NEWS AND EVENTS
Week of December 23 , 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

* * Holiday Greetings from Roxbury Central Office * *

On behalf of the Roxbury Township Public Schools, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and all the best in the new year to come!
~Loretta, Chuck, Maryann, Patti, & Megan


REMINDER - District Closings

Winter Break -  The district will be closed Saturday, December 24th through Monday, January 2nd. The district will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

K-6 Science and Engineering Fair - Register now through January 31st

Calling all Scientists and Engineers! Registration opens on December 1st for the  K-6 Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, April 1, 2017. 

For more information and to register online, please visit www.roxbury.org/ScienceFair

Each student will receive a ribbon and certificate of participation .





Kennedy Kindergartners Give Back

Kindergarten students from Mrs. Matz and Ms. Tantaros' classes at Kennedy Elementary School sold Snack-o-Grams leading up to the holidays in an effort to raise money for activity gift bags for Goryeb Children's Hospital.

Click here to read and see more pictures from this activity.




Roxbury Bids Farewell to Longtime Board Member
Members of the Roxbury community came out Monday night to see students from the fourth-grade choir at Franklin School perform three holiday songs under the guidance of Sarah Hunter, elementary music teacher along with bidding farewell to longtime board member Theresa D'Agostino.
 
Theresa D'Agostino served on the Roxbury Board of Education for close to 16 years as well as being president and vice president on and off throughout her term.

Click here to read more about the tribute to Mrs. D'Agostino at her last meeting.


Franklin 4th Grade Choir Performs at Roxbury Board of Education Meeting
Click the image above to play a video from the Franklin 4th Grade choir performance at the Board of Education meeting on December 19th.


RHS to Participate in the College Board's AP Capstone Program
In 2017/2018, Roxbury High School will become one of approximately 1,000 schools worldwide to implement AP Capstone - an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research. Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific study of other Advanced Placement course and exams. 

Click here to read more about this great new opportunity coming to Roxbury High School.


RHS STEP Program and Preschool Volunteering are Perfect Together

Roxbury High School's unique student transition employment preparation program, also known as STEP is providing students the opportunity to gain work-related skills and experience in a supervised environment. 

This program allows students to start exploring career interests and developing job skills while still in high school. It is a work-based learning environment that allows students to gain career skills and knowledge through real life activities. 

Madison Chaplin, a senior at Roxbury High School currently participates in STEP volunteering with the preschool program at Jefferson Elementary School.

Click here to read more about this career opportunity program offered to our high school students.


Storybook Puzzle on Display at the Morris Museum
Students artwork from Roxbury's four elementary schools will be on display beginning December 17th through January 31st at the Morris Museum during museum hours.

Tickets can be purchased from the Morris Museum for $7-$10 dollars. Discounts are available on the museum's website.  For more information, please visit www.morrismuseum.org.

Click here to read more about this project!


Roxbury Staff attends The Miracle Project Presentation
In an effort to work towards meeting the needs of all of its learners, more than a dozen Roxbury staff members attended The Miracle Project at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown last week.  

This unique program proposes new curriculum for children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs by using music, dance, and theatre to unlock the creativity, personalities, and potential of these children.  

The Miracle Project  uses a groundbreaking methodology to provide individuals with autism and other disabilities the tools to build communication, social skills, community, and greater self-esteem through inclusive theatre and expressive arts programs.  

Click here to read more about Roxbury staff's feedback from the program!  

RHS Students Attend GSSPA Fall Conference

The way we view our yearbooks from high school might be changing. 

Students from the Roxbury High School Yearbook and Newspaper staff attended the Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA) fall conference at Rutgers University. 

This year's annual GSSPA conference focused on enhancing student knowledge and involvement with writing, layout and design, upcoming technology, and how to incorporate new and unique perspectives to strengthen stories. 

Click here to read more about this conference.



Kennedy School Kicks Off Computer Science Education Week 
Kennedy Elementary School kicked off Roxbury's Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week earlier this month with an assembly highlighting the Hour of Code event. 

This year's program featured presentations from Eisenhower Middle School's Robotics Team led by their teacher, Philip Moskowitz along with a presentation by some Kennedy third and fourth graders. 

