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District Announcements
Hoops Clinic for special needs kids/young adults
December 14, 2017
The Julia Kirsch Foundation (www.JuliaKirschFoundation.orgis excited to sponsor a Hoops Clinic for Special Needs Kids/Young Adults. Our program will be partnered with the Bounce Out the Stigma Project (www.bounceoutthestigma.org) founded by former 13-year member of the Harlem Wizards and national epilepsy spokesman “Mighty Mike” Simmel. Bounce Out the Stigma is a program that seeks to empower children and teens by instilling self-confidence and improving motor skill development by using basketball as a catalyst. “Mighty Mike” will be assisted by a team of high school volunteer coaches and other trained personal. 
Kids/Young Adults with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities in the ages of 8-21 are welcome.   To register contact: Clifford.Kirsch@sutherland.com

Dates: Saturdays:  Jan 6, 13, 27, February 10 and 24
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM 
Location: Glen Rock: Clara E. Coleman Elementary School; 
100 Pinelynn Rd, Glen Rock
All children will receive a basketball and a participation certificate. 

Schoology Launch: Important Information
December 4, 2017
Schoology Day in Glen Rock - December 8th and Parent Workshops 
The Glen Rock School District will launch its new learning management system (LMS), Schoology, on December 8th.A letter has been sent home to all parents/guardians via Genesis with details about receiving log on information for the parent portal on December 8th and upcoming Schoology informational sessions for parents/guardians to learn more about Schoology. The parent informational sessions are as follow: Mr. Paul Cusack, Special Projects Coordinator, and Dr. Kathleen Regan, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, will be available to answer Schoology questions during the sessions. If interested, please click on the following link to register for one of these parent informational sessions.
https://goo.gl/forms/6zSCW6OsYEqzaAj23
Registration for GRCS winter Mom & Tot begins Dec. 5
December 4, 2017
The Glen Rock Community School (GRCS) is offering a Mom & Tot class for the winter/spring semester 2018. General registration begins Tuesday, Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Glen Rock Community School, 600 Harristown Road in the lobby of Glen Rock High School.
Click here for full details.

Opioid Epidemic! Public Presentation Dec. 6
November 29, 2017
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a public presentation on the opioid epidemic featuring Bergen County Prosecutor and Glen Rock resident Gurbir Grewal on Wednesday, Dec. 6. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Click here for further information.
Kindergarten Registration for 2018-19
November 29, 2017
     Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year will be held at the Glen Rock Public Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11 and Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Children must be five years of age on or before Oct. 1, 2018 in order to register. The school district is emphasizing that for the convenience of all families, no appointments are necessary, and all registrations will be treated equally, with no “first come, first served” preference given.              
     Resident families with children entering grades 1-5 next year who are not currently attending Glen Rock Public Schools are also invited to attend registration following the schedule above.
     Families can access registration packets, including residency and age requirements and health forms via this website. Click on the Parents/Students tab and select Registration Information from the drop-down menu. All necessary documents for proof of residency and birthdate must be presented at the time of registration. School personnel will be on hand to answer questions.
     The steps for Kindergarten placement will follow the same sequence as last year. School assignment for all registrants will be determined through a process that seeks to balance enrollment figures across the four elementary schools, taking into consideration the presence of siblings. Families who complete registration on Jan. 11 or 19 will be notified of their child’s school placement in the spring of 2018. Families who register after those dates will receive their child’s school placement in late August.
      A future announcement will be made regarding time and place of parent orientation and student “Round-Up" at all elementary schools.

 
A Message from Interim Superintendent Bruce Watson
October 14, 2017
Dear Glen Rock Public School families,
Following is the text of a letter that I sent out earlier this afternoon to the parents of our middle and high school students. It concerns an incident that occurred yesterday, Oct. 13, which impacted the school day for those students. I feel the particulars should be shared with all of you, the greater GRPS community.
Regards,
Bruce Watson
Interim Superintendent of Schools


Dear Glen Rock Middle School and High School Parents,

I’m reaching out to you with regard to the situation on the GRMS/HS campus yesterday, Oct. 13.
Late yesterday morning, the high school administration became aware of a potential threat against the school building, stemming from a dispute between a Glen Rock student and an individual from another community.

Glen Rock Police were contacted and upon their arrival, the district was directed to issue an immediate on-site evacuation of the campus. Staff and students followed our normal protocol and evacuated to their assigned places on the perimeter of the campus.

As the police began their investigation, they determined that the threat of a bomb was unsubstantiated and therefore directed that the staff and students return to the building. Simultaneously, an interview with the Glen Rock student was arranged in the high school principal’s office. Again under the direction of the police, the campus was placed in a Hold-in-Place while the interview was being conducted.

Because of the prolonged interview, it was decided that the students would remain in their classrooms until dismissal. It was also felt that in deference to the comfort level of the students, middle school students would be released at the high school dismissal time of 2:54 p.m., rather than hold them until 3:07 p.m. In addition, all afterschool clubs and on-site athletics were cancelled.

I am pleased to report that as of this morning, all school activities on campus have resumed. The police are continuing their investigation of the situation. I will share any further developments should that be necessary.
Regards,
Bruce Watson
Interim Superintendent of Schools

 
SAVE THE DATE: Community Showcase is Nov. 1
October 13, 2017
The Third Annual Community Showcase is being planned for Wednesday, Nov. 1. All residents are invited to join this "meet and greet" of organizations serving the Glen Rock community. The event will run from 7-9 p.m. in the Glen Rock Middle/High School Cafeteria. 
Standardized Assessment Schedules
September 28, 2017
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-6.6, school districts and charter schools must, by October 1 of each year, provide parents or guardians certain information on any State assessment or commercially-developed standardized assessment that will be administered in that school year.
 
The information provided in the attached chart is a tentative standardized assessment calendar.  The administration date indicates the window available for testing.  Each respective building will be creating testing windows that will provide for the least amount of disruption to the educational day.  If a student is permitted extra time or any other accommodations, the respective school administration and Special Services personnel will work together to schedule the appropriate accommodations.
 
Links to testing information, background data, and/or sample test problems where available for each of the specific tests are included in the chart. As each testing window nears, parents can expect a letter from their child's school detailing their specific protocols for that test administration.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your child's school.

Please click here to view the chart.
Every Student Succeeds Act - A letter from Superintendent Watson
September 18, 2017
Dear Parent/Guardian,
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed by the United States Congress and signed into law on December 10, 2015. The ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and is the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
(Please click here to continue reading...) 
Board of Education meeting Sept. 5 cancelled
August 30, 2017
The Committee of the Whole BOE meeting scheduled for Sept. 5 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12. Closed session begins at 7; open begins at or about 8 p.m. Gong forward, all regular and Committee of the Whole meetings will be held on Tuesdays, with few exceptions.
CRITICAL MESSAGE CONCERNING BACK-TO-SCHOOL SAFETY
August 25, 2017
All members of the Greater Glen Rock community are asked to view the following video, which is being sponsored by Chief Dean Ackermann and the Glen Rock Police Dept. and endorsed by Superintendent Bruce Watson.  The few minutes you spend watching this important message could make a difference in the life of one of our own school students while traveling to and from school. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
 
https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/83gXQQ3tkgyw1huIE66D0_axAeV2ubt7/media/286340?fullscreen=false&showtabssearch=true&autostart=false
GRCS Fall Semester Registration is open.
August 15, 2017
Registration for the Fall Semester of the Glen Rock Community School is ongoing. Click here for a preview of all the programs, classes, trips and "Learning opportunities for a lifetime" the GRCS is offering.
School Age Child Care Now Registering
July 25, 2017
The Glen Rock Community School's School Age Child Care programs are now registering for the 2017-18 school year. Any family in need of services for the first week of school - which begins Tuesday, Sept. 5 - must register on or before August 30. Please visit the SACC page, here.

