Principal's Message

Dear Godwin Families, August 2018

It is with great excitement that I welcome you back to Godwin School for the 2018-2019 school year. The staff and I are eager to meet your children for a year full of learning, growth and maturity.  

The Midland Park School District continues to make significant facility upgrades during the summer months.  The window project is underway which brings dual benefits to our students and the community.  The new windows will improve air-flow in the classrooms, and the new design is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  The Main Office and Principal’s Office are being relocated to the side hallway; therefore parents and visitors will now enter on the right side of the building.  Students will continue to enter, in the morning, through the front door located near the crosswalk.  This move further enhances our safety and security measures when visitors enter the building.  Staff members assist with monitoring the doorway in the morning and afterschool.  Until the project is completed in mid-fall, parents should continue to use the front entrance only. 

Readers Workshop is being implemented across all grades levels to offer each student a balanced approach to literacy instruction.  Units of Study have been developed in collaboration with our literacy consultant and staff members are eager to follow an approach similar to Writers Workshop.  Students will continue to be assessed using Fountas and Pinnell and have opportunities each week to “Book Shop” for “Just Right Books.”  Through mini-lessons, students will be exposed to reading strategies and skills; and during independent reading, they will practice those skills with teacher guidance.  As always, the best parent involvement we could ask of you is to read with your child every night.  

Our school motto, Godwin PRIDE was established last year and students will be exposed to each facet of this acronym at our monthly assemblies.  While I still believe that kindness and respect are two of the most important words in the English language, we felt the need to expand the expectations for the students.  The students will learn the “Godwin” meaning of each phrase and hopefully work towards emulating each principle.  I hope you will join us in promoting Godwin PRIDE.  

P – Personal Best

R – Respect and Responsibility

I – I can make a difference

D – Dream Big

E – Educational Excellence

Please join me in welcoming several new staff members:  

  • Crystal Fernandez-pre-school teacher, Janell Caruso-1st grade teacher, Ashley Schwiederek-2nd grade teacher, Stacy McClosky-certificated school nurse

Some general information to get you started this year:

Entrance Time: K-2nd grade students will be permitted to enter the building at 8:00am and report to the              All-Purpose Room.   Good behavior is expected in the All-Purpose Room during line-up. 

Highland Specials: The students will walk across the street for several specials throughout the week, therefore, we remind parents to watch the weather and send students with umbrellas and/or raincoats when necessary.  (The MPPEF generously donated umbrellas to Godwin School in case your child forgets one.)

Up-to-Date Information:  Please utilize the district website and Godwin School webpage for more information:  You may also register for district e-blasts and receive timely updates and information.

If your child will be absent:  The responsible adult must call the school before 8am at 201-445-5350 option 1. Please leave the date, caller’s name, student name, the child’s teacher’s name, and reason for absence on the answering machine.  PLEASE SPEAK SLOWLY AND CLEARLY. 

Student Lunch:  The Pomptonian Food Service provides lunch for the Godwin students.  The standard lunch price is $2.85.  All parents are HIGHLY encouraged to sign up their child for the Pay For It Program, which is a credit-based system that makes buying lunch easier.  No need to find cash in the morning, no more lost lunch money and no wondering where did your change go.  Go to the Godwin School’s Webpage and then to Lunch Program and click Pay For It on the left side. 

Kindergarten Lunch: I highly discourage kindergarteners from buying lunch for the first three months of school.  It is very difficult for the children to purchase their lunch and consume it in the allotted time frame.  Their ability to balance their lunch tray, pay the cashier, get a fork and make it to their seat is a bit of a struggle at the start of the year.  Give your child a little time to acclimate to school and the time frame for lunch before allowing them to purchase.  At home, have your child practice opening their food containers and eating everything in 25 minutes.   

Visiting the School:  Parents wishing to speak to a teacher are asked to make an appointment through the main office.  In the interest of school security, parents may not go directly to a teacher’s classroom.  Teachers have been instructed not to hold conferences when supervising students, especially during dismissal. 

GREEN/WHITE FOLDER Mandatory paperwork: On the first day of school, your child will receive a green folder containing several documents that must be signed.  Please review and return the necessary documents ASAP to the homeroom teacher.  

Lunch and Recess Procedures: To ensure a safe school environment, our staff makes every effort to guide our students to make responsible and respectful decisions.  Lunch and recess provide opportunities for the children to socialize and play with one another. While this time each day is more unstructured than instructional time, good behavior is always expected and appreciated.  Please note: students are not permitted to bring electronic games, trading cards, balls and other toys to school (unless permitted by administration). 

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.  Lastly, please contact the Godwin Office at any time with questions or concerns.  Mrs. Carol Berninger, our Godwin School secretary, and I are more than happy to speak with you.  We will see you on September 6, 2018.   


Danielle Bache, Principal

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