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Important Dates To Remember - May 2015

MAY 1 - 15                  EOY PARCC ASSESSMENTS

MAY 3                         METS GAME DAY

MAY 3 - 9                    TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

MAY 10                       MOTHER'S DAY

MAY 13                       KINDERGARTEN SAFETY PRESENTATION PM

MAY 25                       MEMORIAL DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED

MAY 27                       NJASK SCIENCE 4th GRADE

MAY 29                       CIRCLE OF THE ARTS @ FLHS 
                                   FIELD DAY/SPIRIT DAY


 
Club Ed Afterschool Program

Please click on the link to read information about Club Ed Afterschool Program. [More information]
PARCC End Of Year Assessment 2015 Dates
Grade 3 Monday - Wednesday April 27 - April 29
Grade 4 Thursday - Friday, Monday April 30 -May 1, May 4
Grade 5 Tuesday - Thursday May 5 - May 7
Grade 6 Friday, Monday - Wednesday May 8, May 11 - May 13
D.A.R.E. Cheerleading Competition

For the third year in a row the D.A.R.E cheerleaders have won first place at the cheerleading competition! They worked so hard to perfect their routines and cheers and really showed great school spirit as they cheered on School #2. We look forward to another victory next year. Our school would like to give special thanks to the coaches Kristine Rodriguez and Lauren Dimick for an excellent job!
School 2 EAGLES - March 2015
Please click on the link to read the 7th issue of School 2 EAGLES for the month of March. [More information]
Important Dates to Remember - April 2015











APR. 2                         KINDERGARTEN SHOWCASE
                                    AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

APR. 3                         GOOD FRIDAY

APR. 4                         PASSOVER BEGINS

APR. 5                         EASTER SUNDAY

APR. 6-7                      SPRING RECESS - SCHOOLS CLOSED

APR. 15-17                   IN-VIEW TESTING - GRADE 2

APR. 20-22                   KINDERGARTEN SCREENING

APR. 22                        EARTH DAY

APR. 23                        SPRING PICTURE DAY

APR. 27 - MAY 13          PARCC TESTING - EOY

                              
Home & School Connection - February 2015
Please click on the link to read the February edition of Home & School Connection. [More information].
School 2 EAGLES - February 2015
Please click on the link to read the 6th issue of School 2 EAGLES for the month of February. [More information]
Standardized Testing Schedule 2015
 
Grade 2 CTB IN VIEW April 15 - April 17
Grades 3 - 6 PARCC EOY Assessment April 27 - May 22*
*Grades specific dates TBA
Important Dates To Remember - March 2015



MAR.  2      RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER (CHIPOTLE)

MAR. 2-5     PARCC TESTING - GRADE 3

MAR. 6-11    PARCC TESTING - GRADE 4

MAR. 8        DAYLIGHT SAVINGS - SET CLOCK AHEAD

MAR. 10      PTA MEETING @ 7 P.M.

MAR. 12-17  PARCC TESTING - GRADE 5

MAR. 17       ST. PATRICK'S DAY

MAR. 18-23   PARCC TESTING - GRADE 6

MAR. 25        DARE GAMES @ HS - 7:45 P.M.

MAR. 27        DARE GAMES 2 HS - 7:45 P.M.
2015 PARCC Test Dates PBA
Grade 3 March 2-5 Monday-Thursday
Grade 4 March 6-11 Friday-Wednesday
Grade 5 March 12-17 Thursday-Tuesday
Grade 6 March 18-23 Wednesday-Monday
Make-Ups (Grades 3-6) March 24-27 Tuesday-Friday
School 2 EAGLES - January 2015
Please click on the link to read the 5th issue of School 2 EAGLES for the month of January. [More information]
Important Dates To Remember - February 2015



FEB. 2          PTA FUNDRAISER RESTAURANT

FEB. 10        PTA MEETING 7PM

FEB. 11        FACULTY MEETING

FEB. 14        VALENTINE'S DAY

FEB. 16        PRESIDENT'S DAY
                    SCHOOL CLOSED   

FEB. 17-18    WINTER RECESS - SCHOOL CLOSED
                     PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS (TEACHERS)

FEB. 20         2ND GRADE SHOWCASE 1:30PM

FEB. 27         READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY
                     SPIRIT DAY               
PTA Book Fair
The PTA Book Fair and Family Night is scheduled for Thursday, January 29, 2015. The book fair will be open until the morning of Monday, February 2, 2015. Please preview our book titles at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/fortleeelemsch2.

