PTO NOVEMBER 2022 AGENDA

Welcome – Monica Jaksinski Bloch, President

Flag Salute – Mr. Blake, Principal

 

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Daniele Fila & Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Bri Miccio - Treasurer

Bonnie Ufferfilge - Secretary

Kristen Vivino and Erika Kao - Economy Shop Co-Chairs

Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Past Co-Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

 

 

Secretary:

  • The October 2022 minutes were approved by the PTO members in attendance.

 

 

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

Profits:

  • Approximately $5,000 Seeing Eye Dog
  • Approximately $7,800 Harvest Fest

 

Expenses:

  • Classroom enhancements for the teachers are being paid out – this was voted on and approved in September 2022
  • Outdoor garden and water tables – voted on and approved in June 2022
  • Deposit for the spring golf outing

 

 

Principal’s Report:   Mr. Blake

  • Student Council Representatives opened the meeting, introduced themselves and discussed their roles. Purpose of the Student Council is to help build community, provide service for the school and for others.
  • President - Sophia Zarzar
  • Vice President - Max Kleinschmidt
  • Secretary - Zack St. Hillaire
  • Parent/teacher conferences taking place in November either in-person or virtually.
  • Students are now settling in nicely. The goal of the first couple months was to refamiliarize the students with how the school day functions and engage in socialization.

 

President Report:

Monica thanked the committee chairs for organizing and executing these successful events.

  • Community Service/Seeing Eye – Bri Miccio* & Colleen Springman
  • Harvest Fest – Tracy Schnurr & Courtney Zivkovich
  • Fall Book Fair – Melanie Petruzzi, Julie O’Donnell & Cynthia Mills

 

*Bri Miccio was in attendance for the November PTO meeting. The other chairs were not present.

 

Executive Board Reports:

 

Zlata – 1st VP

  • The student directories are finalized and being printed for distribution in November.
  • 5th grade students submitted their own personal artwork for a chance to be used on the front cover and inside cover of the student directory. Big congrats to the following winners for their hard work:
  • Cover – Jackson Van Slooten
  • Inside cover – Lucia Lauretta

 

Danielle & Jen (2nd VPs) – no update

 

Kristen & Erika  - Economy Shop Co-Chairs

  • Washington PTO received our first check for $2,500.
  • Please note: they are no longer accepting books or CDs.
  • Washington week is November 15 –19 and must be staffed by Washington school parents/representatives or the shop must close that week.

 

Committee Reports:

Holiday Store – Cori Neuhaus

  • The Washington Holiday Store will take place on December 7th and 8th.
  • Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade class moms can come to help these younger kids shop.

 

Community Service – Bri Miccio

  • Our Fall Harvest Drive supports the Social Service Association of Ridgewood. We will be collecting food items (specifics assigned to each class) and non-food items that can be used by those in need throughout the year.

 

WEF – update provided by Monica

  • Pie Drive PTO fundraiser partnering with Demarest Farms – you can order Apple, Pumpkin or Pecan pies available for pick up the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
  • You can also donate a pie to Families for Families (charitable organization in Bergen and Passaic counties dedicated to helping families in need).
  • 50/50 raffle to take place at Eisenhower Middle School – 11/29 at 8pm

 

Washington Centennial Gala - set to take place on February 1, 2023

 

 

 

Upcoming Dates:

11/10-11/11 – School Closed NJEA Convention

11/14 – Picture Makeups for ABSENT students only

11/14 – BOE Meeting 6:30pm at EMS

11/16 – Minimum Day Dismissal 1:05pm/Parent Teacher Conferences

11/23 – Minimum Day

11/24-11/25 – School Closed Thanksgiving

12/2 – Fifth Grade Bingo 7pm

12/7 – Spirit Day

12/7-12/8 – Holiday Store

 

 

There is no December PTO Meeting. The next meeting will be on 1/10/23 at 9:15am in the MPR.

 

 

October 11, 2022

Washington PTO Agenda

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Daniele Fila & Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Bri Miccio - Treasurer

Bonnie Ufferfilge - Secretary

Kristen Vivino and Erika Kao - Economy Shop Co-Chairs

Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Past Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

 

Secretary:  September Minutes & Correspondence

  • The September 2022 PTO meeting minutes were approved.
  • Thank You Notes were read from the teachers regarding their certificate for Classroom Enhancements.

 

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • The PTO had a profit of approximately $14,600 in the month of September primarily through PTO membership fees and Special Lunches (pizza and bagel lunch).
  • Our main expense was the t-shirts provided to each student for the Wizard Challenge.
  • Starting balance for September = $65,837 , Total Income= $24,095, Total Expenses= $9,423, Ending Balance for September =$80,059.

 

 

Principal’s Report:   Mr. Blake

  • Parent teacher conference sign up starts October 18th– using sign up genius (for conferences in November)
  • The teachers are very thankful for the discretionary funds from the PTO for classroom enhancements
  • Washington uses a responsive classroom approach that empowers students. With that, the children all participated in writing the Washington School Rules. Each grade level came up with rules and then those rules were clustered together into four school wide rules. Two banners were created (K-2 and 3-5) listing the rules and signed by every student. These banners hang in the front hallway.
  1. Be kind, respectful, safe and make good choices.
  2. Take care of the school, others and yourself.
  3. Be positive and mindful!
  4. Try your best, follow your dreams, and have fun!

 

  • Halloween-Annual parade will take place at end of day on the back field. Kindergarteners wear costumes to school and grades 1-5 bring costumes to school.
  • Halloween parties will be resumed. There is no food allowed, but there will be fun event of arts and crafts, games and activities.
  • Annual Harvest Fest to take place Friday October 14th.
  • Ceremony was held at Washington for The Hourihan Family and friends in memory of former student, Jack Hourihan, who passed of cancer at age 21. In memory, the Washington 5th grade class created a stone-lined path to the outdoor classroom (stones generously provided by the Braen Family). PTO supported the ceremony and paid for/dedicated a plaque that reads, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” the adopted song of his favorite team, The Liverpool Football Club.

 

President’s Report:

Thank you to the committee chairs for organizing and executing these great events.

  • Walk to School Day – Noelle Shuhet and Allison Prior
  • Community Service Project/Seeing Eye Dog – Bri Miccio and Colleen Springman
  • Thank you to the Braen Family who once again generously donated rocks for the Hourihan memorial, just as they previously had done for Mrs. Rubnenacker’s memorial.

 

Executive Board Reports

 

Zlata (PTO Registration);

  • Directories are coming soon
  • YMCA afterschool programs – working to offer more days per week

 

Danielle & Jen (fund raising event):

  • Centennial celebrations are in the works
  • Holiday store

 

Erika (Economy Shop volunteering, New QR Code):

  • 100% of the money that comes in goes back to Wyckoff school. This is one of the top PTO fundraisers for our school.
  • The shop is in constant need of parent volunteers. Shifts are only 2 hours long.
  • The Shop has to close on days we don’t have enough volunteers. The average loss of income when it closes for a day $500-1000.
  • Washington week is Nov 15-19. Please grab a friend and sign up!

 

Committee Reports: 

Harvest Fest – Courtney Zivkovich

  • Waldwick Gardens provided a discount on the 50 classroom pumpkins, which are being decorated and raffled off. In addition, they donated small sugar pumpkins for the kids to decorate at the festival.
  • Entertainment on Wheels to provide inflatables and other fun activities. Also a DJ.
  • Tickets to Harvest Fest and raffle tickets for the decorated pumpkins contribute to PTO profits.

 

 

Fall Book Fair – Julie O’Donnell

  • Oct 24 and 25th during school hours.
  • Monday night 10/24 is family night – Mr. Blake will be reading to the students.
  • Cash is not accepted. Please set up an ewallet. There is also an option to shop online.
  • Additionally, class parents have/will set up an ewallet to contribute toward books for the classroom.

