PTA GENERAL MEETING:Feb 14th 9:00am

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Topic:     “MAP Testing- What ,Why and How”

Speaker: Christine Capaci

                       Director, Data, Assessment, and Accountability

 One tool that schools use to learn about students is the standardized test. West Windsor Plainsboro School District provides different tests for students. The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is given to students.  The meeting about the MAP test provided parents an opportunity to practice taking a MAP test and understand how MAP indicates what a child knows.  It discussed how as a parent, there are a number of ways that you can support your child before and after taking a standardized test, as well as a number of ways you can support your child’s learning habits on a daily basis that will help her/him be more prepared when it’s time to be tested.

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BOX TOPS: Jan 9th-Feb 20th
Our school is participating in Box Tops for Education program. We are now counting our collections, hold on tight until Ms.Jennifer Robinson our hardworking PTA mom checks and counter checks to make sure she got all those box tops accounted for. Results will be announced soon.

 Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school buy what it needs. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they quickly add up to real cash for our school. This school year, our school’s earnings goal is $2,500.00.

 

  • We will begin 3rd and last phase of collections soon. It will go out in May. The class that collects the most Box Tops for the January/February phase will receive a small prize.
  • Ask family and friends to help save Box Tops.
  • Make sure your child’s name and teacher’s name are on the baggies with the Box Tops.

School Wide Contest

 The classroom with the most box tops will win a few Special Classes

  • Extra recess
  • Extra fun PE class
  • Extra fun Music class

 The highest student contributor at the end of the year gets to be ….     **Principal for a day

Keep collecting for the next round!

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02/02/2018

Its been a long hibernation period, but we have been working hard to bring a plethora of events for you.

WICOFF’S 7TH ANNUAL ENTERTAINMENT NIGHT: JAN 26TH AND FEB 2ND

At Family Entertainment Night organized by PTA, on Jan 26th ,we enjoyed the kindergarten and first grade students’ enthusiastic and talented performances. Kudos to them, we are so proud of them!

Thank you to all who participated and to those who volunteered to help make this night a huge success!!

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VALENTINE’S DAY FUNDRAISER:

David Bradley Chocolatier is in our own backyard and have generously offered their most famous Valentine chocolates for only $4 each to help us raise funds for Wicoff. Orders have been placed and you will have the chocolates before the Valentine’s Day.

Milk Chocolate Rice Crispy Treat With Valentine Hearts

Valentine Chocolate Graham Crackers
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WRITE A CHECK CAMPAIGN :

Wicoff PTA is a non–profit organization. Any donation made to Wicoff PTA is 100% tax deductible. We want to thank everyone who donated the money making this campaign a success!

12/22/2017

WINTER DISPLAY AT WICOFF

Winter snow is splashing the walls of Wicoff, beautifully decorated by Gunjan Khare and Parul Chaddha. Thank you parents for your hard work!

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WARM UP DRIVE: NOV 15th – DEC 13th 

What a huge success, we definitely filled those boxes for the Homefront Families. Thank you for your generosity. Giving always instills the quality of empathy, make the kids more compassionate at an early age. This year we are collected NEW caps, gloves, scarves and socks to support the families with low income and experiencing temporary homelessness due to some unfortunate event at Homefront, Lawrenceville. Thank You Tina Jumani for organizing and executing such a wonderful event!

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PICTURE WITH YOUR MASCOT: Nov 13th and 14th

There’s just nothing like a good hug to lift your spirits!! Mr.Fox enjoyed giving hugs to the kids and dancing along! The picture will be forever memory of the Wicoff School days, cherished by the kids and parents alike! We would like to thank the volunteers Ms.Leena Dave, Ms.Neeraja Menta, Ms.Sindhu Thomas, Ms. Gunjan Khare, Dr.Priti Dagli and Ms.Parul Bhalla for helping with this fundraiser. But most of all we would like to thank Ms.Tina Jumani for patiently taking hundreds of pictures and emailing them!!

