Walnut Street Happenings 

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    Courtyard Garden - Toms River Family Health & Support Coalition
    Students from Ocean Academy, Bayville, and members of the Toms River Family Health and Support Coalition met at Walnut Street Elementary to begin work on our very own fruit and vegetable garden. The project will partner the Toms River Health and Support coalition, Walnut Street Elementary and Fulfill, Monmouth & Ocean County Food Bank to support families in need. Roar with pride!
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    We are Future Ready!
    Last school year, we began the rigorous and thorough application process to be considered a NJ-Future Ready School. Future Ready Schools - New Jersey, a coalition of NJIT Collaborative for Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research, the New Jersey School Boards Association, and the NJDOE, is a school certification program designed to support the organization of schools' and districts' efforts through the national Future Ready Framework and New Jersey's aligned resources to best prepare their students for success in the digital age. FRS-NJ fosters and enables collaboration both within and between schools and districts throughout the state, provides support, and connects educators to potential resources. Based on the recommendations of each of the three theme-based Awards Committees we are thrilled to announce that Walnut Elementary School has officially been awarded FRS-NJ Bronze Level Certification. A special thank you to our Future Ready Team, and a very special thank you to Ben Kleiner for his leadership throughout the application process.
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    Mentoring Program Donation
    Walnut Street Elementary School's Principal Richard Fastnacht (center) and Supervisor of Instruction Stacey Monetti (second from left) were presented with a donation check from New Jersey Natural Gas to continue the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program at the school. Also pictured are (l-r) BBBS Program Manager Cheryl Polo, BBBS Executive Director Madalaine Rice, NJNG Senior Customer Relations Coordinator Carolyn Cannon, and BBBS Board Chair Ralph Woff.
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    Week of Respect
    October 1st - 5th has been designated as a “Week of Respect.” Under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, all schools are required to observe the week by providing age-appropriate instruction on preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying. One of the activities planned is that each day we are having a theme and ask students to dress in a way that supports our fight against bullying. Details of the week are below. We are hoping for as many students to participate as possible. Themed Days: -Monday, October 1 - Team up against bullying - Sports apparel -Tuesday, October 2 - Put a Cap on Bullying (Hat Day) -Wednesday, October 3 - We're Respectful! What's your Superpower (Superhero Day) -Thursday, October 4 - Sock it to Bullying (Crazy Sock Day) -Friday, October 5 - We Show Respect - It's a Matter of Pride! (School Color Day)
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    PBSIS Celebration
    On Friday, September 21, Walnut Street Elementary held their annual PBSIS Celebration. A special thank you to our entire school community for another amazing event. "We roar with pride when we are respectful, responsible, & safe!"
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    PBSIS Instructional Event
    Today, members of the Walnut Street PBSIS Team began teaching our expectations in all locations of the building. This will take place throughout the week and we are looking forward to our celebration on Friday! #roarwithpride1819
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    JF Party Dragon Charity, Inc
    Today, the JF Party Dragon Charity stopped by Walnut Street Elementary to drop off their annual school supply donation. The Walnut Street Community is so grateful for this donation and we look forward to continuing our partnership with this charity. Thank you, JF Party Dragon Charity!
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    Future Ready Certification!
    Congratulations to Walnut Elementary School, Toms River Regional School District for submitting for 2018 #FutureReadyNJ certification! Check out their school's #FutureReady video.
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    4th Grade Wax Museum
    This week, Walnut Street Elementary held their annual 4th Grade Wax Museum. The hard work of our staff and students was apparent throughout the day. Great job!
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    Ocean County Math League
    The Walnut Street 5th Grade Math team finished 2nd in all of our Ocean County in this year’s Ocean County Math League. We are so proud of their amazing work! A special thank you to Mrs. Hayes-Deltufo for preparing our students for this event each year.
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    American Young Voices
    Choruses from Hooper Avenue and Walnut Street Elementary Schools had the opportunity to perform in a choir of nearly 2,000 students as part of American Young Voices, the largest school chorus in the world, held at Temple University. Each school chorus dedicated numerous hours rehearsing, including two hours with world-renowned conductor, Francisco J. Núñez. A special thank you to Walnut Street Chorus Director Mrs. Coe, Hooper Avenue Chorus Director Lisa Simone, and the amazing students for their hard work.
