Roland Rogers E.S.

Galloway Township Public Schools, Galloway, NJ

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Filed Under (Community, Parent Resource) by on June 4, 2015 and tagged



Your compassion and dedication shine through in all you do.  We have a positive impact on others because of great volunteers like you.

We’re thankful for your efforts that improve others’ lives in many ways.  Your caring and thoughtful acts have earned our sincerest praise.


“Shake It Off” PARCC Version- Video by Mr. Dunn




PARCC Test iPad

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Testing starts in March.

The first segment of the ELA- English Language Arts and Mathematics of PARCC is the Performance Based Assessment will be administered in March.

The second component, the End-of-Year Assessment, is being adiministered in April/May.

PARCC tests are completed electronically.

Grades  Dates
3 & 6 March 2-6, 2015 and April 27-30, 2015
4 March 9-13, 2015 and May 4-7, 2015
5 March 16-20, 2015 and May 11-14, 2015

NJ ASK Science Testing (done on traditional paper and pencil)
Grade 4 Only- May 27, 2015

Download: Letter to Parents




Filed Under (Calendar, Parent Resource, Welcome) by on November 25, 2014 and tagged




Volunteers are needed to read with children, help with homework, assist with art, music, science projects, etc. ,and to share their special talents with students. If you would like to make a difference in your  child’s school  , please  complete and return the form below to their homeroom teacher.  You will then be contacted by our Parent Volunteer Coordinator, Mrs. Patti Lang, to finalize all the details.

Click Here> Roland Parent Volunteer Flyer pdf



Roland Rogers English Language Learners Program

Mr. José Diaz    –   Mrs. Debbie Randsdorp


Our ELL (English Language Learners) program is a daily developmental language program  of up to two periods of instruction based on the needs of ELLs ranging from various levels of English proficiency.   Instruction is provided to develop proficiency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.  Students are exited upon meeting state established cut-off scores on language proficiency tests.  The main goals are to prepare students to function successfully in mainstreamed classes and to provide enough English to enable students to function in their new community.

Your ELLs may interact well with classmates but be floundering academically.  This is due to acculturation and assimilation into their new learning community.  Therefore, it is important for the teacher to provide a welcoming and embracing learning environment.  Our program addresses more than just speaking.  There are many times that students are at or near native speaking fluency but are very low in listening comprehension, reading or writing.  That’s where our ELL program helps them to succeed.

Our curriculum consists of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities that provide for the development of receptive and expressive language through content areas.

When a new student enrolls in the district, the parents are given a Home Language Survey to fill out if they list another language on the registration card.  This is a pre-screening device. From the information on this form we can tell whether students needs to take the test for entry into our ELL Program.  Students can also be referred by their classroom teacher if they believe the student would benefit from an ELL program.


Here’s my Video on Getting Started with ELLs:


Conversational Fluency – High Frequency Words/Confidence in the Language

Picked up in the playground, tv, movies, etc. in the 1st to 2nd Year.

Discrete Language Skills – Ability to decode words/ Grammatical Knowledge from instruction and engaging in language.

Academic Language Proficiency - Ability to understand and produce increasingly complex oral and written language.  Students need 5 years of exposure to Academic English to catch up to Native Speaker norms.


For more information visit : for more information about helping English Language Learners acquire and learn the English language and excel in  the mainstream classroom




Goals of ELL
Goal 1:  To use English to communicate in social settings.   

-Student will use English to participate in social interaction.
-Students will interact in, through, and with spoken and written English for personal expression and enjoyment.
-Students will use learning strategies to extend their communicative competence.

Goal 2:  To use English to achieve academically in all content areas.     

-Students will use English to interact in the classroom.
-Students will use English to obtain, process, construct, and provide subject matter information in spoken and written form.
-Students will use appropriate learning strategies to construct and apply academic knowledge.

Goal 3:  To use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways.     

-Students will choose a language variety, register, and genre according to audience, purpose, and setting.
-Students will use non-verbal communication appropriate to audience, purpose, and setting.
-Students will use appropriate learning strategies to extend their sociolinguistic and sociocultural competence.