 

Community Service – Bri Miccio

  • Seeing Eye Dog- Each class had an outpouring of contributions. Columbia Bank is letting us use their coin counter without a service fee. The winning class gets a kick ball game with Mr. Blake and the school gets to name the seeing eye dog. Go WIZARDS!
  • A canned food drive is planned for November’s community service project.

 

WEF – Monica Jaksinski Bloch

  • Pie fundraiser with Demarest Farms. Purchase a pie for Thanksgiving and the proceeds go to WEF. Look for more information in the eblast on how to order pies online.

 

Upcoming Dates:

10/14 – Harvest Fest Rain Date

10/17 Week – Anti-Violence Week – The Friday eblast will let know what to wear.

10/24 & 10/25 – Fall Book Fair

10/31 – Halloween Parade 2:30pm on the Field

11/2 – Minimum Day/Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Next Month’s PTO Meeting is on 11/8 at 9:15-10am in the MPR.

 

There will be NO PTO meeting in December.

 

September 13, 2022

Washington PTO Agenda

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Daniele Fila & Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Bri Miccio - Treasurer

Bonnie Ufferfilge - Secretary

Kristen Vivino and Erika Kao - Economy Shop Co-Chairs

Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Past Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

 

Secretary:  June Minutes & Correspondence

Treasurer:  Financial Statement/2022-2023 Budget

  • $66,300 Total Budget
  • Washington Centennial $15K
  • Give each academic teacher $500 and academic support $250K for classroom enhancements. $11K Total.
  • Expenses $79,600
  • Projected income: $48,900
  • End of year cash balance: $35,800

 

Principal’s Report:   Mr. Blake

 

  • Fifth grade play was announced this morning, they will be performing Madagascar.
  • First few weeks of school teachers are trying to build a social environment and community in the classroom.
  • Strong support system in place and the school will continue to communicate to parents.
  • 100 years of Wizards pride. 1922 this current building was built and Washington became the first school in town.
  • BTS night on 9/20 – 6:30pm-8pm. 5th grade will meet in the library, other grades will meet in classrooms.
  • Tribute to Jack Hourihan by building a path to honor Jack’s life. Presentation on October 6th.

 

President’s Report:

  • Classroom Enhancement – Vote
  • Budget Approval - Vote
  • TY to the following Committee Chairs

 

Beautification: Heather Cestaro and Paula Cestaro; Spirit Wear: Keryn Lieberman and Valerie Powers; Special Lunch: Andrea Collins and Colleen Springman

 

Executive Board Reports:

 

Zlata (PTO Registration):

 

  • Reminder to register for the class directory.
  • After School Y Programs: 2:30-3:30 Robotics and 3:30-4:30 Chess
  • 5th Grade Cover Contest: 5th grade students can participate in the cover contest.

 

Danielle & Jen (Fundraising overview):

  • Harvest Fest on Oct 13th/Rain Date Oct 14th
  • Book Fair
  • Holiday Store
  • Read-A-Thon: Springtime
  • Main fundraising events: Centennial celebration in February. Second annual golf outing on May 31st.   Looking for committee chairs.
  • Centennial family picnic in June

 

Kristen & Erika (Economy Shop volunteering):

  • Non-profit retail shop
  • Shop open on 9/20 – Accepting donations, specifically men’s, kids and home.
  • Volunteering: Class moms should communicate the need for volunteers.
  • Washington Nov 15th-19th
  • Open Tues-Friday

 

Committee Reports:

 

Walk to School Day– Noelle Shuhet & Alison Prior

  • Pedometers will be handed out
  • Activities and music will be provided

 

Community Service – Bri Miccio & Colleen Springman

  • Working with the seeing eye – guide dog school. Goal is to reach $5K to train one dog.
  • Assembly next week where the kids will see the dog and watch it through the training.
  • Pennies for puppies and dollars for dogs. Kids will bring in spare change.  Work to collect spare change or dollars as possible.
  • Winning classroom gets to play Mr. Blake in kickball.
  • The kids get to name the dog.

 

WEF – Erin Christman

 

  • Non-profit run by parent volunteers
  • March 2nd WEF Gala
  • Thanksgiving pie drive – Order ahead of time
  • com to sign up

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • 9/20 Back to School Night 6:30pm
  • 9/26 No School - Rosh Hashanah
  • 9/28 Walk to School Day
  • 10/1 Yankees Family Game Day
  • Week of Respect – week of 10/3
  • 10/5 No School – Yom Kippur
  • 10/6 Wizard Challenge – 10/7 Rain date
  • 10/10 Minimum Day

 

Next Month’s PTO Meeting is on 10/11 at 7pm in the MPR.

 

 

May 3, 2022

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome – Monica Jaksinski Bloch, President

Flag Salute – Mr. Blake, Principal

 

 

April 19, 2022

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome – Monica Jaksinski Bloch, President

Flag Salute – Mr. Blake, Principal

 

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Daniele Fila & Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jen Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Kristen Vivino, Economy Shop

Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Past Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

 

Secretary:  March Minutes & Correspondence

 

  • Read correspondence from teacher’s wish list gifts.

 

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

 

Starting Balance: $77,894

Total Income: $12,134

Read-A-Thon brought in over $10K

Total Expenses: $12,418

Largest expenses are pizza lunch, assembly, teacher’s wish list

Ending Balance: $77,610

 

Principal’s Report:   Mr. Blake

 

  • Moving away from desks and rows to flexible seating.  Learning is social and collaborative and we are getting back to normal. 
  • Teacher appreciation day is coming up next week.
  • BMX assembly on Thursday.
  • Book Fair and Choral concert is coming up and they will be inside.
  • Washington school was built in 1922, celebrating the centennial next year.  First school in Wyckoff with a lot of history. Putting together a Centennial committee with spirit wear and celebrations for next year.

 

President’s Report:  Thank you to the following Committee Chairs:

Spelling Bee – Liz Morisco and Carolyn Kuhe; Family Game Night – Sivan Frank and Jana Nowak; Greeting Cards – Julie-Ann Georgetti

 

Art Appreciation Week (5/2-5/6):

1) Save recyclable materials and bring to school week of 4/25

2) Art Night 5/6 – register via the Connected Parent Series

3) Art Museum is sending a sculptor who specializes in recyclable art to Washington. Every child will participate in the wall sculpture, which will cover 2 full walls.

 

Executive Board Reports:  Zlata, Danielle & Jen, Kristen

 

Zlata: No report

 

Danielle/Jen:

 

  • Washington’s first golf outing is Wednesday June 1st at Black Bear, Crystal Springs - $250 golfer includes 18 holes of golf, cart/green fees, BBQ, tricky tray with cash bar ($60 per person).  
  • Prizes for tricky tray dinner at night. Each grade is working on their baskets – May 25th deadline.
  • Sponsorships available – 15 holes – family or business opportunities .  

 

Kristen: 

 

  • Economy shop needs volunteers. 
  • Each school gets a portion of the profits, as long as there are volunteers.
  • Two co-president seats are available.

 

Committee Reports: 

 

Green Team – Erika Kao and Meredith Riss:

 

  • Saturday is Wyckoff’s Team up to Tidy Up – Shirts, garbage bags and gloves are given out.
  • Washington school is a designated clean up location.  Register asap by texting Meredith.
  • Saturday morning from 9am-11am. 
  • Rain date: April 30th
  • Writing Implement recycling program is currently going on at school. Each classroom needs a vessel for the kids to put the pens and markers in.

 

Scholastic Book Fair – Cynthis Mills, Melanie Petruzzi and Julie O’Donnell:

 

  • Book Fair: Wednesday and Thursday 4/27 and 4/28 – indoors in the media center.
  • Class parents are able to participate.  Online option to add money and shop on the Book Fair homepage from 4/26-5/9.  
  • Please send in a reusable bag to bring books back home.
  • E-Wallets only, no cash is accepted.