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    Jump Rope For Heart
    Students that raised $200 or more during our Jump Rope for Heart campaign had the opportunity to silly string Mr. Vliet and Mr. Fastnacht. Walnut Street raised a total of $13,000 for the American Heart Association. Roar with pride!
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    Character Education
    Congratulations to Mrs. Shepherd's class and Mrs. Sablack's class on this week's 2nd Grade Character Education Program!
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    Walnut Street and Silver Bay Lauded by NJ PBSIS as Showcase Schools
    This week, Silver Bay Elementary and Walnut Street Elementary were recognized as Showcase Schools by New Jersey Positive Behavior Support in Schools (NJ PBSIS). Both schools, in their second full year of implementation, had the opportunity to present their successes at the annual NJ PBSIS Leadership Forum. The presentations, created by the leaders of the PBSIS committees at each school, highlighted the amazing work happening at the schools. NJ PBSIS is a collaboration between the NJ Department of Education Offices of Special Education and The Boggs Center, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The schools used the New Jersey Tiered System of Support (NJTSS) framework of academic and behavioral supports and interventions to improve student achievement, based on the core components of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and the three-tier prevention logic of Response to Intervention (RTI). Congratulations and great work!
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    2nd Grade Career Expo
    On Friday, May 18th the 2nd Grade Team at Walnut Street Elementary held a career expo in the Walnut Street Gymnasium. All of our second-grade students had the opportunity to visit a wide array of career choices. Students listened to the details of each career and learned about the education and training that would be needed to be successful in that occupation. A special thank you to all of the Wildcat parents and community members that presented and our second-grade staff for making this event possible. It was a great learning experience for all of our students!
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    Mrs. Urso's Class - Thank you!
    A special thank you to Mrs. Urso's first-grade class for planting flowers and beautifying the front of our school!
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    Future Ready
    Congratulations to @trwsWildcats, Toms River Regional School District for declaring their participation in the #FutureReadyNJ Certification Program!
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    Mrs. Bieber's Book Club
    Kindergarten students in Mrs. Bieber's class formed their own book club as they read books from their favorite author, Mo Willems.
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    Arbor Day!
    This past week, Mrs. Hankins' class presented their annual Arbor Day presentation for the Walnut Street Community. What an amazing show!
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    Spring Chorus Concert
    This past week, our Wildcat Chorus performed for our entire school community. Throughout each performance, it was clear the amount of time and preparation Mrs. Coe, and our students put into this year's Spring Concert. Congratulations to all of our students that participated and Mrs. Coe on another wonderful performance!
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    PARCC Schedule
    You can view a copy of our PARCC Assessment Schedule at the link below.
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    Parent Involvement Survey
    Please take a few moments to participate in the Parent Survey for your school. Thank you for your participation and continued support of our school community.
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    Maker Day!
    The 3rd Annual Walnut Street Maker Day was a huge success! It was encouraging to see all of our students so excited about the challenges presented. A special thank you to all of our Wildcat Family volunteers that helped facilitate the day. A special thank you to our entire faculty and our Supervisor of Instruction, Mrs. Monetti for their planning, hard work and the creation of activities that allowed our students to think, create, and share! 
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    Read Across America Day!
    This past week, Walnut Street Elementary celebrated Read Across America Day in honor of the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Students participated in a number of classroom activities, were visited by special guest readers and even got a visit from the most famous Dr. Seuss character, The Cat in The Hat. A special thank you to Mrs. Marra for facilitating our Cat in The Hat visit and thank you to our special guest readers that attended throughout the week.
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    5th-Grade GREAT Graduation
    This week, our fifth-grade students were recognized for graduating the GREAT Program. We are so fortunate to have our students take part in this program each school year. A special thank you to: Officer Slavin, Detective Schwartz, Officer Bayer, Detective Nauyoks, Officer Zyckowski, Officer Kirby, Detective Scalzullo.
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    Homework Club
    This week, Walnut Street began working with local community members to offer an afterschool homework club. Students that were selected by their teachers from grades 2-5 receive homework support after school 1 day per week. We are excited to now offer this support and look forward to the continued growth of the program!
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    Teacher & Professional of the Year!
