Lloyd Road School Newsletter

December 2016

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As the weather gets colder and possible snow arrives, it may mean more inside recess days unfortunately. We will usually have outdoor recess as long as the ground is dry and the temperature (with windchill) is above freezing so we emphasized to the students to dress warm as it gets colder.

Assistant Principal Mrs. Olsen and I met with all students during a recess period to start

December and shared some helpful recess reminders they can keep in mind. The reminders are:

1. Students can bring in a piece of equipment from home to play a game during outside recess as long as it is not a hard ball or other item that could hurt someone. We said students should run their idea by their teacher first before bringing it in.

2. Students can bring in games to play during inside recess also but should also run the idea by their teacher as well. We mentioned that electronic games should not be brought in and playing on tablets and phones is also not permitted. We prefer games in which the students can play together and socialize during the short amount of recess time they have.

In our recess review meeting with the students we also shared how recess and lunch tend to be the areas with the most conflict due to the less structured environment. We discussed good decision making skills, avoiding games that involve touching each other, and proper ways to handle conflict. During any time of the school day we reminded students that if a conflict arises and they feel they need help resolving it their first step is to talk with the adult that is directly supervising them at the time whether it is the lunch/recess aide or teacher in their special or content area class. We shared that conflict is a natural part of life but how we handle it should be looked at as a learned skill just like all other skills students learn in and out of school.

Have a happy holiday season!

Mr. Jerabek


Students of the Month!

Congratulations to our Students of the Month for November! November's theme was CARING. The selected students were as follows:

Om Agrawal, Priscilla Asare, Jovi Aviles, Tiana Baker, Christina Collins, Kylie Cortes, Mya Cruz, Jakel Dennis, Kaitlyn DiPietro, Eden Habib, Madeline Hunt, Izaih Johnson, Delayna Kreher, Jenna Lombardo, Jennifer Makram, Anthony McMahon, Devin McNerny, Grace Parcella, Tirth Patel, Jacob Pinter, Chase Rogers, Jack Sassa, Marrissa Stanzione, Ashley Szoc, Marina Wilson, and Grace Zwirko.

Each month, we emphasize a new theme and then ask for one nomination from each homeroom teacher. The chosen students are then invited to attend lunch with the Principal and Assistant Principal on an assigned day. The students also receive various awards and have their photos displayed on our Star Students award boards in our front foyer.

Congratulations again to these students! Our December Student of the Month theme is GENEROUS.

Counselor News:

Two of our classes are piloting a new Anti-Bullying program. Both Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. Mammano’s classes have been following a curriculum created by NJ State Bar Foundation. The students and staff have been very receptive to it and appear to be enjoying the various lessons taught on bullying and character education.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday!

Mrs. Baker

25 Days of Giving

Donate new and unused items to help Holiday Express fill the 24,000 gift bags they provide this holiday season.

There are 25 classes at Lloyd Road School. Each class will pick one of the items that are requested by Holiday Express. The entire class will all bring in the same item for the gift bags. For example; toothpaste, deck of cards, body wash – everything will under $5. Participation is voluntary and provides our children an opportunity to help those within our communities.

Donations are to be collected within each classroom the week of December 5th- December 9th. All items will be donated to a local shelter. If you have any questions, please email Allison Sorokin at allison.sorokin@gmail.com

Nurse's Corner:

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Give Kids a Smile Day

Is your child in need of Dental Care?

Give Kids a Smile Day is designed to offer dental care to children who otherwise do not see a dentist. Dentists across NJ are opening their doors on Friday, February 3, 2017. Please see below for the locations in Monmouth County, or for more infomation:

  • Beachside Pediatric Dentistry, Ocean Twp., 732-774-7008
  • Freehold Orthodontics, Freehold, 732-462-0700
  • Dental Speicalties of Monmouth County, Howell, 732-474-6500
  • Mark J. H. Hannah DDS, Spring Lake, 732-449-5050
  • Monmouth Family Health Center, Long Branch, 732-475-3800

Parent Portal Reminder:

Please note that the Parent Portal can be accessed at the following web address: http://fridayparentportal.com/matawanaberdeen.

We urge parents/guardians to log into the Portal to verify the following information is up to date and accurate:

- Phone numbers

- Emails to receive all electronic notices as well as school and district updates

- Emergency contacts: add new contacts or update information. If you need to delete any contacts, please send a note to the main office with the information. Requests must be made in writing.

If you do not currently check the Parent Portal or can't find your log in information, please contact the main office at (732) 705-5700, or email dgascot@marsd.org.

Upcoming Events:

You can find detailed information on these events in our Lloyd Road School Virtual Backpack.

  • 12/2: Student of the Month Lunches
  • 12/5: Student Council Meeting
  • 12/13 - 12/15: PTO Holiday Shop
  • 12/14: Ugly Sweater Day
  • 12/19: BOE RAM Meeting, 7 p.m.
  • 12/20: PTO Meeting, 10 a.m., Cafeteria
  • 12/21: Project Funway Due
  • 12/22: PTO Winter Chill, 7-9 p.m.
  • 12/22: Student of the Month Lunches
  • 12/23: Early Dismissal, 12:50 p.m.
  • 12/26 to 1/2: Winter Recess
  • 1/3: School Reopens
  • 1/16: Martin Luther King Day (Schools Closed)

Upcoming December Dates:

  • 1/12: PTO Meeting, 10 am, Cafeteria
  • 1/12-1/13: School Store during lunches
  • 1/16: Martin Luther King Day (Schools Closed)
  • 1/18, 1/19, 1/24/, 1/25: LR Parent/Teacher Conference, 12:50 p.m. Dismissal