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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.

Read Post about PPS Seeking Community Volunteers
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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.

Read Post about Princeton Human Services Annual Backpack and School Supplies Drive
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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. 

Read Post about Technology Upgrades for Princeton Public Schools
Music Notes

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.

Read Post about Invitation to Participate in the Elementary Instrumental Music Program
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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 (residency@princetonk12.org) 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! 
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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.

Read Post about Littlebrook Raises over $1,000 and Donates Meals to Penn Medicine Princeton Health
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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.

Read Post about Invitation to Virtual Meeting Monday, March 23 at 6:30
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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

Read Post about Food Donations Accepted at Clay Street Learning Center
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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.

Read Post about Dual Language Immersion Information Sessions: January 22 and 23
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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.

Read Post about Princeton High School Yearbook Receives Top NJ 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.

Read Post about PPS Appoints Construction Management Firm For Facilities Referendum

 

 

Riverside News

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Our staff members have been quite busy over the past few days to prepare for our school closure due to the COVID-19 situation, leading to a "remote learning" approach for the next two weeks.  I want to begin by thanking all of those folks for their hard work, flexibility, collaboration, and ingenuity to make this work -- their professionalism and expertise have shone brightly throughout this week! 

Read Post about Remote Learning: March 30th Letter from Principal Shelley
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In the next two years, Princeton Public Schools will use $27 million in referendum funds for health and safety upgrades to schools, including new air conditioning for some classrooms. Here are some of the planned improvements at Riverside School. These plans will be reviewed by the Board of Education and may be changed, as necessary, as bids for construction are received.

Read Post about Improvements Planned for Riverside

 

 

Johnson Park News

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Hello, Friend of JP!

Well, we’re into Week 2 of our new normal.  I hope you and those whom you love are well.

JP’s staff members and I have remained in close touch, so we’re aware of the many successes we’ve had with remote learning.  We’re also aware that we (our educators), our pupils, and the latters’ parents have faced challenges.

Read Post about Week Three Update: Letter from Principal Bob Ginsberg
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During the past week, our staff members, in the face of the corona-virus situation, have been preparing for our school closure, necessitating a "remote-learning" mode for at least the next two weeks, Mar. 16th-20th and Mar. 23rd-27th.  Thank you to our exemplary colleagues for the dedication, flexibility, collaboration, and creativity they’ve invested to make this adventure work; as usual, their professionalism and expertise have shone brightly throughout the week! 

Read Post about Remote Learning: Letter from Principal Ginsberg

The Arts News

Music Notes

Dear Parents and Guardians:

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.

Read Post about Invitation to Join Elementary School Instrumental Music Program

High School News

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Hello Families of PHS Seniors,

This is my final farewell to all of you. I hope you enjoyed the graduation on Tuesday as much as I did.  Even though I had viewed it previously, watching it at 5:30 at the flagpole and reading everyone's comments of congratulations to our graduates still made it so special. Your kids are a blessing to me and my staff, and we will miss them greatly.

Read Post about June 18: Message From Jessica Baxter, Celebration on July 6
Photo of Artwork by Students in US History 1

The U.S. History 1 classes in Princeton High School often take on some complex issues in our history. This year, students in Ms. Dineen's and Ms. Young's history classes created a series of exhibitions that show the enduring legacies of division.

Brought to you by member of the PHS Class of 2023, each student’s exhibit was designed to share the learning they have acquired in the past year, analyze the lasting legacies of past injustices, conflict, and triumphs to the present day, and help visitors learn more, get involved, or show their support for meaningful causes.

Read Post about Indivisible: Confronting Enduring Legacies of Division in American History
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Hello PHS Seniors and Families,

I hope you all had a restful weekend!  Today was our first of several days when we invite seniors on campus to be photographed and filmed in their cap and gowns! The weather cooperated, and it was great to see staff and students so happy to be in each other's company.  The pictures will continue for the next few days. View the links below to sign up!

Read Post about More News About Graduation
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While some of us may be at home watching different crime TV shows on Netflix to pass the time, students in Mrs. Alexis Custer’s Forensic Science course are studying it at home as part of the newly expanded popular course. The hands-on course, which was converted to a full-year course this year, provides students with a wide range of projects and activities that allow them to explore multiple facets of forensics, including crime scene investigation, DNA in forensics, lip print analysis, and so much more.

Read Post about Forensic Science: Popular Course Going Strong During Remote Learning

 

 

John Witherspoon News

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As part of the facilities referendum that our community passed last year, the renovation of the John Witherspoon Academic Conference Center (ACC) is about to begin along with other improvements in our building. Beginning on March 1, we will start major construction to transform the ACC into new learning spaces that will be accessible to all JW students.

Read Post about Information about Planned Construction at John Witherspoon
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Thursday, February 13 8:30 AM – JW Construction Update with Dave Harding – Director of Facilities will present plans/timelines and answer your questions about the impact on our teachers, students, & the building. Minor piping work began Feb 10. Major construction will begin at JW on March 1.

Read Post about February 13: JW Construction Update with Facilities Director David Harding

 

 

Community Park News

Community Park Field Day: A Message From Mr. Chorba

Community Park recently held its first Virtual Field Day and P.E. teacher Mr. Chorba praised all the CP students and parents who made it a success.

Here is a message from Mr. Chorba: "WOW! We had an amazing the number of participants for our virtual Field Day. I received over 100 pictures and videos.  Your enthusiasm and effort was outstanding. Thank you for making it a success.  Every grade was represented for pictures and videos.  The grade that had most videos and pictures (and the most bonus points) was Kindergarten!"

Read Post about Community Park Field Day: A Message From Mr. Chorba
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Dear CP families,

We hope you are well and staying healthy!

Right about now, we would be gearing up for the International Fashion Show. It is such a special event at CP, one vividly highlighting our beautiful diversity, that we thought it would be a shame to cancel it. So, we have decided to forge ahead and present the event in a different way. Using FLIPGRID, we will be able to both carry on the tradition and enable CP parents to experience this wonderful event. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 10th.

We would love to know more about our CP students and families! If your child/family would like to participate, please submit a video on FLIPGRID. The Flipgrid link will be emailed via Konstella on the day of the event. The video can be made ahead of time of course.

Read Post about Community Park Fashion Show: Wednesday, June 10

 

 

Littlebrook News

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Dear Families  

Our staff members have been quite busy over the past few days to prepare for our school closure due to the COVID-19 situation, leading to a "remote learning" approach for the next two weeks.  I want to begin by thanking all of those teachers, office staff, instructional staff, technology support staff, and all of you for the hard work, flexibility, collaboration, and ingenuity it will take to make this work. Littlebrook is an extremely special place with the most dedicated staff with whom I have ever been associated. I have been incredibly impressed with how everyone has come together to ensure we optimize our students' learning from home over the next couple of weeks. 

Read Post about Remote Learning: March 27 Letter from Principal Ramirez