Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Four field-level seats for the May 16 game against the Reds are up for grabs. Last year’s SADD-New York Mets fundraiser netted $1,500.
The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) organization at Fort Lee School No. 1 is once again raffling off New York Mets tickets—really good ones. Last year, a similar fundraiser brought in slightly more than $1,500 for technology equipment, said School No. 1 guidance counselor and SADD advisor Marisa Buonomo. Raffle tickets are $2 apiece, with the winner receiving four field-level tickets—valued at more than $250—to the game on May 16, when the Mets host the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. “They’re great seats behind the dugout,” said Paige Soltano of the School No. 1 PTA. Buonomo said SADD is hoping the fundraiser proves to be as successful as last year’s, if not more so. She also said that success was thanks in large part to the …
Friday, March 30, 2012
Maria Pulice, who died in September 2011, taught in the Fort Lee district for 41 years and led the Fort Lee Education Association for seven.
A committee at Fort Lee School No. 1 is seeking donations to build a permanent memorial at the school in honor of a longtime teacher and former president of the Fort Lee Education Association (FLEA) who died last year. Maria Pulice, who taught in the district for 41 years, died on September 30, 2011 at the age of 64, slightly more than a year after she retired. “Recently, we lost a dear member of our Fort Lee family,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools Steven Engravalle Monday at the Fort Lee Board of Education meeting. “I certainly didn’t get as much time with Mrs. Pulice as I would like to have, but in the short time that I got to know her, we really did develop a terrific relationship, and I regret that I didn’t get to know her …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Nobody was injured when a car jumped the curb, and went up the front steps of School No. 1, stopping just short of the doors, officials say.
No one was injured Wednesday morning when a car narrowly missed crashing into the front doors of Fort Lee School No. 1, police and school officials said. Fort Lee resident Fatos Bakir, 34, told police she was trying to park her 2001 Nissan Maxima in the first parking spot in front of the school when she stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, according to Fort Lee police. The car went out of control, hit the front steps of the school and ended up just inches from the front doors, police said. “A parent was parked in this first spot here—the principal’s spot—she was dropping off the kids,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools Steven Engravalle, surveying the damage at the school shortly after the crash. “Apparently, she hit the …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Box Tops for Education provides funds to schools and PTAs based on the number of box tops students and their families collect.
Students at Fort Lee School No. 1 earned about $800 for their school’s PTA this year simply by clipping coupons and, with the help of family members, shopping online. Organized by first-time volunteer Stefanie Stuart, the parent of a first-grader at School No. 1, the school participated in the Box Tops for Education program once again. The organization provides cash to schools based on the number of “Box Tops” coupons clipped from “hundreds of participating products” or from shopping online. Stuart, who is a member of the PTA but not of its executive committee, volunteered to help out with the program this year and said she was “happy to do it.” “We have a competition between the classes,” Stuart said. “Last year, the winning class that …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Fort Lee School No. 1’s younger students enjoyed a visit by some special guests, who encouraged them to read.
Pre-K through second-graders at Fort Lee School No. 1 were treated to a visit by three special guests Thursday morning: Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, Councilman Harvey Sohmer and “The Cat in the Hat.” School 1 teacher Luddy Green was responsible for arranging the Dr. Seuss character’s visit through the NJEA, as she did last year, said principal Kristine Cecere. But before the roughly nine-foot-tall Cat in the Hat helped Green lead the kids—decked out for the occasion in paper hats of the type the famous feline is known for—in “The Readers Oath,” Sokolich and Sohmer spoke with the students about what it’s like to work in local government, and Sokolich read to the children from his “favorite” Dr. Seuss book, “There’s No Place Like Space,” …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The annual event took place this year at Fort Lee School No. 1 and also served to kickoff the group’s “$17.76” fundraising campaign.
The Fort Lee Common Sense Society sponsors an annual celebration of the birthday of American Revolutionary War patriot Thomas Paine, who was born on Jan. 29, 1737. This year, with Paine’s actual birthday falling on Sunday, the celebration took place Wednesday at Fort Lee School No. 1. The goal this year was to hold the celebration not far from where Paine was encamped with General George Washington’s Army in 1776 and started to pen “The American Crisis,” said Tom Meyers of the Fort Lee Common Sense Society and the Fort Lee Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs prior to the event. This year’s celebration also marked the official kickoff of the Common Sense Society’s “$17.76” fundraising campaign. Meyers talked to the third- through sixth-…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Two unrelated incidents in Fort Lee schools had administrators and buildings and grounds working late Wednesday.
A pipe burst in the Fort Lee High School library Wednesday, and what was thought to be a “smoke incident with a light” at Fort Lee School No. 1 earlier in the day turned out to be a heat pump in the ceiling. “Basically a pipe in the library broke, and it flooded the library,” Fort Lee Board of Education president Arthur Levine told Patch Wednesday night. “And it’s probably going to be closed for several days. That really affects the high school; it’s huge.” Speaking Thursday morning, Acting Superintendent of Schools Steven Engravalle provided further details, saying the incident was reported to him at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, and that high school principal Priscilla Church was forced to evacuate the building—although students had already…
Monday, December 19, 2011
Photos from Fort Lee School No. 1's holiday celebration Friday, Dec. 16
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- John Ford
Monday, December 19, 2011
Students at Fort Lee School No. 1 put on two holiday concerts Friday for parents, guardians, classmates and others. In the morning, Kindergartners through third graders performed, and in the early afternoon the chorus, band and string musicians in grades four through six took the stage. Patch photographer John Ford captured these images of the holiday festivities.
On the Agenda: The Fort Lee Board of Education met Monday for its regular public business meeting
The Fort Lee Board of Education Monday approved a resolution accepting a revised New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) checklist for the 2011-2012 school year and approving submission of a “statement of assurance” to the County Executive Superintendent. The NJQSAC is the system by which the state Department of Education monitors and evaluates public school districts. According to the DOE, the system relies on five “key components” to evaluate a school district’s effectiveness: Operations, Instruction and Program, Governance, Fiscal Management and Personnel. The BOE also passed a resolution accepting a $14,123 proposal from CJ Communications Group of Thornwood, NY for Internet wiring services in preparation for …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The November food drive brought in about 700 non-perishable items, which were donated to the Englewood Food Pantry this week
Students at Fort Lee School No. 1 collected about 700 non-perishable food items during the month of November and donated them this week to an Englewood food pantry for Bergen County families in need. Students had the entire month to bring cans of food to school, with each grade level getting a specific assignment, said School No. 1 guidance counselor Marisa Buonomo. Fort example, Kindergartners brought in cereals and grains, while first-graders brought canned fruits and vegetables and so on. Sixth grade students who participate in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) helped coordinate the food drive, along with the school's PTA, according to Buonomo. “SADD officers, Shayna Huberman, Tommasina DiMeglio, Elijah Blumenkranz and …