On May 12, students from Rumson Country Day School and Red Bank Primary helped kick off Horizons’ Giving Day celebration with a special Field Day of activities. 

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

The buzz of eager children reverberated across the campus of The Rumson Country Day School last Friday, May 12, as RCDS lower school students gathered on the bleachers to welcome their friends from Red Bank Primary School. After a brief introduction, the Red Bank Eagles and RCDS Gators joined forces to create red and white teams for a friendly competitive field day hosted by RCDS and Horizons Student Enrichment Program.

With the help of dedicated 7th grade volunteers and staff, RCDS and Horizons opened their campus to their Red Bank neighbors, in an efforts to provide a fun experience for the students and to kick off Horizons’ Annual Giving Day, which took place on Wednesday, May 17.

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On Friday, Red Bank Primary School hosted a VIP contingent — that’s Very Impressive Produce — as the school was recognized as the winner of the state Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Press release from NJ Dept. of Agriculture

On Friday, March 31, New Jersey Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Division Director Rose Tricario and USDA representatives presented Red Bank Primary School with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program VIP (Very Impressive Produce) Award.

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This Thursday, March 23, Red Bank Primary School invites the community to view an exhibit of student artwork, and take part in fun interactive art/science activities, as the River Street school hosts its 2017 Night of the Arts and Sciences. All students in grades K through 3 will have their creations on display, with Kindergarten and First Grade children and their families invited to attend from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., and Second and Third Grade children and families welcomed between 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. Parents and guardians are advised to remain with their children at all times, and more information (plus a closer look at all of the activities and exhibits) can be found by going here to the Red Bank Primary School Art website maintained by the school’s art educator, Ms. Rachel Mambach.


schuman_hans_image4-1Hans Schuman, executive director of the music education group JazzReach and drummer for the group’s Metta Quintet, was among the musicians who gave a special presentation on Blues music to students from Fair Haven and Red Bank.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

On November 17, third graders from Sickles School in Fair Haven got a lesson in “learning the blues,” in an exciting event at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

Accompanied by music teacher Vince Mottern and chaperones, the students attended “Yes Indeed!,” a program (presented by the musical education group JazzReach) that explores the evolution of the blues genre, as well as its impact on American music and history.

After a live performance of blues and jazz music by members of the Jazz Reach Metta Quintet, the Sickles students and their teachers – along with the Red Bank Primary School students and teachers also in attendance – participated in a Q&A session with the musicians as well as musical demonstrations.

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CYMC swim Casey MansfieldCommunity YMCA swim instructor Casey Mansfield (above right) helped third graders from Red Bank schools feels safe and comfortable in the water, including Madeline Ortiz-Morales of Red Bank Primary School (above) and Christopher Hernandez of Red Bank Charter School (below).

Press release from The Community YMCA 
CYMCA swim
Third grade students of Red Bank Primary School and Red Bank Charter School gained valuable swimming and water safety skills in the annual Third Grade Swim program, presented by The Community YMCA.

The water safety initiative, which concluded this week, was developed to give all third graders the opportunity for no-cost swimming and water safety lessons as part of their school day. The Third Grade Swim program began in 2011, and has helped approximately 600 children learn how to be safe in and around water. This year’s program included four 45-minute swim lessons covering basic stroke development, paddling, treading and floating skills.

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Atrium_Res_Bill_Wheatley_&_AmberBill Wheatley (left), a resident of The Atrium at Navesink Harbor who’s known as one of Santa’s favorite helpers, displays a Santa-sized haul of hats and mittens with Amber Graves (right) of the Riverside Avenue senior community. Inspired by Candace Christianson’s story The Mitten Tree, Bill and fellow resident Barbara Withers coordinated a Mitten Drive that has so far collected over 50 hats and pairs of mittens for Red Bank Primary School kids. As Atrium communications specialist Mary Kelly reports, “Bill spreads the joy of the holidays throughout the year. Bringing cheer, he shares his musical talents on the harmonica performing at holiday parties, birthdays and happy hours. Pitch perfect, he’s a hit with our residents and just a treat to be around.” 


