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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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Harvest Fest 2018 is Saturday!

This is always one of the best days of our year, and we need your help to make it a success!

Harvest Fest 2018

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Intentional Integration and Innovation

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Week of Respect

October 1st-October 5th is the New Jersey State Week of Respect. We will have a series of activities and spirit days to celebrate. Here is what we have planned.

Semèn kap vini an, komanse 1 Oktòt pou rive 5 Oktòb, se semèn respè pou State New Jersey a. Nan okazyon sa a , nou pral gen yon seri aktivite ak jou plezi pou nou selebre. Nan jou sa yo, Nou planifye.

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What You Need to Know This Week

No School on Monday or Tuesday

All district schools are closed for Rosh Hashanah on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday Is 4-Hour Day, Back to School Night

We have a 12:45 dismissal on Wednesday, and Back to School Night starts at 6pm. We encourage all parents to come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what’s in store for our students this year!

Ice Cream Social Friday Night

Our Ice Cream Socials are always some of the most fun nights of the year, so you don’t want to miss this event! In addition to ice cream, we’ll have pizza and drinks for sale. The kids have a blast, and it’s a great opportunity for parents to meet each other and socialize. You can also stock up on the latest SB merch and sign up for the PTA.

Lunch Menu

Wondering what’s for lunch? Here’s the September elementary lunch menu.

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Take On a New Role With the PTA

We know it’s summer, but now is the time to check out the volunteer opportunities available for the 2018-19 school year.

Take a look at the available positions and select one that interests you and fits your schedule. From the book fair to field day to fundraising to Harvest Festival and more, we have a job for every skill set and schedule.

Please check out the list and sign up today!

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Join the Fifth Grade Committee

As summer begins, we would like to start planning for fifth grade activities that our students can be proud of and will never forget.

The last year of elementary school is a milestone our students have worked hard to achieve, and it comes with special privileges, events and initiatives that they’ve looked forward to since kindergarten. Examples include a legacy project, the fifth grade musical, a trip to Camp Bernie, a pool party, the Moving Up ceremony and more.

The Fifth Grade Committee is made up of fifth grade parents who volunteer to work together with the school staff to ensure that every graduating student has an extra special fifth grade experience. There are jobs to fit any schedule, and if you simply can’t find the time, you can always donate money. Both do wonders.

If you would like to volunteer to be a part of the Fifth Grade Committee, please e-mail us at [email protected], and tell us a little bit about yourself and your interests/skills. In September, we’ll kick things off with a meeting to create sub-committees to lead initiatives for the rest of the year.

Remember, the success of the Fifth Grade Committee is driven primarily by parents, so we need your help! We hope to hear from you soon.

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Volunteers Needed for Moving Up Ceremony; Call for Photos

We are continuing the tradition of the 4th grade parents being hosts for the 5th grade graduation luncheon. We need food, drinks, supplies and help for the event, which is Tuesday, June 19, at 10am.

If you are able to help out, please sign up today. (And if you’re not a 4th grade parent but still want to chip in, feel free to join the fun!)

Also, Anna Persson Herbst and Charlie Hanger are putting together a slideshow of photos to show at the ceremony. If you have images you’d like to share, please email them to [email protected] by Wednesday, June 13.

We’re looking for photos from this year and years past, so dig into those archives and send us your favorites! Please send the biggest file size you have so they will look good when projected.

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Volunteers Needed for Kindergarten Celebration

kindergarten celebrationThe kindergarten students have been busy practicing and getting ready for their Celebration of Learning on Friday, June 15, and we’ll be honoring them (and their guests) with a small reception afterward.

Please sign up to bring in an item or help with setup or cleanup. There are three options for dropping off your items:

  • At the front office on the morning of the 15th during school drop off
  • When you arrive for the event
  • At the home of one of the coordinators on Thursday evening (email [email protected] for the drop-off address)
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5th Annual Seth Boyden Clap Out

We will be clapping out the graduating class of 2018 on Wednesday at 12:35. The K-4 teachers, students, and staff members will line the hallways of our school to celebrate and clap out our departing students and staff members.

Parents are invited to line up along the front sidewalk and join in the event. You won’t want to miss!

