Important Dates To Remember - December 2016
DEC. 1 HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE
DEC. 2 PHOTO RE-TAKES
DEC.13 WINTER CONCERT @ 9:30 A.M. (GRADES 4-6)
DEC. 22 PREK/HOLIDAY SHOW @ 10:00 A.M.
HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG (PM)
DEC. 23 WINTER RECESS BEGINS
11:00 A.M. - EARLY DISMISSAL PRK ONLY
1:00 P.M. EARLY DISMISSAL
NO AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM
DEC.26 - DEC. 30 WINTER RECESS - SCHOOLS CLOSED
Photos RETAKES - FRIDAY!
On, LifeTouch Photos will be back at School 2 for picture retakes. For all students who were absent, not enrolled at the time, or who would like to have their picture retaken, please make note of this date. Picture retake order forms are located in the school office. Please make sure to bring these picture forms with you on the day of retakes. If you currently have a picture package that you are unsatisfied with, keep the class photo but return all the other photos on this date.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Cindy Gereb from the PTA @ 201-602-0408.
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November 26, 2016
The PTA is hosting the annual Holiday Boutique on 11/30 & 12/1. The in-school shopping experience is fun, safe, popular, convenient, and educational for children to shop for family and friends. Please send money with your children in an envelope and include your child's name, teacher and amount. (See flyer below)
Evening hours are available for family and friends on from .
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
School 2 PTA
On Tuesday, November 29th, we are happy to announce that will we have an author/illustrator visit, Susie Lee Jin for Grades K - 2.
Thank you to all of the families that purchased books in advance to get signed by the author!
Please click on the link to read the 16th issue of School 2 EAGLES NEWS for the month of October. [More Information]
November Parent Letter
November 21, 2016
It’s unbelievable to think that it is already November!! Our school year is in full swing. Teachers have been working diligently with your children to ensure their academic progress. The first marking period report cards will be available for viewing on Genesis tomorrow at 3:00 PM.
Please note some reminders that I would like to share with you with reference to recess time, lunch orders and students’ arrival times:
- Please be sure to send your child to school with a coat or warm jacket. Students go outside for recess every day as long as it is not raining/snowing and the temperature is above 36 degrees. Students that are not wearing a coat/jacket will not be permitted to go outside for recess unless a parent sends a note to the teacher stating they do not need to wear their coat.
- Now that the cold weather is upon us, please be aware that students should not arrive to school before 8:20 (unless they are in the breakfast club). It is cold outside and there is no supervision available.
- Please remind your children to check the Lost and Found for items. We presently have many coats, sweaters and lunch boxes that are unclaimed.
- During the lunch periods I have been noticing that not all children are “enjoying” their lunch. Sometimes they order an item and then realize that they do not like it. Many times we can offer an alternative, but it is not always possible due to the system of ordering. Let me offer some suggestions to ensure your children receive the necessary nutrition at lunch:
- Please review the school menu with your children. Post the menu on your refrigerator and each week on Sunday select the days your child will purchase a school lunch.
- Circle the lunch on the menu and each morning review what they have ordered. Make sure you also tell them whether it is a HOT or COLD lunch. For example, a child may forget if he or she orders a hot dog that it is considered a HOT lunch. If they order COLD lunch, they may end up with a salad, which they may not like and therefore may not eat.
- On Wednesdays we have PIZZA DAY. Students really enjoy the pizza. Please remind them that it is pizza day. If your child is a good eater, he or she may want to order 2 slices. This is fine, but they MUST order the 2 slices in the morning. They cannot order one slice and then at lunch decide they want 2 slices. The pizza is ordered according to the exact number of slices ordered. If they forget, they will NOT be able to get a slice and will have to eat an alternate selection.
We also need your help eliminating the tardiness of some of our children.
The preschool school day begins promptly at 8:00 AM. The students are involved in center activities during the first part of the morning and snack time. Please plan to arrive before 8:00am so your child can enter the classroom with his/her peers and begin the daily routine. When students are late they miss interacting with their peers and snack time. During both of these periods of time the children are learning from one another, having conversations, building friendships, and developing self help skills. They also have daily jobs during that time period which aide them in learning 1-1 correspondence and having a responsibility to the class. These are vital parts of preschool learning and we want your children to be a part of it all.
We also have several students in kindergarten through grade 6 that arrive late every day. Classes begin promptly at 8:50 AM. Children that consistently arrive late are missing the most important part of their lesson – the introduction, which explains the objective and purpose of the lesson. We all know traffic in Fort Lee is very challenging, but it is imperative to have your child arrive to school on time.
School 2 is becoming more involved in social media!! Our PTA has set up a Facebook page and now you can follow us on Twitter @School2Eagles. This will be a great way of reaching out to share events, activities and updates.
Please remember that this week we have an early dismissal on Wednesday. Students in Pre-K will be dismissed at 11:00 AM and ALL students in grades K through 6 will be dismissed at 1:00 PM. There will be NO Club Ed program.
Thank you very much for your cooperation. I look forward to continuing our collaboration to assure your child achieves success. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please accept my sincerest wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you have the opportunity to share special moments with family and friends.
Dear Fort Lee Parents and Guardians:
Please be aware that Club Ed Afterschool Program will not be in session on
Program will resume on .
Club Ed Staff
Come Celebrate with Your Community
The Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center
Hot Chocolate & Refreshments
Special Holiday Music by our DJ and Many More Surprises
Please bring a toy to donate to the Fort Lee PBA Toy Drive. **New Toys and Unwrapped**
Dear School Two Families,
Our 3rd Annual Turkey Trot was a big success! Students in grades Pre-K~6th grade walked a total of 25 laps outside the school! In exchange for our efforts, we are asking for turkey donations for families in need of Thanksgiving dinner. Just a reminder that frozen turkeys should be dropped off on Friday, November 18th by 9:30 AM. Also, we will host a canned goods collection this week (Monday 11/14-Friday 11/18). Please send in non-perishable Thanksgiving themed items that we can donate along with the turkeys. Thank you for all your support!! Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.
Dear School Two Families,
Just a reminder that we will be hosting School 2's 3rd Annual Turkey Trot this Monday, November 7th. The students will walk laps outside and in exchange for their efforts we are asking for turkey donations. The turkeys will be donated to local Bergen County families in need of Thanksgiving dinner. This event is always a big success and truly teaches the children the importance of giving back to our local community.
Please send your child to school in sneakers for the event. The PTA will be hosting a snack sale during the trot. Snacks and juice will be sold for $1 each. All of the proceeds will benefit Briana Lopez, a Fort Lee student who recently battled Leukemia.
If you are donating a turkey, please remember they must be frozen and should be dropped off onby .
Thank you for all your support!
Important Dates to Remember - November 2016
NOV. 3. PARENT LITERACY NIGHT
NOV. 6 DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
NOV. 7 TURKEY TROT (STUDENTS ONLY) RAINDATE 11/9
NOV. 8 ELECTION DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED
NOV. 9 CHARACTER ASSEMBLY 9:30 - 10 AM (4-6) & 1:30 PM (K-3)
NOV. 10-11 TEACHERS' CONVENTION - SCHOOLS CLOSED
NOV. 11 VETERAN'S DAY
NOV. 15 PTA MEETING
NOV. 17-19 FLHS FALL PLAY (12 ANGRY MEN)
NOV. 22 REPORT CARDS
NOV. 23 1:00 PM EARLY DISMISSAL - NO AFTERSCHOOL CLUB ED
NOV. 24-25 THANKSGIVING RECESS - DISTRICT CLOSED
NOV. 29 AUTHOR VISIT - GRADES K-2
NOV. 30 PTA HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE
October 28, 2016
Our Halloween parade will take place (weather permitting) October 31st at 1:45 PM. Students should come to school wearing their costumes. Please make sure your child is able to use the bathroom without assistance, and that the costume is comfortable to have on all day. They are not permitted to have weapons of any kind; masks should not be worn (only during the parade).
You are welcome to come and watch the parade. The police department has graciously agreed to close Jones Road (from under the overpass to Church Street) from 1:30 to 2:30 for our parade. To allow the best visibility for parents and family members, please do not park along Jones Road. Parents will congregate in the street; students will walk along the sidewalk on both sides of Jones Road and circulate 2 or 3 times; depending on the schedule. Students will then re-enter the building for dismissal. At that time, please meet your child at his/her daily dismissal area.
The weather forecast seems very positive at this time. However, if it should rain, the parade will be in the gym; I will send more information on the time you would be able to come to see your child.
Thank you for your continued cooperation. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please click on the link to read the 15th issue of School 2 EAGLES NEWS for the month of September. [More Information]
Jump Rope for Heart is week of 10/17 in PE class. Please remember to check your email and sign up to give a donation and collect your prizes .
