CNTEAEDITION2Newsletter - Colts Neck Township Education
Inspiring Community Connections
Welcome to edition two of the CNTEA News! The beginning of the 2015-2016 school year was certainly
bustling with many wonderful opportunities provided by our CNTEA members! Let’s take a stroll down
memory lane and celebrate the beginning of a successful year!
In Our Schools
The halls are alive with the sound of music...
Congratulations Mrs. Cheryl Chandler, CRES
Instrumental Music Teacher!
Every Thursday instrumentalists from Mrs. Chandler’s advanced
band play in the hallways as students walk in the building.
Mrs. Chandler says, “Three years ago I decided I wanted to brighten the hallways with music. It
was such a hit that I then expanded to Wednesday mornings with the beginning band students
that following spring.” This venue allows for students to work on selections, outside of their
lesson assigned, and to display their musical talents. It has now become a tradition at CRES!
WE’RE “THANKFUL” FOR OUR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS!
It’s a CORNUCOPIA OF CUTENESS!
WOW! Give my regards to Broadway...AND Ms. Sylvia Nuegeboren and Ms. Pattie Alfieri! Ms.
Nuegeboren and Ms. Alfieri brought the Broadway out of our Kindergarten kids with “The First
Thanksgiving" on Monday, November 23rd. And what better way to celebrate a flawless
performance than a Thanksgiving feast with invited families, extended families, and younger
In December, our creative Kindergarten crew spread holiday cheer to our troops by creating
candy houses with candy donated by each student. All of the surplus gum and candy was
eagerly donated to and accepted by our troops! Special thanks to active military mom, Mrs.
Spreading happiness one card at a time..
Congratulations to CDMS
teacher Lauren Quigley
Ms. Quigley spearheaded the
campaign. Safyre Terry, 8
years old, suffered burns to 75% of
her body during the May 2013 arson
in Schenectady, NY that claimed the
lives of her entire family. Thanks to
Ms. Quigley’s efforts, we gathered
65 Christmas cards for Safyre.
Nothing makes us happier than when our students apply what we’ve taught them to the
community around them. KUDOS Grade 5 team for achieving just that!
In our fifth grade literacy classes, we have been reading books that deal with homelessness. As a
result of these touching books, we have decided that there are things we can do as a school
community to help! We can be a part of Scholastic’s Pajama Drive!
INI MINI-GRANT GREATNESS!
CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Nancy Plumfield!Ms. Plumfield has been awarded a PTO minigrant
affording her the opportunity to expose her 4th and 5th grade students to some real world
professional experiences. Ms. Plumfield’s students
fill out grant applications and, if awarded, are
allotted up to $10 per student for them to buy an item from one of Ms. Plumfield’s science
catalogs. Students may work in pairs and receive up to $20.
Students take on the responsibility of learning about the science behind their item and have the
opportunity to showcase their knowledge during a Mini-mini Science Expo on an evening in
February. Students do all their experimentation and studying within school hours either during
their recess time or during PLO time. It is a wonderfully enriching way to encourage students
interested in science who want to above and beyond.
Ms. Plumfield received enough money to award as many as 40 mini-mini grants! This is the 2nd
year of these special grants. Special thanks to our generous PTO! Stay tuned for the outcome of
these awesome mini- mini grants!
Service Learning at its BEST!
KUDOS Mrs. Michele
Rogers and Mrs. Kristin
homeroom organized a drive to
collect various items for Ronald
McDonald House of Long
Branch. Mrs. Rogers and Mrs.
Manners coordinated with The
Ronald McDonald House to craft
a list of items from the
organization's wish list and
guided students as they created
posters to get the word out about their collection. Students collected items such as plastic
baggies, napkins, soup, and hot chocolate. The staff at Ronald McDonald House was thrilled
with the donations!
SNOW MUCH FUN!
We hope you had SNOW MUCH FUN at our
CNTEA community social! Special thanks to
Señora Karin Londoño
for spearheading this
amazing event and all
of our CNTEA
members who showed
their Colts Neck staff
pride by organizing
and running this
event! We hope you
had as much fun with us as we did with you!
Above- families and staff members enjoying music and crafts. At right- Ms. Laura Pavlicek em-cees
the event Below- some of our fantastic CNTEA members take a quick break for a photo.
Education at its BEST!
We’ve got GAME!
GO TEAM! On
January 26th the
hit the court
with our CN
to all of our
hearts out and
had a lot of fun
Top from left: Vinnie Dellano, Jeff Pringle, Sarah Campbell, Tricia Barr, Jennabeth Curran,
Ryan White, Debbie Tarby, Lauren Hums, Merri Milano, Melissa Jones, Colin Rigby
Bottom from left: Jim Osmond, Tm Wonaszek, Hope Delia, BJ Willis
WE’VE GOT SPIRIT, YES WE DO!
Pep rallies at Cedar Drive are a big deal! Awesome music, team and activity introductions, and student and staff competitions have made the winter pep rally at Cedar a highly anticipated school community event! Above: Mr. Trigani pumps up the crowd during his ping pong match with an
8th grade student! At right: The CNTS mascot, The Colts pumps up the crowd!
LIP SYNC GREATNESS!
Where else would you find teachers who would dress like Disney princesses and 80s rock stars to
compete in the ultimate lip sync battle at the winter pep rally? Well
To pump up upcoming Student Council events, the
teachers of Cedar took to the stage to wow the Cedar
community! They set the bar high and entertained all in
attendance! Staff members volunteered to choreograph
their performances and spent several afternoons
rehearsing to get it juuuuust right! Special thanks to our
Sean Blessing, Jennabeth Curran,
Jessica Grippaldi, Krystyna Hubbard, Courtney Katz,
Tim Makaro, Wilson Nuñez, and Carrie Sullivan.
Mr. Blessing & Mr. Makaro
“thaw” the audience with their
epic performance of “Love is an Open Door” from Disney’s Frozen.
You’ve gotta love our staff!
“Who Run the World”?
Mrs. Grippaldi, Ms. Curran, Mrs. Katz, and
From Rick Astley to Vanilla Ice and Beyonce, these
ladies rocked the house!
SAVE THE DATE:
Board of Education Meetings: March 2nd, March 16th, April 6th, April 20th -
All meetings begin at at 7:00 p.m. at the
Administration Building, 70 Conover Road, unless otherwise indicated.
Stay in the know and show your support for the staff that help make this school community great!
Stay tuned for dates and details for our
CNTEA Community Socials
March: We Are the World- Come Explore
May: Beat the Heat- S
upport Our Troops
Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.
Henry Brooks Adams I know that we’ve all wondered what amazing things our former students have accomplished or
pursued. Well, we have searched out that information for you and have discovered that….
Our alumni think we’re a pretty big
deal! CDMS Class of 2014’s Lauren
Feaster took time from her hectic
academic schedule to enter Grade 8
Social Studies teacher Andrew
Czerwinski in the Thunder 106.3 School Spirit Awards contest! Listeners can
submit a story about a teacher that has gone above and beyond to improve
the lives of children and the future. Each month the radio station selects the
best one. We’re not surprised at all! Our “Mr. C.” is the best!
Interested in having your alumnus featured? Please forward a current photo and brief biography to Ms. Carrie
The CNTEA offers its sincerest condolences to the McAleer family on the loss of
their daughter, Colts Neck Township Schools alumnus, Kayla McAleer. Kayla, a
sophomore at The University of Florida, left an indelible mark on all whom she
encountered. Her former teachers and staff will always remember her for her
sense of humor, talent, and altruism.
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