New Albany Parent Connection

March 2023

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Mark Your Calendar...

March is Women's History Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

February 27 - March 3: Read Across America Week

March 2: Rock Out for Reading Assembly

March 7: Cinnaminson Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) Meeting

March 8: End of Trimester 2

March 9: Invention Convention @ CHS

March 10: SEL Day

March 12: Daylight Savings begins

March 14: CEHASA Public Meeting @ 6:30PM New Albany Library

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

March 21: World Down Syndrome Day

March 21: Report Cards issued

March 21-23: Single Session Days (early dismissal for students)

March 21: BOE Meeting @ 7:00 pm CMS

March 28: Harlem Wizards Game @ CHS

Single Session Days in March

March 21st, 22nd, and 23rd are Single Session Days

Please note that students will be dismissed early.

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

Full Day Bright Eyes: 8:55 am - 1:10 pm

AM Bright Eyes: 8:55 am - 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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Read Across America!

READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK is celebrated the week of February 27th to March 3rd.

We're off to a great week with our themed activities:

Monday, February 27

“You’d be surprised how many ways I change on

different colored days.”

Students are invited to wear their favorite color to school.

Tuesday, February 28

“Sometimes the questions are so complicated and

the answers are simple.”

Students are invited to wear their wacky socks to school.

Wednesday, March 1st

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn,

the more places you’ll go.”

Read a t-shirt day! Students are invited to wear a t-shirt with a school appropriate message.

Thursday, March 2nd

“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

Students are invited to come dressed like what they want to be when they grow up!

Friday, March 3rd

“We’ve taught you that the earth is round, that red and white make pink, and

something else that matters more - we’ve taught you how to think.”

Students are invited to display their Cinnaminson pride by wearing red and black or

their favorite school shirt.

Read-A-Thon: Students are invited to bring 2-3 of their favorite books from home

to share with their classmates. Students will be participating in various

types of reading activities throughout the day.

Daylight Savings Time

On Sunday, March 12, 2023, set your clocks forward 1 hour for Daylight Saving Time.


World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

March 21st was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome. Every year on March 21st, World Down Syndrome Day is observed to create awareness about this condition.

Together we can create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down Syndrome in our community and around the world.

All Cinnaminson students and staff are invited to wear crazy socks, brightly colored socks, long socks, short socks, printed socks, or mismatched socks to celebrate being UNIQUE!

Our very own CHS Senior, Jack Shallow, is selling his line of T-Shirts and other swag.

Here is the link: Jacked Up Shirts

More information can be found in the link:


This year's 37th Annual Invention Convention will be held on March 9th at Cinnaminson High School. The Invention Convention Program is known for fostering creative minds and providing students with meaningful experiences. It is our hope that through programs like this and STEM education experiences, our students develop an innovative mindset and become equipped to address global challenges in a rapidly changing world.

For questions or information on Invention Convention, please contact Mr. Angelini at

Celebrating Women's History Month

5 Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month with Kids

by AnnaLiese Burich (

Who runs the world? GIRLS! And given that March is Women’s History Month, let’s make sure that everyone knows it—especially your kids. We don’t need to tell you that the last few years have been (extra) harrowing for women, so it’s (extra) important to teach your boys and girls the importance of women in the past, present and future. Read on for five of our favorite ways to celebrate this all-important month that will be fun for both you and your little feminists.

1. Read a book about historical female figures

Besides some of our favorite classic children’s books with strong female characters (shout-out to Matilda!), there has recently been a spate of picture books devoted to teaching kids about often-overlooked women in history. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, for example, profiles women who managed to be fearless trailblazers in a world that didn’t accept them, while Women in Science—50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World features the women in science who have been criminally forgotten. Other favorites of ours include: Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History... and Our Future! (that remixes your boiler-plate A-Z book), Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? (part of a series of what women can be), Fantastically Great Women Who Made History (cute and informational!), Little Feminist Board Book Set (for the smallest and mightiest of feminists) and Spectacular Sisters (amazing stories of sisters from around the world).

