Back To School Information 2018-2019

Back to School Information - "The August Packet"

Back-to-School Welcome from Judy Fox (includes new faculty and staff information)

Greetings, Elisabeth Morrow families! I am so pleased to be joining you for the 2018-19 school year. I’d like to share a few thoughts with you and introduce you to wonderful new faculty and staff members who will be joining the Elisabeth Morrow community this year.

This is my fourth interim headship in a decades-long career in education. I also have been a head of school and school superintendent. As EMS engages in a search for the permanent head of school this year, I will provide a fresh set of eyes to identify and spotlight where EMS excels as well as areas that may benefit from some planning and development. I will also lead the school in maintaining momentum on the initiatives already underway and on those scheduled to begin.

In addition to the head of school search, EMS will begin work on the goals of the five-year strategic plan that was adopted last year. The next phase of the campus master plan will move us closer to facilities that fully complement and support the excellence of the students and staff who occupy them. In the meantime, our facilities group was hard at work this summer, which you will see reflected in the renovation of some Little School classrooms, the replacement of outdoor furniture at Chilton House, the creation and renovation of offices in Morrow House, and the restoration of the mid-campus pond.

Schools are always evolving. As neuroscience uncovers how our brains work and educational research expands our understanding of how students learn, we, in schools, adapt, adjust and review both content and pedagogy. Additionally, growth and changes in our school and region impel us to understand, value and profit from the diversity that new demographics bring. Each year, we welcome dozens of new families whom we weave into the fabric of the community. I know they will experience its warm embrace as I have.

As your interim head, I commit to promoting continuous learning for our students and faculty and staff, supporting the board in its work, sustaining the momentum of the strategic planning and master plan development, and working in partnership with the Parents Association and all families.

I also would like to share with you the following staffing changes:

In Chilton House, our structure this year will include one threes classroom, two fours classroom and three kindergartens. Andrea Greenberg and Carissa Garcia will teach the threes. Carissa was most recently the head teacher of a mixed aged early childhood class at Tuxedo Park School in New York. Additionally, through Bank Street College, Carissa facilitated the Building Blocks math curriculum workshop for the Department of Education, training Pre-K teachers in the New York City public school system. Carissa replaces Amanda Pecora, who joined the Fort Lee School District. Christine Micali will be the threes classroom aide. Christine has been one of our substitute teachers this past year.

Our fours teams will be Michelle Goldstein and Liz Leff, and Vanessa Anderson-Zheng and Laura McConville. Our three kindergarten teams are Janet Cohen and Kathy Keller, who is joining Chilton House from second grade; Annie Hur and Rachel Simonson; and Lori Lowell and Hong Su. Scott Dommenge is joining Chilton House as the Chilton House Administrative Assistant and Library Assistant. Scott was formerly a classroom academic anchor in Little School. Betsy Tyras joins us as the nurse for Chilton House and Lower School. Betsy was formerly a school nurse aide in the Oradell and River Edge school systems and has been the camp nurse at Spring Lake Day Camp for the past five summers. Jeanne Walsh, formerly our nurse, resigned this summer as her husband’s job relocated to Albany.

In Little School, our first grade teachers will be Melissa Ebeling and Manisha Pohani. Current second grade teachers Gael Barile and Beth Goldman will be joined in that grade by Lauren Ovadia, who comes to us from Chilton House. Amy Goodwin moves to third grade, where she joins Samantha Pianko and Janis Wein. Heather Santiago joins EMS as a literacy specialist working with Kathy McGowan in the Step Ahead Program. Heather was formerly a teacher at the SINAI program at Kushner Academy in Livingston. She is Orton Gillingham certified as a reading specialist and is trained in the Wilson program. Jaclyn Schantz left this summer to pursue other opportunities.

In Morrow House, Nicole Siegel and Annie Rasiel ‘07 join us to teach sixth and seventh grade English respectively. Nicole joins us from the Town School in New York, where she was a fifth grade humanities teacher and held several leadership positions during her 15-year tenure. Annie, the founder and executive director of the Oberlin Children’s Shakespeare Project, most recently worked at the Special Music School. Alan Caro joins us as the learning specialist. He most recently worked at the Equality Charter School in the Bronx coordinating ELL and special education services. Peter Everett joins us as a math teacher and chair of the math department. Peter comes to us from the Wooster School in Danbury, CT where he has served for 19 years as middle school math teacher and coached varsity baseball and basketball among other sports. Desere Diaz will be joining us as the Morrow House nurse. Desere comes to us from Union City public schools, and she is the wife of our theater teacher Alex Diaz. Their daughter Delilah joins us in the threes. Desere replaces Gem Gates, who left this summer to pursue other opportunities.

