Volunteers Recognition



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.

Garden Update


Garden Update: New Greenhouse & Expanded Garden Area

Pumpkins were placed in our flower bed this fall with some Kindergarten students after reading and learning about pumpkins. Those Seeds became buried. Then, this spring, pumpkin plants began growing from those seeds and now we have a beautiful pumpkin plant! 

Some Kindergarten and 4-6th grade ELL Students also planted tomato, pepper and bean seeds in March as we were studying the life cycle of plants. As the plants began to grow and get bigger, they were then transplanted into larger containers in our greenhouse. 

Several of the ELL students also weeded and prepared the garden prior to planting flowers for Earth Day. Many grade levels and their teachers participated in this wonderful event. Mrs. Saur’s chorus even sang a few songs in our garden! Mr. Diaz, who installed our sprinkler system last summer is also looking into expanding it and could use help from any parent or business in regards to this area!

Roland’s FSA members came out to support us on Earth Day by planting flowers and donating an umbrella, a beautiful magnolia tree, a rhododendron bush, bird seed, and various flowers. In addition, a lovely child’s table and chair set was also donated by a parent and FSA member. It was then put together for us by her 5th grade daughter Samantha Tavarez and her dad. Then, Mrs. Randsdorp coordinated a time that the set could be painted by Samantha and her two 5th grade classmates, Gianna Cox and Chichi Wokocha. Please make sure you take a look in the garden at what a wonderful job the girls did! The chairs and table look so pretty!! Thank you again for your wonderful support girls!

New cedar birdhouses have been also placed in the garden and were made and donated to us by Mr. Joseph Randsdorp. As soon as they were placed, House Wrens made their nests in them and now we have two expecting bird families!

We have now expanding our garden with the help of Dr. Moore and the student council as more fencing has been purchased and installed! Thank you Dr. Moore and student council!

Finally, we are very thankful for our maintenance staff as they spent many hours putting together the greenhouse for Roland! We also want to thank our custodial staff for their support too!  

Parents, please feel free to participate in any way you can towards our organic growing projects and further building of our wildlife habit. Currently, we are in need of some birdseed, potting soil or flowers. 

We look forward to providing enriching and wonderful learning opportunities for all students at Roland and their families with our school garden and greenhouse! So come on out and read a book with your child by the picnic table, or watch the beautiful birds and butterflies as they come into our garden area!

Last week, Mr. Juan Tamayo and Ms. Angela Ospina helped put up 70 feet of garden fencing.  With our expanded garden, automatic sprinkler system, and new greenhouse, our garden is growing indeed!

Check out our latest photos in our Garden Gallery- Click Here

Mrs. Debora Randsorp, ELL Teacher   randsdorpd@gtps.k12.nj.us       

Mr. Jose Diaz, ELL Teacher    diazj@gtps.k12.nj.us  

Website Changes






Our website is getting a brand new look and we’re also moving.  We will no longer be on gtpsblogs.org.  If you are a subscriber, I will automatically add you to get updates.  Thanks for helping our website get recognized as the best among school websites.

Please bookmark the following web address:  It’ll forward you to our new website when it’s up.


Webmaster: Mr. Jose Diaz

Roland Rogers wins $2,500 in ShopRite’s My School Program



Roland Rogers won $2,500 in the ShopRite For My School January Sweepstakes.

Help us win more by registering your ShopRite Plus card at the link below.  You might be familiar with BoxTops for Education, well ShopRite For My School makes it easy to give back to Roland!

ShopRite stores will give away up to $1,000,000 via valuable eBoxTops offers throughout the year until – 7/31/15.

Be sure to register your Price Plus® club card today so you can start earning eBoxTops for your school! Register Now

Just Register, Shop & Earn!

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If you buy any of the General Mills Box Tops for Education™ products on this list -Participating Products List and use your ShopRite Price Plus Card, our school earns money.


