April digital backpack

Posted March 31st, 2010 by PTA

The community flyers in the District’s digital backpack have been posted for the month of April.

Spring Ahead to Healthy Eating!

Posted March 31st, 2010 by PTA

See flyer for information regarding a free healthy cooking workshop sponsored by
The SO Department of Health & Giorgio’s Ristorante to be held on May 10.

Spring Break Reminder

Posted March 31st, 2010 by PTA

School will be closed this Friday, April 2nd through Thursday, April 8th for spring break.
School will be open on Friday, April 9th, since we used more than our 2 allotted snow days this year.

Enjoy the break!

Ice and salt burns

Posted March 30th, 2010 by PTA

Please see this important update from our school nurse.

Board of Education Candidates Night

Posted March 29th, 2010 by PTA

The League of Women Voters of South Orange & Maplewood & South Orange Maplewood Presidents’ Council Present

Board of Education Candidates Night
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
7:00 – 8:30pm
Jefferson School – Auditorium
518 Ridgewood Ave, Maplewood

Come hear the candidates speak on the issues.

The four BOE Candidates will be answering questions prepared by the League of Women Voters and Presidents’ Council as well as taking questions from the audience.

Election day
is April 20th.

A Note from Special Education Parents re. Budget Cuts

Posted March 29th, 2010 by PTA

On July 1, 2010 all the 75+ paraprofessionals employed by the South Orange/Maplewood school district will lose their jobs.

The positions will be outsourced. If current paras wish to apply for these positions, they will be required to accept significantly reduced pay, and will receive no health benefits.

Please join the Special Education parents in a peaceful protest of this decision. Wednesday, March 31st, from 6:15-7:15, on the sidewalk outside of the BOE Building, 525 Academy St., Maplewood.

We want the Board of School Estimate, the Board of Education and the community at large to know that:
• we are disappointed that the budget cuts have fallen
disproportionately on special education.
• outsourcing the paraprofessionals is a decision that will
negatively impact many classified students as well as many general education students and teachers.
• we remain deeply concerned that outsourcing these positions
will result in aides in the classroom who do not have the experience and extensive training needed to handle the complex issues that special education children face, and this will affect the quality of education for ALL of our children.
• many people in our community care deeply about special
• we support our paraprofessionals and remain grateful for their
many skills and exceptional dedication to our kids.


525 Academy Street