 
Rachel Cola - Teacher of the Year

Rachel Cola is a Certified School Psychologist.  She received her BA in Psychology from Boston University and her MA in School Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Ms. Cola has been practicing within school systems for the past ten years and has experience working with students in the elementary, middle and high school levels.   Ms. Cola has been a member of School 2’s community since she officially joined Fort Lee’s Special Services Department in 2006.   Ms. Cola is dedicated and committed to her position as a school psychologist.  She believes each child is unique and has the capacity to learn when given the right guidance and support.  As a school psychologist, Miss Cola monitors the academic, social, emotional, and behavior needs of students.   She works closely with the school principal, teachers, parents, and staff to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses in order to promote their educational performance including emotional balance and well-being.   On her free time, Ms. Cola enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, exercising, cooking, sightseeing, going to museums, and experiencing/learning new things.
 
Monique Kim - Teacher of the Year

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Rutgers University and received a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.   In addition to my Highly Qualified Teacher status in language arts and in math, I also obtained a NJ Supervisor Certification.  I began my teaching career ten years ago as a sixth grade teacher in Fort Lee School Two.   I have also taught fourth grade, and currently I am a third grade teacher.  
 
I believe that all children can learn.  I also believe that my job as an educator is to facilitate student learning by maximizing the strengths and supporting the needs of the learners.  I strive to provide for my students learning experiences that promote in them a deeper understanding of the content, of who they are, and of the world. I foster a learning community in which students are encouraged to think, to collaborate, and to be engaged in their learning process.  Furthermore, I try to nurture in my students their love of learning.  Students learn best when they are motivated and when the content is engaging.  I incorporate in my classroom innovative pedagogy, technology, and methods in order to make learning interesting and to ensure the success of my students.   Through ongoing professional learning, I continue to reflect on my teaching practices, for I believe that that a teacher who is a learner will motivate her students to share the same teachable heart and to become lifelong learners.
 
 
School 2 EAGLES - December 2014
Please click on the link to read the fourth issue of School 2 EAGLES for the month of December. [More information]
Gift Drive - December 2014


 












Karli Jewett and Genevieve Stelter Co-Chaired the Gift Drive for the Center of Hope and Safety Organization this December.  All faculty and student body members were asked to participate in the gift drive for a shelter that houses women and their children  that are victims of domestic violence.  School #2 successfully brought in bags and bags of new and unwrapped toys ranging from dolls, to board games and supplied winter gear as well, hats, gloves, mittens, etc.

 
Thank you to all staff and students who participated in this gift drive.  We are sure that the children and women who received our gifts were truly blessed and happy to receive them! 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts that you warmed other hearts at this special time of the year!

 


 
Important Dates To Remember - January 2015


JAN. 05           SCHOOL RE-OPENS

JAN. 13           PTA MEETING/PARCC PRESENTATION

JAN. 16           ASSEMBLY 9:30 AM

JAN. 19           MARTIN LUTHER KING'S DAY
                       SCHOOLS CLOSED

JAN. 28-30       SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

JAN. 30           SPIRIT DAY
Home & School Connection - January 2015

Please click on the link to read the January edition of Home & School Connection. [More information]
PARCC Update
 
                                                                                                                December 10th, 2014
 
Dear Parent/Guardian:
 
In the spring of 2015, the New Jersey Department of Education will begin to administer the PARCC assessment to students in grades three through eleven.  The PARCC assessment is an electronic assessment designed to measure student proficiency in Language Arts and Mathematics, as defined by the Common Core Standards.  This two-part computer assessment will replace the NJASK Mathematics and the NJASK Language Arts in grades three through eight. It will also replace the HPSA Mathematics and HSPA Language Arts in grade eleven.  The NJASK Science in grades four and eight, as well as the NJ Biology Competency test at the high school level, will continue throughout the 2014-2015 school year. 
 