Click here to see read more, see additional pictures, and student creations!


Roxbury Art Student's Painting on Display at NYU
A serious and talented art student now in her junior year at Roxbury High School, Tara Egan, was one of the first students accepted into Roxbury's School Choice program for the Visual Arts. 

Over the past eight weeks, Egan participated in a weekend program at New York University's Visionary Studio. 

This workshop for high school students focused on the theme (Un)Plugged.  

Click here to read more about this workshop.

Roxbury Hockey Keeps Lossless Record Intact With Sparta Win

Maintaining its undefeated record, the Roxbury High School ice hockey team enjoyed an easy defeat of Sparta on Saturday. 

The Gaels trounced the Spartans 9-2 in a game that saw Roxbury senior forward Nick Zaragoza score a hat-trick-plus-one. The victory brings Roxbury's record to 5-0. 

Click here to read more game details from Tap Into Roxbury!

Click here for extra game details from NJ.com.


Roxbury Hockey Stays Unbeaten with Holiday Tournament Win

The undefeated Roxbury High School ice hockey team on Wednesday beat its undefeated counterparts from River Dell and brought its record to 6-0.

Playing in the Varsity Holiday Classic, the Gaels beat the Hawks 3-2 with a third-period push, giving River Dell it's first loss.

Click here to read more details of this match up from Tap Into Roxbury.

Click here for extra game details from NJ.com.



Look Back at Live Updates from No. 13 Roxbury's 11-1 Win Over Madison

On Thursday, Roxbury, No. 13 in the NJ.com Top 20, will look to continue its undefeated season when it battles Madison in a re-match of last season's Halvorsen Cup final at 4:15 p.m. at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

Click here for the live updates from NJ.com.

Click here for more game details from Tap Into Roxbury.


Roxbury Ice Hockey Ranked 13th in the  NJ.com's Top 20
The season is here and game by game we're learning what each team can bring to its 2016-2017 campaign and how much some of those teams have progressed from a year ago.

Roxbury has proved that it can keep up with the big boys in Morris County. Billy Hefferle and Nick Zaragoza have been the leaders on offense so far. 

Click here to see NJ.com's Top 20.



Roxbury (59) at Hopatcong (24) - Girls Basketball
Giovanna Harrigan scored 20 points and Melissa Murphy added 15 to lead Roxbury to a 59-24 victory over Hopatcong in Hopatcong.

Sarah Olivero had nine points with a 3-pointer for Roxbury, which led 25-14 at halftime.
Alex Yanko had 10 points for Hopatcong.

Click here for the game details as published by NJ.com.

Roxbury Girls Basketball: New Faces and Optimism
Roxbury High School girls basketball coach Jessica Trotter knows the odds are stacked against her team. Beating odds is what makes sports fun. 

It's Trotter's first year as coach and she's leading a team that's similarly new.  Nevertheless, Trotter - who has one prior year as an assistant coach - is hopefully optimistic.

Click here to read more about this year's team from Tap Into Roxbury.


Roxbury (53) at West Morris (55) - Boys Basketball
Charles Roehrich scored five of his team-high 14 points in overtime as West Morris defeated Roxbury, 55-53, in Chester.

West Morris outscored Roxbury 7-5 in the extra period. Roxbury, trailing by 17 at one point, battled back to tie the game at regulation, 48-48. Roxbury outscored West Morris 26-12 in the fourth quarter.

Click here for the game details as published by NJ.com.


Gaels Excel at Swimming in Pequannock
The Roxbury boys and girls swimming teams have already closed out 2016 and are looking forward to 2017 as both of its seasons resume.

Both teams registered victories at Pequannock on December 13th and will have close to three weeks off until both resume with meets at Mountain Lakes on Tuesday, January 3rd at 2:30 p.m.

Click here to read more about this year's boys and girls swim teams from the Roxbury Register.

Morris Arts Offers Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors
Morris Arts Offers Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors Morris Arts is pleased to offer two scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors who have exhibited artistic excellence in dance, drama, music, or visual arts and plan to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution or acknowledged arts school or fine arts program.

