The Falcon Flyer Email Newsletter - October 2017- Edition #25
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Dear Falcon Community,
The beautiful fall weather is a perfect complement to the beautiful education that takes place every day throughout our schools. Our teachers, administrators and support staff, with the support of our Board of Education, engage students in learning activities that involve critical thinking, collaboration, effective communication and innovation. Inside this edition, you will see a glimpse of the many ways students are learning.
I would like to address some concerns that have been brought to my attention.  We do not have a mold issue, as that is another Monroe Township School District in Gloucester County. We still teach about Columbus discovering America, and we have had school on Columbus Day in previous years depending on when we can schedule our October in-service day.  If you are ever concerned about an issue in our schools, do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers, Principal, Dr. Alvich or me. We want the community to be informed about their schools.
In the last issue of the Falcon Flyer, I mentioned that the Board of Education approved a resolution for a special school election to be held on March 13, 2018 from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm for the purpose of approving the construction of a new middle school on land, which is anticipated to be donated to the Board of Education by the Township of Monroe. The construction of a new middle school will address our most pressing need and help reduce our overcrowded classrooms and cafeteria, and provide better opportunities for students to have access to extra-curricular activities. This project is of extreme importance to the students and families of Monroe Township and it is the first step in addressing our overcrowded schools. It is extremely important that we inform the community about the referendum and the importance of the referendum being approved. If you are available and can volunteer time to speak to your neighbors about the referendum, we can use your help. Please email Cathy Varacallo at or call her at (732) 521-1500 x 5224 to help us with this important initiative. You can also contact the PTO/A in your child's school. The PTO/A is helping us with this project, as they do with so many other projects. We are looking for approximately 80-100 people.
School Activities
A Technology Exposition will be held on November 14, 2017 at MTHS beginning at 6:00 pm. The Expo will include different sessions with a maximum of 150 people for each session. The purpose of the Expo is to provide students, parents, MTSD staff and community members with an opportunity to preview the newest technology devices by companies, such as Apple, Dell, Microsoft and others, to be considered for our one to one technology integration program at MTHS. Please visit our District website ( ) to register for this event. Once you register, you will receive an e-ticket with the time of your session.
High school students who participated in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center will be presenting their business plans to a group of judges at MTHS on Tuesday, October 17th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The business plan presentation is the culminating activity for these students, who worked with high school teachers and a college professor from the Graduate School of William and Mary University to focus on the issues faced by entrepreneurs of enterprise, while exploring the process of leadership, managing, financing, communicating and marketing. All are welcome to attend.
Yours in Education,
Michael Kozak
Dr.Michael Kozak
Superintendent of Schools 
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October 19 ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED - Staff in-Service
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Regular School Day Schedule Times:
Applegarth 9:05 am - 3:34 pm
Barclay Brook 9:05 am - 3:34 pm
Brookside 9:05 am - 3:34 pm
Mill Lake 8:50 am - 3:19 pm
Monroe Township High School 7:27 am - 2:00 pm
Monroe Township Middle School 8:10 am - 2:39 pm
Oak Tree 8:55 am - 3:24 pm
Woodland 8:10 am - 2:39 pm

Join us for an evening of FUN!
MTHS/FBLA 4th Annual "Haunted" High School
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Monroe Township High School
Monroe Township, NJ 08831

$5 per child* -  Admission paid at the door
(Elementary school aged children 11 and under) 
Must be accompanied by an adult - Adults are FREE!
*Child admission includes one trick-or-treat bag 
Proceeds will be donated to the Mama Mare Breast Cancer foundation, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
*Pre-Registration is RECOMMENDED @
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email
Deanna Dale, FBLA Advisor:
Monroe Pediatric Dentistry Presents
7th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back
Support Our Troops!

We pay $1.00 per pound (up to 5 lbs. per child) for your UNOPENED Halloween Candy  (Child must be present and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) 

Each child will receive a light up toothbrush and other giveaways from local businesses in exchange for candy donations! 