  • Register: After arriving at the ShopRite For My School site, set up your profile by entering the information required, and select Roland Rogers to receive your earned eBoxTops. Roland Rogers is Box Tops For Education™ eligible. You may only register for ShopRite For My School once per Price Plus® club card on this site.
  • Purchase*: When you buy the specified number of participating General Mills Box Tops for Education products during a bonus offer promotional period and swipe your registered Price Plus® club card, eBoxTops are credited to Roland Rogers, and you will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes for even more eBoxTops that could help your school surpass its earning goal for the year! *No purchase necessary. Click here for full rules.
  • Roland Rogers will be automatically credited with your ShopRite For My School earnings and there is nothing that you will need to turn in to your school’s Box Tops for Education Coordinator- Ms. D’Angelis.

For more information contact Ms. D’Angelis.


boxtops 2BoxTops for Education runs year round.  There are many other Sweepstakes and Contest.  And remember, you can continue to clip and send BoxTops for Education with your kids to give to their teacher and be collected by Roland’s Box Tops for Education Coordinator- Ms. D’Angelis.

Box tops are all over your pantry items and tissue boxes already. Please clip them and bring them to school. Every one is worth 10 cents.

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Find Box Tops on hundreds of products. Clip Box Tops from each package.

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Send the Box Tops to your school. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for your school.


10 cents each is all the more reason to enter Bonus Box Tops in other Sweepstakes & Contests

Enter Now

Enter for a chance to win 10,000 Bonus Box Tops for your school. 10 schools will win! Ends 5/24/15. Click to Enter!




Enter for a chance to win ONE MILLION Bonus Box Tops or up to 10,000 instant win prizes for your school! Ends 12/15/15. Click to Enter


Go to BoxTops4Education for more information 


Military Child Luncheon 2015


April is the Month of the Military Child so each year Ms. Dougherty has a luncheon for military children at Roland Rogers.











Month of the Military Child gives the nation the opportunity to recognize the character, strength and sacrifices of America’s military children as well as the role they play in the armed forces community. There are millions of American children and youth under 18-years-old with a parent serving in the military and many children and youth with one or both parents deployed multiple times.

This year’s luncheon is on April 16th at Noon in the Art Room.


Here’s a link to Terry’s They Are Heroes Too Program featured in “On The Move” Magazine.

Learn more about They are Heroes Too! at: www.freemilitarytutoring.org

Upcoming Events for April, May & June 2015






April, 2015

  • Spring Break- Thursday, April 2nd-Monday, April 6th
  • Spring Photos- Thursday, April 9th
  • Military Luncheon- Thursday, April 16th @ noon
  • Earth Day Activities- Roland’s Bird & Butterfly Garden- Wednesday, April 22nd.
  • PARCC Testing 3rd/6th Grades -Monday, April 27th-Thursday, April 30th

May, 2015

  • Spring Concert & Spring Expo – Thursday, May 14, 2015  (5:30 p.m.)
  • Field Day Activities ! – Week of May 18, 2015
  • Good Citizen’s EOY Party—Wednesday, May 27th – 2:00 p.m.
  • Faculty & Prof. Staff Planning Night – Thurs, May 28th (3:30 to 6:30 p.m.)

June, 2015

  • Student Council EOY Party – Wednesday, June 3, 2015
  • Volunteer Breakfast – Thursday, June 4, 2015 (7:45 a.m.)
  • School-wide Fun Day – Friday, June 5, 2015
  • Mr. B’s Backyard – Wednesday, June 10, 2015 (TBA)
  • 6th Grade Fun Day – Friday, June 12, 2015


Music in Our Schools Month 2015



This Year’s Slogan is “Change the World!”

Music In Our Schools Month is an annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high-quality music education programs in schools.  This year in particular seems to be an important Music In Our Schools Month, as it is the 30th Anniversary of celebrating music education in the schools across our country.

From March 24th-31st, we are Celebrating Music in Our Schools Week to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. This is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community and to display the benefits school music brings to students of all ages.