Mill Pond Elem. & PreK Newsletter
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It is back to school we go!
September has arrived! The staff has been busy arranging classrooms and hanging welcome back signs. We are all very excited to have everyone fill the halls with their smiles and laughter!
The beginning of each school year is busy with a steady flow of communication, forms to fill out, and new routines.
The Parent Portal is the place to find many important items. As the district makes a conscious effort to move toward a more environmentally friendly approach to our communication routines, this platform is the best way to access bus information, required forms, and report cards. We strongly encourage you to visit the portal and make sure your log-in information is up-to-date.
A few items to be aware of:
~ When accessing the bus information, you will need to look for the route number to know what bus your child will get on and off on. The bus number will be listed as NULL. This is intentional. Students need to look for the plaque on the bus with their route number, not the number painted on the actual bus. We understand there was a glitch in the system, but it was quickly corrected. If you had some difficulty, please retry, as everything should be in working order now.
~ Parent pick-up: Students will need to have a note letting us know if they are being picked up. We will send home a form on the first day for 5 day a week pick up. This form should only be used if you are planning to pick up your child EVERY DAY. This means that they will NOT be riding the bus.
~Breakfast and lunch purchases are done as a pre-order. You will need to log on to the portal to do so. Please visit the school website or the parent portal to complete the free and reduced lunch forms.
We have a new traffic pattern. Please see the map below! The front drive of Mill Pond is a "drop and go" scenario. Please have your child seated on the driver's side so that we can open your door and help your child out of the car. Please do not allow them to leave the car without on of our staff assisting. This is not a parking lane. If you would like to park and walk your child to the front door, please park at the Cedar Creek parking lot, as they are already in session and have the space on the loop.
If you are picking your child up at dismissal, please let your child's teacher know with a note that includes your full name and your child's full name. The front of the building will not be accessible during this time as it becomes quickly congested. We ask that you park at Cedar Creek after 3:05 as not to disrupt their dismissal and walk over to Mill Pond.
A quick reminder to attach your child's name tag that you received at orientation to their backpacks. All of our students will meet their teachers in the gym upon arrival. There will be staff members assisting our students, and the name tags are very helpful.
The first week can be a bit overwhelming for not only the children but for parents as well. We are here to help!
On behalf of the entire Mill Pond Staff, I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable Labor Day weekend! Looking forward to the upcoming new school year!
Important Dates for the Calendar
A few important dates to jot down on your calendar:
9/5 - Chalk the Walk sponsored by the Mill Pond PTA
9/6 - First Day of School - Early Dismissal (1:15) Lunches are NOT served.
9/14 - PTA meeting @ 6:30 pm
9/20 - Back to School NIght (Time TBA). Family Night at Pies on NIne.
10/6 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Staff In-Service Day
10/9 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Columbus Day
11/6 - 11/10 - SCHOOL CLOSED, NJEA Convention
11/22 - Holiday Half Day, Thanksgiving
11/23, 11/24 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Thanksgiving
12/22 - Holiday Half Day - Winter Break
12/23 - 1/2/24 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Winter Break
1/15 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
2/19 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Presidents' Day
3/29 - Holiday Half Day - Spring Recess
4/1 - 4/5 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Spring Recess
5/26 - Holiday Half Day
5/29 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Memorial Day