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



Spirit Wear Sale just in time for the holidays!

Need a great gift idea…Check out what’s available just in time for the holidays!!

Sale runs through November 25th, items will be delivered in time for the holidays!

Final Sale: Due to the custom nature of these items, all sales are final.

Questions? Contact Jessica Gothelf and Lauren Hozumi at spiritwear@oradellpta.org


Holiday Shopping at OPS!

ATTENTION OPS SHOPPERS..The PTA’s annual holiday boutique is coming!

The shopping commences on Tuesday, November 27th and runs through Thursday, November 29th.

Each child will be sent home with an envelope they can use to plan their purchases.  Teachers will be collecting
envelopes in advance of the boutique.  Please look for the envelope in your child’s backpack.

Attached below is a copy of the school’s shopping schedule:

2018 Holiday Boutique Schedule

Want to volunteer? Have a question?
Please reach out to the committee chairs at holidayboutique@oradellpta.org




BeautyCounter Holiday Fundraiser

Special OPS BeautyCounter Holiday Fund Raiser

OPS PTA Board ‘Alum’ Cathy Vitha has generously offered to do a promotion with OPS in support of ‘Project Auditorium.’  Every sale from our community between November 12th and December 7th will include a 20% donation to the Auditorium Fund!


Use this link to shop both their classic line and the LOVELY holiday offerings.
Look for event details using this facebook link
OPS PTA Beautycounter Holiday Fundraiser
**If you are on FaceBook, make sure to scroll down to the Discussion tab and look for the video Cathy posted about the program, the brand and the use of proceeds.  Cathy’s son is off to college – her willingness to step in and help out is a real testament to how strong our PTA’s connection is to the Oradell community!!**
Questions? Contact Jen Koth and Marie Antonelli using specialevents@oradellpta.org


Upper Grades Book Club

Attention fourth, fifth and sixth graders!

The Upper Grades Book Club will be reading The One and Only Ivan.

When: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: MPR D

We are reading “The One and Only Ivan”  by Katherine Applegate

This Newberry Story celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships

You can read more about the book on GoodReads  or on Wikipedia

The trivia games and group discussion are more fun if you have read the entire book!

Where can you get a copy from?

1) many Bergen County libraries have copies (check the listings on BCCLS)
2) purchase the book on your own (Kindle edition $8.99, paperback $7.99).


Pizza will be available for lunch, along with a snack.

Questions? contact Shelly Misskerg or June Levine at uppergradesbookclub@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:


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.