Montclair High’s The Passing Notes Bring Birthday Cheer to Bloomfield

BY  |  Friday, Dec 09, 2016 1:00pm

Passing Notes sing at Van Vleck (Facebook)

Passing Notes sing at Van Vleck (Facebook)

When you hear a performance by the The Passing Notes, Montclair High School’s student-run A Cappella group, it’s easy to become fans of these amazingly talented performers. The Passing Notes sing for free at various fundraisers, community events and concerts, including most recently at Van Vleck House. Stephen Colbert is a fan; he had the group warm up his audience recently with a performance before The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

But The Passing Notes’ biggest fan just might be Michael, a Bloomfield teen with autism who was treated to a very special performance to celebrate his 13th birthday. Continue Reading

CSBK Montclair Banking Center Supports Nishuane Elementary School Thanksgiving Food Drive

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 10:00am

CSBK Montclair donated 35 turkeys to the Nishuane School Thanksgiving Food drive last week. One of the special holiday traditions at Nishuane is the annual Fall Food Drive, where students, families and staff donate a variety of non-perishables, fruits and vegetables so families-in-need in the Nishuane School community can have a healthful and bountiful Thanksgiving feast.

Pictured from left to right: Erica Mitchell – Parent Co-Chair Nishuane School food Drive, Karen Andes – President, Nishuane School PTA, Evan Kozak, Assistant Principal, Nishuane School, Maria Kosmider – CSBK Community Banking Specialist, Luise Young – CSBK Marketing Assistant

Pictured from left to right: Erica Mitchell – Parent Co-Chair Nishuane School food Drive, Karen Andes – President, Nishuane School PTA, Evan Kozak, Assistant Principal, Nishuane School, Maria Kosmider – CSBK Community Banking Specialist, Luise Young – CSBK Marketing Assistant

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Montclair BOE: Bolandi To Step Down End of February, Superintendent Search Update

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 4:20pm

Buzz Aldrin Middle School received a big check from the Man on the Moon Committee and the Montclair BOE was treated to a performance from super cute cowboys and cowgirls square-dancing from the Bullock school, but the main event of the night was a presentation and subsequent reactions to the findings of Hazard, Young and Attea (HYA) and Associates — following community outreach and an online survey to develop the desired characteristics for the next Montclair Superintendent.

Montclair BOE accepted a $38,041.33 check from the Man on the Moon Committee on behalf of  the Buzz Aldrin Middle School.

Montclair BOE accepted a $38,041.33 check from the Man on the Moon Committee on behalf of the Buzz Aldrin Middle School.

Before the presentation started, the Board also had some news to report. Board president Jessica de Koninck announced that Interim Superintendent Ron Bolandi has to leave at end of February 2017, not at end of March as the Board previously believed. As a result, the BOE will need to look for another interim superintendent in December to serve until the permanent superintendent, is found and hired for a more realistic July 1st start date. Continue Reading

Bloomfield High School Presents Fall Play: The Servant of Two Masters

BY  |  Monday, Nov 14, 2016 3:30pm


Bloomfield High School Thespian Society offers their fall play, The Servant of Two Masters, produced and directed by Brandon E. Doemling, at the Westminster Arts Center/Van Fossan Theatre, on November 17, 18, and 19 at 7:00 p.m. Set design is by Ralph Turano, lighting by Nicholas Von Hagel, and costumes by Corky St. Clair. The cast includes 16 Bloomfield High School students, with 13 on the crew. Continue Reading

Bradford Elementary School Holds “Bradford University”

Monday, Nov 14, 2016 11:15am

Bradford University

Bradford Elementary School holds the fourth annual “BRADFORD UNIVERSITY” this Wednesday, November 16th from 7 – 8:30pm. This event is open to all parents and care takers in the Montclair community. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Park Street Academy Celebrates Community Helpers

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 10:45am

Montclair’s Park Street Academy celebrated “Community Helpers” in October by teaching children about the world around them through a variety of special guests and programming.

Beginning with a visit from Officer Batelli of the Bloomfield Police Department, children learned about the various ways that police officers help the community in daily life. Officer Batelli, also a PSA parent, spoke about his job as a police officer, how his job is to help keep people safe, and what to do if you’re lost or need help: always look for a police officer in uniform!


Safety is important, so a week later the firefighters from the Montclair Fire Department held an outdoor presentation for PSA students. They explored a fire truck, learned about the equipment and how it is used, and discussed what firefighters do in the event of a fire. Firefighters also shared safety information, including fire prevention tips, “stop, drop and roll” and how to call for help in the event of an emergency. Continue Reading

Montclair Co-Op School Students Donate “Arks”

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 11:45am

On October 6th this year, seventh and eighth graders from Montclair Cooperative School traveled to Rutland, Massachusetts, to personally deliver a check for $11,000 to Heifer International, the nonprofit organization that works to alleviate hunger and poverty by providing assistance with livestock and agriculture. The students had earned the funds over the summer as a project of their Global Issues Theme Study class. The amount was sufficient to fund two of what Heifer refers to as an ark – 15 pairs of a variety of livestock that are given to needy families. The animals give them a reliable source of food and income and the offspring of which they commit to passing on to someone else in their community.

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Find Out About Montclair Crew: Rowing Open House

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 12:30pm


If you’ve ever wondered how Montclair’s Crew team trains to win championship medals, now is your chance to find out.
Find out about Montclair Crew at the Rowing Open House, Thursday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

Varsity rowers and first-year rowers will talk about their experience and coaches will answer questions and talk about training, competing, and college recruitment. Continue Reading

Ready, Set, Bid! Auction of Fun Things To Do To Support MHS Gymnastics

Tuesday, Nov 08, 2016 2:00pm


Montclair High School Girls Gymnastics Booster Club is holding an online auction with the theme of “Fun things to do in Montclair” featuring donated prizes from Montclair businesses and residents.


Prizes include tickets to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Portraits by Michael Stahl and more. The auction starts today, 11/8/2016, and ends 11/18/2016.

What Do You Want in a School Superintendent? Montclair Residents Speak, Search Consultant Listens

BY  |  Friday, Nov 04, 2016 8:34am  |  COMMENTS (1)

It may have been sparsely attended, but the forum last night, held by consulting firm Hazard, Young and Attea (HYA) and Associates requesting public input on the search for a new permanent Montclair superintendent of schools, offered a lively exchange of questions and suggestions during the hour-long session.  HYA’s Dwight Pfennig led the forum on his own; his colleague, Brad Draeger, was absent.

School-superintendent-search consultant Dwight Pfennig

School-superintendent-search consultant Dwight Pfennig

Pfennig began by explaining he was meeting with people in the district administration and was hoping to meet with students to discuss the superintendent search on November 7.  He outlined three areas where feedback is needed:  what residents liked about Montclair schools; what they expected the challenges for the next superintendent in the next three to five years; and what they considered to be the most important characteristics for a superintendent to have.

Most of the residents in attendance especially liked the magnet school program.  One resident said the magnet program helped make Montclair schools a place in which all students felt welcome and free to be themselves.   But resident Andrew Gideon thought the magnet system could be improved and updated.  He cited the fact that the district has technology magnets at the elementary and middle-school levels but technology has permeated the school system.   “Some time in the next five years, certainly in the next 10 years, someone’s going to have to sit down and take a very detailed view of what changes need to be made,” he said. Continue Reading

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