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Principal's Message
Governor's Educator of the Year Program
Please see the attached form for nomination information for the Governor's Educator of the Year Program.

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New Downey Drive Traffic Pattern
Please see the attached file for information on the New Downey Drive traffic pattern.

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Welcome Back!
August 26, 2016

Dear Smith Families,

Happy Summer! I hope you are all relaxing, resting, reading, and having some fun! I officially started work as Principal on July 1, and I’ve had a great summer. I’ve spent time getting to know the school, and I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of you and your children. I cannot express just how excited I am for this school year – and, coming from a former English teacher, that truly means something!

When you return to Smith in September, you’ll find that every inch of the building has been dusted, vacuumed, and waxed. Our custodians, Mr. Best and Mr. Dzadik, have worked tirelessly to ensure that the building is ready for our students on the first day of school. At the same time, Mrs. Amoroso has been ordering supplies, processing new students, and attending to all of the details that keep the school running. Smith School couldn’t function without Mrs. Amoroso, Mr. Best, and Mr. Dzadik, so please join me in thanking them when you next come to school.

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6. Students in grades 1-5 need to bring a snack and lunch, as they will start the school year with a full day. Kindergarten students will begin the year with a half day. This half-day kindergarten schedule will run from September 6-16. On those days, kindergarteners will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m. Full-day kindergarten instruction begins on Monday, September 19.

Staffing:
We are very excited for the following staffing changes this year:
  • Ms. Cheryl Shaw, who taught second grade at Maugham, joins us to teach first grade.
  • Ms. Kristen Schott resigned from her position to explore an opportunity in Costa Rica. Ms. Stephanie Cataraso, who has experience at Smith and Mackay, is our new fourth grade teacher.
  • Ms. Carlee Pagano will serve as Ms. Christine Apa’s maternity leave replacement from September through December. Ms. Pagano was a student teacher at Stillman last year.
2016-17 focus:
I’ll be asking your children the same questions again and again this year:
  • What did you learn or create today?
  • What choices for a healthy, active lifestyle did you make today?
  • What did you do for someone else today?
I’ll also consistently encourage your children to read every night. Remember that great opportunities to reinforce reading can be found everywhere; for example, if your child is watching the Olympics, you might supplement that viewing with an article from a newspaper or a web site. Never stop reading!

As you know, your involvement is essential to your child’s growth and success in school – and in life. Please talk to your kids about their schoolwork, about their friendships, and about their contributions to their community.

Class assignments:
On or about August 22, you should receive an automated e-mail from Genesis with your username and password. You will then be able to log in to see your child’s classroom teacher. Please be advised that all class placements are final. Welcome letters and supply lists are posted on teacher class pages, which can be accessed from: http://sm.tenafly.k12.nj.us/. (Note that new teachers may not have access to their web pages until approximately August 25.) Additionally, you will have the option of updating your contact information by clicking on the “Contacts” tab.

See you soon:
Over these next few weeks, please find some time for relaxation. We have an exciting year ahead. I look forward to meeting all of you and your children.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Brian Ross
Principal
J. Spencer Smith School
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