Cougar Connect – March 11, 2024

Dear Coolidge Families,

I hope everyone adjusted to springing ahead with the time change today!  I am not a fan of losing an hour but the good news is that we will have more hours of daylight and spring will be here soon! There are a lot of events coming up to look forward to like the Science Fair, Plant Sale, Wizards Game, and Theme Day! Read below for all the info.

Have a wonderful week and May The Force Be With You!!



Harlem Wizards vs. Wyckoff Teachers Game

The Wizards event on April 4th has sold out at this time. If you didn’t have an opportunity to get your tickets last Sunday evening, be sure to add your name to the wait list on the ticketing website. 

The good news is that volunteers are still needed! If you were not able to purchase a ticket in time, volunteering gives you the opportunity to attend the game and not miss this fun event! We still need people to help with Crowd Control, Merchandise Sales, Concession Sales, and a few more positions! Any volunteer help for this event is welcomed. As a thank you for helping out, volunteers will be receive free admission to the game. Once you sign up for a slot, please contact Sammi at  and we’ll provide you with more information regarding your free admission. 

Click here to volunteer.


Science Fair 

The Science Fair will take place at Coolidge on Wednesday, March 13th.  The deadline to register for participation has passed. For students participating here are some important reminders:

Scientists typically create a trifold board (supplied by you) with their experiment to showcase on a table in the MPR. Scientists will stay at their table during the fair to present their findings, but will have time to explore the other projects in the room. 

Do not use anything valuable at your table. The room will be busy and we wouldn’t want anything of value to be misplaced. Also, please remember that no flammables or dry ice are permitted to be used. 

Set up of the projects will be on March 13th after school.

Use your imagination, be creative and most importantly, have fun!

Just a reminder, this is not a drop off event.  A parent or guardian must be present for the duration of the event.

Please contact Marissa Abruzzo ([email protected]) or Kerri Norcia ([email protected]) with any questions.


Read Week Visit with Robert Skead

The PTO is proud to have been able to fund a visit from author and Coolidge Alum Robert Skead! Mr. Skead engaged and spoke with the students about a variety of topics including what inspires him and the process that he uses when writing his works. The students were amazed and excited that a former Coolidge student is a published writer and we hope that they went away with the knowledge that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to! This was a fantastic and fun way to conclude a successful Read Week 2024!!

Plant Sale Fundraiser

Order now for Mother’s Day! Give yourself the gift of not running around last minute for flowers! There are beautiful hanging baskets, potted flowers, potted and annual mixed herbs and annual flats.  Such a great selection and your purchase will benefit Coolidge School PTO! Any questions, please contact Sammi at [email protected] 

  Order Here

Pick up will be the Thursday 5/9 before Mother’s Day.


Economy Shop

Thank you to all the Coolidge parents who continue to lend a hand at the Economy Shop!

Volunteers are needed all throughout the year. Please continue to volunteer to help out. 

Sign Up Here!

We’re also in need of managers!! It’s all the same volunteer work except you get to choose the music and use the scanner! Contact Ashley if you’re interested in manager training. 

Thank you SO MUCH for all your help in keeping the Economy Shop open and running smoothly. We’re 100% volunteer run, and 100% of the profits go back to our schools. 


Lunch Volunteers Needed on Mondays and Wednesdays

We are always looking for more parents to jump in and help out on Mondays and Wednesdays.  All help is extremely appreciated! 

Volunteers for 3-5th grade are especially needed on both days, so please consider taking the time to come help out. 

Monday Lunch Volunteer Signup

 Pizza Lunch Volunteer Signup

Theme Day

Theme Day will be held on Friday, April 12th. Are you looking for supplies for your Theme Day room? Or, do you have extra items from previous years that another group can use? If so, please post your items or ISO requests on our Coolidge PTO Facebook page.

 If you aren’t a part of the PTO Facebook group yet , click here to join.

If you have any questions as you prepare for this fun event, please contact any member of the PTO Executive Board. 

Nominating Committee Updates

The Coolidge PTO Nominating Committee is searching for members who can fill the following three board positions. 

1st Vice President.

2nd Vice President Fundraising (one position)


Economy Shop chair (one position)

If you are interested in taking one of the above roles, or know someone who would be a great fit, please contact Amy Minatelli  [email protected]

Job descriptions are available for review


May Dinner Update

Our annual May Friendship Dinner will take place on May 9, 2024 at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. There will be an open/ unassigned seating plan, opportunities to win some incredible Tricky Tray baskets, a 50/50 raffle, and more! 

Volunteer assistance is needed and appreciated! Many hands make light work, so please use your talents to help our chairs create another unforgettable PTO event! Click here to explore available opportunities to help out. 

If you can’t volunteer your time, but would like to make a material or financial contribution to the event, please reach out to Liz Walker and Allison Makowsky at [email protected]


The Coolidge PTO Golf Outing

We are in the early planning stages for the Fall 2024 Coolidge PTO Golf Outing. All parents are welcome to join the planning committee! 

Reach out to [email protected] for more information. 

In case you missed it, Mr. Famularo’s weekend email can be found here.


Important Dates

March 13th – PTO Science Fair 6:30- 7:30pm

March 29th – Schools Closed (Good Friday)

April 4th – Harlem Wizards vs Wyckoff Teachers

April 12th – Theme Day

April 15th- 19th – Schools Closed (Spring Break)

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