    Congratulations to Mrs. Lisa Hankins and Ms. Alexis Soto for being named the 2018 Walnut Street Teacher and Educational Services Professional of the Year. Our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Lisa Hankins provides highly effective instruction to her first-grade students each day. Beyond her extraordinary teaching, Mrs. Hankins is an active member of the district-wide assessment committee and the leader of the Walnut Street PBSIS Team. Our Professional of the Year, Ms. Alexis Soto always goes above and beyond her call of duty. She works closely with her classroom teacher and supports the entire class. Ms. Soto is an asset to our school community.
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    Multicultural Food Tasting
    This past week, students in Mrs. Sablack and Mrs. Shepherd’s second-grade classes had an opportunity to experience a variety of food from different cultural backgrounds. We want to thank all of our parent volunteers that attended this event, and of course, a special thank you to Mrs. Sablack and Mrs. Shepherd for all of their hard work facilitating the day.
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    Jump Rope for Heart
    Congratulations to the Walnut Street Community! We reached our Jump Rope For Heart fundraising goal of $12,000. In fact, we exceeded our goal by $1000 raising our final total to an astounding $13,000! All donations have been provided to the American Heart Association. Our top two fundraisers were third-grade student, Logan Bartels and fifth-grade student, Angel Morales. Thank you to our staff, students and Wildcat Families for participating in another successful Jump Rope for Heart event!
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    The Little Mermaid
    Mrs. Maureen Hennelly and the Walnut Street PTO have been leading our school play for the past 18 school years. This year, a cast of 83 students successfully performed our school play, “The Little Mermaid.” We would like to congratulate the entire cast, the Walnut Street PTO, and Mrs. Hennelly on the performance. Each year, our school play brings our school community together and offers our students an opportunity to perform on stage. We are grateful to all that volunteer their time and resources to support our students' performance. A special thank you to our PTO and Mrs. Hennelly for their countless hours of preparation that make our school play possible each year. We look forward to another successful performance in 2019!
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    HSN Band Gets Walnut Street in the Holiday Spirit
    This past week, members of the High School North band visited Walnut Street Elementary to get everyone in the holiday spirit. The percussion ensemble, saxophone trio, and rock band performed several holiday classics. A special thank you to Mr. Grill and Mr. Olender for making this event possible each school year. Our students and staff had a blast!
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    PTO Craft Night
    A special thank you to the Walnut Street PTO for hosting the annual Holiday Craft Night. The event was well attended and always puts our Wildcat families in the holiday spirit.
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    Kindergarten Winter Show
    This past week, our Kindergarten students put on two wonderful shows. The preparation and hard work that went into both shows was evident by the students’ performance. A special thank you to Mrs. Bieber, Miss Elmo, Mrs. Magno, Miss O’Neill, Ms. Gray, and Mrs. MacLallen for a job well done!
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    Walnut Street Wildcat Chorus
    Congratulations to Mrs. Coe and our Wildcat Chorus for a fantastic Winter Concert. Our two shows during the day were spectacular! Great work! Our evening concert is now rescheduled for Thursday, December 21st.
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    Third Grade STEAM Gingerbread Houses
    This past week, our third-grade team orchestrated a Gingerbread House STEAM activity for all of our third-grade students and their families. All of our students had an opportunity to design their gingerbread houses and then put those plans into action. A special thank you to Ms. Holmes, Mrs. Cerchio, Mrs. Altieri, Ms. Pedone, Mrs. Parks Miss Soto, and our third-grade Wildcat Families for all of their donations and hard-work!
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    1st Financial / Walnut Street Elementary
    This holiday season, 1st Financial Credit Union and Walnut Street Elementary partnered to help support the Walnut Street Community during the holiday season. A special thank you to our Guidance Counselor, Carol Garczynski for facilitating this partnership and supporting our Wildcat Families during the holiday season!
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    GREAT Program
    Our fifth-grade students began the GREAT Program this past month. We are grateful to our law enforcement officers from the Toms River Police Department, the Sheriff's Office, and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office for providing our students with this award-winning anti-violence curriculum.
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    PTO Bingo Night
    This past week, our Wildcat Families had an opportunity to get together for our annual PTO Bingo Night. As always, the evening was loaded with fun and prizes. A special thank you to the Walnut Street PTO for all of their hard work and planning. Walnut Street PTO, you are the best!!
