NEWS AND EVENTS
Week of August 12, 2016
In Roxbury Township Public Schools, our students and schools are involved with more than just academics. They are active members of the community who give their time and efforts to important causes. Check out all the upcoming events happening throughout Roxbury in the coming weeks.
ROXBURY SCHOOLS IN THE NEWS
Broadway Bound Campers Hit the Stage for Seussical, Jr.

Roxbury Community School's Broadway Bound hit the stage on Thursday, July 28th for a summer performance of Seussical, Jr. With more than 50 students in the Broadway Bound and Behind the Curtain program, students delved into the theater world to learn dialogue, music, set design and more during this three and a half week program.

Thursday's evening performance was shared with more than 500 people including family and community members.

Click here to read more about this program and the morning dress rehearsal in the Roxbury Register.
Roxbury Community School Gardening Club Flourishes

The Roxbury Community School's gardening club is growing all new green thumbs under Farmer Dan's supervision. Students in preschool through 4th grade had the opportunity to be a part of Kennedy School's Gardening Club where they met during the months of May, June, and July. 

Students signed up to learn hands-on about flowers and plants while learning gardening basics, techniques, and practical skills for the spring and fall. Students this summer also enjoyed garden projects and crafts. 

"Summer is a time to watch plants flourish, maintain crops, plant a second crop rotation, and harvest produce such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and more! The garden needs proper nourishment, water, and cultivating which is depending on the students who are active participants," explain program instructor, Daniel Colditz. 

The Kennedy School Garden produces strawberries, beans, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, cabbage, and more. The garden also has its own herb and flower garden that needs tending throughout the season. 

If this sounds like something your child might be interested in, stay tuned for the upcoming year's schedule which can be found at www.roxbury.org/KidsCorner
Join us at the Olde Succasunny Day Street Fair

Join us for the 27th annual Olde Suckasunny Day street fair on Saturday, September 10th. Vendors are still be accepted at this annual celebration sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna, the Succasunna United Methodist Church, and the Roxbury Public Library.
 
Applications are still being accepted for vendors, crafters and non-profit groups. This event attracts upwards to 100 vendors and groups each year.
 
This year's event will feature music performed by the Roxbury High School band and the Bon Temps Brass, a band that describes itself as an "authentic 10-piece New Orleans Brass Band".  There will also be a silent auction at the First Presbyterian Church, the annual book sale by the Friends of the Roxbury Public Library along with other activities, performances, fundraising tables, food and drinks available.

Olde Succasunny Day begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
 
If you're interested in having a table at the event, please visit www.roxburylibrary.org

Gael Chronicles - August 2016 Edition


There are many Marching Gaels competitions and Roxbury Sound Shows to look forward to, one of the biggest being the 8th Annual Roxbury Marching Band Classic on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  "The Classic", as it has come to affectionately be known, is a marching band competition hosted by The Roxbury Instrumental Music Department and The Roxbury Band Parents Association. This event is attended by marching bands from all over the area and is on of the RHSBPA's largest fundraisers.  
 
Click here  to read the August 2016 edition of The Gael Chronicles!
Wife Has Good Idea; Roxbury Patrolman Steps Up

Photo Credit: Tap Into Roxbury
Roxbury resident, Kimberly Valdes and her husband, Roxbury Police Patrolman Silvio Valdes stepped up to rebuild dilapidated steps leading from Righter Road to Roxbury High School.

Sometimes in life, the best "somebody" for a job is yourself. And when it comes to fixing things like broken steps, it helps if you're a somebody with a spouse who knows how to do that kind of thing. Two somebodies are better than one." 

In that regard, Valdes was lucky: Before he became a cop, her husband was a stone mason.

Click here to read more about this great makeover from Tap Into Roxbury.


1st Annual Roxbury Soccer Fun Day


The Roxbury High School Boys Soccer Parents Association is holding its First Annual Roxbury Soccer Fun Day on  August 20th at the Roxbury High School Soccer Fields. Register early for this event by downloading the registration form here!

Moms in Charge say "Roxbury Soccer Fun Day" No Place for Roxbury/Randolph Rivalry

Photo Credit: Tap Into Roxbury
Roxbury High School Boys Soccer Parents Association President Janine Sempiti knows all about the Roxbury/Randolph rivalry. But she and the four other women in the Association think world peace is a little more important than the local "my school's better than your school" tradition.

