The District Code of Conduct is now available on our files page. Please take a look!
Seth Boyden, along with most of the District schools, will be open tomorrow, 11/2/11. For more details, see the letter from Superintendent Brian Osborne.
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.
From the South Orange-Maplewood School District: Due to down power lines throughout South Orange and Maplewood, and hazardous conditions persisting from yesterday’s storm, all South Orange-Maplewood schools are closed tomorrow, October 31, 2011. Offices will remain open and twelve month employees will have a regular working day.
Words Bookstore is, once again, generously supporting our local schools with their “Support Your Local School Week.”
From November 14th through November 20th, families who shop at Words can have 20% of their book purchases donated to the SO/Maplewood school of their choice (Seth Boyden, of course!!). You just need to let the cashier know which school you are supporting when you check out.
Plants are growing in Seth Boyden’s Strawberry Fields garden, of course, but children’s imaginations and understanding of the natural world are growing, too. The garden has never been empty this year, with the Garden Committee heading up a cadre of volunteers to make the garden a
beehive of activity.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, children visit the garden at recess. They are building a fairy village ringed by tree stumps and tasting local herbs and honey. The younger children explore the garden as “garden detectives,” discovering worms and root vegetables under the soil.
The herb garden outside the kindergarten portables is now home to a colony of monarch caterpillars, who are neighbors to a new sundial. Students visit the caterpillars when they study the shadows cast by the sundial with their classes. Nearby, the community garden is being transformed into a covered winter garden, where spinach, carrots and swiss chard can grow, protected from the elements.
Both lunch aides and parents are being trained so that they can guide children in experiencing the garden. Maggie Tuohy is developing a written guide so parents at each grade level can work on age-appropriate activities with children in the garden. Home Depot generously provided a discount on a garden shed that will house books, paints, seeds and other learning tools. Classes are busy planting, experimenting with soil types and building greenhouses. Every part of the Seth Boyden community is enjoying the garden and learning from it.
Back to School Night
Wednesday, October 5th: K – 5
The PTA has arranged for the YMCA to provide childcare on the Back to School Night evening.
All children who participate must be potty trained.
Children may be dropped off beginning at 6:15 PM
All children must be picked up by 9:00 PM
Pre-Registration is required in order to adequately staff the event.
The cost is $9.00 for one child, $13.00 for two children and $15.00 for three or more children per family per evening.
Forms will be coming home in the backpacks!
Questions? Contact Fazeela Gafoor at [email protected] or 908-358-8100
Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) Update
Exciting things are happening in our Seth Boyden backyard!
What’s happened since June 2011…
- Our Partners at The National Learning Institute completed the final plan for our Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) and playground. With input from teachers, parents, and students, our OLC Plan is a beautiful expression of the values and educational philosophy of our school. The OLC Plan includes a state-of-the-art playground, a new amphitheater, a gazebo, winding paths and grass mazes, project areas, a multi-purpose sports field, a welcoming new entrance, and an outdoor classroom. We invite you to take time to view the plan in the 1st floor hallway of our school.
- In preparation for, and in accordance with, the Plan:
- Drainage improvements were made the grounds
- The old stage was removed to make room for the new play equipment. A new amphitheather will be built, and the old benches may be repurposed and placed around the yard
- The picnic benches were rearranged and the music garden moved
- The OLC Steering Committee met with three playground equipment companies. After careful consideration of their proposals and designs, we selected a playground company called GameTime.Following the Plan, GameTime proposed three separate play structures for the designated playground area (where the stage used to be). These structures will be installed in phases, with Phase I scheduled for this Fall:
- Phase I: A “Hexamid” – a hexagon-shaped, roped climbing structure, to be installed in November. Funding for equipment has already been raised. We are working on raising additional funds to add some landscaping and to repaint the basketball pole/backstop and the funnel ball equipment.
- Phase II: Two large (synthetic) climbing boulders and landscaping.
- Phase III: Large Play Structure, with multiple overheads, loops, bridges and slides, that offers “a tree house-like experience.”
- We’ve strengthened ties with the local Hilton Neighborhood Association (HNA). HNA leaders attended the first PTA meeting to discuss ways in which our school can work with the surrounding community to fulfill the vision of the OLC, as well as to develop a Seth Boyden Alumni Network to be involved in projects like the OLC.
- We are working with the NJ Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to reforesting NJ’s most urban cities. Through tree planting, volunteerism and partnerships, they assist numerous communities in improving their environment and quality of life. The NJTF has agreed to work with our community in buying and planting low-cost trees and shrubbery and will advise us as we move through the process of transforming our backyard into a true outdoor learning center.
- The OLC Fundraising subcommittee is working on identifying funding opportunities, including corporate and foundation grants, local businesses support and donations from individuals, to fund Phases II and III.
- Seth Boyden community members can help by learning whether they or their spouse’s employers, offer matching grants. If so – please let us know so that we can maximize our community support.
- The OLC Committee will be organizing a community fundraiser for Spring 2012 to coincide with the PTA annual 5K run.
- Join us! The OLC Committee is planning a volunteer gathering to kick off the new school year, in mid-October. If you would like to be more involved and to help bring the dream of a first-class playground and extraordinary Outdoor Learning Center to Seth Boyden, please contact PERI SMILOW at [email protected]. No previous experience necessary!
Just a reminder that our first School Spirit Day is quickly approaching so please have your merchandise order forms submitted no later than Tuesday, September 13 to ensure that your child has their shirt in time to wear on Friday. Please remember to include payment or your order can not be processed.
Feel free to email me with any questions.
Welcome our new school and PTA web site! We hope to keep this site full of useful and timely information. We’ll be tweaking this website as we go. If you see something wrong with this new site, please contact us and we’ll do our best to fix it. Thank you!