School Newsletter




VOLUME 14, NUMBER 4                                                                  December 1, 2017

Parents/Guardians of Tulsa Trail Students,


Tulsa Trail’s Paraprofessional of the year has been awarded to our very special Dolores Kennedy !!   Her effort and contribution to Tulsa Trail is appreciated each and every day. We are extremely lucky to have her as one of our staff here at Tulsa Trial.

Brian Byrne, Tulsa Trail School Principal  




For those parents who drive their children into school in the morning, please drive up to where staff members are located to let your son or daughter out of your vehicle.  The students will then enter the school through the cafeteria doors.  This is being done due to the number of concerns we received about students walking through the main parking lot after being let out of parents' cars.  Thank you and please cooperate with this new safety rule. 


If you are moving or transferring your child out of the Hopatcong School District, it is very important for you to fill out the necessary paper work in order for the office to transfer your child out of school officially.  Please call or stop in the main office to obtain the proper paper work needed for this process.  Thank you for your cooperation regarding this matter.

Please review the schedule below for the TULSA TRAIL START TIMES and DISMISSAL TIMES as well. On a delayed opening, we cannot start letting students into the building until 9:20am. They will have no supervision prior to this time. Please do not let your children out in the parking lot to enter the school until, you see a staff member outside to greet them at 9:20am. On a regular school day, start time is 8:05am, and students cannot begin to enter the building until 7:50am. Once again, please do not let them out of your car and walk through the parking lot prior to this time. Look for a staff member to assist them out of your vehicle at 7:50am. **This is a procedure that needs to be followed by everyone to ensure the safety of our children. Thank you.**


                                                               2:30 PM DISMISSAL TIME




BLACKBOARD CONNECT: Please note, the phone numbers supplied by you are put into the Power School Data Base which provides the contact numbers for emergency dismissals and other important announcements. Please make sure you keep the school up to date with the proper contact numbers. Should you think school may be dismissed early or there is a delayed opening and you have not received a phone call, please listen to one of the following radio/tv stations or consult the District’s website:

FM STATIONS                                                               TV STATIONS

             WSUS – 102.3                                                         News 12

             WNNJ – 103.7                                                          NBC 4 NY

             WHCY- 106.3                                                           ABC 7 NY

WRNN TV (Cablevision 19, DirecTV 62/984, DISH 48/8116, and FIOS 6)

OUTSIDE RECESS:  If the temperature is at 35 degrees or above, the students will be going outside for recess.  Please have them come to school with a heavy coat, gloves and a hat.  We do not recommend that scarves be worn AT RECESS,  as they could present a safety issue when students are climbing on the equipment.  Please review this information with your child.  Also, please remember to label all their possessions, as our LOST & FOUND bin is becoming filled.  Thank you !                                                                                                                     

DISMISSAL: The school day ends at 2:30pm. Students riding district transportation are dismissed directly to their buses at this time. All students who are being picked up or who walk home will be dismissed via the center doors by the flagpole at 2:30pm. Students may not be signed out early from the office without a note from the parent or a phone call prior to dismissal. Parents are requested to have children remain in school until 2:30pm, the regularly scheduled dismissal time. The last scheduled class period does not end until 2:25pm. During the last 5 minutes of the day, teachers are reviewing the day’s events and the evening’s homework assignments. Unless it is an emergency, please do not pick up children earlier than 2:30pm. Your cooperation and understanding are truly appreciated.

NOTE:   Bussing, drop off, and pick up procedures, can be stressful at the end of the day for staff and students, if your child is unsure of what to do. We ask that you as a parent(s) please review each day with your child, if possible, how they should exit the school. If they belong to the Day Plus program, give them a reminder that they are to attend the program. If they are taking a “Bus” home, or going out as a “Walker”, please remind them. **WRITTEN NOTES OR EMAILS ARE NEEDED WHEN MAKING A CHANGE TO YOUR CHILD’S DISMISSAL PROCEDURE** This is requested for the safety of your child !

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES: In order to closely monitor student attendance, the Hopatcong Elementary Schools have a phone calling system. The attendance program is very successful and operates in the following manner: Whenever your child is going to be absent, you are required to telephone the attendance office at, 973-398-4254, and prior to 8:00a.m. Please leave a message on the telephone answering machine. Please keep your phone calls short to minimize busy signals for other callers. A simple message indicating your child’s name, grade level, teacher, the date, and a brief explanation why they will be absent will be sufficient. Requests for homework may also be left on the answering machine at this time. If we have not heard from you and your child is not in school, we will call you at home or work after the start of the school day to ascertain the reason for the absence. State Law requires that parents submit a note stating the nature of the child’s absence when he/she returns to school.

NOTES:  If you know ahead of time that you will need to pick-up your child early from school for a doctor's appointment, etc...please provide a note stating this information.  The note will inform the teacher as well as the office that a child is leaving early and the child's teacher will then have ample time to get the student's belongings packed up and ready to go when you arrive. We do understand that emergencies arise, from time to time, and a phone call or email or fax is also helpful. This ensures the safety of your child at the conclusion of the school day.


LUNCH-BREAKFAST REMINDER:  Our cafeteria manager has noticed that not many students are coming to her for breakfast in the morning and wanted to remind parents that students who qualify for "FREE" lunch are also entitled to "FREE" breakfast on a daily basis.

NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS’ REQUEST FOR SCHOOL INFORMATION: Throughout the school year non-custodial parents of children attending the school may request copies of report cards, newsletters and other notices. Non-custodial parents requesting this information must contact the school office at 973-398-8806.

LABEL BELONGINGS: Parents are requested to write the names of students on all personal possessions including lunch boxes, pencil holders, jackets and other items. In the past a concern was expressed that strangers may call the children by their names if it was visible on their clothing or possessions. Please write the names on the inside lids of the lunch boxes in permanent marker. The lost and found is located in the hallway across from the main office. Your cooperation in this matter is truly appreciated.



Once again, this year, in the Hopatcong School District we will be using our Food Service, Maschios. Lunch prices have not been increased and the price of snacks and milk remain the same as well.

** Lunch: $2.75 - Reduced Lunch: .40 - Breakfast: $1.75 - Reduced Breakfast: .30 Snack $1.00 and Milk .60 ** A copy of the menu is on our website each month.

 RECYCLING INFORMATION: The Tulsa Trail School is proud to participate in recycling! Remember to send in your used toner/ink cartridges, juice pouches, cell phones, and other electronic recyclables. The collection boxes are located on the left wall of the gym (APR). Thank you for your  cooperation.

SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS: School newsletters for the Hudson Maxim, Tulsa Trail, Durban Avenue and Hopatcong Middle School are distributed once a month. The next newsletter will be sent home with the children on Friday, January 12, 2018.


   **********DATES TO REMEMBER**********


    1                   Newsletters Sent Home

    6                   Special Education Meeting, 7 pm - 8 pm, Hop High School Library

   11                  EARLY DISMISSAL DAY-12:05 PM, NO LUNCH SERVED, Send Your child with a snack

   12                 Parent Advisory Committee Meeting, 7 pm - 8 pm, Hop High School Library

12, 13, 14         Holiday Boutique Gift Shop in Tulsa Trail Library

   14                  Holiday Boutique Gift shop Family Fun Night, 6 - 7:30 pm, in the Tulsa Trail Library

   15                  Progress Reports Sent Home

   18                  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00pm, Admin Bldg

   22                  EARLY DISMISSAL DAY – No Lunch Served, Dismissal 12:05 pm, Send your child with a snack

 25—29            SCHOOLS CLOSED -- Winter Recess



       1                           SCHOOLS CLOSED –Winter Recess

       2                           SCHOOLS RE-OPEN

       8                           Books & Beyond Begins

      16                           SCHOOLS CLOSED –Martin Luther King Day

      18                           Family Science Night, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm

      19                           Report Cards Sent Home

      26                           Jump Rope Assembly, 9:00 am, Tulsa APR

**********TULSA TRAIL CERTIFICATES**********

 Congratulations to the following students for receiving a Tulsa Trail Certificate during the month of November. Keep up the good work boys & girls !

                        Olivia Morales                                                 Makayla Puglise

                         Dylan Sweedy                                                Lily Carey

                         Allie Rennie                                                    Morgan Cinnamon

                         Austin Baker                                                   Kaylee Thornburg

                         Preston Bauer                                                 Karson Morrissey

                         Erika Ferise                                                     Luke Carter

                         Alexander Wendt                                           Maura Chamer

                        Louis Carter                                                    David Panach

                         Giana Krupka                                                 Grant Dorwart

                         Sophie Everard                                               Lee Reichenthal

                         Sam Agront                                                     Kayla Ross

                         Rihanna Jones                                                 Giancarlo Kestenholz



Thank to everyone who participated in our first ever craft fair! This event was a huge success due to the partnership between the school and community.  The event raised funds for the schools' upcoming assemblies, field trips, and field/fun days and provided a unique educational experience to our student entrepreneurs all while helping community members get a jump start on holiday shopping. We couldn't have done it without all the volunteers and your support! 

Join us on December 15th for our first Winter "Fun-derland" event.  Come dressed in PJ's and have fun with friends! There will be a DJ, games, face painting, frozen hot chocolate, crafts and more! The cost is $5 per child and open to children in Pre-K through 5th Grade. Parents must stay to chaperone the event and carpooling is advised. We hope to see you there!

Reserve your seats online now for the NJ Devils vs. Phila Flyers hockey game on January 13, 2018. Score seats quickly because they are limited. Tickets make a great holiday gift!  Visit: to purchase by 12/22/17.  

Mark your calendar for the following upcoming events:                                                                                                           

12/15 - Winter "Fun-derland" event at Durban Avenue School 

1/13 - NJ Devils vs Phila Flyers Hockey Game

1/15 - End of Box Tops Contest  

1/25 - Harlem Wizards Game at Hopatcong High School

2/7 - Junior "Paint n' Sip" Night

3/19 - General Membership Meeting at 7:00 pm at Durban Avenue School

4/27 - Spring Dance

6/4 - General Membership Meeting at 7:00 pm at Hudson Maxim School


Continue to send in your Box Tops for Education so the school can earn credit.  The class with the most Box Tops wins a pizza party. We raised $8,500 last year in credits! The first contest ends 1/15/18 (date change).

If you haven't already done so, please "like" and join our HEPTO Facebook group to get the latest updates. 

Download the Remind app and join our group using the code @heptotulsa to get reminders about upcoming events.

If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to Melissa Brower at or Nicole Shubert at Thank you!




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Hopatcong, NJ 07843

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