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Suburbanite Article - October 2015 - Guidance Office

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
School Counselor
School 2

School 2 EAGLES NEWS - January 2016

Please click on the link to read the 11th issue of School 2 EAGLES NEWS for the month of January. [More Information].
Guest Literacy Speaker - Cindy Terebush

Please join us to learn how to help your child at home with the reading process in Grades 3-6. [More Information].
Suburbanite Article - December 2015 - 3/4

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.
Suburbanite Article - November 2015 - Music
The students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades at Fort Lee’s School #2 on Jones Road have been busy completing an interdisciplinary project on the Romantic Era in Music (1830-1900).  Their Music teacher, Mrs. Delaney, collaborated with their Social Studies, Language Arts and Visual Art teachers so that the children had an integration of experiences from that time period.
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.
Suburbanite Article - October 2015 - Grade 2

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!

Suburbanite Article - September 2015 - Grade 1

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. 
Suburbanite Article - November 2015 - Grade 5

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.
Suburbanite Article - December 2015 - Grade 1

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. 
Suburbanite Article - December 2015 - 1/2B

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 Thursday 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.
Suburbanite Article - December 2015 - ESL/KBL

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!
Early Dismissal & Bagel Sale

February 2, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, Wednesday, & Thursday are early dismissal days for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Classes K-6 will be dismissed at 1 PM and the pre-K will be dismissed at 11:00.  There will be Club Ed after school.

The PTA will be sponsoring a bagel sale tomorrowWednesday, $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

Suburbanite Article - December 2015 - Grade 3

Third Graders at Elementary School Number Two in Fort Lee Sponsor a Teddy Bear Raffle to Raise Money for the Saint Judes Childrens 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. 
Suburbanite Article - December 2015 - Grade 4

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. 
PTA Valentine's Chocolate Hearts and Roses
January 28, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

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!

PTA flyer - Valentines2016



                       PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

                      LFC MIDDLE SCHOOL 6:45 PM

FEB. 10           4TH GRADE SHOWCASE


FEB. 12           2ND GRADE SHOWCASE


                        SCHOOLS CLOSED

                       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)
Suburbanite Article - December 2015 - Kindergarten


All Aboard the Polar Express
Kindergarten students had a blast celebrating before the winter break with a Polar Express Day!  We wore our pajamas to school and hopped on the train to the North Pole! We loved watching the movie with our friends. We even drank hot chocolate with marshmallows!

School 2 EAGLES - December 2015
Please click on the link to read the 10th issue of School 2 EAGLES for the month of December. [More Information]. 
Important Dates to Remember - January 2016
JAN. 1              HAPPY NEW YEAR!



JAN. 22             5th GRADE SHOWCASE


JAN. 28             3rd GRADE SHOWCASE


Wednesday, 12/23 Early dismissal and pizza day

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.  

The PTA will be hosting pizza to grades K-6 at 11:30.

I wish you and your families Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! School reopens January 4th.

Best regards,
Marianela Martin


Modells and PTA

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


With great gratitude

Dear Parents, Teachers, and Staff,

On Behalf of the Ortiz Family, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have contributed out of the goodness of their hearts to the support the Ortiz family in their time of greatest need.  The outpouring of affection and expression of kindness reaffirms our faith in human spirit.

Our blessings to you and your families during this holiday season!

Marianela Martin
Recess and arrival times reminder

December 1, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It’s unbelievable to think that it is already December!! Our school year is in full swing.  Teachers have been working diligently with your children and we are already into our second marking period. As such, I have some reminders that I would like to share with you with reference to recess time 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 they have a note from a parent stating they do not need to wear their coat.  

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 aides 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 grades 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.

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.


Marianela Martin


Wednesday- PTA snack sale after school

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The PTA will be hosting a snack sale Wednesday, November 25th at 1:00 PM after the early dismissal at the front entrance of the school.  All snacks and drinks will be $1.

Please remember that all students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM for the Thanksgiving holiday.  There will be NO Club Ed.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!

Thank you for supporting the PTA!

Best regards,

Marianela Martin


Photo retakes- December 4th

Dear Parents and Guardians:
On Friday, December 4th, LifeTouch Photographers 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, you may do so on this date only. Picture retake order forms are located in the school office.  Remind your child to bring order form home to be completed by you and then submitted on the day of retakes.
If you already purchased your child’s photo package and you are returning the original package for retakes, please keep the class photo. Please return unwanted photos by Friday December 4th.
 If you have any questions, please feel free to call Cindy Gereb at  201-602-0408.
School 2 PTA
High School Production - Almost, Maine

Great Parents and Guardians,

Please support Fort Lee High School's production of Almost Maine playing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the 19th 20th, and 21st at the Fort Lee High School auditorium. Half of the proceeds of Opening Night, Thursday, the 19th will be donated to the Ortiz family of School No. 2.

Please support our production and the Ortiz family during this difficult time.

Please see attached flyer.

Almost Maine Flier (1).pdf

American Education Days

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Traditionally we have celebrated American Education Days during the third week of November.

As always, the safety and security of our students and staff remains our number one priority.

