Principal's Desk

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Dear Families,

Now that we all have had the opportunity to settle into the school year, I hope you have found the transition back to school a positive one. We have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know your children. At this time, I would like to provide you with a few remainders that will help our school year run smoothly.

1. Please remember that school begins promptly at 8:05. Any student arriving after 8:20 must have a late slip that has been filled out in its entirety to enter the classroom. Please be sure to review our attendance policy in the Parent Handbook in an effort to avoid any difficulty.

2. If your child is going to be absent, you must notify the school nurse. Mrs. Aiello can be reached at (973) 772-0091 or by email at

3. There is no parking on the medical clinic side of the building or behind the school. Additionally, please make every effort possible to avoid going into the factory lot behind the school building, as the owner has filed many complaints with the Garfield Police Department and will have you ticketed. Preschool parking is available by the Babe Ruth field and on our city streets. If parking on the street, please cross by the crossing guard for your child’s safety.

4. This year we are offering before and aftercare to our students through the Garfield YMCA. As you may know, the bus for aftercare picks the students up at 2:00. Our school must be notified prior to 2:00 if your child is going to be picked up at GPPA 3. If we are not notified, all aftercare students will be put on the YMCA bus and parents will be required to pick their child up at the YMCA.

5. If you have not done so, please consider joining our Home and School Association. Our HSA plans fun and exciting events for our students throughout the school year and cannot do so without your support. See your classroom teacher for more information

Finally, I look forward to getting to know you and your child this school year! If you have any questions, please feel free to stop in to see me or give me a call (973) 772-0116. My door is always open if you need anything!


Valerie Stewart

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