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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

EVENT: TWO TOWNS TURKEY TROT NOV 20TH

REGISTER TODAY

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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PTA Statement

October 8, 2021

SETH BOYDEN PTA STATEMENT ON ALLEGED RELIGIOUS BIAS INCIDENT

The Seth Boyden Parent Teacher Association believes that our schools should be inclusive spaces for learning and growth. Students should never face discrimination. We stand in solidarity with the student who was allegedly asked to remove her hijab, and support her family.

While this incident is being investigated by the school administration and the school district, we will support and collaborate with staff and administration to ensure that our school community remains a place of acceptance, belonging, and learning for all individuals.

2021-22 PTA Board Members

A Statement from Carey Smith, State of NJPTA, Region V Director

The State of New Jersey PTA, and National PTA stands firmly against racism in all forms and the culture of oppression that permeates the United States.

Continued respect for, and expansion of civil rights requires they be defended whenever threatened and that children and youth be taught the significance of civil rights and responsibilities in American Culture.

We support – Prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, age, physical and academic ability, and sexual orientation

While this incident is being investigated by the school administration, school district, and the local authorities, we will support and collaborate with staff and administration to ensure that our school community remains a place of acceptance, belonging, and learning for all individuals.

As an association that represents all children, we must listen, educate and advocate beyond rhetoric and rise to correct all inequities and injustices.

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Harvest Festival 2021

Saturday, October 16th is the Seth Boyden Harvest Festival!! Please volunteer to make the day really special! Volunteer HERE!

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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!
Seth Boyden Meet & Greet
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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Beyond the Bell

Beyond the Bell is an after-school program created by the South Orange Maplewood School District’s Parenting Center. Beyond the Bell is designed to help all students stretch and grow by coordinating, deepening and expanding after-school opportunities at the elementary level.

Beyond the Bell Registration Opens 7AM Tuesday Sept 14th– Course Offerings  and Deadline Here & Registration Info Here

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First Day Coffee Meet and Greet!

Seth Boyden OLC

September 13, 2021 8:45AM at Seth Boyden Elementary School

Please join the PTA at the OLC (Outdoor Learning Center) to welcome Seth Boyden parents new and old back to campus!Right after drop off, there will be pastries from The Bread Stand and coffee. Masks are required when not eating. We will welcome new families, review upcoming activities and ways to participate in PTA! 

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Big shout out to Messrs. Messineo and Sousa!

Our awesome PE teachers put together an energetic week of field day activities for all grades (except for Kindergarten & 1st grade, who will have their field day tomorrow!).

Teachers even got in on the fun! The weather was very cooperative while students enjoyed sack races, relay races, four square tournaments, and even limbo!

We are so grateful to Mr. Messineo and Mr. Sousa for planning the friendly competition and end-of-year fun for students and staff.

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2021-22 PTA Executive Board

Our new PTA executive board was elected at last Monday’s PTA meeting. Thanks to these parents for stepping up to take on these important roles for our school community!

But there are still important roles to fill, including SEPAC liaison, auction chair, OLC chair, and book fair chair — there are roles to suit all skills/time availability. Email ptapresident@sethboyden.com to learn more about how you can help. 

  • President: Nadine Hart
  • Vice President: Jasmine Lewis
  • Vice President: Jen Warren
  • Vice President: Anna Dunbar
  • Vice President: Allyson Murphy
  • Recording Secretary: Mandy Tenner
  • Correspondence Secretary: Katie Tichacek
  • Treasurer: Sabena Khan
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Seth Boyden News SOMA Shares

Summer Meals Program

The Kids Eat Free program will be at the Springfield Avenue Gazebo from Monday-Friday starting on Monday, June 28.

Monday-Friday
June 28 – August 20, 2021
9 am – 11 am
Breakfast & Lunch Grab ‘n Go
Springfield Ave Gazebo, 1670 Springfield Ave, by Hilton Library

SOMA Shares will be distributing books and other resources every Wednesday during the Kids Eat Free program.

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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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Help Seth Boyden Family That Lost their Father

It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news that Marc Ulysse, father of 5th grader Marvens and 4th grader Marc, passed away over the weekend from complications due to COVID-19. Mr. Ulysse was a loving husband, committed father, and the sole provider for his wife and five children. Mr. Ulysse was a longstanding Maplewood resident and, until his passing, was a school bus driver in Newark. He will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew and loved him. 