In light of the current international tragedy, the administration has decided school visits for American Education Days will be postponed to a later date.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in maintaining these precautions in consideration of our students and school community.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Marianela Martin


Ortiz Family Fundraiser

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please see the attached sheet for information on the Ortiz Family Fundraiser.  It will take place next Saturday, November 14th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Fort Lee Recreation Center.

Ortiz Family Flyer 3 (1).jpg 

Thank you for all your support.


Marianela Marin


Turkey Trot Reminder

October 30, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Our Turkey Trot will take place on Monday, November 2nd.

During the walk, we will also have a snack sale to support the Ortiz family.

Please see attached flyer for details.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Marianela Martin


PS. Please also remember all schools will be closed on Tuesday, November 3rd for Election Day and on Thursday and Friday, November 5th and 6th for the NJEA Teachers' Convention.

Thank you

Turkey Trot Snack Sale Flyer Final Version.docx

Halloween Activities & Parade

October 29, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As Halloween approaches, please remember to review safety rules with your children.  They should never go out alone, they should not go “Trick or Treating” without an adult, and they should NEVER eat any of their treats without your approval.  

Our Halloween parade will take place (weather permitting) tomorrow, October 30st at 2:15 PM (It will start at 2:00 PM for the pre-school and kindergarten).   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 should not wear any “props”. If your child needs to, he/she may change into the costume at lunchtime, but please be aware he/she must be able to do this by him/herself. 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; please report directly to the playground area at 2:00 PM.  Students will walk around the black top about 2 or 3 times and then re-enter the building for dismissal. At that time, please meet your child at his/her daily dismissal area.

If, for any reason, you prefer that your child NOT participate in the Halloween parade and/or classroom activities, you have the option to pick up your child before lunch (at 11:30).  Please be sure to send a note to your child’s teacher to notify him/her if your child will leave early. When you come in to pick up your child, please report to the main office to sign your child out and we will have him/her meet you in the main lobby.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Marianela Martin


Turkey Trot 2015
Dear Parents,

It's almost that time again! We will be hosting our 3rd Annual Turkey Trot on Monday, November 2nd. This event is always a blast and we hope to make this year even better! The students will walk laps around the school and in exchange for their efforts, we are asking for turkey donations to feed families in need of Thanksgiving dinner. Please read the attached letter to find out more information. If you are able to donate, please print out the donation form and send it to school with your child to be placed in Mrs. Milgram's mailbox. Your support is really appreciated! We would LOVE to set a new record this year!
October 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Attached is our monthly reminders sheet which contains information on our activities for this month.

Please review it carefully as it includes information about days off, school pictures, and other important activities.

October 2015

Walk to School Day - Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Dear Parents/Guardians:
In this email you will find our flyer for the Walk to School Day event, and contest attachments. 
Kindergarten and First Grade students can color the Walk to School coloring page and return it to school on Wednesday October 7, 2015 to be entered to win a prize. 
Second through Fourth Grade students can complete the Walk to School Word Scramble and return it to school on Wednesday October 7 ,2015 to be entered to win a prize. 
Fifth and Sixth Grade students can complete the Walk to School Crossword Puzzle and return it to school on Wednesday October 7, 2015to be entered to win a prize. 
Students can make posters and signs to carry while they walk to school on Wednesday October 7 ,2015 to promote healthier habits and saving our environment! 
If you have any questions about this event please email me. 
Let's show a great deal of appreciation for our planet! 
School 2 EAGLES - May 2015
Please click on the link to read the 9th issue of School 2 EAGLES for the month of May. [More information]

Important Dates To Remember - June 2015


                            SPELLING BEE @ HS 9:30 AM
                            3RD GRADE SHOWCASE @ 1:40 PM 
                            ELECTION DAY 6 AM - 9 PM


JUNE 5                FIELD DAY RAIN DATE




JUNE 12              KINDERGARTEN SHOW @ 9:30 AM
                           ORIENTATION KINDERGARTEN @ 2 PM
                           TURTLE BACK ZOO TRIP ASD CLASSES @ 9:15 AM
                           6TH GRADE TRIP/SPIRIT CRUISE @ 10 AM

JUNE 15              TALENT SHOW @ 1:30 PM


JUNE 19              PRE-K MOVING UP CEREMONY @ 10 AM

JUNE 21              FATHER'S DAY


JUNE 25              CLAP OUT

                            6TH GRADE MOVING UP CEREMONY @ 9:30 AM
Home & School Connection

Please click on the links to read the March, April and May editions of Home & School Connection. 

March 2015 
April 2015
May 2015
School 2 EAGLES - April 2015
Please click on the link to read the 8th issue of School 2 EAGLES for the month of April. [More information]


MAY 1 - 15              EOY PARCC ASSESSMENTS

MAY 3                     METS GAME DAY


MAY 10                    MOTHER'S DAY


MAY 25                     MEMORIAL DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED

MAY 27                     NJ ASK SCIENCE - 4TH GRADE

MAY 29                     CIRCLE OF THE ARTS @FLHS
                                 FIELD DAY/SPIRIT DAY
Club Ed Afterschool Program

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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. 10      PTA MEETING @ 7 P.M.




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

MAR. 27        DARE GAMES 2 HS - 7:45 P.M.
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