IMG_0131Red Bicycle Studio owner Jonathan Erdelyi meets  a group of students from Ms. Wall’s bilingual class at Red Bank Primary School, during a visit keyed to a classroom poster project.

Press release from Red Bank Primary School

They’re called “The Wallstars,” a group of 23 students from Mercedes Wall’s bilingual class at Red Bank Primary School — and when the students paid a visit to The Red Bicycle Studio on Front Street recently, it was the culminating event to a project that saw the class create informational posters about bicycles, currently on displayed at the Front Street store owned by Jonathan Erdelyi.

Mrs. Wall’s class had been hard at work over the last three weeks, researching and developing posters that both depict and teach others about the different bicycles available to everyone today. The students researched the topic using a variety of resources, including more than 20 books from the Monmouth County Library, countless web sites from local bike shops and many educational bicycle web sites.  In addition, bicycle parts were brought into the classroom as a way to gain background information. The collaboration included many days of group work, peer assessment and countless revisions and rewrites.

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abby_shawThey say that a person’s choice of Halloween costume reflects a lot about who they are on the inside — but while Abby Shaw doesn’t appear at first glance to be sporting an angel’s wings or a superhero’s cape, the 13 year old Rumson resident has figuratively suited up each of the past five Halloween seasons, on a do-good mission of her own devising.

Since the fall of 2011, during her days as a fourth grader at Forrestdale School, Abby has operated her own charitable enterprise, through which she collects donated Halloween costumes and distributes them to area kids in need.

Five years on, Abby’s Costumes for Kids Collection may not rank among the world’s most internationally recognizable nonprofit entities — but the smiles that have resulted from one kid’s hard work and positive energy have cured many cases of the trick-or-treat blues, and shown how a deceptively simple idea can capture a community’s imagination.

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artawards1Red Bank Regional art teacher Barbara Beckett (back row, left) is pictured with some of the sixteen RBR students who were among the winners of the 2015 Monmouth Day Care Journal Art Contest. Shown in the back row next to Ms. Beckett are Michael Eulner, Shrewsbury; Morgan McIntyre, Little Silver, and Bryan Aparicio. Left to right in the front row are Kelly Farley, Little Silver; Tiaunna Macon, Neptune City (grand prize winner in the high school category), and Lauren Bevacqua, Shrewsbury.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Tiaunna Macon of Neptune City, a freshmen at Red Bank Regional High School, was the grand prize winner in the high school category for the Monmouth Day Care (MDC) Journal Art contest. Her art submission will appear as the ad for NJ Natural Gas inside this year’s MDC art journal, a major fundraiser for the non-profit day-center in Red Bank.

In addition to Tiaunna, the other two grand prize winners were third grader Madelyn Sanchez-Berr of Red Bank Primary School (primary school category), and seventh grader Troy Hill of St. James Elementary School (middle school category). All three grand prize winners were photographed by Danny Sanchez and pictured in the journal.

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Press release from Red Bank Borough Education Foundation

All in the interest of science, the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation presented the Red Bank Board of Education with its second Rosemarie Kopka Memorial Mini-Grant for $2,000, to be used for a Science Day scheduled for June 11 and 12 at Red Bank Primary School.

Borough Councilman Ed Zipprich, who is also RBBEF Vice President, presented the check to Red Bank Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jared Rumage during International Day on Friday, May 29.  Also present for the award presentation were RBBEF President Susan Berke, Secretary Barbara Boas, Treasurer Kathie Panepinto, and Councilwoman Kathy Horgan, who was the founding RBBEF President.

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cuddihyCheryl Cuddihy has been appointed Principal of Viola L. Sickles School in Fair Haven.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

Fair Haven Superintendent of Schools Nelson Ribon has announced the selection of Cheryl Cuddihy, M.Ed, M.A. as Principal of Viola L. Sickles School. Cuddihy’s appointment was approved at a scheduled meeting of the Fair Haven Board of Education held at Knollwood School on the evening of June 25, 2014.

