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Winter Newsletter
With just 20 days until the official start of spring, we are on the heels of a winter we may never forget! Even with the most recent storm looming, our students are with us in hoping for no more “snow days”! 
 We appreciate Mrs. Piazza and all of our parent volunteers and lunch assistants for leading activities and laptops during these cold and snowy winter months. Games, crafts, puzzles, Bingo, Password, and “Hide the Shoe”; as well as math and keyboarding games, were enjoyed by our students. Thanks to our H.S.A. for sponsoring Bingo Night and Family Fun Fitness Night, making this long winter so much brighter! 
Next year Glen Rock students will take another assessment in place of the NJASK. PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) is based on the Common Core Standards that NJ has had in place since 2010. We continue to learn more about this new assessment tool.  Byrd School was selected to pilot this year. New Jersey is scheduled to begin this test, along with about 18 other states, next year.   Our technology department is working to ensure laptops and every school’s access points are upgraded. Staff are working with students on the Typing Pal Program in primary grades and Typing Agent in grades 3-5 to improve their skills. 
 Thanks to our H.S.A. & Mrs. Roche for supporting Cliff Mendelson’s Day in Clay returning for our first and second graders to create sculptures that will be displayed at our Art Show April 23.
We are looking forward many events during this month….Grade 1 Dinos Rock & Grade 2 & 3 Gems Rock assemblies are March 7. Glen Rock Library’s Read- a -thon is March 1 - 31. We expect to “bring the plaque back” to Coleman again this year so keep reading!
Student Council Fun Week March 3-7 is kicked off with Pajama Day, a Coleman Tradition on Read Across America Day. Along with classroom activities, I will be reading aloud. New this year are “Where Did You Go Wednesday” and “No Homework Family Fun Night” (Tuesday)! We can’t wait to hear how you spend it! Our thanks to Mrs. Zisa & Mrs. DiLoreto, our reading specialist & ESL teachers, for working with our Student Council and staff to coordinate these activities. 
 Our Express Yourself Theme Fair is March 25, chaired by Mrs. Hutchins & Mrs. Perez. Children will set up their creative projects beginning at 8:30am and present for a period in the morning & afternoon to accommodate all classes visiting. Children with permission may remain to present from 3:18 until 4:00. Everyone is welcome to visit our Theme Fair during this time.
 March 19 our marking period closes and March 26 grade 1-5 Report Cards will be open for viewing. 
 Once again we remind all families and caregivers to visit our Coleman webpage for updates and important information. Thank you for respecting and following all of our safety guidelines posted on our website, especially when driving carefully to and from school.    Keeping our children, families and staff safe continues to be our top priority.
 Spring IS around the corner!
Dawn Cappadona, Principal
Fall Newsletter
Well it is beginning to feel as though fall is finally here! Back to School Night was a great success thanks to the tireless dedication of our Coleman staff. We truly appreciate how much our families recognize their efforts. 
 
During our “Week of Respect”, Mrs. Falkenstern, our elementary counselor, led lessons in each classroom.   All elementary schools in the district will follow the Glen "ROCKS" Character Education Program.  The attributes of these values are taught, modeled, practiced and celebrated in everyday actions. The traits include: Respect (Sept./Oct.); Optimism (Nov./Dec.); Citizenship (Jan./Feb.) , Kindness (March/April), and Self-esteem (May/June).  By developing these traits, students will make good choices and respect themselves and others.   Join us by reinforcing the importance of these traits at home and follow Glen "ROCKS" throughout the year at http://character-education.coleman.glenrocknj.org.   A strong connection between home and school makes a difference in how children develop socially and academically.
 
Our staff and students participated in Walk to School Day. Thank you Mrs. Wright & Mr. Polles for encouraging everyone to keep walking & eating healthy!
 
Thanks to Mrs. Hendl and all of our H.S.A. volunteers, our Coleman Fall Fair was a great success and featured in a recent Glen Rock Gazette article. Many families enjoyed a variety of events and delicious treats on a sunny Saturday!
 
