West Windsor Plainsboro Education Association

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03/11/2020
03/09/2020

March 6, 2020

Dear WW-P Community,

Recent national and international concerns regarding the coronavirus have raised angst and worry. Our school district is taking proactive steps to plan for a variety of scenarios.

Yesterday, we received guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education that paves the way for the utilization of virtual instruction should a school closure be deemed necessary by department of health and school officials.

Today, all Superintendents in Mercer County and all Mercer County Health Officials gathered to discuss emergency preparedness plans and to ensure a common understanding of the current New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Department of Education guidance.

Over the past week, district representatives have gathered to map out strategies for virtual instruction or remote learning experiences for our students should we experience a school closure. It is important to note that these are preemptive steps for a constantly evolving situation.

The district will continue to monitor and follow the guidance that is provided to us by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Jersey Department of Education, New Jersey Department of Health, and our local health departments. Information and updates
provided by these health organizations can be found on the district website.

Let us pledge to proceed with caution and reason, to exercise proper hygiene, to follow the guidance of our public health officials, to stay home when ill, and to uphold our deep held community values, which are grounded in the rich, vibrant, and beautiful cultural diversity of our school community.

Sincerely,

David Aderhold, Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools
West Windsor-Plainsboro School District

03/07/2020
It was “Favorite Book Character Day” at a Town Center today along with a delicious breakfast! Happy Friday!
03/07/2020

It was “Favorite Book Character Day” at a Town Center today along with a delicious breakfast! Happy Friday!

So proud of the influence WWP grads are having on the world! Thanks for sharing your expertise, Dennis J. Meseroll! 💚💛——...
03/05/2020
Tractus Asia’s Executive Director Presents at the State International Development Organizations’ (SIDO) Annual Forum in Washington, DC on Navigating Tariffs and Trade Policy - Tractus

So proud of the influence WWP grads are having on the world! Thanks for sharing your expertise, Dennis J. Meseroll! 💚💛

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Honored to have been invited to site on a panel at the SIDO, Washington Forum last month to discuss ways US companies can mitigate the impact of punitive Chinese import duties on US exports as a result of the on-going Trade War.

Washington D.C., USA 10 February 2020 – Mr. Dennis Meseroll, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Tractus Asia, participated on a panel entitled ‘Navigating Tariffs and Trade Policy’ at the State International Development Organizations’ (SIDO) 2020 annual forum in Washington, DC. He was join...

Thank you!
03/05/2020

Thank you!

The WWPD's Chief Garofalo, Lt. Mohr, Det. Sgt. Lai, Traffic Sgt. Bal, Det. Van Ness, Det. Jany, Training Officer Latham, Det. Barber, Class III Officer Harrison, Class III Officer Kelvy, and our latest Police Interns assigned via the WW-P School District celebrated Read Across America on Monday March 2, 2020. The WWPD fanned out to Maurice Hawk School Dutch Neck School, and the Village School to read to various classes throughout the day. This annual event is a major highlight on our calendar and our Officers absolutely love the warm welcoming they receive at each of the schools from the staff & students. Thank you WW-P Superintendent Dr. Aderhold for continuing the excellent relationship between the WW-P School District and the WWPD.-Lt. Lee

Members keeping it fun!!
03/03/2020

Members keeping it fun!!

Some insights from Mo Willems!“Children tend to draw chronologically, which is to say narratively. They’ll start with, “...
03/01/2020
Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly

Some insights from Mo Willems!

“Children tend to draw chronologically, which is to say narratively. They’ll start with, “Oh, I’m going to draw a character. Now, is it a hero or a villain? It’s a villain. Well, if it’s a villain, it has a cape. And if it has a cape, it can fly. Let me draw the sky.” And all of that story comes out of having a drawing utensil in your hand. It’s magic.

And anything can be a story. It is intentional that nothing “big” happens in the Knuffle Bunny books. Going and doing your laundry, which seems like it’s not special, is in fact worthy of a book, it is in fact a dramatic story. Because in those moments where nothing happens, everything happens.

So, that’s a framework to try. Start out with a simple something like: “I’m gonna tell the story of the day I walked my dog,” and let that be a spark for something that really has value.”

The author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! chats with us about creativity, drawing as empathy, and letting kids “do 51 percent of the work.”

Another great FAST Family Dinner Workshop! We were honored to have NuYu and HEAL join us to explain and experience Mindf...
03/01/2020

Another great FAST Family Dinner Workshop! We were honored to have NuYu and HEAL join us to explain and experience Mindfulness. We all enjoyed a wonderful Indian Buffet from Indian Hut. This workshop series is a great partnership between the WWPEA and the WW-P School District!
Thank you - Lisa Valeriani, Liz Gura, Beth Keenan, Patty Boyce, Mary Ann Carnevale, Rebecca Mclelland-Crawley, Debbie Baer and Gerard Dalton!