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    ESL Family Night
    On Thursday evening, our ESL families got together for some information and a ton of FUN. Parents and guardians learned how to help their children with technology apps that have recently been purchased and gained information about the upcoming ACCESS test our ESL students will be taking. Then the fun began. Students played BINGO, had popcorn and snacks and socialized with families...only to be interrupted by impromptu dance contests with strobe lights and prizes. A special thank you to our ESL/World Language Supervisor, Mrs. Gold, and all of our district's ESL teachers for organizing this event!
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    D.A.T.E. Program
    This past week, our fifth-grade students had the opportunity to attend the D.A.T.E. Program. The Disability Awareness Through Education (D.A.T.E) Team provides sensitivity training and education information to local school children, civic organizations, and interest groups. This program uses simulation activities to increase understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities.
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    Ms. Rahal's Author Share
    This week, Ms. Rahal’s class had the opportunity to celebrate and share their writing with classmates and families. During the share, it was clear how hard the students and Miss Rahal worked throughout this writing unit of study. Congratulations to Miss Rahal and our second-grade authors. Great Work!
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    100 Days of School
    This past week, we marked the 100th day of school milestone with asking our students to dress like you were 100 years old. A special thank you to School Spirit Committee for facilitating the day!
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    Identifying Shapes
    This past week, Miss O’Neill’s kindergarten students explored the building looking for and identifying shapes. Students were excited to count the number of sides of each figure and identify and label the shape within their math journal. It was a pleasure to watch our youngest students using such rich math vocabulary during the activity.
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    The Walnut Street Turkey Bowl
    This past week, the students and staff of Walnut Street Elementary School showed their school spirit and celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday together during the annual Walnut Street Turkey Bowl. Everyone enjoyed the fun! A special thank you to the School Spirit Committee for planning this event and all they do for the Walnut Street Community!
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    The Little Mermaid
    This school year, The Wildcat Players will be presenting the Little Mermaid. Anyone interested in ordering a t-shirt, please see the design to the left. The yellow order form was sent home this past week. The form and money is due back to Mrs. Hennelly in C-7 by Friday, December 8th. We look forward to the show! Click READ MORE to see the t-shirt design!
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    Walnut Street Food Drive
    On Friday, November 17, Mr. Ron Bogota, a Vietnam Veteran and former Wildcat parent collected food from Walnut Street Elementary School to be distributed this holiday season to the needy families within Ocean County. Walnut Street Elementary School and the Veterans of Ocean County, Chapter 200 have been working together for the past 29 years. Thank you to Miss Tracey and her fifth-grade class for all of their hard work to make this food drive possible.
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    Veterans Day Assembly
    This past week, Mrs. Garczynski facilitated a Veterans Day Assembly. Our fourth, and fifth-grade students had the opportunity to meet, talk and thank three veterans for their military service. A special thank you to the following veterans that were able to spend the morning at Walnut Street Elementary: Maurice “Mo” B. Hill - U.S. Navy, Dick Rieger - U.S. Navy, and John P. Dorrity - U.S. Army
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    Halloween STEAM
    This past week, the third-grade team planned a variety of fun STEAM activities in the spirit of Halloween. Students had the opportunity to travel from class to class to engage in the fun. A special thank you to Mrs. Altieri, Mrs. Cerchio, Ms. Holmes, Mrs. Parks and Ms. Pedone for all of their planning and hard-work!
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    Halloween
    We want to thank all of our Wildcat Families that attended our annual Halloween Parade. It was the biggest crowd yet! Also, a special thank you to the entire Walnut Street Staff that planned and worked so hard to make the day special for our students.
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    Fire Safety House
    Walnut Street Elementary continued their partnership with the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas this month. Our students learned burn prevention and fire escape techniques. The Fire Safety House is equipped with a living room, kitchen, and a bedroom which features the types of dangers children should look for during a fire. A special thank you to Ms. Garczynski for organizing this event each year!
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    ESL Fall Family Festival
    This past week, families from across the district had the opportunity to meet at Walnut Street Elementary for the ESL Fall Family Festival. Families that attended were provided online resources to help support students at home with literacy-rich experiences. The night concluded with a number of fun Fall activities and some tasty treats. Thank you to the ESL team for facilitating this annual event!