Photos by Ms. Valerie Polsinelli

An Independent Reading Program
For students in
Grades 4 – 6

Phase I : May – June, 2013 (Grades 3 – 6)
Book Clubs during Intervention – 3 days a week (Grades 3 – 6)

Phase II: Summer, 2013 (Grades 4 – 6)
Summer booklist will be distributed on June 18th & 19th

Incentives given in September for students reading at least 3 books!
Books can be borrowed from: Roland Rogers (Mon—Thurs, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.),
Galloway Public Library or purchased at: Books-A -Million Bookstore in Mays Landing

Phase III: September, 2013 – June 2014 (Grades 4 – 6)

◊ Ten month booklist for student to read on their own or during intervention on Fridays
◊ Books on iPads & Kindles!
◊ T-shirt emblem contest!
◊ Administrative incentives!
◊ Teacher incentives!
◊ Community incentives!
◊ End-of-year celebration!

Phase IV: May – June 2014 (Grades 4 – 6)

Creating book advertisements using iPads!
Creating book projects for the Spring Expo!

Parent Form Commitment Form

Summer Reading Lists
4th Grade  5th Grade  -   6th Grade

Photos by Ms. Valerie Polsinelli

Roland Reads!
Roland Rogers Elementary School’s
Independent Reading Program

Roland Rogers is beginning a great new reading program designed to encourage independent reading while improving students’ reading skills!  We need your help!

This program will require students to read independently at school and at home.  We need you to work with us to encourage your child(ren) to read short stories or novels on their own.  Please click here  for details!

Improving reading skills will make a huge difference in your child’s overall education!


Hello all Roland Rogers FSA Family.

 The end of the year is quickly coming upon us.   It is time for board nominations and elections.  If you would like to run for a position or nominate someone, please come to the next meeting.

All people being nominated must attend the meetings and must be a paid FSA member.

Nominations will take place at the April meeting, which has been changed to Monday, April 8 at 8am in the Library.

Elections will be held at the May 7th meeting, also at 8am in the Library.

Thanks so much. If you have any questions, please call Gail at 748-0485.

Filed Under (Community, Parent Resource) by on December 10, 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                        December 10, 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As you know from Public Information Messages, there is an increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the country.  We have had a case of suspected pertussis identified at Roland Rogers. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by a cough or a sneeze. Pertussis begins with cold symptoms and a cough, which become much worse over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughing fits followed by a whooping noise. However, older children, adults and very young infants may not develop the whoop. There is generally only a slight fever. People with pertussis may have a series of severe coughing fits followed immediately by vomiting, turning blue, or difficulty catching breath. The cough is often worse at night, and cough medicines usually do not help alleviate the cough.

If your child has been around someone with pertussis, s/he might become sick with the disease. This is especially true if your child is not up-to-date with his/her pertussis vaccine shots. Even if your child’s shots are up-to-date, s/he might still get pertussis.

If your child has been in contact with someone with pertussis, antibiotics prescribed by your doctor may prevent him/her from becoming ill. If your child is already sick, giving antibiotics early can help your child get well faster and lower the chances of spreading the disease to others.

Please consider the following New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services recommendations:

1. Infants under one year old, especially those under six months, are most likely to have severe symptoms if they develop pertussis. When possible, young infants should be kept away from people with a cough. Infants with any coughing illness should be seen promptly by their doctor.

2. Pertussis vaccine has until recently, been given only to children under 7 years old. However, a new adolescent and adult pertussis booster vaccine is now available for person’s ages 10 – 64 years. If you have children who have not been completely immunized against pertussis (particularly infants under one year) we recommend you now talk to your child’s doctor about the benefits of vaccination.

3. If your child comes down with cold symptoms that include a cough, talk to your child’s doctor immediately. Tell the doctor that pertussis has been identified at your child’s school.

4. It is generally recommended that those persons having close contact with a pertussis case receive antibiotics from their doctor to help prevent them from getting pertussis.

5. Do not send your child to school if s/he has any signs or symptoms of pertussis.

We continue to monitor the situation at school and if additional actions to control the spread of pertussis among pupils become necessary, we will again notify parents.

If you have general concerns or questions about pertussis, contact your local health department at 645.7700 Ext. 4236. If you have specific concerns or questions about your child’s health, contact your health care provider.