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PTA General meeting: Nov 14th,7:00 pm

We had an informative interactive session with our very own G&T teachers! Details as follows:

Speakers:

Ms. Lindsay Jablonski

Town Center Elementary School; Wicoff Elementary School; Millstone River School, Grade K-3

Gifted & Talented Resource Specialist

Ms. Anne Marie Hughes

Dutch Neck Elementary School; Maurice Hawk Elementary School Grades K-3

Gifted & Talented Resource Specialist

Topic: “How to encourage your child to be a lifelong learner” 

The presentation focused on helping instill the love of learning in our children by discussing growth mindset, creativity, perseverance, and responsibility. All of these skills are components of the enrichment for all program for K-3 students called Metacognition.  This presentation also shared the information and activities done with the students.

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BINGO NIGHT : NOV 2nd , THURS AT 6:15 pm

Bingo Night was a blast! We had the most turnout this year, so Thank you to all, who participated and volunteered. Big Thank You to Championship Martial Arts for sponsoring the event.

 I would like to thank Neeraja Menta, Pernille Wollbrink, Brittany Cole, Rachna Tyagi and Madhuri M for volunteering with Bingo tickets and food sale.

We had Reflections Artwork displayed for parents to view. We had an external judge come in, Ms.Williamson, who has her Masters in Arts from NYU, been with West Windsor Arts Council for many years and conducts her own summer classes. She did a fantastic job of grading each painting with lots of patience, we really appreciate her hard work!

For Reflections, my right hand was Ms.Prachi Deshpande, without whose help I could not have done the fantastic exhibition of the artwork. We also had Ms.Leena Dave to help monitor the artwork.

And of course the fantastic four, Ms.Tina Jumani, Ms.Parul Bhalla, Ms.Gunjan Khare and Ms. Arshiya Ahmad are my biggest supporters and helpers and made this event another success!!

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ASSEMBLY: Anti-Bullying (Sponsored by Wicoff PTA) : Nov 1st at 10:00am and 1:45 pm

Speaker : Michael Kirschner

Wicoff PTA sponsored this assembly for the entire school on anti-bullying.

The name of the program is called ABRACABULLY, The i.C.A.R.E program.I.C.A.R.E stands for, Individual, Community, Attitude, Respect and Empathy. Through this acronym, Mike delivered his powerful bully story and educated children through magic on what to do if they are being bullied or know of someone being bullied. Basically, he performed magic with a message.
Core Values taught – Family, Compassion, Respect, Integrity and Excellence

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REFLECTIONS : 

Reflections 2017-18: “Within your reach”

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities  participated and explored the arts based on the 2017-18 theme: Within Your Reach.

Thank you for all the artwork, music compositions, photographs, stories and film productions!!

Artwork will be on display during the Bingo Night!!

BOX TOPS:

Thank you for collecting the box tops. Race is on to see who becomes the Principal for the Day !!

Keep collecting. Results will be posted soon.

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Dinner with the Principal : Oct 12th

The Dinner with Principal with Wild West Theme was a wonderful event to get connected with parents and teachers. The music, food from Mexican Post and the dance taught by two young lads to the tune of Cotton Eye Joe were feathers in the cap. Marian Dielhof and her team of dedicated moms Jennifer, Lalitha, Sumathi and Mr. Dielhof did an awesome job. Tina Jumani had made a wonderful photo booth and has helped create memories for many for this new event at our school.

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Fall Book Fair: Oct 9th – 13th

Scholastic Book Fair was in full swing with kids all excitedly shopping their favorite titles.

Tina Mangold and Loi Moliga are a blessing and have been running this event for many years. A big Thank you to them for their hard work and kudos to their team who have been working round the clock, and to those parents who have been volunteering their time for making this event successful.

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First PTA General Meeting : Oct 4th

We had an awesome start to our general PTA meeting with introductions of our Teacher liaisons Ms.Ronen and Ms. Muzaffar, Ms. Taylor introduced Reflections, followed by PTA update. This year too we have 100% Teachers membership.

