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Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is Nov 30Support our students and staff! This year, our PTA needs your donation more than ever to fund field trips, supplies for our teachers, and more. Please consider a one-time financial gift during this time of year. Donate via Paypal or Venmo @SBPTA (add “donation” to the message). Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

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Newstead 5k for Achieve

Run or walk the Newstead 5K this Saturday. Lots of free kid activities! Support Achieve and help raise money for SOMSD. Look for Seth Boyden team when you register. Click HERE to register.

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Thank you Families & PTA!

Seth Boyden PTA Board: Right to Left, Jasmine Jones (VP), Katie Kaplan (Secretary), Anna Dunbar (VP), Allyson Murphy (VP), Nadine Hart (President), Sabena Khan (Treasurer), Mandy Tenner (Secretary) & Jen Warren (VP) are not pictured, though they are much appreciated!
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Principal Glander welcoming our families.

A special thanks to the PTA for organizing a lovely Seth Boyden First Day of School Meet & Greet! Thank you to all the families for showing up for our school and for taking the time to volunteer for so many activities!

The PTA is still looking for volunteers! Please sign up here.

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Senior Clap Out 2021

Friday’s clap out of seniors who graduated from Seth Boyden in 2014 was a beautiful and joyous occasion! We wish these kids all the best as they start this next chapter in their lives.

We’re glad that we could uphold this tradition this year!

For a video, click here

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Seth Boyden Mobilizes for Monitors

When our teachers Mrs. Donna Friedrich and Mrs. Maureen Davenport learned that our teachers didn’t have a second monitor to do hybrid teaching in the classroom and see all their virtual students at once, they put out the call for help.

The Seth Boyden PTA helped spread the word and class captains, parents, friends, family, and community members sprung to action donating used and new monitors.

Just one week later, we have 32 monitors! Every teacher who needed one has one. That’s community. That’s Seth Boyden! 

Thank you!

4th Grade Teacher Ms. Fakhoury is smiling with her monitor. Can you tell?
1st Grade teacher Ms. Imperato shows off her new, donated monitor
Donated monitors ready for work
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Seth Boyden Strong

Some of our awesome students (and one teacher!) showing their #SethBoydenStrong spirit during remote school, Fall/Winter 2020

End-of-Year Message from the Seth Boyden PTA:

What a year 2020 has been!

From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, this community has shown, again and again, how to be Seth Boyden Strong.

From Go Fund Mes for Seth Boyden students who lost parents to the incredible grassroots efforts of SOMA Shares — supporting our community with groceries and masks and books and coats and more — to the teachers who have done so much during such a difficult time — and the generosity and grace showed to them by our Seth Boyden families — to the class captains who have worked to forge connections between classmates to all the PTA volunteers and board members who have kept it going throughout and the students — these incredible children — who have had their normal lives pulled out from under them and still show up at their computers every day and persevere.

These are just a few of the countless examples of the generosity of spirit and giving that is Seth Boyden. 

We are looking forward to 2021 with great hope and anticipation, and as we prepare for a new year, we ask that if you are able to make a year-end gift, to please consider supporting Seth Boyden PTA. We are a 501(c) (3) organization and your gift helps to fund efforts like getting books in the hands of students, assemblies that enrich our children’s education, teacher gifts, SOMA Shares, and so much more in the future. Your gift truly makes a difference! 

You can make a tax-deductible gift through PayPal, and you can even make it recurring. Click here

And if your employer matches charitable donations, then the impact of your donation to Seth Boyden could be doubled! Ask at work. 

We are Seth Boyden Strong because we are a unique, dynamic, and exceptionally caring school community filled with so many people doing good every day. We are Seth Boyden Strong because of YOU. 

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SOMA Shares Book Giveaway Day

Hundreds of books were given out at the SOMA Shares Book Giveaway Day on Sunday 11/29, in the St. Joseph’s Church parking lot in Maplewood. Sunny skies, mild temperatures, and many volunteers helped make the day a great success! Families from the South Orange/Maplewood community came out to “shop” for books and get their home libraries stocked for winter. A special shout out goes to our Seth Boyden Spanish teacher, Señor Carberry, for providing musical accompaniment for the Book Giveaway and to our librarian, Mrs. Poutre, for helping to organize books by theme and reading level. Everyone was also happy to see Mrs. Connell and Mrs. Friedrich who were getting books for their students. We are grateful for all the Seth Boyden families who volunteered their time and especially the organizers, Shannon Kirk and Anna Herbst. Axel and Kim Takács helped secure the space for us and The Good Bottle Refill Shop provided hand sanitizer for the event!

