Ashbrook Elementary School News

Friday, December 4th, 2020

Principal's Message

As a reminder, all students and staff will be fully remote through January 15th. School will reopen for hybrid in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19th.


I want to take a moment to recognize our students for the resilience and flexibility they have shown this school year. We are immensely proud of their progress and hard work. As we transition back to fully remote learning, please be sure to communicate with your child's teacher about how they are doing. We are here to support our students however they need. I recommend the following for setting students up for success in a fully remote learning environment:

  • Limit distractions in the learning environment by:

    • Utilizing over the ear headphones if your child is learning in a shared space

    • Finding a quiet, consistent space for learning

    • Keeping toys, pets and snacks for break times so children can attend to their lessons

  • Keep a picture schedule for your child

    • Keeping a schedule can help a child see their day and anticipate what is ahead. Picture schedules are particularly helpful for students who struggle with anxiety.

  • Set goals together (academic or behavioral) and celebrate when students reach them

  • Communicate and keep in touch

    • If your child is struggling please let us know. This is a challenging time for everyone but we are in this together.

Reporting Period

The first trimester concludes on Friday, December 4th. The second trimester will begin on Monday, December 7th. Report cards will be available to view on Genesis on Wednesday December 9th. Related arts will report progress on the second and third trimester report card.

School Pictures Are Here!

Our school pictures have just been delivered and are ready for pickup!


Pickup Times:
Monday: 9am-12:00pm

Tuesday: 12:00-3:00pm

Conferences

Thank you to all our families who have already attended parent teacher conferences. Our teachers are continuing to schedule conferences with families through mid-December. Instead of live conferences scheduled on certain dates, the teachers will be setting up their own conference dates and times which will happen either through Zoom/Google Meet or on the phone.


If you would like to request a conference with a special area teacher, please contact them through their e-mails below.


Music K-5 - jnaylor@lumberton.k12.nj.us

Art K-5- pscacco@lumberton.k12.nj.us

PE/Health 3-5 - jgigger@lumberton.k12.nj.us

PE/Health K-2- rpedrick@lumberton.k12.nj.us

PE/Health K-2 - ptravaglini@lumberton.k12.nj.us

Computers K-5 - wday@lumberton.k12.nj.us

Library/World Culture K-5 - rgiansanti@lumberton.k12.nj.us

Save the Date: Virtual Parent Workshop, Social Emotional Learning Tools for Parents

Our guidance department has organized a live virtual parent workshop on social emotional learning. The workshop is hosted by Box out Bullying and is called "SEL Tools for Parents." The workshop will take place on January 7, 2021. Discover how to use certain solution-focused techniques, the Peace Table, that will have an immediate impact on a child's behavior, achievement, and social emotional intelligence. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. We will get additional information about the time and log in access when we get closer. We hope to see you there!

Spirit Days and School Closings

Friday, December 4th: National Sock Day, wear your favorite or craziest pair of socks

Friday, December 11th: Wildcat Way Day, wear your Lumberton School Colors

Friday, December 18th: Holiday Spirit Day, wear holiday colors to celebrate the season

Wednesday December 23rd: Ugly Sweater Day

Thursday December 24th-Monday January 4th- School Closed Winter Break

PTA Holiday Drive

Holiday Drive:


Food, Clothing, Coat and Gift Donations are still VERY much needed. If you haven't donated yet, you can still do so by dropping or shipping to Lyndi Cole at 5 Brynnes Ct. in Lumberton, or by electronic payment to the information on the homeroom letter. If you are going to drop or ship something, please call or text Lyndi at 814-404-6390 or email her at lyndigillespie@gmail.com. Please label your items with Homeroom Teacher, Family Number and Child Number.


Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. All items are still due to Lyndi by Friday, December 11th.


Here is the link to all of the homeroom's adopted children and the electronic payment details: Home Room Adoptions

Thank you so much to all who have donated so far!

Lyndi Cole and Caitlin Staiano

Staff Shout Out

Do you know a staff member who is doing an exceptional job? Please give them a shout out on the Google Form linked below. Your shout out could be featured in our next newsletter!


https://forms.gle/LdirUDjdTUsbojv8A


December's Staff Shout Out:

"Mrs. Rudek is going above and beyond to teach 5 year olds kindergarten virtually and it is my daughters first ever "school" experience and I am soooooo grateful for her kindness and patience with all of the kids. I know these are uncertain times but I don't think that teachers are getting enough credit for the work they're putting in, and I want to just make sure that Mrs. Rudek's boss knows how caring of a teacher she is and just is making this the best for the littles even though we know its a crazy time. Thank you Mrs. Rudek for honestly caring and just all of the things you're doing for our kids, the communication she gives is 100%, and just everything."

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