Dr. Welborn and Ms.Incollingo did a presentation on “Unveiling the secrets of Wicoff student” which helped parents gain insight into the different programs at Wicoff that enrich their kids lives.

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Walk to School Day: Oct 4th

Walk to school day is a national event to teach kids importance of road safety, community building and health awareness. This year the walk kicked off at Light Bridge parking lot, with the police , Deputy Mayor, Principal and Teachers all walking in unison with children and parents, along the roads lined with posters made by the children.

PTA helped organize this event, donated the posters and each kid got a coin purse and pretzels. We celebrated by dancing with Ms.Senora Ronen and Ms. Incollingo. It was well run event with help from our board members Tina, Parul, Gunjan and Marian.

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Superheroe’s Coin Challenge: 2nd to 6th Oct 

Everyone is calling it the best ever fundraiser!! The pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters not only helped us to raise funds but also has helped the teachers teach the children how to add and count money, a life skill.

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and guardians for helping the little ones bring in their coins.

Thank you Tina Jumani who drove this fundraiser to its success.

Thank you Marian, Parul, Gunjan and special thanks to Tina’s Mom visiting her from India who helped make the jars look like superheroes!! Mamta from Constitution Bank was amazingly patient with us as we dragged the coins in everyday, appreciate it!!

Our corporate sponsor for this event was Indus Bank, Plainsboro. They believe in community and social development and have been very active since their opening. Special thanks to Mr.Tushar Sukhadia for your generous sponsorship!

But the best part was to hear the squeals from Ms.Lewis class when Dr.Welborn made the announcement. They got to wear and keep the superhero capes and Ms.Paterson won a gift voucher for the class at the book fair.

In the end with the awesome amount raised everyone was a winner !!

Dr.Priti Dagli

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Posted 10/03/2017

Display Case: Fall Book Fair 

Fall Book Fair

Lasso a good book ! What a way to start the Fall, giddy up all the book lovers, you have been called upon by Gunjan Khare and Parul Bhalla through their wonderful Fall Book Fair Display, Thank you moms!

Posted 10/02/2017

WICOFF PTA’S ANNUAL FALL FEST 

Fall Fest 2017-18 was a super duper success !! Kids were coming to me and asking me if they can have more games, I could here gasps at the witches nose, shrieking at the fish cup game, popping at the pop the balloon game and curious laughter through the amazing spooky maze!!

The adults were perturbed at the donut eating from the string competition, how could such a simple game be so difficult to actual play!! Nevertheless, they all got the donut as the prize!

The Kindergarteners and First graders participated in the spoon and eyeball game, second graders in balancing the pumpkin and the third graders got to wrap their two teachers with toilet paper like a mummy!! All participants got candy medals!! How cool was that!!

But the best compliment came from my daughter who otherwise is very stringent with them, says to me ” Mamma you are the best mom in the world, you organized the fall fest and you are letting us keep the fish!!” Well, to my husbands dismay she has won a fish, and yes, we are keeping it !!

This wonderful event would not have been possible without lots of planning and volunteers.

I want to thank all the parents Arshiya Ahmad, Tina Jumani, Anushree and Navin Tanwani, Supriya Khekale, Rajeev Tyagi, Prajnya Mallick, Vaishali Gajre, Gunjan Khare, Parul Bhalla, Marian Dielhof and Brittany Cole for helping to make this event one to remember !!

Ms. Muzaffar and Ms. Lewis were enthusiastic mummies and loved the Monster Mash Dance by Ms. Muzaffar. Ms. Beaty not only carried and danced in the fox costume, but also won the donut eating competition (psst if foxes are allowed to win!!)

High School kids came to help us in big numbers and made this event hugely successful!!

Thank you all for coming and participating and making this event memorable !!!

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For more pictures and videos visit the Wicoff PTA Facebook page.

Dr.Priti Dagli

Posted 09/25/2017

First Day of School – Check 

Back to School Night – Check 

Warm and Fuzzy Day – Check

Red Berry Fundraiser – Check 

The PTA year has started with a big bang! From first day of school to the Red Berry Fundraiser you have shown your support for us!