 

WEF – Erin Christman:

 

  • May 12th at Macaluso’s – Casino Night – Goes back to STEM initiatives for all of the Wyckoff schools.
  • Opportunities for sponsorships.
  • Washington is in the lead to win $1,000 for the school based on the most attendance at the event.
  • 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction, No assigned seating

 

Upcoming Dates:

4/23 – Tidy Up Washington Event

4/25 – BOE Meeting 6:30pm

4/27 & 4/28 – Scholastic Book Fair

4/29 – 4th Grade Spring Choral Concert for Parents 2:30pm

5/2-5/6 Art Appreciation Week

5/6 Staff Appreciation Luncheon/ Art Night

 

Next PTO Meeting is on 5/3/2022 at 9:15 IN PERSON!

 

March 8, 2022

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome – Monica Jaksinski Bloch, President

Flag Salute – Mr. Blake, Principal

 

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Kristen Vivino, Economy Shop

Rosemary O’Connell & Kristen Marino, Past Co-Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

 

Secretary:  February Minutes & Correspondence

Treasurer:  Financial Statement – 

Starting balance for Feb $81,087

Economy Shop Income $1,500 – with more participation, we could be receiving a larger portion.

Total expenses $4,693

Ending Balance for February is $77,894

 

Principal’s Report:   Mr. Blake

Removal of masks on March 7th made it a very special day in the school.  The teachers are working with the children to have them show empathy for kids who choose to wear or not wear masks – it’s everyone’s individual choice.  The children are being flagged for academic needs, however, they are finding that the social & emotional needs of kids need to be closely monitored.  The younger grades are seeing more conflict, so interactive modeling is helping them to learn conflict resolution.  

Mr. Blake shared the news that Jack Hourihan, class of 2011, passed away recently of brain cancer.  We want to support the Hourihan family as strongly as possible through our school community. 

 

President’s Report:  Thank you to the following Committee Chairs:

Read Across America Read-a-Thon: Erin Christman and Dana Jareck.  The decorations were wonderful and everyone had a great day. 

 

Theme Day – The Budget is approved. 

 

Teacher Wish List – Budget is approved for $7,000 to purchase items on teacher’s wish lists.

 

Executive Board Reports:  Zlata, Danielle & Jen, Kristen

 

Zlata: No report

 

Danielle/Jen: The golf outing will be held on June 1st at Crystal Springs golf course.  Attendees can play 18 holes, join a BBQ lunch and anyone can attend dinner.  Transportation will be provided. We will be reaching out to classes for help with the tricky tray. 

 

Kristen: Economy shop will host a town garage sale on Saturday, May 14th (Rain date: May 15th) from 9:30pm-4pm.  

Committee Reports: 

 

Spelling Bee -Liz Morisco and Carolyn Kuhe – The spelling bee will be hosted on March 17th and March 24th.  The participants are grades 1-5 and participation is optional.  Winners of grades 3, 4, 5 will participate in the championship round on March 24th

 

Family Game Night – Sivan Frank and Jana Nowak – Family game night will be held on March 18th.   There will be two sessions, 6-6:45 and 7-7:45, which is limited to 100 tickets per session.  Donations for prizes are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at Sivan Frank’s house.

 

Greeting Cards – Julie-Ann Georgetti – The greeting card fundraiser was just announced in the weekly eblast.  The box has 30 cards and $13 per box is donated to the school.  

 

School Supplies – Heather Cestaro – The deadline is Friday March 11th.  Please order the school supplies for your child’s incoming year.

 

WEF – Erin Christman – On May 12th from 7pm -11pm there will be a Kentucky Derby Fundraiser at Macaluso’s to support the digital literacy and coding skills for robotics programs. The fundraising will be divided between all 4 Wyckoff elementary schools and the middle school.

 

EMS On Tuesday, April 5th, 7PM there will be an in-person meeting for upcoming parents. There will be a separate student orientation at a later date. 

 

Theme Day – Each class is finalizing their country for this year’s theme day.  Once the countries are chosen, the class volunteers can begin to work on decorations and games for the day.

 

Upcoming Dates:

3/11  Deadline to Order School Supplies

3/14  BOE Meeting 6:30pm

3/17 and 3/24   Spelling Bee 

3/18   Family Game Night

 

Next PTO Meeting is on 4/19/2022 at 7pm 

 

February 8, 2022

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome – Monica Jaksinski Bloch, President

Flag Salute – Mr. Blake, Principal

 

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Kristen Vivino, Economy Shop

Rosemary O’Connell & Kristen Marino, Past Co-Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary:  January Minutes & Correspondence

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Starting balance for January = $65,161, Total Income= $25,862, Total Expenses= $9,936, Ending Balance for January=$81,087
  • The PTO purchased 4 Audiocat systems for the teachers to use.

 

Principal’s Report:   Mr. Blake was not in attendance.

 

President’s Report:  

We are following CDC guidance for the removal of the mask mandate.  Mr. Blake will continue to communicate the information as it is released.

  • Thank you to special lunch chairs for putting together pizza and bagel lunch.
  • Thank you to all lunch volunteers.
  • If you are volunteering, please upload your vaccination card to Genesis.  If you are not vaccinated, you need a covid test one week prior.
  • Mrs. Flanagan is working on the Washington World’s broadcast. 
  • Summer Academies came out last Friday – The camp is free, except for a $25 registration fee.  It will be held at Sicomac School.
  • Connected Parents series are being held in the next few weeks.
  • The drop off on Morse Avenue is strictly a drop off line.  Please do not block the street.

Special Lunch: Thank you to Andrea Collins and Colleen Springman and Pizza Lunch Volunteers

 

Washington’s World Broadcast – Thank You Mrs. Flanagan and 5D

Connected Parent Series – Mindset Matters: A Growth Seminar was postponed from 2/7 to 3/7; Upcoming  Seminars are Nurturing Your Child at Home and at School on 2/10 9:30-10:30am and Emotional Regulation and Conflict Resolution on 3/2 6:30-8:30pm

 

Executive Board Reports:  Zlata, Danielle & Jen, Kristen

 

Zlata: No report

 

Danielle/Jen: The golf outing is June 6th.  We will be having a BBQ lunch and buffet dinner.  There will be options for non-golfers to participate.  We will have raffle baskets at dinner. If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to Jen and Danielle. More information to come.  

 

Kristen: Thank you to everyone who has volunteered at the economy shop.  There are more spots open to volunteer to anyone who is interested.  If Washington doesn’t volunteer, we do not receive the donations.

 

Committee Reports:  Read-A-Thon: Erin Christman and Dana Jareck

 

Date is Friday March 4th.  Reading is out of this world is the theme.  There will be an online form for participation.  

 

Upcoming Dates:

2/16 - BOE Meeting 6:30pm

2/18 - Sibling Kindergarten Registration Ends

2/21 - 2/25  Winter Break Schedule

2/28 - 3/4  Read Across America Week 

3/2 - Spirit Day

Next PTO Meeting is on 3/8/2022 at 9:15am 

 

January 11, 2022

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome – Monica Jaksinski Bloch, President

Flag Salute – Mr. Blake, Principal

 

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Kristen Vivino, Economy Shop

Rosemary O’Connell & Kristen Marino, Past Co-Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: November minute’s approval. Correspondence: Thank you note from Mrs. Ruebenacker’s family.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Expense Form can be found on Washington PTO site.  PT Office is not able to reimburse the tip. Please remember to put tip to $0.00. 
  • The starting balance for October was $64,637.
  • The total income for December was $11,438.
  • Expenses for December were $10,914.
  • Ending balance for December was $65,161.

