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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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Turkey Trot 2021



Please join us for the 2021 Two Towns Turkey Trot 5K & Kids’ Fun Run, presented by the Seth Boyden PTA, on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at South Mountain Reservation on Crest Drive in Maplewood, off South Orange Avenue near The Top apartments. 

Includes a KIDS’ FUN RUN, PRIZES for Male and Female overall winners. 

Start Time: 10:00am EST

End Time: 11:15am EST

Price: $25.00 Race Fee 

Registration: Registration ends November 18, 2021 at 11:59pm EST

Location: South Mountain Reservation Lollipop Loop – Crest Dr. (near Wildflower Sculpture Park/Dog Run)
South Orange, NJ US 07079 

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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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Brain Quest Fundraiser!

Seth Boyden is participating in a fundraiser with Brain Quest! They have workbooks, summer workbooks, Q&A decks, and even some “just for fun” activity books. The age range is pre-school through 7th grade.      

We are running the fundraiser until Tuesday, June 22. 

Please check it out and share it with your family and friends!

Our customized landing page:

At checkout, use promo code: SBPTA

A bit about Brain Quest

Brain Quest is America’s #1 educational bestseller, with more than 50 million copies in print. Curriculum-based but infused with a spirit of fun, it’s loved by kids, trusted by parents, and used and recommended by teachers because it works—and entertains, too.

Each Brain Quest deck is a fast-paced question-and-answer game that challenges kids on the stuff they need to know, when they need to know it. Brain Quest workbooks are jam-packed with curriculum-based activities, exercises, games, and challenges, all in full color. All Brain Quest content aligns with national and state standards and is overseen by a panel of award-winning educators.

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School Supply Kits Are Back!

Seth Boyden’s PTA has partnered with 1st Day School Supplies to offer pre-packaged school supply kits by grade for the 2020-21 school year! This is a great opportunity to support the PTA and save the hassle of shopping. Plus, you won’t need to stuff backpacks on the first day of school because everything will be waiting for your student in the classroom.

If you have questions, please email Marianne Lloyd at [email protected].

Two notes:

  1. Wish lists are separate from main supply requests, but you can order both.
  2. Once you pick a kit, you’ll enter some information more typical to a checkout. Once you confirm, you’ll have the opportunity to go back and purchase additional kits or donate a kit.
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2019 Fall Book Fair

book fair logoIt’s the most wonderful time of the year – the Seth Boyden Book Fair!

The book fair will be held in the upper gym from Monday, Dec. 2, to Thursday, Dec. 5. We will be open during school hours and will reopen for shopping during evening parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday. This is a time for adults and accompanied children to browse and shop. Children may not attend alone.

We will once again offer a selection of bargain books starting at $1, with most no more than $3, in addition to our main book fair titles. We encourage adults to send a few dollars with your student on their class shopping days (see below).

We are also looking for volunteers to help students create wish lists and fill orders during the fair, and for a few bakers to provide breakfast items for our teachers to enjoy during the teacher preview on Monday. It’s fine if you can’t commit to an entire slot, just indicate your availability in the comments. Book Fair Volunteers Sign Up Genius

We have one copy of most books and can’t guarantee availability. Please note bargain books must be purchased with cash.

Questions? Please contact the book fair co-chairs, Kristin O’Connor ([email protected]) and Susan Holtz ([email protected]).

Hours of Operation

  • Monday, 12/2: 9AM -3:30PM
  • Tuesday, 12/3: 9AM -3:30PM
  • Wednesday, 12/4: 9AM-12:45PM; 6:30PM – 9:30PM
  • Thursday, 12/5: 9AM-12:45PM; 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Class Schedule

Monday, 12/2

  • 8:50AM-9:20AM: Ms. Villard/Ms. DeMartino
  • 9:20AM-9:50AM: Ms. Sands
  • 9:20AM-9:50AM: Ms. Lanzafame
  • 9:50AM-10:20AM: Ms. Gray
  • 10:20AM-10:50AM: Ms. Garcia-Pedrosa
  • 10:20AM-10:50AM: Ms. Beck
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM: Ms. Pei
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM: Ms. Williams
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM: Ms. Laforest
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM: Ms. Imperato
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM: Ms. Ward
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM: Ms. Davenport
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM: Ms. West
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM: Mr. Hein
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM: Ms. Brody

Tuesday, 12/3

  • 8:50AM-9:20AM: Ms. Dulny
  • 8:50AM-9:20AM: Ms. Connell
  • 9:20AM-9:50AM: Ms. T. Herman
  • 9:50AM-10:20AM: Ms. Mamrak
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM: Ms. Fakhoury
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM: Mr. Davis
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM: Ms. Sina
  • 2:15PM-2:45PM: Ms. Nolan
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Ice Cream Social Is Friday Night!