2. Learn about women in history at a local museum

Researching this has made us realize that there should be at least one museum about women in every city in America, but that’s a battle for another day. For now, there are select museums across the nation that do the job—and they do it pretty darn well. Look for in-person events honoring Women's History Month at the National Constitution Center in Philly, Children's Museum of Manhattan in NYC and other local institutions. Won’t be in any of those cities during March? No worries. There’s an all-online museum, the National Women’s History Museum, that offers a host of online exhibits and activities.

RELATED: 10 Spots to Learn About Women's History in the U.S.

3. Make a craft or play a game

For more hands-on kids, you can use craft time to teach them about cool historical women. Make an astronaut helmet to honor Mae C. Jemison (the site says Sally Ride, but why pass up an opportunity to teach your kid about the first black female in space, too!). Create paper airplanes for Amelia Earhart, a corn husk doll for Laura Ingalls Wilder or draw self-portraits in honor of Frida Kahlo. If those sound too labor-intensive, there are plenty of coloring books that feature strong women. Another option: Play a round of Bold Made—a modern remake of the Old Maid game that features famous woman including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman and Isabel Allende.

4. Volunteer at a women's shelter or organization

It’s never too early to teach your kid about community-mindedness. Women’s shelters are often the only opportunity women have to escape situations of domestic violence, so it’s paramount that they remain open and thriving. Find one near you and bring your kid to volunteer (make sure they’ll allow children to volunteer first). If they don’t allow kids, you can always set up a food or clothing drive to help remotely. Many programs are dedicated to helping both mothers and their children—your child might find it extra enriching to emotionally connect with a peer, thereby encouraging a lifetime of empathy.

5. Send thank you notes to the strong women in your life

With this one, kids get to practice gratitude, feminism, manners, penmanship and mailing skills all in one go! Plus, the woman on the receiving end is likely to treasure the note forever. It’s a win-win-win. Sit down with your kids and write a list of the strong women in their lives; then write out the qualities that make them strong. If your kids are having a hard time, try suggesting adjectives—the idea is to get them thinking about why they love women (or, if they’re too little for all that, a simple “thank you" will do). Then get them set up with paper, cards, crayons, etc. and let them have at the thank you note-ing!

Congratulations to our FEBRUARY PIRATES OF THE MONTH!

Pirates of the Month go above and beyond to be outstanding members of our school community and encompass all 5 of our character traits:

~ Kindness ~ Respect ~ Patience ~ Manners ~ and Honesty ~

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A message from Ms. Mohler

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Cinnaminson School District is proud to participate with communities around the globe in celebrating the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) on the fourth annual International SEL Day on Friday, March 10th, 2023. This celebration will support one of our district’s professional development goals which focuses on Social Emotional Learning.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Studies show that SEL provides many benefits to students including improved well-being and academic outcomes. Today, we use this opportunity to encourage all community members to learn about and share their knowledge of the importance and impact of integrating evidence-based SEL into our schools, organizations and community.

To celebrate SEL day, our school community will strategically promote social-emotional learning throughout the day through classroom lessons, morning announcements promoting positive affirmations, and fun, engaging activities. If you would like to learn more about the five core competencies of social emotional learning click HERE.

This year the theme is: New Albany is Rockin'

Staff and students are invited to participate in a Rock 'N' Roll inspired spirit day and will participate in Rock 'N' Roll SEL activities.

We look forward to a wonderful celebration of social emotional learning!

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Does your child have a medical home/ provider?

NJ FamilyCare

NJ FamilyCare provides free or low cost health insurance coverage for uninsured children and certain low income families. For more information, call 800-701-0710 or visit to apply online.

If you need any more resources or support please contact the school nurse.

Nurse Socha & Nurse Evans

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A Note from Mrs. Conn

March begins with a celebration of authors and books in the library. Our Read Across America celebration will include books by some of New Albany School’s favorite authors.These authors include Dr. Seuss (I Wish I Had Duck Feet), Mo Willems (We are in a Book), Kevin Henkes (Waiting), Dav Pilkey (Dog Breath), and New Jersey’s Daniel Kirk (Library Mouse). Students will vote for their favorite author and book during their library time.

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Cinnaminson Elementary Home and School Association


Harlem Wizards tickets are now on sale for a game at CHS on March 28th! When checking out, make sure you select New Albany or Eleanor Rush for your student so our school(s) receives credit. View the game flyer here: Harlem Wizards vs Cinnaminson Staff

Interested? Get your tickets here!

