2023-24 Welcome Letter



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September 1, 2023


Hello SMS Students and Families,


I would first like to say, “Welcome to the South Mountain Family” to our brand new SMS families and “Welcome back” to our returning families. I hope you are enjoying your summer and hopefully tried some new activities. I also hope that your child(ren) is excited, recharged and ready to start a new school year at SMS. It is hard to believe that I am entering my fifth year as principal of SMS and I am overjoyed about returning to school.


The first day of school is Thursday, September 7, 2023. I have attached a link for the South Mountain parent handbook. The handbook provides information about school safety, medical information, school hours, lunch and other pertinent school information. I am also attaching a link for morning line up and afternoon pick up locations and bus information for SMS Big School and Annex. Students in Grade K-2 must have adult supervision in the morning and afternoon.


Reminder for Big School parents. Please use the new main entrance located in the back of the school next to the staff parking lot when entering the school or dropping off late students or items. The main office has been relocated.


See the link below for the Family handbook:

2023-2024 Family Handbook

See the link below for morning line up and pick up locations and bus information:

Morning Line Up and Bus Information


Changes for the 2023-2024 school year:


SMS Big School will house grades 2-5. SMS Annex will house Kindergarten and Grade 1

  • Team MW - Ms. Watkinson and Ms. Mondelli - Kindergarten Inclusion

  • Ms. Esposito is Kindergarten at the Annex.

  • Ms. Murphy is Kindergarten at the Annex.

  • Ms. Ciuba is Kindergarten at the Annex.

  • Ms. Prisco is Grade 1 at the Annex.

  • Ms. Sabato is Grade 2 at the Big School

  • Ms. Pitt is Grade 4 ELA at the Big School

  • Mr. Cahn and Ms. Stokes (Subbie) ELA - Inclusion 4th grade at the Big School.


We would also like to welcome new staff to the SMS family:
  • Mr. Anthony Cicenia - South Mountain Assistant Principal

  • Ms. Jasmine Clark - 3rd Grade General Education Teacher - Big School

  • Ms. Tenia Edghill - Special Education teacher - Working with Ms. Salvas- ( 1st grade-

    inclusion) - Annex


In addition to our focus on rigor and academics, our teachers will also focus on the Social Emotional well being of our students. As we embark on this educational and Social-Emotional journey for the 2023-2024 school year, SMS administration and teaching staff are here to support you and your child(ren). Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to the start of an exciting new school year.


In Partnership,
Mr. Kevin Mason, Principal South Mountain Elementary/Annex

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