The Monroe Pulse - Monroe Township School District News & Updates - November 2020
Monroe Township School District
News & Updates
A Message From Dr. Dori Alvich
Monroe Township School District Superintendent
Dear School Community,
 
On November 16, 2020, Monroe Township Schools will open our doors for in-person students in a hybrid model. What does that mean? Students with last names beginning with A through L come to school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and alternating Wednesdays while students with last names beginning with M through Z log into their classrooms from home. Then, they switch and students with last names beginning with M through Z come to school on Thursday, Fridays, and alternating Wednesdays while students with last names beginning with A through L log into their classrooms from home. Teachers are teaching students both physically in the classroom and on the computer at the same time. This is called synchronous teaching. This model offers several benefits for our students. First, they remain with the teacher and class that they have had since September and all students receive the same lessons. Also, the district can provide for social distance for all students in the schools with the smaller numbers. And, in the event that we have to close a classroom or school due to exposure to COVID-19 or a student has to quarantine, students are not losing any instructional time and can move directly into remote learning. Students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 are attending in person for a four hour session, they go home for lunch, and then all students log in for the afternoon sessions. Parents still have the option to keep their children home every day in which case students will then log into their virtual classrooms all five days. There are videos and resources for parents and staff on our district reopening website.
 
The goal of our plan is to keep students and staff as safe as possible. We have put practices in place to provide for this environment. We are conducting daily screening for all staff and students including a screening questionnaire to be completed online before coming to school and then there will be temperature checks at the door of all buildings. We are limiting visitors in all district buildings, but any visitor will also follow these guidelines. Parents have the option for in-person students to take district transportation or parents can drop students off at the schools. Buses are limited in capacity, and all students and drivers must wear face coverings. Buses are disinfected between all runs. In our schools, all staff and students must wear face coverings. Our nurses put together guidance for parents on proper face coverings as well as proper hand washing practices. Regular disinfecting of high touch surfaces, including students’ desks, have been instituted. Every aspect of the plan is flexible and dependent on health conditions. The district will continue to monitor all updates and make adjustments as needed. Although school may look different this year, our goal continues to be to provide the education for all of our students just as the community has come to expect. Please refer to our district website for more information on the reopening of schools.
 
November 9 through 13 is Falcon Families Week. Monroe Township School District wants to show our appreciation for our families as we have worked together during this unique time. Local businesses and organizations have donated coupons and raffles for our families. See the flyer that you received in the mail or via email for more details.
 
Thank you to all of the families, students and staff for working together! 
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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.

Click here to view the PDF file version of the screening questionaire
2020-2021 PURPLE/GOLD COHORT SCHEDULE
Click here to view the PDF file version of the Purple/Gold Cohort Schedule
Monroe Township School District
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING DATES

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

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. Samarra 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
Click here to view the image below in PDF form and Click here for more information about the Virtual Learning Toolkit.
FALCON FAMILIES ROCK!
Monroe Township School District shows appreciation for our families during Family Appreciation Week November 9th-13th!

MONDAY 11/9
*SOUND OFF FOR FALCON FAMILIES 4:00PM*
Monroe Township community members will SOUND OFF at 4:00PM to recognize all Falcon Families during virtual instruction.

TUESDAY 11/10
*SHOW YOUR FAMILY PRIDE!*
All families who show their pride will be entered into our Friday Raffles!
Take a picture of your family showing your Falcon Pride and post it to Padlet.
Click on the link and push on the plus sign. A box will pop up, fill out a title and message to the Padlet. You can also upload a picture! Remember to put your child’s name, grade and school on the message to be entered into the Friday Raffle!

WEDNESDAY 11/11
*MONROE STAFF SHOWS OUR APPRECIATION!*
Staff have shared messages with our Falcon Families.
Click on your school below to view them!

THURSDAY 11/12
*20% off at ANTONIO’S: Just mention “Falcon Family Week”*
Antonio's Italian Restaurant
337 Applegarth Road
(609) 395-9195

FRIDAY 11/13
*Raffle Day!*
Monroe Township School District will be raffling off coupons, Falcon apparel, and gift cards. Families will be notified if they have won a raffle and can pick up their prize at their child’s school next week.

ALL WEEK LONG! 11/9-11/13
Mention “Falcon Family Week” to get:
10% off Bovine Burgers & entry into a raffle for a $40 gift card
20% off Burrito Bowl

THANK YOU to the following businesses/organizations for their
generous donations!

Monroe Township Town Council, EMS, Fire Departments,
and Police Department

Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro
Monroe Township Board of Education

Monroe Bagel Bazaar (337 Applegarth Rd., Monroe)
Donated 1 dozen bagels for 1 family at each school

WAWA (337 Applegarth Rd., Monroe)
Donated 110 coupons for free items

Antonio’s Italian Restaurant (337 Applegarth Road)
20% off on Thursday evening

Bovine Burgers (76b W Railroad Ave, Jamesburg)
10% off all week and entry into raffle

Burrito Bowl Mexican Grill
(866 Cranbury South River Rd., Jamesburg)
20% off all week

Monroe Township Unified Program
OAK TREE SCHOOL NEWS

The third grade students at Oak Tree are learning all about living and nonliving things, and plants and animal life cycles! Longwood Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden in Pennsylvania which has over 1,000 acres of beautiful plant displays for people to enjoy. Longwood Gardens is offering virtual field trips live from their experts about many various science topics! The third graders in Miss Kirner’s class had a fun experience learning about plant life cycles from an expert at Longwood Gardens. The presenter visited the third grade class on Friday, October 9, and spent 45 minutes introducing students to new vocabulary words, reviewing the parts of a plant, showing how plants are grown in greenhouses then transferred to gorgeous floral displays at Longwood Gardens, answering student questions, and more! During this interactive live field trip, students had fun seeing the topics from their science class come to life! 
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MTHS COLLEGE & CAREER COUNSELING CENTER (CCCC)

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