**Grace Wilday Ride!**
Come join us on Wednesday October 7th from 3pm-5pm for our 4 mile ride around the neighborhood! Find the flyer here and don't forget to download, print, and complete the online waiver form here.
Come get some information on Common Core State Standards and updates on this year's PARCC exam at Grace Wilday's Community Workshop for parents on Tuesday October 20th. Check out the flyer here!
Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
I hope that you had a restful summer. As you can see, we have started the school year in high gear. Students, staff and faculty began to get to know one another and establish classroom norms, procedures, and expectations beginning on day one. On our second day of school, we were able to expand on our relationship building experiences during our “Team Bonding Day” between all school administration, staff and students. On this day, everyone had the opportunity to participate in activities that allowed for everyone to bond over the commonalities of games and activities.
I was overjoyed to see the number of families and community members that attended our Fall Open House on September 15, 2015. This year, we did things a little differently. Parents were welcomed to attend 20 minute “Parent Workshops.” There were four sessions for parents to attend throughout the evening after enjoying a lovely meal and hearing my opening remarks for this year. The workshops were presented by our faculty members. I hope that everyone left feeling more educated about the programs and initiatives that exist in our school. If not, please contact me or any staff member.
If you have not already seen our rain garden located in the front of our school, please stop by when you have the opportunity to take in this beautiful sight. Students and faculty members, alongside Rutgers students, planted over 400 plants after Roselle Department of Labor excavated the land. The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water and to ensure that rainwater becomes available for plants as groundwater rather than being sent through storm water drains straight out to sea. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%. Additionally, it helps to beautify our school and community.
The Peer Leadership and Future Leaders Academy programs began this month. Students are welcomed to join these groups which allow for students to participate in activities that will strengthen them into role models amongst their peers. These are outstanding programs. If you are interested in finding out more, please reach out to me.
As a result of our partnership with Kean University, we have developed an after school program titled “Girls Play 2 Learn”. It is a computer science and gaming program for female students only. Now many males are asking for their special program. Female students will be learning about the concepts of coding and programming video games as a way to increase interest in the area of computer science.
During this school year and for years to come, it will be very important to be very involved in your child’s academic progress. Our teachers will be reaching out to you for your assistance and support. This task of educating our future cannot be performed by the school staff alone so stay tuned for many other events and activities set to occur during this 2015-2016 school year and we hope to see you present and participating.
Dr. Josue B. Falaise