Applications are available through high school guidance offices as well as online at the Morris Arts website, For more information, call 973- 285-5115, ext. 10. Applications are due by Friday, January 20, 2017.

Click here to read more information about these scholarships from Hopatcong Lake Regional News.
 

Be Noble, Go Global ~ 
Roxbury's Global Hi-5 Multi-Cultural Expo 2017
Be a part of  a grand event coming to the Roxbury Township School District on February 16, 2017.  Gather up your family, friends, clubs, business to sponsor a booth to represent a country of your background or interest!  Then, plaster the booth with all the information, color and creativity that you can with food, fun crafts, music/dance performances and prizes!
 
Now is the time to be proud!  Raise multicultural awareness!

Click here to see more event details, what groups are already registered, and how you can sign up!


CCM Fifth Annual Photo Contest for High School Students Prizes for First, Second and Third Place Winners
New Jersey high school students with an eye for photography have until April 15, 2017 to enter the County College of Morris (CCM) Fifth Annual Photo Contest for the chance to win prizes and be recognized at a CCM art exhibition.

High-school-age photographers are invited to submit photos representing their definition of family.  Photos can be submitted now through midnight April 15, 2017. To enter online, click here

Click here for more information regarding this contest from Tap Into Roxbury!

Roxbury High School Cheer Competition 
Clothing Sale

The Roxbury High School Cheer Competition team won two bids to compete at Nationals in February in Florida. To help offset expenses, the team is selling cheer and generic style apparel. 

Click here to download the order form. 





Winter Break Ice Skating at Aspen Ice
Come support the Roxbury High School Winter Guard/Color Guard with an Ice Skating Fundraiser, Tuesday December 27 from 5-7 pm at Aspen Ice. Open to everyone. $10 admission, skate rental extra. Free coupons for skyscrapers from Cliffs will be handed out. FREE ICE SKATING LESSONS! Come join the fun!
RHS Athletic Events Calendar
Click here for the most up-to-date calendar of Roxbury High School sporting events.



Roxbury Collects  Box Tops for Education
Roxbury Township Public Schools are continuously collecting "Box Tops for Education" at our K-8 schools.  This is an easy, practically effortless way to raise funds for our schools by purchasing items you buy all the time.

Clipped box tops can be sent to any of our K-8 schools district-wide. School addresses can be found on our website at www.roxbury.org.



Securely Disposing of Your Mobile Devices

With the holidays, a lot of people get new devices. The Roxbury Computer Services department shared with the staff some important information that is beneficial to us all. 

Click here to read this information to help you  understand what to do with any old devices to ensure that your data and privacy are secure before you dispose of the device.



Roxbury Alumni Association is Looking for Board of Directors
The Roxbury Alumni Association is looking to expand its current board of directors. They are looking for energetic alum interested in getting involved with Alumni Association and to add new members to its board. Interested individuals should reach out to Mr. Charlie Alpaugh the president of the association at 973-584-8805.

The Roxbury Alumni Association was established in the early 1900s and formally incorporated in 1968. Every year the Alumni Association provides a scholarship to a graduating senior. The association also purchases a Echo yearbook and donates it to the Roxbury Township Library for its archive.  Membership is only $10 and with your gift, you directly support the ability for the Alumni Association to continue giving a RHS grad a scholarship. You are also supporting the association as it develops new programs and events for you to enjoy.


Roxbury Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations are Now Being Accepted
The Roxbury Public Schools Distinguished Alumni Award has been established to honor alumni who have typified the Roxbury School District tradition of excellence and brought credit to our community by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.

Alumni, faculty, staff, students, or friends of Roxbury Schools may submit nominations for the 3rd Annual Distinguished Alumni Award. All interested in submitting a nomination may complete and return the nomination form by no later than February 15, 2017 for the upcoming selection year. Online submissions are preferred and can be located at www.roxbury.org/distinguishedalumni

Click here to read more about the Distinguished Alumni Nomination process.
Roxbury Employment Opportunities

Roxbury Schools 
To view all available employment opportunities for Roxbury Township Public Schools and to apply online,  visit www.roxbury.org/employment .

Roxbury Township
To view all available employment opportunities for Roxbury Township, visit www.roxburynj.us/301/Township-Employment-Information.

