Friday Newsletter: June 7, 2019

Today we had Field Day and it was an absolute blast! Thank you to Ms. Janowski, Mr. Kuizema, the PTO, our parent volunteers, and everyone else who made the day possible!

EVENTS

  • Monday, June 10: Last Pizza Lunch. In other words, there will be no Pizza Lunch on Monday, June 17. #pizzachat
  • Wednesday, June 12 – Thursday, June 13: Second grade’s Magic School Bus activities
  • Thursday, June 13, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Grade 4 Picnic
  • Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm: Grade 4 Band Concert
  • Thursday, June 20: 12:30 pm dismissal
  • Friday, June 21: Grade 4 Crossing Over and Clap-Out
  • Friday, June 21: Report cards available
  • Friday, June 21: 12:30 pm dismissal, last day for students

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • See here to access the 2019-2020 supply lists.
  • For the upcoming Crossing Over ceremony, we are not setting a limit on how many family members can attend. However, if possible, you are encouraged to not bring along younger children if they could cause disruptions. Younger siblings from TBD (who are attending) will be called down to the big gym prior to the start of the ceremony.

#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: Mindsets & Moves

Friday Newsletter: May 31, 2019

I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start. Today we had Kindergarten Roundup, and it was wonderful to see all of the smiling, new faces at TBD! Thank you to everyone who attended, and thank you to everyone who helped to make the event possible. First impressions are so important and we always want to make sure our new students (and parents) are welcomed with open arms!

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EVENTS

  • Monday, June 3: CDW student government visits TBD to speak with our fourth graders about their transition to CDW
  • Tuesday, June 4: Special Lunches: Children’s Day
  • Tuesday, June 4: Family Reading Night: Read a Family Favorite! See here for details.
  • Wednesday, June 5: Kindergarten Field Trip
  • Friday, June 7: Field Day! See here for information.
  • Friday, June 7, 10:00 am: Our fourth graders tour CDW

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Staffing changes for next year: Ms. Ottomanelli will be moving from fourth grade to second grade. Ms. Henry will be moving from kindergarten to full-time Spanish. (We will continue to keep an eye on our kindergarten numbers, in case a fourth kindergarten teacher is needed.)
  • The TBD School Store is now open for business (again)! Items ordered by June 7 will be delivered by June 17.

#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: Wondrous Words

Friday Newsletter: May 24, 2019

I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start. Wednesday was a blast! Thank you to everyone who came out to the Spring Book Fair, and thank you to everyone who made the event possible. Also, a huge round of applause to our third and fourth grade students for Wednesday night’s concert performance. And, of course, thanks to Mr. Natoli for all of his hard work.

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EVENTS

  • Tuesday, May 28: Grade 4 field trip to Tenafly Nature Center
  • Wednesday, May 29: Grade 1 field trip to Newark Museum
  • Thursday, May 30: Art Appreciation Program. Each class participates for 30 minutes. A docent will come in and present an artwork to the class. They will discuss what is depicted, what colors, and what formal qualities the artwork may have. The students act as the artwork detectives to decipher the meaning of the artwork and be able to understand and appreciate the artwork by asking questions. The docent will also give a brief Art History bio about the artist and possibly about the time era that the work was created. The main goal of this program is to get students involved in viewing art and critically thinking about it.
  • Friday, May 31: Kindergarten Roundup. 12:15 dismissal for current kindergarten students. 
  • Friday, June 7: Field Day! See here for information.

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The TBD School Store is now open for business (again)! Items ordered by June 7 will be delivered by June 17.

#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: Wondrous Words

Friday Newsletter: May 17, 2019

I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start. Thank you to those who came out to Thursday night’s Adventure Venture! I was blown away by the entire event, and it was easy to see how much time, energy, and love was put into the work by our students and also Ms. Gambuti. The Art Show was also equally amazing, and we think separating these two events (1) gives student work more time/space to shine, and (2) serves as an excuse to have yet another “family night” at TBD…Finally, this week’s Kindergarten Screening was a blast. It was fun to see to see all of the new, smiling faces at TBD!

