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!

Students: Register Now for the Get Fired Up For Literacy Contest!

As a way to promote reading, The Mount Laurel Fire Department and the Mount Laurel Library are excited to announce the sixth year of the Get Fired Up for Literacy program. This is a reading contest for all Mount Laurel public school students in grades 1-4. The contest will begin Saturday, December 21, 2014 and will end Sunday, January 4, 2015.

One student from each grade who reads the most minutes during this time period will be deemed a winner. There will be 4 winners per school and a total of 24 backpacks awarded as prizes throughout the Mount Laurel School District.
 
One grand prize winner will be randomly selected at each school from the pool of winners mentioned above. Each grand prize winner will receive a ride to school in a fire truck.
 
Finally, each student who participates and reads a minimum of 60 minutes will receive a certificate.
 
Note: Previous grand prize winners are not eligible for fire truck rides.
 
The grand prize winners will receive a telephone call from the Mount Laurel Fire Department prior to the results being posted on the Mount Laurel Fire Department’s website. The winners will be posted Monday, January 12, 2015, and the fire truck rides will be given the week of February 19, 2015.
 
To register: visit the Fire Department or Library websites OR simply complete the reading log here and return it to school no later than Monday, January 5, 2015.

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Unfortunately, It Is Also Flu Season ...
The Burlington County Health Department has observed an increase in reports of norovirus, commonly known as the “stomach flu”. Symptoms usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping and last for 24-48 hours. Norovirus is easily spread and can be a challenge to control in a school setting. Students will be sent home if they are experiencing symptoms. Students can return to school when their symptoms subside. However, they can remain contagious to others for several days. For this reason, strict adherence to handwashing and environmental cleaning polices is essential. Attached is a fact sheet on norovirus, and some handwashing guidelines that may provide helpful reminders.










2014 Education Summit Webpage Link

More than 100 community members participated in the district's 2014 Education Summit on May 15. Discussion centered on the transformation facing our schools, namely the new Common Core Standards, the new PARCC Test to be administered in 2015 and student attendance rates. The resulting group discussion led to a number of suggestions for better communication within the community.
Check out our 2014 Summit webpage here to view the presentation and check for frequent updates.

Events Calendar

December 23
Early Dismissal for Winter Recess

December 24 - January 2
Winter Recess
Schools Closed
 
January 6
Board of Education
Reorganization Meeting, 7 p.m.
 
January 11
Roller Skating Event
 
January 19
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Schools Closed
 
January 23
Movie Night
 

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School Performance 2012-13

How May We Help You?

Just looking for a quick and basic guide to specific information about our schools? The links below will provide you with a basic fact sheet on the topics listed. Don't see something you wish was here? Just yell! We'll get it up right away for you.

Registering a child new to the district

Kindergarten registration
Job Opportunities - Certified
Job Opportunities - Support and Substitute
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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