From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families:

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for an amazing school year filled with learning experiences that will nurture your child’s academic and social-emotional growth, as well as spark their curiosity. Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families and organizing the slew of supplies needed for a successful school year. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the building. And, our much-appreciated PTA is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

Please join me in welcoming to our team and extended family Alisha Tricarico, second grade teacher. We are also thrilled to welcome a veteran teacher back from maternity leave Christina Olson, fourth grade teacher.

Last year, not only did we continue to use our Oaks School #3 Twitter page as an excellent means to connect and communicate with our families but we added an Oaks School #3 Facebook page. We will continue to use these accounts to celebrate successes, share school and classroom news, answer questions, as well as share educational articles.

Please take some time to follow us.

School will begin on Tuesday, September 5th. A new school year is always exciting. Our focus this year will be to continue to provide each child with new challenges that result in a rewarding school experience. Academic emphasis on the common core learning standards in content areas of reading, language arts, science, social studies, and math will remain a priority. Our continued goal is to promote healthy development in every aspect of each student’s life, we also strive to develop a student body of good character; students who make good choices and decisions, resulting in successful and healthy outcomes. It is our belief that to achieve success students must follow our School #3 rules:

Be Safe – Be Respectful – Be Responsible

As you already know, Oaks School #3 is a community of learners dedicated to the academic, social, and emotional success of all our students. The guiding principles of our school include a rigorous curriculum, critical thinking, and a safe, nurturing environment where students are encouraged to take educational risks. Our teachers utilize a wide range of instructional practices and opportunities for differentiation to meet the individual needs of all students.

Parents are an integral part of our school community. Our staff works diligently to communicate with families and maintain on-going, two-way communication regarding our instructional programs, student progress, and opportunities for parents to be actively engaged in our school. I encourage you to maintain this open line of communication with your child’s teachers, support staff, and administration. It takes a village to raise a child and we are all part of the School #3 “village.” We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college
I have included a copy of our mission statement at the end of this letter. This mission statement was created through our Site-Based team, including parents, teachers, and administration.

It is also important to get involved with our wonderful PTA. Our co-presidents, Kelly Pallentino and Jackie Schramm, are eager to work with the parents to provide our students with the best possible school year. Please come to our PTA Bring Your Own Coffee on Tuesday, September 5th at 8:30 a.m. , immediately following drop-off. You will have the
opportunity to stop in and meet our PTA presidents and other School #3 parents. Our first official PTA Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. in our cafeteria. Our Annual Back to School BBQ is a great family affair and an excellent opportunity to celebrate the beginning of an amazing school year. This event will be held on Friday, September 8th after school.

As we prepare for a new school year, I would like to offer you information that will help provide a successful September school opening. In addition, I would like to remind you of routine building procedures. Please read this carefully as it explains policies and procedures.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Our school hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m . Students may enter the building at 8:05 a.m., after the first bell. A second bell at 8:15 a.m. will signify that instruction will begin with morning announcements and any student who enters the classroom after this bell will be marked late. It is imperative for students to be in their classrooms and ready to learn
at 8:15 a.m. I strongly urge all parents to make sure your child is on time each day. Not only are late student arrivals disruptive to the whole class, it is disruptive for your own child. Just imagine what it must feel like for your child to arrive late each morning. Additionally, he/she loses important instructional time as well as the directions a teacher has given for morning activities.

Any questions regarding dismissal procedures should be directed to your child’s teacher.
Students will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Please make arrangements to be here promptly at dismissal. If on rare occasions you will be late, you must notify the office. It is acceptable during the first week of school to escort your child to their classroom. Please say goodbye promptly upon arrival to insure a smooth transition into the start of the school day.

Traffic & Parking
Please be aware that pedestrian and automobile traffic surrounding School #3 can be difficult during drop-off and dismissal. Our PTA provides an amazing valet service in the front and rear of the building. This service will begin on the morning of September 11th. Following all traffic and parking rules is essential for our students’ safety. We ask that you
continue to instill in your children the importance of crossing the streets in designated crosswalks with the assistance of our crossing guards.

Early Pick-Up
If you need to pick your child up from school early at any time, you must provide us with a note in the morning stating the time of pick-up. Classroom teachers will have the student ready for you when you arrive in the main office. We are looking to avoid constant interruptions into the classroom that are disruptive to the education process.

Meals Procedures
Breakfast : Our before-school breakfast program is available to students in our cafeteria from 7:30 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. the cost is $2.25 per day, which must be prepaid. Forms will be available in the cafeteria. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Jane Blackburn, Operations Manager, at 678-7548. Please be advised that the cafeteria will NOT be supervised
before 7:30 a.m., children will not be permitted to enter prior to that time. Any child who attends the breakfast program MUST be purchasing breakfast. It is not an early morning drop-off service.
Lunch Price : Lunch will cost $2.60 .
Free and reduced price meals : Children from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals. To apply for free or reduced price meals, you must complete an application. These applications will be distributed on the first day of school and are also available in the main office. Completed, signed applications are to be returned to the main office.

Reporting Student Absences
In the event your child is going to be absent from school, please call Mrs. Kelly Driggers, our nurse, on the day of the absence at 678-7566. If your child is going to be absent for several days and you are requesting class work or homework to be sent home, please call the office in the morning so that this can be arranged. Please do not call in the afternoon
requesting homework; it is important we provide the classroom teachers enough time to gather the necessary materials.

We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of the children in our school. With this in mind, we have some classrooms designated as having students with Food Allergies. These rooms are delineated with signs hung directly outside the classroom. Each student in these classes should have received a letter from their classroom teacher informing them of the specific allergies so parents appropriately plan for snacks and lunch. In order to insure every child’s safety, please adhere to the letter sent to your child’s specific class. If you are unsure if your child’s class has been designated for having food allergies you can speak directly with the classroom teacher.

Back to School Night
Elementary Back to School Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19th. You will receive a detailed letter highlighting the time for each grade level. Please mark your calendars.

Parents/Visitors to the Building
Parents/visitors to School #3 must enter through the main entrance and ring the buzzer. Parents/visitors must be prepared to identify themselves and the purpose for the visit before entering the building. Once entered, parents/visitors must sign-in and leave identification with the monitor. Each visitor will receive a pass. After the completion of business, parents/visitors must sign-out, retrieve identification, and exit through the front doors only.

The staff and I are excited about the beginning of the new school year. The first full day of school will be Tuesday, September 5th. We look forward to working with you toward a successful and rewarding school year.

Very truly yours,
Beth Castiello

Beth Castiello

Teacher Room Assignments
Grade 1:
Mrs. Combs- A2
Mrs. Pekor- A6
Mrs. Phua- A4
Mrs. Welner- A13

Grade 2:
Mrs. Capone- A15
Mrs. Rossberg- A9
Ms. Schoen- A14
Ms. Tricarico- A3

Grade 3:
Mrs. DeStefano-18
Mrs. Pedowitz- 13
Mrs. Reilly- 12
Ms. Sharpe- 17

Grade 4:
Ms. Goldstein- 11
Mrs. Olson- 5
Mrs. Sellitto- 15
Ms. Stark- 10
Mrs. Weinstein- 14

Grade 5:
Mrs. Greenfield- 6
Ms. Oliviero- 3
Mrs. Stubbs- 2

Grade 6:
Mrs. Levine- A7
Ms. Marzocchi- A10
Mr. Palermo- A11
Ms. Ryan- A8