Candy will be collected: 
Thursday, November 2nd 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday,  November 3rd 11 AM - 6 PM 

At Monroe Pediatric Dentistry
18 Centre Drive -  Suite 204
Monroe, New Jersey 08831 
(609) 409 - 0499 

MTHS Footlights Club Presents
Showcase 2017
Musical scenes and one-act plays
October 26, 27, & 28 , 2017
7:00 PM
Tickets available at the door
Students $7.00 Seniors $8.00 and Adults $10.00
Booster Club Calendar Raffle
The Monroe Township High School Booster Club is the only organization that provides support for ALL Monroe Township High School athletes. The funds that the club collects through membership dues and fundraising activities are used to provide financial support to recognize our student athletes.
In each of the last two years we award over $5300 to graduating Senior Athletes through 32 scholarships.  5 Scholarships are awarded at Senior Awards Night and the other 27 are given to a Senior MVP for each Varsity sport at our Senior Athletic Luncheon.  You can see a list of last year's recipients' on our website,  Our goal is to increase the number of scholarships awarded each year.  In order to help us achieve this goal we are running a Calendar Raffle.
Each raffle costs $15 and you have 90 chances to win between January 1st, 2018 and March 31st, 2018.  One winner every day!  Prizes range from $25 to $75.  Over $2,900 in prizes will be awarded.  If you win, your ticket will be put back in so you can win again!!!
They make great stocking stuffers, holiday gifts or just some fun for you.  Get them before December 25th, 2017.
We would really appreciate your support!
If you would like to purchase a Calendar Raffle respond to this email or email:
Nancy Schieda at
Thank you for your support!
Monroe Township Booster Club

What's Happening in Brookside and Barclay Brook !?
During the month of September, the Brookside and Barclay Brook staff, families, and PTA came together for an amazing cause: supporting fellow citizens.  Through this community project, students were able to examine a current event, delve deeper into the four themes of Social Studies as contained in the Social Studies curriculum, and practice their letter-writing skills. Together, both schools partnered in order to send backpacks filled with school supplies to the students of Texas, who were struggling to get their schools cleared from the mess left behind by Hurricane Harvey.  The BBBS PTA, along with teachers Kristen Miller, Theresa Anthony, Jodi Rubenstein and Victoria DeCarlo, organized a classroom drive in which classrooms from both schools were nominated to bring in specific supplies.  Within days, donations came pouring in from every direction!  Students stuffed backpacks with pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, erasers, books, scissors, socks, toiletries, and personal letters offering an upbeat note from a "far away friend". Not only did the PTA help organize the drive, but they generously donated over 60 backpacks and hundreds of book socks to greatly help further our cause.  It truly was a tremendous group effort that resulted in the donation of 251 backpacks to children in need!  A huge thanks to all that helped to make this project a success for our students, as well as the students in Texas.
Brookside School's Empty Bowl Project
This project took place in the spring of 2017 but was a yearlong project.  Our fifth grade students learned about hunger awareness in the United States and other countries, made clay bowls, worked with our senior community and our middle school and high school students/staff.  Brookside School's Empty Bowl Project delivers 100% of money raised and food collected to families, children, and seniors through five local food pantries. To that end, Brookside School raised over $4,000 for the local food pantries.  This would not have been such a success without the support of our staff, students, senior community, and our PTA. A special thank you goes out to our parents who support their children and our Empty Bowl Event.   Thank you very much for making Empty Bowls 2017 a huge success!
Future Writers!
Rayhan Mohamed of Brookside School had a story published in the CityKidz World Literacy Magazine: Back to School 2017 issue, page 27.  Find a copy of his story @ the link below:

