Ashbrook Elementary School News

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Principal's Message

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to our Hybrid students. We are so excited to see our students again on Tuesday. We are kicking off the new year by celebrating the Great Kindness Challenge in our school. This will be celebrated the week of January 25th-29th with many fun activities in our school. Join the kindness challenge at home with the following activities!

Return to Hybrid Model

As a reminder, we will return to hybrid in-person instruction on Tuesday January 19th for Cohort A students. Cohort B students will return to hybrid instruction on Thursday, January 22nd. Cohort C students will return to hybrid instruction on Tuesday, January 20th. Should you have any questions about the hybrid schedule, please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher.

COVID-19 Reminders and Updates

  • Please keep your child home if they are sick, and notify Mrs. Hummel as to why they are absent. She can be reached at
  • Make sure Genesis is updated if there were any changes to contact information over the break.
  • Please notify if you have traveled out of state. It is especially important if you returned after January 4th as that would impact your students' hybrid learning return.
  • Please notify if anyone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19.
  • If your student has symptoms of Covid-19, they will need a negative test or quarantine for 10 days before returning to school. An alternative diagnosis is no longer allowed.
  • At this time, close contacts will need to quarantine for 10 days if exposed to someone with symptoms or until the contact has a negative Covid-19 test.
  • Please be sure to complete the AUXS application for your child each morning that they are attending in-person instruction.

Covid-19 Symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomachache
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Poor appetite or poor feeding, especially in babies under one year old
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Lumberton School District Preschool Expansion Grant

The Lumberton Township School District is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Preschool Expansion Grant from the New Jersey Department of Education. This award will allow the district to provide FREE, high quality preschool to a number of our three- and four- year-old students starting on February 1, 2021. The district will be partnering with the Center for Family Services to provide free, high quality preschool to 42 Head Start eligible Lumberton children.

Families must meet the criteria as outlined by Head Start, though some exceptions may be made for families moderately over these amounts. These income guidelines can be waived for families with special circumstances who might benefit from placement in Head Start.

What if I am not comfortable sending my child to school at this time?

There are several service delivery options available, including a fully remote option.

What do I do if I am interested in enrolling my child in the program?

Visit the district website to complete the interest form: or you can contact Caryn Zweben, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services: or by phone (609) 267-9099 x3808

Spirit Days and School Closings

Monday, January 18th: School Closed

Tuesday, January 19th: Hybrid Learning Resumes

Staff Shout Out

Do you know a staff member who is doing an exceptional job? Please give them a shout out on the Google Form linked below. Your shout out could be featured in our next newsletter!

January's Staff Shout Out:

Mrs. Gizelbach is doing an amazing job! This is my second experience with a child in her class. She is always interactive, vibrant, fun, and task driven with her kindergartners. She keeps them focused and is always patient. Mrs. Gizelbach does an awesome job in person and virtually. She has been able to shift to virtual learning without diminishing the content learned in the classroom. Mrs. Gizelbach always makes me and my family feel welcomed. She even inquires about my older 17 year old who wasn’t even her student. She is appreciated greatly by my family for her genuine spirit and commitment to education.

Special Areas

Students are expected to complete daily special area lessons. Teachers have planned activities for students to complete as well as a daily Google Form. The completion of this form will contribute to second and third trimester report card grading.

The schedule for special areas is:

Monday Music with Mrs. Naylor from 2:00-2:50

Tuesday Art with Mrs. Scacco from 2:00-2:50

Wednesday Gym and Health with Mr. Pedrick and Mr. Travaglini from 9:30-10:20 and 10:20-11:10

Thursday Computers with Mr. Day from 2:00-2:50

Friday Library with Mrs. Giansanti from 2:00-2:50

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