Principal Search: Add Your Voice!

superstars picThe search for a new principal for South Mountain School is well underway. The district has had a strong response to the job posting, and Acting Superintendent Memoli is seeking input from our school community.

Please send us your top three questions to be asked during the interview process and the qualities that are most important to you in a principal. We will compile the responses and submit them to Mr. Memoli to be included in the interview process.

Send your responses to Lisa Garelick by no later than Tuesday, July 14.

Thank you in advance for your input!

Send Us Your SMS Pictures!

superstars picDid you get some great shots on Spirit Day? Please send them to Mr. K!

Also: We want your favorite South Mountain moments caught on film for the PTA website in the fall. Have any shots that just say SMS? Send them to Tracy Spangler.

End-of-Year Letter From the School Nurses

nurseletterClick here or on the image to view the end-of-year letter from the school nurses.

To access medical forms on the Superstars website, click here.

Updated Info on Contacting the Board of Education

SOMADistrictClick here to view the district document on how to contact the board of education, complete with an email contact list of the current board members.

Summer Reading Lists

summer readingClick for the district’s summer reading lists for grades K-2 and 3-5.

Click here for more summer reading lists by grade (up to eighth) from the American Library Association.

SMS Rocked With Fundraising This Year!

SMS_80s_logoThe 80s-themed auction on March 27 raised more than $20,000 for the South Mountain PTA. Along with proceeds from the sales of spiritwear, the No-Frills Annual Campaign, Picture Day, Book Fair, Box Tops, school supplies, retail-related activity (Amazon Smile and Target), and various community-building events throughout the year, here are some of various ways the PTA helped to fund the school’s needs in 2014-15:

1. Artist-in-Residence programs*
2. Teachers College
3. Teacher mini grants**
4. Recess supplies and lunch bins
5. Printing
6. Teacher and staff appreciation (luncheon and gifts)
7. Teacher and staff support
8. Teachers’ working luncheon at the start of the school year
9. Subsidizing of field trips/camping trip (including transportation to Lincoln Center for the third grade and financial assistance to the fifth-grade camping trip)
10. Enhancement of extracurricular and other activities (T-shirts and year-end party for peer mediators, pizza party for Box Top winners, medals for South Mountain Minute winners, awards for TV Turnoff, CATCH Day snacks)
11. Annex and Big School grounds beautifcation
12. School musical
13. Stipends for staffing the school musical and social work interns
14. Subsidizing flat-screen installation in the main hallway
15. Maintaining fish tank in the main hallway
16. Purchase of Morning Meeting books chosen by Principal Lehn relating to social and character development
17. Subsidizing transportation for the chorus to participate in the American Young Voices Concert at the Prudential Center and providing T-shirts
18. Roller Skating Party rink rental
19. Funding community-building events (inflatables for School Fair, School Spirit Day, Ice Cream Social, First Day Welcome Coffee)
20. Communication (website maintenance, e-blasts, etc.)

* The new murals gracing the hallways of the Big School are from the 4th grade Spiritree residency. Kindergartners did a drumming residency; first graders a poetry to photography residency; second graders a yoga to literature residency; and third graders a dance through the Americas residency.

** Mini grants have included books for both guided reading and the library.

The PTA encourages you to attend the first general PTA meeting of the school year in September (date to be announced), during which the treasurers will present the budget and a vote will be held to pass the 2015-16 budget.

School Fair Thanks

volsBig thanks to everyone who helped make the School Fair one of the best nights of the year for our kids: Peg McBrien, Cindy Hairston, Stacey Maebert, Rich Maebert, Mia Kamber, Eddy Bikales, Oksana Berzinsh, Jami Kurschner, Rebecca Hardiman, Alecia Graham, Jane Colding, Michelle Lederman, Abby Katoni, Meg Persichetti, and the entire PTA board.

PTA News and Thank-yous

SM_PTA_logo_colorWe are pleased to announce the 2015-16 South Mountain PTA Executive Board:

Presidents: Lisa Garelick, Kimberly Hobbs
VPs Administration: Lorena Salzmann, Dorothy Dietrich, Dan Dietrich
VPs Communications: Tracy Spangler, Emily Hynes
VPs Fundraising: Ava Martin, Roshni Patel
VPs Programming: Rebecca Fausel, Alyson McCarthy
Treasurers: Carey Smith, Damien Rios
Recording Secretary: Audrey Schaefer
Corresponding Secretary: Kristin Mahoney

Thank you to our 2014-15 board members, as well as former presidents Priscilla Goldman and Shana Teitelbaum for their continued guidance and assistance. The outgoing board members are Nerissa Aschoff, Erica Barton, Victoria Dadet, Meredith Katz, Reggie Tindall, and Jennie Tinkelman.

Thank you to our standing committee chairs:
Cultural Arts: Tracy Bernstein
PTO-Special Education: Jennie Tinkelman, Jocelyn Ryan
After-School Enrichment: Kristen Mitchell, Sarah Hayden
South Mountain Cares: Deidre D’Entremont, Pam Martin
Box Tops: Stacey Maebert
Soul @ South Mountain: Amy Campione
Elementors: Shanease Davis

Thank you to our 5th grade committee chairs: Julia Cerny, Lori Dalvi, Lorry Ripley

Thank you to all who helped with our mediation program, broadcast news studio, library, recess/laps, and the Scoop newspaper.

Last but not least, a huge thank you goes out to all the class parents!

We are grateful to the entire South Mountain community for your contributions and cooperative efforts to make this a successful school year.

Enjoy the rest of it!

Fourth Grader Wins Poster Contest

JaredFourth grader Jared Garelick was named a winner in this year’s “My Essex County Poster Contest.”

The contest received 838 entries from fourth graders across the county. Jared placed among the top 12 with his Essex County Parks themed poster.

His poster will be featured in the Essex County 2015-2016 calendar.


Get the Scoop

SCOOP SPRING final subWant to help with the 2015-2016 editions (fall and spring) of the South Mountain Scoop? You will work with the editorial board (5th graders organized by the staff advisor, Mr. Cahn) to come up with story ideas, encourage the kids to write them and find or take photographs/art to go with them, and work with them on editing.

You’ll also work with several other parents to give the stories a final edit and produce the actual paper. If you’re an editorial/communications person or digital production person, this is a fun way to work with the kids. And it’s not a huge time commitment.

Interested? Questions? Contact Tracy Spangler.

To read the spring edition click HERE or on the image.