 
A letter from Dr. Valenti upon her retirement
June 23, 2017
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paula Valenti will retire from her position with Glen Rock Public Schools on July 1, 2017. Please click here to read her farewell letter to the GRPS community.
District water testing
August 2, 2017
Glen Rock continues with its periodic testing of water in the district. Please click here to see a copy of the latest analysis.
District Schedule Changes Due To Extreme Heat
June 12, 2017
Due to anticipated extreme heat conditions, the Glen Rock elementary schools will follow an early dismissal schedule on Tuesday, June 13. All elementary schools will open at normal times and will dismiss at 12:33 p.m. The Preschool Disabled morning class will meet from 8:33-10:25 a.m.; the afternoon class will meet from 10:40 a.m.-12:33 p.m. The Middle and High School will open and dismiss at regular times. All other district activities will be cancelled for the remainder of the day including the After Care program, Transitional Kindergarten class and middle and high school sports practices. Elementary parents are asked to make necessary arrangements for student pick-up at 12:33 p.m. 
Water Testing in the District
May 23, 2017
The Glen Rock BOE again conducted drinking water testing in the district during the recent Spring Break.
Please click here to read a letter from Superintendent Dr. Paula Valenti regarding the process, findings and plan of action. Click here to view a copy of the entire report.
District launches Facebook page
May 1, 2017
We are pleased to announce that the Glen Rock School District has launched a district Facebook page. You can find us under https://www.facebook.com/GRBOE . Please check the page regularly for district news, accomplishments of students and staff, and upcoming events.
Important UPDATE regarding the GRHS Athletic Complex
August 9, 2017
Important Update regarding Glen Rock High School Athletic Complex
Bruce Watson
Interim Superintendent
 
               I am pleased to announce that the sinkhole on the high school football field has been repaired successfully. The field and track will reopen on Saturday morning, Aug. 12.
"Thirteen Reasons Why" Letter Sent to Parents
April 27, 2017
To view the "13 Reasons Why" letter sent to parents, please click here.
Important community message to parents
April 24, 2017
Earlier today, an important message from the Glen Rock Police Department, Glen Rock Borough officials, Glen Rock School District leadership and leadership from the Federated and Home and School Associations was circulated to all parents in the community. Given the nature of the message, it is being shared with all members of the community.
Please click here to read the message.
National Volunteer Week Proclamation
April 24, 2017
The Glen Rock Board of Education, along with all administration and staff would like to thank all of the volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of the students and staff of Glen Rock Public Schools. The New Jersey Governor's Office of Volunteerism has prepared the following proclamation signed by Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, which speaks to the work of volunteers.

Upcoming events sponsored by the Office of the Bergen County executive
April 24, 2017
Over the next several weeks, the Office of Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III will sponsor a number of public events. All members of the community are invited to attend. Please click the links below to learn more about each program.
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day Monday, April 24
Holocaust Memorial Day Wednesday, April 26
Israel's Day of Remembrance & Celebration of Democracy Tuesday, May 2
2017 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration Monday, May 15
Military Appreciation Month Ceremony 2017 Friday, May 19
IMPORTANT WATER SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT 4/7/17 11a.m.
April 7, 2017
Water emergency has ended and Ridgewood Water released this press release on it. Please click here for notice.
IMPORTANT WATER SAFETY NOTICE: UPDATE 4/6 4 p.m.
April 5, 2017
 
Based on the notification on April 5 from Ridgewood Water about the detection of E.coli in a ground water source sample, the Glen Rock Public School District put a number of safety precautions into place throughout the district. These include shutting down all drinking water sources, blocking off sinks in restrooms and offices, and providing hand wipes and hand sanitizer to staff and students. Pomptonian instituted precautionary measures as well for the proper preparation and handling of the cafeteria food.
Given that Ridgewood Water has reported its anticipated resolution of the situation for some time on Friday, April 7, the district has decided to leave all precautions in place for tomorrow, the last day of classes before Spring Break. Parents and staff are again encouraged to again bring bottled water.
Please click here for the original public notice from Ridgewood Water. Any updates to their notice will be posted here when received.

REMINDER: April 20 parent program/half-day for students
April 17, 2017
As part of the Journey to Somewhere speaker series, the Glen Rock Board of Education along with Superintendent Dr. Paula Valenti are pleased to present Ms. Debby Irving, racial justice educator and author of "Waking Up White" on Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m. in the GRHS auditorium. Please join us as Ms. Irving presents "I'm a Good Person," lessons learned through her personal journey.Copies of "Waking Up White" will be available for purchase that evening.

In addition, please be reminded that all students will have an early dismissal on April 20 so that the staff may attend a professional development opportunity with Ms. Irving.  
Please click here for additional details.

March 20 BOE Meeting cancelled
March 15, 2017
The March 20, 2017 Committee of the Whole Board Meeting for the Glen Rock Board of Education has been canceled.
 
The next meeting will be held on March 27, 2017 and will be held in the Glen Rock High School, Dario Valcarcel, Jr. Media Center, 400 Hamilton Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ. The Board will recess to Closed Session at 7:00 PM and open the Regular Meeting at approximately  8:00 PM.
Glen Rock Schools Delayed Opening Wed. March 15
March 14, 2017
UPDATE: Emergency Notification - Due to clean-up from the storm, Glen Rock School District is on a delayed opening for Wednesday, March 15. All schools open at 10 a.m. BEFORE CARE AND MORNING TOTS PROGRAMS ARE CANCELLED. Be sure to visit the Emergency Communications tab to the left of the district’s home page to review general information on “School Delays and Closures.”
REVISED DATE: Cyber Safety for Parents - March 29 9 a.m.
March 8, 2017
“It’s midnight somewhere on the Internet – do you know who your child is online with?”

The Bergen County Prosecutor's office will present a parent program on internet safety Wednesday, March 29 at 9 a.m., Central School. Please click here for the program flyer.
FINAL SESSION March 21: Superintendent Book Study: Raising Kids to Thrive
October 24, 2016
The final meeting of the book study will take place on March 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the HS Media Center. 
This book study session will begin earlier and may end later than the prior meetings to compensate for the dates that were rescheduled due to inclement weather.  

Click here for information on the Superintendent's Book Study: Raising Kids to Thrive
Parent Workshop: How to Talk to Your Child - Feb. 24
February 23, 2017
Dr. Gina Restivo, Glen Rock Schools psychologist and behaviorist, will present "How to Talk to Your Child..." on Friday, Feb. 24, 9-10:30 a.m. in the Alexander Hamilton School Media Center.
All elementary parents are welcome to attend.
Please click here for more information.
IMPORTANT REMINDER RE: CALENDAR ADJUSTMENTS
April 6, 2017
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
This email is a reminder that the Glen Rock Public Schools 2016 - 2017 school calendar included four emergency days. To date the district has utilized two of the four allotted emergency days. Therefore, as indicated on the published calendar, and barring any unforeseen emergencies that would require the district to close, the Glen Rock Public School District will be closed on Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The return of these unused emergency days will ensure the Glen Rock Public Schools remain in compliance with negotiated agreements.
 
Sincerely,       
 
Dr. Paula Valenti
Superintendent
Glen Rock Public Schools
620Harristown Rd.
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
Office: (201) 445-7700 (x8950)
Email: valentip@glenrocknj.org
Blog: Valenti's View
Twitter: @grpssupt
WEATHER ALERT: CANCELLATION ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THURSDAY, FEB. 9
February 8, 2017
Emergency Notification - Due to inclement weather conditions, the Glen Rock Public School District will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 9.  All before school, after school and evening activities and programs are cancelled.  All meetings, athletics and co-curricular activities are cancelled.  The Preschool Disabled Classes are cancelled.  All community school programs, including before care and after care, Tots preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and daytime and evening classes are cancelled.  You may also visit the Emergency Communications tab to the left of the district’s home page to review general information on “School Delays and Closures.”
Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR) updated Feb. 6
January 25, 2017
The New Jersey Department of Education has released the school self assessments for determining grades under the ABR for the 2015-16 school year. Please click here to view the release for the Glen Rock School District. Dr. Linda Weber made a formal presentation of these results at the Regular BOE meeting scheduled on Monday, Jan. 30. Please click here to view the presentation.
January 23rd Board of Education Meeting cancellation notice
January 23, 2017
Please click here for information regarding the cancelation of the Jan. 23 Committee of the Whole Board of Education meeting.
WEATHER ALERT: CANCELLATION ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MONDAY JAN. 23
January 23, 2017
WEATHER ALERT: The Glen Rock District announces cancellation of all after school activities today, Monday, January 23 due to the impending storm. All after school activities including athletics, clubs, practices, workshops, meetings and the BOE meeting are cancelled.  The After Care program WILL run, but parents are asked to pick up their children as early as possible. No other evening activities will be running. Questions or clarifications should be directed to individual school offices. Thank you.
Parent's Road Map to Protecting Their Children- NEW DATE: FEB 8
January 18, 2017
The Maywood School District welcomes all interested parents to attend a special presentation: "A Parent's Road Map to Protecting Their Children in the Digital World" on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Maywood Avenue School large gym.Please note this is a parents only program. Please click here for more information.
Kindergarten & TK registration set for Jan. 11 & 12 UPDATED Jan. 5
November 18, 2016
     Glen Rock District sets Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten registration for early January
 
     Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year will be held at the Glen Rock Public Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 11 and 12, 2017. Children must be five years of age on or before Oct. 1, 2017 in order to register. The school district is emphasizing that for the convenience of all families, no appointments are necessary, and all registrations will be treated equally, with no “first come, first served” preference given.  
     Resident families with children entering grades 1-5 next year who are not currently attending Glen Rock Public Schools are also invited to attend registration following the schedule above.
     Families can access registration packets, including residency and age requirements and health forms via the district website at www.glenrocknj.org. Click on the Parents/Students tab and select Registration Information from the drop-down menu. All necessary documents for proof of residency and birthdate must be presented at the time of registration. School personnel will be on hand to answer questions.
     The steps for Kindergarten placement will follow the same sequence as last year. School assignment for all registrants will be determined through a process that seeks to balance enrollment figures across the four elementary schools, taking into consideration the presence of siblings. Families who complete registration on Jan. 11 or 12 will be notified of their child’s school placement in the spring of 2017. Families who register after those dates will receive their child’s school placement in late August.
     Registration for the Transitional Kindergarten program of the Glen Rock Community School will also be held at that time. In order to provide students with the best possible preparation for full-day Kindergarten, the TK program will now run from 8:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Staff will be available to answer questions and review the program with interested parents. Additional information and registration materials are available on the Transitional Kindergarten page of the Community School website at www.grcsonline.com.
 A future announcement will be made regarding time and place of Kindergarten parent orientation and student “Round-Up" at all elementary schools.
A message of thanks from Dr. Valenti
November 21, 2016
5YSP Preliminary Report
November 2, 2016
Please click here to view the 5YSP Preliminary Report presented at the October 17, 2016 Board of Education Meeting.
Arrival and Departure Safety
October 20, 2016
Please click here for an important announcement from Superintendent, Dr. Paula Valenti, regarding arrival and departure safety.
Comprehensive District Testing Report 2015-16
October 19, 2016
Click here to see the Comprehensive District Testing Report for 2015-16.
Tell Them From Me Presentation
October 19, 2016
Click here to see the Tell Them From Me Presentation.
THIS THURSDAY: Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg to Visit Glen Rock March 31
March 2, 2016
On March 31, the "Journey to Somewhere" speaker series will present Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, renowned expert on building resiliency in youth. Both morning and evening programs for area parents are planned. Click here to read the Superintendent's letter regarding the one session day for Elementary Schools on 3/31 to enable professional development for staff with Dr. Ginsburg.
Click here for the program flyer, which includes parent events and Dr. Ginsburg's website information.
The "Journey to Somewhere" continues...
February 19, 2016
February 19, 2016

Dear Glen Rock Parents/Guardians,

A very special Glen Rock Board of Education Community Relations Committee event will take place on February 23, 2016! You may recall that last March, the keynote program in our speaker series featured Dr. Denise Pope, senior lecturer at Stanford University and co-founder of Challenge Success. Based on the success of that program, we are bringing Dr. Pope back by way of SKYPE to engage with the public once again. You are invited to participate in this interactive session from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Glen Rock High School Media Center.  Click here to continue...

 
Important information about PARCC 2016
February 19, 2016
February 19, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I'm writing to you regarding the 2016 PARCC assessments. Glen Rock students, parents, and teachers are very familiar with New Jersey Department of Education yearly assessments and Glen Rock students have historically performed well on these tests; I expect they will continue to do so. Parents will receive communication from their school principal regarding specific test times, along with expectations for testing days. Click here to continue...
Parent survey of current Full Day Kindergarten students
January 29, 2016
A letter from Dr. Valenti to all current kindergarten parents was distributed via Genesis earlier today, asking for assistance in completing a three-question survey of each family's experience with the new Full Day Kindergarten Program thus far. Following is the text from that letter, including a link to the survey. Thank you in advance for your participation in this brief survey. Please know that the district values your input - it is a critical component of the planning process moving into year two.

"January 29, 2016
  
Dear Kindergarten Parents/Guardians,
 
It is hard to believe, but the half-way mark for the Glen Rock Public Schools new Full-Day Kindergarten program is upon us!  Full-Day Kindergarten teachers have been meeting on a monthly basis to review the program and their classroom practices. 
 
Now, it is important for you to share your Full-Day Kindergarten experience with us.  Your feedback on this new initiative for the Glen Rock Public Schools is of great value to us as we prepare for year two implementation.
 
Please check your email for the link to a short three-question survey aimed at providing us feedback to assist in preparations for the second year implementation of the Glen Rock Public Schools Full-Day Kindergarten program.
 
I also welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally.  Kindly feel free to schedule an appointment with me by calling Mrs. Petrasek at 201-445-7700 (x8950).
 
I encourage and appreciate your participation in this survey.  Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
Paula Valenti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

C:         Director, Curriculum and Instruction
            Elementary Principals 
 
GRCS Tots Preschool registration Sat., Jan. 30
January 27, 2016
The Glen Rock Community School's Terrific for Tots Preschool is holding registration for the 2016-17 school year this Saturday, Jan. 30 from 8-10 a.m. in the community school office, located in the main lobby of Glen Rock High School. For more information, including registration materials, visit the Tots page here.
SEPAC meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26 7 p.m. GRHS Media Center
January 25, 2016
The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) provides a valuable forum for parents of students with educational disabilities to ask questions and offer input regarding our program of special services, as well as to share positive school-based experiences. We invite you to attend the District-wide, 2015-16 school year SEPAC meetings which will be held in the High School Media Center on the following Tuesdays: 

January 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
March 29, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
May 31, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
ABR (Anti-Bullying Bill Of Rights) District and School Grade Report
December 22, 2015
In compliance with N.J.S.A. 18A:37-17a and the annual review of the Board of Education’s HIB policy as required in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15c, the Glen Rock School District has completed a self-assessment in determining the district’s status in complying with the ABR Act. The district is required to report to the BOE and the public the exact grade reports issued by the NJDOE. The purpose is to provide the board and the public the opportunity to learn about the district’s implementation of the ABR. Glen Rock will use this information in its annual review of its HIB prevention programs, approaches and other initiatives. In completing the self-assessment, the use of the reference to “HIB” is intended to be broader than the terms “harassment, intimidation and bullying;” it includes initiatives aimed at addressing anti-bullying and the improvement of school climates, school cultures and other conditions that negatively affect student learning and growth.
Click here to view the NJDOE assigned grades for Glen Rock School District and schools.
BOE candidate interviews set for Jan. 11
December 22, 2015
The BOE will hold a regular meeting in the GRHS/MS media center on Monday, Jan. 11 for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the vacant trustee position. The meeting will open at 7 p.m. and immediately recess to closed, but will return to open at 7:30 p.m. to conduct the interviews.
Glen Rock School District sets Kindergarten Registration Dates
December 14, 2015
     Kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year will be held at the Glen Rock Public Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 7 and 8, 2016. Children must be five years of age on or before Oct. 1, 2016 in order to register. The school district is emphasizing that for the convenience of all families, no appointments are necessary, and all registrations will be treated equally, with no “first come, first served” preference given.  
     Resident families with children entering grades 1-5 next year who are not currently attending Glen Rock Public Schools are also invited to attend registration following the schedule above.
Families can access registration packets, including residency and age requirements and health forms via the district website at www.glenrocknj.org. Click on the Parents/Students tab and select Registration Information from the drop-down menu. All necessary documents for proof of residency and birthdate must be presented at the time of registration. School personnel will be on hand to answer questions.
      Registration for the half-day Transitional Kindergarten program of the Glen Rock Community School will also begin at that time. Staff will be available to answer questions and review the program with interested parents. Additional information is available on the Transitional Kindergarten page of the Community School site at www.grcsonline.com.                  
       The steps for Kindergarten placement will follow the same sequence as last year. School assignment for all registrants will be determined through a process that seeks to balance enrollment figures across the four elementary schools, taking into consideration the presence of siblings. Families who complete registration on Jan. 7 or 8 will be notified of their child’s school placement in the spring of 2016. Families who register after those dates will receive their child’s school placement in late August.
A future announcement will be made regarding time and place of parent orientation and student “Round-Up" at all elementary schools.
Dates set for superintendent's book study group
December 6, 2015
Interested members of the community are invited to join Glen Rock Superintendent Dr. Paula Valenti’s book group, which is currently reading “Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids,” by Denise Pope, Maureen Brown and Sarah Miles. Preliminary discussion sessions will take place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 and Feb. 9, 2016 in the Superintendent’s Conference Room – Central Office.  A SKYPE session and book discussion with Dr. Pope will take place on Feb. 23 from 7-8 p.m. in the Glen Rock HS Media Center.
Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) announces schedule for school-based meetings
December 4, 2015
The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a district-wide organization created by parents to support the emotional, social and academic wellbeing of children with special needs. SEPAC provides information, educational opportunities, resources and support to families to benefit all children in the community. All are invited to attend their upcoming school-based meetings:
 
