New Albany Parent Connection

November 2022

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Important Dates to Remember

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

November 7-9: Staff Professional Development - NO SCHOOL for students

November 10-11: Teacher Convention - NO SCHOOL

November 6: Daylight Saving time ends

November 11: Veterans Day

November 13: World Kindness Day

November 13-19: American Education Week

November 15: BOE Meeting @ 7:00 PM at CMS

November 21: Picture Make-Up Day

November 22: CEHASA Public Meeting @ NAS 6:00 PM

November 23: End of Trimester 1- Single Session Day

November 24-25: Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

November 28: Single Session Day for Conference Preparation


December 5-9: Single Session Days for Parent Teacher Conferences

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of our nation’s first people.

Historic sites across the country help tell the stories of native peoples. From the arrival of the first people, through the emergence of distinct Tribal nations who faced the upheaval of European settlement and into the modern day, the history of Native Americans is as dramatic as it is complex.

Famous cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and the Pueblos at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico are incredible examples of the Southwest’s earliest residents’ remarkable architectural and agricultural achievements. Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia preserves major earthworks of the Mississippian culture and evidence of more than 17,000 years of continuous human habitation. Alaska’s Sitka National Historical Park’s totem pole collection is a priceless cultural resource. Canyon of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado preserves 6,355 recorded sites including villages, field houses, check dams, reservoirs, great kivas, cliff dwellings, shrines, sacred springs, agricultural fields, petroglyphs and sweat lodges.

To learn more about Native American heritage, culture, and traditions, please visit the U.S. Department of the Interior.

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

*On Thursday, November 17th please join the Cinnaminson School Community by wearing Purple/Lavender. *

Lavender is the international color for epilepsy and is also a color that symbolizes solitude. The goal of Purple Day is to increase general public awareness, to reduce the social stigma endured by many individuals with the condition, and to empower individuals living with epilepsy to take action in their communities.

Fall Break

There will be NO SCHOOL for students from November 7 - 11, 2022. During this week, staff will attend various district Professional Development sessions,

as well as the NJEA Convention.

We wish our families a restful fall break!

Daylight Saving...November 6th

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Veterans Day is November 11th

Thank You for your courage, dedication, and hard work. And thanks to the military families for their support and resilience. The sacrifices you have made for our freedom are truly appreciated! We are grateful for your service!

Picture Make-Up Day

If you missed picture day in October or want to retake your child's photo, November 21st is picture make-up day! Please request a picture day form from your child's teacher so they can send it home to you.

Single Session Days = Early Dismissal

November 23rd, 28th and December 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th

are single session days.

Please note school hours below:

K, DK, MD, T-1, 1st, 2nd: 9:06 - 1:25 pm

AM Bright Eyes: 8:55 - 11:05 am

PM Bright Eyes and Integrated Preschool: 11:05 am - 1:10 pm

Lunch is served on single session days.

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November 13th is World Kindness Day!

World Kindness Day promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of this day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. It is observed in many countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and the U.A.E. World Kindness Day presents us with the opportunity to reflect upon one of the most important and unifying human principles. On this day devoted to the positive potential of both large and small acts of kindness, try to promote and diffuse this crucial quality that brings people of every kind together. By doing so, we attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating good deeds and pledging acts of kindness.

Together, New Albany staff and students will participate in discussions and activities about how kindness starts with us and the ripple affect it has on others in our lives.

SOCKTOBER results!

During the month of October, staff, students, and families participated in our Socktober donation drive. We are excited to report that we collected over 1,300 socks to be donated to a local shelter for those in need.

Way to show your support, NAS families! These donations will help so many who are in need.

We are so proud of this service project!

Library Corner

Dear Parents and Families,

I would like to share my sincere gratitude for making our "Reading Is Out of this World" Book Fair an outstanding success! The week was filled with excitement.

My reward for hosting a Book Fair is watching your kids discover new books. All that joy wouldn’t be possible without volunteers from our school community – you deserve my special thanks.

Love, Mrs. Conn

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Health Guidance

It's the season of colds and flu and germs can spread quickly. We ask parents to keep their children home if they are sick to reduce the spread of germs. For detailed information, please refer to the nurse's letter which was shared with parents last week: Guidelines for Illness.

Covid Guidance

Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 | CDC

  • Report positive cases of COVID to school nurse

-NAS Nurse Socha 856-786-2284 ext 6832 or

-Memorial Nurse Evans 856-829-7600 ext 2870 or

  • Students who test positive for COVID should isolate at home 5 days from symptom onset or 5 days if asymptomatic from positive test collection.

For students who have tested positive for COVID and are returning to school after five (5) days of isolation, they will be asked to mask from day 6 through day 10.

Medication Paperwork

For medical forms, please click here: Medical Forms

It is a Board policy that a written request from a parent and a physician be provided to the school nurse to administer medication in school. For the safety of our students with medical needs and life threatening conditions, please ensure proper paperwork is submitted to the school nurses. If your child no longer has this condition or does not require emergency medication, please have the physician write a note stating this so your child’s health record can be updated.

