School Newsletter




VOLUME 1, NUMBER 7                                                            March 7, 2019


Our Books & Beyond Program is going well and the students have been getting rewards for documenting their independent reading time.  This is a fun program that motivates the students and encourages them to read for enjoyment.  Please help us make this a successful program by structuring reading time for your child at home.  The more interest you show in reading and their reading development the more they will identify it as an important life skill.  Fine the time for you and your child to read together.  It is a rewarding and fulfilling way to spend quality time with your child.


Mr. Brian Byrne, Principal


EARLY PICK-UP FROM SCHOOL:   We have asked from the start of the school year for parents to please send in a note to school if and when you need to pick up your child early from school.  This helps the teacher prepare your student to be packed up and ready to go when you arrive to sign them out.  We do however, understand that sometimes and emergency may arise and therefore, a note is not possible.  In this case, we ask that you please call us and alert us of an early pick-up time, so that we may notify your child's teacher.  Thank you for cooperation and understanding with regard to this matter.


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.


 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. The collection boxes are located in the Main Office. Thank you for your  cooperation.

SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS: School Newsletters for the Hudson Maxim, Tulsa Trail & Durban Avenue schools are distributed once a month.  The next newsletter will be sent home with the children on Friday, April 5, 2019.


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


    10                             Spring Ahead ! Daylight Savings Time Begins

    11                             Early Dismissal Day, 12:05 pm, No lunch served, send

                                   Your child with a snack, Alpha Best parents send lunch

   14                             Spring Picture Day

   15                             2nd Trimester Report Cards

18, 19 & 20                 Early Dismissal Days, Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:05 pm

                                    No Lunch Served, send a snack, Alpha Best parents send lunch

     19                             Parent – Teacher Evening Conferences, 6 – 8:30 pm

     20                             Spring Begins        

     25                             Board of Ed Meeting, 7 pm, Admin Bldg

     26                             Family Science Night, 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm                           

     29                             Tulsa Trail Certificates Distributed



   5                               Newsletter sent home                                    

9 & 10                         Spring Book Fair @ Tulsa

 16                              HEPTO meeting, 7 pm, at Tulsa

 19                              Good Friday – Schools Closed



 Congratulations to the following list of students for receiving Tulsa Trail Certificates for the month of February. Keep up the good work boys and girls !!


                        Killian Ferrazzano                                           Kaiden Pfeiffer


                        Jeremiah Cardona                                           Allyson Castaneda


                        Kylie Ovalles                                                  Elian Ratheram-Green


                        Brendan Rahill                                                Isabella Giraldo


                        Noella Colgate                                                Aidan Hanlon


                        Marco Bote                                                     Milena Lopez


                        Giancarlo Gallego                                           Kaylee Thornburg


                        Aliyah Baksh                                                  Jaya Garcia


                        Chase Miller                                                    Ceallaigh Fearon


                                                            Aiden Hanf


Tulsa Trail March 2019 -- HEPTO NEWSLETTER

This year the kids are totally embracing Books and Beyond! We are at a record 75% participation rate.  Students are reaching new milestones each week and earning prizes to encourage reading and good study habits.   Remember all reading counts, so log those minutes weekly and return it to school on Fridays.

 Spring is just around the corner. For our students the spring brings assemblies, field trips and field days, all sponsored in part by HEPTO. Thank you for participating in all the fundraising events this year that allow these special events to happen.  The Display My Art orders are due at the end of this month.  Gertrude Hawk orders should be arriving April and can be picked up at the school once you receive notice.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the HEPTO executive board, please send an email to  Available positions include coordinator, treasurer, secretary, editor and co-presidents for each school.  Elections will take place at the June 11th general meeting.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 3/28:         Scholastic BOGO Family Night at Durban Ave for ALL STUDENTS / FAMILIES
  • 4/8-10:     Scholastic BOGO Book Fair for Tulsa Trail Students
  • 4/16:          General Membership Meeting at 7:30 pm at Tulsa Trail School
  • 4/18:          Books and Beyond Ends
  • TBA:          Spring Dance for all Pre-K - 5 students
  • 5/17:          Box Tops Contest Ends
  • 5/28:          Books and Beyond Ceremony for Tulsa Trail Students
  • 6/7:            Tulsa Trail Field Day
  • 6/11:          General Membership Meeting at 7:30 pm at TT School Reminders:
  • Continue to send in your Box Tops for Education so the school can earn credit.  The second contest is now underway.  The class with the most Box Tops wins a pizza party. The contest ends May 17th.  We raised $1,850 so far this school year. 

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


                             Melinda Mathesius & Courtney Delaney, Co-Presidents 


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Mrs. Jaime Walker


Hopatcong Borough Schools 
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Hopatcong, NJ 07843

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