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District Announcements
School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades
January 4, 2016

New Jersey Department of Education School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-bullying Bill of Rights District and School Grade Report 2014-2015.
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School Announcements
Kindergarten Orientation Information
June 22, 2017
School No. 4 would like to welcome those Kindergarten students who have registered for the 2017-2018 school year. Please click here for Kindergarten Orientation information, supplies etc.
6th Grade Moving Up Ceremony
June 19, 2017
The Sixth Grade Moving Up Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 21st at 9:30am in the All-Purpose-Room. After the ceremony, families and guests are invited to go outside for the "Clap Out" ceremony which is a event recognizing our sixth graders one last time!
Crazy Hair Day & Silly Tie Day
June 15, 2017
Spirit Week Reminder: Friday, June 16th - We end Spirit Week at School No. 4 with: Crazy hair Day and Silly Tie day!
June 14, 2017
Due to the possibility of bad weather, please be advised that the School No. 4 Field Day originally scheduled for Friday, 6/16 has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, 6/15. A school messenger email and voice call has gone out to advise parents. Further, a hard copy memo has gone home today with children. Please ask your child for this information.
Kindergarten Orientation!
June 13, 2017
School No. 4 will be hosting their annual Kindergarten Orientation for those entering Kindergarten during the 2017-2018 School year. The orientation will be held on June 14, 2017 at 9:30am in the All-Purpose-Room of School No. 4. We look forward to seeing you there!
Spirit Week June 12- 16!
June 9, 2017
Join School No. 4 as we celebrate Spirit Week, next week, June 12th -16th! The week will culminate with our Field Day on Friday, June 16th. Please click here for the schedule for the week!
Spring Concert - 6/8/17
June 7, 2017
Our annual Spring Concert for parents will take place on Wednesday, June 8th at 9:30am in the School No. 4  All-Purpose-Room. 
Events include:
Beginner and Advanced Band - Mrs. Lockhart
Select Chorus - Mr. Faust
String Orchestra  - Mr. Rutkovsly

May 31, 2017
Follow us on Twitter: @School4Penguins
Care Package for the Homeless!
May 15, 2017
Fort Lee’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW Post 2342) are sponsoring a collection to help individuals in need.  Supplies will be collected to make care packages for them.
The SADD Committee of School No. 4 is asking each grade level to donate various items to support this worthy cause. 
Click here for the specific items.

Scholastic Book Fair!
May 15, 2017
The PTA would like to remind School No. 4 Families that between Tuesday, May 16th - Thursday, May 18th will be the "Scholastic Buy One Get One Book Fair"...If you would like your child to participate, please send in money in a sealed envelope, labeled with your child's name. Please remind your child to secure their money until it is their turn at the Book Fair! Thank you for the support!!!
January 3, 2017