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EVENTS

  • Monday, May 20: Old Tappan Volunteer EMS Visit. Twenty minutes with each classroom to present their equipment and to review summer safety.
  • Tuesday, May 21, 1:30 pm: Grade 4 5K Fun Run
  • Wednesday, May 22: Spring Book Fair. During the school day, students will be able to visit the book fair to complete their wish lists. After school, our goal is to have the book fair open until 6:30 pm for purchases to take place.
  • Wednesday, May 22, 7 pm: Spring Concert
  • Friday, May 31: Kindergarten Roundup. 12:15 dismissal for current kindergarten students. 
  • Friday, June 7: Field Day! See here for information.

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The TBD School Store is now open for business (again)! Items ordered by June 7 will be delivered by June 17.

#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: Wondrous Words

Friday Newsletter: May 10, 2019

I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start. A special shoutout to all of our students from grades 3-4 for persevering and working hard during this week’s state testing. And, another shoutout to our parents who supported these students along the way!

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EVENTS

  • Tuesday, May 14 – Thursday, May 16: Kindergarten Screening (for next year’s kindergarten students)
  • Wednesday, May 15: Grade 4 “Field Trip” @ TBD, Journeys into American Indian Territory
  • Thursday, May 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm: Adventure Venture
  • Monday, May 20: Old Tappan Volunteer EMS Visit. Twenty minutes with each classroom to present their equipment and to review summer safety.
  • Tuesday, May 21, 1:30 pm: Grade 4 5K Fun Run
  • Wednesday, May 22: Spring Book Fair. During the school day, students will be able to visit the book fair to complete their wish lists. After school, our goal is to have the book fair open until 6:30 pm for purchases to take place.
  • Wednesday, May 22, 7 pm: Spring Concert
  • Friday, May 31: Kindergarten Roundup. 12:15 dismissal for current kindergarten students.

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The TBD School Store is now open for business (again)! Items ordered by June 7 will be delivered by June 17.

#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: Wondrous Words

Friday Newsletter: May 3, 2019

It was great seeing everyone at the Art Show! Once again, Ms. Clark and the PTO worked so hard to reimagine the event from the ground up, and for the first time it stood alone as its own event. Based on feedback, we think it was a smashing success! And, of course, thank you to our inspiring students for creating such amazing artwork!

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EVENTS

  • Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10: Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10: NJSLA Testing, grades 3-4
  • Tuesday, May 7: Special Lunch – Cinco de Mayo (Choices)
  • Tuesday, May 7: Family Reading Night! See here for details!
    Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-7:30 pm: Family Reading Night at the Old Tappan Library
  • Thursday, May 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm: Adventure Venture
  • Wednesday, May 22: Spring Book Fair. During the school day, students will be able to visit the book fair to complete their wish lists. After school, our goal is to have the book fair open until 6:30 pm for purchases to take place.
  • Wednesday, May 22, 7 pm: Spring Concert

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The Bookworms at TBD are running a book drive. Please consider making a donation. See the flyer for all the details!

#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: Fair Isn’t Always Equal

Friday Newsletter: April 26, 2019

I hope everyone is enjoying the week, and hopefully this rain will go away. Last night I was able to catch Avengers: Endgame, which I can recommend (although I didn’t love it as much as some of the reviews out there).

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Art Show on Tuesday night. Ms. Clark and the PTO have been working hard to reimagine this event from the ground up, and we know everyone is going to love it!

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EVENTS

  • Monday, April 29: Dorney Poetry Festival, submissions due
  • Tuesday, April 30: Art Show! Join us for an evening of the Arts! Enjoy your children’s art on display, music, refreshments, and art themed activities for the family from 5-7 pm on April 30. Children’s art will go on sale starting at 3:00 pm and remain on display until 7 pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
  • Thursday, May 2: Night Conferences
  • Friday, May 3: Grade 2 Field Trip to the Meadowlands Environment Center
  • Thursday, May 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm: Adventure Venture

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The Bookworms at TBD are running a book drive. Please consider making a donation. See the flyer for all the details!

