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

“What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.”
~Author Unknown

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the education of our students. This includes all of the administration and staff of Monroe Township Schools as well as all of the families that have worked so hard during the challenging year. As I reflect on the past 15 months of the pandemic, I am hopeful that the resiliency and creativity shown by all educators will continue to guide education for years to come. I am confident that our students will take the new skills and a growth mindset and realize that their perseverance for any future task can find success. I understand that this year was unique, but I am hopeful that we all learn from this experience and enhance the future. Thank you to everyone!

As we near the end of this school year, please watch for information from the schools regarding end of year activities. Schools have been planning activities based on current health guidance and will make adjustments as needed. Working with you, we can provide experiences that will celebrate our students.

Friday, May 21 and Friday, June 4 will be 4-hour sessions for all students. Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten will follow the Wednesday schedule. No student sessions for the afternoon. Staff will be involved in a district in-service for the afternoon.

Tuesday, June 8 will be full virtual day for all students. School buildings are used for polling locations for the Primary Election.

Happy Mother’s Day to all those who care for someone special.
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Daily Screening: If your child is attending in-person, please be sure to review the daily screening questionnaire online each day they are present. If you answer yes to any question, please keep your child at home and contact the school nurse for more information.

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(REVISED - Board approved 3/15/2021)
Click here to view the 2021-2022 School Calendar (Board approved 2/17/2021)
Monroe Township School District
*Board of Education meetings are virtual at this time and are not being held in-person

Board of Education Meeting - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7pm
(*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)

For more information about the Monroe Township Board of Education, click here

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
*Please visit your individual school website link for more detailed information regarding school start times

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
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 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  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
STEP 3: Contact Central Registration when Step 1 and Step 2 have been completed.
Phone:  609-642-6128 ext. 4013 or E-Mail: 
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

Congratulations, Joanna Giustino!
Greater Middlesex County
Scholar Athlete Award recipient 

Congratulations, Aidan Judge!
Greater Middlesex County
Scholar Athlete Award recipient 

Congratulations, Christian Cipolletta!
Greater Middlesex County
Sportsmanship Award recipient

Congratulations, Rosaleen Regan!
Greater Middlesex County
Sportsmanship Award recipient

Congratulations, Nina Branchizio!
National Association of Girls and Women in Sports
Award recipient 

Congratulations, Audrey Lynch!
New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association
Scholar Athlete Award recipient

Monroe Education Foundation’s We INSPIRE Campaign

Since 1995, the Monroe Education Foundation has enriched learning opportunities in the Monroe Township School District by funding initiatives that inspire lifelong learning for all students from pre-school through 12th grade. The MEF graciously funds districtwide initiatives, professional development, and grants that provide the district with innovative programs that are excluded from the district's general operating budget due to spending limits.

The MEF is asking for your involvement with the We INSPIRE Campaign. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Click here to view the PDF file for the links below
Mr. Schultz, physical education, has kicked off the fifth and final virtual challenge to Hershey Park, PA (145.6 miles from Woodland School). The goal is to provide virftual experiences while maintaining motivation & fitness benefits to students!   In addition, during the week of May 3rd, Woodland School will be participating in the Kids Heart Challenge. All students will participate during their regular scheduled physical education classes supporting the American Heart Association! Please refer to the attached for additional details on how our school will help raise funds to help kids with special hearts and help make all communities healthier. All donations will be made online, please click here: Woodland Falcons Heart Challenge Page
Student Council hosted a poster contest for Black History and Women’s History month. Posters were judged on creativity, historical facts, artwork, originality, and relevance.  Winners are Morgan Ludewig and Sahana Kadhiravan, Great job students!
Our classrooms have engaged their students with many different STEM, math & writing activities!

To name a few:
  • Mrs. McTernan’s class participated in a STEM activity and created a shamrock launcher.
  • Ms. Ciccarella demonstrated the ability to name Irish holiday symbols and created a home for lerechauns using tech tauls then wrote a narrative about their day with the leprechaun!
  • Mr. Rogerson / Mrs. Hoskins students learned how to draw a bunny & a basket and engaged in a spring scavenger hunt!
  • In celebration of earth day, Mrs. Virelles’ students played a game & practiced fractions, general math skills and team building. Each fraction problem the children solve together as a team moves trash off the earth and places it in the garbage.  
  • Miss Matacchiera participated in an earth day logic puzzle going into break out rooms and used clues and logic to solve the mystery!

Oak Tree Spirit Week Competition

Put together a group of third grade Student Council representatives and what do they come up with? a schoolwide Spirit Week Competition for the whole school!!! The group of students really wanted to bring the school together and created the entire event themselves under the guidance of their advisor Ms. Guerrera. Beginning March 22 each day was a different theme including Tie Dye Day, Career Day, Wacky Wednesday, Role Model Day and Oak Tree Spirit Day. Students were able to post their photos on a Padlet created by Mrs. Dinsmore, the principal of Oak Tree. At the end of the week, the class that posted the most photos won the competition and the grand prize winner was Mrs. Shea’s AM Kindergarten class! They will get to play a virtual game with Mrs. Dinsmore In April. Who’s got spirit? Oak Tree does! 

Little Library at Oak Tree Opens on March 22
Oak Tree Media Specialist John Gleason was recently inspired after reading the picture book "Little Libraries, Big Heroes" with his second grade classes, so he decided to ask the PTA if they could find funds to create our own Little Library in front of the school. The PTA graciously said yes and our own official and registered Little Library ( opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 22. Prior to the grand opening Principal Mrs. Dinsmore recorded herself reading the book so that the entire school could learn more about how Little Libraries came to be. Students are able to borrow and donate books at any time. Families also have the opportunity to be Guest Stewards and are responsible for taking care of the library for an entire month. Oak Tree is very excited about our new literacy addition!


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