Back to School Nights provided all with great information regarding upcoming events and changes we are bringing as PTA and the presentation was well received.

Our membership committee Arshiya Ahmad and Erin Lee have been busy and soon you will receive an email from NJPTA with your PTA membership card. Our Merchandise committee Tina Jumani and Parul Bhalla have been sorting out orders and working really hard trying to get the merchandise to the students.

Gunjan Khare and Parul Bhalla transformed the school for its first spirit day – warm and fuzzy day ! You can check out the amazing pictures on Wicoff PTA Facebook page currently maintained by Tina Jumani.

Marian Dielhof did an awesome job arranging the Red Berry Fundraiser, 20% of the proceeds will be going to our schools. She has been putting together a colorful newsletter every week to keep us informed not only of the PTA events but also of the character trait of the month that the school is implementing.

All these amazing women have been working tirelessly, selflessly for our kids and I would want to give them a big shout out for their hard work, so thank you ladies, good job !!

Priti Dagli

Dr.Priti Dagli

President, Wicoff PTA

Posted 09/15/2017

Staff Lunch Hosted by PTA 

PTA had hosted a ” Superheroes Luncheon” for our teachers and staff, our superheroes without the cape! The teachers and staff enjoyed the lavish lunch and taking pictures. As our token of appreciation, each staff member received Limited Edition Wicoff Superhero Mugs with some goodies. I really would like to thank the Board members and their children in making this event super special.I also want to thank our local businesses Crown of India, Romeos and Championship Martial Arts for their generous contributions. Here are few pictures from the event!

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Wicoff Mugs PTA

Championship Martial Arts . Romeos .   Crown Of India

DISPLAY CASE – WELCOME TO SCHOOL !!

The welcoming display was a result of hard work of Gunjan Khare and Parul Bhalla, Thank you moms!

Welcome to New School Year Wicoff !

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PTA Bulletin Board – Your communication tool

PTA displays ongoing events on its PTA board located at the entrance on your left. Stay informed.

Bulletin Board

08/18/2017

Welcome to 2017-18.

I would like to welcome you all to another fantastic, fun filled, roller coaster school year! We have a fantastic team of enthusiastic parents putting together events and “fun” fundraisers for the upcoming school year.

I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart these wonderful ladies:

Ms.Tina Jumani, my partner in crime and my best sounding board, our Co President,

Ms. Parul Bhalla, our very effective and efficient Vice President,

Ms. Gunjan Khare, our wonderfully creative Vice Pesident,

Ms Arshiya Ahmad , the Financial cop and our treasurer and

Ms. Marian Dielhof, our secretary with a heart of gold and keeping the team ticking and sane at the same time.

Dr. Welborn, has been our driving force with his enthusiasm, encouragement and welcoming support to some of our newer ideas. I would like to Thank him for being a wonderful mentor.

We have come up with some new ideas and let go a few of the old ones.

We have heard what you had to say, we have evaluated what we have done in the past, and we have brought the change!

“To bring in the change you have to be the change.”

To be the change you have to get involved, to get involved you need to become a PTA member. (* You do not need to volunteer to be a PTA member.)

So why join PTA?

Get connected– There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.

Tap in the network– Parenting is not easy- it helps to share ideas, concerns and experiences with other parents and educators in the community. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues. Some of the best parenting tips I have got are listening to some of the speakers at these meeting.

Speak up– Because the PTA is a forum for idea exchange and advocacy, PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change.

Witness Improvement– By getting involved in the PTA, you’ll help make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role in fundraising to provide building improvements, curriculum based programs, and social events, which is all vital to a school’s success. Research has proved that kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are higher, test scores improve and attendance increases.

Be a Role Model– As a PTA member, you demonstrate to your child the importance you place on education.

Benefits Everyone– PTA addresses issues that are important to parents and public school administrators. 


So become a Wicoff PTA member, today!

Priti Dagli

Dr.Priti Dagli

President, Wicoff PTA