We need volunteers to make the night a success. Sign up for a fun and easy shift!


ice cream social flyer

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Get Your Tickets to the Old School Hip Hop Party

This is always one of our most fun nights of the year. Get your tickets today!

Old School Hip Hop Party

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Get Ready for ‘Casino Royale’

Our auction night is always a blast, and we’re upping the ante with this year’s theme — “Casino Royale.” Please mark Feb. 9 in your calendar and buy your tickets now for our most exciting auction ever!

We are currently looking for donations, sponsors, and volunteers, including bartenders and blackjack dealers. If you are interested in contributing in any way, please fill out the appropriate form or email Rebecca Barbacci and Lauren Byers at [email protected] 


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Get Ready for the Book Fair!

Our Fall Book Fair is coming up from Dec. 4-7.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday: 9am-3pm
Wednesday: 9am-3:30pm
Thursday: 9am-3:30pm
6:30-8:30pm (Family Fun Night)
Friday: 9-11am

Please Note: Student shopping days and time slots went home in backpacks last week.

Online Orders
Online ordering is available until Dec. 12th at Follow the shopping instructions so that Seth Boyden gets credit for your purchase. You can also preview the books on your child’s Wish List by looking at them on the website. Thank you for supporting our school!!!

We need your help! If you are able to volunteer during the fair, please let us know. Any amount of time is helpful and appreciated. Email [email protected] with your availability. NOTE: we can REALLY use help during Family Fun Night.

Thank you!
Kristin O’Connor Saslovsky & Susan Holtz
SB Book Fair Co-Chairs

Events Fundraising Seth Boyden News Two-Towns Turkey Trot

Another Great Turkey Trot Is in the Books

We had another great Turkey Trot on Saturday morning! Thank you to all of the enthusiastic runners and walkers who braved the cold and dodged all those snowmelt puddles. A huge thank you also goes out to Alison Poe, who worked so hard to make this such a well-organized, fun, and inclusive event; Kevin Kraft, who played the role of emcee and completed the course on stilts; and the rest of the volunteers and donors who made the event possible.

The winners were Michael Postaski of Maplewood and Seth Boyden’s very own Caryn Gehrke, also of Maplewood!

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Shop for the Holidays With ShopWithScrip

Shop with SCRIP logoDid you get the ShopWithScrip Fundraiser flyer in your child’s backpack last week? Ordering gift cards through ShopWithScrip is a great way to do your holiday shopping! It costs no more than the price of the gift card, and Scrip gives Seth Boyden’s PTA a donation from your purchase.

The deadline for orders is Dec. 13. Questions? Email Marlene Chin at [email protected]

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Stop&Shop A+ Rewards

Do you buy groceries? Have you ever been in a Stop & Shop? If so, we have a super-easy way for you to contribute to Seth Boyden’s PTA.

Directions for signing up for the A+ Rewards program are below. If you need assistance, call Stop&Shop Customer Care at 877-366-2668, option 1. You can also email Marianne at [email protected] if you have questions or run into a snag.

Here’s how it works:

Stop & Shot A+ rewards program letter

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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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Sign up for ShopWithScrip

shop with scrip cards

ShopWithScrip fundraising is a program that allows you to raise money for the Seth Boyden PTA without having to sell anything or buy anything extra. Scrip is just another way to pay for everyday purchases using gift cards in place of cash, checks, and credit cards.

You purchase gift cards from the Seth Boyden PTA at face value, and our school coordinator Marlene Chin will order those cards at a reduced price. The difference is an instant rebate that benefits our PTA.

ShopWithScrip offers more than 700 of the country’s biggest retailers, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement, and more.

To sign up, go to and click “Join a Program.” Contact Anna Dunbar at [email protected] for the Seth Boyden enrollment code, or if you have questions about the program.

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Harvest Fest Is Coming Soon, and We Need Volunteers!

Harvest Fest is coming up FAST — Oct. 13 — and there are a million fun and very, very rewarding jobs to volunteer for, so what are you waiting for?

Hit the Sign Up Genius and sign up!

Susan Holtz can’t do it all herself!

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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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SOMA General Store is a cooperative online marketplace featuring local stores and makers, which can serve as a sort of Amazon alternative: local goods and stores delivered to your door.

It’s a great place to buy gifts, clothes, toys, art, and those end-of-year teacher presents. Just write Seth Boyden in the notes section at checkout, and a percentage of your purchase goes to the PTA!

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Join Next Year’s Auction Committee

Many of our auction volunteers are moving on, so we’re looking for some new talent to continue to build on the success of our biggest annual fundraiser.

We are especially interested in parents with event-planning experience and/or an eye for interior decorating. If you’re interested in helping out, please email [email protected]



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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!