April 18, 2017 E-News
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~ Albert Einstein
(Earth Day ~ April 22, 2017)
Exercise isn’t just good for your waistline – it can make you smarter too! This
sentence grabbed my attention while reading recently and came at such a
perfect time of year. As we all dust off our sneakers and sniff the
fresh air, everyone wants to become more active and wake up our bodies
and minds. Spring is the perfect time of year to do just that. In
fact, researchers in Madrid studied the test scores of 1,700 Spanish
teens and compared those scores to their mode of transport when it came
to getting to school. It was found that students who biked or walked to
school did far better in tests of cognitive function than students who
didn’t have an active commute – and that the students who took longer
than 15 minutes to get to school did better than those with short
commutes! I am thinking of getting a bike to trek from Wyckoff to
Somerville each day!
Fortunately our annual Walk/Bike to School Month
is upon us in just a couple of weeks. This annual, district-wide event
always kicks everyone into gear and I am hoping that this year will be
no different. One of the best parts of Ridgewood is the neighborhood
school design. Please encourage your children to walk to school in a
group or bike if they can handle the responsibility. Bike guidelines
are attached and I recommend reviewing this document with your student.
It is a great way to start the day with fresh air, time to chat and
getting the blood pumping all as benefits.
there will be so many little people walking and biking to and from
school - and just around the neighborhoods on the way to sports
practices and on family outings - it is great time to remember some of
the cardinal rules of driving around Somerville:
- The Faculty Parking Lot is closed to anyone except staff members from 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM. This
lot is not designed in a way that allows for easy traffic flow and
right-corners do not mix well with student walking home.
plenty of space between the car and the crosswalk. Cars should stop to
drop off students or let folks cross at a healthy distance.
- No k-turns in front of the school. This rule is not a "Dr. Oates" rule, it is a law as there is a double yellow line.
- Go slowly. Student safety trumps parent convenience everyday of the week and Sunday around here:)
you for supporting the dual efforts of promoting walking/biking to
school and getting here on time during the month of May. Stay tuned for
special announcements about the Walking School Bus on Fridays in May!
Part of my work is creating responsible, healthy little people – in
addition to readers, writers, mathematicians and thinkers – and your
help is always appreciated.
EARTH DAY IS SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND: We will be celebrating Earth Day here at Somerville on Friday, April 21st.
Please have your child wear blue to celebrate our blue planet! Please
see attached flyer for additional information for Ridgewood's "Daffodil Festival & Earth Day Fair" on Sunday, April 23rd from 11:00-2:00 pm at Van Nest Memorial Park. http://www.ridgewoodnj.net/images/Ridgewood/Departments/Manager/Earth_Day_Sponsorship_Form.pdf
A Request from Ms. Stankiewicz:
Hello Somerville Community,
am collecting plastic bottlecaps but I only need RED and BLUE (all the
way blue, not just the inside) and I could also use any larger plastic
lids like coffee can size or bigger in any color. THANK YOU! Please
send in with your child and there will be a collection box outside of
the art studio.
Samantha Stankiewicz :)
Field Day Volunteers Needed: Somerville’s Field Day is scheduled for Friday, May 26th this
year. If you are available and would like to volunteer to run a station
during the morning (8 -12) please email Mr. DeRisi (firstname.lastname@example.org ). The rain date is schedule for Tuesday, May 30th. Please only volunteer if you are available both days! Thank you for your help!
Community Outreach Program Series Presents: (Tonight!) at George Washington Middle School 7:00-9:00 PM Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, Psychologist and Author ~ "Protecting Children & Family Relationships in the Digital Age."
Please help Girl Scout Troop 95274 earn their Bronze Award!
Please donate to our "Let's Do Lunch!" collection for students in shelters.
We will be collecting after school on Friday April 21st and Friday April 28th...or you can drop off any donation at 529 Laurel Road, there is a basket on the steps.
You can help by bringing (non perishable) items in:
brand new lunch boxes
mini water bottles
individual packages of:
snack bags (like pretzels, Goldfish, fruit snacks, etc.)
peanut butter packets
peanut butter crackers
The Third Grade Brownie Troop is
working on their pet care badge and they will be collecting gently-used
pet items for a local animal shelter during the first three weeks of
April. There will be a box set out next to the office to collect these
things. Leashes, collars, dishes, gently used toys are all
Below is the link to this week's eNotices. Please remember to scroll down for any notices that you may have missed!
HOME AND SCHOOL
CONGRATULATIONS to an amazing INTERNATIONAL Night/Day celebration! Our Chair people Mayumi Brescia and Anthony Fasano really out-did themselves this year! THANK YOU to both of you for the many many hours spent in preparation. It was a spectacular event! And of course we want to THANK ALL of the parents who volunteered to represent their country of origin, AND ALL of the amazing performances by the students! We most certainly could not have done it without ALL of your participation and hard work! So THANK YOU!! Bravo everyone! You should be very proud.
SOMERVILLE SUPER BOWL!
We are excited to announce a NEW event coming to the Somerville Community... BOWLING!
Save the date for this year’s event: Saturday May 6th
Family Bowling Night 6pm-8:30pm at the Brunswick Lanes in Fair Lawn.
Somerville’s SUPER BOWL will include a slice of Pizza, beverage, lane & shoe rental.
The cost per person is $15. Adults and children welcome to bowl! First come, first served as space is limited. Go to Ridgewood Community Pass https://register.communitypass.net/ridgewood/
and order your tickets today! Click on the Ridgewood HSA - Somerville School tab, select family members to attend, and follow prompts.
Order forms for Schoolkidz supply kits will be sent home in backpacks
this week. This is the easiest way to buy your student's school
supplies for next year! Order online now, and all of your student's
supplies will be waiting on his or her desk on the first day of school
BOXTOPS CONTEST! If your grade brings in the most Box Tops from now through early June, your grade could win a Kickball game against the Teachers and yummy Ice Pops!! Start collecting your Box Top’s now and send them in on April’s collection sheet(s). AND BE SURE TO WRITE YOUR CHILD’s NAME AND GRADE ON ANY SHEETS THAT YOU ARE TURNING IN so your grade can get credit!! (Can submit box tops in clear ziplock sandwich size bags, too. Be sure to label the bag with your child’s NAME and GRADE.) Good luck to everyone! Please contact Christine Gorman at email@example.com or Allison Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
HSA BOARD MEETING - Mark your calendars! Next Tuesday April 25th, 1:30pm in Dr. Oates’ office.
Hope to see you there!
Denise DeAngelis, HSA President SomervilleSchoolHSA@gmail.com
Alexa Wagschal, Vice President
Whitney Klein, Treasurer
Kate Harbour, Assistant Treasurer
Tammy Juco, Secretary