Hard Conversations | 6/16

Talking to Our Kids About Current Events, Racial Injustice & Equity

Join this evening of discussion presented by The Parenting Center of SOMSD, as guest experts provide advice and appropriate ways to speak to your kids about racism.

Tuesday 6/16 @ 7:30pm via WebEx

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Rally & March | 6/15

Teachers for Black Lives Rally & March

Organized by South Orange/Maplewood teachers, the Teachers for Black Lives Rally & March welcomes all NJ teachers, school staff, students, parents and community members! 

"Our students have made their voices heard, and it is our turn to respond. It’s time for us to show them that we are listening and are standing in solidarity with them against police brutality and the murder of black people. We must show our students that they are not alone in this fight for racial justice, but rather that they have a whole community—including their teachers and school staff—who are fighting for justice with them."

Monday 6/15 @ 4:00pm
Start: Grove Park, South Orange
End: Memorial Park, Maplewood

See the Facebook event page for more info

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SEPAC Meeting | 6/10

Please join our district's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee for their last meeting of the school year.

▪ Meet SOMSD's new Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, Dr. Melody Alegria
▪ Successes/Struggles during Distance Learning
▪ SEPAC roles and meeting ideas for next year

Wednesday 6/10 @ 7:00pm via Zoom: 

Questions? Please email Brooke Horowitz.


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Welcome to Middle School | 6/9

Parents/guardians of 5th-grade students are invited to preview the middle school experience with Principals Dara Gronau (MMS) and Lynn Irby (SOMS). Each school will simultaneously host a virtual welcome event with an overview of what you need to know as you prepare for the next chapter of your child’s educational journey, including:

▪ Scheduling
▪ Curriculum Overview
▪ Academic Placement
▪ Wellness Initiatives
▪ Extracurricular Activities

Tuesday 6/9 @ 7:30pm

More info and WebX meeting instructions


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Achieve Foundation: May

The Achieve Foundation's May newsletter includes updates on the ways they are continuing their programs ... virtually! The Volunteer Tutor Program, Maker Madness and the Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative have all found ways to help keep our district students learning and growing. 

Click here to read the May newsletter

The Achieve Foundation of South Orange & Maplewood raises funds for programs that support education in South Orange and Maplewood. Achieve distributes funds for a wide range of programs, including Educator Grants, Tutoring, STEAM Maker Madness, the Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative and more. Click here to visit the Achieve website.


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Food Support: May

GET HELP: SOMSD is now providing free meals to any District student (including siblings, out-of-district placement and/or charter school attendees) while schools are closed. Meals are distributed 11am - 1pm, weekdays at Columbia High School and Seth Boyden Elementary. 

More about packed lunch/breakfast (English / Español / Criollo Haitiano)

GIVE HELP: The Parenting Center thanks everyone for supporting our food-insecure families at this time. If you have food donations, please bring them to the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry. The Parenting Center, the Senior Center and OLS are all working together right now to support our Maplewood-South Orange communities.

If you want to help, but haven't shopped yet, please donate gift cards instead. Any amount is helpful. Visa gift cards are preferred, but cards for Stop & Shop and gift cards for gas are also welcome. You can drop off your gift card donation at 124 Oakland Road in Maplewood. Just drop them through the mail slot!

Another way to support these efforts is by making an online donation through Rent Party. Click the DONATE button and write "Parenting Center Food Initiative" in the notes during the payment process. Rent Party volunteers will then get gift cards to the Parenting Center team for distribution.

Our Lady of Sorrows is located at 217 Prospect St in South Orange. Please drop off donations Mon-Sat 7am-4pm and Sun 8am-12pm at the front door of the Rectory.

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New! May Food Drive | 5/5-5/6


The Parenting Center will be collecting food donations to help support SOMSD families on Tuesday 5/5 and Wednesday 5/6, 10am - 1pm, at the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry.

Dropping off your donation is easy and contactless! Simply drive by the 4th Street entrance, pop your trunk and a Parenting Center volunteer will take your donation. You don't even need to get out of your car! 

More about suggested items and other ways to support food-insecure families in our district

More about the packed lunch/breakfast program available each school day and getting food support for your family

Our Lady of Sorrows is located at 217 Prospect St in South Orange.


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Principal's Update: April

Get the "Bear Facts" about what's happening at Clinton School! Mrs Connors' April newsletter touches on keeping our Clinton community together, even while we're apart, including self-care and a Leader in Me reflection.

Read the April Clinton Newsletter

Questions? Please email Principal Connors

For an overview of the Leader in Me program at Clinton, please click here


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Intentional Integration Town Hall | 3/18


The South Orange & Maplewood School District invites you to our next SOMSD III Town Hall event. Please join Superintendent Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, as well as other members of District administration, as he shares more concrete and detailed updates on the District's III plan:

New! Information on proposed SOMSD III Process
▪ New! Information on SOMSD III Implementation
▪ Staff Professional Development
▪ Audience Q&A to follow

Wednesday 3/18, 7:30pm
Maplewood Middle School 

Click here to submit questions ahead of the event and for more information on the Intentional Integration Initiative


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Food Support Available

(Español / Criollo Haitiano)

All district students are now able to receive free meals!

SOMSD Food Service will now provide meals to any district students and siblings under the age of 18, including the District’s out of district placements, and those attending charter schools regardless of eligibility status.

Packed/hot lunches are being distributed at:

  • Seth Boyden School
  • Columbia High School

Every School Day from 11am–1pm

No one will be denied a meal

If your family needs additional food support:

If you feel that you will need food support during our school closure, please let us know and we will arrange for a food delivery for your family.

  • Please call Karen Weiland at: 973-762-5600, x1850 or email:  kweiland@somsd.k12.nj.us
  • Please leave your name and phone number and we will contact you with details. Please speak slowly and clearly & please repeat your phone number twice.  
  • If you request food support we will share your contact information with a community volunteer who will make a food delivery to your home.

The SOMSD community is a family & we support each other during challenging times.

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