Potter News

June 2015

Dr. Jeffery Zito, Principal

Ms. Andrea Cimino, Supervisor

A Message from Dr. Zito

Being the Principal of a neighborhood school has to be one of the most rewarding jobs to have. It is truly amazing to see the wonderful young adults that your children have become. I cannot begin to tell you the sadness and excitement that I feel seeing this graduating 4th grade. I have had the privilege of watching most of the children begin in Kindergarten and experienced their journey to fourth grade. I am so proud of the people that they are becoming.

Aladdin Production

This year H & M Potter School's production of Disney's Aladdin Kids truly outdid itself! The student actors and chorus were amazing. All of Potter School was able to see the show during its dress rehearsal, and the cast then performed to two sold out night performances. The show was fantastic! The directors, Mrs. Beecher, Mrs. Richie, Mrs. Boyles and Mrs. Immerso worked hard all year to arrange this wonderful experience for our students. Thank you to the directors, Mrs. Felumero, Mrs. Lee, Mr. Keats, Mr. Livingston and the PTA and staff who helped make this possible!

Dream Machine Recycle Rally

With the help of our families and community H & M Potter School has yet again won the $25,000 PepsiCo Dream Machine Recycle Rally Grand Prize! Here are some fun facts about Potter's accomplishment:


  • We have recycled over 277,590 PET and aluminum containers!
  • Every bottle and can recycled in the program supports PepsiCo’s initiative with The Nature Conservancy and The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.
  • More than 1,400 schools have participated in Recycle Rally in 41 states across the country since its start. Together you have helped to keep more than 51 million containers from our landfills!


On June 11 we will be celebrating this accomplishment with a fun filled day for our Potter family. Please see the attached flyer, and thank you again for making this possible!

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Awards Day 2015

This year the 3rd and 4th Grade Awards Day Ceremony will be on June 16th at 9:30 AM.

The students will be recognized for their participation in various groups such as Safety

Patrol, all year honor roll, Kindness Club, Chorus, Student Council, Battle of the Books and the prestigious President's Academic Award. Parents are welcome to attend the ceremony and take pride in all of their children's accomplishments.

Thank You PTA!

We would like to express a great big thank you to the staff, students, and community of the H & M Potter School. With your help, this year has been fun, exciting and successful. The Potter School has a wonderful staff and is filled with super students who come from great families.


I would like to thank this year’s PTA Executive Board for all of their hard work and dedication on behalf of the Potter students and congratulate the new officers for the 2015-16 school year.

Kindergarten Registration

There will be a second opportunity to register your child to attend kindergarten in September, 2015. This will take place on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Berkeley Township Elementary School. Children must be 5 on or before October 1, 2015 to attend kindergarten. Registration packets can be picked up at any of our lower elementary schools, or downloaded from our district website: www.btboe.org.

Berkeley Library Summer Program

During the summer months the Berkeley Branch of the Ocean County Library sponsors a summer reading program. This year the program is entitled Every Hero has a Story. We encourage all the Potter School Families to take advantage of this wonderful program.


For more information contact the Berkeley Library at 732-269-2144 or visit the Ocean County Library's website.

Transportation Changes

For the 2015-2016 school year, all arrangements for child care or day care stops must be made before July 17, 2015. This also includes the before and after school Y-Kids Programs. Parents may have two stops, one in the morning and one for after school, however, the district policy is for Monday through Friday stops only. No exceptions will be made. Please

feel free to make arrangements by calling the transportation department at 732-269-1302 during normal business hours.

4th Grade Parents

Parent orientation at Berkeley Township Elementary School will take place on Monday June 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM at BTES. This meeting will be for parents only.

Beyond Band Aids with Mrs. Olsen

Extra Set of Clothing

Please make sure to send in an extra set of clothing for your child in their backpack. This is the time of the year when the students are going outside more often, and sometimes clothes get dirty and need to be changed. Having an extra set of clothing at school would save parents and teachers time during the school day!


REMEMBER to THINK Healthy EAT Healthy and MOVE Healthy! Healthy students learn better!

Important Dates

  • June 1: 4th Grade Battle of the Books, 1:45 PM APR
  • June 1: 4th Grade Parent Orientation, 6:00 PM @ BTES
  • June 2: District Battle of the Books, 9:30 AM @BTES
  • June 2: Jump Rope for the Heart Grades 3 and 4
  • June 2: PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM APR
  • June 3: Field Day, Kindergarten, (Please see flyer for time)
  • June 4: Field Day, Grades 1 and 2, (Please see flyer for time)
  • June 5: Spirit Day, Show your Potter Pride!
  • June 5: Field Day, Grades 3 and 4, (Please see flyer for time)
  • June 9: Kindergarten End of Year Show, 9:30 AM APR
  • June 9: Dr. Zito's Comic Book Club at Oh What a Bagel, Grades 2, 3, 4 (See flyer for times)
  • June 10: Preschool Moving Up Ceremony, AM Class: 10:00, PM Class 1:45
  • June 10: Ms. Cimino's Book Club, 6:30 PM @ Berkeley Library
  • June 11: Potter School's Recycle Rally Ceremony, 9:30 AM on Blacktop, Parents Welcome
  • June 11: School Picnic
  • June 11: Outdoor Movie Night, 6:30 PM Potter Playground
  • June 11: Kindergarten Registration, 3:00-5:00 PM @ BTES
  • June 12: Survivor Day, Grade 4
  • June 15: Spirit Day, Wear Red, White and Blue for Flag Day!
  • June 16: Awards Day, 9:30 AM APR
  • June 16: Board of Education Meeting, 5:30 PM @ BTES
  • June 17: Four Hour Session
  • June 18: Four Hour Session
  • June 19: Spirit Day, Wear Hawaiian Gear to Celebrate the Last Day of School!
  • June 19: Four Hour Session, Last Day of School, Report Cards Posted to Parent Portal
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