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    During the month of October, there are many activities programmed across all schools that support the Week of Respect, School Violence Awareness Week and Red Ribbon Week.  Check it out!

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  • Week 6

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 10/11/2018

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    Students have been busy participating in the Week of Respect activities that Mrs. Imbimbo coordinated for our school.  Thank you to all of the families who sent in shoe donations for our shoe drive.  We look forward to a great month of furthering our kindness initiative through a variety of activities. 

     

    Within the Genesis Parent Portal there is an updated medical form for you to fill out.  Please visit the “Forms” section on the portal and complete the medical form for Mrs. Cullen’s records (Over the Counter Medication Permission Form).  Thank you.

     

    As a reminder, Broadlawn Drive is a ONE WAY street during school days/hours, flowing from Shadowlawn Drive to Mt. Pleasant Ave (Route 10).   No one should be going the other way.  There is a sign posted on Broadlawn Drive and Ridgewood Drive that displays DO NOT ENTER. 

     

    Also, double parking in the Town of Livingston is against the law and will be ticketed when seen.  There is no double parking allowed along Broadlawn Drive at any time.  The safety of our students is the most important thing, and having students come to a car that is double parked car is putting the safety of all children at risk.

     

    We should take every precaution to keep ALL of our children safe, at all times.  Please obey the traffic signs to help ensure the orderly dismissal of all students from MPE.

     

    Upcoming:

     

    PTA General Meeting – October 16th at 7:30 P.M., Mr. Darst’s Presentation on Literacy Strategies

    Stuff the Bus – October 25th

    Halloween Boutique – October 26th

    Halloween Parade – October 31st at 1:30 P.M.

     

    In the classrooms…

     

    This week, kindergarten students began writing stories about their families.  They read the book “Titch” as an inspiration, and realized that sometimes their lives are a bit like the lives portrayed by characters in books.  They also learned that sometimes, they are also very different!  Students were inspired by a visit by the Livingston Fire Department.  They also read stories and completed projects to reinforce the very important safety lessons that the firefighters taught them.  During word work, students sorted rhyming words into groups.  They learned how to find out whether two words rhyme or not by listening very carefully!

     

    This week in math, the first graders reinforced their number sense by learning how to use a number line. They learned how to order and compare numbers, tell number line addition and subtraction stories, and compare numbers on the number line. During writing, students used the book by Mercer Mayer as a mentor text to write about all the things that they can do. They generated topics and then added details to their stories in support of their ideas. They also learned that their stories are not done until they edit with their “fix and fancy” checklist. During science, students continued to follow the steps of the scientific method as they conducted experiments. This week, they completed an experiment to find out how they can prevent an apple slice from turning brown.  Be sure to ask your first grader about all they learned this week!

     

    Second graders have begun their first social studies unit of the year, an introduction to maps and globes. Students were able to bring prior knowledge and make many personal connections to this topic as they actively investigated both maps of large areas, such as North America, and maps of smaller areas, such as their classroom. During math, students built upon their basic facts by studying subtraction strategies. One goal in second grade is for students to become familiar with addition and subtraction facts so that they know them with automaticity. This will help students to build a strong foundation as they move on through the years to more complex mathematics, like addition and subtraction with regrouping, as well as multiplication and division in future grades. Students are well on their way!

     

    Third grade is continuing their work on their personal narratives in writing. They edited and revised their pieces, including adding writing crafts such as dialogue and character’s action. The classes are finishing up establishing rules and expectations during reading workshop. In math, students continued their work with addition, learning the traditional method and problem solving using key words. During social studies, students learned more about the continents and oceans, while in science, they began to work on their study of igneous rocks.