Mercer County Education Association is sponsoring 2 book fairs at our local Barnes and Noble! 📚 Check out the ‘Save the ...
03/01/2020

Mercer County Education Association is sponsoring 2 book fairs at our local Barnes and Noble! 📚 Check out the ‘Save the Dates’ below!

Another WWP grad, Amy Beaulieu Mansue,  making us proud! 💚💛
02/29/2020
‘Amy represents the best of us. She's smart, she's kind and she's Jersey’ - ROI-NJ

Another WWP grad, Amy Beaulieu Mansue, making us proud! 💚💛

Linda Bowden loved talking about the accomplishments of her friend, Amy Mansue. How she served as deputy chief of staff for Gov. James McGreevey, as a health care policy expert for Gov. Jim Florio and co-chair of Gov. Phil Murphy’s Budget Transition Advisory Committee. How she was the CEO of Child...

This is a long portion of today’s budget hearing with Betsy DeVos. Her lack of information about and understanding of th...
02/28/2020
Department of Education Secretary Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request

This is a long portion of today’s budget hearing with Betsy DeVos. Her lack of information about and understanding of the needs of public schools, her failure to provide reports on two topics requested by the committee a year ago - charter school accountability & financial oversight and racial/discipline data, and her mistaken thinking about vouchers was reprehensible. To say nothing about how she addressed the question regarding her husband founding a charter school...

https://www.c-span.org/video/?469565-1/department-education-secretary-fiscal-year-2021-budget-request

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies on the president's 2021 budget request before a House Appropriations subcommittee.

Which screen is yours?  LOL!
02/25/2020

Which screen is yours? LOL!

I am sooo the second one.
📸 via @kaydenhines

Check out these WWPEA members (current and past) doing their Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics!! 🌞⛄️🌊❤️ Kayla McLau...
02/24/2020

Check out these WWPEA members (current and past) doing their Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics!! 🌞⛄️🌊❤️ Kayla McLaughlin Mary Beth Kitson, Jen Davis Pappano, Amanda Elizabeth

Thanks for letting us be a part of such a special night!
02/22/2020

Thanks for letting us be a part of such a special night!

The Millstone River Annual Party 2020 brought together our Millstone families for an evening of entertainment, food, games and fun! All the right ingredients for a super party! MRS PTA would like to thank all parents, volunteers, teachers, our Principals, the Plainsboro Township Police Department, our Photo Booth company, The Samulnori team, Magician Miles Thorn Magic West Windsor Plainsboro Education Association, GS Troop 70034, our Sponsors who came together as a community to make this event a success! A special ThanK you to all our sponsors: West Windsor Plainsboro Education AssociationWest Windsor Arts CenterPower SpeakersGymland "Home of Arena Gymnastics"jaZamsThe GurukulState Theatre New JerseyCode NinjasDICK'S Sporting GoodsBobby's Burger PalacePFChangs Princeton Athleta Marketfair, StarbucksMarketfair, Barnes & NobleSeasons 52Bahama Breeze Island GrillePlainsboro Township Police DepartmentsumiramennjChampionship Martial Arts PlainsboroProSkateStibol [email protected] at East windsor, Dandelion KitchenSpeak [email protected]+f independent consultant Sonia GawasTurning Point RestaurantJules Thin CrustNomad Pizza PrincetonZAC's BurgerHomestead PrincetonRomeo's Restaurant, Pizza, & CaterersLindtNew Jersey Tae Kwon Do & Kickboxing AcademySvetlana Boyko PhotographyKathleen Maguire Morolda's Cranbury Station GalleriesTrenton Thunder BaseballLongwood GardensEmotions To ShareOn The Border Mexican Grill & CantinaTrader Joe's-Princeton,NJWindsor Athletic Club-USAWAC

Paul RobesonThe son of a former slave turned preacher, Robeson was born in Princeton and attended Rutgers University in ...
02/22/2020

Paul Robeson

The son of a former slave turned preacher, Robeson was born in Princeton and attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where he was an All-American football player. Upon graduating from Rutgers at the head of his class, Robeson rejected a career as a professional athlete and instead entered Columbia University. He earned a law degree in 1923 and briefly worked as a lawyer, but he renounced a career in law due to widespread racism and lack of opportunities for African Americans. Instead, he found his way to the stage, drawing on his boyhood interest in acting and song, making a London debut in 1922. Robeson then joined the Provincetown Players, a New York theater group that included playwright Eugene O’Neill, and appeared in O’Neill’s play, “All God’s Chillun Got Wings," in 1924, and went on to title roles in other theatrical and film projects. In addition to his other talents, Robeson had a superb bass-baritone singing voice.

In later years, Robeson became increasingly attuned to the sufferings of people of other cultures. As his political activism grew, Robeson was investigated during the age of McCarthyism, and because he would not recant his public advocacy, he was denied a passport by the U.S. State Department, rendering him unable to perform internationally and creating an economic hardship for Robeson. He moved to Harlem and continued to speak out against policies that he believed were wrong. His right to travel was eventually restored in 1958, but Robeson retired a few years later and lived out his life privately in Philadelphia.