Hamilton School:               December 7, 7 p.m. Hamilton Learning Center
Coleman School:               December 8, 10 a.m. Coleman Art Room
Byrd School:                     December 10, 9 a.m. Byrd Learning Center
MS/HS:                            December 15, 7 p.m. MS/HS Media Center
Central School:                 December 17, 9 a.m. Central All Purpose Room

 
Glen Rock Schools get even healthier!
October 26, 2015

School Age Child Care registration for 2016-17 is underway
August 1, 2016
The Glen Rock Community School has announced that it has begun accepting registrations for School Age Child Care (SACC) for the 2016-17 school year. Any student registered to attend Glen Rock Public Schools grades K-5 is eligible to attend the programs for before and/or after school care.
Registration is ongoing throughout the summer; however students in need of care beginning with the first day of school on Sept. 6 must be enrolled by August 26. The Glen Rock Community School offers the convenience of online registration. Families should visit www.grcsonline.com for full SACC program and registration information. Anyone with questions or in need of assistance with the registration process may call the community school office at 201-389-5011. 
PARENT SURVEY BEGINS TUESDAY, MAY 26
May 4, 2015
The Glen Rock School District has launched a series of surveys of key stakeholders. The parent survey is now open and will remain available through Friday, May 29. It is voluntary but all are encouraged to have their voices heard! If you need additional information regarding the survey link, please contact your building principal.  
Please click here to read an important letter from Superintendent Dr. Paula Valenti regarding the surveys.
Gender Inclusivity Workshop for Parents April 23
April 15, 2015
The Glen Rock School District is pleased to present Jean Malpas, Director, the Gender and Family Project,  Ackerman Institute for the Family, for a special workshop on gender inclusivity. The workshop is hosted by Hamilton Elementary School, 9-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 23. Click here for more information.
Information regarding the measles
February 6, 2015
The Bergen County Department of Health has released important information regarding the measles.
Please click here for details.
Please click here for immunization guidelines.
Hamilton School Announcements
Harrassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Forms
September 18, 2017
Please click here to view HIB Reporting Forms.
Annual Integrated Pest Management Notice for School Year 2017 - 2018
September 7, 2017
To view the IPM notice click here.
Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct
August 17, 2017
Please click here to review the Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct for Hamilton School.
School Supply Lists 2017-2018
August 7, 2017
Click the list to see the supplies needed for each grade.
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
 
Summer Hours
June 29, 2017
The hours for summer are Monday-Thursday 8:00-3:00 and  Friday 8:00-2:00. If we're not in the office, we can be reached by email --pieridesi@glenrocknj.org or telephone 201-445-7700 x 8800. 
 
Thank you. 

Irene Pierides
Principal
Alexander Hamilton School
Glen Rock Community School Children's enrichment now registering!
September 4, 2017
The GRCS is now registering for the following fall enrichment classes. Click here to visit us online and view a copy of our course catalog. Our Tots to Teens section provides complete information regarding dates, locations and pricing. Space is limited and classes begin soon! Sign up today!
 
Makerspace Challenge! Student's in grades K-5 will experience several exciting activities over the course of 6 sessions. Every skill level, ranging from beginner to super geek will need to fire up their brains and prepare to work in cooperative engineering teams. Students will enhance their skills in logical thinking, collaboration and communication while coding. This program will foster educational and entrepreneurial innovation, inspire creative-hands on learning and strengthen problem solving skills.​
Chef It Up 2 Go!
Kids in grades K-5 are the top chefs in our fun-filled programs. Each week the menu and program changes, but the fun never ends! We will have classes using kitchen gadgets, have totally cool cooking battles, visit different countries, try new foods, conduct fun experiments with food science and more! ​
Boosting the Basics Writing Workshop: This six-week course offers students in grades 3-5 the opportunity to hone their writing skills in an after-school setting. In this course, emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of writing such as: sentence structure, paragraphing, figurative language, and grammar.
Mixed Media Funk: Children's Art Parties Join us for three weeks of fun! You will be painting your interpretation of masterpieces; Picasso and Van Gogh. You will use bright, bold colors and fluorescents too. You will create your own modern, funky creations by incorporating collages using beads, wood, shiny paper, puffy paint and more! For grades K-5.
Keyboarding: This self-paced course teaches proper finger placement, memorization and navigation around the keyboard. Good keyboarding habits will benefit students with the new online PARCC assessments. Sections for grades 2-5.
Going Gaga from the Gagasphere: Gaga is a popular fast-moving ball game played inside a “gaga pit”. The game is often called the “playground equalizer” because it is designed to be enjoyed by all ages and all athletic abilities, no special skills needed.  Easy to learn, easy to play, Gaga is a great way for the kids to be active and have a ton of fun! Grades 1-5.
Study Skills Essentials for grades 5-8 provides students with the necessary tools that are imperative for success upon entering middle school and beyond. Topics include organizational skills, time management, test taking skills, following directions and long term planning. 
Flash Mob Video
June 12, 2017
Click here to enjoy the Flash Mob video from #fieldday2017.
 
Hiding in Plain Sight
March 27, 2017
To learn more about the Hiding in Plain Sight presentation click here.
REVISED DATE: Cyber Safety for Parents
March 21, 2017
Please click here to see the revised date for the Cyber Safety presentation.
2017-2018 School Calendar
March 1, 2017
Save the Date! Hidden in Plain Sight
February 27, 2017
To learn more about Hidden in Plain Sight presented by Tim Shoemaker click here.
PARCC Testing Schedule 2017
January 19, 2017
To view the PARCC Testing schedule please click here.
Winter enrichment through GRCS
January 24, 2017

If you're looking for some after-school programs that will enrich your child's winter months, consider one of the many classes offered by the Glen Rock Community School! Schedules begin as early as Jan. 31.
Spots are still available in the following - just click the title for more information.
Boosting the Basics Writing Workshop
Brixology
​Keyboarding
Painting Party
PARCC Testing Schedule 2017
January 19, 2017
To view the PARCC Testing Schedule please click here.
"When Kayla was Kyle"
December 14, 2016

COMMUNITY SHOWCASE 2016
October 27, 2016

Updated Food Permission Slip
September 14, 2016
The Food Permission Slip for the 2016-2017 school year can be found by clicking here.
It's Fall StoryWalk Time!
September 12, 2016
If your are interested in learning more about the Fall StoryWalk on Sunday, September 25 from 2:00-4:00 click here.
HIB Contact Information
September 9, 2016
To find the contact information for the Anti-Bullying Specialist at Alexander Hamilton School, please click here.
Summer Office Hours
July 1, 2016
Please be aware that our Summer Office Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fall 2016 Class Placement
June 24, 2016
Elementary student class placement can be accessed via the Genesis Parent Portal, Wednesday, August 24 at 12 noon.
Login for the Genesis Parent Portal is found under the Parents/students tab on the main page of the district website. 
www.glenrocknj.org
 