The thoughts, love, and condolences of the entire Seth Boyden community are with the Ulysse family at this time.

We want to do all we can as a community to support the Ulysse family – there is a meal train being organized by the boys’ classes and we as a PTA have set up this GoFundMe: http://gf.me/u/zrrtpa

Please contribute if you can, and help us spread the word about the GoFundMe far and wide.

Let’s rally around the Ulysse family and help them through the next difficult weeks and months ahead.


If you need help with how to discuss this sad news with your child, you can contact our school social worker, Ms. Jordan, via zjordan@somsd.k12.nj.us. You can also access the following resource from the National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope With Loss: Tips for Teachers and Parents

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Black History Month

black history month text with historical figure photos

A message from our principal, Mrs. Glander, and vice-principal, Ms. Murphy:

“Happy February and Black History Month!

This month we will be celebrating the contributions and rich history of Black People. While February is a month to specifically celebrate these contributions and achievements, we believe that an inclusive and accurate educational experience includes the histories of all people throughout our students’ entire school career. We continue to advocate for curriculum, instructional pedagogy and practices that highlight the history and cultures of the diverse population of our country and world.

This year, Seth Boyden has an elite team of teaching staff that is leading the charge and working on this year’s theme which is celebrating Black Contributions in Immunology. We are kicking off our month-long celebration by introducing students to Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, the pioneering immunologist at the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccine. We will be learning about other black immunologists, biologists, and vaccine pioneers over the next few weeks. Please ask your students about Dr. Corbett and her tremendous contributions toward ending the COVID-19 Pandemic.”


For more information on educational and fun ways to celebrate Black History Month as a family, see: “5 Ways All Families Can Celebrate Black History Month!”

For a service-oriented way to celebrate Black History Month, SOMA Shares is looking for diverse books. All year, but especially during Black History Month, SOMA Shares strives to make books available to all students in our district that are written by writers of color and filled with characters that look like our students and reflect how they live and how they dream for the future. SOMA Shares has curated a list of diverse and inclusive book titles on our Amazon Wish List. You can also buy these books from [words] (just mention the purchases are for SOMA Shares and they will set them aside for collection).

Our towns have Black History Month activities for people of all ages throughout February. For a full list of community events, please visit the Maplewood Arts & Culture BHM page and the South Orange Arts & Cultural Affairs BHM page.

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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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Mr. Hein Talks Baseball

An interview (by Mrs. Tuohy, Seth Boyden Garden Teacher) with Mr Hein, 4th grade teacher at Seth Boyden School, about the South Orange Maplewood Rec Baseball Program. 

Hello Mr. Hein. Thank you for speaking with me about the South Orange Maplewood Recreation Baseball Program. I’d love to hear more about it and share what I learn with the Seth Boyden Community.

Thanks Mrs. Tuohy. I’d love to share some information with you!

What is South Orange Maplewood Recreation Baseball?

SOM Baseball is a local baseball league where anyone from South Orange or Maplewood between the ages of 5 and 15 can be on a team. Kids that are 5 and 6 play T-Ball, kids that are 7 and 8 play practice games, and kids that are 9 and up play competitive games.

I know you played as a child, are you still part of the program?

I am! I’ve actually been involved with the program for most of my life, beginning with when I played T-Ball at age 5!! Now, I am the Umpire Coordinator. That means I am in charge of coordinating training and scheduling the SOM Baseball umpires. Anyone ages 13 and up can sign up for the umpire program. I also volunteer as a coach.

How did you get involved with umpiring?

I actually started umpiring through the SOM Baseball umpire program when I was 13 years old! Now I umpire higher level games.

How long have you played baseball and what did you like most about playing as a kid?

I haven’t played baseball since high school (although I do play some pick-up softball) because I decided to focus on umpiring, but I loved playing as a kid. My favorite part was being a part of a team, and the competition. I love competition!! My favorite positions when I was a kid were first base and catcher.

Can anybody participate?

Yes! While the majority of participants are boys, anyone is more than welcome to participate at all age levels.

Do you recommend kids try it? Why?

Absolutely! Not only will you have so much fun playing, but you’ll also make new friends on your team. Also, many players, especially at the younger ages, have never picked up a baseball bat in their lives! The coaches will teach you how to play!!

What baseball teams do you root for now?

I’m a long suffering Mets fan. Things are looking up for us though!!

To register for the 2021 SOM Baseball season click HERE. Registration ends on January 31st, 2021. 

