Normandy Park School

Week of September 28th

There is no school on September 28th (Yom Kippur).

I appreciate the continued support, effort, and hard work of the whole NPS community.

This week, we will begin the iReady Diagnostic assessment for students in 1st through 5th grade. The i-Ready Diagnostic is one measure to help teachers effectively assess their students; the assessent also provides individualized instruction based on each student’s unique needs (additional information on iReady listed below).

Next week, on October 8th, we will host our all virtual Back to School Night. I will share a recorded presentation that you can view at any time. On October 8th, you can attend live sessions with your child’s teacher starting at 6:30pm. Multiple sessions are offered to support families with multiple children in the school. If you have any questions that you would like me to address in my presentation, please feel free to reach out in advance.

Please note, that MSD will continue to share important information on the Coronavirus Update Center and on our MSD Forward pages.

Please know that I am here to help and support in any way that I can. Feel free to reach out to me directly at

Let’s Talk About Race, Equity and Inclusion

This part of the newsletter will have a question or a topic for you to discuss with your child(ren). This can be done on the way to school, on the way to sports practice, before dinner, at bedtime, etc.

Each week there will be a “something to think about” question and a “something to talk about” question. The “something to think about question” is for you as a parent to reflect on for yourself. The “something to talk about” question is for you to discuss with your child. These exercises are meant to stimulate a conversation on race, equity and inclusion in America.

Week Three

Parent Reflection Question: What do you know about your ethnic identity? Is this something you have talked about with your family and friends? (“Ethnicity” refers to shared culture, such as language, ancestry, practices, and beliefs.)

Third Question For Child: Do you know what ethnicity is? Do you know your ethnicity?

Daily Student Screening for October

The health and safety of our community is our collective responsibility. In order to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, all families (including those whose children are enrolled in all-virtual learning) are asked to complete the following actions:

Submit the October Certification Form by Tuesday, September 29, at 5:00 PM to attest that you will conduct a daily screening and will refrain from sending your child to school if the screening so indicates. Please submit this form ONLY ONCE to cover daily student screenings for the entire month of October. Please complete a separate form for each student you have enrolled in Normandy Park. CLICK HERE FOR THE OCTOBER CERTIFICATION FORM. If this form is not submitted on time, your child will not be allowed to attend school in person.

Check each child daily for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 using the Morris School District Daily Student Screening every morning before they leave for school. If your child exhibits any of the symptoms listed or if you answer YES to any of the screening questions, DO NOT send your child to school. Call the school nurse for instructions on what to do next. CLICK HERE FOR THE DAILY STUDENT SCREENING.

We are relying on everyone’s full cooperation and honest, accurate assessments to protect our students and staff. Thank you very much for your attention to this matter as we work together to reopen our schools safely.

Normandy Park School Back to School Night

Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Where: Virtual


Session 1: 6:30pm to 6:55pm

Session 2: 7pm to 7:25pm

You are invited to Normandy Park School’s Back to School Night.

On October 8th, I will share a recorded presentation that you can view at any time. You can attend live sessions with your child’s teacher starting at 6:30pm. Multiple sessions are offered to support families with multiple children in the school.

By October 8th, your child’s classroom teacher will share a Zoom link for the session directly with you.

iReady Diagnostic Testing (Gr. 1 to Gr. 5)

Next week, our school will begin administering the i-Ready® Diagnostic assessment for grades 1st through 5th. i-Ready Diagnostic helps teachers to effectively assess their students and then provide individualized instruction based on each student’s unique needs. i-Ready Diagnostic assesses the following skill areas:


• Phonological Awareness

• Phonics

• High-Frequency Words

• Vocabulary

• Comprehension


• Number and Operations

• Algebra and Algebraic Thinking

• Measurement and Data

• Geometry

i-Ready Diagnostic begins by giving students an adaptive assessment in reading and math. An adaptive assessment is a test that automatically adjusts the difficulty of the questions according to each student’s performance in order to determine his or her abilities in reading or math. i-Ready is a very different kind of test that presents students with questions that can be both too easy and too hard. It is designed to do this until the assessment finds exactly the level at which the student is performing. Therefore, your child will certainly see some items above his or her level. Your child will be encouraged to independently complete the test to the best of his or her ability, and know that it is okay to get questions wrong.

Each time a student gets an item incorrect, he or she will be presented with a simpler question until the diagnostic finds the grade level at which the student is performing. The assessment efficiently assesses students across multiple grade levels, allowing for identification of root causes of students’ struggles or for identification of areas where a student is ready for further challenge. This information will then provide the teacher with a “road map” to instructional remediation.

Once your child completes the test, he or she will be assigned online instruction to support his or her progress in mastering each skill. i-Ready Diagnostic supports the teachers and administrators at your child’s school. The program provides a series of comprehensive reports designed to make classroom instruction more effective. These reports include data about student performance as well as detailed teaching suggestions. They help educators make informed decisions about the instruction that is right for your child.

Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s teacher. For more information on i-Ready Diagnostic, please visit the Morris School District website:

What can I do to help?

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:

  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.

  • Try their best on each question and try not to rush.

  • Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that it is expected they will only get about half of the questions correct.

  • Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish

K-5 Connections: iReady Diagnostic Support for All-Virtual Students

Next week, students in the K-5 Connection classrooms (Grades 1st thru 5th) will be taking the i-Ready assessment. Below I have provided some guidelines and resources to help support your children taking the iReady diagnostic assessment at home.

You’ll be tempted to help on the test. We get it—the i-Ready test is hard. But this test is not for a grade. It helps teachers give your child the best instruction possible.

