Student Council Officers Zoom with Dr. Ben-Dov
Student council advisors, Ms. DelRosso and Ms. O'Reilly, along with newly elected student council officers from Cherry Hill and Roosevelt School met with Dr. Ben-Dov in Zoom format to discuss the 2020-2021 school year. Please click the button below to hear from our students on the highlights and challenges they are facing this year with hybrid and virtual learning.
New Staff Spotlight
The River Edge School district welcomes new staff members in the 2020-2021 school year.
Ms. Kelsey Lapp - Cherry Hill 4th Grade Leave Replacement
Hello! My name is Kelsey Lapp and I am currently a Fourth Grade Leave Teacher at Cherry Hill Elementary School. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, with a Kindergarten to Sixth grade teaching certification, from Ramapo College of New Jersey. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science, with a concentration in Community Mental Health. I've previously taught as a Teacher Assistant for 4 years at ECCS Daycare in Norwood, NJ. While obtaining my teaching degree, I substitute taught at Norwood Public School. I was very fortunate to have completed my student teaching at Cherry Hill Elementary School, in the third grade with Ms. Gant. I am so grateful to be continuing my teaching experience at Cherry Hill Elementary School. I am having a blast teaching my 4th grade students! My interests outside of school include going to the gym, running/hiking outside, practicing mindfulness, and trying new foods! I am so excited to continue my teaching career here in River Edge!
Ms. Tiffany Petzinger- Roosevelt Interventionist
Hi there! My name is Tiffany Petzinger and I am the new Interventionist, as well Resource Room teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, Elementary Education and Special Education from William Paterson University. I went on to George Mason University to obtain my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as English as a Second Language. I previously taught for 10 years in Virginia, for Arlington Public Schools. I live in Bergen County with my family, which includes my two sons , who are 3 and 1! Outside of school you can find me swimming, watching movies, and playing soccer with my boys. You can often see my family and I walking our dog, Harley. I am so excited to continue my career here in River Edge!
Ms. Shauntea Weaver
Hi! My name is Shauntea Weaver, BSN, RN. I am the new New Bridge Center school nurse. I have been a registered nurse for 8 years and I have experience in working with the pediatric population. I am a mother of two children who I love and adore. Trusting someone to care for your child while they are away from you can be a scary situation. I am hoping to relieve some of your concerns and anxiety by letting you know your child’s health and safety is my priority. I feel truly honored to be a support system for children during the day and will treat them with the same consideration as I would my own. Feel free to reach out to me anytime with any questions or concerns; via phone or email. Enjoy the upcoming holidays and please stay safe.
Ms. Diana Maurice - Building Bridges Leave Replacement
Hi! My name is Diana Maurice and I am Sara Caruolo’s maternity leave replacement for the Building Bridges Primary classroom in New Bridge Center. I received my Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees from Montclair State University in Elementary and Middle School Education. I then continued my Graduate studies in Special Education at New Jersey City University. I have been lucky enough to be part of this school district for the past 11 years. I have been married to my husband John for 10 years and we have a seven-year-old son who is in second grade. When I’m not working I enjoy cooking, finding a good bargain, gardening, traveling and spending time with my family. I am very thankful and excited for this opportunity to continue working in River Edge as a classroom teacher.
Mr. Harrison Mashig - Cherry Hill 5th Grade Replacement Teacher
Hello! My name is Harrison Mashig. I am a long term substitute Teacher at Cherry Hill Elementary School. I am filling in for the great Ms. Rosenbloom for 5th grade math and science. I have a Bachelor degree in American studies and History with a Minor in Education from Rowan University. I also hold a Masters in the Arts of Teaching in Elementary Education from William Paterson University. Before I got my teaching certificate, I worked at Green Twig Pre-School in Midland Park, NJ. I have been working with children for almost half of my life! It started when I was 16 and began to referee recreational soccer games for my town. I was born and raised in Bergen County and have only lived elsewhere during my four years at Rowan University. My interests outside of school include a wide range of sports and outdoor activities. I love to get outside and stay active! I love to play basketball, soccer, disc golf, tennis, and more. Besides playing sports, I also love to watch them, including watching my favorite teams lose (Jets, Knicks, Mets). I couldn't be happier to continue my career here at Cherry Hill Elementary School and in the amazing River Edge District.
Mr. Jason Funabashi - Leave Replacement 4th Grade CHS
Hello, everyone! My name is Jason Funabashi and I cannot begin to express how thrilled I am for the privilege to teach my fourth grade class in Cherry Hill! Following my bachelors, I took a job in a publishing company, writing for magazines and maintaining their websites. Though I enjoyed the setting, my true passion has always been for child. A few years of substituting, tutoring, and a rigorous teaching program at Ramapo College later, I am proud to hold my New Jersey certification in Elementary and Secondary education with a focus in Language Arts! Outside of the classroom, I am a lover of books and film, as well as a huge cooking buff (really, if you'd ever like me to chew your ear off for 10 minutes, ask me what I had for dinner and how I made it), but I consider myself an aspiring writer above all else. I hope to one day be published as a young adult novelist!