     

    During fourth grade reading, students finished up with their launching unit, where they looked at all different types of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  They talked about theme and the elements of fiction, plus much more!  During writing, students worked on their first published piece, a realistic fiction story.  They focused on making their writing great by adding show/not tell, action, internal thinking, and dialogue to their stories.  During math, students worked on addition and subtraction strategies, including mental math and the traditional method.  In science, students moved to their next unit on living things.  They are excited about their first project, making a cell.  We all look forward to seeing how they choose to create their animal or plant cells.  Fourth graders love brain breaks, especially when they color mindful messages.  This was one of their favorites!

     

    Grade 5 ELA students established one or two writing goals for their personal narrative writing unit. They continued to learn the literary Signposts adding the Aha Moment and Words of the Wiser Signposts to their repertoire.

     

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • Week 5

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 10/5/2018

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    We had a great week at MPE!  Please remember that MPE will be participating again this year to Stuff the Bus with donations to benefit those in need through CHOW!  Please send in healthy non-perishables through the morning of October 25, 2018, when the bus will be coming to MPE to be “stuffed”.  MPE teachers will collect the items in the classrooms and students will be involved in bringing items out to the bus on October 25th

     

    From our school counselor, Mrs. Imbimbo

     

    Hello Parent(s)/Guardians,

     

    Just a reminder that next Friday, October 12th is the last day to bring in shoes for the Soles4Souls Shoe Drive! In addition, please send in your child’s “take home shoe”. The shoe template is attached to this email. Please have your child decorate the shoe and write a few facts about themselves. These will be displayed in the main hallway so we can show everyone at MPE what it is like to walk in your child’s shoe. Thanks so much for your support and partnership! Have a great weekend.

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    Two Hour Delayed Opening – Monday, October 8th

    PTA General Meeting – October 16th at 7:30 P.M., Mr. Darst’s Presentation on Literacy Strategies

    Stuff the Bus – October 25th

    Halloween Boutique – October 26th

    Halloween Parade – October 31st at 1:30 P.M.

     

    Please read below to see what your child learned this week!

     

    In Kindergarten, students continued to develop good reading behaviors. They learned this week that both pictures and words help tell a story. They also learned that it is also important to take time and look through a book carefully. As writers, students wrote and shared stories about what they love at school. When a friend is sharing, students are reminded to look at the speaker. During math, students learned about shapes. First, they sorted shapes into 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional. Soon they will be identifying and describing 2D shapes!  With the weather changing, students began to learn about the season of Fall!

     

    First graders explored the Scientific Method in science this week! They followed the steps to perform a color experiment where the students determined what would happen when certain colors were mixed together. They performed the experiment and had fun recording their results! First graders also began writing "I Can" stories where they generated thoughts about things they can do and started to write stories on their own. They practiced remembering to reread their work, check for capital letters at the beginning of their sentences and add punctuation at the end of their sentences. They look forward to learning more next week!

     

    This week in second grade, students started their personal narrative writing unit. They immersed themselves into various mentor texts to see what kinds of features personal narratives included. They learned that personal narratives tell stories from the author’s life, include descriptive language, and can be written over various periods of time. They are so excited to start writing their own personal narratives soon! During science, students have been working hard using the design loop model for STEM/STEAM challenges. After working on various challenges, both individually and in groups, they talked about how they can improve their models for future challenges. They talked about what worked and what didn’t work, and how they can make it better. Second graders have been great engineers this week!

     

    Third grade students worked hard on writing their personal narratives.  Writers learned how to add writer’s crafts to their stories.  By using dialogue, show-not-tell, and descriptive language, the students learned how to make their stories come alive!  During math, students started their unit on addition.  Students learned how to add using partial sums, friendly numbers, and traditional regrouping.   During social studies, students became map experts!   They studied the different maps such as: Political, Physical, Natural Resources, and Precipitation.