We also have several administrative changes this year:

Nancy Dorrien, in addition to continuing as the Assistant to the Lower School Head, will also become the Secondary School Associate, assisting Michele Bower, the Director of Curriculum and Secondary School Placement.

Gloria Hall returns to Little School as the Little School Lobby Supervisor and Receptionist. One of her new responsibilities is to be an admissions liaison for the students who are visiting the school.

Keila Pernia joined the business office as Account Manager and Business Office Coordinator. Keila came to us from Sills, Cummins and Gross, where she was benefits and human resources manager.

It is a special privilege and responsibility to be entrusted with providing a rigorous and vibrant education for your children in a safe environment. We take that responsibility seriously. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2018-19 school year!

Warm regards,

Judy

Chilton House Back-to-School Information

Dear Chilton House Families:

We hope that you and your families are enjoying the summer vacation. We are busy preparing for September and look forward to the beginning of the school year.

Communication is at the heart of the home/school partnership and as this is our first one of the new year, we want to draw your attention to the following items that you will need to review before you come to school.

In Chilton House we begin with a short phase-in period because we know that threes and fours are most successful when they start the school year in small groups and that all students in Chilton House are initially more comfortable with a shortened day. Our goal is to ensure that the children adjust well to their new environment and that they are eager to return to school the following day.

Bright Beginning conferences are the perfect opportunity for you to come speak with your child’s teacher about your hopes and dreams for your child’s new school year. You meet your child’s teacher, and help your child’s teacher get to know your family a bit better. The home/school connection is crucial for school success, and a Bright Beginning conference is designed to strengthen that connection from the very start of the year.

These conferences take 10 minutes and are optional, but we certainly hope that you can make the time in your schedule to attend. Unlike your November and March conferences, these meetings do not focus on your child’s progress, and are simply a way for us to begin building strong relationships between home and school.

Please schedule your conference soon. The schedule will be available on Tuesday, August 28 at 6 p.m. here. Find the name of your child’s teacher and choose a meeting time. You will receive a confirmation email after you have made a selection.

Another important component of our partnership is offering you ways to stay informed. We invite you to read all school emails, check out the Wednesday Envelope, our weekly newsletter delivered to you every Wednesday at 6 a.m., and frequent the Family Portal.

Additionally, we hope to see you at Back-to-School Night on Monday, September 17 at 7 p.m., future curriculum evenings and during our parent education sessions. Our online classroom communication tool, Seesaw, will include information about connecting you to your child’s classroom experiences such as work samples, pictures, teacher announcements and short narratives by the teachers. Expect to receive login instructions in your child’s backpack after the first week of school. Parents already connected to Seesaw do not need to recreate their accounts. Rurik Nackerud , Lower School Technology Integrator, will be available at a future date to help anyone who needs help connecting to Seesaw.

During the first few days of school we host a few events for Chilton House parents. On the first day of school, September 5, the Parents Association will hold its annual Welcome Breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the Cohen Center. On September 6, there will be a Meet and Greet with coffee and light refreshments in Chilton House between 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. so that you may socialize during the shortened phase-in session. Finally, we will also be having a Chilton House Information Session on Friday, September 7 at 9 a.m. in the Lower School Solarium, where you can meet our administrators and find out some of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of carline, after school activities and other logistics of school life.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. We look forward to seeing you on September 5 for the start of an exciting year in Chilton House.

Sincerely,

Tricia Eickelberg
Director of Early Childhood Programs

Beth Brennan
Lower School Head


Little School Back-to-School Information

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! We are eager for your child(ren) to begin an exciting and engaging new year as we plan to seize the day and accept the joys and challenges we experience in doing a great day's work and play! Last year was an enlightening time in our school community. Our mission was sharpened and we are confident and energized to live it out by focusing on our core values of academic excellence, character development, community, diversity and inclusion, and passion for learning.

This summer, we sent faculty to Korea on a cultural exchange trip and had several teachers complete their Responsive Classroom training. This fall, we anticipate a well- executed introduction of Math in Focus, the American version of Singapore Math, in all of Little School. This curriculum includes a Parent University and many opportunities for families to connect with the vocabulary and concepts that are signature hallmarks of this successful program.