So in planning the upcoming First Annual Roxbury Soccer Fun Day event - a fundraiser for the soccer team - the Association decided to make a point: Instead of limiting attendance to Roxbury kids only, the Association is telling young soccer enthusiasts from Randolph - and anywhere else - they are welcome.

Click here to read more about this association and the event in Tap Into Roxbury.

Attention Vendors: Join Us for a Shopping Market Place!

The Roxbury High School Girls Volleyball team is hosting a Fall Shopping Marketplace on  Sunday, October 9  from  11:00 am to 3 pm . We're seeking vendors to participate in this fun-filled shopping day! Registrations for new vendors will be begin on  July 10 . If you're a crafter or vendor with goods you'd like to sell, come join us. Click here for additional vendor information.
SURVEYS AND REVIEWS
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As we continue to prepare the children of today for tomorrow, we need your help to tell future Roxbury parents about the great things happening in our district.

Please take a moment to find your school and share your Roxbury story today:
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Roxbury Public Schools is committed to listening to the views and experiences of parents on our website. We want to hear from  you! Your feedback is important because it helps our web team understand where they need to make improvements and what you do like about our website.
 
Complete the survey today: http://goo.gl/forms/P5IBDPcPLe

AROUND TOWN
Information from Roxbury Township and Local Organizations
The latest edition of the Township's "Weekly What's Happening E-Newsletter" filled with upcoming district, township, and recreation events for all ages!





Roxbury's 9/11 Day of Service

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Since 2010, residents of Roxbury Township have come together to honor the heroes of September 11, 2001 by giving back to their community.

We recall the selfless acts of police, firefighters, EMTs, and countless volunteers who offered themselves to care for their fellow citizens. We follow their example and remember those we lost by connecting with our neighbors to make our community a better place.

This annual community-wide event is a partnership between the Township of Roxbury, the Roxbury Clergy Council, and local businesses and organizations who participate in and sponsor the event.

This year's Day of Service will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Click here to download the brochure and registration form. Residents can also through their Community Pass account here!


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Senior Softball League Offered 
through Roxbury Recreation

The township's recreation department is starting a Thursday senior softball league for those ages 60 and over. It is open to residents and non-residents. For more information, check out the article in the Roxbury Register by clicking here!



'Free To Breathe' Anti-Lung Cancer Walk in Roxbury in October
Free to Breathe, a national nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization, has opened registration for its seventh annual Lung Cancer Walk in Succasunna on Sunday, October 2.

The event will be held at Horseshoe Lake Park and include a welcome rally, kids dash and one or two mile walk on a picturesque course that winds around baseball fields and Horseshow Lake. To register, visit   www.freetobreathe.org/get-involved/northernnj.

Online registration before September 28th is $25 and participants can register as individuals or as a team. The top three individual fundraisers and top three fundraising teams will be recognized on event day. The fee includes entry into the event, a 2016 Free to Breathe t-shirt, refreshments and entertainment. In addition to the walk, this year's event will feature a bake sale, family friendly activities and music from a local DJ.

Free to Breathe is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders who are united in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure. Free to Breathe is committed to doubling survival by 2022 because the five-year lung cancer survival rate has increased only slightly in a decade, from 15 percent to 17 percent. The organization focuses on accelerating research, helping patients understand treatment options and ensuring patients benefit from innovative therapies that save lives. To learn more visit www.freetobreathe.org

For all the event details, click here to read the coverage in the Roxbury Register.


Lake Hopatcong Foundation Plans Annual Gala and Auction
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a 501©3 charitable organization dedicated to improving Lake Hopatcong will host the annual Gala and Auction on Saturday, July 30, at the historical Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club on Bertrand Island.

The gala offers an evening of food and drink, coupled with silent and public auctions of collectibles, artwork, experiences and gifts. Hank Shapiro will be the evening's musical guest.

All money raised will support the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, which supports projects and initiatives on the lake including water quality, safety, education, and community building.

Click here to read the full article on this event from the Roxbury Register.


Residents Can 'Adopt A Road' in Roxbury Township
Roxbury Clean Communities h as proposed what it calls a "simple and fun way to be a part of the community."

Roxbury's Adopt-a-Road and Adopt-a-Spot programs are looking for individuals, school groups, churches, or businesses willing to donate some time to continue to keep the township trash and litter free. 

