Welcome Back Newsletter
Dear Coleman Families,
A warm welcome back to all! What a treat it has been to enjoy a mild summer re-energizing us to begin a positive and productive school year. I look forward to hearing about our students’ enriching experiences and family adventures! On a personal note, it was a joy for Bill & me to return to the Cape & Jersey Shore with friends and family, creating lasting memories.
This is a very special year for Coleman School as we celebrate our 60th Birthday (our school theme Happy Birthday Coleman~60 Years of Learning!). Clara E. Coleman would have been 129 years old September 18 and we look forward to celebrating these milestones this year beginning with our First Day of School assembly where staff members will share a favorite birthday memory.
Congratulations & best wishes to Mr. Polles, our PE teacher, who married Kate Warren July 11.
Our gym logo and floor have been refurbished, with Mr. Polles & Mrs. Roche’s classic design. Mrs. Roche has resigned to pursue personal ventures and Dr. Linda Tomaselli will teach Art to all grades (Mrs. Kim Menke from Hamilton will teach K-AM art). After 20 years at Coleman, Mrs. Castagno, speech & language specialist, retired and is replaced by Ms. Kelly McCarthy. Ms. Erin Wessely & Mr. Scott Gavin are teaching fifth grade; Mrs. Lawson, BSI math and Mrs. Caffrey, first grade. Ms. Jenna Howard is teaching special education, along with Mrs. Caverly and Ms. Bonaguaro. We value the dedication of our staff each and every day! Many of our teaching assistants have returned with a few new assistants also eager to work with us. They round out an extraordinary Coleman Staff!
A warm welcome to our new H.S.A. Executive Board and co-presidents, Mrs. Perez & Mrs. Yetter, who have gotten our year off to a terrific start with the staff Welcome Back Luncheon & Kindergarten Ice Cream Social! Thanks to our fifth grade class, our first grade & LLD classroom doors were decoratively painted. Our H.S.A. purchased a water filling station for students and staff to refill their water bottles. Our H.S.A. will also bring the National Circus Project to Coleman in June!
When picking up and dropping off your children, please be mindful that the numbered spaces in our loop are designated for teachers. Visitors’ spaces located in the loop are not numbered. Parking is also available on Pinelynn Rd. and adjacent streets. Parents and caregivers may never drive through or park in our Staff Parking Lot. On “Out” days, students enter at each grade level’s designated doors around the school. On “In” (inclement weather) days, students may enter through the front doors if they wish. To ensure everyone’s safety, students should never arrive to school before 8:25AM. Supervision begins at 8:25. This and other important information is in our Coleman School Family Handbook posted on our website. Please take time to review this with your child(ren) and refer to it throughout the year. Remember Sept. 3 is a 12:33 Dismissal Day! I look forward to a year filled with much to be proud of and celebrate!
Clara E. Coleman School
Glen Rock 07452
Welcome to Coleman
As you view our website, it will become evident that Clara E. Coleman Elementary School is a community of teachers and learners. Coleman School is comprised of Pre-K-Grade 5, with 280 students and 50 staff members. This year our schoolwide theme is Express Yourself!
Our professional staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of all children and participate in staff development projects throughout the year. As one of four elementary schools in Glen Rock, we value time for articulation which allows our staff opportunities to share their knowledge and experiences as well as learn from each other. As you visit other links, you will recognize that our curriculum values children’s thinking processes as well as the products they create. We strive for an atmosphere where our students, staff and parents feel proud and committed to supporting each other.
Our Home and School Association (H.S.A.) provides invaluable support to our school in many ways. Families volunteer their time in the Learning Center, classrooms, and numerous after school and lunchtime activities. Our H.S.A. has raised a considerable amount of money to purchase technology and playground equipment, and support programs such as assemblies and author visits.
In this climate, our students enjoy learning, our teachers enjoy teaching, and our families are welcome and make important contributions to the success of our educational program. As Margaret Mead said, Together We Can Make a Difference.
I am proud of the efforts of our Coleman School Family.