The Monthly Mustang

The Official Newsletter for Wedgwood School Families

January 2019

This Saturday's Wedgwood PTO Designer Bag Bingo & Basket Auction: SOLD OUT

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This Saturday night, our Wedgwood PTO's Designer Bag Bingo & Basket Auction will be the place to be...and thanks to your support, it is SOLD OUT! This annual event is our PTO’s biggest and most important fundraiser of the year, and the proceeds from this one night affect our school in so many positive ways. In recent years, our PTO has provided our students with new playground equipment, portable PA equipment, school pride t-shirts, and numerous assemblies.


This year's Designer Bag Bingo & Basket Auction takes place on Saturday, January 26, at St. Charles Borromeo Church, on Stagecoach Road. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and Bingo begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. It’s a 21 and over event, and you get to bring your own snacks and beverages. For more information, email wedgwoodpto@yahoo.com. It’s a great time, for a great cause!

Win $1,200 in PTO Restaurant Gift Card Raffle

Don't miss out on your chance to win $1,200 in Restaurant Gift Cards! Support Wedgwood's PTO & enter their raffle for twelve $100 gift cards to amazing local restaurants! One lucky winner takes home $100 each for...


  • The Capital Grille
  • Chickie's & Pete's
  • P.J. Whelihan's Pub + Restaurant
  • Giumarello's Restaurant & G Bar Lounge
  • Scarpinato's Cucina & Catering
  • Holy Tomato Pies
  • Salsa Fresca
  • Sakura Japanese Steakhouse (Sicklerville)
  • Franklinville Inn
  • Filomena Lakeview
  • Ott's Township
  • Amalfi Ristorante


Only $20/chance! The raffle drawing will be held at the PTO's Designer Bag Bingo and Basket Auction on Saturday, January 26. The winner need not be present to win. Raffle tickets can be purchased by emailing WedgwoodPTO@yahoo.com. All proceeds benefit Wedgwood's students! Click here for more info.

Pre-Order Now: Helping Hands Super Bowl Hoagie Sale

Now is the time to purchase your hoagies for the 25th Annual Helping Hands Super Bowl Hoagie Sale! Two-foot Italian, turkey and cheese hoagies are available for just $10 each, and party trays (feeding 10-12) are on sale for $50. Pickup is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd, at the Washington Township High School Ganttown Road entrance. Hoagie sales benefit local families facing major medical setbacks.


Click on the link below to place your order and be a part of one of Washington Township's crowning service projects, now in its 25th year!


www.wtef-nj.com/shop

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The Flu and You: Guidelines For Keeping You and Your Child Healthy For School

Please note the following update from the Nurse’s Office for all parents and guardians of Wedgwood students:



Our office has seen recent cases of stomach virus with and without fever, and flu activity appears to be increasing. In the last few weeks, seven documented cases have been reported to our school nurse. When the child is placed under a physician's care, the flu symptoms are usually halted abruptly and the student's condition improves dramatically. If the child is fever free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medicine, the child may return to school after 48 hours of physician's care as long as there are no other flu symptoms such as cough, lethargy, and tiredness.


Please feel free to contact our school nurse by phone at (856) 227-8110, or via email at dsernicola@wtps.org with any questions or concerns about your child's health. We take the flu and other illnesses very seriously and work to keep our school very healthy. As we all know, proper amounts of sleep and nutrition both play a role in keeping our bodies and immune system working to stay healthy and fight illness. The flu shot still works despite reports that it has not been as effective this year. It is still not too late to get your flu shot. Our Nurse’s Office keeps a log of students who receive the shot, so please notify the school when your child receives a flu vaccine if you haven't done so already.


A Flu FAQ: Developed by the NJ Department of Health


What is influenza (also called flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm) each year.



What are the signs and symptoms of the flu?

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually:


  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults


How does the flu spread?

The flu virus is spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.


When can a person with the flu spread it to others?

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.



Should I get the flu vaccine now?

It is not too late to get vaccinated. All people 6 months of age and older are recommended to annually receive the influenza vaccine. Getting vaccinated yourself protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illnesses, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions. While flu vaccine is not perfect and some people who get vaccinated may still get the flu, there is some data to suggest that flu vaccination may make the illness milder.


How can I protect my child from catching the flu?

