Congratulations to Franklin School fourth grade teacher Ms. Katherine VIllone who has been announced as a winner of the national LifeChanger of the Year Award. Ms. Villone was selected from 600 nominees from 49 states and is New Jersey’s first and only winner. The award seeks to recognize outstanding educators who make a real difference in the lives of their students. Students, past and present, as well as parents and colleagues gathered on Friday afternoon, April 17 to honor Ms. Villone as the award was announced. Reverend Ralph Fiorelli and Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz were in attendance and offered words of congratulations.
Ms. Katherine Villone, Franklin School Fourth Grade teacher, has been nominated for the national LifeChanger of the Year Award. This award recognizes teachers who make genuine differences in the lives of children by caring about them, by being excellent teachers, by nurturing their students, by going above and beyond, and by their involvement in school activities. Parents, present and past students and community members are invited to visit the LifeChanger of the Year website and leave a comment supporting Ms. Villone. Simply go to the website www.lifechangeroftheyearnominees.com. Click on “nominees” at the top, click on 2014-2015 and then click on New Jersey on the right side of the page. Click on Katherine Villone, and at the bottom of the page leave a comment where it says, “Tell the nominee what they mean to you….” A selection committee will review the number of comments and what they say about how Ms. Villone has changed lives. The deadline is January 30, 2015.
Franklin School students and faculty are observing this school year as a Year of Kindness. Several activities have already taken place including all students and faculty taking a Kindness Pledge. The entire school also traced their hands which were hung in the Main Hallway along with the Kindness Pledge. Pictured here are students Amanda Reynoso and Jessica Sanchez and faculty members Mrs. Christine LaMotta and Ms. Katherine Villone who were instrumental in conceiving and bringing the project to fruition.
Our Franklin School parents, students and faculty collected a Jeep load of nonperishable foods on the evening of Open House in response to a plea from Emmanuel Church in Hackensack. This outpouring of generosity was coordinated by our student service club, Operation Helping Hands. Food pantries often receive large donations of food around the holidays but their cupboards are often bare during the summer when so many people are on vacation. This amazing amount of food was greatly appreciated by the personnel at Emmanuel Church. For each item of food donated, donors were given a raffle chance for a tremendous chrysanthemum plant which was displayed at Open House. The winner of the plant was Mrs. Monica Moyeno.
In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Franklin School students Angelica Caraig, Angeline Joseph and their faculty liaison, Ms. Kathy Villone, developed a plan to bring quick relief to the storm’s victims. Click the title to learn more.
Our wonderful Bergenfield Police Department has asked me to forward the accompanying notice which outlines an exciting upcoming initiative. Click the title to check it out!
7:00 PM BOE Executive Work Session