TULSA TRAIL TIMES
VOLUME 1, NUMBER 9 May 3, 2019
As the end of the school year is quickly approaching, here are some exciting school events we would like you to know about:
- May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
- May 6 is Nurse’s Appreciation Day
- May 7,8,9 NJ SLA Testing (1st week)
- May 14,15,16 NJ SLA Testing (2nd week)
- May 27—Schools are closed – Memorial Day
- May 28 Books & Beyond Ceremony @ High School Auditorium, 7 pm
- May 30 is Tulsa Trail’s Author Visit
- May 31 Dancing with Honeybees Assembly @ Tulsa
- June 7 is Tulsa Trail’s Field Day (rain date: June 10)
- June 24, 25, & 26 are Early Dismissal Days (12:05 pm)
- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS JUNE 26…
I want to thank all of our Hopatcong District teachers and our School Nurse for all they do and I hope they enjoyed a well-deserved Teacher/Nurse Appreciation Week.
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.
DROP OFF IN THE MORNING:
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.**
TULSA TRAIL SCHOOL HOURS 8:05 AM START TIME
2:30 PM DISMISSAL TIME
EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS: 12:05 PM DISMISSAL TIME
DELAYED OPENING DAYS: 9:35 AM START 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: www.hopatcongschools.org
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: Now that Spring has finally arrived, the students will be going outside for recess. Please have them come to school with a jacket, as our playground can be quite breezy on the cooler days. We do not recommend students wearing "open toe" shoes or sandals, as they could present a safety issue. Students will not be permitted to climb on the equipment. Also, we have layers of wood chips which could get stuck in their exposed feet. 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.
MASCHIO’S FOOD SERVICES, INC. :
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, May 3, 2019.
**********DATES TO REMEMBER**********
3 Newsletters Sent Home
6 - 10 Teacher Appreciation Week
7,8,9 NJ SLA Testing (week one)
14,15,16 NJ SLA Testing (week two)
27 SCHOOLS CLOSED – MEMORIAL DAY
28 Books & Beyond Ceremony, 2nd & 3rd Grade, 7 pm High School Auditorium
29 Parent/Volunteer Luncheon at Tulsa
30 Author Visit @ Tulsa
31 Tulsa Trail School Certificates Distributed
31 Honeybee Assembly @ Tulsa
5 Fire Safety Assembly
6 Tulsa Trail Science Fair @ Tulsa Trail, 6:30pm-7:30pm
7 Tulsa Trail Field Day @ HHS Football Field
10 Tulsa Trail Field Day (rain date)
11 2nd Grade Field TRIP to Turtle Back Zoo
24 Early Dismissal Day, 12:05 pm, No lunches served
25 Early Dismissal Day, 12:05 pm, No lunches served
26 Early Dismissal Day, 12:05 pm, No lunches served
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – HAVE A GREAT SUMMER !!
********TULSA TRAIL CERTIFICATES********
Congratulations to the following students for receiving certificates for the month of April. Keep up the good work boys & girls !!
Owen Kester Abby Dykstra
Randy Portillo Olivia Schwarzer
Abigael Williamson Kevin Davis
Olivia Burney Isabella Cubas
Evan Delaney Grace Jurgaitis
Darrien Nemetz Katie McDowell
Reina Mejia Isabella Calbo
Ian Smith Jacob Castro
Gianna Collicchio Nicholas Whritenour
NEWS FROM OUR SPEECH TEACHER MRS. PIETRZAK
To promote the importance of speech development, May is designated as “Better Speech, Language and Hearing Month!”
Good speech and language skills are important qualities to achieve in our daily lives. The way we communicate with others will leave a lasting impression on our audience. Good speech is a combination of several factors including correct articulation, pleasant voice quality, fluency (stuttering), adequate expression of thoughts as well as processing auditory information and understanding what is being said. Speech services within the public school system encompass all of these areas.
Articulation disorders are the most frequently encountered. This is the inability to produce all speech sounds in an acceptable manner. These could be problems such as sound substitutions (wabbit for rabbit0, distortions (slushy “s”, vowel “r”), and omissions. These problems occur in varying degrees.
A disorder of language may consist of difficulties understanding language and vocabulary or expressing one’s ideas in an acceptable manner. Language incorporates many areas such as expressing word meanings, describing objects or events, labeling or recalling the names of objects or events and classifying and understanding vocabulary words or sentences.
In an auditory processing disorder a child may have excellent hearing, but may have difficulty in correctly understanding spoken language. The difficulty may be in the areas of discriminating between sounds in words, following directions, comprehending the meaning of sentences or being able to attend to a task with background noise occurring. In an auditory processing disorder, the child may only be able to attend and react to short pieces of language.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s speech and language skills, contact your child’s teacher or school speech therapist.
REMEMBER: GOOD SPEECH IS SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT !!!!
Books and Beyond is coming to an end this month, but there is still time to reach the last milestone before April 19th. We are so proud of all the hard work and dedication the students have devoted to reading. The Tulsa Trail Gold Medal Ceremony for those students who finish the program will be held in the auditorium at Hopatcong High School on May 28th at 7 pm.
Next month we will be looking for volunteers to help at the Hudson Farm Hike on May 18th and contributions for the staff appreciation luncheons at each school. Be on the look out for sign ups for these events.
Continue to send in BOX Tops and use the app because our school is really benefiting from the program. Our current earnings are over $2,200 thanks to you! The next contest ends May 17th.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the HEPTO executive board, please send an email to HopatcongElementaryPTO@gmail.com. Available positions include coordinator, treasurer, secretary, editor and co-presidents for each school. Elections will take place at the June 10th general meeting.
- 4/16: General Membership Meeting at 7:30 pm at Tulsa Trail School
- 4/18: Books and Beyond Ends
- 5/10 Spring Dance for all Pre-K - 5 students
- 5/17: Box Tops Contest Ends
- 5/18 Hudson Farm Hike (volunteers needed)
- 5/28: Books and Beyond Ceremony for Tulsa Trail Students
- 5/31 Dancing with the Honeybees Assembly
- 6/7: Tulsa Trail Field Day
- *6/10: General Membership Meeting at 7:30 pm at TT School
Melinda Mathesius & Courtney Delaney, Co-Presidents