Irene Pierides
Hamilton Flash Mob 2016
June 15, 2016
Dear Families,
Thank you to everyone who helps to make this one of my favorite parts of field day:  Noelle Morrow – our dance teacher, Ellie Tahan – our videographer on a ladder, the teachers for joining in, and mostly, the children who amaze me with their ability to learn the dance in just 2 half hour lessons.  Please use the password HAMFLASH and enjoy!
Irene Pierides     

https://vimeo.com/170646599
Health Alert-Racoon Warning
May 24, 2016
To read about the Heath Alert click here
District Calendar 2016-2017
May 24, 2016
To view the School Calendar for the 2016-2017 school year please click here.
Emergency Closings
March 17, 2016
For more information on the recent calendar changes please click here.
NJ Parent Link
March 17, 2016
For more information about NJ Parent Link please click here.
NJ Makers Day Volunteers Needed
March 3, 2016

Click here for more information.
March 31 is a 12:33 Dismissal Day for K-5 Students
February 29, 2016
On March 31, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg will be making several presentations in the district. In order for our teachers to participate in his Professional Development program, all elementary schools will dismiss at 12:33 p.m. 
Click here for a letter from the Superintendent regarding the early dismissal.
Click here for the program flyer, including parent programs and Dr. Ginsburg's website.
Reading Buddies
February 10, 2016
Join Reading Buddies! Reading Buddies is an organization in which elementary school students will be paired with volunteer Glen Rock High School students to read together. The program will take place every Thursday at 4-5pm in the Glen Rock Public Library's Children's Section from March 3-April 7. All elementary school children are welcome to join! Contact Haley Rosenwald at readingbuddiesGlenRock@yahoo.com to confirm your interest and for any questions.
Summer Enrichment through GRCS
April 22, 2016

This summer the Glen Rock Community School is offering several programs to inspire young writers and encourage young readers. In addition, we are offering a special one-week program for incoming 6th graders who are "Making the Move to Middle School." Also, our Study Skills program is open to all incoming 5th and 6th graders. Please visit the links below for more information. These are limited-enrollment programs – early registration is highly recommended!

Reader’s Clubhouse, for students entering Grades 1-2 and 3-5. Students at all reading levels will enjoy this opportunity to share – or develop – their love of reading with their peers. Click here.
Rock Solid Reading Foundations, for students entering Grades 1-2. The newest addition to our Language Arts summer enrichment, Rock Solid provides students with engaging, phonics-based classroom instruction focused on specific areas of need. Click here.
Young Authorsfor students entering Grades 3-5. Keep writing skills sharp this summer while working alongside other young authors. Click here.
Middle School Success

For students entering 6th grade $99
August 15-19, 1-2 p.m. Glen Rock Middle School

The transition from elementary to middle school can be a daunting one. This course offers practical solutions and preparation tips to make it easier. Click here for more information.
Study Skills Essentials
For students entering grades 5-8
August 8-12, 1-2:15 p.m. Glen Rock Middle School $125

This program provides the necessary tools that are imperative for success in middle school and beyond, including organizational skills, time management, following directions and other key skills important for school success.Click here for additional information.

Kindergarten Orientation set for June 2 - Please save the date
January 20, 2016
 
Kindergarten Orientation set for June 2 - Please save the date
 Orientation for all children registered to enter Glen Rock Public Schools kindergarten in the fall of 2016 will be held on Thursday, June 2.   From 8:30-9 a.m. all parents will meet with their respective principals and HSA leadership. Following that, four sessions are planned – from 9-9:45 a.m., 10-10:45 a.m., 1-1:45 p.m. and 2-2:45 p.m.  –  when children will meet with the kindergarten teachers. Families are asked to please plan ahead to attend these important introductory events.
Letters from the elementary principals will be sent to all registered families on or about Monday, May 2, noting the child’s school building and orientation session assignments. Any incoming kindergartner who is registered on or before June 1 will be included in orientation.
Families who register their child after that date will receive placement notification in mid- to late August.  Registration packets for all students needing to register with the district  may be downloaded from the district’s website at www.glenrocknj.orgunder the Parents/Students tab. Completed packets should be delivered to the Glen Rock Board of Education Office, located at the rear of the Glen Rock High School/Middle School campus.
See Something - Say Something
November 20, 2015
Homeland Security See Something – Say Something campaign is a way for the everyday citizen to assist authorities to maintain safety. "If You See Something, Say Something™" is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.
 
To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed, including:

 
  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred; and
  • Why it's suspicious.
 
If there is an emergency, call 9–1–1.

 
PARCC Parent Resources
November 2, 2015
TOPS IN TRIVIA!
October 14, 2015
The Glen Rock Board of Education, in partnership with the Borough of Glen Rock, sponsored a Community Showcase on Wednesday, Oct.7 to introduce families to the many organizations in Glen Rock that provide cultural, recreational and educational opportunities for children and adults. The event featured a Trivia Treasure Hunt based on questions provided by the groups. 
Alexander Hamilton School second grader Ella Torsiello shows off her prize package to administrative assistant Debbie Miller.
Emergency Preparedness
October 2, 2015
Families are encouraged to visit: http://www.ready.gov/kit for important information regarding emergency preparedness.
NJ Anti-Bully Bill of Rights Act
September 16, 2015
Fact sheet for parents here and here.
 
Annual Integrated Pest Management Notice
September 1, 2015
Click here.
Public Safety Expo
August 25, 2015
Click here for more information.
2015-16 School Supplies Lists by Grade
August 12, 2015
Please click here to see the supply lists for each grade.  If you placed an order with the H.S.A. through School Tool Box,  your order will be delivered to your child’s classroom for the first day of school.  If you did not order through School Tool Box, you may shop for the same items listed here and have your child bring his/her supplies on the first day of school.  Please know that classroom teachers may ask for specific items needed for the class.  Once you know your child’s teacher, please check out their webpage for any additional items needed.  Thank you.
Hamilton HSA Website
February 10, 2015
Click here for most up to date Hamilton HSA Events.
Summer Enrichment
June 15, 2015
This summer, the Glen Rock Community School is offering two programs to inspire young readers and writers. 
Reader's Clubhouse
 is a summer mini book club where children can share - or develop - a love of literature with some fun activities added in for good measure. Please click here for our flyer.




Young Authors provides opportunities for writers to keep their skills sharp this summer, whether they are passionate about writing or simply want to improve their skills before September comes. Please click here for our flyer.




The Glen Rock Community School STEM camp is celebrating 21 years of inspiring the next generation of young scientists, engineers and mathematicians! Spots are filling quickly for this popular summer program for children entering grades 1 to 6. Please click here for our flyer.



 
Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Adult recruitment Event for Glen Rock
May 6, 2015
Click here for more info.
Glen Rock’s Bergen County Teacher/Educational Services Professionals
April 28, 2015
Congratulations to Leane Sikes, our Teacher of the Year for 2015-16!
Anti-idling campaign in Glen Rock schools: "Idle-free April: turn the key, be idle-free"
March 13, 2015
Click here for more info.
Make the Pledge.
Tween & Teen Technology Trends
March 13, 2015
Click here for more info.
Twenty-Eighth Annual Spelling Bee
March 13, 2015
K-2 Spring Concert
March 12, 2015
Friday, March 27th, 8:45am.
Updated PARCC Testing Schedule
March 6, 2015
Gr. 5 PARCC testing will take place Friday, March 6 & Monday, March 9
Gr. 4 PARCC testing will take place Tues, March 10 - Monday, March 16; Gr. 5 makeups will take place in the afternoon
Gr. 3 PARCC testing will take place Tues, March 17- Monday, March 23; Gr. 4 makeups will take place in the afternoon.
Gr. 3 Makeups begin Tues, March 24
2013-14 School Performance Report
February 10, 2015
Click here for Alexander Hamilton School Report.
2015 Readathon Form
February 10, 2015
PARCC Testing Dates
February 4, 2015
The Great Kindness Challenge
January 30, 2015
The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on campuses nationwide.Our school is proudly participating in this proactive, positive bullying prevention initiative.
 