Check out a video of the Wizards in action!


Thank you to all families who participated in the School Storre fundraiser! Your support of our students and school is truly appreciated!


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

CEHASA will continue the pretzel fundraiser for the upcoming months.

Information was sent home with your student last week. If you are in need of a form, please click here: Pretzel Order Form


CEHASA is holding a “Cards For a Cause” greeting card fundraiser to support programs and events at New Albany and Eleanor Rush Schools.

These boxes of beautiful greeting cards are great for so many occasions and are so reasonable in price!!

Click the link below to view the different card packages. Then scroll down and select "New Albany & Eleanor Rush Schools:

Once your order comes in, we will arrange for centralized pick-up.

Orders close March 1st so don't delay! Please contact with any questions about this fundraiser. Thank you for your support!

For more information on how to participate, please visit the CEHASA website at:

Home and School Website and Information - Click Here

Home and School Facebook Page - Click Here

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Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

You are invited to join parents, guardians, administrators, and other community members for a presentation by the NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education entitled, "Inclusion 101" on Tuesday, March 7th at 6:30 PM in Room 120 at Cinnaminson Middle School.

New Albany School Yearbook Sale

2022/2023 New Albany School Yearbooks are available for purchase!

An order form will be sent home with students during the second week of March. Please complete an order form for each student and send it back in with payment (Cash, check, or money order are accepted forms of payment). Checks should be made payable to New Albany School. Online ordering will not be available. Orders will be accepted until April 17th.

The cost of the yearbook is $14 for Bright Eyes, Pre-K, K, T-1, and 1st grade students.

Compliments of CEHASA , 2nd grade students will be gifted $4 off for a yearbook purchase, bringing the price to just $10!

School Lunch

Daily school lunches will cost $2.60 this year. For the 2022-23 school year, we strongly encourage all parents to prepay for your student’s meal account and to create an account at no cost through If you believe your family may qualify for free/reduced lunch or has in the past, please complete the 2022-2023 Application for Free and Reduced School Meals. This application can be found on our district website> “Families” tab>”Food Services”.

To view the March Lunch Menu - Click Here

Kids Heart Challenge

There's still time to help raise funds toward the

Kids Heart Challenge!

We are about halfway there... Check out our school stats using the link below.

Congrats to our top fundraisers so far!

New Albany School KHC 2023 Stats

Cereal for Pajamas



The Cinnaminson School District collected 1376 boxes of cereal and breakfast items during our #SUPERBOWLBREAKFASTCHALLENGE. The Rush Intermediate & New Albany Elementary families donated over 900 items between the two buildings, and on Monday, February 13th, students celebrated with a Pajama Day. On Thursday, member of the CMS Staff delivered the donations to the Food Bank of South Jersey & The Bread of Life Food Pantry. A huge thank you to our families and staff for their donations and to our Maintenance and Operations team for their help transporting the donations.

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Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 School Year


Please do not register prior to then.


Eligibility: Children must be residents of Cinnaminson NJ, and be five (5) years old

on or before October 1, 2023

Kindergarten registration is now completed online, starting 2/13/23. Please review the information for online registration here: Student Registration

Kindergarten Testing will be held in person at New Albany School.

Please see the information below:

PLACE: In Person Appointments

DATES: Monday, April 24, 2023 – Thursday, April 27, 2023

TIME: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

CONTACT: Tracy Walker, District Registrar 856-829-7600 X 2899 to schedule an appointment

Note to Parents:

Students registered and screened will find out their classroom placement in August, 2023.

For information on the Student Activity Center (SAC - before and/or after school care) call Arlene Anderson at 856-829-7600 X 2141.

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. With a greater number of students with disabilities spending a greater part of their day in the regular classroom, strategies and activities that help students better understand the needs and differences of their peers and disabilities, foster peer relationships, and help students develop empathy can have positive outcomes for all students. When addressing a child with a developmental disability, always put the person first. For example, say “a child with autism” rather than “an autistic child”. You should interact with a child with Developmental Disabilities the same way as you would any child, in the way you speak with them and make eye contact.


Please have your child check the lost and found bin for any lost/forgotten items. Remember to label all items with your child's name. This way more items can be returned to their owner in a timely manner.


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