Walnut Street Happenings 

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    PTO Restaurant Night
    Our first PTO fundraiser will be taking place at Pizza Hut on Wednesday, August 26th 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
    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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    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

August 23 - Kinder & New Student Orientation  September 1 - Staff Return                                   September 4 - School Closed - Labor Day           September 5 - First Day of School!                     September 21 - School Closed - Rosh Hashana September 22 - Grade 5 Group Picture              September 27 - Back to School Night  K-2          September 28 - Back to School Night  3 - 5       September 28 - Fall Pictures

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                                    

Mrs. Jamie Cegerenko jcegerenko@trschools.com

Mr. Timothy Vliet                                   tvliet@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.