Dear CRS Proud Panda Parents,
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to welcome you and your children to a new school year. I am hopeful that your family is having a wonderful summer, and that you have had many moments to make some lasting memories over the past few months.
As we embark on this year together, I am yet again honored to have the privilege of working alongside you and your children. We remain committed to ensuring that Colonial Road School provides a learning environment with rich experiences that enhance the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of each and every child. We will work diligently to ensure that the children enjoy many academic successes while also instilling in them a sense of motivation and purpose at our school and in the community.
I firmly believe that schools of excellence emerge as a result of the collaborative efforts of staff, students, parents, and community. Perhaps one of the most important resources, and the source of most of our success here at CRS, is our dedicated and talented staff of professionals. It is my privilege to share with you our CRS staff for the upcoming school year.
Kindergarten-Mrs. Douma & Mrs. Raphael
Grade One- Mrs. Hay & Mrs. Rotella
Grade Two- Mrs. Gibbons & Mrs. Ricart
Grade Three-Mrs. Allocco, Ms. Rizzi & Mrs. Weber
Grade Four-Mrs. Appaluccio & Ms. Piccinich/Mrs. Minsk
Grade Five-Mrs. Balassone, Mrs. Rightmire & Mrs. Coffman
CAPS-Mrs. Lenart, Mrs. McGlynn/Mrs. Schrantz Mrs. Tannucilli & Mrs. De Rienzo/Hanley
Resource Room-Mrs. Dalton, Mrs. Surowiec, Mrs. Pawlowski/Ms. Rightmire & Mrs. Scherf
Art-Mrs. LaRubbio & Ms. Intriago
Choral Music-Mrs. Andruska
Physical Education- Mrs. Scutti
Instrumental Music-Ms. Bradley & Mr. Finnen
Collaborative Support Intervention (CSI)- Mrs. Stickles & Ms. Tracey
Discoveries -Mrs. Hatley
K-3 G&T/ACES-Mrs. Mascharka
Special Services-Mrs. Bernstein, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Butler, Ms. Kolankowski, Dr. Petty, Mrs. Rosenberg, Mrs. Savino, Ms. Jasmine, Mrs. Schwab, & Ms. Troost
School Nurse-Mrs. Piccoli
Office Staff- Ms. Hofmann & Mrs. Sprinkle
Lunch Aides-Mrs. Cutrona, Mrs. Galvin, Mrs. Gentile, Ms. Graham, Mrs. Hinnes, Ms. Mattessich, Mrs. Ritchie, Ms. Sedlak & Mrs. Staudt
Custodial Staff-Mr. Jorge
Please see below regarding instructions for the opening of school:
Please make careful note of our opening day drop off and dismissal procedures, which are described below:
Opening Day Student Drop Off Procedures for K-5 Students
The first day of school is an exciting one for both parents and students, and many parents drive or walk their children to school on the first day. To ensure that our opening day drop off is smooth and safe, we will be using the following procedure. This is a one-day only procedure and applies only to parents who drive or walk their children. Following the first day of school, parents should follow normal drop off procedures that will be shared closer to the start of school.
Parents of Kindergarten students will bring your children into the Instrumental Music Room where children will meet their teachers. You may wait with your child until the 8:50 A.M. bell. The teachers will join the children at 8:45 A.M. At 8:50 A.M. the teachers will leave the MPR with their classes. To ensure the safety of all of our children, parents may only remain in this area and may not escort their child to his/her classroom. Please note we will be fully equipped with support staff for easing children into this transition.
Grades 1 & 2
Parents of Grades 1-2 students will bring your children into the Multi-Purpose Room, where children will meet their teachers. You may wait with your child until the 8:50 A.M. bell. The teachers will join the children at 8:45 A.M. At 8:50 A.M. the teachers will leave the MPR with their classes. To ensure the safety of all of our children, parents may only remain in this area and may not escort their child to his/her classroom. Please note we will be fully equipped with support staff for easing children into this transition.
Parents of 3-5 students will bring your children into the Gymnasium, where children will meet their teachers. You may wait with your child until the 8:50 A.M. bell. The teachers will join the children at 8:45 A.M. At 8:50 A.M. the teachers will leave the gymnasium with their classes. To ensure the safety of all of our children, parents may only remain in this area and may not escort their child to his/her classroom. Please note we will be fully equipped with support staff for easing children into this transition.
CAPS students will be greeted and escorted by their teachers and paraprofessionals as they exit their vehicles outside of the school building.
Please note that the first bell rings at 8:45 A.M. This is our “start of school” bell and the one around which you want to arrange your schedule. Please plan to drop your child at school between 8:35 A.M. and 8:45 A.M. This will ensure that your child is ready to enter the building when the first bell rings and is seated in his/her classroom and ready to start the day when the late bell rings. Any student who enters the building after 8:50 A.M. will be marked late. Please do not drop your child off before 8:35 A.M., as we do not have any supervision in place until that time.
Parents or any family members who are picking up in the car line must follow all of the directions below:
Place your family name card at the bottom corner of your front windshield on the passenger side.
This card will go home with your oldest child on the first day of school.)
By positioning the card in this way, you will ensure that the teachers on car line duty can read the family name.
PLEASE NOTE: If you pull into the car line without an identifying name card, you will be asked to park in the parking lot and pick up your child in the office. Parents who pull up without a name card slow down that process, therefore making it very difficult for teachers on duty to safely and efficiently ensure student management and safety on the carline.
All carline signs must be in effect as of September 12th.
Your child’s class placement will be available through Genesis for this school year on Thursday, August 31st.
*Parents of fourth and fifth graders will want to make special note of our departmentalized structure listed below.
* In addition to the homeroom your child is assigned to, our fourth and fifth grades are departmentalized to allow for specialization in specific subject areas. All of the fourth and fifth grade students will participate in the departmentalized subject areas with the teachers listed below.
Fourth Grade Math-Ms. Piccinich/Mrs. Minsk
Fourth Grade Science/Social Studies-Mrs. Appaluccio
Fourth Grade Special Education Teachers that will provide additional support for students:
Mrs. Scherf & Mrs. Surowiec
Fifth Grade Social Studies/Science-Mrs. Rightmire
Fifth Grade Math-Mrs. Balassone
Fifth Grade Small Group Instruction-Mrs. Coffman
Fifth Grade Special Education Teacher that will provide additional support for students:
Mrs. Dalton, Mrs. Scherf & Mrs. Surowiec
Back to School Night
Please mark your calendars for CRS’s Back-To-School Night on Monday, September 18th at 7:00 P.M.
Last but certainly not least, an essential component of the success we will continue to share together this year is our dedicated and passionate parent community. I look forward to forging and sustaining partnerships with you as we work together to ensure success for your children. As we embark on another year together, I want to take a moment to extend a sincere heartfelt thank you to all of you.
Suddenly, now more than ever, I can begin to appreciate the rigors and rewards of parenting. As I am also about to send my girls off to 1st Grade, I too have feelings of excitement mixed with a bit of apprehension about the school adventure. I am hopeful that school becomes a place of great excitement, comfort, and most of all learning. I also hope that being twins, for the first time they find themselves alone, that my daughters discover that school, much like a family, can provide a place where no child feels alone.
As a result of this new perspective, I want to assure you that our CRS family will not only accept your children for who they are, but will also provide them with a home away from home. We thank you in advance for sharing your children with us and we look forward to spending the school year with them.
I look forward to seeing all of you very soon and to welcoming back our returning families and meeting our new families.