Principal’s Report: Mr. Blake

  • Mr. Blake wanted to thank the community for their love and support during such a difficult time in December.  It’s important that the children learn and stay strong and resilient through difficult times.
  • Lots of students and staff out last week, but looks like we are trending down. We are focused on instruction and resuming normalcy.  Ideas of outdoor teaching.
  • Audiocat systems – Stand alone speakers and teachers have a microphone.  Allows all students to hear the teacher over classroom noise.
  • Looking to plan theme day, assemblies and other celebrations with safety. The goal is to do a variety of field trips and other fun days for the kids.
  • Valentine’s Day:  No trinkets with valentines, only valentine cards. There will be parties with the teachers and class parents.

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to the beautification chairs for the new pots in the front of the school and to the holiday store chairs for organizing.
  • Pizza Lunch: Deadline is Friday January 14th.  
  • Family Game Night: Moving to March with hopes that we can do an in-person night.
  • Bagel Lunch: Able to renegotiate contract to have another vendor on site.  Option of another economical option – through midland park bagels. This will be a fundraiser for the 5th grade. We will need 5th grade volunteers to distribute the bagels.
  • Audiocat: Vote to allocate $5,000 towards purchasing the system.

 

Executive Board Reports: Zlata, Danielle/Jen, Kristen

 Zlata:

  • No report.

Danielle/Jen:

  • We are planning Washington School Golf Outing in May/June. Please contact Jen if you are interested in volunteering.

 Kristen: 

  • Thank you to all volunteers. We do need more representation at the economy shop from Washington, so that we can be part of the profit share. 
  • Feb 15th-19th: the committee is looking for volunteers.
  • The shop is looking for men’s items for donation.

Committee Reports: 

Theme Day:

  • The date will be towards the end of spring May/June.
  • The theme is Amazing Race.  It will be setup outside – the kids will race around the countries and get passports stamped.
  • Need classroom coordinators to organize volunteers.

Green Team:

  • Erika and Meredith are co-chairs for the newly established Green Team.  
  • We have partnered with Terracycle to recycle pens and markers when they are out of ink. 
  • Working on courtyard revitalization. Working with Ridgewood tree company with powerwashing and new mulch.
  • Bring a worm to school day to put in the outdoor classroom to nourish the soil. 
  • Exploring crayon recycling in the springtime. 

WEF:

  • The virtual wine tasting event is being postponed to March.

Upcoming Dates:

1/14 - Pizza Lunch Deadline

1/17 – No school MLK and PD

2/2 – Spirit Day

Next PTO Meeting - February 8th at 7pm

 

 

 

November 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome – Monica Bloch, President

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Kristen Vivino, Economy Shop

Rosemary O’Connell & Kristen Marino, Past Co-Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: October minute’s approval. No correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • The starting balance for October was $46,198.
  • The ending balance for October was $64,637
  • October Fall Social Tickets raised $10,324
  • Harvest Fest raised a total of $7.774
  • Total expenses for October was $4,190
  • Reminder that all forms are available on the PTO website.

Principal’s Report: Mr. Blake

  • Three 5th graders officers, the president, VP and Secretary are here today to speak to the PTO.  They thanked the PTO for supporting the outdoor classrooms. The student council has been able to take a portable device to do morning meetings from the outdoor classroom.  
  • Mrs. Flanagan put together a video showing the different classrooms utilizing the outdoor space.
  • A thank you to Mr. Paterson who created the outdoor chalkboards.
  • Reminder that this Wed and next are parent/teacher conferences.
  • RTI – response to intervention to identify students who may need extra support and enrichment is up and running.  At conferences, parents will find out where their children are landing.
  • Teachers have seen an improvement in children’s behavior, they are acclimating to the classrooms much better than in the beginning of the year.

Executive Board Reports: Zlata, Danielle/Jen, Kristen

 Zlata:

  • The PTO directory will be distributed within the next month.

Danielle/Jen:

  • Tomorrow 11/10 is the Fall Social.  We are selling raffle tickets for the PS5 raffle at $10 per ticket.

Kristen: 

  • Thank you to all volunteers. We do need more representation at the economy shop from Washington, so that we can be part of the profit share. 

Committee Reports: 

WEF:  

  • Reminder that Demarest Farms pie fundraiser in 11/13.  You can pick up the pies on Nov 23rd.  Orders can be placed easily online.  A portion of the proceeds will come back to our school.
  • Save the date for Thursday, May 12th at Macaluso’s for a Kentucky Derby fundraiser.

Green Team:

  • Erika and Meredith are co-chairs for the newly established Green Team.  They are working with representatives from other schools. 
  • Two projects are the recycling program – pens, marker, glue sticks, highlighters that are out of ink, can be put in a plastic bag and brought into school for recycling.
  • Tidy up the courtyard is the second project on the calendar. 

Holiday Store:

  • The store will be up and running on Dec 1 and Dec 2.
  • Tidy up the courtyard is the second project on the calendar. 
  • The store allows the kids to shop for family members.  Each class gets about 20 minutes to purchase gifts.
  • There will be a gift list sent home to budget for each person in the family.
  • Partnering with Fun Services for all of the gifts.

5th Grade Reps – Rae Barry, Jen Budin, Jamie Chudnoff, Lauren Gigante, Joey O’Connell and Tricia Theisz

  • Fall Apparel: There are a number of fall apparel items for sale: t-shirts/sweatshirts, umbrellas and other great items are available for purchase online.
  • Bagel lunch will be available on all minimum days in the month of November
  • Dinner orders through Rocca are currently in the works.

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to the Harvest Fest chairs for a successful event: Cori Neuhaus, Sarir Silver, Rae Barry and Julie O’Donnell.
  • Thank you to Fall Book Fair chairs: Cori Neuhaus, Sarir Silver, Rae Barry and Julie O’Donnell.
  • Thank you to the 5th Grade reps: Rae Barry, Jen Budin, Jamie Chudnoff, Lauren Gigante, Joey O’Connell and Tricia Theisz
  • Wizard Magnets are still available to purchase.  Send Monica an email if you would like to purchase.
  • We would like to give a thank you to the Paterson family for building and donating the outdoor chalkboards.
  • The economy shop needs more volunteers, please sign up for 2-hour shifts and they are also looking for two co-presidents.

Upcoming Dates:

11/10 Fall Social at 6:30pm
11/10 Deadline for Fall Apparel Sale
11/10 Minimum Day with Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/11 Deadline for Minimum Bagel Lunch Order for 11/17 

11/15 BOE Meeting at 6:30pm 

11/17 Minimum Day with Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/24 Minimum Day

11/15-11/16 No School for Thanksgiving Break

12/1-12/2 Holiday Store

Next PTO Meeting - January 11th at 9:15am

October 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome – Monica Bloch, President

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Kristen Vivino, Treasurer, Economy Shop

Rosemary O’Connell & Kristen Marino, Past Co-Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: June minute’s approval. No correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • The school had a profit of $5800 in pizza lunch orders.
  • Total income is $18,340.
  • $46,198 is the ending balance for September.
  • All group chairs can find any necessary forms on the PTO website.

Principal’s Report: Mr. Blake

  • Thank you for a wonderful back to school night, it was great to see all parents. 
  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Nov 10th and Nov 16th.  The conferences will be either in-person or virtually.
  • There will be a coordinating council workshop held for parents - instructional coach Jen Ascrizzi and Ashley Gonzalez will be talking about academics and behavior that they have noticed from this year.  
  • 4th and 5th grade state testing will be conducted this month.  It will give the teachers insight into how children are progressing as related to state standards.  
  • Social and emotional support may be needed the most for children in the lower grades.  Covid school closings may have deprived them of some social growth.  Freedom in a large group is a big adjustment for the younger children.
  • This month we have had the return of student council officers who lead classrooms and have re-established groups like safety patrol who aid arrival in the morning.  
  • We believe in a model called responsive classroom that supports both social and emotional development in children. Children create their classroom rules.
  • The children created 3 school rules:
  1. Take care of our school and others
  2. Do your best work as a team
  3. Have a fun and positive year
  • Fundamentals of Hip Hop will be the first assembly since before Covid and it will be held in Oct.

