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The month of November has often been referred to as the spirit of giving month. This spirit is thriving in Rochelle Park as we welcome in this new month.     


Our staff and students participated in Lee National Denim Day on October 10th, and we are pleased to announce that we collected $161.75, which will be donated to the American Cancer Society in support of breast cancer research.


Our Student Council is hosting "Movember" at Rochelle Park. The Movember Fund is a global organization whose work is committed to helping the lives of men affected by cancer. The foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during the month of November. A donation of $1 will be required to participate and there will be a 25 cent donation for all those who are voting. There will be a faculty category and a student category. The names of the winners will be announced at the end of November.  


Our first track meet of the season took place on October 21st. Under the very skillful coaching of Mr. Milon, the Sage Day at Rochelle Park Track Team remains undefeated as they came in first place in the Fall 2014 Invitational Cross Country Track Meet. A new 2014 trophy is proudly displayed in the Main Office


Representatives from two colleges, College of St. Rose and Centenary College, came to address our seniors. Our seniors asked very appropriate questions and received important information about their colleges.


The staff is looking forward to meeting with our parents for our upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences which are scheduled for November 12th & November 13th. As we work strictly by appointment only, parents are asked to call our office manager so that appointment times can be set up. Teachers will be available on Wednesday, November 12th from 1:30 - 4:00 and on Thursday, November 13th, from 5:00-7:30. We do our best to accommodate everyone's busy schedules. Remember that on Friday, November 14th, there will be a 12:30 dismissal for our students. 


Mr. Tom Olender from the Herff Jones Company will be coming to RP on Wednesday, November 19th  to take ring orders from our juniors and seniors who wish to order a school ring. The rings typically arrive the beginning of March.


Our next upcoming trip is to the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, PA, on November 21st.  Students will explore the art of guitar-making and view displays showcasing over 170 exquisitely crafted guitars. Twenty-five of our students will leave Sage first thing in the morning and return back to school at 4:30 for a late pickup. 


Our annual school-wide celebration of Thanksgiving Dinner is one of the most beloved events of the school year. On Tuesday, November 25th, our very own, Mr. Kalnberg, turns into Master Chef as he uses his deep frying skills to cook two turkeys in our courtyard, which is located right outside the classrooms. The students and staff find it difficult to concentrate on English, Math, History & Science as the smell of frying turkeys permeates the entire building. Under the direction of Mrs. Behrens, our cooking class pulls out their favorite recipes and undertakes the huge task of providing all the traditional Thanksgiving sides to the entire student body and staff of 120+ hungry people!  Staff and parents generously bring in plenty of desserts and goodies to top off this delicious meal. This is truly a culinary extravaganza!  To kick off the Thanksgiving weekend, our Rochelle Park football game is scheduled for the very next day -- Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at Carlock Field. To add to the festivities, our alumni from past years will be invited to attend and cheer on the players. School is closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27th and November 28th. 


We would like to close out our November newsletter with the following quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy - "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."  May your Thanksgiving be filled with peace, love and harmony.  


Upcoming Events

* November 6 & 7 - School closed for new jersey teachers convention
* November 14 - Dismissal at 12:30 p.m. 
* November 27 & 28 - School closed for thanksgiving 

boonton campus

This month Sage Day Boonton will feature our English and Art Departments. An excellent example of the collaboration between the two departments is the Tree of Respect designed by the students in celebration of Week of Respect October 6th through October 10th   and displayed in the English classroom.


Our English classes study various genres of literature including novels, short stories, poetry, and drama. Instruction focuses on enhancing vocabulary, textual analysis, and drawing inferences. Student portfolios are comprised of writing samples of expository, persuasive, narrative, and literary analysis. In March of each year, the English Department schedules an annual field trip to the Shakespeare Theater at Drew University to see a live performance. In the recent past, our students have seen Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.


