Friday Newsletter: November 16, 2018

Thank you for another great week, and I hope everyone stayed safe during the year’s first snowstorm!

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  • Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Families – There is still time! If you would like to order a book for our upcoming author visit please have your order in THIS MONDAY, November 19th. Thank you! Order Form / Information Form
  • Monday, November 19: Grade 3 will be taking a walking field trip to Old Tappan Borough Hall.
  • Tuesday, November 20: Boxtops Collection
  • Wednesday, November 21: Grade 1 Thanksgiving Show
  • Wednesday, November 21: 12:30 pm dismissal (no lunch)
  • Thursday, November 22: Happy Thanksgiving!
  • For those who have children who are backdoor pickup, please refrain from allowing your children to play in the woods. We will also do our part in making sure this doesn’t happen.

#OldTappanProud

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Should you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 201-664-7176 or at cooperr@nvnet.org.

Ross Cooper
Elementary Principal
T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School
Old Tappan School District
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Currently Reading: Shifting the Monkey

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Friday Newsletter: November 9, 2018

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend!

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Our school store is back in business, just in time for the holidays! To order go to: tbdelementary.itemorder.com.

School Store - Social Media 2

  • Check out our special lunches! Thanks to the PTO for setting this up.

Special Lunches

  • This past Monday afternoon, our fourth graders turned our lunchroom into a hands-on arcade with their Cardboard Challenge creations! And, time was scheduled for other grade levels to experience the arcade! Thank you to Ms. Gambuti for working with our fourth graders on this. (Make sure to check out social media for photographs of the event.)
  • For those who have children who are backdoor pickup, please refrain from allowing your children to play in the woods. We will also do our part in making sure this doesn’t happen.


    #OldTappanProud

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    Should you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 201-664-7176 or at cooperr@nvnet.org.

    Ross Cooper
    Elementary Principal
    T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School
    Old Tappan School District
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    Currently Reading: How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking

Friday Newsletter: November 2, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Halloween parade, and to those who are taking the time to engage in parent/teacher conferences. These conversations are so valuable for our students!

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Our school store is back in business, just in time for the holidays! To order go to: tbdelementary.itemorder.com.

School Store - Social Media 2

Tuesday, November 6 is our Family Reading Night. See below for details.

Family Reading Night - 11-06-18

  • There is no school this upcoming Thursday and Friday.
  • Going forward, to the greatest extent possible, I’m going to try to have lunch with students in my office every Friday. (We started today.) I’m looking forward to this new tradition!

#OldTappanProud

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Should you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 201-664-7176 or at cooperr@nvnet.org.

Ross Cooper
Elementary Principal
T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School
Old Tappan School District
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Currently Reading: slide:ology

Friday Newsletter: October 26, 2018

Thank you to everyone for another amazing week! We look forward to Halloween on Wednesday. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is the flyer/permission slip.

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Our school store is back in business, just in time for the holidays! To order go to: tbdelementary.itemorder.com.

School Store - Social Media 2

  • On Tuesday, October 30 Ms. Franco’s class will be taking a trip to Stokes Farm in Old Tappan!
  • On Thursday, November 1 we’ll be having our Evacuation Drill at 1:00 pm.
  • On the evening of Thursday, November 1 we’ll be having parent/teacher conferences (for those who have signed up).

#OldTappanProud

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Should you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 201-664-7176 or at cooperr@nvnet.org.

Ross Cooper
Elementary Principal
T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School
Old Tappan School District
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Currently Reading: slide:ology

Friday Newsletter: October 19, 2018

Today’s Boostherton Fun Run was a complete blast. Thank you to everyone who helped out, and thank you to everyone who has supported the Boosterthon. So far we’ve raised over $21,000 for our library makeover, and donations are accepted throughout next week!

Also, to thank everyone for their contributions, Monday is Pajama Day for all students and staff!

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Boosterthon 

For parents, here are instructions for logging in and registering a student for pledging on funrun.com, if you haven’t done so already. (student code: 281882)

  1. Click “Register a Student.”
  2. Once your program kicks off, you can search T. Baldwin Demarest to find the school page.
  3. Add student’s first and last name, enter him/her into a class, allow family pledging, scroll through the terms and conditions, then click “I Agree.”
  4. You will then be able to View Participants Dashboard!

