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Message from the Superintendent

March 2017

Spring is almost here... March 20th to be exact!   As we welcome the good weather, I encourage you all to take some walks and bike rides to and from school.  It is a great way to spend some time outdoors and together as a family before and after the school day... 



HIB Information
District Anti-Bullying Coordinators & Specialists
Jessica Piernik, Deane-Porter
Contact Information:
      732-842-0383 x409
Nancy Pearson, Forrestdale
Contact Information:
      732-842-0330 x455

Affirmative Action Info

District Affirmative Action and Title IX Officer
Michael Snyder, Supervisor of Special Education

Contact Information:

District 504 Officer
Vera Ridoux, Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessments

Contact information:


"Igniting Potential"

The Rumson School District ignites the potential of its learners by growing, inspiring, and cultivating personal excellence academically, socially, and emotionally.


March 2017

Dear Parents, Friends, and fellow Community Members,
As the Rumson Board of Education, its administration, and the staff move forward in planning for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond it is important for us to reflect on where we are.  As partners in the education of the children of the Rumson Borough community it is important that we collect perspectives from every possible member of that partnership.  As a result, we ask that you take 15-20 minutes to complete this survey.  In doing so, please refrain from using this survey as a platform for expressing thoughts on specific staff members and students, but instead  focus on the valuable task of providing feedback on programs and practices.  Programs referenced in this survey can be found on our district website www.rumsonschool.org.   
All information in this survey is anonymous and the data will be used as a whole to inform the programs and practices that support the mission of the Forrestdale and Deane-Porter schools; “The Rumson School District ignites the potential of its learners by growing, inspiring, and cultivating personal excellence academically, socially, and emotionally”.
Thank you for your time with this request.  We look forward to reviewing your feedback.
This survey will close on April 3, 2017.
With pride,
Dr. John E. Bormann
Superintendent of Schools
Rumson Borough School District, PreK-8

News & Announcements

Community Conversation (pdf)
Responding to the Heroin Epidemic in Monmouth County...

Forrestdale School started this fundraising campaign to help charity: water raise money to build simple solutions for clean water like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world, and we are looking for anyone who can help us. 100% of your money brings clean water to people in need.

Violet' 1st Birthday - RFH Therapy Dog
Violet, the RFH Therapy Dog is turning one!

Change in Tick Identification Service (pdf)
There is a change in service for tick identification by the Monmouth County Health Department.

2017 Friends of Different Learners Resource Fair (pdf)
Please join us Monday, March 6, 2017, to meet representatives from programs for students with special needs of all ages and challenges:
- Activity programs
- Therapeutic programs
- Day and Residential camps
- Academic Support programs

See attached flyer for details and sign up.

17-18 Kindergarten Registration Packet
The primary goal of the Deane-Porter Kindergarten program is to provide developmentally appropriate educational experiences that build a strong foundation for future academic success.

17-18 Pre-School Registration
The Rumson Public School District is pleased to announce year eight of the implementation of its integrated preschool program. The program will serve three (3) and four (4) year old children. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held five days per week.

Students Change Hunger Results 2016 (pdf)
Congratulations to Forrestdale School for being recognized as a Winner for their participation in the Monmouth-Ocean Food Bank Hunger Challenge. See more below!

REF Donor. Thank You-2016 (1) (pdf)
The Rumson Education Foundation (“REF”) extends its sincere appreciation to all local families and businesses that helped to make our fundraising initiatives this year an overwhelming success through their generous donations, sponsorships, and support of the REF’s Dance with your Darling, The Rumson Kitchen Tour and The Celebration for Education...

Bell Schedule
Click below to view the following:
  • New 2016-2017 Deane Porter Bell Schedule
  • New 2016-2017 Forrestdale Bell Schedule
  • New Marking Period Calendar
  • Six Day Rotation Calendar

Special Education Parent Academy (pdf)
On behalf of the Tri-District Special Services Departments, we welcome each of you to the start of another exciting school year!