The first part of the computer based assessment, the Performance Based portion, will be administered to Fort Lee students between March 2nd & March 27th.  The second part of the assessment, the End of Year portion, will be administered between April 27th & May 22nd for students in grade three through eight, and between April 20th & May 15th for students in grade nine through eleven.  In both the Performance Based and End of Year PARCC assessment, the Language Arts section consists of three assessments, and the Mathematics portion consists of two assessments.  Specific dates and times for each grade level within these date ranges will be provided once each school finalizes their schedule.  Our Administrative Team will also be hosting PARCC Parent Nights in the end of January.  Please check our website for updated information.
 
To learn more about the PARCC Assessment please visit:
 
http://www.parcconline.org/for-parents (PARCC information for parents)
http://www.parcconline.org (Sign up for online newsletter)
http://practice.parcc.testnav.com (Practice tests)
http://www.corestandards.org/ (Common Core Standards website)
 


 
                                                                                    Sincerely,        
                                                                                    Lauren Carrubba
                                                                                   Director of School Counseling Services

 
Home & School Connection - December 2014
Please click on the link to read the December edition of Home & School Connection. [More information]
December 2014 Reminders


Important Dates To Remember

DEC. 5                PHOTO RE-TAKES

DEC. 9                PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - 1:00 PM DISMISSAL

DEC. 10-12          HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

DEC. 15               HOLIDAY CONCERT @ 9:30 AM GRADES K-2

DEC. 17               4TH GRADE WORKSHOP

DEC. 18               HOLIDAY CONCERT @ 9:30 AM GRADES 3-6

DEC. 19               SPIRIT DAY

DEC. 23               WINTER RECESS 1:00 PM DISMISSAL
                             NO AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM     

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
SCHOOLS REOPEN ON JANUARY 5TH
School 2 EAGLES - November 2014

Please click on the link to read the 3rd issue of School 2 EAGLES for the month of November.
[More information] 
Home & School Connection - November 2014



Since children are not able to participate in outside activities as frequent due to the cold temperatures, there are helpful tips and activities to do with your family indoors listed in the November edition of Home & School Connection[More information]
Turkey Trot 2014

Students at School Two participated in our second annual "Turkey Trot" event this November. We walked laps around the school by grade level. We set a goal to walk 24 laps in total and donate one turkey per each lap walked. We ended up beating our trotting goal by walking 27 laps in total and we donated 24 turkeys to families in need! We also collected over 400 cans of food to go along with the turkeys for a complete Thanksgiving meal. We teamed up with the Bergen County Center for Food Action, who will be distributing the turkeys and canned goods to local Bergen County families without Thanksgiving dinner. Our students learned the importance of giving back, especially during the holiday season. Way to go, School Two! We would like to give special thanks to Ms. Goldstein for hosting this event!
November 2014 Reminders

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER


NOV. 2                DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

NOV. 4                ELECTION DAY

NOV. 6-7             TEACHER'S CONVENTION - SCHOOLS CLOSED

NOV. 9                FIELD OF HEROES CERMONY (FLHS)

NOV. 10              VETERAN'S DAY CEREMONY

NOV. 11              VETERAN'S DAY
                              PTA MEETING
                              HARLEM WIZARDS ASSEMBLY@ 1:30 P.M.