     

    Fourth graders are having a blast!  During reading, students discussed a variety of different types of texts and learned strategies for good book conversation, like think-pair-share and how to help each other figure out tricky words when they read.  During Writing, students are in the process of writing their first piece, a realistic fiction story.  Students tried different strategies to gather ideas, including making mini books that include a problem and a couple of attempts to solve that problem.  In Math, students worked with the addition and subtraction unit where they learned all about properties and rules, as well as how to solve problems using mental math.  During science, students had a great time creating their own experiment to perform based on the scientific method.  They tried out the STEAM lab and really enjoyed the experience.  Lastly, in Social Studies, students studied geography and are continuing to discuss the different lenses that social scientists use to study places. 

     

    During fifth grade math, students worked with over and under-estimates.  Students realized how many different places in the real world they use estimation (time, grocery store, party planning, etc.)!  Fifth graders also started their study of measurement learning liquid capacity.  Cooking is just one activity where students need to know how many cups are in a pint, quart, and gallon! Ask them how the "Big G" helps us!

     

    Have a great weekend!

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  • Week 4

    Posted by Dr Emily Sortino on 9/30/2018

    October Parent Letter    PTA Text Reminders

     Shoe Drive ~ FAQ's    PTA Weekly Update

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    We had another great week at MPE.  Thank you to everyone who donated to our Walk-a-Thon.  All of the donations go to a local and very supportive charitable organization, Livingston Neighbors, Helping Neighbors.  Attached to this email is the PTA Weekly Update and the signup information for the PTA Text Reminders.  As a reminder, please make sure to follow all parking regulations at dismissal each day.  The parking situation has become dangerous to students as cars are parked in illegal spaces, which in turn, blocks the view from drivers.  Please follow the parking guidelines evident on the signage surrounding MPE. 

     

    This week was our first “family” meeting at MPE.  To begin our lesson, all students in K-5 reported to their new group.  This group will remain the same throughout their years at MPE.  The teacher in charge of their group then introduced the new members of the group, did a welcome activity, and read the book: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson.  Students then discussed the importance of treating others with kindness and respect.  These lessons will occur on an ongoing basis throughout the school year and will cover character education concepts as well as focus on our building goal of “growth mindset”.  Please ask your child about their experience and the story that they read while in their group. 

     

    From our school counselor, Mrs. Imbimbo…

    With the first month of school quickly coming to a close, MPE is getting ready to celebrate many different events during the month of October. We are kicking off October with the Week of Respect, where we will focus on “putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes”. Starting October 1st through October 12th we are going to be hosting a shoe drive with the organization, Soles4Souls. We will be collecting gently used pairs of shoes to give to those in need. Please take a look at the attached FAQ flyer about how you and your family can get involved.

     

    Meanwhile, in the classrooms…

     

    The kindergarteners have completed their first full week of school! They have quickly adjusted to their new school routines.  This week they participated in their first “Community Meeting.”  The children were assigned to a MPE teacher along with other students from grades 1 – 5.  This week’s lesson centered around the theme of kindness.  They listened to the story Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson.  The children were given the opportunity to reflect on what it means and how we can show kindness to others.  Kindergarten also participated in their first MPE Walkathon.  They worked  hard by walking 2 laps around the complex.  Thank you to all who came to cheer them on! During Reading Workshop, the children are understanding that books can become “Old Favorites.”  They read books over and over because they love them.  Everyone has an “old favorite!” In Writing Workshop, the children are getting ready to write about what they love about school.  They listened to the story I Love School to help generate ideas.  It’s great to see how many things make them happy at MPE!  

     

    In first grade students thought of the many ways that kindness matters.  Not only in big ways, but also that very small things can make a difference.  During science, students investigated the changes that fall brings and will use their senses to see, feel, and hear the changes around them. 

     

    During writing, second grade students learned about different strategies that the famous author, Donald Crews used.  This week, students examined how Crews used descriptive details and pictures to make the reader feel a certain way.  Students then used those strategies to edit their own writing!  In word study, students continued to introduce and add on new routines to the ones they started last week.  During science, students were introduced to the engineering process and will be able to put it into action by planning a device that will hold at least 20 pennies in water.  Students will have to plan, create, and then talk about how they can make their creation better! 

