Principal's Page


Dear Yocum Families,


Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at the BEST SCHOOL IN THE UNIVERSE!!  We are excited to share an exciting year of growth and learning together. 


The First Day of School is a full day for everyone!  Thursday, September 6, 2018

Morning Line Up:

  • Grades 1 and 2 meet outside on the blacktop, adjacent to Forklanding Road,  starting at 8:35am. 
  • Kindergarten will meet in the gymnasium starting at 8:35am.   Parents are allowed in the gym but will not be able to  follow students to the classrooms.
  • Mrs. Bart’s, Ms. Gentilello’s  and Mrs. Miller’s classrooms will meet in the gymnasium starting at 8:35am.

        **In case of inclement weather, all classes will meet in the gymnasium. 


Friday and Regular (Full) Days of School

  • Students may enter building at 8:35am. No parents will be allowed to accompany them.
  • All students will line up outside their classrooms.
  • Students will be reading a book as they wait for the school day to begin at 8:53am.
  • Dismissal is at 3:15pm for a full day.


Student Drop-Off - Starting at 8:35

  • Parents should enter the main entrance from Forklanding Road and weave through back parking lot to the sign labeled STUDENT DROP OFF.
  • Drop-off will occur at the curb next to the building. (Signs indicate location)
  • Staff will assist students out of cars.
  • Please remain in your vehicle during drop-off.

        *The front loop is for buses only.  It is not for drop-off or pick-up.


 Student Pick-Up

  • Students will be dismissed on the playground side of the school. 
  • 1st and 2nd grade students will exit the building through the first door (blue door) by the Media Center.
  • Kindergarten students will exit from the second door (yellow door) past the playground.
  • All students must have an adult present before they are released.  The student must point to identify you.
  • No cars will be permitted to park along the school side of the drop-off loop for pick up.



After much research and discussions with our team, we will not be giving nightly homework.  Instead, we will send a weekly page on Monday with suggestions on reading, what to study and math skills to focus on for the week.   If your child does not finish his/her classroom work, it may be sent home to finish.  Our goal at Yocum has been to improve the reading levels of all students.  Independent and shared reading should always be incorporated into your nightly routine.   For those of you who would like to extend home learning, we will provide a link on our website for all subjects. 




All forms (including Medical!)  will be signed and distributed via the Genesis Parent Portal.  It is important that you take the time to review these forms and follow directions listed for each one.  Be sure to update your contact information, including current phone numbers, and your email address.  The Maple Shade Student/Parent Handbook will also be located on the Portal.  Please read this carefully to become familiar with the policies and procedures of the school.  You will be able to access your student information, including teacher and class schedule, after all the forms have been completed.  Forms will be available for your review and completion as of Wednesday, August 20th.  If you do not have internet access, you may go to the Maple Shade Public Library to review and complete the forms.


In an effort to focus on increasing student’s reading time, we will continue our Rise and Read initiative.  Please make sure that your student carries one or two books in their backpack at all times throughout the school year.  They will have the opportunity to read them during arrival/dismissal time.


I invite all parents to take advantage of our communication resources and social media space. To follow the school on Facebook, visit


For planning purchases, please make note of a few dates as they may pertain to you or your student.


The “Meet the Teachers” Kindergarten orientation will take place on Thursday, August 30th at 9:00am.  This event for incoming kindergarten students and parents offers a unique opportunity for our newest students to meet their teachers and become acclimated to the school surroundings.   If your child is eligible for the bus, transportation will be available that morning at your assigned bus stop.  One parent is allowed to ride the bus with their child.  Additional parents may meet us at the school. The morning ends at 10am and the bus will bring the child and parent back to their bus stop.  If your child will be riding the bus during the school year, we highly encourage you to take the ride.  We will teach the students the procedures they will need to follow!


Yocum’s Back to School Night will take place on Thursday, September 27th  at 6:00pm.  This is a well attended event and I look forward to seeing you there.


In closing, I want to thank all parents and guardians for your continued support of your student’s education.  At Yocum, we derive so much of our success from the collaborative and supportive relationship we share with home.  Our staff is committed to ensuring that this school year will bring continued academic growth as well as lasting memories for all.  Please contact my office if you have any concerns as the new school approaches.  Enjoy the rest of your summer having fun with family and friends.  I look forward to seeing you in September!






Yvonne S. Reitz