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70 Bunnvale Road
Califon, NJ 07830

Valley View School:
Ph: (908) 832-2175

Woodglen School:
Ph: (908) 638-4111

Board of Education:
Ph: (908) 638-4521

District Anti-bullying Coordinator
Jason Kornegay
Ph: (908) 638-4521
Valley View School
400 Route 513
Califon, NJ 07830

Harrassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Policy

District HIB Self-Assessment

Guidance for Schools on Implementing the Anti-bullying Bill of Rights Act

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Mrs. Rutkoski
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                                      The 2017-18 School Year is Going to be GREAT!   

     Hello!  My name is Catherine Rutkoski and I am a kindergarten teacher at Valley View Elementary School.  This is my 17th year teaching here at Valley View, but this is my 22nd year teaching kindergarten. I have also taught one year each of first and second grades and was a school librarian for one year.  I live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with my husband, Joe, and two daughters, Tamara and MaryJo.  I also have a black lab/boxer mix named Betsy.  When not thinking about kindergarten, which isn't often,  I enjoy reading, baking, trying new recipes, spending time with my family and all things Disney (especially Pluto)!

    Kindergarten is a very special and important year in every child's education.  It is where the seeds of curiosity and learning are planted.  I am so excited to share this wonderful experience with my students.  It is my goal to help each of my students develop to their fullest potential and, above all, see school as a fun, exciting place to be!

  If at any time you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 
(908) 832-9504 x 105 or by Email.

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I am so excited to begin this new year with my kindergartners!  I look forward to working with all of you to make this the best year ever!

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Monday:         Library

Tuesday:        Music
                       Phys. Ed. (wear sneakers)

Wednesday:    Art

Thursday:       Phys. Ed. (wear sneakers)

Friday:            Spanish

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    September 13: Back to School Night (I look forward to meeting all of you!)

    September 21: School Closed: Rosh Hashanah


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  • Please be sure your child has had a good, hearty meal before they come to school.  the children function and think much better when they have a full belly.
  • Your child can pack lunch or buy it from the cafeteria each day.  Meal tickets may be purchased from the cafeteria and are recommended for kindergarten children.  If you send your child's lunch money, please be sure it is in a wallet, envelope or bag with their name clearly marked on it.
  • Remember to send in one small, dry snack each day.  We take a 5-10 minute snack break during the afternoon so it should be something your child can manage on his/her own and eat in that time frame. 
  • Please do not pack your child's afternoon snack in his/her lunch box.  Snacks are kept in the cubbies and some children are confused as to what is for lunch and what is for snack.  This will make it much easier for them to manage.
  • The children may bring a small water bottle but it must have a sports pop top on it.  This is to prevent spills.  Practice opening and closing the bottle with your child at home.  Please put only water in the bottle, other beverages get very sticky on our tables when they drip!  Juice boxes are not permitted.
  • Make sure your child has a folder in his/her backpack.  This folder will be used for all correspondence between home and school.  Be sure to check it daily!  As the year goes on, please replace the folder if it tears.
  • If there is ever a change in your child's dismissal plans, please send in a note.  Many times parents mention a change to a child but don't send in a note because they are going to call the office.  This has been the cause of many tears and scrambling at the end of the day to call to find out if the plans are different.  A simple note stating the change in plans will alleviate a lot of turmoil.
  • Self help skills are very important for kindergartners.  Skills such as buttoning, zipping, turning jacket sleeves the correct way, opening snacks, and shoe tieing are skills that kindergarten children should be working on.  Please help your child practice these skills on a daily basis.  As parents, it is often easier to just do it for your children; however, in a classroom setting, they need to begin functioning independently.  You will be amazed at the pride and confidence they will have as their independence with these skills grows!

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