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Upcoming Events
Repeating Event - Scholastic Book Fair
8:50 AM - 2:55 PM
Repeating Event - Scholastic Book Fair
8:50 AM - 2:55 PM
Repeating Event - Scholastic Book Fair
8:50 AM - 2:55 PM
Repeating Event - Scholastic Book Fair
8:50 AM - 2:55 PM
School One News
2016-2017 Educator of the Year: Greg Tavoularis

Greg Tavoularis, also known as Mr. T, has been awarded the 2016-2017 Educator of the Year Award. He is totally dedicated to School 1 and his profession as a physical education teacher by providing a highly effective physical education program which included games, dance, fitness, relaxation, sportsmanship, mentoring, morning activities, fundraisers and much more. Greg has an endless amount of energy that he brings to school everyday.  He goes out of his way to support his colleagues and the students that are in his care. Greg knows how to make learning fun, through play and instruction in  a healthy and caring environment. Besides the outstanding PE program that Coach T presents, he provides a morning exercise activity to students in grade K-6 which introduces and supports children in learning, concentrating, stress relief, and most of all fun. Mr. T maintains discipline and respect through trust and kindness. Students love to come to school and see him as they are always made to feel special.


2016-2017 Professional of the Year: Alla Brutter

Alla Brutter has exercised kindness, professionalism and expertise throughout her 13 years as a Speech and Language Pathologist. Her ability to assist students in achieving their goals and mastering linguistic skills has been her trademark. Her in depth knowledge and strong educational background incites her colleagues to seek out her advice which is respected as well as implemented. Ms. Brutter acquires an extensive knowledge of her students simply by working with their teachers and parents on all levels, academically and personally, so as to ensure their lifelong success.

Fort Lee PARCC Schedule

School #1 Participates In Hour of Code Events During Computer Science Week, December 5-11

Hour of Code

School #1 is participating in Hour Of Code during Computer Science Education Week from December 5-11. The annual global campaign is an effort to ensure all students are equipped with valuable 21st century critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our students will be participating in events during the school day in their classrooms as well as in library class.

Giving students the confidence to understand how technology works and the ability to control it, is an increasingly important part of children’s education today. School 1 wants all students to experience how easy and empowering it is to learn programming.

Here are some videos about coding:

What is computer programming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THOEQ5soVpY&t=2s

Think like a computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xngWoocXYCo&list=PLRu2L9J9oDFVa5LObsP87--T1mtEruhVp

Code.org video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STRPsW6IY8k

If your children would like to start coding at home, they can visit the website www.code.org. Students are excited about computer programming and are looking forward to the events planned for December 5-11.

Thank you, Pam Gunther!


On November 15th, Pam Gunther, owner of Fit and Fun Playscapes, met with the fifth and sixth grade G&T students from Schools No. 1 and No. 3 to support this year’s “Art of Play” unit of study. While this is a design challenge for the fifth graders, the sixth graders were invited to attend because they will be providing input and insights as the teams work through their designs. Mrs. Gunther will continue with follow-up “work” sessions during the project, which will culminate in team presentations to a panel of judges. The “winning” team’s design will be manufactured by her company and the game/activity stencil will be painted on the playgrounds of Schools No. 1 and No. 3 for all to enjoy!

Thank you to the Fort Lee School District for supporting this project!

Environmental Club- Hydroponic System

School 1 is excited to participate in a new hydroponic growing system through the support of FLEF. 
Mrs. Minutolo and the 6th graders, along with members of the Environmental Club, will use the system to sustainably grow a variety of vegetables and plants. Throughout the process, they will research the benefits and disadvantages of hydroponic farming and enjoy the tasty fruits of their labor. 

Thank you Mayor Sokolich and Mr. Mignone!
On November 1st, Mayor Mark Sokolich and Borough Engineer, Mr. Ed Mignone, met with the fifth and sixth grade G&T students from Schools No. 1 and No. 3 to support this year’s Community Passive Park/Garden Design project. The mayor provided information regarding the property that is being donated to Fort Lee by the Luppino family and spoke about his vision for the park. Mr. Mignone provided tax and zoning maps and started to get the students to think like engineers who will solve problems inherent to this design process project. Mr. Mignone will continue with follow-up “work” sessions during the project, which will culminate in team presentations to a panel of judges. One aspect or more of the “winning” team’s design will be incorporated into the actual town plans. 

