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  • A Petting Zoo Comes to Citta

    Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders at Citta Elementary were treated to a petting zoo on Friday, October 18th. They learned about and were able to pet many farm animals such as goats, cows, potbelly pigs, and lambs. Thank you to our PTO for another wonderful, hands-on, educational event for our students! Please see additional photos in our Photo Gallery.
  • Cookies With a Cop

    One Citta student from each class was chosen by their teacher to be honored for showing Citta Style each day at school. These students were treated to some cookies and some time learning about our Safety Officer, Officer Bob. Thank you to the Toms River Police Department, the Citta PTO, Sargent Gene Bachonski, and our own Officer Bob Cheslock! Please see additional photos in our photo gallery!
  • Citta Style goes Italian!

    Citta families came together for our first Citta Style pasta night. Students signed a Citta Style banner, won prizes and best of all, spent quality time eating and talking together with their families while supporting our Citta Style initiative and expectations of Respect, Responsibility and Self-Control. Please see our photo gallery for additional photos from a great night!
  • Fire Safety Visit for Grades K through 3

    Students in grades K through 3 were taught about fire safety and had the opportunity to see a fire truck up close. Please see our photo gallery for additional photos.
  • Author, Bob Salomon, visits Citta students.

    Author and co-author, of "Beyond the Laces", Bob Salomon and Rick Young, visited Citta students to teach and reinforce the importance of kindness. Students were treated to a reading of the book by Rick Young. Please see our photo gallery for more picture from this event.
  • Save the Date: Jersey Shore Makerfest 10/12/19

    Please click on the link above for more information.
  • Positive Messages from Our PTO

    Citta's PTO has been hard at work creating beautiful, positive messages for our students to see everyday. Thank you for all you do! For more pictures, please see the Photo Gallery page.
  • Remembering

    Students celebrated Patriot's Day while remembering those who sacrificed so much for our country on 9/11.
  • Opening Week at Citta

    Students and teachers are back to school and ready for a great year!
  • $10,000 PTO Donation

    Citta Elementary was recently presented with a $10,000 donation check, by the PTO, to purchase additional chromebooks for our students to use for multiple programs and student enrichment. A huge thank you goes out to our entire school community who supported the many fundraisers throughout the year to make this generous gift possible! Thank you, PTO, for your generosity and hard work!
  • Going the Extra Mile!

    Ms. Sally Cimino from the transportation department goes the extra mile! Not only does she help keep our students safe when they ride on the bus to and from school, but she also cares for them by attending the Spring Band and Orchestra concerts at Citta Elementary School.
  • Citta's Girls on the Run

    Congratulations to our Citta Girls on the Run team and their coaches, Miss Coles, Miss Zhirova, Miss Conboy and Mrs. Brady! These young ladies worked over the last 10 weeks, with their coaches, to learn how to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. The Girls on the Run program culminated with a 5k run in Fair Haven on Sunday. Well done ladies!
  • Citta Style Receives a Generous Donation

    Thank you to Mr. Horsfield and the Toms River Lester Glenn dealership for your generous donation to our Citta Style initiative, promoting positive behavior in our school! Pictured are Mr. Horsfield, his daughters and members of our Citta Style team!
  • Internet Essentials

    Please click on the link above for more information about Comcast's low cost computer purchasing and internet service, Internet Essentials.
  • Grade 5 Events

    Dear Grade 5 Parents/Guardians, Please click on the link above regarding Grade 5 events.
  • Cookies with Officer Mike for the Month of May

    Students showed Citta Style expectations: Respect, Responsibility and Self-Control.
  • Citta Style Kickball Game

    Thank you to all of our staff, students and families for coming out to support our 2nd annual staff kickball game, while raising funds for Citta Style, our positive behavior initiative!
  • The Beatles Come to Citta

    Congratulations to Mrs. Hourigan and the Citta Chorus on another wonderful performance showcasing the songs of The Beatles!
  • Citta Fun Run for Education

    Please see the attached link.
  • Easter Magic Show

    Dear Seahawk Community, Please see the Flyer from the Township of Toms River Department of Recreation and Division of Youth Services! Thank you!
  • Mad Science Assembly at Citta!

    Thank you to our Citta PTO for providing a fun learning experience for all of our students!
  • Congressman Andy Kim visits Citta!

    Please click above for the link to the full article on the Toms River Schools website.
  • School Performance Report Letter

    Please see the attachment regarding School Performance Report. Thank you!
  • Social Emotional Parent Academy

    We are pleased to announce our first annual Social and Emotional Learning Parent Academy Night. Social and emotional development is the foundation for all learning to occur. Please click on the title above for more information.
  • Cookies with Officer Mike for the Month of March

    Students were recognized for showing Citta Style!
  • Meet the Music Program at OC Library.

