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A Message from Dr. McLaughlin
Week of March 29, 2021

Weekly Hot Topics:

● A HUGE thank you to Ms. Tribus and Mr. Eder as well as our presenters Ms. Weaver, Ms. Makely, Ms. Alfreds, Ms. Kayne and Bridge Athletics. Children and families had so much fun at our Health and Wellness Fair yesterday! Thank you!!!
● CI/A Requests – Parent/ Guardian Information Session: We will be holding a Parent Information Session about the CI and Aesthetics requests process via Zoom on tonight, Monday, March 29th from 6:30 – 7:30pm to go over how the process will work this year. Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 847 7467 8775
Passcode: 632065

● We have TWO AWESOME Lunch and Learns for our students this week on Wednesday and Thursday! We hope your children will log in for these amazing opportunities!
○ Wednesday: Lunch and Learn- In sponsorship with the PTA, join us for a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, March 31 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm to visit the Harriet Tubman Museum in Cape May, NJ. The Museum will provide students with a private, virtual tour to discuss the artifacts and the history of Harriet Tubman. Please view the flyer for more details and information.
■ Zoom:
■ Passcode: HTM
○ Thursday: Lunch and Learn- Pennies for Pages Author, Jorge Aguirre, will visit, Thursday, April 1st:
■ Time: Apr 1, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time
■ Join Zoom Meeting:
■ Meeting ID: 947 0900 6011
■ Passcode: 817048

● Tomorrow, March 30th will be asynchronous instruction for PreK-elementary students as teachers prepare for in-person opening.
● School Hybrid Opening, April 12th: Please review our School Building Reopening Planning Guide for Families for relevant information regarding the start of hybrid instruction. A few reminders:
○ If your child will participate in hybrid instruction in the school building, you must complete the contract on Genesis in advance of the start of hybrid instruction. If you have any difficulty with locating the contract or completing it, please email Parent Access at
○ Student rotation groups are in Genesis. You can view the Mountie/Bulldog calendar here.
○ For students returning to the school building for the hybrid instruction, please remember to send the child to school each day with:
■ Two extra masks in a baggie for clean and dirty masks
■ Headphones for their personal use only

● Best Day Ever T-shirt Contest: Jason and Susan Andersen and Fleet Feet Montclair invite you to enter a t-shirt design contest for the Best Day Ever virtual race and fundraiser. The winning design will be selected as the race t-shirt and will be sold to raise funds for Kaija Jung Andersen Memorial Scholarship. Designs must be submitted by Sunday, March 28, 2021.
○ T-shirt Contest rules and information are attached here.
○ View ideas for what a design might look like here.

● From the Department of Operations and Special Services: The Utility Shut Off moratorium has been extended through June 30th. Please see the below correspondence and link referencing the extension:,1,lVk5KF1_t5ub6D-qI_C8bWekzG37xm20BqSZ4cYL6xYqPkVbGQXSiiFaiv18tKbWhCZtEGD120PDFw9emJoPlHLgg_u60qwaO8TL7FcLg-RolQ,,&typo=1
From the District Nurse: Updated guidance from NJDOH on Excluding Siblings: Please note the most updated guidance from the NJDOH. Changes this week include NOT excluding siblings of students with any COVID-like symptom (only siblings of students who are COVID positive). The information was updated on the district website
● Please contact our nurse, Mrs. Ndungu ( or 973-509-4236) if your child or a household member has tested positive for COVID.

Important Dates

● March 30, 2021: Cycle 2 Report Cards post to Genesis
● March 31, 2021: 2:10pm Dismissal
● March 31, 2021: Evening Conferences
● April 2 - April 9: School Closed - Spring Break
● April 12, 2021: Hybrid Reopening
● April 15, 2021: SATP Meeting 7:30pm
● April 22, 2021: 2:10 pm Dismissal/ PTA Meeting @ 6pm.

PTA Updates

Spring Explorers: Get ready for Explorers Spring Session! We are happy to announce that we are offering BOTH Virtual & Outdoor In-Person classes! From lacrosse to dance to karate - we have lots of great options!
○ Please check out the full list of course offerings here: (This link to register for courses will go live once registration officially opens.)
Registration begins on March 30th at 8pm. Classes begin the week of April 19th. Please note: in person class sizes will be limited due to Covid protocols, so make sure you register early! Classes are first come, first served!
○ Any questions or if you would be interested in a scholarship please email:

Our PTA is organizing more support! If you are interested in joining the committee to support, please email our PTA President, Reggie Valentine at

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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