Fort Lee Education Association

"Fort Lee's Brightest"

January 13, 2014
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FLEA responds to ‘Bridgegate’ remarks.

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The Fort Lee Education Association is deeply offended by the disparaging remarks made about our students by David Wildstein, the childhood friend of Governor Chris Christie who worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. When members of the Christie Administration callously created a traffic nightmare in our community, Mr. Wildstein wrote that Fort Lee’s youth are “the children of Buono voters” so there was no problem with them being stuck in gridlock and late to school.

The more than 400 teachers and Educational Support Professionals who belong to the Fort Lee Education Association come to work daily to equip these children for their future. Our only mission is to provide the best possible education for our students every school day. We never judge our students based on the politics of their parents, because their education is our only concern. For Mr. Wildstein, though, they were nothing more than acceptable collateral damage of a politically-motivated attack on our community.

This is not the first time Fort Lee schools have been attacked by the Christie Administration. Several years ago, the governor made deep, harmful cuts in state aid to our district. Fort Lee High School students protested in the street as they saw the damage being done to their school. Unfortunately, Governor Christie did not listen to the pleas of the students, so valuable educational programs were eliminated and members of the Fort Lee Education Association were sent to the unemployment line.

Even though Governor Christie came to Fort Lee to apologize for the traffic nightmare intentionally created by his administration, the fact is he has fostered an environment in his administration of hostility toward public schools and the people who work in them. He is part of a movement that promotes the corporate privatization of schools. Students are seen as commodities to help private companies increase profits. Mr. Wildstein’s remarks exemplify the true contempt this administration has for New Jersey’s public school students.

We recall when Governor Christie came to Fort Lee High School two years ago to appear on a television program and promote his educational policies. He did not speak to the students or members of the Fort Lee Education Association. That was indicative of the attitude in the Christie Administration, where promoting the governor’s image was more important than listening to the people who spend their lives in public schools. That same attitude is what allowed Mr. Wildstein to think that it was acceptable to make such despicable remarks about our students as they sat stuck in traffic instead of being in their classrooms learning.

Mr. Wildstein owes a personal apology to the students whose education he disrupted and whose value he denigrated with such callous indifference.


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January 7, 2014 Comments Off on Music Integration a big hit at School #1.

Music Integration a big hit at School #1.

FLEA congratulates music teacher Carl Faust and his colleagues at Fort Lee School #1, who were featured on Classroom Close-up, NJ, NJEA’s TV program about the great things happening in New Jersey’s public schools. In case you were unable to see the show when it aired, you can click here to see the segment on line.  The story is entitled “Music Integration.”

The producers  selected this story because they found that it made an impressive, persuasive statement about the success of public education in Fort Lee, and in New Jersey.

Great things are happening in our public schools.

November 25, 2013
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Book Breakfast a Day to Remember

On Saturday, November 16, the Fort Lee Education Association hosted its second PRIDE event for the 2013-2014 school year: The Kindergarten Book Breakfast.  Fort Lee’s Kindergarten students and their parents from across the district were  treated to a delightful morning which included breakfast for all attendees, complimentary books for each child (courtesy of the Association), and entertainment by Sprinkles the Clown.

The children watched and listened in rapt admiration as  Sprinkles transformed herself from “Patty”–a regular human being  and Mom–to Sprinkles the Clown.  Even the adults in the room were mesmerized by Sprinkles’ wizardry!

Thanks to Chairpersons Crystal Tuozzolo and Alexis Callanan , and with the help of so many F.L.E.A. volunteers,  The Kindergarten Book Breakfast was a great success. This was truly a special “day to remember” for the Fort Lee Community.

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November 6, 2013
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FLHS Play: The Survivor

The Survivor

A play by Susan Nanus Based on the Memoirs of Jack Eisner This gripping drama takes place in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. A group of determined teenagers organize to resist the Nazis. They begin by smuggling food into the ghetto. Eventually they form the nucleus of the Warsaw uprising. These heroic young people make a pact: if anyone survives their dreadful ordeal, he or she will tell the story of what happened to them. There was only one survivor and this is the story he told.

This heartbreaking story will be told to audiences on November 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 in the Fort Lee High School auditorium. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 students and seniors. The students playing these amazing characters are among the most talented actors Fort Lee has ever seen. The entire piece is student-driven and is a labor of love for all of those who have ever suffered and who are still suffering the atrocities of war.

For details on upcoming events, click on calendar.

October 22, 2013
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Pride event draws big turnout

Pumpkin decorating party

FLEA Members volunteered at our first community PRIDE event, which was a big hit among kids and parents alike.

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