School Newsletter




VOLUME 1, NUMBER 4                                                        December 1, 2019

Parents and or Guardians,



 Tulsa Trail’s Paraprofessional of the year has been awarded to our Yesenia Colina.   Her dedication and contribution to Tulsa Trail’s students is appreciated each and every day.  She truly enjoys her work as she is always willing to lend a hand when students need her.  We are extremely lucky to have her as one of our staff here at Tulsa Trial. 



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 an 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 9:00 am. 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 9:00am. On a regular school day, start time is 7:50 am, and students cannot begin to enter the building until 7:35 am. 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 7:35 am. **This is a procedure that needs to be followed by everyone to ensure the safety of our children. Thank you.**


                                                               2:15  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:  With Fall quickly approaching, 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 2:15 pm. 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 2:15 pm. 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 2:15 pm, the regularly scheduled dismissal time. The last scheduled class period does not end until 2:10 pm. 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 2:15 pm. 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.


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: $3.00 - 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: We will no longer be sending home a paper copy of the newsletter.  All the information will be on digital back or check our website page.  Thank you !

********DATES TO REMEMBER********** 


   6                   1st Trimester Report Cards available


10, 11 & 12     Tulsa Trail Holiday Gift Shoppe (Boutique) for Students


 12                   Holiday Gift Shoppe (Boutique) Family Fun Night,  6:30 – 8:00 pm,

                        In the Tulsa Trail Library


 16                   Board of Ed Meeting, 7:00 pm, Admin Bldg


 20                   EARLY DISMISSAL DAY –11:50 am, NO LUNCH SERVED, 

                        Send Your Child With a Snack, Alpha Best students bring a lunch


 20                   Tulsa Trail Certificates Distributed


23-31               SCHOOLS CLOSED - Winter Recess



  1                     SCHOOLS CLOSED  - NEW YEAR'S DAY 

  2                     SCHOOLS RE OPEN 

  6                     BOOKS & BEYOND BEGINS 



 Congratulations to the following students for receiving a Tulsa Trail Certificate for the month of October.  Boys and girls, keep up the good character and the excellent work !!


                    Zachary Nieves                                  Alley Lemmerman


                   Olivia Gould                                      Kennedy Raimondo


                   Aubrey Wester                                  Kelsey Gravatt


                   Kayla O’Brien                                   Ashlyn Lemus


                   Jaya Garcia                                        Coralee Santa


                   Glen Anderson                                   Hailey Rodriguez


                   Liam DiLeo                                       Jack Colgan


                   Dylan Burn                                        Grace Hernandez


                   Natalie Carter                                    Rhandy Hernandez


Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Mr. Jeffrey Hallenbeck


Hopatcong Borough Schools 
P.O. Box 1029
Hopatcong, NJ 07843

 HIB Initial Reporting Form

HIB Policy 

2018 HIB Grade Report

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Information