President’s Message

Fall is on its way and so is FIELD DAY

Thank you to all who came to the September 17th General Membership meeting.  We had a number of new faces and it’s fabulous to see new parents getting involved.  Our organization relies on our engaged parent community.

FIELD DAY 🐾will be held this year on October 9th.  A lot of you will be there putting in the extra mile taking photos 📷, handing out oranges 🍊 and chaperoning little ones to the nurse’s office 👩‍⚕️.  I know many people love field day 🏆.  The move to the fall allows this day to really shine 🌟.

As one would expect from our local PTA, our fall 🍂 programming is robust.  We’ve got book clubs 📚coming in October, the holiday boutique 🛍️ in November and let’s not forget the kickoff dates for our Wednesday lunches (Bagels 🍩 on 9/26, Pizza 🍕on 10/3, Ice Cream 🍦on 10/19).

October 26th will mark our latest visit from the Wizards 🏀.  If you haven’t gotten a ticket yet don’t delay, we’re going to sell out.

With our new ‘incentive program’ 🎟️ in place, I hope to see many of you at our November 20th meeting.  If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about ask a friend who attended our September meeting.  You don’t want to miss out on all the fun. To keep informed please plan to attend PTA meetings scheduled as follows: 9/17, 11/20, 1/15, 3/5, 4/23, 6/11.

Let the fall games begin,

Kate Booth
OPS PTA President



Class Photo Orders!

Place your order for school pictures ONLINE!

Did you get your proofs and are you ready to order pictures? Awesome!


Click through to the online order form below.

Here are a few things to know before you place your order:

* Add-on items require the purchase of a package.
* Photo Retake Date: October 30, 2018
* Deadline for online orders:  November 13, 2018
* Delivery dates: orders are shipped in two groups, near the end of October and one after the deadline.

After November 13th  you can order full price pictures directly through sunflowerpics@aol.com

Questions? Contact Kristen Verrier and Eileen Hahn at classphotos@oraellpta.org


Caldecott Fall Book Club

First Graders  – Our Fall Caldecott book club is coming!

We know you can’t wait – get your spot while you still can!

The Caldecott Book Club is hosting its first after school event this year!
When: Wednesday October 24, 2018 – 2:30pm – 3:45pm.

Registration is now open

Please send your little one to school with a NUT FREE snack marked “Caldecott Book Club”.

Children will be dismissed at 3:45pm from the MPR entrance.

Questions? reach out to  Purva Vaidya and Uma Thorat via email at: caldecottbookclub@oradellpta.org


Reflections Art Contest

The Annual PTA Reflections Art Contest for students in Grades K through 6 is here!

This year’s theme is “Heroes Around Me”

Categories include: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and studio arts (such as crayons, markers, painting, drawing, collage).  

The deadline for all submissions, is Wednesday, November 28th.
There are TWO registration forms required:

1 Fill out the online form for our local team here: (link)

2 Print and complete and send in one of the national forms with each project (link)

Please have your child submit both the art and the national registration form via their homeroom teacher.

Questions? Contact Reflections committee chairs, Elaine Dong and Heather Corrigan at the following email:


Reflections THEME contest for 2019-2020

Calling all fans of the REFLECTIONS contest!

Are you interested in having a say in what NEXT YEAR’s contest theme is? Well, let your voice be heard!!

National PTA is looking for your ideas and their submission deadline is November 1st.

Share your inspiration and the rest of the country might be following your lead next year!! Submission details
and a list of all prior themes can be found in the attached document.

Good luck!





Reflections Art Workshops!


We will be having TWO workshops for students interested in exploring inspirations for the 50th Anniversary PTA Reflections Art Contest.

When: Wednesday, October 24th from 2:30-3:30

Where: Studio art with Mrs. Boccanfuso will be in the Art Room
Photography with Mr. Hagopian will be in the Library

For whom: Studio art will be open to 2nd through 6th graders.
Photography will be for 4th through 6th graders.

Registrations are on a first come, first served basis.  This workshop typically sells out quickly!



Students in 2nd grade will be escorted from the classrooms, students in grades 3-6 will walk to the art room or library on their own.

After the workshops, all children will be dismissed at the front of the building by the library.

Questions? Contact Elaine Dong and Heather Corrigan at: reflections@oradellpta.org.


