President’s Message

Time to Turkey Trot and Get Excited for Field Day!

We’re in full swing now.  It’s sweater weather.  Who doesn’t love sweater weather?

Here’s a couple of reminders for what’s coming your way this fall 🙂

✔️ Email blasts on Monday mornings list all PTA related activities for the coming month.  That email also has links to the community tab on the OPS website, to the day of the week calendar, to NM lunch and to everything else we could think of.  Use it as a resource and email the board if you have any questions!

🍕Lunches are in full swing.  We will offer a change/add period in early December.  Thank you for your support of these important fundraisers.

📷 Class photos have been taken and proofs went home.  Please look in your child’s backpack!

🗳️ The PTA will host it’s annual meet the BOE Candidates night on October 28th.  This event is for the whole community.

🦃 The Turkey Trot will have our kids running at the end of October during school hours.  Collections will be from 11/11 through 11/15.  Let’s break prior records and have them send THREE trucks to pick up the goods.

👜 Handbag Bingo is coming on November 21st.  Grab some friends and come join us in this fun night out with other local moms.

🍂 Book clubs, upcoming assemblies, the Reflections art contest and the Nicholas Market’s recipe contest are just a few of the other ways the PTA is keeping our kids busy this fall!

⏱️ Our next PTA meeting will be on November 19th at 7:30 in the OPS Auditorium.  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.

See you at the PTA meeting.  We’ll have something special planned so you won’t want to miss out…

Kate Booth
OPS PTA President


Holiday Planning? School Spirit Wear FLASH SALE is on!!

We’ve got a small collection of amazing options but for a LIMITED TIME!

Here’s the style sheet – check out how cool these options are!!

Printable version here

Ready to order? The store is open until November 24th! Use the link below.

 OPS PTA Store

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


Touchstone Crystal Holiday Fundraiser

Starting to think about holiday presents?

There are so many lovely options in the Touchstone Cyrstal catalog to consider.

This idea was inspired by the paw print necklace which just shouts OPS!

All sales will generate the donation but to help you narrow down the choices we have highlighted a few gift-priced options in the flier below.


If you are in the market for a lovely present for a friend, a family member or yourself 🙂 this holiday season take a look at the catalog through this special shopping link.

For every order placed through our special OPS PTA link, Nelly Lopez has offered to donate a material portion of her commission to the Oradell PTA Auditorium Fund. Thank you Nelly.

If you have any questions please contact us using president@oradellpta.org or Nelly directly using Nlopez121@gmail.com or this link: https://sites.touchstonecrystal.com/sites/nlopez/contact-me

**Order by December 3rd to guarantee holiday delivery.**






Nicholas Market’s Recipe Contest 2019!

Is your child a budding Bobby Flay?

If so then this could be the PERFECT contest for him/her!

Nicholas Markets runs this program every year.  This year COULD BE OUR YEAR!! 🙂 But you have to be in it to win it.

What’s the prize? There are two:

  1. Each school will have a winning submission featured on NM’s website and in social media
  2. A GRAND PRIZE winner will win a week of free lunch and their recipe will be added to the MENU!


Details of the contest are on the flier and form.  As you work sounds like taking pictures of your process and your result are encouraged!

Here’s a copy of some ground rules:

–  Students are to submit individual recipes – Group work is not permitted.
–  Recipe must include at least 3 locally grown, New Jersey fresh fruits and/or vegetables (Please visit https://findjerseyfresh.com/availability/ for a list of New Jersey’s top ten fruits/vegetables)
–  Recipes may not contain seafood ingredients (fish, shellfish, roe, etc.)
– Recipes may not contain nut ingredients (peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc.)
– Recipes should only include suitable protein/meat sources such as lean ground beef, antibiotic-free chicken, and antibiotic-free turkey, etc.
– Recipes should consider allergens (dairy, gluten, wheat, egg, etc.) to best include ALL students!
– NOTE: Winning recipes are subject to alterations and/or substitutions by Nicholas Markets, should we deem it necessary.

Here’s the ENTRY FORM


Questions? Contact our executive board and we’ll connect you to our team at Nicholas Markets!


Want to help clean up the Garden?

Let’s help get the Garden ready for Winter!

When?: RESCHEDULED to November 13th from 3:00-4:00 pm after school

No Gardening Experience Required

Bring the kids!


Questions? Please contact our Gardening Committee, Jennifer Kleinbaum, Sandy Greco and Morgan Smith at garden@oradellpta.org


Upper Grades Book Club

Attention fourth, fifth and sixth graders!

The Upper Grades Book Club will be reading……

 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead!

When: Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:15 pm
Where: Library & World Language Room

Dismissal will be from the library.

You can read about the book on  Goodreads, BCCLS or Wikipedia

The trivia games and group discussions 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 $7.99, paperback $7.99).


 Please note, a snack will be served during the book club.

Questions? contact Shelly Misskerg or June Levine at uppergradesbookclub@oradellpta.org


Reflections Art Contest Fall 2019

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

This year’s theme is “Look Within”

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 Tuesday, December 10th.
There are TWO registration forms required:

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

2 Print, complete and send in one of the national forms with each project

(forms can be found in the student packet link below)

 Reflections 2019-20-Student-Packet

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 Art Workshops! Fall 2019


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

When: Thursday, November 14th and 21st from 3:00-4:00

Where: Library at OPS

For whom: 2nd through 6th grade

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


Please note: Given we have had a highly negative correlation between final submissions and participation in this workshop (read most children who come to the workshop do NOT submit final artwork) we are asking any child who attends a workshop to affirm they are interested in actually submitting a project. Please review the agreement in the registration form with your child prior to signing them up for this workshop.

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.


Gobble for a Good Cause!

 OPS 4th Annual Turkey Trot

This program brought to OPS by the PTA’s community outreach committee and OPS staff offers our students the
opportunity to see their work deliver a value to those in need.

Here’s how it works:

  • Every student will run during Phys Ed classes on 10/28-10/30.
  • Students will ask for pledges of non-perishable food items for each completed lap.
  • All food will be donated to the Center for Food Action.
  • Food will be collected 11/11 through 11/15.  Bins will be placed in each grade’s hallway.
  • ** Please label each bag of donated items with the TOTAL QUANTITY IN THE BAG AND THE GRADE LEVEL.**

                  What the OPS kids are working towards:

  • Giving back to those in need
  • One class per grade will win a free homework night for the most laps completed
  • One class across the school (PreK -6) will win an extra 20 minutes of recess for the most donations

Please see the flier for more details about foods to consider donating:

Turkey trot flier

Want to volunteer? We could use help counting items from 11/11 to 11/15.  Please consider emailing your interest in
volunteering to the community outreach committee chairs.

Questions? Reach out to Soo Lee and Danielle  Tijikian-Dressel at communityoutreach@oradellpta.org.


Class Photo Orders!

Place your order for school pictures ONLINE!

So you go got your proofs and now your 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: November 4, 2019
*Please note, If your 5th grader is going to Sharpe retakes can be taken first thing in the morning as to not impact the trip

* Deadline for 1st round of online orders:  November 1, 2019
* Delivery dates: orders are shipped in two groups, those ordered by the November 1st deadline and those after the deadline.

After November 11th  you can order full price pictures directly through sunflowerpics@aol.com

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