Countryside Elementary School

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115 Schoolhouse Lane, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  |  P: 856-234-2750  |  F: 856-222-9755

Welcome to Countryside Elementary!

Inspiring Potential. Enriching Futures.
 
Ms. Lori Zataveski
Principal

The Countryside School is home to 320 students in Grades PK-4, and 70 staff members each school day. Here are just a few of the many opportunities our students have been given to encourage active learning:

Through our Buddy Program, each preschool child in our school is paired with a fourth-grade buddy. The buddies meet for one period a week and participate in a teacher-directed learning activity. Through our Student Announcer Program, the students in kindergarten through fourth-grade conduct the morning opening exercises, and announcements.

We have a very active and caring Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). In addition to raising funds for technology, assemblies, field trips, and playground equipment, the PTO consistently generates ideas for school improvement.

Our School Motto

Communicate, Create, Collaborate, Celebrate...Together is Better at Countryside!

Philadelphia Girls Choir Auditions Coming Here!

Philadelphia Girls Choir Music Director Jeffrey Smith will hold auditions for girls ages seven and older who have not previously auditioned for the Choir at the Hillside School on Thursday, May 28, beginning after school and ending at 5 p.m. Girls interested in joining the Choir's training program will be asked to sing a familiar song and perform a few simple singing exercises. This audition is very informal and will last only a few moments. Those girls selected for a final audition will be notified by mail within the month. These local auditions are open to all girls from the area who meet the above criteria. You need not be a Mount Laurel Schools student.
Permission slips are available here. They should be returned to your child's Mount Laurel School Music Teacher as soon as possible, or completed and e-mailed to Marie Reynolds.

Strobe Lights At All Schools Signal Need To Stay Away

Did you know: That one of the newest security measures at all of Mount Laurel's Schools is a strobe-light system? In the event of a lock-down or lock-out at the school, the strobe lights will be activated to alert everyone to stay away. We will be using the strobe lights for drills as well as actual emergencies. So, if the strobe lights are flashing, stay away. We're either drilling security to keep students and staff safe, or there is an emergency within the school perimeter.
 
The lighting system is designed not only to alert parents and members of the community, but also our staff members who travel from one building to another, or may have left the building. Once our buildings are in Lockdown or Lockout mode, no one is permitted to enter or exit the facility. All exterior doors are locked. In the past, a staff member who may have gone out for lunch might return and use their secure badge to re-enter the building, unaware that the building was in Lockdown or Lockout. The strobe lights will alert them as well as other visitors who might be placed in harm's way by approaching the school during an actual emergency.

End-Of-Year PARCC Testing: New Information Shared

The last week in April marks the opening of our PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) End-Of-Year Testing window. That window will be open from April 27 through May 22. The NJ ASK Test will still be used for Science, and will be administered to fourth and eighth-graders only on May 27 and 28. Please see your school website for individual school testing schedules. As we saw during Mid-Year testing, those schedules are subject to change.
We have made a few adjustments in the process for refusal by parents. This year's mid-year cycle was our first experience with the PARCC assessment, and refusal requests came in by various means to various staff members. In order to make that flow of information more effective and not miss any parent's request, we have established a process that is outlined in this letter. Please read it carefully and submit your letter by April 20 to assure that we are able to comply with your wishes.

TerraCycle Contest - Vote for Countryside!

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Students

Participate in an important and fun contest! Write an essay, make a poster or a video and tell us what you think it means to be an Upstander.
 
Here's an entry form.

Low Cost Preschool Program Offered for 2015-2016 School Year

The Mount Laurel Township Public School District is offering a low cost preschool program for a limited number of four to five-year-old children for the 2015-2016 school year. Classes will be held in our district elementary school buildings. These Preschool Inclusion classes will enroll preschoolers with disabilities along with their peers in order to provide public school opportunities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. See more information here.

Events Calendar

April 17
Fun Run
 
April 21
Report Cards Issued
 
April 21
Spring Portraits
 
April 21
Board of Education
Work Session, 7:30 p.m.
   
Through April 23
Math-a-thon
 
April 27-May 22
PARCC Testing Window
 
April 28
Board of Education
Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
 
April 29
Bertucci's Night
11:00am-10:00pm
 
May4-8
Teacher Appreciation Week
 
May 8
Countryside Night
At The Camden Riverharks
7pm
 
May 19
Board of Education
Work Session, 7:30 p.m.
 
May 22
Kindergarten Q&U Wedding
 
May 25
Memorial Day
Schools Closed
 
May 26
School Kidz Sale Starts
 
May 26
Board of Education
Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
 
May 28
PTO Social
 
May 29
4th Grade Pool Party
 
June 1-2
Book Swap
 
June 3
Fine Arts Festival
 
June 4
4th Grade Pool Party Rain Date
 
June 8
School Kidz Sale Ends
 
June 9
Rita's Water Ice Night
 
June 10
3rd Grade Author's Night
June 16
McMiss You Night
 
June 16
4th Grade Promotion & Pizza Party
 
June 17
4th Grade Clap-Out 
 
June 22
Harrington Middle School
8th-Grade Graduation
5:15 p.m. Phoenix
7:30 p.m. Zephyr
 
June 23
Harrington Middle School
8th-Grade Graduation
5:15 p.m. Oasis
7:30 p.m. Everest
 
June 23
Last Day of School for Students
Early Dismissal
 
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School Performance 2013-2014

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Anti-Bullying


District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Kelly Neiman
Mount Laurel Hartford School
397 Hartford Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Telephone - 856-231-5899

Student & Parent Info

School Hours:
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

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