OCT. 3-4 ROSH HASHANAH - SCHOOL CLOSED
OCT. 3-7 WEEK OF RESPECT
OCT. 6 FIRE PHIL ASSEMBLY
OCT. 10 COLUMBUS DAY- SCHOOL CLOSED
OCT. 11 1ST GRADE CLASS TRIP - 9:00 AM
OCT. 12 YOM KIPPUR - SCHOOL CLOSED
OCT. 14 SADD ELECTIONS 9:30 AM ASSEMBLY
PRE-K CLASS TRIP - 9:00 AM
OCT. 17-21 SCHOOL VIOLENCE AWARENESS WEEK
OCT. 18 K-6 ASSEMBLY - 1:15 PM
OCT. 20 PTA MEETING - 7:00 PM
OCT. 31 HALLOWEEN PARADE PM
Dear School 2 Parents,
As you may know, October is our Month of Respect at School 2. There are many fun and educational activities that we have coming up to help teach our children about bullying and how to be an Upstander, not a bystander. Below is a list of some of the activities that your child can participate in:
Respect Week- October 3rd to 7th
Wednesday 10/5- Wear Sunglasses to show you’re “too cool” for bullying.
Thursday 10/6- Be a Rockstar for kindness. Dress like your favorite rockstar.
Friday 10/7- Team up against bullying. Wear your School 2 shirt (or even your field day shirt from
last year.) You may also wear our School 2 colors- yellow and black.
Peace Week- October 17th to 21st
Monday 10/17- Wear Peace accessories or clothing.
Tuesday 10/18- Wear Tie Dye.
Wednesday 10/19- Create a Recipe for Peace.
Friday 10/21- Keep the Peace. Wear your School 2 spirit wear
Red Ribbon Week- October 24th to 28th
Monday 10/24- I “mustache” you not to do drugs. Students will be given wristbands and mustaches to
wear in school.
Tuesday 10/25- “Being Drug-free will never go out of style” - Dress in your favorite decade.
Wednesday 10/26- “Your choices are the key to your dreams”- Pajama Day
Thursday 1027- “Vote for my future to be drug free” – Wear Red, White, and Blue.
Friday 10/28- “I’m crazy about being drug-free” – Wear a crazy hair-do or hat to school.
*Also, to show school spirit, please have your child wear their School 2 shirt or School 2 colors, yellow and black, every Friday in October.
School 2 Guidance Counselor
Please see attached documents for information on our Jump Rope for Heart activities:
Ms. Denise Beffre
Please click on the following link to read information about the necessary updates families will need to know before school begins. [More Information]
Please click on the link to read information about the Little Free Library at School Two. [More Information]
Last Day Of School - Happy Summer!
June 27, 2016
Happy June! Can it possibly be the end of the school year already??
It has been a wonderful year and I am sure the children are looking forward to their summer vacations.
I have some final bits of information to share with you:
- Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the last day of school. There will be an early dismissal for all children (1:00 PM, or 11:00 AM for the pre-school).
- Through the generosity of the National Honor Society at Fort Lee High School we have installed a “Free Library” in the front of the school. It looks like a bird house and has a picture of an eagle. Information is listed on our website, and the idea is to provide reading material for children of all ages. Please “leave a book” to “take a book” and share your favorite stories with our School 2 Community.
- Please be sure to have your children participate in the Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Fort Lee Public Library. Reading will open the doors of imagination to your children and will ensure they achieve more success in school and in life.
- Students’ report cards will be available on line tomorrow, Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Please be sure to log on to the Genesis portal for your child’s final report card.
- Letters will be mailed in late summer with your child’s assignment for the 2016-2017. Many changes take place over the summer months and to ensure proper placement, assignments will be made in August.
- All supplies lists will also be posted on our School 2 website. This will allow you plenty of time to prepare for September.
It has been a pleasure to work with you this year and to watch your children grow and succeed. I hope you and your families have a wonderful summer and can take advantage of the time and weather to have some true quality time together.
School re-opens Tuesday, September 6th.
Summer Reading Pamphlet
Attached you will find a copy of the three different pamphlets. They are broken down by the following grade levels: Kindergarten to Grade 2 , Grades 3 to 5 and Grades 6 to 8. I hope that you enjoy reading new books over the summer. Have a fun and safe summer!
Kindergarten - Grade 2
Grades 3 - 5
Grades 6 - 8 REVISED
JUNE 1 OTTO VISIT K-2 GRADE CLASSES @1:30 P.M.
JUNE 3 6TH GRADE DANCE @7-9:30 P.M./RECREATION CENTER
JUNE 6 BAND ORCHESTRA & RECORDER CLUB @ 9:30 A.M.
JUNE 7 ALL CITY BAND PERFORMANCE/HS @ 7 P.M.
ELECTIONS - PRIMARY
JUNE 10 KINDERGARTEN MOVING UP CEREMONY @ 10 A.M.
1:30 P.M. KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION
JUNE 13 3RD GRADE RECORDER CONCERT @ 9:30 A.M.
1:30 P.M. BAND RECRUITING FOR 3RD GRADE
JUNE 14 6TH GRADE SPIRIT CRUISE TRIP
JUNE 15 SELECT CHORUS TO HS @ 9:30 A.M.
JUNE 17 4TH GRADE TRIP
PRK MOVING UP CEREMONY @ 10 A.M.