     

    During third grade math, students finished up the number sense unit by learning how to round to the nearest ten and hundred. In science, students discussed rock properties and used magnifying glasses to observe rocks. During social studies, children worked on their map skills by learning about the hemispheres and map symbols. Finally, during writing, students continue to work on their personal narratives by mapping out their stories using movie strips.

     

    In the fourth grade, students were excited to have their very first MPE Pride Community Meeting on Wednesday morning. They learned about the importance of spreading kindness to others and are looking forward to their next lesson. During reading, the students continued to learn about the importance of developing a reading life. They created reading goals, continued to “Stop and Jot” as they read, and learned how to have enriching conversations about books with other readers.  In writing, the writers began learning the organizational components of a realistic fiction writing piece and were excited to begin drafting one of their own. Through fun, hands-on activities, the mathematicians reviewed for their first unit test on place value. In preparation for the test, they developed a better understanding of rounding by learning the “Rolling Nines Strategy”.  During social studies, students continued their unit on regional maps through the PPECS lens. They have come to understand that there are different types of maps that serve different purposes in their everyday lives. Finally, during science, the classes continued to investigate the scientific method.  On their own, the students developed questions and experiments to demonstrate their knowledge of the method.

     

    This week in science, fifth grade students continued to talk about The Scientific Method and used those steps to complete their own paper airplane experiment.  During social studies, fifth grade students discussed primary and secondary sources to examine which sources were trustworthy.  They also learned more about the skill of analyzing timelines.   

     

    In Physical Education classes students became accustomed to class routines and expectations for the year. Safety Guidelines and procedures were discussed for the gymnasium and the playground equipment. All grades participated in a variety of spatial awareness activities which focused on moving their bodies safely as well as cooperative activities demonstrating and expressing the importance of team work, sportsmanship and treating others nicely.

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

    Friends       week 4     each kindness

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  • Week 3

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 9/21/2018

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    Thank you for attending our Back to School Night last night!  We loved getting to see all of you and we hope that you had a great time learning about your child’s classroom and MPE experience! Attached to this email is the presentation from last night.  It contains valuable information regarding the school as well as the MPE PTA. 

     

    The video shown last night is available to be viewed by clicking on the following link: 

    Back to School Night Video.  

    Thank you again to Mrs. Ratner for creating the video and helping to highlight the amazing events that the PTA creates for the students of MPE.

     

    The registration for the Fall After School Enrichment Sessions run by the PTA is OPEN.  Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Please see the attached PTA Weekly Update for more information or visit the PTA Website. 

    As a reminder, your child’s cooperative attitude and behavior while at enrichment classes are essential.  If behavior is disruptive, the PTA will consult with the parents and one warning will be given.  A second incident will not be permitted. No refunds, credits or switching will be issued.

     

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    SEPAC Back to School Night – September 27th at 6:30 P.M. in the MPE Media Center

    MPE Walk-a-thon & School Spirit Day (Wear MPE Apparel or blue and white) – September 26th

    Lifetouch Picture Day – September 28th – Individual Pictures Only

    MPE Book Fair – October 2nd through October 4th

    Two Hour Delayed Opening – October 8th

    PTA General Meeting – October 16th at 7:30 P.M., Mr. Darst’s Presentation on Literacy Strategies

    Stuff the Bus – October 25th

    Halloween Boutique – October 26th

    Halloween Parade – October 31st at 1:30 P.M.

     

    Meanwhile, in the classrooms…

     

    This week, kindergarten students learned how to be safe at school.  They practiced fire drills and lockdown drills, and learned that when they all stick together, they stay safe!  The children also learned about the routines around the classroom.  They are doing a great job of moving through the centers in the afternoon where they also try out new centers with their friends!  Some of the centers that the kids are enjoy, include: Table Toys, Play-doh, Blocks, The Home Center, and Puzzles, to name a few!  The children also worked on learning the routines of Word Work, where they cut out pieces to sort, according to the rules of the sort!  They are starting to be organized students!!  

