Oceanport Charges Ahead

From the Desk of Ms. Lipinski ~ October 2018

Physical and Social-Emotional Safety

We hope you and your child(ren) have had a successful start to the 2018-19 school year, and we thank you for your continued support and communication with us as a school district. Our academic and instructional endeavors are of major significance, and perhaps the most important factors that create such a positive learning environment are the physical and emotional safety and health of our students and the entire school community. At Maple Place and Wolf Hill, we strive to reach and teach each student skills and strategies to prevent bullying, cope with adverse situations, and report anything that just doesn’t seem to be “right.” We need your help in communicating the same positive messages to our students so they see that we are working together to support them as a united team.

If you ever have a question regarding your child’s social/emotional well-being or would like more support in this area, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the classroom teacher or our school guidance counselors, Mrs. Bonett (mbonett@oceanport.k12.nj.us ) or Ms. Gilsey (agilsey@oceanport.k12.nj.us). They can help lead you in the right direction or offer your some immediate strategies. Mrs. Malaney (lmalaney@ocanport.k12.nj.us), our new Special Services Supervisor, could also offer the support and intervention of the child study team if needed.

Please help us remind everyone, students and adults, “If you hear something or see something, say something.” When you report to our schools at the main entrances, have your driver’s license with you to be screened by our newest visitor management system, the Raptor. Every new guest to our building will be screened. Remember not to hold doors open for anyone else behind you for security purposes. Mr. Furlong, our Regional Security Director, and I are certified School Safety Specialists, and we work alongside our School Security Monitors, Mr. Tagerty and Mr. VanBrunt, as well as with the Oceanport and Sea Bright Police Departments, Fire Department, Emergency Management, and First Aid members. As a progressive group that includes administrators, school nurses, staff members, and parent representatives, we meet formally as the Oceanport School District's Emergency Management Team. We have had several recent upgrades in the area of safety & security, and we are proud of our dedicated work to maintain the well-being and safety of all of our students.

I hope you can join me for our first OP Parent Academy Night on November 5th at 6PM in the Maple Place Library to learn more about Anti-Bullying and Positive Behavioral Supports in our schools!

Educationally yours,

Ms. Lipinski

Life is your journey, travel drug-free. Respect & Red Ribbon Weeks in OP 2018

Start With Hello Week from the Sandy Hook Promise at the end of September made an impact on all of us as we reflected on how such a small gesture could make someone's day or even turn someone's life around. That was the perfect segue to Respect Week. Thank you to the PTO for bringing Lead U to all of our students at Wolf Hill and Maple Place to kickoff the week! We learned more about being kind and embracing everyone's differences to be able to work together in a positive manner. Not only did we coordinate and discuss our anti-bullying and positive themes for each day of the week as a whole district, but our counselors and staff hosted different activities with the students to foster team building, such as human BINGO, signing an anti-bullying pledge banner, and our annual Walk to School Day for Wolf Hill. Red Ribbon Week begins on October 24th. Join us for the Raising Resilient Teens in Challenging Times presentation from Lifelines, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County on October 23rd @6PM at Shore Regional High School. We are looking forward to future Lifelines training for staff members in our schools!

American Education Week November 12th - 16th

In honor of American Education Week, we will be inviting you into our schools for guided walkthroughs and students will partake in special activities. Wolf Hill School will host our National Blue Ribbon ceremony on November 14th, and we are looking forward to you joining us for parent-teacher conferences at Maple Place and Wolf Hill on November 14-16th! Stay tuned for more information on these school community events. As always, please reach out to us via email or phone at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Communication is the key to building a trusting parent/school relationship~