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Arts Grants PTA Stepping

New Jersey Council on the Arts Grant Helps Seth Boyden Step it Up!

Seth Boyden Stepping it Up!

Even during a very challenging year for students, teachers and administration, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Young Audiences Arts for Learning New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania has helped Seth Boyden Elementary Demonstration School find joy and dance into summer on a high note.

Seth Boyden received an Artists in Education grant for $10,000 from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Young Audiences Arts for Learning New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania for an artist-in-residence program bringing the dance art form of African American stepping to the Seth Boyden third graders.  The two professional artists ­— Quynn Johnson and Ryan Johnson — are with SOLE Defined, a BIPOC-led dance company that uses dance to educate and foster creativity. Ms. Quynn and Mr. Ryan have focused on the emergence of stepping within African American culture in the early twentieth century, particularly within the “Divine Nine,” the nine Historically Black Greek-Letter Organizations (HBGLOs) that originated at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This history resonates strongly with the many African American students at Seth Boyden, some of whose family members are alumnae/i of HBGLOs and HBCUs, and with third-grade teacher Rahmiece Lawson, an HGBLO alumna.

Principal Shannon Glander, Assistant Principal Sheila Murphy, and third-grade teacher Rosemary Connell formed part of the Steering Committee for the grant, as did Seth Boyden PTA President Elizabeth Leonard Evangelista, PTA Assemblies Coordinator Susanna Einstein, and former PTA Development Officer Alison Poe. Dr. Poe was also responsible for coordinating the program with this year’s district Covid guidelines and making sure everyone was able to participate, which has been invaluable. Ms. Connell says the program has been very engaging and “helps a lot of kids who may be losing interest after all the remote learning.”

Twice a week, for the past eight weeks, students have explored fundamental step moves as well as the basic historical and cultural background of the art form with Ms. Quynn and Mr. Ryan, whether online or in person. Anaaya Ahmed, a third grader, says that she especially loves learning about the different kinds of claps and the Greek alphabet. She says the program is “fun, educational, and tiring.” Manuel Perez, another third grader says, “It was really fun learning stepping with my friends.  I hope everyone has the same experience next year.”

As the program’s culminating event, the third graders performed a stepping dance they co-choreographed with SOLE Defined: the Seth Boyden School Spirit Dance, a gift to the school that will be handed down as a lasting legacy. In-person students performed the dance live (masked and socially distanced) in the Outdoor Learning Center for the fourth graders; at-home learners contributed solo performances of the dance to a forthcoming video about the residency.  A live performance by the Columbia High School Infinite Step Team concluded the outdoor show, which will also feature in the video. When the Infinite Step Team completed their routine, captain Eartha West asked the third and fourth graders if they wanted to join the squad once they got to high school, and a score of hands shot into the air.

The Seth Boyden community is very grateful to this dedicated Steering Committee and The Artists in Education Residency Grant Program, now in its forty-eighth year. The residency is a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Young Audiences Arts for Learning New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania in partnership with regional New Jersey arts organizations, including Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus, Count Basie Center for the Arts, and Morris Arts.

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Fundraising PTA

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: https://workman.com/sbpta

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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Garden Picture Day PTA School Volunteer Opportunities

School Picture Day June 7 & 8

School Photos are coming June 7 & 8! — REGISTER TODAY

When: June 7 & 8 (your child’s teacher will email you the day closer to picture day)

Where: In the garden at Seth Boyden

Register: Use this link https://bit.ly/3eV2o98 (password Sethboyden21) to register by June 6

IMPORTANT: Remember you need to register for your child(ren) to be photographed even if the photos are being taken during the school day. When registering, please use the full name your child used to register for school (ex: use “James,” not “Jimmie”)

Volunteers needed!

Please sign up if you can help with the school picture days of June 7 & 8

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E044EAAAD22AAFD0-picture

We are so excited to be able to offer individual student portraits this year! … In our gorgeous, blooming Seth Boyden garden!

In-person students will be photographed during school hours.

All families who have remained virtual will be able to come in the afternoon for photos if they wish by signing up for a time slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044eaaad22aafd0-school

(Group class photos will not be offered this year.)

All in-person students are photographed. If you do not place an order by June 6 you will receive a proof. You can then place an order using the proof information provided. Please note: there will be a $7 shipping fee for orders placed after picture day.

More information about the photographer Peter Collura is on the attached flier. 

CDC guidelines to ensure a safe picture day include: working outdoors, social distance from students and staff, masks on photographers, and sanitizing picture area as needed. 

