SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Back to school can be a little scary and upsetting for kids, especially the little ones. However, getting social can make the annual event a bit easier, especially when there is ice cream involved.

The Spotswood PTA will be welcoming students, teachers and parents back to school with some fun September events for the entire family.

Schoenly School, the Spotswood School District's pre-kindergarten to grade one school, will be holding an Ice Cream Social on Friday, Sept. 9 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the school's all-purpose room.

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Appleby School, the district's grade two through five school, will be holding their Ice Cream Social on Friday, Sept. 16 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the school's cafetorium.

Both events are sponsored by the Spotswood PTA and are designed to give families the opportunity to interact with theteachers and staff from both schools. The ice cream socials are free to the students and their families.

Another date to mark down on the calendar is Friday, Sept. 23. The Spotswood PTA will be hosting Back to School Bingo at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Middle School cafeteria for Spotswood students.

The cost for the event is $5 for children. Their fee includes bingo, pizza, dessert and a drink. If adults are eating pizza, the fee is $2. Siblings are welcome as well. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Participants must pre-register. Students will be bringing home registration forms during the first week of school.

The first day of school in the Spotswood School District is Tuesday, Sept. 6 for students.