JUNE 19 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
JUNE 22 PRK FIELD DAY
JUNE 24 6TH GRADE AWARDS BREAKFAST @ 9:15 A.M.
JUNE 27 6TH GRADE MOVING UP CEREMONY @ 10 A.M.
EARLY DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS
JUNE 28 EARLY DISMISSAL/LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS
Please click on the link to read the 14th issue of School 2 EAGLES NEWS for the month of April. [More Information]
Attached you will find information about our Spring Show/Concert set in the 50's Rock and Roll period. Please read about costumes and contact me if you can help out with instruments.
Concert 2016-costume and instrument help letter (1).docx
Thank you and keep "Rockin'",
Mrs. B. Delaney
MAY 2-3 PARCC ASSESSMENTS
MAY 4-13 PARCC MAKEUPS
MAY 4 MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU
(WEAR STAR WARS ITEM)
MAY 6 PTA - TEACHER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
MAY 8 MOTHER'S DAY
MAY 9 AWARDS ASSEMBLY @ 1:30 PM
MAY 12 PRK/ASD CLASS TRIP @ 8:40 AM
MAY 15 YANKEE GAME DAY @ 1:05 PM
MAY 17 G & T TRIP - 6TH GRADE
2ND GRADE CLASS TRIP @ 9:00 PM
HARLEM WIZARDS PLAY TEACHERS @ HS - 7 PM
MAY 18 FINAL SPELLING BEE @ HS - 6 PM
MAY 19 FIELD TRIP RAIN DATE
G & T TRIP - 5TH GRADE
MAY 20 FIELD DAY
PRK CLASS TRIP @ 10:00 AM
MAY 23 SUPER HERO DAY
(WEAR YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO SHIRT/HAT)
MAY 24 4/5/6 GRADES OLDIES SHOW
MAY 25 NJASK SCIENCE 4TH GRADE
MAY 26 1ST GRADE SHOWCASE @ 10:00 AM
KINDERGARTEN CLASS TRIP @ 9:15 AM
MAY 27-31 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EXTENDED
The report cards for marking period 3 are available online on Genesis.
April 20, 2016
Today, our Grade 3 and Grade 4 students were unable to access the PARCC assessments due to issues with the Pearson Access Next (PAN) system. As a result, the testing window has been changed. PARCC testing for Grade 3 and 4 Math will be resumed, and continue through . As a result, Grade 5 and 6 PARCC testing dates will be adjusted and will begin on .
Peter Shulman, Deputy Commissioner of Education, has informed us that many schools throughout New Jersey are experiencing problems and that Pearson is working to address this issue. They intend to have the system in optimum state prior to testing beginningmorning.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The PTA has reserved 100 tickets for School 2 to go on a field trip on to see the New York Yankees play baseball against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York for . If you and your family is interested in attending the game, complete the ATTACHED order form and send in to school with your child by . There is also the option to take the bus to the game. There are only 100 tickets and are available to the first 100 School 2 families. Deadline is !!
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Please click on the link to read the 13th issue of School 2 EAGLE NEWS for the month of March. [More Information]
APR. 1 AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
APR. 4-8 SPRING RECESS - SCHOOL CLOSED
APR. 13-21 PARCC TESTING GRADES 3rd & 4th
APR. 14 LITERACY NIGHT/GRADES 1st & 2nd
APR. 20 END OF 3rd MARKING PERIOD
APR. 21 PARCC ASSEMBLY GRADES 5th & 6th
APR. 21-23 FLHS SPRING MUSICAL
"A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM"
APR. 22 PASSOVER BEGINS
PRK TRIP 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
BLUE POWER PUZZLE EVENT @ 4 PM
APR. 28 REPORT CARDS
Dear Parents or Guardians,
Due to PARCC testing our schedule for PACE classes has been revised.
Please read below for changes in your child’s schedule:
Grades 3 and 4
- No PACE classes
- Classes resume
- PACE classes END
Grades 5 and 6
- No PACE classes
- Classes resume
- PACE classes end
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
As you know, the students of Fort Lee School District will be participating in the PARCC assessments during the months of April and May. Each grade level is scheduled for about 7 consecutive (school) days of testing. The 3rdand 4th grades will be testing Wednesday, April 13th to Thursday, April 22nd. The 5th and 6th grade students will be testing April 22nd to Monday, May 2nd.
The teachers and students at School 2 have been working diligently all year to gain knowledge of the common core standards in order to be ready. They have also been practicing their typing skills and sample PARCC questions in order to be properly prepared with the technology skills required.
In order to help your child be ready for the testing schedule please note the following suggestions/procedures:
- Please be sure your child has sufficient rest each night before the test. Children should have a t least 8 – 10 hours of sleep.