#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: Fair Isn’t Always Equal

Friday Newsletter: April 19, 2019

I hope everyone continues to enjoy the time off! I’m excited to see our students’ smiling faces on Monday morning, and I look forward to everything we have planned as we head into the final stretch of the school year.

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EVENTS

  • Tuesday, April 23: Bus Evacuation Drill. Each homeroom will spend 15 minutes practicing bus evacuation in the event of an emergency.
  • Wednesday, April 24: Boxtops Collection
  • Thursday, April 25: Poem in Your Pocket Day
  • Friday, April 26: Arbor Day Assemblies
  • Tuesday, April 30: Art Show! Join us for an evening of the Arts! Enjoy your children’s art on display, music, refreshments, and art themed activities for the family from 5-7 pm on April 30. Children’s art will go on sale starting at 3:00 pm and remain on display until 7 pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

POINTS OF INTEREST

#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: Fair Isn’t Always Equal

Friday Newsletter: April 5, 2019

Today was had our International Day of Dance! Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make it happen, and thank you to everyone who came out to TBD to experience the event! International Dance truly is a unique tradition in which we take so much pride.

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EVENTS

  • Monday, April 8: Art Appreciation Program. Each class participates for 30 minutes (and the second session is May 30). A docent will come in and present an artwork to the class. They will discuss what is depicted, what colors, and what formal qualities the artwork may have. The students act as the artwork detectives to decipher the meaning of the artwork and be able to understand and appreciate the artwork by asking questions. The docent will also give a brief Art History bio about the artist and possibly about the time era that the work was created. The main goal of this program is to get students involved in viewing art and critically thinking about it.
  • Thursday, April 11: Special Lunch – Pizza Bagels (Butterworths). For those who order, please remember to cancel your regularly scheduled Thursday order with your vendor.
  • Friday, April 12: Katey Howes author visit, grades 3-4. Ms. Howes will be joining us to share her book, do an activity with the students, and hand out the signed copies of her book that were ordered. Thank you!

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Third and fourth grade parents! Please click here for our official letter/information regarding this year’s state testing, New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA).
  • In our cafeteria, along with plastic forks and spoons, we now have chopsticks for student use!
  • Click here for information about our Summer Enrichment Program, and click here for information about those who will be facilitating the program.
  • Here is information regarding the NVCC Speaker Series. All Northern Valley parents are welcome to attend any or all of the free sessions.

#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: Making Thinking Visible

Friday Newsletter: March 29, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed the week. Make sure to ask our students about this week’s workshops/assemblies with the Liberty Science Center (if you haven’t already). And, you can check out our Instagram and Facebook for photographs. Also, once again, if you know anyone who would like a tour of the school, please encourage them to reach out to us. We love promoting the great things going on at TBD!

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EVENTS

  • Sunday, March 31: This is the last day for our United Through Reading program. Add your daily reading minutes and compute your total number of minutes read!
  • Monday, April 1: This is the day to hand in your reading tracker/sponsor sheet and any donations you collected in your Read To Make a Difference envelope. Wear TBD spirit wear or school colors (green & white) to show your pride in all the reading you’ve accomplished!
  • Tuesday, April 2: Family Reading Night!
  • Art Show: 2019 TBD ART Show! Join us for an evening of the Arts! Enjoy your children’s art on display, music, refreshments, and art themed activities for the family from 5-7 pm on April 30. Children’s art will go on sale starting at 3:00 pm and remain on display until 7 pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • In our cafeteria, along with plastic forks and spoons, we now have chopsticks for student use!
  • Click here for information about our Summer Enrichment Program, and click here for information about those who will be facilitating the program.
  • Here is information regarding the NVCC Speaker Series. All Northern Valley parents are welcome to attend any or all of the free sessions. Please note, the final Dr. Peter Walsh seminar has been changed from April 1 to March 25.

#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: Creating Cultures of Thinking