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April 27, 2018

Dear Parents,

This last full week of April is bringing us some warmer weather. Please, remember students may still need jackets or sweaters for recess, particularly our younger kiddoes.

Cedar Hill's Word of the Week is EMPATHY.  For our students, we defined empathy as a noun that means, "the ability to share the feelings of another person".  Used in a sentence, one could say, "When Bob's friend fell down he showed empathy by going over to make sure he was not hurt." Continue our home/school connection by talking about this word in your house, at the dinner table, and using it to help our children internalize the meaning.

At Monday evening's BOE meeting, our district honored each school's 2018 Teacher of the Year. Cedar Hill's recipient, nominated and voted on by her colleagues is Mrs. Stephanie Orr. Mrs. Orr has been a teacher in Bernards Township and at Cedar Hill since 2000. Currently, she teaches grades 3-5 in our Learning and Language Disabilities Class (LLD). An excerpt from the speech honoring Mrs. Orr said,

A colleague wrote that Stephanie has earned the respect of her colleagues, supervisors, and administrators.  She is viewed as a positive leader, a cooperative team player and an asset to the whole school! She not only contributes to, but establishes committees. When Stephanie thinks of a project that is in the interest of the greater good, helping the community, or making the world a better place, she makes it happen. She is on multiple committees and in charge of additional programs, but is never too busy to give advice or help out someone who asks. A colleague wrote, "When I describe the traits of a great teacher and good person, I describe Stephanie Orr."

Please, join me in congratulating Mrs. Orr on her honor. We are fortunate to have Stephanie as part of our Cedar Hill family.

K-2 GO Math Presentation - Please see the attached flyer regarding a K-2 GO Math presentation for parents on May 11, 2018 at Liberty Corner School.  

Ridge High School Spring Dance Showcase - Please, see the attached flyer regarding the RH Spring Dance Showcase performance on May 11.

Smencil Sale - Our student council will be selling smencils for $3 each on April 30May 1, 4, and 9.  Profits will be used for our Cedar Hill Time Capsule, which will commemorate our 60th year here at Cedar Hill.  The attached flyer has more information.

PEC Flyer Regarding Autism Awareness Event - Please, see the attached flyer regarding the PEC Autism Awareness event at Mount Prospect on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

PEC Flyer Regarding 5K Fundraising Event - Please, see the attached flyer regarding the PEC 5K fundraising event on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Lost and Found - As the weather warms up, we begin to clean out our lost and found so that we may donate unwanted items.  If your child is missing anything, please encourage him or her to visit our lost and found, which is located in the cafeteria.

"Feed the Need" Food Drive - From May 14-18, the student council is bringing awareness of the needs for the Food Bank of Somerset County so no family goes hungry. We will be having a food drive that week with a special reward for the grade which raises the most items. Please donate!

MAP Testing Presentation - Please, see the presentation below for more information on MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing.  Students in second grade take the math MAP test in the spring and students in grades 3-5 take both the math and reading MAP tests.

PARCC Letter - Please, see the attached letter regarding PARCC testing this spring. We have included the testing time`frames below. Please note that actual testing time will vary by subject/day:

  • Third-grade ~ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Fourth-grade ~ 10:20 AM- 12:20 PM
  • Fifth-grade ~ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cedar Hill Book Talk - Feel free to join us on May 23 at 7:00 PM for a book talk, where we will discuss The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey.  

BrainSTEM Summer Camp - Please, see the attached flyer for a summer robotics and engineering courses for students in grades 4 through 8. The courses will be run by Ridge High School teacher Mark Dotta.

Music Rehearsal Calendar -Please, click the following link to access a Cedar Hill music rehearsal calendar.

Reminder about DynaCal - District Event Calendar - A reminder to all parents that the district maintains an interactive calendar of events for all schools including Cedar Hill. Go to the following page on the District website to view DynaCal:

District Presentations of Interest to Parents - Just a reminder that the district is trying to make presentations of interest to parents as available as possible. There is a link below that will take you to the Bernards Township website where you can click on a spreadsheet listing the presentations, dates, times, and locations.


Upcoming Events


  • Monday, April 30
    • Smencil Sales
  • Tuesday, May 1
    • Third Grade Zoo Trip
    • Smencil Sales
    • Kindergarten Penguin Visit
  • Wednesday, May 2
    • Student Council Meeting ~ 8:15 AM
    • Cedar Hill Spring Music Concert at the Ridge High PAC ~ 6:30PM (4th and 5th Grade Band, Chorus, and Orchestra)
  • Friday, May 4
    • Green and Gold Monthly Assembly: Fairness and Food Allergy Awareness
    • Smencil Sales
  • Monday, May 7
    • Rain Date ~ Third-Grade Zoo Trip
  • Tuesday, May 8
    • Fourth-Grade Field Trip to Mayo Center
  • Wednesday, May 9
    • Smencil Sales
    • PTO Board Meeting ~ 9AM
  • Thursday, May 10
    • PARCC Testing, ELA Day 1 (Grades 3-5)
    • Cafeteria Renovation Committee Meeting 3:30 PM
  • Friday, May 11
    • PARCC Testing, ELA Day 2 (Grades 3-5)
    • Color Run
Please, enjoy the weekend with your family and friends.

Mr. Ciempola