- Children should have some type of nourishment in the morning. Please do not “over feed” your child. He/she should have what is usually the practice for breakfast. We have children from many different cultures and “breakfast” can mean quite a range/amount of foods.
- It is imperative that children be present and ON TIME each day. If a child comes to school late, after testing has begun, he/she WILL NOT be permitted to take ANY PART of the test administered that day. The student will have to take the assessments on the make-up day. This is not ideal, as some children do not perform as well when not testing with their classmates in their usual environment.
- Backpacks and cell phones should remain at home during the stated grade level testing days. Any cell phones brought to school will be collected and kept in the office for the duration of the test.
- Part of the assessment may include a video. It is strongly recommended that students bring in their own headphones in order to feel more comfortable while listening. They should be sent in a zip-lock bag and will be kept in school for the duration of the test. If your child does not have headphones, they will be provided.
Please keep in mind that the most effective way you can help your children is to remain calm and reassure them that they will do well if they listen, follow directions, and stay focused.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Please read the important message below form the Fort Lee Police department.
The Borough of Fort Lee has contracted Reggio Construction to conduct sidewalk repair and roadwork on the entire length of John Street. Reggio Construction began the work on Thursday, March 24th. They will first start by replacing the sidewalks that need repair. Once completed with all the sidewalks, they will mill and pave the roadway. Reggio Construction are attempting to complete all this work by Friday, April 8th.
While completing this roadwork, Reggio Construction will make all efforts to keep John Street north bound open to traffic. However, there will be times were it will not be safe for motorists and the workers which will cause the Fort Lee Police Department to close the street for thru traffic. If you utilize John Street to get to School #2, please allow yourselves some extra time in the morning and afternoon.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.
Lieutenant Ricky Mirkovic #249
Traffic Bureau Supervisor
Dear Parents and Staff,
Please see the attached letter from Ms. Rodriguez.
To celebrate Earth Day, the environmental club will be collecting items to make projects with students.
Thank you for your support.
Please click on the link to read information about upcoming 6th Grade Assessment, which will take place on March 28, 2016 for English Language Arts and March 31, 2016 for Mathematics. [More Information].
Dear Parents and Guardians,
On , the PTA and BOE will have a joint meeting at the Fort Lee High School. The PTA will first meet at and then at the BOE will have a budget presentation in the high school auditorium.
Please join us for a very informative evening about our schools and children.
I hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy the unexpected Spring weather we have had! The children have really taken advantage of their recess time!!
To celebrate Spring and bring some fresh enthusiasm to our school the next few months we will have some additional School 2 Eagles Spirit Days; the first of which is this Monday, March 14th (please see the attached flyer).School 2 EAGLES Spirit- Pajama Day.docx
We are celebrating Daylight Saving Time so we will wear our pajamas to school!! Please make sure your children wear appropriate pajamas. They should bring their sneakers if they have gym.
Thank you and enjoy the weekend.
The PTA will be sponsoring snack sales every Friday after school, at the front entrance of School 2 until the end of the year (weather permitting). This is a fundraiser to support the activities of our six grade graduating class. Snacks and juice can be purchased for $1 per item.
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Thank you for your continued support.
Please click on the link to read the 12th issue of School 2 EAGLES NEWS for the month of February. [More Information]
Please click on the link to view information about our next literacy program entitled, YOGO Ace Your PARCC Show. [More Information]
Second grade students at School 2 turned back the clock and represented their favorite president of the United States. The students utilized computers and internet-based research skills to locate facts and write a biography of their assigned president. Students dressed up and presented their biographies to their parents and guardians on February 12th, 2016. Parents and guardians loved going back in time and meeting the presidents!
The fourth grade students completed a month long research project on a famous African American who made a lasting impact on society. They researched specific information in nonfiction text and wrote a research report detailing the person’s life, accomplishments, and impact the person had on society. They also completed a creative project showcasing the relevance of the individual and his or her accomplishments. Students presented their completed research report and projects at our parent showcase in February.
The students in Mrs. Marquart’s 5th and 6th grade class love learning about Science. This marking period, they are exploring weather and climate all around the world. Their first investigation included manipulating air using syringes. Students attached flexible tubes to the end of the syringes to demonstrate how air can still flow through small spaces. They then crimped the ends of the tubes to cut off the flow of air and also attached the syringes to each other to show how air takes up space. Each group wrote down their observations and shared them with the rest of the class. The students truly look forward to performing these experiments and investigations.
The fifth and sixth graders, along with their parents, came to Reading Under the Stars with Ms. DiBartolo and Mrs. Rice on the evening of February 25th in their PJ's. The families learned how to use sticky notes code their reading and write down their observations as well as questions. Starbucks (on Lemoine Ave in Fort Lee) donated delicious treats and hot cocoa for all of the guests to enjoy. The families had a fun and engaging evening, and also learned new strategies that they can use at home when their children are reading.