Elementary Schools
All Elementary make- ups May 2-May13
Wed, April 19: ELA Unit 1- Grade 3 & 4 (90 mins)
Thurs, April 20 ELA Unit 2- Grade 3 & 4 (75 or 90 mins)
Fri, April 21 : ELA Unit 3- Grade 3 & 4 (90 mins)
Mon, April 24:   Math Unit 1 - Grade 3 & 4 (60 mins )
Tues, April 25:Math Unit 2- Grade 3 & 4 (60 mins)
Wed, April 26: Math Unit 3- Grade 3 & 4 (60 mins)
Thurs, April 27: Math Unit 4- Grade 3 & 4 (60 mins)
Fri, April 28:   ELA Unit 1- Grade 5 & 6 (90 mins)
Mon, May 1: ELA Unit 2- Grade 5 & 6 (90 or 110 mins)
Tues, May 2: ELA Unit 3- Grade 5 & 6 (90 or 110 mins)
Wed, May 3:   Math Unit 1 - Grade 5 & 6 (60 or 80 mins)
Thurs, May 4:     Math Unit 2- Grade 5 & 6 (60 or 80 mins)
Fri, May 5:   Math Unit 3 - Grade 5 & 6 (60 or 80 mins)
Mon, May 8:     Math Unit 4- Grade 5 (60 mins)
All Elementary make- ups May 9 –May 16
*all dates are subject to change
SADD Committee Project Cicero a Success!
March 5, 2017
The 2017 Project Cicero book donation fundraiser has come to and end...Congratulations to Mrs. Kim and the SADD Committee, as they collected 3,713 new and gently used books from School No. 4 students and families! These books will be donated shortly! Congratulations!!!
Meet Andria Fusco, School No. 4 Counselor
February 13, 2017
My name is Andria Fusco and I am so happy to be a member of the School No. 4 family.  I have a strong passion for nurturing children's growth and development in the formative years of children's lives, and knew at a very young age I wanted to be an educator.  I graduated from Seton Hall University with a BS in Elementary Education and BA in Psychology. I then went on to work as elementary education teacher in Jersey City and Little Falls for over 7 years. While teaching, I attended graduate school at Kean University and received my Master's Degree in Counselor Education. I began my career as a school counselor in Fort Lee. I worked at School No. 2 for two years and made my way up to Fort Lee High School for the last 5 years.  I believe in setting a good example through instilling character education and promoting positive attitudes in schools and throughout the community.  In addition, I hold a Director of School Counseling Services Certificate and practice as a private Licensed Professional Counselor, working with individuals ranging from school-aged children, teens, adults, and the elderly.  As school counselor, I assumed many roles and have experience with behavioral interventions, testing, coping skills, academic counseling, college counseling, transition counseling, group/individual therapy, and Intervention and Referral Services, (I&RS). 
Working in Fort Lee is home to me. It holds a very special place in my heart, because I am married to a fellow Fort Lee Educator and we recently had our first child.  I am very excited to be part of School No. 4  and look forward to spending many influential years as your school counselor! 
Marking Period 2 Report Cards
February 3, 2017
Please be reminded that Marking Period 2 Report Cards are now available on the Parent Portal of Genesis. No hard copy report cards will be sent home. Please contact your child's teacher with any questions.
PTA Book Fair!!!
January 30, 2017
The PTA Book Fair is back! The Book Fair will take place from Tuesday, 1/31 - Thursday, 2/2. If your child wishes to purchase books, please ensure their money is safe and secure! Students will be called down during the day.
2016-2017 Teacher of the Year!
January 10, 2017

Myung Jin Chung
It is a big honor for me to have been chosen as the School #4 Teacher of the Year 2016-2017.

I would like to share this award with all my colleagues and administrators who have supported and encouraged me during my career as a Korean bilingual teacher.  Having personally experienced the challenging and often frustrating journey of learning English as a second language and understanding American social norms, it has been a life goal for me to aid others during their periods of transition.


From the moment I started teaching Korean bilingual students in 2001 in Fort Lee, every class posed the daunting challenge of how to not only teach the required curriculum, but also how to enable students to tackle the underlying doubts and insecurities that come with starting a new life in a different environment.  The last 15 years have not been without its fair share of tears and late night calls with parents, but the privilege of witnessing children blossom from timid newcomers to confident young adults has always been and always will be my most humbling life moments.


However, I would be remiss if I did not give credit to my tremendously supportive colleagues who have fought for me and provided a deep well of encouragement when I needed it the most.  I would also like to acknowledge the parents for entrusting me with their children – I cannot express how important the teamwork that we’ve developed is.  

Thank you again for this great honor, I am truly blessed to be a member of a great Fort Lee school family.

2016-2017 Educational Services Professional of the Year!
January 10, 2017

Stephanie Borgono
My Name is Stephanie Borgono and I am the Social Worker for Schools #3 and #4.

My life’s passion was to help others who were struggling with a disability or dealing with trauma. In turn, I decided to pursue a career, which involved this passion in Social Work.

Currently, I’m working with children who have special needs. Seeing how these children flourish, year after year, is the most rewarding to my colleagues and myself.

It is an honor to be selected the recipient of 2016-2017 educational services professional of the year.

January 6, 2017

School No. 4 would like to thank Nancy Silberkleit, Co-CEO of Archie Comics Publications for her Anti-Bullying presentation, (1/6/17) through the use of comic books. Her anti-bullying comics offer students a mantra: "Never let anyone define who they want you to be. You know who you are, be proactive in your life."

