Parents Page

Welcome Parents!

Imagine a New Jersey where children feel proud of the place they call home; where they appreciate the diversity, opportunity and history all around them.  Imagine a New Jersey where children inspire us to remember what’s important; whose words have the power to motivate us to be better citizens.


Learn More About Our Classroom Programs

Celebrate NJ! offers students in Grades 3 through 8 three engaging online programs.  Students learn, they inspire us, and we celebrate them!

TCC logoThe Classroom Connection Pen Pal Program

Did you ever have a Pen Pal? Do you remember the first time you received a letter written especially for you? The Classroom Connection brings this special experience to your students through a class-to-class structured letter writing exchange.  Classes of same grade and size are matched for geographic and/or socio-economic diversity. Students develop letter writing skills, gain insights and make new friends! Letter for Parents of Students Participating in the Classroom Connection Program: TCC Parent Letter- 2014-2015  TCC Carta a Padres   


CB logo transparentThe CRUNCH Bunch Creative Writing Program

The CRUNCH Bunch (Creative Understanding of Nutrition and Childhood Health.. and safety and well-being, too!) program engages children in a creative writing contest where students develop a poem, story, skit, song, etc. on the theme of healthy living, nutrition, child safety, wellness, and lifestyle choices.  Includes teaching resources, awards and end of year Health Fair! Letter for Parents of Students Participating in the CRUNCH Bunch Program:CB Parent Letter 2014-2015  CRUNCH Carta a Padres 2013-14


NJ Scoop Cover_HiRES-01The NJ Scoop Fourth Grade Program

This research and writing program gives students a chance to see their work published in The NJ Scoop: The Voice of the 4th Grade, an annual publication featuring the “Best of the Best” writing on topics relating to NJ people, places, history, and happenings.  Includes regional awards events, incentives and classroom resources. Seven editorial areas and thousands of topics to choose from! Letter for Parents of Students Participating in the 4th Grade NJ Scoop Program:  
Scoop Parent Letter 2014-2015  NJ Scoop Carta a Padres 2013-14



Other Classroom Resources, too!        The Middle School STEP        Powered by the Sun


New Jersey Activities and Day Trips  A Learning Experience for the Entire Family! If you are looking for easy, interesting and fun day trips to take with your family, New Jersey has a wealth of them throughout the state. We’ve listed several links that will help you plan ways to Celebrate NJ! with your kids. Check out “Are we There Yet?” New Jersey at and for all kinds of fun things to do with your kids all year long.

  • Aquariums
  • Environmental and Nature Centers
  • The Arts
  • Farms, Historical and Interpretive Centers
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Historical Houses, Museums and Sites
  • Children’s Museums
  • Science and Natural History Museums
  • Lighthouses
  • Transportation, Aviation, Marine
  • Military Museums and Sites
  • Zoos, Game Farms and More

Children’s Museums in New Jersey: check out Kid’s Guide: Lists:

  • Entertainment
  • Family Travel
  • History
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Outdoors
  • Theatre
  • Trains, Planes & Automobiles
  • Planetariums
  • Music and Dance

Here are a few more ideas… State of New Jersey website lists many museums and other family attractions in New Jersey: Check into the Edison National Historic Site if you’ve got an inventor in the house. The Old Barracks Museum in Trenton brings NJ’s role in the American Revolution to life. Sports fans will love the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. For kids who love the Outdoors, New Jersey has miles of trails to explore. Check out: