We are now entering our second month of school for the current school year and are settling into our daily routine. As you know, we decided to focus on attaching specific success oriented behaviors to our school slogan: “it’s a Horbelt thing” so our children know exactly what that means. This new practice is our continued effort to help our children mature with the characteristics they need to be successful!
The PTA is still accepting membership dues and new parent signups for anyone who is interested in joining. Our PTA does a fabulous job in sponsoring many and varied activities for the children. Through the year the PTA sponsors a variety of fundraisers, some of which help pay for the children’s class trips during the school year. You should have received a packet to sign up for PTA via our School Messenger program. In addition, this membership packet can be accessed on line through the PTA link.
For your convenience, I have listed below activities that will take place during the month. They are as follows:
October 2 Grandparents Day during specials
October 5 -23 5th Grade Halloween Candy Grams
October 6 FIRE TRUCK VISIT 12:45 K-2
October 7 PTA Walk-A-Thon @ Recess
October 9 Gr. 3 Seaport
October 9 Progress Reports Issued
October 12 Columbus Day, School Closed for Students
October 13 Gr. 4 Homdel Park Ramsay/Lintner
October 14 Gr. 4 Homdel Park Mayo
October 14 PTA Meeting @ 7:00
October 16 Pumpkin Patch During Recess
October 20 Brain Show
October 23 RAINDATE Grade 3 Class Trip
October 22 LIT Students to Lighthouse
October 23 PTA Trunk or Treat 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
October 24 RAINDATE, Grade 3 Class Trips
October 26 Fall Pictures, Gym, refer to schedule
5TH Grade Photo
October 27 Fall Pictures, Gym, refer to schedule
October 30 HALLOWEEN PARADE 1:30
An event that everyone looks forward to is the annual Halloween parade and class party. Because of the number of children who have peanut allergies, please remember that if you are bringing in food for classroom parties, no nuts or hard candy are permitted for the children. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, please contact the PTA Classroom Coordinator or Mrs. Dwyer, our school nurse. More information about the parade will be sent home shortly. Weather permitting, the students will march outside for everyone to enjoy. We have been speaking to the students about staying safe and being cautious as they “Trick or Treat.” Please reiterate this with your children so the day is marked with wonderful memories.
As you know, the Battle of the Books was a huge success last year! TWO million minutes is a huge number, but I felt our students could do more. So for this year’s Battle, I will be challenging our students to read MORE. That number is coming soon. We will also continue with our push for sound attendance with our All Star Attendance program. Classes with perfect attendance daily will post a star outside their classroom. Weekly winners will be announced every Friday. The class with the best attendance for the month will win a prize. This focus on attendance did help us improve our attendance last year! We are confidently looking to see that continue this year!
Looking ahead to November, I would like to remind you that school will be closed on November 2-6. Enjoy your break!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please see me.
Joseph J. Saxton, Jr., Ed. D.