February 2020
Monroe Township School District
News & Updates
A Message From Dr. Dori Alvich
Monroe Township School District Superintendent
Dear Monroe Community,

February is American Heart Month. It is a great time for us all to remember to get heart healthy. It is great to involve your child in this quest. Find some new heart healthy recipes that you can create as a family or try a fun activity to get the whole family moving. As a school district, we continue to educate students in healthy choices. This is something that will benefit everyone.

With rising concern over the new Coronavirus outbreak that is currently centered in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, our district continues to carefully monitor the situation and heed guidance that has been provided by the New Jersey Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.
At this time, the NJ Department of Health has advised no restrictions on any person without symptoms, including individuals who have recently returned from China and their contacts. If a person is asymptomatic, he/she may go to work and school. Our school district will adhere to recommendations for all respiratory illnesses, and continue the cleaning and health recommendations that are recommended during the flu season.
The best way to prevent infection for all of the above mentioned illnesses including Coronavirus include:

                 Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
                 Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth
                 Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
                 Staying home when sick and avoiding close contact with others
                 Covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and throwing away tissues
                 Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces

For more information on the Coronavirus, please see the NJ Department of Health Webpage:  https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
Please help us keep our schools healthy by following the guidelines for keeping sick children home from school. Keep students home if they have:

                 A fever of 100 degrees F
                 Vomited 2 or more times in 24 hours
                 Had diarrhea 3 or more times in 24 hours
                 Body rash with itching or fever
                 Eye infection
                 Been diagnosed with strep throat

Please check out our health offices’ web pages on each school’s website. Click on Nurse at the top of the school’s home page.

We will continue to monitor all information from the CDC and NJ Department of Health, as well as other resources, to promote wellness throughout the district.

Stay healthy!
Monroe Township Schools Welcomes Commissioner of Education,
Dr. Lamont Repollet
By Dr. Dori Alvich, Superintendent of Schools

On January 21, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Dr. Repollet visited Applegarth School at the request of the district Board of Education and District Administration. He was accompanied by Senator Linda Greenstein, Assemblymen Dan Benson and Wayne De Angelo, County School Superintendent Mr. Kyle Anderson, and their staffs. The administration led them on a tour of Applegarth School and they enjoyed a performance by the award-winning Middle School Percussion Ensemble. All attendees then met to discuss the district challenges with state funding, aging facilities, and increased enrollment. Dr. Alvich, Superintendent of Schools, stated, “The district is at a tipping point where the continued student enrollment growth and failed referenda may begin to impact the outstanding programs and education that we currently provide our students.” It has not been unknown that the district is in need of facilities to house over 1400 unhoused students as well as plan for future enrollment growth. Two failed referenda in 2018 and 2019 contribute to the challenges. Currently there are 10 portable classroom units at the Monroe Township Middle School and the district is planning for an additional 4 portable classroom units at the Monroe Township High School for the 2020-2021 school year.

During this past year, the Board of Education commissioned an Ad Hoc Committee to review options for housing our students. The Ad Hoc Committee gave their recommendation to the Board of Education at the January 22, 2020 meeting and the district is now investigating the feasibility of their recommendation for a future referendum. For more information, please visit our district website: https://www.monroe.k12.nj.us/

The district is involved in a strategic action planning process. We would love to have your collaboration with this project. If you would like to join us, the third and final meeting will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020 (Snow date – March 30, 2020) at 7:00pm at the Monroe Township High School. RSVP at https://forms.gle/PAaPB7xa3BhRERW6A
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Monroe Township School District

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:00pm
Board of Education Meeting
Board of Education meetings held at Monroe Township High School in the Media Center

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 5:30pm
Curriculum Committee Meeting
Monroe Township High School in the Media Center

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Personnel - 4:30pm (*Not open to the public)
Buildings, Grounds and Transportation Committee Meeting - 5:00pm
Policy - 6:00pm
Finance - 7:00pm
Meetings are held at the Board of Education Office

For more information about the Monroe Township Board of Education click here:  https://www.monroe.k12.nj.us/domain/13  

2020 Board Members
Mr. Steven Riback, Board President
Ms. Kathy Kolupanowich, Board Vice President
Ms. Michele Arminio
Mr. Ken Chiarella
Ms. Jill DeMaio
Mr. Adi Nikitinsky
Mr. Andy Paluri
Ms. Rupa Siegel
Mr. Peter Tufano