SURVEYS AND REVIEWS
Give the district feedback and share your thoughts.
Review Your School on GreatSchools.org!

Will you share your experience? Tell your Roxbury School story on  GreatSchools.org, which many parents use to research school districts as they scout for houses.

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:
Your feedback matters! Give us your thoughts on Roxbury.org

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
Keep up-to-date with everything going on in Roxbury Township. For township information, visit:  http://www.roxburynj.us/

Click here for the latest edition of the Township's "Monthly What's Happening E-Newsletter" filled with upcoming district, township, and recreation events for all ages!

Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This system enables YOUR TOWN to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. Sign up now here!

Town Council Meeting Cancelled for December 27th

Please note that the Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury, originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. has been cancelled. 

For more township news, visit www.roxburynj.us/.



Hot Chocolate, Warm Hearts at Roxbury Veteran Wreath Ceremony
As a pre-winter snowstorm bore down on Roxbury last Friday, a group of undaunted people braved the frigid wind and placed more than 400 wreaths on the graves of veterans buried in Succasunna, said event organizer Kim Armstrong.

Nightfall, and then four inches of icy snow, arrived. But the people involved in this year's version of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony made the best of a tough situation. Many returned the following Sunday afternoon to lay wreaths on the graves they couldn't get to on Friday, said Armstrong, who serves as regent of the Ferro Monte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Click here to read more about this DAR event from Tap Into Roxbury.

Sign up now for the Third Annual Layups 4 Life Tournament
The third annual "Layups 4 Life" fundraising three-on-three basketball tournament, to benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will take place Saturday, April 29th beginning at 11 a.m. at the Roxbury High School's main gym. The school is located at 1 Bryant Dr., Succasunna. 

Register at  www.layups4life.org . Guys and girls ages 13 and up can play. Check in is at 10:30 a.m. All skill levels are welcome. Register by April 24th. The cost is $30 per player with a four person team maximum. The event will feature basketball, food, a silent auction and more. Music will be by NinetyThree Entertainment. 

For more information, contact Dan Exter at  layups4life@gmail.com .

Art Auction and Wine Tasting to Support Local Families
The Roxbury Rotary Club will host its first art auction and wine tasting on Friday, January 13th beginning at 7 p.m. at the Quality Inn Hotel in Ledgewood. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the auction begins at 8 p.m. There will be free Hors D'oeuvres and a cash bar. 

This event will benefit two young boys in the township, Jacob Kohner and Levi Spencer, who have both been confined to a wheelchair since birth. The money raised at this event will go to the families for an all access wheelchair and to expand the family homes. Tickets to this event are $10 and more information can be obtained by calling either Alyssa Greenberg at 646-456-9508 or Steven Alford at 973-204-1204.

The Nutcracker

"The Nutcracker" was performed by Generations of Dance at Roxbury High School Saturday. Clara, left, was played by Sammi Johnson while the Nutcracker was portrayed by Nicole Stelmack. Proceeds from the show went to the Elle Foundation to fulfill wishes for children battling cancer for the second time. Donations can be made out to Elle Foundation and sent to: Generations of Dance, 10 Orben Drive, Landing, NJ 07850.

Photo by Joyce Bambach


First Annual Pizza Wars 2017
Hopatcong Lake Regio nal News is pleased to initiate the 1st Annual Pizza Wars. Starting January 1, 2017, through January 31, 2017, you can help us in our QUEST FOR THE BEST!  This Quest will also help a local Non-Profit: As every vote submitted in the Pizza Wars will earn a $1.00 for the "Lake Hopatcong Foundation". Which has been named as the non-profit for this year Pizza Wars, as they exhibit the very best of our lake community.

Click here to see who's participating, more about this event, and how you can vote from Hopatcong Lake Regional News!



Residents Can 'Adopt A Road' in Roxbury Township
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. 

Roxbury Announces Self-Serve Portal 24/7 Rox & Connected Roxbury NJ

Roxbury continues to deliver innovative customer service with their new self-serve on-line portal called 24/7 Rox. Now you can keep up-to-date with all the exciting news in Roxbury Township. On any day at any time, you can query property information, search and track your permit, schedule a building inspection, receive status updates, file a service request, or research any property in town. You are no longer limited to access town hall during regular business hours; Roxbury Township is open 24/7!

