Principal's Newsletter

Watchung Weekly News - June 11, 2021

Important Dates: 

June 15 @ 11:30 am – 5th Grade Moving Up

June 16th – Pride Month – Spirt Day

June 18 – District Closed - Juneteenth

June 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5th Grade Moving Up (Rain Date)

June 23 – Abbreviated day for students

June 24 – Abbreviated day for students, last day for students


Hybrid Days Next Week:

Monday, Tuesday  – Mounties

Wednesday, Thursday  - Bulldogs

June is Pride Month - 
As I mentioned in my last newsletter, June is Pride Month, , when the world’s LGBT communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Everyone should embrace who they are and let the world know- in style!

On Wednesday, June 16th, Watchung students/staff can show their support by wearing every color of the rainbow to show every color of who you are and who you support. Be uniquely you!

If you are looking for ways to discuss Pride Month with your child, the link below will take you to a website that can be very helpful.

https://childrenslibrarylady.com/talking-to-young-children-about-pride-month/

Watchung Field 
As per Dr. Ponds, renovations on the field were set to begin on Monday, June 7th. After the project was originally delayed from June 1st, the contractor sent people to other jobs. I am awaiting the date for when they will be able to begin the project but it is moving forward.

While the renovations are taking place, Dr. Ponds will continue to work with the playground committee and me on the specifics of the Watchung Playground, including shade, equipment and size.

Updates/Reminders: 

5th Grade Moving-Up - Planning this year’s moving up ceremony and 5th grade activities has been challenging to say the least. After selecting several different dates and moving the ceremony to a few different locations, we have finally finalized the plans. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony will take place on June 15th at 11:30 am on Woodman Field. The Rain Date will take place on June 23rd at 1 pm.  

Click here for more details.

Attention – 5th graders – Glenfield Related Arts Auditions – An email was sent out earlier today regarding Glenfield Related Arts Auditions.

Click Here For More Information

The “Connected Courtyard” - We are incredibly excited to share more information with you about Watchung School's soon to be  "Connected Courtyard!"  The existing courtyard space will be transformed into an environmental learning center with a native plant garden, bird and beneficial insect habitat, and an outdoor classroom with STEAM centers.

Click Here to learn more about the project and how you can support the initiative. 


Any Student who took a picture retake – Any student who retook their school pictures this week and did NOT return their original pictures, needs to drop their photos off at the main office by next Friday.
 
Montclair Public Schools Summer Camps - Summer is around the corner! If you're looking for a camp experience for your children, we have the perfect programs. Check out Full STEAM Ahead and EW1 Summer Sports. Both will take place at Watchung School. Feel free to register for multiple weeks at www.myschoolbucks.com. Safety and fun are the priority, we hope to see you this summer!

School Photo Pick-up – Students who are ALL Virtual and came to the building in order to take school photos, can come to pick them up from the main office. The office is open from 8:30 – 3. Students who come to the building in-person either on Mountie or Bulldog days have received their pictures from their teachers.

Student arrival – In year’s past Watchung has had a designated carline on garden street for walkers/car poolers. During our return to hybrid, we decided to relax the carline procedures/protocols because arrival and dismissal had changed. Also, the number of students coming in on any given day was significantly less. Since the number of students have risen and students are now adapt at the new hybrid arrival procedures, Watchung is going to go back to the old carline protocols.

*Parents should no longer park on Garden Street and get out of the car. If you would like to get out of the car and walk your child up to the door, please park on North Fullerton or in the commuter parking lot that is not being used at this time.
*Parents who are dropping off and going, should travel south on North Fullerton, make a left and pull up in front of the building and students will exit the car.
*Parents should not get out of the car to help
*Staff will be there to assist the best they can while maintaining social distancing

Toni’s Kitchen Delivers – Toni’s Kitchen delivers. They have started a community food service. Families can receive free weekly delivery of groceries. Click on the language of your choice for more information. (English) (Spanish)

From the PTA

PTA Meeting - Please join us on Wednesday, June 16 at 7:00 pm for our last PTA for this year. We will vote on the slate for the 2021-2022 school year. The board will remain the same with the exception of Liz Rich.

Patty Gamcsik, President; Alex Schulz, VP; Jennifer Melish, Treasurer; Hillary Brylka, Secretary.

Zoom details to follow closer to date.

We will miss you Liz!!

Pride Month - This month is about teaching acceptance, educating pride history and loving and caring for each other! Pride Day is June 28, 2021.


Related Arts/Staff End of Year Collection - This has been a challenging year. Teachers and staff, many of whom have school-age children at home, have had to learn and re-learn virtual and hybrid teaching systems all while trying to keep students engaged through their screens. The PTA is collecting donations for gifts to acknowledge the work of all related-arts teachers and non-homeroom support staff.*

Specifically, this gift will cover:
—Related arts and STEAM teachers (gym, art, music, science lab, greenhouse, technology, world language)
—Clinicians and therapists (Nurse, speech & occupational therapists, social work and counselor)
—Administrative support staff and custodial team.

Any amount is welcomed and deeply appreciated.

This year, we ask that all donations be submitted by 12:00 pm June 18 via PayPal using the following dedicated link:

https://tinyurl.com/2021-JuneRACollection

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jenn Laird.

Please help us say a collective “Thank You” to the entire team of individuals who work all year long to make our school great!

*Homeroom teacher and classroom assistant gifts will be coordinated separately through class parents.

School supply time!: Over the past few years Watchung has partnered with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents get the exact supplies they need for the new school year. This service offers boxes of supplies needed, selected by the grade level teachers, to be placed on your child's desk for the first day of school. What could be easier!? Don't leave this until Labor Day! Cross this off your list and order before 7/1/19 to take advantage of this awesome program. For those who haven't participated in the past, you place your order based on grade and your child's box of supplies will be waiting for them in their classroom the first day of school. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the PTA.

You can also donate a kit to the school: when you place your order in the cart, there’s a pop up with “Donate a Kit” on it. Select it and it brings you to a new page and you can select a kit for any grade. Here is the link:

https://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=68589…

Buy a Brick - Watchung Families! This is your chance to commemorate your family's legacy at Watchung School. Consider purchasing a brick to honor your departing fifth grader or your hard-working remote/hybrid student so that you can enjoy seeing it in the years to come. The deadline for forms and payments has been extended to June 18th. Click here for form.

Kindly, Patty, Alex, Liz, Jen and Hillary

Have a great weekend!

Patrick Krenn

Principal

Watchung Elementary School




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