     

    First graders have been hard at work. They reviewed reading and writing workshop routines and learned good workshop habits. During math, students practiced how to count objects, by reading and writing numbers. During social studies, students worked on establishing a classroom community that demonstrates kindness and caring towards others. 

     

    Second graders were excited to participate in several science experiments this week as they learned all about the Scientific Method and the steps that scientists use in order to find answers to their questions. Ask your scientist about the incredible “blue dye experiment” that shocked all of them! During writing workshop students went on a walk around the school with clipboards and writing tools to explore and sketch things that inspired them. Back in the classroom they used these images to spark writing pieces. Finally, during math, they continued to review and practice addition strategies and build on their already impressive number sense.

     

    Third graders have been busy this week listing writing ideas in their writing journals.   Students learned that when they write personal narratives, they write about people, places and things that are important to them.  During math, students learned how to compare numbers and how to order numbers in their Number Sense Unit.  In social studies, students learned more about symbols on a map and cardinal directions.  During science, students studied what is inside the Earth.  They examined the four layers of the Earth and what makes each layer different. 

     

    Fourth graders were busy learning the steps of the Scientific Method this week and comparing/contrasting the Scientific Method to the Engineering Design Loop.  They did a fun experiment with lemons, limes, and oranges to see which ones would sink and which would float and figure out why. During reading, students learned all about how Reader’s Workshop functions and listened to a variety of texts to help them practice “thinking” about what they read. During writing, students began their Realistic Fiction Unit and will soon learn the steps of writing a realistic fiction story. During social studies, students used their atlases to learn about what makes a region. The students came up with their own questions and were able to use the PPECS framework (Physical, Political, Social, Economic and Cultural) to answer them.  Students also had fun working with math stations, learning how to compare and order numbers.  They reviewed their rounding skills and will soon be rounding numbers through the millions!  Students are busy preparing for their first math quiz next week.

     

    Fifth grade ELA students completed a series of stations that provided them with information about the culture and societal norms of the 1920’s as well as the concept of immigration. This work will help to provide them with background knowledge for the first read aloud of the year, Letters From Rifka. They also started to use literary Signposts in order to help them begin to think about literature more deeply.

     

    Have a wonderful weekend!

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • Week 2

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 9/14/2018

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    We had another great week at MPE!  We look forward to seeing everyone next week at our Back to School Night on Thursday, September 20th.  Please see the attached schedule for the night!

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    MPE Back to School Night – September 20th (see attached schedule)
    SEPAC Back to School Night – September 27th at 6:30 P.M. in the MPE Media Center

    MPE Walk-a-thon – September 26th at 1:45 P.M.

    Lifetouch Picture Day – September 28th – Individual Pictures Only

    MPE Book Fair – October 2nd through October 4th

    Two Hour Delayed Opening – October 8th

    PTA General Meeting – October 16th at 7:30 P.M., Mr. Darst’s Presentation on Literacy Strategies

     

    Please read below to find out what was taught at MPE this week!

     

    In Kindergarten, students worked on learning their new daily routines.  They practiced unpacking and hanging up their materials in the morning as well as choosing their lunch option and packing up in the afternoon!  Making friends and learning their names was also a big part of their day. Students learned good reading behaviors such as how to hold books, turn pages, and look at the pictures and words. They also practiced being writers by writing stories of what they can do. During math, students were introduced to the calendar.  They will do Calendar Math Activities every day in Kindergarten!   

     

    First graders had a great week! They reviewed how readers build good habits and set goals for themselves. Students practiced rereading favorite parts of books and retelling what happened in the stories with their classmates. In math, students looked at how patterns repeat and extend. They read the big book Pitterpats, where together, they described the patterns of Pitterpat creatures. Then, they had fun creating patterns of their own and enjoyed sharing them with the class!

