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Family Updates

Week of May 9, 2022


Thank you for your partnership at home in making this a successful week of NJSLA testing at school. Students worked hard throughout their NJSLA sessions and then we able to resume their schedule for meaningful activities throughout the remainder of the day. All regularly scheduled NJSLA English Language Arts and Math sessions have been completed. For those applicable, make-up sessions will occur next week. Grade 5 students only will complete Science units on Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17.

* Phillies "All-Star Teacher" and Visit to Mickle

On Wednesday (5/4) afternoon, Mickle students and staff were treated by a surprise visit from the Philly Phanatic, former player Mickey Morandini, and other representatives from the Phillies. The surprise assembly occurred in order to recognize Mickle teacher, Mrs. Jill Garren, for being named a Phillies All-Star Teacher. This provided a great opportunity to celebrate Mrs. Garren, recognize all of our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, and have a great time for all! Please see clips below for news coverage of the visit:

* The Home & School Association will host a teacher appreciation luncheon during lunch periods in the faculty room on Tuesday, May 10. We are grateful for their partnership and generosity.

* We will be recognizing our Mickle students for the Buzzworthy trait of responsibility at Wednesday (5/11) evening's board of education meeting.

* Home & School is sponsoring an Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Samuel Mickle School cafeteria. View the flyer for more information!

* The mid-point of Trimester 3 occurred on May 5, 2022. Progress reports will be available on the Parent Portal on May 12, 2022

* It's Spring Cleaning Time!! Clean out your closets and change over your clothes. Please support the Home and School and donate your gently used goods on May 16th between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Drop-off will be in the Mickle bus lane.

* Beyond the Bell Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year

Beyond the Bell registration for the 2022-2023 school year will open on Monday, May 2nd at 6:00 a.m. Program information and registration instructions can be found on the district website:


* SEPAC May Newsletter

* Save the Date - The Kingsway 7th Grade Orientation Night

The Kingsway orientation for our current 6th grade students (7th grade students at Kingsway next year) is planned to be held on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. More information to come as the date gets closer.

* The Little Red Schoolhouse Committee is sponsoring a four-week tennis clinic for 4th through 6th grade students, with the first session beginning on May 31. Please click here for more information and the registration form.

April's "Parents Make the Difference" Newsletter

The "Parents Make the Difference" newsletters provide relevant topics, research, and activities for parents in supporting their children's learning and development.

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Quote of the Week

“In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing.” – Hank Aaron

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EG Spirit Wear

It may be cold outside, but you can stay warm with spirit wear while saving big on items like hoodies, jackets and blankets! There is also free shipping on all orders over $100. Shop Now.

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You can view each grade-level's school supply items and order directly from here. This is a great way to easily purchase all school supply items and benefit the Home & School Association at the same time!

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Character Corner


The Buzzworthy trait to focus on is Integrity. Integrity means doing the right thing even when it may be difficult or when no one is looking.

Social Emotional Learning

Overview of May's Lessons:

Digital Citizenship

Grade 3 will be covering lesson 6 this month. This lesson covers the concept that people digitally alter photographs and images, as well as the reason why they would do it. Digital citizenship curriculum can be found on commonsense.org.

Resource for Family Engagement

Sanford Harmony

All grades will be teaching Unit 5 in Sanford Harmony. This unit helps students develop peer relationship skills. Students will identify the qualities important to friendships, practice providing peers and classmates with support, and practice effective ways for handling bullying situations.

Home School Connection-Grade 3

Home-School Connection-Grade 4

Home-School Connection-Grades 5/6

Character Dares

Since the family character dare was not shared last month, we have two challenges for the month of March. The purpose of the Character Dare process is to build habits of character by offering consistent, practical ways to engage in the practice of these sometimes-abstract traits.
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Counselor Corner

Hello and welcome back to the Counselor's Corner! My name is Kristen Lombardo and I am your child’s school counselor. This month your children will be taking the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment. Please click here to get tips on how to help your child be successful and worry free about this assessment. Remember to make sure you students get a good night sleep and eat a good breakfast. If your child is anxious about testing I have lots of tips and tools in my online office to help them. If you are looking for guidance on how to help your child please visit my website for more information.

This month, fourth grade will be exploring different career opportunities. They are doing this through various different computer programs. If you are interested in checking out any of my lessons they are posted in my Google Classroom. All students have access to my Google Classroom.

I am available if you have any questions or concerns. It is important that we all work together. I can be reached by email at lombardok@eastgreenwich.k12.nj.us or by phone at (856)423-0412 ext. 1051. If your child ever has a rough evening or morning please consider emailing me to let me know. I do not need specifics of the situation. If you just put “Handle With Care” in the subject line I can alert all of their teachers and check in with them sometime throughout the day. I will send you an email to let you know how things are going so you do not worry all day. I look forward to working with you and your child.


Kristen Lombardo

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