News and Announcements

  • Valley Road School 2017 Winter Concert

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  • Clark Police Safety Letter

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  • Resources in regards to recent shooting:

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 
    We are posting information and attachments below from Maureen Brogan, the coordinator of the Statewide Traumatic Loss Coalition of New Jersey. We hope you find this helpful in dealing with the recent traumatic events in Las Vegas.
    Joe Beltramba
    Message From Maureen Brogan:

    Many of you, myself included woke up to a beautiful crisp autumn like morning, a morning that just makes you feel good to be alive.  You may have turned on the news to check to see if this weather would continue.  It is at this point, you may have heard of the shooting last night where a gunman took the lives of 50 people and injured at least 200, apparently the most deadly shooting in US history. On Sunday, October 1st, a gunman opened fire on concert goers at the Route 91 Country Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip according to CNN news. 

     Attached please find resources on how to talk to children and some resources for trusted adults. The Traumatic Loss Coalition  websites also include information which may be helpful but keys things to remember are:

    • Start to Conversation  (ask your child what they have heard )
    • Make sure you have accurate information
    • Encourage children to ask questions from a trusted adult
    • Limit media exposure
    • Be a positive role model

    Thank you for being the helpers in this world.  Thank you for helping to support or young people in these challenging times.

    Be well,


    Maureen A. Brogan, LPC, DRCC

    Statewide Traumatic Loss Coalition Coordinator



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  • Valley Road Spring Concert Live Stream

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  • Kindergarten Orientation Presentation

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  • Bully Report State Self Assessment Results

    Please open the attached to see the District's Bullying State Self Assessment  Report Results

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ALJ Anti-Bullying Specialist:

Mrs. Sarah Badillo
Contact Information:
Valley Road School
150 Valley Road
Clark, New Jersey 07066
Valley Road- C, D, F days- 732-388-7900 x4
Hehnly School- A, B, E days- 732-381-8100 x4
Contact information  District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Anthony Emmons
Clark Public Schools
365 Westfield Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
3. Self-Assessment Grades from the 15-16 school year, link below (these will be updated in January with the results from the 16-17 school year).



Parent/Student Handbook

VRS School Calendar

Summer Reading Lists (K - 5)


Click on this LINK or the image above  to access lists

School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights - District and School Grade Report


Holiday Surprise

Newark African Refugee Ministries Trip

Winter Concert

Hour of Code

Honoring Mr. Nelson


Valley Road School honored Mr. Nelson Tavares for his heroic actions saving a student from choking through using the Heimlich Maneuver.  Mr. Tavares, a beloved custodian in the school, was recognized during an assembly where students, teachers, staff, and administrators gave Mr. Tavares their heartfelt praise.  Students from several classes presented Mr. Tavares with thank you cards calling him their “hero”.  Another student gave him a heart-shaped balloon form his class.  The teacher committee, composed of Tony Calandra, Nicole Czarnecki, and Michelle Matesic also presented Mr. Tavares with a certificate of appreciation, a heartfelt card from the staff, and a gift. Valley Road School Principal Joe Beltramba stated, “Mr. Tavares’ quick-thinking and action saved the life of one of our students. We are grateful to have him as part of the Valley Road family.” There were several other highlights of the assembly. One was the 5-minute standing ovation from all that Mr. Tavares received when entering the assembly room.  The other was when Julian Ramos, the child who was choking that day, brought up the card from his homeroom. Julian was all smiles as he personally thanked Nelson (Tavares). Afterwards Julian’s mom also personally thanked Mr. Tavares and gave him a gift from the family. As the assembly ended each student and staff member took a turn to personally thank Nelson as they left the assembly room.

Turkey Disguise Challenge

Valley Road's Intergenerational Visit

Valley Road School Honors Veterans in Clark

Fall Fest

Main Idea Turkeys


As the Thanksgiving holiday approached students at Valley Road School in Mrs. Petela’s second grade and Ms. Kane’s fourth grade classes worked together to create main idea turkeys!  The Reading Wonders program threads lessons through grade levels, so both the second and fourth grade classes were working on finding the main idea. Both teachers read the story of the Ugly Pumpkin written by Dave Horowitz.  After the story, the second and fourth graders worked with their buddies to find the main idea and key details of the story!

Class Pet


Students from Mrs. Koepfler's class are learning about hermit crabs. Mrs. Koepfler received a grant from Petco's Pets in the Classroom which provided the hermit crab habitat and the hermit crabs. Having a pet in the classroom is an enriching experience for students. It teachers students while observing and caring for the hermit crabs a sense of responsibility and respect for life. It also brings a increased sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and needs of others. The students have named their hermit crabs and are sharing the responsibility of taking care of them each day. Thank you Petco for your generosity.

Flashlight Friday


Students in Mrs. Sakowski’s First Graders welcome “Flashlight Friday” to their class this year. One of my goals this year is to get students excited about reading. I feel this is such a huge part of making students feel confident and successful with reading. To help do this, I incorporated “Flashlight Friday” to our week. Every Friday, the students get 20 minutes of reading in the dark with their flashlight. The rules were clearly outlined and discussed before starting. Every Thursday before we dismiss, the students always remember and say, “Tomorrow is Flashlight Friday!” I already see a change with the students’ attitudes towards reading and I feel Flashlight Friday has played a huge role in that.

VRS Photo Gallery

STEAM activity requiring ingenuity and planning

Week of Respect - "Team Building"