In addition to 24/7 Rox, we also offer another way to access our Township with our full-featured, mobile app, Connected Roxbury NJ. The app is free and available in the app store for IOS and Androids. All the information on our website is now in your hands and goes where you go. There are quick links to the Roxbury Newsletter, Online Payments, Notification Sign-Up, Agendas, Calendar and more; all at your fingertips. You can find contact information, permit requirements, meeting minutes, answers to frequently asked questions and even our municipal code books. The app can also be used to access the new 24/7 Rox portal. By fall we plan to add pet licensing; all on-line! 

Mayor Jim Rilee is very pleased Roxbury has launched these two user-friendly internet connections that provide a single source for information illustrating the Township's innovate approach to better serve the public.

24/7 Rox is accessed from our website (www.roxburynj.us) and our mobile app, Connected Roxbury NJ.

We invite you to sign-up and explore why Roxbury is One Amazing Township with Six Great Communities!

Roxbury Recreation Upcoming Programs and Events!

Roxbury Recreations sports and activities are now posted
here.

Girls Winter Lacrosse Clinic - Begins February 4th - Click here to view flyer.

Street Hockey - Begins mid-January - Click here to view flyer.

Boys Gaels Jr Lacrosse - Begins early March - Click here to view flyer.

Mini Mites Soccer Program - Registration closes April 8th - Click here to view flyer.

Mighty Mites Soccer Program - Registration closes April 8th - Click here to view flyer.

Roxbury Soccer Club PreK-8 - Online registration open to April 8th - Click here to view flyer.

Girls Winter Softball Clinic - Grades 1-3 begins January 15th - Click here to view flyer and more age levels.

Roxbury Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events

11th Annual Taste of Roxbury
The Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce will host the tenth annual  Taste of Roxbury culinary event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Roxbury High School.

This annual fundraising event will benefit community charities. Attendees will sample food-as much as they'd like-prepared by local restaurants.

This great evening of eating and socializing will feature great food, door prizes, music and a more!  Ticket and restaurants to be announced in Spring of 2017.

Click here for more information regarding the Roxbury Chamber of Commerce.

Roxbury Public Library Events: 

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

Computer Classes 
Registration required. Classes for Roxbury cardholders only. 

- MyHeritage/Ancestry.com - Sunday, January 22 at 2:30 p.m.
- Introduction to Word - Sunday, January 29 at 2:30 p.m.
- Introduction to Word - Wednesday, February 1 at 2:30 p.m.
- Intermediate Word - Sunday, February 5 at 2:30 p.m.
- Intermediate Word - Wednesday, February 8 at 2:30 p.m.
- Introduction to Excel - Sunday, February 12 at 2:30 p.m.
- Introduction to Excel - Wednesday, February 15 at 2:30 p.m.
- Intermediate Excel - Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m.
- Intermediate Excel - Wednesday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

- E-Resources - Learn how to download electronic books and magazines with an individualized ½ hour appointment. Appointments available Tuesdays and Fridays.

Weekly Story Times
- Crafts for Kids for ages 3 and up Tuesday 4 p.m.
- Chess Club for ages K - grade 6 Wednesday 5 p.m.
- Play Together for all ages Thursday 10:30 a.m.
- Toddler Story Time for ages 3 ½ and under Friday 10:30 a.m.
- Preschool Story Time for ages 3 ½ and up Friday 1:30 p.m.

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.   
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!
Roxbury Applied Music Program
Mid-Year Registration for Grades 5-12

Roxbury's Applied Music Program is one of the most celebrated after school programs in the region. Blessed with award-winning music educators offering world-class instruction, the program nurtures local talent, empowering students to pursue careers in entertainment well after graduation.

This is a district-wide program that provides a high-quality enhancement to classroom instruction. Teachers are all specialists on their instrument or vocal specialty. All of our teachers are trained professional musicians and highly qualified in their instrument of expertise. Private study is extremely valuable to the individual student and highly encouraged. Private study is offered as enrichment, NOT remedial instruction. It is encouraged for the complete development of each students' potential as a performing musician and/or artist.

