The Monroe Pulse - Monroe Township School District News & Updates - March 2021
Monroe Township School District
News & Updates
A Message From Dr. Dori Alvich
Monroe Township School District Superintendent
Dear Monroe Township School District Families,

The district is proud to announce the third meeting for developing our District Strategic Action Plan.

The community came together last January 14, 2020 and February 24, 2020 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. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we had to postpone the third community meeting. Even if you have not attended either of the first two meetings, you are invited to attend our third and final meeting on April 6, 7:00pm. The meeting will be held virtually and the link will be shared prior to the meeting. The agenda for the evening will include a review of the process to date and development of goals and objectives for each topic. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you to all of the community members who have been a part of this process!

Thank you and stay well.
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Daily Screening: If your child is attending in-person, please be sure to fill out the daily screening questionnaire in Genesis each day they are present. If the form is not filled out, your child will have to wait to enter their classroom until you are contacted. Please use the attached form if you encounter internet issues in the morning. You can print, complete, and sign the form and send in with your child.

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2020-2021 PURPLE/GOLD COHORT SCHEDULE
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Click here to view the 2021-2022 School Calendar (Board approved 2/17/2021)
Monroe Township School District
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING DATES
*Board of Education meetings are virtual at this time and are not being held in-person

The next Board of Education Meeting is scheduled for March 15, 2021 at 7pm
Preliminary Budget Hearing (revised date)
(*An attendee link and telephone number with access code will be published on the district
website as well as in the publicized advertisements for the meeting)


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2021 Board Members
Ms. Michele Arminio, Board President
Mr. Adi Nikitinsky, Board Vice President
Ms. Kathleen Belko
Ms. Karen Bierman
Mr. Ken Chiarella
Mr. Andy Paluri
Ms. Rupa Siegel
Ms. Chrissy Skurbe
Mr. Peter Tufano

Jamesburg Representative
Mr. Paul Rutsky

Student Board Members
Ms. Kayleigh Craver
Ms. Samaara Jain
SCHOOL WEBSITE LINKS
*Please visit your individual school website link for more detailed information regarding school start times
MONROE TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-OPENING PLANNING AND GUIDANCE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING VIRTUAL LEARNING

The following video provides general information regarding Virtual Learning through Schoology (9-12) and Google Classroom (K-8) in Monroe Township. It can be accessed on the district website in the "Announcement" section or through the direct link here. 

The district has also begun to populate a Parent/Student Technology Tutorial Website. Within the website are short videos, tutorials, and resources that may be useful when using digital tools throughout the school year. The website will be updated to reflect the technology needs within our learning community. The website can be found in the "Site Shortcuts" section on each schools webpage and a direct link to the website is located here.  

If you have specific technology questions please reach out to our IT staff at ITstaff@monroe.k12.nj.us
2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration
Monroe Township Public Schools
 
To register for Kindergarten your child must be five (5) years of age by October 31, 2021.  
ONLY a parent or legal guardian can register their child.
ALL the following documents are necessary for registration:
  • Child’s original Birth Certificate
  • Current Physical Form & Immunization Record signed and dated by the Doctor
  • Proof of residency – 4 forms required – Deed, Tax Bill, Closing Disclosure or Lease AND three (3) current Utility Bills
  • Residing with another family – Please request an Affidavit of Residency from Cherie McCoy at Cherie.mccoy@monroe.k12.nj.us. The homeowner will need to provide proof of residency (see above). You will need to provide 2 bills in your name for this address.
  • New Home Purchase Agreement to purchase a home in Monroe Township with a closing date on or before October 31, 2021 is acceptable.
  • IEP or 504 (if child has one)
  • Custody papers, proof of legal guardianship papers, foster parent papers, adoption papers (if applicable)
***All registrations will be completed remotely***
  
Please complete the THREE steps below to register your student.
 
STEP 1: Online Registration - Go to www.monroe.k12.nj.us  Student Registration
All required documents must be uploaded to the online registration before student can be registered. You will be able to create an account and add additional documents at a later time. However, student will not be registered until all required documents have been received.
 
