Principal's Message

Dear Godwin Families, 

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year at the Godwin School!  The staff and I eagerly await your arrival on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.  Below you will find your child’s homeroom teacher and room number as well as other opening day information.

As you might imagine, I have been busy making preparations for the upcoming school year.  Part of those preparations involve our personnel assignments:

 Pre-K:

Christin Spartz joins the team as the Pre-K ABA teacher.  The full-day Pre-K ABA class will follow a new time schedule: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm.  If your child takes the bus, they will depart school at 2:00 pm.  If you pick up your child, please do so at Door # 3 – near the crosswalk. 

Kindergarten:

Leni Palmieri joins the kindergarten team as the special education collaborative teacher with Mallory Nemiroff (Lieberman).  Congratulations to Mallory Lieberman who will get married on August 27, 2022.

1st Grade:

Alexandra Kilkenny joins the 1st grade team as the maternity leave replacement for Erin Frangipane.  She will partner with Ms. Knar Marashian as the HIP collaborative teacher.  Mrs. Frangipane plans to return after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mia Volpe also joins the 1st grade team as the HIP small group teacher.  Ms. Volpe’s class will partner with Mrs. Martinez’s class for specials and parties. 

 2nd Grade:

Andrea Perricelli is moving from the basic skills math position to be the 2nd grade elementary teacher in the collaborative class with Erin Holmes.

 Holly Neville officially joins our team as the new 2nd grade teacher.  Ms. Neville student taught in the fall with Mr. Winters.   

 Math Basic Skills:

Stefanie Greenberg is moving to the basic skills math position after teaching 2nd grade for thirteen years.  We are excited for her to start this new position and work in both Godwin and Highland Schools. 

 Music:

Congratulations to Mrs. Georghiou and her husband on the birth of their child.  Mrs. Kristen Daley will be the maternity leave teacher from September to December 23. 

 PE/Health:

Mark Fontana is the new PE/Health teacher at Highland School, but he will teach several health classes at Godwin School. 

 Parent Portal and Consent Forms

Every year, parents must sign all electronic forms and update information in Power School.  This is our main source of student information and therefore MUST be updated with accurate PHONE NUMBERS and EMERGENCY CONTACTS.  Parents already received an email in July and will receive another one in late August with directions on how to complete this process.  This must be done by September 2, 2022.

 Morning Line-up grades K-2

Student drop-off will start at 8:00am and parents may use the car line or walk their child to the school building.  Parents will not be permitted in the school.  Building aides will be present to supervise our students.  The car line does tend to get very long, please plan ahead to make this a smooth process.  Homeroom is from 8:20-8:27 am,

after 8:27 am the student is late and must be walked to the Main Office. 

 ·      K- 2nd students may enter through Door # 3 near the crosswalk and line up in the All Purpose Room. 

 Morning Line-up Pre-K

·      Mrs. Spartz’s Class – 8:30am entrance at Door # 3, parents must wait with their child.

·      Mrs. Ragone’s Class – 8:30am entrance at Door # 2, parents must wait with their child.

 Lunch

Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria while being supervised by our building aides.  Lunch may be purchased in the cafeteria through our food service provider, Pomptonian.  Parents are encouraged to set up a lunch account instead of sending in cash.  (Cash is accepted but it is easier with an account.). Use this website www.payschoolscentral.com to set up an account and contact Terri Hansen at [email protected] with questions.  This is the easiest way for your child to purchase lunch.  However, I highly recommend that kindergartners bring their own lunch for the first few months.  It is a lot for a new student to navigate the cafeteria, purchase lunch, and eat in the allotted 20-minute time slot.  Plus, you know what your child likes to eat. 

 Recess

Students will participate in outdoor recess as often as possible.  On inclement days, students will have recess in their classrooms under the supervision of a building aide. 

Specials

Students will attend special classes throughout the week in Godwin and Highland Schools.  Students walk across to the Highland School for Library, Art, Music and (*Technology only grades 1 and 2).  Students walk in cold weather, rain and snow.  Please check the weather and dress them appropriately. 

 Dismissal

Our dismissal procedures vary from the morning drop off procedures.  Parents may NOT drive up to the front of the school to pick up their child.  HIP will have buses/vans/cars lining the street in front of the school.  Parents/guardians must walk to the front of the school to pick up their child.  The parent must make eye contact with the teacher prior to the child being released.  Dismissal times are strictly enforced to keep the sidewalk clear. 

2:40pm – Kindergarten

Belthoff – Door # 3

Fino – Door # 4

Juranich – Door # 2

Nemiroff/Palmieri – Door # 3

 

Pre-K
2:00 pm 
Spartz – Door # 3

2:45 pm
Ragone – Door # 2

 2:50pm – 1st grade

Caruso/Gambutti – Door # 3

Kilkenny/Marashian– Door # 2

Martinez – Door # 2

Swanson – Door # 3

 2:50pm - 2nd grade

Holmes/Perricelli – Door # 2

Hook – Door # 3

Materia – Door # 3

NevilleRicci – Door # 2

 

 

 

Dismissal Changes

If your child’s typical pickup procedure is going to change, i.e., a different caregiver is picking up, a playdate, early pick up, late arrival, etc, please contact the Classroom Teacher via note or email.  The classroom teacher is the most important person to have this information as they are with your child all day and at dismissal.  If the dismissal procedure changes last minute, contact the Main Office.  My secretary will contact the classroom teacher.  As you can imagine, the end of the day is quite busy in the Main Office, please anticipate your needs as early as possible and notify the correct personnel. 

 Before Care and After Care

Before and After Care are housed in Godwin School.  Students may be dropped off as early as 7:00 am and will be supervised by a member of the Continuing Education Staff in the All-Purpose Room.  After Care will take place in two locations: All-Purpose Room and Kindergarten Room.  The kindergarten students are separated from the 1st – 6th graders from 2:40 pm to 4:30 pm.  Extensive information about the After Care program, procedures, pick up, snacks, electronics, etc. are outlined in their handbook.  Contact Beth Kasbarian at [email protected] or

201-44-2330 ext 209 for more details. 

 District Website

Please utilize the district website at www.mpsnj.org for information: From this website you can access Godwin School’s webpage which will give you information on summer work, school supplies, teacher webpages, staff contacts, and will also allow you to find information on school procedures, important dates, code of conduct, attendance regulations, etc. IMPORTANT: The site will also let you register for school/district e-blasts with the most current information and opportunities.

 Thank you very much for reading this document to the end.  I realize this a lot of information, but knowledge is power and I want to keep you informed.  Please contact me with questions and I look forward to seeing you on the first day, September 6, 2022.  

 

Sincerely,

 Ms. Danielle Bache

Principal

Godwin School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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