Letter from the President

February 3, 2016

Dear St. Cloud parents,

Oh what a night! Diversity night 2016 was quite an exciting night. I want to extend a big thank you to all the families who generously donated food for all of us to sample. Thank you to the volunteers, the class parents for working on the amazing art projects (which raised over $1300!) and a huge thank you must go out to Sherille Raymond and Janice Berman for tirelessly working on coordinating the art projects and the incredible baskets. I would also like to acknowledge the help we received from our art teacher Mrs. Howe – we love having you on board!

Please join us this Friday Feb 5th for the FREE PTA movie night.
There will be a brief PTA meeting prior to “Goosebumps”. We will be opening up the slate for the 2016-17 executive board. There are several open positions, so please consider running – we need YOU so we can continue all the great events at St. Cloud!

More details will follow and as always, please check our website for all the latest information.


Camilla Roopani
St. Cloud PTA President

Upcoming PTA events
February 5: Free movie night (pizza & snacks will be served)
February 12-15: No school – President’s Day weekend
February 22-29: ASEP registration 3, 2016

St. Cloud Elementary Holds Annual Diversity Night Event

Article and photos by: Bridget Cunningham

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On Friday, Jan. 22, St. Cloud Elementary School held its annual Diversity Night for an evening of multicultural cuisine, artworks, decorations, and music. This annual event gives students and their families a chance to share cultural traditions, try new foods, and celebrate West Orange’s uniquely diverse community.

“Tonight, St. Cloud celebrates its incredible diversity, its nationalities and its ethnicities, which are our greatest strengths as a school and as a town,” said Principal Eric Price. “The PTA, once again, has done a tremendous job at creating a really great evening for all the kids and their families to enjoy.”

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., students and parents gathered for an authentic dinner highlighting some of the most popular foods from various countries, including Nigerian fried plantains, Indian chicken biryani and French quiche. Afterwards, students were invited to participate in the ‘I Spy Scavenger Hunt Challenge’ where they toured class bulletin boards throughout the school hallways.

“What’s special about this year’s event is that students and their teachers each created colorful works of art that will be auctioned off to raise money for the St. Cloud PTA,” Price said.

These colorful, distinctive artworks included a handmade quilt, pottery, and a tree with leaves as student hand prints. Furthermore, nine gift baskets were raffled off, some of which included professional sports headphones, a Red Bull autographed sports jersey, a $40 Fortissimo gift card, and a three-month Retro Fitness VIP membership.

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“We didn’t have Diversity Night when I was a student here,” said Clare Cunningham, an eigth grader at Roosevelt Middle School. “This year’s event is particularly special because of the fun that comes with the auctioning and raffling. It’s also really great to see the kids and know that diversity continues to thrive in our schools.”

Bridget Cunningham is a student at West Orange High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto.net.



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