President’s Message

A Big THANK YOU to all of our PTA Committee Chairs…

As the winter days pass us by and we gear up for a busy spring, I’d like to take a moment to thank all the wonderful people that work behind the scenes to help make our organization so successful…the COMMITTEE CHAIRS.

If it weren’t for the hard work of the committee chairs, lunches would not be served so seamlessly on Wednesdays, Author Visits would not be so successful and well received, Student Programs would not occur, books would not be given out at RIF or sold at our Book Fair, and countless other programs/events would not take place.

All of these events happen because of the time and dedication you give and you all deserve a big THANK YOU.

Jennifer Koth
PTA President


Order your own copy of the talent show DVD!

It was so wonderful to see all the talent we have at OPS!

Don’t let the fun stop there! Order a DVD and watch it over and over again!

A DVD with high quality copies of BOTH NIGHTS are available for sale through the link below.


Questions? Contact talent show chairs, Kate Windram and Kim Dunphy, at



Calling all Gardeners!

Garden Committee is scheduling a Spring Garden Clean Up
and is looking for some helping hands!

When: Wednesday April 5th 2:30- 3:30
(rain date April 19th 2:30-3:30)
If you have not volunteered to help out the garden committee feel free to sign up for this special event now!
The volunteer form is always available along the top of the OPS PTA website and can be accessed here:
BOTH parents and students are welcome to join in on the afternoon event.
Questions? Contact Kate McAllister, Jennifer Kleinbaum at the following email:


Read and Rap Winter Book Club

2nd and 3rd grade readers needed to rap about a book…oh and…legos anyone?

Join the Read and Rap Book Club on Friday, March 31st from 3:00-4:00 in the Auditorium, for
an afternoon of reading, building and creating.

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

Please sign up through the link below:

Read & Rap Registration

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

Questions? Please contact Kalsoom Kazmi and Elaine Dong via:


CHEF it UP 2 GO!

The PTA is launching a new series of cooking classes!

Looking for something fun to do after school that’s not ‘same old same old?’ Look no further…

CHEF IT UP 2 GO will be at OPS offering one class for each grade this spring.

Their program will teach the kids how to prepare delicious fun-filled Spring themed foods using fresh fruits and veggies.

Do you want to get creative and learn some kitchen skills at the same time?  Then this is the class for you!

Cost is $12.00
This program is NOT a fund-raiser for the PTA

Please see the registration windows and dates for each grade below.
Classes will run from 3:00-4:00 PM in MPR C

Kindergarten on Tuesday April 4th: Kindy REGISTRATION
First Grade Tuesday April 18th – (registration opens 3/20): 1st Grade REGISTRATION
Second Grade Thursday April 20th – (registration opens 3/20): 2nd Grade REGISTRATION
Third Grade Tuesday April 25th – (registration opens 4/3): 3rd Grade REGISTRATION
Fourth Grade Thursday April 27th – (registration opens 4/3): 4th Grade REGISTRATION
Fifth Grade Tuesday May 2nd – (registration opens 4/10) 5th Grade REGISTRATION
Sixth Grade Thursday May 4th –  (registration opens 4/10): 6th Grade REGISTRATION

Questions? Contact our PTA President at


WANTED: 2017-2018 PTA Committee Chairs!

The PTA impacts EVERY child in our community.

We are proud of the achievements of our PTA.  Did  you know that the Oradell PTA is one of the largest in the state?   The impact we have depends on the commitment of our parent community. 

Each year we reach out looking for volunteers to join in our efforts.  We have committees that are appropriate for a range of skills and levels of available personal time.

The different positions and commitments are set out in the following slide:


The committees that need to be filled are listed in the following PDF.


Consider getting involved for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you are interested please send an email to Marie Antonelli (, June Levine ( AND Jennifer Koth (

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone interested in chairing the Class Parent committee should send an email of intent to the class parent committee at no later than March 31st.


Memory Book Booster Ads

The 2017 memory book has started their annual booster fund raiser!

Buying an advertisement supports the memory book!

The annual Memory Book is a wonderful tradition at OPS.  A copy of the 2016-17 OPS Memory Book will be given to every student and faculty member at the end of the school year.  The book is filled with photographs of school events, class photos and ads.

Please show your support by purchasing an ad which will appear in this year’s OPS Memory Book.  The cost of the book is substantially offset by ads purchased by parents, grandparents, teachers and local merchants.  All children will receive the Memory Book whether or not you purchase an ad.

Ads will be due no later than Friday, April 7th.

You can order booster and contributor ads online. 
Handwritten ads and business ads we will be accepted via paper (with a check written out to the “Oradell PTA”).

Typed Parent booster ad – $20: Each ad has a 200 character maximum.  Please choose the font and the clip art for your ad from the drop down menus.

The fonts being offered are:  Koch, Helvetica and Time.   Thirty eight clip art options are also offered. Examples of each are found in the picture below and in the attached printable PDF

Contributor ads – $10: Entitles you to a listing of your name (or your family’s name) under the CONTRIBUTORS heading. There is a maximum 35 characters & spaces per listing.

Place an online order here

Hand written ads: Submit your handwritten ad on the attached paper order form to your child’s homeroom teacher in an envelope labeled “PTA Memory Book” and enclose a check payable to “Oradell PTA.”  Handwritten ads can be in color.

Handwritten order form

Business booster ads – $35: Do you own a local business?  Please consider advertising with a business card size ad (1/8 of a page).  Submit your business card on the attached paper order form with a check made payable to “Oradell PTA.”  If you are interested in a larger ad, please inquire via email to


Book Fair – check out this year’s activity!