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    Big Brothers Big Sisters
    This week, High School North and Walnut Street Elementary continued their partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ocean County. Students at Walnut Street, 'Littles' who are involved in the program have been matched with a 'Big' from High School North. Our 'Bigs' and 'Littles' discuss and support one another in making positive choices to avoid risky behaviors, improve academic success, build self-confidence, and improve social skills. A special thank you to the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation for making this program possible!
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    The Ring of Fire
    Students in Miss Weiszt’s class and Mr. Kleiner’s class had the opportunity to map volcanoes to discover the Ring of Fire and determine where volcanoes are likely to form.
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    'Respect Week'
    October 2nd - 6th has been designated as a 'Week of Respect." Throughout the week, all of our teachers have provided age appropriate lessons that help to prevent harassment, intimidation, and bullying within our school. One of the school wide activities planned was to have our students and staff dress in a way that supports our fight against bullying. A special thank you to Mrs. Coe & Mrs. Therien for facilitating this school wide activity!
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    American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 129
    The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 129 stopped by Walnut Street to donate student book bags and supplies. We want to thank them for their ongoing generosity and support! Roar with pride!
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    It's Fun to be Fit Week!
    This past week, our students participated in "It's Fun to be Fit Week." During all of our Physical Education classes, our students took part in fitness stations to challenge their strength, endurance, and agility. A special thank you to Mrs. Goble and Mr. Vliet for all of their hard work throughout the week!
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    TEAM
    This past week, members of TEAM from High School North visited our fourth and fifth grade students to discuss the importance of making positive choices. The TEAM members engaged our students in discussion and presented scenarios that adolescents may come across. Our students found the time very meaningful and enjoyed spending the morning with the TEAM members.
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    PBSIS Celebration
    This week, all of our students had the opportunity to visit the various locations within our building to learn our PBSIS expectations. The quality lessons that were presented at each location provided our students a clear model and understanding of what is expected. Included in the event was an end of the week celebration. The celebration provided students with a number of fun activities to help develop positive relationships with staff and peers. The feedback we received throughout the entire week has been extremely positive. A special thank you to our PBSIS Team and the wonderful Walnut Street PTO for facilitating the entire week. Great work!
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    Welcome Back!
    Walnut Street Elementary welcomed back their Wildcats this week. A special thank you to the entire Walnut Street Community for their preparation, hard work, and support. Our school year is off to an amazing start!
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    JF Party Dragon Charity
    The JF Party Dragon Charity made their annual August visit to Walnut Street Elementary to drop off backpacks filled with supplies. The Walnut Street Community thanks JF Party Dragon Charity for their overwhelming generosity each school year. Roar with pride!
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    Kindergarten Orientation
    This past week, Walnut Street Elementary had an opportunity to welcome their newest students. The new Wildcats met with Mr. Fastnacht & Mrs. Monetti, took a tour of our school and spent time in the classroom with their teacher for this coming school year. A special thank you to the Walnut Street PTO and staff that volunteered their time to welcome our new Walnut Street Wildcats. Roar with Pride!
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    PTO Restaurant Night
    Our first PTO fundraiser will be taking place at Pizza Hut on Wednesday, August 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We hope all of our Wildcat Families can join us for some pizza and an opportunity to meet our new Supervisor of Instruction, Mrs. Monetti. We look forward to seeing all of our students soon!
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    Thank you!
    We want to thank each of our Wildcat Families for their support throughout the school year. It is at the core of our beliefs that a partnership between family and school is essential for the success of our students. We are so fortunate to work with families that are dedicated to our school's success and that are always willing to support our staff. We wish everyone a happy and safe summer!
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    Walnut Street Family STEAM Day
    This past week, students and their families participated in the Walnut Street Family STEAM Day. A special thank you to Mrs. Gottesman, Mrs. Rutter, Mr. Allen, and Mrs. Gold for facilitating this wonderful event.
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    1st Grade Flag Day Show
    Mrs. Hankins and Miss Price's classes performed Walnut Street's annual Flag Day Show for our entire school community. All three performances were amazing! A special thank you to Mrs. Hankins and Miss Price for all of their hard work!
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    Mr. Roe's Science Fair
    Mr. Roe and his students presented science projects to the entire Walnut Street Community. All of the projects displayed deep understanding of science content. Thank you to all of the Wildcat Families that attended. A special thank you to Mr. Roe for all of his hard!
