Florham Park PTA

March 2021 Newsletter
Dear Florham Park Familieis,

As many of you may have heard Stephanie Ruzicka, our beloved RMS/Briarwood crossing guard for the last 7 years, will be leaving on her last day on Friday, March 5th.  To say thank you for her many years of service of ensuring the safety of our children and a smile to start their day, we wanted to give her a well-deserved send-off.  There will be some special surprises throughout the week for her.   We hope that you will join us in thanking her for her dedicated years of service to our children and our community.   We truly wish her well in all of her new endeavors. 
We invite everyone to a Thank you/Good Luck Car Parade at RMS at 1:30 pm on Friday, March 5th.  Feel free to make signs and/or decorate your cars.  Please email  Val Huang if you would like to join the parade to by Thursday, March 4th
Also, students can draw thank you pictures or make videos that we will compile and give to Stephanie. Please send pictures and videos to by Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Valerie Huang
FP PTA President


Direct Donation Drive Update
Your donations continue to allow for the use of creative ways to incorporate technology to meet the needs of student learning whether in person or remotely.  As an additional incentive, we will continue to do the monthly raffles to continue to support our children and teachers. Stay tuned for more information on the March Raffle.  We hope that you have enjoyed these incentives and wonderful ways to support our local businesses.  

Thanks to your support we continue to be able to offer many much-needed grants to our teachers!
  • Stylus Pens 
  • Format Printer Accessories 
  • Literacy Books
  • Classroom supplies & games
  • Gym Equipment
The PTA has the following Executive Board positions available for the 2021-2022 school year:
  • President
  • Treasurer 
  • VP Arts in Education
  • VP of Ridgedale Middle School
  • Corresponding Secretary
There is more information located on our website with descriptions for each position.  Thank you!
Celebrating Read Across America Week! 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
The curriculum newsletter this week highlights the Florham Park School District's Read Across America Celebration and some fun classroom competitions and a video from our Teachers College partners on how to foster a love of reading with your children! The district would like to thank the Florham Park PTA and Education Foundation for their partnership and generous donation!  We know that education is a partnership.   Our teachers could not have all of the success without the support of parents, caregivers like yourselves, and our local community.   Thank you for all that you do! 

Christy O'Connor & Brian Silkensen
Battle of the Classes for Most Minutes Read! 
Each grade level will compete amongst each other to read as many minutes as possible! Monday-Thursday students will tally the number of minutes read at home and in school. The class with the most amount of minutes read at the end of the week will win a ticket to the Florham Park Roller Skating Rink! There will be one winning homeroom per class. The district would like to thank the Florham Park PTA and the Florham Park Education Foundation for sponsoring this event!

Please join us on March 4th for a parent workshop hosted by Teachers College, Columbia University. We will focus on supporting our students with productive struggles and habits that support reading and writing development.


PTA Important Dates:
March 1st-March 5th-Read Across America
March 19th-Teacher In-Service
March 22nd-Board of Education/Curriculum Session
March 29th-Board of Education Meeting


District News
Direct Donation Drive

Special thanks to all the families that have already donated just over $12,000 towards our goal of $20,000 to our Direct Donation Drive.  It is still not too late to donate!  Please help us to meet our fundraiser goal this year.  Thank you!!!

PTA Membership Drive (ongoing)
Thank you to ALL of you that have already secured your membership for the 2020-2021 school year!  We appreciate all of your support. THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!!

PTA Memberships are now paid online. The cost is $10.00 per family. Sign up link below.  Be apart of a great team.  Be the voice for your children.
If you would like to mail your FP PTA membership check, please follow the below instructions:
  1. Make check payable to Florham Park PTA
  2. On the memo line of the check, please indicate that the donation is for FP PTA Membership, the name of your child, classroom teacher's name.
  3. Please mail your check to:

Florham Park PTA
P.O. Box 284
Florham Park, NJ 07932-0284

All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and are tax-deductible.

Box Tops

Spring submission deadline is TODAY3/1/2021. 
Mobile App to scan your store receipt. The app identifies eligible products and automatically adds to your school's earnings. even if you’re shopping online or doing your grocery pickup, you can still submit an e-receipts to receive earnings. Receipts must be scanned within 14 days of purchase and all participating products still need to feature a Box Top for Education label. 

