Welcome to the 4 Region Combined OHS StartUP! 2019

Metro NY Area 1&2, Mid-Atlantic, and North East Regions are all invited to celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 school year with us


EVENT TIME: Arrive between 10:30 and 11:00 ish with StartUP! activites beginning by 11:15. Estimated end time is hard to determine but we guess around 5:00 latest. Times are all in EST.

EVENT HOST: Steinhardt - Esses Family

RSVP: 30 AUG 2019 please (form below)

Host: Oscar Steinhardt & Family (Allen, Joanne, and Zachary)

For those of you who do not know Oscar, he is a rising 11th grader entering his fifth year as a full-time OHS Student. 

What to Expect

  • Every year OHS students around the globe gather in their respective regions for a massive beginning of the year meetup otherwise known as StartUP! It serves many purposes, among them; everyone in any given region gets to know one another in person and it acts as a great team building day to set the tone marking the start of the school year.

  • The folks in Palo Alto send an activity box to each StartUp! coordinator not to be opened until the StartUp! begins. In that box there are all the instructions and supplies necessary to have a fun time throughout the afternoon.

  • This year we will have faculty spanning several disciplines and administration members joining us as well as at least two alumni. While the students are otherwise occupied we will be conducting a Q&A for the parents.

When: Saturday September 7, 2019

StartUP! is pretty much an all day event so feel free to bring the family. We believe the "more the merrier." If you want to drop your OHSer off and head elsewhere for a few hours that is good too. There is a ton to do in the area (see below). 

Where: 29 Sylvan Drive, Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950

We are located fairly central to the four regions joining us offering the opportunity for this to be a day trip from most areas. To give an idea of travel times we are about:

  • About 2 hours from Long Beach Island NJ

  • About 1.5 hours from Philadelphia PA

  • About 1 hour from NYC via car or Train from Penn Station NY (our home is a 1/2 mile from the NJ Transit train in Morris Plains)

  • About 1 hour from Westchester County NY

  • About 1.5 hours from Stamford CT

  • About 25 minutes from Newark Airport and 10 minutes from Morristown Airport

The Food - How You Can Support the Pot Luck

I ask that everyone attending please bring a dish that is meaningful to either their culture or their family. Bring the recipe and the story of why you chose the dish with you.


We do live on a fairly small street. There is parking for about three cars in our driveway. There is some additional parking on the street but if it seems crowded please help us keep our neighbors happy and park in the lot of Mountain Way Elementary School (map). I will post Pixel Signs in our backyard to direct you into the back of the house. 

Where to Stay if You Want to Make a Weekend of It (or just an overnight)

There are many hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in the area. Hit trip advisor and see what fits your needs. A few that I can recommend are:

  • Westin Governor Morris in Morristown
    This is a Starwood Property located near The Morristown Beard School and the Frelinghuysen Arboretum

  • Hyatt Regency in Morristown
    This hotel has an AMC in the hotel as well as being walking distance from the square in Morristown

  • The Madison in Morristown
    Rod's Steakhouse is part of this lovely hotel in the Convent Station section of Morristown

Other Things to Do In The Area

  • Where to Eat

    • Directly in Morris Plains (walking distance from the house) is Arthurs Tavern, Tony's Pizza, Time for a Bagel, Aji Sushi, Friendly's, Colins Pub, The Hallal Place, and Riviera Maya Taqueria. (We are lucky!)

    • Also in Morris Plains but not walking distance is Zinburger, Starbucks, First Watch, Chic-fil-A, and several other eateries.

    • In Morristown there are even more choices from high end at Roots Steakhouse to a pancake brunchery and everything in between.

  • Historic Sites / Museums

    • Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site and Park

    • Jockey Hollow National Historic Site and Park

    • Historic Speedwell

    • Edison's Laboratory National Historic Site (about 45 minutes away)

    • The Morris Museum

    • The Stickley Furniture Museum

    • and more...

  • Movie Theaters (two closest)

    • AMC Morristown

    • AMC East Hanover

  • Shopping

    • Morristown Square offers both small boutique shops as well as a large Century 21.

    • The Mall at Short Hills is about 20 minutes away offering shopping with Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus as anchor stores

    • Rockway Mall is also about 20 minutes away offering shopping with anchor stores of Macy's, JC Penny, and Lord & Taylor

Please RSVP by 30 AUG 2019 by Filling Out the Form Below
(RSVP even if you are going to be late.)

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