Superintendents Report: Dr. Postma

  • The board of education has been notified of a cluster of positive cases with one class in Washington.  The children are being distanced, but have also been given the option of remote learning.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Antonucci, Monica Bloch & Mr. Blake for all of their hard work and communication.

Executive Board Reports: Zlata, Danielle/Jen, Kristen

 Zlata:

  • Registration has been completed for the directory. 
  • Thank you to everyone who signed up for committee chairs. 
  • During the Harvest festival, we will be selling the new car magnets.  
  • Francesca B won the outside cover contest for the directory.  Grace K won for the inside cover.

Danielle/Jen:

  • The Fall Gala will be coming up in November. We are raffling off a PlayStation 5.  
  • Please visit the Washington PTO page to purchase your tickets for the gala.

Kristen: 

  • The Economy Shop will be reopening on Tuesday, November 2nd.  The official link will go out later this week for volunteer sign ups under the Economy Shop on the PTO website.  
  • The shop will be donation only, which will lessen the number of people needed per shift.  
  • Additionally, we are looking for new co-presidents for the board.  
  • The shop will not be consigning, so no new accounts will be accepted. 
  • Each class has to send volunteers for various shifts. 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps.

5th Grade Reps:

  • Thank you for a successful movie night and equally successful Popsicle sales.  

Spirit Wear:

  • The spirit wear shipment is coming in at the end of the month.  
  • We have sold over 440 items in total. 

Book Fair:

  • The Book Fair will be held October 20th and 21st.  The options for payment will be check or e-wallet. 
  • Eblast will be sent out this week.

Harvest Fest:

  • Harvest Fest will be October 14th with a rain date of October 15th
  • Entertainment on wheels will be there, plus a DJ.  
  • We will not have as many tables as in the past, however we need volunteers for those tables.

Box Tops:

  • We will once again be participating in box tops for education.  Please keep your box tops and submit them.

WEF: 

  • WEF is a non-profit for the enhancement of the Wyckoff public school system grades K-8.  
  • WEF donates to the schools through various funding projects.  
  • Donations have been made in the past to Maker Space rooms, classroom updates, gym initiatives and the wellness room in Eisenhower to name a few.
  • They will be brining back the Fun Run in Spring 2022 and the WEF gala will also be coming back.

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to Angela B for the catering of the Newcomers Social and the PTO meeting. 
  • Thank you to the 5th grade reps for the Popsicle fundraiser and family movie night. 
  • Thank you to Jen Budin and Noelle Shuhet for a successful national walk to school day. 
  • Thank you to our special lunch chairs for getting Nicholas Markets up and running, as well as pizza lunch. 
  • Thank you to the spirit wear chairs.
  • Vaccination status for parent volunteers – there is a form on the Genesis portal where you can upload your vaccination card.  This must be done for each individual child all schools.  
  • If you are unvaccinated, you will need to get a Covid test one week prior to the event that you plan to attend.

Upcoming Dates:

10/14 Harvest Fest
10/18 BOE Meeting
10/20-10/21 Book Fair

10/29 Halloween Parade

Next PTO Meeting - November 8th at 9:15am

September 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome – Monica Bloch, President

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Zlata Gladunov, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Kristen Vivino, Treasurer, Economy Shop

Rosemary O’Connell & Kristen Marino, Past Co-Presidents

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: June minute’s approval. No correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • End of year cash balance was $32,000.
  • Total loss of $9,000. 
  • New 2021-2022 Budget is approved.
  • Expenses should be submitted through the new Treasurer’s Google Form.
  • PTO is not permitted to have it’s own Venmo account.

Principal’s Report: Mr. Blake

  • Mr. Blake’s #1 priority is for kids to remain in school. 
  • Masks have to be on inside and off outside. If children are inside and stay 3ft apart with a mask, they do not need to quarantine if a student tests positive. Additionally, teachers who are vaccinated do not need to quarantine.
  • Masks can come off during singing, eating and aerobic activity.  And they are able to come off within a time frame of 15 minutes for group activities, 20 minutes for lunch and 10 minutes for snack.
  • Zone based lunch and recess – Tables are 6 feet apart.
  • Quarantine rules - virtual instruction is provided for kids who are positive or are identified as a close contact.  If identified, the student has10 days of quarantine without a test, 7 days quarantine with a test.
  • No travel restrictions are required at this time.
  • Unvaccinated teachers have to be tested 1x per week.
  • Thank you to the Rehbein Family who donated the Wizards Den classrooms.
  • Washington hired a new guidance counselor, Mrs. Gonzales, who is focusing on guidance for the regular education students. Mrs. Ruebenacker will focus on the special education population. 
  • Follow Washington on social media – Accounts are on Instagram and Twitter
  • Back to school night - Tuesday 28th of September - in person.
  • Onward and Upward is the 2021-2022 theme.
  • Chorus, Art Club and Band will resume for 4th and 5th Grade.

Executive Board Reports: Zlata, Danielle/Jen, Kristen

 Zlata:

  • Zlata requested that parents sign up for PTO registration – this allows families to receive notifications on what's going on in the school.  They will also be included in the directory with each child’s classroom & teacher.
  • Volunteer sign up form - please sign up for PTO committees.
  • 5th grade will be starting the directory cover contest.  Deadline for submission is September 24th.

Danielle/Jen:

  • November 10th for parents night out - will be sending out a survey for comfort level.
  • Two fundraisers to order spirit wear and raffling off PTO parking spots with online raffle.

Kristen: 

  • No report.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps.

5th Grade Reps:

  • Keep a look out for upcoming fundraising opportunities to support the 5th grade.
  • Spirit Wear – The link is available on the PTO website and the deadline is September 20th.  Washington made close to $4,000 with this fundraiser last year. The delivery of spirit wear will be late October.  
  • Pizza Lunch - Friday is the deadline - September 27th is first day of lunch.

Classroom Moms Rep:

  • Guidelines are available at the front table and meeting will take place after the PTO meeting.

Book Fair:

  • The Book Fair will be held October 20th and 21st.  The options for payment will be check or e-wallet. 

Harvest Fest:

  • Harvest Fest will be October 14th with a rain date of October 15th – Details to come.

Girls on the Run:

  • Erika Kao will be running Girls on the Run for 3rd-5th grade girls in the Fall and Spring

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to the 5th grade reps for all of the work they have done for the 5th grade class. 
  • Thank you to the beautification committee for providing fall flowers on the school ground.
  • New PTO website - Thank you to Mae Bogdanski.
  • Thank you to Joe Puccio who works on all the virtual stores.
  • Green team initiative will relaunch this year.  Looking for two parents to chair the committee and we will need volunteers.  We hope to start this initiative ASAP.
  • PTO closet is available – if needed, please reach out to Mrs. Marchisin.
  • If the cash box is needed, please reach out to Kate Scully.

Upcoming Dates:

9/15 Spirit Day
9/16 Yom Kippur
9/20 Pizza Lunch Deadline

9/20 PTO Registration Renewal

9/24 Picture Day

9/28 Back to School Night

Next PTO Meeting - October 12th at 7pm

 

June 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

 

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: May minute’s approval. No correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Total income for May was $3,931. The funds came from Francesca’s, Solo Stove, 3 Chica’s and Box tops.
  • Total expenses were $7,551 with the balance for May at $41,960

Principal’s Report: Mr. Blake

  • Theme Day/Field Day/World of Play day was great.  The teachers did a great job in planning and delivering the day to the students.
  • Students were able to go through yoga poses and create a mural with their classes.
  • Art appreciation project turned out amazing – it’s a family tree on a white wall by the playground that includes all students and the current 6th grade class.
  • Thank you to the PTO for Walk To School Day
  • BOE approved additional math and guidance counselors for the district.  One full time math for Washington.  Dividing roles in guidance for special education and regular track students.  Support for student’s mental health.
  • 4 Kindergarten, 4 First grade and 3 of every other class.
  • Moving Day will not happen on the last day of school this year.  The students will receive a video message with their teacher for next year.
  • First day of school is September 9th and last day of school will be June 23rd next year.
  • Chromebooks will be collected on the last day of school in classrooms.  Virtual students will drop off at Lincoln School on the 28th & 29th.
  • Thank you to parents and the community for working together throughout this year.