What's Happening at Woodland School !?
  • On Friday, 9/29, Woodland Character committee performed their kick-off assembly for our students illustrating the four Fish Philosophies and connected them with Mindfulness and Yoga techniques.  It is a preview of what Mrs. Newcomb, school counselor, will be teaching during her Guidance lessons as well as bringing mindfulness and yoga practices into the classroom.
  • The students and staff will be celebrating Respect Week with fun school spirit days week of October 2nd.  Flyer has been sent home electronically & is available on the school web site!
  • Woodland School's first assembly program for "One World One America" school theme is a Latin America Assembly Free to Dance performed by Ginga Brasileira.
  • In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, the Monroe Township Fire District # 1  will be presenting their Fire Prevention Assembly on October 10th and 11th.
  • School pictures are scheduled on Monday, October 16th.
  • K-5 Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled 10/25-10/27; evening conferences on 10/26.
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Monroe Township Middle School PTO

Dear Parents and Staff,

The Middle School PTO Fall Fundraisers are in full swing! The PTO provides funds to support various activities throughout the school and helps to promote the welfare of the children in school, home and community. We thank you for your continued support!
The Rt. 9 Community Discount Card: Sale will begin on September 15 - October 27. Each discount card costs $20, of which 50% goes directly back to the PTO. The number 1 benefit of this discount card is that it is  reusable, and not a 1 time coupon! You can use this card as often as you like, until December 2018. This card can be used at places such as Modell's, TGIF, Chili's, etc. from Old Bridge to Howell. There are many local places in Jamesburg and Monroe such as Baker's American Grill, Bagel Bazaar, Vine, Bella Italia, Tuscany, etc. Please check our website for more information on places the card can be used.  If you don't have a child in the Middle School, and would like to purchase a card to support the MTMS PTO, please email
MTMS PTO Membership:  Please send in your PTO Membership ASAP, $10 per family. The PTO provides so many "extras" to our students to enhance their Middle School Experience. Membership can be sent back in the Discount Card/Membership Envelope or in a separate envelope labeled:  PTO Membership.
Fall Box Tops Contest: Our first Box Tops Collection is due into school by October 20. Please start sending in your box tops to have your child entered in a contest to win a $10 gift card (1 gift card winner per grade).  For every 25 box tops submitted, your child will earn 1 raffle ticket that will be entered into the drawing. The more box tops that are brought in, the more chances to win a prize! Check to find some more easy ways to collect Box Tops. Please send in your box tops in an envelope marked "Box Tops" with your child's name, team, and homeroom teacher. Students can also drop their box tops in the "Box Top" bins located around the school.
MTMS PTO Fall Apparel Sale:  If you didn't have an opportunity to purchase your Spirit Wear at the Back to School Nights, please take a look at the attached flyer. We have some new items, Jogger Sweatpants and Jogger Flannel pants! The kids have been asking us for them, so we have added them to our Spirit Wear collection.   All orders are due back to school by October 13. Orders will be delivered to the students in early December. Order forms can also be found on our website at
MTMS PTO Fall Clothing Drive: Save the Date! Saturday,  October 14 from 9am - 12pm at the MTMS parking Lot!  Please check our website for a listing of items that can be donated!
MTMS PTO Adult Wine Glass Paint Night: Mark your calendar and save the date for our Adult Wine Glass Paint Night on Friday, November 17 from 7pm-9pm at Forsgate Country Club. We will be painting seasonal wine glasses. Please check our website at for more information to reserve your tickets!
Our fundraising efforts bring so many great events/activities for our students and staff.  In addition to all that we fund each year (dances, bingos, etc.) for our students and staff, one of our fundraising initiatives is to purchase and enhance the MTMS Gymnasium Speaker System. The speaker system is used for 8 th Grade Graduation, future pep rallies, Volleyball Madness, Athletic Breakfast and any other school events that take place in the gym.
Please continue to help support the MTMS PTO by collecting box tops, sign up for Ebox tops, shop through our Amazon link on our website, and sign up for Stop and Shop rewards. Stay connected by checking our PTO website frequently, "liking" our MTMS PTO Facebook page, and checking your emails. If you would like to join a PTO Committee, please email

Thank you for your ongoing support!
If you have any questions, please contact one of the PTO officers.

