Ravine Drive Elementary School

December 2020

December Highlights

A Note from the Principal:


December is a month when we share many traditions with family and friends. Although 2020 has changed how we may visit our traditions this year, one aspect that I am still going to instill is the tradition of giving and sharing. As I reflect on the past nine months, I am overwhelmed by the myriad examples of people who have been giving and sharing throughout our community. My hope is that we can continue to cherish the power behind these moments and find ways to "wrap-up" that spirit as a gift to one another.


As we look to the calendar, please note that Wednesday, December 23rd is an Early Dismissal day for all students, and that Winter Recess begins on Thursday, December 24th. Students will start school again on Monday, January 4th. All students will be Fully Remote at that time. Beginning the week of Monday, January 11th, students in Cohorts A, B, C and D will return to school for in-person instruction based upon their cohort's calendar. Please reference Dr. Majka's Letter to the Community from December 8th for more details regarding the district's instructional school plan.


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


Wishing you all a safe and healthy holiday season,


Jessie Zitarosa

Interim Principal

Please Join Me in Congratulating Ravine Drive Elementary School's Educators of the Year!

Congratulations Mrs. Barry!!!!!!

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Congratulations Nurse Lorenzo!!!!!!

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Important Dates to Remember!

Be sure to mark your calendars for the following events coming up in December and January:
  • 12/14: BOE Meeting - 6:30 PM - Fully Virtual
  • 12/17: PTO Meeting - 6:30 PM - Fully Virtual
  • 12/23: Early Dismissal/4 Hour Session - All students
  • 12/24 - 01/03: Winter Recess - School Closed - All students
  • 01/04: Students Return - Fully Virtual for ALL COHORTS
  • 01/11: Students return for in-person instruction based upon cohort
  • 01/15: Early Dismissal/4 Hour Session - All students
  • 01/18: School Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 01/25: RD McTeacher's Night-Relay for Life (drive-thru/pick-up only) - 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 01/27: End of MP 2
  • 01/20: Early Dismissal/4 Hour Session - All students
  • 01/28: Early Dismissal/4 Hour Session - PreK-8


For your reference:

MARSD - Meals Through Winter Break

Please see the flyer below to learn about meals that will be available through winter break.

Here is a link to the Form for Ordering Meals.


Additional information can be found on the MARSD Food Services site.

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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

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 Over the Holidays:


  1. Make the Healthier Choice: Take small steps like drinking more water and less sugary drinks. Add a new vegetable or fruit option this month.
  2. Involve the Kids: Have children help with food preparation, keep them engaged and involved when making lunch or dinner.
  3. Routine: After all the holiday excitement and staying up late some nights, it is so important to get children back to a regular routine and bedtime schedule as soon as possible.
  4. Stay Active: Make a schedule of when the family can do something active together everyday. Aim for 30 minutes a day to get energized and help lift everyone’s mood. Bundle up and take a walk in the neighborhood.
  5. Well Visits: Check in with your pediatrician and make sure your child is not due for their well visit or any vaccines.

Ms. Feen's Counseling Corner

Ms. Feen is the School Counselor at Ravine Drive. Each month she provides our Ravine Drive Families with helpful tips!


If you have any questions, you can reach her by email at kfeen@marsd.org.


Kindergarten Registration - 2021-2022

Believe it or not, we are already planning for Kindergarten 2021-2022. If you have a child who will turn five on or before October 1, 2021, click here to pre-register your child for the 2021-2022 school year!

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!