Frog Pond School Newsletter 09/2020

Volume 20-21 Issue 1

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Tom Denning, Principal

Hello Frog Pond Families,

We, here at Frog Pond, hope that you have been able to spend some valuable time with your families over the summer! As the 2020-2021 school year approaches quickly, we are preparing for a school year that will be different in so many ways. Our custodial and administrative staff have been working hard to get our school ready, and I know our teachers are dedicated to making this a successful school year! While there are many challenges we are facing as a community during this COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that we are here to provide your children with the best education possible, regardless if your child is in-person or virtual.

We understand that returning to school after summer break can be stressful for children and parents, and that the uncertainties of the pandemic can add an entirely new layer to some families' concerns and challenges. We will continue to share some of the new protocols and any changes that arise that are put in place to protect the health and safety of the students and staff. For the first week, we will have staff stationed throughout the school during arrival and dismissal to assist students with directions or just provide a helping hand.

Now, more than ever before, I encourage you to keep an open line of communication with your child’s teacher during the school year if you have any questions or concerns. Our school hours are 8:15am until 3:15pm. Please make every effort to have your student in school and on time. On their virtual days, it is also extremely important for your child to log into their daily Morning Meetings and daily assignments. Attendance is an important part of ensuring student success.

While this year may look different, we still encourage and welcome parent involvement. Reach out to your child’s teacher and to the school if you are looking to help out in any way. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook on our Little Egg Harbor School District page and Mr. Denning at FrogPond Principal. Please check our website for upcoming events and announcements.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!


Thomas P. Denning


Frog Pond Elementary School

Little Egg Harbor School District Mission Statement

Through open and collaborative communication among students, staff, parents, and the community, the Little Egg Harbor School District will provide modern facilities that support a culture of high expectations for individual achievement for all students. Students and staff will practice the value of good stewardship of resources by maintaining a sustainable environment for learning. A robust system of support, intervention, and enrichment will include a diverse range of experiences through access to supportive technology, after school programs, township agencies, and health and wellness initiatives that encourages, institutes, and rewards lifelong learning in our students.I

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The Board of Education

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Little Egg Harbor Board of Education

Office of the Superintendent

307 Frog Pond Road

Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087

Phone: 609-296-1719 ext. 1010

Fax: 609-296-3225

District Office Administrators

Dr. Melissa McCooley, Superintendent of Schools

Nicholas Brown, School Business Administrator

Jonathan R. Yates, Assistant School Business Administrator

Erin Lichtenwalner, Director of Special Services

John Acampora, Director of Curriculum/Instructional Services

Jacqueline Truzzolino, Director of Elementary Education

Board of Education Members

Mrs. Debbie Giannuzzi, President

Mr. John V. Bellone, Vice President

Mrs. Christine Snyder, Board Member

Mrs. Dara Roth, Board Member

Mr. Theodore Kielb, Board Member

Mr. Jonathon Zimmerman, Board Member

Mrs. Martha "June" Palan, Board Member

Getting September Ready!

Our Custodial/Maintenance staff worked hard all summer to make sure our school was ready for September. A BIG THANK YOU for all your hard work!

Bookbag Donation

A HUGE thank you to Walmart for generously donating many bookbags!!! Each student who attended third grade orientation was able to take one home.

Positivity at the Pond

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Positive Sign Thursday

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Students and Staff are Excited to be Back!!!

Mrs. Bruno found a frog outside her room last Friday- he looks just like our mascot!

Thanks to Mrs. Simoncini for letting me know it was there and Mr. McGettigan for helping me gently catch him! We released him into the woods and he happily hopped away! Students investigated frogs this week and learned about different frog species and life cycles!

September's Book Recommendation

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The One and Only Ivan by Catherine Applegate

Grades 3 and Older

Fountas and Pinnell Level S

Book can be found on Epic

The One and Only Ivan is a fiction book about a real Silverback Gorilla that lived in a cage at a mall. Ivan tells his remarkable story of friendship, hope and resilience.

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Just a reminder that a Doctor's note is required for any child absent with cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or new loss of taste, or who have been absent for 3 days or more.

Looking Ahead to..........October

Math Clubs:

5th and 6th grade math clubs will be starting the first week of October. It will meet virtually on Thursday and Friday. Students will attend on their virtual day: 5th grade meets at 10:05 to 10:45 and 6th grade meets at 8:45 - 9:25. Everyone is welcome to join. Email Mrs. Wentzell at and you will be invited to the google classroom.

First Chapter Friday!

Looking for a good book to read but not sure what's out there? Every Friday starting October 2nd, you can listen as Mrs. Wentzell reads the first chapter of a book and then decide if you want to finish reading it. Keep an eye out for more information.

October 4-10 Fire Prevention Week

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Week of Respect October 5-9

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October 12-No Students

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School Violence Awareness Week October 19-23

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Thank you for reading our Newsletter! We hope you enjoyed it!

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