PTA Meeting: 3/15/23

Please join the PTA General Meeting (virtual) on 3/15/23 at 7:00pm.

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Submit a Family Recipe to the Seth Boyden Cookbook

The DEI Committee will select recipes as they come in for the cookbook.

Please email your recipes to [email protected]


Beyond the Bell Signups Start 2/8 at 7am

All course offerings and sign-up information at the district’s Beyond the Bell site.


History of Braid & Natural Hair Care Session 2/12

RSVP here to join:


PTA General Meeting 12/7 @ 7pm

Please join us for our PTA General Meeting (Virtual)

Wednesday 12/7 at 7pm

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Meeting ID: 930 1465 7305

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Anxiety in Elementary: SEPAC Meeting

SEPAC SOMA invites you to a virtual meeting on Anxiety in Elementary

Monday, November 21 @ 7:30 PM

How to help not only kids with IEPs and 504s but any K-5 student who may be struggling.

Special Guests:

Arelis Tapia-Vargas and Marilu Gregory


PTA Meeting: 9/28 @ 7:00pm

Please join us for the first PTA General meeting of the year!

When: Wednesday, 9/28 @ 7:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Virtual via Zoom (link here)

Meeting ID: 942 7943 9073
Passcode: 4mV8ZS

Please officially join the PTA here before the meeting!


Beyond the Bell Signup Starts 9/13/22

Beyond the Bell (BTB) registration packets are online at If you are in need of a paper copy, please stop in the school’s office to pick one up.  

Registration for BTB classes is online only and opens next week (see dates below). Paper registrations will only be accepted for scholarships and are available in your school’s office or can be printed from the website link above. Please note, scholarships are available to students who qualify for free & reduced lunch so please make sure you have completed that application.

  • Tuesday, September 13th at 7 am at: Clinton, Seth Boyden and Tuscan
  • Wednesday, September 14th at 7 am at: Delia Bolden, Marshall, South Mountain and SM Annex

The links for each school under the “Fall 2022 Registration Websites” section will go live on the dates/time listed above.

A couple of things to note:

  • BTB will fully refund cancellations prior to September 19, 2022.  
  • Once BTB begins, questions/concerns and attendance/pick up related messages should be sent to [email protected] — The site supervisors who are at the school during BTB will check this email to receive/answer any questions so they should be your first point of contact.  

If you have any questions, please contact Jonelle Delk at [email protected]


Ice Cream Social: 9/16/22

Ice Cream Social Flyer
Ice Cream Social Flyer — View as PDF

Seth Boyden PTA Presents…

Ice Cream Social

September 16, 2022 / 6:00-7:30pm

Seth Boyden Back Yard

Pizza and ice cream available for $2 each

Bathrooms will not be accessible

Please consider volunteering to help make this a success! Sign up here.


PTA Welcome Newsletter

PTA Welcome Newsletter: View as PDF

Seth Boyden PTA Store

Buy one roll of Gift Wrap and SB gets $2!

Just a few of the many options!

Go to MemberHub to start shopping!! An SB PTA member tested it out for quality control – it arrived within a week (ok it’s not Amazon) and was of superior quality (NOT flimsy).

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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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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


We Stand Against AAPI Hate

Stop AAPI Hate Image via

As a PTA, we see and acknowledge the pain and anger that so many of our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) families and community members are feeling after the murder of Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng in Atlanta and the increasing anti-Asian racism and violence that people of Asian descent are experiencing.

We stand in solidarity with our AAPI families and community members. We stand against racism, xenophobia, bias, and prejudice in all forms and are deeply committed to equity and social and racial justice.

Please click here to read a letter written by Dr. Mia Charlene White, a local Black woman of African American and Korean descent who organizes with SOMA Justice, in association with our local community and co-signed by many local groups and residents including South Orange Village President Sheena Collum and Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee. It contains valuable resources for working in solidarity to dismantle white supremacy and stop AAPI hate.

To read the South Orange Maplewood School District’s Statement on Violence Against AAPI Community, click here.

For advice and resources for how to talk to children about anti-Asian violence, click here.

For resources from Stop AAPI Hate, click here.

For books featuring AAPI children and other BIPOC representation, please visit AsianLitforKids’ Bookshop by clicking here.

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Black History Month in Music

In celebration of Black History Month, Ms. Van Doornik, our music teacher, re-introduced students to Seth Boyden’s unofficial school song, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”

Click here for the rendition from Kirk Franklin that Ms. Van Doornik shared with her classes, which was followed by the students singing it themselves.

Ask your child to sing it for you!

This printable, to honor the impact of music in Black culture, is courtesy of Ditto Kids magazine, an anti-racism magazine for kids. The printable is great for both coloring and expanding on the meaning of this important and powerful song with your children.

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Winter Nature Activities

From Seth Boyden Garden Teacher Ms. Tuohy:

Birdseed Cookies

Yummy treats for our winter bird friends!

  • Mix unflavored gelatin with boiling water.
  • Use 2 or 3 tablespoons of gelatin to a cup of water, stir until dissolved. 
  • Stir in birdseed until the liquid is mixed through and the birdseed is wet but not in a puddle.
  • Place the mixture inside a greased cookie cutter or muffin tin.
  • Place a straw in each seed cookie to create the hole for hanging the seed cookie. 
  • Let chill for a few hours before releasing the cookies from the molds.
  • Hang on trees for feathered friends to enjoy!

Read The Snow Tree by Caroline Repchuk to find how other creatures have brought color and gifts to the winter whiteness.

For more information, visit One Little Project – Bird Seed Ornaments.

Snow Scene/Art

Fill an aluminum pan with snow. Using items from home, build a scene and tell a story. Add paint or food coloring if you wish.

Animal Tracking

Visit our Seth Boyden Garden to see who has been checking on the garden and missing us!


Harvest Fest is Saturday!

Seth Boyden Harvest Festival 2017
Our Harvest Fest is on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 12-4 pm. You don’t want to miss this great event for the whole family! Get ready to enjoy:

  • Pumpkin and fairy house decorating
  • Bouncy house
  • Outdoor games with Seth Boyden’s own Mr. Messenio and Mr. Sousa
  • A cupcake contest and bake sale
  • Hot dogs, chili, cider, candy apples and more!
  • Local vendors offering lots of great community information

We need all hands on deck to make this event a success, so sign up to help out today! Contact Sabena Khan with questions: (917) 450-9999 or [email protected].


School Picture Make-Ups / Retakes on Dec. 12

Did your child miss the original photo day? You can still order photos online before Dec. 12 at with Picture ID AL208190Q1, or stop by school and grab a photo form, then send it in with a check on Dec. 12.

Did your child get a photo on the original day, but it includes closed eyes, bad hair, a weird expression, and/or snot? In that case, you can get a retake. Just send your child to school on Dec. 12 with the package that those photos were delivered in. The photographer will scan the package to get all the information needed.

Questions? Email [email protected] or reach out to our contact at Lifetouch Photography, [email protected]


Meeting to Discuss Facilities and Integration Plans

Our school district is considering a major reconfiguration to address overcrowding, segregation and facility issues. This plan, which you can read about in the Village Green, will be discussed at a series of community meetings with Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Ficarra over the next several weeks.

The Seth Boyden community is encouraged to attend the meeting scheduled at our school on Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30pm. If you can’t make it Wednesday, see the other dates listed below. This plan could have a major impact on our students’ educational future, so please attend and make your voice heard!


meeting to discuss facilities and integration plan