Issue 1 - Fall 2018
Carlstadt Public School
Dear Community Members, Parents, and Students,
I am happy to share with all the first issue of our quarterly newsletter. The Carlstadt Public School District is extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff. Through this newsletter we will have the opportunity to share student and staff articles and other information that will offer insight into the school district's activities and recent achievements. As the Superintendent of the Carlstadt School District, I have the opportunity to work with staff, community leaders and residents, and Carlstadt organizations to develop relationships that will foster and enhance the school climate. We look to build supportive, positive relationships between the school and home with the goal of providing a program that develops well-rounded students with a focus on excellence in academics. It is our desire that these newsletters assist with keeping the Carlstadt community informed of the progress that the district is making in all areas throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
Stephen M. Kollinok, Superintendent
Ms. Jackie Nimon
Grade 3 & 4 Resource Room
Ms. Emma Clarke
Name: Jackie Nimon
College attended: Rowan University
Favorite book: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Fun fact about you: I scored the first-ever goal for my high school’s varsity field hockey program
I love teaching because I genuinely enjoy helping my students feel successful and building their confidence in their abilities.
Ms. Toniann Caputo
Grade 5 Teacher
Ms. Tina Gadalla
Grade K-2 Resource Room
Name: Tina Gadalla
College attended: Rutgers University
Favorite book: Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Fun fact about you: I love to do calligraphy!
I love teaching because I love being able to help students learn new things every single day!
Name: Toniann Caputo
College attended: West Virginia University
Favorite book: The Hunger Games
Fun fact about you: I danced at the Hawaii Pro Bowl during halftime.
I love teaching because everyday is an opportunity to inspire students not only academically but personally!
Name: Emma Clarke
College attended: University of Hartford
Favorite book: Harry Potter
Fun fact about you: I was born and raised in England.
I love teaching because I feel that it is something I was born to do. I enjoy making a difference in the lives of students and like to help to foster a love of learning that will stay with them forever.
Caitlin Gold: Visual Art and Technology Art
College attended: The College of New Jersey
Favorite book: An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton
Fun fact about you: I've been a pescatarian since I was 11 years old.
I love teaching because I love inspiring my students to create amazing things they didn't know they were capable of making. Being a part of the amazing process of learning and growth is my greatest privilege.
Ms. Anita Alfonso
Grade 5 Teacher
Ms. Caitlin Gold
Name: Anita Alfonso
College attended: Montclair State University
Favorite book: Enemy Pie
Fun fact about you: If I wasn't a teacher, I would be a pilot!!
I love teaching because I love to see the excitement in a student's eyes when they finally begin to understand a concept!! They're proud of themselves and knowing that I helped is very rewarding!
Meet our New Teachers
The students in 6th grade ELA are using flexible seating! Students have their own assigned seats, but once the lessons get going they are free to sit wherever they'd like. It has helped students focus in the way they feel comfortable. Some students focus so much better when sitting on the floor or on a comfortable surface. Others opt to stay in their assigned seats. It gives them ownership over their learning and teaches them how to be responsible.
A New Cycle Course for Grade 7 & 8 Students
Teacher: Mrs. Finley
With Mrs. Mariano
Grade 6 Language Arts
Cross Curricular Projects
With Mrs. Henderson in Grade 3
and Ms. Barrett in Grade 4
The students "spread kindness" during the Week of Respect by writing a kind note to a classmate.
Celebrating the week of Respect
With Ms. Alfonso in Grade 5
Students worked collaboratively to build the tallest structure possible using only index cards and dot stickers. Students were challenged to use math, engineering, and problem-solving skills to work together to create the structures.
The studies of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as a combined discipline aims to spark the interest of students to problem solve through a creative process. Students spend their time asking questions, imagining designs, planning, creating, testing, improving and communicating. Our goal is to allow the students to become innovators and to feel safe in failing and learning from their failures. Students learn to constantly ask “can I make this better?” and “why didn’t this work?” Walt Disney stated, “Around here, however, we don't look backward for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” This is the root of STEAM education, keep moving forward, doing new things, and leading curious lives.
More often than not we have conversations with our students about, “fitting in.” In today’s changing society, our students are under more pressure than ever to fit in with their peers. Through conversations with students, I often find that they tend to mask the most unique parts of themselves so their peers don’t think they are “different.” Unfortunately, the fear of being different can sometimes hinder a student from pursuing things that truly inspire them. In an attempt to strengthen our school and community, we tend to highlight things that our students have in common, and shy away from talking about things that set us apart from one another.
As our school celebrated Week of Respect, students participated in some self-reflective activities which challenged them to identify the unique and “different” parts of themselves. It was interesting to watch students work to identify things that make them special, as many initially appeared uncomfortable speaking about themselves. This trend is something that is also found in adults. More often than not we are quick to point out all the negative perceptions we have of ourselves and feel uncomfortable talking about the things that light us up and set us apart from the rest. Although sometimes uncomfortable, it is important that we get our students talking about their positive traits and have them identify things they love about themselves. Not only does it help build self-esteem, it also gives our students the freedom to be themselves and celebrate all the wonderful things that make them truly unique.
Written by Kelly Helfrich, Guidance Counselor
There are many ways you can foster uniqueness with your children, and some that involve a simple question. Rather than ask, “How was your day at school” try some of the questions below and see how the conversation with your child changes.
1. What do you think your life will be like in the future?
2. What is something you can do better than anyone you know?
3. What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you?
4. How would you change the world if you could?
The Importance of Being Different
Conversations with your Children
8th grade students learn how to plan for a vacation in Life-Tech Class. (Teacher: Mr. Garde)
Students in 3rd grade learn to play frisbee in P.E. class. (Teacher: Mr. McNerney)
Take a Peek into
Pre-K students learn to measure pumpkins using a tape measure. (Teacher: Mrs. DelMauro)
Mr. Foy surprised second grade students when he was a guest reader! (Teacher: Mrs. O'Rourke)
Students in Ms. Gold's art classes read the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. After reading the book, the students were inspired to create their own dots, pictured as the background of this page.
Seventh graders practice their knowledge of Spanish vocabulary with a fun game. (Teacher: Mr. Gisoldi)
Say Cheese! Students are excited for a fun year in second grade! (Teacher: Ms. Bollinger)
Creativity was "aglow" at our annual CPS Aglow pumpkin festival on Monday evening, October 29th. Thanks to all our participating students and families!
Staff and students were all smiles on the first day of school!
Students and staff participated in the week of respect to recognize the importance of social and emotional learninG. Students developed skills that will help them to show respect to their peers, school and community.
Carlstadt Veterans were honored by the students at CPS on Veteran's Day.
At the fall festival, students got to go on a pony ride, pet animals, and pick pumpkins. They also had a special furry visit from Happy Tails!
Stop, Drop, and Roll! The Carlstadt Fire Department stopped by CPS to teach the students the importance of being safe in a fire emergency!