Click here for more information on this program from the Roxbury Register.
Roxbury Recreation Upcoming Programs and Events!

Roxbury Recreations sports and activities are now posted
here.

Minecraft Enginering with LEGO at Roxbury Recreation - August 15-19 - Click here to read more about this summer camp.

NFL Instructional Flag Football Clinic -  Begins August 22nd. - Click here to view the flyer.

Roxbury Soccer Club Fall Registration Registration window open until Sept 10th - Click here to view flyer.

Roxbury Cross Country Team Sign Ups Ends August 26th - Click here to view flyer.

Country Fit Fitness Class - Walk-ins Welcome through September 22nd - Click here to view flyer.

Roxbury Public Library Events: 

Click here to view the Roxbury Library's upcoming Calendar of Events for adults and children.



'Exercise Your Mind' this summer at the Roxbury Township Public Library  
Click here to read upcoming events this summer at the Roxbury Library posted in the Roxbury Register.

Youth Services Summer Reading 
Date: Ongoing
Location: Roxbury Public Library  
Children and teens can sign up for summer reading and start logging their hours and can start signing up for select programs beginning Monday, June 20. Visit our website at www.roxburylibrary.org for more information. 

Donate Used Books to the Roxbury Library for Upcoming Fall Sale
The Roxbury Township Public Library, located at 103 Main St., Succasunna, is planning a fall used book sale fundraiser, all of which are open to the public. The fall used book sale is accepting donations of hardcover, paperback, and textbooks in good condition, DVDs, CDs, and books-on-tape from August 23rd through September 2nd. Magazines, Reader's Digest condensed books, encyclopedias or X-rated materials will not be accepted. Tax receipts are available.

The Friends are looking for volunteers to help set up the room, sort books and help pack up books for donation the last day of the sale. If you can help, email:  FriendRoxburyLib@gmail.com.

The Friends of the Roxbury Township Public Library will be sponsoring a fall book sale from September 8th through September 11th.

Click here for more information regarding this event from the Roxbury Register.



Call the library at 973-584-2400 Ext. 501 or e-mail comments@roxburylibrary.org for general info and information on registrations or appointments as necessary for some programs.   
Upcoming Events in Roxbury

The Museums at Drakesville Historic Park open Sunday in Roxbury

Photo Credit: Roxbury Register
The Roxbury Historic Trust, Inc.
will host openings at the King House and King Store Museums at Drakesville Historic Park, located at 209-211 Main Street, Ledgewood, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 14.

The museums are open on the second Sunday of April through December, and for various special events throughout the year. Both buildings are listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, as is the surrounding Ledgewood Historic District (originally called Drakesville.) Admission is free, and historic interpreters are available on site for tours of the museums.

Click here to read the article in the Roxbury Register for more information about this historic park and museum.


Uncle Floyd - Legendary Funny Man of Television and Movies at Investors Savings Bank

Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events

Community Yard Sale Returns to Roxbury
 
Calling all crafters, flea market flippers, garage sale gurus, wood working wizards and antique enthusiasts!

The Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce has now opened vendor registrations for their 4th Annual Community Yard Sale to be held at the Horse Shoe Lake Complex on September 24th. The event will be held rain or shine between the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
 
Do not let the name fool you. This event attracts a healthy mix of vendors selling new and old items, crafts, collectibles, and clothes as well as shoppers from near and far. Food trucks and facilities will be available. There is no admission charge for shoppers. Instead the small vendor fees raised will go to support Roxbury Social Services, scholarships and other school and community programs.
 
You won't want to miss this well-attended event. Visit www.RoxburyGarageSale.org for registrations and details.
ROXBURY COMMUNITY SCHOOL UPCOMING PROGRAMS/EVENTS
Register Now!
Registrations are now being accepted for the Roxbury Community School Preschool for the 2016/2017 school year

For more information about our high-quality program and to register for the Roxbury Community School Preschool, please visit, www.roxbury.org/preschool!

The Roxbury Community School Preschool program is a tuition-based program open to children ages 3-5 as of 10/1/2016 and runs congruently with the district calendar and is open to non-Roxbury residents as well!
Hip Hop Dance After School

Hip Hop is an eclectic street style of dance that is performed in running shoes to current upbeat tempos. The dynamic moves taught in Hip Hop class are fast, stylish, funky and similar to those seen in music videos.
 
