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February 27, 2015



Dear Parent/Guardian:


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment will be administered to all Memorial School students.  The schedule by grade level is listed below:

4th Grade Students:  March 9-13th

3rd Grade Students:  March 16th- 20th

This assessment measures student achievement in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics based on the Common Core Standards.   All students will be in one session per day.  During the first three days of testing, all Memorial students will be assessed in English Language Arts.  During the last two days of testing, all Memorial students will be assessed in Mathematics.

For more information about the PARCC Assessment, please visit Additionally, you can view the Power Point from the district’s Parent University at

Both resources will provide you with information about the duration of testing and the various types of questions it contains. Additionally, you can take a practice test on the PARCC website that will allow you to experience the different formats, such as technology enhanced questions.


Our staff has been diligently working through our curriculum to prepare our students for this assessment.   In order to maximize your child’s performance, please do your best to ensure he/she is on time and in attendance each day. Once testing begins, students will not be permitted into the testing room and will need to be scheduled for a make-up session. With your help, our students will be in a position to perform to the best of their ability.


Thank you for your cooperation.



     Giovanni A. Giancaspro

     Memorial School, Principal


    Help Your Child Be Ready For the Test

                   1. Have them get plenty of rest!

2. Eat a nutritous breakfast!

3. Arrive to school on time. 

Testing begins promptly at 8:45 a.m.  

Ready for the Test


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We appreciate parents continued assistance as you demonstrate safety when driving your vehicles on school property and in our neighboring streets.

Please keep in mind that students, parents, and staff utilize the parking lot as pedestrians, so it’s important to reduce the speed of your vehicle while on the campus of Memorial School.  Students, parents, and staff safety must be everyone’s priority. The traffic flows extremely well in the morning and afternoon when parents utilize the drop-off and pick-up lane.  Please refrain from getting out of your vehicles, parking in the front of the building when dropping off or picking up your children. If you must park, please do so in a parking spot. Unattended cars that are parked in the drop-off and pick-up lane hinder the traffic flow.

Thank you for assisting us with keeping Memorial School safe for all who attend, work, and visit.

Giovanni A. Giancaspro

Memorial School, Principal

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

The Whole World is going BLUE to increase awareness about autism!

Let's 'Light It Up Blue' to help shine a light on Autism!

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Wear blue on Thurday April 2nd to show your support for Autism Awareness!

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Kindergarten Registration

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Kindergarten Registration Forms



Preparing for PARCC Presentation for your information.



Date PBA

(Performance Based Assessment)

Date EOY

(End of Year Assessment)



March 3rd-10th

April 27th-May 1st

Grades 6 and 8

March 11th-17th

May 4th-8th

Grades 4 and 7

March 18th-24th

May 11th-15th

Grades 3 and 5

March 25th-27th

May 18th-22nd


Memorial School Laces Up!

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In an effort to help our students become more independent and safe in and out of school we are encouraging all Memorial School students to learn to tie their shoes. Practice shoes will be available during indoor recess time. Your child already knows how to tie? Great! We would like those who can tie to serve as “tying teachers” for their peers. All children who learn to tie or act as tying teachers will be recognized at our celebration assemblies!
You can help! Please practice tying with your child. Here is a handy poem to get you started:
Make a TeePee
Come Inside
Close It Tight So We Can Hide
Over The Mountain
Around We Go
Here’s My Arrow
Here’s My Bow!


Show Your School Spirit!

Dress up day

Dress Up Day

(Wear your best attire: suits, ties, dresses)


Friday March 27th

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Breaking News

From Ms. Macalle

Memorial School students have ALREADY met  their Reading Challenge Goal.  

As of January 16th students of Memorial School have read 820,673 pages.  

Students will continue to work hard to reach our final goal!

Can they do it?

Reading Worm

Save the Date:

Science Fair

Memorial School's Science Fair 

Monday, March 30th

Scientists arrive at 6:30 pm

Fair 7:00-8:30 pm 

(All Science Fair Boards are due by March 25th.)

Say Cheese

Spring Pictures

March 31st



Wednesday, June 3rd 

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Join us for our Spring Concert

"Main Street U.S.A"

9:30 a.m. 

Memorial School Gymnasium


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View Mr. Miller's Power Point to learn more about how Memorial School Students are "Filling Buckets" 

Mr. Miller's Bucket Filler Presenation

Lost and Found

March 9, 2015


Dear Parents/Guardians:


Has your child lost a sweatshirt? A coat? A hat? All lost items are to be turned into the Lost and Found, which is located in the cafeteria. The Lost and Found containers are overflowing with clothing and personal items. Please remind your child to look through clothing located on the tables in the back of the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to check for all lost items there.

Parents please remember to place your child's initials on every personal item brought to school.  Please put initials in your child’s jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, lunch boxes, etc. so we can get those items to your child.  The Lost and Found will be cleaned out at the end of the school day on Thursday, April 2nd prior to the holiday break, so it’s important that these items are claimed before this identified time.  All items that are not claimed will be given to local charities.

If your child does bring an item to school and loses it, he/she may check in the Lost and Found.  The school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. Please remind your child to leave personal items/toys/electronics at home.  They can disrupt the learning environment and create safety problems.  Also, there is a risk of items being broken, lost or stolen.

If you think your child may have belongings in the Lost and Found, please come by the school to pick them up or encourage your child to do so themselves.



Giovanni A.Giancaspro

Memorial Elementary School, Principal

lost and found


Principal's Message

Dear Memorial Elementary School Parents and Community Members,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Memorial! The opportunity to open the new school year as the instructional leader of such a magnificent school is truly a blessing. I plan to embrace the traditions that have been established at the school and to continue to work collaboratively with staff, students, parents, community and business partners to create a school district of the 21st century.

We, at Memorial Elementary School, are excited and eager to begin this new school year as we continue to provide rigorous and relevant academic, social, emotional and physical learning experiences for our students so they can become independent college and career ready citizens of the 21st century.  As the principal of Memorial Elementary School, it is also important to me that everyone seeks to build positive relationships among all stakeholders in our Memorial learning community. Everyone who steps through our doors – staff, students, parents and guests are all treated well, in a respectable, positive and nurturing environment. Building strong relationships with all of you is important to everyone in Memorial’s learning community. Safety and security is priority and ensuring that your child(ren) feel safe at school is critical. Communication is paramount to developing strong relationships.

For this reason, I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or myself with any concerns or questions. Therefore, our theme for this school year 2014-2015 is “Making Connections.” A community is defined as a unified body of individuals, people with common interests living in a particular area. Memorial’s unified common interest is the students of this school. I respectfully ask that as a community, we all embrace the idea of doing whatever it takes to ensure the positive academic, social, emotional and physical growth of all Memorial students.

As a professional learning community, we are committed to working together to provide challenging educational opportunities for all children and to ensure that our school is a safe and secure environment for learning. To be successful as a learning community we need everyone’s help. Collaboration is the key! Developing a collaborative relationship with your child’s teacher is the main ingredient to a healthy and successful year. Open communication is vital to ensure a successful home-school partnership. Parent involvement is a key aspect in every child’s education and a primary factor for success in school.

There are many ways that you can get involved: volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, becoming a member of the PTO and Education Foundation or assisting with other school activities.

A new vision and school year presents many opportunities to move forward ... a new beginning. However, “newness” alone cannot bring transformation. We must be willing to embrace change and trust that it will be what is best for the students and the school. We have the opportunity to bring about change. I ask that we all work together to collaborate and continue to strive for excellence. Memorial is a GREAT school and we will strive for it to be even GREATER! Henry Ford once said, “Together we can . . . TEAMWORK. Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success!

In closing, I feel very lucky to be leading Memorial Elementary School. It is through being a collaborative learning community with consistent, honest and open communication that we can best serve our students. Please feel free to phone or email me and I’d be happy to be of assistance to you. I thank you in advance for this opportunity to serve once again as the Principal of Memorial Elementary School.



Giovanni A. Giancaspro

Memorial Elementary School, Principal

201 Squaw Brook Road

North Haledon, NJ 07508



Nurse Note


I hope everyone is off to a good start of the school year. Throughout the year, please check the school website for any updated medical issues of concern. Together we can maintain a healthy school environment for all of our students. Please refer to this link for frequently asked questions on the Enterovirus,D68:

Jane Ann Linde, RN,CSN
Certified School Nurse
Memorial School
Check out the Health Resources webpage for any new updates.



Memorial School 3rd & 4th Graders will be participating in

Word Masters Challenge

Click the link below to find out more. 

Word Masters Challenge



Get informed


Unable to attend the Memorial School's Standards-Based Report Cards and New Schedule Informational Meeting?

Want a recap of this important information?

Click the link below to view the complete presentation.

Master New Report Card Presentation

Important Notice

October 10, 2013

Dear Parents/Guardians,


The North Haledon Schools’ system is proud to introduce Standard-Based report cards for Grades K-4 this year 2013-2014.  The change to a Standards-Based report card comes from the belief that our previous report card did not fully communicate what students are expected to know and be able to do as set forth in the College and Career Ready Common Core Standards.  This new report card will benefit students, teachers and parents/guardians.

It will allow students to be more aware of what is expected of them.  It will provide parents with a more detailed outline of the expectations in each of the major academic areas.  We believe that your understanding of what is expected of your child and how well he or she is progressing towards the goals at his or her grade level is very important.  We look forward to working together to provide your child with the knowledge and tools to be successful and to reach his or her fullest potential.  The following questions may be on your mind as we transition from a traditional to standards-based report card.

 1. What is Standard-Based grade reporting?


A Standards-Based grade reporting system is designed to inform parents about their child’s progress towards achieving specific learning standards.  The NJ Common Core State Standards establish high and challenging performance expectations for all students.  They describe what students should know and be able to do, and serve as the basis for Memorial School’s curriculum, instruction and assessment model.