Monmouth County Special Needs Registry
The Monmouth County Special Needs Registry is a voluntary service open to all citizens with special needs who reside, attend school or are employed in Monmouth County...

Annual Child Nutrition Survey (pdf)
Please fill out this application and return it to the school.

Non-resident Tuition Students
Information about Non-Resident Tuition Student acceptance in the Rumson School District

Implementation Guidelines of Best Practices for Education of Students.pdf (pdf)
This year Deane-Porter will be joining the NJ Department of Education and Rutgers University in the implementation of best practices for the education of students in grades K-3...

Two Rivers Friends Of Different Learners 16-17 Support Group Meetings (pdf)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)_3 (pdf)
Parents have the right under the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their students’ teachers and paraprofessionals.

Rumson School District Social Media
* For those of you that use Twitter you can now follow us at @Rumsonbulldawgs
  • For those of you that use Facebook you can now follow us at Rumson School District page (there are several, the official one is the one with the picture of Forrestdale School and a Bulldog)

  • For those of you who want to receive reminder notifications through Remind for Deane Porter School from Mrs. Feeney please text @Bulldogsdp to 81010 (ex. bus pickup is late, spirit days, Back to School Nights, etc.)

  • For those of you who want to receive reminder notifications through Remind for Forrestdale from Mrs. Gibbons please text @BulldogsFD to 81010 (ex. bus pickup is late, spirit days, Back to School Nights, etc.)

  • For those of you who want to receive reminder notifications through Remind for the Rumson School District from Dr. Bormann please text @rumsonsd to 81010 (ex. board meeting events, school accolades, safety or security reminders, etc.)

Amazon Smile
SHOP Amazon & SUPPORT the REF! A portion of your purchase amount will go to the REF so we can continue making incredible strides supporting our Deane-Porter & Forrestdale Schools! Thank you! Click "More" and start shopping!

New Rumson School App
The mobile app has been updated with new information and functionality. Please delete the old version and install the new version for Android and Apple phones.


Upcoming Events
Fri Mar 24
Dance With Your Darling 7PM-9PM
Thu Mar 30
FD Follies
Mon Apr 3
Education Committee mtg. 5:00 pm
Planning Comm 6:00 pm
Personnel Comm 7:00 pm
No Bulldog PAC
Wed Apr 5
PTO meeting 9:15 FD Cafeteria
Finance Comm 5:30 pm
Policy Comm 6:30 pm

Press Releases
National History Day (pdf)
Rumson’s Preschool Welcomes it’s Newest Bulldogs (pdf)
Dr.Seuss' B'day Ignites Students' Potential in Rumson (pdf)
Rumson School Ignites Potential of Sustainability (pdf)
Lunch With a Loved One 2017 (pdf)
6th Graders Help to Ignite the Potential in Others (pdf)
2017 Rumson Honors Teachers of the Year (pdf)
Guys & Dolls Jr. PressRelease (pdf)
Rumson School District Wellness Committee (pdf)
Rumson School District Continues Partnership with Chhange at Brookdale (pdf)
Special Ed Tri-District Transition Press Release -Final (pdf)
Future City Press Release (pdf)
Community in Kindergarten - Rumson Press Release (pdf)
PARCCpressrelease12.14.16 (pdf)
Fall Sports at Forrestdale (pdf)
Special Ed Dept. Ignites Potential
Crisis Prevention Institute Training. (pdf)
Inaugural Class Induction into Forrestdale Chapter of NJHS (pdf)
NIEER Press Release (pdf)
Innovation LabPress Release (pdf)
State Releases Every Schools PARCC Scores
October was a busy month at Deane-Porter (pdf)
Kingore press release (pdf)
Bike to Ignite (pdf)
Therapy Dog at Deane-Porter (pdf)
MakerspaceSTEM (pdf)
Makerspace - Two River Times Press Release
PTO Fall Festival Rumson (pdf)
Rumson Launches a New Brand (pdf)
High Quality Preschool Program (pdf)