STEP 2: Registration Paper Packet
(Please print and fill out all necessary forms and send/e-mail them to Cherie McCoy at Cherie.McCoy@monroe.k12.nj.us)
 
STEP 3: Contact Central Registration when Step 1 and Step 2 have been completed.
Phone:  609-642-6128 ext. 4013 or E-Mail: Cherie.McCoy@monroe.k12.nj.us 
 
 
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS FOR STUDENTS
 
Each student entering the Monroe Township Public Schools for the first time is required by law (Public law 18A:40-4) to have a physical examination prior to entry into school. This examination must be completed no more than 365 days prior to the first day of attendance. Signed documentation of the examination by the student’s physician must be submitted to the school nurse. If you have a problem complying with this health mandate, please contact your school nurse. Children without physical examinations will not be permitted to enroll.
Additionally, state law mandates that your child will not be allowed to attend school in September 2021 without proof of completed immunizations with a doctor’s signature. Information regarding immunization requirements for pupils in schools has been taken in part from the NJ Department of Health and Senior Service bulletin dated December 2000. If you have any questions regarding the immunization requirements, please contact your pediatrician or call the school nurse at the school your child will be attending. Even though all needed immunizations may not be given at the time of registration, please bring a record of those immunizations received up until that date. (New immunization information can be shared with the nurse until August 31. All immunizations should be completed by that time.)
Barclay Brook School Nurse (732) 521-1000
Mill Lake School Nurse (732) 251-5336
Oak Tree School Nurse (609) 655-7642
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. During the month of March, we will be focusing on an informational campaign to support our awareness of developmental disabilities and the work we can do to foster an inclusive learning community. 
 
The world would be a better place if all people were valued, respected, embraced, and included: included in the games we play and the friends we make, included in our schools, workplaces, and communities.

Despite the best efforts of many, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities often struggle to be included. This group is comprised of more than 200 million people worldwide, representing every country, belief system, sexual orientation, gender expression, race, and ethnicity.

The goal of these emails is to provide information that will begin to disrupt the cycle of isolation, and instead promote inclusion. Our hope is to promote disability awareness, foster reflection, open dialogue, and ultimately instill the belief that our individual actions can collectively create an inclusive world.

Words have POWER!

Our words have power. It is important that we consider our language not only when we talk to or about other people, but also how we express ourselves. Using the phrase “person with disabilities” puts the person’s identity at the forefront of a discussion, whereas “disabled person” puts a person’s disability at the forefront.
 
Spread the Word to End the Word

The use of the R-word is hurtful and demeaning to people with intellectual disabilities. Join Special Olympics and youth leaders in eliminating use of the words “retard” or “retarded” and support our Special Olympics athletes.

Spread the Word to End the Word is a campaign to raise awareness of the hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using it. A National Awareness Day will be held on March 3, 2021. Please take the time to visit www.r-word.org to take the pledge today and find campaign resources.

Supervisor of Special Education
Monroe Township School District
WOODLAND SCHOOL NEWS
 
Woodland Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.  Some of our classrooms observed this special occasion with fun and educational activities providing opportunities for our students to practice math, reading & writing!    In Ms. Ciccarella’s class students read poems with 100 words, completed a “jam board” listing 100 things they learned earning a 100th day bracelet!  Mrs. Hoskin’s students engaged in several interactive activities such as ABC Number Bubble Countdown to 100, Interactive Number Chart, and listening to different stories like “The 100th Day of School” by Angela Medearis. Mrs. DiBenedetto/Mrs. Valville and Mrs. Michael/Ms. Spilken’s students created projects using 100 paper clips, pasta, cheerios,
Q-tips, etc. 
Our school also celebrated Black History and Women’s History month!  The main hallway of our school is being transformed to include a banner with pictures, quotes and facts about historical figures.  This is a work in progress and we are so excited to see the finished result! Here is a sneak peek!
APPLEGARTH SCHOOL NEWS

Ms. Farkas & Ms. Quinby’s
Class Study
Social Studies: Revolutionary War

"We the Students" Project: As students are learning about the documents that shaped our country, specifically the U.S. Constitution, they analyzed the words and meaning of the U.S. Constitution and its parts (Preamble, Articles, Amendments). Students were tasked with writing their own Constitution, starting with "We the Students," based on how they believe our classroom (their "country") should be run. In an effort to make our project even more engaging and realistic, virtually, we had all students make their paper look old and tattered with tea bags! Here is a photo of a sample from student Yaden Silver.
Black History Month
Living Museum at Oak Tree

During the month of February, the students in Mrs. Dowe’s third grade class conducted in-depth research of famous African Americans as part of their recognition of Black History Month. They then created posters containing facts and quotes that reflected the person’s contributions. Each project contained a hole on it large enough for the students to fit their head through; so in essence, students could wear their project. Students presented informational content from a first person point of view to their classmates. In addition, they also recorded their presentations on a Black History Month Virtual Museum Flip Grid so that their classmates, parents, and principals could view their presentations to learn all about some of the many wonderful people we celebrate during Black History Month! The children were knowledgeable, animated, and very excited to share what they had learned from their research.
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