Superintendent Search Focus Group Sessions

superintendentMembers of the South Orange and Maplewood community are invited to attend focus groups to offer feedback and input concerning the qualifications for the next superintendent of our school district. The first open forum will be Tuesday, September 9, with a second date to be announced; specific group forums will be Saturday, September 13. Click here or on the image for more information.

Important September Dates for Your Calendar

Back to school nightBack to School Night @ South Mountain – Big  School
Wednesday September 10, 2014
(Half Day for Big School Students 12:10 Dismissal)

Classroom Visits
Grades K, 3 – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Grades 2,4,5  – 8-9 p.m.
Specialists – 7:30 – 8 p.m.

Back To School Night @ Annex
Thursday September 11, 2014    

(Half Day for Annex Students 12:00 Dismissal)

Classroom Visits
Kindergarten & 1st  -  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Book Fair will be held in each building Tuesday, September 9 through Thursday, September 11.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

bookfairIt’s hard to believe, but the first day of school and our annual Book Fair are only a few weeks away!

The South Mountain Book Fair is scheduled for September 8-11, and volunteers are needed to help set up and break down the fair. We also need people to work the fair by assisting customers and restocking shelves. The fair will be held at both the Annex and the Big School, so there are plenty of time slots from which to choose.

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here:

The Book Fair is a fun way to get to know other parents as well as faculty! Questions? Contact Erica Barton ( or Kim Hobbs (

Incoming Kindergarten Playdate

superstars picWe hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. It seems to be flying by! There will be another school-wide incoming kindergarten playdate on Wednesday, September 3 at 10 a.m. at the Big School playground.  It will immediately follow the visit to meet your child’s teacher and classroom (9:30-10:00). It’s a fantastic way to meet classmates. Siblings and caregivers welcome.

Bring a drink for your own child as it gets hot on the blacktop.  Please note, we will not have access to the school and therefore there will be no bathrooms available.

Please email Ava Martin at if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you all again!

Remembering Monet Armenia

Monetlletter.jpgWe remember Monet Armenia as she is laid to rest today, and we wanted to share with the community a note of thanks that she recently sent to South Mountain Cares. Click on the photo to read Monet’s words.

The Big School will be open today from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for anyone who would like to drop off a sympathy card or note for the Armenia family. A basket will be in the main office.

Summer Reading Lists!

Primary List K-2Intermediate List 3-5The lazy, hazy days of summer are finally here — it’s the perfect time for your kids to while away afternoons reading, and to spend family time reading together. Check out the district’s summer reading lists for grades K-2 and 3-5 for great ideas!

Happy reading!

A Note From The School Nurse

superstars picJune 19, 2014   Dear Parents and/or Guardians of South Mountain:

As we draw near to the 2013-2014 school year, we want to thank you for your support in providing a safe and healthy learning environment for your child. Our hope for you and your families during this summer break is to explore opportunities for balanced eating, exercise and moments for fun and relaxation. Summer is also a great time to prepare for the new school year.  Please note the following as it pertains to your child:

Medications - All prescribed medications, including over the counter that are to be given to your child by the school nurse during school hours, must have a yearly updated completed Medication Authorization Form on file in the nursing office at the beginning of each school year.

Asthma – All students with asthma need to have an updated Asthma Treatment Plan on file in the nursing office at the beginning of each school year.

Food or Bee Allergy – All students need an Anaphylaxis Emergency Health Care Plan which can be obtained from the Nurse’s office.

Therefore, please reach out to your Health Care Provider (HCP) as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to have these forms completed before the start of the new school year.  Forms can be obtained by going to and click Departments>Nursing Services>Forms.  As a reminder, all medications need to be picked up in the nursing office before the last day of school or they will be discarded.  Please contact Nina Treitler, RN (South Mountain Annex) or Sharyn Wills, APN (South Mountain) with any questions or concerns.

We wish you and your families a safe, happy and healthy summer reprieve.


Sharyn Wills, APN, NJ-CSN                 Nina Treitler, RN, NJ-CSN
973-378-5216 ext. 4503                          973-378-2800 ext. 4003

Healthy Children Learn Better

Congratulations SMS Triathletes!

superstars picWe are proud of our South Mountain triathletes who participated in the Two Towns Triathlon last Saturday, June 14th. The following students placed in their age group. Congratulations, Superstars!

In the male 8 and under :
Elkan Pleat placed 1st
Miller Nelson placed 2nd

Female 9 to 10:
Jillian Canning placed 2nd

Male 9 to10:
Gavin Swanson placed 3rd

Female 11 to 12:
Zoe Lynch placed 2nd

Spirit Day Guidelines from Principal Lehn

UnknownWe are looking forward to another unforgettable Spirit Day at South Mountain on Monday, June 16.  It will start at 1:00.  Everyone is encouraged to wear blue and yellow clothes to school, but face paint may not be applied until just before Spirit Day starts.  Please do not allow your child to come to school with blue and yellow paint on their bodies.

I would like to share our dismissal procedures with you so that everyone gets home safely:

The kindergarteners and first graders from the Annex  will be brought down to the big school by bus in time for the fun.  At 2:15, they will be escorted to the auditorium in the big school and will be dismissed to their grownups from there.  No one is permitted to leave the field with their grownups.  Children who are in the Aftercare at the Annex will be brought back to the Annex.  Annex students  who go home on the bus will be escorted to their bus in the big school and will go home form here.  All other Annex children must be picked up in the auditorium.

Children who are in the big school will go back to their classrooms at 2:30 and will be dismissed from there.

We look forward to a safe and fun day!

Tina Lehn


South Mountain Elementary School


school suppliesIf you have pre-ordered a school supply kit for your child, there is a change of plans on how they will be distributed. Parents will not be picking the kits up at the school fair as we have done in previous years – before the start of the upcoming school year the kits will be distributed to your child’s classroom and will be waiting for them on the first day of school.  

Additionally, we will be offering another chance for parents to pre-order the kits – information about this will be sent out within the next couple of days.

Questions? Contact Janet at