George School's Family Update

February 2, 2018

IXL Pajama Day! Monday February 5th! Hard Work is Really Paying off!

Our students showed their 'grit' and dedication during this busy week at Jessie F. George School. The students reached our 200,000 IXL skills goal. Therefore Monday, February 5th will be Pajama Day! Keep practicing, we will have another school wide celebration when we get to 400,000 IXL skills. Great job.

Jessie F. George School 4th and 5th Grade Concert

On Tuesday we were treated to the gift of music from our dedicated and hard working 4th and 5th Grade Band and Chorus. Thanks to Mrs. Mendez and Mr. Lipnick for all their hard work and especially to the students who often give up their recess to practice. The students should be commended for their impressive progress and collaboration while also demonstrating to their schoolmates and all of us, the positive results of hard work and dedication. I hope they are as proud of themselves as we are of them. Keep up the good work.

Strategic Goal #2 Academic Rigor - Read A Thon Kick off

Details and logs for our school wide Read A Thon were sent home Friday, Feb. 2nd to kick off this great event. Students' markers will travel around the map each time they return a completed log. The Read a Thon runs for ten weeks, and if students complete the first log, which encompasses two weeks they will get a free ticket to Six Flags Great Adventure. Each subsequent week, also has a log and a prize, with a culminating award/medal ceremony at the end of the 10 weeks. I also promised the students that if all students in the school completed every log I would dress up as the George School Cardinal and sit on my perch for an entire day. Also, Mr. Donatello challenged his 5th grade class to complete all reading logs and he will shave his head. (I might have to give him some feathers!) I am looking forward to this exciting event.

George School Spirit Assembly

Students practiced some Mindfulness Strategies during our Spirit Assembly on Monday to support our District Strategic Goal #1, emphasizing wellness. Mrs. Farinella led the students through "Heart Shining Breath". Research shows the the heart is not only a receiver of information from the brain, body and environment: it also sends information to all of these places. Students reported that they were calm and ready to learn after this strategy.
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Maya Tubiak Storyworks Jr. Winner

Third Grader Maya Tubiak was chosen as a winner of Scholastic Storyworks Jr's Volcano Contest. The executive editor said "we loved Maya's creative and effective use of details" in her writing. Great job Maya!
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George School Staff Wears Red to Commemorate Wear Red Day and Raise Money for a Great Cause

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Save the Date! for the Class of 2019 Family Bowling Fundraiser

This fun Family Bowling Fundraiser will be at Montvale Lanes on Sunday, March 18 from 6-8 PM.
There will be 2 ticket options:
$20 ticket price per bowler will include 2 games, shoe rental, a slice of pizza, & one drink of choice.
$10 non-bowler ticket will include a slice of pizza & one drink of choice.

Flier to follow soon! Hope to see you there!


Each year the various school districts of the Pascack Valley, including Westwood Regional Schools, join forces to bring a national-level speaker to our community. This year, we are proud to welcome Dr. William Deresiewicz, author of "Excellent Sheep,” as he offers his unique and important perspective on what a quality education is, the purpose of schools, and how your child can be best prepared for a changing and unpredictable world.

The keynote address, followed by a book signing, will take place Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7pm in the Pascack Valley High School auditorium. All members of the community --parents, students, educators -- are encouraged to attend this event.

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Upcoming Events

2/5/18 George School Pajama Day

2/9/18 Valentine's Dance - George School

2/19 & 2/20 - No School

2/28/18 Tricky Tray Fundraiser at Seasons - More exciting details to come