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    Walnut Street Wax Museum
    This week, Mrs. Hennelly and Mr. Kleiner facilitated the Walnut Street Wax Museum. All exibits created by our fourth grade students represented famous people that have made significant contributions to the world.
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    Parent Involvement Survey
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    Kindergarten End of Year Celebration
    This past week, four of our kindergarten classes celebrated the end of the year with their classmates, teachers, and families. A special thank you to Mrs. Bieber, Ms. Clark, Mrs. Magno, and Mrs. Solares for all of their hard work!
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    Walnut Street Band and Orchestra
    This past week, our fourth and fifth-grade orchestra and band students performed for our entire school community. Both performances made it clear how hard all of our orchestra and band members worked to prepare for this concert. A special thank you to Miss Pak and Mr. Olender for their flexibility throughout the year and all of her hard work with our students!
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    3rd Grade Play
    On Friday, Mr. Paramonte's class presented their annual class play. The class presented two stories that highlighted the efforts of specific colonists during the Revolutionary War. It was clear by each presentation how prepared the class was and how much was learned about the Revolutionary War. A special thank you to Mr. Paramonte for all of his hard work!
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    Jenkinsons Aquarium Visits Walnut Street
    This past week, Jenkinsons Aquarium visited Walnut Street Elementary school and presented a program highlighting the vairous types of penguins throughout the world. Thank you to Ms. Henderson and the second grade team for facilitating this opportunity for our students. Also, a special thank you to the wonderful Walnut Street PTO for sporsoring the event!
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    Memorial Day Assembly
    This past week, Mrs. Garczynski facilitated a Memorial Day Assembly where the fifth grade students had an opportunity to thank a number of veterans for their military service. Special guests included Mayor Kelahar and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove. A special thank you to all of the veterans that spent the morning with our students.
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    Garden of Good Manners Club
    This spring, Mrs. Marra has continued the Garden of Good Manners Club. Two groups of students have been given an opportunity to meet five times and foster a love and an interest in gardening. Furthermore, this time spent has cultivated positive relationships among all members of the group and emphasizes the importance of community service. A special thank you to Mrs. Marra for volunteering her time and resources to make this Walnut Street tradition possible.
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    PBSIS Dance Party
    This afternoon, Mr. Vliet and Mrs. Goble led the second school-wide dance party of the year. All of our students earned this reward for demonstrating behavior that was RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, AND SAFE!
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    Second Grade Writing
    This past week, Miss Rahal's second-grade class had the opportunity to share their realistic fiction stories with their families and classmates. Parents and students rotated between author's chairs to listen and provide feedback to each author. A special thank you to Miss Rahal for facilitating this classroom activity.
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    Teacher Appreciation Week!
    This morning, the Walnut Street PTO and many of our students arrived at school early to help kick off Teacher Appreciation Week. The students wrote inspirational messages on the sidewalks to the wonderful teachers of Walnut Street Elementary. A special thank you to our soon to be PTO President, Renee Wohlrab for facilitating this activity.
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    Arbor Day Show
    Mrs. Hankins' class presented Walnut Street's annual Arbor Day Show to their families and our students in kindergarten through third grade. The students in Mrs. Hankins class were well prepared and their performance was outstanding. A special thank you to Mrs. Hankins for all of her hard work!
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    Spring Planting
    This past week, Mrs. Urso's first grade students and their families celebrated spring by planting colorful flowers in front of Walnut Street Elementary School. A special thank you to all of the Wildcat Families that attended and a special thank you to Mrs. Urso for all of her hard work!
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    Walnut Street's Starlab
    This past week, first and fifth-grade students had an opportunity to visit the Starlab located in the Walnut Street Elementary Gymnasium. Starlab is a portable planetarium that enables the instructor to project various night skies depicting constellations, astrological signs, and mythical figures. First-grade students reviewed the idea of stars grouped together forming constellations, while fifth-grade students had the opportunity to dive deep into Greek, Native American, and Egyptian mythological skies. A special thank you to Ms. Rioux for facilitating the use of the Starlab this week.
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    The Eye of the Wildcat!
