Remember, Today Is a Half Day!

halfdayToday, Monday, November 17, is a half day of school for the last day of conferences.

Annex dismissal is at Noon.

Big School dismissal is at 12:10 p.m.

This Thursday: No More Meltdowns With Jed Baker, PhD

jbakerJoin us as South Mountain School hosts Jed Baker, PhD, the award-winning author of No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior.  Baker writes, lectures and provides training internationally on the topics of social skills training and managing challenging behavior. The event, on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Big School, is presented by the Parenting Center and Elementary School PTAs.

Free babysitting is available! Click here or on the image for more information.

5th Grade Pie Sale Pickup Is Friday

pieIf you ordered pies from the 5th grade fundraiser, please pick them up in the Big School auditorium on Friday, November 21, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Please contact Sapna Mitra with any questions.

PTA Thanksgiving Food and Coat Drive

Cornucopia_WEBtrnsPlease help us continue to make a difference in our community by supporting the PTA’s annual Thanksgiving Food & Coat Drive. Packaged food and winter outerwear will be collected at both schools through the end of this week.


Coat Drive
Make someone’s winter warmer by donating your gently used winter coats, hats and gloves. This effort is in conjunction with the Jersey Cares Coat Drive.  Collection points are located at both the Big School (back of the auditorium) and the Annex (on the stage). Please contact Ava Martin with questions.

Food Drive
Suggested Thanksgiving donation items include stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, yams, vegetables, mashed potatoes and festive snacks (packaged items only — no expired items or glass). Donations will benefit the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Maplewood and can be sent in via backpack or brought to the main office. Please contact Helene Cartaina with questions.

Thank you for your generosity!


Team W Thanks for Thanksgiving Food Drive

ThanksgivngA former Team W parent runs a program that feeds 2,000 people in a neighboring town every Thanksgiving. The goal of the class community service project is to help her gather some of the ingredients for the families.

This week: please bring in boxed mashed potatoes and jars of gravy.

All donations can be dropped off outside the Team W classroom. 

Thanks to everyone who has already donated!

Help Make the South Mountain Auction Awesome

auction jobs committeeGet your acid wash jeans out of storage, dust off those Duran Duran records, make your hair as big as you can, and come help us make this year’s auction one where everyone can “cut Footloose” (can you guess the theme?).

Volunteering for the auction, scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2015, is an amazing way to meet other parents — and your help is, like, totally valued and needed.

To see the volunteer opportunities, please click here or on the document.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Erica or Kim.


Save the Date for Achieve’s Night of 100 Dinners!

NHD2015-for-eblastThe Achieve Foundation’s 11th annual Night of 100 Dinners is set for Saturday, March 7, 2015!

Where? How about your place? Consider hosting a dinner or teaming with friends to plan a gathering!

Click here or on the image for more information. To host a dinner or to learn more, email the Night of 100 Dinners committee chairs.

Robotics Competition at CHS

ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS AT COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL, SUNDAYOn Sunday, November 16, robotics teams from all over New Jersey – including the CHS Varisity Robotics Team — will compete in one of the largest robotics tournaments in the state.

The community is invited to watch the matches held in the CHS Main Gym. Matches will start at 10 a.m. Admission is free. Children are especially welcome to see and learn about some very cool robots.

Fall Festival Photos

PumpkinsIf you took family photos at the SMS Fall Festival on October 18, they are now available online for you to purchase! Click here to view them. The access code is 338955.

Even if you didn’t take a family photo be sure to go to the link and look at the pictures - the photographer took some great candids at the event as well.

Save the Date for the SMS Auction

savethedateSave the date for the South Mountain School Auction.  This year’s auction will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Maplewood Country Club.  This highly anticipated event only occurs every other year, so please mark your calendars.

Stay tuned for more details…