The Achieve Foundation’s Teacher Grant Program inspires district teachers to propose exceptional, constructive projects to help their students in the classroom and beyond.
In all, Achieve awarded 63 teacher grants totaling $67,000 for the current school year.
Congratulations to the following SOMS teachers who recently received grants from the Achieve Foundation!
Julian DiPietro Read Excel
Diane Grant Discovering The Possibilities Through STEM!
Christine Jansen MaKey MaKey – A STEM Invention Kit
Patricia O’Connell Chrome Books
Barbara Tsioni Reading Workshop Resources
Achieve was faced with difficult funding choices, and some proposals were approved but did not receive the entire amount of funding that was requested, including the projects below at SOMS and multi-school projects that include SOMS such as Alison Steiner’s Social Work Programs for middle school students and Infusing Google Drive into all Classrooms.
Caitlin Dennehy Living & Learning In The Community
Jacob Ezzo World Drumming 2.0
Katerina Karis SOMS Model United Nations
Barbara Tsioni Membean Multimodal Vocabulary Learning
Vladimir Valerio Teaching Spanish Language Proficiency Through Reading & Storytelling
These projects are now eligible for direct funding which means you can donate directly to the project of your choice through January 31st!
Click HERE to donate online , choose “Direct Funding” on the form, provide the information requested, and pay via Paypal. To pay by mail, send your check with the teacher’s name and school in the memo line to Achieve Foundation, PO Box 84, Maplewood, NJ, 07040. Direct Grant Funding donations are fully tax-deductible.
For more information please contact Buena Chilstrom at email@example.com or 973-762-8274
Click HERE for a list of all the Achieve grants awarded this year.
Click HERE for December Community Flyers including information from
The Parenting Center & Elementary PTAs
2014 Holiday Toy Drive
FBI – Cyberbullying Workshop
The Loft at Columbia High School
December 2014 Programs
Durand-Hedden House & Garden
2014 Gingerbread House Competition
Friends of the South Orange Public Library
Holiday Sale! Local Artisans! Crafts-art-apparel-confections!
Girl Scouts (South Orange/Maplewood)
Girl Scout Interest Form
December Events at Greenwood Gardens
Program Calendar – October – December 2014
The Learning Academy
Lauren Cox Dance Collective
Lydia Johnson Dance School
Winter/Spring Session Registration – Toddler-Adult Classes
Maplewood Memorial Library
Children’s Program – December 2014
Teen Programs – December 2014
New Jersey Fencing Alliance
“Learn to Fence” Winter Special
South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs
Baird Winter 2015 Classes for Kids
Baird Winter 2015 Classes for Teens & Adults
Funky Fun Art Workshops
Learn to Ski – Grades 3-8
South Orange/Maplewood High School Pick-Up Basketball
South Orange/Maplewood Middle School Basketball League
Auditions for “How The World Got Wisdom”
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
Kids ‘N Family Series
YMCA (South Mountain)
Get Certified to Babysit
Summer Day Camps – Early Bird Special
Vacation Camp – December & January
Vacation Camp – January 19, 2015
YMCA Winter Program Offerings
The 2014-2015 Musical is “Once Upon A Mattress” produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein.
Show dates are March 27, 28, & 29, 2015 (7pm, 7pm, & 2pm respectively). The fundraiser will be February 20, 2015 6:00-9:00pm.
Sign up HERE for Remind Updates for the All School Musical to receive periodic updates through text or email.
For more information about the production visit www.rnh.com
Each month the HSA co-Presidents have an opportunity to solicit questions from the SOMS community to present and discuss with Principal Uglialoro. Please click HERE for Principal U’s answers to this month’s questions. If you have questions for next month, please submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org,
A Teen Book Group will be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the South Orange Library. The genre of books is graphic novel fantasy. This is open to students in 6-8 grade. Snacks will be served. For more information. click HERE.
Congratulations to everyone involved and thanks to the entire SOMS community for supporting their efforts and helping children in need.
Questions about special education? Want to be more involved? South Orange Maplewood’s SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee), including the Special Education PTO, represents our school district’s parents of special needs students. Parents like us. Parents like you.
Please click HERE for the SEPAC/Special Ed PTO 2014-15 meeting schedule.
Please click HERE for a letter about a proposed merger between SEPAC and the Special Education PTO.