Brandon Mull’s author visit was enjoyed by our third, fourth and fifth graders. We are grateful to Ms. Kauffman, Scholastic Books and Mrs. Algerio for arranging his visit and book sales. We look forward to Eileen Christelow’s visit to K-2 Oct. 28. Thanks to Mrs. McNamara, Mrs. Schwartz and all of our H.S.A. volunteers for their efforts throughout our Book Fair. Students enjoyed their new books and teachers’ classroom libraries grew thanks to everyone’s generosity and true love of books!
 
Special thanks to Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Wright, our H.S.A. teacher representatives, this year. We appreciate the information they share at our meetings.
Mrs. Martin & I led grade level parent meetings throughout October, appreciating everyone’s thoughtful questions! Follow up meeting notes were sent to all families in the grade to keep them informed.
We welcomed our new health assistant, Mrs. Ada Mendez to Coleman & Hamilton Schools. She has been enjoying working and getting to know our staff, students and their families. Special thanks to Mrs. Wright for all of her efforts to support a smooth transition. 
 
We look forward to welcoming Ms. Jessica Luciano to fifth grade in November. Ms. Luciano will be replacing Mrs. Wisz who is expecting her first child. Special thanks to Mrs. Wisz and Mrs. Caffrey for helping to ensure a successful transition.
 
Mr. Bazaz got our fourth and fifth grade Morning Chorus off to a great start. We are looking forward to our Winter Concert December 12 at 7:00.
We look forward to seeing you at our Halloween Parade October 31 at 2:15 and wish all of our families a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!
Dawn Cappadona
Principal
Welcome Back Letter
Dear Families,
A warm welcome back to all! I hope you were able to relish each precious day of summer with friends and family. .
Thanks to our fifth grade class, our second grade and speech doors were decoratively painted. Our H.S.A. purchased the Everase Classroom Whiteboards & they look terrific!
We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Jaime Britton from Hamilton School as our district elementary Basic Skills math teacher. Mrs. Britton will spend one day a week at each elementary school. Ms. Kauffman will also continue to teach basic skills math and in our library as well. We appreciate the thoughtful efforts of our staff to prepare themselves and their classrooms to get our school year off to a terrific start! We’ve also welcomed 4 new teaching assistants to Coleman, replacing those who have gone on to accept teaching positions in other districts, with our best wishes!
With our school theme, Express Yourself, at our Opening Day assembly I will share a special story, The Dot, and staff will share how they express themselves…during your “first week of school dinner conversations”, please ask your child about this!
In an effort to lessen classroom disruptions and to help increase responsibility among our students, we are asking families to work toward eliminating dropping off forgotten items throughout the day (homework, library books, gym sneakers, musical instruments, etc.). Our staff and I will also be reinforcing this with students each day and your support is appreciated. As for lunches, we as ask that you limit your time in dropping off lunches between 11:00 - 11:30, as most families do. A lunch assistant is assigned to the door to take these lunches and gives them directly to each assistant. Your support and cooperation is appreciated!
Our staff has new “Swipe” key-cards to open exterior doors. Please know when you ring the front door bell, instead of the “beeping” sound, please wait and listen for a very soft “click”, then pull the door open. 
On a personal note, it was very special for Bill & me to return to the Cape & Martha’s Vineyard with our friends. We enjoy revisiting favorite spots and discovering new ones…with one highlight of the day when the beach talk turns to making dinner plans as we collaborate to find ways to re-purpose what is in our fridge and utilize what’s fresh at the local farms. We also enjoyed time at our pool and around the picnic table with our niece and nephews, now 10, 8 & 6, who always manage to make us laugh & smile!
I look forward to welcoming you and your children back and hearing about your summer adventures!
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 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.

Dawn Cappadona
Principal

cappadonad@glenrocknj.org

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