Copper Hill Elementary School

September 2021 Family Newsletter

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100 Everitts Road

Ringoes, NJ 08551


908-284-7671 (fax)

908-284-7665 (attendance line)

Mr. Jesse Locket, Principal

Mrs. Amy Switkes, Vice Principal

Mrs. Rebecca Moeri, School Counselor - ext. 57669

Mrs. Lisa Maslankowski, School Nurse - ext. 57670

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Dear Copper Hill Families

Welcome back! It is an honor and privilege to serve as the administrative team at Copper Hill School. We are looking forward to the 2021-2022 school year TOGETHER! Our theme for this school year is BRAVE SMART KIND & TOGETHER!

We are honored to welcome new staff, and send off retiring staff on their new adventures. We wish all of our staff great success!

Staff Updates:


  • Laurie Ann Moore, Third Grade Teacher
  • Mary Genovese, Speech and Language Pathologist

New Teachers

  • Robyn Case - Preschool
  • Erikka Floyd - Kindergarten
  • Amalia Kanaras - Grade 2
  • Katie Kohlhepp - Grade 3
  • Melissa Wiegartner- Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Briana Robertello- Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Megan Traphagen- Special Education
  • Erin Kraus- Special Education

New Teaching Assistants

  • Karissa Mendez
  • Colleen Tropeano
  • Erika Ollwerther
  • Lisa Conover
  • Yashana Kaskins
  • Elma Achenback
  • Kassidy Smith

COVID UPDATES- Please Continue to Read Dr. McGann's Correspondence

At this time, due to local metrics in our region, the district maintains previously released guidance:

  • Masks are required for staff, faculty, and students while in our buildings.
  • Masks are required on all school buses, as they are required on all public transportation, per Governor Murphy’s mandate.
  • District continues with layered mitigation strategies like handwashing, excluding students with COVID-19 symptoms, and contact tracing to identify threats of exposure to the virus.
  • We are monitoring community transmission, vaccination coverage, the occurrence of outbreaks, and local policies and regulations to guide our decisions on the use of layered prevention strategies.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for 2021-2022

Breakfast and lunch options are available for all students this year at no cost to families. Please visit Maschio's website for updated menus and other important information.

Safety and Security

  • Please do not hold any doors for visitors.
  • Please use the crosswalks in the parking lot.
  • Please obey the 15 mph speed limit in our parking lot.
  • Student drop off begins at 8:45 am. Please wait at the stop sign, until being waved on by one of our staff members wearing bright green vests.
  • When exiting the drop off area please be aware of buses that may still be entering the back parking lot or leaving the school.
  • If you are dropping your child off after 8:55 am please park your car in the main parking lot and walk your child into the building and check in with the main office.
  • Please DO NOT park your vehicle in the front driveway of the building.
  • For the safety and security of our staff and students, monthly fire and security drills are conducted.
  • Staff wear bright green safety vests during drills as well as during bus duty.

Arrival and Dismissal Locations

Buses: on the blacktop behind the building by the large playground.

Vans: at the school main entrance.

Preschool: at the Preschool entrance.

Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up: at the exterior gym doors.

YMCA Before/After Care: under the gym overhang.

Absences and Changes in Your Child's Routines

  • If your child is ABSENT or TARDY for any reason, please call the Copper Hill ATTENDANCE LINE by dialing 908-284-7665 or report an absence online here. Leave a message detailing the nature of the absence, your child’s name and his/her teacher’s name. Messages may be left at any time of night or morning and are retrieved on a daily basis.
  • If your child needs to be DISMISSED EARLY, please send a note to school with your child in the morning, listing the time for pick-up and the reason. Children leaving school prior to 3:25 pm will be marked as an early dismissal. Please note, three tardies or early dismissals count as one absence.
  • If your child normally rides the bus but will need to be PICKED UP at dismissal time, please send a note with your child that morning.
  • Please DO NOT leave information regarding your child’s change in dismissal on a teacher’s e-mail or voicemail. They often do not have an opportunity to check their e-mail during the day and your message may not be communicated.


Lost and Found

Please label all of your child’s belongings (lunchboxes, jackets, glasses etc.) Any items that are found with a name on them will be returned. The lost and found is located right outside the office. Valuables (such as money, jewelry, eyeglasses etc.) will be kept in the office. Items that have not been claimed will be donated.

PTO Updates- New Executive Committee

We are excited to collaborate with our new PTO executive committee to enhance the school experience for our students and staff!

Copper Hill PTO Email:

Co- President Jacque Beason

Co- President Lauren Levin

Co-Vice President Alyssa Kayser

Co-Vice President Caitlin Ryan Persche

Co- Treasurer Tara Kraatz

Co- Treasurer Angelique Parashis


Michelle Blane

Robin Cooper

Christina Eliades

Katherine Sun

Candice Testa


PTO Back to School Ice Pop Social- Friday, 9/10 at 5:30 p.m.

School Pictures- Monday, 9/27 to Wednesday, 9/29 (schedule to follow)

Grades 1-4 Back to School Night- Thursday, 9/23

Kindergarten Back to School Night- Wednesday, 10/6

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