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Welcome Back Letter
A warm welcome back to all…hope you continue to relish these last few days of a delightful summer! I look forward to hearing about our students’ enriching experiences & family adventures! On a personal note, Bill & I traveled to Istanbul & Israel…an amazing trip filled with moments & experiences we will forever treasure. The staff & I will share our favorite traditions & special moments at our first day assembly-our theme is United Nations of Coleman.
Congratulations & best wishes to Ms. McCarthy, our speech & language teacher, who married Alan Pagano July 3 and to Mrs. Falkenstern, elementary counselor, who is expecting her second child in a few weeks. A warm welcome to Ms. Alexandra Hamory, who will be taking her place. Mrs. Marino, our administrative assistant, and Mr. Naval Ornsby, head custodian, (formerly our evening custodian) have been working tirelessly this summer helping ensure a smooth start to our school year. Mrs. Mitchell joined Mrs. Moger in kindergarten; Mrs. Lawson joined Mrs. Spiech in 4th grade. Many of our special education assistants have returned along with a few new assistants also eager to work with us, rounding out our extraordinary Coleman staff!
A warm welcome to our H.S.A. Executive Board and co-presidents, Mrs. Kristen Heller & Mr. Joe Quvus, who are hosting our staff Luncheon & Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Sept. 1! Thanks to our fifth grade class, classroom doors were decoratively painted. Our H.S.A. purchased kindergarten laptops, first grade listening centers, library cart, ukuleles, laminator, and will host enriching assemblies, including the Circus returning in June~thank you!
When picking up, dropping off or visiting, please be mindful the numbered spaces in our loop are designated for staff only. Visitors’ spaces are not numbered and parking is available on Pinelynn Rd. and adjacent streets. Parents & caregivers may never drive through, park or pick up in our Staff Parking Lot unless you require a handicapped parking space. For safety and security, drivers may never leave their car in the fire zone for any reason.
Students enter & are dismissed at each grade level’s designated doors around our school. (Grades 1 & 2 dismiss only from their classroom door.)
Kindergarten-right side of front doors; Fifth grade-right side past K-doors; Second grade-left side near shed; First grade-closest to Pinelynn Rd; Third Grade-adjacent to playground; Fourth grade-back of Coleman, where the softball field project progressing as planned. Refer to our website all year for school & district information…..Sept. 2 is a 12:33 dismissal day. Our staff & H.S.A. are planning another productive school year…we can’t wait to see you! Dawn Cappadona, Principal
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 The United Nations of Coleman!

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 Library, classrooms, and numerous after school and lunchtime activities. Our H.S.A. has raised a considerable amount of money to purchase musical instruments, books, assemblies and the National Circus Project!

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.

Dawn Cappadona

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