The COnnection

MARSD Central Office Newsletter

A Message From Dr. Majka, Superintendent

Welcome back and happy 2020! As we enter a new year, we are often reminded of things we have done and stress over those things we have not. We think of our growing age, rather than the abundance of experiences we have had. As you enter this new year, remember, “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

John Lennon

Congratulations to the Recipients of our GEOY for 2019-2020

Cambridge Park
Teacher of the Year - Susan Ripple
Educational Services Professional - Deborah Wassmer

Cliffwood Elementary School

Teacher of the Year - Alyssa Pappas
Educational Services Professional - Evelyn Hebding

Ravine Drive School

Teacher of the Year - MaryEllen Doyle
Educational Services Professional - Barbara Lyttle

Strathmore Elementary School

Teacher of the Year - Azuree Albanese
Educational Services Professional - Isabel Spaur

Lloyd Road School

Teacher of the Year - Sharon Carnovsky
Educational Services Professional - Michele Johannesen

Matawan Aberdeen Middle School

Teacher of the Year - Helen Bebel
Educational Services Professional - Gerard Haney

Matawan Regional High School

Teacher of the Year - Sheri Borchers
Educational Services Professional - Robert Wietecha

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Matawan Regional High School

Board of Education Re-Organization

At the January 6, 2020 Board of Education Re-Organization Meeting, newly elected members of the Board of Education were sworn into office. On behalf of the district and school community, we welcome Ms. Annette Ascoli, Ms. Tara Martinez, and Ms. Kizzie Osborne. Additionally, Ms. Allison Friedman was re-elected as Board President and Ms. Randi Moore was elected Vice-President.


Thank you to all our board members for their voluntary service to our district.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year


As the new year begins, many parents are starting to think about preschool for the upcoming year and others are starting to get nervous about their child's transition to kindergarten. We know that there is a lot of information out there and it can be overwhelming! So, to help our parents begin making plans for the 2020-2021 school year, there are links below with both preschool and kindergarten registration information.


Kindergarten Registration

All students moving up to Kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year must register for Kindergarten and show proof of residency. A child of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) legally domiciled within the district is eligible for entrance into Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year if he/she attains the age of five on or before October 1, 2020.

LINK~ https://www.marsd.org/Page/16746

Returning Student Preschool Registration

The priority open enrollment for preschool begins the week of January 6th for current MARSD preschool students. Tuition student enrollment is done on a first come, first serve basis. Once all enrollment spots are filled, students are added to a wait list and enrolled in the order that names are received. Letters were sent home with eligible students with instructions about how to register for preschool next year. *Students with IEPs who are returning to preschool next year do not need to re-register at this time.

LINK~ http://bit.ly/2sTj8bm

NEW Preschool Student Registration

We proudly offer a full day integrated 3 & 4 year old preschool program. Classes are taught by certified teachers using the research-based Tools of the Mind Curriculum and maintain a low student-teacher ratio. Students explore pre-academic concepts and develop strong social emotional skills.

LINK~ https://www.marsd.org/Page/15923

McTeacher's Night

Come visit the teachers, principals, and staff of MARSD as they moonlight at McDonald's on Route 34 in Aberdeen to raise money for Relay for Life.


Cliffwood Elementary School

Tuesday, January 14th

Lloyd Road School

Tuesday, January 28th

Cambridge Park Preschool

Monday, February 3rd

Matawan Aberdeen Middle School

Wednesday, February 5th

Strathmore Elementary School

Wednesday, February 12th

Screenagers: Next Chapter

Please join us on January 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Matawan Aberdeen Middle School auditorium for a community viewing of Screenagers: Next Chapter.


Click here for complete details.

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Striving for Greatness is a program sponsored by the MLK Committee. This event will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 3:00 PM in the Matawan Aberdeen Middle School Auditorium. For complete details, please click here.


As a reminder, the district will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strategic Planning Process

Don't forget to stay up to date on the district's Strategic Planning Process.


For a complete listing of activities related to Strategic Planning, click the calendar link below. Additionally, the letter attached will provide you with a link to register for the Planning Council Conference scheduled for March 2020. We hope to see you there.

Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District Wants You!

Education Solutions Services (ESS) is hiring substitute teachers and support staff to work in the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District. There are a variety of positions available, with excellent employees perks. Please consider a career in education by joining our team.


Click here for complete details and how to start the application process.

School Closings

Please mark your calendar for the following school closings/holidays.


January 17, 2020

Early Dismissal for all Students

January 20, 2020

All District Schools/Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 14th & 17th, 2020

All District Schools/Offices Closed for Presidents' Weekend