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February 28, 2017 E-News
February 28, 2017 E-News
Posted on 03/01/2017
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Somerville School
Ridgewood Public Schools
Dr. Lorna Oates-Santos, Principal

February 28, 2017 E-News

" No winter lasts forever.  No spring skips its turn." ~ Hal Borland

February Break seems like a distant memory already with all that is happening this week.  Somerville is humming and everyone's spirits are high.  My mother used to warn us that the time between February and April Breaks is the "meatiest" time of the year; once again, she was spot on!  Our students have "hit their grooves" and the light bulbs are popping on all over the place.  It is a pleasure to watch.  Below is a list of things happening in and around school to keep you organized during the busy month of March.  Enjoy.
  • SCIENCE FAIR:  I hope to see our gym packed with projects and visitors tonight at 7 PM!  Come and enjoy the hard work of our scientists.  
  • KINDNESS DRIVE FOR MARCH:  Next month we are collecting cans/bottles of juice for the Ridgewood Social Services Food Pantry.  The collection ends on March 9th and I invite everyone to send in at least one item.  Your children love putting their can in the bucket and getting a high five from me each month!
  • WELLNESS SERIES CONTINUES:  Join us on March 14th at 7 PM in the GW Auditorium for a special presentation by Johanna Kandel: Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder.  These speakers have been outstanding and provide wonderful information for parents.  
  • JUMP ROPE FOR HEART:  $5961 was raised!  Thank you for all who participated.
  • REPORT CARDS POSTED:  March 21st in Skyward.  Log in to celebrate the wonderful progress your student is making at Somerville School!  
  • SCT WEEKEND:  Don't miss the show the weekend of March 24th!  Seussical The Musical!  Our talented students never disappoint!  
Enjoy the lovely weather today and try walking/biking to school with your child tomorrow while this great weather lasts.  That time together is priceless!  
Dr. Oates

SNOW DAY AUTOMATED PHONE CALL - It has come to our attention that some families did not receive an automated phone call regarding the recent snow day.  If you did not receive this call, please check your phone number on Skyward.  If you need further assistance please contact Sue Pauley or Carla Nebbia in the main office.

INTERNATIONAL DAY SURVEY - International Day questionaire forms will be going home today in your child's backpack.  Please take a minute to help your child complete this form and return it to your child's teacher.  Thank you for taking the time to participate in our exciting International Day!

Below is the link to this week's eNotices.  Please remember to scroll down for any notices that you may have missed!


Green Thumbs (Grades 3-5)

The Green Thumbs will be embarking on an ambitious project to foster a love and understanding of planting, maintaining and harvesting a vegetable garden.  One of the club's goals is to plant vegetables in the spring that can be harvested before the end of the school year and then have a second planting that we will harvest in the fall.  The club is open to 3rd-5th graders.  The club will meet on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:05 a.m. beginning on March 15th and will end on June 9th.  The group will also have lunch meetings at least one a month.

Please email Mr. Lupia or Mr. Sabatino to sign up.  This club is limited to 25 participants.

Recess Skills (Spring) (Grades 3 – 5)

Ever wish you had a place to learn and practice the games that are played at recess? Then this club is for you! Open to all 3rd – 5th graders, join us each Tuesday and Thursday morning in April as we learn the rules and practice the basic skills needed to play some of the more popular recess games! The club will meet in the gymnasium at 8 am and will conclude at the school’s starting bell. This club will include both indoors and outdoors activities depending on weather.

Please email to sign up. This club is limited to 25 participants.

Morning Movers (Grades K – 2)

What better way to start the day than playing games and exercising? Before working out your brain in the classroom, come workout your body with Mr. DeRisi! This club will meet each Wednesday and Friday in April with the exception of International Day (April 7). Join us as we workout, play various tag games, relay races, and other PE games to start the day! Open to all k – 2nd graders, the club will meet in the gymnasium at 8 am and will conclude at the school’s starting bell. This club will include both indoors and outdoors activities depending on weather.

Please email to sign up. This club is limited to 25 participants. 

Spring Running Club  (5th Grade)

Running club is a long standing Somerville tradition!  Join us as we practice running technique and build our stamina to run a 5k!  Students will meet on Memorial Day to run the Ridgewood 5k (or 10k)! This club will meet on the Somerville track every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-3:45 beginning April 4th and ending on May 25th.  All 5th graders welcome! 

Please email or


Girl Scout Troop 95555 is joining with Project Cicero Northern NJ to collect new or gently used books for children and young adults.  These books will be donated to local area schools that are under-resourced and have few if any books in their classrooms.  We are accepting new and gently used hardcover and paperback books for children and young adults, including picture books, early readers, fiction, nonfiction, and biographies.  No textbooks, adult books, library discards, or reference books more than five years old please. Please look for the collection box in the main hallway.


SOMERVLLE SCIENCE FAIR: is TONIGHT! 7:00pm - 8:30pm.  Open to all Somerville families to see!  Come on out and explore what our young scientists have created. If you still need to register your child’s project, please contact Nirali Bhatia ( or Brian Loftus ( (Classes will visit the science fair on Wednesday March 1st in school.)

Thank you to all those who have participated and volunteered!  Don’t forget to re-claim your project at 3:00pm on Wednesday March 1st.  AND don’t forget to visit Super Science Saturday, THIS Saturday March 4th at the High School, 9:00am - 1:00pm. There is an amazing array of presenters and events and fun things to see and do, ending in a Rocket Launch at 1:00pm on the football field!  To read more or to be a part of this great event, too, go to Students may also participate their science projects in this event as well! 

Ready, Set… READ!!

READING MARATHON is ending today! 

Forms are due to your child's classroom by Thursday, March 2nd. Every student who submits a signed, completed form will receive a Ben & Jerry’s coupon for free ice cream! If our school-wide participation is greater than last year, look forward to an additional treat… Please consider including a donation with your form as this helps support funding of programs, books and technology at the Ridgewood Public Library. If you would like to donate via paypal, click this link:

Don’t miss the Reading Marathon Closing Event, COMIC CON at the Library on Saturday, March 4, 1-4pm. This is appropriate for the entire family. Come dressed as your favorite character. Enter to win prizes, play games, face painting, comic artists, snacks and more.

Tammy Juco

Reading Marathon Representative

TEACHER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST - THANK YOU to the committee chairs Jamie Cariddi and Elizabeth Coleman, and to all the committee members for providing a yummy, delicious, and much appreciated breakfast for our teachers!  The teachers and staff thoroughly enjoyed it, so thank YOU again to all, for all your efforts to making it a very special morning for them! 

RIDGEWOOD CELEBRATES NATIONAL POETRY MONTH in April by creating a poem from a piece of art or creating a piece of art from a poem and then displaying it in the Ridgewood library children’s section. Here’s another opportunity to participate in your child’s class! This year we have decided that Somerville will create a Haiku style poem from a painting we currently have hanging in our collection. Larisa Shlahet has created this wonderful power point presentation that makes the project simple. Details and the presentation itself will be sent home via Class Parents this week. All posters created for the project need to be submitted by March 31st so they can be hung in the  library. Thank you! 

Sandy Santangelo and Larisa Shlahet

.Have a great week!

Denise DeAngelis, HSA President

Alexa Wagschal, Vice President

Whitney Klein, Treasurer

Kate Harbour, Assistant Treasurer

Tammy Juco, Secretary