Congratulations to the Teachers of the Year!
I received a B.A. in Communication Disorders from Penn State University and an M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State University. I also hold my Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and certification in New Jersey as Speech-Language Specialist. I began my career as a Speech-Language Pathologist working at Saint Barnabas Outpatient Center in Livingston, New Jersey and providing New Jersey Early Intervention services. I have been working for the Fort Lee School District since 2006 and have worked with preschool through high school students during that time. At present, I work primarily with students with Autism throughout the district. Communication, both non-verbal and verbal, is vital for an individual to engage in successful social interactions and to participate in academic activities in the classroom. I strive to help each child learn components of grammar, vocabulary, articulation and pragmatics in order to improve communication skills. I believe in providing a challenging yet nurturing environment, as well as collaborating with colleagues and families to facilitate learning. Thank you for the honor of Educational Services Provider of the year at School 2.
Hello, my name is Margaret Sussi. I am a preschool special education teacher here at School # 2. I started teaching in 2009 and was the first preschool teacher in the district of Fort Lee. I have been in the district for seven years. For most of my students I am their first school experience. It can be a very scary and uncertain time for both child and parent. I know that it is my job to make sure that both of them feel comfortable and safe within the school environment. My teaching philosophy has always been keep an open communication between myself and my students’ parents, collaborate with my fellow teachers, create as many hands-on activities as I can, the messier the better, set high expectations that can be achieved through small and large group instruction, and create a structured environment where students feel safe and comfortable to work, play and gain the necessary foundational skills they will need for kindergarten.
Please click on the link to view School Two's Addition Project. [More Information].
PARCC Administration Elementary School Dates for 2015-2016
Wednesday, April 13: ELA Unit 1 - Grades 3 &4
Thursday, April 14: ELA Unit 2 - Grades 3 & 4
Friday, April 15: ELA Unit 3- Grades 3 & 4
Monday, April 18: Math Unit 1 - Grades 3 & 4
Tuesday, April 19: Math Unit 2 - Grades 3 & 4
Wednesday, April 20: Math Unit 3 - Grades 3 & 4
Thursday, April 21: Math Unit 4 - Grades 3 & 4
Friday, April 22: ELA Unit 1- Grades 5 & 6
Monday, April 25: ELA Unit 2 - Grades 5 & 6
Tuesday, April 26: ELA Unit 3 - Grades 5 & 6
Wednesday, April 27: Math Unit 1 - Grades 5 & 6
Thursday, April 28: Math Unit 2 - Grades 5 & 6
Friday, April 29: Math Unit 3 - Grades 5 & 6
Monday, May 2: Math Unit 4 - Grade 5
*All Elementary Make - Up Dates May 3 - May 13
Please click on the link to read information about School Two's Literacy Nights for the months of February, March and April. [More Information].
Dear Parents and Guardians,
, , there will be a PTA meeting at in the media center on the second floor. We hope you can join us for a special presentation of the expansion of School 2 by the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Kenneth Rota.
This is a reminder that yearbook orders at the price of $25 are due .. The price will go up to $30 after .
There are a few spots left if you'd like to write any messages to be printed in the yearbook at $3 each.
Please put all orders and cash or checks made payable to School 2 PTA in an envelope marked "yearbook order" and give it to your child.
Do not pass up this opportunity to order a yearbook for your child. They will cherish it for years to come!!
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hausman at email@example.com
PTA Yearbook Committee
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 17th is an early dismissal day for Professional Development. Classes K-6 will be dismissed at 1 PM and the pre-K will be dismissed at 11. There will be Club Ed after school.
Tomorrow, the PTA will also be sponsoring the last bagel sale of the year. $2 for a bagel, plain, with cream cheese, or butter and $1 for juice. Please send money with your children if they would like to purchase a bagel and/or juice.
Thank you and enjoy the rest of your day!
Mrs. Marianela Martin
During the month of October we celebrated our theme of Respect at School 2. We began the month with Respect Week. Students signed our School 2 Anti-bully Pledge, promising to be an UPSTANDER, not a bystander when it comes to bullying. We had a variety of fun, but educational activities throughout the week. For instance, we dressed alike for “Twin Day” to show we’re buddies, not bullies. We practiced being an Upstander and “being someone else’s hero”, by wearing our favorite superhero shirt, and we “took a walk in someone else’s shoes” by wearing two different shoes to school to learn about empathy. Many classes also participated in our “Decorating the Door” contest. This was an ongoing project throughout the month in which classes decorated their classroom doors with creative, anti-bullying messages and pictures, competing to win a 1st or 2nd place prize.