    Since the start of the PARCC Assessment, we have recognized 48 of our third through fifth grade students for having the 'Eye of the Wildcat' during PARCC Testing. To have a chance to be recognized, students need to meet our PARCC expectations listed below:                       "Be Present - Be On Time -  Put Forth Your Best Effort"
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    Popping with Pride!
    This month, we have taken the time to review our expectations in the cafeteria and on the playground with our students. To help reinforce those expectations, the PBSIS Team has implemented a new initiative called Popping with Pride! During lunch, each class that meets our expectations receives a popcorn piece. Each class that reaches fifteen popcorn pieces will be recognized with a popcorn party. A picture of the bulletin board to the left demonstrates how each class keeps track of their progress. Congratulations to Mrs. Therien's class and Ms. Pedone's class for being the first two classes to reach fifteen pieces of popcorn!
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    2nd Annual Walnut Street Maker Day
    Our 2nd Annual Makers Day was a huge success! It was encouraging to see all of our students so excited about the challenges that were presented. A special thank you to all of our Wildcat Family volunteers, our Wildcat Staff for their support, and of course, Mrs. Brown for facilitating this annual event that allows all of our students to think, create, and share.
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    Jump Rope for Heart
    This past week, over fifty of our Wildcat Students wore their Jump Rope for Heart t-shirts they received from the American Heart Association for raising over $50.  A special thank you to Mrs. Goble and Mr. Vliet for all of their hard work and all who supported this fundraiser!
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    Our Kindergarten Authors
    Our Kindergarten authors in Ms. O’Neill’s class published a book entitled “All About Animals”. The students chose an animal, conducted research by reading nonfiction texts to become an expert, and wrote a piece to teach others all about their animal. Their writing pieces were bound into a hardcover book, which the students read to their families and other visitors this week at Walnut Street Elementary School.
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    Screenagers - Growing up in the Digital Age
    This past week, Walnut Street Elementary, the Walnut Street PTO, and the Ocean County Library partnered to share a screening of the documentary, Screenagers, Growing up in the Digital Age. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Ocean County Library to help inform our students, staff, and Wildcat Families.
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    POAC Organization
    On March 3rd, the Wildcat Staff had the opportunity to help children with Autism by 'dressing down' to support the Parents of Autistic Children organization. Mr. Fastnacht presented the funds to POAC's Executive Director, Mr. Gary Wietzen and Ms. Simone Tellini. Both Mr. Wietzen and Ms. Tellini provided our fourth and fifth-grade students with a very informative Autism Awareness presentation. A special thank you to the entire Walnut Street Staff!
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    SJCDA Elementary Choral Festival
    This past Saturday, 12 students from Hooper Avenue Elementary and Walnut Street Elementary participated in the 34th Annual SJCDA Elementary Choral Festival. The students were chosen by their choral teachers, Mrs. Simone and Mrs. Coe, because of their musical skill and enthusiasm for chorus. Mrs. Simone, Mrs. Coe, and the students rehearsed before school and during recess time to prepare for this event. All of the students had a great time and gave a fantastic performance! Congratulations to Walnut Street participants, Paetyn Brill, Daniel Drennan, Aidan Okrasinski, Nicholas Orlando, Caitlin Poulos and Madalyn Schneider.
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    Read Across America / Spirit Week
    A special thank you to the Walnut Street School Spirit Committee for facilitating this past spirit week and our celebration of Dr. Seuss. The students enjoyed celebrating each day with a Dr. Seuss theme. Also, a special thank you to all of our parents, community members, and retired Wildcat staff that visited our school as special guest readers.
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    "Wonderland"
    Congratulations to the cast of "Wonderland," the Walnut Street PTO, and Mrs. Hennelly on the successful performance of 'Wonderland!' The Walnut Street School play brings our entire school community together, and we are so grateful to our PTO and Mrs. Hennelly for making it possible.
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    GREAT Graduation
    On Friday, February 24th, our fifth-grade students graduated from the GREAT Program. A special thank you to the Toms River Police Department, the Ocean County Sheriff's Office, and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office for supporting this program. A special thank you to Detective Sergeant Renne Nauyoks, Officer Pamela Slaven, Detective Taryn Schwartz, Officer Ronald Bayer, Officer William Zyckowski, and Officer Joseph Kirby for volunteering their time to work with our students.