Rupa Siegel                                                    

Chrissy Skurbe
Vice President 

Domenica DeSalvo

Lisa Pedulla

th Grade Teachers at Applegarth Elementary School

At Applegarth Elementary School, we don't ask "how smart are you?" but "HOW ARE YOU SMART?"  During the first few weeks of school, 5 th grade teachers led their students through a tutorial of Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences whereby students were able to discover their optimal strengths of learning and performing.  To introduce the activity, students read and sorted scenario cards about the eight multiple intelligences (People, Body, Music, Picture, Word, Logic, Self, and Nature Smart).  Students then answered a questionnaire about their schoolwork and hobby preferences.  With teacher guidance, students took this data and plotted the information onto a mind map. The final piece of this activity was for each student to create a visual model of his/her brain with color pipe cleaners (each color representing a different type of "Smart").

This fun and engaging lesson opens students' eyes to the many ways they can excel.  In addition, teachers use this data to tailor instruction and activities to meet the needs of all learners. 

Students completing a questionnaire about their schoolwork and hobby preferences.

Visual model of students' brains. Each color representing a different type of "Smart."
Hearts for Texas at Oak Tree School

As the people of Texas attempt to recover and move forward from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Oak Tree School wanted to do something, even if it was offering a few words of inspiration.  Third grade teacher Nancy Hanlon reached out to Sue Creech Elementary School in Katy, Texas.  While they no longer needed school supplies, as they had been relocated, they would never tire of words and pictures for encouragement and hope.  So Oak Tree classes joined together to create "Hearts for Texas". 
Mrs. Hanlon and Ms. Kohlhepp spearheaded this campaign in which heartfelt words of support are being shipped off to the Lone Star State.
But Oak Tree's efforts did not stop there.  With the retirement of veteran first grade teacher  Mrs. Dianne Ostroski, there were many books and school supplies that had not found a home when she emptied her classroom.  Third Grade teacher Kim Synarski knew of a Houston native who was driving south to deliver much needed items to her hometown.  So boxes were packed and cars were loaded by Ms. Synarski and Grade 2 teacher Mrs. Christina Sceusa and valuable school supplies were delivered to the Herrera Elementary School in Texas. 
There is no doubt that Oak Tree continues to have a big heart for helping others.

Monroe Township High School to Host 11th Annual Marching Band Festival & Competition on October 21st
General Public Invited to Enjoy Musical Performances of 14 Area High School Bands

The Monroe Township High School Marching Band will host its 11th Annual Home Show on Saturday Oct. 21st with 14 area high school bands scheduled to participate in the competition.

The event begins at 12:10PM at the Monroe Township High School football stadium at 200 Schoolhouse Road in Monroe Township. The Monroe Township High School Music Parents Association is organizing the event.

Marching bands representing schools from throughout New Jersey and surrounding states will perform.  Included will be marching band units from West Windsor-Plainsboro North, Glen Ridge, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional. Pequannock Twp., Middletown North, Long Branch, Rahway, Hightstown, Old Bridge, Council Rock South, North Brunswick, Howell, and Colonia.

The 85-student Monroe Township Marching Band will perform its 2017 show "Danzón" at the end of the competition. It performs most weekends in the fall at home football games and at US Bands competitions through mid-November. The award-winning marching band is under the direction of Alfred Hadinger and Christopher Ciarlariello and visited Hawaii in December 2016 to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The band performed in the Pearl Harbor Day Parade, and was the only marching band from New Jersey to perform at this event.

Admission for the October 21st Band Festival & Competition is $12.00 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. There will be food, beverages and baked goods/desserts for sale. Visit for more information.

We are excited to present to you the 
2nd annual  MTHS Hall of Fame induction.  

We would like to pay tribute to the many individuals from our high school who have been a part of the MTHS athletic programs and part of the Monroe Falcons .
If you would like to nominate or re-nominate anyone who you feel is qualified, and meets the criteria, please click the link below.
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