All students will receive a GKC checklist with 50 kind deeds. Please encourage your child to complete the checklist and show the world that ...KINDNESS  MATTERS!
2015 PARCC Testing Dates
January 12, 2015
Performance-Based Component
Grades 3 through 8              March 2, 2015 through March 27, 2015
 
High School                             February 20, 2015 through April 2, 2015
(10 day break for HSPA testing – no PARCC )
    March 2, 2015 through March 16, 2015)
 
End-of-Year Component
All grade levels                     April 27, 2015 through May 22, 2015 
Sparks After School Enrichment
September 5, 2014










The Glen Rock Community School is pleased to announce our winter/spring line-up of After School activities. Please click here for a brief overview of all we have to offer.
Space is limited. Enrollment begins Monday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m
Farewell Party/Zak Magic
November 17, 2014
The Glen Rock Library will host a farewell party for Trisha Fishelman on Saturday, December 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 featuring continuous entertainment provided by Zak Magic. Mrs. Fishelman has served as Children’s Librarian for the past 10 years and will be retiring on December 31. Patrons of all ages are invited to drop by to enjoy the festivities and sign a message board for her. Mrs. Fishelman says that she would love to have children add their names or draw a picture on the board.  If you aren’t able to attend the party, please stop by another time to say good-bye.
Girls Leadership Institute
March 3, 2015
NEW DATES: April 23, 30, May 7 & 14 The Glen Rock Community School is pleased to host a special workshop of the Girls Leadership Institute. For over 10 years, this non-profit organization has offered leadership development for girls through programs designed to assist them in becoming more emotionally intelligent, resilient and confident.


This workshop is limited in enrollment to 15 fourth or fifth grade girls and an adult partner. 
Please click here for more information about the program and how to register.
For additional information about the institute, visit their website atwww.girlsleadershipinstitute.org.
Common Core Research & Development Publication
September 29, 2014
Click here.
HIB information
September 3, 2014
Traffic Rules
September 27, 2014
Please review the Traffic Rules. Thank you for your help with keeping your children safe!
Elementary Classroom Assignments
August 7, 2014

Parents may access their child’s elementary classroom teacher beginning Friday, August 15 at 3:00PM using their parent portal account.  If you have not registered for a parent portal account, please click here for an account application.

New Girl Scouts in Grades K-5
June 23, 2014
 Click here for more info.
Updated Report Card Brochure
October 23, 2013
 Click here for 2014-15 updated report card brochure.
Pathways Event
June 5, 2014
 Clicke here for more info.
Plant a Tree
April 21, 2014
Glen Rock 2nd to 4th graders are invited to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with a special program presented by the Glen Rock Arboretum on April 24th from 4:00 to 5:00.
Co-chairs of the Education Committee of the Arboretum, Diane Schlegel and Lucy Malka, will share the book Why Would Anyone Cut Down a Tree. Children will do a nature craft and plant a seedling provided by the Arboretum and the Glen Rock Shade Tree Committee. The seedlings will go home for nurturing and may then be planted at the Arboretum or at a spot of the family’s choice.  Please register for this program in the Children’s Room.
Summer Language Arts programs for children
June 16, 2014
This summer the Glen Rock Community School is offering two programs to inspire young readers and writers:
Reader's Clubhouse offers sessions for students entering grades 1-2 and 3-5.
Please click here for our flyer.
Young Authors offers sessions for students entering grades 3-5.
Please click here for our flyer.
Registration is limited. Register soon!
Spring After School Enrichment Classes NOW REGISTERING!
April 7, 2014
Glen Rock Community School announces our Spring Semester of Classes

Classes begin right after Spring Break! Register today!
Visit our registration page for links to additional information and to register.
 
Mad Science presents their all new “NASA: Academy of Future Space Explorers”
Grades: K-5
Hamilton School, Wednesdays, April 23-May 28, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
 
Private Instrument Lessons provides individual lessons for beginners to intermediate for woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, percussion and guitar.
Hamilton School, Mondays, April 21-June 15 (no class May 26); call for time
 
Keyboarding: This enrichment program provides additional practice for students in proper finger placement, memorization and navigation around the keyboard.
Grades: 2-5
Byrd School, Tuesdays, April 22-May 27, 3:30-4 p.m.
Hamilton School, Thursdays, April 24-May 29, 3:30-4 p.m.
 
Telling Tales: a fantasy writing workshop where young authors learn that magic can happen in the midst of the ordinary!
Grades: 3-5
Byrd School, Tuesdays, April 22-May 27, 3:25-4:15 p.m.
Central School, Thursdays, April 24-May 29, 3:25-4:15 p.m.
Coleman School, Wednesdays, April 30-June 4 3:25-4:15 p.m.
Hamilton School, Wednesdays, April 23-May 28, 3:25-4:15 p.m.
 
Sewing for beginners: an introduction to hand and machine sewing. Also appropriate for students enrolled in the winter class who wish to continue.
Grades 4-5
Glen Rock Middle School, Wednesdays, April 23-May 28, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
 
Spring Tennis Clinic: A great introduction to the sport for beginners and advanced beginners.
Wilde Memorial Park tennis courts
Grades K-1: Wednesdays, May 7-28 3:45-4:30 p.m. OR Thursdays, May 8-30 4:40-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-3: Wednesdays, May 7-28, 4:40-5:15 p.m. OR Thursdays, May 8-30, 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Grades 4-8: Wednesdays, May 7-28, 5:15-6:15 p.m. OR Thursdays, May 8-30, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
 
Clay Creations: A totally hands-on class where students have fun learning to make both functional and fun projects in clay.
Grades 2-4
Coleman School, Thursdays, April 24-May 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

GRCS SUMMER CAMPS NOW REGISTERING!
March 13, 2014
                           
The Glen Rock Community School is pleased to present our camps for the summer of 2014! We're bringing back many of your favorites... we've added some great enhancements to others... and we have several new choices - all of which add up to another summer of fun that's never ending! Visit our Camp Webpage today!
 


 
Hamilton's Anti-bullying Specialist, Mrs. Audrey Mutch
September 2, 2015
Join Daisy Girl Scouts at Hamilton School!
April 2, 2014
 Click here for more info.
District Calendar 2014-15
January 9, 2014
 Click here for approved calendar for 2014-15 school year.  
Pennies for Patients
January 10, 2014
 The Hamilton School Student Council is collecting spare change for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients” pasta program. If they would like to participate, students may collect spare change from January 13-24. The class that collects the most money will win an Olive Garden pasta lunch. Coin collection boxes will be sent home Friday or early next week. Thank you for your support.

IPM Notice letter for 2014-2015
August 19, 2014
Click here.
Supply List 2014-15
July 24, 2014
What is Word Study?
February 27, 2014
 Click here for the PowerPoint presentation from the Parent Word Study Workshop.
Parent Word Study Training Workshop
November 4, 2013
 Click here for more info.
Everyday Math Presentation
January 9, 2014
This PowerPoint was presented at the Everyday Math parent workshop.  This is an excellent informational presentation on what students need to know for the new state assessment (PARCC) and how you can help your child master their math facts.  
Online ordering for lunch
November 22, 2013
The Glen Rock School Distict, in conjunction with Pomptonian Food Service, is pleased to announce the availability of online ordering for lunch. Please click here for more information.

Food Allergy Permission Form
February 20, 2013
If your child has food allergergies, please fill out this form prior to any food being served during celebrations and return to your child's classroom teacher. Please click here for form.
Character Education at Hamilton
November 1, 2013
2013-2014 District Calendar
February 20, 2013
Click here for calendar.
Dismissal Letter to Parents
August 16, 2013
Welcome all Kindergarten and Elementary NEW families!  Please download this Dismissal Letter to Parents and return it the first day of school, September 9.  Thank you!

 
Congratulations to Hamilton’s Teacher of the Year:
April 30, 2013
Laura Ciabattoni!
Anticipated Vacancy Posting
October 28, 2013
 Click here for more info.
Annual Intergrated Pest Management Notice
August 21, 2013
Please click here to view the GRBOE policy on Annual Integrated Pest Management for school year 2013-2014.
Everyday Math Parent Workshop
September 24, 2013
Click here for updated Everyday Math Workshop info.
OPT out HSA Federated Handbook form. Deadline Oct. 4th
October 2, 2013
Click here for more info.
Internet Safety Presentation
October 2, 2013
Click here for more info.
COMMUNITY EVENTS, CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
October 23, 2013
 
Reminder: Dogs are not allowed on school property at any time.
September 27, 2012
Thank you for your cooperation.
Parent Information
July 24, 2013
Elementary families can access their child’s information, including their classroom teacher for the 2013-2014 school year beginning Friday, August 23 at 3:00PM.  Families who need to set up a Genesis Parent Portal account can click on the following link.

