SMS Totally Rocked the 80s!

SMS_80s_logoThank you for your amazing support of our flagship fundraiser! Our auction night proved to be a most triumphant evening of rad fashion, choice music, outrageous prizes, and totally cool dudes and dudettes.

Erica Barton and Kim Hobbs, our fearless and diligent fundraising chairs, led an incredible team of volunteers (listed below). Not in our wildest dreams could we have asked for better or more! It was a pleasure to work with all of you.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to the following volunteers:

Donation Committee
Meredith Katz, Alyson McCarthy, Michelle Solgan, Heather Brochin, Jackie Newman, Ann Niles, Barbara Santoro, Emily Kameros, Nerissa Aschoff, Shana Teitelbaum, Lauren Rutkin
Marketing Committee
Lisa Garelick, Audrey Schaefer, Abbey Kuster-Prokell, Priscilla Goldman (SMS Rocks the 80s logo)
Intake Committee
Rebecca Fausel and Lisa Vick
Decorations Committee
Sarah Hayden, Ava Martin, Rachel Goldberg, Yocasta Pena, Reggie Tindall, Jen and Matt Glass
Jennie Tinkelman, Abby Katoni, Michelle Lederman, Danielle Mann
Keri Siry (DJ), Steve and Amy Campione (speakers and tech support)
Tracy Spangler and Richard Franco
Class Baskets
Susan Cole, Ava Martin, Jill Abramson, all the class parents
Silent Auction
Melissa Aufiero
Shala Anastasio

Special thanks to Tina Lehn, Marianne Hess, and the SMS teachers and staff for celebrating with us and for donating the fun in-school experiences awaiting the lucky winners.

Click here for a list of our amazing donors, without whom there would have been no SMS Rocks the 80s. We encourage you to give them your business!

Last but not least, thank you to our totally awesome, talented, and skilled PTA Executive Board. We are fortunate to have you.

Lisa Garelick and Nerissa Aschoff, PTA co-presidents

Last-Chance Auction Prizes!

SMS_80s_logoThere are a few silent auction items available for “short sell” purchase this week only. Please email Erica or Kim if you’re interested!

S20. NJ Devils Hockey Stick and Puck Get your favorite fan a hockey stick signed by former Devils player Jaromir Jagr (#68) and a puck signed by current player Damon Severson (#28).
$25; value: priceless

S22. A Week of Sum It Up Lacrosse Camp Got a LAX lover? Whether your kid is an expert or a beginner, this is a great local camp. Get a week of summer camp at Sum It Up Lacrosse in Summit. Includes magnets, stickers, shirts and hats.
$25; value: $420

S36. Summer at Harbor Hills Day Camp $1,000 off an eight-week session at Harbor Hills Day Camp in Mendham (new families only). You also get a gift basket with hat, bracelet, backpack, and more.
$25; value: $1,000

S38. Four Weeks of Soccer Camp at Community First Soccer If your kid is all soccer, all the time, here’s a great summer experience: four weeks of camp at Community First Soccer in Maplewood.
$50; value: $1,000

S37. Sleepaway Camp in Massachusetts Is your child ready for overnight camp? Get a session at Camp Watitoh, located in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Becket, Massachusetts Choose four weeks (June 27-July 25) or three weeks (July 26-August 15). It will be a summer to remember!
$200; value: $5,800

Beyond the Bell This Week

beyondthebellMonday: Big School, 2:40-3:50 p.m. (There’s one more class next week.)

Beyond the Bell spring enrichment packets went home in your child’s backpack by last week. Registration ends today — Monday, March 30. (There is no online registration.)

No School on Friday!

noschoolThe district is closed on Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. Happy Easter and Passover to those who are celebrating!

Next Box Tops Collection April 8

box topsThe next Box Tops for Education collection is next Wednesday, April 8. Please send them in!

Penny Challenge Results Are In!

penniesA huge thank you to all of the families who participated in South Mountain Cares’ 100th Day of School Penny Challenge!

A total of $381 (a whopping 38,100 pennies!) was collected and will be donated to the Food Pantry at Our Lady of Sorrows. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated by those less fortunate in our community!

Spring Parenting Workshop Series

2015 - Spring Parenting Workshop SeriesThe Parenting Center of the South Orange and Maplewood School District is offering a spring parenting workshop series. Topics include kids and social media and parenting an anxious child. Click on the flyer for more information.


PARCCDo you have questions or concerns about the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test? The district has made a thorough FAQ available. Click here or on the image.

Shop at Amazon and Target and Raise Money for SMS!

Amazon SmileDid you know that will donate 0.5 percent of all your purchases to South Mountain School? All you have to do is go to and type in 18536 South Mountain PTA.

Or just click here, and voila!

Another easy way to give back to our school is to register your Target Red Card for the Take Charge of Education program. Target will donate 1 percent of every purchase back to our school. It’s easy to register your card online or at any Target store. (We know you’re at Target all the time — we see you there!)

Happy shopping!

Achieve Direct Grant Funding and Congrats to SMS Grant Recipients!

Achieve FoundationThe Achieve Foundation’s Teacher Grant Program inspires district teachers to propose exceptional projects to help their students in the classroom and beyond. Achieve recently awarded 63 teacher grants totaling $67,000 for the 2014-15 school year.

Congratulations to SMS grant recipients Catherine Campbell and Jennifer Feinberg!

Achieve was faced with difficult funding choices, and some proposals were approved but did not receive the entire amount of funding requested, including a grant for Battle of the Books Goes Commercial With Book Trailers, submitted by Mrs. Campbell, and multi-school projects that include South Mountain, such as social work programs and Infusing Google Drive Into All Classrooms.

These projects are now eligible for direct funding, which means you can donate directly to any project of your choice through Jan. 31.

Click here to donate online, choose “Direct Funding” on the form, provide the information requested, and pay via Paypal. Or send your check with the teacher’s name and school in the memo line to Achieve Foundation, P.O. Box 84, Maplewood, NJ, 07040. Direct Grant Funding donations are fully tax-deductible.

For more information, please email Buena Chilstrom or call 973-762-8274.

Click here for a list of all the Achieve grants awarded this year.