First Grade Parent Appreciation Celebration was held on Friday, May 19th at 9:00am in Mountain Way School’s All Purpose Room. It was a Morris Plains Education Association sponsored event to showcase students’ work throughout the school year. We emphasized the importance of parental involvement in their children’s education and encouraged future support for our schools. Parents enjoyed light refreshments sponsored by The Morris Plains Education Association, songs sung by their children, videos of their children, and a slide show of the year’s activities.
Congratulations to MPEA members Jessica Hendershot and Jane Hurley-Mead on receiving well-deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication to their students! Mrs. Hendershot was named Teacher of the Year at Mt. Way School and Mrs. Hurley-Mead was name Teacher of the Year at Borough School.
The school districts and affiliates that make up the Morris County Council of Education Associations hosted the annual Mall Project again this year. This is an week-long event held at the Rockaway Mall to showcase the work of the Morris County public schools. A big thank you to the teachers and staff who helped set-up the event. The students’ work looked great!
The annual MPEA Volleyball Fundraiser was held on March 10th and it was a huge success! Due to generous donations from the MPEA and local businesses and the support of students and their families in the community, we raised over $5000 for scholarships. The door prizes and part of the snack bar were generously paid for by a NJEA PRIDE grant. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the event. We are proud to be a part of such a caring and generous community!
The Mountain Way School celebrated second grade writers by presenting their narratives to their parents. It was a great opportunity for moms, dads, and even some grandparents to see the great work done by Morris Plains students and teachers. After the presentations the audience was able to meet and greet with the authors with a light snack provided by the Morris Plains Education Association.
It’s time for our annual MPEA Volleyball and Basket Raffle Fundraiser! Each year, the MPEA hosts a volleyball fundraiser where the staff play the eighth grade students. During the event, we raffle off various prize baskets which have been donated by MPEA members and the community to raise additional funds. The proceeds from the event/raffle raise money for a scholarship fund to benefit Borough School graduates who are currently seniors at Morristown High School. Our goal is to
continue to support our former students as they venture into the next stage of their learning journey. We truly believe that by supporting students in our community, it will not only help the recipient of the scholarship, but will help Morris Plains as a whole. This year, the event will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 in the Borough School gymnasium. The doors open at 6:30pm and the volleyball games will begin at 7:30pm. Please come out and support us!!
For more than 15 years, the Morris Plains Education Association has been sending treats to our soldiers serving away from home. It has taken on various forms, beginning with a “cookie swap”. That very first year, staff students and community members baked, packed and shipped 10 cases of cookies and other homemade treats. In later years, proteins, cards & games, eye drops and other personal care items were added to snack items and packed in stockings to be shipped in time for the holidays.
As the needs of our soldiers have evolved, so have the volunteers. Over the years we’ve been joined by scouting organizations, local civic organizations and sporting teams to help with collecting, packing and shipping. This year, three 6th grade girls undertook the task as part of their “20 Time” project. They assisted in collecting more than 250 pounds of treats and personal care items that were sent to 5 different soldiers serving away from home. The generosity of our community has assured that each soldier will receive plenty to share with their battle buddies and bunk-mates! The Morris Plains Education Association continues to be the sole financial support of the ongoing venture.
On November 9th, Borough School held our annual Veteran’s Day breakfast and assembly. All 3rd graders had the option of inviting a veteran family member to join us for breakfast and then the assembly. We had 30 members and then an additional 7 from the VFW. The breakfast was sponsored by mostly the MPEA and the bagels from Mascios, our food service. There were new decorations this year including life-sized soldiers, inflatable Uncle Sam hat that held all of the beverages and a new sign welcoming the veterans and letting them know how much we appreciate their service. Each veteran received a special gift- an engraved beverage holder with their branch of service emblem and a special message from Borough School. The assembly included every grade level participating in some way- including original songs, poems, slide shows including pictures provided by our visiting veterans and writings for the Wall of Peace. There was a major focus on the American Flag and our appreciation of it.We enjoyed listening to 4 numbers played by our visiting guests- The US Army Woodwind Quintet. It was a wonderful celebration of patriotism and appreciation of service.