Book Fair is coming.  Pull out your creativity hat and your crayons to do the activity below.

A winner in each grade will get free stuff – who doesn’t like free stuff?

This year’s book fair has a Happy Camper theme! The activities are separated into two buckets.
A random drawing of one submission per grade will determine our winners.
Each will receive a $5 gift certificate to be used at the fair!
Pre-K and Kindergarten click here
First through sixth click here
Submissions are due Thursday, March 23rd.
Questions? Contact our book fair committee chairs, Joann Nahmias, Daniela Bossbaly and Maria Alise, at


The Spring Spirit Wear Sale is the BOMB!

The OPS Spring spirit wear shop is open!

Here’s the style sheet:
Printable version here

Ready to order? The store is open! Use the link below.

Ultimate Team Outfitters OPS PTA Store

Questions? Contact Kerrie Brennan, Lynn Durow at


The Oradell Public School Science Fair 2017!

The Oradell Public School Science Fair is right around the corner!

All children from kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to bring an experiment to the fair!  

You can read more about the event in our 2017 Science Fair Packet, Oradell Public School Annual Science Fair: Information and Guidelines

When? Thursday, April 6, 2017
What Time? 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where? OPS Multi-Purpose Room


Questions? Contact committee chairs, Surabhi Bansal, Minaxi Jhawer, and Sandra Murray at


Party in a Bag!

Community Outreach is sponsoring a program called Party in Bag.

Sometimes kids end up in the hospital on their birthday – let’s help make it as special as possible.

How it works: Each grade level will collect an assigned party item.
Items should be birthday themed for ages 1-22.

Who do we send them to?: All items collected go to HUMC’s Tomorrow’s Children.
How do they use the party supplies? The supplies are used to decorate rooms for children battling blood disorders and cancer on their birthdays while receiving treatment.
How else can you help? Volunteers (parents & kids) will be needed the week of 3/27 to help assemble the bags.


Still have Questions? Contact the PTA community outreach chairs, Laura Canfield and Danielle Morris at


6th Grade Babysitter Training Course

The Annual 6th Grade Babysitter Training Course is COMING!

When? Saturday, March 25th – 9am to 3pm
Where? OPS MPR
Course fee? $36
For whom? 6th Grade Girls AND Boys

The course covers:

  • being home alone,
  • preparing for babysitting,
  • growth and development of children,
  • and activities to entertain children of varying ages
  • recognizing emergencies,
  • calling 911,
  • adult/child/infant CPR and choking.

Participants will receive American Heart Association “Friends & Family CPR Training”.

Participants should bring a baby doll or teddy bear and also a drink.  Pizza will be provided.


Questions? If you have any questions OR would like to be added to the wait list,
please contact Andi Gallagher and Melissa Vidaic using


We’re here to help…

The Oradell PTA’s special needs committee is working with the Oradell SEPAC…

to help families with parenting resources about learning disabilities, special services, and other important issues. Oradell SEPAC has launched a wonderful new website, which focuses on how to access extra help for students at OPS, including FAQs and various parent resources.


In addition, the Oradell PTA maintains a special needs committee that is available to help address concerns both overlapping with SEPAC as well as what might be outside their focus areas: (ex: academic struggles, physical challenges, social and emotional needs, as well as allergies, gifted & talented options, etc…)

In general, we’re here to help.

To contact the PTA’s Special Needs Committee please email them directly at:


No Fuss Lunch is Back!

The Oradell PTA is pleased to announce that NO FUSS LUNCH
will be available for the 2016-2017 school year!

NO FUSS LUNCH will be offered to all students in Grades K-6 and OPS teachers & staff on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

PLEASE NOTE: The No Fuss Lunch team has experienced some ups and downs with migrating to their new website.  As a result they switched BACK to their old site.  This MAY MEAN that you have to create ANOTHER new account.

The NFL team is thankful for your patience as they work towards improving their electronic ordering process.  Please refer all questions about accounts to NFL directly.

GOOD NEWS?: The lunches are being delivered and are still DELICIOUS as always!

ADDITIONAL DETAIL: All orders UNDER $15.00 will incur a $.50 service fee, so please consider ordering for multiple days at a time to save yourself the fee.

Do you want to learn more about the program? There’s some information about NFL, it’s philosophy and ordering in the flier below:

Ready to order?  No Fuss Lunch is offered through the NFL website:


Box Tops 4 Education!

Collect those Box Tops all year round!

Congrats to Mr. McGill’s class for winning the winter box top collection – with 1,407 total box tops!

Some teachers claim the best classrooms are the ones with hoarders (eh hem we mean dedicated parents) who collect box tops all year round.  It’s never too early to start a stash for next fall…

Seriously, take a look at the list of what has box tops on it here –>BTFEProducts_List_2016-17

More information about the program is available on their website: Box Tops 4 Education program



2016-2017 OPS PTA – become a member!

Please take a moment and join the PTA for the 2016-2017 school year.

We are delighted to invite every parent, teacher, and neighbor to join with PTA, as we work to make Oradell Public School the best it can be for our students, our most precious resource.

With your PTA membership you have access to:

• weekly email blasts from the Oradell PTA President
• a copy of the OPS Student Directory
• your official PTA membership card


For complete information and online registration, click here:
OPS PTA 2016-2017 Membership Form


Kindergarten/New Family Mentoring

Welcome to Oradell Public School!

The Oradell PTA warmly welcomes all kindergarten families and any families new to the school!

The purpose of the PTA mentoring 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, or just have a general question, please contact our mentoring committee chairs:
Jodi Rybak and Lauren Driscoll  at