School Newsletter



May 1, 2023


Here are some dates to remember for Tulsa Trail for the month of May. Our Books and Beyond Program has ended and our Gold Medal Ceremony will be this month for all the participants who successfully completed their 1200 minute journey of reading.  We are looking forward to our ceremony when we honor our Gold Medal winners.     

Please continue to check our Newsletter monthly for updates on events and happenings at the Tulsa Trail Elementary School.  Please remember when changing your child's dismissal for any reason, or if you need to pick them up early, to please send in a note or make sure you call us.  We appreciate the communication.

  • May 15              The Board of Education Meeting, 6 pm, Admin Bldg.
  • May 22              Books & Beyond Gold Medal Ceremony, 6 pm at Hopatcong High School Auditorium 
  • May 25              3rd Grade Spring Concert, 7 pm at the High School Auditorium 
  • May 26 & 29      Schools Closed for Memorial Day 

**News from our cafeteria:  The school cafeteria will now have SNACK available for purchase for our students everyday! 



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, we ask that the car line start from behind the HHS.  This is being done due to the number of parents / cars that will be dropping students off in the morning.  This is a new drop off procedure for Tulsa Trail students.  The line starts from behind the high school and one by one the cars move up to allow students to exit the vehicles to walk up the center stairs of the school.  Please be patient and drive carefully.  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.   


                                                               2:55   PM DISMISSAL TIME  

EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS                   12:40 PM DISMISSAL 


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)


DISMISSAL: The school day ends at 2:50 pm and we will begin dismissal at 2:55 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 2:55pm. 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 2:50 pm, 5 minutes prior to the regularly scheduled dismissal time. The last scheduled class period does not end until 2:50 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 2:50 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 Alpha Best 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: $3.25 - If qualified for Reduced Lunch: No charge - Breakfast: $2.00 - If qualified for Reduced Breakfast: .No charge... Snack $1.00 or more.  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 backpack or check our website page.  Thank you !