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Seth Boyden Social Work Dept – Gratitude Season

A message from the amazing Seth Boyden social work team:

We are in the final months of 2020 and although this year has been unpredictable, the Seth Boyden Social Work Dept thinks that now is a great time to BREATHE deep.


Here’s a fun Gratitude Scavenger Hunt activity that everyone can participate in to kick off our season of showing gratitude for the people and things that have helped to keep us going this year: 

  1. Find something outside you enjoy looking at
  2. Find something that is useful for you
  3. Find something that is your favorite color 
  4. Find something you know someone else will enjoy
  5. Find something that makes you happy
  6. Find something that tastes good
  7. Find something that smells amazing 
  8. Discover something new
  9. Find something that makes you feel safe
  10. Find something that makes a beautiful sound 
  11. Find someone you are grateful for
  12. Find something that is unique to you
  13. Find something that makes you laugh 
  14. Find something in the night that you enjoy
  15. Find something in the morning that you enjoy
  16. Find a friend/pet that you love spending time with 
  17. Find your favorite place to spend time alone
  18. Find something that reminds you of the people you love 
  19. Find something that you enjoy doing outside with friends 
  20. Find a place that you love 

#BoydenStrong #HereForYou #YouMatter

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SOMA Shares Book Giveaway Day

Books for all, all books are free! From board books to young adult books. Come refresh your student’s at-home library.

All Pre-K through 12 students are invited to join us for the best kind of book fair: FREE! 

Sunday, November 29th

10 am-2 pm

At St. Joseph’s Church outdoor parking lot (between Franklin & Hilton), 767 Prospect Street, Maplewood

Volunteers needed for set-up, during the event, and clean-up shifts. Contact [email protected] if interested in volunteering.

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Sign Up for the Turkey Trot!

2017 Turkey TrotOur annual Two Towns Turkey Trot 5K and Kids’ Fun Run will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

This is a great fundraiser for our school that brings people from all over the area together, so please help us spread the word and register today!


South Mountain Reservation, Crest Drive/Bear Lane/”Loop.” Directions: From South Orange village, take South Orange Ave. West and make a left just past “The Top.” Follow the signs to the dog park. There is limited parking, so we recommend carpooling.


  • 8:00-8:45am: Race Day Registration/Packet Pickup (approx.)
  • 9:00am: 5K Race (approx.)
  • 10:00am: Kids’ Fun Run (approx.)
  • 10:15am: Awards Ceremony

Entry Fees

  • Kids’ Fun Run: $10
  • 5K Race: Pre-registration: $25 (includes T-shirts while supplies last)
  • Race Day: $35
  • Seth Boyden Staff Members: 20% off
  • Register today!

Thanks to All of Our Sponsors!

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Save the Seedlings!

volunteer to water seedlingsWe are looking for families to help water our seedlings in the Maplewood greenhouse behind Town Hall.

It only takes five minutes once a week and is extremely important for the survival of the seedlings!

Our children planted seeds during lunch with Maggie Tuohy on Friday, March 16. All plants will be transplanted by our students into the garden in May.

Please email Elizabeth Ebinger ([email protected]) or Maggie Tuohy ([email protected]) if you can commit to one day a week of watering. We will send details to those who volunteer. Here are the times when we’ll be able to water:

  • Monday: 7pm-9pm
  • Tuesday: 1pm-4pm
  • Wednesday (greenhouse is closed)
  • Thursday: 7pm-9pm
  • Friday (greenhouse is closed)
  • Saturday: 9am-4pm
  • Sunday: 10am-4pm

Thank you to all of you who support the garden in one way or another. It truly takes a village!

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Seth Boyden Plans for March 14 National School Walkout

As part of the National School Walkout to protest gun violence on March 14, Seth Boyden will be purchasing orange t-shirts for every student in multiage to 5th grade.

Students will be encouraged to write positive messages about each other on the shirts throughout the day. If you would like to opt your child out, please send in a note to their teacher.

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PTA End Of Year Cookie Drive

cookie exchangeThe Seth Boyden PTA is collecting cookies to present to all Seth Boyden staff members as a way of saying thanks for a great first semester.

Cookies need to be delivered to school on Wednesday, Dec. 20, by 9am. You can also drop off cookies the night before at Kelly Villanueva’s house.

We will also need volunteers to help package the cookies on that Wednesday morning from 8:45-11.

Sign up to bring or package cookies on SignUpGenius, and email Kelly ([email protected]) if you are dropping off at her house on Tuesday night.

Thank in advance for helping out!

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Coordinate Our Cookies!

cookie exchangeThe PTA is looking for a Holiday Cookie Coordinator to manage one of our community’s best holiday traditions.