We are beginning mid-year registrations for those students interested in taking private lesson. Once the form and registration fee are received, your child will be assigned a weekly lesson time.

Roxbury Community School - College Prep Corner

The Roxbury Community School is dedicated to helping students prepare for college through a few different avenues.

Students can take part in workshops to sharpen their writing skills and prepare for the college essay process.

The Roxbury Community School has also partnered with Kaplan and Lentz & Lentz to empower students to excel on standardized tests like the SAT's and ACT's.

Visit www.roxbury.org/CollegePrep for all upcoming courses and programs!
Young Rembrandts Upcoming Programs

YR Parent/Child Drawing Classes

Young Rembrants is hosting how to draw classes for both parents and children using an engaging methodology that all can succeed with. We learn about drawing and art while developing academic, conceptual, and critical thinking skills. We have fun too!
 
Parents and children can enjoy some special time learning how to draw together with Young Rembrandts!

Two fall sessions are now available beginning in November. Register here!




YR After-school - Fall (Session 2) and Winter
Registrations are now being accepted for winter Young Rembrandt classes through the elementary schools after school. Do you have a little artist in your midst and are in hopes of finding a fun and creative confidence-boosting outlet for them? If so, then the Young Rembrandts winter course is just for them! Young Rembrandts teaches children the technical skills of drawing, the basis of all visual arts, in a fun and nurturing setting. Our drawing instruction is easy to follow ensuring success regardless of artistic ability.  Cost: $92 per student (includes materials, instruction and fun!) 

Kujenga Robotics and Coding Upcoming Programs

After School with Kujenga - Winter
The Roxbury Community School has teamed up with KUJENGA, an educational entity designed to bring robotics, coding, engineering and science skills to all students in order to prepare them for the technology-driven future. Kujenga is the Swahili word for "build" or "create". We are here to open a world of imagination and creativity for your child while they learn design and engineering principles as well as science, math and coding.

Register now for the Learn Coding at School programs.  Coding is the new literacy! Kujenga teaches programming to young students using robotics, Scratch Jr, and Scratch. Learning to code helps young people think creatively and reason systematically.

Winter registration is now open for the K-6 elementary schools! 
Check them out at www.roxbury.org/Kujenga.


Kujenga at Kujenga - Winter
Winter session dates for Kujenga at Kujenga are now being accepted! Programs offered include:
  • Lego WeDo Robotics
  • Lego Mindstorms Robotics Ev3
  • Learning Coding with Scratch and Python
  • Raspberry Pi and Arduino
  • Saturday Morning Create-A-Class
Click here to register now for Kujenga at Kujenga!
Mad Science Upcoming Programs

Mad Science After School (Winter Break Mini-Camp)
Join Mad Science for Invention-ation Winter Break Mini-Camp on December 28-29, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon at Roxbury High School.  Campers will overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors, and (the most important of all) their minds! With a little bit of ingenuity, campers will create catapults and forts, construct working light sticks to bring home a set of circuits with batteries and light bulbs. Multiple fun and educational take-home experiments each day! Tuition is $90 per child. Register now with Mad Science here!

Mad Science After School (Winter Classes)
Registrations are now being taken for winter Mad Science programs after school programs at the five elementary schools in district. Join their hands-on, one-hour science programs that are themed around a particular area of science This winter K-4 students will see if they are smarter than a mad scientist and Lincoln/Roosevelt students will learn some "Fairly Odd Forces". Cost: $90 per student. 

Classes start in January, but don't wait! 

Register now at www.roxbury.org/MadScience.
ed2go ONLINE LEARNING



Roxbury Community School is proud to partner with ed2go, the industry leader in online learning for adults. With over 300 great online classes to choose from, ed2go offers something for everyone with highest-quality online continuing education courses that are affordable and easy to use. With hundreds of great online courses, from Creating Web Pages to Accounting Fundamentals, Speed Spanish to Grant Writing, and everything in between, it is easy to see why millions of lifelong learners take ed2go online courses. To view subject categories and to register for popular courses, visit www.roxbury.org/OnlineLearning.
Accents on Dance Upcoming Programs

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!