This month in Art, students will be learning about different methods of printmaking and pulling a series of edition prints. The types of printmaking we will be studying are: relief printing, monotype, and serigraphy. Relief printing is printing from a raised surface. An example of this would be printing with a rubber stamp. Students will be introduced to the different ways of creating relief prints and will then have the opportunity to create their own cardboard relief prints as well as linoleum block prints. Serigraphy- also known as silk screening- is a type of stencil based method of printing. Students will learn about different silk screen and stencil methods and have the opportunity to create their own printed t-shirts. Monotype is a type of print made by painting directly onto a smooth, non-absorbent surface such as glass or plastic. The image is then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two surfaces together. Using this process, students are able to create unique, one of a kind prints. These prints also make great backgrounds for serigraphy and relief prints.


Student Council has been busy planning Spirit Week activities which  started on Monday, October 27 with Crazy Hat and Hair Day. Tuesday, October 28th was Pajama and Movie Day.  Wednesday, October 29th was Fourth of July Day. Thursday, October 30th was Twin Day, and Friday, October 31st ended with a costume and Halloween treat contest for the students.



* November 5 - End of the first marking period

* November 6 & 7 - Teachers convention, school closed

* November 13 - Parent and teacher conferences 1:00-7:30 p.m.

* November 13 & 14 - Early dismissal, 12:30 p.m. 

* November 26 - Thanksgiving feast     


mahwah campus


October started at Sage Day Lower & Middle School with the election of student council officers. Candidates went through an extensive interview process, gave speeches in front of the entire school, and hung posters to campaign for their desired position. On the day of the election, students were escorted out of their history classes in order to vote in a realistic voting booth created and staffed by Mr. Bennington and Ms. Vukasovic's 4th and 5th grade classes. At the end of the process, a new school president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer were inaugurated into the student council.


The first full week of October was 'Week of Respect' in schools across the state. Sage Day Lower & Middle School utilized the week to promote bullying awareness and community building.  Each day had a different theme and students took part in bully-related lessons in each of their academic classes throughout the week. The hallmark of this year's 'Week of Respect' was a multi-cultural luncheon where students and staff brought in food to share representing their ethnicity or cultural background.


Students also enjoyed their annual field trip to Stony Hill Farm in Chester, New Jersey during the last week of October. At Stony Hill, students and staff worked their way through an extensive corn maze based on the 350th anniversary of the state of New Jersey. After successfully solving the maze, students enjoyed a hay ride where they had the opportunity to pick a pumpkin to paint or carve just in time for Halloween.


Speaking of Halloween, the newly-elected Student Council organized their first major event of the year with the annual Halloween party. At the party students dressed up, participated in contests and activities, ate some great treats, and went trick-or-treating around the school to all the classrooms and therapy offices. 


After school hours, the therapy staff held the first meeting of their popular parent-support group the last week of October. At the monthly parent-support group meetings, parents at Sage Day Lower & Middle School get an opportunity to meet each other and discuss important issues that impact them as parents of Sage Day students.


With October over, November begins with a four day weekend for teacher's convention and then the start of the new marking period on the 10th. Parents will visit the school on the 12th for the first formal parent-teacher conferences of the school year. From there, students and staff begin to anticipate Thanksgiving break and the beginning of the holiday season, kicking off with our annual Thanksgiving luncheon on the 26th.   


* November -10 - New marking period

* November 12 - Parent and teacher conferences

* November 26 - Thanksgiving luncheon


About Sage Day School 

Sage Day is a private, accredited, therapeutic school in Northern, New Jersey for students grades 4 through 12 who need a small, personalized  learning environment. Academically, Sage Day has adopted the Common Core States Standards initiative and meets the rigorous standards of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. We complement our strong academics with a comprehensive clinical program in which intensive individual, group and family therapy are fully integrated into the school day.
Typically, our students have been diagnosed as suffering from depression, school phobia, school avoidance and anxiety disorder. We are proud to offer three campuses: Sage Day Mahwah Lower & Middle School, Sage Day Boonton High School and Sage Day Rochelle Park High School. For more information please visit


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