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

Monica:

  • No report.

Danielle/Jen:

  • Send order forms for PTO Raffle. Last time to purchase tickets will be this Friday – live ticket purchases will be after school on Thursday.  Live  drawing on 6/23.

 

Joey/Susie:

  • No report.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps.

5th Grade Reps:

  • In preparation for the 5th grade week.

  

President’s Report:

  • Thank you to our Book Fair Chairs-Cynthia Mills, Julie O’Donnell and Melanie Petruzzi, our Bike Safety Chair-Nan Giblin, our School Supply Chair-Heather Cestaro and our Wellness Chair-Joyce Mortorano!
  • Thank you to the 5th grade reps for all that you have done this year.
  • Thank you to class parents and committee chairs.
  • Thursday and Friday there will be a basket with goodies for all committee chairs and class parents.
  • A farewell to families that will be leaving Washington.
  • Thank you to Mr. Blake, especially for the last year and all that you do.
  • Thank you to Kristen and Rosemary for a great two years and all of your work!
  • Welcome the new Executive Board Members:
    • President- Monica Bloch, 1st Vice President-Zlata Faerman, Co-Economy Shop Chair - Kristen Vivino

 

Upcoming Dates:

6/23 PTO Spring Raffle Drawing @ 3:30

6/24, 25 & 28 Minimum Days for Students

6/25 5th Grade Clap Out @ 1pm.

6/28 Chromebook and iPad Collection for Virtual Students 2:00pm - 4:00pm @ Lincoln

6/29 Chromebook and iPad Collection for Virtual students 9 - 11:00am @ Lincoln School

 

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!! 

 

May 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: April minute’s approval. Two pieces of correspondence from the Washington teachers and Joanne Certo.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • $50K was the starting balance for April.
  • Total expenses for the month were $5K.
  • Total end balance for April is $45,580.

Principal’s Report: 

  • We have the highest percentage of in-person school in Wyckoff.
  • Wyckoff is one of the first districts with full day in-person school in 14 months.
  • Thank you for the recess bags, the kids were so excited to have all of the playground supplies.
  • Book fair is currently running.  The art appreciation project will be starting, the students will be painting a mural on the side of the school by the playground.  It will be a family tree and all of the students will have a chance to put their hands on the tree, including the current 6th graders.
  • Thank you for the teacher clap out – it meant a lot to the teachers who have been working hard over the last year.
  • 5th grade will have their end of year clap out, crazy hat day and breakfast. The 5th grade parents are planning more celebrations for the end of the year.
  • Typical full day – 5 one hour blocks, 2 hours Language Arts, 1 hour math, 1 hour science/social studies, 1 hour specials. Lunch/Recess is 40 minutes.
  • Bringing in additional counselors for more social/emotional support. 
  • In combination with field day, the administration is planning a mind/body/spirit day.
  • There will be a 4th class for Kindergarten and First grade next year. 

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

 Monica:

  • No report.

 

Danielle/Jen:

 

  • No report.

 

Joey/Susie: 

 

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed.  Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

Committee Reports: Book Fair, 5th Grade Reps, Bike Safety, EMS Rep.

Book Fair:

  • The books are out and the carts are setup.  The schedule is set for the next two days.  K-2 will go today, Tuesday and 3-5 will be visiting on Wednesday.
  • E-Wallet: Print out child’s amount.  Please do not send cash.  

5th Grade Reps:

  • The fifth grade activities will be happening, except for the Spring Lake Day. 
  • The reps will be planning a special fundraiser in place of Spring Lake.
  • Email went out about purchasing a graduation sign for the fifth graders. $17 for generic sign/$20 for personalized.

Bike Safety

  • Bike Safety Day will be Friday, May 28th for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

EMS Rep

  • EMS spirit wear sale has started now through July 1st.   Gym uniforms are mandatory.
  • May 25th – Eisenhower will be coming to elementary schools to give information about what to expect in middle school.
  • Sept 2nd will be an incoming 6th grade orientation.

 

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to our Teacher Appreciation Chairs Nicole McRae, Valerie Powers and Tracy Willner
  • Announcement of 2021-2023 Executive Board Positions Nominating committee to announce the board members nominations and take vote.

President – Monica Bloch

1st Vice President – Zlata Faerman

Co-Economy Shop Chair – Kristen Vivano

 

Upcoming Dates:

5/12 Picture Day Make-ups/3-5 Attends Book Fair

5/13 Incoming 6th Grade Parent Presentation 6:30 (virtual link to follow).  Rain Date for Book Fair.

5/31 Schools Closed for Memorial Day

 

Thank you!

 

April 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: March minute’s approval. No correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Read-A-Thon raised $7K, which will be going back to the teachers in forms of books that they need for the classroom. 
  • Total  $1,500 has been raised for the 5th grade class.
  • Total end balance for March is $50,154.

Principal’s Report: 

  • Mrs. Ascrizzi thanked the teachers for flexibility and mentioned that they are working to put plans in place to utilize the outdoor space for classes.  They recently brought back book buddies and recess on the playground. 
  • A video of the children was shown to the parents, documenting their daily activities.
  • May 10th is the return of full school days.  At this time, the faculty and administration is working on group work space, getting the children back to specials and how to balance education with safety.  Space and staffing is the largest challenge.
  • Lunch will be inside or outside – 40 minutes for eating and recess with aides.
  • The 5th grade class will be celebrating events this spring. 

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to all of the chairs, including the 5th grade reps, nominating committee and Monica for the greeting card fundraiser.
  • Lauren Gigante is in charge of the Washington Dream mural next to the playground.  The 6th graders will be invited back to help with the mural.
  • Next month, the new PTO members will be instated into their roles. 

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

 

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

 Monica:

  • No report.

Danielle/Jen:

  • Reminder that the lunch fundraisers are still in progress.

Joey/Susie: 

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed.  Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

 

Committee Reports: Book Fair

Book Fair:

  • May 11th and 12th is the book fair .  There will be no parent volunteers and parents can prepay for books.

 

Upcoming Dates:

4/27 BOE Meeting

4/28 Picture Day

5/5 Spirit Day 

5/7 We Are Wyckoff Day

5/11-5/12 Book Fair Outdoors (day only)

Next PTO Meeting is May 11– Time TBA.

 

March 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

 

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: February minute’s approval. No correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Two successful fundraisers were Kristen Dahl and Pizza Making Kits.  The kits profited $1,300 for the 5th grade class, bringing their current fund to $2,000.
  • The PTO gifted document cameras to the teachers to help them with virtual lessons.

Principal’s Report: 

  • Mr. Blake addressed the 4 closures this school year and that we want to strive towards the consistency of in-person learning.  There is evidence that the cases have not been from in-school transmission.
  • Wyckoff is currently in the orange zone, which keeps us under restrictive guidelines for school shut downs.  When we reach the yellow level, the restrictions should lift significantly.
  • Administration is considering classes with close contacts solely quarantining, but has to be within the guidelines from the county. 
  • Strides to move to full day by May – conversations occurring at multiple levels of administration.

President’s Report: 

  • Thank you to all of the chairs, including the 5th grade reps, nominating committee and Read-A-Thon Chairs.
  • Read-A-Thon was so successful, the donations will be used for the birthday cart, but also for teachers who need reading materials for their classrooms. 
  • School Supply order site is open this weekend through 3/26.

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

 

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

 Monica:

  • Greeting Card fundraiser will be running until March 19th.  Each box of cards is $30. 