Scholarships are available by contacting the South Orange Recreation at departmentrecreation@southorange.org.     

For more information about the program please visit the SOM Baseball Website, reach out to the South Orange Recreation department, or reach out to one of the SOM Baseball Committee members (click HERE for contact information).

If anyone has older kids that are interested in signing up for the umpire program with Mr. Hein, you can sign up on the same page as the player registration. Email Mr. Hein at somumpires@gmail.com for more information.

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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:

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  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 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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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.

Welcome to GRATITUDE SEASON 🙂

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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Cooking with Jacob

Jacob Case, a 4th grader at Seth Boyden

We are incredibly proud to share that Jacob Case, a 4th-grader in Mr. Hein’s class, has been featured in Jamie Oliver’s Cooking Buddies Club! Congratulations to Jacob and his family! We’re so happy that Jamie Oliver, one of Britain’s top chefs, recognizes Jacob’s talents! 

Over the summer, Jacob made a video of harvesting nasturtiums and other edible flowers from the Strawberry Fields garden (with Ms. Tuohy’s full support and permission of course!). Jacob turned them into a delicious salad and uploaded the video to his Instagram & Facebook pages. The video was then shared in Jamie Oliver’s private Cooking Buddies Facebook group, where the team saw what a star Jacob is! Jamie Oliver’s team edited the video and shared it on Instagram so that thousands more could enjoy Jacob’s food!

Check out Jacob’s Cooking Buddies video by clicking here.  

To see Jacob cooking, you can check him out on Facebook at Cooking with Jacob or on Instagram @cookingwithjacob9.

Here’s another recipe that Jacob loves that also uses ingredients (the Swiss chard) he harvested from our school garden. 

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Steamed Butter Nut Squash: 

  1. Wash and cut the butternut squash into cubes while removing the seeds (do not peel)
  2. Steam the squash until tender but firm. Do not boil or steam squash in a lot of water to prevent it from becoming soggy
  3. Use an assortment of different colors of Swiss chard for added color
  4. Wash chards and remove the stalks
  5. Dice the chard stalks and keep separate from the leaves
  6. Roughly cut the chard leaves
  7. Add 2-4 cloves of chopped garlic and one small chopped onion to olive oil on medium heat and saute for one minute—make sure garlic doesn’t turn brown. Then add stalks and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes until soft. Add chard leaves, cover, and cook for about 3 minutes or until leaves are fully wilted while stirring occasionally.
  8. Add steamed squash and season with salt, pepper, dried herbs, and butter for extra taste. You can also use your favorite seasonings. Mix all ingredients and make sure everything is fully incorporated.
  9. Enjoy with your favorite protein or by itself!
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Achieve Foundation Grants

The Achieve Foundation is thrilled to award grants to educators across the district this October for 36 projects totaling $43,623! Winning grants included professional development programs, technology equipment, electronic and physical books, and other educational materials.

Last week, Achieve presented checks to these amazing Seth Boyden teachers:

• Maggie Tuohy for “From Garbage to Garden”
• Shella Mesidor-Villard for “Equity Institute: Advancing Racial Equity in Education Workshop”
• Dianne Canzonieri and Elana Ris for “Magnificent Mathematicians”
• Marissa DeMartino for “Fun with Phonics”
• Sarah Haldeman for “Multicultural Literature for Social Emotional Learning and Anti-Bias Discourse”
• Susan Brody for “Book Clubs Need Better Books”
• Sarah Fakhoury and Jesse Hein for “Let’s Talk About Race”
• Erica Dulny for “High Interest, Low Level Books”
• Erica Dulny for “Serious About Series!”
• Janine Poutre and Catherine Campbell (So. Mountain) for “Audible Battle of the Books”

Congratulations to these educators for receiving over $9,315 in funding for our students this fall!

Achieve board president Christine Houseworth (far left) and grants committee co-chair Hilary Jones-Danziger (far right) presented checks to Seth Boyden educators: Dianne Korte Canzonieri, Shella Mesidor-Villard, Sarah Haldeman, and Janine Guida Poutre.

Susan Brody received over $1,000 from the Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood for her “Book Clubs Need Better Books” grant.
Achieve board president Christine Houseworth, executive director Eileen Collins Neri and grants co-chair Hilary Jones-Danziger took to Seth Boyden’s gorgeous garden to present Maggie Tuohy with a $2,435 grant for her “Garbage to Garden” program.