Ravine Drive Elementary School

November 2020

November Highlights

A Note from the Principal:

As we enter the month of November, I would like to express how thankful the staff of Ravine Drive is for the support we have received from all of our families these past two months. As we work through the challenges that are unique to this school year, we appreciate all that you are doing to help cultivate an environment for our students where they can continue to learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally - whether they are learning in-person or virtually.

Throughout this month, our students will be asked to think about what it means to be thankful..... and how they can show their thanks. We invite you to work with your children as they pause and reflect on a person or experience for which they are thankful; and if possible, reach out to someone to express their thanks.

One way that you may want to express your thanks is if your child currently has or had an educator who made a difference in his/her learning. If so, please take the time to fill out the nomination form for the Governor's Educator of the Year Program. More information can be found below.

In addition, to giving thanks, November is also full of many events on our school calendar. Please make sure to double check the dates below - especially as they apply to Early Dismissals, School Closings and a Virtual Only Day.

Please be sure to reference Dr. Majka's Letter to the Community from October 30th for the most recent updates to the district's instructional school plan.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact our main office at 732-705-5800.

With Much Thanks,

Jessie Zitarosa

Interim Principal

Governor's Educator of the Year Program 2020-2021

If your child has had an educator who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program by completing this nomination form template and returning it to the building principal by Monday November 23, 2020.

Nomination Form

Eligibility Criteria

Important Dates to Remember!

Be sure to mark your calendars for the following events coming up in November:

  • 11/03 - Election Day - Fully Virtual School Day for ALL COHORTS

  • 11/05 and 11/06 - School Closed for NJEA Teacher Convention
  • 11/12 - Marking Period 2 Begins - Revised Cohort Schedule Begins
  • 11/18 - School Pictures - Fully Remote Students
  • 11/20 - School Pictures - Hybrid Cohort B Students
  • 11/23 - School Pictures - Hybrid Cohort A Students
  • 11/23 - Early Dismissal/4 Hour Session: Evening Parent Conferences - Fully Virtual - ALL COHORTS
  • 11/24 - Early Dismissal/4 Hour Session: Afternoon Parent Conferences - Fully Virtual - ALL COHORTS
  • 11/25 - Early Dismissal/4 hour Session - ALL COHORTS
  • 11/26 and 11/27 - School Closed for Thanksgiving Recess

Ravine Drive 1st Annual Scarecrow Contest

We are pleased to showcase the Winners and Honorable Mentions for this year's Scarecrow Contest! Each grade level listened to a Read Aloud of a classic story. Ms. Arey then asked each student to design his/her very own scarecrow.

After careful judging by a committee, a Winner and an Honorable Mention were determined for each grade level. Ms. Arey then had the winning scarecrow "come alive" via a special art lesson for the student's entire class.

Due to the inclement weather, the scarecrows are on display inside the building so that all the children and staff may enjoy them! Thank you to everyone for making this such a fun project!!!!!!!

Be sure to click the link for a slideshow presentation of the winning scarecrows.

Nurse Lorenzo's Tips for Good Health

Nurse Lorenzo is the School Nurse at Ravine Drive. Each month she provides our Ravine Drive Families with tips for good health!

If you have any questions, you can reach her by phone at 732-705-5830 or email her at klorenzo@marsd.org.

Tips for Staying Healthy:

  • Dress warmly. The cold weather is here, make sure your child is prepared with the appropriate coat. A hat and gloves/mittens are also very helpful to stay warm.

  • Remember that colds and viruses are caused by the spread of germs. Good handwashing with soap (for at least 20 seconds) is our best defense to stop the spread of germs. Try singing the entire happy birthday song twice while washing your hands to ensure you washed your hands for at least 20 seconds.

  • Wash and dry your child’s cloth masks everyday and when visibly soiled or damp.

  • Please fill out Crisis Go every morning and remember if your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed keep him/her home. If you have any questions you can always reach your school nurse at 732-705-5830.

  • With the holidays approaching, make sure to get up and get out! Go for a walk with your family or friends to find your favorite leaves or toss around the football! It is so important to keep our bodies moving and active even during the colder months.

Information from Ravine Drive Elementary PTO

Please click on the links below to find out more information about our PTO as well as upcoming fundraisers and events!


  • Fun Pasta - 10/15 - 11/13
  • Charleston Wrap - 11/13-11/27
  • Delicious Orchards Pie Sale - Kicks-off Mid-November
  • Online Holiday Shoppe - 11/15-12/05
  • Virtual Scholastic Book Fair - Begins 11/16

Free and Reduced Lunch Meal Applications

Please click on the link below to find out more information about the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. The district is requesting that every family complete the 2020-2021 Meal Application.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application