President’s Message

New Year and a Renewed Focus on Reading!

Winter brings us book clubs, book fairs, author visits and more.

Happy New Year to you all.

As we move into January, February, and March you can’t help but be bombarded by the focus on reading at OPS…and the PTA is right there in the thick of it.  To keep up with all the activity please continue to ✔️ email blasts on Monday mornings.

📗 JANUARY: the PTA runs its Book Clubs.  Sign-ups have been strong and we hope your children enjoy the activities these committees have planned.

📘 FEBRUARY: encourage your child to use the President’s Day break to complete their 6 hours of reading for the Six Flags Read to Succeed program.  Reading logs are now completed online.  More details are available below.  The deadline for submissions is March 1st.

📙 MARCH: brings author visits during ‘Read Across America Week’.  And then the Book Fair team will round things out with their programs that run from the 17th to the 19th

That’s a whole lot of reading…

🔬 For those of you with a more science-driven skill set, we haven’t forgotten about you.  During March the PTA kicks off a series of workshops to help you prep for our first Invention Convention which will be held in March.  Sign-ups and more details about this fun new program will be available in the coming weeks.

🎨 And of course, for those of you with budding artists in your homes, the PTA will run an art contest in the coming weeks for the cover of this year’s memory book.

⏱️ Our next PTA meeting will be on January 14th at 7:30 in the OPS Auditorium.  We will choose our nominating committee and have a special prize for every attendee to bring home to their child.  You have to attend this PTA meeting to get this amazing gift for your child.

If you are looking for information about other 2019-2020 events please see our calendar as all anticipated events have been posted.

🐾 As always, please reach out to our executive team with any questions.

Happy New Year!

Kate Booth
OPS PTA President


Order a book for Author Visits during Read Across America Week!

Does your child want to order a signed book from Matt Phelan or Booki Vivat?

Late in February/early March, Matt Phelan will come speak to K-4th graders and Booki Vivat will come speak to 5th & 6th graders!

For more information about the authors and their writing please visit their websites directly through the links below:



If your child would like a signed copy of a book written by their GRADE LEVEL visiting author, we are providing you the opportunity to order them, at publisher rates.  They will be signed by the author prior to their visit.  We are offering 1 Title by Matt Phelan for Grades K-1,     1 Title by Matt Phelan for Grades 2 through 4 and 3 Titles by Booki Vivat for Grades 5-6. 

Please access the order forms based on your child’s grade level below:   through the link below:




Questions? Please reach out to author visit committee chairs Svetlana Norr or Jessica Hwang using email authorpresentations@oradellpta.org


Six Flags Read to Succeed 2020!

Who doesn’t like a scream your face off roller coaster ride?! Right, no one…

BUT you know what’s better than a scream your face off roller coaster ride?
A FREE one!six-flags-read-to-succeed

The PTA is bringing you the Six Flags Read to Succeed program which is NEW AND IMPROVED with an online tracking system (no paper forms)

Here’s how it works:

1) Register this using this link: sixflags.com/books
Use Oradell Public School’s code: AEQMU
2) Your child may read any books they choose.
3) Keep track of your child’s reading using the form below.
4) Record your child’s reading at this website (by March 2nd)
5) Receive a free Six Flags Great Adventure ticket from Oradell Public School in May

Why did Six Flags implement eReading Logs? (answer from the Six Flags website) – eReading Logs have been a popularly requested feature for several years, and we thank you for your patience while we implemented it! We think this new iteration of the program will make Read to Succeed easier for you to implement while offering a number of ancillary benefits. Hours can be logged using a computer OR smartphone.

Questions? Check out the website first and if that doesn’t help email us at president@oradellpta.org, firstvp@oradellpta.org or corrsecy@oradellpta.org



Winter Read & Rap Book Club

2nd & 3rd Graders needed for the Winter Read and Rap book club!


Come join us for our winter Read and Rap book club of the school year on Thursday January 23, 2020 in the OPS Library!

Sign ups are limited and on a first come first serve basis.

Please click here to sign up

Interested in volunteering for this event…the link has a spot for that! We are always in need of volunteers to make these events possible.

Questions?: Please contact Daniela Bossbaly and Janice Lee via  readandrap@oradellpta.org







This year we’ve decided to take our Panther Pride to New York! 

Choose between the Mets vs. Brewers or Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds

Where: Stadium of your Choice ( Yankee Stadium or Citi Field)
When: April 19, 2020
Time: Citi Field 7:09PM Game / Yankee Stadium 1:05 Game

Ticket Pricing for either game:  $50.00 each with inclusions (Please see below flyer for details)


Tickets are limited and are based on First come/first serve so be sure to get your tickets early!

 Please use the following link to purchase tickets:

OPS Day at the Stadium

**We are exploring the possibility of securing transportation to and from the game for those that would be interested.  The PTA will gather the names and explore shuttle options. If there is enough interest, the transportation would be at an additional cost to the attendees who use the shuttle. We’ve provided an option in the order form to capture your interest in such a service. 

Proceeds from this event will benefit the OPS PTA Auditorium Fund

Questions? Contact: KellyFarrellCastro@yahoo.com