In addition to getting an annual influenza vaccine, following everyday preventive actions can help protect your child from the flu and from other contagious illnesses as well. Teach your child to:


  1. Wash hands frequently, especially before eating.
  2. Get in the habit of not touching his/her eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Not share “bites” of finger foods, spoons, forks, drinking cups or bottles with friends.



What should I do if my child is sick?

  • As always, you should keep your sick child home. Do not send him/her to school/daycare. Use your judgement to decide if your child can recover at home with rest and fluids, or needs to see a doctor. Call your family doctor if you have questions, and follow his/her advice.
  • Although antibiotics are not effective against viruses, antiviral medicines can help shorten the flu’s course. These medications are available only by prescription and are usually not needed in mild cases. Once again, you should follow your family doctor’s advice about your child’s care.
  • Keep tissues close to the sick person and have a trash bag within reach.
  • Children who are sick with flu-like illness should stay home for until they are 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medications.




For more information go to the New Jersey Department of Health flu website at http://nj.gov/health/cd/topics/flu.shtml. Follow on Twitter @njdeptofhealth, facebook at NJDeptofHealth, Instagram @njdeptofhealth and Snapchat @njdoh.

Lost And Found

With the arrival of cold weather, we have many coats and sweaters piled high in our school's lost and found. If your child is missing items, please check our Lost and Found, currently on display in the main lobby. At the end of the first week of December, all unclaimed items will be donated to charity. Be sure to label all coats, jackets and lunch boxes with your child’s name to help ensure their return.

Book Swap Tables

Wedgwood School's Book Swap continues to be a success! We encourage you to send in those books that your child has outgrown, previously read, or would like to share with others, so that they can be added to our Book Swap table circulation! Located at various points throughout the school, our Book Swap tables provide students with opportunities to browse the tables for books that interest them. We have adopted a take-a-book, leave-a-book approach to building our students' love of literacy.

Mr. Zimmerman's Monthly Picks

As a recurring feature for The Monthly Mustang, Mr. Zimmerman shares his book picks for young readers. Hook your child up with a great book that'll sharpen their reading skills and exercise their imagination!

Wedgwood PTO Update

Wedgwood PTO's 5th Annual

Designer Bag Bingo & Basket Auction

It's our biggest fundraiser of the year!

Grab your friends and join us at our 5th Designer Bag Bingo, Basket Auction and 50/50!

Click here to reserve your spot today!


Saturday, January 26, 2019

@ St. Charles Borromeo

Doors open @ 6:00 p.m.

Bingo Starts@ 7:00 p.m.
OVER 21 EVENT


The bags are GORGEOUS!!!

Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 at the door

Extra cards and dabbers will be sold.

Each class was assigned a basket theme, if you need a copy please email:

WedgwoodPTO@Yahoo.com.


Restaurant Gift Card Raffle

Wedgwood PTO presents its $1,200 in Restaurant Gift Cards Raffle! Click here for the flyer.

$20.00 per ticket (one LUCKY winner will win ALL 12 gift cards--winner does not need to be present at the drawing)


The winner will take home $100 gift cards to all of the following restaurants:

  • The Capital Grille
  • Chickie's & Pete's
  • P.J. Whelihan's Pub + Restaurant
  • Giumarello's Restaurant & G Bar Lounge
  • Scarpinato's Cucina & Catering
  • Holy Tomato Pies
  • Salsa Fresca
  • Sakura Japanese Steakhouse (Sicklerville)
  • Franklinville Inn
  • Filomena Lakeview
  • Ott's Township
  • Amalfi Ristorante


Did You Say Yearbook?

The online ordering site is ready to go! Click or copy/paste the link below! www.ybpay.lifetouch.com

1504319 is the code


Picture Day 2018-2019

We are looking for a Chairperson or Co-Chairperson for 2019-2020. If you are interested please contact: WedgwoodPTO@yahoo.com


Have A Party and Support The PTO

Having a party? Are you renting from Dayna's Party Rentals? Mention Wedgwood PTO and we will receive a percentage!

Dayna's Party Rentals
731 E Black Horse Pike,
Blackwood, NJ 08012
(856) 270-2497


Get Connected

We hope you will share your thoughts and ideas to makes this a wonderful year at Wedgwood! You can always reach us at WedgwoodPTO@yahoo.com or find us on Facebook.


