Sunday, February 21, 2016

A PROUD WALLACE SCHOOL MOM!

This is the fifth in a five-part series highlighting stories of parents’ experiences in the Hoboken Public Schools Kindergarten program at the four schools in the district. 
Save the date! The Principal of Wallace School, Martin Shannon, will be hosting a Kindergarten Visitation Day on Wednesday, February 24 from 9am to 2:30pm. If you would like to know more please attend.
Principal Shannon and Vice Principal Bartlett
Our children, Shaan (Kindergarten) and Arya (2nd Grade), attend the Wallace Elementary School. Our experience has been wonderful and both our children are doing very well. Their teachers are excellent and we are amazed with the academic challenge and structure they receive in their classrooms and curriculum, as well as the smaller class sizes.
My son’s teachers have been extremely passionate and nurturing, providing a smooth transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten. They have taken the time to understand each student’s needs and skills and provide them with the proper attention needed.
The new administrative team is remarkable and has been completely dedicated and hardworking in providing a school of academic excellence and building a stronger community among parents and staff within Wallace.
In addition, the after school programs and activities that Wallace offers have been truly enriching for our children and we continue to enroll in them every term.
Throughout the school year, we monitor and compare the progress of our children to those in other schools and could not be more thrilled with our decision in sending them to Wallace!
Chetali Khanna, proud Wallace Mom

A PROUD BRANDT SCHOOL MOM!

This is the first in a five-part series highlighting stories of parents’ experiences in the Hoboken Public Schools Kindergarten program at the four schools in the district.


Principal Rodriguez

Both of our children, Madeline (Kindergarten) and Justin (PreK-4), attend the Joseph F. Brandt school. The teachers both children have had are caring and motivated educators who understand the needs of our children. The administration has devoted countless hours to integrating the whole family into school life, including projects to discuss family backgrounds, or designing cut outs in their own image.
My favorite aspect of Kindergarten at Brandt is the gradual steps the children are making to more independence through homework, the science fair, and dramatic art class. We have seen our daughter grow and develop in Kindergarten. I see how she works more independently at home than she did last year.
We are advocates of public superior free education for all. Brandt has exceeded our expectations in terms of quality, diversity, and integrity in education.
What are you waiting for? Sign your child up for Kindergarten in Brandt. My child, at 5 years old, is reading, doing addition and subtraction, and sings songs to me in Spanish!
Suzanne Klatt, proud Brandt Mom

A PROUD CALABRO SCHOOL MOM!

This is the third in a five-part series highlighting stories of parents’ experiences in the Hoboken Public Schools Kindergarten program at the four schools in the district. 


Principal Vespignani

We initially enrolled our two boys in a private school for Pre-K. But as we compared their progress and experience with children we knew in the Hoboken Pre-K program, we made the switch. During the next two years, they had fantastic teachers (first at Wallace, then Demarest) who helped prepare them academically and socially. When we received their letters indicating they would be attending Calabro for kindergarten, it was akin to winning the lottery!
Without a doubt our favorite part about school is the teachers and staff at Calabro! As a small school (there is only one class per grade) they instill a real sense of community, respect and pride. On the first day of school, a number of them came up and welcomed us and our sons to the Calabro family. Now, when our sons talk about the school, their teachers and classmates, those values are clearly evident.
Kindergarten at Calabro has been an amazing experience for them. Their teacher immediately took the time to learn about each of them (as twins): their strengths, needs, even down to where they should sit in the classroom. The principal of the school and his staff are incredibly dedicated to building a community and ensuring that both parents and students are involved to the full extent possible.
As twins, we wanted our boys to attend a school where they could spend time together but develop and express themselves as individuals. Calabro provides them with just that: the small class size coupled with AMAZING teachers, who have taken the time to understand how they learn as twins and individuals, has exceeded all of our expectations!
Maria Oblow, proud Calabro Mom

A PROUD WALLACE SCHOOL DAD!

