Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Corner
Annette Castiglione

Dear Bellmawr Learning Community Member,

The end of another fruitful academic year is behind us.  And what a year it’s been!

The Burke restoration is nearly complete.  Moving day is scheduled for July 8, 2019.  The teachers will be able to begin moving their belongings from Bellmawr Park to Burke after that day.  A huge thank you goes out to all our learning community members for their flexibility and understanding as we maneuvered through this unusual year.  Our teachers, students, staff and family members accomplished much despite the chaos this caused by the fire.  Be on the look out for an open house unveiling the improvements in the building.

We sponsored field trips, a drama shows, Community events like the Green Fair, holiday nights, the Multicultural Fair.  Our soccer, track, baseball softball teams all had successful seasons.

Our service learning extended to our elementary schools with food drives, the Turkey Trot and a Sock Ball fight benefitting the Joseph House.

Nothing stopped us from offering extracurricular activities to our children: Chorale, Choir, Band, Chess Club, Newspaper, Yearbook, Drama, Intramurals, Safety Patrol, Renaissance, Cheerleading, Peer Mediation, Technology Club, NJHS, bowling, Student Council, Peer Tutoring.

We expanded our early childhood program by adding services and come September 2019 will add four additional classes for our youngest learners. And Mrs. Pfeiffer,  our Social worker, visited many of our families right in their home.

Our Teacher Leader Cadre gave us opportunities to collaborate on the many professional development offerings provided to our staff. We anxiously await what the new academic year brings us.

I know you will encourage your children to participate in our Summer Reading Exchange program. The dates for those exchanges are on the website.  We’ve had our reveal parties for the One Book One School selections this summer: A Fish in a Tree for the middle school; The Pool Party from the Black Lagoon for the elementary school children.  Be sure to check the web and Facebook pages for Super Stories this summer.

We will have two summer camp sites this year: the pre k, K and elementary extended year programs will be held at the Bellmawr Park site; all other grades will be at the Bell Oaks School. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all participants.

Please take some time to thank our dedicated teachers and staff members for all they do each day of the year.  They are committed to the academic and social, emotional growth of each child in our learning community.  It’s a long standing saying that “It Takes a Village….”  And we have one fabulous village.  I hope you have a safe and fun summer.

Annette Castiglione, Superintendent.