Danielle/Jen:

  • Reminder that the American Heart Association fundraiser is still running.

Joey/Susie: 

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed.  Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Nominating Committee

5th Grade Reps

  • DIY cookie decorating for St. Patrick’s Day is currently running.

 

Upcoming Dates:

3/15 BOE Meeting

3/19 Marking Period Ends

3/26 Report Cards Issued

 

4/2-4/9 Schools Closed for Spring Recess! Enjoy!

 

Next PTO Meeting will be April 13– Time TBA.

Thank you!

 

 

 

February 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

 

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: January minute’s approval. Correspondence: Ms. Reid sent a thank you note to the PTO for funding art supplies for all students to use remotely. 

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Kate announced that the PTO has raised more money than it has spent.
  • The Charleston wrap and face masks were successful fundraisers for the school.
  • The ending balance for December was $43K.

Principal’s Report: 

  • Mr. Blake addressed the remote vs. in-person instruction since September.  The students were in-person for all of October and some of November.  End of Nov, Dec, Jan were choppy due to the strict Covid protocol.  He noted that the positive cases were not transmitted within the school, which has been a very successful sign that the model is working.  Other towns have inquired about Washington’s model to implement in their own schools.
  • The next phase will be return to full day instruction once some of the guidelines are lifted.  Washington will follow a plan that was already created and approved in the summer.
  • Valentine’s Day: The exchange of valentines will not happen this year in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Last year the exchange of trinkets/candy was removed to level the playing field for the children, this year the focus is on the health of students.
  • A thank you to Mrs. Antonucci, parents and staff for their continued support.

Mrs. Antonucci: 

  • Mrs. Antonucci reiterated that we have been in and out school due to holidays and Covid cases spiking.  She is hoping that after February break, movement will slow and the students will be in the building for longer periods of time.
  • Keep in mind that Washington has the highest enrollment of the Wyckoff elementary schools and the lowest number of children who have chosen to be 100% virtual.

President’s Report: 

    • Thank you to all of the chairs, including the 5th grade reps, Bingo Night chair and the Wellness chairs.
    • The Cards to Troops project was well received and over 100 cards were submitted. 
    • Reminder of parent workshops
  • Food fundraisers continue with Chef Angie, Anthony Franco’s and 3 Chicas.

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

 Monica:

  • No Report

Danielle/Jen:

  • No report.  Stay tuned for new fundraisers.

Joey/Susie: 

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed.  Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Nominating Committee

5th Grade Reps

  • DIY pizza kits order forms will be sent home this week.
  • DIY cookie decorating order forms for St. Patty’s Day will be sent out in March.

Nominating Committtee

  • The Washington School Nominating Committee is looking for interested volunteers for the following two open board positions for 2021-2023.  The roles are President and Economy Shop Chair.

Read-A-Thon

  • Read-A-Thon will be happening this year with more information to come.

Upcoming Dates:

2/15-2/21 Winter Break – Enjoy! 

2/23 Pizza Kits – Support the 5th Grade Class 

2/28 Family Yoga

3/3 Spirit Day

3/5 We are Wyckoff T-Shirt Day

3/8 Minimum Day

Next PTO Meeting will be March 9 – Time TBA.

Thank you!

 

 

January 2021

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: November minute’s approval. No further correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Kate announced that the lanyard and masks raised $1400, which will be accounted for in January.
  • The total income for Nov/Dec was $2,298
  • The total expenses for Nov/Dec was $1,186, bringing the balance to $39,868.

Principal’s Report:

  • Mr. Blake opened with a thank you to the nurse and the Board of Education.
  • Happy to be back into the routine of in-person school and he is pleased with the academic and social performance of the students.
  • A thank you to parents and staff for continued support.

 President’s Report:

  • Thank you to the 5th grade reps, Holiday Store chairs and the Wellness chair.
  • Reminder to follow the Google link sent out for the Ramapo NHS who are hosting virtual classes or elementary school students.
  • Reminder of parent workshops - Supporting Students and Their Families During the Pandemic
  • Food fundraisers continue with Chef Angie, Anthony Franco’s and 3 Chicas.

 

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

 

Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

Monica:

  • No Report

Danielle/Jen:

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraisers over the holidays.
  • Reminder that meals ordered from Anthony Franco’s on Tuesdays and 3 Chicas on Wednesdays will have 20% of their bill donated back to the school.
  • All of the funds that are raised by these fundraisers help to fulfill requests made by teachers throughout the year.

Joey/Susie:

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed. Please hold on to all donations until it does open. 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Nominating Committee

5th Grade Reps

  • Putting together creative fundraisers for the 5th grade – Mosaics, Kristen Dahl. They are thinking of having a wine tasting or community activity in the upcoming months

Nominating Committte

  • The Washington School Nominating Committee is looking for interested volunteers for the following two open board positions for 2021-2023. The roles are President and Economy Shop Chair.

Bingo Night Chair

  • Bingo night will be complimentary this year with no fees.
  • Zoom Bingo night will take place on 1/22 at 6:30pm for K-2 and 7:30pm for 3-5. 

Upcoming Dates:

1/15 PTO Coordinating Council Meeting 9:30am

1/18 School Closed

1/20 Supporting Students and Their Families During the Pandemic - Additional Strategies for your elementary age child - Zoom @ 7 pm

1/21 Supporting Students and Their Families During the Pandemic - Additional strategies for your adolescent - Zoom @ 7 pm

Next PTO Meeting will be February 9 – Time TBA.

 Thank you!

November 2020

Washington PTO Agenda

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents, we would also like to welcome Dr. Postma.

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

 

Superintendent’s Report: Dr. Kerry Postma

  • We have seen the current COVID cases coming from outside exposure and by following protocol, we are not seeing a spread.
  • District annual goals –
    • Physical Safety – Establish learning while maintaining a safe environment
    • Social/Emotional learning - Being incorporated to everyday learning
    • Platforms of Learning – Ensure all students afford the same quality of instruction through all platforms – virtual or in-person.
  • Working on closing window of transition to remote learning down from 2-3 days. This time typically allows the teachers to prepare for the transition.
  • Grades 3-5 are equipped with video cameras in the room to allow for a quick transition to remote.
  • Grades K-2 currently have a separate remote teacher, but they are discussing ways to put the technology in place for those grades.
  • Positive cases have to be kept anonymous. The school will contract trace and let the appropriate classes know their exposure.
  • Snow days are being discussed in the next BOE meeting.

Secretary: October minute’s approval. No further correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement/New Forms

  • Kate announced that the Fall fundraisers have gone very well.  We are still waiting for the income to be reported from the lanyard and masks.
  • Income is $7,102, which is close to covering expenses from the beginning of the year

Principal’s Report:

  • Washington school has been the model for all Wyckoff schools, as well as neighboring towns due to the fact that it is the largest in town with close to 400 people.
  • The COVID cases that have arisen have been from outside sources.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences are this Wed and the 18th.  The children may be slightly behind with going virtual, however the teachers will share their current progress.  There will be no afternoon specials on conference days.
  • Washington will be back to in-person school on November 17th.
  • A thank you to parents and staff for continued support.

 President’s Report:

  • Thank you for purchasing We are Wyckoff merchandise. Thank you to our Book Fair Chairs (Cynthia Mills, Julie O’Donnell, Melanie Petruzzi) and to Cori Neuhaus, Sarir Silver for organizing the Halloween Parade video.
  • Salumi Kitchen is offering 4 for 40 each week. Washington has ordered the most meals and has earned a luncheon for the teachers the week of Nov 16th.

 

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

 Executive Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

Monica:

  • The directory is at the printers and will be distributed the week before Thanksgiving.
  • 217 families have registered for the directory.