Recreational Dance at Jefferson School
Join the Accents on Dance Studio in this new program for boys and girls in grades K-4.  This program is a win/win opportunity for both parents and children. We are creating a dance class that will expose dancers to Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, and Lyrical forms of dance. 

Dates:  ( Wednesdays)  - 6 Weeks  January 11, 18, 25, 2017,  February 1, 8, 15, 2017
Time: 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. 
Location: Jefferson Elementary School, Gymnasium  
Cost:  $75 per student 

Register now at www.roxbury.org/KidsCorner!


Broadway Intensive at Accents on Dance Studio
Back by popular demand, Broadway Intensive will incorporate acting, singing, dancing, scenery design and development.   This Accents on Dance class will be held at the  Accents on Dance Studio : 139 Route 10 East, Succasunna, NJ. Studio Phone number is 973-584-4550.

For Ages: 11+

Dates: ( Fridays) - 6 Weeks; January 13, 20, 27, 2017, February 3, 10, 17, 2017
Time:  6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Location:  Accents on Dance Studio, 139 Route 10 East, Succasunna, NJ
Cost:  $75 per student

Check them out at  www.roxbury.org/KidsCorner !


Preschool Princess Dance Party at Accents on Dance Studio
Princesses will have a magical time dancing and making new friends at our Princess Dance Party. Throughout the class, they will learn how to dance like a princess, make magical crafts and also learn about the values a princess lives  by  kindness, patience,  honesty,  and helpfulness. Little princesses will enjoy songs,  stories,  and princess-inspired crafts. Dressing up in princess attire is strongly encouraged! 

Dates: ( Wednesdays) - 6 Weeks; January 11, 18, 25, 2017, February 1, 8, 15, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Location:  Accents on Dance Studio, 139 Route 10 East, Succasunna, NJ
Cost:  $75 per student

Register now at www.roxbury.org/KidsCorner!


Day-Time Yoga for Adults at Accents on Dance Studio  

LOCATION:  Accents on Dance Studio, 139 Route 10 East, Succasunna, NJ
DATES: (Fridays - 6 Weeks) January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 2017
TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
COST: $75 per student

Register now at  www.roxbury.org/AdultPrograms!



Get Fit in the New Year!

The Roxbury Community School is offering different Aerobic and Yoga for Beginners sessions starting in the new year! 
Aerobics
Register now for the winter and/or spring sessions of Aerobics with Annette Buzzelli, a certified Sorenson Instructor. Join this exhilarating fitness program for a complete body workout that is effective and fun!

Sessions take place in the Kennedy Elementary School gymnasium from 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Winter session begins Tuesday, January 3rd and spring session begins Tuesday, March 28th.  Tuition is $99 per person per session. 

Register now at www.roxbury.org/AdultPrograms .



Yoga for Beginners
Join this beginner class that introduces you to 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. If you have never tried yoga, this is the class for you! It is designed to meet the needs of those new to yoga as well as those seeking continued understanding of basic yoga poses. This course is idea for teens and adults. Yoga for Beginners is a 10-week class that meets Tuesdays or Thursdays depending on which session you register for. Winter Tuesday classes begin January 10th and Winter Thursday classes begin January 12th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Franklin School. Cost is $100 per 10-week session per person.

Register now online at www.roxbury.org/AdultPrograms.
Spring Kiddie Soccer
Register for the seasonal 8-week spring Kiddie Soccer for ages 3.5-6 years old. The program teaches a series of fun, thematic games designed to teach the children the very basics of soccer. Spring sessions meet on Sundays starting April 9th at Lincoln/Roosevelt field. Tuition starts at $130 per child. 

Visit www.roxbury.org/KiddieSoccer for more information and to register.
Getting Paid to Talk Workshop
Ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials, and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice over. Learn what the pros look for, how to prepare, and where to find work in your area! You'll even have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of a teacher. 

The next workshop is Thursday, April 6th at Roxbury High School. Tuition is $15 per person. 

Register now at www.roxbury.org/VoiceCoaches!
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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:
1/3/2017 - Reorganization (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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