Dear Switlik Families,
Fall is such a wonderful time of year! Leaves are turning vibrant colors. Harvests are being gathered. The weather is getting cooler, but it is still fun to play outdoors. It’s amazing how quickly fall weather has come upon us. It is often difficult to determine how to dress when the mornings are cooler, and it warms up throughout the day!
Week of Respect: In accordance with the NJ Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, students will participate in an array of activities recognizing the importance of character development and unity to promote a positive school and community culture. Below are some planned activities:
o October 5th: Pledge of Respect/World Day of Bullying Prevention – Wear Blue Day
o October 6th: Classroom Activities
o October 7th: Wear Red Day
o October 8th: Classroom Activities
o October 9th: Respect Walk – Wear Green Day
Summer Reading Book Challenge: Many students participated in our Switlik Summer Reading Challenge. We are happy to report that 146 students in grades 1-5 met or exceeded the challenge of reading 1,500 minutes or more this summer! These students will receive an ice cream treat, courtesy of our PTN this Wednesday, September 30th during their lunch period, and each student will receive a certificate of recognition in homeroom that morning. Congratulations to our readers! In addition, a special thank you to our parents for monitoring and recording your child’s summer reading. Your support of our school initiatives continues to make Switlik “a great place to learn!!”
The Book Fair has Arrived! The Fall Book Fair is scheduled for October 5th-October 9th. Our Family Night is Thursday, October 8th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the gym foyer. The theme for the fair is “Monster Book Fair: Reading is So Much Fun, You’ll Get Goosebumps!” There will be many books to choose from and many volunteers will help your “little shopper” find just the right book. The fair is also an opportunity to donate to your child’s classroom library. Teachers have submitted “wish lists” for books that would enrich their classroom libraries.
The PTN will be collecting loose change donations to be used towards purchasing books and supplies for Switlik School. For each dollar we collect, Scholastic will match it with a book to be donated to two charities that help children in need. If you would like to participate, please bring any loose change down to the book fair next week. For some added fun, we are holding a “Monster Challenge” student choice. When students come down to the fair, they can put their coins into the bucket of the teacher they would most like to see dressed up like a monster for a day!
As a reminder, school will be closed for students on Monday, October 12th due to staff in-service.
Kathleen McKiernan, Principal
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