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Principal, Gayle Lander

 
Dear Families,
It’s hard to believe that we are entering the second part of the school year.  This is the point in our academic curriculum when all new content is taught and the pace picks up.  Please help your child by providing a structured and predictable homework routine at home.   You can support your child’s learning and work habits by helping them to prioritize assignments and become more independent in time management.  A few easy tips to help you and your child are:

  • Create a study environment that promotes focus for your child.  Some students prefer to work in silence, while others work more productively with music in the background.  Find out what works best for your child’s learning style.
  • Employ the proper tools to help manage time.  The use of clocks, timers, and agendas will allow children to plan and view tasks in a way which makes time seem less abstract.
  • Manage sleep and energy for top performance.  Provide nutritious meals and allow physical breaks from homework and studying every 45 minutes.  These healthy choices can provide your child with an energy boost to refresh and refocus.  Don’t underestimate the power of sleep in young minds.  Be sure to enforce appropriate bedtimes for your child as well. 
Some additional tips can be found in the following articles:  

This month NJ Child Assault Prevention trainers came to each of our classrooms to teach our students that all children have the right to be safe, strong, and free.   Our students enjoyed the role plays and learned how to speak up for themselves and others.  The trainers commented on our students’ high level of knowledge and respect.  As my mother always told me, “I am proud, but not surprised!”
Once again, our Student Council has organized a wonderful afternoon of dancing and fund raising.  This year, our dance-a-thon theme was Underwater Extreme Glow.  The students had a great time learning some high energy dances from none other than “Ms. Exuberance” herself:  Mrs. Clingham!    A huge thank you goes to Mrs. Clingham for volunteering her time and sharing her energy with us.  The funds raised will be used to purchase new technology for our classrooms.  Mrs. Zawadzki and her entire Student Council is commended for running this fun and worthwhile event.  Thank you to Mr. Gansel, Mr. McIntosh, and all of our teachers for not only rearranging their schedules but for their enthusiasm and support! 
A huge thank you to our Teachers’ Association for organizing another fantastic Bingo night!   We had over 200 people come together for the sake of some good old fashioned fun!  I appreciate all of the teachers for working so hard to create a strong sense of school community. This event serves as just one example of their commitment to Tenafly. 
Please save the date:  February 7th is our “Fifth Grade Marketplace.”  Our fifth graders have been busy brainstorming, planning, and marketing for this wonderful entrepreneur experience.  We hope that you will support their unique businesses.  The money earned is divided between a charity of their choice and their Fifth Grade Graduation expenses. 
Thank you to our Mrs. Antifonario and our Fifth grade parents and students for organizing the Fifth Grade Used Book Sale.  It was great to see all of our students so excited about reading and it served as an excellent fund raiser as well!  Our fifth graders have been busy!  Mr. Todd Uresse and the Tenafly Chemical and Alcohol Prevention came to our fifth grade classes to discuss choices. The students had a great time using clickers to vote on their choices and defend their stances.  The idea of making positive choices is the first step in helping our children think about consequences.  Taking the time to think when making decisions will serve them well as the choices become more difficult in the next coming years. 
Lastly, as always… a reminder to please, especially as the road conditions become compromised by inclement weather, please respect all parking and local driving laws.  Do not park/stand in front of neighboring driveways and be sure to allow time for drop off and pick up. Safety cannot be rushed. 
I am hoping that this new year will bring renewed interest and excitement in all of the wonderful activities, and learning opportunities that take place here at Stillman School.  Please consider volunteering or helping out in one of our many events or suggesting a new idea to help make our school an even better place!
 
Keep Warm and Carry On…
Mrs. Lander


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