L. to R.:
Nancy Silberkleit, (Co-CEO Archie Publications), Archie, Kimberly Minarovich, (Guidance Counselor), Patrick Ambrosio, (Principal)

School No. 4 is now on Twitter!!!
November 21, 2016

Please follow us on Twitter at: @School4Penguins

School No. 4 - November Calendar
November 7, 2016
Please click here for the most updated November Calendar of events.
PTA Letter to School 4 Families!
November 7, 2016
Please see the attached letter from the PTA regarding a recap of the October events and upcoming November activities. Please click here for a letter from the PTA...
Halloween Parade!
October 31, 2016
School No. 4 will be holding their annual Halloween Parade in the afternoon on Monday, October 31st...
Please click here for details...
Jump Rope For Heart!
October 20, 2016
Jump Rope for Heart is this week, 10/17-10/21 in PE class. Please remember to check your email and sign up to give a donation and collect your prizes .

Mock Election 2016!
October 18, 2016
On Friday, October 14, 2016, students at School #4 held a Mock Election! They received an informative assembly on the importance of voting and the upcoming Presidential Election. The assembly was presented by Bergen County Superintendent of Elections, Patricia Dicostanzo, and was accompanied by Deputy Superintendent of Elections, Theresa M. O'Connor. Special guest, Fort Lee Mayor, Mark Sokolich also spoke to his alma mater about the privilege of voting!

The Bergen County Board of Elections provided real voting machines for an authentic voting experience. After a brief assembly, each student in grades 3-6 had the opportunity to cast their vote!
(From L to R: Mayor Mark Sokolich, Deputy Superintendent Theresa M. O'Connor, Kay Cordero, School #4 Teacher/Organizer, Superintendent of Elections, Patricia Dicostanzo, Principal, Patrick Ambrosio)

Fire Prevention Week!
October 11, 2016
On Friday, October 11th, the Kindergarten - Grade 4 students at School #4 were visited by Fire Fighter Phil in observance of Fire prevention week. Students learned about fire safety during an interactive assembly!

Fort Lee Fire Department Visits School #4!
October 11, 2016
Also on the same day, Grades 5 and 6 had the opportunity to visit with the Fort Lee Fire Department as they organized their annual "Smoke House". The smoke house helps firefighters demonstrate how quickly a room can fill with smoke, and allows kids to practice crawling out to safety.

July 22, 2016
December 6, 2015
2016 Reminders!!!
Please be reminded that there is no adult supervision until 8:30AM each morning. Students should not be dropped off prior to this.

Please be sure to send your child to school with a coat or warm jacket.  Students will go outside for recess each day provided it is not raining/snowing and the temperature is above 36 degrees. Students that are not wearing appropriate clothing may be asked to remain inside.

Please be sure to abide by all local traffic and parking regulations when picking up your child. Parent parking and double-parking is not permitted in the rear of the building on Route 5 nearest the teacher parking lot. 

Please remind your child to check our lost & found...it is filled with unclaimed clothing and other articles!  

Thank you...

School Messenger Information
March 3, 2015
As you know, the Fort Lee School District uses the "School Messenger" phone and email service to notify parents of vital school information and announcements. We ask that parents and guardians take a moment to verify that School #4 has all current contact information for your child. Please feel free to contact our main office, (201-585-4650), if you have any questions.

