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

Pie Orders Due Today

pieAll order forms for pies are due today. Want to place an order but didn’t get a chance? Contact Sapna Mitra by tomorrow to make sure it gets in.

The fifth graders want to thank everyone who has supported this fundraiser. Fairview Lake, here we come!



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.



Magic Show at CHS

magicshowCelebrate National Magic Week with a Magic Show starring Michael Healy on Sat., Oct. 25, in the Columbia High School auditorium! Performances are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; tickets will be sold at the door for $5 each. Proceeds benefit the CHS Magic Club.

Shows are appropriate for children ages 5 and up. Click here or on the image for more info.

South Mountain Annual Fundraising Campaign


Now Through December 31

The South Mountain Annual Fundraising Campaign has officially begun for the 2014-15 school year!  

With your financial support last year, we raised more than $10,000, enabling the school to fund initiatives that directly benefit our children on a daily basis, such as:

  • ELMO document cameras and projectors for grades K-2
  • Cultural arts programs and assemblies
  • Columbia University Professional Development Program for Teachers (an unparalleled opportunity)
  • Mini-grant program to fund teacher wish lists (e.g., math games and manipulatives, writing literacy program materials, classroom library books)
  • Enrichment and school newspaper support and more

Please join us this year and help us reach our goal of $12,000. Every donation COUNTS!  

 We hope we can count on your financial support this year.  Your support would help to fund:  

  • Columbia University Professional Development Program for Teachers, K-2
  • Continued funding for cultural arts programs (artists in residence) and assemblies
  • Additional iPads in classrooms to support the ST Math program
  • This year’s school musical
  • Morning meeting books for all classrooms
  • Teacher mini-grants to fund wish lists
  • New play area at the Big School
  • New curtains in the auditorium
  • Air conditioners
  • Enrichment and school newspaper support and many more programs

You can make your tax-deductible gift below by clicking on our link. All contributions will directly fund school programs and projects.

Our “no frills” annual fund means there are no products to buy or sell. Every single dollar makes a difference, so we encourage you to donate at whatever level your family is comfortable with.

 To make a donation to the annual fund, please click HERE

 Questions? Contact Kim Hobbs or Nerissa Aschoff.


The South Mountain Directory Is Ready

South Mountain PTAVersion 1.0 is on the Superstars website! All current PTA members receive password information to access it. If you would like to receive this information and have not yet completed the First Day Packet (through which you can join the PTA), please fill out the form by clicking here.