This is the fourth in a five-part series highlighting stories of parents’ experiences in the Hoboken Public Schools Kindergarten program at the four schools in the district. 
Save the date! The Principal of Wallace School, Martin Shannon, will be hosting a Kindergarten Visitation Day on Wednesday, February 24 from 9am to 2:30pm. Please attend if you would like to learn more about the Kindergarten program at Wallace School.
Principal Shannon and Vice Principal Bartlett
Here is a testimonial from a Dad with a son in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program, which is housed at the Wallace School. The ABA program is designed to support children with special needs.
I don’t think we found Wallace ABA, I really believe that Wallace ABA found us. We moved to Hoboken for one main reason, proximity to NYC. We moved to Hoboken before my son, Alexander, even turned one and not only did we not know about Wallace ABA, we had no idea he was autistic. A year later, as my son was turning two years old, we noticed that he was not progressing as he should. We reached out to the early intervention program and from that point on, he was diagnosed with autism. On his third birthday, Alexander was able to attend school, and that school was Wallace ABA. Now as he is turning six, we don’t live in Hoboken because of it’s proximity to NYC. We live in Hoboken because we fell in love with the school and we fell in love with the Wallace ABA program.
My favorite thing about Kindergarten in the Wallace ABA program are the teachers and the aides. I am always impressed and grateful for their enthusiasm. I love the way they nurture my son but, at the same time, challenge him. I love that they don’t just go through the motions, but are always trying to improve upon what my son already knows. They truly care for and love my son and it shows in the way they teach and the way they interact with him every day.
Alexander has grown tremendously. His speech continues to improve every day. He is excelling at math and as he masters one level, they push him to the next. He is actually writing words, in upper and lowercase. He could not even hold a pencil prior to Kindergarten; this is truly amazing. They also focus on his eating, so now he will eat and really enjoy the variety of fruits and vegetables we give him. And one of his favorite foods now, and favorite to say, is pasta e fagioli.
As a family, we absolutely love the Kindergarten ABA program at Wallace. As parents, we love how our son continues to advance, both socially and academically. We love that we constantly get feedback on his progress and if there is an issue or concern it gets addressed immediately, with our feedback as parents and his teachers’ feedback. We all truly work together as a team for the betterment of our son. It’s also great hearing directly from him how much he loves school, how he is excited to go there in the morning and how he explains things he does during the day at night. His favorite shirt is his I LOVE WALLACE t-shirt from field day.
Aaron Dallara, proud Wallace ABA Dad

A PROUD CONNORS MOM!!

Part of a five-part series highlighting stories of parents’ experiences in the Hoboken Public Schools Kindergarten program at the four schools in the district. 

A Proud Connors Mom

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Principal Fitzhugh and Vice Principal Morales

My son, Jackson (Kindergarten), had previously attended private school for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4. However, after hearing great things about the Hoboken school system, we decided to move our son to public school. We had missed the open house tours in February last year and when we learned Jackson had been placed at Thomas Connors Elementary School, we quickly called the school and asked for a private tour. The staff members were very warm and welcoming from the moment I stepped through the doors. After my tour, I learned that Connors has access to more resources than my son’s former private school, including a new computer lab, where children learn different tools on iPads, power point presentations, and excel spreadsheets. Additionally, children were benefiting from positive behavior with their Connors Cares (PBSIS initiative).
I cannot say enough great things about my family’s experience with Thomas Connors and their team. From the moment you walk through the front doors to the moment you pick up your child, you’re greeted by a warm smile and a friendly security guard who walks your child to the gym or classroom or the Family Friendly teachers. Connors consists of a very tight knit community that gives children one on one attention throughout the year. We have noticed a huge improvement in our son’s reading, writing, math and his art. They have far exceeded our expectations.
Connors hosts a “Family Friendly” after-school program that goes till 5PM and is free to public school children. It allows children to work on their homework, get extra tutoring from teachers, be active in the gym, and have extra time in the library or in their new computer lab. My son really looks forward to Family Friendly.
Principal Gerald Fitzhugh, his team, and all the programs that are offered have gone above and beyond to make sure my son is challenged, cared for, and protected. Thomas Connors is Hoboken’s best kept secret, and I was fortunate to get my son in before the word gets out!
Lan Doan, proud Connors Mom