President’s Message


The Oradell PTA is pleased to welcome returning families back to school, and extend a special greeting to kindergarten parents and families new to our community!  The PTA is comprised of nearly 1,000 members, both parents and teachers, working to enhance the educational experience of our children.

The PTA has been very busy this summer planning programs and activities that will make this a fabulous year for our children.  It is because of the strong volunteer efforts of our parents and the dedication of our teachers that the Oradell PTA is able to sponsor so many wonderful activities and programs.

As we begin the school year, please consider volunteering to assist one of our committees this year.  No matter what your talents and interests are, there is something for you – and we can use your help!  With 41 active committees, there’s always a chance to participate and make a contribution to your child’s experience at OPS.  Just click the “volunteer” tab above and select programs or events which fit with your schedule and interests.

Please join us at our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, November 18th at 7:30 p.m. in the OPS auditorium.  If you have any questions or ideas you would like to share, please feel free to contact me at

Please scroll below for the latest and greatest in PTA news, after school events and sign ups.

Jennifer Larson
PTA President


Reflections Art Contest

The Annual PTA Reflections Art Contest for pre-K to 6th grade students is here – Please share this with your child:

  • Do you take pictures? Do you make films? Do you write poems or stories, compose music or draw pictures? How about choreograph a dance? If you do and you want to show off your talent, you should participate in the PTA Reflections contest.
  • This year’s theme is “THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF…” What does this theme mean to you? How can you express this theme creatively?
  • Categories include: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts (such as crayons, markers, painting, collage).

The deadline for all submissions is MONDAY, DECEMBER 1st to your child’s teacher.

If your child is interested in participating, please visit the links below for more information.


A PTA REFLECTIONS ART WORKSHOP FOR VISUAL ARTS with Mrs. Boccanfuso is being planned and will be held in mid November. The sign up with the specific date and time will be posted on the PTA website soon. The workshop is for students in Grades 1-6 who are interested in creating a visual art submission for Reflections.

If you have any questions, please email the chairs: Melissa Saldana at or Vanessa Hosein at


Good luck and have fun!


Upper Grades Book Club


Students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 are invited to attend the


Wednesday, November 19

2:30pm – 4:00pm in OPS MPR

Students should read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen prior to the book club meeting.

A nut free snack will be provided.

Online registration:

Space is limited.  Online registration will close November 12 or when max capacity is reached. 

To purchase the book, click here:

Questions? Please contact:
Melissa Hanlon:
Kristy McGovern:


Reading is Fundamental (RIF)


Our PTA RIF distribution will take place on Thursday, November 20th.  All students will have the opportunity to choose and take home a book courtesy of our PTA.

Also, each student who completes this year’s RIF activity has a chance to win a $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card!  One gift card will be awarded for each grade.  Winners are chosen by lottery from the submitted RIF activities.

K-2nd grade activity sheet: RIF Fall 14 activity2K-2

3rd-6th grade activity sheet: RIF Fall 14 activity3-6

Activity pages are due by Friday, November 14th. 


“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
  ― Groucho Marx



Class Photos

Class Photos have arrived!

Please return your order and payment ASAP.

See the flyer for full information: Class Photos Flyer 2014


Memory Book

Send in your photos for the 2014-2015 OPS Memory Book!

 The OPS Memory Book Committee is now collecting photos for this year’s school yearbook.

See the flyer for full details: Memory Book Flyer



Caldecott Book Club

bookworm                                          FIRST GRADERS

 are invited to attend the Fall Session of the

Caldecott Book Club



 Online registration is closed for this event

Please contact Lauren Driscoll ( or Marie Antonelli ( with questions.



For Class Parents

Class Parents- Please print and distribute the Class Parent Welcome Letter to your assigned families.

PTA Class Parent Welcome Letter 2014


Read and Rap Book Club


Read and Rap Book Club
Invites all 2nd & 3rd Graders to our fall session!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The children will listen to and discuss a book and participate in a fun, book-related activity.

On the day of the book club meeting, please send your child to school with a drink and a nut-free snack.

**Children will be dismissed promptly at 3:30 from MPR D.** 

Online registration has closed for this event.

If you have any questions, please email Molly Schnyder: or Nikki Chiarello:


Volunteers are needed

The Oradell PTA counts on volunteers to make our programs a success.  If you’d like to deliver pizza or ice cream to your child’s class, help out at an after school book club, assist at the Holiday Boutique, Book Fair or Plant Sale, or volunteer in some other way, the Oradell PTA has something for you.  If you can volunteer a little or a lot, we need your help.


Membership 2014-2015

Please join the Oradell PTA for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Although it is too late to be included in the Student Directory, you will receive a Student Directory on Back to School Night.
  • Membership is the only way to receive weekly email blasts from the PTA President.

Sign up here:




Available Committee Chair Positions

Please see the list of available committee chair positions for 2014-2015:

Here is a brief description of every PTA committee: PTA-Committee-Descriptions-updated-3.14


Kindergarten/New Family Mentoring

Kindergarten Mentoring is a PTA program available to new Kindergarten parents or any parent new to the school. The purpose of the program is to help you through your first year at OPS. We can assign you a mentor whom you can call with any questions relating to Kindergarten, PTA related topics or general OPS information.


If you are interested in having a mentor please contact:

Carly Byrnes –


Lauren Aimi – 


Special Needs Committee

Please contact the Special Needs Committee for questions regarding ANY special needs you may have (ex: allergies, academic struggles, physical challenges, social and emotional needs, the needs of the gifted & talented, etc…).  Additionally, this would be the place for anyone who feels that they can offer their own experience and wants to be on our MENTOR list to say, “it’s okay to contact me if someone has a question about…. ”  We will be a liaison between the person with the question and the right resource for getting their questions answered.


***Please click READ MORE to contact the Special Needs Committee**

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