We have also answered the call from our community to offer more academically focused after school classes through After School Adventures. Please stay posted for more information about the highly anticipated reading, writing, and math offerings that are designed to build confidence and skills through further instruction and practice.

Communication is at the heart of the home/school partnership and as this is my first one of the new year, I want to draw your attention to the items that you will need to review before you come to school. It is here that we are strive to meet the needs of your family when discussing our curriculum and providing parent education.

During the school year I invite you to read all school emails, as well as the Wednesday Envelope, our weekly newsletter delivered to you every Wednesday at 6 am. Our online classroom communication tool, Seesaw, will include information about connecting you to your child’s classroom experiences such as work samples, pictures, teacher announcements and short narratives by the teachers. Expect to receive login instructions in your child’s backpack after the first week of school. Parents already connected to Seesaw do not need to recreate their accounts. Rurik Nackerud will be available at a future date to help anyone who needs help connecting to Seesaw.

I hope to meet all new Lower School students at our new student orientation on Tuesday, September 4 from 11 a.m. to noon. Students will meet in their assigned classrooms with their classroom teachers while families enjoy light refreshments and meet one another in the Cohen Center. There will be greeters in Chilton House as well as in the Little School lobby to help you locate your child’s classroom.

I also hope to see you at our Parents Association Orientation Breakfast in the Cohen Center on the first day of school, September 5 at 8 a.m. and our Little School Back-to-School Night on September 20 at 6:30 p.m. We will continue hosting Teaching Tuesdays to provide families with information and parent education and you can find the dates for the conversations listed on our school calendar. The presentations also will be viewable online later for those who can’t attend in person.

As a faculty, we are deeply invested in defining, modeling and assessing student engagement. Part of that is active engagement with you all, as the people who know and love our students best. One way in which we begin our partnership together is through our Bright Beginning Conferences in which your child’s teacher will meet with you to discuss your child and your hopes for the year ahead. Those brief conferences will be held starting later this month and go through the first two weeks of school. The schedule will be available on Tuesday, August 28 at 6 p.m. You may schedule your conference here.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you on September 5 when our doors and hearts will open once again for your children.

My very best,

Beth Brennan
Lower School Head

Morrow House Back-to-School Information - Fifth Grade

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. I hope that your family had a rewarding and fulfilling summer. This letter outlines important information, dates, and expectations for the start of school. Your child will receive a schedule, supplies, and other pertinent information at the orientation on Tuesday, September 4. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 5.

Communication is at the heart of the home/school partnership and as this is my first one of the new year, I want to call your attention to the following items that you will need to review before you come to school.

Parent/Advisor Intake Conferences

Parents and advisors meet annually before school begins or during September. This conference is an opportunity to begin a relationship with your child’s advisor as you express your hopes, thoughts, and concerns for the coming year. Sharing information early in the year will help the advisor work most effectively with your child from the first day of classes. Your child’s advisor will be in touch with you to set up an appointment. Your child will not be present in the conference.

Before School and After School Hours

Classes begin promptly at 8 a.m. Students should arrive at school by 7:50 a.m. so that they can be ready to begin class on time. The School opens at 7:30 a.m. Fifth and sixth grade students will be supervised in the library beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The library remains open for student reading and homework with faculty supervision every day until 6 p.m. The program begins with outdoor recess and snack followed by a quiet study time in the library. When picking up students from the library, parents and caretakers should park along the sidewalk on Next Day Hill Drive and walk down the path by the Daryl Burnham Garden to the side entrance of the library.

We also look forward to seeing you and your students at the following important events:

Student Orientation/Fifth Grade Family Orientation, Tuesday, September 4, 11 a.m. – noon.

Students should report to their homerooms promptly at 11 a.m. (Mrs. Cohen – MH 20, Mrs. Riley – MH 21, Mr. Rodriguez – Room 19). Students are not required to bring anything to this orientation, and dress code will not be expected. Students new to The Elisabeth Morrow School this year should plan to stay until 1 p.m. for a pizza lunch and to set-up their technology accounts.

At the same time, families will join me for a Morrow House information session in the Russell Berrie Music Room. Light refreshments will be served.

Morrow House Back to School Night Monday, September 24th, 7 - 9 p.m.

