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459 Route 94, Newton, NJ  07860     Tel: (973) 383-4151    Fax:  (973) 383-3644    Email:  jolsyn@fredon.org

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the Fredon Township School's website!  It is my hope that this website will be helpful in keeping you informed of all the wonderful and engaging opportunities provided to every child here at Fredon School.  November is a very busy time here at school.  We have just had another successful Turkey Trot race at Lodestar Park where we had 108 4th-6th grade students participate in the one-mile race.  Each and every student who ran should be very proud of their accomplishment.  Parent/Teacher conferences are being held on November 21st and 22nd.  Please make sure to sign-up for a conference on our website.  And our annual Thanksgiving Sing-a-long will be held on November 27 at 11:00 am for our K-3rd graders with a 1:00 pm dismissal.  All of these wonderful activities are symbolic of the great school community we have!

On a personal note, I would like to thank all of the staff, students, parents and community members for all of their continued support.  I am deeply committed to do my best to meet your expectations.  As your principal, I am always available to assist you and your child.  As always, if you ever have a question or concern, please contact me.

Yours in education,

Jennifer Olsyn
Principal

Home & School Connection (R)

Math at the Grocery Store

Need to go food shopping?  Why not turn it into an opportunity for your child to practice what he's learning in math.  Here are some ideas.

Weigh and multiply.
Fruits and vegetables are often sold by the pound.  Ask your youngster to compute how much your produce will cost.  For example, say you want 6 bananas and they cost 49 cents a pound.  He would weigh them and multiply their weight by the cost per pound (2 lb. x 49 cents = 98 cents) to get the total cost.

Comparison shop.
Let your child help you save money and learn to be a better consumer.  Ask him to read unit-pricing labels on shelves to find the best value (8 cents per ounce for one brand of pasta sauce vs. 13 cents per ounce for another brand).  Or he can look for the better deal:  one box of cerea for \$2.79 or two boxes for \$5?  (\$5/2 = \$2.50 per box, so you'll save money buying two boxes and storing one for later).

Estimate the total.
Ask your youngster to predict your total bill by keeping track of what you put in your cart.  With each item, he should check the price and round it up or down to the nearest dollar.  As you go, he can keep a running tally on paper, in his head, or on a calculator.  At checkout time, see how close he came.

 Q & A

Learn to Love Math!!

Q: I want my child to enjoy math.  How can I get her to like it from the start?

A.  First, be sure to "talk up" math.  Let her know that you think math is fun and that she'll use it her whole life.  Then, make math a part of daily life.  At the post office, have your youngster estimate how many people are in line.  At a ball game, ask her how many points the losing team needs to tie the game if the score is 7 to 3.  Be sure to mention the math skills she used ("That was excellent subtraction!").

Put math into fun time, too.  Play games like Yahtzee, Connect Four, or Monopoly.  At bedtime, read books about math.  Try Equal Shmequal by Virginia Kroll to learn what equal means, or Counting on Frank, Rod Clement's tale of a boy who uses his dog Frank as a ruler.

Above information borrowed from Home & School Connection (R)      www.rfeonline.com