Read and Rap Fall Book Club

2nd and 3rd grade readers needed to rap about a book…..

Join the Read and Rap Book Club on Wednesday October 17th in the MPR.

Sign ups are limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Please sign up through the link below:


*Dismissal will be through the MPR doors

Please be sure to send your child with a drink and NUT-FREE snack for this event

Interested in volunteering for this event?  The registration form has a space for that –  please join us for the fun!

Questions? Please contact Lauren Driscoll and Daniela Bossbaly via: readandrap@oradellpta.org


Calling all Kindergarten Readers!

The OPS PTA Kindergarten Book Club is having its 1st meeting of the year!

There will be stories read, crafts created and friendships formed!

This is the First of three events this school year, and you won’t want to miss it!

When: Wednesday, October 10th from 2:30-3:30 pm

Space is limited and the online registration will close once capacity is reached.


**Note: Dismissal will be at 3:30 from the Kindergarten doors.**

Please send your little one to school with a nut-free snack marked “Kindergarten Book Club”.

Questions? reach out to  Danielle Nagy and Yaisel Benitez via email:

Want to volunteer? Parent volunteers are welcome to join the fun! Please sign up on the registration form.


The Wizards are coming!

This event is SOLD OUT but…..

 There’s still time to order your optional Pre-game Dinner!

 Have you already purchased tickets and now realize Pre-game dinner is the way to go?  

Optional dinner choices include both a Pizza option AND a Chick-fil-A option this year!

Where: RiverDell High School
When: October 26th
Time: Doors open at 6pm, game starts at 7pm


Proceeds from this event will benefit the OPS PTA Auditorium Fund and the Oradell Rotary.

 Passes to dinner will be held at a WILL CALL desk. Please provide extra time to get your tickets at the event.

Questions? Contact:Jennifer Koth & Marie Antonelli via specialevents@oradellpta.org


Walk to School on Fridays!!

Check out these fun themes for this year’s walk to school days
and get some exercise while walking to school!

September 21st Hold onto summer!  Show us your best Hawaiian / Surfer themed gear
September 28th –  Touchdown Have a favorite football team? Show your pride by wearing the team jersey
October 5th Field Day! School Spirit.  Go Maroon & Gold!!
October 12th Crazy Hair don’t care!
October 19th – Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
October 26th The Wizards are coming! Wear your favorite basketball jersey
November 2nd Orange or Black
November 16th Spirit wear, Let’s Go– Panther Pride!

Don’t live close enough to school to walk?
Consider parking on a nearby side street and walking a couple of blocks.

Don’t have any spirit wear?
Simply wear some maroon and/or gold to show OPS pride!

Have any other questions?
Please contact OPS PTA student programming committee chairs: Chrissy Nippes and Kimberly Tarascio at


NEW for 2018 – Nicholas Markets lunches!

You say you don’t want to make lunch on Monday or Tuesday or Thursday or Friday?!  We’ve got an app for that…

Well, not an app – but we do have a new program from Nicholas Markets that will be available at OPS for lunches on every day of the week except for Wednesdays…and you do order it online.

Introducing Nicholas Markets to OPSWhen will it run? Starting September 17th, this program will run all year long on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursays and Fridays.

How do I order?  After setting up your account, ordering is done direct through their website www.nmlunch.com up to midnight the evening before.

What about nutritional content? The NMLunch menu is also produced with a strong emphasis on nutritional content.  Ingredients and nutritional facts are all available online.

I have allergy concerns? This program has a very sophisiticated ordering process which is sensitive to allergy concerns. When you sign up you can indicate allergies and the menu dynamically adjusts to limit what can be purchased for or by that student.

What if I forgot to send lunch? Nicholas Markets offers the ability for your child to purchase a lunch from a limited ‘I forgot my lunch’ menu

What if my child is still hungry? NMLunch offers the ability for your child to purchase add on items and snacks during lunch (you have to opt into this day of purchasing feature)

Where do they get their AMAZING bread from? Rockland Bakery of course…

Got more questions? 1) The PDFs attached are an excellent resources for Q&A.
2) A representative from NM will have samples at the 9/17 PTA meeting
3) Email anyone on the executive board and we would be happy to help.

Please note: No Fuss Lunch and LJ’s lunch programs will not be available for the 2018-2019 school year.