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The next PTA Meeting is Monday night, February 2nd at 7:00PM in the Technology Room.

The Wanaque School District cordially invites you to participate in this very important parent meeting.


This is an opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of the PARCC Assessment and what this experience will be like for you and your child/children.

Our program will be held on Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00PM in the Haskell School Gymnasium.
If you wish to attend, please indicate so by on the Form attached below and returning it to your child's homeroom teacher no later than Monday, February 2nd so that we can plan accordingly.

Download RSVP Form

Monday, February 2nd is

Dr. Seuss Day is on Friday, February 6th.  We want to do something special each day leading up to it. The following schedule will help us celebrate reading in honor of Dr. Seuss!

MONDAY, FEB 2—Fox in Socks Day
Everyone should wear crazy socks.

TUESDAY, FEB 3—Grinchy Green Day
Everyone should wear something green
to honor the much-loved Dr. Seuss villain.

WEDNESDAY, FEB 4—Wacky Wednesday
Everyone should wear something wacky (but appropriate for school, of course).

School dress code must be followed.  No PJ’s, robes or slippers allowed.  Students wearing these will be
sent home). (Some possibilities are shirts worn inside out, a holiday shirt, mismatched shoes or socks, etc.)

THURSDAY, FEB 5—Oh, the Places You'll Go Day
Everyone should wear something representing a place they have visited
or that they hope to visit someday;
or wear a shirt with something appropriate for others to read duing the day.

FRIDAY, FEB 6—Dr. Seuss Day
Parents are invited to the assembly at 2:00–2:30PM on
on Friday, Feb 28th for K–4th Grade


Cat in the Hat hats are still available for purchase from the WS Library/Mrs. Horst for $5.00 ea.
The hats will also be available for purchase at the Seuss breakfast on Friday.

On Friday, February 6th at 8 AM,
Wanaque Elementary School students Grades K-4 will be treated to a
Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast as part of our Dr. Seuss Day/Read Across America celebration.
The breakfast will consist of green eggs, ham, fruit cup, biscuit and juice.  There will be no charge to the students courtesy of the Wanaque School PTA and the Wanaque Borough Education Association.
Snow Date will be Monday, February 9th.

If your child wants to come to this breakfast, please return the permission slip below by Monday, February 2nd.

Download Permission Slip

6th-8th Grade Valentine's Day Dance
Friday, February 6th
Haskell School
7:00PM–9:00PM (students must be picked up at 9:00PM sharp)
$3.00 admission with signed permission slip


Please submit any Box Tops you have by Thursday, February 12th, so there is time to check and count them. And remember to label each bag/envelope with the homeroom teacher's name. The next submittal date for Box Tops for Education is February 28th.

We will be continuing to collect Box Tops and Labels for Education through the end of school so keep sending them in! Thanks for supporting this program for our kids.

Any questions, contact Wendy DeMaio at wendy_demaio@yahoo.com

Grades 6-8 Drama Presents "Shrek The Musical"

Friday, February 13th at 7:00PM
Saturday, February 14th at 2:00PM

In just 45 days, schools across New Jersey will begin administering the PARCC test to students in grades 3-11. And while schools have been hard at work preparing, we have heard from many parents who are concerned about what the new test will mean for their child.

When does testing begin? Is there anything I can do to help my child prepare? Why do we even need a new test? To help answer the most common questions about PARCC we have created a guide covering how it will impact teachers, parents and schools. 

Download and share our PARCC guide to better support your child come test day

With the right assessments, standardized tests can provide schools and parents with powerful data to tailor instruction and support their child's development. By adopting a digital assessment and measuring proficiency against all, not just some of our state education standards, there is strong evidence PARCC will paint a clearer picture of student progress.

But this is still the first year PARCC will be in all schools. As parents we should always be cautious of these kind of changes and make sure that we are informed. There will surely be bumps in the road and as parents we can play an important role in ensuring they get addressed quickly and equitably, not just in schools with ample resources. To do this we need to first understand what PARCC is meant to do.

Stay in the know about the PARCC test by downloading and sharing our new guide

Standardized tests should never be the only measure of student performance, however they are an important ingredient. That is why in the coming weeks we will be following the transition to PARCC closely - listening to the needs and concerns of all parents and evaluating how meaningful the results are.

Debbie Tyrrell
NJPTA President

School will be closed on
Monday and Tuesday, February 16th & 17th
in observance of Presidents' Day

Jump for Heart and Hoops for Hope

Students in 2-8th Grade are eligible to participate.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 3:16 – 4:30PM
Wanaque School Gym

Anyone that does participate must return both permission forms, which will be sent home this week.
All money collected goes to the American Heart Association and it is due on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Monday, February 23rd will now be a single session day with a 1:16PM Dismissal
and Wednesday, March 18th will now be a full day.


will be held on Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00PM in the Haskell School Gymnasium.

Click here to view the upcoming calendar

The PTA Talent Show will be presented
on Thursday, February 26th at 7:00 PM in the Wanaque Gym.
The show will feature the combined Haskell and Wanaque Choruses,
as well as many individual and group acts from our talented 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

The WSPTA's largest fundraiser of the year is Saturday, April 25, 2015 and there are many ways you can be involved:  from donating a gift, soliticiting or helping with set up. 

The committee is still looking for solicitors for Riverdale and Wayne. We have packets with information and can get them to whomever ASAP.
Donations are key to the sucess of the event.  Please contact Sharon Berkenbush at (973) 885-4917 or sharonbx3@optonline.net if you can help!

Tricky Tray News
Our theme this year is:   Under The Sea”

We are at the beginning stages of preparing for our biggest fundraiser of the year, which will be held on April 25, 2015! There are many ways we need your help.

If you or a family member received any gifts that you will not use for Christmas, why not donate them to the Tricky Tray? As long as it is new, not used, and in its original package, we’ll be happy to accept them. Please mark your donation for the Tricky Tray with your family’s name and estimated value.

We are asking for families to donate. Why not split the cost with another family? Please bring items to the school office, remember to include your name and estimated value (not what you paid for it, the original cost of the item) – this is so we may give you credit, and categorize the basket appropriately.

Don’t forget to ask other family members if they can donate items/services. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. all love to help the cause. Maybe you deal with certain businesses/companies – ask them if they would like to donate, we can provide a copy of our solicitation letter for their tax purposes.

In order for this fundraiser to be a success, we need full participation from our school families. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you can help in any way (donation, soliciting, set-up, etc.).

Thank You,

Sharon Berkenbush (973)885-4917 sharonbx3@optonline.net
Sue Malson (973)616-2750 susieqm12@yahoo.com
Tricky Tray Co-Chairs