NOV. 13               G & T TRIP

NOV. 17               HARLEM WIZARDS GAME - FLHS

NOV. 17-21          AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK

NOV. 19                END OF 1ST MARKING PERIOD

NOV. 20-22           FLHS FALL PLAY

NOV. 21                SPIRIT DAY

NOV. 25                REPORT CARD DISTRIBUTION

NOV. 26                1:00 P.M. DISMISSAL

NOV. 27-28           THANKSGIVING RECESS - DISTRICT CLOSED

 

School 2 EAGLES - October

Please click on the link to read our second edition of School 2 EAGLES newsletter for October.
[More information]
School 2 EAGLES - September

School #2 is proud to present the first edition of School 2 EAGLES newsletter! [More information]
Important Dates To Remember - October 2014









 
  • Oct. 1                          Early Dismissal Day 1:00 PM
                                               BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT @ 7:00 PM
  • Oct. 3                          Yom Kippur – Early Dismissal
  • Oct. 6                          PTA Class Parent Orientation
  • Oct. 6-10                     Week of Respect
  • Oct. 7                          Firefighter Phil Visit
  • Oct. 13                        Columbus Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Oct. 14                        PTA Meeting @ 7:00 PM
  • Oct. 17                        Fall Photos
                                               3rd Grade Trip
  • Oct. 20-24                   School Violence Awareness Week
  • Oct. 21                        Early Dismissal Day 1:00 PM
                                               Professional Development
  • Oct. 23                        Spirit Day
  • Oct. 24                        PTA Halloween Dance
                                              (K -3) 5:00 pm – 6:30 PM    
                                              (4 –6) 7:00 pm – 8:30 PM
  • Oct. 31                        Halloween Parade @ 2:15 PM in field
Denise Beffre - P.E.

 My name is Denise Beffre and I have been a part of the Fort Lee School  system for 12   years teaching dance and Physical Education at the high  school. [More information]

Clara Min - 1M

It is great excitement and my pleasure to introduce myself as the new First Grade Teacher of Fort Lee School #2. [More information]

 

Sally Macaluso - PSD

My name is Sally Macaluso. I'm thrilled to introduce myself as a new Special Education Preschool Teacher at Fort Lee Early Childhood Center at School #2. [More information]

 

Deanna Capiello - 5/6M

My name is Deanna Cappiello-Marquart. Although I am new to the School 2 family, I have been employed by Fort Lee for the last 2 years. [More information]
 

Danielle Christal - 5C

I am pleased to be joining the staff at School 2 as a Fifth Grade Teacher. [More information]

School #2 Traffic Flow

Dear Parent/Guardian:
As the new 2014-2015 school year approaches, we would like to remind Parents /Guardians that safety is the Fort Lee Police Departments top priority. [Click here for the traffic flow report]


Return to School Letter
August 2014
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to a successful, fun-filled school year.  Classes will soon be starting and I know this school year will be an enjoyable one in which your child will be challenged to learn and study.  The teachers and staff members at School 2 are caring, hard-working professionals dedicated to making your child’s experience fulfilling and rewarding.
 
We are excited to welcome new staff this year: Ms. Clara Min in first grade (replacing Ms. Margolies), Ms. Danielle Christal in 5th grade (replacing Mr. Cuozzo), Ms. Deanna Capiello-Marquart for the 5th/6th grade class (replacing Ms. Currie) and Ms. Denise Beffre (replacing Ms. Gratacos) for Physical Education.
 
The information provided below is intended to help you as you prepare to return after our summer break:
  1. School will begin on Monday, September 8, 2014
  2. This will be a regular school day. The school day hours are from 8:40 am to 3:00 pm. Students should arrive at 8:30am each day to organize for homeroom before the start of the school day.
  3. All students in kindergarten through grade 6 should be dropped off in the front of the building (No earlier than 8:20). Students should line up in the designated area while waiting for the front doors to open. Once the doors are open, they should go directly to the gym, unescorted.
  4. Breakfast and school lunch will be able available starting on the first day of school.  The Pomptonian, our new food service provider, will have the menu posted on the district website.  The students will receive a hard copy on the first day of school.
  5. Our Extended School Day program (Club Ed) will begin on Monday, September 8th. This program offers educational and recreational opportunities between 3:00pm and 6:00pm for children of working parents who are in need of after school care. Applications are available online and at our main office. Children can begin the program when the form is submitted.
 