Think of it this way—would you help your child with a vision test? No, because hints won’t help the eye doctor help them. With i-Ready, hints on the test now could negatively impact your child’s instruction later.

Learn how the i-Ready test is different and how you can do your part to help teachers help your student.


For additional information and resources, please click the following link:

Week of Respect

The Week of Respect is getting closer!

October 5th to October 9th is the Week of Respect at Normandy Park School. The week of respect is celebrated throughout New Jersey. We recognize the importance of character education and provide age-appropriate instruction focusing on the prevention of harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

During the Week of Respect, students will participate in theme days to celebrate our united stand against bullying. See below for the schedule of events this year!

  • October 5th - Monday - No Drama Pajama Monday - Wear your favorite and comfortable PJ’s

  • October 6th– Tuesday – Team Tuesday - Wear your favorite professional team or college team clothing to show team support

  • October 7th - Wednesday - School Spirit - Wear your school colors

  • October 10th– Thursday –SuperHero Day! - Wear your favorite comic book and/or Superhero shirt

  • October 11th– FridaySweat Out Bullying Friday - Wear your most comfortable sweats

Tips from MSD Technology Department

Articles and tips for technology use at home:

Google's Technology Family Conversation Guide offers conversation topics and activities to engage your family as you navigate the digital world, together.

Be Internet Awesome provides a Family guide (in English and Spanish) that will help you and your children discuss, learn, and think about online safety together.

For additional information, visit MSD's K-5 Technology Home Connections Resource Page by clicking here.

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Message from Ms. Cohen:

Welcome back to all of our returning students and families and to our new students and families, we welcome you to our Normandy Park Family!

Whether you are learning with us at the physical building or learning with us or virtually, it has been great seeing all of you! Despite this being a challenging time, everyone has risen to the occasion to make this work! In the building, children are wearing their masks and all those who are virtual are logging on. Together, everyone is working hard.

Who am I?

I am proud to be the counselor at Normandy Park School! As the school counselor I am available to provide short term, supportive, individual and group counseling to our students as well as provide support to parents. To all of you parents and guardians, your school community and I know our children are going through a lot and they have shown incredible resilience. In addition to helping return to some self of normalcy some of the topics I work with children on are friendship, stress and anger management, emotional self-regulation and grief (through divorce, death, trauma); I also provide classroom lessons that focus on social and emotional development, as well as this year across the district, we will have a strong emphasis on educating our students on equity, inclusion and race.

As the mom of two adult children, I know that parenting can be an exhilarating, exciting and exhausting journey. As caregivers, it is important that you are taking care of yourselves too. Our theme this year is moving mountains and together we will do so one stone at a time.

Please feel free to reach out to me about any concerns you may have regarding your child or children. I can be reached at 973-889-7960 x6115 or at

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Message from the NPS Home and School Association (HSA)

IMPORTANT: Update Your Membership Toolkit Account

The HSA pushes all their communication and information through their Membership Toolkit website (Membership Toolkit Homepage) which has all the NPS HSA information in one spot including Committee Chairs, Fundraising plans, After-School Club sign-up, current event calendar and more.


If you have any questions or need assistance updating your account, please reach out to the HSA at

Communication between Home and School

  • If there are changes in your child's dismissal plans (e.g. you are going to pick them up that day, instead of taking the bus), please use the attached form or call the main office.
  • For written communication between you and your child's teacher, please utilize Class Dojo and/or e-mail, rather than hand-written letters (when possible).

Grab & Go Meals (Update)

Grab & Go meals will be available for all students, who wish to receive them. The Federal Department of Agriculture has extended waivers that will allow MSD to serve ALL students meals for FREE through December 31, 2020.

PreK-5 homeroom teachers will take an account each day of who would like to order a meal; meals will be delivered to classrooms and distributed to students just prior to dismissal.

“Grab & Go” meals are also available on Monday and Wednesday for any students attending virtual instruction; multiple meals will be distributed on each day to cover the week: Morristown High School (50 Early Street) will distribute meals from 12:30 PM -1:00 PM in the back of the building near the flagpole; Lafayette Learning Center (31 Hazel Street) will distribute meals from 12:45 PM-1:15 PM from the auditorium doors. More information about School Breakfast & Lunch is available on the MSD Forward homepage under "Back to School Resources for Families."

Specials Reminder


Specials are delivered virtually for all students. Special area subjects have Google Classroom links, which include teacher developed lessons.

Students access these lessons during their Specials Period of the virtual day or after school for in-building students. For students attending in-person, special classes can be completed any time at home, as homework.

We have designated a day for each special subject area. This is consistent for BOTH virtual and in-school students.

Monday - Art

Tuesday - Science

Wednesday - Music

Thursday - PE

Friday - Media/ Digital Literacy

Specials Teachers

Specials teachers are district wide. Listed below are the specials teachers for each grade/subject.

K-2 Art

Lara Levine

3-5 Art

Harmony Merves



Robert Sparano



Robert Jones


Lee Mamolen

3-5 Music

Ariella Schwam

K Digital Literacy

Patricia Sutton

1st Gr. Digital Literacy

Wendy Gilson

2nd Gr. Digital Literacy

Anne Piascik and Christine Kelly

3rd Gr. Digital Literacy

Christine Kelly

4th Gr. Digital Literacy

Mark Fluck

5th Gr. Digital Literacy

Linda Murphy

K-5 Science

Gabrielle Meyer

Upcoming Events

  • October 5th to October 9th: Week of Respect
  • October 8th: Back to School Night (Virtual)