We have reached the final month of the school year. This is a month of celebrations and heartfelt goodbyes. As you know, our incoming Kindergarten and 1st grade classes will be moving to the Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School starting next year. We leave New Egypt Primary School with over a decade of wonderful memories and a sense of immense pride for the small roles we played in helping to nurture our youngest learners. I want to thank each and every past and present teacher, administrator, Board of Education member, paraprofessional, school employee, volunteer, and parent for making New Egypt Primary School a happy, exciting, and wonderful place to learn and grow.
With that being said, we are so happy for the next stage of our journey: joining the incredible staff of the Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School. Principal Mr. Therien and his dedicated staff have been exceedingly helpful and welcoming already. We are excited for what lies ahead and how this change will help our students and school district reach new heights. Hard work and preparation for the move to the elementary school is well underway. Our Buildings and Grounds department has been hard at work getting classrooms at the elementary school ready to move into. Planning meetings related to resources, technology, and the logistics of the move are ongoing, and we will be ready to start the 2017-18 school year in our new classrooms.
To prepare our students for the move, we will be holding our Elementary School Orientation on June 6, 2017. On this day, our current Kindergarten and 1st Grade students will take a bus ride with me and the teachers to the elementary school. We will be greeted by Mr. Therien and the 2nd Grade teachers to take a tour of the elementary school to get our students acclimated to their new surroundings. We are looking forward to this very exciting day!
Our preschool classes will remain in the New Egypt Primary School next year. With the restructuring of the two buildings, New Egypt Primary School is excited to announce that our preschool related arts program will be replaced with a 40 minute period where our full day preschool students will engage in exploratory, play-based, multidisciplinary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Mathematics) activities that are interactive, fun and age appropriate. Before care and aftercare services for our preschool students will still be provided by NEEDS. To make drop off easier for parents, before and after care for all students, preschool included, will be housed at the Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School starting in the 2017-18 school year. Students who take advantage of before care will be bused from the elementary school to the primary school daily. There are still openings available for preschool for next year, so please contact the main office if you are interested.
Although there are many end of the year events in May and June, meaningful instruction and important assessments are ongoing this month. End of year math, reading, and phonics assessments at all grade levels are being completed. These assessment results will be reflected in the June report cards and progress reports. These reports on student achievement will be issued to parents on our last day of school, June 16, 2017. We thank you for the role you have played throughout the year in being our partners in your student’s educational success. The growth we have seen in our students is mind-boggling!
Kindergarten screening was held during the week of May 22, and we thank all of the parents and students for participating. We had the pleasure of meeting our incoming Kindergarten class, and I can say with full confidence that they are an incredible group of boys and girls! We gained vital academic information during the screening process, and best of all, we got to meet a fun and eager group of students.
We sincerely thank the PTO for the educational field trips we had during the month of May. On May 3, our 1st grade students went to the Camden Aquarium. On May 12, our preschool students picked strawberries at DeWolf’s Farm. Last Friday our Kindergarten students went to the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We thank the PTO for their help with these awesome class trips!
On May 31, we held our annual Outdoor Day. We enjoyed the great weather and fun events together. Thank you to the volunteers and participants who helped, and we thank Mr. Wells, Mr. Curry, and Mrs. Williams for setting up and planning this event for our students, parents, and staff.
Our 1st grade class plays have begun, and the performances have been Hollywood worthy! Thank you for coming out and supporting our young thespians. This month we will also be holding our annual Preschool shows, our Kindergarten Picnic and our 1st Grade Movie Day. These are wonderful ways to help celebrate our accomplishments!
Our last day of school will be on June 16, 2017. There will be early dismissal days on June 14, 15, and 16.
In closing, I want to sincerely thank the teachers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, administration, parents, PTO, custodians, buildings and grounds personnel, and other school staff for making the primary school a magical place. It has been an honor watching our students learn and grow. As they say, it takes a village, and I am proud to have played a small part in an incredibly important and magical educational experience. We are proud of where we are and where we are going, and it would not have been made possible if not for the positive contributions of our greater school community.
Have a safe and fulfilling summer with your friends and families, and we will see you in September.