    Please see the link for the program Meet The Music. Join us at the Ocean Co. Library in Mancini Hall for four musical programs.
  • Citta Ready Math PTO Presentation

    Please click on "Read More" below to view the presentation.
  • Students get recognized for having Citta Style!

    On February 7th, one student from each class was chosen by their classroom teacher for setting a good example and showing Citta Style. Students were treated to cookies with Officer Mike, our building safety officer, given certificates and deputy badges for following our school's expectations of "Respect, Responsibility and Self-Control". Congratulations to all!
  • Congratulations to Miss. Staffieri!!!

    Congratulations to our Guidance Counselor, Miss Staffieri, for being selected as Citta Elementary's Support Professional of the Year! We are so proud and fortunate to have her working with our students!
  • Save Our Schools!!!

    HAVE YOU SIGNED? The state wants to strip our district of $70 million over the next six years, but we are fighting back for our students and community. The Save Our Students! Parent-led petition needs your signature! Please take two minutes to sign if you have not already: District Leaders Testify About Funding Crisis at State Conference:
  • PJ Day (Dec. 7th) and School-wide Movie Day (Dec. 14th)

    This Friday, 12/7, to help fund our Citta Style initiative, students may wear appropriate Pajamas & Sneakers or Shoes, (NOT slippers) to school for $1.00. Parents/Guardians should send the money in an envelope marked "PJ Day". Next Friday, 12/14, students will be treated to the movie "Small Foot" for displaying fabulous Citta Style since we discussed the expectations in September. Permission ships will be sent home. Please send them back only if you DO NOT want your child to view the PG movie and we will find an alternative environment for your child.
  • Family Coding and Engineering Night

    Please join us for Family Coding and Engineering Night Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Toms River High School East Media Center. This evening will be a wonderful opportunity for families to do an hour of computer programming together! All three of our High Schools robotics teams will present their work and conduct demonstrations with their FTC robots. At this special evening of learning and fun, parent-child teams will complete fun puzzles and challenges and learn core concepts in coding. Teams will learn how to apply their coding through various tools such as Arduino Microcontrollers, Finch and Spehro Robots, and some logic and reasoning puzzles and games. No coding experience needed and free for all participants! Student volunteers will be available for support. We encourage all of our students and family members to attend this exciting evening to learn the basics of computer programming and how coding is applied to real-world problems. This night is sponsored by the Toms River Education Association. We hope to see you at Family Code Night!
  • Citta's Buddy Bench Arrives

    Mrs. Stragauskas and Miss DeBari are proud to announce that the "Buddy Bench" has been delivered, installed, and put to good use already. We are so happy to share that some students have already been using the bench during recess. Here is a picture of Miss DeBari's second grade class to show off our newest addition to the Citta playground.
  • Free Thanksgiving Meals Around Ocean County

    Please click on the link to see various organizations hosting free Thanksgiving dinners in our county.
  • Citta Families Help Animal Shelter

    Thank you to all of the Citta families that donated to our school's animal shelter collection throughout the month of October. Also, a big thank you to Mrs. Minarchi and Miss Capoano for organizing this collection!
  • OceanFirst Grant Recipients

    Congratulations to Joseph A. Citta Elementary and all of the Toms River Regional School District OceanFirst Grant Recipients!
  • Oct. 15-19: National School Violence Awareness Week

    This is an opportunity to promote a safe environment for students throughout the school year! Monday: “Peace Day”- Students are encouraged to wear peace signs and show their commitment to helping keep the peace in our school and community. Tuesday: “Clean Sweep”- Students are encouraged to aid in keeping our school clean and neat. Wednesday: “Dress for Success”- Students and teachers are encouraged to dress their best and give compliments to each other. Thursday: “Limit Screen Use Day”- Read a book, take a walk, play a board game, or make dinner with your family. Explore the possibilities of something new! Friday: “School Spirit Day” Wear your Citta Style attire or school colors. 
  • Ocean County Commission on Child Safety and Awareness

    Ocean County 5th graders and their parent / guardian are invited to learn about local law enforcement, services and resources, and how you can help to keep our community safe! Please click on the link below for details. Space is limited.  
  • "Race for Citta Style"

    Just look at Joseph A. Citta Elementary School's "Citta Style"! The students in our school family are respectful, responsible and exhibit self control. "Citta Style" is Citta Elementary's new positive behavior support in school (PBSIS) program that will officially start in September. The students raised over $3,800 and their very generous PTO decided to match what the students raised for this wonderful program. Students participated in an obstacle course prepared by the PTO to celebrate. The Principal, Mrs. Kennedy and Supervisor of Instruction, Mrs. Brown showed their spirit and support by agreeing to dye their hair with Citta colors if they reached their fundraising goal! Way to go Seahawks. We just love your Citta Style!
  • 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.