The Principal's Message

Crossroads South Middle School

October 30th, 2015


Bonnie H. Capes, Principal

Sondra Hinson & Mark Kmiec, Assistant Principals


  • 10/30 - Community Day & Conference Sign-up Open!


  • 11/1 - Viking 5K Run @ SBHS
  • 11/2 - SB Parent Academy 7:30pm @ XRDS NORTH
  • 11/3 - Election Day
  • 11/5 - NO SCHOOL - NJEA
  • 11/6 - NO SCHOOL - NJEA
  • 11/9 - EARLY RELEASE - Conferences & PTO Book Fair
  • 11/10 - EARLY RELEASE - Conferences & PTO Book Fair
  • 11/11 - NO SCHOOL - STAFF ONLY Professional Development Day
  • 11/12 - EARLY RELEASE - Conferences **LATE NIGHT** & PTO Book Fair
  • 11/13 - 7th & 8th Grade Dance @ XRDS SOUTH & PTO Book Fair


While today is a Community Day, there was great learning occurring in all classes. Our students have also been incredibly creative with costumes, for those who chose to celebrate Halloween. Please remember that the township has a 10:00pm curfew for this evening. In addition, remind your children to be safe when trick-or-treating tomorrow night. Bring lights and remember to watch for any cars in the road.

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Mrs. Capes


  • SHORT WEEK: This coming week is a short week due to the NJEA Convention. School will not be in session on Thursday and Friday.


  • CHANGE IN DISMISSAL: If you are planning to pick your child up early, please send in a note alerting the school.
  • ATTENDANCE: Daily attendance in school is a critical factor in the success of your child. Please do your best to minimize the number of days your child is absent from school or is taken out early for appointments. Should your child exceed the number of acceptable days absent as determined by NJ State Law, you will receive a letter from the school.
  • BUS REMINDERS: Please note: Students are NOT allowed to ride any other busses, even if a parent gives permission. The transportation department does not allow this practice, as they cannot plan for additional students riding our already full busses.



This year's conference times will be as listed below:

Monday, 11/9 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Tuesday, 11/10 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Thursday, 11/12 - 4pm - 8pm

Conferences are a wonderful time to connect with your child's teachers about his/her growth and progress.


Welcome to Middle School! This is one of the most challenging transitions you and your child may experience. Now that school is underway, most of our children are settling into their routines. However, if you or your child seems to be uncertain about school and classroom routines, please feel free to reach out to your child’s counselor. We are assigned by unit and meet regularly with teachers. In addition, we serve as a liaison to the community and can offer resources, when needed.

Please remember, you know your child best, and although some uneasiness is normal, if your child seems nervous, has difficulty sleeping or seems reluctant to come to school, please contact us so we can work together.

Barbara McCarthy

Ext. 3937




Alpha 8th

Beta- 8th

Allison Young

Ext. 3943

Apollo- 6th

Aurora -6th

Delta -7th


6th Grade parents

As of September 2008, sixth grade students in public and private schools are required to receive two additional vaccines:

  • Diptheria, Tetanus Toxoid and Pertussis Vaccine (T dap): 1 dose after the 10th birthday and given no sooner than 5 years since the last DTP/DTap or TD vaccination.
  • Meningococcal Vaccine: dose required after your child’s11th birthday.

Students can be excluded from school if they do not get the required vaccines and do not have a valid medical or religious exemption. Please submit documentation to the health office indicating that your child has received the required immunizations. If you have any questions, contact the Health Office at 732-329-4633 extension 3923.

Flu Season is Here!

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu.

1. Avoid close contact- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick- If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth- Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Book Fair

This year, Crossroads will hold the Scholastic Book Fair on November 9th - November 13th. The PTO is in need of parent volunteers for this evening. If you are available, please contact Diana Ernst at VOLUNTEER LINK!


Please join the PTO! Your membership dues go towards supporting assembly programs, events for the students, and mini grants to support our program. Please send in your membership NOW!


Please send in your BOX TOPS! Although your children are in Middle School, we still collect any and all box tops. This is a quick and easy way to gain funds for our school. We will collect all year!



  • 11/18 - French Soirée
  • 11/18 - PTO Meeting 7:00pm @ XRDS SOUTH
  • 11/24 - SB Parent Academy 7:30pm @ XRDS NORTH