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PTA Seth Boyden News

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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We Stand Against AAPI Hate

Stop AAPI Hate Image via https://stopaapihate.org/

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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Garden Outdoor Learning Center School

Nature Activity: I Spy Nature

From Mrs. Tuohy:

“Dear Families, 

Hooray! We started our seeds for our spring and summer garden this week! I will keep you posted on their progress. 

Ready for a little I Spy Nature game? 

I Spy Nature in the Seth Boyden Garden…

  • things that are decomposing
  • a pollinator
  • seeds with space
  • food for birds
  • a flower head from our 2020 garden
  • something ready to burst color
  • a sign that winter is ending
  • a tool for the soil
  • a seed that flies
  • a natural spiral
  • a seed pod
  • a fruit with vitamin C
  • a root for eating

Play with your children and make up some of your own clues. Create your own I Spy Nature Tray. I wonder what you will find outside your door? 

I am challenging myself to learn a new bird call with students each week this spring. Today we listened to the Northern Cardinal. You can hear it here by clicking here

Fourth-grader Callum Catts suggested we learn the Blue Jay and Mourning Dove next! Make sure you hear his Mourning Dove imitation if you see him around! 

Lots of love and happy snow melting! 

Mrs. Tuohy” 

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Black History Month Seth Boyden News

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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Black History Month Uncategorized

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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Community Building Seth Boyden News

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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School District Seth Boyden News

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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Garden Holidays Outdoor Learning Center School Seth Boyden News

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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Garden Outdoor Learning Center School Uncategorized

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!

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Community Building PTA Seth Boyden News SOMA Shares

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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Book Fair Book Giveaway Community Building SOMA Shares

SOMA Shares Book Giveaway Day

Hundreds of books were given out at the SOMA Shares Book Giveaway Day on Sunday 11/29, in the St. Joseph’s Church parking lot in Maplewood. Sunny skies, mild temperatures, and many volunteers helped make the day a great success! Families from the South Orange/Maplewood community came out to “shop” for books and get their home libraries stocked for winter. A special shout out goes to our Seth Boyden Spanish teacher, Señor Carberry, for providing musical accompaniment for the Book Giveaway and to our librarian, Mrs. Poutre, for helping to organize books by theme and reading level. Everyone was also happy to see Mrs. Connell and Mrs. Friedrich who were getting books for their students. We are grateful for all the Seth Boyden families who volunteered their time and especially the organizers, Shannon Kirk and Anna Herbst. Axel and Kim Takács helped secure the space for us and The Good Bottle Refill Shop provided hand sanitizer for the event!

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Community Building Seth Boyden News Social Work

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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Book Giveaway Community Building SOMA Shares

SOMA Shares Book Giveaway Day

Books for all, all books are free! From board books to young adult books. Come refresh your student’s at-home library.

All Pre-K through 12 students are invited to join us for the best kind of book fair: FREE! 

Sunday, November 29th

10 am-2 pm

At St. Joseph’s Church outdoor parking lot (between Franklin & Hilton), 767 Prospect Street, Maplewood

Volunteers needed for set-up, during the event, and clean-up shifts. Contact kirk.debriere@gmail.com if interested in volunteering.

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Garden Outdoor Learning Center School Seth Boyden News

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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General PTA School SOMA YMCA

YMCA Food Distribution – Oct 23 and Oct 30

In partnership with Seashore Produce, the South Mountain YMCA is distributing free food boxes on Friday, Oct 23, and Friday, Oct 30.  

Limited availability – first come, first served.

Pick up begins at 1 pm at Seth Boyden.

Pick up instructions:

  • Use the school’s circular driveway
  • Pop your trunk open
  • Do not get out of your car
  • Staff will load box
  • Masks required

If you don’t have a vehicle, please email sbnews@sethboyden.com and the PTA will connect you with a volunteer driver. 

For information in Spanish – click here

For information in Creole – click here

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Achieve Foundation Garden Newsletter School Seth Boyden News

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.
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PTA Seth Boyden News SOMA Shares

SOMA Shares Book Giveaway Day

SOMA Shares Book Giveaway Day Flyer

SOMA Shares is thrilled to announce our first book giveaway day! 

All students from pre-K through 12th grade are invited to join us for the best kind of book fair: FREE! 

When: Saturday, Oct 10, 11am-4pm (rain date: Oct 18)

Where: St Joseph’s Church, 767 Prospect Street, Maplewood (parking lot between Franklin & Hilton)

What: Free children’s books for readers of all ages and stages

This event needs volunteers to make it a success! If you can help set up, help out during the giveaway, or clean up, then please sign up by clicking here 

SOMA Shares will also be accepting donations onsite. Please wear your masks and respect social distancing!