Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The mythology unit concluded with puppet shows
Jefferson fourth graders showed what they know about mythology. The students wrote scripts, created miniature scenery, and hand-crafted puppets to tell stories of the bold and the brave. The shows were performed in the school library for an enthusiastic crowd of families and school faculty. Jefferson students will continue to learn about mythology with a SpiritTree visit. The multi-media art project will focus on Homer's Odyssey.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Profeta to hold talks with more neighbors; school district considering granting easement.
Fred Profeta, the former Maplewood Mayor, local philanthropist and green activist, is moving ahead with plans to develop a pocket park in a small wooded area behind Jefferson School. He first presented the idea at a January Township Committee meeting, offering to pay $20,000 of the costs of designing and building the park, which he estimates will total roughly $40,000. Profeta told Patch recently that Jefferson Principal Susan Grierson is "very enthusiastic" about the plan, as is the Maplewood Garden Club, which wants to "play a big role." The idea has met with some controversy from neighbors in the area. Profeta said he plans to meet with a group of Brook Lane neighbors March 3. Before the idea moves ahead, Profeta would have to obtain…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Flags are at half-staff this week to honor the victims in Newtown, Conn.
In the wake of Newtown, Conn. shootings, flags fly at half-staff this week across the state. This is a photo of the flag in front of Jefferson School.
Recap of Township Committee's final meeting of 2012.
Tuesday night's meeting of the Maplewood Township Committee, the last of 2012, featured a packed agenda. Here is a brief recap of some of the key votes and discussion items:
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Join the celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
From the Jefferson School community: Jefferson School cordially invites you to join us in our celebration of International Walk to School Day! Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Time: 7:50 AM Place: Orchard Park on DeHart Road, Maplewood Please join the staff, students and parents from Jefferson School in our eleventh annual celebration of International Walk to School Week. We will convene as a school at Orchard Park on De Hart Road in Maplewood beginning at 7:50 AM and begin our “walking school bus” to Jefferson School at 8:05 AM.We hope you can join our celebration! RSVP: Karen Kingsley at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit the Walk to School website.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The tradition sees the fifth graders waved out by the school
With smiles for the camera, hugs for the teachers, and a backward glance, Jefferson School's fifth graders said farewell to elementary school. Likewise, the student body, teachers, staff and parents wished the "Class of 2012" well by gathering in front of the building to "clap out" the kids. Good luck in middle school!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Camp will be held at South Mountain Annex this summer instead of Jefferson.
Patch received the following letter from the South Mountain YMCA: Hi Sports Galore Parents, We have been informed by the Board of Education that after several summers at Jefferson Elementary School our Sports Galore camp will have to move to a different school this summer. This is due, among other things, to asbestos abatement at other schools which necessitated consolidating and moving other district summer school programs to Jefferson. The Board has moved us to South Mountain Annex Elementary School at 112 Glenview Road, South Orange. Interestingly this is where we started Sports Galore camp and where it spent its first few years. We hope that since the Annex school is not very far from Jefferson that it does not present any additional…
Friday, March 9, 2012
Schools are finding it as easy as ABC ...or more aptly, CATCH.
Yes, you can teach kids to eat cauliflower. That’s what is happening at Jefferson Elementary School, where a movement to bring healthy foods into public schools was first introduced in New Jersey. “This place will get a lot of attention,” said Judy LoBianco, the district’s supervisor of physical education, nursing services and health, who told student journalists at Jefferson how CATCH (an acronym for Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is now catching on as a model throughout the nation for schools teaching kids to mind their peas and carrots. Similar programs are already in place at Seth Boyden and Clinton elementary schools. The young reporters said LoBianco was especially excited about the project because kids as young as preschool …