Jamesburg Representative
Mr. Paul Rutsky

Student Board Members
Ms. Kayleigh Craver
Mr. Manan Shah
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Congratulations to Gabby Miller on becoming the 2020 Inaugural GMC Girls Wrestling Champion!
Congratulations to Joe Fiordaliso on winning his 100 th Match!
Congratulations to Maddy Carey on scoring her 1000 point!
Congratulations to Ian McCabe on his 100th win!
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Students at Mill Lake School continue to make a conscience attempt to conserve the environment. Students at Mill Lake School are participating in the “beyond the bag” campaign. In this campaign the Mill Lake School community is considering alternatives to plastic bags and in the meantime are giving up their plastic bags for a worthy cause!
Our wonderful student council recently ran a beautiful collection where every student at Mill Lake created “Christmas Cards for Kayden. This initiative was to benefit a child with spinal muscular atrophy. We continue to think about all types of people and how we can simply bring joy and a smile to someone’s face by simply being kind. 
Wellness, Mindfulness, and Educating the Whole Child continues to be a priority at Mill Lake School. Each month students have a focal point on how they can attend to their own wellness. Recently, students at Mill Lake created a gratitude chain where they posted about all of the things they are thankful and grateful for. So many of our students spoke about how they were grateful for each other’s friendship!
A Message From Monroe Township Fire District #1 Bureau of Fire Prevention
**Warning for Parents / TikTok Outlet Challenge Advisory**

Note: Link can also be found on our Fire prevention website, http://www.mtfp1.com (note shortened link)    
Registration for the 2020 Girls Softball Program is OPEN! 

Season begins in early April
Teams will be selected in early March  

Fee for all players in Pre-k - 12th grade = $150 (includes one time $50 family work Bond)
Family's are eligible for a one time $50 work bond refund for season volunteer work. 
Multiple players in the same family will automatically be discounted for the $50 family work bond fee at check out. If you have a FREE registration coupon from a gift or raffle please enter the number under the coupon code section in the registration form (example 2020#).
Season runs through Late June. 12 games plus practices, (playoffs and championships games in older divisions.) Included full uniform.

 Note: There is a online registration system in place that you must first sign up for. If you registered last year you should already be in the registration system.

You will then create an account if one does not already exist for your family and register the player(s) and contact information.

 Payment can be completed online via Paypal or mailed. 
Visit the website -  WWW.MONROESOFTBALL.NET


Contact us with any issues or problems you may experience while registering at  MTGSAREC@GMAIL.COM

Woodland’s return to school has been very exciting!  Our students have earned a reward for reaching the school wide “Fish Philosophy” school goal! Staff made this reward a fun & exciting experience for the students and the PTO generously donated snacks.

To kick off Jump Rope for Heart, the Lincoln Leopards visited our school.  The students had so much fun and were inspired to jump and be “heart” healthy.

The grade 5 students have kicked off Battle of the Books and our teachers are preparing for Poetry Slam!    


              Mrs. Lizzio’s class recently participated in an exciting lab activity. First, students explored how water and oil interact with one another. From there, feathers were tested to see what would happen if water was dropped on it. To compare, the feather was then exposed to an oil and water mix. As part of the scientific process, students recorded all of their observations. 

              Students then began the difficult task of cleaning the feather, experiencing firsthand the difficulty of removing oil from a feather, and observing the permanent change to the feather from being exposed to the oil and water. 

              Students will parlay this information into a research paper on oil spills that have occurred around the world. Students will then create an editorial in response to polluted water and how we are all capable of helping our environment in a positive way.  

              In keeping with our district initiative toward wellness and teaching the whole child, Ms. Hyer’s art classes at both Woodland and Applegarth Schools have been taught strategies for mindfulness through art. In both schools, a giant coloring banner entitled “Be Present and Create!” hangs on the wall. Around the words are zentangle drawings on which the students can color. 

              The banner is a place students can go during their school day to take a moment to relax, calm down, and create. When teachers recognize that children in their classes need a short break to keep behaviors from escalating, they can send them to the banner to color for a few moments. This cuts down on students who sign out to go to the restroom to take a break and students being sent to the office or the guidance counselor for disruptive behaviors. The banner has had an extremely positive effect; teachers and staff love the idea. At Woodland School, one banner has already been completed and staff is requesting a second one. At Applegarth, students are coloring every day (see below). 

              Some other art strategies that focus upon mindfulness include five minute do now sketches, prompts that allow students to think, focus and create. Students also create zentangle trees, a type of doodling that helps with anxiety and stress (yoga for the brain!)
              Students are encouraged to create origami designs connected to a mindfulness exercise such as boat breathing and yoga poses. Lastly, students are creating mandalas…creating drawings and designs in a circular motion which is believed to relax the brain, allowing students to focus and create.  

              Ms. Evans and Ms. Fischetti’s classes came out on a January evening to practice mindfulness with a variety of different activities. Students were able to create sculptures out of PlayDoh, color Mancalas, engage in yoga poses, sculpt with a Kinetic sand activity, and create a compliment chain.

              This evening was supported by a grant from the Monroe Township Education Association, the funds being allocated to flexible seating on wobble stools and a microphone ball. 

              As can be seen from the photos below, families had fun and learned some mindfulness techniques! 
PJ's for Police at Oak Tree School

Oak Tree students raised money as part of our PJ's for Police fundraiser to support Team Monroe Township. For the sixth consecutive year the team will be riding alongside hundreds of police officers in Chapter 10 of the Police Unity Tour, a four- day bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, DC, in honor of fallen officers throughout the country. The goal of this three hundred mile ride is to remember those officers killed in the line of duty, and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
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