A resident of Middletown, Cuddihy most recently served as Vice Principal of Red Bank Primary School. Prior to joining the Red Bank Borough School district in August 2013, Cuddihy taught Kindergarten, first, second and fourth grade at Leonardo Grade School and Nut Swamp Elementary School in Middletown Township. In 2005, during her first year of teaching at Leonardo Grade School, she was the recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” Award.

“I am very excited to be joining a progressive educational community which embraces the achievement of literacy skills through the workshop model,” said Cuddihy, who was selected after an extensive search process, and who plans to become a familiar face at Sickles School well before her official start date of August 1.

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ZipprichBenRed Bank Borough Education Foundation secretary and borough Councilman Ed Zipprich (left, with RBEFF’s Ann Roseman at right) presented Board of Ed president Ben Forest with a Mini Grant for a Science Day to be held in June at Red Bank Primary School.

Press release from Red Bank Borough Education Foundation

All in the interest of science, the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation presented the Red Bank Board of Education with a Rosemarie Kopka Mini-Grant for two thousand dollars, toward a Science Day to be held in June at the Red Bank Primary School.

Red Bank Councilman and RBBEF Secretary Ed Zipprich — joined by Ann Roseman, member of both the RBBEF board and the RB Board of Education — presented the check to borough Board of Ed president Ben Forest, as part of RBBEF’s mission to promote the STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) in the Red Bank Public Schools.

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pre-k-paintPre-kindergarten student Leslie Herrera at Red Bank Primary School. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)


Demand for Red Bank’s heralded pre-kindergarten program is spiking, and the school district is on the hunt for more space — and money — to offer every three- and four-year-old in Red Bank the chance to attend.

Superintendent Laura Morana said she’s involved in serious discussion and has a “pretty good lead” to add four more classrooms at a sixth location for the borough’s scattered pre-k classroom setup to accommodate a waiting list that precluded 76 three-year-olds from getting into the program in the 2011-12 school year.

“If we can get four more classrooms then everyone in Red Bank will have the opportunity,” she said.

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y-swimmers11Swimming lessons for borough third-graders were offered as part of a larger program to expand the Community YMCA’s public outreach. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)


Here’s a stat you might think unlikely for a riverside town like Red Bank, just a short drive from the beach: 95 percent of third-grade students in its charter and primary schools did not know how to swim, according to the Community YMCA.

That began to change over the past month.

On Thursday, the Y held the last of a series of free, month-long swimming lessons for all borough third-graders. And what a difference that month made.

“The first week, everybody was very tense. We had to hold some kids’ hands. A couple of the kids in level one would hold on for dear life,” said Rebecca Rivera, the Y’s safety coordinator. “And now they’re jumping right in.”

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sb-beach-plowPlowing the sand mounds in Sea Bright. Can summer be far behind? (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)


Welcome back to another week at redbankgreen. Here’s a glance back at the stories that filled our cyberpages last week.

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boehm_02Carol Boehm recently won Yale School of Music’s Distinguished Music Educators award. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)


The bell rings at Red Bank Primary School Monday morning and Carol Boehm immediately springs her second grade class into action, leading a cadence, “1-2-3, S-I-T on the R-U-G.”

The students, dressed in the school’s prescribed red, white and black, plop to the floor and turn their heads to Boehm, who’s pointing to a treble clef on the whiteboard.

The day’s lesson is “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and after a brief refresher identifying the notes on the board, Boehm pulls out four xylophones and breaks the kids into groups for a half-hour of repetition — which more or less means Boehm’s eyes are darting across the room, looking for mallets straying from the song’s notes of B-A-G-D, or praising a student here and there for sitting patiently while waiting for his turn.

“I like to think I challenge my students a lot,” said Boehm, who’s taught music at the primary school for nine years. She’s got something to show for her work. At this point in the school year, the second grade class can read music with no problem. And Monday, they were all playing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” with two hands.

These are small victories when framed against an entire year of lessons, but are part and parcel of Boehm’s classroom accomplishments that have been recognized on a higher level. Read More »