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Dear Community Member,

As we look ahead to planning for the fall and reopening our schools, the top priority of the Princeton Public Schools is to assure that all students and staff are safe and healthy.  While there is still much “in progress” in order to meet that goal, one thing that we are projecting is that we may need to partner with our community members in order to help make this happen.

To this end, I would invite you to consider becoming a Board of Education approved volunteer where you can help be a part of the solution during these difficult times.  If you would consider this, I know that an obvious question would be “What is it exactly that I am volunteering to do?”  The answer to that question is not easy as the COVID-19 situation we all find ourselves in seems to change from week to week.  However, there may be circumstances under which we need help with keeping students socially distant, entering the schools upon arrival, or things that we have not even thought of as of yet.

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Summer is upon us, and though this break is bound to be an unusual one, one thing remains constant: the perennial importance of students reading during July and August.

But after months of isolation and suffering brought on by the pandemic, and during the wave of protests brought on by the ongoing violence perpetuated against communities of color, we at PPS deeply believe that summer reading can offer more than literacy gains—it can be an opportunity for students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members to read together, to reflect on information and stories, and to imagine ways of being that value diversity, rather than fearing it.

Read Post about Summer Reading: Resources for Centering Black Voices and Antiracist Literature
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Princeton Human Services is seeking donors for its annual backpack and school supplies drive. The drive benefits Princeton children who are low-income and in need of school supplies and new book bags.

For the past eleven years, the Princeton Human Services Commission, Princeton University, municipal employees, local businesses, organizations and residents have donated book bags and school supplies that have benefited many Princeton children. The items are distributed to children from low-income families who attend the Princeton Public Schools and are entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

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Princeton Public Schools recently announced two significant technology purchases, a one-to-one computer and tablet initiative and a new Learning Management System (LMS). A study of technology and implementation over the last few months revealed that both devices and delivery systems needed to be replaced. The cost for the new devices falls within the technology department's existing budget due to low-interest financing. 

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Learning to play a musical instrument can be a highly educational and extremely rewarding experience for students. Music programs enrich students’ lives and provide a vehicle for them to communicate and express human emotion and ideas. In addition, music study prepares students to be successful in a twenty-first century world that demands innovative thinking and creativity in an increasingly competitive global society.

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June 1, 2020

Here is an important message from Kristina Donovan, Supervisor of School Counseling:

Today is Mindful Monday.  Normally I send a Wellness Wednesday message, but this is too important to wait.

The events that have resulted in the death of many Black Americans in our country is not a new story.  The difference now is that we have cameras, video and unprecedented access to news and media. Black lives matter. It is not my right to speak for or on behalf of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community members, but it is my job to ensure there is a safe space for people to share their lived experiences. It is my job to listen.

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Do you have or know a Princeton child who will be turning 5 by October 1st? 

It's time to register for Kindergarten. To register, please click here: online registration forms   

Once you've pre-registered your child(ren) in Registration Gateway, please email the Registration Office ( to finalize the registration and enroll them remotely.  Once our district offices reopen, you will be asked to bring in original birth certificates/passports and a primary residency document (deed/tax bill) for review.  

Read Post about Kindergarten: It's Time to Register/¡Convocatoria de PPS Kindergarten! 
The Harry Potter book series

PHS faculty and staff members have come together to create The Harry Potter Project. After being inspired by the Littlebrook car parade from a few weeks ago, PHS School Psychologist David Rosenfeld decided that he wanted to organize a community event that involved the PHS faculty and staff for their students.

Read Post about The Binge-Worthy PHS Harry Potter Project: Books 1 through 7

On Saturday, Michelle Seelenfreund a third-grade teacher at Littlebrook, visited Penn Medicine Princeton Health to donate 90 lunches to the staff. The Littlebrook community joined together and raised over $1,000 to buy the boxed lunches from D'Angelos, a local Italian food store that provides groceries, cheese and prepared foods. The boxed lunches included a sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie and a bottle of water.

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As we begin week five, I wanted to let you know that we are thinking about and planning ahead for a variety of possibilities. I speak daily with principals and supervisors who are listening to teachers, students, and parents, and we are working to address concerns and consider suggestions to better the remote learning experience of our students. Your understanding and patience as we make adjustments to refine our teaching practices and the enormous effort required of you to help and support your children in accessing lessons and assignments is recognized and deeply appreciated

Read Post about Remote Learning Update: Grading and Report Cards
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On Monday, March 23 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., PHS Principal, Jessica Baxter and Jon Kleiman from the Challenge Success organization out of Stanford University will host a live-streamed event entitled The Well-Balanced Student. They will explore with parents research based strategies for raising physically and emotionally healthy teenagers. Using as context data from the Challenge Success survey, which our PHS students took in December, they will present strategies for establishing a healthier home environment, reducing academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increasing children’s resilience, creativity, and well-being.

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Because of concern about the Coronavirus, Mercer Street Friends food bank has unfortunately closed to Free Community Food Bank programs, such as our Mobile Food Pantry, leaving a large number of families and seniors without the weekly food that they count on. The mobile pantry that is run out of the Pannell Learning Center on Witherspoon Street every Wednesday is in dire need of food/supplies

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Do you have a child entering Kindergarten? You are invited to a Parent Information Session to learn about the Dual Language Immersion Program, an English/Spanish immersion program open to all district students.

Information sessions will be held this Wednesday evening, January 22 at 6:30 PM and on Thursday, January 23 at 8:45 AM at Community Park School, 372 Witherspoon Street.

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The Prince, Princeton High School's yearbook, was recently awarded top honors by The Garden State Scholastic Press Association and received the highest score of any yearbook submitted in New Jersey. The Garden State Scholastic Press Association promotes scholastic journalism in New Jersey. The Prince received the GSSPA "All New Jersey Platinum" award.

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At its meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the Board of Education for the Princeton Public Schools took an important next step in the implementation of its school facilities referendum projects by approving a contract to appoint the Piscataway-based firm Epic Management, Inc. (“EPIC”) as its construction manager.

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