November 24, 2015
School No. 4 School Anti-Bullying Coordinator
October 11, 2016

Andria Fusco, Guidance Counselor
1193 Anderson Avenue
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
January 5, 2015
January 2015
Dear Parent/Guardian:
In the spring of 2015, the New Jersey Department of Education will begin to administer the PARCC assessment to students in grades three through eleven.  The PARCC assessment is an electronic assessment designed to measure student proficiency in Language Arts and Mathematics, as defined by the Common Core Standards.  This two-part computer assessment will replace the NJASK Mathematics and the NJASK Language Arts in grades three through eight. It will also replace the HPSA Mathematics and HSPA Language Arts in grade eleven.  The NJASK Science in grades four and eight, as well as the NJ Biology Competency test at the high school level, will continue throughout the 2014-2015 school year. 
The first part of the computer based assessment, the Performance Based portion, will be administered to Fort Lee students between March 2nd & March 27th.  The second part of the assessment, the End of Year portion, will be administered between April 27th & May 22nd for students in grade three through eight, and between April 20th & May 15th for students in grade nine through eleven.  In both the Performance Based and End of Year PARCC assessment, the Language Arts section consists of three assessments, and the Mathematics portion consists of two assessments.  Specific dates and times for each grade level within these date ranges will be provided once each school finalizes their schedule.  Our Administrative Team will also be hosting PARCC Parent Nights in the end of January.  Please check our website for updated information.
To learn more about the PARCC Assessment please visit:
http://www.parcconline.org/for-parents (PARCC information for parents)
http://www.parcconline.org (Sign up for online newsletter)
http://practice.parcc.testnav.com (Practice tests)
http://www.corestandards.org/ (Common Core Standards website)
                                                                                   Lauren Carrubba
                                                                                   Director of School Counseling Services
American Education Week - Parent Visitations
November 19, 2014
On Thursday, November 20th, School #4 will be hosting parent visitations as part of American Education Week. Classroom teachers have sent home invitations to parents designating specific times for classroom visits.

Guests should:
  • Enter through the front doors
  • Sign in & wear the issued school ID name tag
Further, we respectfully ask that all basic classroom visitation etiquette be followed:
  • Please stay for your allotted time only
  • Please do not bring small children, adults only
  • Please turn off your cell phones/no picture taking
 *Your cooperation with these requests is very important to ensure an orderly school environment

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

November 13, 2014
Firefighter Phil Safety Program!
October 24, 2014
On October 17th, School #4 was visited by Firefighter Phil! Firefighter Phil's Safety Program teaches children about stranger danger, the negative effects of bullying, fire safety, internet safety and respect for authority figures. Thank you Firefighter Phil!
Tolerance & Respect Taught Through Archie Comics!
October 21, 2014
ASSEMBLY PROGRAM: NANCY SILBERKLEIT, Co-CEO of Archie Comics is returning to our school for the second year in a row. Students in grades 2-6 will have the opportunity to attend her wonderful presentation on October 22nd. We are thrilled and honored to have her back again!

Be More Awesome Assembly Program!
October 17, 2014
To "kick off" October being the Month of Respect, the students at School #4 were presented with an assembly that included a powerful anti-bullying message, as well as a fun approach to encouraging healthy choices! The students enjoyed the positive message from this wonderful program!

We thank the School #4 PTA for donating the funds to bring this great program to our school!
March 23, 2012

The School 4 Character Pledge

I pledge to be a person of good character:
 I will be worthy of trust,
 I will be respectful and responsible,
 I will always act with fairness,
I will show that I care,
I will be a good citizen,
And always do my share.


School 4 NJ School Performance Report Summary
April 12, 2013
Celebrating Respect Month
September 25, 2013
June 20, 2011
       Click on this link for the School #4 Summer Reading Booklist  

Hansel & Gretel artwork by Yuki

June 13, 2013

We celebrated our Math Olympiads and Ms. Maria Soria, G & T: Several students from School Four were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad program. These fourth grade students participate in a series of five monthly of 5 problems each from November to March.

     The students responded well and all were recognized with certificates for their participation. An embroidered felt patch was awarded to those in the top 50% of all participants, including the following students: Jason H, Thomas L, Alisha M, Lindsey C, Michelle K, Jenny S, and Dylan S.

     The silver pin is awarded to those in the top 10% of all participants, including the following students, Yifan K and Isabel K.

     The highest individual scorer trophy for the School Four/School Two team is awarded to Yifan K.

September 6, 2011

Pick-up and Drop-off Schedule:

Breakfast Program begins at 7:50 AM

Student Drop-off time is 8:30 AM
Student Dismissal is:
Kindergarten 2:50 PM
1st - 6th 3:00 PM
After Care Program 3:00 to 6:00 PM

Honor Roll—Regulation 5440
November 16, 2011

Grade 6
High Honor Roll - All grades are A- or better and grades in special classes are satisfactory or better.
Honor Roll - At least two grades are A- or better, all remaining grades are B- or better, and grades in special classes are satisfactory or better.