Please join us for the evening to learn more about your child’s course of study and meet your child’s teachers. There will be a reception for families in the Morrow House Courtyard beginning at 6:30 pm.

Lost and Found

Please write or sew names on all clothing and shoes so that lost items may be returned to the owners.

In closing, we look forward to welcoming the Class of 2022 to Morrow House. Fifth grade is an exciting and important year, filled with traditions, opportunities, and challenges. If you have any questions about the information in this letter, please contact me at I hope you have a restful and relaxing end of summer. We all look forward to a great fifth grade experience.

Sincerely,

Paul Baly
Middle School Head
201-568-5566 x 7102


Morrow House Back-to-School Information - Sixth Grade

Dear Sixth Grade Families,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. I hope that your family had a rewarding and fulfilling summer. This letter outlines important information, dates, and expectations for the start of school. Your child will receive a schedule, supplies, and other pertinent information at the orientation on Tuesday, September 4. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 5.

Communication is at the heart of the home/school partnership and as this is my first one of the new year, I want to call your attention to the following items that you will need to review before you come to school.

  • Homeroom/advisory class lists
  • Dress code expectations and school supply lists (please note that for physical education classes, each student will receive a shirt and a pair of shorts to be worn throughout the year. Additional shirts and shorts may be purchased from the school store. Please label all clothes carefully so that they can be identified if lost).
  • Student Handbook
  • Absence Reporting/Dismissal information
  • Health Policies (including important food rules that must be observed throughout our buildings)
  • Intramurals and EMS Adventures Information (after school programs)
  • Lunch program
  • Parent/Advisor Intake Conferences

    Parents and advisors meet annually before school begins or during September. This conference is an opportunity to begin a relationship with your child’s advisor as you express your hopes, thoughts, and concerns for the coming year. Sharing information early in the year will help the advisor work most effectively with your child from the first day of classes. Your child’s advisor will be in touch with you to set up an appointment. Your child will not be present in the conference.

    Before School and After School Hours

    Classes begin promptly at 8 a.m. Students should arrive at school by 7:50 a.m. so that they can be ready to begin class on time. The School opens at 7:30 a.m. Fifth and sixth grade students will be supervised in the library beginning at 7:30 a.m.

    The library remains open for student reading and homework with faculty supervision every day until 6 p.m. The program begins with outdoor recess and snack followed by a quiet study time in the library. When picking up students from the library, parents and caretakers should park along the sidewalk on Next Day Hill Drive and walk down the path by the Daryl Burnham Garden to the side entrance of the library.

    We also look forward to seeing you and your students at the following important events:

    Student Orientation, Tuesday, September 4, 11 a.m. – noon

    Students should report to their homerooms promptly at 11 a.m. (Mrs. Ehatamm - MH 1, Mrs. Siegel, MH 2, Mr. Caro– MH 22, Mrs. Ehrlich - MH 5, Mrs. Search - MH 3). Students are not required to bring anything to this orientation, and dress code will not be expected. Students new to Elisabeth Morrow School this year should plan to stay until 1 p.m. for a pizza lunch and to set-up their technology accounts.

    Adventure Week

    The sixth grade will travel to Nature’s Classroom in Ivoryton, CT for an outdoor education experience from Wednesday, September 12 through Friday, September 14. We expect all students to take part in this experience. Further information has been posted and will be communicated by advisors.

    Morrow House Back to School Night, Monday, September 24th, 7- 9 pm.

    Please join us for the evening to learn more about your child’s course of study and meet your child’s teachers. There will be a reception for parents in the Morrow House Courtyard beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Athletic Options

    Each sixth grade student will have three physical education classes per week. In addition, students may participate in the interscholastic sports program. Middle school sports teams will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Games extend later than 4 p.m. Choosing a sport requires the commitment to attend the entirety of every practice and game.

    Lost and Found

    Please write or sew names on all clothing and shoes so that lost items may be returned to the owners.

    We are looking forward to another great year for the class of 2021. Sixth grade is an exciting year with many traditions that bond the class and enhance the curriculum. If you have any questions about the information in this letter, call or e-mail me at 201-568-5566 x7102 or pbaly@elisabethmorrow.org. I hope you have a restful and relaxing end of summer. We all look forward to a great sixth grade experience.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Baly
    Middle School Head
    201-568-5566 x 7102

    Morrow House Back-to-School Information - Seventh Grade

    Dear Seventh Grade Families,

    Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. I hope that your family had a rewarding and fulfilling summer. This letter outlines important information, dates, and expectations for the start of school. Your child will receive a schedule, supplies, and other pertinent information at the orientation on Tuesday, September 4. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 5.

