats. Masks can be removed during lunch in the classroom but must be put back on once students have finished eating. The decision regarding inclement weather and where lunch will take place will be made immediately prior to the first lunch period (11:40 a.m.) and can be based both on precipitation and/or temperature.


Will there be assemblies this year?


As of right now, the only assemblies we’re planning are related to the House Program and those will take place outdoors. Unfortunately, due to limited APR space, we are unable to have indoor assemblies.


What will recess look like?


As they have in the past, students will have recess with their grade level. Recreational equipment, including playgrounds may be used. Recess is a critical part of our day and a great deal of social learning takes place during these times.


If my child forgets or loses their mask, are there any available?


Yes! We have both disposable masks and cloth masks that students can use if theirs gets lost or damaged. We do recommend sending your child with at least two masks every day just in case the one they’re wearing needs to be replaced.


Will encores/specials be in the classroom?


This year, students will be permitted to walk through the hallways to their encore/specials. PE, art, and music will take place in their respective classrooms. Spanish and SSI will take place in homerooms as they have in the past.


Will students be allowed to have water bottles?


Yes! Not only will they be allowed but students are highly encouraged to bring their water bottles to school. Our building is equipped with three water bottle filling stations spaced around the building.



How do the parking lots work during arrival/dismissal?


During both arrival and dismissal, the front loop is only for buses. Please do not drop-off your child in the front loop.


The first lot on the left is the guest parking lot. If you are planning on getting out of your car and meeting your child on the blacktop, please use this lot. I understand parking is limited in this lot. Please be patient and know that your child will be with a staff member at dismissal until you arrive.


The second lot on the left is the staff parking lot. This is also the drop-off/pick-up line lot. Please follow the staff member’s direction in this parking lot. Once you have your child, please move out of line to the left and slowly exit the lot. This left “passing” lane is only for cars that have already received their child/children. This should not be used to move ahead of the line or perceived as such. As cars leave, the staff member will prompt cars to pull up as needed. There should not be anybody walking through this lot as it is intended solely for the drop-off/pick-up line. That being stated, it is absolutely critical that everyone drive slowly and carefully both in the parking lot and in the driveway. There are lots of little ones and all it takes is one careless action to cause irreparable harm.


For more details, please see the attached diagram.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES

  • Kindergarten Open House

    • Date: 9/2/2021 Time 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm


  • First Day of School

    • Date: 9/9/2021 Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Early Dismissal)


  • First Full Day of School

    • Date: 9/10/2021 Time 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


  • Back-to School Night

    • Date: 9/27/2021 - HOLD THE DATE - more information will be shared soon!

CREATING A SAFE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL

A safe in-person school experience is predicated on a multi-prong layered approach to prevention that includes:


  • Universal masking for all students, staff, and visitors
  • Social distancing at least 3 feet, when possible
  • Students that ride the school bus must wear a mask at all times
  • Individuals picking up and dropping off students must be patient and support a safe, orderly arrival and dismissal process.


If we all work together, I know we can make our school safe for all!

CHPS THE ROAD FORWARD PLAN

Cherry Hill Public Schools (CHPS) is committed to providing a high-quality education for all of our students. With guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Camden County Department of Health (CCDOH), our District has revised the WE Return to Learn Plan to ensure learning opportunities for students continue in an environment that is safe and that promotes community health. Click the link to view the CHPS "The Road Forward" plan.

CLASSROOM SUPPLY LISTS

School supply lists are updated on our school's website under the Parent Information tab.
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