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

Congratulations to Michael Saju, MTHS Student, for being accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point! 

Strategic Action Plan Update:
The community came together on January 14 th and February 24 th to collaborate on the development of a Strategic Action Plan for the Monroe Township School District. The group of about 50 participants created lists of strengths and challenges across the school district. During our second meeting, the community members developed a vision and initiatives for a 3 to 5 year action plan. Topics generated included Community Collaboration, Excellence in Education, and Facilities and Finance. One more meeting is planned to develop goals and objectives for each of these topics. Even if you have not attended either of the first two meetings, you are invited to attend our third and final meeting on March 23rd at 7:00pm at the Monroe Township High School. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you to all of the community members who have been a part of this process!

Health Update:
We are monitoring the alerts from the CDC about the possibility of the spread of the Coronavirus within the United States. We continue to follow the current guidance posted by the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Health. We have posted information on each school’s nurse web page. Please note, at this time we have no concerns about this virus in our schools.
As recommended by the CDC, we are in the process of making preparations for the possibility that a spread of the virus in the U.S. may impact school attendance, and/or require us to close schools. More information will be available as we make preparations, if necessary.

The best way to prevention infection for all 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.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students and staff safe and 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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BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING DATES

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:00pm
Board of Education Meeting
Board of Education meetings held at Monroe Township High School in the Media Center

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 5:30pm
Curriculum Committee Meeting
Monroe Township High School in the Media Center

Wednesday, March 11, 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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MONROE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

Congratulations MGB on winning
Monroe’s 1 st Red Division Championship!
Congratulations to Andrew Turco on making your 1000th point!
Congratulations to Amelia Artz for taking 2 nd place in the 1600m and 3 rd place in the 3200m at Group 4 Central Jersey Sectional Championships. She broke the school record in both events!

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OAK TREE STUDENTS SHARE THEIR HEARTS WITH VETERANS
By Linda Eosso/Oak Tree School

Over 8 classes at Oak Tree Elementary School shared their hearts, both literally and figuratively, with veterans this Valentine’s Day. As part of an initiative by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, students across the district were asked to make Valentine’s Day cards for men and women who have served our country or are currently active service members. 

Mrs. Eosso’s 2nd grade class, in particular, took this opportunity to show their gratitude towards the Veterans with Valentine hearts and messages, while simultaneously practicing their letter writing skills. After viewing a video clip from Congresswoman Coleman, each child created kind messages to the hard-working veterans, while focusing on the 5 writing components of a friendly letter. 

Cards and letters were collected from schools around the district and delivered to Veterans Centers which distributed them throughout Central Jersey. Oak Tree students and teachers hope these sentiments made our veterans feel lots of love and appreciation this Valentine’s Day.
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.

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO START REGISTRATION PAGE.
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

COACHES / MANAGERS / TEAM PARENTS CAN VOLUNTEER ON THE SAME REGISTRATION PAGE.

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

First Grade students at Mill Lake celebrated the 100th Day of school by going to center based stations within all the other First Grade Classrooms. Some fun activities were making predictions about how many times they can write their name in 100 seconds, and seeing if their prediction was close. Additionally some other activities included: drawing themselves as to what they think they will look like when they are 100, creating a hat by grouping stickers into 10 groups, creating a hat with 100 stickers, bouncing a ball 100 times, and creating a pattern with 100 stickers. Should a student need time to decompress or relax, there was a center where they could read stories about the 100th day of school.
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Acrobats Visit Oak Tree
By Danielle Rispoli

One of our district goals is to focus on the "whole child" by providing resources to address cultural awareness for students. At Oak Tree, we were lucky enough to have Chinese Acrobats from Beijing put on a performance for the school. Acrobatics is an art and popular training technique that dates back to the Han Dynasty, and some of the props used are items from home. Some items they might use during performances are chairs, tables, bowls, plates, or jars! The art of acrobatics is not only physical, but a spiritual focus and example of serious discipline. Some acrobats show their talent with balancing, juggling, dance, comedy, and magic.

Chinese acrobats train for most of their lives starting as young children. One of the girls who performed has been training for 10 years and she is only 14 years old! China holds an International Circus Festival every other year for performers to showcase their immense strength and ability. Families continue these traditions of performances for generations. Oak Tree students enjoyed watching this show and were very impressed by the dedication and talent of the performers!
Famous Author Beth Ferry Visits Oak Tree

The Oak Tree Media Center has recently partnered with Barnes and Noble to bring world renowned authors to our school. Our first author was Beth Ferry and she visited our school on the day her new book "The Bold, Brave Bunny" was released. Ms. Ferry not only presented her new book but also autographed purchased books. We are hoping the partnership continues to grow, allowing students to purchase great books that are autographed and personalized by the authors, as well as taking part in engaging presentations that may inspire a few future authors or illustrators among our school community.
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