     

    This week in second grade, Reading and Writing Workshops were launched! Students learned how to shop for “good fit” books, and shared their reading lives. They talked about what types of books they enjoyed reading, and created reading goals for themselves. In writing, second graders practiced generating topics to write about, and used “Bigmama’s” by Donald Crews as a mentor text to write about real life experiences. In math, students began their first unit where they reviewed addition strategies like counting on using a number line.

     

    The third grade began their Number Sense Unit, where they learned how to write numbers in standard, word and expanded form. The classes completed a “book tasting,” where they sampled different genres of books to figure out which kinds of books they enjoy the most! The classes also began generating ideas for their personal narrative writing, were they thought of people that have impacted their lives. During science, the students also challenged themselves with a STEM project to build collaboration, communication and problem solving with their peers!

     

    Fourth grade is off to a wonderful start.  During reading, students learned all about routines for reading workshop.  They heard some exciting read alouds that have inspired them to be the best readers they can be.  During writing, students worked on gathering ideas that they could write about.  Very soon, students will work on their first piece of realistic fiction writing.  During math, students learned about number sense and how to read and write big numbers in a variety of different ways.  Students had lots of fun during science were they learned all about the concepts of claim, evidence,  and reasoning.  They also reviewed the concept of the Scientific Method with some hands-on experiments.  Ask your child about the spaghetti/marshmallow towers they created.  Lastly, during social studies, students began to learn about the five different lenses that social scientists use to study regions.  Students cannot wait to learn more about PPECS in the coming weeks.

     

    Fifth grade students did a great job of cycling between their teachers and getting to know their new routine!  During math, students reviewed place values and worked with numbers from the hundred billionths place through the thousandths place.  Students also practiced the routine of calendar math by identifying all of the prime numbers between 1 and 100.

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • Week 1

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 9/7/2018

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    What a great start to the school year!! Students had a wonderful time meeting their new teachers and catching up with friends about what they did over the summer.  I was so proud to see all of our older students helping the younger students around the building.  We are all excited for a fantastic school year.  As a reminder, we are closed on Monday and Tuesday (September 10th and 11th). 

     

    Additionally, our MPE School Picnic is next Friday, September 14th from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  Feel free to bring a picnic dinner or order pizza from the PTA Website - https://mpepta.membershiptoolkit.com/home.  This is a great opportunity to meet new families and friends in our MPE School Community.  We look forward to seeing everyone there! 

     

     

    Listed below is an excellent article on ways to speak with your child from The New York Times. 

    Rewards and punishments are conditional, but our love and positive regard for our kids should be unconditional. Here’s how to change the conversation and the behavior.

     

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/well/family/which-is-better-rewards-or-punishments-neither.html

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    MPE Back to School Night: 9/20/18

    Walk-a-Thon and School Spirit Day: 9/26/18

    SEPAC Back to School Night: 9/27/18

    Lifetouch Picture Day: 9/28/18

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • Welcome Back

    Posted by Dr. Emily Sortino on 8/28/2018

    Dear MPE Families,

    I hope that you have all enjoyed your summer vacation thus far and are looking forward to an exciting and engaging 2018-2019 School Year! Please read below to learn more about the many changes that occurred at MPE this summer.
    Over the summer, our maintenance and custodial team have been hard at work getting all of the classrooms ready for students. The building looks fantastic and we are so grateful for their hard work! Many of our classrooms have been painted and our hallways are sparkling clean.
    Mrs. Cullen will be available to discuss any medical needs for your child(ren) and to collect medications on Wednesday, August 29th from 9:30A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

    Mindfulness and Character Education:
    This year, MPE will continue with our mindfulness initiative while also infusing a large amount of character education experiences and lessons for our students to take part in. We will have a particular focus on the concept of “growth mindset”. Our teachers all read, The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher’s Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley this summer. We look forward to working with our students regarding this concept.

    MPE Garden:
    Our MPE Garden looks beautiful and is filled with fruits and vegetables! Thank you to Mrs. Rothfeld, Mrs. Rubinstein, Mrs. Kelner, and our custodians for their work with the garden as well as to all of the families that assisted in maintaining the garden this summer.

