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


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.


BOE Candidates Night 2019

Meet our Board of Education Candidates

When? October 28th, 2019 from 7:30 PM- 9:00 PM in the OPS Library

Got questions for the candidates? Please submit them by October 24th via the link below or directly to questionsBOE2019@oradellpta.org

Please use this link to –>>SUBMIT QUESTIONS

Questions about the event? Please email them to the legislative committee at legistative@oradellpta.org

**This event is open to the entire Oradell community.  All are encouraged to attend.**


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


Designer Bag Bingo!

Join us on November 21st for a fun night of Bingo, Designer Bags & More as we raise funds for the OPS Auditorium!

We will be raffling off designer bags from:

Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Coach, Rebecca Minkoff & more.

For even more chances to win there will be a tricky tray, door prizes, 50/50, and bonus wallet & clutch rounds!

Printable Bingo Flier Here


Date: November 21, 2019
Time: Doors open 6pm, Games begin promptly @ 7pm
Location: New Milford Elks
1 Patrolman Ray Woods Drive,  New Milford, NJ

Cost: $50 (10 games, dabber and light snacks included)

*BYO meal/cash bar available

We are offering additional Pre-Sale packages: (Pre-Sale ends 11/11)

Package One:  $30(increases to $35 on event night)
-Extra set of 10 boards
-12 tricky tray tickets
-3 door prize tickets

Package Two: $45 (increases to $65 on event night)
-Extra set of 10 boards
– Bonus wallet board
-Bonus Clutch board
-20 tricky tray tickets
-3 door prize tickets

We’d like to inspire our community to purchase full tables where possible – A full table would be a purchase of 10 tickets.  This will help simplify the table seating process and will ensure that you are able to sit with all requested individuals.

At a minimum, please take some time in advance of ticket sales to get a plan together with friends. When we open ticket sales, be sure to clearly list ALL of the individuals that you would like to be sure you sit with, even if you are looking for a partial table. Please make sure your whole group does the same if purchasing tickets individually.

To purchase your tickets and reserve your spot please click HERE

*Ticket Sales limited to 180

**Only cash will be accepted for additional package purchases made at the event.

 Help us help others!   We will be collecting unexpired food items and paper products for the Tri-Boro Food Pantry.   (Non-perishable food, paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, etc.)  Every 5 items will earn you an extra door prize ticket!

Questions? contact the Special Events committee, Jennifer Koth and Marie Antonelli at specialevents@oradellpt.org.



Fall Read and Rap Book Club

2nd & 3rd Graders needed for the First Read and Rap book club of the year!


Come join us for our first Read and Rap book club of the school year on Thursday October 24, 2019 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





Caldecott Fall Book Club

First Graders  – Our First Caldecott book club  of the year is coming!

This is going to be great – Get your spot while you still can!

The Caldecott Book Club is hosting its first school event this year!
When: Thursday October 17,2019 – 3:00pm – 4:15pm in the OPS Library

Registration is now open

Please send your child to school with a NUT FREE snack marked “Caldecott Book Club”.

Children will be dismissed at 4:15pm from the double doors on Prospect to the left of the OPS library entrance when facing the school.

Please Note:  We are in need of volunteers.  If you or someone you know is available and would like to help make this a fun and enjoyable event please note that on the sign up form.   If we do not have enough volunteers we may need to consider cancelling the event.

Questions? reach out to Amy Ciauro and Megan Kahwajian via email at: caldecottbookclub@oradellpta.org