Bay Head School hosts virtual Back to School Night

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BAY HEAD — Bay Head Elementary School hosted its Virtual Back to School Night Monday, with parents getting a chance to meet their children’s teachers via pre-made videos and presentations, as well as through live sessions on Zoom, Google Meet and other online platforms.

“The virtual back to school night was so successful and the feedback from the parents was positive and appreciative,” Principal Frank Camardo told The Ocean Star of the Sept. 28 event.

“As the principal, I was very impressed with the videos and presentations that were prepared for parents/guardians to view. Viewers were able to get a look at the classroom set-up, expectations and requirements for the year. Teachers also discussed the virtual learners in their presentations. 

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“This format was very user friendly, and will continue to be posted for at least a week on the school website.”

At 6 p.m. Monday, a tab was made available on the school website, where parents and guardians could go through to view their student’s teacher presentation or view instructions about how to join an online meeting. Presentations were not only prepared by grade-level teachers, but also by special class teachers including physical education, Spanish, music and art, as well as the school nurse and counselor.

“It allowed for parents/guardians to click on different teachers from content, grade level and special area all in one platform,” Mr. Camardo said. “Also, each teacher/staff member that posted a presentation had a sign-up sheet and could also accept comments.”

First-grade teacher June Monticello was pleased to welcome back her students and their families.

“I would just like to welcome back all our families that were here last year. It is so nice to see everybody again and it is so great to be back in school,” she said. 

“I would like to welcome all our new families. We have six new friends in our class this year … so it has been a really fun experience, I think for all of us, meeting new friends and getting to know each other … and I would say for the past three weeks it has been a huge adjustment with the changes and everything going on, but I think we are doing great. 

“I think the kids are happy to be here, I am thrilled to be back in school and I am looking forward to a really fun, fantastic year with this group of kids.”

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