Mountainsiders braved the snow on Saturday, January 18, 2020 to raise money for the kids! Pollard Hall at Our Lady of Lourdes church was turned into a casino with professional gambling tables and dealers for a night of gambling fun. Catering for the event was done by Casey2Cook, Season 4’s Chopped champ. Take a look at all of the smiling faces!
On June 7, 2019, color-splashed riders took to their bicycles and cruised through the neighborhood for the Mountainside Color Ride & Movie night. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Mountainside Schools through the Mountainside Education Foundation. Riders then watched the movie Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse on the softball fields at Deerfield School. Mountainside PBA, Fire Co., EMS, and Municipal Alliance partnered with MEF to provide the free outdoor movie, food and treats. Thank you to all volunteers for helping our schools and to create wonderful memories! Enjoy the slide show of pictures from the event below.
On March 20th, 3rd through 6th grade Deerfield School students celebrated Author’s Day with a visit from best-selling author, Wendy Mass. Students had the opportunity to learn about what it means to be an author and about the writing process.
The students were engaged during Ms. Mass’s presentation and asked really good questions at the end of each session. Deerfield teachers thought she did a great job explaining the writing process and gave them tips they can use with their students. “One huge take away was the short video she shared of the 49 rejection letters she received for her first book in 2003, Mango-Shaped Space. These letters made her even more determined to succeed at her dream. She told the students to not give up on their dream, regardless of what it is, even if people are telling you that you can’t do it.” said Miss Sharon Bradley, School Media Specialist and sponsor of the grant funded by the Mountainside Education Foundation (MEF).
The Mountainside Education Foundation is once again proud to offer the MEF Outstanding Character Award to a graduating 8th grade Deerfield student. The purpose of this award is to recognize students who have demonstrated a continuing commitment to character and self-development, and to emphasize the importance that these attributes play in a child’s growth to adulthood. The core principles of the MEF Outstanding Character Award Program are:
- Courage: Taking risks and following your conscience.
- Integrity: Being truthful and trustworthy to oneself and others.
- Responsibility: Conveying an attitude of commitment and conviction.
- Concern: Demonstrating compassion and a caring attitude toward others.
Nominations for the award may come from teachers, school staff, coaches, scout leaders or any member of the Mountainside Community, who is not related to the nominee. The award and $250 will be presented to the recipient at the Deerfield Graduation ceremony on June 19, 2019. Click here for the nomination form: Outstanding Character Award Nomination Form-2019
Over the course of three visits, 5th Grade students worked with Professor BJ Ward to learn about the function and importance of words! Through engaging, hands-on activities, students explored the art of poetry and worked to craft two of their own original poems. Finally, students were guided through the act of revision, making sure their word choices were purposeful and had an impact on the reader. Completed poems will be compiled into a grade-wide Poetry Anthology, to be distributed later in the year. Deerfield 5th grade teacher Ms. Lori Topel said, “A HUGE thanks to the MEF for generously funding this incredible experience for us! It will surely be one of the highlights of the year that will stay with us for a lifetime.”
Over 110 people came out to support the Mountainside Education Foundation’s Winterfest Wine Tasting fundraiser on February 9, 2019. The event was held in Mountainside’s own backyard – Masker’s Barn in the Deserted Village of Watchung Reservation, where the ambiance was a wonderful feeling of rustic elegance. Attendees enjoyed tasting 6 different wines and participated in a fundraising wine pull, tricky tray, and 50/50 raffle. The numbers haven’t been tallied yet, but we’re sure that a lot of money was raised to support education in Mountainside schools! Check out the slideshow below.
For the fourth year in a row students at Deerfield school took part in the STEAM children’s museum on January 30th. Using hand on activities the museum allowed our 4th and 5th graders to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math in creative and new ways. A $1,195 grant from MEF supported the program.
The Mountainside Education Foundation provided a $1,000 grant towards supplies for Ms. Bentey’s 8th grade life skills class. The students sew blankets that are sent to Project Linus, which provides blankets to a tiny infant in the ICU, a child who just lost their parent, or a child who arrives in the emergency room injured and frightened. Bonnie Hahn, Chapter Coordinator of Project Linus stated, “To the Mountainside Education Foundation, we extend our sincere gratitude for making the blankets possible through a generous grant to to help offset the cost of material.”
MEF changed things up a bit and hosted a Bingo Night fundraiser for the first time on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Over 80 people “table-gated” with their BYO wine, beer, and snacks in Pollard Hall at Our Lady of Lourdes church. Check out the slide show below to see the fun that everyone had!
Mountainside resident, Jill Zimmermann, attended the 2018 MEF Glow Ride in June to raise awareness about wearing helmets while riding bikes. This effort was part of Jill’s Girl Scout gold award project entitled, “Helmets on the Brain: Preventing TBIs,” (traumatic brain injuries.) Jill stated, “The MEF Glow Ride was one of the best events and I am so glad I was able to participate. It was very rewarding.” Jill had the opportunity to interact with many kids, as well as some parents, and she felt everyone was very positive about helmet safety. Based on her research, she confirmed that students who ride their bikes to Deerfield shows a 35% increase of kids wearing their helmets since her program began. With the increase, 59% of bikers are wearing a helmet. Jill created the attached pamphlet for awareness. Even though the number of Deerfield bike riders wearing helmets increased, it is still just 59%. Jill hopes having her pamphlet and bookmark online will serve as a reminder to kids and adults to wear their helmets while riding their bikes.