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Celebrate MLK Day with a Nature’s Cake

From Seth Boyden Garden Teacher Mrs. Tuohy:

Make a batch of homemade playdough (recipe below).

Gather beautiful objects from nature. Decorate the play dough with the natural objects while reflecting on and celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Simple homemade play dough recipe:


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar (optional)
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • food coloring (optional)
  • ziploc bag, plastic wrap, or airtight container to store


  1. Stir together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar (if using it) in a large pot. 
  2. Add the water and oil. If you are adding the optional food coloring, add it now. 
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form a ball. 
  4. Remove from heat and place on another nonstick surface to cool slightly. 
  5. Knead until smooth and roll into balls. Cover with plastic wrap, place in a ziploc bag, or store in an airtight container.
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Seth Boyden Spirit Week

It’s Seth Boyden Spirit Week from Monday, Dec. 18, to Friday, Dec. 22. Here’s the schedule:

Monday: Favorite Sports Seam / Superhero Day – Show off your team or hero spirit!

Tuesday: Silly Sock Day – Pull out those wacky socks!

Wednesday: Favorite Color Day – Show off your favorite color!

Thursday: Pajama Day – Wear your comfy PJs to school.

Friday:Seth Boyden School Spirit – Wear your Seth Boyden gear.

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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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Help Seth Boyden With Your Holiday Spending

Shop with SCRIP logoAs the holidays approach, SCRIP gift cards are an easy way to help our school without spending an extra dime.

These cards can be used to pay for daily items, dinners out, and gifts for those who are near and far. Get a card for Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, Target, Starbucks, Home Depot, Walgreens, Amazon, Zappos and a whole bunch of other places where you’re already spending your money. The next deadline is Nov. 30, so get your orders in soon!

More Information

Everything you need to know about the program is in the Family Enrollment Packet. You can browse the hundreds of participating companies on

How to Sign Up

You can sign up online at (email Marlene Chin at [email protected] for the enrollment code), grab an order sheet from the window ledge in the school office, or print the form here.


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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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Sign Up for Shop With Scrip This Holiday Season!

Shop with ScripPlease sign up for Shop With Scrip cards to help raise money for Seth Boyden this holiday season.

Like Amazon Smile, this fundraiser makes money for our school when you buy things that you were going to buy anyway.

With Scrip, you buy gift cards for specific retailers that you already frequent. Participating retailers include Target, Home Depot, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Amazon and many, many more. (See them all.) Please review these outlets before you start shopping for holiday presents, meals and decorations. If you participate, your purchases will help fund our PTA at no extra cost to you!

You can sign up with the flyer that went home earlier this year, or wait for the new flyer, which will go home after Thanksgiving break. To sign up online, go to  the enrollment page on

If you have questions or need our school code for online enrollment, please contact Marlene Chin at [email protected]

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2012-2013 PTA Calendar

For those of you who like to plan ahead, here is the PTA calendar for next year’s events.

PTA calendar 2012-2013 (pdf)

PTA calendar 2012-2013 (word)

Of course, dates may change between now and the fall (and beyond), so always check the calendar on this site for the latest information.


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Oh My, It’s May!

Hard to believe that the school year is nearly over already!

Here are the upcoming activities … don’t lose steam now! Let’s finish strong!


Fri, May 4 – School Spirit Day
Mon, May 7-11 – Teacher Appreciation Week
Wed, May 9 – PTA General Meeting (last one of the school year!)
Fri, May 11 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Wed, May 16 – Kindergarten Field Day
Fri, May 18-20 – 5th Grade Musical – The Wizard of Oz
Wed, May 23 – (Incoming) Kindergarten Orientation
Wed, May 23 – 1st-5th Grade Field Day
Thurs, May 24 – Camp Bernie (5th Grade only)
Fri, May 25 – NO SCHOOL (Give back day)
Mon, May 28 – NO SCHOOL (Memorial day)
Wed, May 30 – Art & Music Show


Fri, June 1 – School Spirit Day
Fri, June 1 – 5th Grade Pool Party
Wed, June 6 – PTA Board Meeting (Current and Elect Boards)
Fri, June 8 – Ice Cream Social & Silent Auction/Basket Raffle
Tues, June 12 – 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony
Fri, June 15 – Kindergarten Celebration of Learning
Mon, June 18 – 4 Hour Day
Tues, June 19 – 4 Hour Day – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

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January Events

SUBJ:  January Events in SOMSD

Dear Families,

January will be a busy month, so these are some dates you may wish to keep in mind.  More information about the events will be available after the break.

  • Jan. 6 @ 4:30pm – Rally to Oppose Hua Mei Charter School and Urge Charter Reform @ DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave., Maplewood.
  • Jan. 11 @ 7:00pm– State of the District followed by Public Meeting about Middle School [email protected] CHS, 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood
  • Jan. 16 @ 10:30am – My Friend Martin @ SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange.  Presented by Marshall School PTA
  • Jan. 17 @ 7:30pm – Screening of “American Teacher” @ Seth Boyden, 274 Boyden Ave., Maplewood.  Presented by the Elementary School PTAs and The Parenting Center
  • Jan. 18 @ 7:30pm – BOE Meeting, including proposal for changes to Columbia High School @ Board Office, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood
  • Jan. 26 @ 7:30pm – Helping Your Child Succeed in Math in Grades 3-5 @ Seth Boyden, 274 Boyden Ave., Maplewood.  Presented by the Math Department and the LEAP to Success Committee of The Parenting Center
  • Jan. 31 @ 7:30pm – Helping Your Child Succeed in Math in Grades K-2 @ Clinton, 27 Berkshire Road, Maplewood.  Presented by the Math Department and the LEAP to Success Committee of The Parenting Center

We hope each of you has a wonderful break and a very joyous holiday season.

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South Orange-Maplewood Schools will be closed again tomorrow due to the aftermath of Saturday’s storm.

Additionally, the Parenting Center’s presentation “Lingo Bingo” will not take place as scheduled on Tuesday November 1st. The Parenting Center will try to reschedule Lingo Bingo for March, to help parents prepare for the new March round of parent/teacher conferences.

Halloween activities planned for today will not be rescheduled.

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Revised District Calendar


Jan 2 (school closed)

Feb 17 (school no longer closed)

Download the calendar here. Updated Google Calendar here.