The PTA distributes a box of holiday cookies to every Seth Boyden staff member, including our crossing guards. To make this happen, we need a coordinator to organize cookie donations and a party to package them up.

We plan to deliver the boxes on Dec. 20, so it’s time to get started. If you want the job, please contact [email protected]

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Cupcake Contest and Bake Sale

cupcake contestOur annual Cupcake Contest and Bake Sale is happening at Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 14.

To enter, please make at least a dozen cupcakes and bring them to the dessert booth before 1pm. (One will be entered in the contest, and we’ll sell the rest to raise money for the PTA!)

Prizes will be awarded for taste and presentation, so start planning your entry now!

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Help Make Harvest Fest 2017 a Success!

It’s almost here! Our annual Harvest Festival is Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 4pm!

All your favorite activities will be back, including games, pony rides, painting pumpkins, creating fairy houses, making god’s eyes, and other fun projects for the whole family.

And of course it wouldn’t be a Harvest Festival without the mouth-watering fall delicacies prepared by our own Seth Boyden families. As always, we’ll have the delicious and fun cupcake contest, and many different kinds of chili. (Vegetarian,too!)

There will also be a raffle for exclusive experiences with some of our wonderful teachers. We’ll have the whole range of Seth Boyden merchandise available for sale, including sweatshirts and sweatpants for cooler weather.

We can’t do all of this without YOUR help! Please volunteer for a shift (or two). It’s easy — and fun!

Sign up to help with crafts and games, staff the tables, and cook or bake.

We look forward to seeing you next Saturday! (If necessary, the rain date will be the following week, Saturday, Oct. 21.)

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Respect Week Is Here

This week, Oct. 2-6, is the Week of Respect for New Jersey schools. We will have a series of activities and spirit days to celebrate.

Here is what we have planned:

Respect Banner: On Monday, all students will sign this banner, pledging to focus on learning more about each other and how to respect everyone in the Seth Boyden family.

Respect Assembly: On Friday, the whole school will meet outdoors and engage in a fun program run by our staff.

Spirit Days (Participation is Optional):

  • Monday, October 2nd – Seth Boyden Wears White:
    Students try wear a white shirt or pants to start the week off with a new beginning.
  • Tuesday, October 3rd – Seth Boyden Wears the Rainbow:
    Students try to wear all the colors of the rainbow to celebrate our diversity.
  • Wednesday, October 4th – (Picture Day) Seth Boyden Wears Our Favorite:
    Students try to wear a favorite team’s jersey or a t-shirt of their favorite movie/book/band.
  • Thursday, October 5th – Seth Boyden Wears… TBD by Grade Level
    Students in each grade level will try to wear the same color shirt or the same accessory.
  • Friday, October 6th – Seth Boyden Wears… School Spirit Day
    Students try to wear Seth Boyden Gear. (Buy it here.)


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Seth Boyden Celebrates Back-to-School With Ice Cream Social

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See more great photos from Anna Herbst on Facebook.

By Alison Poe

On the warm late-summer evening of September 15, the Seth Boyden PTA welcomed hundreds of students and their families to the annual fall Ice Cream Social in the school’s gigantic Outdoor Learning Center.

Hot dogs, Roman Gourmet pizza slices, and free hunks of watermelon were on offer, as were an array of treats from Michael Passero’s vintage ice cream truck, which had completely sold out by the end of the night.

Jenn Jones, a popular local DJ and Seth Boyden parent, indulged a barrage of requests for popular hits, drawing so many kids to the hillside-turned-dance-floor that it was nearly impossible to count them all.

Miniature bouquets on the backyard tables had been made from flowers picked by students earlier that day as part of Seth Boyden’s optional Friday “Garden Recess” program in the huge school garden. While the kids at the party danced, climbed on the playground equipment, cooled off in the water mister, and ran around in the open field behind the Outdoor Classroom, parents and other family members – as well as Principal Frye and a number of faculty members – socialized happily.

The sky was thoroughly dark before families could persuade the last of the children to call it a night.

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Join Our Garden Work Days on June 3 and 4

Thanks to everyone who came out to work in the garden on Saturday and Sunday.

For our next work days, we’ll install tree markers and Story Trail signs. Please join the fun on Saturday, June 3, from 9-4 and Sunday, June 4, from 2-5. Mark your calendars and pitch in!

For more updates on our garden and Outdoor Learning Center, including the SOMA Children’s Arboretum at Seth Boyden and sponsorship opportunities, see this flyer.

Thanks to Kelly Villanueva for these great photos from Saturday!

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Old School Hip Hop Party This Saturday!

For more information, contact Sandra Sampayo at [email protected]

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