Pre-K Mandatory Seasonal Flu Vaccine

New Jersey Department of Health Vaccine Preventable Disease Program Childhood and Adolescent Recommended Vaccines 2022

Seasonal Flu: The current seasonal influenza vaccine is required every year for those children 6 months through 59 months of age. Children who have not received the flu vaccine by December 31 must be excluded (not allowed to attend child care/preschool) for the duration of influenza season (through March 31), until they receive at least one dose of the influenza vaccine or until they turn 60 months of age. *Please send a record of flu vaccination or proper exemption letter (to Nurse Evans at Memorial) by December 23rd, 2022 to prevent exclusion upon return to school after Winter Break on January 3rd, 2023.*


Preventive Health Screenings in HS - New Jersey | State Policy Database

Screenings will be started and prioritized as a referral basis either by parent/guardian, teacher, or child study team for students with permission noted on the Annual Health Services Survey. If your child does not have permission to be screened and is referred for either difficulty seeing or hearing or another concern, it will be recommended by the nurse to follow up with your child’s medical provider. Please contact your building nurse with any questions, concerns, or referral needs.

Change of Clothing

Please provide a change of clothes, including underwear, in a ziploc bag labeled with your child's name to be kept in their backpack or storage in the classroom. At the Elementary age, it is common for students to have bathroom accidents. To ensure proper fit and limited disruption to the day, it is best to have their own change of clothes. Also, it is good to have on wet recess days. The nurses' offices will also accept donations of new underwear/ gently used clothing.

We look forward to continuing to partner with you to ensure a healthy, happy school year! Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Thank you, Nurse Socha & Nurse Evans

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Pretzel Fundraiser

Thank You to all of the families that continue to participate in the pretzel fundraiser!

Your support of our school is appreciated!

For November/December Pretzel orders, please click here: Pretzel Order Form

CEHASA Winter Plant Fundraiser 2022

CEHASA is accepting Pre-Orders of Poinsettia and Amaryllis Plants

now through November 7th.

All Orders will be available for pick-up at Winterfest on 12/10.

You can order using the form attached or via the Google link below.

Please share with family & friends so that we can make this fundraiser a success!

CEHASA Winter Plant Sale order form

Spirit Wear

There are lots of new items in stock and ready for purchase!

These make great gifts!

To purchase, please contact CEHASA at or send a PM via the CEHASA Facebook page.


For our community that has been asking about volunteer opportunities…we are looking for help for Winterfest! Please sign up using the link below.

**Great way to earn some community service hours too for students!**

Winterfest Sign Up Genius

To learn more about CEHASA, please click here: CEHASA Website

The next CEHASA Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 22nd at

6:00 PM at New Albany School.

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Student ID Cards

This week your student(s) will be receiving a photo ID card provided by Lifetouch. These cards do not offer access to the building doors and are not used during lunch or any other time at school. The cards are yours to keep and can be left at home. Thank you.

Did You Know...

School Attendance is a key to success. Missing 1-2 days from kindergarten can equate to one entire school year of missed education by the time the student is a senior. One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school everyday. In fact, research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his/her academic success.

Governor's Educator of the Year nominations

The New Jersey Department of Education aims to recognize educators and encourage them to become champions for education and advocates for students and teachers. When a school honors its exemplary teachers and educational services professionals, it promotes a culture that recognizes excellence, creates a sense of pride, and brings public attention to the work of outstanding educators.

Your voice counts! Please help us recognize our New Albany teachers by submitting a nomination form. You may also nominate a teacher by sending an email to Mrs. Jones at Please be sure to state that you are nominating a teacher for educator of the year in your correspondence.

All nominations are due to Mrs. Jones no later than Monday, November 14th.

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Mental Health Care

If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstance. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff, and their families by Cinnaminson Township School District.

Care Solace's team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

Disclaimer: Information on individual treatment providers was gathered by Care Solace based on criteria such as geographic proximity, whether the provider accepts the authorized user's insurance and whether the provider is accepting new patients. The school district does not recommend, endorse, promote or refer to any of the individual treatment providers.

American Education Week is November 13-19th

During this special week, we celebrate our public school community and honor the team of professionals who play a crucial part in the success of our students, from the bus driver and classroom teacher to the cafeteria worker and support staff, plus countless others. We also want to thank our phenomenal parents for the endless support and partnership in this educational process.

On Tuesday, November 15th, parents are invited to visit their child's classroom. Please stay tuned for additional information regarding times and the sign up process for parent visitation.

We look forward to sharing our school with you!

Celebrating public school education and honoring those who make a difference!

Halloween FUN!

We were grateful for perfect weather and lots of fun celebrating Halloween this year! Please enjoy photos here: Halloween 2022

Cafeteria News

The cost of school lunches will be $2.60 this year. For the 2022-23 school year, we strongly encourage all parents to prepay for your student’s meal on an account. You can create an account at no cost through

Our Lost & Found is overflowing!

If your child is missing a jacket or sweatshirt, lunchbox or water bottle, or even glasses, please encourage them to check the lost and found bin located right outside of the cafeteria.

Please remember to label all items so that we can return them if lost.

Free Mega Holiday Light Show

The Patel family holiday light display, called Lights On Olmsted Lane, will begin on November 19th at 5:00 PM and will run daily until January 7, 2023 at 5 Olmsted Lane. The show is completely free for everyone to enjoy, all you need to do is park near our address and tune your radio to hear the show, and maybe pack some snacks and smiles!

If you think you’ve already seen the show last year…just know that there are a couple of new additions this season and of course all the loved favorites of last season!

You can learn more about the light show by going to the website,

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From Our Family to yours...Wishing You a Wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!


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