    Communication is at the heart of the home/school partnership and as this is my first one of the new year, I want to call your attention to the following items that you will need to review before you come to school.

  • Homeroom/advisory class lists
  • Dress code expectations and school supply lists (please note that for physical education classes, each student will receive a shirt and a pair of shorts to be worn throughout the year. Additional shirts and shorts may be purchased from the school store. Please label all clothes carefully so that they can be identified if lost).
  • Student Handbook
  • Absence Reporting/Dismissal information
  • Health Policies (including important food rules that must be observed throughout our buildings)
  • Intramurals and EMS Adventures Information (after school programs)
  • Lunch program
  • Parent/Advisor Intake Conferences

    Parents and advisors meet annually before school begins or during September. This conference is an opportunity to begin a relationship with your child’s advisor as you express your hopes, thoughts, and concerns for the coming year. Sharing information early in the year will help the advisor work most effectively with your child from the first day of classes. Your child’s advisor will be in touch with you to set up an appointment. Your child will not be present in the conference.

    Before School and After School Hours

    Classes begin promptly at 8 a.m. Students should arrive at school by 7:50 a.m. so that they can be ready to begin class on time. The School opens at 7:30 a.m. Fifth and sixth grade students will be supervised in the library beginning at 7:30 a.m.

    The library remains open for student reading and homework with faculty supervision every day until 6 p.m. The program begins with outdoor recess and snack followed by a quiet study time in the library. When picking up students from the library, parents and caretakers should park along the sidewalk on Next Day Hill Drive and walk down the path by the Daryl Burnham Garden to the side entrance of the library.

    We also look forward to seeing you and your students at the following important events:

    Student Orientation, Tuesday, September 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Students should report to their homerooms promptly at 11 a.m. (Ms. Santoro - MH Library, Mr. Messler - MH 9, Ms. Popiel - MH-8, Mrs. Weeks - MH 29, Ms. Rasiel- MH 23). Students are not required to bring anything to this orientation, and dress code will not be expected. Students will also have the opportunity to hear about their elective classes and confirm their sports/physical education choices during orientation. Students new to Elisabeth Morrow School this year should arrive at school at 10 a.m. to set-up their technology accounts.

    Adventure Week

    The seventh grade will travel to Frost Valley YMCA Camp in Claryville, NY for an outdoor education experience from Wednesday, September 12 through Friday, September 14. We expect all students to take part in this experience. Further information has been posted and will be communicated by advisors.

    Morrow House Back to School Night, Monday, September 24th, 7 - 9 p.m.

    Please join us for the evening to learn more about your child’s course of study and meet your child’s teachers. There will be a reception for parents in the Morrow House Courtyard beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    All seventh and eighth grade students join a sports team or another after school athletic offering to fulfill the physical education requirement though all students must play on at least one interscholastic team each school year. Students will have the opportunity to confirm their athletics choices on the first day of school.

    Lost and Found

    Please write or sew names on all clothing and shoes so that lost items may be returned to the owners.

    We are looking forward to another great year for the class of 2020. Seventh grade is an important and rewarding year where students begin to take more ownership over their academic and personal lives. If you have any questions about the information in this letter, call or e-mail me at x7102 or pbaly@elisabethmorrow.org. I hope you have a restful and relaxing summer. We all look forward to an exciting seventh grade experience.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Baly
    Middle School Head
    201-568-5566 x 7102

    Morrow House Back-to-School Information - Eighth Grade

    Dear Eighth Grade Families,

    Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. I hope that your family had a rewarding and fulfilling summer. This letter outlines important information, dates, and expectations for the start of school. Your child will receive a schedule, supplies, and other pertinent information at the orientation on Tuesday, September 4. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 5.

    Communication is at the heart of the home/school partnership and as this is my first one of the new year, I want to call your attention to the following items that you will need to review before you come to school.