This summer, the Fort Lee School District installed a new, more efficient phone system.  Teachers will have phones in their classrooms which will be a tremendous asset for reaching out to parents and of course, will be an excellent safety measure as well. Please note, that although you may leave a message for a teacher, he/she will not be able to check messages until the END of the day.  If you need to notify the teacher of changes in your child’s dismissal plans or any other type of emergency please be sure to call the MAIN OFFICE and speak with our secretary. 
 
In June, the Fort Lee Board of Education approved the installation of modular units to meet the growing needs of our Pre-School population.  These units will house the pre-school, occupational and physical therapy instructional areas and Child Study Team members.  The installation has progressed very nicely and is on schedule.  The Board of Education has also approved the following improvements once installation is complete:
  • An 8 foot fence around the perimeter of the property for students’ safety
  • Walkways for safe access
  • Newly installed sod and landscaping to enhance the appearance of the surrounding area
  • Brand new playground equipment that will comply with new safety codes
  • Brand new macadam surrounding the area
  • Additional parking spaces for staff members
  • Additional secure access to the playground area
 
Most of the renovations listed will be completed the last week of August with peripherals, such as the landscaping and playground equipment, completed within the first 2 weeks of school and the end of September.
 
Also, please be sure to log on to our district website to receive all the necessary forms that must be completed for your child.  These include, but are not limited to:
  • The dismissal form (which will notify us if your child is a walker, will be picked up, or is bussed)
  • The computer use permission form
  • A copy of our Code of Conduct
  • Other important notifications

Please complete the forms and sign where designated and have your child bring them into his/her teacher on the first day of school.
 
Finally, included in this mailing is a letter which will explain the traffic procedures for arrival and dismissal at School 2.  Much discussion has taken place in conjunction with the Fort Lee Police Department to provide the best system possible for a safe, effective drop off and pick up for all students. 
 
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  I look forward to our continued collaboration.  Please note, our Back to School Night is Wednesday, October 1st.  I strongly advise you to attend this most important event in order to meet your child’s teacher and learn how, working together, we will be able to provide the best academic and nurturing environment for your children.
 
Sincerely,
 
Marianela Martin
Principal
 
Important Dates To Remember











JUNE 2              
INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT @ 9:30 A.M. Parents

JUNE 3              PRIMARY ELECTIONS

JUNE 4              ALL CITY BAND PERFORMANCE @ FLHS 7:00 P.M.

JUNE 6              KINDERGARTEN PERFORMANCE @ 10:00 A.M.
                         KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION @ 1:45 P.M.
                         6th GRADE DANCE – REC. CENTER @ 7:00 P.M.

JUNE 9              5th & 6th GRADE SELECT CHORUS TO HS

JUNE 10            MUSIC PRESENTATION FOR 3rd - 5th
                         G&T 5th GRADE PRESENTATION FLHS @ 6:45 P.M.

JUNE 11            3rd GRADE RECORDER CONCERT@ 9:30 A.M. Parents

JUNE 13            6th GRADE TRIP

JUNE 15            FATHER’S DAY

JUNE 17            FINAL SEL ASSEMBLY @ 10:15 A.M.
                        3rd GRADE TRIP

JUNE 19            EARLY DISMISSAL – 1:00 P.M.
                         6th GRADE AWARDS BREAKFAST

JUNE 20            EARLY DISMISSAL – 1:00 PM
                         LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS
                         6th GRADE MOVING UP CEREMONY @ 10:30 A.M.


HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

(SCHOOL RE-OPENS 9/8/2014)

Spelling Bee




Congratulations to the district winners and finalists!  
The Spelling Bee took place at the Fort Lee High School on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

District Winners
Daniel Lim  - 1st Place
Musa Shams - 3rd Place

Finalists
Brian Lee
Christian Chang
Aya Karim
Elijah Kingston
Justin Arias
Minnie Park
Lauren Oh
Jana Alharbi
School Anti-Bullying Specialist Information
School Anti-Bullying Specialists
Aimee DeSheplo, Guidance Counselor
2047 Jones Road
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
201-585-4630;2503
adesheplo@flboe.com
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