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!

 
Ms. Lori Zataveski
Principal

 Inspiring Potential. Enriching Futures.
The Countryside School is home to 335 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!

Visit Our Learning Garden Blog Page!

Countryside’s Learning Garden has been created as a place where students can connect to nature and the environment around them, while nurturing their creativity and curiosity. Students are planning, developing and maintaining the garden, as well as participating in hands-on activities that incorporate standard-focused activities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math). Everyone at Countryside has the opportunity to use this outdoor classroom to explore, discuss, collaborate and learn first-hand through meaningful and engaging lessons.

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.

Summer Technology/STEM Courses Offered

Looking for a fun new skill to learn? Click here for the one-week courses offered this summer by Mount Laurel Community Education. Classes will be taught in the Hartford STEM lab to maximize student learning and enjoyment!

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.

TerraCycle Contest - Vote for Countryside!

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Events Calendar

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 5
Pre-K Students - Donuts with Dad
 
June 5
End-of-Year Picnic
 
June 8
School Kidz Sale Ends
  
June 9
Orientation for Incoming 5th-Graders at Hartford School
 
June 9
Rita's Water Ice Night
 
June 10
3rd Grade Author's Night
 
June 12
Kindergarten Luau
 
June 16
McMiss You Night
 
June 16
4th Grade Promotion & Pizza Party
 
June 16
Board of Education
Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
  
June 17
Preschool Graduation
 
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
 
June 23
4th Grade Clap-Out
 
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School Performance 2013-2014

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School Locations and Contact Info

Map of our schools and sending areas

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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