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Would you like be connect to REMIND? http://rmd.me/b?rid=264049
Need help? Contact: WedgwoodPTO@yahoo.com


Sincerely.

Danielle J Moore, President

Renee Watson, Vice President

Christina DeLuca, Treasurer

Elizabeth Schmidt, Secretary

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures For Students

Please carefully review the following procedures for students who walk or are driven to and from Wedgwood.

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Walking Students

  • Walking students are to arrive at the school not earlier than 9:20 AM, which is five minutes prior to the start of our school day.
  • Walking students, are dismissed at 3:40 PM, five minutes earlier than the other students. This includes those who will be picked up by a parent/guardian.
  • Students walking home will exit down the walkers' path at the back of the school, toward Dorado Avenue.


Students Dropped Off

  • All traffic must enter the Wedgwood parking lot through the entrance designated in the diagram above.
  • Students who are dropped off to school will enter the building via the door by the playground.
  • Students are to be dropped off to school no earlier than 9:20 AM, which is five minutes prior to the start of our school day.
  • Parents/Guardians who are dropping students off must do so by allowing them to exit the vehicle along the sidewalk on the side of the building. Please do not park your car and drop off your child from the parking lot. Once your child has exited the vehicle, please continue on the drop-off loop as detailed in the illustration above.


Students Picked Up

  • Students who will be picked up by a parent will exit the school from the door by the playground. Wedgwood staff will supervise all students until a parent comes and personally escorts the child to the vehicle.
  • All parents/guardians who wish to pick up their students at dismissal or who require alternative arrangements for pickup must notify the main office in writing. All written notification should be directed to your child's classroom teacher as well as our main office secretary, Mrs. Mastripolito, so that your child's needs can be met. She can be reached at mmastripolito@wtps.org. Students are not permitted to verbally tell Wedgwood staff that they require alternative arrangements for pickup; all requests must be made in writing by the student's parent/guardian. If a teacher does not receive a note about the change in the child’s regular dismissal, the child will be sent home on his/her assigned bus.
  • Students who are scheduled to be picked up and do not have a parent/guardian present at the time of dismissal will be brought to the main office. As per district policy, we will attempt to contact the parent(s) and/or emergency contacts on file. If no contact can be made within 30 minutes following school dismissal, the main office will coordinate efforts with the Washington Township Police Department to make contact with the student's parent/guardian.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for reviewing the school calendar and complying with all school dismissal times and procedures.


Regular Dismissal

  • Students will board the busses in the loading area at the front of the school. Parents who are picking students up must send a note to their child’s teacher that morning.
  • Parents must personally sign their child out at either the nurse’s or main office.
  • If a teacher does not receive a note about the change in the child’s regular dismissal, the child will be sent home on his/her assigned bus. Students are not permitted to ride any other bus but the one that is assigned to them.

Get Connected with Wedgwood On Social Media

Do you want to know about all of the latest events and activities happening in our school? Our school has official Facebook and Twitter pages to help you do just that! Both pages will feature nearly identical content.


If you're on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/wedgwoodwtps/ and "Like" the page.

If you're on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/wedgwoodwtps and follow us.

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Dates At A Glance: January/February 2019

January 28 - First Grade Family Math & Literacy Night - Wedgwood Library - 6:00 p.m.

January 29 - Early Dismissal for Staff Inservice - 2:05 p.m.

January 29 - Washington Township Board of Education Meeting - WTHS 11/12 Play House - 7:00 p.m.

February 1 - End of Marking Period 2

February 1 - Activities and Fifth Grade Picture Day

February 5 - TWP Tuesday

February 5 - First Grade Family Math & Literacy Night - Wedgwood Library - 6:00 p.m.

February 11 - Marking Period 2 Report Cards Issued

February 12 - Family Night - No Homework!

February 15 - Early Dismissal for Staff Inservice - 2:05 p.m.

February 18 - School Closed - Presidents Day

February 19 - TWP Tuesday

February 19 - Washington Township Board of Education Work Session - Eileen Abbott Central Administration Building - 7:30 p.m.

February 22 - Wedgwood PTO Meeting - Wedgwood Library - 6:00 p.m.

February 25 - District SEPAG Meeting - Eileen Abbott Central Administration Building - 6:30 p.m.

February 26 - Washington Township Board of Education Meeting - Eileen Abbott Central Administration Building - 7:30 p.m.