Welcome to Countryside Elementary!
Inspiring Potential. Enriching Futures.
Parents, please note that our PowerSchool Portal is still in flux due to necessary changes and adjustments. At the moment it is closed to accommodate late enrollment and class schedules, particularly in the higher grades. The PowerSchool Portal will be open on the first day of school. Note also that students do not need to bring their schedules to the orientation sessions at Hartford and Harrington Schools.
Meanwhile, our LunchTime Portal has been opened and may be accessed to set-up lunch accounts and make deposits for the first week of school.
Thank you for understanding that the process which guides over 4,200 students into the appropriate seat for six hours a day over the next 180 days is comprehensive. While schedule changes can always be made throughout the year based on need, our administrators work very hard to place students appropriately based on a number of factors prior to the start of school.
Mount Laurel's Summer Reading Program includes suggested books for students in Grade 1-7. Students are encouraged to create a log of books read for discussion in class in the Fall. Please recognize that your child may select a book that is not on the suggested list that fits his or her individual interests and reading level. Should you have questions about the Summer Reading Program, please contact your school office, which will be open throughout the summer. The following letters to parents detail the program by grade level. The suggested list is also linked below.
Summer Reading Response Activity for Students Currently in Grades 4, 5, 6, 7
An educator with 29 years of experience, Rath has been superintendent of Mount Laurel Schools since 2002. She has led the district’s transformation to adhere with new standards and mandates at the state level, and has enhanced educational programs each year. Through her initiative with corporate partners, Mount Laurel has created Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs in grades 5-8. Numerous technology advances, such as a $1 million laptop endeavor, have been completed under her direction and Mount Laurel students continue to exceed state and district factor group scores on standardized tests.
Rath graduated from West Chester State University with both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Art degrees. She received her Principal and Supervisor’s Certification from Rowan University and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Widener University. She has undertaken post-doctorate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and serves as an executive board member of the New Jersey School Development Council at Rutgers University.
Mount Laurel Schools have joined with TenMarks, an Amazon Company, to provide a summer math program at no cost to our families. Research shows that summer learning loss in Math is an issue that impacts all students, with students losing an average of 2-3 months of math comprehension every summer. TenMarks offers families a proven,scalable, online summer math program to reverse the summer learning loss and help students build a strong foundation in core math skills. Learn more about this exciting program here.
The Board of Education has approved the Extended Kindergarten Option (EKO) Program for a September, 2014 start in the Mount Laurel Schools. Registration for the new program will be open on a first come, first serve basis. Registration forms are available here as well as at each of our school offices and at our Extended Day Care (EDC) offices. Completed registration forms must be mailed or hand-delivered to our EDC Office at 436 Masonville Road with the non-refundable registration fee of $75.
Please e-mail us with any particular questions you may have regarding this program and we will answer them here.
Here are some questions that have come in so far.
Mount Laurel Schools participate in the Common Core State Standards, along with other New Jersey Schools. Learn more about the Common Core Standards and what they mean specifically for your child at each grade level on our Common Core Standards webpage
Welcome Back Staff Luncheon
First Day of Classes - Grade 1-8Pre-K Orientation
First Day Kindergarten
Kindergarten Parent Boo Hoo/Yahoo
Instr. Music Assembly, 3rd & 4th-Grade, 9 a.m
Instr. Music Sign-Up, Art Room, 3-6 p.m.
Rita’s Water Ice Night
S.P.A.R.K.S. Football Day
KidStuff Coupon Book Sale
Fall Box Top Contest Begins
PTO Meeting, Library, 7 p.m.
Halloween Costume Drive Begins
S.P.A.R.K.S. Spirit & Countryside Connects
Fire Prevention Assembly
Fall Book Fair Begins
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Registering a child new to the district
Job Opportunities - Certified
Job Opportunities - Support and Substitute
School Locations and Contact Info
Map of our schools and sending areas
NJ DOE Self-Assessment under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights District and School Grade Report
District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Mount Laurel Hartford School
397 Hartford Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Telephone - 856-231-5899
Grades SLD K, 1-4: 8:30 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Preschool A.M.: 8:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Preschool P.M.: 12:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Kindergarten A.M.: 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kindergarten P.M.: 12:25 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Early dismissal grades SLD K, 1-4: 12:30 p.m.
*On half days, P.M. Kindergarten begins at 10 a.m. and dismisses at 12:30 p.m. A.M. Kindergarten remains the same. There will be no Preschool classes held on half days.
Countryside School Anti-Bullying Specialist is Claudia Horner,
115 School House Lane, 856-234-2750