A few important things to remember:

  • The clap out will begin about 12:35 inside the building. Parents should arrive and line up outside at that time.
  • No parents/visitors will be allowed in the building during the clap out. If you choose to participate, please line the front walkway and allow space for the students and teachers to walk through.
  • Rain won’t stop up, so bring your umbrellas if the skies are threatening!
  • Once the 5th grade students leave the building, they will gather and remain on the front lawn with their teachers until the bell rings at 12:45pm.
  • All K-4 students will be dismissed at 12:45 from their usual locations.

We are looking forward to continuing this tradition at Seth Boyden!

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Year-End Garden Clean-Up

arboretum last tree plantedThe last three trees were planted in the Arboretum this weekend — two willow oaks and a chestnut. With this, the Arboretum is complete!

But we still need help to maintain our wonderful outdoor space. We are planning a year-end garden cleanup event for Saturday, June 16, from 9am to 1pm.

Sign up!

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Ice Cream Social

ice cream social fall 2017Our annual Ice Cream Social is Friday night from 6-8pm in the Seth Boyden backyard!

This year we would like to add a few fun activities, and we need your help to pull off another successful event. This is an excellent opportunity to socialize, reminisce and hear some great music.

We need your help, so please volunteer!

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Photos From Field Day

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3rd Grade Recorder Concert is June 8

On Friday, June 8, at 9:15am in the auditorium, the 3rd Graders will be presenting their recorder concert.

They have been learning to play the recorder throughout the year, and they’re excited to show off their hard work!

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‘The Lion King Jr.’ — That’s a Wrap!

Lion King Jr.
Check our Facebook page for more photos by Anna Herbst!

‘The Lion King Jr.’ was a truly amazing show, with incredible performances by our kids and Broadway-quality production value. So many people to thank for all of their hard work, starting with Director Kelly Heinze and Producer Amy Goring.

This show would not have been possible without Principal Damion Frye, who worked to include musical theater in our regular school days, which made ‘The Lion King Jr.’ a possibility for many students who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to participate.

Countless others contributed to the success of the show (see the program for names), but other major contributors included:

  • Catherine Martinez, costume design and production
  • Petra Pankow, mask and animal design and production
  • Liz Blazer, digital animation, marketing poster and T-shirt design
  • Peter Vaughan, projection and technical advisor
  • Regina Bradshaw, music and voice coaching
  • Heather Kushner and Joey Meyer, choreography
  • Michael Pankow and Mark Goring, set design and production
  • Sonya and Anthony Artis, props
  • Kim Hammer, makeup
  • Jane Buchanan, ticketing and more
  • Nadine Kerstan, business ads and publicity
  • Leah Van Doornik, chorus class support
  • Claudio DiSilva, lighting
  • Anna Herbst, headshots and photography
  • Holly Raye, microphone tech support
  • Ms. Subbie, organizing the gigantic wildebeest art project


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Show Your Appreciation

We have the opportunity to thank all of the teachers and staff at our school with a delicious luncheon this Tuesday, but we need your help to make this lunch successful and delicious!

We are having some of the food catered but would like to add to the feast with homemade goodies! Please share your cooking and baking talents, your favorite recipes, or your time and sign up to contribute to this well deserved luncheon.

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Photos From the Arboretum Grand Opening

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The Seth Boyden Old School Dance Party is Back!

Back by popular demand, the Old School Dance Party on May 11! We need set-up and break-down help as well as bouncers and bartenders!


Old School Dance Party

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2018 Spring Book Fair

book fairPlease join us for the Spring Book Fair from May 1-4 in the upper gym during the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 1: 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 2: 9am-3:30pm
  • Thursday, May 3: 9am-4:30pm
  • Friday, May 4: 9am-12pm

Note that there is no evening event scheduled. We encourage you to visit during school hours or immediately after school.

We need volunteers to help set up, to assist children in making their purchases, to fill orders and to pack up. Please sign up by Friday, April 27. Don’t worry if you can’t make it for an entire time slot; any time you can spare helps.

Online ordering will be available as well any time at Follow the shopping instructions so Seth Boyden gets credit for your purchase. During the week of the book fair, shipping is free, and all orders will be delivered to school. You can preview the books on your child’s wish list by looking at them on the website.

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Get Your Tickets for ‘The Lion King Jr.’

Lion King save the date

Get your tickets for ‘The Lion King Jr.’ through Eventbrite today, or buy them at the door for $10! The shows are as follows:

Friday, May 18 – 7pm
Saturday, May 19 – 7pm
Sunday, May 20 – 2pm

All shows will start right on time, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early! Contact Jane Buchanan at [email protected] if you have questions!