May 20, 2013
February 19, 2013




 Please refer to the Guidance Page for details.

March 12, 2013

November 9, 2012

May 14, 2012

A student from School 4 representing Fort Lee BOE recently received a perfect score in the second of three meets for this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. Sixth grader Lily Koslow earned a perfect score in the February meet.  Nationally, only 71 sixth graders achieved a perfect score.  Other students at Fort Lee BOE who achieved outstanding results in the meet include sixth grader Bertina Kudrin.  The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Maria Luisa Soria. The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com.
The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of relationships. Working to solve the Challenge analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Though most vocabulary-boosting and analogy-solving activities have been created for high school students, the WordMasters materials have been specifically designed for younger students, in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for able and interested children, who rise to the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.
The WordMasters Challenge has been administered for the past 25 years by a company based in Allendale, New Jersey, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools. Now that all three of the year’s meets have been completed, medals and certificates will be awarded to those students who achieved and/or improved the most in the course of the year.

Supply Lists
August 29, 2012
School No. 4 supply lists. [More Information]
Click to view Classroom Close-up; School 4 Buddies
May 16, 2013

Once you are on the Classroom Close-up site
scroll down to the videos and select 2012-2013 Show #17...ENJOY!

May 13, 2013

SCHOOL 4 GARDEN IS TAKING SHAPE: We are very proud to announce the creation of our School 4 Garden. Our garden was an idea that developed at one of our Parent/Principal meetings. The idea has taken shape through the winter with the formation of our Garden Club, under the voluntary supervision of Ms. Michelle Rios-Fornes. Our Garden Club currently has sixty student members from 2nd through 6th grade. Parent volunteers will be constructing the garden this weekend lead by Mrs. Stefany Koslow a parent of one of our sixth graders. Our garden will provide an excellent resource for all of our students, K through 6th, to develop hands-on science and nature experiences and knowledge.

April 18, 2013

To School 4 from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office: Congratulations! Your students are winners in the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office “Don’t Stand By for Bullying” contest. Simon Gak and Nicholas Chung at Fort Lee School #4, Mrs. Rizzo’s class, are the winning team in the 3rd grade category. We invite each student and one parent/guardian to a lunch ceremony at our SNAP conference on April 24, where we will acknowledge the winning entries.

Reward School
November 21, 2011

                SCHOOL 4 IS A New Jersey 
                Department of Education
                Officially Recognized   


December 16, 2012

School Shootings: Helping Teens Cope, A Guide for Parents

Helping Children Cope with Crisis:  Care for Caregivers

10 Tips to Help Your Kids Deal with Violence

Talking to Children about Violence
Tips for Parents and Teachers


A National Tragedy:  Helping Children Cope
Tips for Parents and Teachers


Talking with Kids about News

Talking to Children about Community Violence


Coping with Crisis:  Helping Children with Special Needs

Psychological First Aid - Core Actions (pg 19)

Caring for Kids After Trauma, Disaster, and Death

School Anti-Bullying Specialist Information
September 1, 2011

School Anti-Bullying Specialists
Nancy Sanders, Guidance Counselor
1193 Anderson Avenue
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024

June 17, 2011


March 23, 2011
To help the people of Japan who are suffering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami, the School 4 SADD Committee has begun to collect money to aid in their recovery. School Four families have done an outstanding job in helping others in the past and want to help now. The SADD students will be coming around to each classroom throughout the month of March to distribute “Helping Hands for Japan” flyers to those who made contributions. The Helping Hands are decorated by each contributor and hung in the halls.
Please join us in giving a helping hand!

School No. 4 Dinner Dance Sold Out
March 7, 2011
The School No. 4 Dinner Dance is Sold Out
The School 4 production of "Aladdin Jr."
June 22, 2010

Video originally from NY1.com
1st Graders Speak out about the BP Gulf Oil Polution
June 21, 2010

Video originally from CNBC.com

School #4's Production of Disney's Aladdin Jr.
June 18, 2010
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