This class is appropriate for high energy dancers that are driven by a beat. Similar to a Jazz class, Hip Hop is broken down into 3 parts - warm up, corner work/technique and choreography. Students in a Hip Hop class will work on their strength, flexibility, and musicality through intricate fun and fast paced funky choreography.
 
Since the tempos are usually quicker than any other dance form, the choreography in a Hip Hop class provides a great cardio workout and is also a fun way to exercise the mind and memory.
 
(Children should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers to class) 

Date:   Throughout the 2016/2017 School Year
Time: After-School at the Designated School
Location: Franklin, Jefferson, Kennedy, and Nixon Elementary Schools
Cost: $75 per child

Click here to see when it's offered at your child's elementary school and to register!
  
Getting Paid to Talk
Fall Workshop

Date:   Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Roxbury High School, Room A105 
Cost:  $15 per person

To register for the upcoming class, click here!
 
One of the more interesting continuing education classes we offer is "Getting Paid to Talk," a single-evening introduction to Voice Acting class that's presented by a company called Voice Coaches. We're presenting the class again in a couple of months.
 
This class is especially appealing to educators and instructors who use their voices professionally already. It's a fun and enlightening evening that offers up a lot of great information about the field of Voice Acting. Learn more at  http://www.voicecoaches.com/gptt .
 
Voice Coaches has been featured in articles in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Tampa Tribune, Newsday, and dozens of other newspapers around the country. They are a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and the American Society for Training and Development.
Adult ESL Course Offered this Fall

These classes would be "survivor English" with basic instruction including listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order for adults to more fully involve themselves in the community. Shopping, filling out forms, using a public library, finding your way around, interacting with your community, group discussion, speaking with people you meet, description of jobs and job applications, and much more!  Students must purchase a textbook and workbook for this class.  These materials can be purchased through Amazon.com.  Registration deadline is Monday, August 29th.
 
Location:  Roxbury High School, A103
Dates:  Tuesdays - September 13 through December 13, 2016 - 14 Weeks  
Time(s): 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
 
Tuition Cost:  $154 per student per semester (cost doesn't include books/student materials)
   
Click here to register now!
2016/2017 Aerobics with Annette Buzzelli  

Sign up now for an exhilarating fitness program that is a COMPLETE body workout that is as effective as it is fun!  This three-part program designed by Jackie Sorenson includes:  (1) Great abdominal workout;  (2) Weight training to strengthen your muscles, bones, and heart;  (3) Dynamic cardiovascular dance routines, all set to a wide variety of current popular music. 

Come "sweat and smile" with us as you work at your own individual level.
   
 
 
INSTRUCTOR:  Annette Buzzelli, Certified Sorenson Instructor, 973-927-9326 
LOCATION:  Kennedy Elementary School Gymnasium
TIME:  7 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
DATES:  Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 13, 2016
COST:  $99 per person per session

Click here to register for Fall, Winter, and Spring dates!
 
2016/2017 Yoga for Beginners

Sign up now for the beginner class that introduces the fundamental principles of alignment and breath work in a flow of postures linked together by the breath. Students will be introduced to yoga postures through step-by-step verbal description and demonstration. Emphasis is placed on student understanding, safety, and stability within each pose. Gradually these poses will be linked together into a gentle flowing sequence. If you have never tried yoga this is the class for you, designed to meet the needs of those new to yoga as well as those seeking continued understanding of basic yoga poses. This course is ideal for teens and adults.  
 
Instructor: 
Peggy Sugrue
Location:  Franklin School, All-Purpose Room
Times:  6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dates: Tuesdays - 10 Classes
Cost: $100 for 10 classes

Click here to register for Fall, Winter, and Spring dates!
Interior Design Workshops

Join Wendy Wrzos, a certified Interior Design Specialist and owner of the Blue Giraffe design company, for the following upcoming workshops for those individuals looking to buy or sell a home or homeowners looking for an update!

Instructor: 
Wendy Wrzos -- Check out Wendy's Blog here!

Location:  Roxbury High School, Room A102

Cost: $20 per person per session


Organizing and Decluttering Your Home

Date:  Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
 
Let's get organized and clear the clutter! Please bring all of your questions and photographs to this fun and interactive class. We will share lots of helpful tips, ideas, and give you a designer's perspective on how to control the chaos, save time, and find the easiest solutions for you and your home!
 
