Christian Angelillo, Ed.D.
As we're headed into the mid-winter recess this weekend, I'd like to take a minute to wish everyone a relaxing break. I hope everyone finds time to play outside and get some fresh air and exercise, read a good book or two and maybe even try your hand at something new ...
With mid-winter break on everyone's mind, I want to talk to you about next year. You may have heard that our sister district, Mountain Lakes, has already approved its calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. They have altered the way this break will be scheduled. They will begin the break with a half day on Friday, followed by Presidents' Day and the Tuesday after, for two and a half days off (as opposed to 5 days). The last day of school will be June 15. I would like some community feedback as the Board begins to formulate our calendar for next year. Please take a minute to respond to this brief 2-question survey (click here or see the announcement on the website).
Don't forget we are currently in Readathon Season, part of our Dr. Seuss reading celebration. Students should spend some time every day logging your reading minutes to qualify for Six Flags tickets (K-6) and other prizes for the remaining grades. See the virtual backpack for all the details. When we come back, we'll be celebrating Dr. Seuss, reading, school spirit and lifelong learning all in one week. See the flyer in today's backpack for a schedule of events.
RVS students distinguished themselves in a number of ways this month. Our 5 outstanding Model U.N. Teams competed against other Morris County schools to come up with the best plans for real-world issues and came home with 4 medals for their well-thought-out proposals and convincing statements. Our 5th graders completed the 12-week D.A.R.E. program and wrote very compelling essays about making healthy choices in life, staying drug- and alcohol-free and keeping clear of smoking. Several of these were read at the D.A.R.E. ceremony this week. Fourth graders incorporated reading, research, public speaking and technology in a revised and updated version of the annual Wax Museum. By combining so many disciplines, our students really have a phenomenal opportunity for lots of creative and critical thinking.
Actors, singers and dancers auditioned for this year's musical production this week. This year the Education Foundation is sponsoring Broadway Junior's Shrek. These annual forays into musical theater are not to be missed. Find the ticket order form in the virtual backpack and "break legs" to everyone involved! I can't wait for opening night!
Officially, March is "Music in Our Schools Month" and in addition to Shrek, we have several performances from the music department to look forward to. In addition, we will celebrate visual arts as well. Mark your calendars:
Music in Our Schools concert (K-2) 9 AM, March 17
And our basketball teams finished their seasons with fantastic records! Have I mentioned I couldn't be prouder of our school? We are bursting with Falcon Pride!
With Falcon Pride,
Christian Angelillo, Ed.D.
Boonton Township Public Schools - Rockaway Valley School