Paul Robeson, (April 9, 1898-Jan. 23, 1976), celebrated American singer, actor and black activist.

Celebrating Black History Month in Mercer County!American history resonates with the names of great African-American men...
02/22/2020

Celebrating Black History Month in Mercer County!

American history resonates with the names of great African-American men and women. In celebration of Black History Month, Mercer County throughout the month remembers the local African-American pioneers no longer with us but who have left a mark on history.

In 1943, Gladys Hedgepeth and Berline Williams of Trenton filed suit against the Trenton School Board when their children were refused admission to the newly built Junior High School No. 2. The new school was only a few blocks from their homes in the Wilbur section of the City, while the segregated Lincoln School was 2 miles away. With the assistance of the NAACP, Hedgepeth and Williams successfully fought the school district’s segregationist policy, and the landmark New Jersey Supreme Court case bears their names. The case became a precedent for the Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954 and continued to influence many Affirmative Action and equal opportunity policies in New Jersey’s education system, as well as the eradication of laws supporting discrimination in New Jersey.

94.5 PST
02/21/2020

94.5 PST

It's been a long time since winter break...

We are so happy to support the Millstone River School PTA! Have a wonderful time at your Annual Party tomorrow night!!
02/21/2020

We are so happy to support the Millstone River School PTA! Have a wonderful time at your Annual Party tomorrow night!!

A big thank you to our local businesses in Plainsboro, West Windsor, Princeton, Hamilton and more, all our parent entrepreneurs, Corporations, Staff of MRS - to everyone who generously donated towards the Millstone River Annual Party 2020. A big thank you to West Windsor Plainsboro Education Association to partner with us 2nd year in a row! We are humbled by your generous support💕. An exciting evening awaits tomorrow Friday Feb 21 from 6.30pm onwards. Do not forget to bring in cash/check to bid on all auction items and for the food court.

Great to see Newton’s Laws of Motion applied to real life interests of middle school students. 🍎
02/19/2020

Great to see Newton’s Laws of Motion applied to real life interests of middle school students. 🍎

Yesterday, Traffic Officers Wolak and Ullom visited Community Middle School to do a presentation to the 7th grade class on seat belt safety and how Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion work in a traffic collision. The students then had a project that is to design traffic control barriers along roadways that would lead to less injuries.... We are really excited to come back and visit to see what the students are working on!

Gail Mitchell’s quilt presentation was so beautiful. She uses her talent as a quilter to inform, remember, and of course...
02/16/2020

Gail Mitchell’s quilt presentation was so beautiful. She uses her talent as a quilter to inform, remember, and of course to show her students about how special they are!

Happy Valentine’s Day❣️
02/15/2020

Happy Valentine’s Day❣️

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones!

Cool idea!
02/14/2020

Cool idea!

Very interesting.
02/12/2020

Very interesting.

Two major legal developments related to local public schools, charter schools, segregation, and school facility funding.

First, the state Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear an Education Law Center lawsuit that had challenged the segregative impact of charter school expansion in Newark.

"David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center ... said the implications could go beyond just Newark. “Everyone is struggling with the impact on equity once the charters start expanding,” he said.

The state Supreme Court is taking up an appeal of a state appellate court ruling in 2019 that rejected the ELC’s arguments, contending among other factors that the district itself had not joined the challenge. Sciarra maintained that the Newark district was under state control at the time of the appellate ruling, but the district — in the middle of transitioning to local control — now has joined the ELC as a friend of the court itself.

The court’s decision to hear the Newark case is significant, as it goes to how the state has approved the expansion and renewal of previously approved charters in the state’s largest city. The complaint before the court specifically cites the expansion of seven charter schools in Newark, part of a wave of expansions statewide."

Second, "also yesterday, a group of charter school parents and the sector’s association filed to become “friends of the court” in a separate school funding case, asking for billions of dollars for new charter school construction."

The confluence before the court of the two cases comes at a time when charter schools face increasing fire from traditional school districts, largely over the public money that charter schools draw from the other districts. But while those battles have been fierce in several communities, including in Newark, they have largely stayed out of the courts in recent years.

Source: https://www.njspotlight.com/…/nj-supreme-court-will-hear-c…/

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A fabulous evening. Thank you all so much for including me.
Read Across America fun!
WWPEA Executive Board members attended a great training this evening. We’ll have lots to share when we return from Winter Break!
Hi all: On June 5th, Maurice Hawk PTA is having a fun carnival for all of the kids, and we would love it if we could have some high-school kids volunteer to run some of our games. Volunteers are not needed to stick to one station, they can be switched. We will be having a LIVE DJ, food, and a lot of activities, so please lend a helping hand, especially if you are an Hawk alumni 🙂
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