• Ski Club 

    Ski Clubs are run in all six buildings over the course of January and February. Based on grade level, students are transported from their building to the mountain listed below.






    Center Grove (Grades 4-5)

    Lisa Barrett



    January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11 

    Fernbrook (Grades 4-5)

    Jenise Janulis



    January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12

    Ironia (Grades 4-5)

    Stephanie Underhill



    January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11

    Shongum (Grades 4-5)

    Doug North



    January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7

    RMS (Grade 6)

    Christine Shay cshay@rtnj.org


    January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12

    RMS (Grades 7-8)

    Katharine Russell



    January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6

    RHS (Grades 9-12)

    Brian Hoesly


    Mountain Creek

    January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31


    Additional information about the mountains can be found at the links below:

    Shawnee Mountain

    Camelback Mountain

    Mountain Creek


    Staffing: In addition to club advisors, chaperones also attend all trips. The number of chaperones is based on enrollment.


    Transportation: Unlike in prior years, all Ski Club trips will utilize district school buses. Students will take school buses to the Mountain. The motivating factor for making a change to school buses is student safety. In all cases, the preference is to use district school buses, and they present the safest option for student travel. Although in other instances the use of outside school or charter buses is necessary, the Ski Club was able to be accommodated through collaboration with the district Transportation Department.


    Student safety is a chief concern in making the change to school buses. The district buses utilized are all equipped with three-point seatbelts. Some charter buses have seatbelts, but there would be no guarantee that the buses the district could secure would have seatbelts. Moreover, district buses are equipped with cameras and voice recording so that the transportation department can see what is happening on the bus and ensure safety.  Perhaps most of all, the ability to utilize the district’s own drivers is a great resource. The district personally vets its drivers, ensuring they receive all mandatory training and hold all required licensure. District drivers are with our students each morning and afternoon, and continually exceed expectations for professionalism and safety.


    The buses are scheduled to depart each school around 4:15pm. This time may vary by a few minutes as district buses complete their afternoon runs. There will be one dedicated bus for equipment and another for the students and chaperones. From January 14 onward, the equipment bus will be parked at each building so that loading can occur in advance of 4:15pm. Buses are expected back at each building between 9:00pm and 10:00pm depending on the location. Advisors will provide updates via the “Remind” app.


    Food: From January 14 onward, the Community School will provide pizza and bottled water at the start of each trip. Students can eat pizza before boarding the bus and leaving for the mountain. Parents may also buy meals from the mountain or send meals. While the district will make every effort to accommodate those with food allergies, parents may opt to send their children with a meal, snack, or purchase a meal voucher for the mountain.


    Snow Days and Rescheduled Dates: In the event of snow days or other inclement weather, parents will be alerted by 11:00am via email that the trip has been cancelled.  All missed days will be made up.  Make up trips will be announced at the time of cancellation.


    Equipment: Equipment may be brought to school at the beginning of the day. Ski club advisors will provide a storage location. Equipment rental is available through the mountain.


    Staying on the Mountain after Ski Club: If parents sign the ski club permission form, their child may be released from Ski Club to an authorized adult.  Please note that once they have been released from Ski Club to another adult, the adult assumes responsibility for the child.  Students may not stay on the Mountain without an adult, nor may they be taken to the mountain through another mode of transportation.


    Trip Notifications: All ski clubs utilize the “Remind” app. Club advisors sent invitations to the parents. If you have issues seeing club notifications, please contact the club advisor.


    Club Contacts: Club advisors should be contacted about school-specific questions (e.g. where to store equipment, signing up for the “Remind” app, specific arrival/departure information). General ski club inquiries should be directed to the Community School at communityschool@rtnj.org or (973) 361-0808 ext. 8603.