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A Message from Dr. McLaughlin
Week of June 14, 2021

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Join us for our final PTA Meeting of the year on Wednesday at 6:30pm! Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 941 0638 3051
Passcode: Nish2020

Juneteenth: Juneteenth became a state holiday for the first time this past September and MPS will be closed on Friday, June 18th to commemorate this day. We have shared resources with our teachers to use this week in lessons, read alouds, videos and crafts to recognize this day that officially recognizes the liberation of all enslaved African-Americans. We are including some of the children’s books that we shared with teachers that you may like to explore with your children and also the link to the district flyer of activities for the week:
○ Children’s Literature:
■ Juneteenth for Mazie
■ Juneteenth Jamboree
■ All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom
○ Activities: oster.pdf

● Our Second Grade Moving Up Celebration will be held on Thursday, June 17th at 11:30 am. The celebration will take place at Woodman Field and now 4 family members may attend live with tickets. The celebration will be livestreamed as well for other family members who would like to view!

Important End of Year (to do) Information:
○ If you need to pick up items from Nishuane (School photos for all virtual students, books, posters, etc.) please pick up between the hours of 10:30am and 12:30pm and 1:30pm and 3:00pm. Please ring the bell at Door A and the office staff will assist you.

Technology Collection Information: Please click here to read important information on when and how to return all borrowed technology equipment.

Nurse’s Note: I hope that you and your families are doing well. As we get closer to the end of the school year, I wanted to send out a gentle reminder that all students must have the Medical Forms and Emergency Action Plans (asthma, allergies and seizures) completed by a Healthcare Provider for the next school year. If anyone is not sure about which forms to obtain, please feel free to contact me, otherwise, all the medical forms are found on the district's website. Thank you, Nurse Ndungu

First Day of School Supplies: Don't miss out on ordering school supplies for next year! Make school shopping easy on yourself and have everything sent straight to the school! Deadline is July 1st for ordering! (For those going to Hillside, you can also use this link and search by zip code for Hillside and order for there too!) Your School Store:

MFEE Toasts and Tributes: Each spring, The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) launches Teacher Toasts, a time when families and staff gather to celebrate the end of another successful school year and thank our teachers. While Covid cancelled last year’s toasts, this year, MFEE is offering two ways to honor your teacher.
Host an Outdoor Toast: Choose a special teacher, para, coach, or other community member you would like to honor. We are all seeking new opportunities for classmates and families to reconnect, and what better way than honoring your teachers! Toasts can be hosted any time in June or July.
Buy a Teacher Tribute: Donate ANY amount to MFEE in honor of a teacher or staff member, and that person will receive a special card notifying him/her of your donation, and you can include a special message!

All funds raised by toasts and teacher tributes will go right back to Montclair classrooms in Fall 2021 in the form of teacher grants awarded for innovative ideas. A core priority for MFEE has always been to fund teacher innovation in the classroom, and the single biggest source of this funding is Teacher Toasts. Visit to honor your teachers.

○ Please contact our nurse, Mrs. Ndungu ( or 973-509-4236) with questions related to COVID, quarantining, general health concerns, etc. The Montclair Public Schools COVID-19 Guidance for Staff and Students(Updated April 8, 2021) can be located on the district website at: GUIDANCE CHART-rev.pdf

School Building Reopening Planning Guide for Families for relevant information
Mountie/Bulldog calendar here.

Important Dates 

June 17 @ 11:30am (Rain date) - Second Grade Moving Up Celebration - Woodman Field
June 18 - District Closed Juneteenth
June 23 - 2:10pm Dismissal
June 24 - 2:10pm Dismissal - Last Day of school for Students & Staff● June 10: 2:10pm Dismissal Curriculum Thursday

District-Wide Updates

Digital Backpack: Please click here to view community and organization events in town.
Housekeeping: Please check the district website ( for district policies and school procedures (In our Parent Handbook on our website).

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