For Peace Week we all wore our favorite tie dyed shirts and peace accessories, and listened to a great band called “Squeaky Clean,” who taught us how to respect each other’s differences. What’s more, our Peer Mediators learned how to help their classmates resolve conflicts in a more peaceful manner.
During Red Ribbon Week, our SADD members decorated the school with posters containing anti-drug messages, students covered themselves in red clothing in honor of red ribbon week, and students and teachers eagerly participated in Crazy Hair Day, to show that “We’re crazy about being drug free”. In conjunction with all of these fun activities, we learned how to resolve conflicts with KELSO, and we read and discussed stories such as, “Just Kidding” by Trudy Ludwig, “The Juice Box Bully” by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy, and “Frenemy Jane, The Sometimes Friend” by Stephanie Sorkin.
Finally, we concluded our October celebration with our Character Awards Assembly, in which one student was selected from each class as being the most respectful student for the month of October.
Ms. Aimee DeSheplo
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Elizabeth Janson’s 3rd and 4th grade class at School 2 in Fort Lee, New Jersey spent time this November reading, writing and talking about Veteran’s Day. Students read nonfiction text to learn the history of Veteran’s Day. They read a Reader’s Theater script, taking turns reading various parts in a play about different ways to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Finally, students wrote a persuasive paragraph about why it is important to celebrate Veteran’s Day. This writing piece began with a position statement and included at least 4 supporting reasons to back up their position. Students then create a patriotic Agamograph (a kinetic piece of art named after the Israeli artist, Yaacov Agam) by coloring and carefully folding a picture that shows the American flag, when viewed from one angle, and saluting soldiers, when viewed from another angle. The students enjoyed (and practiced literacy skills for) this patriotic holiday.
In Music, they studied the works and lives of Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms, and Peter Tchaikovsky. While listening to examples of their music, the students came to appreciate the different styles that each composer brought to that era. In Social Studies, they learned how the Industrial Revolution provided a vehicle for the composers to make their orchestras fuller and richer. In Language Arts, they touched upon the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens, which helped them appreciate the social climate of the times. In their Visual Arts classes, they observed and studied works from the Era of Romanticism and Impressionism.
As a culmination of this project, the children played a game to review the broad scope of information that they had learned while studying for their final quiz.
Second graders at Fort Lee School #2 are studying communities in Social Studies. They took this opportunity to research the past and present of their own community Fort Lee. Did you know Fort Lee was the first town to film, even before Hollywood!
On September 17, 2015, the first grade classes from School No. 2 took a trip to the Fort Lee Public Library. Miss Ellen gave the students a tour of the library and they learned how to select books in the children’s section by author and genre. Miss Sarah read stories to the children and entertained them with George, her pig. The students also viewed Scholastic videos of some popular picture books in the library’s theater. All the first graders now have their very own library card. They look forward to returning to the Fort Lee Public Library to borrow books as they continue to develop their love of reading.
The month of November was when we celebrated Native American Heritage. Our fifth grade students learned about the history of the Trail of Tears in Social Studies. We discussed the hardship the natives faced along the way. As a part of the unit, they also studied and reflected as a group on the Trail of Tearspainting illustrated by Robert Lindneaux. They wrote a diary entry after reflecting on the illustration from the perspective of a Cherokee tribe member. Our students learned that the Cherokees were forced to leave their homeland to make a harsh journey to their final destination in Oklahoma. The students did a great job at composing a creative journal entry about their harsh journey.
On December 11th, 2015 the first grade classes of School No. 2 hosted the Future Teachers of America Club from Fort Lee High School. The “Future Teachers” shared stories and conducted winter-themed activities. The first grade students were engaged during the lessons which utilized the high school students’ Chromebooks. The older students circulated and assisted the first graders as they completed their projects. It was a memorable experience for the young students of School No. 2.
Students in Ms. Baiardi's class learned how to compose a letter. They practiced writing to authors of the books they read. They also write letters to their parents every letting them know what they learned in school. To further their skills and to make it more fun for them, they wrote a letter to their favorite Disney characters. They mailed them to Disney World in Florida. They just received their letters back! They are all very excited and loved sharing their letters with their classmates.
On Monday, December 14, the Bilingual and ESL students at Fort Lee School #2 had the opportunity to sample various breads and desserts from around the world at their “International Breads and Desserts Table”. This cultural activity began with Mrs. Han, Mrs. Sgro, and Mrs. Yada reading the short story “Tony’s Bread” by Tomie De Paola. Students listened to the folktale of how the Italian “panettone” came to be. After listening to the story, students decided which breads and desserts they wanted to taste. All the items were brought in by the students and represented their countries of origin. The School #2 ESL and Bilingual students learned about customs, holiday traditions, and food from around the world while interacting with their classmates. A yummy time was had by all!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Today, , & are early dismissal days for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Classes K-6 will be dismissed at and the pre-K will be dismissed at . There will be Club Ed after school.
