John Paulding Staff Appreciation Week volunteers

John Paulding Staff Appreciation Week

Hello, Parents!

Each year, we recognize the hard work and dedication of John Paulding teachers, teacher's aides and other staff via a Staff Appreciation Week. The highlight of the week is a luncheon for the staff of John Paulding. We provide small tokens of appreciation throughout the rest of the week. We hope that you will help us make the appreciation week and luncheon something very special for the JP Staff!

Do you have an appetizer or dessert that everyone loves? Please share this with our staff for the luncheon!  We've included general luncheon suggestions, but please, share your favorites and include what you will be bringing in the comments section so we can make sure we have a good variety.  It may look like we've got a lot on the list, but there are 60 people to feed!

If you need to drop an item off to one of our homes in the morning, we will be happy to bring it to the school.  If you can bring your dish/donation to school, please have it at the school by 10:30 a.m. the morning of the luncheon and 8 a.m. other days of the week.

Please make sure you use disposable containers.  It will be difficult to return containers and serving pieces to the rightful owners.  

As always, feel free to call Sara (201-906-8251) Samantha (xxxxxxxxx) or Brianna (908-406-1304) or send us an email through

Here is the schedule for this year's John Paulding Staff Appreciation Week:

Monday, May 14: "We 'donut' know where we would be without you"; donuts and coffee for staff (coffee donation to be provided by Kristy Yacovone Farbman/

Tuesday, May 15: "Thanks for making us 'smart cookies'"; cookies and coffee for staff

Wednesday, May 16: "Thanks for quenching our thirst for knowledge"; infused/sparkling waters and other "fun" drinks for staff -- NO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Thursday, May 17: Staff Appreciation Luncheon (to include raffle for staff)

Friday, May 18: "We couldn't have 'picked' better teachers"; fresh fruit for staff

Thanks for volunteering!

Sara Scipioni, Samantha Ford-Godette and Brianna Staudt 

Kindergarten and Pre-K PTA VP's                                

Created by:   Brianna Staudt
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy EDT) Location Available Slot
(Mon. 7:30am - 8:00am)
Teacher's Lounge 

1 dozen donuts (5)

4 of 5 slots filled
Mittsi Crossman
Keri Mackiewicz (2)
Will try to buy some that are gluten free
Samantha Godette
Nicole Valdez Arenas
(Tue. 7:30am - 8:00am)
Teacher's Lounge 

box of coffee (pre-brewed) (3)

All slots filled
Samantha Godette
Jorge Avayaca
Melanie Zessos

cookie platter (3)

All slots filled
Sara Elliott (3)
(Thu. 10:00am - 10:30am)
All-Purpose Classroom 

Appetizers (Cheese Platters, Bruschetta, Guacamole w/ Chips, Hummus w/Pita, etc) (6)

4 of 6 slots filled
Anne Busto Hofgartner
Cheese/Meat Platter w/ Crackers/Toasts
Larah Alami
variety of hummus with chips
Katie Wilde
Eggplant, Fresh Mozzarella and Pesto Crostini
Guacamole w/ Chips

Veggie Tray (3)

All slots filled
Heidi Venezia
Will bring veggies and hummus
Val CIrillo-Bunch
Michelle Bhattacharyya

Garden Salad (4)

2 of 4 slots filled
Martha Picon
Sara Elliott

Pasta Salad (6)

2 of 6 slots filled
Aleece Yim
Chicken Orzo Salad
Jinah Van Lent
Korean potato noodle w vegetables

Vegetable Side (Corn/Bean Salad, Grilled Vegetables) (3)

1 of 3 slots filled
Sara Elliott

Fruit platter or fruit side (4)

All slots filled
Lisa Kaplewicz
Nisha Raghavan (2)
Erika Bakos
Fruit platter

1 case bottled water (3)

All slots filled
Mary-Anne McTiernan
Becky Zifchock
Pamela Godinho

$10 Gift Card - Target (Raffle for Staff) (5)

All slots filled
Tal Drori (2)
Daniela Eaton
Madhavi Shah (2)

$10 Gift Card - Amazon (Raffle for Staff) (5)

All slots filled
Allie Scherich (2)
Heidi Venezia
Lisa Johnstone (2)

$10 Gift Card - Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks (Raffle for Staff) (5)

All slots filled
Karen Otto
Kerry Young
Andrea Lattanzio
Kristy Yacovone Farbman (2)
1lb bag of Double Barrel Roasters coffee

white napkins - 60-75 count

Andrea Lattanzio

white plates - 60-75 count

Andrea Lattanzio

disposable silverware (forks, knives, spoons) - 60-75 count each

Andrea Lattanzio

iced tea (canned - 12 pack) (2)

1 of 2 slots filled
Giselle Rodriguez-Montolio

soda (canned - 12 pack) (3)

All slots filled
Sarina Choi
Mary-Anne McTiernan
Giselle Rodriguez-Montolio

cookies/brownies/cupcakes (4)

3 of 4 slots filled
Sara Westbrook
cookies and brownies
Giselle Rodriguez-Montolio
Amy Spiridakis

vegetarian wraps or sandwiches (20-ish)

Giselle Rodriguez-Montolio

wraps or sandwiches (20-ish) - w/meat

Michelle Defilippis
Mix platter of meats.
(Fri. 7:30am - 8:00am)
Teacher's Lounge 

fresh fruit platter (3)

All slots filled
Elissa Smith (3)

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