Announcements

Fall Registrations

June 15 - 7:59PM

Good evening!

If you are planning on re-enrolling this fall for FOG classes, please email me with your days/times (Sprouts and Seedlings) so I can begin to get registration papers together next week and send them out to everyone. I am registering new families all summer and I want to make sure our current families get their desired schedules before I fill in our spots with new students.

For those who have already let me know your schedules, thank you!!

Have a good evening, Miss Deb


Bog Turtle Bill

June 12 - 3:54PM

Dear Parents,

Please take a moment (less than 5 minutes) to help us contact two Senators so we can get a bill passed regarding making the Bog Turtle New Jersey's state reptile. It is a critically endangered species, and a teacher we have been in contact with is trying to help get the turtle recognized in New Jersey so more protection can be granted for it. Our Elementary/Middle kids voted on making this turtle the state reptile and it would help if you would take the next few minutes to copy and paste a letter the teacher wrote and send it to the senators in support of the bill.

Here is the letter I received today:


Hello everyone,

Thank you again for your support in our effort to recognize a state reptile in New Jersey, or for signing up to receive updates through the teacherturtles.com website.

At the moment, our "turtle bill" is in the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee, and it will not pass to the full New Jersey State Senate without a committee vote. For this reason, I am requesting that New Jersey residents write to New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Senator Jim Whelan in order to get a vote on this bill. Below, I have drafted messages that you may copy and paste, or alter however you might see fit.

First, a message to Senator Sweeney:


Dear Senator Sweeney,

I am writing to request that you post Senate Bill No. 3145, which was introduced to the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee by Senator Bateman on May 8, 2017. This bill would recognize the bog turtle as New Jersey’s official state reptile.

The bog turtle is a critically endangered species, and due to our unique geography, New Jersey is the only state where the bog turtle’s range once spanned nearly every county. No state currently recognizes the bog turtle as a state reptile, despite its importance to wetlands in the eastern United States.

Since this species is already federally protected, recognition of the bog turtle as New Jersey’s state reptile would not prompt new land use restrictions or regulations; it would only raise awareness about an animal that is an important part of our natural heritage. This bill developed through the work of elementary school children in Princeton, which spread to schools from Sussex County to Cape May, and these students care deeply about recognizing this turtle's plight.

For these reasons, I ask that you post Senate Bill No. 3145 and cast your vote in support of this legislation.

Thank you,


Senator Sweeney's contact information can be found at the link below, including a way to submit messages electronically:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=216

Here is a message for Senator Whelan:


Dear Senator Whelan,

I am writing to request that the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee vote on Senate Bill No. 3145, which was introduced on May 8, 2017 by Senator Bateman. This bill would recognize the bog turtle as New Jersey’s official state reptile.

The bog turtle is a critically endangered species, and due to our unique geography, New Jersey is the only state where the bog turtle’s range once spanned nearly every county. New Jersey remains a stronghold of this species, and no state currently recognizes the bog turtle as a state reptile, despite its importance to ecosystems across the eastern United States.

Since this species is already federally protected, recognition of the bog turtle as New Jersey’s state reptile would not prompt new land use restrictions or regulations; it would only raise awareness about an animal that is an important part of our natural heritage. This bill developed through the work of elementary school children in Princeton, which spread to schools from Sussex County to Cape May, and these students care deeply about recognizing this turtle's plight.

For these reasons, I ask that your committee vote on Senate Bill No. 3145, and that you support this legislation.

Thank you,


Senator Whelan's contact information can be found here:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=301

Please share this information as widely as possible. We also need a sponsor for a bill in the General Assembly, so please contact your Assemblywomen and Assemblymen and ask them to support a bill that would complement Senate Bill No. 3145.

Thank you, Mark Eastburn Science Specialist Riverside Elementary School Twitter:@markeastburn Instagram:mark.eastburn


Recipe Requested

June 5 - 2:48PM

Hello once again,

One of our moms emailed me a recipe that many parents asked her about at Open House, so here is the link in case you wish to make these cookies:

http://www.almostsupermom.com/2015/12/gluten-free-jam-thumbprint-cookies.html

Happy eating! Miss Deb


Fun Week Updates, Closing out Accounts, etc.

June 5 - 2:47PM

Good morning,

The forecast has kept us hopping lately, so I am afraid to make a judgement yet about Wednesday's trip to High Point. We are considering the possibility of making Thursday a rain date for the trip, yet I realize the effect it may have on some of you who took days off, made arrangements, etc. It is a tough decision, because our main goal is to give our students a really fun day of memory-making for their last week of school, but I truly hate to inconvenience people. We will make our final decision tomorrow so that we can get a more accurate look as to how the weather will turn out. It looks right now that Thursday will give us at least a partly cloudy day and the temperature will be almost 10 degrees warmer than Wednesday. Stay tuned!!!

Also, with all of the activities recently I have not been in my office at all, so this week I will spend the mornings in the office catching up with many things and afternoons with my students. I did not allow the system to generate statements for June yet because I wanted to update and look at each account to make sure that all is in order to send you all your final bills. I still do not have many Community Service Vouchers and cannot generate credit for your time until I receive them. I should have all accounts finished and billed out by Wednesday, so you only have today and tomorrow to get those vouchers to me for credit, otherwise you will not receive credit for time worked here at FOG. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill one out! They are located on our website in our Forms section and I will also attach them once again to this email.

Have a good day, Miss Deb


More Community Service Available

May 30 - 7:17PM

One more thing!

I forgot to mention that during our Open House we can always use some parent help that you can use toward Community Service credits. We could use help in the food area during Open House - helping to serve food, making sure the food table stays neat and well-stocked, etc. We could also use someone to monitor the bouncy house, or monitor the popcorn machine or the cotton candy machine (we will be making maple sugar cotton candy). We also could use people to help pack up things at the end of the day - tents, washing dishes, bringing in tables, etc.

Let me know if you are interested!

Thanks, Miss Deb