SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - While South Plainfield children in pre-K through 12th returned to the classroom Sept. 5, it’s now time for district parents and guardians to head back to school as well. 

Throughout the South Plainfield School District, Back-to-School Nights will take place beginning this Thursday. These evening sessions are for parents/guardians only and designed to provide a snapshot into a child’s academic year.

"Back-to-School Night is a big event on the school calendar. It is an opportunity for parents and teachers to meet and connect and it deserves special attention,” said Leo Whalen, principal of Riley Elementary School. 

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During back-to-school night, each respective building principal will welcome new and returning parents, review school and district rules and procedures, and introduce all staff. In most cases, the art, Spanish, music, physical education, library, and music teachers will also be on hand as will representatives of the school’s parent-teacher organizations, Maschio’s Food Service, and the South Plainfield Education Foundation. 

“Parents [will] have an opportunity to receive a great deal of information regarding the school schedule, routines and culture,” said Robert Diehl, principal of Roosevelt Elementary School, adding, “Our night starts with everyone meeting in the cafeteria for a general assembly. As principal, I welcome the family members and introduce every staff member that works in our building. This allows the parents to put a name to a face.” 

At the elementary schools, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to go into their child’s classroom where the teacher(s) will discuss the academic day and homework procedures and share other pertinent details about the upcoming school year. 

“The information and material presented to parents will set the tone for a successful school year,” said Whalen. “We want to make sure that parents understand the rules, guidelines and procedures for their classes and the expectation for their child this school year.”

For parents/guardians of students in 5th through 12th grade, back-to-school night will provide an opportunity for them follow their child’s schedule and go through the day, class by class. According to Grant Principal Pat Sarullo, it is important that those who attend either bring a hard copy of their child’s schedule or have access to it from their phones via the Genesis Parent Portal. 

“Parents can expect to proceed through the school day just as their student would, including lunch,” said Sarullo, noting that a staff member will be present during lunch periods to provide an overview of procedures and answer questions. “The parents will move from class to class to meet the teachers [who] will provide a brief overview of their classes.” 

Back-to-School Night 2018 kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14 at South Plainfield Middle School. All four elementary schools - Franklin, Kennedy, Riley, and Roosevelt  - will welcome parents and guardians of pre-K through fourth grade students the evening of Monday, Sept. 17; check with your individual school for start time. Back-to-School Night for South Plainfield High School will be held Thursday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. with Grant School holding their session on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. 

“For parents, it is well worth the [time] to have so much information made available to them and have any of their questions answered,” said Diehl, adding, “We look forward to seeing our families on that night.”

All back-to-school nights in the South Plainfield School District are for parents/guardians only; no children are allowed. For additional information, check the South Plainfield School District Calendar at http://www.spboe.org/calendar or your respective school’s emails and Facebook pages. 

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