Schools Closed for Fall Break | 11/2-11/6

11/1/2020 1:21 pm

Just a reminder that there is NO SCHOOL Monday, November 2- Friday, November 6 for SOMSD Fall Break. All District Buildings are closed. There are no Grab and Go Lunches during this time period. 

Have a safe and enjoyable break! 

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Pumpkin Coloring Contest Winners

10/30/2020 3:17 pm

PUMPKIN COLORING CONTEST WINNERS

Congratulations to the 2020 Pumpkin Coloring Contest Winners! Spookiest - Stephanie Kleinbaum (4th grade Gaffney/Kwarta)  Funniest - Henry Wojciechowski (3rd grade- Demartinis), Most Creative - Maggie Feder (5th grade- Gussis) and Overall Favorite - Beckett Ray - (4th grade Harris). 

To view all the pumpkins submitted, click here.

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SOMSD School Reopening Postponed to January 19

10/30/2020 11:52 am

Dear SOMSD Family,

We hope this correspondence finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. As we shared late last week, a facility walkthrough and review of some of our schools resulted in some concerning discoveries as it relates to our ventilation upgrades.

We were unable to provide more specificity at the time because a detailed investigation of the concerns was needed.  After a thorough review, our investigation revealed that while much work towards our reopening was completed (removal of carpet, installation of hand sanitizer stations, mitigation signage, plexiglass installation, etc.) an important component was not completed despite having been verified as successfully finalized. We are aware that sharing this information may create additional concerns among our staff/families, however, in this case, we believe transparency is vital in earning our community’s confidence.  We are unable to provide details related to personnel matters; however, please know that we hold our administration to the highest level of accountability and integrity, as we view ourselves as servant leaders to our community. We also preface this message by acknowledging responsibility in our chain of command including oversight that ultimately ends with me as the Chief School Administrator/Superintendent of Schools.

Specifically, during our October 19, Board of Education meeting, after verification from our Facilities Department lead, we shared that our univents (unit-ventilation boxes in each classroom) had been updated with filters with a Merv 16 rating.  Unfortunately, our extensive inspection and investigation revealed that this was simply not true.  Filters were not installed as had been reported throughout all District classrooms.  In fact, the vendor was not contacted until after verification paperwork was submitted to the District. In order to prepare for students/staff to return to our buildings, every uninvent (approximately 1000) will need to be reviewed and reassessed to ensure all units have been updated; additionally, the univents are only capable of using a filter with a maximum Merv 8 rating.

We have had extensive conversations with our vendor and have been informed that the filters are inexpensive and can be quickly installed once received.  However, as you can imagine, the filters that we seek are in great demand.  Our vendor believes we can complete our project, which also includes repairing motors and blowers in each univent as needed, in between six-to-eight weeks.  Please remember that the repair/replacement of our HVAC systems is a part of our planned district-wide construction improvement project.

To that end, the estimated timing of this work resets our potential reopening, which will now take place on approximately January 19. The preparation timeline for this reopening will also include action steps that ensure increased monitoring and communication of our progress. Given the upcoming holidays and the difficulties many are facing (and will face due to staff quarantines), this date also allows for personal quarantining for any in our school community who travel for the winter break without the need for substitutes and the accompanying disruption to educational services.

We will also be closing our return to school parental survey and relaunching it at a date closer to our opening (prior to winter break).  All parents will have the opportunity to resubmit their hybrid/virtual preference at a time much closer to our reopening. Additionally, our Academic Town Hall events will be rescheduled to December.

As we have stated repeatedly, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we are prepared to be nimble during a time that is more fluid than ever. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Educationally yours

Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, Superintendent of Schools

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5th Grade Virtual Dance Party 10/30

10/26/2020 1:17 pm

5th Grade Virtual Dance Party|10/30

Save the Date! Friday, October 30, 6:30pm is the 5th Grade Virtual Dance Party!

Join DJ Lou as he spins your favorite tunes. Get your SWAG, hang out with friends, be highlighted as a spotlight dancer!

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Sign up for Mini-Recess

10/26/2020 1:10 pm

Sign up here for this week's minirecess offerings organized by grade. Please note that individual class meet-ups will be organized by Class Captains. 

There are 10 spots available per recess. Please sign-up so we can keep the numbers reasonable. Have your child wear Jefferson's spirit wear or anything red or black, if possible, so kids will be able to find each other at the playground.

As always, masks (and proper mask wearing) and parent supervision are required.  Bring your own water, hand sanitizer, etc. If there is inclement weather, assume the event is canceled and sign up for another.

For questions, please contact Marian Carboy at mcarboy@gmail.com.

 

 

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Town Hall Postponed 10/26

10/26/2020 1:09 pm

Town Hall Meeting POSTPONED, October 26, 7:30pm

The Virtual Town Hall Meeting to discuss Return to School Plans has been POSTPONED. Click here to view Superintendent Dr. Taylor's update to the community. Stay tuned for rescheduled meeting dates and information. 

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BOE Meeting to share Fall Reopening Plans

10/18/2020 10:03 am

BOE Meeting Monday, October 19, 7:30pm

Please tune in Monday, October 19 at 7:30pm for Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor's comprehensive presentation for the Fall Reopening Plans. 

Join By Computer / Smartphone: somsd.k12.nj.us/webmeeting
Meeting ID: 173 376 2021 | Meeting PW: RTS2021

Join By Phone:
Telephone Number: 408-418-9388
Meeting ID: 173 376 2021| Meeting PW: 7872021 from phones

To gauge where our District families currently stand, we are sending a revised version of the "Return to School Preference Form" sent in August 2020. Please return with your preferences by WednesdayOctober 28 at 6pm.

PreK - 8 “Return to School Preference” Form: https://bit.ly/3lRg2dU

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Pumpkin Coloring Contest

10/18/2020 9:16 am

PUMPKIN COLORING CONTEST

The Jefferson pumpkin coloring contest is back! This year's categories are: FunniestSpookiestMost Creative and Overall Favorite. Click here to print out a blank pumpkin template to color.

Please send your  finished pumpkins to pumpkin@jefferson-pta.org by Sunday, October 25. Include your name, grade and teacher in the email.  Voting will take place 10/26-10/30.

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Order Your 5th Grade Sweatshirts by 10/16

10/15/2020 11:33 am

5th Grade 2028

The Jefferson 5th Grade Sweatshirt is here! You can purchase online until Friday, October 16. Click here for more information and to order.

 

Questions? Contact Jaclyn Spoerel at jacdes79@yahoo.com

 

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Back to School Night | 9/22, 7:00pm

9/20/2020 9:36 am

Please join us on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 for Back to School Night! As customary on Back to School Night, students will attend a 4 hour day. School hours on Tuesday, 9/22 will be 8:30 am-12:30 pm.  

Our Back to School Night will begin at 7 PM. Your child's classroom teacher will share with you details for joining their virtual presentations. 

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