PreK parents given virtual orientation

Parents and guardians with children entering PreK were invited to attend a virtual orientation on Aug. 19. An in-person orientation for parents is planned for Monday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. at Charles Olbon School. 

Leading the presentation was Director of Early Childhood Education Mrs. Castrovinci, along with Director of Special Education & Student Support Services Dr. Irizarry and Charles Olbon School Principal Mrs. Barreto.

The School District uses the Creative Curriculum for Preschool Sixth Edition - Distance Learning Cloud. The program is a studies approach and integrates content learning through literacy, the arts, social and emotional learning, in-depth investigations, exploration and discovery. Students explore a question of the day and there is a great emphasis on read aloud and repeated read aloud.

At School #1, the PreK-3 day starts at 8:40 a.m. and ends at 2:40 p.m. The PreK-4 classes start at 8:55 a.m. and end at 2:55 p.m. The students attending PreK at Charles Olbon will start at 8:40 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m. 

At School #1 parents will utilize designated parking spaces on McBride and Newby Avenues to park and walk their child to the entrance to meet their child’s teacher. If your child is in Ms. Mete, Ms. Samra, Ms. Krasnomowitz/Jensen, Ms. Face, or Ms. Gilhooley’s class they will enter school using the side entrance. Parents should park on Newby Avenue for these classes. If your child is in Ms. Guariglia, Ms. Wittig, Ms. LaSala, Ms. Murray or Ms Casanovas’ class they will enter school using the front entrance. Parents should park on McBride Avenue for these classes.

At Charles Olbon School, parents may park on Lincoln Lane, Bartsch Avenue, Meriline Avenue or any other side streets and walk their child to the door, which will be the lower level door near the parking lot bend.

Recommended supplies for all preschool students include a backpack, lunchbox, fitted crib sheet for nap time, small blanket or swaddle, and two large Ziploc bags labeled with the child’s first and last name. 

Mrs. Castrovinci stressed that parents should label everything including bags and jackets. Also parents should send their child in with a full change of clothes. 

The Clifton Boys & Girls Club, the contracted service provider for the School District, provides a Wrap Around care program for those parents in need. Drop off begins at 7:10 a.m. Afternoon pick up is until 6 p.m. The club can be contacted at 973-773-0966, ext. 127. The application form can be found here.  

Parents will receive their children’s information to access the Parent Portal, where all pertinent information, grades and teacher information is found at the end of August, along with their child’s building and teacher assignment. There is also a two-way communication app called Ready Rosie that will be utilized throughout the year. 

Parents were also provided information about the School District’s dress code which can be found here