Sunday, March 3, 2013
Martha B. Day School celebrated 100 days of school by learning about the North Jersey Community Animal Shelter.
Much can be accomplished in 100 days as students of the Martha B. Day School proved when the kids collected 615 items to be donated to the North Jersey Community Animal Shelter, in Bloomingdale, during their first 100 days of school. The donation drive was held in celebration of the 100th day of the 2012-13 school year on Feb. 14 and led by kindergarten teacher Erika Chapman. Kids in grades pre-k through first grade collected the items. "We collect the donations for the 100th day of school with the goal of hoping to meet 100 items and we collected 615," Chapman said. Items collected include pet toys, blankets, cat and dog food, cleaning supplies for the shelter and more. The students also got to know Cocoa, a dog being sheltered, and Ray, …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Martha B. Day School principal said school took precautionary measures.
The Martha B. Day School was evacuated Tuesday morning because of a smell of gas in the school, Principal Cheryl Mallen said. Mallen said a few pilot lights had gone out in the kitchen after the four-day weekend and the school was evacuated as a precaution. Public Service Energy and Gas (PSE&G) was called to the school to light the pilots and a plumber was also called to check on the situation. No injuries were reported in the incident. The students were out of the building for about 10 minutes.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Students, parents will participate in activities to learn about disabilities and having respect for others.
Bloomingdale students will gather with their parents and peers to learn about disabilities that may affect their classmates and treating each other with respect during a celebration of the district's "Day of Acceptance." The event, which will be held on Feb. 26 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Samuel R. Donald School gym, hopes to encourage students who have disabilities to embrace who they are, educate others about disabilities and empower all students to reach their goals in life, according to a press release. "Both day and evening activities are planned to reach students and adults alike so that we can be united in this important mission," the release said. Students will experience simulation stations during the day to catch a glimpse of …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
District hopes to implement Everyday Mathematics in kindergarten and second grade next school year.
Bloomingdale Public Schools’ new first grade math program has been “outstanding” so far, receiving accolades from both parents and teachers, according to Martha B. Day School principal Cheryl Mallen. Mallen discussed the success Martha B. Day has had so far with Everyday Mathematics, a comprehensive pre-K through sixth grade mathematics curriculum that encourages continuous learning through routine and games, during Monday’s board of education meeting. The program, which the principal said is “being done in all the best districts,” has grown in popularity over the past decade. “We want to see how they do this year without putting too much pressure on them but having them think mathematically at higher levels,” Mallen said. Mallen explained…
Monday, October 1, 2012
Students showcase a month of learning about Monarch butterflies for parents and friends.
Monday, October 1, 2012
The first grade students at the Martha B. Day School, in Bloomingdale, just culminated a month of study of the Monarch butterfly. They studied the life cycle and observed the states of their life cycle. The first graders have been learning about the Monarch butterfly throughout the month of September. Friday, the annual Butterfly Parade celebration was complete, as the children shared information and sang songs before releasing the butterflies so they could begin their journey to Mexico! Information provided by Martha B. Day School Principal Cheryl Mallen. If you have something you'd like to announce to the community, upload it here.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Board member said cost to merge Martha B. Day and Samuel R. Donald schools may be higher than to keep the schools separate.
Shrinking the Bloomingdale school district may grow the costs of operation, according to a Bloomingdale Public Schools Board of Education member. The board has been talking for several years about conducting a cost analysis on whether closing the Samuel R. Donald School (SRD) and expanding the Martha B. Day School to accomodate the SRD children would be beneficial. The topic came up again at Tuesday night's board meeting while the board was discussing district projects that are in need of engineering services. Board Member Cathy Gurbisz inquired about a committee she is on to examine the feasibility of the SRD closure, which she said has barely met so far. Serving as the liaison to the board's Committee on Finance, Physical Plant and …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Bloomingdale school employees said they smelled smoke coming from nearby residence.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Bloomingdale police and fire officials were dispatched to a Heather Lane home where a resident was burning brush Tuesday after Martha B. Day School employees said they saw smoke and smelled burning. According to police, the Borough of Bloomingdale has an ordinance that bans open fires in the borough. Police responded at about 9:30 a.m. after the employees said they smelled something burning from a residence near the parking lot. The resident was asked to extinguish the fire. Police said the resident agreed not to burn again after being given a verbal warning.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Students create backdrop, props for upcoming play.
Martha B. Day School first graders got to spend some time with two international artists creating scenery and props to be used in their upcoming play, "E-I-E-I-Oops" after receiving a $5,000 grant from the Arts Council of the Morris Area. The school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was responsible for obtaining the grant for the school. Through the grant, called the Keefauver Residency Award, artists Carol Hendrickson and Marco Giammetti, who together call themselves Spiritree, worked with the students for one hour a day every day for two weeks. The students created the items to be used in the play with paper mache and recycled materials and sponge-painted large boards to be used as backdrops. Giammetti and Hendrickson live in Italy but…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Budget amount and tax rate not yet determined.
After submitting their preliminary budget to the Passaic County superintendent before the March 5 deadline, the Bloomingdale Board of Education has already begun making some of the changes the county requested, according to Bloomingdale Public Schools Business Administrator George Hagl. Hagl said since the county has requested changes, a total budget number and the tax rate figures are not yet available. However, Hagl was able to comment on some things included in the 2012-2013 school year budget. "We're going to be addressing some of our building needs," Hagl said. Several capital projects will be included, as discussed at the board's Feb. 9 meeting. Those projects include roof and underground repairs to the Samuel R. Donald School, …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Parents spoke out against program last week.
A controversial recess program at the Martha B. Day School that featured structured recess for two out of five days each week has been overturned coming off the heels of parents voicing concern at last Tuesday’s Bloomingdale Board of Education meeting. The program, which was devised by Principal Cheryl Mallen and the school’s physical education department, featured structured, supervised activities and games, such as "Red light-Green light," hula hoops, "Switcheroo" and "Spud" in assigned groups. “They initiated a new playground program (in November) to see if it could help eliminate some of the little first aid problems that came up. It wasn’t as organized when you had the free play and they wanted to prevent any minor little problems …