Hamilton students selected for honor band
May 10, 2013
 

Musical notes 

Five students from the Glen Rock School District were selected for the Second Annual All-North Jersey Elementary Honor Band on May 4. (Front row, from left) Hamilton School fifth graders Maya Doyle (clarinet), Jessica Malo (flute), Robert Kim (trumpet) and Glen Rock Middle School sixth grader Shivani Parulekar (trumpet), along with (back row, center) sixth grader Anand Shetler (trumpet) are congratulated by their band directors John Diomede (left) and Jeffery Kurland (right).  Jenna Sasson, another Hamilton student, served as an alternate clarinetist and sixth grader Charlotte Arehart was selected as an alternate oboist. These students were among 270 musicians selected from a pool of 450 fifth and sixth graders who were nominated by their instructors.
 
The students were divided into three bands, one fifth grade band (The Red Band) and two sixth grade bands (The Blue and Green Bands).  They received their music three weeks prior to the event and worked with their band directors to prepare the music. Students attended a morning rehearsal on May 4, followed by lunch and another rehearsal before performing for an audience of almost 700 at South Orange Middle School. All nominating directors were present at the festival to assist with rehearsals, lunch and other logistical tasks.
 
On a related note, 15 students from Hamilton School participated in a cover design contest for the music education magazine Music K-8. Hamilton art teacher Kim Menke and music teacher John Diomede assisted the students with submitting their entries.   Fifth grader Jenna Sasson’s design was selected as a finalist and fourth grader Yejin Suh’s piece received honorable mention. 








Glen Rock Public Library Events
February 27, 2014

Glen Rock Library Spring Story Times
The 2014 five week Spring Story Time Session for children from ages 3 to Kindergarten-age will be offered on Wednesday mornings beginning on April 8th. Three-year-olds will meet from 9:30 to 10:00 and Fours, Fives and Kindergarten age children will enjoy their program from 10:30 to 11:00. Please register for this free program in the Children’s Room.

Summer Reading Program Kick-Off
Glen Rock pre-schoolers to teens are invited to a Summer Kick-Off registration party on Saturday, June 14. Zak Magic will be on hand from 10:00-4:00 providing  entertainment including magic, balloon animals, hula hoop contests and dance parties. Teens can register for summer programs while enjoying snacks and playing Wii and board games. No registration is required for this Friends sponsored event. Please come rain or shine!
Glen Rock Community School Children's Classes
January 9, 2014

After school activities now registering!

The GRCS is now registering for the following winter and spring classes. Click here to visit us online and view a copy of our course catalog. Our Tots to Teens section provides complete information regarding dates, locations and pricing. Space is limited and classes begin soon! Sign up today!
Basketball: The Glen Rock Basketball Academy presents its Spring Basketball programs for boys grades 3-8, girls grades 3-8 and little ball handling wizards grades K-2.
Boosting the Basics Writing Workshop: This six-week course offers students in grades 3-5 the opportunity to hone their writing skills in an after-school setting.
Clay Creations: In this totally hands-on class, students will learn to make both functional and fun projects in clay. Grades 2-4.
Drawing for Beginners: Nurture the artist in your child! This Saturday afternoon program for grades 1-5 will introduce the basic foundations of how simple shapes connect to create drawings of people, animals and more.
Instrument Lessons: Private music lessons offer comprehensive one-on-one music instruction in beginner to intermediate woodwinds, brass, strings, piano and percussion.
Keyboarding: This self-paced course teaches proper finger placement, memorization and navigation around the keyboard.  Good keyboarding habits will benefit students with the new online PARCC assessments. Grades 2-5.
Mad Science: Join the Mad Science team after school for some cool and crazy science! Become an engineer, a chemist, a film maker and more! Sections for grades K-2 and 3-5
Sewing for Beginners: In this introduction to hand and machine sewing, students will learn the basics they need for mending and laying the groundwork for more advanced projects. Grades 4-5
Speed Training: This popular program is for male and female athletes of all sports who want to increase and improve their speed, quickness and agility. Grades 3-5.
Telling Tales: A fantasy writing workshop for students in grades 3-5 where young authors will learn that the magical can happen in the midst of the ordinary!
Voice Lessons: Students work on proper breathing, posture, tone production and techniques in this individualized class. For age 10 and up. (Page 31 of our catalog.)
GRBSA - Glen Rock Baseball/Softball
December 2, 2013
 Click here for more info.
Glen Rock Ice Hockey Atoms Clinic
October 23, 2013
 Click here for more info.
NEW After School Writer's Workshop
October 16, 2013
An After School writing program for students in grades 3-5 is being introduced here at Hamilton School next month. "Telling Tales" is a creative writing class that will focus on fantasy fiction.
Click here for more information.
Elementary School Summer Hours
July 3, 2013
Hope you are enjoying summer!  Our summer office hours are 8AM to 3PM.  For new student registration, please download and complete the information from our District Website, under the Parent/Student Tab, and then contact our Board Office at x8950.
Summer Book Club
May 24, 2013

Summer Book Club

The Glen Rock Community School is now registering for the Summer Book Club for boys and girls entering grades 3, 4 and 5 in the fall. This program is a great way for students at all reading levels to develop and share a love of reading!
Click here for more information.




Glen Rock Public Library Events
October 2, 2013
Click here for more info.
Kindergarten Orientation
May 3, 2013
Click here for more info.
CHANGES TO CROSSING GUARD POSTS: IMPORTANT UPDATE
May 16, 2013
The Glen Rock Board of Education has been notified by the Office of the Mayor of Glen Rock that the two crossing guard posts previously discontinued will be reinstated with limited hours effective Monday May 20, 2013.
 
Crossing guard coverage for the intersections of Maple at Waldron and Ackerman at Harding will be available from 8-8:45 a.m. and 3:15-3:50 p.m. effective Monday, May 20. Residents should take note that there will be no coverage at these intersections during school lunch periods.
 
The new posts previously announced will continue as originally scheduled:
Rock and Berkeley has been added only from 7:15-8:45 a.m. 
Rock at Main in the Central Business District has been added only from 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Rock at Hamilton has been added only from 3-3:50 p.m.
 
Questions should be referred to the Glen Rock Police Department.
Glen Rock Library Fall Storytimes
August 21, 2013
Please click on this link for information on the Fall Storytime Program offered at the Glen Rock Public Library.
Science Club
April 16, 2013
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Girl Scout Troop 1253 is collecting for Valley Hospice!
February 27, 2013
Please click here for more info.
Annual Halloween Parade
September 30, 2013
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Join Girl Scouts Daisies
September 19, 2013
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Early Dismissal, Friday, February 8th.
February 7, 2013
 Due to anticipated weather conditions, the Glen Rock Public School District will follow a one session early dismissal schedule on Friday, February 8. All schools will open at normal times. Middle and High School dismissal will be at 12:26PM. Elementary School dismissal will be at 12:33PM. All other district activities, including childcare, will be canceled for the remainder of the day. Thank you.
Robotics Open House
January 23, 2013
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No Name Calling Week
January 21, 2013
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An interactive session with Laura Cipullo, RD
January 15, 2013
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Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. Drive
January 14, 2013
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Children's Theater Event at the Ridgewood Woman's Club
January 4, 2013
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Sparks: After School Activities
February 20, 2013
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Pathways for Exceptional Children - Bowling!
January 2, 2013
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GRBA Registration Information
December 5, 2012
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Pathways Holiday Party
December 4, 2012
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Pathways for Exceptional Children Holiday Party
December 5, 2012
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LAL Parent Workshop
November 19, 2012
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Pennies for Patients
October 26, 2012
The Student Council is holding a “Pennies for Patients” collection for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Your child will be bringing home a coin collection box.  If you wish your child to participate, please return the coin box anytime from October 22 –November 12.  As a fun incentive, the class who raises the most money will win an extra physical education class with Mr. Holmgren.
Thank you for your generous support!
Hamilton Harvest Festival
October 16, 2012
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Harvest Fest Menu
Keyboarding for Children at Hamilton School (Grades 3-5) $59
October 16, 2012
School children use computers practically every day, yet in today’s world of handheld devices, it is very easy for them to develop bad keyboarding habits. This self-paced course will teach proper finger placement, memorization and navigation around the keyboard. Speed and accuracy will be measured in each lesson. Space is limited. Enroll early. Staff of PC Playhouse Class meets 3:30-4 p.m.Tuesdays, Nov. 6-Dec. 11, Hamilton Elementary.
 
