Please Claim Lost Clothes and Other Items by 11/5

superstars picThere are plenty of unclaimed clothes and other items at the Big School. They will be on display beginning tomorrow through Wednesday, Nov. 5, after which they will be donated. Please report to the main office upon arrival to check the display in case there are items there that belong to your children. Thank you!

School Is Closed Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Next Week!

TUESDAY, November 4 (Election Day): SCHOOL CLOSED

THURSDAY, November 6 (NJEA Convention): SCHOOL CLOSED
FRIDAY, November 7 (NJEA Convention): SCHOOL CLOSED

If your child will be not be in school on Monday or Wednesday, please let your child’s teacher know.


Team W Thanks for Thanksgiving Food Drive

ThanksgivngTeam W Kindergarten is kicking off another great community service project and we’d love to invite all classes to participate.

It’s called “Thanks for Thanksgiving”. A former Team W parent runs a program that feeds 2,000 people in a neighboring town every Thanksgiving. Our goal is to help her gather some of the ingredients for the families.

Every week in the month of November we will be collecting a different item for the feast.

The week of November 3 – canned green beans.

The week of November 10  - boxes of Stove Top stuffing.

The week of November 17 -  boxed mashed potatoes and jars of gravy.

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

We hope you’ll consider joining us in this challenge. Just think, by working together and tossing JUST ONE extra item in your grocery cart each week, we could help countless needy families have a feast worth celebrating this Thanksgiving.

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…

Letter from the Principal

principalmessageTo Our Annex Families and Families That Use The Shuttle:

Although we are at the end of October, we continue to have  issues of safety at the Annex during drop off and pick up. I am asking that you do not make a K turn on Glenview Road,  in the school driveway or on Brentwood.  Once you have dropped your child off, drive up to Brentwood. and drive around Brentwood rather than make a turn there — children are crossing there, and I am worried for their safety. This also applies to those who are dropping their child off late. Remember too that you should not drive into the parking lot.  Several cars have made it difficult for the buses to get in and out. I hope that all our families will respect our safety precautions.


Tina Lehn


Thank You, Fall Festival Volunteers!

pumpkinThe PTA would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who so generously donated their time, energy, and special talents to Fall Festival. We had a great turnout, a wonderful time, delicious pies and chili, and fantastic music!

Thank you to our amazing chairs: Lorena Salzmann, Cheryl Moo Young, Rachel Bensimon, Emily Murphy
Our pie and chili chefs: Adam Weiss, Irina Lester, Megan Persichetti, Deidre d’Entremont, Cassandra Graham, Carmen Twyman, Meg Persichetti
Our great musicians: Jeremy Abbate and band
And all the volunteers: Shaun Freeman, Becky Kraemer, Min Lee, Danielle Mann, Jennifer Schrier, Jenny Bacon, Jenn Treacy, Abbey Kuster-Prokell, Claire Kaplan, Tyrinda Clark, Kelly Greenberg, Irina Zimmerman, Beth Palmisano, Betsy Stoeber, Michelle Solgan, Steve Christensen, Julie Hutchinson, Steve Hutchinson, Kristen Mitchell, Rita Desnoyers-Garcia, Robin Stephan, Sarah Hayden, Carey Merrill, Leelila Strogov, Maisha Desai-Green, Tashana Morman, Nicole Rudick, Kerry Cordero, Jeannette Jarmlinger, Cindy Hairston, Eyal Ben-Ari, Sandy Braine, Jamila Piracei, Emily Regas, Keri Siry, Cara Soh, Jackie Newman, Zhenyi Yu, Jennifer Barnett, Andrea Garrido, Jose Garrido, Michelle Lederman, Susan Stellini, Todd Spangler, Emily Giacalone, Amy Kaplan, Allison Busch-Vogel, Daniele Merlis, Ryolin Facey, Dana Ehrlich, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammed, Adam Weiss, Alex Movahed, Alyna Jacobs, Nicole Freeman

Halloween at South Mountain

halloweenImportant information from Principal Lehn:

Halloween is just around the corner. We will have a parade at each building on October 31. Children are invited to bring in costumes if they wish. In the event of inclement weather, we will have the parade inside the buildings: information about this will be posted if needed.

The parade at the Annex will begin at 12:45. If the weather is fine, we will walk around the field and then go into the classrooms for a simple party. Parents are invited. The celebrations will be over at 1:30. If you wish to take your child home early, please collect him/her from the classroom and sign out in the office.

Big School
The parade at the Big School will begin at 1:45. If the weather is fine, we will walk around the track at the back of the school and then go into the classrooms for a simple party. Parents are invited. Children will be dismissed from the classroom. If you wish to take your child home early, please collect him/her from the classroom and sign out in the office.

Important reminders:

– Children may not wear costumes or Halloween makeup to school. (They will change right before the parades/parties.)

– Children may not wear masks covering their faces during the parade.

No fake weapons are allowed in school.

Alternative plans for children who do not celebrate Halloween
Some of our families do not celebrate Halloween. We want to be sure that we respect this. Children who do not celebrate this holiday will meet with one of our teachers in the library, where we will have some planned activities. Please let me or your teacher know if you do not celebrate. I would like to have a snack available, so I would appreciate a rough estimate.



Adoptive Parents Support Group: Meetings Begin This Week

supportgroup2Click here or on flyer for more information.  First meeting is Tuesday, October 21 at the Parenting Center.

Auditions for interACT’s “Schoolhouse Rock”

schoolhouserockinterACT Youth Productions announces auditions for Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. for Thursday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Nov. 1. Appointments are suggested. Click here or on the image for more information and to sign your child up.

The Parenting Center Presents Miss Representation

miss representation screening oct 2014The Parenting Center and Elementary School PTAs and CHS HSA present a special screening of  Miss Representation.

Click here or on the flyer for more information.

Miss Representation is appropriate for all parents (K-12); however, it is ONLY appropriate for high school students.  In addition, please note that the start time is 7 p.m. (not 7:30 p.m.) as shown in the 2014-2015 School Calendar and Handbook.