Dr. Robin Moore

School Principal

Good news! The story about Terry Dougherty’s military child tutoring program aired Tuesday, Sep. 11, during the CBS-3’s 5 p.m. newscast and at 6 a.m. the following morning.
Along with Terry Dougherty (RO), the following staff from our school district are featured:  Carly Somers (RO), Patti Lang( RO), Grace Dolente (RO), Britney Hanselmann (AR), and from the (RR) family: Erin Cawley.
 Check Terry’s site: for more information.  Terry’s military child tutoring program will soon be featured in Family Circle Magazine.
After winning last year’s “Great American Teach-Off”, Terry’s program has received recognition from many news shows, magazines, and other media outlets and organizations – what a wonderful thing to be recognized for!
Congratulations to Terry!

Come Celebrate the Love of Reading with Your Children

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program created by NEA, National Education Association, that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

The Purpose of Read Across Americaeve_re_acr_ame_photo

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

Parents are invited into the school to read to their child’s class.  They can contact their child’s teacher.  Click Here for Schedule

March 2, 2012

(unless otherwise noted)


March 1 – Cat in the Hat visit at 9:15 – 9:45 in Library (Sponsored by NJEA)

March 2 – Room 1, 4 & 5: PM Miss Galloway Teen will visit rooms
Room 2/Gruber: 9:30 GTMS Drill team will read to students and give a  demonstration
Room 4/Marti: AM Older sibling reading partners
Room 5/D’Angelis and Polisano: AM Making green eggs and ham


First Grade

9:15 – 9:45 Guest readers from Staples for all classes
9:55 – 10:25 1st and 6th grade “Big Buddy” reading
Latham and Burke/Esposito
Bustard and Albert/Esposito
Richardson and Whittaker/Wagner/Esposito
10:25 – 11:40 Random classroom activities
10:30 – 10:55 Pareene and Dolente/Newman/Esposito
12:40 – 1:40 Round Robin reading with all 1st grade teachers

Second Grade

Room 9/McCarty: 9:30 – 11:30 Parents reading in classroom, limit of 5 parents
Room 11/Bishop: AM “Read In” plus Dr. Seuss activities
Room 12/Smoaks: AM Students will create books and have a guest reader
All classrooms – Dr. Seuss activities in classroom – no parents

Third Grade

3rd grade:  9:30 – 11:00 GTMS Drill/Step team will be reading to the students
2:00 – 3:00 Students will rotate to all 3rd grade classrooms for reading activities

Fourth Grade

4th grade:  Sibling Soiree 9:30-10:15

Fifth Grade

5th Grade: 12:05 – 12:45 Parents coming in to read with students

Sixth Grade

9:55 – 10:25 1st and 6th grade “Big Buddy” reading
Latham and Burke
Bustard and Albert
Richardson and Whittaker/Wagner
Pareene and Dolente/Newman


ELL Students – Reading Dr. Seuss and doing Dr. Seuss activities all week on the iPads.

Grades 1 – 3 Combined Library (reading activities) and Art (painting) project all week in the library and the art room

Filed Under (Calendar, Community, Parent Resource, Procedures) by on September 21, 2011


 Traffic in and around school zones can create significant hazards for children and teens, as well as crossing guards, school officials, and volunteers. Parents often unknowingly create traffic hazards as they drop off or pick up their children from school. 

To ensure everyone’s safety, be sure to do the following: 

  • Please review and always follow your school’s student drop off plan.
  •  Drop your child off on the school side of the street, next to the curb. 
  • Follow instructions provided by school crossing guards.
  •  Slow down and comply with the posted speed limit not only in school zones, but where children are walking or biking along the road.
  •  Resist the urge to “drop off and dash.” Pull out slowly and look not only ahead, but alongside and behind your vehicle for pedestrians, bicyclists, cars, and buses. 
  • Eliminate all distractions‐‐particularly cell phones and other electronic devices that reduce your ability to react quickly in driving situations involving young children and their spontaneous actions. 
  • Teach your child to look all ways before crossing and to cross only in crosswalks or at corners.  
  • Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained in the appropriate child safety seat or booster seat or seat belt. New Jersey law requires all children under 8 years of age or who weigh less than 80 pounds to ride in a properly installed car or booster seat. All children between 8 and 18 years of age and all adults must wear a seat belt.






Visit Galloway Township Public Schools District Page about“Safe Routes to Our School”



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