May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month - We will be doing multiple fundraisers throughout this month to support one of our Jefferson families 5th-grade student Lisya Forero. Lisya recently had a brain tumor removed. Lisya is undergoing radiation which will be followed by chemotherapy and is currently being home schooled. We kicked off this month by making today, May 5th GREY MATTERS DAY AT JEFFERSON SCHOOL. The pictures attached show how many of our students dressed in grey to show our support for Lisya. The children also decorated ribbons for Lisya which were hung around the school to show our support for her battle. The children donated $1 to wear Grey today as well as collected donations to support the cause. We are proud to announce that we raised over $800 and decorated 230 ribbons. If anyone would like to make an additional cash donation, please feel free to drop it off at the main office throughout the month of May.
A very special thank you to Mrs. Rossi and all of our presenters that took the time to share their passion with our students in grades 3-5 at Jefferson School. The students in grades 3-5 attended each presentation, took notes, and asked great questions. Thank you to the Jefferson School PA for sponsoring a nice breakfast for our presenters.
Congressman Josh Gottheimer visited Jefferson School on Wednesday January 25th to kick-off "Valentines For Veterans" program where Elementary School students make Valentines for our troops overseas. Congressman Gottheimer visited three classrooms (both 2nd Grades and Ms. Teel's classroom during his stay). Jefferson School thanks Congressman Gottheimer for his special visit.
The Kindergarten students have been working hard learning about their “community” in their World Cultures class. Mayor Schmelz took the time to talk to them about the importance of community helpers and about what his job is like running Bergenfield. The kindergarteners were excited to hear that Mayor Schmelz’s favorite part of being mayor was when he was able to meet and spend time with members of the community. Thank you Mayor Schmelz!
On Wednesday, September 21st the world will be celebrating International Peace Day. This day was founded in 1999 by a filmmaker named Jeremy Gilley. His goal was to have a global day of peace and non-violence, where countries all over the world agree to get along. The World Cultures teachers will be working on a “Peace Quilt” that will contain a “patch” made by each of the students signifying what peace means to them. The quilt will be displayed in the school on September 21st along with a Peace Pledge that the students will recite. We are asking you and your students wear blue on Wednesday, September 21st in honor of International Peace Day. We have also attached a copy of the “Peace Pledge” for you. Click the title to read more.
The faculty and staff at Jefferson School is proud to announce that our 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Julie Stimeck. As one of our first grade teachers, Mrs. Stimeck brings incredible enthusiasm and creativity into her daily instruction that allows for her students to not only LOVE learning, but excel beyond their age. Always with a smile and positive attitude, Mrs. Stimeck is a valuable member of our learning community willing to step in and help whenever possible. Her relationships with her students and families is such a key part of her students success. The love for learning in her classroom exemplifies why her colleagues voted for her as Teacher of the Year!
The students at Jefferson School celebrated Read Across America Week by digging into their favorite books, reading with partners, listening to the various “Mystery Readers” and paying tribute to Dr. Seuss! Thank you to all of the guest readers that visited the school. It was so much fun to share our skills in Reading!!
Recently our K, 1, and 2 teachers collaborated for an afternoon of “A Celebration of Reading” where the children shared their books with one another and created their own reading groups where they talked about what they were reading, who the characters were, and why they loved the book! Our children are learning more and more every day and what a fantastic way to show what they know. Great job boys and girls!!
The Fifth Grade Youth Power Club of Jefferson School recently led the entire school in a community service project. Students were invited to participate in a Math-a-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students asked sponsors for donations and in return completed math problems at their grade level. The students raised a total of $9,600.00 during the Math-a-Thon. All money raised helps fund cancer treatments for children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Jefferson School community had a wonderful night on Friday January 8th, celebrating over 120 students in their BETTER THAN BROADWAY production of “The Fair at Yankee Poo”. The auditorium was full and the spirit was high watching the children sing and perform this year’s play. A special thank you goes to Michelle Bloom of Better than Broadway Productions for her work during the week of January 4th culminating with a fabulous performance on Friday night the 8th. The students don’t receive a script. They practice Monday through Thursday for two hours after school learning lines and songs. A school-wide assembly took place on Friday afternoon getting the performers ready for the big show Friday evening. WHAT A SHOW!! Thank you to all the boys in girls in grades 1-5 who participated. A very special thank you goes out to Mrs. Sue Greenspan who has coordinated our productions each of the last four years. Thank you as well to all the parent volunteers who made this a great experience for the children. Make sure to come out and see next years show “The Legend of Bully Joe”. Click the title to view our slideshow.