The COonnection

MARSD Central Office Newsletter

A Message from the Superintendent - Dr. Majka

The month of February has long been associated with the celebration of Valentine's Day. As we celebrate this Valentine's Day it is a good time to reflect on our careers, what brought us to Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District, and what keeps us doing what we love.

Celebrating the Life and Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lloyd Road Breakfast Club

The Lloyd Road Breakfast Club offers teachers a variety of breakfast items (bagels, yogurt, granola bars, muffins, water, juice, etc.), which are prepared and bagged by the students in our autism and multiplied disabilities classrooms. The students start the month with a trip to the local Shop Rite where they purchase items that are needed for the upcoming breakfast club orders. The breakfast club runs twice a month and order forms are provided to the teachers a week in advance. Once all orders are filled, the students from our two classrooms make deliveries to the teachers' classrooms that purchased items. This allows our students to become familiar with the teachers in the building, as well as the students. The students truly enjoy the experience and we hope to grow the program to include lunch items in the future.

The pictures below show our students enjoying their most recent Shop Rite visit.

Life Skills

Mrs. Sloan and her students visited each school to drop of "gifts" for classes to use in their Life Skills rooms. Cambridge Park students were excited to meet and welcome their high school friends.

Hands On Workshop Series

The Department of Special Services has joined with the Monmouth County ARC to offer parents a five-part workshop series to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families navigate the transition from school to adult life. Parents are asked to pre-register at
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School Store

Matawan Regional High School, Matawan Aberdeen Middle School, and Lloyd Road School students with special needs are opening a School Store with a mobile coffee/tea cart, thanks to the generosity of the PoSP.

Special thanks to our very own, Jacob Lee, for creating the logo for the shop.

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Parents of Special People, Inc. (PoSP)

Parents of Special People, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) special needs charity here in town. They are a parent-run organization based here in Matawan who offer events, training, workshops and more for special needs children from ages 3-21 and their families. Recent events include Trunk or Treat, Sensitive Santa, Winter Swim, Members Only Basketball, and more. Through fundraising, events are kept at a free to minimal cost share per member. Membership is open year round. Please visit for more information. Any questions email

Screenagers - Growing Up In The Digital Age

How do we achieve maximal mental focus in an overly wired and wireless world? This is the question that author Cal Newport addresses in his forthcoming book “Digital Minimalism.”

Newport argues that you should “radically reduce the time you spend online, focusing on a small number of activities chosen because they support things you deeply value, and then happily miss out on everything else.” Click below to learn how to foster mental focus in our kids and ourselves.

Some of the best moments as parents come from exposing our kids to the wonders of the world. As kids get older, it's important to expose them to lots of experiences, people and situations where they may be the only youth in the audience.

Below are tips and ideas for reaching beyond the screen and making a point of bringing your kids and teens to events and places they wouldn’t naturally gravitate toward.
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Mark Your Calendar for School Closures

Please mark your calendar for the following dates, as district schools/offices will be closed.

March 8, 2019

In-Service Day

April 19 - 26, 2019
Spring Break
(Schools and Offices Re-Open on April 29th)