One School, One Book

We hope all of our TBD families enjoyed reading The Chocolate Touch as much as we did! Please take a moment to complete this survey to give us some feedback on the program. Happy Reading! – The One School, One Book Committee

#OldTappanProud

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Should you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 201-664-7176 or at cooperr@nvnet.org.

Ross Cooper
Elementary Principal
T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School
Old Tappan School District
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Currently Reading: slide:ology

Friday Newsletter: October 12, 2018

Thank you for another great week. We hope everyone is enjoying The Chocolate Touch! And, thank you for helping to get the Boosterthon off to a strong start!

Click here for the article from the Northern Valley Press, covering our schoolwide assembly on the International Day of Peace and the launch of this year’s Character Education program!

Click here for information about the local Halloween festival.

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Boosterthon 

The Boosterthon is one of our fundraisers to support next summer’s library makeover. The goal is $15,000. (If we reach this goal, Mr. Cooper will get slimed.) This video (2 m, 23 s) presents an overview of the Boosterthon.

For parents, here are instructions for logging in and registering a student for pledging on funrun.com, if you haven’t done so already. (student code: 281882)

  1. Click “Register a Student.”
  2. Once your program kicks off, you can search T. Baldwin Demarest to find the school page.
  3. Add student’s first and last name, enter him/her into a class, allow family pledging, scroll through the terms and conditions, then click “I Agree.”
  4. You will then be able to View Participants Dashboard!

Students should collect pledges October 11-19. Throughout the week of October 15, students can earn prizes based on pledge money. The Boosterthon Fun Run is Friday, October 19. Each homeroom is encouraged to have two parent volunteers present. Teachers will be in touch for volunteers.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

PLC Schedule 2
Above is our PLC schedule for the year (slightly revised from what was sent out last week). On these days, students will experience half-day Health & Wellness sessions while homeroom teachers take the time to collaborate and enrich themselves professionally for the benefit of our students!

#OldTappanProud

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Should you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 201-664-7176 or at cooperr@nvnet.org.

Ross Cooper
Elementary Principal
T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School
Old Tappan School District
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Currently Reading: Understanding by Design

Friday Newsletter: October 5, 2018

Thank you for another great week. We hope everyone is enjoying The Chocolate Touch!

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Old Tappan Fire Department

Boosterthon

The Boosterthon is one of our fundraisers to support next summer’s library makeover. The goal is $15,000. (If we reach this goal, Mr. Cooper will get slimed.) This video (2 m, 23 s) presents an overview of the Boosterthon.

For parents, here are instructions for logging in and registering a student for pledging on funrun.com. Parents should do this prior to October 11. (student code: 281882)

  1. Click “Register a Student.”
  2. Once your program kicks off, you can search T. Baldwin Demarest to find the school page.
  3. Add student’s first and last name, enter him/her into a class, allow family pledging, scroll through the terms and conditions, then click “I Agree.”
  4. You will then be able to View Participants Dashboard!

Students should collect pledges October 11-19. Throughout the week of October 15, students can earn prizes based on pledge money. The Boosterthon Fun Run is Friday, October 19. Each homeroom is encouraged to have two parent volunteers present. Teachers will be in touch for volunteers.

Conferences

Fall conferences are during the following weeks, and we will have evening conferences on November 1, 5-7 pm.

October 15: Grade 1
October 22: Grade 2
October 29: Kindergarten
November 5: Grade 3
November 12: Grade 4

Teachers will be in touch to schedule conferences.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

PLC Schedule
Above is our PLC schedule for the year. On these days, students will experience half-day Health & Wellness sessions while homeroom teachers take the time to collaborate and enrich themselves professionally for the benefit of our students!

#OldTappanProud

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Should you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 201-664-7176 or at cooperr@nvnet.org.

Ross Cooper
Elementary Principal
T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School
Old Tappan School District
Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Currently Reading: Understanding by Design