  • Homeroom/advisory class lists
  • Dress code expectations and school supply lists (please note that for physical education classes, each student will receive a shirt and a pair of shorts to be worn throughout the year. Additional shirts and shorts may be purchased from the school store. Please label all clothes carefully so that they can be identified if lost).
  • Student Handbook
  • Absence Reporting/Dismissal information
  • Health Policies (including important food rules that must be observed throughout our buildings)
  • Intramurals and EMS Adventures Information (after school programs)
  • Lunch program
  • Parent/Advisor Intake Conferences

    Parents and advisors meet annually before school begins or during September. This conference is an opportunity to begin a relationship with your child’s advisor as you express your hopes, thoughts, and concerns for the coming year. Sharing information early in the year will help the advisor work most effectively with your child from the first day of classes. Your child’s advisor will be in touch with you to set up an appointment. Your child will not be present in the conference.

    Before School and After School Hours

    Classes begin promptly at 8 a.m. Students should arrive at school by 7:50 a.m. so that they can be ready to begin class on time. The School opens at 7:30 a.m. Fifth and sixth grade students will be supervised in the library beginning at 7:30 a.m.

    The library remains open for student reading and homework with faculty supervision every day until 6 p.m. The program begins with outdoor recess and snack followed by a quiet study time in the library. When picking up students from the library, parents and caretakers should park along the sidewalk on Next Day Hill Drive and walk down the path by the Daryl Burnham Garden to the side entrance of the library.

    We also look forward to seeing you and your students at the following important events:

    Student Orientation, Tuesday, September 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Students should report to their homerooms promptly at 11 a.m. (Dr. Nebel - MH 27, Mr. Everett - MH 26, Mrs. Zagajeski - MH 10, Ms. DeGraff-McMenamy MH Lounge). Students are not required to bring anything to this orientation, and dress code will not be expected. Students will also have the opportunity to hear about their elective classes and confirm their sports/physical education choices during orientation.

    Adventure Week

    The eighth grade will travel to The Princeton Blairstown Center in Blairstown, for an outdoor education and leadership development experience on Wednesday, September 12 through Thursday, September 13. We expect all students to take part in this experience. Further information has been posted and will be communicated by advisors.

    Morrow House Back to School Night, Monday, September 24th, 7 - 9 p.m.

    Please join us for the evening to learn more about your child’s course of study and meet your child’s teachers. There will be a reception for parents in the Morrow House Courtyard beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Sports

    All seventh and eighth grade students join a sports team or another after school athletic offering to fulfill the physical education requirement though all students must play on at least one interscholastic team each school year. Students will have the opportunity to confirm their athletics choices on the first day of school.

    Lost and Found

    Please write or sew names on all clothing and shoes so that lost items may be returned to the owners.

    We are looking forward to another great year for this class. As the last year as EMS students, we want to make this year as memorable and rewarding as possible for these students. If you have any questions about the information in this letter, call or e-mail me at 201-568-5566 x7102 or pbaly@elisabethmorrow.org. We all look forward to an exciting eighth grade experience.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Baly
    Middle School Head
    201-568-5566 x 7102

    Math in Focus (K-6)

    Dear Families:

    Due to the success of the Math in Focus program in kindergarten last year, we are accelerating the adoption of the curriculum through the sixth grade this year.

    Math in Focus was developed by the Singapore Math group, and incorporates the core elements of the Singapore Ministry of Education's approach while being uniquely adapted for the American education system. Adopting this curriculum ensures that our students will remain competitive in a world with rapidly changing ideas about mathematical competency.

    At its core, Math in Focus promotes a deep understanding of mathematical problem solving. The primary components of the curriculum include a strong focus on math skills, concepts and processes. Math in Focus also develops algebraic thinking skills from the earliest ages. With its emphasis on positive attitudes and metacognition, students gain the confidence to persevere and the ability to monitor their own thinking while learning advanced concepts.

    We are offering two opportunities for you to learn more about Math in Focus:

    Little School Math in Focus: Parent University

    Location: The Cohen Center

    Date: Thursday, October 4

    Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30: p.m.

    Morrow House Math in Focus: Parent University

    Location: The Cohen Center

    Date: Thursday, November 8

    Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Families should feel free to attend either or both presentations. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with any of us.

    Sincerely,

    Judy Fox, Ed.D, Interim Head of School
    Michele Bower, Director of Curriculum and Secondary School Placement
    Beth Brennan, Lower School Head
    Paul Baly, Middle School Head

    Bus Transportation Form (to be completed for riders)

    In order to maintain accurate records for our families, please complete this form about whether your student will be using a districted-provided or EMS school bus.

