Guidance Newsletter

Winter 2021

Holiday Greetings

Dear Parents/Guardians-

The holiday season is upon us once again, and it is hard to believe that we are heading into 2022. Having our students and staff in school has been wonderful, and we hope to continue to move forward to more health, peace, and joy in the new year.

Everyone has been hard at work these past few months, and a break is certainly in order for all of us! Though this time of year is often filled with good cheer, family, warmth, and celebration, it can be challenging for many. As we know, making time for self-care and reflection is an important part of our daily lives; perhaps even more so around the holidays.

Below we have shared what we think are helpful tips for our families. We hope that you find them beneficial and comforting. If you have any questions, are in need of additional resources, or have concerns about your child, always feel free to contact us.

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season and new year!

~Jennifer Ripatrazone

(973) 948-3727 ext. 222

Grades 5-8

~Jessica Pistone

(973) 948-3727 ext. 210

Grades PK-4

Local Food Pantries


Andover Presbyterian Church

Andover 973-786-5094

Wed. and Sat. only

10am - 2 pm Call Ahead

Bodhi Food Pantry

Andover Township

973-940-0711, Appt. Only

Branchville Presbyterian Church

5 Wantage Ave.


Open: M, W, TH from 10am - 12:30pm

Bread from Panera can pick up weekly

Fresh produce can pick up weekly W, Th

Branchville Methodist Church

8 Broad Street, Branchville


Mon, Tues, and Saturdays

9am - 12pm

Glenwood Baptist Church

Contact Pastor Jean, 908-591-6177

Harvest Home Foods

Rt. 517, Ogdensburg 973-827-4076

Mon - Wed 10:30am - 2pm

Appt. Only

Harvest House Sussex (hot lunches)

Mon - Friday 11:45am - 12:30pm

Holy Counselor Lutheran Church

Vernon 973-827-5251

Mon, Wed, and Friday 9am - noon

Call for appt.

Hopatcong West Side UMC

Hopatcong 973-398-0846

Mon, Tues, Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Wednesday 10am - noon

Or call for appt, Contact: Pastor Jeong

Lafayette Federated Church

Rt. 15 Lafayette 973-383-4461

Mon - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Manna House

Newton Presbyterian Church

54 High Street, Newton 973-579-6517

Mon - Friday 11:30 - 12:30pm

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Swartswood 973-383-3566

Mon - Friday 9am - 2pm Call for appt.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

209 US Route 206, Branchville 973-948-3185

Mondays from 12pm - 2pm

Salvation Army Food Pantry

Franklin Senior Center, 973-827-2973

Monday - Friday 8:30am - 1pm, Call ahead

Samaritan Inn

901 Swartswood Road (Route 622)

Stillwater, Corner of County Route 521

973-940-8872 Mon, Wed, Friday 2 - 4pm

Sparta Ecumenical Council Food Pantry

Located in the Sparta Presbyterian Church

32 Main Street, Sparta 973-729-6197

Monday and Friday 9am - noon

Wednesday 1 - 3:30pm

Stanhope Methodist Church

Stanhope 973-247-0247

Mon - Friday 9am - noon, Call for appt

Stanhope Presbyterian Church

Stanhope 973-347-5142

Mon - Friday 9am - noon, Call for appt

Stockholm United Methodist Church

973-697-6202 Call for appt

Sussex County Division of Social Services

83 Spring Street, Newton

Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm, except holidays

Sussex Help Center

28 Main Street, Sussex 973-702-1922

Tuesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday 9 - 11am, Friday 4pm - 5pm

Saturday 9am-10am

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church

307 Route 94, Vernon

Friday 10am - noon, Sunday 8am - noon

Vernon United Methodist Church

973-764-3188 Monday - Friday 9am - noon

Call for appt