A big thank you to all the parents who gave so generously to our October clothing drive. The clothes will be donated to an organization in Paterson that provides clothes for needy families.


Next, we are launching our annual food drive to help needy families and individuals in time for Thanksgiving. Please help this great cause by donating any canned foods and other nonperishables anytime between now and Tuesday, Nov. 26. Food items will be brought by our 7th graders to the St. Peter’s Haven food bank on Clifton Ave.


In conjunction with our monthly service project, November’s virtue of the month is Wonder. Wonder means having an awe-filled appreciation for the beauty and bounty of the world around us. Wonder fed into the Pilgrims sense of thanksgiving after they were able to reap a bountiful harvest following the suffering they had experienced during their first winter at Plymouth. Wonder also feeds into children’s natural sense of curiosity as they become aware more and more of the world around them. We all should keep a sense of wonder as we go through life even into our senior years.


Please note on the November calendar that parent-teacher meetings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 20 and 21, 3:00-5:30 pm. Look for the sign-up sheet in the outer hallway soon. We hope that all of our parents will use this opportunity to meet with their child(ren)’s teacher(s) to understand their performance so far this school year and how you may better support them in their education.


This month also we will be holding our 2nd annual Read-a-Thon, a school fundraiser which also doubles as an encouragement to our students to read more. Each student will be asked to read at least 5 books during the month of November and we ask parents, related family, and friends to sponsor them in this task. Each child will be given a separate web page to which sponsors can indicate their pledges of support. Our overall goal for the fundraiser in $5,000 as a school. We will appreciate any support you can offer which will be counted towards the $200 we ask each family to donate to the school during the course of the school year. Let’s do this!


Finally, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


New Hope School Staff


“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
Franz Kafka