How to Sell Your Home - Staging 101
 
Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
 
Before you call the Realtor, let's talk! Did you know that a home that is prepared for sale will attract more buyers, sell more quickly, and yield a higher price? You can stage your own home; we will show you how to begin, where to save money, and what you must do to make the best, first impression!
 
How to Decorate Your Own Home
 
Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
Time:  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 
Do you love your home? You home should be your favorite place to be. Come to the class and we'll share lots of designer secrets for making your home comfortable and beautiful. Bring your questions and photographs, so that we can chat about the best way to place furniture, display accessories, control clutter, use of colors and more!
 
Color Your Home with Paint
 
Date:  Monday,  December 5, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
 
Choosing paint can be an overwhelming task for anyone, so why not come to our class and learn a few basic ideas before you start. We will show you why some colors will always work in your home (and which one's you should avoid). How to play it safe (without being boring) and how to add the perfect pop of color to what you already have.

Hypnosis Workshops

Join Barry Wolfson for a special set of workshops for Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss, and Relaxation through Hypnosis. Each workshop includes hypnosis exercises, discussion, and an option CD for $18, which assists in reinforcing immediate results.
 
Hypnosis is a medically approved method of tapping the normally inaccessible power of the mind and correcting negative behavior. 

Instructor: 
Barry Wolfson
Location:  Roxbury High School, Room A103
Times:  6:30 to 9:15 p.m. (time frams varies depending on which session you register for)
Dates: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cost: $50 per person per session

2016/2017 Community School  Programs/Trips

Adult Programs / Kids' Corner
Program planning for the 2016/2017 school year has already begun. Find scheduled programs for kids at   www.roxbury.org/KidsCorner and for adults at www.roxbury.org/AdultPrograms

Check back over the summer for the new additions to this year's line up! 



Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Every year the Community School takes a bus into New York City to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  There is no better way to ring in the holiday spirit than a visit to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular while leaving the driving into Manhattan to someone else.
 
Enjoy prime seating and have a chance to take a picture with Santa!
 
Trip Date:  Sunday, November 20, 2016
Departure from Roxbury High School Parking Lot:  12:30 p.m.
Return to Roxbury High School Parking Lot:  approximately 8:00 p.m.
Show Time:  5:00 p.m. 
Seating:  Side Orchestra Section
 
Cost:  $85.00/per person (Includes Show Ticket and Bus Transportation. Bus has bathroom on board and luxury seating) 
 
Discount Opportunities: (documentation may be requested)
- Roxbury School District Employee - Ticket Price is $80.00 per person (5% off per ticket) 
- Senior Citizen Discount (65 +) -  Ticket Price is $80.00 per person (5% off per ticket) 
 
Click here to reserve your tickets now!
REMINDERS
Calendars, meetings and more!
Share the Good News!

We're always looking for great stories happening in Roxbury. Send your news to goodnews@roxbury.org to tell us about a great teacher, principal or something you observed at school that is worthy of recognition. Please make sure photos are a high resolution, in case we want to share with our friends in the news media. Videos are also welcome! 

Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

Mondays:
8/15/2016 - Regular (Note: This meeting will be in the Roxbury HS Auditorium)
9/6/2016 - Workshop (Note: This meeting will be held on Tuesday, instead of Monday)
9/19/2016 - Regular
10/4/2016 - Workshop (Note: This meeting will be held on Tuesday, instead of Monday)
10/17/2016 - Regular
11/7/2016 - Workshop
11/21/2016 - Regular
12/5/2016 - Workshop
12/19/2016 - Regular
1/3/2017 - Reoganization (Note: This meeting will be held on Tuesday, instead of Monday)

Location: Lincoln-Roosevelt School Auditorium (unless indicated otherwise)

Time: 7:30 p.m. (unless indicated otherwise)

View the Meetings and Minutes Page here
Check the Virtual Backpack
Here we will feature events of organizations, clubs, and teams throughout our communities that serve to enrich the lives of our students. This page is updated at least twice a month.
Check Your Honeywell Settings!
Don't wait until severe weather hits to check your settings. You may want to change your time time settings from Midnight to Midnight and have more than one way of being contacted...i.e. phone call/text message and or email.  This way if the phone lines are down/circuits are busy etc., you are covered.  
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