Together, Everyone Achieves More!
You can use most any measure when speaking of success. Some measure by the size of their house or the net worth of their portfolio. However, the measure of real success is one you cannot spend. It’s the way your child describes you when talking to a friend. ~Unknown
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A.R.K. Energy Bus
The Great Kindness Challenge
Make Buddies Not Bullies
National School of
2017, 2018, & 2019
Kindness Certified School
LaCoyya H. Weathington
Go to www.schooltoolbox.com to access the updated school supply lists for the 2019-20 school year and to purchase your supplies online.
Each year, as part of the Schools of Character program, Character.org recognizes educators in the United States and elsewhere who have implemented unique, specific, and effective character education strategies. This year ARK was recognized with a 2017 National Promising Practices award for our participation in The Great Kindness Challenge. During the week of January 23, 2017 ARK students performed 4.352 kind acts and raised $486.87 to help build a school and kindness center in Quetta, Pakistan.
We are excited to announce that A. Russell Knight Elementary has been designated a 2017 National School of Character by character.org! Knight is among 83 schools from 21 states named a 2017 National School of Character. Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, Knight was found to be an exemplary model of character development. Character.org will honor the 2017 designated schools and districts at its 24th National Forum on Character Education to be held the weekend of October 20-21, 2017, in Arlington, VA.
We are pleased to announce that Character.org, a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, named A. Russell Knight Elementary School a 2017 New Jersey School of Character. The program recognized ARK as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and ARK's school climate. Criteria for the designation are based on Character.org's 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts.
Congratulations to the entire A. Russell Knight Community on this amazing achievement!
About Character.org: Founded in 1993, Character.org, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools and districts to inspire, educate and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens. It is led by education leaders who are dedicated to youth learning how to be both smart and good through the advancement of quality character development in all schools.
Visit www.character.org to learn more about the National Forum and the Schools of Character program.
On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the Board of Education engaged in a discussion about Board Policy 8550 – Unpaid Meal Charges/Outstanding Food Service Charges. Please read the statement from Superintendent Dr. Meloche, regarding the policy and the discussion. The discussion will continue at the Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
Applications for the 2019-2020 Free and Reduced Lunch Program will be available for submission on August 15th at http://www.payschoolscentral.com. PaySchools Central is a secure payment system that simplifies school payments in an easy-to-use online portal. It enable parents to fund lunch accounts and pay required and optional fees quickly and easily. More information about PaySchools Central is available online. Also available is a step-by-step guide to signing up for PaySchools Central. Note that an application must be submitted each year.
The Cherry Hill Public Schools will receive $2,480,904 in Extraordinary Aid for the 2018-2019 school year. This reimbursement is significantly larger than the $1.8 million the District received for the 2017-2018 school year. More information about this year's Extraordinary Aid, and Extraordinary Aid figures since 2015-2016, are available online.
The Board of Education has appointed two new members to fill the vacancies created by the resignations of former Board members Mr. David Rossi and Dr. Edward Wang. Mr. Ben Ovadia will fill Mr. Rossi's seat; Mrs. Corrien Elmore-Stratton will fill Dr. Wang's seat. Resumes submitted by Mr. Ovadia and Mrs. Elmore-Stratton are available online. The new Board members will be installed following the completion of their security background checks. The Board would like to thank the candidates who completed the full application process to fill the open seats. A list of those who completed the process and granted permission for their names to be released is available online.
ATTENTION STUDENTS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program provides free meals when school is out! Who is eligible:
- Children 18 years of age or younger who come to an approved open site or a site to which they are enrolled.
- Adults over the age of 18 years who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities.
- At sites that require enrollment, benefits are available only to children who receive free or reduced-price meals at school.
HOW TO LOCATE A SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM FEEDING SITE:
To find the closest feeding site near you, text FOOD to 877-877 or Summer Meals to 97779 or visit the USDA site finder web site at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks