A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
May 25, 2017
I suppose many of you already know that I will be retiring at the conclusion of this school year. There’s no point in denying that I have avoided confronting this reality until now. I’ve worked with children in the public schools for more than 42 years and preparing for this next chapter in my life has been difficult for me on many levels. At any rate, it is a fact and it’s time to bid you all farewell.
I have enjoyed my 22 years in Cranford and I will be forever grateful for the support of the Walnut Avenue School community. I honestly don’t know how to begin to thank the countless parents and teachers who have helped me create and maintain the warm family friendly atmosphere that has come to characterize our school. Whatever success I have enjoyed here could not have been achieved without your support and understanding.
The district is actively working to secure a new principal for Walnut Avenue School with every expectation of having someone in place by September. As this year draws to a close, I want you to rest assured that I will do everything in my power to make this transition as smooth as possible. Given your continued support, I’m confident that the new principal will inherit a truly vibrant program staffed with talented and caring individuals who understand how important their jobs are and who always put children first.
Cranford has been a big part of my life for a long time and I know I will carry this little town around in my heart and head for a long time to come. I can only hope that I succeeded in doing some good during my time here and that this little school continues to be an exciting place for children to learn and grow.
Angelo F. Paternoster
Kindergarten AM: 8:30AM– 11:00 AM/ Kindergarten PM: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Preschool AM: 8:30 AM – 10:15 AM/ Preschool PM: 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Full Day Preschool: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Grade One & Two: 8:20 AM – 12:30 PM