Jump Rope for Heart
School One raised just under $6,000 for Jump Rope for Heart! Event organizer Mr Tavoularis is pictured with American Heart Association volunteer and heart transplant recipient John Domato. They are with third grade student Lucas Feliciano who raised $1,690 for the event. Click here to see amazing photos from the event!
15 Minute Child Break
As part of the Stigma-Free initiative, Fort Lee High School will be hosting the “15 Minute Child Break” presentation led by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey on Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30PM in the high school auditorium. This informative presentation discusses ways in which parents can prevent child and adolescent substance abuse while strengthening family connections. All parents of students in grades K-12 are invited to attend.
Kristi Yamaguchi Spreads 'Kindness' in School 1
Thank you Kristi Yamaguchi for coming to School 1 to read your amazing new children's book "Cara's Kindness"
Your hard work over the years is true motivation and inspiration to all of us! 
Jump Rope For Heart
Dear Parent/Guardian,

It's time for Jump Rope for Heart!! This is an American Heart Association program that teaches students in 38,000 schools nationwide valuable lessons that will last a lifetime. Jump Rope for Heart will be taking place in School 1 on October 20th.

State Assessment Information
Dear School No. 1 Parents and Guardians,

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-6.6, beginning in the Fall of 2016 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.  Therefore, the following represents the standardized assessment schedule for the Fort Lee Elementary Schools in the Spring of 2017:

Assessment Subject Area Administration Date Grades Covered Requirement Results Available
Testing Window: Grades 3 - 8 N/A September 2017
PARCC ELA Grades 3-8
PARCC Math Grades 3-8
April 24, 2017-May 19, 2017      
NJ ASK Science Grade 4
NJ ASK Science Grade 4
May 31, 2017 Grade 4 N/A N/A
  Make Up Date: June , 7,
*If a student is permitted extra time or any other accommodations by their IEP, parents/guardians should contact their guidance office for additional details on accommodations and accessibility. 
*The links in this document will provide additional information such as sample test questions.  
 September 29, 2016
School One Receives "Little Free Library" from FLHS National Honor Society
The National Honor Society has long been known as an organization that values scholarship, leadership, service, and character among its members. Each year local chapters select community projects that reflect these four pillars, and seek to fill a need within the greater community. This year’s cohort of students worked on a year long project dedicated to supporting community literacy during the summer months. The students assembled, decorated, and dedicated four “Little Free Library” lending libraries to each of the local elementary schools just in time for summer vacation. Each Little Free Library will allow school aged children access to reading materials all summer long, even if they are not able to get to the town’s public library. The Little Free Library program was started as a passion project 2009 with one free standing library in Hudson, Wisconsin. Since that time the program has become an international, non-profit with libraries spanning the globe. The mission of the Little Free Library program is “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” Little Free Library How it Works: “Take a Book - Return a Book” “A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. If you want to give a few books, simply put them in a Little Free Library book exchange near you.” Students and families are encouraged to share books they love with the local community by donating well loved copies. Little Free Libraries require no library card, no book fines, and no limits on how many books can be borrowed at time. Each local library at Schools 1, 2, 3 , and 4 were designed in conjunction with the building librarians and principals to reflect the interests and values of each building and local community. Members of the the Fort Lee community are encouraged to peek inside the libraries this summer when they are traveling around town, and see what each unique library has to offer. Books can be borrowed from one library and returned to another. The only rules of the Little Free Library system are to be kind to the lending libraries, and to leave as much as you take. Each local Little Free Library has a unique charter number that will be added to the international Little Free Library locator map. Book drives and donation days will be sustained by future National Honor Society cohorts to maintain the initiative. For more information about the Little Free Library project please go to www.littlefreelibrary.org or contact Ms. Baker at bbaker@flboe.com.
2015-2016 Teacher of the Year: AnnMarie Corcione
AnnMarie Corcione has been a teacher at School One for five years teaching Pre-k through first grades. As a special education teacher she has worked with a variety of students in various settings. At this point her greatest accomplishment has been the ability to help children feel success in the general education classroom. She has developed behavior plans and multi-sensory learning experiences to help them with their academics, emotions, and social skills. She has watched students struggle with letter sounds and then see them put the sounds together to read a word. The moment her students feel success and not frustration, is that "ah ha" moment most teachers wait for.  For this and much more the School One staff is proud to recognize AnnMarie Corcione as our "Teacher of the Year".
2015-2016 Educational Services Professional of the Year: Barbara Costa
Barbara Costa has been a teacher at School One for 16 years teaching various grade levels and is well-respected in her position as a reading specialist for the primary grade levels. Her enthusiasm and expertise in her approach with youngsters who struggle with reading is most instrumental in helping these children meet with success.  Her upbeat and positive attitude is contagious not only with the students that are entrusted unto her care, but also among her colleagues.  She is a true asset to School One. It is no wonder as to why she was selected as The Educational Services Professional of the Year.
School No. 1 School Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Marisa Buonomo, Guidance Counselor
250 Hoym Street
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
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