 2. Why was the report card changed to the Standards-Based report cards?


The report card was changed to provide more information to parents about student progress on the NJ Common Core State Standards.  On a traditional report card, students receive one grade for reading, one for math, one for science and so on.  On a Standards-Based report card, each of these subject areas is further expanded by a list of skills and knowledge students are responsible for learning.  Students receive a separate mark for each indicator.

 3. What is the purpose of the Standards-Based report card?


The purpose of the Standards-Based report card is to provide feedback that is more detailed to parents regarding the progress their children are making towards specific content indicators at each grade level.  This report card allows parent and students to understand more clearly what is expected at each grade level.  With this understanding, parents will be better able to guide and support their child helping him/her to be successful in a rigorous academic program.

 4. How does the Standards-Based report card compare to the traditional letter grade system?


Standards-Based report card reporting is different from traditional letter grade reporting.  Letter or numerical grades are often calculated by combining how well the student met a teacher’s expectations, how the student performed on assignments and tests, how much effort the teacher believes the student put in and how the student is doing in comparison to classmates.  Letter and numeral grades do not tell parents, which skills their child has mastered or where he or she is working at grade level.  The Standards-Based report card measures how well an individual student is doing in relation to the grade level standards, not the work of other students.  This will give parents a better understanding of their child’s strengths and weakness and encourage all students to do their best.

 5. Won’t the entire grade level receive the same grades?


Learning is a process and it should be expected that repeated exposure and experiences are necessary to gain ownership of new skills and strategies.  An assessment score of 3 indicates the student is progressing toward the standard.  Once a student demonstrates thorough understanding of concepts and skills with a performance characterized by the ability to apply skills with accuracy and quality, he or she would receive a 2.  This move from a 3 to a 2 can take place at any point during the school year and is very student specific.  Once a student demonstrates he or she meets the standard, they can then consistently demonstrate their ability to apply a thorough in-depth knowledge of basic and extended concepts and skills with performance characterized by self-motivation and the ability to apply skills with consistent accuracy, independence and a high level of quality.  This would result in a 1.  This again is very student specific and can occur at any time during the school year.

 6. My child has an IEP.  How will he or she be assessed?


There are modifications and accommodations in your child’s IEP to support his or her progress on grade level standards as assessed on a Standards-Based report card.

 7. Does this new system place more emphasis on daily interactions between teacher and student as opposed to standardized scores?


Neither traditional nor Standards-Based report cards rely solely on standardized test scores.  A major characteristic of elementary assessment had always been the daily interaction throughout the process of learning.  Standards-Based report cards better provide for in-depth communication on the continuum of learning.

 8. How do you expect parents to explain to their children why they did not get a 1?


It is important that parents and teachers have honest conversations with students.  Some concepts and skills are more difficult to grasp than others, but given time and motivation, students can continually challenge themselves.  Attitudes are contagious and it is important that adults involved convey to the child that learning is a process that needs to be respected.  A score of 3 while learning a new skill or concept is appropriate.  A score of 2 demonstrating mastery is to be celebrated.  A score of 1 indicates a strength being recognized that is above and beyond the grade level expectations.

If you have any further questions regarding the new Standards-Based report cards or new schedule implemented this fall.  I will be holding a meeting to discuss both of these topics.

Date:  October 17, 2013

Place: Memorial School, Cafeteria

Time:  6:30pm-7:00pm Kindergarten

7:00pm-7:30pm 1st & 2nd Grades

7:30pm-8:00pm 3rd & 4th Grades



Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.


Giovanni A. Giancaspro

Memorial School, Principal 

Important Notice


Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we begin the 2013-2014 school year with a new standards-based report card, the teaching staff will be assessing students in all content areas that are located on the report card.  The students at Memorial School will start to come home with graded assignments, rubrics, and assessments that are reflective of their performance on standard-based assessments.

Students will be earning academic indicators on their performance on assignments and assessments.  The indicators are listed below to help assist parents with making a connection to their child’s progress in specific content areas from basic to advanced levels.

The academic evaluation key for all graded assignments and assessments will be:

1Exceeds Standards – Student consistently understands, applies, and extends key concepts, processes, and skills.  Works beyond standards.

2:   Meets Standards – Student understands and applies key concepts, processes, and skills.  Meets standards.

3:   Approaching Standards – Student is beginning to understand and apply key concepts, processes, and skills.  Approaching standards.

4Needs Support – Students is not understanding key concepts, processes, and essential skills.  Area of concern.

N/ANot ApplicableNot assessed at this time.

The academic grade level indicators are directly aligned to the standards and will be placed on all rubrics, assessments, progress reports, and academic report cards.

I will continue to keep you updated, as we roll out the 2013-2014 new standards-based report cards and grading procedures.


Giovanni A. Giancaspro

Memorial School, Principal

201 Squaw Brook Road

North Haledon, NJ 07508




Upcoming Events

Memorial School Science Fair
March 30, 2015 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

Memorial School Science Fair
March 30, 2015 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

Autism Awareness Day
April 02, 2015 (All Day)

Memorial School Spring Concert
June 03, 2015 (9:30 AM - 10:30 AM)

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