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    D.A.T.E. Program
    Recently, our fifth-grade students had the pleasure of attending a presentation offered by DATE, Disability Awareness Through Education. The three gentlemen that presented did a wonderful job telling their stories and making our students feel comfortable. Students learned that while the presenters' disabilities come with their own set of challenges, they can still live their lives and not let their disabilities hold them back from doing the things they love.
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    Jump Rope for Heart
    We want to thank everyone for their support of Jump Rope for Heart. Our school goal of $9,000 was reached this past week and we could not be happier! The money we raised will fund research for the American Heart Association to help people battling heart disease.
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    School Spirit Award!
    Earlier this week, Thunder 106 visited Walnut Street Elementary School to recognize fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Wieszt with the Thunder 106 School Spirit Award. A special thank you to fourth-grade student, Anthony Montalban for nominating Ms. Wieszt for all she does for our school. Congratulations!
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    Teacher and Professional of the Year
    This past week, the Walnut Street PTO sponsored a breakfast in honor of our Teacher and Professional of the Year. A special congratulations to Mrs. Gold and Mrs. Cegerenko for being named the 2017 Walnut Street Teacher and Educational Services Professional of the Year!
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    Walnut Street PTO Bingo Night
    PTO Bingo Night was held on Friday, January 27th in the Walnut Street Elementary Gymnasium. We were so pleased to see many of our Wildcat Families in attendance and the children had a wonderful time. A special thank you to Mrs. Russo for facilitating this event and as always, thank you to the Walnut Street PTO for all they do!
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    Jump Rope for Heart
    Fifth-grade students, Natalia Rodriguez, Aniyah Taylor, Sophia Harmer, and Julie Nordfors organized a neighborhood bake sale this weekend to support our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. The bake sale raised over $120! We are so proud of Natalia, Aniyah, Sophia, and Julie for taking the initiative to organize this event to support the American Heart Association!
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    American Legion Coloring Contest
    Fifth-grade student, Emma Thomas won first prize in the American Legion Coloring Contest. Students were asked to color the picture of the High Point Monument located in High Point, New Jersey. The monument was erected by Colonel & Mrs. Anthony Kuser to honor the memory of New Jersey's heroes by land, sea, and air in all wars of our country.
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    GREAT Program
    We are excited to continue our partnership with local law enforcement by having our fifth-grade students participate in the GREAT Program. This violence prevention program is built around school-based, law enforcement officer instructed classroom curriculum. We are delighted to offer this award-winning program to our students.
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    Listening Walk
    Mrs. Urso's first grade scientists explored sound waves by taking a 'Listening Walk' around Walnut Street Elementary School to collect evidence of sound.
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    Walnut Street Obstacle Course
    This week, our Wildcats will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Walnut Street Obstacle Course. A special thank you to Mrs. Goble and Mr. Vliet for all of their planning and hard work!
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  • MLK Day
    Martin Luther King Day
    On 1/16/17, school will be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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  • McDonalds Fundraiser
    PTO McDonald's Night
    1/11/17-PTO McDonald's Night
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    PTO School Store
    PTO School Store 1/10/17
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    HSN Saxophone Quartet Visits Walnut Street
    Students in grades three to five had the pleasure of watching the HSN Saxophone Quartet perform several holiday classics. Thank you to Mr. Grill and Mr. Olender for arranging this for our students.
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    Winter Break
    Schools will be closed from December 26, 2016 to January 2, 2017. We will re-open January 3, 2017. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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    Candy Gram Sale
    Candy Gram Sale ends on 12/21/17
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  • Marking Period Info
    2nd Marking Period
    The second marking period begins 11/1/16
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Information

Our school community will embrace our diversity while empowering all students to be successful in a safe learning environment.  

Richard C. Fastnacht                           Principal                                   rfastnacht@trschools.com

Stacey DeCesare-Monetti                 Supervisor of Instruction                   smonetti@trschools.com

(732) 505-5900                                    

Mr. Timothy Vliet                    tvliet@trschools.com

Mr. Anthony Dispoto              adispoto@trschools.com

732-505-5900

60 Walnut Street

Toms River, NJ 08753

(732) 505-5900

8:40 AM - 2:50 PM

The Main Office remains open until 4:00 PM each school day.

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