Principal's Newsletter

Watchung Weekly News - February 14, 2020

Important Dates to add to your Calendar:

  • February 17: NO SCHOOL
  • February 17-23:  Week of Kindness
  • March 6: NO SCHOOL
  • March 13:  International Night
  • March 25: Author event with actor and writer Maulik Pancholy, author of The Best At It! 
  • March 26-27: EARLY DISMISSAL

Watchung’s Kindness Week Spirit Days:

  • Tuesday 2/18 - Join TEAM Kindness – wear a sports jersey or shirt
  • Wednesday 2/19 – Dreaming of a Kind World – Wear your Pajamas
  • Thursday 2/20 – We are crazy for Kindness – wear crazy hat/hair or socks
  • Friday 2/21 – School Spirit Day


Watchung Week of Kindness – Watchung will be celebrating our week of kindness during the week of February 17th. Unfortunately, we are not in school for National Random Act of Kindness day on February 17th, but we will have a bunch of activities planned for the remaining days. Click here for more details.

Montclair Digital BackpackClick here to access the District’s Digital Backpack

Pushout Documentary - Restorative Justice Montclair in collaboration with the Montclair Education Association will be screening the documentary Pushout on Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 2pm - 6pm in the Glenfield Middle School auditorium, 25 Maple Avenue. Pushout is a documentary about the criminalization of black girls in K-12 education and how black girls are literally being "pushed out" of the classroom. We will offer dinner, the screening and then afterwards we will host a panel discussion that will include Dr. Renee Baskerville (pediatrician and 4th Ward Town Council member) Stevana Sims (Glenfield Middle School Counselor), Tracie Morrison (Buzz Aldrin Middle School Counselor) and student panelists from Montclair High School.

We welcome you and your family to join us for dinner from 2pm - 3pm before the screening. So that we can have an accurate headcount for dinner, please RSVP to Syreeta Carrington, Restorative Justice Montclair.

Click here to see the flyer

International Night – International night is taking place on March 13 from 6-8pm. Please sign up using the Sign-Up-Genius link to participate and help with the night.

Lost & Found – The lost & Found is beginning to take over our ground floor. If you think your child has lost something, remind them to go take a look or come in and check it out yourself. Just remember to sign in at the office first.

Principal for a day - Did you send in your raffle for the 5th-grade graduation team's PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY fundraiser? More info here.

PTA Announcements:

Watchung on Ice 2020: Keep Calm and Skate On! - Watchung School is taking over Clary Anderson Arena on February 17th from 12:30-2:30pm for our own private ice skating party. Please join us for our second annual ice event getting Watchung families and friends together on ice! Clary Anderson will have attendants available to help everyone have a fun and safe afternoon. We will have a prize for the cutest family on the ice! Bring your mittens and your own protective gear if desired.

Cost: $10 per ticket includes skate rentals and admission. Siblings welcome! Register on our Marketplace site now. Once you add the tickets to your cart, please click on the "Add a Note" link in the cart to add the number of adults and children skating. Last day to register is Friday 2/14/2020. Clary Anderson has capacity for 250 skaters!

Please note THIS IS NOT A DROP OFF EVENT. Children must be accompanied by parents or caregivers. Parents/caregivers must also buy a ticket if you plan to skate. You don't need a ticket to watch the ice skating but each family on the ice MUST include an adult skater.

Box Tops are coming back! - We are revamping the program a bit but collection bins are currently in the main office. Please feel free to drop off your box tops (labeled with your child's name and homeroom) and look out for details on the new and improved program.
birthday book program - The birthday book program is looking for help with donations of new books. Are you in the publishing industry (or know someone who is) and might be able to get discounted new books for the program? If so, please contact Jen Bonnell ( or Joanna Desmond-Stein ( Also when purchasing books for gifts this holidays, consider buying an extra book for the birthday book program!

5th Grade Families - All 5th-grade families should have received information about submitting yearbook photos, please don't forget to send those to

Have a great weekend!

Patrick Krenn


Watchung Elementary School

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