Cougar Connect – February 25th, 2024

Dear Coolidge PTO Families,

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the winter break. While I was writing this update, I realized just how quickly this school year is going by and how many things we are accomplishing together as a PTO. We are fortunate to have such an active group of parents who help create fun, enriching, and memorable experiences for the students at Coolidge. Thank you for your time and contributions! Have a great week!


Pizza Fundraiser Thank You!

Thank you to Michelle Gibney and Sammi Eletto for organizing a delicious Francesca's DIY pizza fundraiser. We had a great turnout from the Coolidge community and hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day pizza creations!


Science Fair

Please read the following message from our PTO Science Fair chairs, Marissa Abruzzo and Kerri Norcia:

The Coolidge School Science Fair is open to all scientists in grades K-5 on March 13, 2024,from 6:30-7:30 in the MPR. Discover your inner Einstein and start planning your experiments to display & present in the Multipurpose Room. You can present an experiment by yourself, with a friend, or in a small group.

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.

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

Participation is easy! Fill out the form linked below, create your experiment, and set up your project on March 13th after school. Come to the fair that evening to showcase your project and visit other scientist’s stations! Sign up no later than March 8.

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 ( or Kerri Norcia ( with any questions.

Science Fair Sign Up Form



Read Across America Week - March 4th- 8th

Read Across America week is coming up and Mrs. Needleman has organized some really fun ways to celebrate! Click here for the schedule and details.

The PTO is excited to join the fun by sponsoring a visit from local author and former Coolidge alum, Robert Skead! We’re excited to provide this opportunity for the students and grateful for the support of the PTO community that makes it possible.


Economy Shop

This week is a Coolidge week at the Economy Shop!

Please click below and consider signing up to lend a hand this week, or on any other day of the school year.
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.


 The Harlem Wizards - Tickets Sales Start Soon!

Ticket sales for the Wizards game will begin on Sunday, March 3rd.

Don’t miss an opportunity to see the Wizards take on Wyckoff teachers from around the district in a fun game of trick basketball at Ramapo High School.

If you are interested in joining the Coolidge volunteer committee, please contact Sammi Eletto at



Special Announcement for 5th Grade Parents: Wall Tile Project

The Coolidge PTO is happy to sponsor the Wall Tile Project again this year!
Below, you will find a Google form with information about the project, how to purchase a keepsake tile, and a space to provide permission for use of your child's artwork in the 5th Grade Memory book.

Ordering a keepsake tile is optional, but the permission to share your child's artwork image with the Memory Book committee is required. This is a time sensitive project, so please complete the form by this Thursday, February 29th.

Thank you!


Wall Tile Art Consent and Order Form


Lunch Volunteers Needed on Mondays and Wednesdays

We appreciate the enthusiastic response to our call for lunch volunteers! We can use a few more parents to jump in and help out on Mondays and Wednesdays. All help is extremely appreciated!

Volunteers for 3rd-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- Supply Swap

The Theme Day Supply Swap will begin this week on our Coolidge PTO Facebook Page. Thanks to Sammi Eletto for a great idea that will help us pool resources as we all plan our Theme Day workshops! If you aren’t a part of the PTO Facebook group, click here to join.

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 at

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


The Coolidge PTO Golf Outing - Call for Committee Members

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 for more information.


Lost and Found

Last call to take a look at the Lost and Found at Coolidge! All unclaimed items will be donated on Tuesday morning.

Click here for Mr. Famularo’s weekend email.


Important Dates:

February 26th: Last day to check Coolidge Lost and Found

February 29th: 5th Grade Wall Tile Project Permission Forms Due

March 4th - March 8th: Read Across America Week

March 7th- 9:15am: PTO Meeting (MPR)

March 8th: Science Fair Registrations Due

March 13th - PTO Science Fair 

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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