You must use AmazonSmiles instead of the standard Amazon site for the 0.5% on eligible purchases.  You can add the Florham Park PTA code to your Amazon account.  The easiest way to access the site is to add it to your home screen on your phone.  You can be proud that a percentage of your spending goes to the Florham Park Schools at no cost to you. You shop. Amazon gives.

Code for FP PTA:    18939 Florham Park PTA

Stop & Shop

Earn more cash for our schools when you shop at Stop & Shop!!! Our School’s A+ School Rewards ID Codes are as follows:

Briarwood’s code is: 07388
Brooklake’s code is: 11767
Ridgedale Middle School’s code is: 07717

March is a busy month so please take the time to carefully review all of the information below.
Briarwood News March

Important Dates:

Calling all Pre-K students! Join us on Zoom for a fun-filled evening. Bring one special item to share during our Show & Tell. Every child will get a chance to speak. For more details, find the flyer on Document Manager.

Details to all of the following virtual events can be found on Briarwood's document manager page. The Seuss Week entry form will be on document manager soon.
March 1st-5th - Seuss Week 
March 2nd - Kdg Show and Tell Parade
March 9th - 1st Grade Joke-a-Thon
March 16th -2nd Grade Sing-a-long 



Important Dates:
March 1st-March 5th Read Across America Week
March 2nd-Spirit Day-Dr. Seuss Day
March 5th-Cancer Research Fundraiser
March 19th-Teacher In-Service


Important Dates:

School Logo

March 1st-PTA Book Fair Read Across America

March 12th-8th Grade Cap & Gown Pictures

March 19th-Teacher In-Service


8th Grade Dance

We are excited to host the 8th grade dance this year. The dance is scheduled for 
Friday, June 25, 2021 at the Hanover Manor  from 8pm - 11pm.  Formal invitations to follow.

In order to make this a fantastic night for the kids, the 8th Grade Dance Committee will be hosting a bunch of fundraisers from now through June. Our first fundraiser launched last week and we are selling Krispy Kreme Donuts  $12/dozen - fundraiser ends on March 11th, with a pick up date of Saturday March 20th. Our next fundraiser coming up will be our Raffle ticket fundraiser:
$10.00/ticket with the prizes as follows:
1st Prize - $500.00 Visa Gift Card 
2nd Prize - $250.00 Visa Gift Card 
3rd Prize - $150.00 VIsa Gift Card
**As an incentive to sell the raffle tickets, we are offering the parents a special prize of their own.  For every book of raffle tickets sold, the parents will be entered to win two front row tickets plus a reserved parking space at the 8th grade graduation.  Please stay tuned for more information to follow.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

We need your photos! During the 8th grade dance a slideshow highlighting the class of 2021 will be shown on a loop throughout the night. A copy of the slideshow will also be given to each 8th grader as a keepsake.

Please email the photos to Laura Perillo at - PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL

**PLEASE NOTE: All submissions must be in no later than April 26, 2021. Late submissions will not be included in the slideshow. Photos with low resolution also may not be able to be used.

Any questions, please reach out to Laura Perillo at

RMS Yearbook Committee-
The 2020-2021 committee this year really needs our help!
Do you have any photos of your RMS student doing fun activities with their family or friends outside of school? If you do, please share them with us! 

Please use this link to share any pictures.

RMS Yearbook Flyer 2020-2021
The Direct Donation Drive is the FP PTA's ONLY fundraiser of the year.  Please help us reach our fundraising goal.  

FP PTA Direct Donation Campaign 2020-2021

100% of your donation goes towards supporting programs and initiatives such as:


●     School & Teacher Grant Program- The PTA contributed over $20,000 to our schools in 2019-2020 for new technology, school beautification, new water filtration systems, state-of-the-art media equipment, and classroom supplies.

●     School Assemblies-The PTA coordinates and funds all programs.  School assemblies, and other school-related events each school year at an average cost of $14,000 per year.

●     STEAM Program- The PTA allocated $10,000 for Briarwood, Brooklake, and Ridgedale School events & for STEAM program materials.

●     Faculty and Staff Appreciation- The PTA shows appreciation for teachers and staff through luncheons and recognition of life events, etc.

●      School Events- Fun Nights, 8th Grade Dance & Pool party, RMS Field Day Picnic.

●    Scholarships & Awards- High School & 8th grade scholarships and awards for outstanding achievements and community service. 

Want more ways to support the Florham Park PTA? Go to and find out how you can get more involved.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours in Community,

The Florham Park PTA



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