The PTA will be sponsoring a bagel sale , , $2 for a bagel, plain, with cream cheese, or butter and $1 for juice. Please send money with your children if they would like to purchase a bagel and/or juice.
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Mrs. Marianela Martin
Third Graders at Elementary School Number Two in Fort Lee Sponsor a Teddy Bear Raffle to Raise Money for the Saint Jude’s Children’s Fund
“There is no better gift than the gift of knowing that you helped someone else.” This is the message that the third grade teachers at Elementary School Number Two in Fort Lee tried to impress upon their students. In the month of December, the third graders at School Number Two sponsored a Build-a- Bear Raffle to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Fund. This fundraiser was titled: Win a Bear and Show that You Care.
Teddy Bears are widely acknowledged as a symbol of comfort for children. In fact, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting (Sandy Hook, Connecticut December 13th, 2012), people from all around the world sent teddy bears to the students of Sandy Hook Elementary. This inspired the third grade teachers of School Two to purchase four Build-a-Bears to use in their raffle. The students named the bears Charity, Generosity, Compassion and Joy. They picked these names because they felt that they spoke to their cause. To promote the fundraiser, the third graders visited each classroom with the teddy bears. They also went on the morning announcements each day to encourage other students in their school to give a donation. For every five dollars donated, the students at School Two could have their name entered in the final drawing to win one of the four signature teddy bears.
In the weeks leading up to the drawing, the third grade explored what it meant to demonstrate the trait of generosity. They wrote fiction stories with morals that centered around each teddy bear. They also wrote essays that described how they could “give back” in the upcoming year. To conclude this unit of study, the students wrote letters and cards to the children of Saint Jude. It was inspiring to see how enthusiastic the children were about their cause.
On December 23rd, The Principal of School Number Two, Mrs. Marianela Martin, picked the four winners of these special “care bears’. Exactly $865 was raised to donate to Saint Jude’s Children’s Fund. The School Two community’s overwhelming support helped to ensure that this fundraising project was a success. The third graders at School 2 left for Holiday break with an invaluable gift, the gift of knowing that they are capable of making a difference.
The 4th Grade is learning to write poetry by using descriptive words to create mental images in a reader’s mind. Students learned about rhyming patterns and to consider their audience when writing. Students are also learning about writing with a purpose. They were able to write their poems by utilizing the writing process of writing, revising, and editing. They completed the writing process by typing their poems on Chromebooks, publishing them, and sharing them with the class.
The PTA and Sixth Grade Committee is once again sponsoring the annual Valentine's chocolate heart and roses lollipop sale. The perfect gift for just $2 for family, friends, teachers, and other loved ones.
Please complete the attached form and submit your orders by this Friday, January 29th.
Thank you for supporting the Class of 2016!
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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER - FEBRUARY 2016
FEB. 2-4 EARLY DISMISSAL
FEB. 4 PUENTE DISTRICT MEETING
LFC MIDDLE SCHOOL 6:45 PM
FEB. 10 4TH GRADE SHOWCASE
FEB. 11 CHARACTER AWARD/HONOR ROLL ASSEMBLY
FEB. 12 2ND GRADE SHOWCASE
FEB. 14 HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
FEB. 15-16 PRESIDENT'S DAY/WINTER RECESS
FEB. 17 EARLY DISMISSAL (STUDENTS)
1/2 DAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
FEB. 19 PRE-K FIELD TRIP
FLHS FUTURE TEACHERS VISIT
FEB. 22 4TH GRADE FIELD TRIP
FEB. 23 PTA MEETING 7:00 PM (MR. ROTA, GUEST)
All Aboard the Polar Express
JAN. 4 SCHOOL OPEN - FULL DAY SESSION
JAN. 11 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. - SCHOOL CLOSED
JAN. 22 5th GRADE SHOWCASE
JAN. 27-29 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
JAN. 28 3rd GRADE SHOWCASE
JAN. 29 THOMAS PINE ASSEMBLY
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 23rd is an early dismissal; 1:00 PM for grades K to 6, pre-school is dismissed at 11:00 AM.
Please note: there will be NO CLUB Ed.
I wish you and your families Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! School reopens January 4th.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
If you are still shopping for holiday gifts, please remember to use the attached 15% off coupon at Modells until December 25th. In return, Modells will donate 5% back to the PTA for our children at School No. 2.
Thank you for all your support!!!
We wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
School No. 2 PTA
Aimee DeSheplo, Guidance Counselor
2047 Jones Road
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024