    Fifth Grade Rotation Schedule:
    Fifth grade students will rotate between three homeroom teachers to receive their instruction each day. Mr. Darst will teach reading and writing, Mrs. Nikirk will teach mathematics, Calendar Math, and Word Study, and Mrs. Perry will teach science and social studies.


    Welcome to New Staff:
    We have many new staff to welcome to MPE! We also have many staff members who changed roles. Please see the list below and say hello to our new staff members in the upcoming weeks! New to 4th Grade: Mrs. Dana Triana New to 2nd Grade: Mrs. Nicole Mount
    New to Special Education: Mrs. Jamie Geltzeiler 4th Grade: Mrs. Antoinette Cherichello 5th Grade Science and Social Studies (Leave Replacement): Mrs. Brenda Perry
    Gifted and Talented at MPE & Riker Hill: Mrs. Christine Zambrio
    Child Study Team, Social Worker: Mrs. Teseline Joseph
    School Counselor (Leave Replacement): Mrs. Danielle Imbimbo
    Congratulations to Mrs. Tannler on her new role as the media specialist at Heritage Middle School!

    Teams
    Kindergarten: Mrs. Alterman, Mrs. Fiore, Mrs. Raje
    First Grade: Mrs. DiNapoli, Mrs. Cognetti, Mrs. Lynn
    Second Grade: Mrs. Mount, Mrs. Roth, Ms. Monaco
    Third Grade: Mrs. Chang (Li), Ms. Bannon, Mrs. Whipple
    Fourth Grade: Mrs. Szostak, Mrs. Triana, Mrs. Barbag, Mrs. Cherichello
    Fifth Grade: Mr. Darst, Mrs. Nikirk, Mrs. Perry
    Special Education: Mrs. Withers, Ms. Rogalsky, Mrs. Geltzeiler



    Upcoming Events:
    9/4 First Day Back
    9/14 MPE School Picnic (6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.)
    9/17 Class Parent Meeting (2:00 P.M. or 7:00 P.M.)
    9/20 Back to School Night
    9/26 MPE Walkathon and Spirit Day!
    9/27 MPE Walkathon Rain Date
    9/28 School Picture Day – Individual Pictures Only
    10/2 New Family Meet and Greet and Book Fair Kickoff

    First Day Back! Tuesday, September 4th is our first day back for students! Signs will be posted with the names of homeroom teachers on the side of MPE nearest to the small playground. Students will line up near their homeroom teacher’s sign and will be collected by their teacher when the bell rings. Parents/guardians are welcome to stand outside with their child while they wait for the teacher to collect their students. Please read the reminders below regarding student drop-off each morning.  Morning supervision begins at 7:35 A.M. each morning.  With the exception of the first day of school, all students lineup inside of MPE. K2 students lineup in the small gym and students in grades 3-5 lineup in the big gym.  Please use the drop off lane located on the right side of the MPE driveway. The left side is for staff only and will create unsafe conditions if students are dropped off on that side (the side further from the MPE entrance). Students should always exit curbside.  If you are going to drop off on Broadlawn, it must be beyond the driveway entrance by the path leading to the crosswalk.
     Please take care to drive slowly during drop off and pickup so that all students are safe at all times. Pull through the driveway entrance as far as possible so that staff can safely exit your child(ren) from the car.  If childcare plans have changed for the day, please contact the MPE Main Office as early as possible so they may contact the teacher in time for dismissal. Please do NOT email your child’s teacher as they do not check their emails during instructional time.



    I look forward to seeing all of you on September 4th!

    Thank you,

    Emily Sortino, Ed. D.

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  • Call for Safety In order to ensure the safety of our students, parents should use the Call For Safety phone line and report the student’s name, day or dates the student is absent or tardy, and the reason for the absence or tardy.

    973-535-8000, x7105

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