A Message from the Principal to All who made Dear Edwina such a Success

edwinaCongratulations to Ms. Wiggins and the spectacular cast and crew of Dear Edwina! ! It was amazing and enjoyed by all. Our students have much talent and it was thrilling to see so many of them singing and acting with such joy. Thank you to Julie Smith and Nerissa Aschoff for all their hard work, and to the many, many parents who helped make this a huge success.

Dear Edwina a Smashing Success!

edwinaCongratulations to the amazing cast and crew of Dear Edwina!

An enormous thank you goes to the fantastic Ms. Wiggins and producer Julia Smith for making it all happen!

Huge thanks too to each and every person who helped in any way. From preparing the set and the program to chaperoning rehearsals and performances and donating props, concessions, and supplies for the cast party, we couldn’t have done it without you.



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!

Box Tops Collection Is Tomorrow

The next Box Tops collection box topswill be Tuesday, December 16. ​Please turn in any Box Tops and collection sheets to your teacher!

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.


ADD/ADHD Support Group

ADD Support Group 2014-2015 datesThe Parenting Center is sponsoring a monthly support group for parents of elementary and middle school children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or children who have attentional difficulties. It will offer parents the opportunity to share information, concerns and solutions.  The next meeting is scheduled for December 17.  Click on the flyer for more information.

Holiday Concert to Benefit Achieve This Friday

holiday_rustic_REVISED-2A holiday concert featuring Charlie Pollock and Friends to benefit music education enrichment through the Achieve Foundaion will be held on December 19 at the Woodland in Maplewood. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Click on the flyer for more information.

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.