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Principal's Update - October 9, 2020

Return to Hybrid Instruction

Dear OHES Families,

I hope that the virtual school year has been going well as we completed our first month of school. While this year is unlike any other year I have experienced during my tenure in this district, I am confident that we are fully prepared to welcome back our hybrid in-person students next week. Our teachers are ready for the hybrid students returning to school and are prepared to continue to teach students virtually. This is no easy task for our teachers and they are true superheroes!

Mr. Van Hise and I are very excited to welcome back our youngest learners into OHES next week! Rest assured, whether you are dropping off your child or they are taking the school bus, there will be many hands on deck ready to greet the students and guide them safely to their classrooms.

Warmest regards,

Mrs. Scotti, Principal

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MES PTA Information

Our Montgomery Elementary School PTA co-presidents for the upcoming year are Mrs. Yuna Kim and Mrs. Jenna Huntley. They are working hard with their team of volunteers to plan special events for this year and encourage you to get involved. Our MES PTA is a great organization that supports many of our school-wide events. Click on the PTA link for more information on how you can get involved in our school.

What to Bring to School

As a reminder, school supplies by grade level can be found here. Whether your child is an in-person or virtual student they still need to be ready to attend school.

Items for Hybrid Return

  • Personal pack of tissues
  • Chromebook case 11.6x13 inches (grades 1 and 2 only)
  • A beach towel to sit on in the classroom and during outdoor breaks (please launder and return each day)
  • Three masks (required):
  • One to wear each day;
  • One to remain in the classroom (in a Ziplock bag labeled with child's name)
  • One to keep in child's backpack (in a Ziplock bag labeled with child's name)
  • Include a mask lanyard for use during snack/mask breaks. If you do not have one a lanyard will be provided for students.
  • A healthy nut free snack that students can open independently & water bottle/hand wipes

  • Book baggies

  • Writing folders
  • Shoes students can tie or velcro on their own

Masks must:
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Completely cover the nose and mouth
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops or gaiter neck style
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • NOT include vents/valves

Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

Parent Drop-Off

  • The two locations where you can drop off your child are via the main parking lot by the solar panels, or the cul de sac off of Burnt Hill Road near the Kindergarten classrooms.
    • For health and safety reasons, we are trying to limit the amount of students walking throughout the building. Please consider using this map as a guide for which location to drop off. Yellow homerooms should drop at the cul de sac, green homerooms try to drop off at the main parking lot.
  • Important safety protocols
    • Parent should follow traffic pattern, pull up to curb, and student should exit on passenger side of vehicle.
    • Staff will be present at both locations
    • No parent should park their car and walk student to the entrance.

Parent Pick-Up

  • As in years past, all students require a dated note with parent/guardian signature. If an adult who is not listed as an emergency contact in Genesis is picking up the child then he/she must be named in the note.
  • Location: Main parking lot
  • Contactless pickup
    • In advance, please prepare a sign that indicates student's name(s), grade level, and teacher name
      • PK students in Clewell, Vallese, & Brown-please expect separate communication
    • Place the sign on your dashboard upon pulling up to the east gym entrance
    • A staff member will bring out your child so they can get into your vehicle
    • We will maintain a sign-out log for each student being picked up.
  • If you need to make a change in your child's dismissal plan during the day, please call the main office at 609-466-7605 by 12:30pm. We will not be able to accommodate changes after this time. Do not email your child's teacher.

Bus Safety

Riding the school bus is a first time experience for many of our students. For helpful information on reminding children about bus safety click here.

Virtual Back-to-School Night

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 6-7:30pm

This is an online event.

You will receive a Google meeting invitation from your child's teacher for this virtual event.

Kindergarten & 1st Grade from 6:00 - 6:30 pm

Pre-K & 2nd Grade from 7:00 - 7:30 pm

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 2, 3, 4 will be all virtual days for the school district.
  • November 5, 6 - Schools Closed for NJEA Teacher Convention.
  • November 19, 20, 23, 24 - Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences.

Follow Us on Twitter!

There are many exciting things happening everyday at OHES. We will share these special events and learning that happens on Twitter. Please follow us for updates happening at OHES on Twitter at @MONTYOHES.