September Superintendent Updates

 Updates from September BOE meeting:

  • Parents of special education students (with IEPs): The first SEPAG (Special Education Parent Advisory Group) is scheduled for October 19th at 7:00pm in the MSHS Media Center. 
  • All are invited to come to our Community Wellness Event which has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 28th from 4:30 - 6:30pm outside on our football field. We have lots of great organizations and activities planned. The weather is supposed to be beautiful! The K-6 building with the most participation will earn a Pajama Day!  In our MSHS, the grade with the highest participation will earn an extra spiritwear day!  More information will be shared about this event shortly.
  • There is a TikTok trend that has gone viral and it has hit Saddle Brook schools: #Deviouslicks. Our MSHS had four soap dispensers taken off the walls, and a student was caught attempting to steal an item. An elementary school had a soap dispenser taken off and put in the toilet, along with red dye in their bathroom. The Saddle Brook Police Department will have a zero tolerance policy with any incidents moving forward. Students caught vandalizing bathrooms and/or stealing from school will have criminal charges brought against them. They will face criminal mischief and/or theft charges, and will need to pay the fines associated with the charge on top of the cost of the damage. Please speak to your child(ren). Even those children who typically would never participate in anything like this, may be tempted to do so in an effort to make their peers laugh. 
  • Our District Pandemic Response Team is meeting on Thursday, September 30th. We will review our current protocols and make any revisions as needed. Please email your child's principal if you have any concerns regarding items that need to be addressed. 
  • We are in the process of interviewing for a new Director of Curriculum & Instruction, and hope to appoint a candidate at the October Board of Education meeting.
  • We were approved for a grant to bring Teen Mental Health First Aid to our high school. The National Council of Wellbeing sponsored this grant and we are one of 50 schools across the state chosen! The goal is to train our staff to lead lessons within our high school with the purpose of providing teens with the tools to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges and crises among friends and peers. 
  • Thank you to Dr. Stacey Fanning for leading a virtual Q&A on COVID vaccines. Her presentation was extremely informative containing clear visuals on how vaccines work, their ingredients, and current statistics. The presentation was recorded and will be posted on our district website once it is ready. 
  • The Saddle Brook Education Foundation is hosting their Walk-a-Thon event on Friday, October 15th. More information will be sent out regarding this event, however, please know it is a great fundraiser that gives back all proceeds to each of our district's schools. 

Thank you,

Toni Violetti, Superintendent of Schools