    Important Parents Association Information

    Stop by the Welcome (Back) Breakfast

    Please join us at our Welcome Breakfast on the first day of school, Wednesday, September 5, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the Cohen Center. Meet our new Interim Head of School, Dr. Judith Fox, catch up with old friends, make new ones, shop at the School Store table and learn about the exciting PA activities for the year. Drop by for a half hour or stay for the morning; we look forward to seeing you there!

    Join a PA Committee/Volunteer

    Volunteering is an ideal way to play an active role in your child(ren)’s school life, to meet new friends and to provide an essential service to the school. Interested in being a Class Parent or joining one of our committees? There are plenty of opportunities ranging from small to larger time commitments to get you involved. A few PA committees include:

  • Book Club
  • Community Service
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Health & Wellness
  • Please follow this link for a full listing and sign-up form.

    Be a Little School Carline Greeter

    Every morning, the carline in the Lydecker parking lot needs volunteers to assist our students out of their cars to keep vehicles moving efficiently and safely through the lot. We ask all Little School families to sign up for at least two shifts throughout the year. Please sign up here.

    Shop In Support of the School

    While you’re doing back-to-school shopping, remember that the Parents Association has relationships with many online retailers that give EMS a commission from sales. Please visit Flipgive.com to see if your favorite online store is participating. Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Target,Pottery Barn Kids , and Anthropologie are just some of the many participating vendors, so please keep this in mind when purchasing new laptops for 5th graders and other school supplies! And, when shopping at Amazon, please choose EMS as your charity and start your purchases at smile.amazon.com.

    Also, we’ll also be holding another J.Crew Back-to-School Shopping event at their Shops at Riverside Square location from September 6 – 8. You will receive a discount off your entire purchase and J.Crew will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale to the school. Look for a separate email with details closer to the date.

    Save the Date for the Book Fair

    This year our annual Book Fair will kick off on Sunday, November 4 and run through Tuesday, November 6. Check the Wednesday Envelope for exciting details.

    Please don't hesitate to email us at emsparentsassociation@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. We’re here to help!



    Family and Staff Directories

    We want to provide you with many ways to stay in touch with other families as well as teachers here at school. Our faculty as well as our parents and students are easily accessible within Family Member, Student and Faculty and Staff Directories here on this website. In addition, the school has partnered with an app called MobileArq, available for iPhone and Android, which allows you to easily access and contact family members or faculty members from your mobile device. Registering for Mobilearq is easy; please consult this FAQ for additional details. The system will available to families on Tuesday, August 28. Only new families have to register for the app; if you have used it before you can continue to use it after that time.

    Please note that the class lists linked to this back-to-school page are static; the quickest way to ensure that you have up-to-date contact information is to access one of our online options.

    Childcare, After School Adventures and Intramurals

    EMS has a variety of options for care before and after school.

    After School Adventures are our hour-long after school enrichment classes. Classes are offered for eight weeks in the fall and spring. Please see below for details.

    Class Listing and Schedule

    In Morrow House, students are supervised in the library until 6 p.m. Here are important policies about that program.

    Intramurals are Friday after school sports offerings for fourth through sixth graders.

    Classes start the first week of October. Register here.



    Junior Eagles Saturday Soccer

    This Saturday soccer program for kindergarten through fourth grade begins on September 22. Register now!

    Grandparents and Special Friends Information

    Want to ensure that grandparents and other special friends can be informed about the great things that are happening at EMS? Please give us their contact information here.

    SAVE THE DATE: New Parent Dinner (9/13) and Fall Festival (10/13)

    Thursday, September 13
    Dinner in Honor of Our New Families, from 7 to 9:30 pm in the Cohen Center.
    RSVP by Friday, September 7
    This event is an opportunity for new families to meet our trustees and the faculty and administrators who guide the overall direction of our school. Included in the program will be a quick overview of how EMS operates and tips on how new families can get the most out of their experience. Please contact Keith Wiggs, director of development for further information.

    Saturday, October 13
    EMS Fall Festival (formerly Family Field Day) from 1 to 3 p.m. schoolwide
    Join us for this annual day of family fun including seasonal food, bouncy houses, a hay maze, games on the Community Field, art activities, face painting, music and dancing. Check out the school store, as well as the Book Fair pre-sale table and a special Admissions Office info session. Bring your friends. This event is open to all.