Principal's Newsletter

Watchung Weekly News - January 24, 2020

Important Dates to add to your Calendar:

  • February 17: NO SCHOOL
  • February 17-23:  Week of Kindness
  • March 6: NO SCHOOL
  • March 13:  International Night
  • March 25: Author event with actor and writer Maulik Pancholy, author of The Best At It! 
  • March 26-27: EARLY DISMISSAL


Watchung Week of Kindness – Watchung will be celebrating our week of kindness during the week of February 17th. Unfortunately, we are not in school for National Random Act of Kindness day on February 17th, but we will have a bunch of activities planned for the remaining days. Stay tuned for more details.

International Night – International night is taking place on March 13 from 6-8pm. Please sign up using the Sign-Up-Genius link to participate and help with the night.

Student Council Fundraiser – Thank you to everyone who donated to our student council fundraiser that was organized to help the Australian Koala Foundation in response to the devastating wild fires. Click Here for more info.

Lost & Found – The lost & Found is beginning to take over our ground floor. If you think your child has lost something, remind them to go take a look or come in and check it out yourself. Just remember to sign in at the office first.

Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience - Hillside's School Action Team and MFEE are excited to announce a special viewing of the film Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience on Thursday, February 13th from 7-9pm, in the Hillside School Auditorium. It is free and open to all parents, caregivers, and students in the district but is recommended for students in 5th grade and above.

Please RSVP to the following link by Wednesday, February 12th. Doors will open at 6:45pm, and the movie will start promptly at 7. Reservations are first-come, first-served. RSVP HERE

PTA Announcements:

Watchung on Ice 2020: Keep Calm and Skate On! - Watchung School is taking over Clary Anderson Arena on February 17th from 12:30-2:30pm for our own private ice skating party. Please join us for our second annual ice event getting Watchung families and friends together on ice! Clary Anderson will have attendants available to help everyone have a fun and safe afternoon. We will have a prize for the cutest family on the ice! Bring your mittens and your own protective gear if desired.

Cost: $10 per ticket includes skate rentals and admission. Siblings welcome! Register on our Marketplace site now. Once you add the tickets to your cart, please click on the "Add a Note" link in the cart to add the number of adults and children skating. Last day to register is Friday 2/14/2020. Clary Anderson has capacity for 250 skaters!

Please note THIS IS NOT A DROP OFF EVENT. Children must be accompanied by parents or caregivers. Parents/caregivers must also buy a ticket if you plan to skate. You don't need a ticket to watch the ice skating but each family on the ice MUST include an adult skater.


1) The new Watchung ASE team is still looking for a volunteer to take over maintenance of the ASE website and registration page (ASE on Watchung PTA website). The role requires posting class information as well as setting up classes, launching and monitoring the page and inventory during registration. The site is built on and has a content management system, so no coding skills are required. The core pieces are already set-up, so a lot is copying and updating last year’s information. All work can be done from home during off hours. Time effort is about 10 -15 hours for each ASE session (Fall, Winter, Spring). We need to fill this role to be able to run ASE in the spring and in the next school year. We will be happy to train anyone who is interested.

Please email the ASE team at if you are willing and able to help!

2) The Readathon team needs some design help! Anyone with a design background who would be willing to design the Readathon scoreboard and/or posters, please reach out to Jen Bonnell or Joanna Stein Our theme this year is 'Wild About Reading.'

Box Tops are coming back! - We are revamping the program a bit but collection bins are currently in the main office. Please feel free to drop off your box tops (labeled with your child's name and homeroom) and look out for details on the new and improved program.
birthday book program - The birthday book program is looking for help with donations of new books. Are you in the publishing industry (or know someone who is) and might be able to get discounted new books for the program? If so, please contact Jen Bonnell ( or Joanna Desmond-Stein ( Also when purchasing books for gifts this holidays, consider buying an extra book for the birthday book program!

5th Grade Families - All 5th-grade families should have received information about submitting yearbook photos, please don't forget to send those to

Have a great weekend!

Patrick Krenn


Watchung Elementary School

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