Ms. Katelyn Mills - Roosevelt 1st Grade
Hello! My name is Katelyn Mills and I am the new first grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education and Special Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. This is my second year teaching. I taught 2nd grade last fall in Woodcliff Lake and finished the school year as a 4th grade leave replacement here at Roosevelt. When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, exercising, reading, and spending time with my family and my dog Molly. I am very excited and grateful to continue my teaching career here in River Edge.
Ms. Janey Cohen - Roosevelt 2nd Grade Replacement Teacher
Hi! My name is Janet Cohen and I am the Second Grade teacher at Roosevelt School from September-November, while Mrs. Stehn is on her maternity leave. This is my first year at Roosevelt School and I am very excited to be here! I received my B.A. degree with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Delaware. I received my certification in Elementary Education and Orton Gillingham teacher certification from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before joining the River Edge School District, I was a kindergarten teacher for thirteen years! I live in Haworth, NJ with my husband, two daughters, and our dog Lilly. My daughter Maddy is a junior at Stockton university, and my daughter Melanie is a senior at Northern Valley Demarest High School. In my free time I love hiking with my dog, collecting interesting shells, rocks and driftwood on beaches, going sailing, doing crossword puzzles, and nature and animal photography.
Week of Respect 2020-21
It gets better if we stick together!
During the week of October 5-9, the River Edge Public Schools celebrated theme days with special activities to deepen the meaning of RESPECT in our lives. On Monday, Oct. 5 students celebrated World Day of Bullying Prevention. Students wrote uplifting messages on the walkways to spread kindness outside of our schools and in their neighborhoods. Students and staff also wore bright colors to spread kindness around like confetti. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, students celebrated a Day of Respect by wearing the color blue and sharing messages to peers, teachers, and family about the importance of being respectful. On Wednesday, Oct. 7 students and staff participated in Compliment Day. This helped promote the spread of positive affirmations in the home and school environment. Students also showed their school spirit by dressing in school colors. On Thursday, Oct. 8, students dressed up as their favorite Community Superhero. Students were encouraged to wear clothing that represents their appreciation for heroes in their community. On Friday, Oct. 9, students participated in "Think Before You Talk" day. Students learned in classroom lessons that hurtful words and actions can not be taken back. Students wore their clothes to school backward to show that they understand the importance of THINKing before speaking. Please visit this site to learn more about STOMPING Out Bullying! https://www.stompoutbullying.org/world-day-bullying-prevention
Second Grade Gratitude Jars
Students in Mrs. Karam's 2nd grade class made gratitude jars. Each day students write one thing that they are grateful for on a slip of construction paper and place it in the jar. It helps remind students how lucky they are and for all that they have.
Halloween Hits River Edge!
Special Area Spotlight
Art can happen in the art room and it can happen over Zoom! The 6th grade students created amazing visual fall narratives. Students chose one fall subject as their main focal point and then drew designs radiating out from them with symbols that represent their own experience of autumn. The fourth grade students drew abstract trees with bare limbs and later colored in the spaces with warm autumn colors. Kindergarten students made fall trees by tracing their own hand and learned about the differences between warm and cool colors. The beautiful snail art was created by our talented second graders. Students studied spiral and contour lines with a color wheel and used a rainbow color scheme. The lovely sun/moon drawings were created by our talented third graders who were learning about Mexican art for Hispanic Heritage Month.
New Jersey Odyssey of the Mind
River Edge has been a proud participant in the NJ Odyssey of the Mind creative problem solving competitions for several years even when the pandemic forced the transition to virtual tournaments last year. Spontaneous problems, which are part of the competition, require creative, short responses to fun prompts that students love. This year, the River Edge Schools will hold our own internal spontaneous problem solving competition. Please check out the OOTM page from Mrs. Hafers and watch for more details to be posted in the coming weeks! We hope this solution will be fun and provide something to look forward to in the coming winter months while also honoring the creative problem solving that is the spirit of Odyssey of the Mind. firstname.lastname@example.org
I Am President!
With Election Day just behind us, second grade students tell us what it takes to be a good President of the United States. Students said they would help people find jobs, make our streets super smooth, and they would always listen to what the people have to say. Leadership skills in the making at River Edge Public Schools!
Fourth Grade Veterans' Day Ceremony
The fourth graders would not let the Coronavirus get in the way of their annual Veterans' Day Ceremony. Student can be seen reading/singing the words to Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA. Click on the link below to enjoy this very special Veterans' Day video.
Noetic Learning Math Contest
Does your child like math and enjoy working through problems? Each year, Mrs. Hafers offers a variety of math contests and competitions for our schools. These contests offer a unique opportunity for students in grades 2-6 who enjoy problem solving and exposing themselves to different kinds of challenging questions. Some, like the Mathematics League, have been around for years, while others are newer to the River Edge repertoire. Currently, there are three such contests available at different times throughout the year - Mathematics League, Noetic Learning and Perennial Math. Please read the short blurbs under “Math Contests” on Mrs. Hafers’s website for information about each contest and eligibility. Contest dates and signup deadlines are posted regularly. Please email Mrs. Hafers if your child would like to be added to her Math Competitions Google Classroom for specific contest information.