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October, 2017

Dear Switlik Families,

Welcome to October…….Fall is such a wonderful time of year!  Our students and staff have settled into established routines, and children are clearly aware of expectations and are immersed and engaged in learning.  It is hard to believe it’s October!  September was a busy month with Back to School Nights and our monthly PTN meeting.  October and November promises to be busy and exciting months as well!  The following dates are a few highlights from the calendar of October and November:

October 9th:                       School Closed for Students – In-Service Day for Staff

October 13th:                     School Spirit Day – Wear Green for Respect Day

October 16th-19th:            Book Fair

October 20th (please note date change): Fall Pictures

October 23rd-27th:            Red Ribbon Week

November 1st-3rd:             School Store

November 9th -10th:        School Closed

November 13th-16th:        Parent-Teacher Conferences/Shortened Days

November 13th-17th:        American Education Week

November 17th:                 School Spirit Day – Crazy Hat Day

November 23rd:                 Shortened Day

November 24th-25th:        School Closed

Please see below for further dates to remember from the PTN.

PTN News:  There are many ways you can get involved at school – check out our awesome PTN.  They do so much to support our school programs with your continuous generosity.  Please join us at our next PTN Meeting on Thursday, October 26th at 9:30 a.m. in the IMC.

Save the Dates:

KidStuff Books – Book orders are now overdue.  If you are not purchasing the book, you must return it to your child’s teacher.  Questions – contact Jessica Williams at

Yankee Candle Sale – Purchase your favorite scented candle as a holiday gift or for yourself now through October 13th.

Clothing Drive – Bring your unwanted clothing to Switlik on October 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Scholastic Book Fair Family Night – Thursday, October 19th from 6:00 -8:00 p.m.

Chipotle Night – Thursday, October 18th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. (by Kohl’s on Route 9 in Howell).  Portion of sales will be donated to the PTN.

PTN Fall Family Festival – Join us on Thursday, October 26th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.).  Switlik students should wear costumes to enter the costume contest parade.  Payment is due by Thursday, October 16th.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

McDonald’s Night – Wednesday, November 8th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. (County Line Road – Shoprite).  Portion of sales will be donated to the PTN.

An Evening in Wonderland:  Switlik’s PTN Gift Auction – Friday, November 17th.  We hope we can count on your support with a donation toward your class basket by October 15th.  Once lucky participating class will win a special prize!


Beginning Friday, October 20th, you can utilize the parent portal to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher at a time that works for you.

To do this, log into your Portal account and select the CONFERENCES tab at the top. Then, select the “Request a Conference’’ link.

Change the date on the window to the Week of November 14 and see what time slots are available for your child’s teacher. Once completed, you will see your reserved conference on the main page of the conferences tab. You can use this link to cancel or change the conference if you need to.

Please schedule your conference(s) by Friday, November 3rd!


Fall Harvest Day:  will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 31st.  In keeping with the spirit of fun, children may dress in costumes for the day.  Children who choose to participate should come to school dressed in their costumes and be prepared to remain in their costumes all day.  Please keep in mind that costumes should be comfortable, allow for children to move freely, and should NOT depict any sort of violence.  Masks may not be worn by children or adults visiting the building during the school day, and no fake weapons of any kind will be allowed.  Please plan to apply make-up at home.  Costumes must be school dress code appropriate. Your child’s teacher will be providing additional information on their class pages about classroom times and events. Kindergarten students will have a parade and songs in the gym.  The parade will be followed by a party in your child’s classroom. Please be cognizant of our entry procedures for our Fall Harvest Day Celebration:

  • Visitors will be limited to 1-2 visitors per student.
  • Visit the “New” Visitor Sign Up Genius Link on your teacher’s class page.
  • Please understand that if your name is not on the list, you may not be allowed t to enter the class party.
  • Each guest will receive a ticket that must be presented when you sign in with the receptionists.
  • Tickets are non-transferrable.
  • Please refrain from cell phone/camera use while visiting your child’s classroom. Not all parents have consented to have their children photographed.
  • Any student who plans on being signed out early by someone other than their parent/guardian, must be accompanied with a note stating permission.

 All guests planning to attend classroom celebrations are asked to park in the designated area outside of the gym entrance.  All guests are asked to enter and sign in with our receptionists located in the gym lobby.  It is district policy that a photo identification is presented to our reception area each and every time you enter our school.  Absolutely no one will be permitted to participate unless they are signed in and are presented with their visitor’s badge.  Your badge must be on you at all times while you are on school premises.  Children will not be permitted to be signed out to attend sibling parties in the building.  We discourage you from signing your child out after the Fall Harvest Celebrations, as there will be instructional time for the remainder of that day.


September Golden Book Award Winners : The Golden Book Award is awarded to a class in each grade level that has achieved the highest number of required steps read that month.  Congratulations to the following classes:

Kindergarten:      Mrs. Raucci’s Class

Grade One:         Ms. Contegiacomo’s Class

Grade Two:         Mrs. Fox’s Class

Grade Three:       Mrs. Ackerman’s Class

Grade Four:         Mrs. Knigge’s Class

Grade Five:          Mr. Mathew’s Class

 Awesome job, readers!  

American Education Week - All parents and guests are invited to join us for American Education Week the week of November 13th through November 17th. This is a wonderful opportunity for all parents and guests to observe and celebrate your child’s individual achievements.  As always, please remember all visitors are required to present valid photo identification to enter the school. 





Monday, November 13th


9:45-10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, November 14th


9:45-10:45 a.m.

Wednesday, November 15th


9:45-10:45 a.m.

Thursday, November 16th


9:45-10:45 a.m.

Thursday, November 16th


9:45-10:45 a.m.

Friday, November 17th


9:45-10:45 a.m.



Kathleen McKiernan