Stafford Schools Monthly Newsletter

November 2022

Superintendent's Message

November may be a short month academically; however, there are still so many things happening here at the Stafford Township School District to take note of. Please consult with individual school calendars for the specific events and dates.

School will be closed for the NJEA Convention the week of November 7th – 11th. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on November 17th, 18th, 21st, and 22nd. Please make every effort to attend. Communication between parents and teachers is very beneficial for our students. Lastly, we will have half days of school on November 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. School will be closed November 24th and 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I hope you all enjoy a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by family and friends!


George J. Chidiac

Superintendent of Schools



The Oxycocus Elementary School had a fun filled month. Lessons and activities focused around fall, pumpkin patches, and Halloween. The students enjoyed the Halloween Parade that was well attended by families. Halloween festivities followed the parade including snacks, crafts, and games. Blake the Therapy Dog came to visit Oxycocus several times during October. October was also a healthy month for our students. The nurse screened all students for vision, hearing, height, weight, and promoted healthy choices.


The month of October is known for teaching respect. During the first week of October, students wore blue and gold, favorite sweatshirts, and jerseys to show respect. Kelsey Schmidt, our guidance counselor, read “Do Unto Otters” to discuss what respect means to oneself and others. During the third week of October, students wore shirts with uplifting messages and hats for school violence awareness week. Our students successfully participated in school picture days on the 18th and 19th. Officer Lawrence visited our classes to review Halloween Safety, including the importance of having parents/guardians check all treats before eating. We ended October with a Halloween day of parades and celebrations.


October started with the school participating in Respect Week. Students were able to show their school spirit with dress-up days about respect and kindness as well as anti-bullying. Mrs. Watson and Ms. Cracchiolo brought a Rock Your School Assembly to our first and second graders. It was a fantastic event with karaoke, science experiments, and rock-n-roll! Classes continued to enjoy our new outdoor classroom spaces. The Stafford Township Police Department presented Halloween safety assemblies and author, Amulya Veldanda, came to share her book, Cosmo. Later in the month, the students participated in School Violence Awareness Week. The month ended with a Halloween dress-up day and the annual Halloween parade for staff and students to enjoy.


October was a busy month for the McKinley Mustangs! We began the month with our Week of Respect. Students were asked to show their Stafford pride by wearing our school colors on Monday; wearing their favorite sweatshirt on Wednesday to show that it’s “no sweat” to be a friend to someone; and Friday was wear your favorite team jersey and “Be a Fan of Respect”! Students were treated to an assembly titled “Lead U” which was designed to help students react and reflect on how to handle conflict. Students participated in activities which provided different strategies for resolving conflict. They were also given the opportunity to give a “shout out” to a student in the room who they felt is a good leader and has shown them kindness. Make a Difference Day festivities took place during the middle of the month, beginning with our annual MADD Kick-Off Assembly. During the assembly, students are told the name of the charity that they will be fundraising for. This year’s charity was The Stafford Township PBA 297/Community Policing. Students fundraise strictly through family members and friends. Door-to-Door soliciting is not permitted. At the end of the week, the MADD Grand Finale was held where the total amount of funds raised is revealed and a check is presented to the charity with much fanfare. This year, McKinley students raised a total of $18,067.00 which will go towards the purchase of a Bulletproof Vest for K-9 Venus and towards Community Policing Events in town. We ended the month with Halloween celebrations. Our students began their day in their costumes with a ‘trunk or treat’ set up by our PTO and parent volunteers. Each classroom was represented by a decorated car trunk; students formed a line, and moved from one ‘trunk’ to the next gathering candy and goodies as they went along. After they were done collecting their treats, they lined up along Intermediate students and paraded around the McKinley/PLC parking lot. It was a great day!


Intermediate started off October with the Week of Respect Assembly in the STAC. We talked about expectations and rolled out our new Iguana Incentive program. Later on in the month we had Lead U visit us for one of our favorite assemblies of the year. Students are active throughout the assembly while working on their social skills. The end of the month featured our 4th/5th grade musical. Shrek Jr was a tremendous success! All of the students worked very hard and put on a great show. We were able to have our Trunk or Treat outside this year. Parents did a great job decorating their cars and students had a great time moving through the parking lot. Over 35,000 pieces of candy were handed out between Intermediate and McKinley. We finished the day with our parade that looped through the McKinley and PLC parking lots. Parents gathered all around the lot to watch and cheer for our students.