Internet Safety Workshop
October 16, 2012
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Annual Halloween Parade
October 10, 2012
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Oct.1 – 5 “Week of Respect”
September 28, 2012
Children will be engaged in variety of activities focusing on character building and preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying.  Mrs. Pierides, Mrs. Falkenstern, our elementary counselor, Mr. Holmgren and Mrs. Wright will partner with the teachers to lead lessons in each classroom
PICTURE DAY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED
September 28, 2012
Due to the weather, picture day will be rescheduled for Monday, October 1st, rain or shine. Thank you.
National Walk to School Day
September 27, 2012
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Glen Rock Ice Hockey ATOMS Clinic
September 27, 2012
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Pathways for Exceptional Children
September 25, 2012
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Report Card Brochure
November 19, 2012
Click here for brochure.
Parent/Guardian Portal Account Information
August 15, 2012
You may access your child’s classroom assignment for the 2012-2013 school year by logging into our Genesis Parent Portal System beginning Monday, August 20 at 9:00AM. The first day of school classroom teachers will send home a class list complete with names, addresses and phone numbers. If you have not previously registered in our Parent Portal, please click on the link below to obtain the Parent Portal Request Form. If you have previously registered and have forgotten your password, please contact Debbie Miller @ millerd@glenrocknj.org or Mary Wolos at wolosm@glenrocknj.org at the Guidance Department.
We look forward to welcoming you back to school September 5!
-Click here for the Parent Portal Request Form
2012-2013 Student Supply Lists
July 9, 2012
Please click on the following links to access Student School Supply Lists by Grade:

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5
Come Celebrate National EMS Week
May 18, 2012
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Congratulations to Jamie Britton
May 24, 2012
Hamilton School’s Teacher of the Year!
Help raise money to put an AED on every field!
May 4, 2012
Click here for more info.

Francesca Fundraiser
April 30, 2012
On Wednesday, May 2nd, Francesca will be hosting a fundraiser to help Autism Speaks and "Team Glen Rock" raise autism awareness. Click here for more info.
Walk to School Day
April 20, 2012
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Used Bike Drive
April 12, 2012
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Character Education
March 7, 2012
In March we will discuss self-esteem with the book I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell
25th Annual WICS Spelling Bee
February 14, 2012
The Glen Rock Women in Community Service would like to invite all 4th and 5th grade residents of Glen Rock and those who attend a Glen Rock School to participate in our Twenty-Fifth Annual Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in the Middle School/High School Auditorium. For more info and a registration form, click the link below.
- Spelling Bee Registration Packet and Info

Robotics Open House
February 7, 2012
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Everyday Math (EDM) Parent Information Workshop - March 6, 2012
January 27, 2012
Click here for more info.
Letter From PSE&G
May 9, 2012
Click here.
Please be advised that students are not allowed to ride scooters to school, motorized or razor.
September 12, 2012
Thank you. 
Character Education: December
October 4, 2011
Sharing and Expressing Gratitude: The Present  by Bob Gill

Upcoming Parent Workshops
November 16, 2011
Everyday Math – January 11th 7:00 at Central School
Report Cards
November 4, 2011
Report cards for students in Grades 1-5 for the first marking period will be available on the Genesis Parent Portal on November 23 at 12:15 PM.  You will have to have an active parent account to be able to view the report card. If you do not have an account, please refer to the attached form to begin the activation process. If you would like to receive a paper copy instead of viewing it electronically, please send an e-mail directly to your child’s classroom teacher to let them know.
Halloween Update
November 3, 2011
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Hamilton Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31, 2011
October 18, 2011
Click here for a letter from Mrs. Pierides.
Annual Children’s Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 29th
October 18, 2011
Click here for more info.
Welcome Theresa Santaga, teaching assistant.
November 4, 2011
 
Hamilton Harvest Fest Recipes
October 27, 2011
  • Click here for recipes served at Hamilton Harvest Fest.
  • Local Farmer visits Hamilton Harvest Fest. Click here for information and recipes.
HSA Handbook Cover Art Contest
September 17, 2013
Click here for more info.
Glen Rock Ice Hockey ATOMS Clinic
October 18, 2011
Click here for more info.
Everyday Math Parent Workshop
September 9, 2011
It will be held on Wednesday evening, November 2, 2011. Click here for more info.
World Language and Social Studies Program Parent Survey
August 10, 2011
Click here for a letter and links to a parent survey about the district's World Language and Social Studies programs. 
Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB)
September 12, 2011
Hamilton School and all of Glen Rock Schools have high expectations for student behavior. Please read Mrs. Pierides' letter about the new state guidelines for Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) and how they will be implemented at Hamilton. 
The Hamilton School Anti Bullying Specialist is:
September 15, 2011
 Charlie Holmgren
School Supply Lists 2011-12
July 29, 2011
Individual teachers may request additional items once school begins. Thank you.

KINDERGARTEN

A Book Bag large enough to carry papers and a folder
2 Elmer’s Glue Sticks
2 sturdy Pocket Folders for papers (pockets on the bottom, not sides)
1 box of 10 Thin markers
1 box of 10 Thick markers
1 box of crayons
1 box of colored pencils
1 pack of #2 pencils
1 box of kleenex

GRADE 1

12 pencils
1 large glue stick
2 hard plastic pocket folders
3 Marble notebooks appropriate for a journal
2 boxes of tissues (for the class)
1 pack 8 Crayola Thin Line Watercolor Markers
1 pack 8 Crayola Thick Line Watercolor Markers
1 package 12 Crayola Colored Pencils
1 box of 16 crayons
1 package thin EXPO dry erase markers

GRADE 2

Art smock with name
3 standard notebooks(not college ruled, no perforation)
2 pocket homework folder (no Trappers)
Scissor
Colored pencils
Thin markers
Thick markers
Watercolor set
Crayons (16 count)
4 Expo low odor dry erase markers
Post-its
An eraser
Pencils
4 glue sticks
Tissues for the classroom
A sock to use as white board eraser


GRADE 3

1 box of tissues
1 pack of pencils (at least 12)
2 pens (erasable)
2 packs of markers (1 thick and 1 thin)
1 highlighter
1 pair of scissors
2 erasers
1 box of crayons
2 glue sticks
1 folder
1 one subject notebooks
1 two subject notebook
1 marble composition notebook
1 package of 3 x 5 lined index cards
1 roll of scotch tape
1 art smock (oversized shirt will do)
1 plastic supply case (shoe box size)
2 pads of regular sized post its- can be lined

GRADE 4

1 two-subject notebook – (math)
3 one-subject notebooks – (social studies/science/word study)
1 small soft pencil case
1 box of pencils (12)
4 pens of various colors
6 folders -- (social studies/science/math/reading/writing/homework)
1 highlighter
2 boxes of tissues
6 packages of 3x3 LINED post-its
1 small box of thin markers
1 small box of crayons
1 roll of invisible tape. (Scotch or similar brand)
2 glue sticks
1 box of colored pencils
1 Webster’s Dictionary (pocket or small size)

GRADE 5

Two 3-subject spiral notebooks
Four 2-pocket folders
3 Post-It pads (3” squares)
2 highlighters (different colors preferred)
1 box of colored pencils
1 glue stick
2 rolls of scotch tape in a small dispenser
1 package of thin Expo markers
Pencils
Erasers
Pens (blue or black ink)
Soft-sided pencil case
2 boxes of tissues
Small dictionary (Merriam-Webster is suggested)
Centimeter/inch ruler
Half-circle protractor (to be kept at home)
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