November 2019
Monroe Township School District
News & Updates
A Message From Dr. Dori Alvich
Monroe Township School District Superintendent
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- Albert Schweitzer

Dear Community,

It doesn’t surprise me that we celebrate American Education Week (November 18-22) during National Gratitude Month. We have much to appreciate in our schools. Thank you to all of the staff that have worked so diligently to ensure we provide a safe and engaging school environment for all of our students. Thank you to the parents who put their confidence in us and send us your children each day.

As you are celebrating Thanksgiving with your families, please take a few minutes to be grateful this season. I challenge you to see how many gratitude activities you can accomplish from the calendar above. Remember to take care of yourself also. You cannot be at your best for others if you are not at your personal best.

Take a spin on the Wellness Wheel! The Monroe Township Whole Child Committee is pleased to present an evening of sharing for all Monroe Township School District Pre-K through grade 12 parents. Presenters will share strategies for helping children deal with stress and anxiety, as well as technology solutions and practical tips. A keynote speaker will be followed by your choice of breakout sessions. Child care will be provided for children in Pre-K to 6th grade by the students and teachers in the Monroe Township HS Working with Children program. Join us Monday, November 18, 2019 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the Monroe Township Middle School. Sign up via the link
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  • November 5, 2019: All Schools Closed-Staff In-Service 
  • November 7-8, 2019: All Schools Closed
  • November 11, 2019: All Schools Closed
  • November 27, 2019: 4 Hour Session-All Schools
  • November 28-29, 2019: All Schools Closed
Monroe Township School District

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:00pm
Board of Education meetings held at
Monroe Township High School in the Media Center

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:30pm
Curriculum Committee Meeting held at Monroe Township High School

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm
Ad Hoc Committee Meeting held at Monroe Township High School

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:00pm
Educational Advocacy Meeting held at the Board of Education office

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Committee Meetings held at the Board of Education office
Personnel - 4:30pm (*Not open to the public)
Buildings, Grounds and Transportation - 5:00pm 
Policy - 6:00pm 
Finance - 7:00pm 

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2019 Board Members
Ms. Kathy Kolupanowich, Board President
Mr. Steven Riback, Vice President
Ms. Michele Arminio
Ms. Jill DeMaio
Ms. Patricia Lang
Mr. Andy Paluri
Ms. Rupa Siegel
Mr. Peter Tufano
Mr. Louis Masters

Jamesburg Representative
Mr. Paul Rutsky

Student Board Members
Ms. Kayleigh Craver
Mr. Manan Shah

Congratulations to Sarah Cummings for being selected
Conference Coach of the Year in Field Hockey!


We will be competing against other School Districts in NJ to be the best “cold turkeys” in the state!

The plunge will take place on
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 th in Asbury Park, NJ.

HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS NJ AND OUR UNIFIED PROGRAMS! Last year our school was the top fundraiser…let’s keep up the good work!!
We would love to have faculty, friends and family join us! $75.00 GETS YOU AN AWESOME SWEATSHIRT!
Click the link below to join to create an individual fundraising page on our team! If you can’t join us…you can donate to any of the students/faculty who have pages on our team page.

Famous Authors Give Shout Out to Oak Tree
One beautiful fall weekend in October Oak Tree’s Media Specialist, John Gleason, traveled to the Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors in Providence, RI at the Lincoln School. It is an all-day annual festival in which you can hear authors present, meet and greet, and have books signed. Some of the featured authors were James Dean (Pete the Cat), Dan Santat (Beekle), Megan McDonald (Judy Moody), John Rocco (Blizzard), and Chris Van Allsburg (Jumani/Polar Express). Always prepared, Mr. Gleason carried a large bag of OAK TREE books to the festival and had the author's sign their autograph. These books are available in the library for students and teachers to check out! 
Oak Tree Celebrates
Monroe Day

Time lines, scavenger hunts, STEM challenges and creating replicas of famous landmarks and so much more were all part of Monroe Day at Oak Tree on October 4, 2019. 

Some highlights included a third grade professional learning community of teachers that created a task card challenge where students were able to learn all about Monroe Township’s interesting history and answer corresponding questions. Along with that, they also created a STEM challenge where students needed to create a brand new landmark for Monroe Township. After the completion of their STEM challenge, students wrote a letter to the mayor trying to convince the town to create this new landmark.

First grade students in Mrs. Doris class designed replicas of their favorite Monroe landmark. Mrs. Walton’s second grade class made a timeline of important community events and then did experiments with cranberries to honor the popular cranberry bogs that Monroe used to have.  Ms. Longo’s student used a list of crops grown here in Monroe to create a recipe using those ingredients. Second grade students in Mrs. Kerstetter’s class found landmarks and their own home on Google Maps and were able to track their route to Oak Tree. While kindergarten children in Mrs. Hurley’s room watched a slide show on their favorite places in Monroe and completed a cut and paste activity.

The entire school dressed in Monroe gear and purple and gold to help celebrate this special day!

Mill Lake’s third grade classes attended a class trip to Etsch Farm in Monroe Township. Third grade students navigated the corn maze while reading signs with interesting facts about the moon landing, as the 50th anniversary is this year. Among many other intriguing facts, the students were excited to learn that Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear was named after Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The students also learned about the farming process of feed corn from planting, growing, harvesting to delivery. The opportunity to view farm equipment, farm animals and the barn were part of the trip, as well. It was a terrific fall day at Etsch Farm!  

The grade 5 Character Crew kicked off the 2019-2020 school year with Walk for Wishes raising money for Team Zoey ( ).

T he Character theme for this school year is THE POWER OF YET!.  We all set goals for ourselves, whether personal or academic, keep a positive outlook and know that you can achieve your objectives with a plan, hard work and determination,. At times, things may seem hard and you may fail but that is okay. We have the power to do our personal best and work through obstacles. This year, we are going to be mindful to replace negative self-talk of “I can’t” or “I won’t” with “I haven’t done it … YET!”

American Education Week is approaching and Woodland School is excited to invite our parents &/or guardians to the school on Thursday, November 21 st .   Teachers will send additional information home regarding any scheduled events.

Woodland School Student Council coordinated a Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser and “ PINK ” day raising raise $1,1650.   In celebration of Election day, voting for Student Council officers will be on November 6 th  for all students.  Officer applicants have been campaigning and will be speaking to the school body prior to elections.
A BIG thank you to ALL of our FBLA members, MTHS Clubs, advisors, associations, staff, security, facilities, main office, Gasko’s Family Farm, Stop & Shop Supermarket, MTEA, Dot Designing, Mama Mare, and anyone else we may have inadvertently forgot to mention, for their time, planning, preparation, participation, donations, and support at the 6th Annual MTHS/FBLA Haunted High School!

We raised over $5,000 for the Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation! According to those numbers we estimate over 2,400 people in total were roaming our haunted halls!! Thank you to our Monroe Community that continues to support our event year after year!

Thank you from,
FBLA & the Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation.

Respect Week was an absolutely successful learning experience for the students at Mill Lake School. Students in Mrs. Cipolla's class shared adjectives with one another on every student's "heart" to build a sense of community, respect, and warm feelings for one another. Children then displayed their hearts knowing that they a classroom community full of love and respect! This truly was an opportunity that supported the whole child and provided students with a tangible, concrete social and emotional learning experience.
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