Danielle/Jen:

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the current fundraisers.
  • Ongoing fundraisers are Charleston Wrap, Chef Angie 4 for 40.
  • New fundraisers are meals ordered from Anthony Franco’s on Tuesdays and 3 Chicas on Wednesdays will have 20% of their bill donated back to the school.
  • All of the funds that are raised by these fundraisers help to fulfill requests made by teachers throughout the year.
  • Washington School has a goal of constructing an outdoor classroom within the next 2 years. (President’s shared examples of what the classroom could look like in the future).

 Joey/Susie:

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed. Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Class Parent Coordinators, Coupon Books, Book Fair

5th Grade Reps

  • Putting together creative fundraisers for the 5th grade – there will be a holiday craft mosaic for holiday gifting. Please pay attention to virtual Friday folder announcements.
  • 5th grade yearbook photos will be requested in the upcoming weeks.

Wellness:

  • Joyce is creating a challenge for every month to promote wellness, activeness and mindfulness.
  • November is a gratitude challenge where each student writes 3 things they are grateful for each day for a total of 15 days.
  • Walk to school is moved to the spring.

Upcoming Dates:

11/11 Parent/Teacher Conferences – 1:45-7:45

11/16 BOE Meeting 6:30pm

11/17 Return to In-Person Instruction

11/18 Parent/Teacher Conferences – 1:45-7:45

11/25 Minimum Day

11/26-11/27 Happy Thanksgiving!

Next PTO Meeting will be January 12.

Thank you!

October 2020

Washington PTO Agenda

 

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

 

Secretary: September minute’s approval. No further correspondence.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement/New Forms

  • Kate introduced the paperless expense report. To receive reimbursement, PTO members and parents can send in a form with the attached receipt to the Washington treasurer email address.
  • Membership fees collected amounted to $2,881.
  • PTO spent $10K of unexpected funds on We are Wyckoff shirts, art supplies and temperature scanners.

Principal’s Report:

  • Back to School night reminder. K-2 logs on from 6-6:30, general assembly from 6:30-7, 3-5 from 7-8:30pm.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be held November 11th and 18th from 1:45pm-7:45pm.  Each conference will last 20 minutes.
  • Return to school plan will continue with the current plan through Thanksgiving.  Families will have the ability to switch their learning models from in-person to remote or remote to in-person through Friday 10/16.
  • Review of student quarantine guidelines.  If a child tests positive in the class, the class must quarantine. If a child is sick, there will be no remote instruction, however if a child is quarantining, they will be allowed remote instruction.
  • Halloween Update: There will be no parade or costumes allowed in school.  Teachers and PTO will provide a festive activities and fun lessons for the day.  A possibility of using Vidhug for students to share their costumes with their classmates.
  • A thank you to parents and staff for continued support.

 President’s Report:

  • Reminder to look out for Washington PTO emails and eblasts on Sunday evening. George Washington Elementary emails go out on Friday afternoon.
  • Thank you to Fall committee chairs.

  

Fifth Grade Reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

 

Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

Monica:

  • The directory is coming together and will be distributed in the next few weeks.
  • Thank you to the 5th grade students who participated in the cover contest. Winners are Isabella Van Slooten for the inside cover and Emerson Christman for the front cover.

Danielle/Jen:

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the Wizard mask fundraiser. A total of $1,300 has been raised.  They will be available for pickup at the end of the week.
  • Reminder to purchase Harvest Fest tickets by Thursday, October 15.
  • Currently exploring Holiday fundraising options.
  • New partnership with Chef Angie who is offering her 4 for $40 dinner with the ability to add a $5 donation to the school of your choice. The school with the most donations will win a lunch for their teachers.

 Joey/Susie:

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed. Please hold on to all donations until it does open.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Class Parent Coordinators, Coupon Books, Book Fair

5th Grade Reps

  • Grab and Go lunches are being explored. Lunches would be ordered by parents and picked up at committee chair houses.
  • Mini photo session fundraiser will be offered. The photographer is donating the sitting fee to Washington School.

Class Parent Coordinators:

  • Meeting was held on Monday, October 12th to review guidelines.
  • Harvest Fest pumpkin raffle is coming along. One $20 ticket, allows 1 entry for a chance to win one of 46 pumpkins. The pumpkins will be raffled off on Thursday, October 15th through a live zoom.
  • Meyers Boo Bags are available until October 21st.

Coupon Books:

  • The committee is exploring new vendors and will provide an update when more details are available.

Book Fair:

  • The book fair is currently running through October 25th. The link can be used by Washington families and can be passed along to friends and family members to help support the school.

 

Upcoming Dates:

10/12 – 10/25 Virtual Book Fair

10/13 Back-to-School Night

10/15 Class Parent Meeting

10/15 Harvest Fest

Next Month PTO Meeting on November 10.

 Thank you!

SEPTEMBER 2020

Washington PTO Agenda

 

Welcome - Kristen Marino & Rosemary O’Connell, Co-Presidents

Flag Salute - Mr. Blake

 

Introduce Board Members

Monica Bloch, 1st VP

Danielle Fila and Jen Pane, 2nd VPs

Jenn Rutha, Secretary

Kate Scully, Treasurer

Joey O’Connell & Susie Vanenburg, Co-Treasurers, Economy Shop

Joan Clemente, Past President

Heather Flanagan, Faculty Rep

Secretary: June minutes approval. No further report.

Treasurer:  Financial Statement

  • Kate reviewed purchase of handheld and walk through thermometers.
  • Reminder to support fundraisers and submit expenses in a timely manner.
  • Normal events are not budgeted for this year due to the current climate.
  • Kate is working towards a paperless approach.

Principal’s Report:

  • New drop off and arrival procedures will be sent out this week.
  • Faculty is ready for students to return on Sept 24th.
  • Kindergarten orientation was a success and a good sign that students will be back in the building.
  • Review of tiered transition back on the 24th/25th.

 President’s Report:

  • Thank you to the new committee chairs and the Class Parents who volunteered.
  • A class parent meeting will be scheduled in the near future.

Fifth Grade Reps:

  • Introduced the new 5th grade reps: Tricia Caruso, Lisa Chamberlin, Nan Giblen, Dana Jareck, Nikki Moody, and Ellen Scott.

Board Reports: Monica, Danielle/Jen, Joey/Susie

Monica:

  • PTO Registration deadline of September 20th
  • Actively working on resolving the registration website glitches.
  • Currently 82 families have registered as of Tuesday, Sept 15th.

 

Danielle/Jen:

  • Grab & Go Lunch Program – Lunch will be distributed at dismissal
    • Lunch options will include Midland Park Bagels & Anthony Franco’s food truck.
    • Potential discount at local restaurants that will offer a percentage back to the school for all purchases.
  • Washington Wear – Currently running until September 25 Slightly under 40% of Washington families have ordered as of 9/15.
  • Masks/Lanyard/Pouches sale is ongoing until September 20th.
  • Harvest Fest - The committee is coming up with new and creative ideas.  They want to keep the community feel of the event.  They would like to host the event, as it is an important PTO fundraiser.

 Joey/Susie:

  • The Economy Shop is currently closed. Please hold on to all donations until it does open.
  • If the shop does open this year, it will be at a 25% capacity.

 

Committee Reports: 5th Grade Reps, Class Parent Coordinators, Coupon Books, Book Fair

5th Grade Reps:

  • Committee members are working on new fundraising ideas for the year.

Class Parent Coordinators:

  • All class parents have been chosen.
  • The class parent meeting is postponed until further notice.

Coupon Books:

  • The committee has reached out to the vendor and will proceed with next steps.

Book Fair:

  • The book fair will run virtually this fall.
  • There will be options for teacher wish lists.
  • More information to follow, as we get closer to the dates.

Upcoming Dates:

9/14 BOE Meeting 6:30pm

9/24 In-Person School Starts

9/28 School Closed for Yom Kippur

Next Month PTO Meeting on October 13 at 7:30pm.

Thank you!