On October 7, Rumson families participated in the district’s first annual “Walk or Bike to School Day,” as the district partnered with the Rumson Police Department and PTO to encourage students to “walk or bike to ignite!” The tagline for the event promoted the district’s new branding message which was launched for the 2016 – 2017 school year, “Rumson Schools, Igniting Potential.”
Students who participated were greeted by Forrestdale and Deane-Porter staff members, awarded stickers as they arrived, and found their designated spot in the “Bike Parking Lot.” At the conclusion of the day, prior to the ride home, the PTO provided students with a healthy snack and reusable bottle water fill station.
Learning about the creative process of a successful writer and being highly entertained were the orders of the day, as New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman visited sixth and seventh graders at Forrestdale School on May 13.
Korman’s day-long visit, which was sponsored by the Rumson PTO, included lunch with the author for students chosen in classroom raffles as well as opportunities for photos with Korman and book signings.
The Forrestdale sixth and seventh graders sported tie-dyed clothing in homage to the character of Capricorn “Cap” Anderson in Schooled, who Korman described as “a 13-year-old hippie who is also sort of a hermit.”
Love was in the air, as the Rumson Parent Teacher Organization presented its annual “Lunch with a Loved One” at Deane Porter School on February 15. The PTO provided bottled water, home-baked treats, fruit and granola bars, gluten-free and peanut-free snacks as students in Kindergarten through third grade enjoyed a luncheon celebration with a special person in their life. The luncheon was held in the Deane Porter gymnasium and cafeteria, both of which were festooned with hearts in keeping with a Valentine’s Day theme. “Families and schools belong together, and Lunch with a Loved One allows us the opportunity to come together for a fun event,” said Deane Porter School Principal Shari Feeney.
The duo of Max Squared — Max Tidalgo (vocals) and Max Connery (piano) — performed “Careless Whisper” by George Michael at the recent Forrestdale Follies.
Press release from Rumson PTO
From soulful ballads by talented vocalists and stirring performances by accomplished pianists, to comedy and dance extravaganzas and even a hard rock performance, there was something for everyone at the Forrestdale Follies talent show.
Presented by the Rumson Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), the Follies took place on the evening of April 16, in the auditorium of Forrestdale School. Proceeds benefited the Rumson PTO.
Rumson PTO Book Fair attendees — and Clifford the Big Red Dog — enjoy a conch shell concert by Forrestdale School Music Teacher John Lebitsch, during the recent event.
Press release from Rumson School District PTO
“I like books,” said Clara Winters, a first grader at Deane Porter School, when asked why she was excited to attend this year’s Rumson School District Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Book Fair.
Judging by the number of excited youngsters clutching brand new books in anticipation of taking them home to enjoy, Clara was in good company.
The 2014 Rumson PTO Book Fair, held in the gymnasium of Deane Porter School from October 15 to 22, featured an astounding number of compelling titles to pique the interests of Pre-Kindergarteners through eighth graders at Deane Porter and Forrestdale Schools. Thousands of books and related items were available for immediate purchase, including a selection of titles for adults and young adults.
This year’s attendees were urged to make way for their new purchases by donating gently used titles to the Bridge of Books Foundation. Bridge of Books provides an ongoing source of books to underprivileged and at-risk children throughout New Jersey in order to support literacy skills and foster a love of reading. The generosity of the Rumson school community resulted in the donation of 20 cartons filled with books.