SMS Rocks the 80s Auction Tickets on Sale Now!

SMS_80s_logoDust off your leg warmers!
Tease up your hair!
SMS Rocks the ’80s!
Be there or be square!

To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

*$50 per person early-bird price ENDS TODAY — so buy ‘em right now!*

Prices as of Tuesday, February 24:
$60 per person
$110 per couple

Space is limited and the event has sold out in the past, so don’t delay!

Questions? Contact Erica and Kim.


Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Are Half Days

conferencesWednesday, Thursday and Friday are half days this week to accommodate parent-teacher conferences.

Annex dismissal is 12 noon.

Big School dismissal is 12:10 p.m.

The PTA Wants You!

SM_PTA_logo_colorWe need to form a nominating committee to fill the vacancies on the PTA Executive Board for the 2015-2016 school year.

Being a committee member requires a short-term commitment to identify the most suitable candidates for the following board positions: Treasurer, VP of Communications, VP of Programming, VP of Fundraising, and Corresponding Secretary.

Want to be on the committee? Interested in taking on one of the board positions yourself, or have questions about a position? Contact Audrey Schaefer by this Friday, February 27.

Beyond the Bell Enrichment This Week

beyondthebellMonday: Big School, 2:40-3:50 p.m.

Tuesday: Annex, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: No Beyond the Bell because of the half day.

Call for Donations for SMS Rocks the 80s!

SMS_80s_logoOur semi-annual goods and services auction, SMS Rocks the 80s this year, will be at the Maplewood Country Club on Friday, March 27.

This is the PTA’s largest and most important fundraiser, and we need your help!

The first 10 people to drop off or email their donation to our committee will receive a FREE South Mountain School shirt!

Contact Lisa Vick or Rebecca Fausel with any questions or to hand off your donation. Or, if you have a potential donor and would prefer to have the committee get in touch with them, let us know.

Click here to visit the Auction page for donation ideas.




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.


Dress for the Winter Weather

winterPlease have your children dress for the weather outside.
On clear, sunny days we will go out at recess unless the temperature or wind chill factor is below 20 degrees.

GLOVES OR MITTENS - They should be warm, dry and not too snug.
WINTER HAT – This should cover their ears and feel warm.
SCARF – To cover their face on windy days.
LAYERS FOR THEIR UPPER BODY - Layers are the best way to be comfortable. They can take some off when indoors if their classroom is too hot.
COVER THEIR LEGS – Socks, leggings, tights to keep their feet and legs warm.

Please label clothing so we can return lost items to your children.

PACER Test Information from our PE Teachers and Health Office

PacerTestEvery year in the month of December, 4th and 5th grade students at the Big School participate in Fitnessgram Testing in Physical Education, including a cardiovascular endurance test called the PACER Test. Younger grades also practice the PACER Test in December.

Mr. Tait and Mr. Kaesshaefer are in constant communication with Mrs. Wills concerning students that have asthma, require an inhaler, or have similar health concerns (for example some students see Mrs. Wills before the PACER Test to use their inhaler). If you have not done so already, please be sure to make Mrs. Wills aware of any health concerns in regards to a cardiovascular endurance test.